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  • On the Cutting Edge

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University computer science students are conducting cutting-edge nanomaterial light interaction research that has potential for advancing solar cell efficiency and cancer treatments.

    The students are research assistants in computer science professor Gil Gallegos’ Computational Science Laboratory. The National Science Foundation is funding their paid internships.

  • Bricks and Mortar on Mainstreat: ‘Romero Mansion’ gets new life as art gallery

    Editor’s note: Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet is an occasional series highlighting Downtown renovation projects from the Railroad Depot to the Plaza Park. This month’s article is a conversation between Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas, and Christian Mayeur, who has renovated the historic Romero Mansion on the Plaza Park.

  • Secretary of State’s Office disqualifies 8 legislative candidates

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    State election regulators have disqualified at least eight legislative hopefuls after reviewing applications and signature petitions, leaving several candidates unopposed in primary or general elections.

    The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed the disqualifications Thursday. They are unlikely to tip the balance of power in the Legislature because they are in districts dominated by one party or with a popular incumbent.

  • Registration deadline for city voters is Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    One municipal election down, one more to go.

    The City Council adopted an election resolution earlier this month officially scheduling the mayoral runoff election for April 12.

    Vying for the four-year mayor’s post are City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron and former Councilor Joey Herrera.

    The runoff is required because none of the six mayoral candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote in the March 1 municipal election.

  • Teen sexting prompts efforts to update child-porn laws

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Rampant teen sexting has left politicians and law enforcement authorities around the country struggling to find some kind of legal middle ground between prosecuting students for child porn and letting them off the hook.

    Most states consider sexually explicit images of minors to be child pornography, meaning even teenagers who share nude selfies among themselves can, in theory at least, be hit with felony charges that can carry heavy prison sentences and require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

  • In Brief - News - Mar. 20, 2016

    The Associated Press

    3 killed in crash north of Shiprock

    SHIPROCK — Authorities say three New Mexico men are dead after a two-car crash north of Shiprock.

    New Mexico State Police say the accident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 491.

    They say a vehicle driven by 69-year-old Kenny Shorty of Shiprock was trying to pass two other vehicles and collided head-on with another car.

  • Airmen at nuke base probed for drug use

    By Robert Burns
    AP National Security Writer

    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

  • 16 Memorial Middle School students qualify for national conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    Sixteen Memorial Middle School Business Professionals of America students qualified to attend the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference to be held in Boston in early May.

    They are Julian Montoya, Nicholas Marrujo, Dylan Moore, Deandre Gutierrez, Cody River, Jayden Jenkins, Isabel Lopez, Kyle Conway, Leena Martinez, Elizia Montoya, Tameera Montoya, Carli Marrujo, Viana Chung, Mikaella Sena, Isaiah Probst, and Jacob Smith.

  • Mentally ill women forced to have sex

    A 75-year-old Las Vegas man is facing multiple felonies for allegedly  forcing two mentally ill women to have sex with him and then paying them with cigarettes, sodas and cheese.

    Benjamin Baca, of the 1000 block of Jackson Street, was arrested on Wednesday. He is accused of targeting residents of boarding homes on New Mexico Avenue and Ninth Street.

    The case was investigated jointly by the Human Trafficking Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office and the Las Vegas Police Department.

  • Board member asked to resign

    By Mercy Lopez and Martín Salazar

    A member of the West Las Vegas School Board has been in office for nearly a year despite the fact that he has a felony conviction and isn’t eligible to hold public office, the Optic has learned.

    An attorney for the school district is recommending that board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resign immediately, saying that his presence on the board could “dramatically affect the district’s ability to operate” and even result in a lowered bond rating.