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Archive for October 3, 2003

Historic Las Vegas motel could be demolished
The owner of a historic motel across from Mandalay Bay has shut down the property and has told tenants that he intends to tear it down.
11:37 a.m.
Landmark water deal is approved
A hard-fought battle to settle rights to Colorado River water in California ended Thursday night, and the resolution of the issue could provide Southern Nevada with water supplies to serve its growing population for more ...
11:37 a.m.
Regulators approve $50 million settlement with Reliant Resources
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators approved a potential $50 million settlement Thursday with Reliant Resources Inc. over allegations the energy trader and producer manipulated Western electricity markets in 2000 by withholding power.
11:31 a.m.
Couple sues Metro over action after shooting in Laughlin
A California couple has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Metro Police officers improperly detained and roughed them up after the April 2002 shooting that left three motorcycle gang members dead in Laughlin.
11:30 a.m.
$5 million suit filed against police in shooting of man, 18
An 18-year-old man recovering from a shotgun blast fired by a North Las Vegas Police officer in August is suing the department and the officer for $5 million.
11:29 a.m.
Hay disputes criticism in audit
CARSON CITY -- Nevada Consumer Advocate Tim Hay says a recommendation in a confidential audit that he hire fewer private consultants would result in higher rates for utility customers.
11:28 a.m.
Hospital now open
The 176-private room hospital was scheduled to open Wednesday, but was awaiting its license from the Nevada State Health Division.
11:26 a.m.
DA insists no jury misconduct over 311 Boyz indictment
Prosecutors are standing behind an indictment charging alleged members of the 311 Boyz, after a defense attorney claimed the indictment should be dismissed because a grand juror was biased when he decided to charge the ...
11:26 a.m.
St. Rose expansion unveiled
St. Rose expansion unveiled
11:26 a.m.
Family has high hopes for Powers exhibit
A couple hundred artifacts from the life of spy pilot Francis Gary Powers on display at the Atomic Testing Museum through the end of June are but a fraction of an exhibit his family hopes ...
11:24 a.m.
Blast from the past
The aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and President Bush's push to resume underground nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site have rekindled interests in the Cold War and atomic issues, experts say.
11:24 a.m.
Free public activities
9 a.m. -- Atomic Testing Museum Changing Exhibit Gallery featuring the Francis Gary Powers U-2 incident. Exhibit showing through June 30. Sponsored by Bechtel Nevada Co. and Nevada Humanities.
11:24 a.m.
Williams must repay part of salary
Assemblyman Wendell Williams has to repay Las Vegas for more than a month's worth of salary after city officials questioned the time he worked during the legislative session this year.
11:23 a.m.
Nightclub owner: Tax could ruin his business
CARSON CITY -- A co-owner of the popular nightclub "The Beach" in Las Vegas says the state's proposed 10 percent live-entertainment tax could put it out of business if it applies to disc jockeys, bartenders ...
11:22 a.m.
Furniture market work starts
Scheduled to open in 2005, phase one of the World Market Center will include 1.3 million square feet. Upon completion, the project is envisioned to cost $1 billion and will encompass 7.5 million square feet.
11:22 a.m.
Leasing strong for Strip retail center
Frank Volk, leasing agent for project developers Metro Flag Polo LLC, a partnership between Brett Torino of Las Vegas and Flag Luxury Properties of New York, said the $140 million, 80,000-square-foot center is set to ...
11:22 a.m.
News briefs for Oct. 3, 2003
The 40-year-old wife of a man charged with shooting both her and her sister remained in critical condition at University Medical Center on Thursday, North Las Vegas Police spokesman Justin Roberts said.
11:22 a.m.
51s focus on Henderson site
The Las Vegas 51s have apparently narrowed their search for a new home in Henderson to a 111-acre triangular property north of the Galleria at Sunset mall next to U.S. 95.
11:22 a.m.
Gaming industry seen as stable by S&P analyst
A major bond rating agency says it doesn't expect significant downside debt risk for the gaming industry given the sector's near-term stability.
11:21 a.m.
Family distraught over police raid
Henderson Police officers who burst into a house to search for evidence connecting a 16-year-old boy to gang-related graffiti were commended by their superiors for how well they handled the incident.
11:21 a.m.
Slaying at Spanish Trail stuns relatives, residents
Harold Henry Seeman had lived a frugal life as a music teacher in Long Beach, Calif., until he inherited some land and retired to Las Vegas.
11:20 a.m.
No evidence found against Vestin
CARSON CITY -- A yearlong state investigation has failed to turn up evidence that illegal contributions were made to the campaign of the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2002 so the probe is ...
11:20 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Galardi's party may be ending
But Clark County officials may be distracting him from that goal, as he conducts sensitive negotiations with federal prosecutors who have sought his help in incriminating current and former county commissioners.
11:20 a.m.
School employees to vote on contract
The Clark County School District's food service workers, bus drivers, officer personnel and custodians will vote Oct. 14 on whether to accept a four-year contract.
11:05 a.m.
Federal curt strikes DNA law
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has declared a 3-year-old law that requires federal inmates and parolees to give blood samples for the FBI's DNA database to be an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.
11:05 a.m.
Sandoval watches fed action before enforcing do-not-call
CARSON CITY -- Attorney General Brian Sandoval is waiting to see the outcome of lawsuits challenging the federal Do Not Call law before he decides whether to enforce the newly passed state law.
11:04 a.m.
DOE is not likely to define nuclear waste
WASHINGTON -- Legislators do not plan to give the Energy Department authority to classify radioactive waste as high-level or low-level material without consulting the affected states.
11:03 a.m.
Sunterra's bid for Epic Resort's assets successful
Sunterra Corp. announced Thursday that its $25 million cash offer was accepted by Epic's creditors in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding that began in 2001.
10:54 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Roy enjoys a birthday to remember
Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn -- who turns 59 today -- had about 1,000 of his nearest and dearest spill into his Mirage showroom Thursday night for a little celebration.
10:53 a.m.
Thursday's prep results
Cheyenne def. Shadow Ridge, 25-15, 25-21, 25-11: Amber Goodspeed recorded 17 kills and Brittni Bryant totaled 10 kills and eight blocks to pace Cheyenne.
10:28 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
OAK TREE MEETING Post Time 12:30 p.m.
10:28 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections for Saturday
Value Play -- FURTHER
10:27 a.m.
Tonight's UNLV matchup
Edge: UNLV.
10:25 a.m.
Sports briefs for October 3, 2003
Gardner must now progress through a qualifying tournament in Kazakhstan in February to qualify for next year's Athens Olympics.
10:24 a.m.
Anglers find success near Saddle Cove
Lake Mead anglers have reported good success for striped bass throughout the lower basin to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Boaters fishing in the area of Saddle Cove, Sand Island and the Hemenway wall ...
10:22 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Waterfowl hunting just around corner
Autumn colors set the stage for a variety of fall hunting seasons.
10:21 a.m.
UNLV women entertain No. 3 UCLA tonight
UNLV entertains No. 3-ranked UCLA at 7:30 pm, marking the first time the Rebels have ever played a top-five opponent.
10:19 a.m.
Cannon fodder
You can see them decorating a wall on your left side as you walk through the large scrarlet and gold gates and into the courtyard entrance to the practice fields at UNLV's Bill "Wildcat" Morris ...
10:17 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Army-Navy rivalry has nothing to worry about
If this is UNLV-Nevada-Reno football week, isn't there supposed to be electricity in the air?
10:14 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Holyfield, Toney share liabilities
James Toney weighs about 10 pounds more than he said he would and Evander Holyfield has noticeably slowed.
10:13 a.m.
Winner of rivalry nabs a unique prize
When UNR and UNLV take the field for the 29th time Saturday night in Reno, the two teams will fight for state pride, and for one of the most unusual trophies in college athletics.
10:11 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Cougars get nod against GV
Trusting your instincts can be a tougher exercise than you might imagine. That is especially true when making prep football picks.
10:10 a.m.
Columnist Steve Guiremand: Schools switching leagues may cause major shakeup
The next couple of months figure to be very wacky in the Western Athletic Conference, a.k.a, the WAC. And we're not just talking about on the football field.
10:07 a.m.
Columnist Sal DeFilippo: Overrated talk? That's ditto, Rush
There is a distinguishable difference in the actions of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and radio host-turned-ex-NFL analyst Rush Limbaugh.
10:06 a.m.
It's easy to overlook a guy named Gus
All-time series: Chiefs lead, 48-38.
10:04 a.m.
Nevada drops from No. 1 in nation in suicide rates
Nevada's suicide rate declined in 2000 and 2001, knocking the state out of an unwanted No. 1 spot in the nation for suicides, a national and state group reported this week.
10:01 a.m.
Keller vice chairman of homeland security panel
CARSON CITY -- Twelve of the 18 people named by Gov. Kenny Guinn to the newly created Nevada Commission on Homeland Security are from Clark County.
9:59 a.m.
Porter considered for Ways-Means
WASHINGTON-- Nevada has not been represented in a key House Committee since 1998, but that could change in early 2005.
9:59 a.m.
Obituaries for Oct. 3, 2003
Donna L. Bowie, 53, of Las Vegas died Monday in a local hospital. She was born Dec. 11, 1949, in Tallulah, La. A resident for 40 years, she was a hotel housekeeper.
9:58 a.m.
No evidence found against Vestin in campaign probe
CARSON CITY -- A yearlong state investigation has failed to turn up evidence that illegal contributions were made to the campaign of the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2002 so the probe is ...
9:58 a.m.
This week in motor sports
Banquet 400
9:57 a.m.
Gambling-related suicides soar
Fresh statistics indicate 126 gambling addicts have killed themselves since 1999, an alarming increase from 27 such suicides recorded in the five years before that.
9:57 a.m.
Beers announces he'll run for Senate
CARSON CITY -- Three-term Assemblyman Bob Beers says he's going to run for the state Senate in Las Vegas next year and a major issue will be "the tax- and-spend voting record" of fellow Republican ...
9:56 a.m.
Senate confirms Jones as fed judge
President Bush nominated Jones for the spot in June.
9:55 a.m.
NLV Police sued in shooting of 18-year-old man
An 18-year-old man recovering from a shotgun blast fired by a North Las Vegas Police officer in August is suing the department and the officer for $5 million.
9:55 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Vasser holds hope for CART's success
As a 12-year veteran of the CART Champ Car Series, Jimmy Vasser has experienced both the best and worst of the open-wheel racing series from its glory days of the early '90s to its current ...
9:54 a.m.
Red Horse squadron deploys to Iraq again
Staff Sgt. Sarah Bowdish was ready Thursday for another trip to the Middle East. She had sunglasses and lots of Chapstick in her backpack and books, "lots of books" packed for the deployment with the ...
9:42 a.m.
State may divert unclaimed jackpot money to schools
The Lottery is required to use all unclaimed prizes for promotions and prizes. Bush said he normally agrees with that policy because it helps increase sales, which helps raise money for education.
9:36 a.m.
Employment picture improves
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent in September as businesses added to payrolls for the first time in eight months, suggesting a turnaround in the weak job market.
9:34 a.m.
Letter: Better namesakes than Williams
PATRICIA DUCHARME
9:15 a.m.
Letter: Many reasons to be skeptical about Iraq war
One reason for skepticism is Secretary of State Colin Powell's record for inaccuracy. It was Powell, remember, who laid out the purported reasons for the war in a Feb. 5 speech to the United Nations ...
9:15 a.m.
Water key issue as BLM studies future land sales
The four-year-long drought was on the minds of those attending Bureau of Land Management workshops this week on the possibility of opening 50,000 acres of public land to development.
9:14 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Gems from rural Nevada
In May 1977 I had the opportunity to speak at Nevada's Austin High School graduation. We also had dinner with the graduates and their families at the local hotel. Graduation is something special in small ...
9:14 a.m.
Blood drives for Oct. 3, 2003
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Signature Lincoln Mercury, 3030 E. Sahara Ave.
9:13 a.m.
Community briefs for Oct. 3, 2003
"Terra Antarctica" will be the topic of the University Forum lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in UNLV's Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History.
9:11 a.m.
Editorial: Yard sale regulation just a start
We support North Las Vegas as it strives to improve neighborhood life. Reducing yard sales, however, seems to us a low priority in comparison with other, more offensive neighborhood activities. Yard-sale limitations are difficult to ...
9:10 a.m.
Editorial: Bill would salvage U.S. soldiers' credit
Some of the immediate beneficiaries of the legislation would be soldiers serving in Iraq, many of whom are National Guardsmen and reservists. They are already suffering financial hardships. They have been particularly hard-hit because their ...
9:10 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: 'Creepy' Huntridge Theatre due for some modern love
The historic Huntridge Theatre officially turns into a haunted house for three weeks beginning Oct. 10.
8:52 a.m.
Agassi's 'Slam' returns to MGM
What: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's "Grand Slam for Children."
8:49 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Gian a master of many mediums
When Joey Gian isn't singing Wednesday nights at Bootlegger Bistro, he's probably in Hollywood working on a film or TV project.
8:47 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Saving life and limb on Pearl St.
The Los Pecos senior apartment complex is still under construction, but its first resident has already taken root.
8:46 a.m.
In debut, Interpol turned out an instant classic
This space is usually reserved for my thoughts on vintage recordings, albums music fans may have missed over the years and might enjoy returning to now.
8:44 a.m.
On Display for October 3, 2003
The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre celebrates 27 years with a display of costumes, props, photos and posters that trace the theatre group's history from today to Oct. 26 at Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las ...
8:44 a.m.
Performing arts for October 3, 2003
Trio Eisenstadt
8:43 a.m.
Datebook for October 3, 2003
First Friday, a monthly cultural open house and street festival, returns to the downtown Las Vegas Arts District from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today in the neighborhood surrounding Charleston Boulevard and Main Street. Free ...
8:42 a.m.
S2 Art Center exhibits movie posters
Titled "100 Years -- 100 American Movie Poster Classics," the S2 series features "100 of the most memorable and striking movie posters of the 20th century," including "Casablanca," "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars," "The Devil ...
8:42 a.m.
Geissel performs swan song for NBT; Philharmonic opens with 'Spirit'
At 8 p.m. today, the company's first performance of the full-length ballet "Cinderella" marks the opening of the 32nd season for Nevada Ballet Theatre at Judy Bayley Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
8:41 a.m.
Staples of Magic
Ditzy comic Psychic Tanya (aka Penny Wiggins) didn't see it coming.
8:39 a.m.
Sun's Accent section honored in national competition
The Sun was honored in the Class II category for newspapers with a circulation of between 25,001 and 50,000. Placing first for the second time in three years was the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera.
8:37 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: No showstoppers for goofy comic Geechy Guy
Geechy Guy may be the hardest-working man in comedy. Just listening to him discuss his weekly performance schedule is exhausting:
8:37 a.m.
Gaming foes win some battles, but lose the war
WEEKEND EDITION: Oct. 5, 2003
4:51 a.m.
Letter: Troops, Iraqis died in vain
Bush's team of 1,400 investigators, led by David Kay, has turned up absolutely no proof whatsoever of Bush's claims.
4:38 a.m.
Letter: Lack of services for homeless is shameful
Whether a person does or does not obey a doctor's orders should not have any bearing on human rights and the rights of homeless people to have a decent quality of life. How could Smokey's ...
4:38 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: Beers on tap for crucial challenge
Beers (extending his hand): "Governor, how are you?"
4:37 a.m.
Editorial: Consumers in crossfire
There's bad blood between Republican Attorney General Brian Sandoval, who was elected last November, and state consumer advocate Tim Hay, a Democrat who runs the Bureau of Consumer Protection, which is part of the attorney ...
4:35 a.m.
Editorial: Bottom-line mentality has its cost
A U.S. Census Bureau report last week documented that the health-care crisis is growing. In 2001, 41.2 million Americans lacked health insurance. In 2002, the Census Bureau reported, the number had grown to 43.6 million ...
4:33 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Brian Greenspun: A time to reflect
For a very good and personal reason, that sounds like a very young age. For those of you who haven't yet passed the half-century mark in this experiment called life, think of those 55 years ...
4:25 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Holmes, Easton lead 'Live' crew
The Vegas-centric "Live with Regis and Kelly"-style morning chat show is a replacement for the morning Las Vegas ONE cable show "DayONE Las Vegas" and will also be offered for sale in syndication. The show ...
4:23 a.m.
Prince's Revolution
Once defined as a comedic brassy redhead with heart, Tony Award-winning Faith Prince has played her share of jocular Broadway roles.
4:22 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Focus on social ills, not recall of Guinn
In many respects, the 90-page report, funded primarily by big business, including gaming and banking, didn't tell us anything we already didn't know.
4:21 a.m.
Group broadens wheelchair user's horizons
WEEKEND EDITION: Oct. 4, 2003
4:13 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Fair Act of 2003 isn't fair at all to sick workers
Several former employees of the Timet plant in Henderson are with us no longer because their lives were cut short by the asbestos that entered their lungs at work. Others, like Henderson's Howard Blum, who ...
4:13 a.m.
Inspiring story takes teen to national competition
WEEKEND EDITION: Oct. 4, 2003
4:12 a.m.

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