Las Vegas music store struggles during pandemic, CCSD students not renting instruments | Las Vegas Local Breaking News, Headlines

Elroy Mariano

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Music stores are struggling to get by during the pandemic. Many local shops rely on instrument rentals from students but with distance learning, most families aren’t renting. 

David Kessler with Kessler & Sons Music said rentals are down by more than 50 percent. The storage unit that normally sits empty in September, is full. 

“They’re ready for rent, ready for kids,” said Kessler. 

kids are not taking them home. 

“With not just distance learning, but with doing the split semester program in middle schools, there’s a lot of programs that just don’t have year long band this time around,” said Kessler. 

CCSD gave instruments to some students. Kessler’s shop helped get them ready. 

“Our repair shop was double this summer because we were cleaning instruments for Clark County School District, sterilizing and disinfecting them,” Kessler said. 

He said the repair shop and website is why their

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Rivian to test its electric pickup’s ‘adventure’ capability in Rebelle Rally

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Rivian is going to test its claim that its R1T electric pickup is adventure-capable in the Rebelle Rally next month.

Ever since coming out of stealth mode with their electric vehicles, Rivian made it clear that they are targeting people who get the most out of their trucks: People who like to go on adventures.

They specifically call their R1T pickup and R1S SUV “electric adventure vehicles.”

Rivian already tested the R1T’s mantel as a support vehicle on The Long Way Up trip in Harley Davidson’s Livewire.

Now they are going to put it to the test in the Rebelle Rally, a 2,000-km (1,243-mile) rally across California and Nevada:

The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road navigation rally in the United States. The remote rally will take place over 10 days and 2,000 kilometers of stunning roads, dirt roads, trails, dunes, and designated open off-highway vehicle areas across Nevada

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New gadget emerging as the getaway vehicle of choice for frontline criminals

Elroy Mariano

Electric bikes and scooters are becoming the new vehicle of choice for the criminals on the frontline of Merseyside’s gangland.

High-profile incidents in recent months – including a fatal shooting – have revealed their growing use by gunmen and drug runners.

Thieves have also targeted the vehicles as they grow in popularity among the wider population.

For years, off-road bikes have been seen as the preferred mode of transport for troublemakers.

Fast and agile, illicit scrambler bikers have long-known they can get between – or away from – crime scenes quickly on their bikes.

Able to go down alleys and through parks and fields, they are effective tools to escape pursuit by police officers on foot or in squad cars, with many of the more serious incidents leading to a police helicopter being scrambled to support efforts to track riders down.

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A UX designer breaks down the intentionally malicious design of Trump’s campaign website

Elroy Mariano

Beyond a mere source of entertainment, the video-sharing social media app TikTok has become a hub for quick educational videos, as users turn its 60-second video format into an opportunity to share interesting and informative lessons. User experience (UX) designer Mary Formanek (@UXWithMary) has become a viral TikTok influencer in this regard, in particular for her series of TikTok explainer videos breaking down politicians’ campaign websites for laypersons who may not know a lot about design. 

One recent series of Formanek’s videos that blew up featured her explaining the design principles behind Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign website. In these TikTok videos, Formanek describes how Trump’s campaign uses design principles in a shady way, to manipulate users into getting trapped on donation pages and accidentally donating more money than they might intend. As Formanek explains, this practice — of using design psychology to obfuscate and manipulate rather than illuminate — is

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UC San Diego Health First Facility in the U.S. to Install Canon Medical’s 3T MRI System with AI-Based Reconstruction Technology

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Vantage Galan with Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) Provides High-Quality Images and Fast Exam Times

Clinicians at the University of California, San Diego Health now have access to Canon Medical Systems USA Inc.’s most advanced MR technology, the Vantage Galan 3T system, with Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) Deep Learning Reconstruction (DLR), for innovative imaging capabilities for neurology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and non-contrast MRA exams.

The Vantage Galan 3T system is designed for streamlined workflow with exceptional image quality, while maximizing patient comfort during exams. Clinicians at University of California, San Diego Health are using the system for a full range of MR exams, from breast imaging to neurology and MSK imaging. With AiCE, the system brings the power of AI to routine imaging, allowing clinicians at the facility to explore more possibilities in improving patient care than ever before, with fast exams that produce high-quality diagnostic images with increased resolution

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Quantum Computer Developed by Chinese Physicists May Achieve Quantum Supremacy One Million Times Greater than Sycamore from Google

Elroy Mariano

The team at Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL), a post-Quantum value store and decentralized communication layer, notes that there’s recently been what appears to be “another quantum leap” in the field of quantum computing.

The QRL team states:

“The team at @ustc potentially achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ one million times greater than the record currently held by Sycamore. Things can advance quickly and unexpectedly, and $QRL is ready for it, today.”

As reported by the SCMP, China now claims that it has taken “a quantum leap” with a machine that may be able to process information a million times faster than Google’s latest quantum computer, called Sycamore.

Physicist Pan Jianwei and his research team may have achieved quantum supremacy, however, we need more verification at this time. Jianwei’s team is backed by the Chinese government.

He works as a physicist at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he

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Behind the scenes of the US Air Force’s second test of its game-changing battle management system

Elroy Mariano

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — It’s Sept. 2, the day before the U.S. Air Force’s second test of its new developmental battle management system. Tomorrow, troops will attempt to defend the American homeland against a simulated cruise missile attack using air- and ground-launched missiles as well as a high-velocity bullet.

But the success of the experiment ultimately rides on a makeshift control center set up at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, which Defense News and several other media outlets were invited to see on Wednesday. The control center displays a digital picture of the battlefield that seems to give an almost omniscient view of both American and adversarial capabilities.

In the movies, this is how command-and-control systems work: Troops toil on modern computers with stylish-looking graphic interfaces that, with a click of a button, pull up real-time maps of Russian missile sites or live data on the availability of fighter

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The Chef’n Garliczoom Minces Garlic in Seconds

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One alternative to this cycle of chopping and washing is a $13 tool that does all the work for you. The Chef’n Garliczoom looks like a toy, and it kind of is one. It’s a round container that comes with a built-in blade that moves and chops with each roll. Imagine your younger self playing with a toy car— you’ll use the same motions for the Garliczoom, and according to shoppers, you’ll have just as good of a time. 

“These roller mincers are fun and effective,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “Plus they rinse out quickly, are easy to load, and separate the paper skin from the meat.”

The gadget has a vast following—nearly 1,300 reviewers have given it a solid 4.4-star rating—thanks to

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Will Your Social Security Benefits Be Taxed? Here’s How to Know

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Millions of seniors depend on Social Security to pay their bills and enjoy the retirement they’ve always dreamed of. But many are also shocked to learn that those benefits are, in fact, taxable in some situations.

But will you have to pay taxes on your benefits? These two questions will give you the answer.

1. What will your annual retirement income amount to?

If Social Security constitutes your only form of retirement income, then there’s a good chance you won’t have to lose some of your benefits to taxes. But the more income sources you have, the greater your likelihood of paying some taxes on your benefits.

Four Social Security cards in a loose stack

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To see if your benefits will be taxed at the federal level, you’ll need to calculate your provisional income, which is your non-Social Security income (including all tax-free income you collect, such as municipal bond interest, but not including

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Is Sunlands Technology Group’s (NYSE:STG) Shareholder Ownership Skewed Towards Insiders?

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The big shareholder groups in Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE:STG) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of US$303m, Sunlands Technology Group is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Sunlands Technology Group.

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sunlands Technology Group?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own

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