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News briefs for October 1, 2004
Two new cases of West Nile virus were reported in Clark County over the past week, the Clark County Health District said today, bringing the total number of people here sickened by the mosquito-borne disease ...
11:05 a.m.
Debate fails to sway Vegas party faithful
Area Republicans and Democrats strongly agreed on at least one point after the Thursday night presidential debate: Their candidate won.
11:02 a.m.
Control Board recommends OK of Venetian stock sale
CARSON CITY -- The state Gaming Control Board today recommended approval for Las Vegas Sands Corp. to sell up to $575 million in common stock to be used for such things as expansion into the ...
11:02 a.m.
Gaming briefs for October 1, 2004
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The state attorney general Thursday asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to referee a dispute over the appointment of a Democratic legislator to the body that will oversee implementation of slot-machine gambling.
11:01 a.m.
EPA announces settlement over Clean Water Act
Earlier this month the EPA ordered KB Home -- the valley's largest home builder -- to cease work on the Huntington subdivision, west of Fort Apache Road in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, after the ...
11:01 a.m.
FBI to interview valley's Muslims
FBI agents plan to begin interviewing members of the local Muslim community Monday in an attempt to gather information about possible terrorist attacks linked to November's election.
10:54 a.m.
Excerpts of Hoover Dam jumper's 911 call
Dispatcher: Dispatch. Isom 89-90
10:52 a.m.
Top administration official backs up Guinn on freeway
The Bush administration's top transportation official took aim Thursday at a Sierra Club lawsuit that, if upheld, could derail the U.S. 95 widening project.
10:51 a.m.
Judge delays new constitution for stagehands' union
A federal judge has ruled that two trustees appointed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to oversee IATSE Local 720 in April 2002 cannot implement a new constitution before an election to appoint ...
10:50 a.m.
Police release 911 recording
In a rapid-fire and businesslike but cordial manner, tourist Larry Joyce told a Metro Police 911 dispatcher Tuesday that "it was a (expletive) accident and it just spiraled out of control."
10:49 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Augustine should step aside
Augustine last week admitted to violating state ethics laws and abusing the public's trust by putting state employees to work on her 2002 re-election campaign. She agreed to pay a $15,000 fine.
10:48 a.m.
PUC defends proposed increase in gas rates
The staff of the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday defended a proposal to nearly double a rate increase request for Southwest Gas Corp.
10:47 a.m.
Valley firms sued by EEOC
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed separate federal lawsuits this week alleging three Las Vegas Valley businesses violated the civil rights of their workers.
10:46 a.m.
Commissioner apologizes to black group for comments
Clark County Commissioner Lynette Boggs McDonald gave a qualified apology Thursday night to a black political organization for comments printed last week that compared the Democratic Party to a modern plantation.
10:46 a.m.
Initiative to repeal tax hike won't be on ballot
CARSON CITY -- The initiative to repeal the $833.5 million tax increase apparently won't appear before the voters in November.
10:46 a.m.
Foundation wants to raise Harter pay
The UNLV Foundation's Board of Trustees wants to make sure President Carol Harter sticks around, and is willing to supplement her salary by $50,000 a year to keep her.
10:43 a.m.
Thousands of workers strike at seven Atlantic City casinos
ATLANTIC CITY -- About 10,000 cocktail waitresses, housekeepers and other casino employees went on strike today, but slot machines kept whirring as gambling workers stayed on the job.
10:39 a.m.
Krispy Kreme franchisee says casino locations still bring in dough
When Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. located a handful of manufacturing stores in Las Vegas casinos, many customers thought they'd be winners even if their luck was bad.
10:39 a.m.
Alliance Gaming Corp. warns of losses
The Las Vegas company said it expects to post a loss of 9 cents to 14 cents per share. That excludes a previously announced charge of 9 cents per share related to last month's $7.4 ...
10:39 a.m.
When it comes to rivals, Robinson gets it
Coach John Robinson's career records in his chief rivalry games while coaching at USC and UNLV:
10:30 a.m.
Williamson finds hope in year of the underdog
From Caesars Palace Heavyweights Klitschko...minus 500 350 Will go 5 rds...even Won't go 5 rds...minus 130
10:30 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Palace jewels
It didn't have a snazzy name, lasted only 13 years in its most permanent incarnation and was basically disassembled with a wrench.
10:29 a.m.
Sports briefs for October 1, 2004
Ricardo Mayorga did just about as much Thursday as any fight promoter would want in drumming up interest for his middleweight fight Saturday night in New York with former welterweight champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad, who's ...
10:13 a.m.
Wranglers find their goal scorer
When center Greg Day left for Europe, Las Vegas Wranglers coach Glen Gulutzan knew he had a hole to fill scoring-wise.
10:12 a.m.
Lawyers, feds talk Lewis plea bargain
Attorneys in Atlanta representing Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis and federal prosecutors are engaged in plea negotiations that could resolve a drug indictment against Lewis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.
10:12 a.m.
Columnist Sal DeFilippo: Jaguars flying high under the radar
The Indianapolis Colts scored 35 points in the first half last week.
10:05 a.m.
Saturday's matchup: UNLV (0-4) vs. UNR (2-2)
WHEN UNR HAS THE BALL UNR run offense vs. UNLV run defense Senior Chance Kretschmer seems to have bounced back from a knee injury on the first day of fall camp and had back-to-back 100-yard ...
10:01 a.m.
Yucca budget may have to wait
WASHINGTON -- A final Yucca Mountain project budget number will most likely not be known until after Election Day.
9:40 a.m.
Treasures owners work on reopening
The owners of Treasures, denied a liquor license by the Las Vegas City Council Sept. 15, apparently will fight to stay in Las Vegas. The strip club's general manager said Thursday the owners do not ...
9:39 a.m.
Drugstores look to expand pharmacist consultations -- and charge for them
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Jaime White helps her diabetes patients understand how to manage their blood sugar, checks their blood pressure and sometimes examines their feet for signs of nerve damage common to diabetes sufferers.
9:37 a.m.
Obituaries for October 1, 2004
Daniel G. Bechtol, 52, of Bland, Mo., died Tuesday in a local hospice. He was born May 9, 1952, in Coshocton, Ohio. A resident for 26 years, he was a retired Metro Police officer with ...
9:35 a.m.
Nuclear weapons material arrives at Nevada Test Site
WASHINGTON -- After two years of planning, the Nevada Test Site received its first shipment of nuclear material from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Thursday.
9:35 a.m.
Metro officer hurt in collision
Metro's traffic division was still investigating the collision, a police spokesman said.
9:34 a.m.
Congress may consider new nuke waste sites
WASHINGTON -- Congress next year may consider legislation that would establish new federal government sites for low-level radioactive waste.
9:34 a.m.
LV clinic to help cancer survivors with fertility
The conventional treatment for cancer is to poison the patient -- to bombard the body with harmful chemicals and radiation and hope the cancer cells die.
9:32 a.m.
Columnist Steve Guiremand: UNLV coach search stokes the hot stove
This just in: Reggie Theus says he'd be interested in the UNLV head football coaching job.
9:31 a.m.
School Board to consider new policies for dress
A proposed revision to the Clark County School District's dress code policy would require that a majority of parents approve stricter demands ahead of time.
9:31 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Disappointing season has Hornish looking to better days in 2005
Sam Hornish Jr. must have had a strange feeling when he walked into the paddock at California Speedway this morning.
9:29 a.m.
Columnist Nick Christensen: It gets more interesting when they count
1. McQueen (4-0) Lancers blow out Churchill County 50-0 2. Palo Verde (4-0) Panthers strong heading into NW play 3. Foothill (5-0) Another low-scoring week left coach Fenton frustrated 4. Reed (5-0) Shut out Carson ...
9:28 a.m.
Construction spending surges to all-time high in August
The Commerce Department reported today that the value of buildings put in place clocked in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.02 trillion, a record high. That represented a 0.8 percent increase in August ...
9:26 a.m.
Award in airport suit overturned
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday overturned a judgment in which Clark County was ordered to pay $22.1 million to neighbors of McCarran International Airport who said they were entitled to damages because ...
9:26 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- DANCING EDIE -- Starts from good outside post for maiden special weight sprint, Gomez astride Zucker trainee, Edie goes Dancing into winners circle? NETTY'S KNOCKOUT -- Nakatani atop Ward trainee, needs prompt ...
9:24 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
9:24 a.m.
Preps: Schedule
2A-1A Football All times 7 p.m. unless noted: Lincoln County at White Pine, Laughlin at Calvary Chapel, Indian Springs at Tonopah.
9:22 a.m.
Jobless fund meets its solvency test
CARSON CITY -- The state's unemployment trust fund, used to pay benefits to jobless workers, has met its solvency test.
9:18 a.m.
Not-guilty plea entered in killing of wife
A 44-year-old Mexican citizen accused of kidnapping and killing his estranged wife in front of their 11-year-old daughter and two police officers Saturday morning pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
9:18 a.m.
Trump casinos reach deal, but strike likely at 7 other hotels
ATLANTIC CITY -- A casino hotel workers union threatening a strike against 10 of the city's 12 casinos reached tentative agreement Thursday night with Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, but planned to walk off the ...
9:18 a.m.
Woman to stand trial in slaying
A woman accused of getting her friend to kill a man she suspected of burglarizing her apartment will stand trial, Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Jim Gubler ruled on Thursday.
9:13 a.m.
Southern Nevadans assist Floridians
After four hurricanes in six weeks, weary Floridians can welcome the newest arrivals to their battered state as Southern Nevadans join others in relief efforts.
9:13 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Zeller's legacy: He blazed trails
Retirement is a word that accompanies a farewell to a reliable employee. Certainly, that will be the case for wildlife biologist Bruce Zeller, who will retire this month after 33 years with the federal government.
9:09 a.m.
Fishing report: Want a striper recipe? Try anchovies
The key to catching the stripers has been to chum with corn to attract the fish while baiting hooks with anchovies. The smaller fish that weigh 1-2 pounds are in good condition while many of ...
9:08 a.m.
First Friday celebrates its second anniversary
Colorado Avenue will be closed to traffic from Third Street to Main Street tonight when Mayor Oscar Goodman gives a 6 p.m. opening address to celebrate the second anniversary of the First Friday events in ...
9:01 a.m.
Authors foster emotion in 'On Their Own'
It is often taken for granted in this country that a child who turns 18 is ready for adulthood, having had the advantages of continuous parental support, health care and education.
9:01 a.m.
Letter: Vietnam's lessons unheeded in Iraq
The Bush war in Iraq didn't meet any of these criteria. The American people were almost evenly split about the decision of war, at least until we were bombarded with deceptive information from the Bush ...
9:00 a.m.
Letter: Bush should keep Yucca promise
Our own Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects predicts well over 100 accidents to occur during the decades this toxic material will rumble through our neighborhoods. Just one accident could contaminate 40 square miles.
9:00 a.m.
Letter: Bush's vision for free trade area tough to take
The campaign ad could be taken as a foretaste of the American regional government that Bush and his handlers envision under the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas.
8:59 a.m.
LV council continues to wrestle with ward options
The consultant hired by Las Vegas to create a redistricting plan has prepared several alternate maps after vocal criticism of the initial proposal, which would have severed a neighborhood from its traditional Ward 1 location.
8:58 a.m.
Performing Arts for October 1, 2004
'Night at the Circus'
8:57 a.m.
Datebook for October 1, 2004
The Las Vegas Arts District will celebrate First Friday, a street festival on Colorado Avenue between 3rd and Main streets, from 6 to 10 p.m. today. More than 40 galleries will be open to the ...
8:57 a.m.
On Display for October 1, 2004
Five artists whose work addresses food consumption will be featured in the exhibit "Our Daily Bread" from today until Nov. 6 at the Contemporary Arts Collective, 101 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 101. An artists' reception ...
8:56 a.m.
Nevada regulators endorse big Sands-Venetian offering
The board's endorsement of the Las Vegas Sands initial public offering and an expected Oct. 21 OK from the board's parent state Gaming Commission are subject to federal Securities and Exchange Commission comment and ultimate ...
8:55 a.m.
Editorial: Controller should give in to reality
On Thursday Gov. Kenny Guinn, also a Republican, joined the chorus. He called for her immediate resignation and said if she refused, he would call a special session of the Legislature a week after the ...
8:54 a.m.
Comedian Favorito tapped as first Binion's headliner
On Tuesday history of sorts will be made when stand-up comic Vinnie Favorito premieres in the World Series of Poker room at Binion's Horseshoe, a legendary casino that was opened by the late Benny Binion ...
8:54 a.m.
Editorial: Putting limits on power
The FBI had been given the power to send "national security letters" to businesses, demanding private information about their customers. The letters could be sent any time the FBI, on its own, decided that the ...
8:53 a.m.
DARE gets space at St. Jude's Ranch
The DARE program is a partnership between the parents, the schools and the police in an effort to educate students in the consequences of becoming involved with drugs, alcohol, tobacco abuse and the propensity fo ...
8:51 a.m.
Community briefs for October 1, 2004
The Clark County Health District Office of AIDS is presenting a new informational workshop series for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The series dubbed "Partners in Care" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday ...
8:50 a.m.
Band of Brothers
Isaac Hanson was 16 years old when hit single "MMMBop" propelled pop trio Hanson to instant stardom. His brothers Taylor and Zach were 14 and 11, respectively.
8:50 a.m.
Blood drives
Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Coronado High School, 1001 Coronado Center Drive, Henderson.
8:48 a.m.
Dion's show still one of the Strip's best
Eighteen months ago Celine Dion debuted in the $95-million, 4,000-seat Colosseum showroom, garnering mixed reviews and raising questions about whether Caesars Palace had invested wisely in the international superstar from Canada.
8:47 a.m.
Newest publication to spotlight local homes
The quarterly magazine, which debuts today, will feature new products and trends in decor, architectural design, lawn, garden, indoor-outdoor living, pools, spa and literature.
8:44 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Bliss tossed successful juggling career for comedy
After a decade spent touring the globe as the opening act for some of the biggest rock acts of the '80s -- including Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson -- Bliss let his shiny orbs fall ...
8:44 a.m.
Roots take hold on 'Halflife'
Far too many top hip-hop recording artists struggle when it comes time to bring their acts to a live stage.
8:42 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! mind-boggling in its variety
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! offers such a varied menu we decided we would have a mini-adventure. Our mini-adventure turned major when we each wanted to try different foods and got carried away and ordered more than we ...
8:41 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: There is no danger of burnout for Toasters
Not so for Rob "Bucket" Hingley.
8:38 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Cagle branching out from the lounge scene
Lounges are small, intimate rooms where performers often provide background for an evening out.
8:33 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Morris returns to his beat
His affinity for in-line skating and his first-place plaque for a 1993 downhill slalom ski race at Utah's BrianHead won't lend many clues.
8:31 a.m.
Editorial: Appreciate diversity
October 2 - 3, 2004
6:29 a.m.
Editorial: Kerry's back in the game
October 2 - 3, 2004
6:29 a.m.
Letter: Skip tourist views on taxi cameras
October 2 - 3, 2004
6:27 a.m.
Likely voters sharply divided
6:26 a.m.
Porter leads Gallagher for seat in Congress
6:24 a.m.
Reid ahead of Ziser in U.S. Senate race
6:23 a.m.
Best Buddy
4:43 a.m.
Virtually in touch
4:23 a.m.
Fundraiser for cancer group shows support
4:22 a.m.

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