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Youth are Showing Extraordinary Leadership on Climate in the Courts

You have heard of the Parkland students who are leading the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence. As we approach Earth Day this weekend, it's important to spread the word about another group of youth out of Oregon have shown similarly courageous leadership on climate change in the courtroom. It all started in 2015, when 21 young people in Oregon, then aged 8 to 19 years old, worked with a youth focused organization called Our Children’s Trust to file a lawsuit…

TAX DAY: New Report Reveals How Trump’s Tax Giveaway Impacts Nevada

Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress, such as Nevada Senator Dean Heller, have made a lot of promises about their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway passed in December. They said millions and millions of workers would get wage hikes or bonuses. But it didn’t work out that way – only 4% of the nation’s 148 million employees got more money from their bosses. It’s the wealthy that that have reaped the benefits. About two-thirds of the tax cuts are going…

BLOG: Why March for Science?

This Saturday's march is more than just a fun way to celebrate science. How many times per day does the average American rely on science? When you make your breakfast in the morning, we trust that what we bought at the grocery store is not infected with harmful bacteria or laced with toxic pesticides, thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration. When we commute to work in the morning, we trust that consumer protection agencies regulate that vehicles have…

Woman Alleges Steve Wynn Used Her Job, Executive Boyfriend’s as Leverage for Sex

A former employee at the Golden Nugget and Mirage alleges Steve Wynn coerced her into a two-year-long sexual relationship by making implicit threats to not only her job but also her boyfriend’s. Meg, who doesn’t want to use her last name, says she first appeared on Wynn’s radar when she attended the opening of the Mirage in 1989 with her then-fiance, an executive with the hotel company.  The two never married. It was a Cinderella moment for me. “It was a Cinderella…

Steve Wynn Described by former Cocktail Waitress as “Forceful, Aggressive”

A former Golden Nugget cocktail waitress says Steve Wynn, whom she had never met, showed up unannounced at her home three weeks into her tenure at the hotel in May of 1988. “I think he was in a light blue Mercedes and he was with an African-American valet,” the woman, who requested anonymity, said of the unannounced visit.  “My neighbor called me and said ‘Steve Wynn is coming up the stairs to your apartment!” When the woman (I’ll call her Sherri),…

Paiute Activist Fawn Douglas Honored by Nevada Indian Commission

By Natalie Hernandez and Andrew Davey Las Vegas Paiute artist and activist Fawn Douglas was one of four Nevadans honored at the American Indian Achievement Awards in Carson City last Saturday. Douglas was recognized by the Nevada Indian Commission for her tireless advocacy for Southern Nevada Paiute communities, including her work to protect tribal ancestral lands. That work continued Saturday, when Douglas used her acceptance speech to ask Senator Dean Heller (R) to meet with tribal communities about protecting Gold…

gun violence, Las Vegas Shooting

Opinion: The New Norm of Violence

By Victor Rivera I’m glad to say that the greater Las Vegas community has responded to the Route 91 tragedy in a way that made me proud of my hometown. I volunteered on campus at UNLV to help collect supplies for victims and first responders. Everywhere, I was hearing stories of that civic pride like lines of people to donate blood stretched for blocks or that some centers that were collecting supplies were indeed already full. A shocking event happened,…

Opinion: Authentic Patriotism

By Victor Rivera What is authenticity? My personal take is that when it comes to people, authenticity is the behavior that comes from a person which is natural to them and relates to people in a way that that is upfront and honest. I finish my personal definition by adding that this behavior is not forced or coerced. To be a small child and be told that you have to hug your older relative is a nice gesture, but that…

Guest Blog: Hate in Nevada – The Bundy Connection

By Mike McGreer Last weekend, the nation was rocked by the outburst of violence that white supremacists provoked in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville tragedy is simply the latest in a long line of fascist, racist, bigoted and anti-government atrocities committed through the history of the United States. Sadly, some of this bigotry can be found dangerously close to home. (more…)

Guest Blog: Understanding Charlottesville – How Did We Learn to Hate?

By Dr. Michael Green In April 1861, America went to war with itself. The Confederates were determined to preserve its institution of slavery that judged a person’s worth by the color of one’s skin. Though their army would ultimately be defeated four years later, their ideology persisted in finding new ways to enforce laws based on hate. In August 2017, white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville. The marching and violence in Charlottesville last weekend were about history: the proposed removal of…