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Adam Ganz, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Dept. #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

Adam Ganz is running for District Court Judge in Department 3 in the 2020 election. He strives to improve the lack of faith that many people have come to have in the judicial system.... Read full article

“No More Deans” in CCSD Schools

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Clark County School District Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, announced the elimination of 170 middle and high school dean positions through a viral video, June 10, 2019. ... Read full article

Family First, Fantastic Food

by Naiomi L. Pitre on

Sharon Harrell has been the owner and operator of TC’s World Famous Rib Crib in Las Vegas, Nevada for fifteen years. It has been a family business from the very beginning.... Read full article

INTEGRITY | LEADERSHIP | GRIT: Ricky Gourrier, Sr.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Ricky Gourrier took advantage of the chance to work as a paid intern in the Communications Department for Senator Harry Reid, who was the Senate Minority Leader at the time. ... Read full article

Elle Drane, the 1st Black Cleopatra for Caesars Palace

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I would advise any aspiring model to believe in herself before she expects anyone else to,” Elle shares.  “That, and she should carefully monitor and consider any actions that she makes, because what you do today has a strong effect on your future.”... Read full article

Nevada Governor Signs the Strongest Compensation Law in the Country

by Innocence Project Staff on

Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law to compensate innocent Nevadans who were wrongfully incarcerated for crimes they did not commit (Assembly Bill 267). Nevada is the 35th state in the nation to enact a compensation law.... Read full article

MHS Behavioral Services launches awareness initiative

by Joseph C. Abraham on

For this week, in an effort to bring awareness and support prevention, MHS Behavioral Services, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Dnisha Mingo, launched a Suicide Prevention Awareness Initiative through Community Connections. ... Read full article

Monica Trujillo, Esq. - Candidate for District Court Department #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

Trujillo advises all attorneys who argue cases in court to be prepared. Understanding that the quality of people’s lives is on the line, and respecting the gravity of the decisions that she will make if elected, Monica Trujillo...... Read full article

Faith and Family Have Always Guided Cory Booker

by Carolyn Booker on

The truth is, that is who Cory has always been -- someone who brings people together to get things done for people who are struggling and who have been left out and left behind. ... Read full article

Nevada State College: Committed to Serving African-American Students

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Since Nevada State College’s inception in 2002, diversity and inclusion have been at its core. Nevada State celebrates the storied backgrounds of its campus community. It operates with commitment to represent the diverse population of Nevada.... Read full article

Ushering in a New Era for Downtown Las Vegas – Classic Jewel Cocktail Lounge

by Naiomi Pitre on

If their reputation is what first drew you to Classic Jewel, the impressive craft cocktails will be what brings you back. “We work hard with our team to ensure that we maintain the right atmosphere for all involved," owner Jerome Harry explains. ... Read full article

Dedree Butler, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Family Division - Dept. J

by Naiomi Pitre on

That woman was Dedree “Dee” Butler, years ago.  It didn’t matter that she had attended school at Howard University and then the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV to achieve her law degree.... Read full article

PROFILE: Monica Trujillo, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Running for District Court judge in Department #3, Trujillo desires to serve as a trial judge where she feels she can have the greatest impact.  If elected, she plans on ruling with compassion, integrity and respect.... Read full article

Cedric Williams, A True Legacy Builder

by Naiomi Pitre on

Due to all of the work that Cedric has done in the community, he was recently given an award and named a Legacy Builder by the NAACP.... Read full article

Belinda T. Harris, Esq. - Candidate for N. Las Vegas Justice Court, Dept. #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

For the past thirteen years, Belinda T. has worked tirelessly as a Public Defender.  Her current position as a Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Clark County Public Defender’s office places her in the ideal position to serve the community. ... Read full article

Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq. - Candidate District Court, Department #23

by Naiomi Pitre on

“Becoming the Judge of District Court Department 23 will not only be an accomplishment for me, it will be my grandma’s dream come true,” Jasmin Lilly-Spells confides.  “She planted the seed years ago.”... Read full article

Fikisha Miller, Esq. - Candidate for Clark County District Court, Dept. #19

by Naiomi Pitre on

As the upcoming 2020 election approaches, Fikisha Miller vows to demonstrate fair, equal, and true justice in her department. ... Read full article

Doing Justice to Patient Care, One Tooth at a Time – Dr. Owen W. Justice, Jr. DDS

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I like the work.  I love the people.  I sometimes almost feel like I’m cheating.  People are paying me to do what I love to do.  From what I hear, that isn’t what they call work,” Dr. Justice states with a sincere, disarming smile.... Read full article

Hope for Prisoners Announces Partnership with Las Vegas Chamber

by Cara Clarke, Vice President of Communications on

Las Vegas – Today, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and Hope for Prisoners announce a partnership to create more employment opportunities for the re-entry population.... Read full article

A Continuum of Service

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Mrs. Brown devoted 27 years in law enforcement; she isn’t new to innovating programs that help our Nevada community. As a business owner who started a private security company to provide safety and security to her clients.... Read full article

Be Counted!

by U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford on

This year, I am working to ensure that every community is properly counted to receive the funding and representation they are owed as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus 2020 Census Taskforce.... Read full article

Women of Color in the Courtroom

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Clark County Chief Deputy Public Defender Dedree Butler, Esq., quips, “Representation matters. As a woman of color, I did not grow up seeing attorneys and judges who look like me, from similar backgrounds.... Read full article

How a Traffic Ticket Can Ruin Your Life

by Heidi Almase, Esq. on

Heidi Almase is a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge who created and presided over the Serious Traffic Offenders Program.... Read full article

PROFILE: Dedree Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

A strong passion for family law and criminal defense drew Dedree “Dee” Butler into the legal field, where she has been practicing as an attorney in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.... Read full article

Attorney General Ford Launches New Public Information Campaign on Expanded Voting Rights

by Office of the Attorney General on

Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Ford announced a new public information campaign to educate Nevadans about recently-passed legislation that expands voting rights to people formerly incarcerated. ... Read full article

In memoriam: Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson

by Joseph C. Abraham on

Nevada Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson remembered by the community, including Jared Clark, Esq., Roxann McCoy, China Hudson, Quincy Branch, Trina Jiles, Kelvin Atkinson, and Steven Horsford in a touching tribute to his lasting legacy of excellence.... Read full article

Brenda J. Williams Day, June 5, 2019

by Councilman Cedric Crear on

Brenda J. Williams is a living model of Las Vegas history. She has been a significant trailblazer in Las Vegas, from integrating both the banking industry in 1963, as well as the workforce at the State of Nevada DMW in 1966. ... Read full article

Mr. Simeon Holloway, a National Treasure

by Naiomi Pitre on

Raised during a time and in a world that provided him with a million legitimate reasons why he should fail, Simeon Holloway simply set his goals and accomplished every single one. ... Read full article

Adriana Rincon-White, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Family Division - Dept. W

by Naiomi Pitre on

In her campaign efforts, Adriana Rincon White is eagerly educating the public on why this election is of such great importance.  With the impact that a judge has on the community that they serve, voting should be taken seriously by all constituents. ... Read full article

Count on Me! US Census Impacts Lives for a Decade

by Shaundell Newsome on

The Census is a Constitutionally mandated count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories that happens every 10 years. ... Read full article

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