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Archive for August 18, 2004

Monorail employee suspended
The employee, a technician for Bombardier Transportation, the contracted operator of the system, was dispatched to the train -- parked at the Las Vegas Hilton platform -- after crews reported a maintenance light turning on ...
11:30 a.m.
Neighborhood left with debris from storms
Storms that swept across the Las Vegas Valley Monday afternoon left streets in part of a southwest Las Vegas neighborhood covered with thick mud, stagnant water and debris, and now residents in the area are ...
11:30 a.m.
Mosquito fish deployed in battle against West Nile virus
They eat the mosquitos before the mosquitos can eat us, Richard Hicks, supervisor for the Clark County Vector Control, said.
11:29 a.m.
Two more mobile homes burn at condemned park
Two mobile homes caught fire today at the condemned Sky-Vue Mobile Home Park, the second blaze at the park in the last three weeks.
11:25 a.m.
Plea deal expected in school sex case
A former University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball player accused of having had sex with female students while working as a substitute high school teacher plans to plead guilty, attorneys said.
11:25 a.m.
Nevada scores down
A report released today by the testing company shows 33 percent of Nevada students took the ACT last year, with an average score of 21.2. A perfect score is 36. Last year 34 percent of ...
11:23 a.m.
Changes sought in initiative-referendum laws
CARSON CITY -- Special interest groups pushing to get their ideas before the voters in the November elections have sparked confusion and court challenges over initiative petitions and referendums, some lawmakers say.
11:20 a.m.
Agreement reached on pharmacy schools
A North-South divide that blocked plans for a joint School of Pharmacy at Nevada's two universities less than two months ago apparently has been bridged by collaborative efforts to make the proposed graduate school a ...
11:19 a.m.
City eyes apartment inspection program
North Las Vegas could become the first city in the state with a rental inspection program that would charge landlords a per-apartment fee and mandate annual inspections of every rental property.
11:18 a.m.
CCSN chief blasts system
Nepotism, cronyism and excessive bureaucracy run rampant at the Community College of Southern Nevada and need to be stopped immediately, the college's president of two weeks said Tuesday.
11:18 a.m.
Cloud seeding OK'd for north
CARSON CITY -- The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday recommended an emergency allocation of $489,626 for cloud seeding this winter to draw more moisture to Northern Nevada, and Gov. Kenny Guinn said seeding should ...
11:17 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Following the Kenny money trail
The star of the new show is Erin Kenny, the wheeler-dealer who masqueraded as a county commissioner from 1995 to 2003.
11:17 a.m.
Official favors prepaid power test
A state utility regulator has indicated that he favors a plan by Nevada Power Co. of Las Vegas to institute an optional pay-as-you-go plan for electric service.
11:17 a.m.
Business briefs for August 18, 2004
BOSTON -- Bank of America Corp. plans to lay off hundreds of tellers and other branch employees at Fleet banks today, asking them to leave the building immediately as part of the process, according to ...
11:17 a.m.
Gaming briefs for August 18, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Wyandotte Nation has ended its pursuit of 1,920 acres of land near downtown, saying it won't appeal a dismissal of its claim.
11:17 a.m.
Soul 2 Soul Bistro opens
Soul 2 Soul Bistro opens
11:17 a.m.
Moncrief failed to report expenses, grand jury told
Former casino owner Bob Stupak paid a political consultant in cash and casino chips to help fund his then-girlfriend Janet Moncrief's successful 2003 campaign for Las Vegas City Council, according to a grand jury transcript.
11:11 a.m.
Mystery of keyless car-door failures solved
It was not a terrorist plot aimed at frustrating Las Vegas motorists into stomping on their keyless entry remote devices or ripping their car alarms from their vehicles.
11:09 a.m.
Mutual fund giant settles with regulators
Janus will pay $100 million to investors -- $50 million in restitution and $50 million in civil penalties -- and reduce the fees it charges investors by $125 million over five years. It will pay ...
10:59 a.m.
Father criticizes coach's response to son's collapse
Otis Pimpleton Jr. sat next to his son Tuesday afternoon at the Sunrise Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, frustrated by what he called missteps at football practice.
10:54 a.m.
Whole Foods to open second store in valley
Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to open its second Las Vegas Valley-area store in the Green Valley Ranch district of Henderson.
10:51 a.m.
Las Vegans in on huge Bay Area casino deal
Two people with Las Vegas connections are poised to become part of a management team that is expected to run one of the world's largest casinos in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area.
10:51 a.m.
Expedia closing LV center
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10:40 a.m.
Aladdin deal clears FTC review
The acquisition of the Las Vegas Strip's Aladdin hotel-casino by a group headed by Planet Hollywood co-founder Robert Earl has cleared another regulatory hurdle.
10:40 a.m.
Owners gather, but no decision likely
Major League Baseball owners are meeting today and Thursday in Philadelphia, meetings that at one point were considered the deadline for deciding the fate of the Montreal Expos.
9:38 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Iraq's team of mass dedication
Michael Phelps' dream of winning seven gold medals has turned to gold dust (although he's still going to have a heck of a time getting through airport security with all that precious metal around his ...
9:38 a.m.
City ups the ante in bid to lure California firm
Henderson's lure to draw a California company to relocate grew by more than $1 million Tuesday after company officials increased their estimate of the number of jobs they might bring here.
9:37 a.m.
Union pay, benefit increases approved
The contracts were with two Teamsters bargaining units, one that represents secretaries and other clerical staff, and another that represents supervisors and managers below the department head level.
9:37 a.m.
Growth workshop focuses on future water resources
A workshop for some Clark County Growth Management Task Force members turned into a forum on the future of Las Vegas and whether there will be enough water to sustain growth.
9:36 a.m.
County Commission briefs for August 18, 2004
Clark County approved the hiring of two new attorneys for the understaffed division of the public defender's office that represents indigent juveniles charged with crimes.
9:36 a.m.
Kruger will get late start on rough slate for 2004-05
(All games PST) NOVEMBER 5 -- L.A. Stars, 7:30 p.m. 17 -- EA Sports All-Stars, 7:30 p.m. 23 -- St. Mary's, 7:30 p.m. 26 -- Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. DECEMBER 1 -- at Cal, TBA ...
9:36 a.m.
City Council OKs settlement
A Henderson man who claimed police broke his jaw, fractured his skull, and broke some of his teeth while arresting him three years ago will receive $60,000 to settle the federal lawsuit he brought against ...
9:36 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Champ speed at LVMS still won't touch Luyendyk
Arie Luyendyk's open-wheel track record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will not be in jeopardy when the Champ Car World Series rolls into town next month for the series' inaugural visit to the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
9:35 a.m.
Sports briefs for August 18, 2004
Three negotiating sessions in six weeks failed to bring the NHL and the players association any closer to labor peace.
9:32 a.m.
There's an 'over' bias, so better to look 'under'
Fezzik's recommendation of playing two "overs" in NFL season wins represents a departure from the usual strategy, as sharp bettors generally look toward the "under" in this form of football betting.
9:26 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Pro sports bettor Fezzik likes Seahawks, Broncos
CHALK: favorite, in sports betting or horse racing. PLAY: To make a bet on. "I played the Seahawks over 9 wins."
9:25 a.m.
Ex-prostitute wants to enact bill of rights
A former brothel prostitute and ex-candidate for Congress wants to enact a prostitute's bill of rights in Nye County.
9:25 a.m.
Obituaries for August 18, 2004
Augustine "Gus" Bahleda Sr., 94, of Las Vegas died Friday in a local hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1909, in Sagamore, Pa. A resident for five years, he was a retired Westinghouse electrical inspector.
9:24 a.m.
Two killed as van with two LV families crashes on I-70 in Utah
THOMPSON SPRINGS, Utah -- Two people were killed when a rented van carrying two Las Vegas families heading to a youth boxing tournament in Missouri went out of control and rolled into the median on ...
9:24 a.m.
State settles suit over suicide
CARSON CITY -- The state Examiners Board Tuesday approved an out-of-court settlement that includes a $100,000 payment to the family of a Las Vegas woman who committed suicide after being released from the state mental ...
9:23 a.m.
Man charged in 29 burglaries
A Las Vegas man told police he committed at least 38 business burglaries in the Las Vegas Valley since January, stealing mostly computers and cash, a Metro Police arrest report alleges.
9:22 a.m.
News briefs for August 18, 2004
The body of a severely burned woman was found Tuesday by a construction worker at the site of a new housing development near Boulder Highway, Sgt. Rocky Alby of Metro's homicide division said.
9:21 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Moore's win just another hit for Knight
Ever the proud surrogate papa, UNLV golf coach Dwaine Knight's smile is stretching its limits this week.
9:18 a.m.
Pro's Tip: Scores dip with chips
Be honest: Not a whole lot of your time spent at the driving range is dedicated to the chipping area. For every 10 guys lined up beating drivers in various directions, one or two lost ...
9:17 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Benton: No mistaking Moore's talent
Vijay Singh's dramatic playoff victory Sunday against Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco in the final round of the PGA Championship at the diabolical-looking Whistling Straits golf course in Wisconsin earned him his third major championship.
9:15 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Del Mar selections
1st Race -- SENFULLY EASY -- Hustling Pedroza on one-of-two Carava-trained 'hidden entry', needs prompt start and clean trip from rail post in short sprint opener, could be Senfully Easy? PRINCESS MALICE -- Sorenson on ...
9:04 a.m.
Thursday's horse racing entries
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9:03 a.m.
Tribal gambling, recognition oversight changes hands again
WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs has removed herself from Indian gambling and recognition decisions so she can go to work for a private law firm without facing conflict ...
9:01 a.m.
Google cuts IPO price range
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In a sign that Google Inc.'s initial public offering will not be as hot or big as expected, the Internet search giant slashed its estimated per-share price range and reduced the ...
9:01 a.m.
Vegas top choice for neutral-site ArenaBowl
The Arena Football League will create a neutral-site championship game within the next two years and Las Vegas ranks among the league's top choices to host the initial contest.
9:01 a.m.
UNLV starter on offensive line facing surgery
UNLV has practiced in full gear for only two days but the Rebels already might have lost a key starter to an injury.
9:00 a.m.
Letter: With bin Laden free, Bush failing
Also, half of the time since 9/11 has been spent concentrating entirely on conquering Iraq and capturing Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with 9/11.
8:56 a.m.
Letter: Early registration renewal punished
I first registered my car Aug. 28, 1993. Through the years, the renewal date has moved up to Aug. 8. If I wait to the last day to renew, I have to use the DMV ...
8:56 a.m.
Letter: Seniors unfairly portrayed in tax cap debate
I like and respect Jon and disagreeing with him tends to be a pleasant intellectual exercise. I must say, however, that his constant bashing of seniors has worn very thin. His constant portrayal of them ...
8:55 a.m.
Editorial: Duty a two-way street
In response, the department is investigating the complaints and settling many of them. It's also undertaking a nationwide campaign to educate employers about the 1994 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, passed to protect a ...
8:55 a.m.
Judge's conflict disrupts murder case
The prosecution of a 37-year-old man accused in the fatal beating of a retired Air Force major may have been sent back to square one by Las Vegas Justice of Peace Douglas Smith on Tuesday.
8:54 a.m.
Editorial: Facts about charters must be forthright
The reason for the expected growth is the widely held assumption that charter schools outperform public schools. The argument sounds reasonable. Because they are so much smaller than most public schools, charters can provide more ...
8:49 a.m.
Residency controversy heats up court hearing
The animosity between candidates for university system regent was palpable Tuesday inside and outside a court hearing over the residency of hopeful Mark DeStefano.
8:48 a.m.
Housing complex called a relief for area seniors
As dignitaries spoke of the big issues of affordable housing during the Tuesday morning ribbon-cutting at the Harry Reid Senior Community, Donald Fetchik, who said he was the second resident to move into the sparkling ...
8:35 a.m.
Community briefs for August 18, 2004
Family to Family Connection Las Vegas West is offering free nutrition classes to parents of infants and toddlers.
8:35 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Guest Columnist: Lee K. Barrett: Help after the boom
This is generally good news for those of us who own homes, work in the real estate industry and enjoy sharing stories with our friends and neighbors about how fast our homes are appreciating in ...
8:30 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Benefit reads well for Clark County schools
Held in Bally's lovely Seasons restaurant, the pre-show reception was a benefit occasion for Clark County Reads!, an ongoing program to enrich Clark County schools with books from the Clark County Public Education Foundation.
8:09 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Students enroll in shop class
College-bound students can find dorm accessories galore at Linens n' Things, Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Container Store. The latter offers assistance by providing a list to be checked off as you shop.
8:09 a.m.
Positive Pub: Couple use years of experience in building own Vegas business
"It's where you have a christening, communion, marriage and wake, and they're all the same person."
8:09 a.m.
2004 Champ Car World Series schedule and standings
May 23 - Monterrey, Mexico (road) (Sebastien Bourdais)
5:58 a.m.
County Commission District B
The eight candidates -- five Democrats and three Republicans -- include an indicted incumbent, making this race one of the most interesting primary contests, political observers agree.
4:19 a.m.
County Commission District C
The winner would face Deputy District Attorney Jerry Tao, who has no opponent in the Democratic primary.
4:19 a.m.
Clark County Commission District A
Woodbury has held the job since 1981, and in 2000 won the general election with 63 percent of the vote.
4:19 a.m.
Assembly District 29
The crowded Republican primary lost one candidate when Anne DiMartini's residency was successfully challenged.
3:01 a.m.
Assembly District 28
The Republican primary race features two candidates: Benjamin J. Bell Sr. and Tino Mendoza, no relation to the Rosa Mendoza, who is a candidate for the district's Democratic spot on the ballot.
3:01 a.m.
Assembly District 42
The challengers are Bob Adney, 27, and Kurt Brauner, 25, competing in a district with 7,286 registered Democratics and 5,221 registered Republicans.
2:41 a.m.
Assembly District 37
The two Republicans who will battle each other in the primary are Scott Anderson, 35, and Sandra Vitolo, 55.
2:39 a.m.
Assembly District 22
Democrats Caren Levenson, who ran in the heavily Republican district in 2002, and Richard A. Young also will square off on Sept. 7. The winners of the primaries will face Independent American Joshua Hansen in ...
2:12 a.m.
Senate District 6
The winner will go on to meet Independent American Cathie Lynn Profant in the general election.
2:07 a.m.
Senate District 4
Now that he is leaving the post, the Democratic primary to fill his shoes is crowded and intense. Neal has endorsed university system Regent Linda Howard, but four other Democrats are also vying for the ...
2:05 a.m.
Senate District 1
All three are making a bid for Senate District 1, including Ray Shaffer, the Republican incumbent who is not facing a primary challenger.
2:02 a.m.
U.S. House District 1
She faces no well-funded backers, yet has managed to bank nearly $1.1 million. Still, she has to get past two challenging her from her party in the primary in the heavily Democratic district.
1:57 a.m.
U.S. Senate
But six Republicans will compete in the primary to face Reid in November. Independent American David K. Schumann, Natural Law candidate Gary Marinch and Libertarian Thomas L. Hurst will also appear on the November general-election ...
1:54 a.m.
County bracing for early crush
Clark County election officials, who in previous years have seen a steady rise in early voting numbers, are bracing for another increase in early crowds this year, based on the growing number of registered voters.
1:47 a.m.
Assembly District 13
Incumbent Chad Christensen, who faced scandal and political backlash over the course of his last term, faces Rudolph "Rudy" Durso in the Republican primary. The winner will face Democratic candidate Justin Jones and Libertarian Debra ...
1:45 a.m.

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