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Past articles by Tovin:

How S.F.’s Housing Market Is Kicking Pets to the Curb

How S.F.’s Housing Market Is Kicking Pets to the Curb → Read More

Banksy, D*Face, and How Life Is Beautiful Transformed Downtown Las Vegas into an Open-Air Art Gallery

Over three years, the festival has transformed the face of Las Vegas. → Read More

Motown Preacher: Stevie Wonder Shines at Vegas' LIfe Is Beautiful

"This ain't no En Vogue concert, this is a Stevie concert!" → Read More

Motown Preacher: Stevie Wonder Shines at Vegas' LIfe Is Beautiful

"This ain't no En Vogue concert, this is a Stevie concert!" → Read More

Meet the Torta Ahogada, Guadalajara's Signature Sandwich

The torta ahogada ("drowned sandwich") began as a working man's lunch, almost exclusively sold from small stands on street corners. The inventor died decades ago, but a link to the beginning of the simple sandwich still remains in the city center where his apprentice has been clocking in every morning for the last 55 years. Here's the true story of the torta ahogada, plus tips on where to get a… → Read More

Nevada’s Hispanic voters stayed home, drifted away from Democrats

There were no lines winding out the door, and occasionally idle poll workers would step outside and look around like the early arrivals to a party wondering if they have the wrong address. Miguel Amarista, a registered Democrat, made the trip to his polling place in East Las Vegas on ... → Read More

Mucking it up as they go along: World’s Toughest Mudder comes to Las Vegas

Crawl through mud below barbed-wire, jump off cliffs into frigid water and pick up a few rope burns along the way. When you’re done with the first lap, keep doing it for the next 24 hours. For the 1,500 competitors in the World’s Toughest Mudder event, coming to Southern Nevada ... → Read More

Survey: Democrat Lucy Flores, Republican Brian Sandoval won the Hispanic vote

Lucy Flores won the Hispanic vote in Tuesday's election but she lost big in her race for lieutenant governor because of low turnout among Democrats and a popular Republican slate led by Gov. Brian Sandoval. About 71 percent of ... → Read More

Documentary questions arrest of Mexican drug lord

The documentary “¿Es El Chapo?” (Is it El Chapo?), which opens in Las Vegas today, investigates the questions surrounding the capture of infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. → Read More

Day of the Dead is anything but lifeless in Las Vegas

Events celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are growing and spreading in the valley, and Hollywood has even had a hand in popularizing the holiday. “It’s amazing how Day of the Dead has come on, and more people are interested in the history and traditions ... → Read More

Chess as a spectator sport? Organizers of big-money tourney say yes

World-class players. Big prize money. A tournament based on a table game of strategy. But can the Millionaire Chess Open become the next World Series of Poker, or is it ... → Read More

Deportation stats suggest Obama hasn’t upheld vow to target criminals

The federal government deported a record number of immigrants in fiscal year 2013. The data showed that 438,421 immigrants were deported in 2013, up approximately 5 percent from the previous record of 418,397 in 2012. More than 2 million people have been deported since President Barack Obama ... → Read More

For immigrants and others without insurance, nonprofit OB-GYN clinic is a blessing

In 2005, when Dr. Kord Strebel first came to Las Vegas, his obstetrics and gynecology practice was for-profit, but with an emphasis on keeping prices low for the uninsured population. But he soon realized that he couldn't provide many recommended tests or blood work at a low cost unless he ... → Read More

Springs Preserve celebration of Asian culture expands

The Springs Preserve annual celebration of the valley’s varied Asian communities and their cultures is getting a new name and injection of new activities. → Read More

Southern Nevada nonprofits suffer from huge funding gap, study says

If you're a Nevada resident in need, a nonprofit organization in the northern part of the state can call on much greater resources to help you than ... → Read More

Discussion: Border security and the Mexican drug cartels

“Border Insecurity: The Mexican Drug Cartels and Their Threat to America” starts at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Mob Museum, and features a diverse panel of experts. ... → Read More

Dozens fulfill dream of citizenship in emotional Las Vegas ceremony

For the woman from the Philippines it happened while taking the pledge of allegiance. For the man from Israel it was during the rendition of the national anthem. The weight of the moment, becoming a citizen of the United States, hit them at ... → Read More

Culture Fest celebrates diversity through food, music and art

Having created a successful festival to celebrate Black History Month, Kimberly Bailey Tureaud and her husband, Charles Tureaud, found they wanted to expand their reach and ... → Read More

Concerts, festivals, boxing and more on tap for Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month

Like a weekend music festival with multiple stages, getting the most from the multitude of events related to Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month in Las Vegas requires a tactical approach. → Read More

Mosquito bite carries virus from tropics to desert

Gretchen Roselli took bronze in the 1,500-meter race at the 2013 National Senior Games and had her sights set on competing next year. But after traveling to the Caribbean and contracting a virus, the Las Vegas resident is worried ... → Read More