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    Russia, Ukraine and the Battle of Yesterday

    By Greg Blake Miller

    In late February, when tires were burning at the barricades on Kiev’s Independence Square and the future of Ukraine was already as difficult to grasp as the rising smoke, a culturally inclined New Yorker could have caught a cab to the Metropolitan Opera and taken in the latest rendition of Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor.

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    Life May Be Beautiful, But Fremont is Ugly

    By Geoff Carter

    (Photos by Geoff Carter) The next time you’re driving around the city core, take a look at three of the best-looking streets in Las Vegas. First, check out Valley View Boulevard, between U.S. 95 and Charleston Boulevard; what was once a typically desolated city street is now landscaped to match the Springs Preserve. Then double […]

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    Downtown in Flames

    By Geoff Carter

    Sometime last spring, Tony Hsieh quit surprising me. That’s not to say that I lost respect for him. I only mean that I believed there was nothing that he could do that would shock me. Build a retail park from portables and shipping containers?

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    After the Fire

    By Heidi Kyser

    Since the Mount Charleston fire burned itself out in late July, a few commentaries have noted that, in some ways, it was a best-case scenario. Although it torched 28,000 acres of natural habitat, it took few human structures and no human life. Residents of Nevada should get used to such silver-lining thinking, because this won’t be the last time we see our forest go up in flames.

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    In Las Vegas, Alone, Together

    By Michael Green

    Too many years ago, in graduate school at Columbia University, I minored in British history with David Cannadine, who went on to publish more than a dozen books. For his great work, a few years ago, Queen Elizabeth II named him Sir David. Despite having had no contact with him for about 20 years, I sent him a congratulatory email that began, “You have no reason to remember me ….” His response began, “Of course I remember you. You’re the only person I’ve ever met from Las Vegas.”

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    The Return of Sprawl Thinking

    By James P. Reza

    First, the good news: Home and land prices have hit the bottom and bounced. There is plenty of buyer demand, and even condos are hot again. Banks seem more willing to lend. And even with the sobering subtext of scant inventory tied to housing appreciation, we can’t help but think things are getting better.

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    The Art of Knowing Joyce

    By Lindy Schumacher

    Many people—outsiders and locals alike—make fun of Las Vegas for being slow, obscure and devoid of culture. If you agree, you never met Joyce Straus. We recently lost a huge piece of our city and our lives when she died at age 77. The people who loved Joyce knew it was coming. So we prayed and hoped, but we knew cancer can get the best of the best among us. This time it did.

  • At the Ballpark, Live for Today

    By Greg Blake Miller

    To invoke the romance of baseball, in the fashion of George Will or Ken Burns, is hopelessly unfashionable. This I will not blame on sabermetrics—the applied science of baseball statistics that Michael Lewis’ 2004 book Moneyball cast as the brainy yin to the blockheaded yang of baseball traditionalism. As any baseball fan knows, the numbers are an indispensable part of the romance.

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    The Long Shadows of Vegas Hubris

    By David G. Schwartz

    There’s been a lot of talk over the past year about what should be done with the Harmon and Fontainebleau. The former, the subject of litigation, has been decried as a public-safety hazard that should be demolished. The latter, since its purchase by Carl Ichan in February 2010, has been rumored to be slated for disassembly and implosion.

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    The Case for Interstate 11

    By David F. Damore

    After playing a key role in President Obama’s re-election, Nevadans may be expecting the administration to shower the state with federal largesse in the coming four years. Unfortunately, securing federal dollars is not as simple as a powerful politician turning on the appropriations spigot. If that were the case, certainly a state represented by the Senate majority leader would not continually rank last in securing census-based federal dollars.

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    The Las Vegan’s Guide to Unexpected Giving

    By Heidi Kyser

    The renowned philosopher George Michael wrote, “Charity is a coat you wear twice a year.” I think he meant Thanksgiving and Christmas, although he’s British, so maybe it was Christmas and Boxing Day. Or Plough Monday and Candlemas …?

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    Fifty Shades of Halloween

    By Matt Jacob

    One of my earliest recollections in life is related to Halloween—and you have no idea how much I would pay a shrink to expunge it from my memory. I was 4 years old, maybe 5, and my mother—though I don’t recall for certain, I have to assume my father had no say in this—dressed me in a homemade black-cat costume. The getup included a long tail and pointy ears … and a black leotard … and whiskers and a nose … drawn with black mascara.

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    The Organization Man

    By David G. Schwartz

    In the CBS version of Las Vegas in the 1960s, it’s pretty easy to know who the bad guy is: Michael Chiklis’ mobbed-up Vegas antihero struts around his casino wearing a black fedora, has federal witnesses bumped off, and tries to charm the new sheriff with free champagne. He’s smooth, cunning and completely in control. […]

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    The Organization Man

    By David G. Schwartz

    In the CBS version of Las Vegas in the 1960s, it’s pretty easy to know who the bad guy is: Michael Chiklis’ mobbed-up Vegas antihero struts around his casino wearing a black fedora, has federal witnesses bumped off, and tries to charm the new sheriff with free champagne. He’s smooth, cunning and completely in control.

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    Riding With the Entitled

    By Geoff Carter

    A speeding driver lost control of his car one day last month and plowed into an RTC Transit stop, killing four people who were waiting for the bus. The Review-Journal and Sun stories that followed the tragedy made me sorrowful and lightheaded; the comments that followed the stories made me angry. About half of the […]

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