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    Immanuel’s Temple Hosts a Trick-or-Treat Alternative for the Community

    By Paris Fundunburks

    The church’s annual Hallelujah Night offers two nights of family fun, games and sweet treats

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    Celebrate the LGBTQ Community at Pride Week Festivities

    By Ashley Glenn

    Prep for Pride with these tips on making the best of the event

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    A Sign of Resilience

    By Camille Cannon

    As our city finds ways to heal and move forward, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign represents everything it always has: our glowing warmth and hospitality, a reason to keep smiling, keep flashing your peace signs.

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    DACA Students Continue Their Fight

    By Paris Fundunburks

    College students share their obstacles, victories and plans for the future

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    Kimmel Dishes Out Assist

    By Sean DeFrank

    Dave Rice has done an exceptional job attracting talent since taking over as UNLV’s basketball coach in 2010, and he just landed another star recruit. ABC talk-show host and Las Vegas native Jimmy Kimmel will host the third annual An Evening With Dave Rice fundraiser May 17 at the MGM Grand.

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    We?re Doing Better ? Now What?


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    A few years ago, Straight From the Streets activists for the homeless put Margaret and Lupia up in a no-frills weekly apartment on East Fremont. They were both in their 50s; they’d been sleeping on the shaded cement under the freeway. By providing vouchers to the apartment for low rent and assigning case managers, Straight From the Streets nourished both women back to self-sustaining lifestyles: one got a job in retail, the other eventually moved to an affordable senior citizen apartment complex. They weren’t enabled; they were assisted.

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    ‘Carrotmobs’ Help Businesses Boost Sustainability

    By Heidi Kyser

    Such is the alacrity of adoption rates these days that a trend has scarcely had time to soak into the public consciousness before it’s spawning spinoffs and spoofs. So, it seems, is the case with the Carrotmob, apparent heir to the cash mob. In case you haven’t heard of either type of mob, here’s all you need to know: Cash mobs are the culmination of a grassroots movement to support small, independently owned businesses. The organizer picks such a business and—typically using social media—persuades hoards of people to converge there, thus goosing the owner’s sales.

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    A Garden Grows Downtown

    By Geoff Carter

    Joyce Sportsman and I are sitting in front of John S. Park Elementary School, talking about the Jacob Sportsman Memorial Garden, a community garden she hopes to create there together with local sustainable living group Green Jelly. (They’re raising funds now: You can contribute at GreenOurPlanet.org/Jacob.) It’s exciting stuff, and I can’t help but feel righteous just talking about sustainability in a town that rarely gets credit for its environmental awareness.

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    Expecting Better Health

    By Heidi Kyser

    Within a few hours of getting off the medication that had been staving off her premature labor for more than five months, Vanessa Breitling was in the delivery room giving birth to her second child, Valentina. The girl, delivered at 36 weeks, was something of a miracle. Mom’s strict regimen of drugs and bed rest had saved her baby from complications that premature birth can cause—cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

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    Success, Statistics and Stereotypes

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    In March the jobless rate for all Americans was 8.2 percent, compared with 6.2 percent for Asian-Americans. In 2011, Asians also earned more than whites on average, bringing in an average weekly salary of $866 while whites earned $775, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are stark enough to spark some prickly questions about ethnicity and economics, and the UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives took up the challenge at a panel discussion April 12 at Greenspun Hall.

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    Phast Cars!

    By Bob Whitby

    Some people organize car shows because they dig cars, and some do it for the recognition. Frank Miranda, the eponymous owner of Phat Phrank’s Mexican restaurant, is putting one together to increase the peace.

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    A Save in Henderson

    By Sean DeFrank

    Henderson’s east side isn’t an affluent area, but it’s rich in baseball tradition. So, as the Henderson Little League geared up for its 25th season this spring, it needed a little help to defray operating costs and ensure that kids from lower-income families could participate even if they can’t afford the $140 entry fee. Instead, it got a lot of help.

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    Glowing Pride

    By Bob Whitby

    Here in foreclosure land, there are a lot of dark houses at Christmas. They may be empty, or they may be occupied by people who’ve lost the means or the will for festivity. My statistically unsound and wholly unscientific research leads me to conclude that approximately one house in 10 is decorated. Call it the Christmas Gloom Index. This year it feels kinda high.

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    Grow It Here

    By Bob Whitby

    If you didn’t know there are working farms in Southern Nevada, don’t feel bad. It seems a little counterintuitive; after all, it’s a desert out there. But there are, in fact, about 20 local producers of everything from tomatoes to corn, poultry to pigs. For the most part they’re small operations, too small to have any kind of marketing budget. Unless you frequent farmers markets, you’d never run across them.

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    Uphill Climb

    By Heidi Kyser

    Ask Jacob Snow what’s new this year about the Valley’s biggest annual cycling event, Viva Bike Vegas, which takes place Oct. 15, and he’ll tell you all about the delights of the pre-dawn ride up the Strip at the start of the route. He’ll spend less time dwelling on the big, bad hills that punctuate the 103-mile route, including a 1,030-foot climb on the first four miles of the Red Rock Loop.

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