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Songwriter and ‘Good Times’ actress Ja’Net DuBois dies an hour ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.

DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” during the show’s 10-season run.

BernNadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times” and remained close to DuBois, said she learned of her death Tuesday from the actress’ daughter.

Ja’net Dubois, Quentin Tarantino and BernNadette Stanis (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

“She used to keep us laughing all the time,” Stanis said, warmly recalling her friend. “She was very, very talented. If she wasn’t singing … she was creating a character to make us laugh.”... Read More

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I-Team: Final day for Nevada caucus early voting wrapping up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is the first state in the West to officially weigh in on choosing presidential candidates. This is the final day of early voting ahead of the caucus, and locations are closing at 8 p.m.

Nevada Democrats said in the first three days of early voting, more than 36,000 people voted. Many of them waited in lines for three hours or more.

And while early voting is coming to an end, the Nevada caucus is just four days away.

Early voting for the Nevada Democratic caucus allows participants to skip the process, which could take several hours Saturday.

Albert Henry said he was allowed to skip the 45-minute wait at the Doolittle Community Center in North Las Vegas.

“I had an advantage because of my disadvantage … because I don’t have transportation to stay any place all day, so this was convenient, and I wanted to take advantage of it.” ... Read More

Report: Suspect who strangled, punched elderly woman in hotel elevator was on probation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of strangling and punching an elderly woman during a robbery at the D Hotel & Casino Jan. 15 was on probation, according to a declaration of warrant obtained by 8 News Now. James Moore is charged with robbery of an elderly person and battery by strangulation of an elderly person.

Around 9:21 p.m. the day of the incident, Metro Police responded to reports that a 73-year-old woman was viciously attacked in a lobby elevator. The man, identified as a black male wearing all black clothing, had reportedly ripped the woman’s purse from her and ran out towards the Fremont Street experience.

According to the report, two witnesses found the victim bleeding and chased Moore across the casino. He then reportedly dropped the purse. ... Read More

Ozzy Osbourne cancels 2020 North American ‘No More Tours 2’ show dates to head overseas

LAS VEGAS — Ozzy Osbourne’s has canceled his 2020 North American “No More Tours 2,” dates, including the show at MGM Grand Garden Arena, which is scheduled for Friday, July 31.

The shows are being canceled to allow Osbourne to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year.

“I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a shit year,” Osbourne said. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April, and the treatment takes six-eight weeks.

This decision was made to accommodate fans who’ve been holding tickets for rescheduled shows and have been asked to change plans, some multiple times. ... Read More

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Nevada DMV holds statewide town halls on how to get a Real ID

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Many people know the deadline for the Real ID is Oct. 1, but what they don’t know is how to go about getting it. So, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles wants to help.  

DMV Director Julie Butler said the first step is to check whether your driver’s license or ID card you have now has a gold star in the upper right corner. If it doesn’t, that means you don’t have a Real ID, and if you don’t have one, you may want to go to a town hall.

Next week, the Nevada DMV will hold town hall meetings at four DMV offices across the state to help residents learn about Real ID requirements for travelers. The town hall meeting in Las Vegas will be Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the West Flamingo office... Read More

MGM Resorts, 7Five Brewing Co. team up on exclusive beer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International and 7Five Brewing Co. have partnered to create an exclusive beer, Showtime Blonde Ale, only on tap at MGM’s Las Vegas properties.

“We pride ourselves on working with local brands and MGM Resorts is a powerhouse in the Vegas community,” said Ryan Reaves, 7Five Brewing Co-Founder, and Vegas Golden Knights Forward.

The crisp ale will be available at select venues such as Moneyline at Park MGM, NoMad Bar at NoMad Las Vegas, Beerhaus at The Park and more.

“I’m excited to join forces as we debut Showtime to the thousands of beer enthusiasts and hockey fans that visit their resorts,” added Reaves.

MGM Resorts Corporate Mixologist Craig Schoettler said, “Ryan has quickly become a fan favorite in the Las Vegas community. Working with him and the 7Five Brewing Co. team is a natural fit for us as we expand our beverage collection with new and exclusive offerings.”... Read More

Remarkable Women: Lowana Finch

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now received numerous nominations for “Remarkable Women in Las Vegas” and four were chosen. One of them is a Henderson woman whose life has been rewarding and remarkable.

“She always achieved her goals finding herself a single mother of three young children,” said Peggy Ranke, who nominated her mother.

The life of Lowana Finch reads like a book with distinct chapters. The young single mom served her country, helped with medical breakthroughs but was always the humble mother.

“She thinks about herself last, always. And at 80 years old, I think it’s time to change that,” Ranke said.

That’s why Ranke nominated her as a remarkable woman, for many reasons. First, as the maternal soul of their family providing a childhood filled with love and leadership. ... Read More