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Photo: Clarissa Engstrom poses for a photo essay by Carly
In remembering Dr. Clarissa Engstrom, friends and family will mobilize efforts against suicide
Monday, May 21, 2012
J. Patrick Coolican:
When Dr. Clarissa Engstrom died, they came from all over America, like pilgrims offering tribute to a healer. And for many, that’s what she was. As a veterinarian, she treated and cured their animals, but she also treated the soul sickness that afflicts many humans. “I was instantly enamored by her presence,” said John Talley, who came from Florida for one of the memorial services here. When he met Engstrom, known to friends as “Gooey,” Talley was struggling to come out as a gay man and found himself alienated from family. “She said, ‘You’re amazing, and don’t let anyone tell ...
Young veterans searching for work after serving the country deserve support
Young veterans searching for work after serving the country deserve support
Friday, May 18, 2012
J. Patrick Coolican:
During Shaun Clark’s time in the U.S. Army, he was deployed as airborne infantry to Afghanistan, Iraq and to Haiti after the earthquake. He’s experienced more in three years than most of us will in a lifetime. At 21, he’s back home and asking: Now what?
Photo: A preview of the SLS Las Vegas resort that will be
Courageous first move could bring success to north portion of the Strip
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
J. Patrick Coolican:
Someone had to be first. Some guy in a hut had to have the courage to drink the juice of fermented grapes, and good things followed. Likewise, the north end of the Strip needed someone to have the courage to invest. Now that SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles and private equity group Stockbridge Real Estate are putting money into the shuttered Sahara, perhaps the 20-teens will eventually be known as the era when the action moved north on the Strip.
Forget Congress, John Oceguera can call himself a lobbyist now
Forget Congress, John Oceguera can call himself a lobbyist now
Thursday, May 10, 2012
J. Patrick Coolican:
Hugh Jackson sent me a funny note after he and his co-host, Elizabeth Crum, interviewed Assembly Speaker John Oceguera on their KSNV Channel 3 TV show, “The Agenda.” “Nov. 7: Mining lobbyist John Oceguera.”
Photo: People cross the street towards the Greener Block
Greener Block provides a snapshot of something good, but there's more work to do
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
J. Patrick Coolican:
I strolled around Build a Greener Block, which sought to dress up a somewhat neglected stretch of Main Street and turn it into a vibrant urban experience for a weekend, when I heard a new friend scoff that the raw food store was also selling tofu, which, of course, is processed.
Odds on UFC President Dana White running his mouth? Very good
Odds on UFC President Dana White running his mouth? Very good
Friday, April 27, 2012
j. patrick coolican:
Imagine NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tweeting out that the Saints are 10-1 to win the Super Bowl next year. Yeah, probably not. But here’s Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, on Twitter earlier today: “TUF Live tonight on FX the MGM has Sicilia -350 vs Saunders +290.”
The blunt truth: Medical pot situation is an unclear mess, thanks to Legislature
The blunt truth: Medical pot situation is an unclear mess, thanks to Legislature
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
j. patrick coolican:
Nevada’s medical marijuana statute is a cruel farce, like a dark Kafka story for those in need of weed. Shocking: The Legislature largely ignored a mandate and told patients to fend for themselves.

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