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    Best Reason for Your Kid to Stay Home for College

    It’s a whole different world if you venture a few yards beyond Maryland Parkway into the center of the UNLV campus. Energy-efficient architecture houses the labs of the Science and Engineering Building. The Marjorie Barrick Museum’s art and artifacts offer lessons in humanity. A four-story rec center defies that niggling commuter-campus perception. So take your kid for a walk along the lush lawns and past the lucky Hey Reb! statue. Remind him of the real reason he should come here.

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    Best Cheap Ticket to Paradise

    The Springs Preserve is what this town was before we built malls on top of it: a verdant oasis, home to a surprising variety of birds and flowering plants. To sit in its gardens and walk its trails is an act of rebellion against traffic and asphalt; the tranquility is nearly palpable. And you can buy admission to it—as well as the two museums on property—for an entire year for just $25. For those times when the city gets on top of you and escape from the city limits simply isn’t possible, that $25 is one smart, high-yield investment. 333 S.

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    Best Thing That’s Happened to UNLV Since Tark

    Several moments in the last decade promised that UNLV basketball is back, but they all were trumped in November when the Rebels upset No. 1 North Carolina at the Orleans Arena, 90-80. What the win represented was huge, but what might get lost in the mix is just how dominant of a performance it was. UNLV jumped out early and simply got better as the game wore on. Court got stormed. Fan base rejoiced (some even cried). Program was back on the map. Now let’s hope the Dec.

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    Best Auction Battle

    For one night, boxing’s biggest promoter and UFC’s brass put their bitter feud on hold in honor of the biggest trash-talker in combat sports history. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (a longtime mixed-martial-arts critic) promised Lorenzo Fertitta (co-owner of the UFC) that he would say he loved the UFC to help end a bidding war between Fertitta and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over a pair of gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his 1965 title fight against Floyd Patterson, Ali’s first in Las Vegas. “Bob Arum said #ilovetheufc!

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    Best Case of Mistaken Identity

    With the words “Las Vegas odds” in the headline, a July 10 blog item on The Seattle Times’ website told how “Vegas bookmakers” have no odds listed for either the Oakland Athletics or Seattle Mariners to win the American League West because of the improbability. One major-league problem, though: The source used in the story was the gaming site Bovada.lv, which originates not from Las Vegas but from that hotbed of baseball knowledge, Latvia.

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    Best Place to Feel Like You’re in a Big City

    The tower, 17 stories tall and magnificent. The marble-accented lobby with its art-deco chandeliers, strikingly beautiful. And the performance hall itself: vast, splendorous and breathtaking. The Smith Center was always intended to be a “Wow!” from the first sketch to the last laid brick—and it certainly is that. In fact, the new 2,050-seat symphony hall is too impressive; walking through The Smith Center, you almost forget which big city you’re in. Fortunately, two things tether you to Las Vegas, one good and one less so.

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    Best Reason to Get on Yer Bike

    The Blinking Man Bike Posse is our favorite kind of biker gang—bicycle-mounted, all-inclusive and fascinated by shiny objects. “Our philosophy is that everyone owns Blinking Man. You own it by showing up to ride,” spokeswoman Kathleen Kahr D’Esposito says. “Our goal is to get adults—term used very loosely—back on bikes and cruising around downtown.” Blinking Man hosts several official rides a year—the next one is Oct. 20, with a “Heroes vs.

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    Best Way to Kill About Six Hours

    We’re not exactly New York or Washington, D.C., when it comes to museum offerings. You’d have to patch all of ours together to stay busy for a day. That’s why we were blown away (pun fully intended) by the sheer magnitude of the new Mob Museum. Set up in the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office downtown, the 41,000-square-foot museum thoroughly tells both sides of the organized-crime story through a series of fascinating exhibits, artifacts and interactive features that require more than a single visit.

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    Best Use of Taxpayer’s Dollars That We Really Thought We’d Regret

    How could they approve buying a new house for themselves … right down the street … ON OUR DIME?! Looking back, perhaps the outrage over officials approving a new $150 million City Hall was a bit hasty. After all, the old City Hall was dated, Tony Hsieh wanted to revamp it for his new Zappos compound, the new City Hall construction generated nearly 2,000 jobs, the recession meant we got a good deal, and the seven-story, 310,000-square-foot building is striking inside and out.

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    Best Karmic Turn of Events

    Unless the Mayan gods deliver a world-ending KO on Dec. 21, the biggest knockout were the “losses” by boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. What could have been the biggest and richest fight in the sport’s history all but went up in flames this summer, as the undefeated Las Vegas resident Mayweather went to jail for 87 days on reduced domestic-battery charges, and Pacquiao, the Filipino superstar, saw his 15-fight win streak stopped in a controversial split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley.

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    Best Blog Site

    The man who once went to the Electronic Frontier Foundation mattresses in his fight with Steve Wynn over the parody site Wynncore.com had another solid year at VegasTripping.com. Chuckmonster continued to lead his merry band of Vegas devotees through room reviews, construction notes, love letters to Hunter S. Thompson and withering glances at the local nightlife scene.

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    Best New Law

    Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel. Good advice in the ’70s, and even better today: The National Safety Council estimates that, nationwide, 24 percent of 1.3 million crashes in 2010 were a result of texting or talking on the phone. Which is why we love the state law that went into effect in January making it illegal to use your cellphone while driving. Now if only drivers would just obey the law ...

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    Best Tour You Didn’t Know Was Available

    The Neon Museum is a legitimate wonder: an open-air boneyard strategically stacked with giant souvenirs of our city’s past. Here you’ll find vintage neon signs that are almost as old as the myth of Las Vegas itself: the spiky letters of the original Stardust sign, the gigantic pirate skull of Treasure Island, the beautifully scripted sign from the Moulin Rouge and many, many more. A tour of the Neon Museum is an absolute steal at $15, but you’ll need reservations, as this isn’t a regularly scheduled offering.

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    Best Defenders of the (So-Called) Wasteland

    Too many Southern Nevadans see the desert only from their car windows. To them, it all looks the same: boundless horizons of scrub and barren mountains. Why bother to protect it? Enter Outside Las Vegas Foundation. This nonprofit organization, formed in 2000, knows that to get close to our unique environment is to love it, from the alpine feeling of the Spring Mountains to the wide-open desert vistas of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. That’s why Outside Las Vegas has championed the creation of the Vegas Valley Rim Trail, which was christened in January.

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    Best Pop-Up Idea

    It was a wry social commentary wrapped up in a can of champagne. Using the tagline “you don’t have to be afraid of commitment anymore,” the gloriously ironic Pop-Up Wedding Chapel at the Cosmopolitan marched down the aisles of our hearts. And it was gone again before we even had time to test-drive the $80 “Hitched in a Hurry” wedding ceremony package, which included two cans of champagne, two eraser rings and one photo-booth token. Perhaps we should’ve sprung the extra 60 bucks to make it legally binding.

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