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    Three Questions: Neon Reverb

    By Sean DeFrank

    Much attention has been given to the announcement of Life Is Beautiful, a music, food and arts festival coming to Downtown on October 26-27. But the twice-yearly Neon Reverb has been featuring national and local musical acts at Downtown venues since 2008. Neon Reverb organizer Jason Aragon weighs in on the impact Life Is Beautiful will have on his festival.

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    Three Questions: Shade Tree

    By Heidi Kyser

    Since 1990, women and children have found refuge from abuse, poverty and other dangers 24 hours a day at the Shade Tree shelter. Director Marlene Richter says the facility’s 364 beds are full every day of the year, but Mother’s Day—when ideals of maternity take center stage—is especially difficult. She reflects on life at the Shade Tree for this year’s resident moms. Can you describe the typical mother that you see taking shelter at Shade Tree?

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    Three Questions: Marriage Equality

    By Heidi Kyser

    The most dramatic non-Steven Brooks moment in the 77th Nevada Legislature so far was the Senate’s April 22 passage of Joint Resolution 13, which proposes to amend the state constitution’s language on marriage. It began as a request to repeal the 2002 constitutional amendment defining marriage as a male-female union, but a revision to the resolution pushed it further: As passed by the Senate, it would require the recognition of all marriages, regardless of gender (with the exception of churches, which don’t have to bless unions they object to).

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    Three Questions: Ice Age Predators

    By Heidi Kyser

    UNLV geologist Josh Bonde was surveying the Upper Las Vegas Wash last June when he and his team of undergrad assistants noticed a bone sticking out of the side of a hill. He knew immediately that it was from some sort of dog, and an independent examination recently confirmed it was the foot bone of a 10,000-15,000-year-old dire wolf. Add that to last year’s discovery of a saber-toothed cat bone, and it starts to change our picture of the prehistoric Las Vegas Valley: What’s the big deal about finding a wolf bone?

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    Three Questions: Downtown Redevelopment

    By Heidi Kyser

    Nobody in the Nevada Legislature knows Downtown Las Vegas redevelopment better than Assemblywoman Heidi Swank, who’s played her own part by rehabbing her mid-century modern home in the Beverly Green neighborhood and steering civic groups dedicated to community-building and preservation. She’s the go-to person on the proposed Assembly Bill 50, which would extend the city’s existing redevelopment plan by 15 years, to 2046. What are the key components of this bill?

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    Three Questions: Las Vegas and the Super Bowl

    By Matt Jacob

    A decade ago, the NFL squashed the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s attempt to run a Super Bowl ad promoting Las Vegas. Since then, the league developed an ad policy related to destinations and sports wagering, while the authority turned to other outlets, such as ESPN and Fox Sports, to reach its audience. Here, LVCVA chief Rossi Ralenkotter analyzes the NFL-Vegas relationship and gives the odds on a rematch. How big of a boost is the Super Bowl to Las Vegas' tourism economy?

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