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Archive for July 13, 2004

Health crisis may need Legislature's help
What local officials are calling a public health crisis has, officials say, a political root, and if it is to be solved, a political solution.
11:15 a.m.
Beds at Desert Regional Center considered
For the next few days at least, the private nonprofit group WestCare will continue to accept mentally ill patients overflowing from local emergency rooms. But private sector and government health officials said Monday they don't ...
11:14 a.m.
News briefs for July 13, 2004
Gasoline leaking from a motorcycle in a Henderson garage caused a fire at a single-story home about 7 p.m. Monday, Henderson Fire Department Battalion Chief Douglas Koopman said.
11:13 a.m.
Woman charged with leaving kids in car
A woman was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with leaving her two children in a parked car in a northeast Las Vegas strip mall on what the National Weather Service said was the hottest day ...
11:12 a.m.
Gallagher campaign claims momentum
Democratic congressional candidate Tom Gallagher has made some progress in raising money from local gaming companies, his press secretary said Monday.
11:11 a.m.
U.K. casino deal announced
The other developments would be in Glasgow, Scotland, and East Manchester, Kerzner said in a statement. Denver-based Anschutz Entertainment Group is a unit of billionaire Philip Anschutz's Anschutz Corp.
11:10 a.m.
Morning rain kicks off monsoon season
A smattering of rain reminded Southern Nevadans this morning that the Southwest monsoon season has begun, a period that brings rain and some flooding to the desert from July through September.
11:10 a.m.
GAO chief urges fraud crackdown
As the nation continues to focus on corporate accountability in an effort to stamp out fraud, the government should be leading the way.
11:07 a.m.
Banned casino executive seeks early return to field
ATLANTIC CITY -- Banned from working in New Jersey casinos for lying about his gambling habit, a former casino executive wants back in the game.
11:07 a.m.
Yucca to move ahead, DOE says
WASHINGTON -- Work on the Yucca Mountain project can -- and will -- continue, an Energy Department official told a Senate committee today.
11:07 a.m.
Bill to limit property taxes backed
CARSON CITY -- With real estate prices rising rapidly in Southern Nevada, homeowners could face an increase of 20 percent to 50 percent in their property tax next July, experts say.
11:06 a.m.
Minimum wage hike initiative may get on ballot
CARSON CITY -- A district judge on Monday gave proponents of an initiative petition to raise the minimum wage in Nevada by $1 an hour a chance to argue that it should be on the ...
11:04 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Yes, we can stop the nuke dump
The stakes in the presidential race have been raised, the Bush administration is re-examining its faulty safety standards, appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court are being considered and Congress may be asked to undermine the ...
11:03 a.m.
New rules to govern cheerleader selections
Jontee Tolbert, who will be a freshman next month at the new Canyon Springs High School, said it was her straight kicks, high jumps and loud voice that won her a spot on the cheerleading ...
11:02 a.m.
175 Nevada Guard troops going to Iraq
After waiting for the past three months to find out where they will be deployed, 175 Nevada Army National Guard soldiers have now learned they will be spending up to 18 months in Iraq beginning ...
11:02 a.m.
Nurses vote to approve newest union contracts
The majority of union-represented nurses at Desert Springs and Valley hospitals voted Monday in favor of renogiated union contracts that increase their wages as much as 22 percent over two years some cases.
10:58 a.m.
Condo tower in works for north Strip
A group of Los Angeles-based developers announced plans to build Sky Las Vegas, a 40-story residential luxury high-rise condominium tower located on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard, just north of Circus Circus hotel-casino ...
10:57 a.m.
Rural areas unfazed by Yucca ruling
A federal appeals court decision last week that could set the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain back indefinitely went almost unnoticed in rural Nevada by some of those most affected by the ruling.
10:54 a.m.
Tourist visitation to Las Vegas in May sets record
A record number of people visited Las Vegas in May, the fourth month of record-setting monthly figures so far this year and an indicator of the strength of the city's tourism rebound, tourism officials said ...
10:53 a.m.
Rate of return a key point in SW Gas rate hike hearing
Southwest Gas Corp. executives began defending an $18.9 million general rate increase request before the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday morning.
10:53 a.m.
Quarterly profit rises for home builder
A national home builder with a large Las Vegas presence is attempting to slow its home sales in Nevada and other states by increasing prices because of a growing backlog of homes sold -- but ...
10:52 a.m.
Adelson marketing credit line to finance new resort
In a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Inc. said the resort will feature more than 3,000 rooms, a 105,000 square-foot casino and about 375,000 square feet of mall ...
10:48 a.m.
Fitzgeralds owner to sell Colorado casino
The Indiana-based company, which owns a self-named riverboat casino in Gary, is controlled by Detroit businessman Don Barden. Through a subsidiary, Majestic Star bought three Fitzgeralds casinos in downtown Las Vegas, Tunica, Miss., and Black ...
10:48 a.m.
Indian gaming revenue in 2003 up 13.7 percent
Growth in Indian gaming revenue continued to outpace revenue generated at the nation's commercial casinos in 2003, according to data released today by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
10:47 a.m.
Gaming briefs for July 13, 2004
Moody's Investors Service has raised the ratings of Las Vegas slot maker Alliance Gaming Corp. in response to the recently completed sale of the company's United Coin Machine Co. slot machine route to Century Gaming ...
10:46 a.m.
Centennial committee to rule on sponsorship deal
Clear Channel Entertainment, the company selected by the centennial committee to bring in $2 million in sponsorships to pay for the yearlong festivities, missed a June 30 deadline for securing sponsorships.
10:41 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Celebs left off monorail's inaugural ride
But if you are an entertainer who doesn't work for one of the behemoth properties that built a monorail stop, stay away from its big opening party Wednesday morning.
10:22 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Hollywood Park selections
2nd Race -- TALK THE WALK -- Smith scales here, needs crafty trip from outside post in six-horse route outing, ready to back up the Talk with The Walk. SHARPEN UP VICTOR -- Bug boy ...
9:50 a.m.
Cavaliers make last attempt to retain Boozer
Making a last-ditch effort to retain power forward Carlos Boozer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered him a one-year contract worth about $5 million amid reports he will part ways with his agent, the Associated Press ...
9:49 a.m.
Wednesday's horse racing entries
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9:46 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Events boss Christenson still thinks NBA best bet
In that he was only there to pick up a new network card for his daughter's computer, Las Vegas Events president Pat Christenson was only talking extemporaneously last week when told a reporter at a ...
9:43 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Earnhardt to drive Corvette at Infineon Raceway
This weekend will provide the final break in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, which finishes its season with 18 races in 18 weeks.
9:43 a.m.
Sports briefs for July 13, 2004
A Spanish soccer fan was offered 9,550 euros ($11,800) on EBay Inc.'s Web site for the ball England captain David Beckham kicked over the bar in a Euro 2004 quarterfinal penalty shootout last month.
9:39 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: U.S. Olympians told to cut back on the flash
It was a story that ran on the wire and caught John Kerry's attention, among others. The U.S. Olympic Committee is recommending that American athletes who win medals in Athens curtail their flamboyant tendencies.
9:38 a.m.
Ex-Rebel Lewis has tales of Arabian nights
Jermaine Lewis knew enough about the perils facing an American living in Saudi Arabia to eliminate sight-seeing during a five-month basketball stint.
9:34 a.m.
Utilities' case on nuclear waste storage in court
WASHINGTON -- A federal court on Monday began hearing the case of a group of utilities suing the federal government over the failure to open Yucca Mountain.
9:30 a.m.
Outage leaves 5,000 in dark
The outage started about 12:45 this morning in northwest North Las Vegas after equipment failed at a nearby substation, leaving customers near Centennial Parkway and Decatur Boulevard without power. Nevada Power technicians responded and restored ...
9:29 a.m.
Pretrial hearing set for Sky-Vue owners
David DiMarco and his wife, Sandi, are charged with doing business without a license. City officials say the DiMarcos could face additional charges for alleged code violations that led to the city shutting down the ...
9:27 a.m.
Radio pioneer Kelch dies at 91
Laura Kelch, co-founder of one of Las Vegas' first radio stations and a member of a local family that helped convince the military to keep Nellis Air Force Base open after World War II, died ...
9:26 a.m.
Regents file notice of appeal
CARSON CITY -- University regents have filed a notice that they plan to appeal a district court decision that regents broke the open meeting law when demoting two executives of the Community College of Southern ...
9:26 a.m.
Obituaries for July 13, 2004
Solomon C. Advincula, 64, of Las Vegas died Saturday in Henderson. He was born April 17, 1940, in the Philippines. A resident for 26 years, he was a self-employed paralegal.
9:26 a.m.
Not every future star will shine
Just because this week's NBA summer league in Las Vegas is called the "Stars of Tomorrow" doesn't necessarily mean everyone playing will be one.
9:25 a.m.
Desert Shores residents awake to find tires slashed
At least 30 Desert Shores residents woke up Monday to find their car tires punctured and gas siphoned, an amount of vandalism that Metro Police said is unusual for the area.
9:21 a.m.
Bank card processor being bought for $1.4 billion
Under the terms of the agreement, Bank of America will pay $26.60 per share for the publicly held company, which will be merged with its Bank of America Merchant Services business.
9:16 a.m.
Trade deficit narrows
The latest snapshot of trade activity, reported by the Commerce Department today, came after the deficit had mushroomed to an all-time monthly high of $48.1 billion in April. The 4.5 percent reduction in the deficit ...
9:16 a.m.
Officials: More air traffic controllers needed
Las Vegas air traffic controller Karl Keller finds himself working 10-hour days, six days a week to guide airplanes flying in and out of McCarran International Airport.
9:15 a.m.
Louisiana boasts public funding for problem gambling treatment
NEW ORLEANS -- Legalized gambling has provided a jackpot of tax dollars for many states, but virtually no money is being funneled to treat the exploding numbers of problem players -- the ones who could ...
9:08 a.m.
Safety urged as monsoons approach
As the Southwest's monsoonal moisture moves into Southern Nevada this week, a flood control official urged people caught in an afternoon thunderstorm to stay put during the downpour.
9:03 a.m.
Businessmen downtown say homeless not crackdown target
From his office window at 30th Street and Charleston Boulevard, native Las Vegan Don Walford has a panoramic view of a once peaceful neighborhood now blighted by crime.
9:02 a.m.
Letter: Moore's film is very convincing
Anyone who can walk away after seeing this movie and say, "I'm voting for the Bush/Cheney ticket," well, God bless them.
8:54 a.m.
Letter: Bush not helping health care crisis
Not only has this administration failed to address the growing number of uninsured in the United States (now more than 60 million persons), his Medicare bill diverts billions of dollars from patients to the insurance ...
8:53 a.m.
Editorial: Mental health crisis needs a permanent fix
In reaction, Gov. Kenny Guinn released up to $100,000 in emergency funds to pay for the staff and space needed to relieve the crisis. By Sunday the number of mentally ill patients in emergency rooms ...
8:52 a.m.
Editorial: Candor isn't found in Bush's dictionary
So, in the face of the growing evidence that this war was made on false claims, is the White House displaying contrition for an invasion that has cost the lives of nearly 900 U.S. soldiers? ...
8:51 a.m.
Court erases contempt order against state agency
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Monday erased a contempt-of-court citation issued against the state Division of Child and Family Services after the agency refused a district court order to remove a 14-year-old foster ...
8:20 a.m.
Film claims water soon will cost as much as oil
A new documentary film explains how scarce supplies will cause water to rival oil in price as global corporations take over public resources, a scenario similar to the battle Sandy Valley residents have mounted with ...
8:20 a.m.
Woman may be fit to stand trial
A woman accused of beating her children to death with a baseball bat may soon be found mentally fit to stand trial.
8:19 a.m.
Incumbent's eligibility challenged
CARSON CITY -- A GOP candidate, who has challenged state Sen. Mike McGinness of Fallon in the primary election, has filed suit claiming McGinness is ineligible to run for a fourth term.
8:17 a.m.
Immunization schedule for July 13, 2004
NORTH LAS VEGAS PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER: 1820 E. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
8:15 a.m.
Las Vegans can take steps to beat the heat
The average family in America spends $1,400 a year on energy bills, with nearly half going to heating and cooling alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
8:15 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Weekend is not walk in park
Consequently, I don't know whether the trail's name emerged from a slang term for a bodily function involving the violent contraction of abdominal muscles, or from the unintended airborne feat of the mountain biker who ...
8:04 a.m.
M-Battled: Mariachi production fights for attention at Aladdin
The producer of "M ... Mariachi Passion & Tradition" at the Aladdin was 7 when she became one of more than 14,000 children who were secretly evacuated from Cuba between December 1960 and October 1962.
8:03 a.m.

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