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Philharmonic Holiday Concert Adds New Twists to Chestnuts

Philharmonic Holiday Concert Adds New Twists to Chestnuts

Some twists on holiday classics keep it fresh.

As music director and conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, David Itkin knows how to make chestnuts -- the musical variety -- crackle and glow. On Saturday, he mixed them with newer and unexpected offerings for a big, bright holiday concert including all or part of at least 18 songs.

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Runnin' Rebels Pull Away in Second Half for Victory

Runnin' Rebels Pull Away in Second Half for Victory

No. 21 UNLV won its first game back in the national rankings, using strong defense in Monday night's 81-63 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Chace Stanback shot 8-of-9 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 29 points.

"My teammates were really looking for me tonight and they were able to find me when I was open," said Stanback, whose previous career-high was 28 points in UNLV's win over then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 26. "I was able to knock them down."

UNLV (12-2) had 11 steals and seven blocks.

Runnin' Rebels Return to National Rankings After Big Win

LAS VEGAS -- Following a convincing road win Saturday in Chicago, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels are back in the national polls.

The Runnin' Rebels check in at No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and at No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

UNLV (11-2) downed previously undefeated No. 19 Illinois, 73-62, as it continued its brutal stretch of road games against tough competition. The Rebels' only losses came at Wichita State and No. 13 Wisconsin.

The team also spent time in the national rankings earlier this year after upsetting then-No.1 North Carolina at the Orleans Arena over Thanksgiving weekend.

UNLV Beats UTEP 65-54

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Anthony Marshall scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead UNLV to a 65-54 win over UTEP Wednesday night.

Justin Hawkins had 12 points, Carlos Lopez scored 11 and Mike Moser grabbed 11 rebounds for UNLV (10-2).

UTEP (2-5) was led by Michael Perez with 17 points. Gabriel McCulley had 15 points and seven rebounds and Julian Washburn scored 12 for the Miners.

The Rebels closed out the game with a 16-6 run over the final 5:06. Marshall, with two 3-point baskets, one jumper and a dunk, accounted for 10 points during the run. It started after the Miners had narrowed the lead to 49-48 on Perez's free throws with 5:18 left.

There were 14 lead changes in the game. UNLV led 24-21 at halftime.

Metro Investigating Shooting in East Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that was reported just before 3 p.m. at the Century Village Apartments on Spencer Street near Tropicana Avenue.

Police responded to the complex after a call came in that a man showed up to a friend's apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police now believe the man was shot inside the apartment complex, and it was his roommate who called 911. The man was dead by the time police arrived.

Police are searching for a suspect. Detectives found a shell casing from a large caliber bullet.

"We're canvassing the area like we normally do, hoping to find any witnesses, and processing the scene," Metro Lt. Lew Roberts said.

Neighbor Deidra Hodges says the complex has seen a lot of police activity in the last six months.

"It's very difficult. It's scary. I live in my house and rarely go out. It's very, very unnerving," she said.

Non-Profits Get More Money to Help Families in Need

Non-Profits Get More Money to Help Families in Need


Several local nonprofits received extra funding from Clark County to help families in need this time of year.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program provides funding through the United Way of Southern Nevada. The money is going to non-profits to provide money for rent, utilities, groceries and diapers; several of the charities also serve hot meals. There may be restrictions on availability and income. People needing help should contact the nonprofit agencies directly.

Make Mine Meat

Make Mine Meat

Critic: Fogo de Chao ups the ante on Brazilian meats

For of you who don’t speak Portuguese (and let’s face it who does?), Fogo de Chão literally translates into “fire of the ground.” More colloquially, it stands for “campfire” or the vertical fire pits that Brazilian gauchos have used to roast meats for hundreds of years. 

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