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Summertime, and the Living Is (Surprisingly) Easy

Long ago, locals struck a deal in the hard-count room at the Stardust to spread disinformation about how hot it gets here. If we didn’t, people would figure out just how great our weather really is, and the Valley would be crawling with 4 million faces sucking from Lake Mead’s straw, instead of “just” the 2 million we have now. And then we’d really have problems. Read More

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Has UNLV Ever Had a Greek Row?

Not really. Back in the day, near the northeast corner of campus, squatted a pair of plain buildings fronted by Greek-ish columns. I would paddle my VW Rabbit past those Cottage Grove Apartments, with Greek flags (ATO! TKE! SAE!) proudly adorning sliding-glass doors. The apartments remain, but a parking garage, an elementary school and the Science & Engineering Building have since devoured the rest of that street’s real estate. Read More

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Illustration by Cierra Pedro

The Three M’s Leave Little Room for Full-On Libertarianism

Our history is complex, owing to the confluence of the Three M’s: Miners, Mormons, and Mobsters. Freewheeling miners may have created Nevada’s market for goods and services, but it was the rather less freewheeling members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who built the enterprises that served that market—from early dry-goods stores to the banks that funded the casinos. Read More

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What Is the ‘Vegas Vortex’?

When I was studying at our local institution of higher learning, it was saddled with a nefarious nickname: the University of Never Leaving Vegas. The implication? If you graduated from UNLV, you were destined to be a Vegas lifer. Maybe, maybe not. I know plenty of people, post-UNLV and otherwise, who have grown up Read More