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Archive for April 19, 2004

Cancer center opens new location
Cancer center opens new location
11:07 a.m.
One dies in alleged hit and run
Ronaldo Espinosa, 32, was arrested for felony driving under the influence and hit and run.
11:05 a.m.
Ridge to form security task force
WASHINGTON -- With an eye on a large number of symbolic gatherings, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is forming a new government task force to better coordinate public and private security -- and hopefully prevent ...
11:03 a.m.
Fired CEO ordered to pay company $25 million
The Delaware Supreme Court last week upheld a lower court ruling that the shares Scrushy transferred to HealthSouth in 2002 to retire a loan were worth less than the amount he borrowed because of a ...
11:02 a.m.
Indictments in 2002 River Run shootout expected to be unsealed
Murder indictments against at least nine members of the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle gangs were expected to be unsealed this morning in connection with a 2002 shootout at the Laughlin River Run that left ...
11:01 a.m.
Ethics panel chief on Goodman's witness list
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's witness list for his May 12-13 ethics hearing includes the man who filed the initial complaint against him and the executive director of the state Commission on Ethics, who prepared ...
11:01 a.m.
News briefs for April 19, 2004
Henderson Police arrested a man this morning on charges of stabbing his brother Sunday night, police said.
10:57 a.m.
Democrats' Platform
10:55 a.m.
Senate seat is the name of the game
Mike Schaefer has made his name running for office and filing lawsuits.
10:54 a.m.
Policing a new home: Metro to present plan to tear down courthouse
Trying to centralize its offices now scattered across the valley in one location, Metro Police officials are still pursuing a plan to tear down the Clark County Courthouse and have a new headquarters built on ...
10:54 a.m.
State Democrats call for Bush impeachment
Fed-up Democrats passed a party platform over the weekend calling for the impeachment of President Bush, saying he lied to justify the war in Iraq.
10:52 a.m.
Golf club audit reveals questionable use of funds
An audit of Boulder City's $22 million Boulder Creek Golf Club identified several questionable uses of city money, including a loan to a club employee, double payment for a fence, nepotism and the purchase of ...
10:51 a.m.
Outlook improves
Net income climbed to $722 million, or 90 cents a share, from $502 million, or 63 cents, in the first three months of 2003. Sales increased 14 percent to $4.94 billion from $4.32 billion, the ...
10:50 a.m.
Economic indicators rise 0.3% in March
The index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 percent in March and had its greatest year-on-year increase in two decades as the U.S. expansion gained momentum.
10:48 a.m.
Republic Services loses round in battle
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit, filed by Republic Services and its subsidiary Dumpco Inc., accusing three Las Vegas waste management companies of conspiring to illegally dump waste.
10:46 a.m.
Nevada jobless rate steady, falls in Vegas
CARSON CITY -- Unemployment in Nevada continued at 4.4 percent in March but the jobless rate fell in the Las Vegas area, the state reported today.
10:45 a.m.
Competitors critical of TV gambling stunt
Critics say last week's double-or-nothing gamble by Londoner Ashley Revell at the Plaza hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas sent the wrong message about responsible gambling.
10:45 a.m.
MGM MIRAGE, Peel plan U.K. projects
MGM MIRAGE and U.K. real estate developer Peel Holdings Plc today said they may build casinos in British cities including Manchester and Liverpool for $1.17 billion to benefit from a possible relaxation of gambling laws ...
10:44 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 19, 2004
LINCOLN, Neb. -- While casino authorization in Nebraska isn't a done deal yet, at least one Las Vegas interest is looking ahead to the state's first gambling establishment.
10:43 a.m.
Drug maker's profit slips
Lilly also reported its fifth straight quarter of double-digit sales growth, driven in part by strong early sales of Cialis, Lilly's competitor to Pfizer's erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The sales gain was offset in part ...
10:43 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 19, 2004
Prized pitching prospect Edwin Jackson led the Las Vegas 51s to their third consecutive victory, 7-2, Sunday at PGE Park in Portland.
10:38 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Shots of Brandi to inspire young voters
Over the next few months, many Americans ages 18 to 34, and anyone else who watches MTV, will get to meet her.
10:26 a.m.
One firefighter injured as blazes punctuate weekend
Several residents across the valley were displaced by separate fires on Sunday, but there were no major injuries, fire officials said.
9:39 a.m.
Petition seeks insurance reduction
CARSON CITY -- A small group identifying itself as People for a Better Nevada plan to file an initiative petition today to require that insurance companies roll back auto premiums by 20 percent.
9:38 a.m.
Obituaries for April 19, 2004
Luz Zenaida Acosta-Rodriguez, 58, of Las Vegas died Thursday in a local hospital. A homemaker, she was born Oct. 22, 1945, in San German, Puerto Rico.
9:37 a.m.
LPGA got exciting ending, but few saw the outcome
It definitely came a day late. It's wait-and-see on the dollar short part.
9:35 a.m.
Champ exec: Las Vegas announcement is close
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Champ Car World Series co-owner Paul Gentilozzi said Sunday the series is "real close" to announcing a season-ending race in Las Vegas in November.
9:35 a.m.
Tracy has day at the beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Bruno Junqueira called it a "banzai" move. Paul Tracy just called it a good pass.
9:34 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Suspicion leads to sports book dropping fight
Las Vegas sports book operators routinely and rightly claim that they are in an ideal position to identify a sporting event that may not be on the up and up, simply because they can see ...
9:33 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Endangered sports out to survive
If local sports were like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Marlon and Jim would probably shoot most of them with a tranquilizer gun (at minimum), tag them, and put them on the endangered species list, ...
9:31 a.m.
Columnist Ralph Siraco: Kentucky Derby cavalry charge limited to 20 horses
The 130th Kentucky Derby is now less than two weeks away and finally we have a handle on who might participate in America's most famous horse race. Not a handle on who might be the ...
9:29 a.m.
Vasser sidelined early
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jimmy Vasser spent the majority of his first race as an owner/driver watching Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Las Vegas from the pits.
9:27 a.m.
Wallace ends winless streak
The long and winding road that had been Rusty Wallace's NASCAR winless streak finally came to an end Sunday on a Martinsville (Va.) Speedway racing surface that showed its age.
9:26 a.m.
New Predator aircraft unit delayed
A new Predator remote-piloted aircraft unit combining elements of active duty military personnel with the National Guard has been put on hold because of questions about the chain of command for the blended unit.
9:25 a.m.
Centofanti faces life sentence
Prosecutors say they plan to ask for life without the possibility of parole when the penalty phase for convicted murderer Alfred "Chip" Centofanti begins Tuesday.
9:20 a.m.
National Guard seeks to move Henderson armory
The Nevada National Guard wants to move its Henderson armory and is asking the Clark County Commission to approve a lease for a piece of land owned by McCarran International Airport to clear the way.
9:18 a.m.
Schwarzenegger to sign insurance overhaul bill
In a big -- and overwhelming -- win for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Legislature on Friday easily passed a wholesale overhaul of the system that treats injured workers.
9:16 a.m.
Governor pushes slots; casinos could reopen
AUSTIN, Texas -- As lawmakers weigh the pros and cons of legalizing video gambling at horse and dog racetracks to help fund Texas schools, two Indian tribes anticipate whether passage of the legislation might put ...
9:15 a.m.
Letter: U.S. had plenty of 9-11 warning
Former FBI wiretap translator Sibel Edmonds, who had a top-secret security clearance, told the online journal Salon: "We should have had (an) orange or red-type of alert in June or July 2001. There was that ...
8:49 a.m.
Letter: Outsourcing is dangerous trend
Outsourcing middle-class technical and service jobs will not only displace many workers here, it will eventually lower our overall wage, living standard and technical competence.
8:48 a.m.
Letter: Don't blame witnesses for not solving crimes
Yet, consider what transpired when Conrad Malsom spotted a high-profile fugitive and contacted police: He was placed on hold, transferred to voice mail and generally ignored.
8:48 a.m.
Editorial: Green, green grass of ... associations
In our view, homeowners who go to the expense of installing synthetic grass should be applauded. We're in the fifth year of a drought and our water supply is under severe threat. The level of ...
8:48 a.m.
Editorial: Publicize scooter laws
This is why we think it would be unfair to lodge criminal charges against the parents of two young girls who were seriously injured last week when the scooter they were riding collided with a ...
8:47 a.m.
Community briefs for April 19, 2004
North Las Vegas Library and Community Colleges of Southern Nevada Continuing Education are offering computer classes in English at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive, North Las Vegas.
8:47 a.m.
Kid Rock's campaign swings through Vegas
Midway through his Mandalay Bay Events Center show Saturday night, Kid Rock outlined plans for his long-rumored run at the White House with the acoustic ditty, "If I Was President."
8:23 a.m.
'Ladies First Tour' is intermission impossible
Not so long ago, teaming female artists on the same concert bill was considered tantamount to tour suicide.
8:18 a.m.
Viva Divas: Star-studded lineup energizes MGM Grand audience
Patti LaBelle, Jessica Simpson, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Gladys Knight, Joss Stone, Eve, Sheila E. and Ashanti kept a near-capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena enthralled during the two-hour-plus annual fund-raiser Sunday night, ...
8:17 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Education opportunity is outside
This rapidly growing urban valley is embraced by some of the most spectacular scenery in the West, the former Lake Mead Recreation Area superintendent pointed out. Public lands managed by four federal agencies offer recreational ...
8:15 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Sun Lite for April 19, 2004
We've heard the warnings that too much television is bad for our eyes (if you sit too close to the set), brains (if you believe everything that you see and hear on it) and waistlines ...
2:35 a.m.
Some think geese share blame for Tahoe's pollution
Members of the Tahoe Lakefront Owners Association want scientists to study whether goose feces are contributing to pollution that's stealing Tahoe's clarity at an average rate of more than a foot per year.
2:03 a.m.

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