Top 5 web-only stories this week
1. Planning a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood? According to the Associated Press, it’s time to check out the “theme park’s new attraction based on the zombie apocalypse drama ‘The Walking Dead.’”
“Unlike past Halloween Horror Nights mazes, which mostly centered on scenes and characters from recent ‘Walking Dead’ installments, the year-round attraction will take visitors through the previous six seasons.”
2. Tahoe writer Toree Warfield discusses the importance of education when it comes to Tahoe’s black bear population.
“Going forward, the Nevada Department of Wildlife can take this opportunity to lead the charge toward better understanding of bear behavior and seek to educate the public — rather than frighten it into thinking these bears are dangerous,” she wrote.
3. According to Sierra Sun reports, “Officials called off the search this week for University of Nevada football player Marc Ma, who is presumed dead after falling off his paddleboard into Lake Tahoe amid windy and white-cap conditions on June 10.
“Although the initial search had been suspended several days due to windy conditions and depth of the water where he was last seen (150 to 300 feet), a comprehensive attempt to recover his remains began June 16, using sophisticated side-scan sonar and remotely operated underwater cameras that were not available during the initial search.”
4. The Associated Press reported that “A new gambling platform approved by Nevada regulators Thursday will further blur the lines between traditional sports betting and fantasy sports contests, an industry that insists its games are not gambling in the face of legal challenges across the country.”
5. Kurt Hildebrand of The Record-Courier recounts the Autumn Hill fire two decades ago.
“In the 20 years since the Autumn Hills fire claimed four homes at the base of Kingsbury Grade there have been bigger, more expensive fires in Douglas County,” he reported. The Bison Fire claimed more land. The TRE Fire took more structures. But neither had the potential to affect life and property more than the Autumn Hills fire, and few have caught so many so much by surprise.”