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Archive for March 23, 2004

Insanity defense raised in killings
Alfonso "Slinkey" Blake, 33, entered the plea in the March 5, 2003, deaths of Sophear Choy, 19, and Priscilla Van Dine, 22, and the attempted murder of Kim Choy, 23.
11:12 a.m.
Water plan foes cite need for studies
CARSON CITY -- The federal government wants years of studies before the state allows the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump water from rural valleys to serve the growing population of Las Vegas.
11:09 a.m.
Stock markets fluctuating as investors seek direction
NEW YORK -- Investors heartened by good earnings news sent stocks higher as they sought bargains today, one day after the Dow Jones industrial average nearly fell below the 10,000 mark.
11:08 a.m.
Gorbachev says U.S. wrong to invade Iraq
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday said the United States was wrong to invade Iraq before exhausting all diplomatic efforts and without the support of much of the international community.
11:07 a.m.
Las Vegas company purchases land for tribe
The proposed casino would include a 15-story hotel tower with 250 rooms, a 148,500 square-foot casino with 3,000 slot machines, 90 table games and a 750-seat bingo parlor. It also will include a health club, ...
11:06 a.m.
Documents show problems have dogged EOB for years
A review of minutes and other documents from the embattled Economic Opportunity Board suggests that there were signs of the nonprofit agency's current troubles more than a year ago.
11:06 a.m.
S&P outlook optimistic on Las Vegas, gaming industry
A healthier economy, strong convention bookings and a gradual return in high-roller play are expected to boost casino performance in Las Vegas this year compared to last, a major ratings agency said.
11:03 a.m.
Las Vegas home prices continue to soar
The median price of a new local home in February was $210,795, a 13 percent increase from February 2003's $186,581. The median new home price in January was $204,487, Home Builders Research Inc. reported.
11:02 a.m.
Change would slash $91 million from utility's rate hike
Public Utilities Commission member Adriana Escobar Chanos is proposing that the PUC cut Nevada Power Co.'s general rate case request from $133 million in additional annual revenue to $42 million.
11:01 a.m.
Details revealed on unique retail center
Developers of the first mixed-use "lifestyle" retail center in the Las Vegas area unveiled a new name and an interesting tenant mix today, with some of the stores opening for the first time in Henderson ...
11:00 a.m.
Gaming briefs for March 23, 2004
Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corp., Jack Binion's three-riverboat casino operation, reported Friday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the company expects its $1.45 billion sale to Harrah's Entertainment Inc. to close by the end ...
10:59 a.m.
Casino association, foes update websites
The American Gaming Association is sharpening a well-used tool in its long-running battle with casino foes nationwide.
10:58 a.m.
Man shot in robbery attempt in parking lot of Orleans
The attempted robbery occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. today.
10:56 a.m.
UNLV student claims dorm eviction unjust
Constitutional rights and a zero-tolerance policy on controlled substances were placed at odds during a student hearing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Monday afternoon.
10:52 a.m.
Three plane crash victims identified
Three of the five people killed last week when the Air Force plane they were flying in crashed about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Nevada Test and Training Range have been identified.
10:51 a.m.
Board urges kindergarten expansion
Expanding the state-funded kindergarten day from 120 minutes to 200 minutes of instructional time will be a top priority for the Nevada Board of Education in the 2005 legislative session, lawmakers were told Monday.
10:50 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Downtown developing an attitude
But if Barrick Gaming, which takes over four struggling downtown casinos on Thursday, does half of what it says it will do with the properties, then maybe there's hope after all.
10:49 a.m.
'Net gaming operator Cohen freed from prison
Internet gaming whiz Jay Cohen insisted on facing south to talk to a Sun reporter after his release Monday from the minimum-security Nellis Federal Prison Camp because, he said,"you're not supposed to look back."
10:48 a.m.
L.A. rehab center seen as model for Las Vegas
With the number of child prostitution arrests rising in Las Vegas, a group of local social service officials is exploring the possibility of setting up a rehabilitation facility to help young prostitutes turn their lives ...
10:48 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Fans line up at Mikels' 'Blood' letting
Now there's a good horror-movie line.
10:40 a.m.
Sports briefs for March 23, 2004
Bryant, 25, has said the two had consensual sex at a Vail-area resort where the woman worked. He faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of ...
10:30 a.m.
Pack in the house
As he's done for five years, Nevada-Reno coach Trent Johnson arrived in his office Monday morning at 6 and shut the door. Then Stanford coach Mike Montgomery phoned with congratulations, followed by Michigan State coach ...
10:28 a.m.
Targets with depleted uranium questioned
About 7,900 radioactive uranium rounds are fired at the 2.9 million-acre range every year, and those rounds are gathered and disposed of at low-level waste facilities, Nellis officials said.
9:41 a.m.
Court hears Nevada case on IDs
WASHINGTON -- Oral arguments were Tuesday in the Supreme Court case examining a Nevada law that requires people to identify themselves to police who are doing an investigation, even if they have done nothing wrong.
9:41 a.m.
Obituaries for March 23, 2004
Joseph F. Aliseo, 84, of Henderson died Sunday. He was born March 20, 1920, in Palermo, Italy. He was a retired tool and die maker, a World War II Army veteran, a member of the ...
9:36 a.m.
Lady Rebels enjoy home court edge in postseason
Although they are discovering there's no place like home during the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the Lady Rebels aren't exactly sure how they got there.
9:36 a.m.
Obesity could crush health system
It will take a combination of state agencies, school districts, medical professionals and private employers working together to alleviate the epidemic of obesity, legislators and experts said Monday.
9:36 a.m.
News briefs for March 23, 2004
An argument between two men in a convenience store Monday night apparently continued in a vacant lot behind the building, where a gunfight left a 27-year-old man dead, North Las Vegas Police said.
9:33 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: Law students get taste of boxing dispute
Sitting in the back of the classroom Monday at UNLV, I realized I have a tendency to at least philosophically side with a manager or a promoter when he has a contractual dispute with a ...
9:29 a.m.
Preps schedule
Baseball
9:28 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Lawsuit settlement near, Texas in line for 2nd Cup race
Less than six weeks after NASCAR chairman Brian France said he did not anticipate a settlement in a lawsuit filed against NASCAR by two Speedway Motorsports Inc. stockholders seeking a second Nextel Cup race for ...
9:27 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- BULITA -- Hustling Pedroza on freshman filly, draws good post for 2-furlong dash, boot 'n scoot here. DOUBLE D APPEAL -- Draws good box for straight sprint, Santiago up, Double stepping graduate? ...
9:27 a.m.
Haege benched for his tirade
Frank Haege's tantrum triathlon of headset toss, shirt slam and 25-yard sprint was a Thomas & Mack Center favorite, but Arena Football League commissioner David Baker apparently did not see much entertainment value.
9:26 a.m.
Marriage details emerge
Trisha Miller said Alfred "Chip" Centofanti, a successful lawyer, and his beautiful young wife, Virginia "Gina" Eisenman, appeared to have the perfect marriage in early 2000.
9:18 a.m.
Faculty discusses qualities for CCSN chief
Faculty members of the Community College of Southern Nevada said Monday night they were looking for a "proactive" school president to replace Ron Remington, who was demoted to faculty by regents in November.
9:17 a.m.
Software giant attacks proposed $615 million EU fine
With a tough ruling against Microsoft due Wednesday, trans-Atlantic tensions also began to rise as they did the last time the EU took on U.S. corporate giants and blocked the General Electric Co.'s planned deal ...
9:14 a.m.
Pension funds agitating for change at media giant
The investors, including the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the nation's largest pension fund, sent a letter to Disney Chairman George Mitchell on Monday requesting the meeting be scheduled immediately.
9:13 a.m.
Scaled-down gambling expansion plan offered
Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen, R-Manhattan, said her proposal was an alternative to "some sloppy, greed-driven measures" that have gained legislative support this session.
9:13 a.m.
Store owners, discouraged by lottery hassles, quit selling tickets
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. -- After five weeks of selling scratch-off tickets for Tennessee's new lottery, convenience store co-owners Randy and Karen Marsh decided they had had enough.
9:12 a.m.
No cause determined for fire that killed 12-year-old girl
The girl has been identified by the Clark County coroner's office as Abigail Click.
9:06 a.m.
Group home upgrades came too late to save pair
A plumber went to an assisted living home in eastern Las Vegas to install a fire sprinkler system Saturday, but it was too late, a fire department spokesman said.
9:06 a.m.
Neal is keeping them guessing
CARSON CITY -- Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, the first black elected to the state Senate, is considering not running for re-election, political sources say.
9:05 a.m.
Nellis unveils its war room
Already the home of the highest levels of training for Air Force pilots, Nellis Air Force Base now has a high-technology center for commanders to hone their decision-making abilities while directing aircraft and airmen during ...
9:05 a.m.
Letter: Slogan needs grim reminder
MARK CRONIN
8:47 a.m.
Letter: Sacrifices should be spread evenly
So all we have to do is be patient and all his campaign promises will come true. He is trying to instill in us a false sense of security. But we the people have to ...
8:47 a.m.
Letter: Gibbons defends No Child Left Behind Act
That is why I, along with a bipartisan majority in Congress, including every member of Nevada's congressional delegation, passed these historic reforms. Now, through accountability and flexibility, we will create an education system that truly ...
8:46 a.m.
Editorial: Money well spent
The 2003 Legislature acted none too soon in setting aside $1.5 million to begin the work associated with bringing a heart-transplant facility to Southern Nevada. As approved last week by the Board of Regents, which ...
8:46 a.m.
Editorial: Crowd's act has grown tiresome
Even though the Legislature received a green light to pass tax increases with a simple majority, lawmakers ultimately passed a tax hike with a two-thirds vote, a situation that should have made irrelevant any legal ...
8:45 a.m.
Immunization schedule for March 23, 2004
HENDERSON PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER: 129 W. Lake Mead Drive, Building A, Suite 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
8:37 a.m.
Nevadans will be honored for the arts
The Governor's Arts Awards recognize outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement, commitment and service to the arts.
8:36 a.m.
Community briefs for March 23, 2004
The Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center of Excellence, 100 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite No. 330, is offering whole birth yoga classes from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Rose Dominican Hospital's Siena Campus.
8:36 a.m.
UtopIan: Ian maintains idyllic relationship with fervent fans
She's an original troubadour whose longtime relationship with her fans is symbiotic.
8:30 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Doing the twist while on the job
At the Thomas & Mack Center.
8:10 a.m.

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