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Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.

 

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Three Vegas Airport Techs Accused of Theft, Sabotage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas authorities say three technicians at McCarran International Airport are accused of stealing electronic gear and sabotaging a security camera in a building where they worked.

An airport spokeswoman said Friday that 39-year-old Matthew Charniga and 34-year-old Joseph Cordova were fired as a result of the criminal investigation and resulting charges.

Their supervisor, 34-year-old Chad Norton, is on paid leave pending a resolution to the criminal case and an airport investigation.

Airport spokeswoman Elaine Sanchez said airport officials called in Metro police to help with the investigation.

She says security monitoring is handled by the Transportation Security Administration and a separate division within the airport -- not information technology employees.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Rhynchotherium Skull On Display May Be The Most Complete Specimen Yet.

Rhynchotherium Skull On Display May Be The Most Complete Specimen Yet.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has recently put on exhibition a rhynchotherium specimen that will allow visitors and guests a first-hand look at one of the most complete displays of this prehistoric creature.

The Joshua Reid Anderson Foundation donated the rhynchotherium skull for display in the Museum's Prehistoric Mammal Gallery, later granting an additional donation that allowed the Museum to restore the skull to its current state.

The rynchotherium is an extinct member of the proboscidea (elephant) family that was found within the North America and Central America areas during the Miocene and Pliocene periods, with the species living for approximately ten million years.  The Museum's specimen was discovered in Arizona, and dating the skull shows this particular creature to have been in existence three million years ago.

Great Gatsby Gala to Raise Money for Nevada Children's Center

Great Gatsby Gala to Raise Money for Nevada Children's Center

A Great Gatsby-themed dinner and dancing fundraiser for the Nevada Children’s Center (NCC) will be held Saturday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.

People in Gatsby attire will come together to raise funds to help the center provide therapeutic treatment for children with mental health and behavioral issues. The Las Vegas Hilton, Paragon Gaming and the Bennett Family Foundation are event underwriters. Nancy Houssels and the Houssels Family Foundation also generously contributed alongside other corporate and individual sponsors to make this year’s event possible.

A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and dancing slated for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $200, both in advance and at the door.

NCC invites anyone who wants to attend to call 736-8100 to purchase tickets.

 

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Spring weather lures people to rooftop VooDoo Lounge at Rio

Spring weather lures people to rooftop VooDoo Lounge at Rio

The popular VooDoo rooftop lounge at Rio caterers to a local clientele and is currently ramping up for a busy summer season with a new DJ lineup, flair bartenders, and bottle service.

If recent weeks are any indication, this summer should be a good one for VooDoo Lounge at the Rio.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Botero's Kitchen at top of its game but easily fixable problems distract from atmosphere

Botero's Kitchen at top of its game but easily fixable problems distract from atmosphere

Although the service at Botero is somewhat lacking, the food is balanced and flavorful.

I don't hang around with chefs.

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'Butterfly' taking flight at UNLV

'Butterfly' taking flight at UNLV

This weekend, the UNLV Opera Theatre have paired up with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra to bring "Madame Butterfly" to the stage!

Leave the butterfly nets at home -- not proper opera etiquette, after all.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal