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Archive for October 31, 2003

Father of abducted kids may have felt pressured
Natalie Delgadillo said she began to weep last week when she was reunited with her children, four years after their father took them.
11:50 a.m.
Perkins calls for clear state-pay policy
Assembly Speaker and Henderson deputy police chief Richard Perkins said this morning he will help lead the charge for a law that would require government employees take a leave of absence during legislative sessions.
11:35 a.m.
75 percent of Nevadans oppose Yucca dumpsite
WASHINGTON -- A majority of Nevadans are still opposed to the Energy Department's plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, a new poll indicates.
11:31 a.m.
Home means Nevada in D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Way out in the land of lobbyists and legislation, Nevadans working for the federal government still have to go to work today.
11:30 a.m.
Henderson constable has Hatch Act worry
Earl Mitchell, a Henderson constable and a city police officer, said with the Hatch Act controversy swirling around other elected officials who hold public sector jobs, he decided to hire a lawyer to see if ...
11:30 a.m.
Local developers to monitor probe
Local builders and developers said Thursday they will monitor the investigation into the collapse of a parking garage at the Tropicana in Atlantic City to find out how and why it happened.
11:29 a.m.
Second Nevada crew has yet to see action
SANTEE, Calif. -- The second group of Las Vegas-area firefighters sent to the fire-ravaged San Diego region arrived early Wednesday in good spirits, eager to take part in battling the largest fire in Southern California ...
11:28 a.m.
Teachers learn gang awareness
When she first noticed the symbols and letters carved into the knuckles of a student's hand, Centennial High School English teacher Doreen McMahon was suspicious but decided to give the teenager the benefit of the ...
11:13 a.m.
Chicagoan to take over at UMC
Clark County has offered the job of leading the state's largest hospital to the director of a historic Chicago hospital familiar to millions from its appearances in television and movies.
11:13 a.m.
Ralliers plan to speak against tax foes
CARSON CITY -- Nevadans brandishing a motto of "Ax the Tax" now have until May 18 to collect 51,243 signatures of eligible voters who want to scrap this year's $836 million tax increase. Referendum opponents ...
11:12 a.m.
Minorities are flocking to Las Vegas Valley
More minorities are putting down roots in the Las Vegas Valley than any other area, a 2000 Census report released Thursday says.
11:12 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Hands off our citizen Legislature
Most of the noise is coming from people who want to promote their obscure political agendas.
11:12 a.m.
Vegas firm expands with deal
Terms were not disclosed.
11:11 a.m.
Nevada senators move to intervene in power case
Democrat Harry Reid and Republican John Ensign said they are supporting the Nevada companies' assertion that Enron did not act in good faith when it cancelled contracts in May 2002 and demanded termination penalties of ...
11:11 a.m.
Strong winds forecast; health advisory continues
Local air quality officials are advising young children, older people and those with chronic lung conditions to stay indoors this Halloween night because the valley's chilly skies are still shrouded with wildland fire smoke and ...
11:11 a.m.
Water donations placed on hold
Donation info
11:11 a.m.
Sports briefs for October 31, 2003
"I'm sure we are approaching a stage where we will have something in place," said Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the International Olympic Committee's medical commission. "Whether it will be fully ready in Athens or not, ...
10:46 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Palms hands hypnotist Sylver a new gig
The Palms announced Thursday that Sylver, a former Strip performer, late-night infomercial star, self-help guru and accused money scammer, will perform Friday and Saturday nights during November in its Key West room.
10:42 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Trophy mishap puts Force on sidelines
John Force's record streak of 322 consecutive starts will come to end next weekend after the 12-time NHRA Funny Car champion suffered cuts on both hands Wednesday night in a freak accident at his Yorba ...
10:23 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- LOVETRIP -- Training at Hollypark, Krone atop Jones trainee, backers hoope she will Love-the-trip in Cal-bred dash. PULCHRITUDE -- Draws inner box for sprint maiden/claimer, Atkinson atop Jackson trainee for owner Cardiff ...
10:21 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
OAK TREE MEETING
10:20 a.m.
Fishing Report -- High winds slow fishing at lake
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) creel census clerks report that due to the breezy weather conditions, fishing pressure dropped off from the previous week.
10:19 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Poachers ruin outdoors fun for everyone
Poachers don't need an excuse -- not even on a holiday like today -- to masquerade as hunters.
10:18 a.m.
Rebels criss-cross country with aims at improvement
The schedule has been decidedly Southern. The hospitality and comfort have been anything but for the UNLV men's golf team.
10:17 a.m.
Ringler setting bar high for UNLV women
Creative is a word more often heard in an art school or photo studio than on a golf course.
10:16 a.m.
Saturday's Matchup
WHEN UNLV HAS THE BALL
10:12 a.m.
Obituaries for Oct. 31, 2003
Jennie M. Babcock, 80, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in a local hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Huntington, N.Y. A resident for 47 years, she was a retired hospital housekeeper, a member ...
10:10 a.m.
Heller complains of weak campaign finance package
CARSON CITY -- Secretary of State Dean Heller says the public's right to know about contributions and spending by political candidates will be severely limited by Thursday's action by the Legislative Commission.
10:08 a.m.
Girl, 16, killed in three-car collision
A 16-year-old Las Vegas girl was killed and six others were injured, one critically, in a three-car collision early today western Las Vegas, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.
10:07 a.m.
Colombian official visits Las Vegas Valley
Tania Covina, vice consul based in San Francisco, will be at the Oiga, Mire, Vea restaurant near Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard today until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5. p.m.
10:03 a.m.
McCardell living comfortable life with Bucs
All-time series: Dolphins lead, 46-21.
9:58 a.m.
Nevada celebrates its 139th birthday
CARSON CITY -- Nevada celebrates its 139th birthday today, but the big festivities will be Saturday, including a giant parade, contests, concerts and parties.
9:55 a.m.
Columnist Steve Guiremand: Two Rebels deal with distraction of destructive California wildfires
One can excuse UNLV offensive tackle Zach Gorham and freshman linebacker Ryan Welter if they had a hard time focusing on football during the practices at smoky Rebel Park this week.
9:55 a.m.
Super-sized slugfest
UNLV's defense knows it has a big test in front of it when the Rebels (4-4, 0-3) try to snap their three-game losing streak at New Mexico (5-3, 2-1) on Saturday night at University Stadium ...
9:53 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Swagger of Rebels has become a stagger
Although I'm not much of a science fiction buff, for some reason I recall spending a summer afternoon in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1985 watching a movie called "Lifeforce." I don't remember much about it, other ...
9:52 a.m.
Lawmakers urge speedier payments to ex-NTS workers
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and other lawmakers are pushing for the Labor Department to take over claims to speed up payments to Nevada Test Site employees who are ill from work-related exposure to ...
9:52 a.m.
Changes sought in tax wording
CARSON CITY -- The Beach nightclub in Las Vegas may have hit on a way to avoid the new 10 percent live entertainment tax that becomes effective in January.
9:52 a.m.
News briefs for Oct. 31, 2003
A Nov. 19 fund-raiser has been scheduled in Las Vegas for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., a Democratic presidential candidate.
9:51 a.m.
Columnist Sal DeFilippo: Bakays parlay marriage into television bet bit
If you've ever lost a parlay on a last-second field goal off the crossbar, or had a player fumble on the 1 with a minute to go when you had the "over," well, Nick and ...
9:50 a.m.
Metro officers, public say goodbye to slain police dog
More than 100 people including several Metro Police officers with their dogs in tow Thursday filed silently by a casket containing 18-month-old Buddy, a German shepherd killed in the line of duty last week.
9:50 a.m.
Yucca Project director Chu disputes corrosion conclusions
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department disagrees with an independent panel's recent conclusions about corrosion inside its planned nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, saying all the information has not been reviewed.
9:50 a.m.
Nevada delegates were safe
The gun was fake, part of a congressional staffer's Halloween costume, according to Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer.
9:50 a.m.
Community briefs for Oct. 31, 2003
R.C. Farms Inc. is offering Las Vegas Valley residents the opportunity to recycle their jack-o'-lanterns and help feed the farm's pigs.
9:49 a.m.
Success has been pleasant surprise for Kinser
Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt are revered in stock-car racing circles for winning seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships each.
9:48 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: A pensive look at a pensive Robinson
We were almost there too early, John Robinson and I. Kickoff was still more than two hours away, but the stadium was a refuge, and, besides, what else was there to do?
9:46 a.m.
Blood drives
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Acceptance, 10750 W. Charleston Blvd.
9:41 a.m.
'Vegas Live' set to debut on Las Vegas ONE
For Clint Holmes, hosting a new television show is like stepping into a pair of comfortable shoes.
9:32 a.m.
UAL loses $367 mil. in third quarter
CHICAGO -- A busy summer travel season and lower costs helped boost United Airlines' parent to its first quarterly operating profit since 2000 but were not enough to offset heavy bankruptcy expenses, resulting in a ...
9:29 a.m.
Teachers lectured on defusing feuds
At J.D. Smith Middle School in North Las Vegas, teachers attended workshops Thursday on how to defuse feuds, deal with the kid who always has a wisecrack and reach out to the shy newcomer who ...
9:26 a.m.
Discounter plans flights between LV, Dallas
The Orlando, Fla.-based company announced Thursday that it would serve the route with twin-engine Boeing 717 jets with flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport beginning Feb. 11.
9:14 a.m.
Rating agency says slot maker's outlook stable
S&P's CreditWatch is applied to bonds that could be raised or lowered depending on a company's actions.
9:14 a.m.
Maine casino issue offers opposing images of state
SANFORD, Maine -- This once-bustling mill town, where two Indian tribes want to build a sprawling casino and resort, has become a battleground where Las Vegas glitz collides head-on with Maine's idyllic L.L. Bean image.
9:13 a.m.
Workers ratify MGM contract
The new contract -- approved by 59 percent of those who voted -- includes pay raises, enhanced retirement security and no increases in health insurance premiums, the Detroit Casino Council said in a written statement.
9:13 a.m.
Committee tours Compulsive Gambling Center
BALTIMORE -- Members of the House Ways and Means Committee who killed the governor's slot machines bill last session toured the Compulsive Gambling Center and the state fairgrounds Thursday as they continued studying the effect ...
9:13 a.m.
Letter: Hammargren was professional
I recall listening to a Fox News broadcast in Los Angeles that erroneously reported that a hemicraniectomy had been performed and that as a result, Mr. Horn's prognosis for recovery was very poor. The report ...
8:56 a.m.
Letter: Goodman's remarks offensive
Would tourists and Las Vegans have to step over used heroin syringes and unconscious addicts as they walk through Goodman's "Little Amsterdam?" That is the daily reality in the real city of Amsterdam in The ...
8:56 a.m.
Letter: Yucca would be looming disaster
Which brings me to the Bush administration's eyes-wide-closed plans to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. This is a disaster waiting to happen, a disaster whose scale would make the current wildfires in California look ...
8:55 a.m.
Editorial: Let voters decide who will serve
The organizers of the petition will need 51,243 valid signatures to get their question on the ballot of the 2004 general election. We hope there are not that many people in Nevada who would go ...
8:54 a.m.
Editorial: Environment wins
The Interior Department's plans are possible because in 1998 Congress passed the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. Previously, land swaps involving federal and private lands were common in Southern Nevada, but too often the ...
8:53 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Neighbors face more pain
With so much ground cover being removed, the winter rains can bring mudslides that outdo anything experienced during past wet weather spurts.
8:53 a.m.
Amped-up throng relishes days of 'Thunder'
What gets into the so-called fairer sex when 400 of them attend a male strip show such as "Thunder From Down Under" at Excalibur?
8:39 a.m.
Trick or Cheese: String Cheese Incident goes undercover for Halloween show
No, it wasn't some sort of afterlife jam session. The five musicians onstage were actually the members of popular jam band String Cheese Incident, commemorating Halloween with a special "Dead Rock Stars" set.
8:38 a.m.
Halloween activities
The Haunted Dock
8:36 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: It's ladies night when Matteson takes the stage
OK, so if you want to get technical about it, none of these legendary ladies has actually ever appeared alongside Matteson. Rather, the longtime stand-up comic performs her versions of their voices via the original ...
8:34 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Sax man Thompson feels safe at home in Vegas
The 49-year-old saxophonist is, in fact, from the south -- South Bronx in New York City, not far from Yankee Stadium.
8:32 a.m.
Veteran comic Brenner is the Westin show
A dream comes true for comedian David Brenner Saturday when he begins a 44-week engagement as the headliner in his own showroom at the new Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa.
8:32 a.m.
Datebook for Oct. 31, 2003
Clark County Parks and Community Services presents "Life in Death: The Day in the Dead in Las Vegas," a two-day festival based on the Mexican holiday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ...
8:32 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Bad news has us deep in the boos
The most horrifying Halloween tales this year have little to do with people in monster masks.
8:27 a.m.
Last 'Blues' creator Oldham sounds sweet by any name
While most musicians strive to keep their name in the news, Will Oldham prefers to remain semi-anonymous.
8:27 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: MGM eatery a fresh spin on seafood and more
Fanciful? Perhaps. But the tour of SEABLUE at MGM Grand that I made with managing partner/Chef Michael Mina was a delicious amuse bouche, a tempting tidbit from the chef before the meal.
8:24 a.m.
Day of the Dead enlivens Winchester Center
He was only 8 years old when his mother created an altar in their living room to honor and communicate with his late grandmother.
8:24 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: This Halloween, celebrate the art of the cover
For Vermont's beloved jam band, that meant performing an entire album by another band: all the songs, in order, live.
8:23 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Peterson is the truffle chief
VegasBeat appears Sunday through Friday in the Las Vegas Sun. Timothy McDarrah can be reached at [email protected] or at (702) 259-4096.
5:28 a.m.
Dialed In
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 1 - 2, 2003
5:25 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Public radio in concert with Vegas
Susan Snyder's column appears Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Reach her at [email protected] or (702) 259-4082.
5:24 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Executed without a trial
Mike O'Callaghan is the Las Vegas Sun executive editor.
5:20 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Knowlton's expertise to enhance panel on terrorism
Jeff German's column appears Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the Sun. Reach him at [email protected] or (702) 259-4067.
5:19 a.m.
Letter: Protecting civil liberties is wise
It's clear to me that the more our country is admired internationally, the better it is for our fight against terrorism. That's why we should increase funding for programs abroad addressing poverty, disease and hunger.
5:07 a.m.
Columnist Jon Ralston: Founders feared this sophistry
"A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government."
5:02 a.m.
Valley organizations join national Hebrew literacy drive
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 1 - 2, 2003
5:00 a.m.
Editorial: Try harder on loans for poor people
Private lenders and state officials have had more than a week to respond to a national study that showed Nevada was second-worst in the nation in 2002 regarding home loans to low- and moderate-income people. ...
4:58 a.m.
Editorial: Mining the forests for logging interests?
Last week, in response to the California wildfires, the U.S. Senate by an 80-14 vote hastily passed legislation that would quicken the pace for thinning overgrown national forests. Supporters of this policy say it would ...
4:56 a.m.
Firms vie for supremacy at annual event
WEEKEND EDITION Nov. 1 - 2, 2003
4:53 a.m.

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