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Archive for January 8, 2004

Firm plans retail center
Firm plans retail center
11:25 a.m.
Nevada traffic safety laws near top
Nevada beats most states in the quality of its traffic safety laws, according to a national report released today by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
11:17 a.m.
Casino to spur new growth in Summerlin
After months of controversy, Howard Hughes Corp. has approval for what the company hopes will be the spark that ignites a "new urban core" in Summerlin.
11:12 a.m.
Togliatti named safety chief
CARSON CITY -- George Togliatti, former head of the FBI organized crime strike force in Las Vegas, today was named director of the state Department of Public Safety by Gov. Kenny Guinn.
11:12 a.m.
Sex assault detectives review confiscated material
Kimya Winbush, 27, may face additional charges if more child pornography is found, Lt. Jeff Carlson said.
11:10 a.m.
State's school funding criticized
Nevada's public school funding had the lowest overall increase in the nation between 1999 and 2001, earning the Silver State low marks from an education newspaper Wednesday.
11:08 a.m.
Teachers may have provided peek at exam
Two Clark County high school teachers are being investigated for allegedly distributing the contents of the statewide math proficiency exam to students before they took the test, according to a report released Wednesday.
11:07 a.m.
Injured man rescued from building site
The worker was hit with a metal object, possibly a beam, about 8 a.m., Leinbach said. The man was complaining of abdominal and back pain and could not get down from the structure, which is ...
11:06 a.m.
Wedded bliss: Las Vegas continues to enjoy reputation as marriage Mecca
The lure of a no-hassle wedding was the draw for Alexis and J.J. Fischer.
11:04 a.m.
Retailers pleased with entertainment initiative
Home theater retailers have reason to rejoice -- Bill Gates and Microsoft Corp. are placing a greater emphasis on home entertainment technology, which may result in a bump in sales around Christmas 2004.
11:03 a.m.
Items come up missing at hospital
After Dale Johnson, a library janitor, died at Lake Mead Hospital Medical Center, there wasn't money for a funeral because someone drained his bank account by using his debit card to buy more than $300 ...
11:03 a.m.
Mortgage executive pleads innocent to theft charges
David Ferradino, president of the now-defunct Interstate Mortgage Group Inc., entered an innocent plea Wednesday to charges that he committed 51 counts of theft in a Henderson land deal.
11:02 a.m.
Rate hike case proceeds
PUC Commissioner Adriana Escobar Chanos, who is presiding over the case, rejected the state Bureau of Consumer Protection's request to throw out the case. She also rejected the utility's request to expedite the case. That ...
11:02 a.m.
Figure in fraud sentenced
Jeffrey R. Anderson, a former senior vice president at PurchasePro, pleaded guilty in September in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to a corporate fraud scheme that allowed the publicly traded company to falsely inflate revenue ...
11:02 a.m.
Hughes Center deal advances
Crescent, of Fort Worth, Texas, announced in November that it had agreed with The Rouse Co. to buy Rouse's Hughes Center office park in midtown Las Vegas, along with land and restaurant sites as part ...
11:02 a.m.
News briefs for Jan. 8, 2004
A man charged with driving drunk and causing a collision last year that killed a 42-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
11:02 a.m.
Board OKs limited license for Golden Nugget partners
Business partners Tim Poster and Tom Breitling still expect to close on their purchase of the Golden Nugget hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas sometime this month, though regulators may only grant them a one-year license ...
11:02 a.m.
Attorneys: Galardi probably is stuck with guilty plea
Prominent local criminal defense attorneys said Wednesday that former strip club owner Michael Galardi would stand little chance of withdrawing his guilty plea in a Las Vegas political corruption case if he attempted to do ...
11:02 a.m.
Topless club slapped with $1.1 million fine
Las Vegas levied its largest business fine ever, but allowed the topless club Cheetahs to keep its liquor license after a "quasi-judicial" hearing Wednesday that featured two of the city's most prominent lawyers playing word ...
11:02 a.m.
Catching up with -- Rachael Schein
Where she is now: Arizona
10:51 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Cinkovich has formula to excel at the next level
Kris Cinkovich could have said it was the money and easily could have blamed it on the wear of a season no prep coach should endure.
10:49 a.m.
Bonanza making name for itself
What's in a name? For Bonanza boys' basketball coach Doug Couch, quite a bit.
10:48 a.m.
Sports briefs for January 8, 2004
The Expos were bought by the other 29 major-league teams before the 2002 season, and baseball officials have spoken in the past with groups from Northern Virginia, Portland, Ore.; and Washington, D.C.
10:45 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Spears' conduct leaves positive impression
Olliff, a 26-year-old University of Georgia grad and two-year Las Vegas resident, is a Spears impersonator.
10:39 a.m.
Gaming briefs for Jan. 8, 2004
NEW YORK -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., which owns the Westin and Sheraton chains, may have its credit rating cut by Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's.
10:37 a.m.
Vegas-born dream
As recently as two years ago, Ishe Smith was living with his expectant wife at a friend's house and sleeping on the floor.
10:07 a.m.
Rebels survive final tune-up
A lot of people questioned the wisdom of UNLV scheduling a Division III team like Occidental College for its final tuneup before Monday night's key Mountain West Conference opener against defending co-champion Utah.
10:06 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: It's news when Huskies (women) lose
For me, the college basketball season doesn't officially begin until the first weekend in January or whenever Occidental leaves town, whichever comes first. Maybe it's because when I was a kid, that's roughly when it ...
10:05 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Gaughan 5th fastest in Daytona test
Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan is wasting no time in taking advantage of his situation at Penske-Jasper Racing.
10:04 a.m.
Wranglers stick to the basics, stay on the straight and narrow
On the surface, hockey is a very straightforward game.
10:02 a.m.
Coaches want human polls to mean more
After a season of controversy in which the No. 1 team in the final regular-season polls was left out of the Bowl Championship Series' title game, Division I-A football coaches Wednesday recommended the BCS modify ...
10:00 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita Park selections
1st Race -- SITKASAM -- Ramsammy on Mandella trainee, draws good post for Cal-bred sprint opener, training at Hollypark. TIMELY JEFF -- Draws inner box for maiden special weight dash, Baze aboard O'Neill trainee, Timely ...
10:00 a.m.
O'Callaghan named to panel examining veterans benefits
WASHINGTON --- Former Nevada Gov. Mike O'Callaghan has been named to a newly created federal commission tasked with examining federal benefits to disabled veterans and families of military personnel killed during their service.
9:57 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: McCline plans to use insults against Toney
Relentlessly and in somewhat poor taste, James Toney sniped at Jameel McCline for almost two full hours at a Tuesday press conference, belittling his Feb. 7 opponent at every opportunity.
9:56 a.m.
Nevada Power warns of phone scheme
Nevada Power's corporate investigation division is investigating the scam along with Metro Police, but warned customers not to give any information over the phone, spokeswoman Andrea Smith said.
9:56 a.m.
Prison guard dismissed
CARSON CITY -- A correctional officer trainee at the state women's prison in North Las Vegas has been dismissed because he started to become too "chummy" with inmates, a state official said Tuesday.
9:55 a.m.
Parents, students have mixed reaction to law
A day shy of the federal No Child Left Behind Act's second anniversary, Clark County educators, parents and students told Nevada lawmakers Wednesday that the law has been a "mixed bag."
9:54 a.m.
Custody battle continues over 10-year-old stabbing victim
A Family Court judge on Wednesday put off deciding who would get custody of the 10-year-old survivor of the stabbing attack that left her little sister dead in Mesquite last year.
9:50 a.m.
Sullard appears to be on his way out as city manager
The Boulder City Council is negotiating an end to John Sullard's run as city manager that would either lead to Sullard's resignation or to his transfer to another position in city government, the mayor and ...
9:44 a.m.
North Las Vegas council briefs
North Las Vegas' legal fight with former police officer Joe Austin is over after the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $562,500 payment to Austin.
9:44 a.m.
Matching federal funds for health care pursued
CARSON CITY -- A state task force Wednesday allocated $172,800 to complete a study that could result in $91 million in additional federal funds over five years to meet health care costs for the needy.
9:43 a.m.
Decision on city workers holding office is delayed
Although a new election cycle is approaching, the Las Vegas City Council decided Wednesday to wait until the first meeting in February before deciding on a policy on how to deal with municipal workers who ...
9:43 a.m.
Council approves market's plans for chicken killing
Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved the slaughter of live chickens at Liborio Market, but not before Mayor Oscar Goodman lashed out at the market's owners for seeking a waiver on the number of ...
9:43 a.m.
Woman to plead to keep son's killer in prison for life
CARSON CITY -- A 72-year-old Las Vegas woman later this month will plead with state authorities to keep her son's killer in prison for the rest of his life.
9:42 a.m.
Residents oppose Sloan heliport
Residents of Henderson's Anthem community are rallying to oppose a proposed heliport site two and a half miles from their homes at a meeting tonight at 7 at the Sun City Anthem Center.
9:42 a.m.
Heliport runs into trouble
The City Council is scheduled to hear the appeal on Jan. 21. The council set the date of the appeal on Wednesday.
9:29 a.m.
Agency sues Bustamante over campaign donations
SACRAMENTO -- Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante took $3.8 million above the state's legal campaign limits from Indian tribes in last year's recall election, the state's Fair Political Practices Commission charged in a civil lawsuit Wednesday.
9:29 a.m.
Former Wilson aide to negotiate compacts
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday named as his lead Indian casino negotiator a former aide to Gov. Pete Wilson who angered tribes with his handling of the state's first gambling compacts.
9:28 a.m.
Tribe plans casino at Wisconsin dog track
MADISON, Wis. -- The owners of a Kenosha dog track will still pursue a lawsuit claiming the state constitution bans casino-style gambling, despite reaching an agreement to sell the track for $40.5 million to an ...
9:28 a.m.
Obituaries for Jan. 8, 2004
Josephine Adele Carillo, 82, of Las Vegas died Tuesday in Las Vegas. She was born March 21, 1921, in New York City. A resident for 13 years, she was a teacher and a member of ...
9:11 a.m.
Where I Stand -- Mike O'Callaghan: Judges second-guessed
This year he stressed the need for the judiciary to be involved in the making of laws that directly affect the judges and the federal justice system. During 2003 Congress made several changes in the ...
9:11 a.m.
Letter: Radio opinions honestly labeled
Mr. Elliott obviously did not listen to Rush, Sean and Mr. O'Reilly long enough or he would have "gotten it."
9:10 a.m.
Letter: Deny feds access to Yucca site
If the storage casks are going to last for l0,000 years, they could just as well sit where they are instead of putting the whole country at risk by shipping them to Nevada. Things have ...
9:10 a.m.
Letter: Bush wrecked economic gains of Clinton years
Look at the record: In his last four years we had budget surpluses; in his final year we were spending $1.86 trillion and the unemployment rate was 3.7.
9:09 a.m.
Editorial: Goodman's vision has served city
In the five years that Goodman has been in office, downtown has taken on a new life. After years of failed projects and a central focus on fortifying the gaming industry, Goodman came into office ...
9:09 a.m.
Editorial: Debate long overdue
Bush says decency and common sense dictate that the United States should allow people from other nations to fill jobs that Americans won't take. Of course, if employers paid a decent wage in the first ...
9:07 a.m.
Fire Explorer program recruiting members
The program is open to individuals 15-20 years, who must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
8:49 a.m.
Unit honored for food service
After sweeping the state and regional competitions, the Nevada Army National Guard's 440th Cable and Wire Co. placed second out of more than 900 units participating in the Philip A. Connelly Army Food Service competition.
8:49 a.m.
Life on the Run: Ski season flourishing at jampacked resort at Lee Canyon
Parents talk into walkie-talkies. Skiers pass by in clunky boots. Those who can find an open seat in front of the lodge's fireplace are lucky.
8:42 a.m.
Columnist Ruthe Deskin: New Year offers some new lessons
I had received some rather distressful and serious news about my general health, but I was determined to be around to welcome a new century.
8:17 a.m.

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