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Archive for April 9, 2003

Perry takes plea agreement
The man accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in a pyramid scheme pleaded guilty Tuesday to lesser charges as a result of a plea agreement, allowing him to avoid multiple sex charges ...
11:28 a.m.
Obituaries for April 9, 2003
Gertrude Adamson, 53, of Las Vegas died Monday in a local hospital. She was born Sept. 16, 1949, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A resident for 25 years, she was a barmaid.
11:23 a.m.
Girl, 16, could face death sentence
MESQUITE -- A Utah teenager charged with fatally stabbing a 3-year-old girl and paralyzing her sister in a Mesquite trailer park will be tried as an adult, a justice of the peace ruled Tuesday.
11:22 a.m.
McDonald must face Moncrief in June
Councilman Michael McDonald was handed the surprise of the night, being pushed into the general election by a political novice who outpolled him.
11:21 a.m.
Three LV Council incumbents cruise
Three out of four incumbents, including Mayor Oscar Goodman, cruised back into office Tuesday, retaining their seats on the Las Vegas City Council.
11:21 a.m.
Hafen, Cyphers retain council seats
Perhaps showing they really are as happy with Henderson as incumbent City Council members claim, voters re-elected Andy Hafen and Amanda Cyphers by wide margins on Tuesday.
11:19 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Cleaning up mess at Mirage
State Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said Tuesday that a six-week investigation of The Mirage has found what MGM MIRAGE officials were saying all along -- that the casino's failure to send nearly 15,000 ...
11:19 a.m.
Dems defend Conklin
CARSON CITY -- Assembly Democrats again came to the defense of one of their Las Vegas freshmen Tuesday, pointing out that voter fraud indictments related to his District 37 race do not allege that he ...
11:18 a.m.
Vegas-Des Moines flights set
The company announced today that it initially would schedule flights four days a week to and from Des Moines International Airport on 161-passenger twin-engine MD-83 jets. It's the first scheduled nonstop service between Las Vegas ...
11:17 a.m.
Planned time-share tower trimmed to 492 rooms
Developers for a proposed time-share tower that would have become the tallest building on the Strip have removed the item from the Clark County Commission agenda over opposition from Las Vegas' largest casino resort operator ...
11:16 a.m.
February gaming win weak
The growth of Nevada's casino industry slowed considerably in February, the state Gaming Control Board reported today. An analyst said the monthly gaming win numbers were in line with expectations.
11:15 a.m.
Deregulation key issue at NAB conference
Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, told a gathering of broadcast industry executives Tuesday that he will continue to push for the deregulation of media markets.
11:12 a.m.
McDonald the big surprise as most incumbents roll
Every other Las Vegas incumbent either won the election outright or at least led the voting in Tuesday's primary election. McDonald finished second and now faces a runoff in June's general election.
11:11 a.m.
Two tax plans prove divisive
CARSON CITY -- Two similar alternatives to a gross receipts tax were heralded Tuesday by supporters as broad-based solutions to Nevada's tax woes.
11:11 a.m.
Army Reserve unit sent to Asia
The deployment of the 299 members of the unit brings to about 1,000 the number of National Guard, Army Guard, Air Guard and Army Reserve soldiers who have been deployed from Nevada to assist with ...
11:08 a.m.
Two victims are identified
The coroner's office also identified a man shot and killed Sunday in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 3700 block of Swenson. He was Darryl D. Williams, 35, of Las Vegas.
11:07 a.m.
Park Place unveils customized jackpots
With slot floors looking more and more alike, casinos jockeying for the latest hot games are using another tool to woo gamblers: custom-designed jackpots.
11:04 a.m.
Senator urges growth of gambling in time shares, neighborhoods
CARSON CITY -- State Sen. Mike Schneider is bucking big hotels with his proposal to allow wide-open gambling in time-share developments on the Strip.
11:02 a.m.
Nevada officials cool to British gaming link
CARSON CITY -- A plan to allow Great Britain residents to bet on live Las Vegas casino games from their living rooms via satellite was outlined Wednesday.
11:02 a.m.
Park Place wins new trial in dispute with high-roller
A federal judge has granted Park Place Entertainment Corp. the right to a new trial following an unprecedented jury verdict last year that awarded a disgruntled high-roller more than $8 million in damages.
11:02 a.m.
Porter delivers kids' letters to soldiers
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., today handed letters written by Nevada elementary school children to soldiers recovering from war injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
10:55 a.m.
Personal watercraft users claim Lake Mead
The National Park Service will keep 95 percent of Lake Mead open to personal watercraft, but an environmental group says it will sue to overturn the decision.
10:54 a.m.
Shadow Ridge High announces two coaches
John "J.D." Johnson will lead the Shadow Ridge football team, which will compete as an independent in 2003. Johnson comes to Shadow Ridge from Sierra Vista, where he served as a varsity assistant for the ...
10:40 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Diva Las Vegas to miss 'Diva' concert
The sixth annual "VH1 Divas" show is coming back to Las Vegas, the cable music network and officials from the MGM Grand Garden Arena confirmed Tuesday.
10:36 a.m.
Higher turnout hurts incumbents
In the municipal races where voter turnout was the highest Tuesday, the incumbents had reason to worry.
9:59 a.m.
Indian gambling leaders say sovereignty 'under attack'
PHOENIX -- Indian leaders said Tuesday that tribal sovereignty is being threatened and tribes must stick together to defend it.
9:58 a.m.
Runoffs slated for two court seats
Two Las Vegas Municipal Court seats will be filled in the general election June 3, with four mostly familiar faces emerging from Tuesday's primary.
9:57 a.m.
Casino faces $4 million verdict over attack
Felicisimo Fuentes Jr., 66, of Cherry Hill, suffered permanent brain damage when he was attacked near the Trump Marina Hotel Casino on April 8, 2000. Fuentes was attacked after he dropped his wife off at ...
9:56 a.m.
Standard & Poor's assigns bond rating
S&P also affirmed its BBB-corporate credit rating on Park Place and said its outlook on the company remains negative.
9:56 a.m.
One-year window on defect lawsuits causes controversy
CARSON CITY --- A bill imposing a one-year time frame for some construction defect lawsuits filed by homeowners was criticized Tuesday during a Nevada Assembly committee hearing.
9:55 a.m.
Conklin defended in election controversy
CARSON CITY -- Assembly Democrats again came to the defense of one of their Las Vegas freshmen Tuesday, pointing out that voter fraud indictments related to his District 37 race do not allege that he ...
9:53 a.m.
Former CFO to plead guilty
But a federal judge refused, at least temporarily, to accept a guilty plea from the former executive, Michael D. Martin, who had been Healthsouth's chief financial officer.
9:53 a.m.
Automaker hurt by war
The warning that the U.S. car and light truck business is under pressure came as DaimlerChrysler said the Iraq war and the sluggishness of the global economy were clouding its chances of raising earnings this ...
9:52 a.m.
Time of his life
He played a practice round at Augusta National with Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros, will tee off Thursday morning in the Masters in Arnold Palmer's group and just earned a spot on one of the ...
9:50 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Mayweather, De La Hoya could meet
Boxing is not a sport that lends itself to long-range plans. It's a little too unpredictable to think too far ahead.
9:50 a.m.
UNLV women win first event
The Rebels were in eighth place after the event's first 27 holes on Monday, before blistering the second half of the 54-hole event.
9:48 a.m.
Sidewalks sought for electric scooter
CARSON CITY -- It hasn't caught on with the general public yet, but the Segway Human Transporter has captured the hearts of at least a few state senators.
9:48 a.m.
Panel OKs name change
Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, and Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, said term limits now prevent anyone from approaching Jacobsen's standard of longevity.
9:45 a.m.
UNLV falls at Riverside
The loss snapped the Rebels' five-game winning streak as they fell to 26-10.
9:45 a.m.
News briefs for April 9, 2003
A pedestrian trying to cross Fremont Street north of Oakley Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday was struck by a vehicle and killed.
9:45 a.m.
Rebels spring game set Saturday on campus
The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Head coach John Robinson will once again host the affair via a wireless microphone.
9:44 a.m.
War coverage evolves with new technology
Lipstick cameras, satellite phones, night-vision cameras and Global Positioning System devices are the new tools of the trade for journalists, particularly those covering the war in Iraq, media industry experts said at a convention in ...
9:44 a.m.
NDOT chief wants deputy in south
CARSON CITY -- After being named director of the state Department of Transportation Tuesday, Jeff Fontaine said his first act will be to ask the Legislature to approve a deputy director of transportation for Southern ...
9:44 a.m.
Gorman's Ruegamer signs with Packers
Ruegamer, a former player at Bishop Gorman and with the New England Patriots, has played in 33 games over his four-year NFL career, with three starts. Ruegamer, a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, can play center or guard. ...
9:43 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Top LPGA players headed for Las Vegas
The $1.1 million LPGA Takefuji Classic is scheduled for next week, April 14-19, over the demanding, par-72, 6,494-yard, Las Vegas Country Club.
9:42 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Motorcycle accident sidelines Dario Franchitti
Perhaps Dario Franchitti should stick to driving vehicles with four wheels.
9:41 a.m.
Developer sues over denial of proposed new homes
A Las Vegas-based development company is suing Henderson over a rejected zoning change that would have allowed new homes between an ice cream plant and the Calico Ridge neighborhood.
9:32 a.m.
Edmonton edges 51s for first win of year
Edmonton manager Dave Huppert hadn't managed at the Triple-A level for even a week before he found himself fidgeting and scratching his head.
9:31 a.m.
Homeless advocate says war at home needs funding
The people in charge of helping the homeless in Las Vegas said Tuesday that President Bush needs to put more money where his mouth is.
9:31 a.m.
PCL box: Las Vegas vs. Edmonton
Attendance--1,732. Time--3:10. Umpires: HP--Bullock; 1B--Kelley; 3B--Dowdy.
9:20 a.m.
Councilmembers Buck, Robinson re-elected
Overcoming challengers who said North Las Vegas needs new leadership, incumbent City Council members Shari Buck and William Robinson were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms.
9:16 a.m.
Hedger bumps Provost from bench
Riding a wave of endorsements from law enforcement groups and Henderson's mayor, Douglas Hedger unseated incumbent Henderson Municipal Judge John Provost in the Tuesday city election.
9:14 a.m.
Council members put on notice
Boulder City's mayor and incumbent city councilman seeking re-election were outdone by challengers in Tuesday's primary election -- but both received enough votes to carry them to the general election.
9:13 a.m.
Incumbents Hafen, Cyphers keep council seats
Perhaps showing they really are as happy with Henderson as incumbent City Council members claim, voters re-elected Andy Hafen and Amanda Cyphers by wide margins on Tuesday.
9:13 a.m.
Tuesday's prep results
Baseball
9:08 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's selections for Thursday's races at Santa Anita
1st Race -- INTUITIONAL -- Valenzuela on Warren trainee for owners Johnson, draws good box for straight two-fulong dash, boot n' scoot. QUEENOFLUV -- Part of co-owner Dutton-trained coupled entry with MISTRICK, Pedroza here, Baze ...
9:08 a.m.
Editorial: Plan offers backup to tobacco funding
State Treasurer Brian Krolicki is warning that tobacco companies, citing falling revenues, appear ready to default on their payments or at least slash them. The Legislature should consider his recommendation to sell half of the ...
9:04 a.m.
Letter: Marijuana: Any amount is illegal
Giunchigliani attempts to justify her position by stating that higher levels are a better indication of whether someone is impaired while driving. According to an Associated Press story, she goes on to say that the ...
9:02 a.m.
Letter: Free thinkers deserve voice in free America
People who don't believe that we have to agree with this regime and their aggression towards the rest of the world. People who believe in peace, people who don't believe in bombing other countries for ...
9:02 a.m.
Editorial: No reason for delay of money
Because Nevada and its counties would be so extremely affected by the Yucca Mountain decision, Congress authorized annual stipends that would enable local officials to conduct independent studies of the site, review the federal studies ...
9:01 a.m.
IRS, FCC reach out to soldiers
The IRS is offering a new web page created especially for those in the armed forces, and the Federal Communications Commission is resuming a program to help service members find the best deals for calling ...
9:01 a.m.
Savvy wine buys: Egri Merlot '01
This wine is rich, full bodied and tannic, not a smooth operator like a California merlot, and nowhere near one from France, but consider the bargain-basement price. The wine comes from the city of Eger, ...
8:27 a.m.
Posters spotlight No Tobacco Day
The contest is open to all children 4-12. Posters should reflect how secondhand smoke causes health problems in children.
8:25 a.m.
Jurors will hear voice of slain woman
Jurors in the trial of a Las Vegas man charged with killing his estranged wife will have the rare opportunity to hear the victim describe the abuse she said she endured at her husband's hands, ...
8:25 a.m.
Wife might testify in chat room seduction case
The wife of a Henderson man who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to alleged use of the Internet to lure a teen into sex might testify against him.
8:25 a.m.
Metro officers honored for meritorious service
Metro Officers Brian Briggs and Garth Baker received Purple Hearts for their bravery during a gun battle with rapper Snoop Dogg's brother-in-law on Aug. 12, 2002.
8:24 a.m.
In Vegas, no two bagels are alike
There has been much movement in the bagel world since, but these round, chewy breads remain solidly popular and a favorite with carbohydrate-loading fitness types. Today we provide an update with more information about bagels ...
8:24 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Tod's makes itself at home in LV
Pop culturist Michael Shulman, who brought Vanity Fair into the mix, said, "It worked on all levels. Tod's and Vanity Fair are a perfect match for CineVegas."
8:22 a.m.
Community briefs for April 9, 2003
Alfred P. Carlton, president of the American Bar Association, and Clay S. Jenkinson, national cultural commentator, will speak on Marbury v. Madison at 5:30 p.m. today at the George Federal Building, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. ...
8:21 a.m.
Woman arrested in eBay art scheme
CARSON CITY -- A Henderson woman who described herself as an art dealer was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing $37,775 in an Internet auction scam.
8:21 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Silver Ball casts spotlight on Nevada Law Foundation
Established in 1983 to address the need for funding of legal services to the poor and legally disadvantaged, the NLF has distributed more than $3.5 million in the form of direct grants to programs throughout ...
8:20 a.m.
Thanks for the MREs: Soldiers digesting improved food rations
A ready-to-eat military entree with a three-year shelf life is actually pretty tasty when boiled in water.
8:20 a.m.
Highlights of February 2003 revenue report on Nevada casinos
-STATEWIDE: $756.1 million win, up 0.5 percent.
5:40 a.m.

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