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Archive for April 15, 2004

Parents of girls in scooter crash could be prosecuted
The parents of the two girls who were hit Tuesday by a pickup truck while riding a motorized scooter in southeastern Las Vegas may face charges if police determine they allowed the girls to ride ...
11:05 a.m.
State to sue over more nuke waste
WASHINGTON -- Nevada will file another lawsuit against the Energy Department if it does not halt its plan to ship radioactive waste from Ohio to the Nevada Test Site, Attorney General Brian Sandoval said Tuesday.
11:03 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 15, 2004
Las Vegas-based Sunterra Corp. will expand its timeshare development marketing program to a Strip resort.
11:03 a.m.
Tourists and locals 'rolling with' record gasoline prices
Like the numbers on the gasoline pump that flicker past as you squeeze the handle, gasoline prices just keep going up.
11:01 a.m.
Vulnerable to risk: Other resorts susceptible to a similar outage
The power outage that shut down the Bellagio and caused the evacuation of thousands of employees and customers could happen at any resort on the Las Vegas Strip and at any time, Clark County's top ...
11:01 a.m.
Integration pioneer to be honored
As a first-grader in Huntsville, Ala., in 1963, David Osman, the only black in his school, talked two older and larger boys out of beating up a younger child.
11:00 a.m.
School budget given tentative approval
The Clark County School Board voted 4-3 Wednesday to tentatively approve a $1.6 billion operating budget for 2004-05, including an estimated $300,000 in salaries for three new central administrator positions.
10:59 a.m.
Highway neighbors long for the sounds of silence
The drone of nonstop traffic is steady background noise in William R. Moore's living room. If he opens the sliding glass door to his back yard -- filled with fruit trees and grapevines -- the ...
10:58 a.m.
Tourists eager to re-enter popular Strip property
Bernard and Maxine Kopczynski of Spokane, Wash., had been planning Bernard's birthday party for weeks, and they refused to let a power failure at the Bellagio, one of the world's largest hotels, dampen their spirits.
10:56 a.m.
Rate hearing concludes
A decision on the case is expected from the PUC by May, and the Las Vegas company has asked for permission to make the rate adjustment -- if approved -- on June 1. The company ...
10:56 a.m.
Commission approves witness list for Goodman's ethics hearing
Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic and Deputy City Attorney John Redlein. Three of the city's public information officers. Stephanie Boixo, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's chief of staff. Las Vegas Councilman Michael Mack. Carolyn ...
10:54 a.m.
Nichols to quit post by Oct. 15
In a move that surprised many, University Chancellor Jane Nichols announced Wednesday she will resign by Oct. 15 and return to teaching because of a health problem that has caused her to gradually lose her ...
10:53 a.m.
Lawmaker Christensen fined $4,500
CARSON CITY -- Freshman Assemblyman Chad Christensen of Las Vegas has been fined $4,500 by Secretary of State Dean Heller for failing to detail campaign loans, expenses and contributions.
10:53 a.m.
Agosti will not run for second term
CARSON CITY -- Justice Deborah Agosti, who wrote the controversial opinion permitting a tax increase without a constitutional two-thirds vote by the Legislature, said this morning she would not run for a second term on ...
10:52 a.m.
Women are making a stronger case
LPGA Takefuji Classic Pro-am Wednesday's results
10:50 a.m.
Greenspun media investments expand with TV station deal
Las Vegas TV Partners, a media company that includes Greenspun Broadcasting LLC and New York-based Catalyst Investors LP, announced an agreement to purchase Las Vegas UPN television affiliate KTUD channel 25.
10:41 a.m.
SW Airlines profit trimmed by higher fuel, labor costs
DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines said today that it earned slightly more in the first quarter than a year ago, as higher revenue was offset by rising costs for labor and jet fuel.
10:39 a.m.
Mountain lion spotted; police launch search
The sightings of a mountain lion by four residents in the area of the Las Vegas Beltway and Summerlin Parkway have prompted Metro Police and state game wardens to go on the prowl looking for ...
10:39 a.m.
Unique development opening today
In a market like Las Vegas, which features such development oddities as a massive black pyramid and thrill rides hanging off a 1,149-foot tower, there are few opportunities to do something new.
10:38 a.m.
Harvard study says college gambling worries overblown
A new Harvard survey of student gambling patterns shows that college students don't face a higher risk of gambling problems than other adults, the National Center for Responsible Gaming announced Wednesday.
10:37 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Applegate to plant seeds at Channel 13
Bill Applegate Jr. has joined KTNV Channel 13 as executive producer of its evening "Action News" broadcasts.
10:37 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 15, 2004
Clint Nageotte retired 14 consecutive batters and Pat Borders hit a fourth inning home run to lead the Tacoma Rainiers to a 2-1 victory against the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field Wednesday night.
9:41 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: John Force in a slump, but he's not worried
John Force, winner of 12 NHRA Funny Car championships and 109 races, said the competitive fire still burns within him despite what some are calling the worst slump of his career.
9:40 a.m.
Ethics panel, Deane fail to reach deal
The commission was scheduled on its agenda to consider a "proposed stipulation," or a written plea deal, concerning Deane's case.
9:36 a.m.
Defense's use of video of child sex argued
CARSON CITY -- The Washoe County district attorney's office told Nevada Supreme Court justices Wednesday that a videotape showing sexual activity of a 13-year-old girl is child pornography and defense lawyers are not entitled to ...
9:34 a.m.
State to sue over nuke shipments
WASHINGTON -- Nevada will file yet another lawsuit against the Energy Department if it does not halt its plan to ship radioactive waste from Ohio to the Nevada Test Site, Attorney General Brian Sandoval said ...
9:33 a.m.
Board votes to increase jobs for computer specialists
The Clark County School Board voted Wednesday to tentatively approve adding 13 elementary computer specialists for the 2004-05 academic year, to maintain school computers, coach classroom teachers and in some cases instruct students.
9:33 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Even at 64, Andretti doesn't idle
According to the biography on his Web site, Mario Andretti is "often referred to as the greatest race car driver of all time."
9:27 a.m.
Five hole
As the Las Vegas Wranglers left the ice Wednesday night, their faces told the story of the evening.
9:26 a.m.
Byrd and Golota prep for entertaining bout
Boxing fans laughed, or at least chuckled, when promoter Don King announced that International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Chris Byrd would fight Andrew Golota in New York's Madison Square Garden.
9:25 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Ruiz sharpening his game to shake off a dull image
Reinstated as the World Boxing Association's heavyweight champion after Roy Jones Jr. dropped back to light heavyweight, John Ruiz makes the first defense of his second reign Saturday in New York when he takes on ...
9:25 a.m.
Potential owner says Expos-to-Vegas gaining steam
For the first time since very private negotiations to explore bringing the Montreal Expos to Las Vegas began months ago, a potential owner of the team spoke publicly Wednesday.
9:22 a.m.
Obituaries for April 15, 2004
James L. Christensen, 69, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in a local hospital. A retired supervisor for a newspaper and an avid horse racing fan, he was born April 12, 1935, in Green Bay, Wis.
9:14 a.m.
Attorney says evidence in sex case is illegal
A defense attorney is trying to stop a videotape and all other evidence seized during a federal search from being used in the case of a former church camp counselor accused of child molestation.
9:08 a.m.
Hardcastle named new chief judge
Douglas resigned from the largely administrative post after his appointment to serve as a justice on the Nevada Supreme Court.
9:05 a.m.
Compromise reached on workers' comp reform
Officials said Schwarzenegger succeeded in pushing through two key elements: The bill will not regulate insurance rates, and will allow insurers and employers to select pools of doctors injured workers must use.
9:05 a.m.
Chad Christensen fined $4,500
CARSON CITY -- Freshman Assemblyman Chad Christensen of Las Vegas has been fined $4,500 by Secretary of State Dean Heller for failing to detail campaign loans, expenses and contributions.
9:04 a.m.
EPA official says strict ozone rules protect health
Clark County is listed among 500 counties nationwide that violate federal clean air standards for ozone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
9:04 a.m.
Iowa lawmakers debate bill on new casinos
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gambling supporters and opponents were preparing Wednesday for a showdown as the House scheduled debate over whether new casinos will be authorized in the state.
9:00 a.m.
Nevadans to pay more than $7 billion in taxes
Nevada taxpayers -- on the heels of a second round of federal tax cuts -- are expected to pay more than $7 billion in federal income taxes, according to a spokesman for the Internal Revenue ...
8:59 a.m.
Nebraska measure headed to voters
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Now it's in the voters' hands.
8:59 a.m.
Anti-tax advocate to represent himself in federal court trial
Irwin Schiff, a 76-year-old Las Vegas man who claims that there is no law enforcing the payment of federal income tax, will represent himself in criminal proceedings in which he is alleged to have evaded ...
8:59 a.m.
Letter: Kerry lacks spine to be president
To hear Kerry tell us that things are bad, dire and downright hopeless is but a preview of what to expect if he is elected president.
8:33 a.m.
Letter: Petition not the way to handle prison concerns
Readers should be aware that it is unclear how many inmates signed the petition knowingly or did not sign the petition but whose names appeared nonetheless.
8:33 a.m.
Fashion show takes uniform approach
Stylish and swift, the models sauntered down the runway in burnt velvet bustiers and zip-front halter tops.
8:31 a.m.
Editorial: President's talk offered nothing new
Eighty-six members of the U.S. armed forces had been killed as the result of attacks by insurgents and terrorists in Iraq. The hearings by the Sept. 11 Commission had produced testimony that his administration paid ...
8:30 a.m.
Gone Loco: Young and old enjoy train tour on Nevada Southern Railway
Her nose pressed against the glass, she watched Boulder City businesses disappear behind her, then stared at the mountains in the distance.
8:25 a.m.
Valley grad earns Air Force award
Airman 1st Class Shean Leigon, son of Richard and Laura Leigon and grandson of Ralph Leigon, all of Las Vegas, is a 2003 winner of the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Maintenance Award for the Air ...
8:25 a.m.
High court rejects appeal of gang member who killed teen
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the petition of a Las Vegas gang member convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy.
8:22 a.m.
Special on Vegas concert menu is Phish
Phish's spring 2004 tour begins and ends in Las Vegas this week.
8:20 a.m.
Man serving life term for slaying plot seeks parole
CARSON CITY -- Frank LaPena, serving a life term for plotting to kill the wife of a wealthy Las Vegas casino executive, told a panel of the state Parole Board on Wednesday he "will be ...
8:20 a.m.
Community briefs for April 15, 2004
The Families USA Medicare Road Show comes to Las Vegas Friday to answer residents' questions about new Medicare laws.
8:20 a.m.
Court briefs for April 15, 2004
District Judge John McGroarty on Wednesday sentenced a 21-year-old man convicted in the multiple stabbing and mutilation death of a local driving instructor to four to 10 years in prison for the man's conspiracy to ...
8:19 a.m.
Reduced bail granted suspect
A Henderson justice of the peace reduced bail Wednesday for a woman charged with the April 7 shooting death of her longtime live-in boyfriend.
8:19 a.m.

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