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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

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.


Sorry, Chick-fil-A fans, no plans for Vegas location yet

LAS VEGAS — Social media was abuzz Wednesday morning with reports of a Chick-fil-A coming to Downtown Summerlin next year. But sadly for fans of their chicken sandwiches, those rumors are just that.

"We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Carrie Kurlander, Vice President of Public Relations for Chick-fil-A. "We would very much like to serve the communities of Las Vegas, and while we are actively seeking the first few sites in Nevada, we have no locations to confirm just yet."

In addition, a spokesperson for Downtown Summerlin, which opens Thursday, called the information "inaccurate."

If and when the chain does move here, it would be a first for Nevada.

New shopping center in heart of Summerlin opens in three days

LAS VEGAS -- Three days and counting until the new shopping area Downtown Summerlin officially opens to the public.

The construction of this 1.6 million-square-foot urban entertainment center was stalled for nearly 10 years due to the tough economy, but now developers say the grand opening is a sign that Las Vegas' financial future is brighter.

Dillard's, which is one of the main anchor department stores, opened for business a few days ago. Macy's is open as well, along with Old Navy and the Regal Movie Theater.

Downtown Summerlin's official grand opening is Thursday, where more than 80 other shops and restaurants will greet their customers for the very first time.

8 News NOW got a sneak peek of the property as construction workers finished up.

Fashion retailers like True Religion and Francescas are ready to open and Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret and Teavana also look close to being done.

Two arrested in marijuana grow bust at Summerlin apartment

LAS VEGAS -- Two people in their 50s are under arrest in connection with a marijuana grow operation busted Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex in Summerlin.

According to Metro Police, someone tipped them off to suspicious activity at the apartment, which is at the Red Rock Villas at 400 Crestdale Lane. Police did some surveillance on the apartment and got a search warrant for it, which was served at around 1 p.m.

Once officers got inside, they realized it was a marijuana grow operation. Police said the suspects had turned the garage and an upstairs bedroom into marijuana growing rooms. 

In all, police confiscated 67 mature marijuana plants that were ready to harvest. The grow house was located near Bonner Elementary School.

Police said a southern Nevada task force which busts marijuana operations has taken down 11 in the last 30 days.