Earlier this year, 106 students were selected to receive the
prestigious 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship. One Scholar,
Anton Sorkin, is from Las Vegas and will attend New York University in
The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the nation’s
largest privately-funded, need-based financial aid programs. Since the
establishment of the program, Horatio Alger Association has awarded
more than $100 million in scholarships, and in 2014 alone, the
Association will award $9 million to its National Scholars. These
annual scholarships recognize outstanding students, who, in the face
of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to
continuing their education and serving their communities.
Notably, the 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients
maintained an average GPA of 3.8 and a mean SAT score of 1,684, which
is more than 100 points above the national average. Scholars typically
come from households with an average annual income of $15,000 and —
because of Horatio Alger Association — each deserving recipient is
awarded $21,000 to apply toward the tuition of the college or
university of their choice.
Additionally, National Scholars will have access to a variety of
resources including assistance for the selection of and preparation
for college, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as
mentoring programs. In April, the young students went to the nation’s
capital for the annual National Scholars Conference where they learned
more about the Association and the various support programs available
to them. They were given a rare opportunity to meet and learn from the
Horatio Alger Members—elite business, civic and philanthropic leaders
who, like the Scholars, have overcome significant adversities.
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MundoFox announces new president and CEO
The Board of Directors of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
announced the appointment to the board of directors of Mr. Chris
Roman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MundoFox affiliates
KMCC-DT Las Vegas and KYVV-DT San Antonio.
Prior to heading MundoFox, which has stations in Las Vegas and most
recently San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Roman held senior leadership
positions at Entravision, most recently as the Senior Vice President
of Integrated Marketing Solutions.
Mr. Roman is an active member of the community and sits on the board
of United Way of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Broadcasters Association,
and Nevada Succeeds, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business
leaders committed to improving the state’s education system for
workforce development and economic growth. He is also an Advisory
Board member of UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.
“We are thrilled to have Chris Roman join the board of directors. He
has deep ties to the business community and the Latino community in
southern Nevada. He also has a deep understanding of public opinion
and regional issues, and knows the importance of providing real-time
and relevant information,” said Philip G. Satre, Chairman of the Guinn
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World Cup soccer beats Super Bowl as the most expensive ticket in U.S.
viagogo, the world’s largest ticket exchange, confirmed that a U.S.
customer has paid $3,512 for a ticket to the World Cup Quarter-Finals
in Brasilia where, should Team USA beat Belgium, they will take on
Argentina or Switzerland on 5th July.
This is the first time in viagogo’s history that the price paid for an
international sports ticket has surpassed a Super Bowl ticket, for
which a U.S. customer paid $3,249 last year.
There have now been 11.9 million searches for World Cup tickets from
the U.S., driven by mounting excitement that Team USA could beat
Belgium to get through to their first World Cup Quarter-Final since
The last global event to rival this level of demand and spend from the
U.S. was Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It!’ 2009 concert in London, when
hundreds of thousands of Americans snapped up tickets in the hope of
seeing the musical legend’s comeback tour.
viagogo took a look back at the global events that have generated the
most ticket searches from Americans during the company’s history and
has revealed the following top 10:
1) World Cup, Brazil, 2014
2) Michael Jackson, ‘This Is It!’ tour, London, 2009
3) Wimbledon, London, 2012
4) Champions League Final, Portugal, 2014
5) The Roland-Garros French Open, Paris, 2014
6) NFL International Series, London, 2013
7) Rolling Stones, ’50 and Counting’ tour, London, 2013
8) Led Zeppelin, The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, London, 2007
9) Tomorrowland Festival, Belgium, 2014
10) Ryder Cup, Wales, 2010
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Dream Vacation Or Nightmare Road Trip?
Road trip car trouble can be a real nightmare, but performing a
pre-trip car check helps drivers avoid a vacation breakdown disaster.
A 10-minute driveway inspection gives motorists peace of mind by
reducing the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble and providing an
opportunity to have any repairs performed by a trusted technician
before hitting the road.
—Check the tires including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated
tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need
for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald
—Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle,
frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to
the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning,
power steering and the cooling system.
—Check filters and fluids including engine oil, power steering and
brake, and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and
—Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check
that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and
inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when
driving during precipitation.
—Check the brakes and battery to be sure the battery connection is
clean, tight and corrosion-free and that the brakes are functioning
The Car Care Council also recommends that motorists restock their
emergency kit, consider a pre-trip tune-up to help the engine deliver
the best balance of power and fuel economy, and order a free copy of
the Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide for the glove box at
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Pay Close Attention to Law Enforcement Officers Patrolling our Roadways
The summer driving season between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be a
particularly dangerous time for law enforcement, as millions of
Americans take to the roads, and officers step up their safety
Forty-three law enforcement officers died in traffic-related incidents
in 2013, according to data compiled by the National Law Enforcement
Officer Memorial Fund. Those 43 men and women left behind family,
colleagues, neighbors, and friends, all of whom were faced with tragic
In addition to maintaining a safe speed and driving only when sober,
drivers need to be especially mindful of officers who will be out
enforcing traffic laws. The Memorial Fund’s Drive Safely campaign
promotes a number of actions motorists can take to protect law
enforcement officers, other drivers, and themselves:
—Focus on driving. Avoid talking on your cell phone or texting. In the
U.S., 44 states plus U.S. territories ban text messaging for all
drivers. Thirteen states plus U.S. territories prohibit all drivers
from using handheld cell phones while driving. Also refrain from
eating or hunting for items in your vehicle while driving. When
traveling 55 mph or faster, a two-second distraction can be deadly.
Adjust your speed for road conditions. Wet pavement can be especially
dangerous this time of year.
—Slow down and “move over.” If you see an emergency vehicle stopped by
the side of the road, slow down and safely move over one lane if
possible. Forty-nine states now have “move over” laws, and violators
can be ticketed and fined.
—Get out of the way of emergency vehicles. If an emergency vehicle has
its lights or siren activated, slow down, move to the right, and stop
if possible. Once the vehicle passes, do not follow it too closely.
—Stay off the shoulder. Driving on the shoulder of a roadway is not
only illegal—it’s dangerous. Emergency vehicles use the shoulder to
get to emergencies faster, where a few seconds can mean the difference
between life and death.
—Watch officers’ hands as they direct traffic. And listen for whistles
or other audible signals from officers on how to proceed.
“To help prevent officer deaths and injuries this summer, the Memorial
Fund’s Drive Safely campaign reminds motorists to closely follow U.S.
laws aimed at distracted driving, move over when peace officers are
visibly working, pay special attention to officers on the roads, and
follow other common-sense traffic safety measures,” said Memorial Fund
Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd.
“This summer, our dedicated law enforcement officers will be called on
to give up time with their own families so the rest of us can travel
safely to vacation and spend time with our loved ones,” he said.
“Every time we get behind the wheel we owe these brave men and women
our full attention and consideration.”
For more information, safety tips and resources, visit
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