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Paul Szydelko

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A Southern Nevada resident since he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism in 1986, Szydelko has been the lead copy editor at Vegas Seven since its inception. The former sports reporter, news reporter and managing editor of the Henderson Home News worked on the copy desk of the Las Vegas Sun when it was an afternoon daily and sampled the Strip’s many tourist attractions as associate editor and senior editor of Las Vegas Magazine. The San Diego native lives in Henderson with his wife and two daughters.

The Dog Days of Summer

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Next-Level Care for Canines (and Cats, Too!)

A miniature pinscher’s skull, fractured by an inadvertent practice golf swing, requiring weeks of intensive care. … Another dog born with a serious birth defect, surgeons and therapists working with a prosthetic company to improve its life. … Still another, accidentally run over by its owners, necessitating amputation of a rear leg and a hip replacement on the other side. Read More

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The King?s Ransom

Sandra Luther was 16 years old in the summer of 1964 when her mom let her spend afternoons at the famed MGM Studios in their Culver City, California, neighborhood. She was hanging with a guard named George when this nice-looking man approached. “George, who’s that?” she asked. “Elvis Presley,” he said. “I didn’t scream or holler like all the girls did in the ’50s,” Luther says. “I waited until he came down to where the gate was and I said, ‘Mr. Presley, could I have your autograph?’ He said, Read More

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Dr. Derek Duke

Dr. Duke, who operated on magician Roy Horn after the onstage tiger attack in 2003, has practiced in the Valley for 14 years. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1993. Duke serves on the St. Rose Dominican Hospital Community Board and on the honorary board of the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Here are the highlights from his recent interview with Paul Read More

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Dr. Marietta Nelson

With a passion for broader health issues, Dr. Nelson has been a delegate for the American Medical Association for more than a decade, a past president of the Nevada State Medical Association and was recently appointed to a two-year term on the Southern Nevada Health District board. Nelson, who graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1979, has practiced in the Valley for 27 years and runs the Eye Clinic of Las Vegas. Here are the highlights from her recent interview with Paul Read More

Dispatch

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Iris by Cirque du Soleil

As Cirque du Soleil has defined the modern circus, Hollywood has defined moviemaking. So it’s difficult to imagine a more fitting venue for Cirque’s homage to cinema than the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) in Hollywood, which has hosted the Academy Awards since Read More

Attractions

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Splashdown Comes in 2013

Backyard pools serve their summertime purpose, but nothing beats the communal experience of a well-conceived water park. From floating lazily on a raft to hurtling down steep slides to a splash landing, the magic of Wet ’n Wild—once the nation’s seventh most popular water park—shaped the summer memories of a Las Vegas generation. Then the water was drained in 2004 to make room for an apparently invisible megaresort, and rec centers have had to suffice ever since. By 2013, though, the good times could be back in two new Read More

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Dr. Steve Lampinen

A good doctor always … listens to his patients. Patients tell their story. They know what’s going on with them. If you listen to what they have to say and ask the right questions, 98 percent of the time you will have the answer in front of you. It’s a lost art. My typical patient … doesn’t like doctors. I have the people who have had poor experiences or not-optimal experiences with other physicians. They’ve gone and gone and gone, and then they try to not go to doctors, and then I see them and then they’re Read More

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Amy Tarkanian

For more than seven tumultuous months as chair of the Nevada Republican Party, Amy Tarkanian not only survived but appeared to flourish. In the playground of competing interests, strong-willed up-and-comers, disengaged onlookers and broken infrastructure, she fought bullies over the scheduling of the presidential caucus and acted as the fulcrum in balancing Tea Party demands and the need for electable Read More

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Jeff Gordon

Thrusting his fist into the breeze while riding his Harley-Davidson, Jeff Gordon has just rounded a hazardous turn on a narrow road in the mountains of Utah. Two years earlier, he collided here with a truck pulling a trailer full of firewood. The accident nearly took his lower left leg—and his life. Now he is elated to have conquered the turn, but he knows life sometimes has even more treacherous challenges—ones that may never be beaten, only Read More

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Alyse Williams, 16

Her story: When a presidential candidate visits your home to meet his precinct captains, it might make a vague impression on an ordinary 12-year-old girl. When it is Barack Obama and the girl is energetic, ambitious and community-minded, a passion for public service is Read More

People

Best School Principal

Halle Hewetson Elementary School was languishing as one of Nevada’s lowest performers in 2005. Fewer than 25 percent of the students performed adequately in math, and only 15 percent performed adequately in English and language arts. That autumn, Lucille Keaton took over as principal. Today those numbers stand at 90 and 79 percent, respectively. Hewetson students ranked 10th among their peers in the state in writing last year. And a parent-teacher organization that had just 13 members in August 2005 has grown to more than 400 Read More

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Are You Ready for Some Baseball?

On calm, warm mornings, when the grass is still glazed with dew, the players gather. They loosen the muscles, take some grounders and practice their swings. They listen to coaches, share stories with each other, chat with fans and, after a long winter, begin to embrace the rhythm of baseball. Before they become the Boys of Summer, there is spring training, when all teams have hope to win it all. If you share the passion for this annual ritual, pack a bag and take the 4-5-hour drive from Las Vegas, made easier this year with the opening of the Hoover Dam Read More