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Dim the lights for Tark: The Strip flips the switch to honor the hometown hero

The Las Vegas Strip is shown in a combination photo before and after casino lights are dimmed in honor of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Tarkanian died Feb.11 at age 84.
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Dim the Lights for Tark | Las Vegas Strip | 10:30 P.M. | February 18, 2015

One minute it looked like it always looks, glowing fiercely and busily. The next it was like we’d beamed to another city. The Strip went dark last week. Not because aliens attacked or the power blew or because a president left this world. Jerry Tarkanian did. Reports said that only eight people in history have been honored this way, with Tark joining the likes of JFK, Frank Sinatra and Elvis. In other places, maybe it isn’t that big of a deal to flip the switch. But in the city that never shuts off, it was.

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