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Get Vulcan mad! In 2011, 1,040 proud Las Vegas conventiongoers broke a highly coveted Guinness World Record: Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Star Trek Characters. Then, in October 2012 a wave of shame descended on our city as the Destination Star Trek London convention beat that number with 1,063 costumed Trekkies. This weekend we have the opportunity to take the record back at the Rio’s Official Star Trek Convention 2013. Deals don’t get any bigger than this. –Rick Lax

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Chore no more The Nevada DMV is drawing rave reviews. Really. A May survey of 3,000 people showed that more than 78 percent were “extremely satisfied” with their experience. Perhaps that’s due to the DMV’s renewed commitment to customer service, as well as the addition of 20 counter employees in 2011. Wait times are apparently down at almost every office across the state. It’s refreshing to see Nevada tackle such a long-standing and obvious problem. Now if only we could do something about the Post Office … –Ken Miller

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Thinking outside the box Remember the story from Pulp Fiction? About the guy robbing a bank with a telephone? A robbery at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson puts that to shame. An as-yet-unidentified woman robbed Dillard’s last week using only a shoebox. According to police, she gave a cashier a note demanding money and put it all in the shoebox. No weapon was brandished. No one was hurt. And no mall cashier will ever look at a shoebox the same way again. –KM

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Ken Miller is Las Vegas Weekly's associate editor, having previously served as assistant features editor at the Las Vegas Sun ...

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