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Teamsters: Lost in Space

Two days after a Teamster organizing drive at the Las Vegas Hilton attraction, Star Trek: The Experience, was touted as "going where no union has gone before," the new launch crashed and burned. Experience performers—who wear Klingon and Ferengi makeup and are employed by Charlotte, NC-based Paramount Parks—voted 40 to 33 against representation by the minions of Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. Union organizing chairman David Gleason had admitted that Paramount had a "wonderful benefits package" with a 401(k) retirement savings plan, but said his biggest gripe was Paramount management’s "amusement park mentality." The management team hired by Paramount, "doesn’t have the professional demeanor to direct a show like this," said Gleason. "We want to be treated as professional actors." But what most of Gleason’s fellow artistes wanted was: Star Trek: The Non-Union Experience.

HAZMAT:
Who Ya Gonna Call?

Washoe County’s hazardous materials or Hazmat unit, as it is nicknamed, was recently dispatched to a post office in Reno to clean up a spill of mysterious origin.

Postal workers, it seemed, were complaining of vague symptoms of nausea and dizziness after smelling a rather odd but sweet odor leaking from a package in the back room. After donning their space suits, helmets and gloves, HAZMAT specialists carefully isolated the substance and took samples away to be tested. The deadly threatening substance?

Peach Snapple.

Memories Weren't
Made of This

Here’s a little history lesson that former Joe Neal campaign manager Andy Barbano recently shared on the Internet: In 1975, Assembly Joint Resolution No. 15 passed both houses of the Nevada Legislature and was signed by then-Gov. Mike O’Callaghan. It begged the federal government "to choose the Nevada Test Site for the storage and processing of nuclear material." Among the "yes" votes were then-state-senator Richard Bryan of Las Vegas. Ten years later, in 1985, now-Governor Richard Bryan signed into law Senate Bill 67, "authorizing the governor to negotiate for an agreement with the United States concerning disposal" of high level nuclear waste. That bill had passed unanimously both the Nevada Assembly and Senate, supported by such now-notable foes of Yucca Mountain as Thomas R. C. "Spike" Wilson, Bill Raggio, Randolph Townsend and Sue Wagner.

So Dick Bryan was a long-term supporter of the dump. But in 1988 most press accounts of Bryan’s Senate victory that year attributed it to the hysterical pleas for someone to save Nevada from nuclear annihilation. Son of a gun—who was doing opposition research for that campaign?

--NJ


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