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Archive for May 24, 2004

Kids take a lesson from ducks
When 2-year-old Lucia Gomes entered the Las Vegas Municipal Pool area at 2 p.m. Sunday, she was crying, terrified to go near the water.
12:54 p.m.
News briefs for May 24, 2004
A Las Vegas man is among 14 men from California, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Nevada named in federal indictments released Friday in Reno charging federal firearms violations.
12:54 p.m.
Water Authority denies it has deal with Northern California
A spokesman for Las Vegas' public water wholesaler said a recent report that his agency was considering buying water supplies from a rural area near San Francisco is off the mark.
12:54 p.m.
Proposed VA hospital top priority for funding
WASHINGTON -- Clark County's new veterans hospital stands to gain $60 million to pay for its design and purchase of land, based on an announcement made by Veterans Administration Secretary Anthony Principi Friday.
12:54 p.m.
Blimp crashes in North Las Vegas
A ground crew was assisting with a routine takeoff from North Las Vegas Airport about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. A ground crew was holding a guideline when an apparent gust of wind caused the pilot ...
12:54 p.m.
One man is still living at Sky-Vue mobile home park
More than three weeks after Las Vegas city officials forced the closure and evacuation of Sky-Vue Mobile Home Park, it is still being occupied, in violation of the city's April 26 declaration that it was ...
12:53 p.m.
Businessmen named to Miss. gaming board
JACKSON, Miss. -- Former Gulf Coast shipyard president Jerry St. Pe' and Tunica farmer-businessman Nolen Canon were named to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, which regulates the state's casino industry.
12:52 p.m.
Gaming briefs for May 24, 2004
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Colorado casino revenue was down in April when compared with the previous month.
12:51 p.m.
Battle lines emerge in remote gaming debate
Battle lines are being drawn between opposing sides of issues surrounding intrastate remote gaming -- gambling using high-tech devices that allow gamblers to wager without being on a casino floor.
12:50 p.m.
Station Casinos claims key patent victory
Station Casinos Inc. today said it won partial victories in a drawn-out patent dispute with Harrah's Entertainment Inc. that has implications for casinos nationwide.
11:54 a.m.
Gurrola set to leave Gaming Commission
Commissioner Augie Gurrola, whose third four-year term on the commission expired April 27, has agreed to stay on the board until a replacement is named by Gov. Kenny Guinn. A spokesman for Guinn said today ...
11:46 a.m.
GOP touting jobs growth in Nevada, other states
State Republicans beamed Friday when new statistics showed that job growth in Nevada and other battleground states continues to improve.
11:06 a.m.
Police find missing child with dad
The father, Ian Held, 28, was arrested on seven outstanding traffic warrants and charges of possession of narcotics paraphernalia, child endangerment and child abuse. There were no abduction charges filed, police said.
11:06 a.m.
Water treatment plant goes high-tech
Las Vegas officials today celebrated $200 million in improvements to a public utility many area residents prefer not to think about.
11:05 a.m.
A $1 surcharge on UNLV games would benefit academics
UNLV Rebel fans would have to fork over an extra $1 per ticket to attend basketball or football games if university regents approve a proposal to use the proceeds for college academic programs.
11:05 a.m.
Opponents of water plan take trip to make point
A caravan of conservationists set off Friday from Las Vegas on a cross-state tour to take a firsthand look at the proposed use of rural ground water to slake thirsts in urban Southern Nevada.
11:05 a.m.
New power plant dedicated
The Silverhawk Power Station, a 570-megawatt power plant at the Apex Industrial Park 20 miles north of Las Vegas, was dedicated this morning. The plant was built by GenWest LLC, a subsidiary of Phoenix-based Pinnacle ...
10:58 a.m.
Prison program records profit
CARSON CITY -- State corrections officials want to build an industrial park next to the High Desert State Prison near Indian Springs to provide more work opportunities for inmates.
10:57 a.m.
Mall design planned for new Rancho High
Knowing many of his students prefer the mall to the classroom, Rancho High School Principal Robert Chesto can't wait to give his kids exactly what they want.
10:56 a.m.
Sales tax increase sought for more cops
The Metro Police Financial Oversight Committee voted this morning for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to approve a sales tax increase to pay for more officers.
10:55 a.m.
Timeline set for overhaul at EOB offices
Members of the board that governs the Economic Opportunity Board met with state officials Friday to hammer out a timeline for creating a new board, bringing in a temporary director and hiring someone to deal ...
10:54 a.m.
ICSC brings flurry of retail announcements
Steve Wynn has disclosed plans for a variety of unique stores at his Wynn Las Vegas megaresort now under construction -- plans of great interest to the 34,000 retail industry executives in Las Vegas this ...
10:50 a.m.
Tech firm's chief speaks out on accounting scandal
Introductions were the first order of business for Kenneth Cron as tech giant Computer Associates' annual Las Vegas convention got under way Sunday night.
10:48 a.m.
Business briefs for May 24, 2004
NEW YORK -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed suit against former New York Stock Exchange chairman and chief executive Richard Grasso, the exchange itself and former exchange board member Kenneth Langone today, claiming ...
10:48 a.m.
Political parties fan out to register new voters
Republican volunteers walked northwest and southwest valley neighborhoods on Saturday and registered about 128 people, party executive director Chris Carr said. The party had previously sent out registration forms through the mail and registered at ...
10:43 a.m.
Columnist Ralph Siraco: Smarty mania has arrived -- and it's thriving
By now I'm sure you realize it's a Smarty Jones world and we just live in it.
10:38 a.m.
Sports briefs for May 24, 2004
Michelle Wie received a special exemption today to play in the U.S. Women's Open, the first time an amateur has been given a free pass to the biggest tournament in women's golf.
10:36 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Dion's absence leads to absurdities
A rumor has been sweeping through the local entertainment community that Celine Dion has been using a lookalike stand-in, with matching hairdo and costumes, to perform some of her more difficult aerial stage activities.
10:32 a.m.
Obituaries for May 24, 2004
William Jennings Bryant, 73, of Las Vegas died Saturday in a local care center. A retired chef, he was born May 3, 1931, in Jackson, Tenn.
9:42 a.m.
Police find missing child with his father
A 2-year-old Las Vegas child who was reported missing by his mother Saturday morning was found early today being pushed in a stroller by his father in front of the Stratosphere, Metro Police said.
9:42 a.m.
Romesburg relishes challenge of Florida job
If Nevada State College President Kerry Romesburg is offered and accepts the presidency at Florida's Jacksonville University, the veteran college administrator would face challenges he has never dealt with before.
9:25 a.m.
Boy suspect in attempted murder
Officers say Mario Velasco, 13, had been arguing with the victim, 30-year-old Ramon Renteria, who lived in the Velasco's apartment complex in the 2800 block of Stewart Avenue. The boy then pulled out a gun ...
9:24 a.m.
Metro keeps pace with growth, but still behind on officer ratio
The hiring of Metro Police officers and civilian staffers has kept pace with the growing population of Clark County since 1999, according to an efficiency study scheduled to be presented at a meeting this morning.
9:22 a.m.
Woman's bail set in bike fatality
A woman accused of being under the influence of drugs when she drove her car into an 8-year-old bicyclist had her bail set at $35,000 on Friday in North Las Vegas Justice Court.
9:21 a.m.
Rebels' late collapse lands them No. 3 seed
Because the UNLV baseball team couldn't get three outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at New Mexico Saturday, it will have to get 27 against Air Force Wednesday.
9:16 a.m.
Reid works on transportation bill
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been selected to help finalize a multibillion-dollar transportation bill that will guide Nevada highway and transit projects for the next six years.
9:15 a.m.
State hopes to keep lid on cost of construction
CARSON CITY -- State Public Works Manager Dan O'Brien says full-time inspectors will be hired on major projects to prevent a repeat of the problems that plagued the construction of the Lied Library at University ...
9:15 a.m.
Vegas pitch has rival impressed
In the aftermath of Major League Baseball's quarterly meetings late last week, a chief figure who is attempting to lure the Montreal Expos to Norfolk, Va., said Las Vegas is a better option for the ...
9:11 a.m.
SBC, union report some progress in talks
SAN ANTONIO -- SBC Communications Inc. and a union representing 100,000 striking telephone workers both reported some progress toward a new contract Sunday but said sizable hurdles still had to be cleared.
9:11 a.m.
Local drivers qualify for spots in field of 33
The 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take the green flag on Sunday with a full field off 33 cars, including a pair driven by Henderson residents Al Unser Jr. and Richie Hearn.
9:11 a.m.
Loss ends Vegas' shot at playoffs
LOS ANGELES -- Here lie the Las Vegas Gladiators, a season full of promise buried beneath a heaping mound of dirt they shoveled atop their own grave before vainly trying to shoot a hand to ...
9:10 a.m.
Crisp totes Centennial to 4A title
Three months of dominance bought Centennial just three hours of cushion at the state softball tournament in Carson City. And because Shannon Crisp was suffering through arguably her worst day in three years, the Bulldogs ...
9:08 a.m.
Triple play led to C-M's demise
CARSON CITY -- In a flash, Jake Johnson snared Joel Reese's liner at his shoelaces, stepped on third base and threw to second as players and fans alike took a second to process what happened.
9:08 a.m.
Fare increase dropped
Fare increase dropped
9:06 a.m.
Area student-athletes shined on and off their playing fields
Excellence in the classroom, on the fields and courts and in the community is the hallmark of this year's NIAA/Las Vegas Sun Top 10 Student-Athletes presented by Lifetouch Photography.
9:04 a.m.
Letter: Do not excuse Clinton's lies
Bill Clinton was not impeached for his "sex life." He was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton's pathological lying didn't end with his sex life either. Not by a long shot. Remember that ...
8:42 a.m.
Letter: Kerry consistent on Yucca dump
At least Kerry has a consistent history on his position. That's more than what President Bush can say in light of what he promised Nevadans in 2000, and what he and his administration did in ...
8:41 a.m.
Letter: Oil reserves must be released to lower gas prices
In his latest reminder, he used the war as justification for not releasing any of the U.S. oil reserves. Gasoline prices nearing $3 a gallon are "emergency" enough to have these reserves released.
8:41 a.m.
Editorial: Help keep kids safe
Just hours after Kids and Cars, a nonprofit organization (kidncars.org), wrapped up its presentation, a man was arrested by Henderson police for leaving his two children -- a 5-year-old girl and 5-week-old boy -- inside ...
8:39 a.m.
Editorial: City should abide by its commitment
The building's whole idea, dating back to the mid-1990s, was to bring the three main courts in Clark County -- Las Vegas Municipal Court, Clark County Justice Court and Clark County District Court -- together ...
8:39 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Sun Lite for May 24, 2004
A long holiday weekend is headed this way, and you know what that means: Hours spent fighting bumper-to-bumper traffic on the nation's highways, interrupted by a couple of days spent fighting crowds at cheesy vacation ...
8:19 a.m.
Chow Now: Menus, variety expanding at convenience stores
Healthy? Forget it.
8:16 a.m.
Brown can't get crowd to 'wake up'
A crowd of 1,400 appeared dumbstruck when James Brown finished without an encore Friday night at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
8:10 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Experience at resort is uplifting
And people are still riding it -- not to ski but to admire the trees and snow-capped peaks and to suck in some of that fabulous mountain air.
8:10 a.m.

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