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Archive for September 24, 2003

Fountains to flow after copper scare
Elevated copper levels in the water at Darnell Elementary School have kept the drinking fountains shut down since the campus opened two years ago, but Clark County School District officials said Tuesday they expect the ...
11:27 a.m.
Schools cracking down on dress codes
Freshman Tabitha Vaughn made it all the way to the dismissal bell Tuesday before a hall monitor at Green Valley High School spotted the tiny blue crystal stud decorating her right nostril.
11:25 a.m.
Williams aide qualifies as whistleblower
A Community College of Southern Nevada employee, who calls herself Assemblyman Wendell Williams' personal assistant, qualifies for whistleblower protection after complaining about being fired, university system Chancellor Jane Nichols said Tuesday.
11:25 a.m.
AOL, PurchasePro probe widens with guilty pleas
Two former PurchasePro.com Inc. executives have entered guilty pleas in connection with a corporate fraud investigation into the failed Las Vegas technology company.
11:25 a.m.
Helicopter crash probe focuses on maintenance
Anyone with information about previous flights of the Sundance helicopter or with photographic or videotaped footage from a previous flight is asked to contact Wayne Pollack of the NTSB at (310) 380-5654.
11:24 a.m.
Nevada miners in joint venture
Newmont's contribution to the Turquoise Ridge venture will reduce operating costs and capital spending for Vancouver, British Columbia-based Placer Dome said.
11:24 a.m.
Hospital executive arrested in fed probe
Mina Nazaryan surrendered Monday before a federal judge in San Diego. The U.S. attorney's complaint alleges Nazaryan took money for arranging relocation agreements for doctors at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, then obstructed investigators looking into ...
11:24 a.m.
Young children more likely to be killed by parents than others
While the mother suspected of killing her two children with a baseball bat Tuesday at an apartment on Las Vegas Boulevard North may shock many, parents who kill their children are receiving more attention in ...
11:24 a.m.
News briefs for Sept. 24, 2003
Nevada has recorded its first case of West Nile disease, but health officials say the victim was infected in another state. They add that the person has fully recovered.
11:24 a.m.
Highway project begins
Drivers will have several ways of finding out about imminent construction work that will impact traffic, state Department of Transportation spokesman Robert McKenzie says.
11:22 a.m.
Planes collide on NLV airport runway
On the same day North Las Vegas Airport neighbors were to meet with Clark County officials to complain about increased air traffic and the potentially unsafe conditions it creates at the airport, two pilots were ...
11:21 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Chairwoman may soon find herself in hot seat
Will County Commission Chairwoman Mary Kincaid-Chauncey, the most powerful person in county government, be among those indicted? If so, will she strike a deal for leniency with prosecutors? Or will she fight to clear her ...
11:18 a.m.
Williams pays fine
CARSON CITY -- Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Wendell Williams, D-North Las Vegas, has paid $600 to settle a traffic fine, and a warrant issued July 30 for his arrest has been canceled, officials said this ...
11:15 a.m.
Kids beaten to death with bat, police say
Friends of the Las Vegas woman who allegedly bludgeoned her two children to death with a baseball bat Tuesday morning said they knew her as a good mother.
11:15 a.m.
Project to ease traffic congestion may stall
A system to move traffic more quickly through the valley could be stalled by Las Vegas over the fate of 11 union workers.
11:14 a.m.
Census report: Nevada most transient state
A Census Bureau report released today shows Nevadans to be the most footloose people in the nation, on the move more than any others. However, that wasn't news to Elaine Casale, who runs a dating ...
11:10 a.m.
VA offers gambling addicts treatment
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has opened its first problem gambling treatment program for veterans in Southern Nevada -- one of few such programs available in the region for compulsive gamblers.
11:06 a.m.
Experts say companies ultimately paying for rising consumer debt
A panel of three international insolvency leaders discussed a growing global trend of rampant consumer spending, with the United States leading the way and the United Kingdom and India trailing behind, at the annual conference ...
11:05 a.m.
CEO: '90s excesses led to many bankruptcies
Ronald Rittenmeyer, CEO and president of Safety-Kleen, an industrial waste management company currently in Chapter 11 restructuring, is comparing the "anything goes" business practices of the 1990s to the city of Las Vegas.
11:05 a.m.
LV-area homeowners settle defect suit for $12.7 mil.
Rhodes Homes and its subsidiaries paid about $3 million into the settlement pool. Other significant chunks were paid by Rhodes Framing, which paid $1.7 million, and Mestas Roofing Inc., which paid $2 million into the ...
11:01 a.m.
Defibrillators saving lives at equipped casinos
The number of people who survive cardiac arrests in casinos is increasing.
10:52 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Selection at new boutique is sinful
One example is the Celine Dion boutique at Caesars Palace. On some days the boutique takes in more revenue than does the box office at The Colosseum for Dion's "A New Day ..."
10:51 a.m.
184 students seek school transfers
The federal law requires the district to offer transfers from Title I schools that fail to show adequate yearly progress for at least two consecutive years. Title I schools are located in low-income areas and ...
10:46 a.m.
LV to show off Town Center
The event will be hosted by Ward 6 Councilman Michael Mack and the Office of Business Development and will include a bus tour that will be attended by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
9:44 a.m.
Traffic commission to meet Thursday
Among the items to be discussed: possible action to remove parking meters on Sixth Street between Bonneville and Garces avenues; creating a residential parking program on Holly Hill Avenue between McLeod Drive and Scarlet Oak ...
9:43 a.m.
Obituaries for Sept. 24, 2003
Maria Cristina Addison, 26, of Las Vegas died Friday in Las Vegas. She was born July 9, 1977, in the Philippines. A resident for four years, she was a homemaker.
9:42 a.m.
Community briefs for Sept. 24, 2003
The Nevada chapter of the Wheelchair Foundation will present a celebration of giving when it hosts One Good Turn "Chair"-ity Show at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Imperial Palace's Showroom.
9:41 a.m.
Texas gambling lets Pinnacle default
The company signed a 10-year lease with the port last month for a $325 million casino resort that is expected to open in early 2005. The project is located on 227 acres of port-owned land.
9:41 a.m.
City, county join forces to attract casino
The proposal would seek one operator to bring a new casino to south St. Louis County and to take over the struggling President Casino on the Admiral in downtown St. Louis. The city and county ...
9:40 a.m.
State to step up oversight of indicted gambling hall
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The state will increase daily oversight of its largest gambling operation, following a federal indictment of officials connected to Lincoln Park, Gov. Don Carcieri said Tuesday.
9:40 a.m.
Historic site at issue in casino lawsuit
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Two federal agencies failed to enforce laws protecting a national historic site that's being used as a casino by an Indian tribe, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said in a lawsuit filed ...
9:40 a.m.
Voter approval required for video gambling
Abbott stated in an opinion issued Tuesday that the state Constitution would need amending to legalize the games. That would require voter approval.
9:39 a.m.
Greektown Casino owes $11 million, some say
In a complaint filed Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, Jim Papas and Ted Gatzaros asked that a judge order the casino to put its $6 million quarterly tax distribution into escrow with the court, ...
9:39 a.m.
Final three contracts for widening to be awarded
CARSON CITY -- Efforts to ease growing traffic congestion in Las Vegas are set to move forward in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
9:30 a.m.
Goodman has doubts about pro ball in LV
Major League Baseball could move the Montreal Expos after the season, and Las Vegas was floated as a possible new home.
9:26 a.m.
OPEC cuts production
OPEC cuts production
9:25 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Naming the lefty winners not as easy as you think
So you're an avid golfer, fully cognizant of all the rules, and are so confident of your golfing knowledge, you will just about wager on anything pertaining to golf, right?
9:20 a.m.
County receives $7.1 million for security
More than $7.1 million in federal homeland security funds were cleared this week for use by Clark County first responders.
9:16 a.m.
Fatal shooting of handyman shocks LV neighborhood
Metro Police have no suspects in the shooting death of a man who was installing lights Monday night on the garage of a home near Sahara Avenue and Walnut Road in eastern Las Vegas.
9:16 a.m.
Metal detector added to council chambers
Visitors will be passing through a metal detector at next week's Las Vegas City Council meeting, although the safety device won't actually be in operation until the following meeting Oct. 15.
9:15 a.m.
DOE plans more Yucca answers
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Energy Department will have more answers to unresolved scientific questions surrounding Yucca Mountain by the end of the month, department officials told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Tuesday.
9:15 a.m.
FBI takes papers from county offices
The FBI gathered documents from Clark County offices last week in connection with an ongoing political corruption investigation.
9:12 a.m.
New Freedom Ride shines light on plight of immigrants
Hoping to evoke the force and spirit behind the Freedom Ride of the civil rights era more than 40 years ago, hundreds of supporters of immigrant workers rallied at the Fremont Street Experience Tuesday afternoon.
9:12 a.m.
Senate rejects Reid attempt to curtail privatizing park jobs
WASHINGTON-- The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats that would have prohibited government studies looking to privatize Interior Department jobs.
9:11 a.m.
Education meeting on holy day raises uproar
The state Board of Education was "insensitive" in scheduling its board meeting for Saturday during the high holy Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Friday, Jewish leaders and others say.
9:11 a.m.
Surgeon general assures first responders he supports them
Surgeon General Richard Carmona promised a group of paramedics and first responders that he wouldn't forget them while working to advance and protect the health of the nation.
9:11 a.m.
Palo Verde, Cimarron expect more offense
Turn back the clock to last year's game between Cimarron-Memorial and Palo Verde and you might find the action -- specifically the offense -- set back far more than a year.
9:10 a.m.
Rebels cashing in turnovers in 2003
With parity seemingly on the verge of sweeping the nation, perhaps the thickness of the alumni's collective wallet isn't the factor it once was in college football.
9:08 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Tracy hopes to avoid another Miami roller coaster
After nearly a month-long layoff, Paul Tracy resumes his quest for his first CART Champ Car championship this weekend at the Grand Prix Americas on the streets of Miami.
9:06 a.m.
Gaughan for a title
AT A GLANCE
9:03 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Liberty Bowl is within UNLV's grasp
In light of the poor to mediocre play of their conference mates, it's no longer out of the question for UNLV to consider winning the Mountain West football championship this year.
8:59 a.m.
Thursday's horse racing entries
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8:53 a.m.
Tuesday's prep results
Palo Verde def. Mojave, 25-12, 25-17, 25-11: Trina Kauliakamoa totaled 12 kills and 13 digs, and Jessica Saiki added 20 assists to pace the Panthers.
8:52 a.m.
Letter: Revenge, oil only reasons for war
That seems typical of the Republican reply, even while President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld deny the connection. Then Gibbons went to the weapons of mass destruction reason, saying a ...
8:49 a.m.
Letter: Gibbons merely covering for Bush
Mr. Gibbons goes on and on about how Saddam's regime possessed this and did that and the possibility of weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. In the entire article, Mr. Gibbons never once mentions ...
8:49 a.m.
Letter: Harter does nothing but dream at UNLV
She has recently revived the mantra, but now she has UCLA in her sights. In the meantime, it's hard to find anything she's done to shore up the institution that is there now. If it ...
8:49 a.m.
Editorial: No need to revise ward boundaries
Redistricting would entail changing the boundaries of the city's six wards to reflect population changes. It's required after every U.S. Census, to ensure that each ward has a population within 5 percent of the others. ...
8:48 a.m.
Editorial: Drinkers beware: 0.08 is new limit
In a meeting Monday with the Las Vegas Sun Editorial Board, Sheriff Bill Young noted what happened over the Labor Day weekend at two sobriety checkpoints manned by Metro Police. Of 86 drivers tested, 21 ...
8:48 a.m.
Bank executive gets special treat at her namesake school
A few years ago Selma Bartlett, senior vice president at BankWest of Nevada, was riding in a hotel elevator on the Strip when she struck up a conversation with a young boy and his parents.
8:47 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Nonprofit group finds treasure at fund-raiser
Sunday evening found a bejeweled and debonair crowd gathering at the vastly expanded store in the Fashion Show mall for an evening of marvelous food, fun and hunting for treasure. Guests arriving at the after-hours ...
8:05 a.m.
Southern Nevada assemblyman faces questions
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that University system officials say the woman, Topazia "Bridget" Jones, was hired on Williams' recommendation and that Williams, D-Las Vegas, intervened when her bosses initiated termination proceedings.
6:45 a.m.

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