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Archive for November 9, 2004

Tuesday's Sports Transactions
National League
11:42 a.m.
WellPoint, Anthem rise on report Garamendi to relent
Shares of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and Anthem Inc. rose after the Sacramento Bee reported that California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi will drop his opposition to the insurers' planned $16.4 billion combination.
11:15 a.m.
Auditors give School District clean financial bill of health
Independent auditors gave the Clark County School District's finances and operations a generally clean bill of health, a new report indicates.
11:14 a.m.
Wynn unveils tower details
A second planned hotel tower at Wynn Las Vegas is expected to include 1,500 suites at a cost of about $900 million, Wynn Resorts Ltd. announced Monday.
11:12 a.m.
Drivers ignore water hazards
Scores of city and county public works crews stayed busy this morning cleaning debris left in roadways throughout the Las Vegas Valley after two days of rain.
11:10 a.m.
Desert Shores gives a big lift with turf removal program
With four man-made lakes in the center of its 682 acres, the Desert Shores community in the northwest Las Vegas Valley is probably not the place that comes to mind when people think about conserving ...
11:09 a.m.
MTR to take over Binion's in March
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has decided not to extend a one-year option to manage Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas and will instead transfer management of the historic casino to MTR Gaming Group Inc. in March.
11:08 a.m.
Southwest Gas rate hike set for approval
State utilities regulator Carl Linvill is recommending the approval of a $30.6 million rate increase for Southwest Gas Corp. of Las Vegas.
11:08 a.m.
Navy jet crashes north of Nellis
A Navy F-18 Hornet crashed this morning about 15 miles north of Nellis Air Force Base.
11:06 a.m.
LV again considered cruel to homeless
Once again this year, a national group that works with the homeless says Las Vegas is mean to them, and once again city officials say it ain't so.
11:05 a.m.
Union: Mediator helping with Mandalay negotiations
Negotiations between the Operating Engineers Local 501 and three Mandalay Resort Group properties have improved with the help of a federal mediator, a union leader said.
11:04 a.m.
Augustine impeachment set to begin Wednesday
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn today called the Legislature into a special session to start Wednesday for the historic impeachment proceedings against Controller Kathy Augustine, accused of misconduct in office.
11:03 a.m.
Stabbed 12-year-old identified attacker
On the way to the hospital Monday, a 12-year-old boy who had a butcher knife stuck in his chest told paramedics, "James is drunk and he did this to me," police reports note.
11:02 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Augustine is unlikely to get a fair shake
On the eve of Wednesday's special session of the Legislature, Augustine and her high-powered lawyers already are challenging the propriety of the proceedings.
11:01 a.m.
Supermodels visit Las Vegas
Supermodels visit Las Vegas
11:01 a.m.
Different cause of death is suggested
In the trial of the two alleged killers of Ted Binion, the battle of the medical experts is now fully engaged.
11:00 a.m.
Ex-detective dealt drugs, jury told
After he lost his job as a North Las Vegas narcotics detective, William Brooks became a drug dealer and used his expertise to teach others how to avoid getting busted, prosecutors told a jury on ...
11:00 a.m.
FCC bars states from regulating VoIP terms
Putting the muscle of regulations behind comments made by Chairman Michael Powell in Las Vegas late last month, the Federal Communications Commission this morning barred states from regulating the emerging Voice-over Internet Protocol telephone technology.
10:58 a.m.
Sierra Pacific quarterly earnings miss estimates
Sierra Pacific Resources, parent company of Nevada Power Co. of Las Vegas, this morning reported quarterly net income of $90.6 million, or 50 cents a share.
10:55 a.m.
LVCVA budget will pump up advertising
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority today made sure it could afford to tell even more prospective visitors that what happens here, stays here.
10:55 a.m.
Company charged in sale of Enron bonds
Over 200 brokers at H&R Block's investments unit, H&R Block Financial Advisors Inc., sold the bonds to 820 customers in 40 states without telling them how risky the bonds were, according to a statement by ...
10:54 a.m.
HIPAA still causing hiccups
Many medical patients and their loved ones are still confused by their rights and responsibilities under a federal law that took effect more than a year ago that protects patient information and privacy, some health ...
10:53 a.m.
On-campus clinic offers much-needed care to kids
Hearing tests, immunizations and even dental services: Martinez Elementary School students will get it all, thanks to the generosity of more than two dozen community agencies, foundations and individuals.
10:37 a.m.
Sports briefs for November 9, 2004
Kansas was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press' preseason men's Top 25, marking the 13th consecutive season the Jayhawks have been ranked 11th or higher in the first men's poll.
10:31 a.m.
Saturday night live
A howl exploded between the swank club Light queue and the luxurious Bellagio race and sports book very early three Sundays ago.
9:38 a.m.
$1.1 million Yucca allocation helps deplete emergency fund
CARSON CITY -- Approval Monday by the Legislative Interim Finance Committee of spending $2.1 million to continue the battle against Yucca Mountain and to help fix problems at the Sawyer State Office Building has left ...
9:34 a.m.
Centennial plans continue to grow
The Las Vegas Centennial committee heard plans Monday from people who want a piece of the 100-year celebration.
9:34 a.m.
$1 million OK'd for Sawyer building
CARSON CITY -- The Legislative Interim Finance Committee Monday approved spending $1 million to take the exterior tiles off the sides of the Sawyer State Office Building in downtown Las Vegas.
9:33 a.m.
Minimum wage vote confuses employers, workers
Some minimum-wage workers -- and their employers -- have been left confused by the Nov. 2 vote to approve an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage by $1.
9:33 a.m.
No one expecting Cheyenne-Gorman altercation encore
Cheyenne (8-2, 4-1 NW) vs. Bishop Gorman (8-2, 5-0 SW) 7 p.m. Friday Piggott Stadium at Valley High School Eastern at Karen, Winchester
9:27 a.m.
Obituaries for November 9, 2004
Evelyn Godwin, 75, of Las Vegas died Thursday in Las Vegas. She was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Cleveland. A resident for 52 years, she was a retired minister.
9:26 a.m.
Letter: GOP to blame for any bad news
Draft-dodger Dick Cheney said in so many words that if John Kerry is elected, we will be attacked again. If and when there is a second attack during Bush's watch, they will not be able ...
9:24 a.m.
Letter: Bush's harsh, senseless agenda to be lamented
They said yes to prisoner-of-war abuse, out-of-control deficits, national energy policies written by big oil companies and adding bigotry to the U.S. Constitution
9:24 a.m.
Prominent poker player 'Skyhawk' Flaton dies at 64
After watching Henderson gambler Ken Flaton spread his arms and scoop up pot after pot in a poker tournament, the late Stu "The Kid" Ungar commented that Flaton swooped down on piles of chips like ...
9:23 a.m.
Heavy mettle
Saturday's heavyweight card in New York:
9:22 a.m.
Editorial: Deceptive advertising
A proposed federal regulation, you see, would require private insurers to tell these policyholders in writing that the federal government's new prescription drug plan offers "greater value" than their own policies. Millions of seniors have ...
9:21 a.m.
Editorial: Reform idea has problems
Collins is right in pointing out the "perception" of influence buying that overcomes voters when commissioners accept large donations from the very businesses they regulate. But we have reservations about his initial recommendation. He is ...
9:20 a.m.
Promoter, boxer found guilty of rigging fight
A Maryland boxer and a South Carolina boxing promoter were found guilty Monday of throwing an August 2000 heavyweight fight in Las Vegas.
9:18 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Lockout lets a star shine on Alaska
It was 11:15 a.m. Monday, and Scott Gomez and about eight of his Alaska Aces teammates were fashionably late for a morning skate at the Orleans Arena -- not an uncommon occurrence when an ECHL ...
9:18 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Earnhardt creeps up to 3rd in Nextel race
With his victory Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the biggest move of any of the 10 drivers in the hunt for the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.
9:17 a.m.
Rare night for NHL to celebrate as new class joins Hall of Fame
TORONTO -- For 22 years, Ray Bourque had been preparing for Monday night. As he played each game of his National Hockey League career, he wasn't cognizant of how special he was, didn't want to ...
9:14 a.m.
SEC steps up inquiry of broker trading
U.S. regulators stepped up a probe of at least 12 firms including Merrill Lynch & Co. and Charles Schwab Corp., examining whether the brokers profited at customers' expense when trading Nasdaq stocks, people familiar with ...
9:13 a.m.
Salvation Army says ban may cost $9 million
That's about 10 percent of the $93 million in U.S. kettle donations received last Christmas, said Major George Hood, the Salvation Army's national community relations secretary, in an interview from the charity's U.S. headquarters in ...
9:13 a.m.
FCC bars states from regulating Web-call pricing
The Federal Communications Commission voted in Washington to declare that Internet-phone services should be subject only to certain federal regulations.
9:13 a.m.
Wannstedt quitting job in Miami
Dave Wannstedt's latest loss with the Miami Dolphins was his last.
9:11 a.m.
Nantkes unsure if he'll return
UNLV quarterback Kurt Nantkes has limped through games with what would eventually be diagnosed as a dislocated pubic bone. He has taken his share of blindside hits from blitzing linebackers, and he has had to ...
9:10 a.m.
Wednesday's horse racing entries
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9:06 a.m.
Racetracks, casinos preparing for new gaming options
New electronic games are expected in the tribal casinos by spring and by summer at Remington Park racetrack.
9:01 a.m.
Gaming board appointment of former legislator invalidated
The state constitution prohibits former Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy from being named to the $145,000-a-year state job before his term expires Nov. 30, even though he resigned his Franklin County seat two months ago, the ...
9:01 a.m.
Tribe pitches its own casino in southern part of state
Fort Sill Apache tribal chairman Jeff Houser said he still intends to pursue a New Mexico casino near El Paso, Texas, after members of his tribe voted last year to explore it.
8:56 a.m.
Seminole tribe spent $5 million trying to stop slots
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Seminole Tribe, which boasts of clearing the path for gambling on reservations 25 years ago, spent more than $5 million trying to defeat a proposal that could bring slot machines to ...
8:55 a.m.
NHP radio system operating
CARSON CITY -- After periodic problems, the new $14 million radio system for the Nevada Highway Patrol is up and running in the Las Vegas area, officials said Monday.
8:34 a.m.
Small plane lands safely with wheels up
The pilot, who was practicing takeoffs and landings at the airport, was alone in the plane and was not injured, Sanchez said.
8:33 a.m.
VETERANS DAY CLOSINGS
ACTIVITIES: The Veterans Day parade begins at 10 a.m. on Fourth Street from Gass Avenue to Ogden Avenue. A celebration ceremony at the Gobel-Lowden Veterans Museum starts at 11 a.m. A remembrance ceremony at the ...
8:33 a.m.
Woman injured in five-vehicle accident
The accident, which occurred on Gowan Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard, took place when a pick-up truck collided with the rear of a small Daihatsu automobile, said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Dan Ewing ...
8:33 a.m.
Project planned for Hispanic students
Participants will attend twice-monthly meetings, beginning 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Las Vegas Library, 2300 Civic Center Drive, North Las Vegas. Both the student and parent must be willing to attend the scheduled meetings ...
8:21 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Club gives grown-up life lessons
Little boys argued playfully over their game at one of the billiards tables. Other children played board games in twos and threes.
8:20 a.m.
Green Valley High science teacher receives top honor
Scott Panik went to a Green Valley High School faculty meeting last week without expectations. He left named Nevada Teacher of the Year.
8:19 a.m.
Wave of the Future?
For more than 10 years Ramsey Singer has started his weekdays with a shower, a cup of coffee and Howard Stern.
8:19 a.m.
Mural project will involved community
The plan is to create more than 100 permanent and temporary murals throughout the community that reflect the history and culture of Las Vegas in celebration of its 100th birthday in 2005.
8:18 a.m.
Community briefs for November 9, 2004
The Trauma Intervention Program will celebrate its annual Heroes With Heart dinner at 6 p.m. Friday in the Four Seasons' Ballroom to honor emergency responders (police, fire, hospitals, citizens and volunteers) who go above and ...
8:18 a.m.
Books, toys sought for drive
The donations will be distributed to local hospitals and children's facilities, organizers said. Hospitals on the list include University Medical Center, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Sunrise Children's Hospital, Child Haven and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.
8:18 a.m.
Immunization schedule for November 9, 2004
HENDERSON PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER: 129 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Building A, Suite 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
8:17 a.m.

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