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Summerlin Woman Remembers Her Time Breaking Barriers on the Strip


A barrier-breaking baccarat dealer, who now lives in Summerlin, recalls her days on the Strip.

Shirley Brancucci holds the distinction of being the first female baccarat dealer on the Strip. It was the early 1970s. 

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Book Groups Provide 'Instantaneous Opportunity' for Passionate Discussion

Groups at two libraries get into the thick of it.

Forget whatever it is that Democrats and Republicans are arguing about these days, and toss this one around for a while ...

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Meadows Senior Picks Up Another Award

Meadows Senior Picks Up Another Award


An outstanding athlete from The Meadows added another award to his trophy case.

Garrett Gosse earned a SAMMY Award and will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, and was featured in a USA Today ad over the weekend wearing a milk mustache. More than 30,000 students entered the SAMMY Awards this year. There were 25 winners, outstanding high school senior student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics and community service.

Gosse’s accomplishments include earning a spot in the top of his high school class. His athletic achievements include being named the Wendy’s High School Heisman National Winner and leading The Meadows football team to state championships twice during his high school career.  He serves as Senior Class Vice President and volunteers with Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, which provides assistance to burn victims and their families.

Cause of Death Released for Little Leaguer

Cause of Death Released for Little Leaguer

The Clark County Coroner’s Office released Spencer Melvin’s cause of death Wednesday afternoon.

He died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the heart muscle. It is a condition that is usually inherited. The 8-year-old Little Leaguer suddenly collapsed died on his way to a baseball game April 10.

Melvin's family was honored by the UNLV baseball team Wednesday afternoon. The family was on hand as Spencer's brother, Sam, threw out the first pitch at the UNLV game. They said the tribute was very touching.

“It is unbelievable. These guys who memorialized our son ... we're a baseball family, so this meant everything to us,” Bob Melvin, Spencer's father, said.

The UNLV baseball team also wore memorial patches on their uniforms. The patches are being sold to support the family.


Gambling Local Priest Due in Texas Federal Prison


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest from a parish in the Summerlin area is due at a low-security federal prison in Texas to begin serving three years and one month for embezzling $650,000 to support a gambling habit.

Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe's lawyer, Margaret Stanish, tells The Associated Press the 59-year-old clergy member plans to turn himself in as required Friday at the La Tuna correctional institution in the Texas-New Mexico border town of Anthony.

McAuliffe pleaded guilty in October to federal mail fraud charges for falsifying financial documents sent in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in San Francisco.

He admitted hiding a gambling addiction for eight years while siphoning increasing amounts of money from votive candle, prayer and gift shop funds at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Special Election for Vegas Council Draws Ads, Attention

Special Election for Vegas Council Draws Ads, Attention


As attack ads hit the airwaves, Election Day is drawing near for the candidates in the Ward 2 Special Election for the Las Vegas City Council.

The election to replace Steve Wolfson, who was appointed as district attorney for Clark County, will take place Tuesday. On Special Election Day, registered Ward 2 voters can cast ballots at the following voting centers between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m:

  • Veterans Memorial Leisure Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive
  • Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
  • Vons, Boca Park, 820 S. Rampart Blvd.

Candidate Ric Truesdell recently began airing TV ads attacking fellow candidate Bob Beers for his votes as a state senator. Truesdell and Beers are the highest-profile names among the field of candidates.