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My cause, my cleats allows players to express

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Some say the National
Football League is the ‘no fun league’ and sometimes the critics are right with
the all the rules as well as the restrictions.

There is a
day once each season, when the league comes to its senses and allows players to
express themselves for a cause. Strong support has grown through the years with
hundreds of players participating in Oakland last Sunday.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris
Maathius has the story. ... Read More

Henderson ‘Hope Squad’ launches Thursday at 12 schools

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Teen suicide is a very sensitive and popular topic, brought to light in social media, and with popular shows like “13 Reasons Why.” In Henderson, city, community and school leaders are all working together to give young people help if they need it.

Hope Squad is a school-based peer support program that trains students how to recognize signs of emotional issues in their classmates. The Henderson Hope Squad will launch on Thursday at seven middle schools and five high schools.

It’s a first of its kind program in Nevada that will be implemented through a partnership between the City of Henderson and the Clark County School District. The Henderson mayor started the program after the death of 14-year-old Kiera Hawkes, a Bob Miller student who lost her life to suicide last year... Read More

What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? Local event discusses theories of fact & fiction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) —A decades old question of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa was the center of a local panel Wednesday, as three experts discussed a variety of theories.

The legendary teamster vanished on July 30, 1975 in the parking lot of a restaurant outside Detroit, Michigan. His body was never found, but he was declared legally dead in 1982. 

“What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?” local event attendee Kip Headley asked. 

“Was he done away with?” attendee Bruce Moore added. “Was he cremated?”

The popular motion picture “The Irishman” has sparked a round of fresh dialogue. The plot centers around alleged Mafia hit man Frank Sheeran pulling the trigger and killing Hoffa. 

Therefore, people packed The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas Wednesday night for “Fact, Fiction & The Irishman: The Hoffa Murder.” Three journalists who’ve studied the case for decades discussed the widely accepted theory of Sheeran killing Hoffa. ... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Elaine Wynn shares more about the unique Giving Machine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Giving Machine in downtown Summerlin makes it easier for you to give to someone in need. So far this season, it’s been tremendously successful. 8 News Now had an exclusive chance to speak with local businesswoman and philanthropist Elaine Wynn about the machine.

It works just like a normal vending system, but instead of dispensing snacks, it gives people the chance to pay it forward.

Wynn leads the efforts for several local charities involved, and she shared how much it means to spread joy in such a unique way.

“While you’re here and all the stores and all this is going on, first of all, you feel a little guilty, then you come upon the Giving Machine. What an idea to see ‘I can share my good fortune with others,'” she said.

The Giving Machine is just one of 10 in the world! It’s made just over $400,000 so far and will be in place through Jan. 1. ... Read More

‘Toxic Beauty’ sells out local showing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A documentary meant to pull back the curtain on the dangers behind everyday beauty products was a hit at Regal Village Square Theater on Wednesday night. The showing of “Toxic Beauty” sold out, with locals packing the place to see the eye-opening film.

“Toxic Beauty” takes an in-depth look at how big pharmaceutical companies are linked to health issues in consumers. The film examines Johnson & Johnson and other prominent brands, and shows how many were negligent in alerting the public to the health issues.

The film was released in Canada earlier this year. The documentary was shown at select theaters across the U.S on Wednesday... Read More

Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee took the first steps Wednesday evening toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol.

Democrats and Republicans used the otherwise procedural meeting to deliver sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both sides appealed to Americans’ sense of history — Democrats describing a strong sense of duty to stop what one called the president’s “constitutional crime spree” and Republicans decrying the “hot garbage’’ impeachment and what it means for the future of the country... Read More

Walker Furniture ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign helps 35 local families

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Walker Furniture hosted its 26th ‘Home for the Holidays’ luncheon at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This initiative, where citizens nominate families in need, started in 1994 with only 12 families.

A total of 35 families will receive a house full of new furniture in the coming weeks. More than 250 guests were present, including community leaders and some familiar faces from Channel 8.

“Every year, we see so many people with so much need, and we do it because it brings so much joy to us, my employees, when we can help somebody build their lives and do something good.

The first six deliveries will start on Friday, and the remaining will be completed by mid-January. ... Read More