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Henderson takes the rainwater challenge
by Scott Dickensheets | posted August 21, 2014

Water from the sky!

As Wednesday afternoon dumped what seemed like 73 inches of rain on my Henderson nabe — bonus weather anomaly: hail! — I pulled over long enough to snap this, and to thank karma for not steering this storm in from Lake Mead. Last thing I need on my commute home is a carpnado.



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"Taken with slight scenery"
by Michelle Villanueva | posted August 20, 2014

besides the dogs that gather beyond these gates

who else did she tell I wonder our friends

coffee always sends them running splendidly

 

incumbent in the finest holiday lace

and you should have seen the ballerina

hold court beneath fluttering skies

moon was the last time we wandered among them

circuits buzz alive as these words our roses

 

remind me why we ever left this flat tire

heavy with mercy were the priests those days

cardamom their liturgy while sunrise

feasts upon tattered tablecloths her hope

 

she blames me for the changing waves I know

all these borrowed trade winds make her love you

hedgerows crying from her song strung potential

cast lots overflowing dotted mailboxes

they breathe while she brings their patterns enough

 

you leave the reckoning past feathered creeks

dynamic were their flights ever behind you

at eleven she calls me from the game



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Conti's troubles continue after his death
by Heidi Kyser | posted August 19, 2014

The “strange saga of Dr. Ralph Conti,” which we wrote about in the July issue of Desert Companion, isn’t over yet, apparently. On Aug. 8, two parents filed a complaint for medical malpractice against Conti’s estate, just before the time for making such claims expired.

The plaintiffs, Franklin and Catherine Heath, say their 9-year-old daughter, Briana, became ill in late March 2012. They called Foothills Pediatrics, the business Conti both owned and worked in as a physician. Despite Briana’s being a new patient, they say, Conti took her symptoms over the phone through an intermediary and prescribed the antibiotic Cefdinir without seeing her.

As recapped by the Morris Anderson Law blog (the firm is not a party in the case), Briana had a severe flu and died three days after her parents contacted Foothills. Their complaint asserts that Conti, distracted by his legal troubles, was negligent in his failure to examine and properly treat the girl. They are seeking a minimum of $10,000 in damages to cover the Heaths’ related medical and funeral costs, in addition to their pain and suffering.

As for the timing of the lawsuit, Morris Anderson’s Tara Young explains that Conti’s wife, Carol Conti, had been issued letters of testamentary on Aug. 15, 2013, for her deceased husband’s estate, which had been in probate since early that year. That started the clock ticking under Nevada law, giving parties one year to file wrongful death claims against the estate. The Aug. 8 filing, then, came in just under the wire — and adding yet another chapter to the Dr. Conti saga.



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