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The death and beating of Tyre Nichols last month by five Memphis, Tennessee police officers spurred a Downtown Las Vegas protest on Freemont Street last weekend. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff, and police experts joined State of Nevada for a panel discussion on police reform, and community relations.
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There are projections of a looming national recession and yet Andrew Woods of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research projects that Clark County’s population is projected to grow this year by 52,000 people. Woods says that 2022 was a story about the resiliency of the American consumer, and 2023 will be about the resiliency of American business.
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Although print-book sales last year were down 6.5 percent from 2021, Publishers Weekly says people are still buying a lot more books than before the pandemic — 12 percent more since 2019. As for Las Vegas: Four years ago, the New York Times said the city was becoming a literary hub.
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In this issue of Desert Companion, science writer Alec Pridgeon takes a sweeping historical look at Southern Nevada’s many precious Indigenous rock writing sites, with an eye toward the threat posed to them by increased outdoor recreation, as well as vandalism. Also: Six local thought leaders in healthcare share what they’d do to improve healthcare if they were in charge; and 2023 Writer in Residence Meg Bernhard kicks off her six-part series of reported essays on people and climate change.

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