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Feb 12, 2018

Local residents may need to invest in a subscription to an online streaming service — Iowa City’s last video-rental store, Family Video, officially closed last weekend.

Jan 29, 2018

At 15, I arrived in the United States with a suitcase full of clothes, a picture of my golden retriever and the excitement of starting my new life. That was 10 years ago. Last month, the day after I graduated from college, I got on a nonstop flight that carried me and my new journalism degree away from the place I call home, back to a place my family and I once waved goodbye to. I am unsure I will be allowed to reenter.

Jan 23, 2018

When North Las Vegan Makenna Gott married her husband, Kyle, in 2013, she knew she was marrying YouTube, too.

Nov 28, 2017

Every night, a 45-pound, 3-year-old Dalmatian/Heeler mix shares my bed. We’ve had the same bedtime ritual for years: I give her a treat, she “gives me five” (with one paw), then “gives me ten” (with two paws), and then the lights go out.

Nov 21, 2017

Students involved in UNLV’s sports-themed “Rebel Report” TV show swap roles each week, ensuring each gets experience behind the anchor desk, holding a microphone and operating equipment.

Nov 3, 2017

Rachel Sheppard, who was shot three times at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, remembers everything up until she was put under for surgery. She was attending the concert with a group of friends from her home town of Tehachapi, California, where she works as a bartender and wedding coördinator.

Oct 12, 2017

Last Tuesday afternoon, Kraft-Sussman Funeral and Cremation Services, in Las Vegas, began getting calls from other local funeral homes and from parents whose children had been killed on Sunday night in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival. Although, by all estimates, the Clark County coroner worked quickly to identify bodies—by Thursday, a list of the fifty-eight victims had already been released—the wait was agonizing for families. “That was tough,” Laura Sussman said recently. “Just getting a call every hour: Do you have them yet? Are they ready? Can we come over? ’Cause we want to give families some comfort, but we are also just one cog in the wheel.”

Oct 4, 2017

You’re by now familiar with the horrific, acute trauma of Sunday night in Las Vegas: 59 dead and over 500 wounded. When the bullets began crossing Las Vegas Boulevard, roughly 22,000 attendees ran for their lives. These masses were left physically unscathed, but with possible mental wounds, and they fled the neon of the Strip into what is essentially a mental health-care desert.

Oct 4, 2017

Investigators in Las Vegas are still investigating what they consider to be an active crime scene.

Aug 18, 2017

Emmy Awards are often the shining point of a career for those in broadcast media. A group of UNLV journalism students netted the prestigious award for work they conducted before graduating college.

Aug 9, 2017

For anyone who has small children and an internet connection, you’re probably familiar with the trend of Kinder Surprise Egg videos on YouTube. At first I was totally perplexed when my youngest started watching these. Eventually I learned from other moms that Kinder Surprise Egg videos were “a thing.”

Aug 8, 2017

Toymaker Mattel wants to get kids’ attention, and it’s going online to do it. The company announced this week it will spend at least $10 million on advertising this year on Google’s YouTube Kids platform. It’s the company’s biggest ad buy online to date.

Jul 17, 2017

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if a thousand words were worth a picture? That’s the idea behind the Painted Stories series created by Eric Miller, president of the Writers of Southern Nevada. His goal is for artists to use the words of local writers to turn a blank canvas into a work of art.

Jun 8, 2017

Jenny Hurtado, a young Hispanic woman from Las Vegas, has overcome all sorts of adversities that have come to her in life, and today this young woman who is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has created a scholarship to help undocumented students from the valley.

May 26, 2017

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon. The Guardian’s report illustrated how stressful and fast-paced the environment is for Facebook’s content moderators. They often only have 10 seconds to review something, and the guidelines that govern what is acceptable on the site are not always consistent.

May 4, 2017

Facebook now has 1.94 billion users, an increase driven by mobile growth, the company said Wednesday as it released another strong earnings report. But questions loom about whether the social network can adequately deal with some of the content posted by its growing audience.

May 4, 2017

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material - including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda - off of its site.

May 1, 2017

Well if you need to grab a pint of brew and an excuse for it, look no further than the MonteLago Beerfest.