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Archive for March 24, 2004

Gasoline anxiety creeping eastward
One website that tracks the lowest gas prices is www.gasbuddy.com.
11:26 a.m.
Federal officials warn EOB of loss of money for programs
Federal officials told board members from the Las Vegas Valley's largest nonprofit agency Tuesday that the agency needs to show them its early childhood programs are being well-run or could lose millions of dollars in ...
11:21 a.m.
Sixth person charged in slaying
Gerald Wilks faces murder charges along with five teenagers in the death of Jared Whaley, who disappeared last year while walking to school.
11:21 a.m.
News briefs for March 24, 2004
The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Rudiberto Guerrero, who was sentenced to two life terms with the possibility of parole after 20 years.
11:20 a.m.
Rescinding school names considered
When the scandal surrounding Assemblyman Wendell Williams, D-Las Vegas, reached a peak last fall and cost him his job at Las Vegas City Hall, some community members asked whether the Clark County School District would ...
11:17 a.m.
Neal says he will not seek re-election
Joe Neal announced today that he will not seek re-election to the state Senate seat he has held since 1972.
11:16 a.m.
Pupfish concerns could hurt water plan
CARSON CITY -- The federal government is raising fears that the endangered desert pupfish, found only at Devil's Hole in Nye County, could be at risk if the Southern Nevada Water Authority is allowed to ...
11:16 a.m.
Nuke waste adds to rail security concerns
WASHINGTON -- As Spain continues to mourn for the 190 people killed in the terrorist train bombings of March 11, U.S. government and railroad officials said Tuesday that their nation's passenger and freight rail lines ...
11:16 a.m.
U.S. loses WTO ruling covering online gambling
Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean island nation, has won a World Trade Organization ruling in a finding that U.S. legislation criminalizing online betting violates WTO commercial services accords.
11:15 a.m.
Procuring medical marijuana difficult
John Powell admits that he's not very good at growing marijuana.
11:11 a.m.
Officials: LV monorail won't be invincible
The March 11 bombings of commuter trains in Madrid reminded some observers of potential vulnerabilities of the Las Vegas monorail, which backers hope will be a centerpiece of mass transit in the city's future.
11:11 a.m.
James cites family issues in resignation
Clark County Commissioner Mark James, who took office 15 months ago and represents a huge swath of the county including Spring Valley, shocked county leaders Tuesday by resigning his position effective April 2.
11:09 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: PUC not likely to help public
The utility is racking up millions of dollars in legal bills looking to blame everyone but itself for its bad financial decisions, and we continue to be asked to foot the bill.
11:09 a.m.
New police positions caught in budget crunch
The bad news outweighed the good in a report on Clark County's financial picture delivered Tuesday by county management.
11:09 a.m.
Survivor describes dual slayings
A woman who witnessed the slaying of her sister and her friend in a desert area in southwest Las Vegas before she was herself was shot twice in the head told jurors her story of ...
11:06 a.m.
New Yucca legal firm is named
WASHINGTON -- International law firm Hunton & Williams will replace Winston & Strawn as the Energy Department's legal counsel for the Yucca Mountain project, the department announced today.
11:03 a.m.
Valenti touts film industry in his final ShoWest speech
In his 37th and last speech as president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) at ShoWest in Las Vegas, Jack Valenti told an audience of movie theater owners Tuesday that the ...
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Gas CEO's retirement announced
Southwest Gas Corp. of Las Vegas on Tuesday announced the retirement of Chief Executive Michael Maffie, effective in June.
11:00 a.m.
Gaming briefs for March 24, 2004
The developer of The Venetian hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip has signed an agreement to build a hotel-casino adjacent to a London soccer stadium, according to British media accounts.
10:56 a.m.
Teens arrested after shots fired at police
The boy and the 17-year-old driver of the car were arrested minutes later after the car crashed at Lake Mead Boulevard and Simmons Street.
10:53 a.m.
40 arrests made in drug case
The goal of the task force was to identify street-level drug dealers, focusing on gang members and associates in downtown Las Vegas.
10:52 a.m.
Sports briefs for March 24. 2004
Billy Gillispie today accepted the coaching job at Texas A&M after taking UTEP from 24 losses to 24 wins and nearly upsetting Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
10:44 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Gorbachev rushin' to Herculean summit
Seems that former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was likely availing himself of some pretty Western entertainment options when he was not presiding over the land once known as "The Evil Empire."
10:32 a.m.
Henderson woman shines light on jobless problems
The bus took off and Nevada almost wasn't on it.
10:00 a.m.
Names of final victims in Air Force crash released
Military authorities on Tuesday released the final two identities of people killed in last week's crash of an Air Force plane on the Nevada Test and Training Range.
9:59 a.m.
Pilot killed in crash identified
Albright was the pilot and lone passenger aboard a Piper Tomahawk owned by Chuck Herrmann, owner of Desert Southwest Airlines, a flight school at Henderson Executive Airport.
9:59 a.m.
Census indicates Nevada children face high risks
A new census report shows children in Nevada are faced with risk factors on many fronts, from living in a home other than their parents' to being more likely to live in rented housing, which ...
9:51 a.m.
Editorial: Shell shock won't serve state's needs
Studies consistently show that extra time in kindergarten better prepares all students, not just those in at-risk schools. Knowing this, the Nevada State Board of Education this week resolved to make longer kindergarten classes a ...
9:48 a.m.
High-ranking for LV walking draws criticism
Las Vegas ranked 27th among the 125 best cities for walking, according to the second annual "Walking City Competition" study, conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association and sponsored by Prevention Magazine.
9:47 a.m.
Jean prison being considered for housing youth offenders
CARSON CITY -- The state prison in Jean might have to reopen to handle the increasing number of young criminals, the state Department of Corrections says.
9:44 a.m.
Rules on taverns discussed
Principal Planner for North Las Vegas, Marc Jordan, presented a slide show comparing current tavern regulations in North Las Vegas with those in Henderson, Las Vegas, unincorporated Clark County, Mesquite and Boulder City.
9:44 a.m.
Union, county continue battle
A Clark County budget discussion Tuesday reopened a simmering battle between the county's employee unions, including the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, and the county management.
9:39 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Hylands capture LVCC's husband-wife tournament title
Course and weather conditions last weekend for the Las Vegas Country Club's annual Husband and Wife Tournament were positively magnificent -- as was the play of Tom and Debby Hyland.
9:39 a.m.
Steichen getting feel for offense
Shane Steichen was discouraged at first when he had his redshirt taken off during the 10th week of his freshman season.
9:39 a.m.
European Union hits Microsoft with record fine, orders business changes
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union declared Microsoft Corp. guilty of abusing its "near monopoly" with Windows to foil competitors in other markets and hit the software giant with a record $613 million fine today.
9:30 a.m.
Attorneys trying to figure out laws governing replacement
Clark County and state attorneys were trying to figure out the laws regarding the replacement of outgoing Commissioner Mark James on Tuesday.
9:30 a.m.
James' resignation surprises many in Las Vegas political circles
Shock waves rippled through Las Vegas political circles Tuesday at the news of the resignation of Clark County Commissioner Mark James.
9:29 a.m.
Lady Rebels falter in final round, but come home on a positive spin
Parked in second place after two days at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, the UNLV women's golf team felt pretty good about its chance of adding a second tournament championship this season.
9:25 a.m.
Letter: Mike's memories of his boyhood will be missed
A number of years ago, when the Sun building was on Valley View Boulevard, I was walking toward it one day when I was greeted by Mike. He got out of his car and offered ...
9:23 a.m.
Letter: Bush has failed the country
This president has to be the worst of all time. Forget his abysmal military record -- the man has failed this country in every area, including the economy, the environment, job creation, education, Medicare, Social ...
9:22 a.m.
Letter: War in Iraq was not justified
The facts are that the fledgling Bush administration had ample warning about potential terrorist activities against the U.S., including briefings by President Clinton's national security adviser Sandy Berger, a personal warning from Berger to his ...
9:21 a.m.
Editorial: Water studies needed
The water authority wants to bypass studies and begin drawing 17,000 acre-feet a year from rural areas north of Las Vegas in Clark and Lincoln counties. The impact here in Las Vegas is known -- ...
9:21 a.m.
Lady Rebels expect WNIT shootout
It might be appropriate that the cheerleader who normally runs onto the court with the gigantic UNLV flag replace it with a Mountain West Conference banner when the Lady Rebels go against Western Kentucky in ...
9:21 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: West Coast teams conspicuous by their tournament absence
Something in the water, perhaps?
9:19 a.m.
Owner shares blame in Haege's penalty
Any attorney worth his retainer advocates for his clients through the good and the bad.
9:18 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- SEMI QUEEN -- Draws good post for straight 2-furlong drag race, Espinoza up, Queen to be crowned with diploma? LOTTA LOOT -- Nakatani sees enough to ride, draws outside post, backers hope ...
9:09 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Unser to start IRL season late at Indianapolis
Despite having a broken hip and no contract to drive a racecar, Al Unser Jr. remained confident that he would return to the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series this season.
9:08 a.m.
Residents briefed on military's depleted uranium munitions
Nellis Air Force Base officials fielded questions from people attending an environmental assessment meeting Tuesday on what to do with depleted uranium left from live fire exercises near Indian Springs.
9:04 a.m.
State takes bids for prison firm
CARSON CITY -- The state has started accepting bids from private companies to run the women's prison in North Las Vegas after Corrections Corp. of America pulls out Oct. 1.
9:03 a.m.
Regent plans to run for Neal's Senate seat
University Regent Linda Howard announced Tuesday she will run for the state Senate seat that has been held by Sen. Joe Neal for 32 years.
9:00 a.m.
Homecoming planned for soldiers
The 257th, commanded by Capt. Jonathan Cox, logged more than 2 million miles transporting M1 Abrams tanks, bulldozers and supplies for the war and rebuilding efforts since they landed in Kuwait on April 6, 2003.
8:59 a.m.
Plea deal made in securities fraud
One of the key figures in a group alleged to have created and sold fraudulent shell corporations as part of a multimillion-dollar securities fraud scheme pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to defraud the United States, ...
8:58 a.m.
Obituaries for March 24, 2004
Tony L. Ainsworth, 39, of Las Vegas died Wednesday in Las Vegas. He was born May 28, 1964, in Los Angeles. A resident for 12 years, he was a carpenter.
8:54 a.m.
Iowa panel OKs table games at racetracks
DES MOINES, Iowa -- It could be weeks before the Iowa Senate debates a gambling bill as lawmakers await a settlement involving the state's tax rate for casinos.
8:51 a.m.
Schwarzenegger fights changes to federal act
SACRAMENTO -- Congress should retain state limits on a new class of gambling machines that, if unregulated, would severely hurt California's chances to renegotiate tribal casino compacts and demand a share of gaming profits, Gov. ...
8:51 a.m.
Community briefs for March 24, 2004
Greenspun Middle School's Walk for Diabetes is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
8:38 a.m.
Citizens of Distinction will be honored
Florence McClure will be honored for her pioneering advocacy on behalf of victims of rape and incarcerated women.
8:37 a.m.
Clothing drive helps Catholic Charities
Coats, clothes and shoes may be dropped off at all Village East Cleaners locations between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through April 9. Village East Cleaners locations: 11041 S. Eastern Ave.; 2301 E. Sunset, ...
8:37 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Community honors Gorbachev at Lake Las Vegas
Guests, ferried to the party by their choice of limousine or helicopter, included scores of business leaders, including Camille and Larry Ruvo of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, sponsors of the exquisite evening with ...
8:22 a.m.
Pasta AND Present: Muscis overcome career obstacles to open Italian restaurant in Las Vegas
Their book would contain all the traditional elements: Love at first sight, chance encounters, fortunes gained and lost, and a journey spanning thousands of miles.
8:21 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Fashionable options for toddlers
Such familiar names as Florence Eiseman and Lilly Pulitzer have been dressing kids and teens for many years, but there were many names that were new to me -- Juicy Couture, Plum Pudding, Monkey Wear, ...
8:13 a.m.

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