Vegas Seven

Character Study

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    The Golden Touch

    By Jessi C. Acuña

    During the early days of Las Vegas’ pool-party explosion, Mervat Berry found a void in the scene: LGBT events. So in 2009 she created a gay-specific pool event, Sunkissed, at the Luxor, and later moved the party to Mandalay Bay under a new name, Hydrat.

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    Meet Downtown’s Ambassador of Good Chill

    By Geoff Carter

    When we heard that the Fremont East Entertainment District was getting a Downtown Project-sponsored patrol called the Downtown Rangers and headed by an ex-cop, we imagined nothing short of a jackbooted paramilitary unit, armed with tasers and brass knuckles, marching up and down Fremont to popular indie rock and forcibly instigating “serendipitous interaction.”

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    Prodigal Daughter

    By Rob Miech

    As UNLV basketball players high-five and joke with the ball boys and girls before a recent game at the Thomas & Mack Center, Kreigh Warkentien can’t help smiling. She spent a good part of her childhood out on that hardwood. Warkentien, 25, is UNLV’s director of basketball operations—one of only three women to hold such a post in Division I men’s basketball. But she hardly feels a stranger on the Rebels’ bench.

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    Capitalist Conscience

    Hard-driving 31-year-old entrepreneur Justin Anderson makes no apologies for unfettered capitalism—after all, this is a man who named his contracting firm, Galt Development, for the hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. But he also understands that people get left behind—and he’s devoted a big part of his life to helping them.

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    Librarian With a Future

    “We have an outstanding library system here,” says Tim McDonald—he speaks in hushed tones; eight years working in a library will do that to a person—“it’s a place to really enrich your life in a lot of ways.” He mentions the art galleries, museums and theaters that make up a part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District—all things I knew about. Then he tells me about things I wasn’t aware of: ESL and GED classes, citizenship classes to prepare immigrants for testing, and even adult basic reading classes—all for free.

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    Guiding Lights

    By Deanna Rilling

    We heard a lot about Las Vegas’ economic miseries during the election campaign, but here, on a dirt corner near Blue Diamond Road and Rainbow Boulevard, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and powered by the battery of an SUV. If you’re driving by, let off the gas pedal a bit and look closely. See that? It’s 16-year-old Andrew Choudhry. He’s using the SUV’s dome light as a flashlight, interlocking tessellation-like shapes to form a sphere. The woman standing outside the SUV? That’s his mother, Marie, and she’s adjusting a dozen or so orbs that are suspended from a canopy frame.

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    Through a Gem, Darkly

    By Jason Scavone

    Picture, if you will, a diamond grader. Hunched. Reserved. Loop nestled in his eye. Staid. Laboring in the dark, alone. Possibly Dutch. … Spiked boots. White contacts. Bat tattoos. Subdermal implants. Definitely not Dutch. Drew Beddow is much like Batman (right down to boots that could put a serious hurting on The Joker) in that […]

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    Through a Gem, Darkly

    By Jason Scavone

    Picture, if you will, a diamond grader. Hunched. Reserved. Loop nestled in his eye. Staid. Laboring in the dark, alone. Possibly Dutch. … Spiked boots. White contacts. Bat tattoos. Subdermal implants. Definitely not Dutch. Drew Beddow is much like Batman (right down to boots that could put a serious hurting on The Joker) in that the mild-mannered public face—gemologist, Bruce Wayne, whatever—is the actual mask, and the outré avocation reveals the deeper truth.

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    The Crooning Counselor

    By Jerry Fink

    Attorney Nikolas Mastrangelo, 64, grew up in Detroit and often found himself on street corners singing harmony with his childhood friends. But then what self-respecting Motor City boy didn’t in those days of doo-wop, be-bop and rock? It never crossed his mind that music was in his future. “I came from a typical Italian family: […]

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    The Crooning Counselor

    By Jerry Fink

    Attorney Nikolas Mastrangelo, 64, grew up in Detroit and often found himself on street corners singing harmony with his childhood friends. But then what self-respecting Motor City boy didn’t in those days of doo-wop, be-bop and rock? It never crossed his mind that music was in his future. “I came from a typical Italian family: It was ‘Go get your education and start a career,’” says Mastrangelo, nattily dressed as always in a shirt and tie—an appropriate getup not only for his evening gig as an elegant crooner, but for his day job as an attorney.

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    Teller of Cautionary Tales

    By Chantal Corcoran

    “Look at me! Look into this old man’s big, brown, bloodshot eyes! I’m gonna tell you the truth about drugs,” shouts 76-year-old Marty Gruber to an auditorium packed with students. It’s the opening of a two-day drug awareness presentation he delivers to about 20 Clark County middle and high schools each semester. Gruber has a […]

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    Teller of Cautionary Tales

    By Chantal Corcoran

    “Look at me! Look into this old man’s big, brown, bloodshot eyes! I’m gonna tell you the truth about drugs,” shouts 76-year-old Marty Gruber to an auditorium packed with students. It’s the opening of a two-day drug awareness presentation he delivers to about 20 Clark County middle and high schools each semester. Gruber has a story to tell, and it isn’t pretty.

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    Head in the Stars

    By Deanna Rilling

    Looking into the night sky and seeing some sort of blue and pink pulsating light, you might believe you’ve spotted an unidentified flying object. But then along comes Ben McGee—the skeptic on the National Geographic Channel’s Chasing UFOs—and tells you it’s actually Venus setting. Maybe that’s why the show’s crew has dubbed the geoscientist “Dream Crusher.”

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    After the Reign

    By Chantal Corcoran

    Anne Davis Mulford—better known as Princess Anne—has long loved the limelight. She’s famous for her big personality, the crowns she wears at parties, her work in the arts community and her role as a gay-rights activist. Now she’s ready to leverage her theatrical streak into an acting career.

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    The Body Mechanic


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    Late last month, Vincent Edwards flipped a tassel and put on a white lab coat. He was one of 25 graduates of the first doctor of physical therapy class at Henderson’s Touro University. But this isn’t the first time he’s changed uniforms.

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