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Every week we’ll be sharing updates and good news from around the world to keep us up to date!

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Las Vegas Strip

May 26, 2020


  • “The Umbrella Academy” is officially coming back with Season 2 this summer.
  • Station casinos are to use thermal scanners on guests and employees once it reopens properties.
  • Wi-Fi enabled buses bring internet to students lacking access at home!
  • City of Las Vegas closing some downtown streets to allow for on-street dining pavilions.
  • Quarantine reunites 160 former Disneyland cast members to recreate the iconic parade at home.
  • Amazon is pushing Prime Day to fall.
  • TikTok keeps booming around the world as people staying home during the pandemic create and share videos.
  • Fountains turned back on at Caesars Palace last week!
  • Betty White is doing perfectly fine despite the coronavirus pandemic.


  • People are installing portable hand washing sinks for the homeless in cities across the US.
  • Free parking is coming back to the Las Vegas strip!
  • 64% of Americans have experienced transformative ‘Eco wake-up calls’ during this pandemic.
  • White Claw introduced four new flavors of its spiked seltzer.
  • Most American cities have reported a steep drop in major crimes during the pandemic.
  • White storks have hatched the first wild chicks born in England in 600 years.
  • Today, the New York Stock Exchange will reopen its iconic trading floor with new safety measures.
  • The NBA talks with Disney about restarting the league in late July at Disney’s sports complex in FL.
  • New plant-bases bottles and cups backed by Coca-Cola and Dannon can degrade in a year!


Project Gemini

May 18, 2020


  • For the first time, U.S. renewable energy surpasses coal every day for an entire month.
  • Major League Baseball has proposed starting its season by early July.
  • Hero teen is rewarded for returning $135,000 he found next to the ATM.
  • Downtown Container Park reopened Thursday May 14th.
  • About 200 goats escaped through a fence and roamed the streets of San Jose, CA.
  • Gucci halts production of it’s $6,000 mask since customers complained about breathing through the leather.
  • Uber wants to feast on GrubHub, there’s been talk that the two major food-delivery services will unite.
  • Lucky residents of Germany have been attending a series of 0ne-on-one performance organized by local orchestras.
  • Nevada Highway reopened after largest area quake in 65 years!


  • The biggest solar farm in the U.S. and eighth largest in the world will be coming to Las Vegas. The $1 billion Gemini project will power Las Vegas’s entire residential population. Nevada’s plans to generate half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.
  • Guy Fieri giving $22 million he raised to restaurant workers!
  • House passes $3 trillion coronavirus relief – the most expensive bill in history.
  • Anonymous donors pay off millions in student debt for 400 low-income college graduates.
  • The U.K. has hired more than 17,000 contact tracers to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • The big three Detroit automakers – GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler are restarting production at many U.S. factories today. Roughly, 133,000 auto employees are headed back to work.
  • Kroger to give employees $130 million in ‘Thank You’ pay.


May 11, 2020


  • Nevada colleges and universities plan to resume in-person classes after July 1st.
  • Local bike shop sees boom in business as more Las Vegans turn to cycling!
  • A new Banksy has appeared on the wall at Southampton General Hospital paying tribute to NHS staff.
  • Pink Floyd will stream free concerts every Friday for fans to get through quarantine.
  • Stephenie Meyer announced she’s releasing a new book, Midnight Sun, a retelling of Twilight in Edwards point of view.
  • Lowe’s sends Mother’s Day love to isolated seniors with $1 million in flower baskets.


  • Nike donated tens of thousands of shoes they designed exclusively for Healthcare workers.
  • Wynn Resorts extends pay, benefits through May 31 for 15,000 employees.
  • Kroger buys and redirects dairy farmers excess milk sending 50,000 gallons to food banks.
  • On May 8,1945 seventy-five years ago, VE Day was celebrated around the world for the end of World War II.
  • S. field hospitals stand down, most without treating any COVID-19 patients.
  • Restaurants in Las Vegas welcome diners over the weekend for the first time in weeks!
  • 2020 primary election ballot drop off sites opening today.
  • DMV has issued an automatic 90-extension for documents (drivers licenses, ID, vehicle registration etc.) that expire after March 16th.
  • Walt Disney World plans to reopen restaurant and entertainment on May 20th.

gilcrease orchard

May 4, 2020


  • The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels teamed up last week and flew over New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in support for front-line workers.
  • Netflix added over 30 new movies to help you self-quarantine.
  • Scuba diving group are swamped with orders for its face masks that are made from recycled plastic pollution from the recycled plastic pollution from the ocean.
  • Vegetables and fruits are ready to be harvested at the Gilcrease Orchard!
  • It was Rome’s 2,773 birthday last week!
  • NASCAR announces return to the track in South Carolina on May 17th.
  • Zion National park will start reopening on May 13th.
  • Pakistan hires thousands of newly unemployed laborers for 10 billion tree-planting initiative.


  • Southern Hills Hospital partners with Red Cross for first plasma transfusion to treat COVID-19.
  • A coronavirus vaccine test is being prepared at Oxford University in If the vaccine proves effective, scientists said the first doses could be available by September.
  • Americans in stable financial positions are donating parts of their $1,200 stimulus checks (Pledge My Check) to help people affected by COVID-19.
  • More than a dozen states started to loosen restrictions that they impose to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
  • A nonprofit organization Gowns4Good sends donated graduation gowns to healthcare workers as PPE.
  • “Stay Home for Nevada” Nevada drivers could receive premium relief refunds for auto insurance policies. 

Raiders Practice Facility v2

April 27, 2020


  • For the first time in 240 years White-Tailed Eagles spotted flying over England.
  • The price or apartment rentals are dropping in Las Vegas by 1.4%.
  • The Thunderbirds and Blue Angles spotted together flying over Florida to highlight “national unity” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A team of researchers from India discovered a new species of green vipers and named it Salazar Slytherin after Harry Potter.
  • The $125 million, three-year road project starts this week on Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • Crews installed the first Raiders shield logo at the Las Vegas Raiders Head Quarters and Practice Facility in Henderson, NV.
  • IKEA publishes meatball recipe for people in Quarantine!
  • Air pollution in major cities has dropped by as much as 60% during the shutdown.


  • Southern Hills Hospital partners with Red Cross for the first plasma transfusion to treat COVID-19.
  • After a devastating fire season in Australia, scientist and disaster officials are working on new fire prediction technologies that will help firefighters work faster and more safely.
  • Chick-fil-A announced that they will be donating $10.8 million to communities across the country for COVID-19 relief.
  • Hearts Alive Village a local non-profit group in Las Vegas is donating thousands of pounds of pet food to charities and families.
  • Italy, Spain, and France are taking measures to ease lock-down restrictions. Children were allowed out of their homes in the first time in more than six weeks.
  • More than 50 COVID-19 patients released from Sunrise Hospital to date.

Him. Mount

April 20, 2020


  • New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art turned 150 on Monday 4/13/20.
  • After prioritizing shipments for medical supplies and other high- demand products, Amazon will once again ship limited quantities of non-essential items to customers.
  • Reading Rainbows Levar Burton is now livestreaming Reading on Twitter!
  • Apple introduces new iPhone
  • Newfound alien planet, Kelper - 1649c, may be the most Earth-like yet!
  • 200 million Monarch butterflies are on their way straight to Arkansas this
  • Netflix CEO donates $30 million to coronavirus vaccine development.
  • Over 20,000 Wi-Fi devices were donated to hospitals so patients can talk with family in


  • Check your bank account! The IRS started distributing stimulus checks to American taxpayers last weekend.
  • Himalayan mountaintops are visible for the first time in 30 years as air pollution continues to plummet in India.
  • The ISO-Q facility for the homeless at Cashman Center began taking patients on Monday, the facility will support up to 500 patients.
  • House Democrats introduce plan to pay Americans $2,000 a month until the economy recovers from COVID-19.
  • Amazon hiring more than 800 people in Nevada and additional 75,000 nationwide.
  • Newly developed enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles in on track to change the recycling game.
  • As coal usage declines, new study finds dramatic decrease in Asthma Symptoms and Hospitalizations.

Apollo 13

April 13, 2020


  • Bernie Sanders withdraws from the Democratic presidential race on April 8th.
  • Tyler Perry pays for all elderly grocery bills at 73 stores in Atlanta and New Orleans.
  • NASA satellite sees air pollution drop over northeastern US.
  • April 11th marked 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 13 mission launch on an unexpectedly tumultuous journey around the moon.
  • Saturday April 11th the Thunderbirds flew over Las Vegas as a ‘Thank you’ to healthcare workers and first responders.
  • CCSD food service employees will see increase in next paycheck.
  • Raiders prepare for Allegiant Stadium construction delays but at the moment it remains on track!


  • IRS speeds up coronavirus check printing, delivery ahead of schedule!
  • On Wednesday April 8th the first critical coronavirus patient was sent home from Southern Hills Hospital.
  • New call center will add at least 100 operators to help the influx of calls for unemployment in the state.
  • A potential coronavirus vaccine funded by Bill Gates is set to begin testing on healthy people in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Missouri starting last week.
  • Bill Gates in now building factories to provide 7 of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines.
  • In Clark County 727 people estimated to have recovered from the coronavirus.



April 6, 2020


  • The Moon, Venus And Jupiter Will Align to Form a Smiley Face This May!
  • Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan were among nine players elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Restaurants like Starbucks, Tropical Smoothie, and Krispy Kreme expressing gratitude by offering free goodies to hospital staff and emergency responders.
  • Hourly workers at largest grocery store chains in US all getting ‘Hero Bonuses’ for their service and amid to the outbreak.
  • Disney donates surplus foods to food banks as park remains closed.
  • JoAnn fabrics are handing out free fabric supplies at curbside to anyone sewing face masks at home.
  • Colorado shelter sees every animal get adapted during COVID-19 outbreak.


  • Construction is underway on a new isolation and quarantine center capable of serving at least 350 homeless people in downtown Las Vegas, it should be ready by April 6th.
  • Las Vegas Sands is donating medical equipment to Nevada and New York, they will receive 1 million surgical masks each and Nevada’s health care industry will also get 20,000 protective suits.
  • Russia Sends Cargo Plane of Medical Supplies to US: ‘There is no alternative to working together’.
  • New England Patriots send its team jet to deliver 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Boston and NYC Hospitals.
  • Starbucks and McDonalds aim to replace 250 billion paper coffee cups with recyclable alternatives.
  • Industries like Walmart, Amazon, Walgreens, CVS etc. hiring thousands to meet coronavirus- related demand.

Stardust Neon

March 30, 2020


  • The summer Olympics will be postponed for a year because of the coronavirus. They were scheduled to begin in Tokyo in late July.
  • The Neon Museum is expanding! Work has begun on the 32,000 square foot building across Las Vegas boulevard and Neon Museum. It will be named Ne10, the neon’s chemical symbol, Ne, and the atomic number, 10.
  • 15-year-old girl is helping protect California’s most vulnerable from the dangers of coronavirus by handing out 250 “sanitation kits” to homeless shelters.
  • Workers are in process of pouring 75 million pounds of concrete for the 600,000 square-foot floor for the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • On Saturday March 28th, millions of people around the world switched off their lights for an hour at 8:30pm in celebration of Earth Hour.


  • Virginia reportedly becomes first state in the south to mandate 100% clean
  • The new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 tests can produce either a positive result in just under 5 minutes or a negative result in under 15
  • NV Energy is suspending disconnections for non-payments and waiving late payments for those who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Crocs donates 10,000 shoes a day to healthcare works fighting against coronavirus.
  • On March 26th, the Senate voted to approve a stimulus bill totaling $2 trillion to provide relief to individuals, families, small businesses, and industries impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus


March 23, 2020


  • Tax deadline extended to July 15th!
  • On Saturday, people around the world will switch off their lights for 60 minutes at 8:30 p.m. local time in support of Earth Hour. The event promotes sustainability and urges people to consider ways to tackle the climate crisis.
  • Graduate invented a biodegradable material that could one day replace plastic packaging.
  • A 49-foot asteroid will skim the earth today at 28,900 mph.
  • The national guard has been deployed to California, Washington, and New York.
  • Quick morning workout! Do the following circuit: 3x: 20 squats, 15 push-ups, 10 reverse lunges (each leg), 30-second plank, 5 burpees.


  • FDA approved a new rapid test for COVID-19 that gives results in under an hour.
  • Many factories such as Tesla and GM are changing their production to create ventilators.
  • Dimension Design is sewing face masks and hospital gowns.
  • Cox has pledged 5 million to help fight the novel coronavirus.
  • LinkedIn opened 16 learning of its learning courses for free.
  • Adobe is giving higher education and K-12 institutional customers of their Creative Cloud apps the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This is being granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost and is available globally.
  • Audible is now offering free audiobooks for kids stuck at home.


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