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UNLV Launches Reading Challenge

UNLV Launches Reading Challenge

Thousands of school children from across the Las Vegas valley took part in a huge event Monday to promote literacy.

UNLV Athletics and Superpawn teamed up to bring nearly 7,000 fourth and fifth graders to the Thomas & Mack Center for the Rebel Reading Challenge. UNLV coaches and athletes along with local celebrities all took part.

“It is a chance for elementary students to get really excited about reading, and to partner with out community partners because we know literacy is so important. The other piece about today is to start getting kids on a college campus,” said Dwight Jones, Clark County School District Superintendent.

Students at the participating schools will compete in a 30-day competition to see which class can read the most pages. The winning classes will win trips to UNLV men's basketball games and pizza parties.

Report Rates UNLV as One of Nation's Most Diverse Universities

Report Rates UNLV as One of Nation's Most Diverse Universities


U.S. News & World Report ranks UNLV among the nation’s 10 most diverse universities for undergraduate students.

The publication, which annually ranks the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories, used student enrollment data from the 2010-2011 school year to calculate the proportion of minority students to the overall mix of campus ethnic groups. According to the report, the Campus Ethnic Diversity category identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. 

The formula produces a diversity index from 0.0 to 1.0. UNLV’s diversity index was 0.69, placing it 10th nationally for campus ethnic diversity. 

New Signs Remind Drivers to Watch for Motorcycles

New Signs Remind Drivers to Watch for Motorcycles

An alarming number of car accidents happen at intersections around Las Vegas. Metro Police say, so far this year, 66 crashes have occurred at intersections.

Allstate Insurance says 58 percent of accidents involving motorcycles happen at intersections; that is why it launched a new campaign Wednesday. It installed signs designed to catch a driver’s eye, reminding them to watch out for motorcyclists. Since March, the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Eastern Avenue has been the scene of 17 accidents involving injuries. It is the worst intersection in the valley for injury accidents.  

"People don't look. They are looking at the people on the side of the road or people walking through the intersection. I notice a lot of times too, the intersections around here, people don't wait for the lights. They just go!" motorcycle technician Jason Rollier said.

School Tries Everything to Get Students to Graduate

LAS VEGAS -- According to Applied Analysis, more Hispanic students are graduating from Nevada's high schools. More than 60 percent of Hispanics students graduated last year, which is the highest rate in seven years.

But that's not the case at every high school. At some, many seniors aren't on track to graduate. Staff at Del Sol High School are doing whatever it takes to get seniors to graduate. Out of 407 seniors, 301 are in jeopardy of not graduating.

Parents have been invited to be a part of the campus. In fact, an event called Community Connection is starting, geared at getting parents to check out their kids school.

The landscape is also changing at Del Sol. Students and teachers are planting flowers, the shop class is painting benches and trash cans all over campus and students taking pride in their campus -- something that was lacking. This year, a new principal is on campus who was brought in to turn things around.

Renaissance Festival Starts This Weekend

Renaissance Festival Starts This Weekend

The lords and ladies of the past will be taking over at Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend at the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.

The festival starts Friday at 10 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. The festival will feature music, food and games from the period. Visitors will also get a chance to see jousting, medieval pageants and historical re-enactments.

There will also be dozens of artisans showing off their skills. Visitors will see how Renaissance artists made stained glass, jewelry, toys and even blended perfume. 

Food will include authentic English fare plus beer and ales for adults with proper identification.

Single day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Three day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. There are also VIP packages available. For more information, go to www.LVRenFair.com.

Plans for Newton Attraction Expanded

LAS VEGAS  -- Construction is under way on revised plans for a Las Vegas attraction that will bring tourists into Wayne Newton's home.

The singer's sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate has been a flurry of activity in recent months, and work on a tourist attraction to showcase his favorite celebrity keepsakes is almost complete.

Revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding a museum space and a theater where he will perform at least occasionally.

A Newton-themed car wash will also be larger than originally planned. The revised plans provide for a slightly smaller zoo and car museum.

Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue. His collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos includes Nat King Cole's watch, Steve McQueen's Rolls-Royce and a Johnny Cash guitar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

More Passengers at McCarran Again in August

LAS VEGAS -- Passenger volume at McCarran Airport continued its yearlong incremental climb in August, gaining 4 percent over the previous year.

More than 3.6 million people passed through the airport in August, a jump of nearly 150,000 passengers from the same month in 2010. Yearly airport traffic is up 3.9 percent, or roughly 1 million people, over 2010.

Among the airport's major carriers, only Delta experienced a loss of passengers in August, while US Airways – which recently announced upcoming steep cuts in flight volume – and Continental posted double-digit gains.

About 60,000 less people came through the airport in August 2011 than in July 2011.