This past Sunday marked the unofficial beginning of the summer party season. While Saint Patrick’s Day is a storied “drinking holiday” celebrated with a mix of garish costumes, themed drinks, raucous singing, and general cross-cultural reverie, its timing on the calendar tends to dampen the scale and reach of the associated partying. Falling in mid-March, the holiday comes at varying times for the diverse communities across the country.
A tragic airplane accident on Sunday, May 5th claimed the lives of 13 passengers on board a flight from Las Vegas to Monterrey International Airport. The passengers of the air accident were released by Mexican newspapers yesterday, five of which were one family and three others who were crew members that ranged in age from 19-57 years old. It is reported that the passengers were in Las Vegas to attend the boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena. The private jet, which took off at 2:52 PM from McCarran International Airport and was scheduled to land in Monter.
May has arrived, and with it a series of notable dates. The May page of one’s yearly calendar plays home to the annual celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. Graduation celebrations begin in May, and enthusiasts of science fiction and pop culture try not to miss an opportunity to issue this punny greeting: May the Fourth Be With You. (Get it? It’s a Star Wars joke.) One day during this month that is more often overlooked in certain circles is the first of the month: May Day. In modern times May 1, or May Day, is celebrated as International Workers’ Day.
A residential neighborhood of east Las Vegas played home to a grisly and tragic scene last week, in which an as-yet-unexplained shootout resulted in two deaths, one injury, and the apparent disruption of a young child’s family life. At least one neighbor witnessed the tragedy unfold in real time, watching as shots rang out while he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher.
On April 12, the children’s products manufacturer Fisher Price announced that it was issuing a recall for the popular Rock ‘n Play baby sleeper. The company advised that parents should stop using the product immediately, citing safety concerns. The popular product has been on the market since 2009 and has been linked to 32 infant deaths. This recall affects approximately 4.7 million products.  The Rock ‘n Play has been a popular item on baby registries for years. It reclines, rocks, vibrates, and plays soothing music.
Police are still investigating the facts behind a bizarre and troubling automobile accident that took place in Sparks in the northbound lanes of Pyramid Highway. At this stage the full details of the two-vehicle accident – which took place in the early morning hours of Friday, April 12 – remain under investigation and not entirely understood. Based on the preliminary investigations into this week-old car crash, the following facts are established.  A pickup truck, driven by a 31-year-old woman, crashed into the rear of an SUV.
Earlier this month a Las Vegas jury heard testimony in a civil lawsuit filed by former Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid against the makers of Thera-Band, a popular exercise band. Senator Reid alleged that one of these exercise bands failed during use, causing a severe injury that left him blind in one eye. Senator Reid sued the company for an undisclosed amount.
Spring has sprung throughout most of Nevada, leaving behind the relative cold and heightened travel risks of the winter season. Technically spring begins on March 20, although for much of Northern Nevada the spring weather did not really arrive until the final days of the month. (If that date seems off, here is a quick aside. Many of us learned that spring begins on March 21, but the universe has little concern for our arbitrary calendars. The spring season begins on the spring equinox, the day following winter when the earth reaches the 90-degree point on its orbit around the sun.
March Madness is upon us. This year, as in so many years prior, sports fans of all persuasions – from the die-hards who never miss a game to those who are just conversant enough to avoid referring to “basketball rings”  – will whittle away countless hours refreshing the same webpage to monitor their brackets predicting the outcome of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
April is here! With a new month comes the beginning of spring and the return of afternoon sunshine. Christians celebrate the Easter holiday, while Nevadans of Jewish descent sit down with family for the more somber meal of Passover. With the amount of precipitation Nevada has received over the last several months, we can hope to see more April flowers than showers in the next several weeks. However, the beginning of April means more than just holidays and flora. For many, April 1 marks a time-honored tradition involving good-natured pranking.