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    Everywhere a (Low Tech) Sign

    By James P. Reza

    Vince Kooch jokes that his fancy title at MGM Resorts is a bit of an overstatement. It’s a mouthful all right: executive director of corporate media and brand partnerships. The long and short of it is that Kooch scours the best media opportunities out there to expand his employer’s brand.

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    Please Stay on the Line

    By Sean DeFrank

    The proliferation of telephones in the United States has never been greater. More than 285 million Americans, about 91 percent of the population, have mobile phones. As these numbers grow, there’s less need for pay phones.

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    Following the Blast

    At 6:33 a.m. July 11, the NV Energy commerce substation at 1004 Main St. exploded. The blast threw debris into neighboring properties, broke windows and doors, and completely destroyed some of the closest buildings, including H K Plumbing to the north and The Attic vintage clothing store to the south. Since then, many local businesses have worked together to repair the damage, but NV Energy has only recently offered to help fix anything other than its own facility.

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    Most of the People Some of the Time

    By James P. Reza

    You would think that when more than 80 percent of the people agree on something, it wouldn’t be too difficult to persuade the other 20 percent to get behind it. Unfortunately, when it comes to recycling our young city that loves to tout its forward-looking nature is happy to embrace the past.

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    The Shadow People

    Kenneth Bowman worries about the future of the health-care industry. As the CEO of HealthSouth of Henderson, a rehabilitation hospital, he predicts another nursing shortage is on the horizon nationally. He also worries about filling other positions, from occupational therapists to physicians, because the training for such jobs entails five to 12 years of schooling. If those positions are going to be filled down the line, says Bowman, more kids in Southern Nevada need to start getting interested today.

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    It Takes a Village

    Melva Thompson-Robinson has been talking to Las Vegas pastors about sex. It sounds strange, considering her ultimate goal is to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Nevada, but once you hear the plan of the director of the Center for Health Disparities Research at UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences, it makes sense.

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    Come Out Swinging

    By Jason Scavone

    The safe bet when interviewing for the chance to run a major Las Vegas casino is to project a calm confidence, or slide in a touch of undignified kissing up. Even shameless groveling is more of a percentage play. Hard Rock Hotel president and CEO Joe Magliarditi ended his interview with a dare.

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    Safe at Home

    We spend the majority of our time indoors, so it’s important to breathe clean, healthy air. But with microscopic problems such as lead, mold, radon and asbestos, how do you know what you’re breathing?

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    When Worlds Collide

    It’s January, and in Las Vegas that means two things: geeks and porn stars.

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    In the Shadows

    By Sean DeFrank

    Forney Smith is on the roof of the Jockey Club, giving a tour of the Strip’s first condo/time-share resort on a late December afternoon. While pointing out the Bellagio fountains to the north and describing the view of the Strip circa 1974, Smith is interrupted by a man shouting from a balcony on the neighboring Cosmopolitan. “Man, is that place for sale? That place has to be worth a goldmine!”

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    Get a Job!

    It’s a new year, but the local employment outlook is hardly an occasion to celebrate. Still, the fact that Las Vegas is neither gaining nor losing jobs is firmer ground than we’ve stood on for some time.

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    Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way

    By James P. Reza

    Arvind Menon’s bank has one location in town. He jokes about clients wanting to do business with him having a hard time even finding his southwest Valley office. But Meadows Bank, where he is the CEO, has apparently met enough people who can find its big red sign near Russell Road and Interstate 215.

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    Gallery on a Mission

    In the ongoing saga of downtown Las Vegas’ redevelopment, it’s easy to get distracted by flashy stories such as Zappos.com’s planned takeover of the soon-to-be-vacated City Hall property, or the Cordish Companies’ intention to build a sports arena at Symphony Park. But the smaller developments often get lost in the chatter, the homegrown businesses whose existence adds character and texture to the evolving landscape of the city’s urban core.

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    The Bearded Ones

    Every child knows there’s one thing that distinguishes a real Santa from a wannabee: the beard. And the test is simple. When sitting on Santa’s lap, give his whiskers a tug. If you get a scream, the man is a “real beard.” If you get a fistful of fake whiskers, you’re dealing with a “designer.”

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    Come for the Health Care, Stay for the Gambling

    Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has been widely quoted touting medical tourism—attracting people who seek treatment and boosting the local hospitality industry while they’re at it—as a cure for the city’s economic ills. “As far as diversifying our economy, we are now going to have a new industry virtually overnight, and that is medical tourism,” Goodman said in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health early this year.

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