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Mar 20, 2017

Michael Easter has always been interested in health, so the career path that has led the Utah native to UNLV, where he has been an adjunct professor of health journalism since August, makes perfect sense.

Mar 14, 2017

“My father could no longer handle me. It was like his parenting skills were ‘I’m going to beat his head in’ or ‘I’m just going to leave him at home by himself,’ ” said Richard Demarko Brown, painting a picture of his 17-year-old case file.

Mar 9, 2017

For the last few years, Americans have enjoyed friendly prices at the pump. And in many ways consumers' lives have been shaped by these prices.

Mar 6, 2017

Two days after UNLV announced the creation of a new think tank co-chaired by Harry Reid and John Boehner, the institute received a stamp of approval from the state’s education leaders.

Mar 6, 2017

Headlines these days are largely focused on what’s going on in Washington. But the line dividing Washington and the rest of the country appear to be getting thinner.

Mar 3, 2017

Of everything on this country's plate: jobs, health care, immigration, the environment ... maybe a Republican and a Democrat can come to the rescue.

Mar 2, 2017

Former congressional rivals Harry Reid and John Boehner plan to co-chair a public policy think tank being proposed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The institute is expected to focus on wide-ranging national and international policy issues that affect the tourism, hospitality and gambling industries, as well as the communities in which they operate.

Mar 2, 2017

MGM Resorts International and UNLV are partnering up to create a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions to various economic, social, political and workplace issues.

Mar 2, 2017

UNLV’s College of Urban Affairs has scored a national coup by bringing together an unlikely duo — former congressional archrivals Harry Reid and John Boehner — to co-chair a new public policy institute.

Feb 22, 2017

The women's prison population has tripled in the past two decades because of sentencing reforms and a criminal justice system that is biased against women, according to a criminal justice reform researcher.

Feb 21, 2017

On April 22, Earth Day, another group of protesters will march on Washington: scientists. They generally attempt political neutrality, but President Donald Trump’s policy actions and appointments have pushed many experts across many disciplines to consider taking this very public stand.

Feb 13, 2017

The words “true love” often conjure up images of romantic scenes in Hollywood movies, but a California-based neurologist argues long-lasting love is a multilayered process and that falling out of love is a normal part of it.

Feb 13, 2017

Romance is in the air, where the wireless signal travels on the 2.4-gigahertz UHF radio band, where OKCupid algorithmically hunts, where virtual sex sort of happens, where love is both as clunky and apparitional in the post-reality era as truth. The cynics among us once rolled our eyes at the commercialization of love in the Valentine’s Day aisle of Walgreens. Today, the expression reaches beyond scheduled chocolates and roses and bounces through satisfying/not satisfying interweb encounters that leave us wondering what is real. Alexa, what is romance? Tinder, is this love? Facebook, should I change my relationship status?

Feb 9, 2017

Two people sit together in a restaurant. They appear to be a couple sharing a meal, because they order food, it’s served and they eat. But they’re not speaking to each other. Are they together? “They spent most of their time each on their phones, so much so that I thought I’d missed something, that maybe they’d gotten into a fight when I wasn’t paying attention. They looked so completely disconnected,” Katherine Hertlein says. “And at the end of the meal they got up, held hands and walked out.”

Feb 6, 2017

Not so long ago, Benoy Jacob said, city and county leaders were seen as the worker bees of government, overseeing nuts-and-bolts tasks such as filling potholes and replacing burned-out bulbs in streetlights, while state and federal elected officials tackled big problems.

Jan 25, 2017

For President Trump, negative news coverage must be the handiwork of partisan enemies. Ironically, the intelligence agencies took much the same approach when they assessed Russian interference in the election. Though it got much less attention than the analysis of hacking, the report released on January 6 includes a lengthy discussion of the Kremlin-funded TV network RT. No less than Trump’s diatribes about “the dishonest media,” the agencies’ examination of RT serves to remind us that media criticism isn’t a job for the federal government.

Jan 24, 2017

Over the course of 25 years, women’s incarceration has increased drastically, and has reached a point where females are jailed at a rate of nearly 150 percent when compared to men. According to the ACLU, there are now more than 200,000 women behind bars and more than one million women on probation and parole–many of which have been caught up by the “war on drugs,” with heavy sentences for non-violent offenses.

Jan 24, 2017

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Women's Marches across the country the day after, many social media feeds have been inundated with political posts.