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Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV

Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV

Students at UNLV saw dozens of people running through campus Thursday has part of an effort to draw attention to a group called Rebel Vets.

The group provides support to veterans transitioning from military life to campus life. More than half a million veterans are taking advantage of the post 9/11 G.I. Bill that helps pay for education. Hundreds of those veterans have chosen to use that education money at UNLV. One of those veterans is Joe Sorge. He says he couldn’t wait to get to college after leaving the Air Force but admits relating to other students can be tough.

“Most of them are between the ages of 18 and 25, so you still have the post high school mentality a lot of times. That is where we as veterans stick together because we are past that point,” Sorge said.

Stewart Foster, another veteran, says socializing with other students can be a challenge because his life experiences are so different.

Deadly Accidents Spark Open Forum on Safety

Deadly Accidents Spark Open Forum on Safety

A string of deadly pedestrian accidents has people around the community talking about what needs to be done to make roads safer.

Safe Community Partnership and the Transportation Research Center at UNLV are planning an open forum on the issue Wednesday, November 16. Representatives from law enforcement agencies, engineers, elected officials and safety advocates are all going to be on the panel. They will be there to answer questions and lead a discussion about solutions.

The main goal is to form a group composed of several agencies representing several jurisdictions to address pedestrian safety now and in the future. The forum is open to anyone interested in the issue. It is set for 6:30 p.m., at the UNLV Science and Engineering Building Auditorium.

Runners Highlight Veteran Effort at UNLV

 

UNLV students and veterans will be running through campus to draw attention to a special program designed to help veterans transition from the military life into the campus life.

The run starts at 6 a.m. Thursday in front of the student union. Runners have signed up to run for a certain amount of time, so runners will be seen on campus until 6 p.m. The event is to bring attention to Rebel Vets, an office on campus that helps veterans get back into being a student.

It is estimated that 1,000 students are also veterans. Current Air Force and Army ROTC members will also be running. At 8 a.m., near the Veterans Memorial Site, runners will stop for reveille and the raising of the American flag. 

Two Killed in Vehicle Accident Sunday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Two people were killed Sunday morning in a multiple vehicle accident in the area of Marlyand Pkwy. and Harmon Ave.

According to Metro, evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate that a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by 28-year-old Jonathan Syverson of Las Vegas, was traveling was on Harmon Ave. at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes and failed to stop at the red light at Maryland Pkwy.

The Ford struck a 1996 Dodge Stratus, driven by a 69-year-old man from Las Vegas, which was traveling north on Maryland Pkwy. at Harmon and going through the intersection on a green light.

The Ford struck the Dodge pushing both vehicles across the intersection and onto UNLV property.

Syverson was transported to Sunrise Hospital with moderate to serious injuries and the driver  of the Dodge and a 64-year-old female passenger, also from Las Vegas, were pronounced dead at the scene.  

Metro Names Most Dangerous Intersections

LAS VEGAS -- The recent rash of pedestrian deaths has led many to question the safety of crosswalks and intersections.

Metro Police reports the five most dangerous intersections combined account for 67 injury accidents in the past six months. Since the end of April, 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, making it the most dangerous according to Metro's Traffic Bureau.

With only three of the four streets at that intersection with painted crosswalks, pedestrians say they have had close calls.

"A month ago, a lady was on her cell phone texting and she almost hit me," pedestrian Eric Handy said.

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

The Runnin’ Rebels escaped their first exhibition game with a 58-50 win Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center after getting a scare from Washburn.

The Runnin’ Rebels remained perfect against the Ichabods in the all-time series, improving their record to 6-0. 

The Ichabods, who shot just shy of 37 percent (21-of-57) on the night, couldn’t find the basket in the waning minutes of the game, connecting on only two field goals in the final five minutes. 

Anthony Marshall led the Rebels with 14 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end. Moser chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Carlos Lopez finished with 11 points in only 15 minutes of action. 

Justin Bieber Will Donate $100,000 to Las Vegas School

LAS VEGAS -- Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is pledging to donate $100,000 to an east Las Vegas elementary school that's gained publicity for services it provides for low-income families.

The 17-year-old singer announced the gift for Whitney Elementary School on Monday during a taping of "The Ellen Degeneres Show." The episode is set to air Tuesday afternoon.

Bieber also said he would perform for the students in December.

Whitney Elementary was featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" in September. The episode highlighted how the school provides a food pantry, clothes closet, free haircuts and literacy training for students' families.

Bieber's gift matches a $100,000 donation from Target that was announced in September.

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