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    The Drive-In Still Offers an Escape


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    A woman’s foot dangles out of the driver’s-side front window of a parked pickup truck. She and her friend are first in line at West Wind 5 Drive-In, and it’s not even dark yet, and the place doesn’t open for another half-hour.

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    Can ‘Downtown Summerlin’ Bring Urban Living to the ‘Burbs?

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    Maybe it’s the promise of excessive retail spending that sends a little adrenaline through our recession-rusty veins. Or maybe it’s just the sight of so many cranes and hard hats and newly planted, totally unnecessary palm trees.

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    The Power of Positive Rallying

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    Who are all of these shameless do-gooders? I’m pulling into the parking lot at Cashman Center on a Tuesday night, and the first lot is full. What’s more, charter buses are lined up at the curb, depositing people—lots and lots of people, bus after bus—to attend the second annual conference of Nevadans for the Common Good.

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    The Dream of Holacracy: Managed by None, Accountable to All

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    It’s not that the growth-oriented, stock-focused corporate structure is likely to disappear soon. It earns too much for too few to let it crumble into little accountable groups of makers and shakers. But we can rearrange the way we speak about it and the way we think about our own relationships within it. We can rebrand.

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    The Restroom Dilemma

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    Sometimes I go into the wrong restroom. This problem is exacerbated if I’ve had a few drinks. It’s not that I spontaneously lose certainty of my gender when I approach a public restroom—that’s an occasional internal debate that I save for other scenarios. Rather, it’s a cognitive issue I have with clever signage.

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    Claws Come Out in Battles Over Animal Shelters

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    Cat cafes are all the rage—or so I read as I was sipping coffee with Eddie, our cat. He was sprawled on the desk next to my laptop, occasionally reaching a paw over to vie with the keyboard or the cup for my attention. It’s an early-morning routine we have—my own little cat cafe, I suppose.

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    The Reality of Vegas Unreality, From Fake Wars to Fake Strippers

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    Holy crap, are we being invaded?! We saw the military trucks, two of them, at a distance, driving down Spring Mountain Road near the Strip. Soldiers were loaded in the back. Was there some sort of riot—like the politically profound uprising in Tucson after their basketball team lost?

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    From Vegas to Sochi to the Stars

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    The day after the season’s first episode of Dancing With the Stars aired, I sat down to watch it for a second time. The reason for my repeat viewing was the appearance of former Las Vegan Amy Purdy.

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    Can Technology Make You Happier?

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    We were texting. All of us. Compulsively. It was two hours before one of the world’s most famous archaeology scholars, Jodi Magness, would be speaking about the Dead Sea Scrolls—some of the earliest known manuscripts from the Hebrew Bible, dating as far back as 250 B.C.

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    Someone Tell This German Shepherd That Good Boys Don’t Play in Traffic

    I’m standing in three lanes of traffic, panting, eye-to-eye with a German shepherd. He’s growling. He’s showing fangs. On the other side of Lake Mead Boulevard, cars whip by. I try sweet-talking the dog: “It’s OK, you’re OK.” The dog walks a few steps toward me. OK. This is good. We’re almost done with this. […]

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    Bam! The Olympic Spirit at a Vegas Rink

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    A 13-year-old hockey player slams into the rink wall so hard it shakes the plexiglass, drawing cheers and jeers from spectators surrounding the ice.

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    It Feels Like Old Times in Real Estate

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    Never mind Punxsutawney Phil. Spring has sprung—and here is its sign: “Model Homes, Next Right.” The little parking lot was full. The new Camaro on the curb had Pennsylvania plates; the BMW SUV on the dirt lot was from California. We had to park across the street.

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    Three Studies of Elaine Wynn

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    High-fives to Elaine Wynn, president of the state Board of Education, for donating $6 million to public education efforts in Clark County. It’s needed.

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    Soaking Up Meaning: A Flood, a Honcho and the Significance of Clean Water

    Standing barefoot in the puddle in my house, I thought, what a waste of water. Never mind the rug, the books and the baseboards—this was the snowpack melting off of the Rockies, the water we need in Lake Mead, the type of clean, drinkable water West Virginians had recently lost to contamination—now soaking into the foundation of my guest bedroom.

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    State Needs to Resolve to Fix Mental Health System

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    There are more pleasant occasions to take a walk down memory lane than a national public shaming of Nevada’s mental health system. And yet, here I am at the start of 2014 recalling the litany of problem-and-Band-Aid-solution stories that makes up our state’s mental health service history.

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