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    Since I never deigned to plaster my bedroom with KISS posters, the new “KISS ME! Official Photo App” for iPhones allows me to belatedly buy in to the recent KISS resurgence.

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    Ex-KNTV Anchor Melissa McCarty Writes of Hard Journey

    By Felicia Mello

    Las Vegans may remember Melissa McCarty from her 2005-07 stint as a reporter and anchor on KTNV Channel 13. But viewers likely didn’t realize the anxiety that lay behind McCarty’s carefully modulated delivery, detailed in a recently released memoir.

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    Touchscreen Textbooks

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    Hang around the education community long enough, and you’re sure to hear a rhetorical refrain that goes something like this: Why are we still using a 19th-century model of education predicated on getting kids ready for early 20th-century industry using technology Gutenberg invented in the 15th century? However, there has been some recent movement within the Clark County School District toward bringing our schools into this century.

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    The Battle Against Perceived Reality

    By Sean DeFrank

    No college basketball coach has ever been vilified more by the national media for perceived wrongdoing than Jerry Tarkanian when he was at UNLV, and now a post on a popular sports website has attached the “cheater” label to one of Tark’s protegés, second-year Rebel coach Dave Rice. CBSSports.com asked nearly 100 coaches this summer, “Who is perceived by college coaches to be the biggest cheater in the sport?” Kentucky’s John Calipari ranked first, at 36 percent, but tied for fifth (with Indiana’s Tom Crean) was Rice at 3 percent.

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    Politics, Purse Strings and the Rebel Yell

    By Sean DeFrank

    A conflict over who has the authority to appoint the editor-in-chief of UNLV’s student newspaper ultimately could change the way the publication is funded. For 16 years, an advisory board comprised of faculty members, professional journalists and students, including a member of the student government, has chosen the editor of the Rebel Yell.

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    Taking Over the Southwest

    By Roger Erik Tinch

    If Gabe Shepherd has his way, the buzz at next year’s SXSW interactive conference won’t be generated by an app or website but by the Las Vegas technology community. Sounds like a lofty goal, but the local entrepreneur is no stranger to overcoming the odds. In 2003, Shepherd came to Las Vegas with $3,000 and gave himself three weeks to find a job. He quickly lost his money playing craps and was on the verge of leaving town when he was offered an IT job with Boyd Gaming.

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    Is The Smith Center the Last Good Thing?

    By Greg Blake Miller

    The Architect’s Newspaper is a well-wrought niche publication for the national design community and its natural allies—builders, hipsters, place-and-space academics, urban boosters, zoning wonks, greens, artists, people who read Richard Florida and people who read about Tony Hsieh reading Richard Florida. In other words, The Architect’s Newspaper should be a friend to the people, from city officials to Fremont East entrepreneurs, who have midwifed the renaissance of downtown Las Vegas.

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    This Thing of Ours

    By Sean DeFrank

    The opening of the Mob Museum on Feb. 14 was a big day for Las Vegas, but it was also another opportunity for the world to say what they think of us. Here’s a sampling of national and international media takes on the House That Oscar Built: Gary A. Warner, The Orange County Register

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    Radio Nowhere, Now on Sale

    By Bob Whitby

    Anyone can podcast; only the media elite get to broadcast. If you’ve dreamed of being the next Rush Limbaugh but had trouble attracting an audience amid the cacophony of the Internet, here’s your chance to send wisdom rolling over the airwaves of Southern Nevada, from North Las Vegas to Mesquite. KXLI, a 100,000-watt commercial radio station at 94.5-FM, is up for sale on eBay. As of press time, the bidding is up to $95,000—well short of the buy-it-now price of $8.95 million. That would buy you a studio, production equipment and everything else you need to get on the air.

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    Old Media, the Wild Web and the Meaning of “Free”

    Related story Putting a Lid on the Internet Soup The Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) were crafted to make it easier to combat Internet piracy, but many in the Internet community have seen them as a threat to the very essence of the Internet.

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    Breaking the Casino News

    By David G. Schwartz

    Looking back at the past year, several important casino stories weren’t broken by the dailies, or even the weeklies; they were first reported on VegasTripping.com, a website that is increasingly first with news from the Las Vegas casino industry. In July, news about Aria’s Legionella outbreak first surfaced on the site after a hotel guest shared the e-mail that the hotel had sent him. It wasn’t until the next day that anyone else picked the story up.

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    A Gathering Place for the Truly Wired

    A new downtown technology library opened Nov. 11. It’s called /usr/lib (the name is an inside joke for UNIX geeks), and the sign on the door—“tech library – co-working lite – meetup venue”—sums up what it’s all about. Organizer Pawel Szymczykowski, a software engineer for Zappos, says it’s a “1.0 release.” But the library already has a lot to recommend it.

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    Cosmopolitan Banking on Social Capital

    By David G. Schwartz

    The Cosmopolitan recently received two Sherpie Awards, which honor the best social media marketing in the casino industry, winning for “Best Use of Twitter” and “Best in Show.” In a sense, the awards were richly deserved—the Cosmo has seamlessly integrated Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and YouTube into a comprehensive platform fine-tuned to interact with the forward-thinking customers the resort is courting. So there’s some real commercial competence on display here. But what’s really in it for the Cosmopolitan’s “friends” and “followers”?

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    A Click Down Memory Lane

    By Sean DeFrank

    In our famously transient city, someone who remembers what the Strip looked like before Bellagio opened—or when the most famous Hilton in town was the hotel-casino instead of the spoiled heiress—is practically regarded as an old-timer. But leave it to Facebook to help separate the true Vegas veterans from the relative newcomers.

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    Sherman’s March

    By Bob Whitby

    If you’ve been wondering what erstwhile Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick has been doing with his spare time since his responsibilities at the paper were cut to the bone in November, here’s the answer: forming his own media empire. Frederick and partners Tim Dahlberg, a sports columnist with The Associated Press whose work often appears in the R-J, and Tom Smith, a Phoenix accountant, formed Battle Born Media in March. Right now they’re shopping for newspapers to buy.

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