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Archive for April 4, 2003

Fashion Show continues expansion
Fashion Show continues expansion
11:06 a.m.
Offer spotlights issues facing Riviera Holdings
News of an unsolicited bid for the Riviera Las Vegas this week has once again turned the spotlight on a money-losing casino in a prime Strip location.
11:06 a.m.
Legislature weighs several DMV hikes to gain revenue
CARSON CITY -- New drivers may soon have to pay for the handbooks that teach them Nevada traffic law, as the state seeks additional money to ease its budget woes.
11:06 a.m.
Small-plane crash kills two
A flight instructor and a student pilot were killed this morning when their small plane crashed and burned in a flight practice area in northwest Las Vegas, nine miles from the North Las Vegas Airport, ...
11:03 a.m.
Marriott in Las Vegas time-share sales pact
The time-share sales unit of lodging giant Marriott International Inc. has developed a sales and marketing alliance with the owner of the Polo Towers time-share units on the Las Vegas Strip and also will jointly ...
11:02 a.m.
Assemblyman's wife to receive $49,900 in deal with CCSN
The university system has quietly settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by the wife of Assemblyman Wendell Williams, D-North Las Vegas, her lawyer said Thursday.
11:02 a.m.
LVCVA plans for post-war challenge
The end of the war with Iraq will be a good opportunity for Las Vegas to respond to pent-up tourism demand, but it will also usher in a new series of challenges for the resort ...
11:02 a.m.
Aristocrat stock rises on firing of CEO, CFO
SYDNEY, Australia -- Shares of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. surged as much as 11 percent today after the world's second-largest maker of slot machines fired Chief Executive Des Randall and Chief Financial Officer Lionel Jeyaraj as ...
10:54 a.m.
Land deal worked into war bill
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John Ensign, R-Nev., negotiated to insert language aimed at settling a 12-year-old Henderson land dispute into the $80 billion war budget bill.
10:54 a.m.
Former ambassador recalls life in Iraq before Saddam
Kenton Keith remembers Iraq before Saddam Hussein, before the 1968 coup that brought the Baath Party to power, when a young Saddam was the shadow of the party's then-general.
10:52 a.m.
Senate OKs bill to give state more powers of quarantine
CARSON CITY -- A bill approved by the Senate on Thursday gives broad authority to health officials to quarantine thousands of people in certain situations, such as a terrorist biological attack.
10:49 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: This RJC problem tops 'em all
But that's the only thing of beauty atop the county's "project from hell," which is 20 months behind schedule and millions of dollars in the red.
10:49 a.m.
Recorder to start answering phone
The Clark County Recorder's Office should start answering the phone again Monday after nearly a month of complaints from the public and other county offices, officials said.
10:48 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: King's latest book project is to die for
Not veteran Vegas comic Bernie Allen. He said he was thrilled that anybody knew he was still alive to ask.
10:47 a.m.
Ethics claim against Goodman dismissed
The state Ethics Commission on Thursday dismissed a complaint against Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman because the commission's investigation found no "credible evidence" that Goodman had a conflict of interest in a vote related to ...
10:47 a.m.
National Raelian meeting in Las Vegas draws about 50
In December millions of people around the world heard and read about the Raelians when a member of the religious movement that believes aliens created human beings claimed a human had been cloned.
10:46 a.m.
PCL box
Attendance--4,722. Time--2:38. Umpires: HP--Knight; 1B--Winters; 3B--Coffland.
10:41 a.m.
Two people believed aboard small plane in fatal crash
Two people were believed to have been on board and apparently were killed, said Tim Szymanski, spokesman for the fire department.
10:03 a.m.
Sandoval asks NRC to ensure fairness of any Yucca hearings
Nevada's attorney general asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday to impose special procedures to ensure a fair and credible hearing on a construction license for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
10:03 a.m.
Two plead guilty in fatal shooting
Luis Antonio Cueto-Reyes and Carlos Olgen entered guilty pleas in connection with the Nov. 26 shooting that left David Zapato Martinez dead.
10:02 a.m.
Four more Windsor Park homes being razed today
Four more homes in North Las Vegas' sinking Windsor Park neighborhood will be torn down today and Saturday as part of the years-long effort to clear that development.
10:02 a.m.
HealthSouth fraud now estimated at $2.5 billion
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Embattled rehabilitation hospital operator HealthSouth Corp. faked some $2.5 billion in earnings, or almost twice as much as previously alleged, according to new government claims.
9:58 a.m.
Timeshare developer in deal with Polo Tower owners
Under the agreement announced on Thursday, Marriott Vacation Club International, Orlando, Fla., will sell the remaining inventory of the Polo Towers, which will remain under the ownership of Diamond Resorts International, Las Vegas. Marriott Vacation ...
9:57 a.m.
Unemployment rate steady
Job losses were widespread last month, with few hiring gains, the Labor Department reported today.
9:57 a.m.
Group helps veterans cope with war coverage
For more information on mental health assistance or to join the support group, contact the VA clinic at 636-4060 or the Veterans Center at 388-6368.
9:54 a.m.
Schumacher driving for millions
NHRA Nationals schedule
9:51 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Two-faced Howland simply bad for athletics
It was three years ago, yet I still remember the exact words I used in writing about Matt Doherty jumping from Notre Dame to North Carolina as head basketball coach.
9:51 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowksi: Gondrezick has watched Final Four evolve into big-time event
If he knew that just making it to the Final Four would become such a big deal, Glen Gondrezick said he might have done something different during his One Shining Moment in Atlanta in 1977.
9:50 a.m.
Texas comptroller favors video-lottery machines
AUSTIN, Texas -- Allowing video-lottery gambling at Texas racetracks to help pay for public education was among 42 money-raising and saving recommendations revealed Thursday by Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.
9:50 a.m.
Columnist Larry Dixon: Crew chief, setup keys to winning
I was fortunate enough to win both races at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year and it was at this racetrack last fall where I clinched my first NHRA Powerade championship.
9:50 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: LVMS test leaves Marnell feeling good
George Marnell didn't accomplish everything he wanted during a two-day test session last week at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway but he said he feels he is closer to being competitive than he ...
9:49 a.m.
Squadron members honored for work in Afghanistan
Lt. Gen. William T. Hobbins left the members of the 820th Red Horse Civil Engineering Squadron with a reminder Thursday after honoring them for their efforts in Afghanistan last year during Operation Enduring Freedom.
9:49 a.m.
51s open PCL season by defeating Salt Lake
Las Vegas' Bubba Crosby was also 3-for-4, with an RBI triple in the seventh inning, and Eric Riggs had two RBIs, including a run-scoring double in the fifth.
9:48 a.m.
Foothill's Diez defeats Gators
Green Valley's Ryan Tabor brought out the radar guns, but strong arm of Foothill's Adam Diez dominated Thursday.
9:48 a.m.
Municipal incumbents win the money wars
Incumbents seeking re-election in North Las Vegas and Henderson are raising and spending far more campaign money than their opponents in all but one municipal race, according to candidate reports filed this week.
9:48 a.m.
Political notebook: Tiffany tries to drive home motor pool point
CARSON CITY -- Sen. Sandra Tiffany insists her fishing expedition into the state motor pool is important and that those who suggest she has ulterior motives in casting the privatization line are just floating a ...
9:47 a.m.
Suspect indicted in chatroom seduction case
The latest push from local authorities to crack down on so-called Internet predators came Wednesday, when a grand jury indicted a Henderson man on charges of using his computer to lure a 14-year-old girl into ...
9:47 a.m.
It's halfway point and no new taxes yet
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Legislature reached its halfway point Thursday, having made little progress on its primary issue: taxes.
9:46 a.m.
Group asks AG to probe Guinn budget
Burdish's group, Nevadans for Tax Restraint, wrote a letter to Attorney General Brian Sandoval on Wednesday asking him to examine issues surrounding Guinn's budget, since the governor's budget is not subject to review by the ...
9:46 a.m.
Practice makes perfect for Gladiators
Basketball teams do not practice on blacktop and baseball teams do not practice in dirt lots.
9:46 a.m.
News briefs for April 4, 2003
A Chicago man has been convicted by a federal jury of transporting a 16-year-old girl and an adult woman to Las Vegas for prostitution.
9:46 a.m.
Luca passes on Reds, pays dividends for UNLV
In an August whirlwind, Matt Luca went from attending Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas -- if a deal with the Cincinnati Reds didn't materialize -- to packing up his black Ford F150 and leaving Galveston ...
9:46 a.m.
Rebels trio advance to 2nd round
Sometimes winning three out of seven fights isn't all that bad.
9:45 a.m.
Some candidates facing fines for late report filings
Several candidates running for Las Vegas municipal elections this year may have to pay late charges for not getting campaign reports in on time.
9:45 a.m.
Lights to shine until troops return
Gov. Kenny Guinn is expected to announce today that the residential community will be lit by the same company that produced the World Trade Center "Tribute to Light" in New York City.
9:45 a.m.
UNLV's Chong receives Mountain West award
Just one day after being honored as the school's top female student-athlete, Chong Thursday was named the Mountain West Conference women's tennis player of the week for the second time this season.
9:38 a.m.
West top vote-getter on All-America team
David West knows how to get the most, whether it's points on the court or votes off of it.
9:36 a.m.
Computer says 1991 Rebels team best in UNLV's history
Anybody who saw all four of UNLV's Final Four teams would probably agree that the 1977 team was the most fun to watch.
9:36 a.m.
Sega sells some assets to Vegas company
Terms weren't disclosed.
9:36 a.m.
Regulators consider anti-monopoly rules
The draft has changed a few times. A previous version had called for companies to own no more than 15 percent statewide or 50 percent of a local market.
9:35 a.m.
Ark. House rejects legislation allowing video poker machines
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A bill to expand electronic wagering in Arkansas failed Thursday, one day after clearing a House committee.
9:34 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Trap, skeet, sporting clays shooting rise in popularity
Trapshooting was originated as a substitute for the bird hunter. It allowed the wing shooter the opportunity to maintain marksmanship skills sharp between the bird hunting seasons.
9:34 a.m.
Nightclub bouncer faces trial in beating case
Justice of the Peace Douglas Smith ordered Gaylen Kanoa's case to be bound over to District Court during his preliminary hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court.
9:34 a.m.
Las Vegas Area Fishing Report: Largemouth bass are hot catches in Lake Mead
Creel census clerks reported that boaters fishing Lake Mead near Overton Beach in the Muddy and Virgin River areas were successful landing a few largemouth bass that ranged from 2-3 pounds.
9:34 a.m.
After debate, Ensign pulls bill
WASHINGTON -- A spirited Senate debate fizzled Thursday when Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., withdrew his controversial amendment to block French and German companies from enjoying postwar profits from rebuilding Iraq.
9:22 a.m.
Prep Schedule
9:16 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Buzzards over red zone
The Thursday edition of the International Herald Tribune, a New York Times publication, carried an article written by Joseph Fitchett. The writer tells readers of a planned meeting being canceled last weekend. It was called ...
9:11 a.m.
Editorial: Opening up libraries at schools is too risky
The plan has merit, but there are serious questions about it. For starters, the Clark County School District estimates the plan's cost to be $5 million a year. At a time of budget constraints, opening ...
9:10 a.m.
Boulder City pioneer Nelson dies
Nelson, 90, was an avid trumpet player who often performed in Boulder City's park and with his band, Boulder City Mayor Bob Ferraro said.
9:09 a.m.
Obituaries for April 4, 2003
Gertrude E. Baker, 73, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in Las Vegas. She was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Chicago. A resident for 39 years, she was a former employee at the Clark County Election ...
9:09 a.m.
Longtime blood drive organizer Sligar dies at 63
When friends teased Judith Sligar for being Las Vegas' most beloved vampire, she would laugh and accept it as a compliment.
9:09 a.m.
Letter: Smoking gun not found in Iraq
Incidentally, the front page of Wednesday's Las Vegas Sun informs us that the U.S. military team charged with hunting for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction has still not found the smoking gun it has been ...
9:08 a.m.
Letter: Insist legislators pass tax bill
The statistics are there for everyone to see: Nevada is 50th among the states in Medicaid payments, almost as low in welfare payments, well below average in per-pupil expenditures for our schools, and I read ...
9:08 a.m.
Letter: Stand and fight to preserve Red Rock
Throughout the history of this country there have been people like these, trying to save this country from some form of destruction. One young child said it all that day: Why should the animals have ...
9:07 a.m.
Editorial: Image not everything for mayor
Not everyone shares that opinion. Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association and the industry's chief lobbyist, said Goodman's poor judgment has made his work in Washington more difficult. "People in D.C. believe the ...
9:07 a.m.
Blood drives
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunrise Colony, 4445 Monte Sansavino; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lowe's of Henderson, 440 Marks St.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sprint, 330 S. Valley Blvd.
9:06 a.m.
Community briefs for April 4, 2003
Workshops for the Senior Crime Prevention Awareness Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Texas Station.
9:06 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
Post Time noon
9:03 a.m.
Out of tune
In June 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released "Ohio," a protest song about the murder of four students during an anti-war rally at Kent State University.
8:50 a.m.
Summerlin comes alive with 'Sound of Music'
"The Sound of Music" comes alive at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center beginning tonight. The Signature Productions show runs, intermittently, through April 26, with evening and matinee performances. Nancy Andersen Weakley plays Maria, and ...
8:49 a.m.
Legends Conway, Korman break out the oldies
What: "Together Again."
8:49 a.m.
Sigur Ros is nothing if not unique
A symbol as an album title. Eight nameless tracks. Lyrics in a made-up language. And no liner notes whatsoever.
8:46 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Song stylist Bugatti a hit at the Ritz
By George, Bugatti can sing.
8:45 a.m.
Nevada Ballet Theatre to salute Rodgers
Nevada Ballet Theatre will celebrate the centennial of musical theater genius Richard Rodgers with two spectacular dance premieres.
8:42 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: New column gives pause for guffaws
It may be "A New Day ..." in terms of entertainment options on the Strip. Still, it's good to know some things never change, including the top-notch laughs waiting to be had at area comedy ...
8:42 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Charlie Palmer makes a Stirling move
Breaking new ground is nothing new for Chef/entrepreneur Charlie Palmer. Palmer's Aureole in New York and in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay are the recipients of many awards, not only for the food, but for ...
8:37 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: So far, year has been a bountiful one for music
We're just three months into the year, and already 2003 has produced some memorable music releases.
8:35 a.m.
Lucky' leads a poker barrage
Trouble was, he needed more money. So Cullen, having grown up around Las Vegas (Wayne Newton is his godfather), made what he considered a sound investment: He went to a casino. "In 6 1/2 hours, ...
8:34 a.m.
Datebook for April 4, 2003
Las Vegas Arts District will showcase local artists, unique shops and street entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Main Street and Charleston Boulevard. Admission is free. 678-6278.
8:33 a.m.
Scene Selection -- Geoff Carter: 'Focus' a vivid portrayal of addiction
Iremember driving through Los Angeles a few years ago and seeing a billboard that declared, "Real Men Don't Use Porn." Five such men -- a doctor, a policeman, a fireman and the like -- smiled ...
8:31 a.m.
Letter: Heading off another Hitler
So we sat on our behinds and watched Hitler first take over Germany, then march into the Rheinland, Austria, Hungry and Czechoslovakia. The whole time all Hitler said he wanted was peace. So we and ...
6:02 a.m.
Letter: Arguments of pro-war folks are ignorant
Further, unlike the grass-roots anti-war movement of which I belong, the pro-war people can't even organize a rally without a corporate puppet master such as Clear Channel telling them where to meet and how hard ...
6:02 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: 'Servants' brazen in their greed
I shall achieve in time --
6:01 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Just a farmer at heart
Sharon's love of the land and its people was obvious the first time we met 12 years ago, and that inner fire continues to burn brightly. I don't believe he knows how to hide his ...
6:00 a.m.
Should county recorder's office be eliminated?
Thom Reilly is the Clark County manager, appointed by the Clark County Commission.
5:57 a.m.
Columnist Erin Neff: Governor should have donned tax lobbyist's hat
Rarely has a hyped piece of legislation suffered such an anti-climactic death as the governor's call for short-term taxes did last week.
5:52 a.m.
Columnist Benjamin Grove: Aid designed to get airlines off the ground
President Bush had sent his $74.7 billion war request to lawmakers, imploring them not to attach a bunch of expensive amendments. But the House and Senate promptly tacked on more than $3 billion in airline ...
5:51 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: AG ducks chance to drill big oil
He has done the feel-good things you would expect the state's top law enforcement officer to do when facing complaints from angry consumers demanding to know why Nevada's prices are third highest in the country.
5:50 a.m.
Editorial: First fund essential services
Sheriff Bill Young made his No. 1 priority clear when he took office in January. He wants to combat crime by keeping the growth of Metro Police proportional to the population growth within its jurisdiction. ...
5:46 a.m.
Editorial: Proposed law could prevent loss of life
Nothing can diminish the tragedy of the fire at the Aero-Tech model rocket factory in October 2001, which killed one employee and injured another while devastating five surrounding businesses. But there is no doubt that ...
5:46 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Food, faces fill fund-raiser
One of the year's most eagerly anticipated, best-attended and celebrity-filled Las Vegas events is the May 7 Alzheimer's benefit at the Postrio restaurant inside The Venetian.
5:26 a.m.
McMahon of the hour
WEEKEND EDITION: April 6, 2003
5:25 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Figuring out prices a real gas
Or at least, any perceptions we have about them being the result of price-gouging are more imagined than real.
5:24 a.m.
Colombians search for safe haven
WEEKEND EDITION: April 5, 2003
2:46 a.m.

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