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October 21, 2014

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  • Chin "Darren" Ko, left of Las Vegas, and Herbert Antoine of Brooklyn battle to a draw during the Millionaire Chess Open at Planet Hollywood Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. The tournament offers $1 million in prize money - the largest prize pot in chess history. Amateurs compete for a top prize of $40,000 and pros compete for top prize of $100,000.
    On the scene at Vegas' first Millionaire Chess tournament
    Oct. 15, 2014
    Millionaire Chess: What happens when the "ancient sport" moves its pieces onto the Strip?
  • Keynote speaker New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses attendees at the Second Annual Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala in New York Sunday, May 18, 2014.
    Is Christie running for office?
    Oct. 14, 2014
    Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by …
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a navy parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014.Putin extolled the return of Crimea to Russia before tens of thousands Friday during his first trip to Black Sea peninsula since its annexation. The triumphant visit was quickly condemned by Ukraine and NATO.
    Putin shows his hand
    Oct. 14, 2014
    A few days ago, The Financial Times published an interview with a Russian businessman named Sergei Pugachev. Once an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Pugachev owned shipbuilding and construction interests, as well as a bank. Indeed, he was once known as …
  • What does GOP have to offer?
    Oct. 14, 2014
    As reported by Forbes, Fortune and Fox Business News, the economy is better when Democrats are in the White House. Yet, pundits and politicians on the right say …
  • Having the courage to come out
    Oct. 14, 2014
    It was the hardest letter I ever had to write. And it sat in a drawer at my house for nearly a decade …
  • How Muslims can halt extremism
    Oct. 14, 2014
    Very little was done in the organized Muslim community in northern Illinois after the FBI arrested Adel Daoud in September 2012. As his criminal case returns to the headlines because of his trial being postponed from next month until next summer, more local Muslim youths continue to …
  • Stay out of the way, government
    Oct. 14, 2014
    Bruce Karley said in a recent column he believes U.S. House Speaker John Boehner presides over a bunch of do-nothing Republicans who get “big bucks” for doing “zero work.” They believe the jobless don’t want to …
  • Tommy, left, and Rik Holman attend a celebration at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The couple married in California this April, they said. People gathered to celebrate a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned Nevada's prohibition on gay marriage.
    Same-sex marriage legal in Nevada: The emotional roller coaster is (finally) over
    Oct. 9, 2014
    After a whirlwind week for marriage equality in the Silver State, same-sex couples will finally be able to marry, possibly today.
  • Gratitude? Fuggedaboutit
    Oct. 9, 2014
    As Ken Burns’ superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, “Happy Days Are Here Again” is one of the most evocative anthems in the history …
  • The Islamic State, Boko Haram and Batman
    Oct. 9, 2014
    What’s the right strategy for dealing with a world increasingly divided between zones of order and disorder? For starters, you’d better understand the …
  • Big food more effective than big government in tackling obesity
    Oct. 9, 2014
    Let’s all join together and give big business — particularly large packaged food and beverage companies — a round of applause. These organizations …
  • Our education governor
    Oct. 9, 2014
    It seems laughable that Gov. Brian Sandoval will lead the National Governors Association Education and Workforce Committee. He says …
  • Secure the people’s house
    Oct. 9, 2014
    Put a taller fence around the White House complex and lock the doors. Then get rid of the dry rot in the …
  • HOA boondoggle
    Oct. 9, 2014
    In a perfect world, an HOA is a good thing. Lawns are mowed, cars are not on blocks, houses are not painted purple …
  • Beware of pricey burger flippers
    Oct. 9, 2014
    A letter writer recently commented about financial difficulties for someone on a fixed income …
  • An open letter to Metro’s SWAT team
    Oct. 8, 2014
    In the year 2012, I became aware of a problem with respect to your tactical medical coverage. Since then, I have been trying to correct what I believe to be an unsatisfactory situation.
  • The walrus and the politicians
    Oct. 8, 2014
    Let’s consider the walrus crisis. They’re piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper.
  • U.S. slipping into disastrous engagement against Islamic State
    Oct. 8, 2014
    Mission creep usually guarantees mission failure. What follows from changing the original goals of the mission is all too evident in the failed U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the United States has fallen into that trap with the Islamic State. The result will be a long and costly engagement and failure.
  • Solid test scores aren’t a sign poverty has been cured
    Oct. 8, 2014
    The battle cry of the school reform movement, that “poverty should never be an excuse for poor academic achievement,” all too often masks the blithe conviction that good academic achievement can serve as an excuse for poverty.
  • We are no longer represented
    Oct. 8, 2014
    Why is there such a gap between Washington and working families?
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