Chris Woodyard USA TODAY Published 12:59 PM EDT Jul 23, 2019 LOS ANGELES — Gerry Klatt gazes across the beach toward a peaceful bay at Cabrillo Beach, seemingly the perfect place for his daily dip. But he won't swim there. Instead, Klatt braves the pounding waves about 100 yards away on the side of the beach exposed to open ocean where he believes the seawater is cleaner. As it turns out, on many days he'd be right. The inner side of Cabrillo Beach in Los Angeles' port town of San Pedro leads the list of California beaches that saw the highest percentage of days with a bacteria count deemed potentially dangerous. It's part of a new report released Tuesday that lists the most troubled beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states. The study looked at the number of days in 2018 that the water had bacteria counts exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards. The Environment America Research and Policy Center report says the high counts can … [Read more...] about ‘Poop in the water’: Oregon’s dirtiest beaches
Ed Komenda Reno Gazette Journal Published 1:26 PM EDT Jul 23, 2019 LAS VEGAS – One small step for man, one giant check for Gary George. Of course, that wasn't the retired engineer's plan when, as a young NASA intern in 1976, he paid $218 at a government auction for three truckloads of film reels that happened to include original video footage of man’s first steps on the moon. "I bought like 1,150 reels of tape just to turn around and resell, thinking I could make some money," George told the USA TODAY Network in a telephone interview from his home in Las Vegas. "I was in college. It was basically going to be beer money." On Saturday, those three film reels – labeled “Apollo 11 EVA" – sold to a private buyer at a Sotheby's New York auction for $1.82 million. Running 2 hours and 24 minutes long, the "unrestored, unenhanced and unremastered tapes" – as described … [Read more...] about Las Vegas man sold Apollo 11 moon tapes for $1.8 million.
Not to get too technical, but when the national tour for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” stopped in Portland two years ago, the much-hyped musical was what we critics call a “dud.”The first act dragged. The second never picked up the pace. The actors' British accents were laid on so thick you couldn't tell what was said or sung. The overstuffed set – hundreds of Scrabble tiles plastered everywhere — relentlessly distracted. The lighting was murky to nonexistent. And Roald Dahl's skewed children's novel is plenty dark already. Like the cast of kids in that feeble touring production, the pint-sized actors in Lakewood Theatre's "Matilda" give it their all. Only these tireless tykes are luckier. They're stomping, shouting and belting out their lungs in a much better version. Better enunciated. Better paced. Even better lit.We're entering the Dahl days of summer – and beyond. Before "Matilda" ends its run at Lakewood Theatre, "Roald … [Read more...] about ‘Matilda’ gets an ‘A’ for being delightfully deranged
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers gave out 518 citations for high occupancy vehicle lane violations in the first month of regulating the lanes. (Nevada Highway Patrol)The high occupancy vehicle lanes are largely empty in both directions on Interstate 15 near the East Flamingo Road exit on Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoNevada Highway Patrol troopers gave out 518 citations for high occupancy vehicle lane violations in the first month of regulating the lanes. (Nevada Highway Patrol) The high occupancy vehicle lanes on portions of Interstate 15 and U.S. Highway 95 in Las Vegas have kept state highway patrol troopers busy during the first month of policing them. Between June 20 and July 20, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers gave out 518 HOV lane violation citations, the department announced Tuesday. The NHP carried out multiple HOV lane saturation enforcement events during that time. The 22 miles of new carpool lanes opened May 20, … [Read more...] about Nevada troopers give out 518 citations for HOV lane violations
Renderings of images that MSG Sphere would be able to display (The Madison Square Garden Company) The first glimpse of progress on the Sphere — a first-of-its-kind performance venue with high-tech audio and visual capabilities — is scheduled for Tuesday in Las Vegas. Nick Tomasino, project manager of development and construction for The Madison Square Garden Company, is showing off the construction site of the MSG Sphere at The Venetian, a high-tech 17,500-seat spherical performance venue being built in collaboration with the Las Vegas Sands Corp. just east of The Venetian. MSG is designing and building the venue and Sands is providing the land. The cost of the project has not been disclosed. The building, planned to be 360 feet tall and 516 feet wide at its broadest point, is being built on 18 acres off Sands Avenue between Manhattan Street and Koval Lane. The new performance venue will be connected to The Venetian and Palazzo at the Sands Expo & Convention Center … [Read more...] about Get a first look of MSG Sphere construction in Las Vegas