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Goodbye to Your Trash Cans

Thanks to John Turner of 8 News Now for capturing a scene we're used to experiencing in the valley not because of rain, but because of wind. Someone's trash cans in this Summerlin neighborhood are taking an exciting adventure down the storm gutter during this week's heavy rains throughout southern Nevada.

(The focus will sharpen during the video. Watch the center of the frame.)

Restaurant Critic: MANON BISTRO Lunch

Restaurant Critic: MANON BISTRO Lunch

Restaurant critic John Curtas applauds a locally-owned eatery's standard fare but worries about dishes that stray from its formula.  

It does our little pea pickin’ heart good to see crowds lined up at Manon Patisserie and Bistro every time we go there. Weekends, it seems, are always crowded, and if you don’t get your lunch order in before noon, expect at least a 20 minute wait for your food.

Read more in Eating Las Vegas.


Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record

Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record


Students at Staton and Whitney Elementary Schools are working to set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

This literacy event is to raise awareness about the importance of early education and reading. In partnership with Jumpstart’s 2011 Read for the Record and the Pearson  Foundation, pajama-wearing Ethel Staton Elementary School students will read Anna Dewdney’s book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Staton Elementary School is located at 1700 Sageberry Dr., Las Vegas. Students will be sharing their love of reading with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Also on a record-setting path will be Whitney Elementary School students who will be participating in literacy fun with Governor Brian Sandoval at Whitney Elementary, 5005 Keenan Ave., Las Vegas, at 1:15 p.m.

Everyone can participate in the Read for the Record challenge by reading online. The community is invited to visit www.wegivebooks.org/campaigns/read-for-our-schools and register to read. "Llama Llama Red Pajama" is available to read on www.wegivebooks.org, as are many other children’s books.

Station Casinos Turns Pink for October

Station Casinos Turns Pink for October


Station Casinos is going pink this month to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Restaurants at several of the company’s casinos will be offering dessert treats in pink with money raised going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Nevada. Some of the desserts available at all Grand Cafes include pink and white chocolate caramel apples, pink ribbon éclairs, strawberry shortcake and fresh fruit tarts.

Red Rock Resort in Summerlin is offering special Pink Sampler Platters on the dessert menus at T-Bones Chophouse, Terra Rossa Italian and Hachi.

As part of the pink campaign, this past weekend 11 Station Casinos’ properties set up pink blackjack tables with winnings from that tables going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Rain Hit the Western Part of the Las Vegas Valley

Video Courtesy/John Turner

Rain fell on the western side of Las Vegas Monday. This video was captured near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue. 

Police Warn Parents About Human Trafficking

LAS VEGAS -- The image of a prostitute is a women walking the streets looking to be picked up. Metro Police say that is not the reality. They say children are the new victims of sex trafficking in Las Vegas.

Metro Police is hosting a public forum Saturday where parents can hear from Metro vice detectives about what they are seeing on the streets. They will also hear from Andrea Swanson. Her 17-year-old daughter is recovering from being a victim of child trafficking, two years after leaving the life.

"Never imagined it. I knew something was wrong, she wasn't home. I thought it might be drugs. I didn't think, a mother's mind never goes there... never," Swanson said.

Swanson says it was her daughter's boyfriend that turned her into a prostitute. Police say it is a common way for girls to become part of the sex industry.