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UNLV math instructor issues apology about immigration posts

A part-time math instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has issued an apology for social media posts saying he'd tell immigration authorities about students in his class who are in the U.S. illegally.

The instructor, George Buch, acknowledged making the Facebook posts with a statement to his students and to the campus newspaper following criticism and a campus protest Thursday that drew dozens of people.

It said he realized his comments were hurtful, and said he meant them as a joke that wasn't funny.

Buch said he'd never create what he called a classroom of hate or intolerance.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Buch on Friday weren't immediately successful. A telephone number and email weren't found, and he didn't immediately respond to a Facebook message... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

UNLV campus newspaper changing 'Rebel Yell' name

The student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is changing its name from "Rebel Yell" to "The Scarlet & Gray Free Press" in a bid to end criticism that it was named for a Confederate Army battle cry.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday praised the newspaper's decision to change the name, which will debut next semester.

The new name reflects UNLV's color scheme.

Newspaper editor-in-chief Bianca Cseke tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a Confederate battle cry isn't a great name for a newspaper.

The move comes after months of debate, and Reid called following an allegedly racially motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, for the Nevada University Board of Regents to order a name change.

The twice-weekly campus paper has been fighting for funding to continue to publish in print and online... Read More

Metro investigates homicide near Twain, Nellis

Metro Police investigated a homicide near E. Twain Avenue and S. Nellis Boulevard Tuesday night.

The homicide happened outside an apartment complex located at 5101 E. Twain Ave.

There weren't many details released. The area is closed while Metro investigates.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Police provide student safety tips following reported attack at UNLV

Students at UNLV are on alert after a reported attack on campus.

The attack happened Tuesday night when a female student was walking across a campus parking lot near Harmon Ave, according to the UNLV Police Department.

The attacker grabbed the student by her shoulders, pulled her backwards and hit her, police said.

Fortunately the student was able to escape, but so did the attacker.

Campus police say they will now increase patrols as investigators comb through surveillance camera video in hopes a clear image of the attacker will emerge.

They also warn students should stay vigil while walking around at night and to stick together.

"As the year progresses, it's getting darker earlier, so I would also remind them in terms of traveling on campus it's be better in pairs and if they see something, say something, doesn't matter what," said Asst. Chief Jeffrey Green of the UNLV Police Department. "That's why we're here, to respond."... Read More

UNLV Police issue alert following attack on student

University Police issued a crime alert to UNLV students this morning following an attack on a female student Tuesday evening.

According to police, the student was walking westbound on Harmon Avenue toward Lot L when she was grabbed by her shoulders from behind and struck in the back. The student was able to escape and reported the incident the next morning to UNLV Police.

The suspect is described as an African-American male, 5-foot-10 inches tall, clean shaven and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact UNLV Police Services at (702) 895-3668.

University Police advise students to take the following actions:

-- Always remain vigilant regarding your surroundings when walking to and from your personal vehicle.

-- When possible, try to travel in pairs when walking to your vehicle... Read More

Mom accused in child's death appears in court

The woman accused in the death of her 2-year-old made her first appearance in court Monday morning.

Diana Eldridge was in Las Vegas Justice Court. She faces one count of murder and two counts of child neglect in her daughter's death.

The child died in an apartment complex on South Maryland Parkway on Oct. 18. Investigators from Metro's Abuse and Neglect section said the child suffered from environmental and medical neglect for a long time before she died.

Eldridge is currently being held on no bail... Read More