Hot air fuels global warming
The Review-Journal, a sister publication of CityLife, opines that global warming isn’t real because it’s cold outside and winter sea ice is up from last year - when it hit a new all-time low in the history of, well, history. In journalism, we call that “cherry picking.” For long range trend, looky here: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/files/2013/10/Figure3_Sept2013_trend.png
Because college kids are rolling in money
While education experts are calling the debt wracked up by college students a national crisis, the Nevada System of Higher Education Tuition and Fee Committee is recommending an annual 4 percent increase in registration fees for UNLV and UNR students over each of the next four years. That’s about 230 percent higher than last year’s inflation rate of 1.2 percent.
“Homestead” only for bona fide residents, court says
The Nevada Supreme Court last week ruled that “homestead” laws protecting your residence from seizure in bankruptcy only apply if you actually live in the house. Of course, that means nothing if Bank of America and their friends decide they want you out anyway…
File under “Support the troops”?
The Review-Journal reported last week that decorated veterans are waiting more than five months for burial at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, the state’s only official resting place for former military. The cemetery does 10 or more funerals a day. Congresswoman Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, has proposed a new national cemetery for Southern Nevada that would relieve some of the backlog.
Tax revenue up
Taxable sales were up for the 40th straight month, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation, up 6.1 percent in October over the previous year. Clark County, home to the majority of the state population, casinos, car dealerships and pawn shops, saw an 8.3 percent increase. Meanwhile, Elko County, from which we get the gold to turn into overpriced coins to sell on right-wing talk shows, saw sales revenues plummet by 22.6 percent.
Meanwhile, from New York…
The New York City regional FOX franchise, myfoxny.com, in a story sans byline, compared Las Vegas to Detroit, citing an unnamed “local” Nevadan as a source suggesting people won’t come to the desert to gamble and be entertained. In November, the state reported gaming revenues up 2.4 percent compared to 2012.
Good cabbie! Good cabbie!
Gerardo Gamboa, a Las Vegas cabbie, returned $300,000 he found in the back of his taxi to an insanely absent-minded Strip poker player. Yellow Check Star gave Gamboa a $1,000 reward and a steak dinner and named him Driver of the Year. So next time you’re going from McCarran airport to Summerlin via downtown Boulder City, remember that they’re not all bad.
Shockingly, the Double Down’s Ass Juice fails again to make the list
USA Today features Las Vegas’ “naughtiest cocktails” in a travel piece last week. The price range? A mere $8 for a “Pillow Talk” at Park on Fremont, but shell out a double sawbuck ($20) for a peachy FIXation at FIX at the Bellagio. Meh, we at CityLife will stick with the bottom-shelf vodka at the Historic Huntridge Tavern.
Further proof of the War on Christmas
Santa’s home burned in Town Square after the adjacent 4-story-high artificial Christmas tree went up in flames. We are eagerly awaiting commentary from Sarah Palin and Bill O’Reilly.