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  • Three Questions

    Three Questions: Health Policy

    When Las Vegas pediatric oncologist and hematologist Ron Kline leaves Las Vegas this month for a year in Washington, D.C., it won’t be for a new job or an extended vacation. Instead, he’ll be wrestling with how to fix the nation’s notoriously costly and arcane health care system. Kline is one of six recipients of […]

  • The Week

    Water, Water … Nowhere

    By Heidi Kyser

    The diagnosis is discouraging; the treatment options dwindling: We’re running out of water fast, and Pat Mulroy is running out of ways to tap and distribute what water remains. It’s been a season of bad news for the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, whose singularly difficult mission is to keep this Valley […]

  • Seven Days

    By Bob Whitby

    Thursday, Sept. 5 Bob Miller, the state’s longest-serving governor (1989-99), recently published a book about his life titled Son of a Gambling Man. Miller has been intertwined with the rise of Las Vegas since his father moved the family here from Chicago when Miller was a boy. He’ll read from his book at 7 p.m. […]

  • Higher Math

    The NFL’s Gaming Fantasy

    24 million Estimated number of North Americans who play fantasy football, per a study released in June by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. $70 Average per-player entry fee in fantasy football leagues, according to FSTA President Paul Charchian—meaning an average of $1.7 billion is at stake annually on fantasy football. 1 Fantasy football game owned […]

  • Eco

    No Tortoise Left Behind

    By Erin Timrawi

    Since 1990, Las Vegas’ Desert Tortoise Conservation Center has taken in an estimated 20,000 tortoises, most of them unwanted pets. This January, in an attempt to deal with funding shortfalls, the center discontinued its pick-up program. Now another blow is on its way.

  • Seven Days

    Paracon, Black & White, Back to School

    By Bob Whitby

    Pondering the existence of an afterlife is beyond the pay grade of this column, so we’ll simply note that there are folks in town who believe. Las Vegas Paracon is a gathering of ghost hunters, celebrity guests and enthusiasts of the spooky that begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Binion’s.

  • Seven Days

    By Bob Whitby

    Thursday, Aug. 15 This is your penultimate opportunity to catch a free movie at Town Square’s Movies in the Park series. This week’s flick is Madagascar 3, and the series concludes Aug. 22 with a showing of Hotel Transylvania. Movies start at sundown. MyTownSquareLasVegas.com.

  • Need to Know

    Your Short Guide to 725

    A brand-new area code is on its way to Southern Nevada: 725. No need to panic, because we’ve got your handy primer on the new digits. 1. The new code will occupy the same space as 702. If you have a 702 area code, it won’t change. But if you get new next-door neighbors, they might have a different area code. 2. Starting May 3, 2014, you’ll have to use 10 digits for all Southern Nevada calls—even those from 702 to 702. (If you like to get ahead of things, you can reprogram your speed-dials now—10-digit local calls started working this month.)

  • Education

    The Early-Childhood Solution

    By Jessi Acuña

    The good news out of this year’s Legislature was its allotment of $30 million for full-day kindergarten, increasing the number of Nevada schools that will have it from 124 to 201. We’ll also spend $50 million per year from 2013 to 2015 on measures to reduce kindergarten class sizes. For a cash-strapped state, this may seem like a lot of money—to some, it may even seem like a waste. Truth is, it probably isn’t enough.

  • The Week

    What I Learned

    By Greg Blake Miller

    The dream begins innocently enough. A book, an endless lawn, a metal globe that spins without my spinning it. In shades of yellow and pink and azure blue, it bears the shapes of nonexistent nations. The block type swings by too quickly for me to read—Czejikistanzhetz—a swirl of impossible consonants painted upon impossible continents. Faster, faster. I reach out, touch the equator. The earth grabs me, spins me, hurls me at once outward and inward, and I wake up in a cathedral in the north of England at the tomb of a Saxon historian named Bede. It is very early.

  • Seven Days

    By Bob Whitby

    Thursday, Aug. 8 Back to school already? Relax kids, you’re good until August 26. They’re just getting a jump on things in Ward 2 with the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Ansan Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave. The event features entertainment, free school supplies and refreshments.

  • The Week

    Slowing Down High-Speed Rail

    By Heidi Kyser

    In a letter to XpressWest Chairman Tony Marnell on June 28, then-U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said his department was suspending further consideration of a $5.5 billion loan request for the Las Vegas-to-Victorville high-speed rail project. The decision, he wrote, came “after several years of engagement with no resolution to the threshold issues … and the significant uncertainties still surrounding the project.”

  • Seven Days

    By Bob Whitby

    Thursday, July 25 You’ve heard of indie rock? How about a little kindie rock? It’s cool music for kids, and it’s the new thing. Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band lay it down thick today at 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, one of the coolest venues in town. ArtsLasVegas.org.

  • Three Questions

    The Roots of List Lust

    By Heidi Kyser

    “Top Ten Signs Your Country is Too Fat.” “100 Ways to Love a Cat.” “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” Admit that you want to see all these lists, by David Letterman, YouTube’s TravisAndJonathan and Paul Simon, respectively. We love lists! The media obviously knows this, but why is it so? Why can’t you resist Seven's Best of the City issue, or the Most Beautiful People, or Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed?

  • Business

    Vegas Visions, China Dreams

    By James P. Reza

    SK+G Advertising, the Las Vegas-based firm that won AMC’s The Pitch in 2012, is expanding, but not locally. Hong Kong is the agency’s next stop, but SK+G—started in 1999 by John Schadler and Jerry Kramer—has Las Vegas to thank for its budding global profile.

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