Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:35:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district. The board is in contract negotiations with Skorkowsky, but the details of the contractMore>>
The Clark County Board of School Trustees appointed Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district Tuesday night. More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:00:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. And while that overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students, the vast majority of kids won't see anyMore>>
Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. Although the overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students next year, the vast majority of kids won't see any significant change.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:47 AM EDT2013-05-22 08:47:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot. This started off as an FBI Task Force InvestigationMore>>
The search for a homicide suspect turned into a shooting Tuesday night. More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:05:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a teenager who was hit by a vehicle. According to police, the victim was walking on a sidewalk at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday near Tropicana AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating an incident where a teenager was clipped by a truck's side mirror.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:04:36 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas. According to Metro, a person arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:55:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the endMore>>
The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the end of the last decade but worsened after the 2009-2010 school year.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:45:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman who now calls Las Vegas her home. Stephanie McGregor is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and lived there whenMore>>
The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman now living in Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:04:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs,More>>
Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:30:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted. According to police, Marcos Arenas, 15, was killedMore>>
After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- Who has the toughest job in Las Vegas? Is it the police officers or firefighters who put their lives on the line? Maybe the taxi drivers who have to navigate through terrible traffic jams? One nominee for the toughest job in town is a street entertainer who performs despite excruciating pain.
He goes by the name Toxic and his line of work is not for everyone.
"Half price for ladies. All day long," he yells on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The foot traffic is sparse on this cold, blustery night but the street performer, known as toxic, is using his entire repertoire of come on's in hopes of drumming up some business.
"Get your nuts shots here. Get 'em while they're hot. Right here, right now, Las Vegas Strip, kick me in the nuts for 20 bucks. Don't be pansy," he yells.
Even on the Las Vegas Strip, where sidewalk hustlers offer booze, drugs, sex, or where tourists can pose with super heroes or celebrity lookalikes, this offer jumps out. For $20, a person can kick him in the groin.
"I take my kicks straight up. I'm the only one who will stand there and let people kick them straight in the balls," Toxic said.
He is a 20-year-old native Las Vegan who was homeless a year ago, before he became an entertainer. Since then, he's been interviewed by newspapers and photographed by countless cell phone cameras. The videos have made him something of an underground celebrity on YouTube. He knows how desperate it looks but his willingness to get kicked in the privates has changed his life.
"I was homeless. I was living on the streets. But now I've moved up, living in a two-bedroom apartment, looking for a woman, looking for a job."
Toxic knows this is not a long-term career. He wants to be a deejay and thinks his online exposure might lead to better opportunities. For the time being, it means he and a small circle of friends have food to eat and a place to stay. On a good night, he can earn a few hundred bucks. On his best day, he raked in $1,700. That's a lot of kicks.
"I keep telling people, you come out and kick me in the nuts, it doesn't hurt you, right? You get your entertainment. It doesn't hurt me either. You know, I was born with this pain tolerance."
There are tricks to the trade, such as the strategic placement of underwear. Toxic is proud to say he doesn't flinch or duck away from the kicks.
"No joke. No cup. Come on powder puff, give me what you've got," he said.
Most of his customers have been drinking so there are a lot of kicks that miss the mark. Toxic admits to using his talents as a thespian to make customers feel they got their money's worth. He survived an onslaught of cowboy boots when the National Finals Rodeo was recently in town. He said his most consistent customers are guys traveling in packs, including drunken frat boys, with some of his most painful kicks being administered by women.
"I had an entire bachelorette party line up to kick me about three days ago," he said. "You can tell when they line up whether it's going to be a good kick or not."
He realizes it is exploitation, but says he's the one doing the exploiting. His celebrity status has inspired imitators as well as colleagues. His pal and roommate Cowboy has been doing it almost as long.
"I average five to 20 a day," Cowboy said.
He has two kids and another on the way which suggests, so far, Cowboy hasn't suffered any permanent damage.