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5 of Las Vegas’ most heartwarming stories from 2013

There were stories about shootings and other violent crimes. Fires, flash floods and heartrending stories of human loss. But there were stories of human triumph, too.

Ex-Nevada lobbyist trying to postpone prison time

Lawyers appealing an ex-Nevada lobbyist’s conviction for illegally contributing to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election say he should be kept out of prison while the U.S. Supreme Court ponders a forthcoming ruling on campaign finance laws that have been “twisted into a pretzel” through a series of recent court decisions.

EDITORIAL: Voters benefit from R-J’s biennial ‘Judging the Judges’ survey

When elections come around, there’s no shortage of information available for high-profile positions, particularly at the federal level, with the deluge of advertisements for presidential candidates and congressional office seekers. Closer to home, statewide offices such as the governorship, attorney general and Senate/Assembly contests gain sufficient attention. But one area that tends to get overlooked is judges. Voters often don’t have the information they need to cast an informed ballot.

EDITORIAL: Nevada turns 150

The new year brings with it a milestone moment in Nevada: 150 years since joining the union as the 36th state, on Oct. 31, 1864. The Review-Journal has been celebrating since Nevada Day 2013, on Oct. 25, when it launched a yearlong project in the run-up to the official sesquicentennial anniversary of Nevada Day 2014, on Oct. 31 — exactly 150 years to the day marking Nevada’s statehood.

Reader-submitted photos and adoptable pets, Dec. 17-23

View Neighborhood News readers send photos of their pets and everday lives, and View features photos of pets ready for adoption each week. To submit a photo, email View copy editor Anne King at aking@viewnews.com or mail to Viewpoints, 1111 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89125. Photos cannot be returned, and due to the high volume, they are often scheduled a month or two in advance.

Bud Light sued over ‘Hold my beer’ videos

A Montana-based craft brewer is suing the world’s largest beer-maker, alleging that popular YouTube videos for Bud Light violate its trademarked phrase, “Hold my beer and watch this.”

Utah takes fight against gay marriage to Supreme Court

Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban.