WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters’ Notebook

Las Vegas, entertainment capital of the world, home of the Strip, the iconic welcome sign, even Barry Manilow and Celine Dion, earned another title, this from the online publication Business Insider:

Using unemployment and housing figures, it declared Las Vegas the Most Miserable City in America this past week.

We just edged out the sprawl that is Riverside, Calif.

As a point of pride, we’ll note that we absolutely slayed Orlando, with that tourist stealer finishing a distant 19th on the misery index.


Senior U.S. District Judge Lloyd George had some advice for a delegation of Ukrainian judges in town to learn about the American justice system.

The Ukrainian judges are required to retire at age 65. George, 81, noted that former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes stayed on the bench until he was 90, and left only after falling asleep on the bench.

George said he has no such worries.

“I just lift my feet several inches off the floor,” he said. “When they hit the ground, I wake up.”


Last week’s rain was a welcome relief to many Las Vegas Valley residents, but it seemed to turn a few people into total splashholes.

On Wednesday, for example, a man in a thick sweater was walking with a cane down the sidewalk on Charleston Boulevard between Decatur and Valley View boulevards. So what did some jerk in a big silver pickup decide to do? Speed up, swerve out of the center lane and intentionally drive through a big puddle, unleashing a 10-foot wave of water that drenched the defenseless pedestrian.

If karma has anything to say about this, Mr. Pickup Man, don’t be surprised if that truck of yours breaks down sometime soon.

With any luck, it will be something expensive involving your water pump. And it will take all day to fix, so you have to walk to work.


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