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.
“I am strong / (Strong) / I am invincible / (Invincible) / I am woman.” You might recognize those lyrics from Helen Reddy’s 1972 hit “I Am Woman.” The song, which topped the charts in December 1972, gets a little extra play during this time of the year. National Public Radio recently included the song in its list of American Anthems, and it was the theme song of Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking – if unsuccessful – bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1972.  The reason the song has special resonance in the early spring is that March is Women’s History Month.
On March 6, at around 7:30 in the morning, a horrific crash occurred in Boulder City on US-93 near Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. One person was killed and another hospitalized after a sedan traveling at high speed struck a truck. The driver of the truck, a 58-year-old man named Randy Reiner, was reportedly leaving a gas station and attempting to drive across several lanes of traffic to make a left turn. The other driver, a 27-year-old man named Joshua Buckingham, was driving a white sedan.
Under a new proposed law in Nevada, first responders on the scene of a traffic accident would have a powerful new tool to determine who was at fault and whether negligent or even criminal activity might have been a contributing factor in causing the automobile crash. The bill is working its way through the Nevada Legislature as lawmakers enter their second month of reviewing proposals.
An unusual collision this past weekend in Nevada resulted in an unpleasant and slippery mess. The crash took place on State Route 306, 45 miles southwest of Elko. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), a Union Pacific freight train struck the end of a tanker truck that had failed to clear the tracks. This resulted in a spill of approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel onto the tracks and the nearby highway. The roads were closed for clean-up and investigation as well as safety precautions.
In Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper narrowly escaped what could have been a life-altering – or even life-ending – injury when he avoided being struck by an out-of-control car. The near-miss provides a kind of silver lining for an otherwise unsettling story, and it bears an eerie resemblance to a tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas in January and another recent incident in Reno. First, let us begin with the facts of the recent incident. According to news reports, the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on U.S.
Last Sunday millions of households tuned in to watch the 91st Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. (The “Oscars” nickname derives from the golden statuettes given to winners, though the exact origin of that name is contested. ) The broadcast was held on Sunday, February 24, and while many households watched it on a television screen an increasing number of viewers are opting to stream the event online. Last year’s show posted the lowest ratings of all time, and several factors are cited for the decline.