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Archive for July 7, 1999

Defense blames Conforte in Mustang Ranch trial
Calling Conforte an "arrogant pimp," Richard Sherman challenged the 33 counts of racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud against Shirley Colletti, who once was the bordello's madam, and the corporation that owns the Mustang ...
12:47 p.m.
High court rejects condemned man's appeal in Ely torch murder case
The victim, found wandering on a road near Ely, had been set afire with gasoline after she was assaulted and beaten. She died the next day in a Salt Lake City hospital.
12:47 p.m.
Forensic hypnosis: Metro not using evidence-gathering technique
People squawking like chickens on a Las Vegas stage is often associated with hypnosis, but in Nevada hypnosis also has a place in the courtroom.
12:06 p.m.
Wynn named one of world's top 10 art collectors
Joining Wynn on the top 10 list are entertainment mogul David Geffen of Dreamworks SKG, London advertising executive Charles Saatchi and Paris department store owner Francois Pinault, a principal of Christie's
11:42 a.m.
Wax museum opens July 22
Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and other celebrities will participate in the opening of the first North American venue for the Tussaud Group, developer of attractions that include Madame Tussaud's London.
11:42 a.m.
Trump slams Wynn's casinos
Trump, whose company operates several Atlantic City casinos, is fighting government assistance for Wynn's plan to enter the Atlantic City market with an upscale megaresort.
11:41 a.m.
Mismanagement probed at Indian casino in N.M.
The Dulce casino's accounting system is in "total disarray" and revenue was funneled into a loan program used by tribal officials and their friends and relatives, according to the report by a Dulce management consultant. ...
11:40 a.m.
Kentucky is considering allowing casino gambling
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The casino crowds pass Betty Boone every day she works, even though Kentucky, capital of thoroughbred horse racing, has zero casinos -- for now.
11:40 a.m.
Lottery improves to compete with casinos
So they're proposing changes to liven up the lottery in order to entice players from slot machines.
11:40 a.m.
American Wagering finishes LV hotel sale
American Wagering said it received about $4.3 million cash and expects to record a $300,000 gain for the second quarter. The sale also ends litigation over the land lease, the company said.
11:39 a.m.
Venetian owner gains a victory in court
Sheldon Adelson has won a legal victory over GES Exposition Services Inc., which will find itself locked out of one of the world's largest exposition centers for the foreseeable future.
11:36 a.m.
County officials decide to fix Bridger Building
Frustrated by the lack of offers for its asbestos-plagued building that sits in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Clark County officials finally decided to seek the commission's permission to renovate the old structure.
11:26 a.m.
Ex-Control Board lab boss: Open up file of Del Papa investigation
A former Gaming Control Board lab manager is urging the release of secret records that show the attorney general's office conducted an intelligence investigation of top casino regulators.
11:26 a.m.
Rains give Las Vegans break from heat wave
While most of the rest of the nation today got a respite from an oppressive and deadly heat wave, Las Vegas got relief from 110-degree highs with the early arrival of the monsoon season.
11:26 a.m.
Local, federal leaders meet here to discuss quality of life
Local leaders testified before a U.S. Senate committee hearing today to ensure recognition from Washington of the critical needs facing the nation's fastest-growing region.
11:20 a.m.
Education chiefs call for changes in math, credits
CARSON CITY -- Judging from the results of this year's high school proficiency examination, a lot of students need help in mathematics.
11:20 a.m.
Suit says lax security behind tenant's murder
Deborah Parks, daughter of Selma Adelman, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court against Villa Monterey Apartments, 1270 Burnham Ave.
11:19 a.m.
British gold auction sends prices to 20-year lows
The old saying that a fool and his gold are soon parted has been replaced by warnings you'd be a fool nowadays not to part with your gold.
11:19 a.m.
State may close two Henderson mobile home firms
The licenses of two mobile home companies in Henderson have been suspended over allegations of fraud that may amount to $1.5 million, the state Attorney General's office said.
11:18 a.m.
LV SAM'S Clubs, supercenters planned
SAM'S Club, a division of Wal-Mart open to shoppers with special annual memberships, will open stores next year.
11:18 a.m.
LV-Long Beach flights end
WinAir Airlines, a small Salt Lake City-based discount air carrier with five daily Las Vegas flights, today is folding operations and going out of business.
11:17 a.m.
Obituaries for July 7, 1999
Arianna Vanessa Alvardo, 6 weeks, of Henderson died Sunday in Henderson. She was born May 23, 1999 in Las Vegas.
11:06 a.m.
Fire injures Venetian worker
A worker was stirring a paint product with a drill outside the fourth floor of the Venetian when the drill sparked, causing fumes to ignite, Clark County Fire Department spokesman Bob Leinbach said.
11:06 a.m.
Search ends for Vegas man lost at Lake Mead
Roger Jacobson, 59, has been missing since 11:30 p.m. on Sunday when his Zodiac inflatable boat was punctured by a 22-foot Bayliner power boat, park service spokeswomen Kay Rohde said.
11:05 a.m.
Las Vegas Internet company sues a founder
A young Las Vegas Internet company sued one of its founders, claiming he sold all of the company's assets to a Canadian firm and then pocketed all of the compensation.
11:05 a.m.
Clark County news briefs for July 7, 1999
The Clark County Commission scheduled a public hearing for July 20 to discuss a proposed increase in residential construction taxes.
11:05 a.m.
Hay truck turnover ties up Interstate 15
The truck overturned just after midnight south of the Charleston Boulevard exit. Traffic was restricted to one lane for an hour and two lanes for two hours after that. The accident took about five hours ...
11:04 a.m.
High court denies killers' appeals
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the appeal of a 19-year-old killer from Las Vegas who said he was pressured into pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty.
11:04 a.m.
Deuces still not enough for Stars
Unfortunately, they keep popping up on the scoreboard and not in the casinos.
10:59 a.m.
Arrest made in burning body death
Lloyd is charged with murder, first-degree kidnapping and sexual assault, Deputy Chief Jim Weston said.
10:47 a.m.
Defeated candidate targets McDonald
Former Las Vegas Councilman Steve Miller is amending a lawsuit he filed against the Big Elephant Club to include Councilman Michael McDonald and his political consultant.
10:46 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Fryatt on track with Nike win
During his three-year stint as an All-American on the UNLV golf team, Edward Fryatt became known for his ability to come up with a big round when he needed it most.
10:46 a.m.
Nevada regulators OK Internet home auction
The auction, the second held by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Homebid.com, is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. The company will have more than 250 local homes available for bidding in the July 13-15 auction, ...
10:46 a.m.
Residents may win prison name change
CARSON CITY -- The tiny community of Cold Creek 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas may have won its battle with the state to rename a major prison being built close to the unincorporated town.
10:45 a.m.
Las Vegas news briefs for July 7, 1999
A teen was in extremely critical condition at University Medical Center this morning, the victim of a gunshot wound in the head.
10:44 a.m.
Henderson news briefs for July 7, 1999
An official from the Nevada Department of Transportation told the Henderson City Council Tuesday that current road plans will not adequately support expected growth in the city.
10:23 a.m.
Henderson: Reverse 911 calls will help residents in emergencies
In future emergencies Henderson residents may get a call from their local police or fire department instead of vice versa.
10:22 a.m.
Brothel ownership called conspiracy of greedy people
RENO -- A former madam turned county commissioner was part of a "large conspiracy of greedy people" who worked to hide the true ownership of the Mustang Ranch brothel, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
10:22 a.m.
Utility exec's severance deal detailed
The agreement is "within the norms for utility executives," said Roger Buehrer, a spokesman for Southwest Gas.
10:21 a.m.
Summer of Sam
For the first time in his three-year Indy Racing League career, Sam Schmidt said he believes he is on the verge of collecting his first victory.
10:18 a.m.
Supreme Court denies murder appeal
Houser said he was threatened that a trial in his case could ultimately result in the death penalty and falsely promised that a guilty plea would get him a medium-security prison term. He was just ...
10:17 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: City needs rich suitor to lure pros
Dreamers built Las Vegas and dreamers will always find their way here.
10:16 a.m.
Columnist Paula DelGiudice: Exploring a new kind of nightlife
As the sun fades behind the Spring Mountain Range and the lights of the valley start to twinkle, our city begins to radiate the nightlife for which it is so well known. In the desert ...
10:01 a.m.
Fishing report - Las Vegas area - July 7, 1999
Striped bass fishing has been fair for shore anglers at the Pyramid Island causeway. Boaters are still catching stripers in front of Hemenway Harbor and at Las Vegas Wash.
9:56 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Valley grad Schlosser chooses Missouri
Valley High School graduate Annie Schlosser, a standout with the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association, has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Missouri.
9:54 a.m.
Shalala touts Medicare proposals
Grasping a microphone, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala walked among a crowd of about 250 senior citizens at the Howard Cannon Senior Center Tuesday, fielding questions about Medicare and touting President Clinton's plan ...
9:49 a.m.
Opportunity Village grows with valley
Opportunity Village's plans for a Henderson work training center were launched last week when the building contract was awarded to R and O Construction, executive director Edward Guthrie said.
9:49 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Women's History Group remembers Nevada's early days
The Southern Nevada Women's History Group recently met for a brunch and slice of business at the Elks Club. The June session had a nostalgic program, carefully planned by member Loni Moyes. "The Things From ...
9:49 a.m.
Community news briefs for July 7, 1999
The Las Vegas Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Civic Center Plaza Amphitheater, 200 Water St.
9:47 a.m.
Letter: Auto insurance rates discriminatory
I am a male, early 20s, bought a 1995 pickup, no tickets, no accidents, live in my townhome, took both a high school and a yearly DMV-approved defensive driving course, graduated high school with a ...
9:45 a.m.
Letter: State-sponsored religion has no place in America
I wonder what Buddhist students would think of the commandment that states "we are to have no other gods besides Jehovah." And what about the one that commands us to make no idols? I'm sure ...
9:45 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Self-fueling isn't always such a gas
Shopping for a friendly gas station? In these days of self-serve there aren't too many left, so when my favorite Texaco station at Desert Inn and Eastern went all self-serve I was unhappy.
9:44 a.m.
Editorial: Grounding 'air rage' not easy
"Air rage" on our nation's commercial airlines is getting worse. In 1997 the Federal Aviation Administration issued civil penalties against 121 passengers, a 60 percent increase over the previous year. And as the Sun's Cheryl ...
9:43 a.m.
Herbs add flavor and can help keep you healthy
Herbs enhance the flavor of any dish. Those same herbs may also enhance your health.
9:42 a.m.
Editorial: Dolphins may not be so cute after all
Man's love affair with the aquatic mammal often has resulted in human-like traits being ascribed to dolphins, including the ability to reason. Scientists have found another striking similarity with humans: Dolphins, unlike other animals, will ...
9:42 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Brian Greenspun: Let free thinking reign
I HAVE an independence story.
9:42 a.m.
Top Clinton administration official pitches Medicaid plan to Las Vegans
Wright, a 68-year-old Cincinnati native who considers Shalala one of her heroes, joined nearly 150 other seniors and media types in a crowded Howard Cannon Senior Center to talk about health care coverage.
9:38 a.m.
USDA will release Dreyfus report
The USDA Office of Inspector General last week denied requests from The (Gardnerville, Nev.) Record-Courier and the Tahoe Daily Tribune to release the materials.
9:37 a.m.
Air traffic reporters hover over the valley keeping watch on congested roadways
"Being above it all really puts things into perspective," says Harper, director of operations for Metro Networks, an independent traffic reporting service that files reports for 22 radio and television stations in the valley.
9:37 a.m.
Thursday at Hollywood Park
1st race 5 fur 3YO Fil Mdn Clm: 1 Duchess Deb (Delahoussaye) 118; 2 Fashion Toss (Solis) 118; 3 Naevus Who (Valdez) 118; 4 Tell 'Em Cielo (Enriquez) 118; 5 Scarletlin (Garcia) 116; 6 Desert ...
9:23 a.m.
Thursday at Belmont Park
1st race 1-1/16 mi 3YO & up F&M Mdn: 1 Istinad (Chavez) 115; 2 Gold Streamer (Luzzi) 115; 3 With Impunity (Migliore) 115; 4 Tomisue's Pleasure (Smith) 110; 5 Weekend in Indy (Samyn) 121; 6 ...
9:22 a.m.
Box score: Buzz 9, Stars 2
Las Vegas
9:21 a.m.
Millions of acres of Nevada ordered off limits to smoking, campfires
Citing "extreme" fire danger, especially in dry grasslands, the Bureau of Land Management announced the prohibitions for all its public land areas, roads and trails in the western half of the state.
5:04 a.m.
Court papers reveal two sides of Tabish, Murphy
Justice of the Peace Jennifer Togliatti said Wednesday she will issue a decision from the bench at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on whether to set bail for Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish on charges of murdering ...
5:00 a.m.

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