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Spring Edition of Restaurant Week Launches Monday

Spring Edition of Restaurant Week Launches Monday

An event that lets people enjoy a gourmet meal and help a charity is launching a spring edition for the first time. 

Las Vegas Restaurant Week starts Monday and goes through March 4. This spring more than 100 restaurants from around the valley will be offering special meal plans for a special price all to benefit Three Square. Some of the best restaurants in southern Nevada will be offering multi-course, prix fixe menus. The prices will be $20.12, $30.12 or $50.12 with a fixed portion of the money going to the charity.

Three Square works with food banks around the Las Vegas valley to provide food to those in need. The annual Restaurant Week expanded to include a spring edition because of its popularity.

Some the restaurants participating include:

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

One of the biggest names in candy unwrapped a new green way to power its factory.

Mars Chocolate North America showed off the new solar garden for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson Thursday. The garden is acres of solar panels that generate enough energy to power the factory in peak hours. The solar garden features more than 2,000 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres of land behind the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The change to green energy offsets 825 tons of greenhouse gas every year, which is like taking 113 cars off the road.

“Turning one of the desert’s greatest assets into energy is in complete alignment with Mars’ Principles in Action, our core business values,” said Mack Phillips, site director of the Henderson plant.  “Two years ago we unveiled a similar solar project at our North American headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ, and its impact on our operations has been substantial.”

Woman and 2 Children Escape Apartment Fire on Katie Ave.

LAS VEGAS -- A family lost most of its belongings after a fire forced them out of their apartment Tuesday morning.

Clark County firefighters were called to the blaze near Katie Avenue and Maryland Parkway at around 6:20 a.m. More than two dozen firefighters fought the fire.

It's believed the fire may have started near a water heater. A woman and her two children, ages 2 years old and 16 years old, escaped the apartment after neighbors alerted them by banging on the door.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.



One Person Hurt in Monday Afternoon Accident

LAS VEGAS -- One person was seriously hurt after a crash near Desert Inn Road and Lamb Boulevard.

Metro Police say a Jeep crashed into two parked cars, ejecting the driver. He was taken to Sunrise Hospital with critical injuries. Police do not know why the driver hit the parked cars but do not suspect he suffered a medical episode.


Cause of Death of Baby Found in Dumpster Undetermined

Cause of Death of Baby Found in Dumpster Undetermined

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner cannot confirm that a newborn found in a dumpster was stillborn or born alive.

The determination comes after a three-month investigation into the child's death. The coroner says the cause of death for the infant is undetermined. The manner of death is listed as fetal death.

The baby girl was found in a dumpster near Twain Avenue and Nellis Boulevard in October by a homeless person. Her umbilical cord was still attached. Metro Police have so far made little progress in finding who left the child there.

Las Vegas Convention Business on the Rise

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is a city where people come to play and work hard. According to a recent study, Las Vegas rolls out the red carpet to most of the nation's top trade shows and exhibitions - making this the center of commerce for some industries and the convention capitol for others.

"I've been coming to this convention for 13 years, and my associates have been coming here probably about 18 years," said MAGIC show exhibitor Jenifer Bitran. "Dinner every night, lunches, I mean we are always spending – taxis, you name it."

At least 20 events are taking place here this week alone. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, the MAGIC fashion exhibition expanded this year - drawing 70,000 visitors and 4,000 exhibitors.

Rugby Team Teaches Lesson in Culture

Rugby Team Teaches Lesson in Culture

Students at one local school got a lesson in rugby and world culture.   

Players from one team participating in the USA Sevens Rubgy tournament entertained students at Roy Martin Middle School Wednesday. The players were from Samoa. They shared some of their culture with the students. Plus, the students had been researching the Pacific Island nation and performed traditional dances for the team.

“I think it is important to promote rugby as a sport and promote our country where we come from. It is very important to us to get out there and meet the community and do our ground work and hopefully the crowds will turn out on this weekend,” head coach Stephen Bethan said.

The USA Sevens Rugby tournament starts Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium. Fifteen other schools and teams were partnered for the presentation Wednesday. Each team and school represented a country.