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Week In Review

A longtime Republican political operative could be headed to prison in connection with a long-running federal investigation of Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations.

On Tuesday, businessman and political consultant Steve Wark pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for his role in an elaborate scheme to rig elections, pack the boards of homeowners associations and hand out legal work and construction contracts to select companies.

Wark, 54, also admitted receiving cash payments and an interest in a condominium at Vistana, one of the developments under investigation.

More criminal cases are expected.

Wark faces a maximum 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, but such a sentence appears unlikely. Federal prosecutors are recommending reduced prison time for Wark in exchange for his cooperation.

Monday

Back to school

The new year began at the Clark County School District’s 357 schools, as more than 300,000 students returned to their classrooms with various degrees of fanfare.

Nowhere was the attention greater than at Chaparral High School, where the district is pouring new people and resources into an almost 40-year-old institution.

The school now finds itself struggling with a 30 percent graduation rate.

Tuesday

U.S. losing Clean Race

Vice President Joe Biden told a Las Vegas audience that America is in danger of falling behind in developing renewable energy unless the nation continues to invest in innovative projects.

China is now No. 1 in the world, followed by Germany and then the United States, Biden said.

The vice president was speaking to about 750 people attending the annual National Clean Energy Summit, which was held this year at Aria.

Wednesday

One crappy job

A German man is facing federal charges after he was caught trying to board a flight at McCarran International Airport with dozens of plastic pellets filled with cocaine hidden inside his body.

According to court records, the evidence against Christopher Adiegwu was collected by eight unlucky officers over the course of several hours after medical personnel gave the man a laxative.

Thursday

Rebels launch season

They weren’t expected to win and they didn’t. But the Rebels did manage to cover the 35-point spread.

UNLV kicked off its football season with a daunting test: a prime-time, nationally televised game at No. 11 Wisconsin.

The Rebels wound up losing 51-17, but there were a few glimmers of hope, namely back-to-back touchdown drives in the second half.

UNLV’s next game is Saturday at Washington State.

Friday

Stanford joins St. Rose

Stanford Hospital and Clinics announced a new partnership with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals to expand its neurosurgery center in Henderson.

The new affiliation, which will result in the construction of a new building across from the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena campus at the corner of St. Rose Parkway and Eastern Avenue, marks the first time Stanford has ventured out of California for a clinical collaboration.

This year, U.S. News & World Report named Stanford Hospital and Clinics one of the top 17 hospitals in America.

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