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Archive for August 16, 2002

Killer gets 4 life terms
Jose Vigoa, long believed to be the mastermind behind a series of daring casino robberies and the deaths of two armored truck drivers, received four no-parole life sentences this morning plus an additional 306 to ...
11:26 a.m.
Physicians in LV face two probes
Separate Federal Trade Commission investigations of local obstetricians and a physicians' company that does business in Las Vegas and Reno are part of a national strategy to rein in health care costs by discouraging antitrust ...
11:25 a.m.
Mayor attests to Mack's honestly, integrity
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman testified this morning on behalf of Councilman Michael Mack, ending testimony in the two-day ethics trial.
11:24 a.m.
Deficit may force college-class cuts
RENO -- Students at the state's universities and community colleges may find a cutback in the number of classes offered because of a $26 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, officials said Thursday.
11:24 a.m.
Regents approve $1.2 billion budget
CARSON CITY -- While facing financial problems this year, the University and Community College System of Nevada is looking to increase its spending during the next two years by 24.7 percent to $1.2 billion.
11:24 a.m.
President appointed for Henderson college
RENO -- Kerry Romesburg was named Thursday to head the Nevada State College at Henderson, making him the third person in one year to lead the institution that is scheduled to open Sept. 3.
11:23 a.m.
Despite odds, Democratic candidates vow to put up fight
The four Democrats running for governor don't give themselves any real chance of beating incumbent Kenny Guinn.
11:23 a.m.
Streets of danger: Program targets Las Vegas' high rate of pedestrian accidents
Erin Breen of Las Vegas stood with a uniformed Metro Police officer in a crosswalk as traffic whizzed by on Maryland Parkway, never slowing.
11:23 a.m.
Police: Deaths may have been gang shooting
A man gunned down last week in a gang-style drive-by shooting faced murder charges last year in a North Las Vegas slaying, but he was set free when prosecutors dropped the charges.
11:22 a.m.
Man put on probation for submitting false claims
Daniel J. Erickson, formerly of Henderson who now lives in California, and his partner Rory Griffin Graham, collected $83,000 from insurance companies for their false claims of being in an accident while trying to avoid ...
11:21 a.m.
Mother whose son died in car trunk sentenced
A Las Vegas mother of five whose 3-year-old son died in the trunk of her car two years ago was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation Thursday.
11:21 a.m.
Car seat saves child caught in fatal crash
Had a concrete barrier existed, it might have saved the lives of a 23-year-old Las Vegas woman and her 4-year-old son Thursday, Nevada Highway Patrol officials said.
11:21 a.m.
Firm doesn't want to pay full state fine
CARS0N CITY -- Harcourt Educational Measurement Co. has balked at paying a suggested fine for its foul-up in telling more than 700 students they failed the high school math proficiency test needed to graduate.
11:20 a.m.
Indian casino expanding
"It's going to continue to enhance the economic development of northeast Kansas," said Patrick J. Browne, senior vice president and general manager of the Topeka-area casino.
11:14 a.m.
Riviera obtains credit facility
The Las Vegas-based company incurred loan fees of about $1.5 million, which will be expensed over the life of the agreement, according to a quarterly statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
11:14 a.m.
Aladdin lowers its financial backstop
Aladdin Gaming LLC is seeking court authorization to extend its debtor-in-possession financing facility through Dec. 31, and to halve the commitment amount to $25 million from $50 million because business has been stronger than expected.
11:13 a.m.
Regulator: Gaming firms not immune to scandal
The gaming industry's decades-long history of regulatory oversight has helped transform a historically shady enterprise into one of the most financially transparent industries in American business.
11:13 a.m.
U.S., Vegas personal bankruptcy filings jump
Americans filed for personal bankruptcy at a record pace in the second quarter, figures from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts show.
11:12 a.m.
Analyst Grubman quits firm
Grubman is leaving by "mutual agreement," the company said. He will receive $32.2 million in severance to leave 13 months before his contract ends, according to people familiar with the matter. He is under scrutiny ...
11:11 a.m.
Stock trading on Nasdaq National Market
Following the move from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market, the commercial mortgage company's stock will continue to trade under the symbol VSTN.
11:10 a.m.
Attorneys: National likely looking for new backers
National Airlines' strategy for keeping its planes in the air after being rejected for a federal loan guarantee may be kept under wraps until a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing Monday.
11:09 a.m.
Nevadans worried about market slump
Barry Friedman, 62, a retired salesman and a resident of Sun City Anthem for the past 3 1/2 years, sighs as he recalls the 700 percent profit he made investing in technology stocks in the ...
11:09 a.m.
Bibby agrees to return to Sacramento Kings
It is the team's second big deal in three days after signing free-agent forward Keon Clark, the former UNLV star, on Wednesday.
10:53 a.m.
County urged to step up recycling
The Environmental Protection Agency urged Clark County, with one of the lowest recycling rates in the country at 4 percent, to increase its efforts by offering market-based incentives.
10:10 a.m.
Obituaries for August 16, 2002
August John Albert, 99, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was born Sept. 12, 1903, in Brooklyn, N.Y. A resident for 15 years, he was a recreation director for Sperry Gyroscope Co. ...
10:09 a.m.
Police continue search for rapist
Police are constructing a sketch of the suspect and expect to release the picture today. The attacks started on July 12 when a woman was assaulted at a bus stop on Flamingo Road at Decatur ...
10:09 a.m.
Community news briefs August 16, 2002
Las Vegas is hosting a back-to-school fair for children 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave.
10:08 a.m.
BLM: No conflict of interest in Blue Diamond proposal
The Bureau of Land Management does not have a conflict of interest with an engineering firm studying a controversial development proposal because the federal agency has no contract with the firm, a BLM spokesman said ...
10:03 a.m.
Judge defends daughter's 'timeout' in jail
Family Court Judge Steven Jones Thursday sought to quell questions that have arisen about his handling of a family situation using court resources.
10:02 a.m.
Jury awards $4 million in malpractice case
A Clark County jury Thursday awarded a Las Vegas couple $4 million after a weeklong medical malpractice trial.
10:02 a.m.
News briefs for August 16, 2002
North Las Vegas Police officers are investigating the slaying of a 41-year-old man and the wounding of another man Thursday.
10:02 a.m.
Rebels plan scrimmage Saturday under the lights
Just two weeks before its long anticipated season opener against Wisconsin, the UNLV Rebels will hold a scrimmage at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday night.
9:51 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Chuckwagon races not so wholesome
Initially, it was simply laughable.
9:51 a.m.
Ellis helps pitch 51s to win at Calgary
The division-leading 51s remain 11 1/2 games ahead of Tucson. Las Vegas' magic number to clinch stands at seven.
9:50 a.m.
Ready for football?
As a baseball fan Robert Montalvo gets sick thinking about the possibility that the season could be cut short with his Boston Red Sox vying for the American League wild card.
9:49 a.m.
Where I Stand: Guest Columnist Jeff Hardcastle: Growth's other side
The census also confirmed that Nevada's population had exceeded 1 million.
9:47 a.m.
Local PGA players
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9:46 a.m.
Former Metro cop convicted in robbery case
As the guilty verdicts came in one after the other Thursday, 14-year police veteran Jack Brandon gasped loudly, began to cry and gazed in disbelief at the jury.
9:45 a.m.
Trooper injured by mail bomb settles with state
CARSON CITY -- Ken Gager, the Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who became a poster boy for courage after being maimed by a mail bomb in 1993, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the state in ...
9:45 a.m.
Plea deal made in fatal shooting
Danilo DelRosario, 40, could receive probation or a one to four-year prison term after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael O'Callaghan.
9:44 a.m.
Early voting gains popularity
Each election year, there are a certain number of "traditionalists" who arrive at their designated polling place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
9:44 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Cowboy Shooters rekindle spirit of the Old West
Many of us are able to quickly recall our favorite western movie and most of us probably have a favorite western hero. Mine are Annie Oakley and Roy Rogers.
9:28 a.m.
Letter: Shame on Vegas for hosting event
A truly civilized and humane city would not permit this debacle to go forward. If the races can't be canceled outright, they at least should be run on a straight-away, not an oval track.
9:28 a.m.
Las Vegas Area Fishing Report: Anglers catching stripers, catfish at Lake Mead
Nevada Division of Wildlife creel census clerks report that anglers fishing with anchovies around Ann Margaret Cove at Lake Mead continue to land both stripers and catfish.
9:28 a.m.
Letter: Joe manifested a resilient spirit
In a fluke of fate I mentored him with my own young, enthusiastic, wet-behind-the-ears, newly ordained existential philosophy and radical theology, which somehow fit his experiential, no-nonsense lifestyle.
9:27 a.m.
Letter: Delaney's work at charity made real impression
On those rare occasions when I would attend a Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada function, and had a chance to visit with him personally, it became even clearer how much he loved Las Vegas and ...
9:27 a.m.
Editorial: Loan denial raises issue of fairness
In this highly competitive business (both America West and National were losing millions even before Sept. 11), airlines strive for the proverbial even playing field. They try to accomplish this by procuring a sufficient number ...
9:26 a.m.
Editorial: Party should adhere to disclosure laws
But the contention that third-party candidates are hurt more than the major parties is nonsense. The disclosure requirements apply equally to all political parties. A better explanation for why the party may have a hard ...
9:25 a.m.
Cimarron wins a wild one at regional
Helper (Utah) left fielder Jamal Lewis left his post to relieve starter Troy Grundy in the eighth inning with no outs and the bases loaded.
9:23 a.m.
N.M. turns out Centennial's lights
Albuquerque's American Legion team had played just one game under the lights this summer, but you wouldn't have guessed from the way the New Mexicans saw the ball late Thursday night.
9:23 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Schmidt ponders scaling back in IRL
Sam Schmidt's two-year-old Indy Racing League team may step down in class next season if the Henderson resident is unable to secure a full-time primary sponsor by Oct. 15.
9:18 a.m.
PCL box: Las Vegas - Calgary
WP--Ellis. T--2:23. A--1,813.
9:16 a.m.
Legends in Concert: Springsteen leads wave of mega-stars headed for Vegas
Staying right here in 2002, the upcoming four months will present Las Vegas residents and tourists with that opportunity to enjoy a parade of rock 'n' roll royalty.
9:13 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
1st race 6 fur 3YO Fil Clm: 1 Britetonzmyday (Pincay) 118; 2 Frugality (Gomez) 118; 3 Paradise Patty (Delahoussaye) 118; 4 Dalia Dolly (Espinoza) 118; 5 Cinnful Bride (Solis) 118; 6 Script Girl (Flores) 118.
9:05 a.m.
'Black 365' focuses on civil-rights era
What: "Black 365."
9:02 a.m.
Performing Arts for August 16, 2002
Summer camp show
9:01 a.m.
Rock in The Rio house
The 63-year-old shock Rock with an attitude joins the cast of the late-night show for a one-time guest appearance Friday at The Rio's Samba Theatre.
9:00 a.m.
Datebook for August 16, 2002
The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services presents several events celebrating the end of summer, including "Blue's Clues Summer Fun" at 4 p.m. today at Becker Community School, ...
8:59 a.m.
On display for August 16, 2002
One of the most famous cars ever to cruise Fremont Street, the 1911 Sears Model K "Desert Love Buggy," will remain on display through March at the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, 700 Twin ...
8:59 a.m.
Spotlight on Springsteen
With his new album, "The Rising," topping Billboard's sales charts, Bruce Springsteen plays Sunday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
8:58 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Customers floored by Cafe Michele renovations
They're dancing at the Cafe Michele.
8:54 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Children need guidance in eating habits
Let's get real about the problem of overweight children. We're being bombarded with information from all quarters about the dangerous eating habits of today's younger generation. But are the kids really to blame if poor ...
8:52 a.m.
Remembering Sandy Thompson: 1948-2002
Sandy was truly interested in welfare of kids
6:29 a.m.
Jackie Robinson's legacy explored in play
What: "National Pastime."
6:26 a.m.
Columnist Sandy Thompson: Taking one final stand on behalf of children
SHOULD A FATHER have his parental rights terminated because of unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse?
6:19 a.m.
The Daly News
Glance at a picture of John Daly, and you swear you've seen him somewhere before.
6:17 a.m.
Camp helps make life better for kids
"Camp would do wonders for their self-esteem and their depression," the mother says. "They always complain to me that they want to do something, but I sincerely cannot afford to do anything with them except ...
6:17 a.m.
Festival will take on pioneer flavor
The 15th annual Las Vegas Harvest Festival is coming to town to showcase arts and crafts, music and food. More than 250 exhibitors will be selling everything from woodcarving and jewelry to soups and chocolate.
6:17 a.m.
Tread carefully with tires
TIRE TIPS
6:16 a.m.
Editorial: President shows his true colors
More importantly, the president didn't highlight the many important provisions in the $5.1 billion bill, including $419 million for airport security. There also is $90 million for health monitoring of emergency workers at ground zero ...
6:05 a.m.
Editorial: Red Rock's gateway should be pristine
We add our voice to that chorus. It was a proud day 12 years ago when Red Rock Canyon was designated as a national conservation area. It's up to us now to ensure that visitors ...
6:04 a.m.
Letter: 'New Democrats' don't understand party's strength
In my opinion, the secret to Democratic success is in getting its base voters out to the polls and you don't do that sounding like a Republican. Go, Al, Go!
6:03 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: Election officials foster apathy
IF YOU ALREADY voted Saturday, it's too late for you. But make no mistake: If you did, you are a fool or a sloth.
6:02 a.m.

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