WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters’ notebook

When a 6,500-pound slab of iron that used to be part of the World Trade Center went on display Thursday at the Fremont Street Experience, it wasn’t an entirely somber event.

While firefighters, police and military personnel stood by the iron that was part of this weekend’s 10-year observance of the 9/11 attacks, a man wearing a Big Bird costume about 20 feet away competed for attention with a man wearing a thong — yes, a thong — and little else.

Big Bird was recognized by seemingly everyone, but nobody was sure who Thong Man was supposed to be.


Opportunities to enforce the law are plentiful in Las Vegas — even at a police news conference on a downtown sidewalk.

A street vendor illegally hawking water for $1 strolled up to several reporters and officer Jay Rivera at the start of Friday’s press conference on the 9/11 anniversary.

“You got a license?” Rivera asked.

“I don’t sell ’em,” the man insisted before making a quick detour around the group.

Later, an old man in a wheelchair yelled at TV reporters to move their cameras or “I’ll get my .45!”

“Watch your mouth,” Rivera said.

The man apologized and said the anger was “left over from my younger days.”

“Well, you need to grow out of it,” Rivera said.


At the Board of Regents meeting ON Friday, a presentation on strategic planning in higher education had the crowd rapt.

OK, not really. But if anyone had fallen asleep, they were surely awakened quickly when the fire alarms sounded.

As everyone walked toward the nearest exits at Desert Research Institute, Regent Cedric Crear joked, “Well, that presentation was hot.”


TWEET OF THE WEEK: @mollyesque (POLITICO reporter and former R-J political scribe Molly Ball, in town for a Mitt Romney speech) Here at the Luxor, remarkably few traces of the Mubarak regime.

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