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Elinor Otto of 'Rosie the Riveter' fame ready to celebrate 102nd birthday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- She's 101 going on 102, and Elinor Otto isn't sitting still for her next birthday bash.

The last celebration was quiet in the midst of the pandemic, but for the woman known as the longest-working "Rosie the Riveter," pandemics aren't a once-in-a-lifetime event. She was born the same year the Spanish Flu struck.

And this year, she's headed back to Long Beach, California, where they're planning her party for Oct. 29, a Friday. Her birthday is a day ahead of that, on Oct. 28.

Her grand niece, Brenda Wynne, is working out the details and she says they're hoping for 250 people at the celebration. She's getting help from the owners of a Long Beach bar named for Otto. It's called Elinor Drinkery, and it's currently closed for on-site service... Read More

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What's Driving You Crazy? - Don't get used to having Eastern back open under the 95/515

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - Don't get used to having Eastern Avenue back open under the U.S. Highway 95/I-515.

Yes, the 10-day closure of Eastern is scheduled to wrap up late tonight, but the Nevada Department of Transportation's i515project.com website says they'll be shutting it down again for six days starting Monday, Oct. 25.

At the same time, they're also scheduled to close Desert Inn again under the freeway between Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road.

Both closures are for the bridge demolition/replacements that are just part of the overall freeway fix-up project. The 95/515 itself will be open in both work areas while the streets underneath are shut down, although there will be lane restrictions... Read More

Social Security COLA largest in decades as inflation jumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.

The COLA, as it's commonly called, amounts to $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration. That marks an abrupt break from a long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the last 10 years... Read More

Capt. Kirk's William Shatner blasts into space

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) -- Hollywood's Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, has blasted into space and safely returned to Earth in a convergence of science fiction and science reality.

He set out Wednesday morning for the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company. The "Star Trek" hero becomes the oldest person to ride a rocket.

The fully automatic spacecraft reached an estimated altitude of 66 miles over the West Texas desert. The up-and-down flight lasted about 10 minutes, with Shatner and his three fellow passengers parachuting back to Earth in the capsule.

Following the touchdown, Shatner was emotional and told Bezos "You've given me the most profound experience and hope I never recover."... Read More

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'Unprecedented crime': Metro Police ramping up efforts to reduce murder rate near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Cutting down on crime near the Las Vegas Strip -- that is a major focus for Metro Police, as they see more murders in the area.

Metro says most of the issues this year happened between April and August, but they are implementing big changes to cut down on crime.

"We've been dealing with some unprecedented crime," said Metro Police Captain Dori Koren.

Capt. Koren heads up Metro Police's Convention Center Area Command, which oversees the Las Vegas Strip. And he knows it has been a deadly year in part of town.
"We saw this massive increase," Capt. Koren said.

The latest numbers from Metro Police show there have been ten murders in the resort corridor through October 8, 2021.

In comparison, there was one murder through that same point last year. That is a 900% jump. ... Read More

Vegas defeats Seattle, 4-3, ruins Kraken league debut

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Max Pacioretty scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Seattle Kraken 4-3 in a battle of the two newest teams in the NHL.

Vegas, which made its league debut four years ago, held off a rally from the NHL's latest addition in what turned out to be a scrappy effort from the Kraken in their franchise debut. Seattle erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the game, but Chandler Stephenson's goal midway through the third period held up.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Vegas, while Robin Lehner made 25 saves... Read More

Deadly crash involving motorcyclist near Blue Diamond, Rainbow

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer on Blue Diamond Road eastbound, east of Rainbow Road.

Eastbound Blue Diamond road closed between Rainbow and Torrey Pines at around 9 p.m due to the crash investigation.

Expect major delays and avoid the area

#Breaking Fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer on Blue Diamond Road eastbound, east of Rainbow. Eastbound Blue Diamond road is closed between Rainbow and Torrey Pines. Expect major delays and avoid the area. #LivesAreOnTheLine #NHPSoComm... Read More