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Salvation Army Sees Drop in Donations

LAS VEGAS --  The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada relies on the proceeds from its seven thrift stores to fund many of the programs and services it provides to members of the community. But right now, thrift shop donations are down significantly because of the economy.

One look at these sparse clothing racks and the problem is easy to see.

"When the economy is bad like this, people cannot go out and buy that new couch, so we don't get the old one," said Charles Desideiro, Salvation Army of So. Nevada.

The Salvation Army says donations to their thrift shops around the valley are down by 35 to 40 percent.

"All the merchandise that does come in is rushed right off to the stores so our trucks are making extra trips which also means more gas and more labor hours,"said Desideiro.

Free H1N1 Vaccines Offered

LAS VEGAS -- If you haven't got your H1N1 vaccine and would still like to get one, you can do it for free.

The Southern Nevada Health District will be offering free vaccines on Monday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Station, 4949 N. Rancho Rd.

Palo Verde High Team Wins Science Bowl in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A team from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas won the Nevada Regional Science Bowl over the weekend at theUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas.

National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site officials say the Palo Verde team will represent the region in the federal Energy Department's National Science Bowl from April 29 to May 4 in Washington D.C.

The Palo Verde team also won $5,000  for the school as the top finisher Saturday among 32 teams from northern and southern Nevada, and parts of California, Arizona and Utah.

Douglas County High School of Minden, placed second and won $2,500 for the school. A team from Green Valley High School in Henderson took third, and a team from Clark High School in Las Vegas took fourth.  

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Holocaust Survivors Share Stories with Students

LAS VEGAS -- A local Holocaust survivor has spent his life trying to fulfill the promise he made to his dying brother at a German concentration camp 65 years ago. He promised to tell the world about the atrocities his family suffered at the hands of the Nazis during WWII.

Author Stephen Nasser kept his promise by speaking at a local high school where one former teacher told students the Holocaust never happened.

Nasser was the only family member out of more than 20 to make it out of Auschwitz alive. He has since dedicated his life to sharing those horrors to undo the damage that can be caused by those claiming the Holocaust never happened.

"I promised my brother when he was dying in my arms that I would continue to keep the legacy," said Nasser.

One Dead in Rollover Accident on Summerlin Pkwy

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a rollover accident on Summerlin Parkway that left one person dead Tuesday evening.

Troopers say a car heading eastbound on the Summerlin Parkway lost control and rolled and ended up in the center median. Both people in the car were ejected. A woman was killed and a man was taken to UMC with critical injuries.


Teacher Who Denied Holocaust Reassigned

LAS VEGAS -- A teacher accused of telling students the Holocaust couldn't have happened has been reassigned from a northwest Las Vegas high school to middle school in North Las Vegas.

Clark County school officials are citing personnel policies and aren't saying why gym teacher Lori Sublette was reassigned Tuesday from Northwest Career and Technical Academy to Johnston Middle School.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Shooting Victim Once Fought to Stay in the United States

LAS VEGAS -- A young woman who was killed in a double murder over the weekend had struggled to stay in this country after an immigration battle involving herself and her sister.

Channel 8 first met Mariam Sarkisian and her sister in 2005. That's when the government was threatening to deport the two back to Armenia despite living in the U.S. nearly their whole lives. Flangas

According to police, 23-year-old Gregg Thomas, who friends say was Mariam's ex-boyfriend, showed up at Mariam's home unannounced.

"broke the door wide open and Mariam was standing. He shot her. And then the momma was on the couch. He shot her," said Yelena Flangas, family friend.

Also in the home was the couple's 1-year-old child and Mariam's younger sister who screamed at Thomas during the shooting.