Why Do So Many Nevadans Still Die on the Job?

Decades After 187 Laborers Perished at the Hoover Dam Construction Site, the State's Safety Rules Are Out of Sync With Modern Workplaces

In the span of 18 months in 2007 and 2008, Nevada was the scene of 12 worker fatalities at casino construction sites. The disasters were not small: A 7,300-pound wall collapsed and crushed two men. An elevator struck an operating engineer. A beam broke and an ironworker fell with his safety harness still attached to the beam. A post collapsed and dropped a safety engineer five stories. Every six weeks on average, a worker died.

The news reminded many of the Hoover Dam, a project known for its treacherous working conditions …

In Vitro in Vegas

Who Needs a Man to Get Pregnant When You've Got a Lemon Drop Shot in One Hand and a Fertility Shot in the Other?

When people talk about doing shots in Vegas, this isn’t what they have in mind. But on a Tuesday night in July, I sat at the black granite dressing table …

What the Casino Knows

What Stays in Vegas

The biggest violator of Americans’ privacy may not be the government but corporations. Every time we use rewards cards to ring up bonuses at the supermarket cash register or book …

Lent, Love, and Las Vegas

Reflections On What Makes a Marriage Last

I didn’t appreciate how odd our courtship was until Virginia gave me up for Lent. We were both 16.

“I can’t see you for a while,” she told me on the …

Dear Mom, We’re Broke

A Letter From Las Vegas

We hear so much about presidential candidates-and so little about life in the states that elect them. In “Beyond the Circus,” writers take us off the trail and give us …