The Burning Man Festival began with a mere handful of people in 1986 on a beach in California. Now it's an annual event that attracts 50,000 people to the high desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. Two professors from the University of Nevada, Reno, have been studying the phenomenon since 2008 and they are lecturing on their findings tonight at UNLV.
As budget cuts eat into infrastructure spending, the future of high-speed rail is beginning to look shaky. A government review in California has recommended the state not sell bonds to finance the next stage of the railroad between San Diego and San Francisco because it doubts the project is financially viable. Still construction firms and financiers are pressing ahead, as is the governor of California, Jerry Brown. This setback could also be problematic for projects in the Southwest like the Anaheim to Las Vegas link that is not yet off the drawing board. So what is the future of high-speed rail?
Despite the financial crisis facing the state, UNLV's Boyd School of Law has managed to improve its ranking in the latest US News and World Report law school rankings. Boyd is not Yale but, says Dean John Valery White, Boyd doesn't want to be Yale.