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Neighbors of cat hoarder want their properties cleaned as well

LAS VEGAS -- Neighbors are complaining about issues surrounding a severe case of cat hoarding in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

The city of Las Vegas has stepped in and spent thousand of dollars to clean up cat feces and other damage. Neighbors want something done about their properties.

Neighbors say at times the smell is unbearable but progress has been made. A trailer has been brought in to store some of the 71-year-old homeowner's belongings while the city cleans up the house.

Neighbors on either side of the home say they want their properties cleaned up too. From the sidewalk, the damage inside 1417 Lucaccini Lane, which is near Ft. Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard, is obvious.

The drywall has been taken out and along with almost everything else. Since June, crews have been cleaning up the mess left behind by as many as 200 cats.

Cindy Miller bought the home next door.

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Driving You Crazy: Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way

LAS VEGAS - Deborah says the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way is an accident waiting to happen. She says many vehicles make illegal u-turns there.

The intersection sits near Mountain View Hospital. Drivers who frequent the area know that u-turns are illegal on westbound Cheyenne between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The City of Las Vegas will conduct a traffic study at this intersection. Depending on the results of the study, the city might add a dynamic "blank out" sign. The light would activate when u-turns aren't allowed and northbound right-turners get an arrow.

The city will also meet with Metro Police to determine the practicality of that type of sign. It will take a couple weeks for them to complete the study. Traffic8 will provide updates on this process in the coming weeks.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Police warn of crime as temperatures cool

LAS VEGAS - The temperature is cooling down, but crime is heating up. Police say criminals are targeting easily accessible homes and cars.

Metro Police says auto theft is up nearly 19 percent this year. While home break-ins are slightly down, police urge homeowners not to get complacent.

Police say criminals mostly target open doors and windows. Many homeowners leave garage doors open, providing a tempting target for thieves. Open car windows also present an open invitation.

“Take all your items out of your vehicle. If anyone is looking at vehicles and they're looking to commit an auto theft or an auto burglary, they will look in that vehicle,” said Metro Police Officer Larry Hadfield. “If they see high-valued or high-tag items in there, such as an iPod, tablets, laptops or cell phones, they can get in that vehicle. If given the opportunity to get in the vehicle, then they also have the opportunity to steal the vehicle."

Cool at School: Meadows School art show

LAS VEGAS - The creativity of Meadows School students was on display at a recent art show.

"I just love starting with a blank canvas and being able to turn it into anything," said studio art student Amanda Newman.

A photograph that was taken in San Francisco by student Ryan Chakmak won second place.

"We actually took one of those shadows and copied and distorted it and made it match those other windows," he said.

Technology has influenced traditional photography.

"It gives photographers a lot more tools under their belt to express their message or just make a photo look good," Chakmak said.

Teachers describe their art class objective.

"I feel my job is to find out what they're good at and show them how to be better at it," said studio art teacher Danielle Brown.

Art can change the way a student thinks

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3 arrested in Culinary Union protest, Station Casinos responds

LAS VEGAS -- Three people were arrested during a union protest involving casino workers Thursday night.  The protestors were arrested in what Metro Police are calling a "staged arrest." 

Downtown Summerlin opens to the public

Trader Joe's is one of the stores at Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS -- After years of planning and delays, Downtown Summerlin finally became a reality Thursday morning when it opened to the public.

The 1.6 million square foot complex will have more than 125 stores and restaurants when completed. The shopping center boasts big name department stores like Dillards and Macy's as well as new dining options like Crave and a bar by Wolfgang Puck.

Union to protest Station Casinos in Summerlin

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Union workers from Las Vegas casinos plan to march in an upscale master-planned community in Las Vegas as part of ongoing labor protests of Station Casinos.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 says it will march at 5 p.m. Thursday. Protesters plan to walk south from a local high school on Pavilion Center Drive to Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The resort is owned by Station Casinos and is also the company's headquarters.

The union says it represents 55,000 culinary workers in the Las Vegas area. A Station Casinos spokeswoman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there is no labor dispute.

The march coincides with the Thursday grand opening of the long anticipated Downtown Summerlin shopping development, which sits south of the casino and opens at 10 a.m.