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Archive for July 28, 2004

National team joins assault on area blaze
Cold Creek firefighter Mike Adams said he watched a flaming fir tree streak like a shooting star on the mountain above him during a 16-hour stint on the line of the 1,500-acre Robber's Fire burning ...
11:05 a.m.
Mom who left boy in car 'racked with guilt'
Christian Olsen, the 3-year-old boy whose mother left him inside a hot minivan for 30 minutes to an hour in Henderson on Sunday afternoon, died Monday.
11:05 a.m.
Democratic Party united in opposition to Yucca
BOSTON -- The Democratic Party passed its platform Tuesday with a pledge to protect Nevada from the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
11:02 a.m.
New wage regulations allow payroll debit cards
Topping the Nevada labor commissioner's list of newly released wage and hour regulations is a regulation allowing companies to use payroll debit cards to pay employees in lieu of paper checks or direct deposit.
10:50 a.m.
Gaming briefs for July 28, 2004
Even as second quarter profit rose, shares of Ameristar Casinos Inc. plummeted by more than $5 per share this morning as the company reported earnings that were 5 cents per share below analysts' estimates.
10:50 a.m.
Heavy winds churn up dust, smoke in valley
The winds knocked out electricity to more than 3,000 Nevada Power customers. Also traffic lights were out, contributing to a hit-and-run serious injury accident at East St. Louis Avenue and Fremont Street, where a vehicle ...
10:49 a.m.
WellPoint profit rises to $299.9 million
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- WellPoint Health Networks Inc., which is in discussions to be acquired by Anthem Inc. to form the largest U.S. health insurer, Tuesday said second-quarter profit jumped 34 percent to $299.9 million.
10:48 a.m.
Henderson plant owner facing inquiry
The review follows Interstate's announcement earlier this month that it hired a law firm to investigate how the company set up reserves for workers' compensation insurance.
10:48 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: While in Vegas, Maguire loses his ante
So far, however, his poker performance is not so good.
10:47 a.m.
County panel rejects towers
A Clark County advisory board rejected a request to build two 300-foot towers at Durango Drive and the Las Vegas Beltway, but the effort to build the towers is likely to continue.
10:44 a.m.
Backers of pot petition file suit
A group of advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada sued the secretary of state Tuesday, saying the state illegally dismissed signatures on a petition that would allow adults to have an ounce ...
10:43 a.m.
Five vie for seat held by Neal for 32 years
State Senate candidates Steven Horsford and Cedric Crear spend almost every afternoon in the summer heat, searching for votes in the district that shaped their childhoods.
10:42 a.m.
State may take control of housing complaints
The state agency charged with handling discrimination in the workplace may also soon field complaints on discrimination in housing, an official from that agency says.
10:41 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Regents must come out of dark
This is not rocket science. It's common sense, what helps us maintain our free society.
10:41 a.m.
Sports briefs for July 28, 2004
UNLV senior strong safety Jamaal Brimmer was one of 29 players put on the official Jim Thorpe Award watch list released on Tuesday.
10:37 a.m.
Raiders cut Woodson after failed physical
The Oakland Raiders released safety Rod Woodson on Tuesday after the 11-time Pro Bowler failed a physical.
10:36 a.m.
Regional casinos may face tougher rivals with mergers
Smaller, regional casinos nationwide will likely face tougher competition for customers if the two pending acquisitions between MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Inc. take effect, executives said ...
10:36 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Stakes high as Tyson fights again
Contradictions not only come into play, they're prevalent as Mike Tyson prepares to fight Danny Williams Friday in Louisville.
10:35 a.m.
Hackers gather in Vegas for annual digital huddles
For the next few days corporate executives sporting coats and ties will rub elbows with a T-shirt-wearing crowd sporting names like Ne0n Ra1n and Mudge.
10:35 a.m.
Maddux making history
Greg Maddux stands one victory away from joining one of baseball's most exclusive groups -- the 21 men with 300 pitching victories:
9:57 a.m.
Drama winds into final weeks
RFK Stadium isn't necessarily a lock as a temporary home if the Montreal Expos wind up in Northern Virginia, which isn't exactly embroiled in a home-stretch showdown with Washington, D.C., to land the troubled franchise.
9:49 a.m.
Harrigan ready to pitch in
No offense to Australia, China and Japan, but if the USA women's softball team is looking for its true gold medal opposition at Athens, it will need to look in the mirror.
9:47 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Banged up but ready to go, Dixon looks toward Michigan
Reigning Indy Racing League champion Scott Dixon has been cleared by doctors to race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway after two accidents Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile forced Dixon to sit out Sunday's race.
9:46 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Turn on, tune in for new season of Grossman's gambling show
June 30 -- Worst things about Vegas betting. July 7 -- Future books for the World Series. July 14 -- Games of the year in football. July 21 -- Over/unders on wins in NFL season. ...
9:41 a.m.
Democratic plank to protect Nevada from Yucca dump
BOSTON -- The Democratic Party passed its platform Tuesday with a pledge to protect Nevada from the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
9:40 a.m.
Crude oil futures price tops record on Russian disruption
The order forbids units from selling property, in effect banning oil sales and forcing a stop in output, Yukos lawyer Dmitry Gololobov said. Russia is seeking to recover $3.4 billion in back taxes and fines.
9:40 a.m.
Firefighters' festival delayed
The festival involves a gathering of firefighters who celebrate with food, music and games on the mountain, 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
9:32 a.m.
Nevada can make a 'huge difference' in race
BOSTON -- Nevada should just officially change its slogan from Battle Born to Battleground.
9:31 a.m.
Williams' retirement chills Miami's hopes
In this space a week ago, Las Vegas handicapper Patrick Bartucci recommended betting the Miami Dolphins to win under 9 1/2 games this season.
9:30 a.m.
Spanish Trail makes it tough to score
Only six golfers were at par or better after one round of the Nevada State Amateur Championship at Spanish Trail:
9:27 a.m.
Kids need not go hungry
Ranked sixth in the nation overall, Nevada is among the most successful states in the country when it comes to feeding needy children in the summer for free, according to a new report from the ...
9:25 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: First Tee teens will get their chance to test Pebble Beach
For teenagers Mackenzie Mack and Alex Scott, there is really nothing strange about juniors and seniors sharing the same space. Heck, most of their lockers are within a stone's throw in high school.
9:25 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Del Mar selections
1st Race -- KISS'N DYNA -- Part of Carava-trained coupled entry with WILD AUSTRIAN, hustling Pedroza here, bug boy Ruis there, double diploma threat. OUR EMMY -- Draws good post for maiden/claiming sprint opener, Baze ...
9:24 a.m.
Thursday's horse racing entries
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9:23 a.m.
Pennsylvania may use slot bonds to cut taxes
Pennsylvania may speed up $1 billion in property tax cuts by becoming the second state to sell bonds backed by slot-machine revenue, Treasurer Barbara Hafer said.
9:23 a.m.
Obituaries for July 28, 2004
Bonnie Jean Emerick Anas, 72, of Las Vegas died Monday in a local hospital. She was born March 16, 1932, in Knoxville, Iowa. A resident for 43 years, she was a retired hotel cocktail waitress.
9:22 a.m.
Task force on growth to offer potential plans
The Clark County Growth Task Force wrestled with the thorny issues of sprawl and affordable housing Tuesday, and after five hours of testimony back-and-forth among the board members, it finally produced 11 potential strategies for ...
9:21 a.m.
Letter: Real sovereignty essential to Iraq
Alas, the Iraqi people are bound and hobbled by legal and economic systems we created for them, tailored to our interests, not theirs. Their prime minister. too, is of our selection. Can a body with ...
8:43 a.m.
Letter: Drugs' high cost is deadly problem
The seniors are really being affected. Lots of seniors have meager incomes. The current Medicare plan does not seem to be working. It does not help our needy citizens. Our country needs a new and ...
8:42 a.m.
Letter: National forests should be kept roadless, pristine
During the Clinton administration, that proposal received more comments from the public than any proposal in history, and they were overwhelmingly in support of protecting the remaining roadless areas of our national forests.
8:42 a.m.
Editorial: Destructive secrecy
Deputy Attorney General Neil Rombardo, in an opinion Monday, called the board a "serial violator" of the open-meeting law. Unless the board agrees to a settlement in which the regents acknowledge they've broken the law ...
8:40 a.m.
Editorial: Tax cap can wait till '05
He was referring to the 1978 initiative petition known as Proposition 13, passed by 65 percent of California voters. By fixing property taxes at 1 percent of the owner's purchase price, the constitutional amendment lowered ...
8:37 a.m.
Special meeting called to decide on funding for mental hospital
CARSON CITY -- The state Board of Examiners has scheduled a special meeting for Friday to act on an emergency appropriation of $2 million to operate a temporary 30-bed psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas to ...
8:36 a.m.
Tax-cap advocate shuns special session
CARSON CITY -- Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, who has been in the forefront of the drive to limit property tax increases, says she doesn't favor a special session of the Legislature to tackle the problem.
8:26 a.m.
Community briefs for July 28, 2004
Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., will hold its sixth annual Dance in the Desert Festival at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the campus' Nicholas ...
8:26 a.m.
Meth user, felon key witnesses in murder trial
Without a lot of physical evidence to support their murder case against a 20-year-old alleged gang associate, prosecutors on Tuesday staked their case on the testimony of a methamphetamine user and a three-time felon.
8:25 a.m.
Brother, sister found shot to death
A 57-year-old man shot and killed his 72-year-old sister Monday afternoon before committing suicide in an RV park in southeast Las Vegas, authorties said.
8:25 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Elite gather for KLVX documentary screening
Written by Shelan Davis and produced by KLVX Channel 10 and Reggie LaFrance, the film is third in a series about Nevada's Asian heritage. Island Mountain, a tiny mining community in Elko County, flourished from ...
8:15 a.m.
Energy Surplus: Pick-me-up drinks increase in variety, surge in popularity
And with more than twice as much caffeine as a can of Coca-Cola Classic, these and other energy drinks are becoming the beverage du jour for anyone looking for a quick pick-me-up.
8:15 a.m.

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