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Archive for April 18, 2002

Security chief ties detective to method of lounge holdup
A Metro Police detective charged with robbery may have learned his technique on the job, a grand jury was told.
11:10 a.m.
New public defender expands role of office
Candidates who scrambled for the high-paying Clark County public defender's position last year cited the low volume of cases taken to trial and vowed to improve the office's track record.
11:10 a.m.
Congress opens Yucca Mountain debate
WASHINGTON --Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told a congressional panel today that his department could begin shipping nuclear waste to Nevada by 2010 if Congress approves the Yucca Mountain repository based on "overwhelming scientific evidence."
11:09 a.m.
Local briefs for April 18, 2002
Metro Police are investigating the slaying of a man found shot to death in the back seat of a red Plymouth Breeze about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.
11:09 a.m.
Firm completes Australia sale
Park Place sold half of its equity stake in Jupiters Ltd. back to the company, and sold the remainder of its shares to a group of institutional investors. Jupiters owns two Australian casinos managed by ...
11:09 a.m.
Vegas, Nevada unemployment declines as economy picks up
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation today reported 59,900 Nevadans were jobless in March, a reduction of 6,200 from February. The 5.8 percent compares to 6.1 percent in February.
11:09 a.m.
Court rejects plea of casino vendor
CARSON CITY -- In a 4-3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant another exemption to the rule that civil suits must be brought to trial within five years or they will ...
11:08 a.m.
Republicans delay governor's casino plan
On a 4-4 vote, the committee refused to designate the bill (SB1001) proper for consideration by the full Senate even though staff attorneys said it is constitutional. Without a majority, the bill failed.
11:08 a.m.
Arizona Senate backs public vote on gambling
Already passed by the House, the measure, a resolution that would go on the November ballot, now returns for consideration of a change made by the Senate.
11:08 a.m.
Southwest only airline to earn profit
DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines, the No. 1 carrier of gamblers to Las Vegas, said today it managed to remain the only profitable major carrier after last year's recession and terrorist attacks.
11:08 a.m.
Binion's owner denies casino in financial straits
Speculation that Binion's Horseshoe is in deep financial trouble has been rife in Las Vegas, particularly after the downtown casino lost a round in a $1.9 million battle with the Fremont Street Experience.
11:08 a.m.
Wynn had talks with Binion
Casino moguls Steve Wynn and Jack Binion have discussed a potential merger of their companies or other business combination, sources told the Las Vegas Sun Wednesday.
11:08 a.m.
Metro's homeless team adds members
Metro Police increased the number of HELP Team officers assigned to assist and police the homeless population, but some homeless advocates say the team's reputation was harmed during last month's sweep of a downtown encampment.
11:08 a.m.
Business briefs for April 18, 2002
NEW YORK -- Saying companies spent less on its computer equipment and services, technology giant IBM Corp. reported a 31 percent drop in first-quarter earnings, in line with the reduced expectations it laid out last ...
11:08 a.m.
Goodman eyes Utah meeting in Yucca fight
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman could take the city's fight against Yucca Mountain to Salt Lake City, hoping to persuade officials there to side with the state of Nevada.
11:07 a.m.
Hispanics speak out during fed tour stop at Rancho High
Education Secretary Rod Paige descended on North Las Vegas Wednesday to plug sweeping education reforms for minorities, and ended up getting an earful from students, parents and community leaders about some of the harsher realities ...
10:58 a.m.
Industry reacts to Sprint's rate hike
Four telecommunications companies, including one that competes with dominant local telephone provider Sprint Corp., have filed testimony with Nevada regulators commenting on Sprint's proposed $90 million rate increase.
10:55 a.m.
Guilty plea made in hacking
Christopher Scott Sandusky, 35, will be sentenced Aug. 2 and is facing up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each of three counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer.
10:54 a.m.
Las Vegas 'Boo Ga Loo' Halloween parade proposed
If a Reno promoter is allowed to put on a Halloween parade on the Las Vegas Strip, he may have to do it under the glare of the morning sun.
10:53 a.m.
DNA mixup found, rape cases dropped
Charges have been dismissed against a Las Vegas man accused of sexual assault after it was discovered that clerical errors occurred in Metro Police's forensic lab.
10:53 a.m.
City searches for new MASH operator
The city of Las Vegas will look for a new operator to run MASH Village, which could result in more services being offered for the mentally ill homeless population.
10:36 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Foreign legion outnumbers UNLV locals
That UNLV has come to feature/depend on foreign-born athletes, especially within its non-revenue sports, is hardly news -- a 1998 story in the Sun listed 43 foreign-born athletes on its various rosters, compared to 45 ...
10:07 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Force achieves 100-win goal; now it's kids' time
The euphoria that John Force experienced Sunday following his 100th career NHRA victory had given way to introspection by Wednesday afternoon.
10:02 a.m.
Water clean-up working
Southern California and Southern Nevada officials are optimistic that an industrial system will remove large amounts of perchlorate entering Lake Mead, the drinking water source for Nevada, California and Arizona.
10:01 a.m.
Obituaries for April 18, 2002
Juan Jose Galarraga Basurto, 63, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in a local hospice. He was born May 2, 1938, in Andoain, Spain. A resident for one year, he was a retired Merchant Marine.
10:01 a.m.
UNLV women drop to 18th in rankings
It marks the fifth straight week UNLV has placed in the nation's top 20, which breaks the school record of four set in 1997.
10:00 a.m.
More NTS survivors to receive compensation
A National Nuclear Security Administration official handling claims for former Nevada Test Site workers and their families said he has no idea how many new claims will result from changes to work-related illness compensation.
10:00 a.m.
Rebels roll to 16-2 win over Southern Utah
UNLV hit three home runs in the opening inning and jumped out to an 10-0 lead before the Thunderbirds scored.
10:00 a.m.
$700 million should be spent on streets, consultant says
The City Council accepted the report unanimously.
9:58 a.m.
Local sports calendar
9:58 a.m.
City's search for new MASH operator
The city of Las Vegas will look for a new operator to run MASH Village, which could result in more services being offered for the mentally ill homeless population.
9:57 a.m.
Property of the WNBA
WNBA salaries
9:56 a.m.
Prep volleyball standings
9:52 a.m.
Local news briefs for April 18, 2002
Metro Police are investigating the slaying of a man found shot to death in the back seat of a red Plymouth Breeze about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.
9:52 a.m.
Prep golf standings
9:51 a.m.
Handed two life sentences, killer says he was framed
A Las Vegas man convicted of using a box cutter to slit the throat of an elderly polio victim was sentenced to two no-parole life terms Wednesday, but not before accusing prosecutors of framing him.
9:51 a.m.
Prep softball standings
9:50 a.m.
Cold, winds to continue
Cold temperatures and windy conditions are expected to continue through Friday as another storm system threatened to bring snow showers to Mount Charleston by the end of the week, the National Weather Service said.
9:50 a.m.
City to dress up wall around Bonanza Village neighborhood
After fighting with the city of Las Vegas for more than three years over a $1.13 million security wall built around Bonanza Village, residents say they are satisfied with the council's decision to enhance the ...
9:50 a.m.
Prep baseball standings
9:49 a.m.
Tax task force urged to 'tweak' state budget
A panel studying the state's tax problems was told the crisis could be easily "tweaked" each year at budget time.
9:49 a.m.
Las Vegas council briefs for April 18, 2002
The council next month is expected to decide how to fill the shoes of outgoing City Manager Virginia Valentine.
9:49 a.m.
Former officer takes deal; kidnap charges dropped
Moments before the woman he allegedly assaulted was to take the stand, former North Las Vegas police officer Williams Brooks entered a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday.
9:48 a.m.
Wednesday's prep results
Palo Verde 203, Bonanza 210
9:38 a.m.
Columnist Paula Del Guidice: Deadline nears for big game license
The Nevada Division of Wildlife would like to remind hunters that the application deadline for Nevada big game hunts is rapidly approaching. Applications must be received either through an authorized mail service or entered online ...
9:36 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's selections for Friday's races at Santa Anita
1st Race -- RE ECHO - Part of Harrington-owned & trained coupled entry with Cintegrity, McCarron here, Espinoza there, double opener threat. DIVINE SPIRIT - Flores scales Baffert trainee, needs to be quick from the ...
9:35 a.m.
Adult basketball sign-ups
Adult basketball sign-ups
9:34 a.m.
Sun Baseball Top 10
Sun Baseball Top 10
9:20 a.m.
Sun Softball Top 10
Sun Softball Top 10
9:20 a.m.
Weber's computer offers little help
Police also searched the Shady Acres trailer park on Main Street near Washington Avenue Wednesday looking for Weber but didn't find him. Weber lived at the trailer park, which his family at one time managed.
9:18 a.m.
Feds seize Culinary local in N.J.
NEWARK, N.J. -- A judge appointed a monitor to run a union of hotel and restaurant employees Wednesday after prosecutors charged the local had long been linked to organized crime.
9:17 a.m.
Ex-airport workers accept plea bargains
The last of 21 former McCarran International Airport employees nabbed in a January security sweep pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to misdemeanor charges of using counterfeit Social Security cards.
9:16 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Meaningful games may be on horizon in baseball
In the major leagues, teams play 30-40 spring training games to prepare for the 162 that count.
9:16 a.m.
Threat seen for Senior Rx plan
CARSON CITY -- Nevada's free insurance program providing prescription drugs to low-income senior citizens may be headed for financial trouble, Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley said.
9:15 a.m.
Little fish in big pond
The cases in Boulder City High's gymnasium are filled with Class 2A and 3A championship trophies. But next month, the school will get the chance to do something quite rare -- topple the big boys.
9:15 a.m.
Community briefs for April 18, 2002
SAFE House of Henderson, a domestic violence organization, presents "An Evening of Peace," an awards dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort.
9:13 a.m.
Durango Air Force JROTC marches off with championship
Durango High School's Air Force Junior ROTC unit marched off with the overall trophy, and Palo Verde High School freshman Dominique Lee became that school's first-ever Air Force JROTC winner during the Clark County School ...
9:13 a.m.
Lawmaker sees credibility gap in disabled care
CARSON CITY -- The chairwoman of a legislative study committee on the disabled says a credibility gap exists between the testimony of government agencies and those in the handicapped community.
9:13 a.m.
Catching Up With: Randy Creighton
Where he is now: Pepperdine
9:04 a.m.
Letter: Let's hear it for our song
I am a native of Las Vegas, born and raised here for 78 years. When I went to the "Old Fifth Street" grammar school we always sang the song (but Colorado River replaced Truckee River).
9:01 a.m.
Letter: Grieving family hurt by column
Since, as she said, this is a "delicate" matter, she should not have handled it "indelicately." I, too, am a writer, and would never dream of writing about something so sensitive and potentially damaging. Her ...
9:01 a.m.
Letter: Nevada Power acted to keep the lights on
It is difficult to imagine what kind of business model the Sun editorial writer thinks Nevada Power is using.
9:00 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Another voice for Syria
Four years ago I was told by several Middle East Arabs that all the Hezbollah, or Party of God, wanted was for Israel to abandon the security zone it had created in Lebanon. Israeli Prime ...
8:59 a.m.
Arum: Floyd remains focused
A day after a Las Vegas attorney accused Floyd Mayweather Jr. of being involved in "hundreds" of incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police Department, promoter Bob Arum said he felt the fighter was focused and ...
8:54 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Unbeaten Calzaghe whales away in Wales
Boxing fans in the United States are reliant on television to provide a look at one of the sport's supposed stars, Joe Calzaghe.
8:53 a.m.
Editorial: County hits home run, city whiffs
The city of Las Vegas, however, showed none of that leadership at its meeting on Wednesday. Mayor Oscar Goodman is quick to talk tough about Yucca Mountain. He says he will file a racketeering lawsuit ...
8:52 a.m.
Editorial: Free speech rights upheld by high court
Kennedy noted that even contemporary movies based on great works of literature, such as Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," would run afoul of this law because minors are depicted as having sex. Government runs into trouble ...
8:52 a.m.
Murder suspect receives bail but held on immigration charge
A Las Vegas man accused of killing his wife in December 2000 has posted $350,000 bail, but he won't be getting out of jail anytime soon.
8:40 a.m.
Man sentenced in store arson
Troy Sampson, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Mahan Monday for the Nov. 14, 2000, arson at the Golden Market, 1735 N. Nellis Blvd.
8:39 a.m.
Mothers of victim, killer share their grief in court
As the two sobbing women took their turns on the witness stand to pour out their grief, 19-year-old Ricardo Macias stood in the jury box, his head bowed.
8:39 a.m.
Judge boosts bail after seeing video of man with teen
A Las Vegas judge, after watching a videotape prosecutors allege shows a man sexually assaulting a 14-year-old relative, increased the bail for the man accused of raping several women.
8:39 a.m.
Columnist Joe Delaney: Laughter still proving to be the best medicine
George Burns made it to age 100 ... If it were not for a fall that forced him to cancel his Caesars Palace commitment, Burns might still be with us ... Bob Hope is still ...
8:35 a.m.
Columnist Ruthe Deskin: Program strives for tough love
Robert Jacobson of Las Vegas has a daughter, Saundra, affiliated with a remarkable program called Second Chance/STRIVE, whose purpose is to assist the unemployed and homeless in getting back on their feet and find jobs ...
8:34 a.m.
DeYoung sailing away with his solo career
When it comes to talking about his former bandmates in Styx, Dennis DeYoung is taking the high road.
8:34 a.m.
False Start: Author, experts examine the 'starter marriage' trend
She was sure they'd be happy, that they'd be together forever. "I always thought I'd be married one time and that was it," Neal, now 28, says, "and I'm sad to say that didn't happen."
8:31 a.m.

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