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Archive for December 23, 2004

A vision of animation
WEEKEND EDITION
12:50 p.m.
Women's Top 25 Fared
2. Stanford (8-1) did not play. Next: at Oregon State, Monday.
12:00 p.m.
Wednesday's College Basketball Scores
Bucknell 76, Niagara 74
12:00 p.m.
Latest beltway section opens today between Decatur, Buffalo
The roadway, from Decatur Boulevard to Buffalo Drive, is the latest piece of the yet-unfinished Las Vegas Beltway.
11:39 a.m.
Bellagio's new Spa Tower adds nearly 1,000 rooms to resort
More people than ever will stay at MGM Mirage's high-end Bellagio tonight with today's opening of the 928-room Bellagio Spa Tower.
11:12 a.m.
Small businesses looking for bigger voice in state
Small-business owners may not employ the majority of the state's workers, but they far surpass the number of big businesses in terms of the number of firms and they're hoping that won't go unnoticed during ...
11:11 a.m.
No room at the inn for 100 homeless evicted from lot
A day after more than 100 homeless men and women were driven from a lot downtown, Las Vegas city officials said they hadn't thought their order to the lot's owner would displace so many people ...
11:10 a.m.
Monorail could be running for the holidays
Executives at the Las Vegas Monorail expect to know by the end of the day whether the beleaguered system will carry passengers by Christmas, a spokesman for the company said.
11:09 a.m.
New trial for man convicted of killing daughter
CARSON CITY -- A Las Vegas man convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 in the shaking death of his 10-month old daughter is going to get a new trial.
11:09 a.m.
Supreme Court rejects appeal by card dealer
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday denied the appeal of card dealer Raymond Buxsel, who sued Mandalay Bay and a security guard for the Strip resort after he was injured and could not ...
11:07 a.m.
Head of LV economic development resigns
The man in charge of Las Vegas' economic development division resigned last week, two days after City Councilman Lawrence Weekly accused city staff of misleading a developer to believe their proposed high rises would surely ...
11:06 a.m.
Grand jury may hear more evidence in child abuse case
A Clark County grand jury may have to reconvene to hear more evidence about a former Metro Police officer accused of burning his 13-year-old son with a hot iron.
11:06 a.m.
It'll be a red, white and blue Christmas
Paula Carter's 4-year-old daughter Katlyn won't get what she wants most for Christmas -- to have her father home.
11:05 a.m.
Family's gifts, costly hearing aids stolen
A Henderson mom is hoping Christmas is not a silent night for her deaf children.
11:02 a.m.
CES could draw record turnout
In the mid-1990s, the Comdex computer exhibition grew into the largest technological gathering North America had ever seen.
11:02 a.m.
Sales up for 10th straight month
CARSON CITY -- Taxable sales, an indicator of Nevada's economy, registered a double-digit gain in October, the 10th straight month the increases have been in the teens.
11:02 a.m.
Hay praised for stint as advocate
Nevada utility executives and consumer groups were sounding off Wednesday on news that current Public Utilities Commissioner Adriana Escobar Chanos will succeed Tim Hay as the state's consumer advocate.
11:01 a.m.
Hughes' legacy looms large in LV
Howard Hughes -- record-setting aviator, Las Vegas casino mogul, acclaimed film producer, eccentric recluse -- was as much myth as he was man.
11:01 a.m.
Court rules that customers can sue Nevada Power Co.
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that customers of Nevada Power Co. can sue the Las Vegas based utility for allegedly overcharging its customers.
11:01 a.m.
Dismissal of firecracker suit denied
A federal judge has denied a motion by attorneys for Metro Police asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against jail guards who allegedly threw an illegal firecracker at inmates.
10:45 a.m.
Another female officer files suit
Pamela Sword-Frakes' suit comes on the heels of a similar suit filed earlier this month by Officer Patricia Williams.
10:45 a.m.
Sanford hires defensive coordinator
New UNLV head football coach Mike Sanford has gone inside the Mountain West Conference to hire the Rebels' new defensive coordinator.
10:40 a.m.
Consumer spending up 0.2%
WASHINGTON -- Consumers kept a closer eye on their wallets as they moved into the holiday shopping season, boosting their spending by a modest 0.2 percent in November.
9:40 a.m.
Increased stake in London Clubs to help expansion
Kuala Lumpur-based Genting raised its stake in London Clubs International Plc twice in the past week. It increased its holding in the British owner of 11 casinos to 19.1 percent on Dec. 20 after lifting ...
9:39 a.m.
Gaming company raises $700 million in U.S. debt sale
The offer was increased to $700 million from an initial plan to raise $150 million because of demand and is the biggest U.S. private debt sale by an Australian company, Melbourne-based Tabcorp said in a ...
9:39 a.m.
Trump Hotels & Casino shareholder sues Trump over exit plan
A Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. shareholder sued billionaire Donald Trump and four other directors over the company's proposed plan to exit bankruptcy, saying it unfairly favors him as majority holder.
9:39 a.m.
La. casinos win $167.1 million in November
NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana's state-licensed casinos won $167.1 million from gamblers in November, state police reported. While that surpassed the $162 million that gamblers lost in November 2003, overall casino winnings would have fallen by ...
9:39 a.m.
Regulator reviewing severance packages for Raines, Howard
"The termination benefits are subject to review" by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Corinne Russell, a spokeswoman for Ofheo, said today in Washington.
9:38 a.m.
Automaker recalling more than 700,000 minivans
The vehicles affected are 1997-2005 model Chevrolet Venture, 1997-1999 Pontiac Transport/Montana, 2000-2005 Pontiac Montana and 1997-2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette.
9:38 a.m.
Rebels shoot down zone 'D'
UNLV got its first real look at playing against a zone defense this season Wednesday night against Florida Atlantic.
9:28 a.m.
Holmes preserves victory
There's no player like Holmes for the holidays.
9:27 a.m.
Wyoming after rare bowl win vs. UCLA
At first glance, the football programs at UCLA and Wyoming wouldn't seem to have very much in common.
9:27 a.m.
High court rules against NHP in fatal accident
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was solely responsible for a traffic collision that killed a man near the Las Vegas Speedway on Interstate 15 in ...
9:26 a.m.
Sports briefs for December 23, 2004
Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill said he cringed when he heard Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens would be having ankle surgery in Baltimore.
9:26 a.m.
Dust accompanies chill in valley
Winds, clouds of dust and colder temperatures are expected to send a chill through Southern Nevada's holiday weekend, weather forecasters said.
9:26 a.m.
Obituaries for December 23, 2004
Frank Carl Aliano, 83, of Las Vegas died Monday in a local hospital. He was born Nov. 5, 1921, in New York. A resident for several years, he was retired from the construction industry and ...
9:26 a.m.
Columnist Sal DeFilippo: Will the real NFC contenders please stand up?
I can handle the fact that once you look past Philadelphia, the NFC isn't a very strong conference this season.
9:20 a.m.
49ers don't plan on trading first pick
If the San Francisco 49ers earn the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft, general manager Terry Donahue actually is planning to use it.
9:19 a.m.
Fishing report: Trout plants heating up the action
Stripers are being caught with cut baits by boaters who are fishing deep. They have been focusing their efforts toward Las Vegas Wash and on areas where trout have been planted.
9:19 a.m.
Dodgers fill out 51s staff
Roger McDowell will return to Las Vegas in 2005 as the 51s' pitching coach and former 51s batting coach George Hendrick has been promoted to the position of hitting coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers' ...
9:18 a.m.
Correction
* Because of an error by the Sun, a graphic in Wednesday's editions incorrectly reported the estimated number of people who lived in Nevada in 2001. The estimate was 2.1 million people. The Sun regrets ...
9:15 a.m.
Supreme Court rejects appeal over off-ramp land
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the appeal of a housing developing firm that argued Clark County owed it millions of dollars in a condemnation case.
9:12 a.m.
Withdrawal of guilty plea allowed
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that Lorenzo Bledsoe should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to robbery in Las Vegas because his attorney was ineffective.
9:12 a.m.
Plan extra time before leaving on that holiday trip
AAA Nevada expects more than a half million Nevadans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the Christmas weekend, and in Southern Nevada that will mean it will take longer than usual to ...
9:09 a.m.
Man killed in front of LV apartment complex
Metro Police reported that about 12:15 p.m. Jose Manuel Gonzalez was sitting in his car when another man ran up, fired multiple shots at him, and fled.
9:08 a.m.
Shipping costs are added burden for soldiers' families
Kimberly Irenze is constantly impressed by the donations and help that the Las Vegas Valley community and area businesses have given to the Nevada Army National Guard's 1864th Transportation Co., but shipping care packages to ...
9:08 a.m.
Tractor-trailer hits pedestrian
North Las Vegas Police say Kedrick Johnson was crossing the 200 block of West Cheyenne Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Losee Road about 8:45 p.m. when he was hit by the truck.
9:08 a.m.
Holiday Closings
SAFETY: Police and fire emergency services as usual. Offices closed.
9:07 a.m.
Letter: Bush's policies are destructive
Understanding the toll of Bush's Iraq policy, I must respond to Betty Jean Waite's letter of Dec. 15 headlined, "Bush's policies preserve freedom around the globe." She was criticizing Paul McGuire's letter of Nov. 30, ...
8:58 a.m.
Letter: Alert, honest cab driver saves the day for tourist
My son planted himself at the unloading point while I was escorted to the cab authority office by a kind airport worker. They could not do anything as I had not noted either the cab ...
8:57 a.m.
Editorial: Cold hearts at City Hall
Until April of this year, the lot had been the site of the Sky Vue mobile home park. Acting properly then, the city shut down the park because of its wretched condition and because its ...
8:56 a.m.
Editorial: Formula won't work
We don't believe the Legislature should be hamstrung by a constitutionally mandated formula. Inflation is handy when estimating known expenses. But how about when something unanticipated occurs? Such as, for example, the federal government ordering ...
8:54 a.m.
Latest beltway section opens today
The roadway, from Decatur Boulevard to Buffalo Drive, is the latest piece of the yet-unfinished Las Vegas Beltway.
8:54 a.m.
Dismissal of suit over firecracker thrown at jail inmates is denied
A federal judge has denied a motion by attorneys for Metro Police asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against jail guards who allegedly threw an illegal firecracker at inmates.
8:54 a.m.
Nellis general: Crashes not 'uncommon' for new planes
An Air Force accident investigation board could determine within three months what caused an F/A-22 Raptor to crash on a runway at Nellis Air Force Base Monday afternoon.
8:53 a.m.
Community briefs for December 23, 2004
The Springs Preserve will kick off its annual Christmas tree recycling program with tree drop-off hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday and running through Jan. 9 at any of these locations:
8:18 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Hardship puts what we have in perspective
The woman standing next to me at the bagel shop's coffee bar a couple of Sundays ago was about my age, but that was where our similarities seemed to end.
8:18 a.m.
Nellis airmen controlling busy skies over Iraq
Two Nellis Air Force Base air traffic control specialists won't be at their home base to provide any assistance to Santa Claus in the skies over Southern Nevada this weekend
8:18 a.m.
Shooting Stars: Photo exhibit highlights more than 50 years of Vegas entertainers
English figured he'd go to the Sands to shoot the scene. If the electricity was back on he'd just have them re-create the moment, candles and all.
8:18 a.m.
Thursday's EST Time Schedule
Las Vegas Bowl
8:16 a.m.
Editorial: Water pact a priority
December 24 - 26, 2004
4:08 a.m.
Letter: Let market set interest on loans
December 24 - 26, 2004
4:07 a.m.
Letter: High school students do just fine in morning
December 24 - 26, 2004
4:06 a.m.
It takes a village to give disabled adults an opportunity
WEEKEND EDITION
1:56 a.m.
Cowboy on ride of his life
WEEKEND EDITION
1:55 a.m.
Not Sorry Now
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1:53 a.m.

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