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Archive for September 29, 2003

Shareholders approve merger with IGT
The vote had been stalled by a federal judge over a lawsuit filed by an Acres shareholder against the company that claimed Acres' board of directors violated its fiduciary duty to stockholders and failed to ...
11:23 a.m.
Judge gives Gazlay extra week to post $50,000 bail
Steven Gazlay, one of the alleged 311 Boyz who faces charges in three separate attacks in northwest Las Vegas, temporarily avoided jail time this morning after a district judge gave the teen another week to ...
11:22 a.m.
Assemblyman suspended from city job
Embattled Assemblyman Wendell Williams, D-North Las Vegas, has been suspended without pay from his job at the city of Las Vegas for racking up thousands of minutes in personal phone calls on his city cell ...
11:19 a.m.
Conservation efforts appear to be working
With water conservation measures in place, Southern Nevada could show a decrease in the use of Lake Mead water for the first time since 1998, water officials said.
11:18 a.m.
Fairfield expansion complete
Fairfield expansion complete
11:18 a.m.
Some Stallion Mountain residents oppose homes
Developer Billy Walters, best known for building some of Southern Nevada's most popular golf courses, regularly plays through controversy.
11:17 a.m.
Berkley makes plea for LV vets hospital
If the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in operation are mostly empty, they should be shut down and the money that is used to fund them should be rerouted to build a full-service veterans hospital ...
11:17 a.m.
Experts question timing of drop in gas prices
The mystery is not that unleaded regular gasoline prices in Nevada are down 20 cents a gallon from a month ago, but rather what took so long for them to drop, experts and motorists agree.
11:16 a.m.
Medication lack blamed in rampage
The Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services is at least partially to blame for Thursday's shooting that left one man dead and two Metro Police officers wounded, the lawyer for the man accused ...
11:16 a.m.
Reid stands by NRC nominee; will block Bush
WASHINGTON -- A 32-year-old nuclear physicist is at the center of a stalemate between Democrats in the Senate and the White House that could stall nominations to several boards.
11:15 a.m.
Nevada opens trade office
Nevada opens trade office
11:15 a.m.
Westin opening delayed
The 1980s-era hotel, at 160 E. Flamingo Rd. near the Las Vegas Strip, was an eyesore until owner Columbia Sussex Corp. began remaking it into a luxury hotel this year. Because of company policy, customers ...
11:15 a.m.
News briefs for Sept. 29, 2003
Weather forecasters say a hint of cooler air should arrive in Southern Nevada soon, although the heat in the Las Vegas Valley stayed through the weekend.
11:15 a.m.
Pets at risk as humans explore coyotes' world
A coyote attack that killed a family's dog along the shore of Lake Mead on Sept. 21 serves as a brutal reminder that the wild animals are never far from residents of Southern Nevada.
11:11 a.m.
Court's online access charges defended
Subscription fees have been charged since April for online access to Clark County District Court civil case documents, but the district attorney's office said this differs from the Internet proposal that got County Recorder Fran ...
11:11 a.m.
Las Vegas may raise sewer rates
The Las Vegas City Council will hear a plan Wednesday that would raise sewer rates 40 percent over the next two years and add a 5 percent surcharge to sewer bills.
11:10 a.m.
Hundreds of Las Vegans may lose jobs at Medco
Medco Health Solutions will eliminate up to 650 jobs at one of its Las Vegas-area operations by the end of the year, the company said today.
11:07 a.m.
Enron willing to settle Nevada dispute
After winning a round in court against Sierra Pacific Resources and its subsidiaries, including Nevada Power Co., Enron Corp. wants to negotiate a settlement.
11:07 a.m.
U.S. financial firm to be sold
Under terms of the deal, shareholders of Boston-based John Hancock will receive 1.1853 shares of Manulife for each of their shares, or $37.60 per share, based on Hancock's Wednesday closing price.
11:07 a.m.
Good Guys chain sold
CompUSA will pay $2.05 a share for the Alameda, Calif.- based chain, a 37 percent premium to its closing price Friday.
11:06 a.m.
Testing company to be fined
The board authorized its staff to negotiate a fine of up to that amount for an error in grading tests at an estimated 220 elementary schools.
10:52 a.m.
Report surfaces on Internet taxation issue
Pat Kujawa, senior manager of finance and audit for Clark County's Department of Business Licensing, said Friday that she learned of the report -- an unsigned 15-page presentation that was faxed to Las Vegas newspapers ...
10:51 a.m.
PV works out kinks, double-wing takes flight
Sun prep rankings
9:57 a.m.
Cook, Pieffer special part of Rebels
If the first month of the season is any indication, UNLV's special teams are indeed special this year.
9:51 a.m.
Hart cleared on robbery charges
Jeff Hart, one of the alleged 311 Boyz, has been cleared of additional felony charges stemming from a residential robbery in May, a prosecutor said Friday.
9:48 a.m.
Guilty verdict returned in hotel killing
Jurors declared Kenneth Grant guilty of one count each of first-degree murder and robbery with use of a deadly weapon in the April 4, 2001 death of 44-year-old David Sygnarski, also of Pennsylvania.
9:42 a.m.
Education board wants testing company fined for mistakes
The board did not cancel the multimillion-dollar contract Harcourt has with the state at its Saturday meeting, member Marcia Washington of Las Vegas said.
9:41 a.m.
Nevada crime grows but crime-solving also increases
CARSON CITY -- Crime grew faster than the population in Nevada last year, a new state report showed.
9:40 a.m.
Probe continues in fire at LV construction site
The investigation is continuing into the cause of Friday's three-alarm fire at a construction site in eastern Las Vegas.
9:40 a.m.
BLM plans hearings on land that will be sold in future
The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to survey up to 50,000 acres that might be eligible for sale some day -- but first the agency is asking for the public's help.
9:37 a.m.
61 percent pass state bar exam
CARSON CITY -- Sixty-one percent of the 639 people who took the Nevada bar examination this summer passed the test.
9:36 a.m.
First major trials in Wall Street's white-collar scandals open today
NEW YORK -- One defendant is an ex-CEO whose alleged greed came to symbolize the scandals that have wracked Wall Street. The other is a former banking star accused of ordering key documents destroyed.
9:22 a.m.
Longtime LV civic leader Robinson dies
Marjorie Robinson, longtime resident of Las Vegas, supporter of charities and the wife of Scott Robinson, a majority investor in the old Desert Inn, has died.
9:21 a.m.
Obituaries for Sept. 29, 2003
Brenda W. Arnold, 93, of Las Vegas died Friday in Las Vegas. She was born Aug. 28, 1910, in Winnepeg, Manitoba. A resident for 65 years, she was a U.S. government librarian and a member ...
9:20 a.m.
Doctors' board delays decision on LV office
RENO -- The state Board of Medical Examiners, which licenses and disciplines doctors, has delayed until December a decision on whether to open a branch office in Las Vegas -- in a controversy that has ...
9:19 a.m.
Six vehicles damaged in casino parking deck fire
No injuries were reported in the fire that started in a pickup truck and quickly spread to five other vehicles on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel.
9:19 a.m.
Armed guards considered after rash of casino robberies
"No matter how good law enforcement is locally, we owe it to the guests who come to Mississippi to provide as safe an environment as we can," said Mississippi Gaming Commission Chairman Len Blackwell of ...
9:18 a.m.
Mother moved to jail after funeral of two children
A few hours after her two children were buried Sunday, Sylvia Ewing was moved into the Clark County Detention Center, charged in their baseball bat-beating deaths.
9:18 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Oklahoma, UNLV gain by sitting
There's something to be said for enjoying a nice, restful Saturday late in September, particularly when it affords you the opportunity to assess your competition and enjoy the skirmishes as the less fortunate battle one ...
9:00 a.m.
Gaughan wins at LVMS, but work isn't done
The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship just may be decided at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
8:59 a.m.
Kansas on yellow brick road to success
He's probably a little too big to work the controls behind the curtain, but Mark Mangino may be on the way to becoming a true wizard in Kansas.
8:56 a.m.
CART series coming to LV
The CART Champ Car World Series will return to Las Vegas next season for the first time since 1984 and will stage a race and concert at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
8:55 a.m.
Letter: Water District should use media
I recently received a letter from the Water District with the subject line "Water Waste Violation -- Formal Warning."
8:42 a.m.
Letter: Science shows Yucca dump site is unsuitable
Our seven lawsuits, now consolidated to four, show that the full power of the federal government is arrayed against us. The state of Nevada filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ...
8:42 a.m.
Editorial: Anti-AIDS group has it all wrong
Despite the group's intentions, it would be outrageous to spend any money on entertainment. The Legislature and the public viewed this allocation as money for AIDS prevention programs, not for fund-raisers. And if the group ...
8:41 a.m.
Editorial: Schools' extra effort will help Hispanics
Nearly one-third of the district's enrollment of 267,000 students is Hispanic. It's vital that teachers and principals recognize that parents in a new country might need an invitation to feel like they are part of ...
8:41 a.m.
Big Wheels: Owners of Hummer H2s and other SUVs flaunt their audacity
And his statement is big, black and cost nearly $60,000.
8:30 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Sun Lite for Sept. 29, 2003
Oh, what a glorious time to be a rodent in the dating rat race. These days it seems there's no shortage of ways to trap, er, find a potential mate, including on the Internet, at ...
8:27 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Online chat is capitol idea
No sense responding to a query about whether visitors get to see The Nook where the blue dress was allegedly -- well ... you know -- when she could field such insightful interrogatories as:
8:23 a.m.
Jackson shuts up and plays at MGM Grand
The soft spoken singer-songwriter casually delivered his favorites for fans Friday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
8:22 a.m.
Steely Dan fails balancing act
It must have been close to 20 years ago. And something about those albums immediately piqued my interest.
8:21 a.m.
Community briefs for Sept. 29, 2003
As part of the North Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Department's Movie Madness Series, "Inspector Gadget" will be shown at 7 p.m. today at Joe Kneip Park, 2127 McCarran St.
8:20 a.m.
'Rigoletto' hits sour note at Ham Hall
Saturday night's performance of "Rigoletto" by Bulgaria's Opera Verdi Europa at UNLV's Artemus Ham Hall proved several things.
8:20 a.m.

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