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  • Features

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Local high schooler Roman Jaworsky, who took fifth place at the 2014 World Championships in Denmark, is the current points leader for the 2015 season.

  • Music

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    The musician talks his love for Las Vegas, music licensing and more.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

    If you’ve eaten Mexican food in Las Vegas, you’ve probably had Los Arcos tortillas or chips, which are the foundation for tacos and nachos in restaurants across the Valley.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Bernal is the first UNLV soccer player to earn all-conference honors four years in a row and the fourth to be drafted to Major League Soccer.

  • Education

    Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

    Medical school, stadiums and wars with the north—UNLV's new president has his work cut out for him.

  • Business

    Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

    The business a growing set of services that helps prisoners and their friends and family keep in touch through photos and phone calls.

  • Food

    Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

    The newest Coca-Cola product is a low-calorie soda sweeted with Stevia extract and cane sugar. But how does it taste?

  • Music

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    The 68-year-old singer and songwriter still delivers what his fans love the most: great stories.

  • Immigration

    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

    President Obama laid out his case for immigration reform at the Valley's Del Sol High School last week.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    A primer on the faces and storylines taking center stage in Brazil

  • Las Vegas

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Metro Police identified a woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas as Alison Michelle Ernst and arrested her on a count of ...

  • Food

    Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

    Chef Jose Andres, who helped popularize the Spanish tradition of tapas in the United States, has restaurants in four U.S. cities and Puerto Rico, helms a nonprofit organization and teaches college classes. While managing all of those responsibilities, Andres and his wife, after 23 years in the country, were sworn in as U.S. citizens in a ceremony Nov. 13 in Baltimore. Andres already operates Jaleo, É by Jose Andres and China Poblano in Las Vegas, and the offerings from the James Beard Award-winner will expand in 2014. Andres is culinary director for SLS Hotels and is currently planning the lineup for SLS Las Vegas.

  • Animals

    Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

    OD’s descent from carefree traveler to patient relegated to perpetual captivity started in 1999. Before that, he lived an adventurous life, hopping eastbound Atlantic currents to feast in the Mediterranean, before cruising back to the Florida Keys for a hot date. He traveled, ate, mingled with ladies. But in 1999, his life changed. That, coincidentally, was also the year his current home, the Shark Reef Aquarium, opened its doors at Mandalay Bay.

  • Business

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    For binational, same-sex couples, the Supreme Court’s decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case has jolted their lives with forward momentum.

  • Las Vegas

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    The man accused of firing a gun while driving down the Las Vegas Strip, killing another driver and causing a fiery crash that killed two others, made his first appearance in a Nevada court today.

  • Las Vegas

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Alisha was 17 years old when she was kicked out of school, lost a basketball scholarship and subsequently was recruited into prostitution by Raymond Sharpe. Sharpe, by that time, was already a pro at picking up teenage girls and trafficking them throughout the country as prostitutes, according to court records.

  • Community

    Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

    At first glance, a lion dance, the costumed ritual that brings good fortune at Chinese New Year, may seem rather simple. Yet, from the music to the steps, everything is carefully coordinated. Any absent-minded mistake could mean dooming a client to bad luck for an entire year. The “dancers” are really martial artists, superb athletes with stamina and agility.

  • Food

    Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

    Look up Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas on, and more than 500 entries will come back. It is safe to say that most Las Vegas residents know where to find a carne asada taco or even a good chicken mole. Restaurants representing Mexico’s Latin American neighbors, though, are a little more elusive. Diners who stick to Mexican restaurants are missing out on arepas, pupusas, empanadas, soups and ceviches that can only be found by exploring Las Vegas offerings from the rest of Latin America.

  • Features

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

    “No competition comes without controversy, and this one is no exception.”

  • Politics

    Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

    Mike Smith has been the Sun’s editorial cartoonist since 1983, and after Tuesday he will have weathered eight presidential elections during his tenure. He took some time before the election to reflect on his career, the challenges of drawing President Barack Obama’s ears versus Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s hair, and what the results of Nov. 6 will mean for him.

  • Entertainment

    Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

    Group screams and Cobain impersonations at Cosmo's Boulevard Pool.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

    Superstar Mexican pop-rock band Maná will perform at a campaign rally for President Barack Obama in Las Vegas on Sunday, a campaign spokesman confirmed late Wednesday.

  • Food

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    It was tax season 2011, and siblings Joe Vergara and Liza Vergara-Gross were forced to acknowledge the stagnant state of their pastry and dessert ...

  • Boulder City

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Two people were killed Friday afternoon when a small, single-engine jet crashed just west of Boulder City Airport, authorities said. According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, a Czech-made Aero Vodochody L39 jet crashed for unknown reasons about a half mile from the airport.

  • Las Vegas

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    After reviewing three separate Metro Police shootings from last year, the Clark County district attorney’s office announced today that it determined all of the officers involved acted lawfully.

  • Las Vegas

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Kenneth O. Stimpson, owner of a suspected clip joint where a tourist was stabbed early Sunday morning, was arrested Thursday on a racketeering count, Metro Police said.

  • Hispanic

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

    Where Nevada’s Hispanic voters are concerned, Democrats are betting Sharron Angle is the gift that keeps on giving. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is running a Spanish-language radio ad in Las Vegas that refers to “the party of Sharron Angle” and calls Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller “another Sharron Angle.”