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Archive for November 7, 2003

Commission chairwoman, former officials indicted
Clark County commissioners traded their votes for money, a sports utility vehicle and lap dances, according to a federal indictment released Thursday.
11:41 a.m.
County employees say commissioners didn't influence them
Like the politicians targeted in the federal corruption probe, Clark County staffers waited throughout the day Thursday for the indictments that they knew were coming.
11:39 a.m.
House approves veterans benefits bill
WASHINGTON -- The agreement for retired veterans with a 50 percent disability rating to receive both retirement pay and disability checks is in the final version of the defense authorization bill approved by the House ...
11:29 a.m.
Columnist Sal DeFilippo: Monday night home teams no wizards at winning
Brett Favre and his Green Bay teammates should leave the cleats in the locker room as they take on Philadelphia Monday night at (insert deep voice and enunciate slowly) Lambeau Field.
11:27 a.m.
Changes needed before bioterrorism lab opens
Two months after a bioterrorism lab was supposed to open in Las Vegas, officials are still waiting for building renovations to wrap up so the analyzing equipment can be moved in and tested.
11:26 a.m.
Study suggests juvenile centers in Las Vegas, Reno
CARSON CITY -- New state juvenile detention centers should be built in Las Vegas or Reno, rather then in rural counties, a national organization has recommended.
11:25 a.m.
Westin opens in Vegas
The newest hotel-casino to open in Las Vegas claimed several other firsts when it checked in its first guests Thursday afternoon.
11:18 a.m.
Before dying, girl said she shouldn't have left UMC
Accounts to help defray medical costs for Speas and Lauzon have been set up at local banks. Donations to the Tabatha Speas fund can be made at any branch of Bank of America. Donations to ...
11:17 a.m.
Can defendant be forced to take drugs?
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a district court to reconsider whether the state can or should force a Las Vegas woman to take antipsychotic medication to help her become competent ...
11:15 a.m.
Gaming merger studied
The Federal Trade Commission has asked Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corp. for more information about the pending $1.46 billion acquisition by Harrah's of Horseshoe Gaming, indicating the federal agency is investigating competition ...
11:14 a.m.
Builders hope land-sale failure sends message on high costs
The Bureau of Land Management said it will have to do a re-evaluation of the 1,940 acres that no one bid on in Thursday's Las Vegas Valley land auction. Officials said they will have to ...
11:13 a.m.
Resident: Wynn didn't tell neighbors of plans
Casino developer Steve Wynn never told remaining residents of the Desert Inn Estates that he was going to block access to the new golf course he is building next to their homes, a resident testified ...
11:13 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- FADE TO BLUE -- Espinoza on Mullins trainee for owner Englander, draws well for first state-bred stakes on Cal-Cup Day, no Fade to Blue on green? ANZIYAN ROYALTY -- Draws well for ...
11:11 a.m.
Garcia seeking bright side of Yucca
Clark County Schools Superintendent Carlos Garcia went on a field trip Wednesday to Yucca Mountain to find out whether the controversial planned nuclear waste repository could have a silver lining for the district.
11:10 a.m.
Lone Mountain residents wary of mine expansion
Public forum
11:09 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Let's hope we see more indictments
How long will the Big Chill last?
11:08 a.m.
In plea deals, Kenny and Galardi admit to bribes
In plea agreements released today, former Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny admits to taking between $25,000 and $30,000 in bribes, and strip club owner Michael Galardi admits to funneling money to Kenny and other politicians ...
11:02 a.m.
Gibbons moves to divert more land money to schools
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., plans to introduce a bill next year that would divert more funds from public land sales in Southern Nevada to the state's schools.
11:01 a.m.
Predator units to team up at Indian Springs
WASHINGTON -- A new combination of state and federal military units will help add jobs and more training on certain military equipment in Southern Nevada, according to the National Guard.
10:59 a.m.
Defense to pay less for Yucca work
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department will pay almost $38 million less for next year's work on the Yucca Mountain Project than originally planned, forcing the project to take more from nuclear power users, according to ...
10:55 a.m.
Regents' chairman says CCSN boss could lose job
The chairman of the state Board of Regents said Wednesday that an ongoing investigation could end with the resignation or removal of the Community College of Southern Nevada president.
10:53 a.m.
Hearing ordered on man's appeal
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday ordered a District Court hearing for convicted killer Anthony L. Bagley to determine whether he had valid reasons for filing his appeal one day late.
10:51 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Coronado girls rescue season with comeback
The hope and promise of Coronado's finest season helplessly floated back to the Silverado side of the net, where two Skyhawks waited to pound down an errant pass and end the Cougars' title dreams Thursday ...
10:47 a.m.
MGM MIRAGE expansion into Britain proceeding
MGM MIRAGE executives today said the Las Vegas company expects to own or operate several large casinos in the United Kingdom should that government proceed with anticipated gambling industry deregulation and create favorable investment conditions.
10:47 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Weight is Jones' first challenge
Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver not being on the best of terms, I wasn't real sure that Jones would show up for today's weigh-in at Mandalay Bay anything near the 175 pounds he's not ...
10:45 a.m.
To QB or not to QB
A year ago at this time, Shane Steichen was getting ready to help quarterback Oak Ridge High School near Sacramento, Calif., to a CIF football title.
10:44 a.m.
Wranglers' hit show set to go
They're an expansion franchise off to a blazing 7-1-2 start after playing an eight-game homestand in a palacial arena, and racked up three league player of the month awards in October.
10:43 a.m.
Sports briefs for November 7, 2003
McBride, ranked second on the PBR's season points list and a fomer member of the UNLV rodeo team, tallied 92.5 points on his bull, Moody Blues. He gained an extra 100 points and a $20,000 ...
10:42 a.m.
Saturday's matchup
WHEN SAN DIEGO STATE HAS THE BALL
10:41 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Hard Rock Hotel yearning for star power
Never exactly a slouch in the celebrity department, the Paradise Road property dipped a bit on the buzz meter after it lost Don Marrandino early this year. But now it is truly ramping up its ...
10:36 a.m.
Lobos a 'class act' even for must game
Rocky Long and his New Mexico Lobos have thrown out all the cliches for tonight's nationally televised Mountain West Conference showdown with Colorado State on ESPN2.
10:26 a.m.
Game can't be beat for Pagano brothers
Series -- Raiders lead, 21-13-2.
10:22 a.m.
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10:17 a.m.
Penalty kicks win for Chaparral again
It wasn't the World Cup final or Necaxa against Chivas at Mexico's Azteca Stadium, but the pressure was just as intense as Chaparral and Desert Pines went to penalty kicks tied at 2-2 in Thursday's ...
10:13 a.m.
Language costs team its season
SAN FRANCISCO -- The principal of Woodside (Calif.) High School, furious after some players on the school's football team chanted obscenities at their coach as he entered the locker room after yet another loss, has ...
10:12 a.m.
Talk about intensity
As the competition kicks up a notch for local prep football teams, so too does the intensity here at Prep Picks Central, where we face an impossibly difficult slate of games to pick in the ...
10:11 a.m.
San Diego-Vegas cases vary in scope
Although the same strip club owner is at the center of parallel political corruption indictments in Las Vegas and San Diego, there are as many differences as similarities between the cases.
10:10 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Kyle Busch set to try Cup qualifying at finale in Homestead
Las Vegas native Kyle Busch will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Winston Cup race next weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports officials announced Thursday.
10:09 a.m.
UNLV falls in shootout
SALT LAKE CITY -- UNLV fell one match short of reaching the Mountain West Conference women's soccer championship game, losing a tiebreaking shootout 6-5 Thursday at top-seeded Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
10:07 a.m.
Kincaid-Chauncey insists she's innocent
Clark County Commission Chairwoman Mary Kincaid-Chauncey, arguably the most powerful elected official in Southern Nevada, said Thursday night that she is innocent and that the charges against her will not affect her work on the ...
10:07 a.m.
Guinn appoints Terry Crawforth new director for NDOW
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn has announced the appointment of Terry Crawforth as Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
10:07 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: In memory of a very special retriever
For the most part, it is not unusual for me to write about retrievers. In today's column, I will be side-stepping a little from the great outdoors to give tribute to an exceptional Clark County ...
10:06 a.m.
Fishing report: Weather slowing the action
Walter DeMattos, Nevada Department of Wildlife Creel Census Clerk, said that because of the windy conditions, fishing pressure continued to be low in the upper basin.
10:05 a.m.
Woman sentenced for leaving newborn to die in hotel toilet
Kristine Sue Westin was unable to rescue her premature baby after giving birth in a toilet in the Lady Luck hotel because she had been abused for years, Westin's mother said after her daughter's sentencing ...
10:00 a.m.
County to force Galardi to give up license
Clark County will force Michael Galardi to give up his license to operate Jaguars at a Nov. 25 hearing, County Manager Thom Reilly said Thursday evening.
9:54 a.m.
Other club owners say no harassment seen
The owner of the Spearmint Rhino -- a rival of Michael Galardi's Las Vegas strip clubs -- said Thursday night that he believes his club has always been treated fairly by the Clark County Commission.
9:53 a.m.
Election-fraud charges called too complex
Both attorneys representing Garry and Pamela Horrocks in the county's first election fraud case since 1987 argued for dismissal of the indictments against their clients Thursday because, they claimed, the explanations for each of the ...
9:51 a.m.
Judge: Juror's letter doesn't hurt Gazlay case
Attorney James "Bucky" Buchanan argued that juror Ralph Smith had tainted the indictment against his client, who in this instance is charged with battery with use of a deadly weapon for burning another teen with ...
9:50 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
OAK TREE MEETING
9:49 a.m.
Alleged telephone conversations as stated in the indictment.
Galardi responds: "You've gotta tell her, somehow, that I'll, I'll tell ya, I'll give her five, somehow, over the phone, I don't know how you can do it."
9:49 a.m.
Council members say allegations won't affect them
"All I can say is I feel sorry for those families," said Ward 3 Councilman Gary Reese. "When you're out there and you put your name on that line to file for public office you ...
9:48 a.m.
State rejects bid for money by medical school
CARSON CITY -- The state Board of Examiners on Wednesday turned down several requests for money, including a request from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and one from Lincoln County to cover wildfire ...
9:47 a.m.
New magazine debuts in LV
Maturity Today magazine is available at Vons, Terrible Herbst, CVS pharmacies, Border's Bookstores, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Clark County's libraries, said owner Marguerite Mathis.
9:46 a.m.
Low-cost service sometimes uses U.S. mail
The world's largest shipping carrier said today that UPS Basic is its attempt to draw in new customers -- people who generally don't use its services to deliver 1- to 5-pound packages and are interested ...
9:46 a.m.
Nevada insurance rates cut
Nevada Insurance Commissioner Alice Molasky-Arman on Wednesday approved the decrease proposed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. The council originally proposed a 16.4 percent decrease but made the adjustment based on uncertainties over projected ...
9:46 a.m.
News briefs for Nov. 7, 2003
A Las Vegas man who was shot to death shortly before midnight on Wednesday has been identified as Alvin Taylor, Jr., 33, the coroner's office said.
9:46 a.m.
Allegations have plagued Herrera
-- Las Vegas Sun
9:45 a.m.
Malone's work as commissioner was controversial
-- Las Vegas Sun
9:44 a.m.
Kenny quiet after criminal charge filed
-- Las Vegas Sun
9:43 a.m.
Kincaid-Chauncey lone officeholder
-- Las Vegas Sun
9:42 a.m.
Rate hike hearings set
Two weeks of hearings on the matter are scheduled to begin Feb. 3, with a decision by the commission due by March 29. Prior to the hearings, the commission has requested four consumer sessions to ...
9:40 a.m.
Judge's order helps utility move on Enron appeal
The immediate future of Nevada Power Co. and its sister company, Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno, got a little more stable on Thursday when a New York bankruptcy stayed the execution of a $336 ...
9:40 a.m.
Gaming briefs for Nov. 7, 2003
ATLANTIC CITY -- Aztar Corp.'s Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City said it reopened the 600-room West Tower and a parking garage that was closed after an Oct. 30 construction accident.
9:40 a.m.
Probe ends Galardi's low profile
-- Las Vegas Sun
9:40 a.m.
The list of allegations
The list of allegations
9:34 a.m.
Indictments add to history of corruption probes
Nevada entered the union as a state in 1864 within the first five years had its first corruption scandal.
9:34 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: California gets a winner
I was pleased when she joined Guinn three years ago, but thought she would return to Washington, D.C., in a year or two. Asked about it, she replied that she and her sister wanted to ...
9:17 a.m.
Some veterans soon to get twin benefits
WASHINGTON -- The agreement for retired veterans with a 50 percent disability rating to receive both retirement pay and disability checks is in the final version of the defense authorization bill, set to be approved ...
9:17 a.m.
Obituaries for Nov. 7, 2003
Patricia Cabrera Aflague, 51, of Las Vegas died Sunday in a local hospital. She was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Guam. A resident for three years, she was a retired public school teacher.
9:17 a.m.
Letter: Iraq not really a 'global effort'
According to the Periscope USNI Military Database, the following countries that were among those listed by Gibbons have "zero" troops on the ground in Iraq: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and the Ukraine.
9:16 a.m.
Letter: Station is good corporate citizen
I've worked for Station Casinos for more than eight years and have been given the opportunity to grow, as have dozens of other team members throughout this company. It places emphasis on job security for ...
9:16 a.m.
Letter: Many failed to heed early nuke power warning
We environmentalists, generally seen as radical flakes by many mainstreamers in the 1970s, tried desperately to point out the risks of nuclear power. One of our central messages was that nuclear waste disposal would be ...
9:15 a.m.
Man indicted on charge of interfering with flight crew
Salvador Gonzalez, 27, of Oceanside, Calif., was arrested after causing Southwest Airlines flight 2466 to be diverted back to Las Vegas from its scheduled flight to Ontario, Calif., an FBI spokesman said.
9:08 a.m.
Editorial: Anti-terror funds must follow need
The funding feud appeared to be over, but Richard Mirgon, former chairman of the original committee that distributed the money and who is the 911 communications director for Douglas County, defended the appropriations -- not ...
9:07 a.m.
Editorial: Waivers go bye-bye
In response, the county simply amended the ordinance to eliminate waivers. Now the county no longer has any discretion. The separation requirements remain and everyone will be treated equally. In our view, local governments have ...
9:07 a.m.
Community briefs for Nov. 7, 2003
First lady Dema Guinn will co-host a luncheon Nov. 18 in Las Vegas to raise money to pay for the creation of a statue of Indian leader Sara Winnemucca to be placed in the U.S. ...
9:04 a.m.
Catholic Charities in need of food
Individuals or organizations who would like to help feed the needy by donating canned food, non-perishables, bread, and baby food please deliver to 1511 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Call 383-0766.
9:03 a.m.
Blood drives
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Faith Lutheran Junior/Senior High School, 2015 Hualapai Way.
9:03 a.m.
Changes needed before LV bioterrism lab opens
Two months after a bioterrorism lab was supposed to open in Las Vegas, officials are still waiting for building renovations to wrap up so the analyzing equipment can be moved in and tested.
9:03 a.m.
High court orders hearing on convicted killer's appeal
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday ordered a District Court hearing for convicted killer Anthony L. Bagley to determine whether he had valid reasons for filing his appeal one day past the deadline.
9:02 a.m.
State getting grant to fight DUI
The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending the money to Nevada because the Legislature lowered the blood-alcohol limit to prove drunken driving from 0.10 to 0.08.
9:02 a.m.
Regent: CCSN's chief may be ousted
Board of Regent Chairman Stavros Anthony said Wednesday that an ongoing university system investigation could end with the resignation or removal of the Community College of Southern Nevada president.
9:02 a.m.
All-ages show 'Ovation' debuts at Aladdin
Immediately following the 10 p.m. show he had to rush home and grade 250 papers by 95 students in his entertainment class at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
8:49 a.m.
'Revolutions' heading to Luxor IMAX
"The Matrix Revolutions," the third and final film in the "Matrix" series, opened nationally Wednesday in thousands of standard-size theaters. The film will also play in 60 IMAX screens worldwide, including Las Vegas.
8:44 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Fahl brings eclectic style to Vegas on her dime
Mary Fahl may be signed to a major label, but when the Sony Classical recording artist began plotting a West Coast tour she found herself footing the bill.
8:43 a.m.
Silence Broken: Pop legends Simon & Garfunkel give touring another whirl
Whenever this weekend's Simon & Garfunkel concert comes up in conversation, Morris gets it from one of her co-workers: "You better hope they don't break up."
8:42 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Our roads are fatally flawed
All three teenagers were struck by cars while crossing streets in crosswalks. And all were held accountable for the crashes -- at least, as accountable as one can hold dead teenagers.
8:36 a.m.
Guggenheim opens 'Renoir to Rothko'
The exhibit, which opens today, begins with impressionism, then explores post-impressionism, modernism, surrealism, cubism and abstract expressionism.
8:33 a.m.
Santana's fourth album a timeless masterpiece
If you're already a fan of Santana's acclaimed first three studio albums, don't pick up the band's fourth disc expecting more of the same.
8:31 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Flamingo's newest diverse and delicious
I was joining friends who regularly stay at the Flamingo ever since it opened. We always meet for dinner at the hotel when they come to town.
8:29 a.m.
Tireless impressionist Jones deserves promotion
But his best impression is that of a hustling go-getter who tirelessly promotes his 5 p.m. show at the Fitzgeralds Events Center's 150-seat showroom, handing out cards wherever he sees a potential fan -- whether ...
8:28 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Pianists Mark & Clark keeping Old Vegas alive
He was the only customer for several 3 p.m. performances by pianists Mark and Clark Seymour, twin brothers who have been a professional team for 40 years.
8:27 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Nailz hammers away at structure of big business
Russ Stolnack understands their frustration. His job: Do whatever it takes to make burned-out laborers laugh again.
8:25 a.m.
Datebook for Nov. 7, 2003
'First Friday'
8:24 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Government must be for the people
Jeff German's column appears Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the Sun. Reach him at [email protected] or (702) 259-4067.
6:30 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: Cases look bad, but ending not written
Jon Ralston hosts the news discussion program Face to Face on Las Vegas ONE and publishes the Ralston Report. He can be reached at (702) 870-7997 or at [email protected]
6:29 a.m.
Public confidence in government will suffer
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 8 - 9, 2003
6:25 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Still a hot war in Iraq
U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER Condoleezza Rice, the top gun for the Bush administration's Middle East policies, made known her displeasure with the Israeli security fence. We have yet to hear if the barbed wire fence ...
6:24 a.m.
Letter: Demand more from Democrats
Sorry, Gov. Dean. Nevadans heard that same sorry story from George W. Bush.
6:23 a.m.
Letter: Big lies preceded invasion of Iraq
"The larger point is, and the fundamental question is: Did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is: absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't ...
6:21 a.m.
Letter: Clinton almost got bin Laden
He also stated that President Clinton was offered Osama bin Laden on several occasions, but "wouldn't even bring him in for questioning. In fact, the Clinton administration never received a credible offer to extradite Osama ...
6:20 a.m.
Letter: Economy should be put in context
The writer should have been around looking for a job from 1947 until 1987, when the stock market was at 2000, interest rates were at 8 percent at their lowest and unemployment was 8 percent.
6:19 a.m.
Letter: Cost-of-living allowances short
I don't know what percentage the members of Congress gave themselves, but I would say it was more than 1.4 percent.
6:17 a.m.
Letter: No water for Station's tower
It makes me wonder, though. If there is not enough water to build lawns for kids, how is there enough water to support Station Casinos' plan for a new, 1,500-room hotel-casino tower (the proposed Red ...
6:16 a.m.
Letter: Borders still not secure two years after attacks
The Iraqi Provisional Authority has asked for $150 million for Iraqi border control. "Without this investment," insisted the authority's request, "the nation will continue to be at tremendous risk of penetration by members of terrorist ...
6:15 a.m.
Editorial: Education photo-op
On Monday U.S. Rep. Jim Gibbons is holding what he calls an "education summit." The Northern Nevada Republican says the gathering in Reno is to focus on achieving the goals of the federal No Child ...
6:11 a.m.
Editorial: Was the rise worth the fall?
Erin Kenny's name began appearing publicly in 1992, the year she was elected to the Legislature. She would go on to create a big name for herself as a two-term Clark County commissioner and Democratic ...
6:11 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Mac is compatible with record
VegasBeat appears Sunday through Friday in the Las Vegas Sun. Timothy McDarrah can be reached at [email protected] or at (702) 259-4096.
5:51 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Time to adopt a new attitude
Word that federal officials are studying whether to scrap the wild horse adoption program has spread like a brush fire.
5:26 a.m.
Tim is Money
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 8 - 9, 2003
5:25 a.m.
Saluting those who served
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 8 - 9, 2003
5:11 a.m.
Jewish leader spearheading drive to recruit organ donors
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 8 - 9, 2003
5:08 a.m.

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