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    It’s Better to Give

    It’s been another challenging year for Las Vegas, and nonprofit groups around town are in need of donations and volunteers. If you’re looking to match your skills to their needs but don’t know where to begin, check out VolunteerMatch.org. The site allows you to type in your ZIP code and then select from dozens of opportunities near you. Or if you prefer the brick-and-mortar volunteer approach, the following organizations are a great place to start. Catholic Charities

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    You Give Me Fever

    Halloween has long passed, but a certain autumn monster is still lurking: flu season. Its fever-lined tendrils and coughing disposition have yet to grasp many Southern Nevada victims, so experts say now is the best time for a shot of the antidote, er, vaccine. Flu season in Southern Nevada usually peaks in February, but there have been some years that it’s shown up as early as October. Generally speaking, it’s entirely unpredictable in form and fashion.

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    Moving on Up

    By James P. Reza

    “I’d like to see a grocery store there,” John Tippins says. We’re standing in front of one of downtown’s biggest eyesores, Neonopolis, and there is no way my brain can slap a Whole Foods sign, or the idea of it, on this place. But Tippins can. He is hopeful that a fully leased Streamline Tower, soon to be re-branded The Ogden, across the street from Neonopolis at Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden Avenue, can help spur some redevelopment in the area.

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    Someplace Like Home

    By Sean DeFrank

    As a soldier with more than 20 years in the Army, Lt. Col. Ed Megia has seen his share of USO centers. But he only needed about 10 seconds inside the new facility at McCarran International Airport to give his unsolicited opinion about the place. “This is the nicest USO I’ve ever seen,” he says. “And I’ve seen them all.”

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    Stop the Presses?

    By Stacy Willis

    We’re forever quibbling about what Las Vegas needs to be a real city. A pro sports franchise? A stadium? A better university, top-flight medical centers, less suburban sprawl and more urban grit? Maybe a mob museum or a slew of high-rise condos?

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    Body Talk

    Five years ago, Cortney Warren, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, moved to Las Vegas to start a body image and eating disorder lab while teaching at UNLV. She was interested in the ways that body image and eating disorders are manifested in this image-conscious city. Not long after she settled in, Ann Marie Perone approached Warren.

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    Holidays That Heal

    Although he’s only 24, Kevin Hardin has had more than 30 surgeries in the past two years. The frontline Army medic was driving a Humvee in Iraq in 2007 when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle, severely injuring his hands and arms. Shrapnel from the explosion still remains in his brain.

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    Crazy for Four Loko

    Strip Liquor, on Las Vegas Boulevard near Convention Center Drive, was bustling on the morning of Nov. 19 as patrons stocked up on beverages for the weekend. One of those beverages—Four Loko—has become particularly popular in recent days. The alcoholic energy drink, nicknamed “blackout in a can,” is on a publicity blitz following scrutiny this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s the eve of Prohibition for Four Loko.

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    Open for Business

    By James P. Reza

    During boom times, Las Vegans loved to gush about entrepreneurialism in the city. There was seemingly always a new resort being built with a flashiness that topped its predecessors, and a spirit that the entertainment and tourism imagination would always find a way to outpace the city’s shortcomings. But times are tough now, and with our city’s future being questioned on a national level almost daily, it’s harder to see that entrepreneurial spirit in Las Vegas.

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    Let the Sunshine In

    Three engineering students from UNLV are determined to bring developing countries out of the dark. They’ve devised plans to create an affordable, solar-driven electrical system that can be used in remote rural areas. The blueprint for that device recently defeated more than 50 college teams around the world to win the Humanitarian Technology Challenge.

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    Spiders in Love

    In the fall, a young tarantula’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Or, at least, to female tarantulas. And so that male tarantula wanders high and low in the desert, crossing Charleston Boulevard near Red Rock, skittering around Highway 160 and Pahrump, and sidestepping across Death Valley. The months of October and November are the best (or worst, if you hate spiders) times to see tarantulas around Southern Nevada and the surrounding region.

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    Right Place, Wrong Time

    By Sean DeFrank

    Since the creation of the Fremont East entertainment district in 2002, city officials have gone to great lengths to rebrand the area as a hip and trendy pedestrian zone with cafés, clubs, bars and restaurants. In 2007, the city allotted $5.5 million for wider sidewalks and 40-foot-tall neon signs, and the Las Vegas City Council in September approved an $80,000 contract to better market the district.

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    Leaping Toward Education

      Karla Washington has led an extreme kind of life. Back in her high school years, the now-41-year-old Las Vegas resident admits the extreme factor wasn’t always of the positive variety. When Washington attended Channel Island High School in Oxnard, Calif., she graduated with grade point average of 1.46. That was after she spent an entire semester skipping class and then dropping out, before working a series of odd jobs that didn’t lead anywhere.

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    Silicon Vegas?

      Can the quirky, workaholic culture of high-tech innovation take up residence in downtown Las Vegas? That’s a question Michael Tchong— a media, technology and marketing guru—plans to answer by summer.

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    On the Road Again

    When the RV Super Show hit South Point hotel-casino Oct. 26-31, it was more than just a sales opportunity for some 200 new and used recreational vehicles. Sponsored by Camping World, the show was the company’s second in Las Vegas since February, following a two-year hiatus, an indication that the economy may be picking up speed. Recreational vehicles are a disposable-income splurge, the type of spending that’s the first to go and the last to recover in a recession.

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