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Archive for February 14, 2003

Teen girl testifies in Weber trial
A 15-year-old girl wept Thursday as she testified that Timmy Weber raped her on the day her mother and brother were brutally killed last year, and she said it was not the first time she ...
11:32 a.m.
California nears deal on water use
IMPERIAL VALLEY, Calif. -- Officials from two California water agencies said Thursday that they are on the cusp of an agreement that could open the door for added water flow both for their needs and ...
11:30 a.m.
House GOP pushes new nuclear testing
WASHINGTON -- A policy-setting group of House Republicans is echoing President Bush's call to make the Nevada Test Site ready for a new era of bomb testing within 18 months. The proposal is part of ...
11:28 a.m.
Budget slashing draws opposition
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn's plans to cut the state Division of Investigations by nearly 50 percent has drawn opposition from law enforcement officials who say it will lead to a major increase in ...
11:28 a.m.
State of marriage: Nevada leads nation in rate of those tying, breaking the knot
In Nevada, you can get married by Elvis, or divorced six weeks after moving to the state.
11:27 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Outcasts no match for Guinn
The latest to surface is Tony Dane, a well-known GOP dissident who said Thursday he's chairing an "exploratory committee" to recall Gov. Kenny Guinn over his push to raise $1.1 billion in new taxes.
11:25 a.m.
Tax debate not on Democrats' early agenda
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn wanted lawmakers to spend the first 45 days of the session focused on his first five tax proposals. Assembly Democrats plan to spend the first 45 days highlighting anything ...
11:24 a.m.
Local investors allege they lost millions
Arvis Forrest was described by his attorney as an "old country boy" who left Arkansas with $40 in his pocket as a teenager and built a multimillion-dollar investment portfolio through self-taught knowledge of real estate.
11:23 a.m.
Metro Police officer to receive highest honor in law enforcement
WASHINGTON -- Metro Police officer Keith Borders has been in six shootouts in his nine years of duty.
11:23 a.m.
LV brokerage bankrupt
In Business Las Vegas, a sister newspaper to the Las Vegas Sun, reported Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services plans to reorganize its finances.
11:21 a.m.
Budget bill earmarks $300 mil. for Nevada
WASHINGTON -- Congress on Thursday stamped its final approval on the $400 billion federal budget bill that allocates money to most federal departments and projects in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
11:21 a.m.
Vote on poultry slaughter delayed
Dozens of residents made emotional pleas to the Las Vegas Planning Commission on Thursday to deny a zoning change that would allow the slaughtering of poultry in certain areas of the city.
11:20 a.m.
Boyd Gaming upbeat despite earnings miss
Boyd Gaming Corp. missed fourth-quarter Wall Street earnings expectations by a hair but still touted record earnings and revenue and cash flow for 2002 as well as its highest annual cash flow in six years ...
11:20 a.m.
Ethics Commission can't agree on fines for IAP candidates
CARSON CITY -- The state Ethics Commission deadlocked Thursday on imposing fines of more than $6,000 on 26 political candidates from the Independent American Party for failure to comply with the state's financial disclosure law.
11:20 a.m.
Report: State college profs not carrying full loads
None of Nevada State College at Henderson's seven full-time teachers are carrying a full load and most are teaching to half-full classes, according to a report released by the university system Thursday.
11:08 a.m.
News briefs for Feb. 14, 2003
An original LeRoy Neiman painting valued at $39,500 was stolen Wednesday from the Centaur Sculpture Gallery in the Fashion Show mall, Metro Police said.
11:07 a.m.
Strong weekend seen for Las Vegas tourism
Las Vegas is parlaying the popularity of Valentine's Day with a three-day weekend, thanks to a friendly February calendar -- but higher fuel prices are making some casino resorts nervous about their future prospects.
10:54 a.m.
Valley Health owner's stock tumbles
Shares of Universal Health Services Inc., the biggest U.S. operator of psychiatric hospitals and owner of Valley Health System in Las Vegas, tumbled as much as 24 percent this morning after the company replaced Chief ...
10:53 a.m.
Problem gambling study triggers debate
Results of a new survey on Las Vegas-area gambling addicts revealed Thursday could be used to develop treatment programs and policies to address the social costs of gambling, authors say.
10:53 a.m.
Budget bill earmarks $400 mil. for Nevada
WASHINGTON -- Congress on Thursday stamped its final approval on the $400 billion federal budget bill that allocates money to most federal departments and projects in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
10:05 a.m.
Smallpox vaccine could be available next month
Jim Najima, public health preparedness coordinator for the state Health Division, said Thursday that people who have shown an interest in being inoculated should receive information on the procedures by the end of the month.
9:59 a.m.
Report: Half of Green Bay's bars have illegal machines
Workers at about half the bars with the machines admitted they pay out cash prizes, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
9:58 a.m.
LV convention unions clarify work roles
Lindajo Loftus, IATSE's spokeswoman, said the agreement finalized Jan. 22 "eliminates jurisdictional conflicts between the two unions with any employer where both unions have collective bargaining agreements or where two different employers with separate agreements ...
9:58 a.m.
Nevada Carpenters Union loses NLRB election
Lenny Taylor, a Carpenters Union organizer, blamed the results on the company's alleged union busting tactics. "The company is willing to spend $2 million a year on things like captive audience meetings where workers listen ...
9:58 a.m.
Strong sales propel stock
Dell earned $603 million or 23 cents per share in its fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, up from the $456 million or 17 cents in the same period a year ago.
9:57 a.m.
McDonald's stock slumps
McDonald's Corp. stock slumped Thursday to $13.57 -- its lowest level since 1994 -- after the company reported a bigger sales decline than expected in Europe, its second biggest market.
9:57 a.m.
Goodman, Pesci discuss gin club partnership
Mayor Oscar Goodman's dream of a downtown gin joint has attracted some celebrity interest.
9:56 a.m.
New lawsuit fees proposed
CARSON CITY -- The Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill that would add $20 to the cost of filing or answering a civil lawsuit in District Court.
9:55 a.m.
UNLV will need heart vs. BYU
9:55 a.m.
Harmon investors finally reach end of a long road
Seven years ago Dan Grey began lugging boxes of paperwork around and telling whomever would listen that he was one of the victims in a multimillion-dollar mortgage scandal.
9:54 a.m.
Ivanpah Airport land could be purchased this year
CARSON CITY -- The 6,500 acres of federal land for the proposed Ivanpah Airport in Clark County could be purchased this year, McCarran International Airport director Randy Walker says.
9:54 a.m.
Maestas siblings face Justice Court hearing
Beau Maestas, 19, and his sister, Monique, 16, were brought to Las Vegas Thursday from Nephi, Utah, where they fled after the Jan. 22 attack in a trailer at the CasaBlanca resort.
9:53 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Reasonable goal: Rebels finish third
Once upon a time -- well, about two weeks ago, to be exact -- the Mountain West Conference basketball race looked to be a mad scramble. In gambling terms, it was lacking form.
9:53 a.m.
UNLV to offer youth camps this summer
The clinics will include tennis, volleyball, football passing, track, soccer, golf, softball and basketball for boys and girls in four different age groups. Each of four separate camps, which will be fully supervised, will last ...
9:52 a.m.
14 Rebels headed for Bill Cosby Invitational
The meet, hosted annually by intrastate rival Nevada-Reno, will include men's and women's college and club teams from up-and-down the West Coast. Top Rebel performances should be seen from senior high jump specialist Tianika Sharrieff ...
9:52 a.m.
UNLV to host men's tourney this weekend
Squads from New Mexico State, Weber State, Nevada-Reno, Idaho State, Utah State and Pacific will take on the host Rebels in a bracket format culminating in Sunday's championship at noon.
9:51 a.m.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The peculiarity of the situation is not lost on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
9:50 a.m.
New bills
Assembly lawmakers introduced a host of bills Thursday ranging from changes in the state's DUI and death penalty laws to limits on so-called e-mail spam.
9:35 a.m.
Off-road vehicle fees proposed
CARSON CITY -- A bill to require the registration and taxation of off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes and dune buggies, was introduced in the Senate Thursday.
9:35 a.m.
Scientists see drought lasting several decades
Scientists believe the five-year drought that has gripped the West could continue for decades, according to research published this week in a scientific journal.
9:35 a.m.
Lawmakers shy away from prison project
CARSON CITY -- Lawmakers are fleeing as fast as they can from a proposed trip to Ensenada, Mexico, to see a prison experiment with Scientology ties.
9:34 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Pit road incident puts Busch near the rear
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch blamed a communications breakdown for his pit-road run-in with Kevin Harvick in Thursday's second 125-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
9:34 a.m.
4A title up for grabs
Las Vegas coach Joe LaRocco surveys the Nevada wrestling landscape this year an notices something conspicuously missing from it: A clear-cut favorite.
9:33 a.m.
Former Olympian Austin eager to move up in class
Ordinarily, it's the last thing a fit and athletic man at the age of 31 would choose to do. But Tim Austin is going against convention.
9:33 a.m.
Fullerton to offer early test for UNLV
The third-ranked baseball team in the country visits UNLV this weekend, but Rebels coach Jim Schlossnagle said that rating isn't an accurate gauge of Cal State Fullerton.
9:32 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Rackin' up good time with antlers galore
Thousands of sportsmen/women will be heading to Reno this month for two National Wildlife Conservation Organization conventions.
9:31 a.m.
Letter: Bush enrages the entire world
President Bush's clumsy handling of international affairs continues to create more anti-American sentiment throughout the world in spite of a general consensus that Saddam Hussein is a latter-day Joseph Stalin and needs to be neutralized.
9:29 a.m.
Letter: Bill banning exotic pet trade long overdue
They are transported for sale to private owners (pets), or sent to an exotic hunting ranch, slaughtered for the exotic meat trade, for breeding, for their pelts, and the list goes on.
9:28 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Mandalay Bay Theatre is Swede spot
The former ABBA members visited Las Vegas for the opening of "Mamma Mia!" -- the stage show built around their pop songs.
9:28 a.m.
Editorial: Neighbors' turn to be tolerant
Nevertheless, the Combs' family reconciled itself to reality and cooperated with the county on a plan to reduce its odors, in exchange for the fines being waived. Patriarch Robert Combs told the county at a ...
9:27 a.m.
Editorial: Division of power must remain clear
Because Guinn's veto came after the session, an override vote could not be held until the 2003 session. This week the Republican-controlled state Senate, voting along party lines, sustained the governor's veto. It would be ...
9:27 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Brian Greenspun: Time to act normal?
The Las Vegas Sun's award-winning cartoonist, Mike Smith, said in one picture what I will take almost 1,000 words to convey in this space. In Thursday's USA Today, Mike drew a picture of a man ...
9:27 a.m.
Las Vegas Area Fishing Report: Angler nabs largemouth bass
Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) creel census clerks reported that a boater fishing near the Muddy River and Fish Island at Lake Mead was successful landing four largemouth bass that averaged 3 pounds. Top water ...
9:19 a.m.
Bill would speed up judgment for evicted tenants
CARSON CITY -- A bill to allow tenants a speedy judgment against landlords who have illegally locked them out was introduced in the Senate.
9:18 a.m.
Volunteers to get service awards
Awards will be conveyed in five categories: education, group, individual adult, senior and youth. Nominations may be submitted by any individual, group or organization. Religious, fraternal or professional groups may nominate their members so long ...
9:18 a.m.
Grant to help art education
The program will place art educators in local elementary schools to conduct activities that provide new art experiences for schoolchildren and their resident teachers.
9:18 a.m.
Holiday closings
SAFETY: Police and fire emergency services as usual. Administrative offices closed.
9:17 a.m.
Community briefs for Feb. 14, 2003
The Silverado Ranch Park dog run will close for renovation Tuesday.
9:17 a.m.
Planners delay vote on poultry slaughter sites
Dozens of residents made emotional pleas to the Las Vegas Planning Commission on Thursday to deny a zoning change that would allow the slaughtering of poultry in certain areas of the city.
9:16 a.m.
Residents gather to pray for peace
9:16 a.m.
Ethics Commission can't agree on fines for AIP candidates
CARSON CITY -- The state Ethics Commission deadlocked Thursday on imposing fines of more than $6,000 on 26 political candidates from the Independent American Party for failure to comply with the state's financial disclosure law.
9:14 a.m.
Library bond sent to county panel
A library bond initiative moved a step closer to the June ballot Thursday despite a protest over a pending sexual harassment lawsuit.
9:13 a.m.
Political notebook: Guns, anti-abortion plates urged
CARSON CITY -- Two conservative lawmakers have introduced bills that would create special license plates supporting anti-abortion organizations and the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
9:13 a.m.
Obituaries for Feb. 14, 2003
Esther M. Alberti, 91, of Las Vegas died Wednesday in Las Vegas. She was born March 4, 1911, in Muscatine, Iowa. A resident for 22 years, she was a homemaker.
9:13 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Sometimes, commercial success hits right note
Just before the Rolling Stones took the stage Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, I couldn't help overhearing a conversation in the row behind me.
9:05 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: New menu a stirring success at Aureole
Monday evening while driving to Mandalay Bay to join friends for dinner at Charlie Palmer's Aureole, traffic going into the hotel was bumper-to-bumper. I had forgotten that the footwear convention was in town.
9:03 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Caesars Palace gig fits Osborne like a glove
After performing for presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, David Osborne has become known as "The Pianist to the Presidents."
9:01 a.m.
Las Vegas' Cultural Affairs Division presents a Valentine's Day Dance featuring Tony Scodwell and His Big Band at 7:30 p.m. today in the Charleston Heights Ballroom, 800 S. Brush St. Admission is $12. 229-6383.
9:01 a.m.
On Display
In celebration of Black History Month, a collection of photographs of the Air Force's Tuskegee Airmen is on display through Sunday at Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave.
9:01 a.m.
Performing Arts
'Romeo and Juliet'
9:00 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Inspired by lovelorn Clara-ty
Pity poor Clara Harris.
8:58 a.m.
Should privatization be aggressively pursued?
Sen. Sandra Tiffany, a Las Vegas Republican, is assistant majority whip in the Senate. She also sits on the Senate Finance Committee.
4:26 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Brian Greenspun: The coward's way out
If we have learned anything these past couple of years, it should be that nothing, absolutely nothing, should surprise us. And yet, the surprises keep coming.
4:19 a.m.
Letter: Peace activists always criticizing
Of course, after 9-11, these are the same people who complained that the president didn't do enough to protect us. Will someone please remind these people that they can't have it both ways?
4:19 a.m.
Letter: It pays more to be casino worker than a teacher
She wrote that educated people here in Vegas can earn more money by selling cocktails in a casino than by using their education in a classroom. How true.
4:18 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: Real story behind poll results
That was the finding of a Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Review-Journal, which ignored that astonishing number (30 percent support and 14 percent undecided) and focused on the dog-bites-man story of a majority (56 percent) ...
4:02 a.m.
Columnist Benjamin Grove: Congress must tend to malpractice crisis
Nevada drew national attention last summer when doctors walked off the job at the only trauma center in Las Vegas in protest of skyrocketing rates. But it's not just a Nevada problem anymore -- 12 ...
4:01 a.m.
Columnist Erin Neff: Time grows short on details of Guinn tax plan
Sure they've tinkered with the edges of the $1 billion tax proposal, some criticizing Gov. Kenny Guinn and others wondering exactly how he plans to implement his plan.
4:01 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Mayor's nightclub dream is nightmare
With a gleam in his eyes, Goodman told reporters that his good friend, actor Joe Pesci, may want to be a partner in "Oscar's Speakeasy."
3:59 a.m.
Editorial: Health care fix must be major
For at least the past three or four decades, with the advent of Medicare, Medicaid and health maintenance organizations being highlights, we as a nation have been fixing or attempting to fix only the component ...
3:58 a.m.
Editorial: Preparedness starts with phone book
Meanwhile, the national terrorism alert stands at "high" and people are buying duct tape and plastic sheeting in hopes of protecting their homes in case of a biological or chemical attack. Sadly, that precaution, as ...
3:57 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Armeni benefits from capital idea
The Bishop Gorman High School senior was just tapped to attend the prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C.
3:19 a.m.
Word of Mouth
If your bowl of soup suddenly starts to talk, look around for ventriloquist Ronn Lucas.
3:19 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: We can't mask our concern
Reuben, who declined to give his last name, listened intently as salesman Henry Flores described differences between the American M-17 mask and the Israeli adult models.
3:18 a.m.
Teen to tout Nevada program in D.C.
When the Governor's Youth Advisory Council came up with its "Abstinence Works" program in 2001, the participating teen leaders knew they had a winner.
3:09 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Nevada National Guard medics on their way overseas
Medical units are made up of special people who become invaluable during combat. I got my first helicopter ride to M.A.S.H. strapped on the side of a helicopter 50 years ago this week. It was ...
3:03 a.m.
Corrections official: 2,500 inmates could be released if tax plan fails
Jackie Crawford, director of the state Department of Corrections, told the Senate Finance Committee, "This is not a scare. This is a reality."
2:19 a.m.

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