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Where to catch live entertainment right now on and near the Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas Sun

Richard Brian / Special to the Sun

David Browne, left, and Dave Rooney of The Black Donnellys pose for a photo after a performance at Ri Ra Irish Pub at the shoppes at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

The return of big Las Vegas entertainment at arenas, showrooms, theaters and clubs is still far from becoming reality. But there is plenty of smaller-scale live entertainment programmed every week in the citys tourism corridor along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Heres a resort-by-resort breakdown of all the live entertainment currently scheduled on or near the Strip. Keep in mind that anything and everything is subject to change and reservations are strongly encouraged if not required, so get in the habit of calling ahead.

ARIA

Aria has one of the most dramatic lobby areas on the Strip and its stylish Lobby Bar (702-590-8638), open around the clock, welcomes Vegas visitors with a pianist Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m.

BELLAGIO

The center Strip titan quickly emerged as one of the most entertaining destinations upon reopening thanks to the iconic fountain show and the equally magnetic conservatory, but the incredible musicians, singers and dancers that make the show go at Mayfair Supper Club (702-693-8876) have created plenty of buzz as well. Take it all in along with dinner and drinks Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Bellagio also has live DJs at Lily Bar & Lounge (702-692-5615) and the legendary pianists at the recently renovated Petrossian Bar (702-693-7111).

CIRCUS CIRCUS

The classic and free circus acts on the second-level Midway (702-734-0410) begin every day at 11:30 a.m.

COSMOPOLITAN

One of Cosmos newest venues, the Barbershop (702-698-7434) is serving up live bands from its intimate stage at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Thats been a bit of a secret because of the places speakeasy-style of operations, but less under-the-radar is the modern supper club experience at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (877-893-2001), which offers a variety of acts during dinner and operates Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The resorts popular club Marquee (702-333-9000) has been booked solid for weekend day and night pool lounging with DJ music, drink service and a full food menu, and you can also catch DJ performances at the casino-level Clique Lounge at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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A general view at Mayfair Supper Club during its debut on New Years Eve at Bellagio Las Vegas on December 31, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for The Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio Las Vegas)

ELLIS ISLAND

The new indoor-outdoor beer garden and restaurant known as the Front Yard (702-733-8901) at the friendly casino and hotel just east of the Strip is currently open Thursday through Saturday and bringing live music to the stage starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

FLAMINGO

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (702-733-3302) offers music from a live soloist at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, some relaxing tunes to go with your margarita and cheeseburger in paradise. The Flamingo bar and restaurant also offers plenty of patio space.

MANDALAY BAY

With DJs spinning nightly at 10 p.m. on the 63rd floor Foundation Room lounge (702-632-7631) and on weekends at Daylight Beach Club (702-632-4700), plus regular live music in the restaurant space at the House of Blues (702-632-7600), Mandalay Bay has one of the busiest entertainment programs on the reopened Strip. Bonus pick: The rollicking Irish pub Ri Ra (702-632-7771) at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place continues to host beloved Celtic rock duo the Black Donnellys at 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

MGM GRAND

Sitting at the gateway from the casino to MGMs restaurant row is country music hot spot the Losers Bar (702-891-3003) and it continues to offer live music nightly at 6 p.m. in its comfy saloon environment.

NEW YORK-NEW YORK

Sadly, the iconic dueling pianos act at the Bar at Times Square has once again been shuttered, but until its return you can find live bands rocking out at 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday at another long-standing Strip music bar, Nine Fine Irishmen (702-740-3311).

ORLEANS

The off-Strip casino is set to bring the bands back to its live music haven, restaurant and bar Bailiwick (702-365-7111) starting this weekend on July 31. Bands and solo acts will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

TUSCANY

Just a few blocks east on Flamingo Road lies one of the liveliest lounges in Las Vegas. The staff and musicians that make up the Tuscanys Piazza Lounge (702-893-8933) have been working hard to maintain a robust weekly schedule of music that currently includes Laura Shaffer on Mondays, Ashley Fuller on Tuesdays, Kelly Clinton on Wednesdays, Michael Grimm on Thursdays, Kenny Davidsen on Fridays, Rita Lim on Sundays and a slate of rotating performers on Saturday nights.

VENETIAN/PALAZZO

There are singers and musicians entertaining during the day at St. Marks Square inside the Grand Canal Shoppes and the twin luxury resorts are amping up the atmosphere with live DJs at nightlife spots the Dorsey (702-414-1945) and Electra Cocktail Club (702-607-1950) during weekend evening hours.

WYNN/ENCORE

Though Wynn has reactivated its nightlife venues as lounges, including Encore Beach Club, XS and Intrigue, the only DJ music on property is at Encores Eastside Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Most Wanted in Las Vegas for the week of July 26, 2020 – KTNV Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) Police in the Las Vegas area are asking for the public's help in locating the following individuals. Anyone with information is asked to contact the appropriate police department or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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A robbery occurred near the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Flamingo Road on June 3. Two women entered a business and selected items, according to a July 30 police news release. As they exited the business without paying for the items, one of them pepper-sprayed the employees who attempted to stop them.

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Las Vegas: What’s open and closed amid coronavirus – Los Angeles Times

Most Las Vegas resorts and restaurants, including pools and the citys most popular chill spots, are open for business. Bars, however, will remain closed for at least another week to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Though they wont be serving alcohol, Minus5 bars at the skywalk linking Luxor and Mandalay Bay, Venetian and the Linq Promenade offer a quick reprieve from outside temperatures expected to hit 113 this week. The bars will still be ice cold, but will put the freeze on alcohol for now in keeping with current mandates.

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Also, fans of the high-tech CES show need to rethink their plans. Organizers of the January event, which draws about 170,000 people, on Tuesday decided to host a four-day digital convention rather than a usual massive in-person gathering.

If youre planning to visit Las Vegas, you need to know:

Vdara reopened in mid-July. The resorts Market Cafe is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Vdara Pool & Cabanas, along with the pool bar, are open Fridays through Sundays. On other days, guests may use the pool at nearby Aria. Vdaras spa remains closed.

Ballys has reopened, along with a variety of its bars and restaurants and the resorts pool, Blu.

Aria, Delano and Mandalay Bay welcomed guests July 1. At Aria, Catch, Jean Georges Steakhouse and Salt & Ivy are open. At Mandalay Bay, Shark Reef Aquarium and several bars and restaurants have reopened. Nobu, the hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars Palace, reopened July 2.

The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and the Fly Linq at Linq Promenade started sending visitors soaring on July 2.

Two popular day clubs Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand are open Thursdays to Sundays, and reservations are required.

Luxor and the adjoining Shoppes at Mandalay Place are open. At Luxor, the HyperX Esports Arena for high-tech gamers is open, along with a handful of bars and restaurants, including Diablos Cantina and Pyramid Cafe.

At the Shoppes, the popular Minus5 Ice Experience provides the chill as Vegas temperatures rise to triple digits. Its located on a skywalk linking Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Several other bars and restaurants also have reopened.

Paris and Westgate hotel-casinos reopened in mid-June. Paris opened its hotel, casino and pool as well as dining options such as Gordon Ramsay Steak and the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, with stunning views of the Fountains of Bellagio across the street.

The Buffet at Wynn returned, but can you still call it a buffet? Diners are seated in the same pre-pandemic elegant dining area, but the long steam tables full of food have disappeared. Instead of standing in line, plate in hand, diners never have to leave their tables to savor dozens of dishes. They simply order from a menu featuring photos and descriptions of roughly 90 offerings. Its still all you can eat, but theres a two-hour time limit. The Buffet, the first to reopen on the Strip, is open daily. Prices range from $36.99 for a weekday brunch to $65.99 for weekend dinner. Reservations are required.

The new restaurant Elio at Wynn opened for a summer preview starting 5:30 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays. Guests choose from contemporary Mexican dishes by executive chef Sarah Thompson.

Wolfgang Pucks Spago, located lakeside at Bellagio, serves dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays to Tuesdays.

The Sahara introduced reservations for its baccarat, blackjack and roulette games. With space at gaming tables limited because of social distancing, guests can book a seat up to 72 hours in advance. Otherwise, they may wind up standing around waiting for a seat to open up.

Oscars Steakhouse, named for Vegas former mayor, reopened for dinner from Thursday to Sunday. The restaurant, under a glass dome at downtowns Plaza Hotel & Casino, provides great views of the Fremont Street Experience.

Topgolf, a popular attraction themed around golf and other sports at MGM Grand, opened its doors too.

The Cosmopolitans adults-only Marquee pool is open 11 a.m. until sunset Fridays to Sundays, with resident DJs and plenty of food and drink. Reservations are required.

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood: About half of the milelong malls 200 shops, restaurants and attractions have partly reopened with limited hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The adjoining Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino remains closed.

Excalibur: Inside the castle walls, guests can enjoy gaming, a limited number of bars and restaurants, the pool complex, fitness center and Fun Dungeon Arcade.

Caesars Palace: The hotel-casino as well as the sprawling Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, complete with a swim-up gaming area, has reopened. The pool complex is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The resorts race and sports book, and Restaurant Guy Savoy, are open too.

The Linq remains closed, but the casino will be up and running, as will several bars and restaurants.

For dining options, Hash House A Go Go is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and celebrity chef Guy Fieris Vegas Kitchen & Bar is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Influence, the resorts pool, welcomes guests 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The High Roller observation wheel at the Linq Promenade is open with a limit of 10 passengers per cabin to allow for social distancing. (Before the mid-March shutdown, it was 40.)

Big Elvis, a.k.a. Pete Vallee, was the first performer to return to Harrahs. The act that has been a Vegas stalwart for years returns at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at Harrahs Piano Bar and its free.

Kenny Davidsens Celebrity Piano Bar a few blocks east of the Strip along Flamingo Road has relaunched at the Tuscany hotel-casino. In this pandemic era, the lounge has a wall of plexiglass that separates audience members from the stage. Shows start at 8:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Caesars Palace, the Flamingo and Harrahs Las Vegas are open. So are (from north to south on the Strip): the Strat, Sahara, Circus Circus, Wynn-Encore, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Harrahs, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand, the Signature at MGM Grand and New York-New York.

Downtown, the hotels along Fremont Street that are welcoming guests are, from east to west, El Cortez, The D, Fremont, Four Queens, Hotel Apache, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate and Plaza.

The Neon Museum reopened in late May. Even though much of the site is outdoors, the number of visitors is limited at any one time. Visitors are encouraged to book timed tickets in advance.

The Mob Museum in downtown has also reopened, with temperature checks for visitors at the entrance. The museum encourages people to buy timed tickets in advance.

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Il Mulino and California Pizza Kitchen on the Las Vegas Strip File for Bankruptcy – Eater Vegas

Two restaurant companies with locations in Las Vegas filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, both citing the coronavirus pandemic as one of the main causes.

The parent company of Il Mulino, the Italian restaurant with a location at the Forum Shops at Caesars, filed for bankruptcy protection for seven of its locations outside of New York City, including Las Vegas. The Wall Street Journal reports that K.G. LM LLC, the restaurants manager, filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan to prevent lenders from taking over seven locations. The company defaulted on a loan in June, and owes about $36.3 million.

California Pizza Kitchen, which operates about 200 locations nationwide, including six in Las Vegas, also declared bankruptcy on Thursday. The Playa Vista, California-based chain plans to close unprofitable locations, Restaurant Business reports. The chain did not pay rent at the majority of its locations during the coronavirus pandemic and owes more than $400 million. CPKs locations in Las Vegas include one at McCarran International Airport, Downtown Summerlin, Fashion Show mall, and Town Square. The locations at the Park and the Mirage remain closed for now.

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Gaming Commission revokes license of bar that was homicide site – Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday formally revoked the gaming license of a Las Vegas bar that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said had become a hangout for gang activity and was the site of a June 2019 homicide.

Luca Bertolini, owner of the Stateside Lounge on Las Vegas Boulevard North, didnt contest the revocation in a short hearing by the commission that ended in a unanimous vote to revoke the restricted license, the type generally held by bars and taverns with 15 or fewer slot machines.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Ed Magaw told commissioners that, in the investigation by Metro and Control Board agents, the Stateside Lounge had become a hangout for gang members after another nearby bar had closed.

Between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 25, 2019, Metro received 72 calls to quell disturbances, including nine calls involving violent crimes and three for property crimes.

Bertolini said at first he didnt realize that there were gang-affiliated customers in the bar, but once he did, he failed to take the advice of Metro officers on how to monitor them.

Metro was called to several gang confrontations, including motorcycle gang parties and a gang-affiliated funeral event.

30 to 40 gunshots

On June 22, 2019, Metro was called to investigate the shooting death of 48-year-old Michael Johnson outside the bar.

Bartolini lied to police that he wasnt at the bar at time of the shooting, which involved 30 to 40 gunshots.

Shortly after the homicide, the city of Las Vegas moved to revoke the Stateside Lounges business license.

The Gaming Control Board signed a complaint against the bar in February and Bertolini offered to give up his gaming license, signing the stipulation to surrender the license in late May.

Bertolini participated in the hearing online and told commissioners he was embarrassed by the proceedings and apologized for being a part of the incidents.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Las Vegas Valley Water District – Invested in the Future – Nevada Business Magazine

When a severe drought first hit the Colorado River basin in 2000, the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) joined other local water agencies to invest in forward-thinking plans and programs to protect the communitys water resources.

Engineering a deep-water solution, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and its member agencies, including the LVVWD, initiated the engineering design and construction of a 24-foot diameter intake tunnel and Low Lake Level Pumping Station to ensure 2.2 million Southern Nevadans maintained access to their drinking water.

Nearly all of the water delivered throughout the Las Vegas Valley comes from the Colorado River at Lake Mead, said Dave Johnson, SNWA and LVVWD Deputy General Manager for Operations. In response to this ongoing drought and water level reductions in Lake Mead, we implemented a number of initiatives to protect our water supply, including investing in the infrastructure that ensures continued access to our share of water in Lake Mead.

Since the drought began, Lake Mead water levels have declined more than 130 feet. Additional declines in the lakes level threatened the operation of the water agencys two original intake pipes, which were installed in the early 1970s and early 2000s.

The deep-water intake, known as Intake No. 3, stretches nearly three miles to one of the deepest points in Lake Mead, sitting nearly 200 feet below the lakes surface. To pump water from these depths, SNWA also constructed the Low Lake Level Pumping Station, which became operational in April 2020. The pumping station includes 34 of the worlds largest submersible pumps that have a capacity to move more than 900 million gallons per day.

With this infrastructure we can now access water from within the full elevation of the lake, regardless of the lakes level. Thats important because even if Lake Mead drops below elevation 900 feet and Hoover Dam can no longer generate power or release water to states and users downstream, including Arizona, California and Mexico, we still will be able to provide water to the Las Vegas Valley, Johnson explained.

With the ability to draw water from any lake level, Southern Nevada can confidently pursue partnerships to develop new water resources in exchange for access to additional Colorado River water. Pursuing the development of desalination or water reuse projects will allow SNWA and its member agencies to partner with other states on smart investments to develop new water resources in exchange for Southern Nevada receiving additional Colorado River water that can be accessed through the new intake and Low Lake Level Pumping Station. This certainty defers and possibly eliminates the need for SNWA to pipe and pump water from hundreds of miles away, providing greater flexibility to expand our communitys water supply in a smart, efficient and sustainable way.

SNWA recently entered into a Letter of Intent with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) to partner on a major water recycling project. Currently, MET treats wastewater generated from indoor use and releases it to the ocean. A new water reuse facility would provide the infrastructure to treat and reuse the wastewater, extending Californias Colorado River resource.

This historic agreement would allow Southern Nevada to benefit by financially participating in the project and receive a significant amount of water in return, which we can treat and deliver through our existing infrastructure. This project will significantly enhance our water supply for the future, Johnson explained.

SNWA continues to evaluate possible partnerships with California and Mexico to develop desalination facilities. In exchange for investing in this type of partnership, SNWA could acquire additional Colorado River water.

While Southern Nevadas water agencies are working to address the challenges of the drought, we need everyone to do their part and conserve, Johnson said. Adhering to seasonal watering restrictions, removing unused grass and preventing water waste, stretches our water supply and protects our quality of life.

Its your water. Your investment. Use it wisely. For tips on how to save water, visit lvvwd.com.

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Las Vegas man, 67, accused of slaying father in domestic dispute – Las Vegas Review-Journal

A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder early Friday after he allegedly killed his father, Las Vegas police said.

Police were called about 12:35 a.m. Friday after report of a domestic dispute between an elderly father and his son at a home on the 4800 block of Van Carol Drive, near West Tropicana Avenue and South Durango Drive, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release.

While officers were on their way to the home, dispatchers received a call from the son saying his father was taken to Spring Valley Hospital and had died, police said.

Metro identified the son as 67-year-old Oris Jones. Detectives believe Jones and his father had an argument inside the home, and Jones struck his father.

The man suffered facial and chest injuries, police said. The Clark County coroners office will identify the victim and determine his cause and manner of death.

Jones was booked into the Clark County Detention Center without bail, jail records show. He faces a charge of murder of an older person, according to court records.

Further information was not immediately available.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Glenn Puit contributed to this report.

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Pandemic highlights the need to invest in civic education – Las Vegas Sun

By Saha Salahi

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 | 2 a.m.

At a time of crushing financial strain on schools, businesses, families and individuals, the need for a well-functioning government could not be greater. Nor could the need for citizens to understand how the government should function.

The July special session of the Nevada Legislature and the decision to initiate massive cuts in government spending proved particularly damaging to public higher education. However, now is not the time drain education funding.

Nevadas K-12 and higher education institutions train the next generation of responsible and participant citizens. For example, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement (NCCE) at UNLV is designed to promote and support the study of history, law and civics for the development of responsible and informed citizens who are committed to democratic principles and active engagement in representative government.

The center strives to create an informed, engaged citizenry that both understands government and its role in our society not only in higher education but in K-12 schools across the Silver State. With programs like We the People and ProjectCitizen, center staff expose students to relevant content and establish a solid knowledge base for ambitious youths.

Knowledge like this is critical in the current environment.

Throughout these difficult times, citizens of the community have turned to their local and state government more than ever to resolve their concerns. But clearly, the infrastructure of both state and local government is bending if not breaking under the public health and economic challenges before us.

Members of the community deserve answers and explanations from the local and state government, and they can see the lack of effective leadership. In recent weeks, the federal government has been unabile to manage an unparalleled public health crisis created by COVID-19, which has led to a crippling economy prompted by the closure of nonessential business operations.

But recent events in the Legislature reinforce the idea that ignorance of government role in society leaves citizens without a viable option, because too few constituents participate in these processes.

UNLV remains a popular university for first-generation, lower- and middle-income students. Now is the time to instill the value of civics instruction and study.

Instructors devoted to civics are not brainwashing students, as some allege. Rather, students who experience a robust civics curriculum are better able to understand society and government, which encourages young people to participate in the immense role they play within our democracy.

Saha Salahi is a UNLV sophomore and an intern with Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute. She also is the 3rd Congressional District coordinator for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement.

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38 acres of undeveloped land on Las Vegas Strip sells for $108.6M in virtual auction – FOX5 Las Vegas

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Every Voice: Race, Protest, and Power in Las Vegas – KNPR

A roundtable on racial justice in Las Vegas

Widespread protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have sparked a national conversation about racism. On July 9, Desert Companion hosted a live Zoom event, Every Voice: Race, Protest, and Power in Las Vegas, a roundtable on racial justice in the valley.

How can street rallies translate into real change? What can be done to reform the police and expand economic opportunity in communities of color? How does a movement evolve into a coalition that bridges the divides of race, class, and gender identity? These are just a few of the questions panelists discussed.

Moderated by writer and CSN English professor Erica Vital-Lazare, the 90-minute discussion included panelists Aaron D. Ford, Nevada attorney general; Tenisha Freedom, organizer and activist; Tyler D. Parry, assistant professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNLV; Lance L. Smith, a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and teacher; and the Reverend Vance Stretch Sanders, Baptist youth pastor and president of All Shades United.

The following is a transcript of the roundtable discussion, edited for length and clarity. You can find a link to the recorded video of the Zoom event at desertcompanion.com.

Erica Vital-Lazare: When we were thinking about how to home in on a theme for this discussion, we kept coming back to Whats different? How is this current civil rights movement, which feels so different, actually different in your personal experience? How does it compare to similar ones in the past?

Aaron D. Ford: In the immediate aftermath of George Floyds killing, I didnt think anything was different. I didnt expect anything would be different. I thought it would continue to be yet another example of a Black man dying at the hands of police, and nothing happening. I have been, I hate to say the word surprised, but I have been surprised at where we are now, which is on the precipice of actual policies being implemented. But beyond implementation, being enforced. And on the precipice of laws being passed at a state legislative level that are seeking to address some of the concerns that have been raised from generations past.

Aaron D. Ford

What I am also surprised at and happy to see I use the word happy in quotes, right, because whos happy to talk about this in the context of another mans killing? but happy to see that law enforcement at the outset began to voice their outrage at what we saw in Minneapolis.

Tenisha Freedom

Tenisha Freedom: Whats different this time as far as after the George Floyd murder? I think that the video was so clear. The audio was so clear. It was something that was kind of broadcast as a horror film, broadcasted live across the country, and it was undisputable. I think thats what led to some of the reaction and change and demands that are happening right now. This isnt new. Weve had four centuries of racial capitalism leading the country. Weve had decades of police terror haunting our communities. But whats changed is social media videos being in the hands of everyone being able to record it and put it out quickly without it being edited. In these last few months, weve seen COVID change the dynamic of the economy and the way people are moving as well. Were seeing so much corruption, so much poverty, so much of a division between the high elite and the wealthy and the poor. Its starting to touch people that its never touched before. Were seeing an uprising of people and the unity of people because of that.

Tyler D. Parry: One thing that was distinct with George Floyds death is the sheer length of the video, what the public was able to see. Juxtaposing that with what happened to Byron Williams that was filmed, too but LVMPD only released part of the video for public viewing, and apparently showed a few people, including family members, the entirety of the video, which is where you hear him repeatedly say, I cant breathe, multiple times. Whereas what we have with George Floyd is nearly nine minutes of prolonged pleading for the officer to get off of his neck, and the callous nature of other officers simply watching and, in fact, getting very disgruntled with the crowd that was forming around them. It was just a visual that most people were horrified by.

Reverend Vance Stretch Sanders

Reverend Vance Stretch Sanders: For the most part, not much has really changed. Yes, this feels different. Yes, the climate is different, but when I say not much has changed, Im meaning in the sense of its 2020, and were still saying Black Lives Matter. Its 2020, were still asking and demanding Black power. Its 2020, racist police officers and officers of color are getting away with killing Black, brown, oppressed people. Its 2020, Black folks are still being lynched on trees. Its 2020, were still being abducted, kidnapped with our organs missing. Its the same old song, just a different tune. But what can be different this time is I do see a huge emergence of older people and young people who have taken to the streets, but also taken to the community to organize, because we understand that protesting is temporary, and protesting and mobilizing is something that we do to bring awareness. Whats going to really bring the actual change is the 365 (days a year) work, right? Giving folks knowledge of self, political education classes, and the community giving out resources to the people. Thats how essentially we bring change.

So I see where theres a shift. I just hope that this shift is not temporary. Because right now, its cool to be an activist, everybodys an activist now, everybodys a community leader, everybody wants to be on panels and speak on behalf of work theyve never really done. I just hope that spirit is not people just playing revolutionary dress-up or playing activist dress-up, but they really understand this is bigger than George Floyd.

Vital-Lazare: Lance, can you talk about the way this movement feels different, and how it is informed by the image of George Floyd in that street, Michael Brown laying for hours in the street. What impact does that have on the psyche of a nation, what impact does such imagery have on the psyche of Black people in particular?

Lance L. Smith

Lance L. Smith: We understand this is psychological warfare. The torrent of images of Black death on our televisions are meant to destabilize us. I think its very deliberate. And when you think of things like, you talk about the lynching tree going from the tree to our streets, its just, again, visual representations of how we as Black people do not matter in this place. I think its important as an artist, and I see all of us as artists, to figure out ways to transmute those horrors. Thats the gift of us being able to create, being able to see the horror front on and being able to transmute it into something we can use for our power.

Vital-Lazare: Minister Stretch, you keep an eye on the movement nationwide. How does Black activism and Black life in Southern Nevada differ from that in the rest of the country, particularly where the movement is involved?

Sanders: Vegas is a different city. You look at the history of not just the movement from Black Lives, but if you look at the history of the Vegas civil rights movement, other cities leaders back in the 60s were ministers. Vegas was different. Their leaders were Bob Bailey, an entrepreneur; Charles Kellar, a lawyer; Dr. Charles West, who was a dentist; Dr. James McMillan, who was a doctor. Vegas leaders were people who owned their own businesses, people who were successful, not preachers or working-class folks. That same energy is transferred today. So you look at the leadership of Las Vegas now, it differs from a lot of the leadership in other places. Vegas considers leadership politicians, thats their leaders. In Chicago, the leaders are the people at the bottom of the barrel, the leaders are the people who run community centers. Those are the leaders in other cities as well.

Its definitely different, but thats not a bad thing. Because theres also room to grow a movement in Las Vegas. But because Vegas is traditionally not known for having a progressive movement, were not going to have the same energy as L.A. or Detroit. And people are sometimes frustrated because they wish we would Turn it up like Oakland! Sometimes I do, too. And we wish that Vegas was like Detroit or Chicago, but its not, because unfortunately people move here from all over. When we move here, we dont bring whatever skill or culture or knowledge that we have. We leave that back where were from. And for those who were born and raised here, they didnt grow up seeing movements, they didnt grow up seeing struggle, so they learned about what they know from other places.

Vegas has a history of having movement moments but not a movement. So they protest and they shut down the Strip, but then after that, a year later, there is no result of that protest, there is no result of that energy. Thats why its so important because Vegas does not have a consistency of activism. We have to make sure those who are currently in activism are laying down the foundation.

Vital-Lazare: So, you feel like youre going back to the original ministry of movement, really replacing, or standing alongside, politicians and other activists in this movement, but you want to bring the ministry back into the movement? Is that your goal?

Sanders: Not necessarily, because for me to bring the ministry to the movement means I have to force religion on people, and I think that people have the right to practice whatever spiritual practice they practice. For me, my movement is my ministry. But ministry also means serve, so it doesnt have to be a religious thing. My goal is to continue there was a movement going on before there was a Stretch Sanders so my goal is to make sure that we can sustain.

My mother always said its not about what you obtain, its what you maintain. And Vegas will brag about, Oh we did that 20 years ago, but what are you doing now? We have a lot of leaders in Las Vegas who live off things they did 20 years ago, but if you aint worked in 20 years, then its like that work is kinda in vain. So if we get into the movement, theres no such thing as saying, Oh, I used to be an activist. When youre in this life, youre in this life.

As far as standing with the politicians, I think weve tried that and Im open to that, but I think it has to be the right politicians because we know that we have a whole lot of politicians that this is a career for them. So most, even all, the Black politicians, theyve sold us down a creek, they sold us out continuously. Now theyre community leaders and now theyre speaking out against whats going on, but theyve been quiet about Byron Williams, theyve been quiet about Tashii Brown Farmer. They were nowhere to be found then. But now that its a global thing, now some of our Black elected officials want to play superhero. They were elected to represent us, and so I want to see the people stand together. If that includes politicians, obviously, then they will be welcome. But I want the people to stand together, and that means the sister whos on the corner, the brother whos selling dope, the grandmother who raised her grandkids.

We need to get to the people and get rid of some of the commercialization of the movement, because the Vegas movement to me is becoming very commercialized, because you got folks who are trying to co-opt, stop, hijack the movement, and turn it into something that its not. I want to continue to keep this movement as authentic and as original as possible.

Vital-Lazare: Professor Parry, what are we doing now? What are activists old and new doing now? How does this now fit into the continuum of history, how does Las Vegas now fit within that continuum?

Parry: Ive been reaching out to educators in the Clark County School District. I was just curious, what is being done as far as pedagogical strategies that are being implemented within the classroom? What are the children learning? What are they learning about Las Vegas history? Because I can tell you as a person who went through the school district, most of what I learned about racism or discrimination within Las Vegas came from either discussing it with elders within the community, or learning it after I graduated from high school. Addressing anything about race or discrimination either within the United States or within the city itself was largely a side note in most of the curriculum.

The thing Im worried about is, thus far from what Im hearing from educators, is that very little has changed. Theres an elective of African American studies that students can choose to take, but theyre not entirely sure how much of this is actually addressed in U.S. history. And I understand that teachers are pressed for time, and theyre following particular guidelines that come down from administrators and the higher levels. But I think that we have an opportunity now to at least introduce the idea that this needs to be addressed for young people, that they need to know about this.

Once I learned about a lot of these things after I graduated from high school, I became very resentful. People had lied to me. Tyler D. Parry

Once I learned about a lot of these things after I graduated from high school, I became very resentful. People had lied to me. They were trying to cover it up. They didnt trust me with this type of knowledge. Something that Im going to be pursuing is to try to form some type of alliance between educators within the K-12 CCSD system, and faculty, activists, or anybody whos interested in aligning themselves, to introduce a curriculum that will talk about these things and discuss them and strategize how to help students understand the history of this city beyond just the tourism and the Mafia stories that we typically get.

I agree with the minister, Las Vegas history is unique. But at the same time, it mirrors many other parts of the country. You have students coming into my classroom thinking that racism only exists in the South. But at the same time, theyre coming from a city (in a state) that was called the Mississippi of the West and with pretty good reason. It wasnt until 1971 when Black people could move out of the Westside.

This is not ancient history. I think students need to know and understand that. What we need to do is adjust the curriculums to meet the needs of this current movement.

Vital-Lazare: Tenisha, in your movement, how do you include education thats a component in building awareness, also in building numbers for protest on the Strip?

Freedom: Its important to note, like the professor did, that Las Vegas is not exempt from racism. In very recent years, Blacks were not allowed to frequent casinos. Even our entertainers werent allowed to perform in the same guise as white performers. Las Vegas Metro Police Department is not exempt from racism, is not exempt from saturating Black and brown communities, is not exempt from our youth being tagged and really targeted for felonies as gang members. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department is not exempt from murder and excessive force in our communities. So we have to know that Las Vegas is not unique in some of those areas of racism and oppression, as we want to put out there that its all about tourism. The tourism aspect is a reason why so little is known about what really happens here on some of those fronts, because theres a lot of money there to hide it. A part of what were doing is exposing that it is here, but also exposing the politicians, or people that are in power and police that are not speaking on it, that are not pushing reform on it, that are not defunding these entities that dont work to eradicate it. So were wanting to call out some of those names.

We have the attorney general with us as well. What stance is he taking? What areas can he use his power in to make sure that were united on some of these fronts, and using that power and position for the peoples voice? As activists in the community, we serve the people. We are the voice of the people. We try to push the peoples narrative, and we try to push the peoples agenda and our goals.

We know that CCSD does not have a mandatory Black history curriculum in the schools. It doesnt exist, so it is voluntary and optional if they even present any Black history to our children. So we have a couple of options. Either we demand that this curriculum is included, or we begin to organize our own schools and our own curriculums that include it.

One time, for Malcolm Xs (birthday), which is May 19, we went out into the community for Malcolm X Day, and we had books for the children, we had fruit, and we had some informational fliers on Malcolm X. And it just happened that a school bus got off. And this is a Black and brown neighborhood right in the middle of the Westside. All Black children getting off the bus, probably about 30 or 40 of them, and not one of them even knew who Malcolm X was. So we understand thats on purpose, we understand thats by design, that some of our Black liberation leaders are not known, and theyre certainly not taught in these school systems.

Vital-Lazare: I wanted to hear from you, Attorney General Ford, about police reform. It is the most basic request of this movement. Whose responsibility is it, what has to happen at every level to get more day-to-day accountability for institutionalized violence against Black people?

Ford: Its everybodys responsibility. Each of us has a role. Weve heard the speakers before me talk about what they do relative to grassroots or being the voice of the people. I think people have several voices. I dont think anyone has a monopoly on the way that theyre able to serve. I understand that some politicians in fact do nothing. Some do more than nothing. And part of my job as the top law enforcement officer in the state is to utilize the influence that I have in my position to be able to effectuate policy changes, but also the enforcement of those policies.

Its not so much again the institution of a policy to de-escalate or the institution of a policy to take implicit-bias training or use-of-force training. Thats not the issue. The truth is, many of our departments have those, and they are state-of-the-art policies. But whats not happening, though, is the enforcement of those from a disciplinary and oftentimes judicial enforcement perspective.

When I saw the killing of George Floyd, my immediate thought was, here we go again and nothings going to happen. Thats because I am conditioned at some level to believe that actual justice will not be made in any circumstances, and that helps contribute to the lack of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, particularly the Black community right now. Its partially my responsibility as an individual who has a level of influence to be able to talk to and about police departments, but also to and about legislators, and also utilizing my statutory authorities and abilities given to me that Im asking for that I have not yet received.

If, in fact, a police department is being alleged to be racially discriminating in the way that it enforces justice or enforces laws, then the attorney generals office can be an entity that can operate in the oversight perspective. It can add an extra level of transparency. I dont have that authority right now. The Department of Justice at the federal level has that authority, and I have asked along with 17 other attorneys general across the nation that Congress give us that authority under federal law. But I have also simultaneously asked that our state Legislature authorize that authority within my office, so I have belt and suspenders of sorts, if you will. There are additional opportunities that I think we all have vis--vis holding people accountable. We all have a role in this.

Vital-Lazare: Tenisha, Metro announced (recently) that it changed its policy on neck restraint technique to only allow it in life-threatening situations. So I wanted to know your thoughts on that and how grassroots organizing might have influenced that change in policy.

Freedom: We believe that grassroots organizing is a major influence on mainstream platforms or policy creations. Weve seen that happen historically on many issues. People do set the tone for these discussions. Years ago, we werent hearing anything about defunding the police. It was kind of one of those radical ideas that was only talked about in a few groups that were more considered to the left. So now were seeing that, were hearing that every day, and now you can google defund the police, and it comes up as a very palatable discussion.

Although Im not sure exactly what the attorney generals powers are, but I do know these people rub elbows with each other, they go to dinner with each other, they go to lunch with each other. These conversations of what the people are demanding need to be top priority, then tuning in and then attending our protests, our gatherings, our forums, and saying, Hey what do you guys want? What can we deliver to you? Because they are supposed to be the peoples servants. Were not seeing that. So, as far as the Metro initiating yet another law or another policy, they have a use-of-force policy, they have a dont-choke-hold policy. But they seem to somehow be able to be immune to whatever policy or whatever procedures are in place. Like the attorney general said, theres no accountability, and that we see over and over again.

We saw this week a budgeting forum where the governor took millions of dollars away from education again. And nothing taken away from police forces. So we hear it. However, we dont see the response that wed like. What the people are demanding is that these people in positions of power and representatives of the so-called elite begin to speak out and share some of the narratives that we have, that they take a political stance in it, that they push the agenda.

Even in the know-your-rights types of forums. They hold these forums to bring the youth together, bring the community together so you know your rights, know how you should respond if the police is apprehending you or if you have an encounter with the police. The issue is that we know our rights, and the police know our rights, and instead theyre impeded and blocked and disregarded time and time again.

So our distrust with the police is a branch of it. But unfortunately, it escalates up the entire tree and down to the roots. The police are just the branch of enforcement, but we know whos really pulling the strings: The people in these political offices that are simply not doing what the people are asking them to do. We want defunding, we want disarming, we want disbanding of the police, and we also want those resources redistributed to our communities.

What we can do from our end from the grassroots and organizing part of it is start to withhold our resources, so instead of begging them to redistribute the budget, we start impacting the budget. So thats what were looking to organize, look at ways that we can impact the budget so our resources never even get into the states hand of control. We keep it in our hands for control.

Vital-Lazare: Minister Stretch, Tenisha is talking about defunding, disarming, disbanding. Is this part of your philosophy as well? Do you think that the type of revolutionary change that Tenisha is pointing toward is a solution?

Sanders: I probably agree with 90 percent of the ideology that she has. We dont want reform. We want revolution. The root word of revolution is revolt. To revolt means to break away. So we want abolishment. We dont want a cleaner version. Its like, almost, either be raped or be murdered. We dont want those options. We want complete, total change. So I wholeheartedly believe, as a liberation activist, that if were going to bring change, the people got to have the power.

The police cant police the police. Because theres a silent code. Its even like that with the politicians. They do rub elbows, they do go to lunch, they do have a code of conduct to each other. To Attorney General Fords point, I agree that we all play a role. But the issue is, those who are supposed to play roles who are in elected office positions are not playing any roles. Im not saying every politician in the state of Nevada has to play a role, but what Im saying is the masses of them who should be playing roles are not playing roles. Theyre playing the role of, Im trying to get re-elected, so Im gonna say whats popular. Im going to make sure I dont be too radical or too Black.

It would be so powerful if politicians would not only come out to the protests, but also come out when folks are giving out food and giving out resources. If I go to most of the Westside housing projects like Sherman Gardens and ask them, Have you ever saw an assemblyperson in person? Have you ever saw the Attorney General in person, have you saw the Black councilman thats supposed to be in this area? They would say no. Thats problematic. So imagine how powerful, a councilman coming and bringing food every other week. You start changing the trajectory of the people and you start actually being a voice.

We dont want reform. We want revolution. We want complete, total change. Rev. Stretch Sanders

Just because you have a voice box dont mean you have a voice. So you have people who have voice boxes, but theyre not using them. So you ended up in a position of power, but youre not using that power. I think that so many of our elected officials, including Attorney General Ford, definitely have to step their game up. We commend them for speaking out now, but theyre still silent on Byron Williams. Sheriff (Joseph Lombardo) said on TV, This is not Minneapolis. Like hell it aint! This is Minneapolis. This is Baltimore. This is Chicago. This is Ferguson. The police terrorism has been going on in Las Vegas since the beginning of time. This is nothing new.

When our elected officials and some so-called leaders, when they get on TV and they say, This is not Minneapolis, were going to be sure, then youre erasing history because Byron Williams was just killed in September for riding a bike! When a Black man rides a bike, hes suspicious. But when a white man rides a bike in Summerlin, hes bike-riding.

I cant put all the pressure on Attorney General Ford. Its also on community folks. Its also on the pastors and the preachers and so-called leaders like the teachers. Weve all got to step our game up, but particularly those who were supposed to be elected to be the voice of the people have to step it up. We all can agree that the politicians in Las Vegas and Nevada are definitely not as revolutionary, radical, and vocal as they can be. They were not speaking out about Byron Williams, they were not speaking out about Tashii Brown Farmer and Trevon Cole. They were not speaking out about so many others. Thats just the Black folk. Were not talking about the Hispanic families that got killed. We cant sit here and acknowledge George Floyd had been killed and everybodys like well, this is a good time to celebrate Metro. No, Metro is the biggest gang in the state of Nevada. Its not just us bullying and picking on Metro, but before you can clean up a wound you have to acknowledge who made that wound. What were looking for as different activists and revolutionaries is we need all of our people who are so-called leaders to be leaders.

When I look at panels such as the Solutions, Strategies & Service Summit (hosted by Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and moderated by rapper and entrepreneur Tip T.I. Harris on June 24 at Pearson Community Center), there were several activists who were on there listed as community leaders. What qualifies as a community leader? Because if thats the case, are we paying for this? Is this like a membership, because these folks were nowhere to be found two months ago. Nowhere! But now that T.I.s in town, everybodys a leader.

Weve got to do better. This is not a game. People are harassed. Phones are tapped. Houses are watched. We can be killed doing this work. We dont like to have people who make a mockery of this. Yes, we all play a role, but play the role that you were elected for and put in a position to play.

Vital-Lazare: Who are the community leaders? What qualifies as a community leader?

Smith: The thing that really kind of blows me away is that were not talking about racism as a social construct that gains capital. The invention of the police force was to police Black bodies, period. Attorney General, I thank you for all you do, but we cant mince words here. Its always life or death if you are a minority in this space. So when you ask what can you do, I totally agree with Tenisha and Stretch: Its about making our own, and understanding that this system is built to kill us. Period. We can pontificate and try to be cute and dance around it. The attorney general knows that hes indoctrinated in a system thats built kill us.

Ford: Lets be clear. Everyone has their experiences. Im not originally from here. Im from inner-city Dallas, Texas. Ive had my fair share of negative experiences with law enforcement. I know my experiences, and I dont run from it and I dont shy away from it. I also know what my role is. And I utilize my position to effectuate policy change in the way that I think is appropriate. Is it going to please everybody? Absolutely not. Is it pleasing some of those on this screen? Clearly not. But does that deter me from doing what I think is most appropriate in the position that I hold? It does not, and it will not.

But I dont purport to speak on behalf of other elected officials; I will speak on my own behalf and to say that absolutely indoctrination has occurred. Professor Parry talked about indoctrination in the educational system. Education has always been used to indoctrinate.

Ive told the story several times before, when my young Black kid was taking a test in Texas, a multiple-choice exam that required him to pass to get to the next grade, and the question was multiple choice. Simply, what was the cause of the Civil War? Two answers he was able to get rid of. The last two answers were states rights and slavery. And, according to the Texas curriculum, the right answer was states rights, not slavery. Obviously, I was up in arms about that and explained to them this is no reason why that should be the more correct answer. It was the states rights to own slaves.

And so in the context of the worst, most racist institution of our countrys history, you cant acknowledge that that in itself was the cause of the Civil War. Its no wonder people say Black people are too sensitive when it comes to race. Its indoctrination. Absolutely. Does the system indoctrinate? It absolutely does, but does it also take people inside the system to try to help undo it? I believe so. I believe that there are some of us who are being effective. For example, when I was in the state Senate, (we passed) laws that helped to remove the ability to racially profile and beyond that, to prosecute those who actually do it. Thats necessary, and it runs parallel with whats happening at the grassroots level.

Not everyone looks to be seen, not everyone looks to be heard. Some folks actually just want to be in the background and do some work and effectuate the change in the best way that they can. And one of the ways to do that is to vote. Some of the people in our communities push back even on that particular concept. And when my grandmother and my great grandmother and my in-laws tell me about their struggles to vote in Texas, it appalls me that folks would pooh-pooh on the notion of voting when they were the ones that were having dogs sicced on them and water hoses turned on them.

Lets be clear. I am the top law enforcement officer in the state. I wear a badge. I dont run from it. And that does mean that I cant do certain things in good faith for example, appear at a protest when I have to enforce a law that says youre not supposed to be in groups of 50 or more.

Now what I can do and what I did do in that context is put out a notice about what your rights are, relative to your interactions. To be sure, some people know their rights, but not everybody does. And so understanding that there are opportunities for us to educate, even in our positions of power, putting power in quotes because some folks dont want to acknowledge it. There are still ways that we can influence whats going on here.

Vital-Lazare: Lance, I want to ask you about privilege and marginalization. What is the underlying idea of really representing all marginalized people within this movement, centering them, moving everyone toward lives of parity?

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Italian island out of room to quarantine arriving migrants – Las Vegas Sun

Published Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 | 6:47 a.m.

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ROME (AP) Several small boats filled with more Tunisian migrants have reached a tiny Italian island that has run out of room to quarantine them as required by Italy's anti-coronavirus measures, local officials said Saturday.

Sicilian daily newspaper Giornale di Sicilia quoted Lampedusa Mayor Toto' Martello as saying the island cant wait until the government sends a chartered ferry where the migrants can be held for 14 days to fulfill the country's quarantine requirement.

The islands migrant holding center was built for a maximum capacity of 95 people and was already holding 950 when the latest passengers arrived, Martello said. The 250 who arrived between Friday night and Saturday must stay on the dock for now, until the promised ferry arrives or some other solution is found.

Seven boats directly reached Lampedusa's shores, while an eighth boat needed assistance as it approached the island,after setting off from Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.

The mayor said a total of 250 boats carrying 5,000 migrants in all have reached the island in a month. Many of the passengers were transferred to migrant residences on Sicily on commercial ferries or other vessels.

I don't understand why the premier doesn't declare a state of emergency on Lampedusa, Martello told the newspaper.

Arriving migrants were linked to several dozen recent coronavirus clusters. Concern is growing among health authorities that Italy's number of new confirmed cases, which had been largely contained by June, could again start surging out of control.

Unless they come from countries specifically exempted from mandatory precautionary, such as most European Union countries and some others, foreigners must do 14 days quarantine upon entering Italy.

Tunisian migrants fleeing their country's worsening economic situation aren't generally considered eligible for asylum. Italy has a repatriation deal with Tunisia for weekly flights to send back those who fail to obtain permission to stay. The flights were suspended during the brunt of the virus epidemic in Italy but resumed July 16.

Still, Tunisians keep coming, in small fishing boats sturdy enough to reach Lampedusa's shores, on occasion sailing into coves or docking near beaches where vacationers are swimming on the tourism-dependent island.

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese told the daily Corriere della Sera newspaper that Italy is trying to arrange with the Tunisian government the possibility of using boats to increase the number of weekly repatriations.

Asked about fears that migrants might trigger more virus clusters in Italy when they are transferred to holding centers on the mainland, Lamorgese replied: The local communities are rightly sensitive to the subject of health safety.

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Las Vegas heat expected to reach excessive levels by Thursday – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Escalating temperatures and winds gusting to 20 mph dominate the Monday forecast for the Las Vegas Valley.

The high is expected to be around 106 with light and variable morning winds becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon with gusts to 20 mph possible, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.

Morning temperatures were in the low to mid-80s across the valley, well above morning temperatures over the past week.

The only tricky thing about the forecast is actually today, weather service meteorologist Caleb Steele said. We have some showers in Lincoln County, and we could have showers pop up in the higher elevations around the valley. But the flow is south to north, so any showers would move away from the valley. We wont get any rain in the valley.

Weather service radar showed some light precipitation falling near Indian Springs about 6:15 a.m. It was not clear if it was reaching the ground. Some lightning strikes were also occurring north of Las Vegas.

The projected high Tuesday is 108 after an overnight low near 89. Wednesday will climb to about 110.

Its going to be hot and very dry, Steele said of the forecast for the week. There are no signs of any monsoonal moisture developing anytime soon.

Excessive heat watch

Starting Thursday morning and going through Saturday evening, an excessive heat watch covers most of the region. Temperatures are expected to reach 110 to 112 in the Las Vegas Valley and 115 to 120 in the Colorado River Valley, the weather service advisory says.

Residents are advised to take precautions such as limiting outside activities, staying in air-conditioned rooms and checking on friends and relatives. Extreme heat significantly increases the potential for heat-related illnesses.

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com. Follow @Marv_in_Vegas on Twitter.

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Resorts World Las Vegas continues to build for the future – Las Vegas Sun

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Resorts World Las Vegas provided a preview of the 100,000-square-foot LED screen on its West Tower on July4.

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Monday, July 27, 2020 | 2 a.m.

Although it wont open until next summer, Resorts World Las Vegas is facing new challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 3,500-room, $4.3 billion casino megaresort from Malaysian corporation Genting Berhad installed new safety protocols and managed to keep construction efforts on track for a planned 2021 arrival. Resorts World has also made a series of recent announcements pointing to the future of the property and the Strip.

This pandemic is definitely challenging us even though were not open, President Scott Sibella said. Part of that was we didnt want to make announcements when its all youre hearing about in Las Vegas and throughout the country, but weve tried to pick and choose good times [because] we think these are big announcements and we want to give everyone a taste of whats coming.

In early June, Resorts World submitted plans for a proposed passenger station and tunnel that could connect to the Las Vegas Convention Centers underground transportation system currently under construction by Elon Musks the Boring Company. Wynn Las Vegas, located directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from the 88-acre Resorts World site, submitted a similar plan at the same time.

Over the July 4 weekend, Resorts World unveiled the 100,000-square-foot LED screen installed on its Strip-facing West Tower with a spectacular light show demonstration. And on July 16, the property announced a partnership with AEG Presents to develop and operate the 5,000-capacity Theatre at Resorts World, a state-of-the-art concert and special event venue designed to host the next generation of superstar residencies on the Strip.

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A rendering of the Theatre at Resorts World.

If you look at whats happening in our town with the convention center expansion, the Raiders stadium of course and then what were doing, I think this is the best thing for this city to get through this, Sibella said. You [have] these three big things coming up out of the ground and how big they are for [Las Vegas] and theyre really going to help us get back faster to where we want to be.

The theater will stand out from other large-scale entertainment venues on the Strip, Sibella said, because of its convenient, central location on the property and the collaboration with AEG division Concerts West, which is heavily designed in its creation and technology.

Concerts West President and co-CEO John Meglen calls the new venue a playground with all the latest tech bells and whistles and said both companies are currently focused on creating an innovative, versatile destination and will work on developing and booking shows and artists later, when the return of live entertainment is imminent.

Our people are so excited about this place and we love working with Scott and his team, Meglen said. He wants us to be integrated throughout everything else they do at the property and we appreciate that. Its so cool to be involved from the beginning because we can focus on being creative, not worrying about who it is or what it is but more about whats the best way to do it. And were building now so we have more time to make those decisions.

Its definitely dealing with different, complex challenges compared to the resorts currently operating on the Strip, but Resorts World also has some advantages when it comes to planning how it will handle the uncertain circumstances of the future. Sibella said the casino and hotel complex will continue to make health and safety the top priority.

We can be proactive in how we do things and plan systems now to make sure our air quality is as clean as possible, for example, or how we clean the property and the ways we design that, and projecting things guests will want when we get beyond this, he said. But when it comes to changing our overall strategic plan and how we operate, thats still in place and were hoping were way past this.

In the case of the theater, you cant build it for 5,000 people and then [plan to operate it] with only 2,000. Its not built that way. Were hoping to get through this by the time we open and were closely watching other properties and making adjustments where we can while we build.

In addition to its two resort towers, 117,000-square-foot casino with a 17,000-square-foot entertainment zone and race and sports book, 350,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, spa, pool complex and diverse restaurant and bar portfolio, Resorts World first announced the theater in November along with a 65,000-square-foot nightlife and daylife concept, additional luxury suites and villas and a 50-foot diameter video globe that will display various LED content.

We are really excited and we feel like we have something special to bring to this city, Sibella said. Theres so much technology out there today and we are taking total advantage of it and the property is going to be beautiful, but we know how we treat our customers and how we create those experiences is going to make all the difference.

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Las Vegas Little Theatre Finds A New Performance Space With ‘Quarantine Monologues’ – KNPR

The pandemic has hit the performing arts particularly hard. With public gatherings for entertainment shut down, many local arts organizations are struggling.

And yet: Some are finding ways to work around the crisis.

Las Vegas Little Theatre, which has been putting on plays and musicals in Chinatown since 1978, has had to move events to the internet in order to generate revenue and keep theater happening in Las Vegas. This has included a trivia night, and a murder mystery show is happening this weekend.

Also happening this weekend: Two rebroadcasts of Quarantine Monologues, a program that debuted earlier this month. It consists of 15 short monologues about life with COVID-19, all performed by local actors.

You can find more information on how to view the rebroadcasts - happening Friday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 - here.

In the meantime, we are going to give you a taste of what to expect during Friday and Sundays program: A performance of Kevin Buckley'sOn the Twelfth Day of CovidbyGillen Bray, an actor and vice-president of Las Vegas Little Theatre.

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Former Las Vegas Home of Jerry Lewis Hits the Market – Variety

If the walls could talk. The former Las Vegas home of the late Jerry Lewis is on the market for nearly $1.3 million. Built in 1964 in the fancypants Scotch 80s neighborhood, the property was the longtime residence of the famously philanthropic comic genius, starting at the peak of his career in the swinging 60s.

Lewis hosted many of his showbiz pals at his home during the three decades he owned it. However, like many Vegas homes of the era, the 7,325 sq. ft., 6-bedroom and 6-bath spread is now in need of a major upgrade. Set on a private .75-acre estate, the vaguely Colonial red-brick building features a second floor veranda that runs along its entire front facade. Inside, oak spindles and hand rails run throughout like a winding race track. Glossy floors, striped wall paper and 70s style furniture blast visitors back to a time of giant sideburns and polyester bell bottom pants.

The home also features enough marble to empty a quarry and enough wood built-ins to fell a forest. The gold-toned mirrors that lined the curved staircase in the foyer feel like an ode to a bygone era, as do the electric blue silk drapes in the home office. Theres a double-height formal living room along with a separate family room outfitted with a walk-in wet bar and massive, asymmetrically designed stone fireplace. The undeniably well-maintained and spacious, if considerably, dated kitchen has plenty of room for either an amateur or professional chef.

Some of the guest bedrooms do, thankfully, pull back on the natural wood theme. One of them is painted a garish shade of pink, while the master bedroom is so big it easily fits two huge beds and the master bathroom is sheathed in a dizzying array of floor-to-ceiling mirrors.

A few of the many high-profile folks who have owned homes in the Scotch 80s neighborhood include Nicolas Cage, Steve Wynn and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who formerly owned an estate previously occupied by Howard Hughes and, later, Andre Agassi. Given the propertys prime location in one of Las Vegass premier neighborhoods just a few miles north of The Strip, this residence will likely get completely gutted for a major makeover or torn down to make way for something more up to date.

Eric White with Luxury Estates International is the listing agent.

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Las Vegas food banks brace for increase in need, $600 supplement to unemployment could expire – KTNV Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) Thousands of valley families could be left in jeopardy if Congress does not extend the extra $600 unemployment benefit and some nonprofits are bracing for a large increase in demand if that happens.

Three Square food bank is already seeing people prepare for the worst. When the pandemic first started, it saw 60% more people needing food every day. In the last couple weeks, it says it has actually seen an increase in people needing food.

RELATED: Las Vegas residents speak out about missing $600 unemployment benefit

The COO of Three Square, Larry Scott, says he believes people on unemployment are preparing to lose that extra money.

"We're already starting to feel the impacts of that," Scott said. "I think people are trying to find food sources today, knowing that it's about to come upon them."

Scott says they've had enough food up until this point, but if that need increases, it could be a challenge.

And that's on top of other challenges, including closing their building to their volunteers to help prevent spreading COVID-19.

"So what we did was have our volunteers meet out at our drive-thru sites in the open air where we can social distance them," Scott said. "We still have some volunteers, but they're at our drive-thru."

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Individual donations don't normally make up a large portion of their food, but Scott says they need the public's help now more than ever.

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Golden Knights strike early in exhibition win over Coyotes – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Not since the Golden Knights inaugural season has there been an exhibition game more anticipated than Thursdays.

After more than four months away, the Knights picked up where they left off.

Reilly Smith scored twice in the first period as the Knights grabbed a 4-1 victory over Arizona at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

There was a flurry in the third where they grabbed some momentum, some power plays where we got on our heels a bit, coach Pete DeBoer said. But for sure through the first 40, 45 minutes of the game, I really liked how we put pressure on them offensively and didnt give up much defensively.

The Knights, who won 11 of their final 13 games before the season was paused March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, saw plenty to build on before they open round-robin play against Dallas on Monday.

Smith helped the Knights win the special teams battle, as he scored short-handed and converted on a power play later in the first period. The Knights finished 1-for-6 (11 shots) on the power play.

Nick Cousins added an empty-net goal and two assists, and Alex Tuch finished with a goal and an assist as part of a seven-point effort from the third line.

When we have all our lines going, and I think we did tonight, its really tough on teams, Smith said. I think (the fourth) line did a great job being able to change momentum. In every game, other teams are going to get different momentum swings, and they did a good job shutting them down and we were able to build off that and create offense.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got the start and turned in a solid effort as he battles with Robin Lehner for the No. 1 job.

Fleury, who missed the first three practices during training camp, finished with 22 saves after a quiet first period when the Coyotes were held without a shot for more than 17 minutes.

Taylor Hall had Arizonas goal at 9:14 of the third period when he poked home a loose puck after a scramble in front.

Maybe at the start they brought it to us a bit, but we didnt take too long, Fleury said. Our guys found their legs and played very solid. They have a lot of speed on that team, but I thought we matched it, no problem. Like I said before, we controlled the puck a lot and created a lot offensively. It was fun to watch guys go.

The Knights played without left wing Max Pacioretty, who remains in Las Vegas to rehabilitate what DeBoer termed a minor injury.

Pacioretty, the teams leading scorer during the regular season with 32 goals and 66 points, was replaced by Chandler Stephenson on the first line against Arizona.

Smith notched a career-high 27 goals during the regular season and provided the offense for the Knights in the first period.

The winger forced a turnover and finished off a two-on-one with penalty kill partner William Karlsson at 8:42 and converted on a power play after Jonathan Marchessault drew a tripping penalty on Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun.

Smith dragged the puck around Arizonas Alex Goligoski and snapped a shot from the left hashmark past goalie Darcy Kuempers glove at 16:23.

I think we were probably a little sloppy at the start, Smith said. It seemed like there was a lot of bodies running into each other at the start of the game. I thought we did a good job cleaning it up after that.

Physical winger Ryan Reaves created a talking point with about six minutes remaining in the second period when he decked Arizonas Nick Schmaltz with a check to the head.

Schmaltz was forced to leave the game, and the hit will put Reaves back in the spotlight entering the postseason.

Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt left with about eight minutes to play, but DeBoer said Schmidt cramped up and was removed as a precaution.

Ive said this before, Youre never as good as you think you are, and youre never as bad as you think you are after a game, DeBoer said. Im sure theres some areas we can clean up but, you know, overall, considering the circumstances, I thought we came in and did a real good job of carrying over a real good camp into the first exhibition game. We want to build on that.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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