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Archive for April 20, 2005

Hooters Casino Hotel breaks ground
Hooters Casino Hotel breaks ground
11:19 a.m.
Women who aided in escape attempts choose prison time
Two women who were given probation for helping their boyfriends escape from jail in 2003 opted this morning to serve 12 to 30 months in prison in exchange for no new charges being filed against ...
11:13 a.m.
Existing-home sales slow in valley
The number of resale houses that have sold in the first three months of the year has declined over last year's totals while the number of new houses sold has increased, a market research firm ...
11:12 a.m.
UNLV out front on addiction fight
UNLV professor Larry Ashley understands the lure of Sin City and how the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas' 24-hour lifestyle can lead people into all kinds of temptation.
11:10 a.m.
Three boys charged in rumors of school attack
Three eighth grade boys have been charged with making terrorist threats because they allegedly spread a rumor that a shooting would occur at Mannion Middle School today, Henderson Police said.
11:09 a.m.
County dumps builder
Citing a laundry list of shoddy construction including a chronically leaky roof and sub-par electrical work, the Clark County Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to remove the contractor in charge of building the Regional Justice ...
11:08 a.m.
Families have shot at low-cost vaccinations
Clark County health professionals are urging parents to take advantage of a series of low-cost immunization clinics, sponsored as part of a statewide campaign to improve Nevada's vaccination rate for infants and children.
11:07 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: New hope for problem gamblers
On Monday the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that, for the first time ever, will create a state-funded program to treat gambling addicts.
11:07 a.m.
Sweep of homeless camp in NLV spurs anxiety
Ruby Vetters sat outside her tent Tuesday night and thought about where she would go today, when North Las Vegas Police forced everyone to clear out of the homeless camp she had been living in.
11:07 a.m.
Nevada delegation sees e-mails as dump buster
WASHINGTON -- The e-mails that surfaced last month suggesting Yucca Mountain documents were falsified will be the biggest scandal ever to rock the program and could finally bring it to an end, Nevada lawmakers said ...
11:02 a.m.
Senator presses Jaczko for longer recusal
WASHINGTON --Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Greg Jaczko's one-year recusal from talking about the Yucca Mountain project may not been enough for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.
11:02 a.m.
News briefs for April 20, 2005
High winds caused the Stratosphere's newest ride to stop running early this morning, suspending two passengers in midair more than 900 feet above the ground for more than an hour, the hotel said today.
11:02 a.m.
NEA files suit over No Child Left Behind Act
This morning's announcement that the nation's largest teachers' union would challenge the federal No Child Left Behind Act in U.S. District Court came as little surprise to state and local education officials in Nevada.
10:57 a.m.
Regulators weigh in at broadcasters convention
There were plenty of questions for two top regulators during a Tuesday afternoon panel discussion at the National Association of Broadcasters convention.
10:55 a.m.
Harrah's profit jumps 27%
First-quarter profit rose 27 percent at Harrah's Entertainment Inc. properties based on strong business volume, last year's acquisition of the Horseshoe casino chain and high traffic at the company's Rio and Harrah's properties in Las ...
10:55 a.m.
Report says Nevada stellar for business
Las Vegas is No. 14 on Inc. Magazine's new list of the top 25 places to do business in the United States. Reno grabbed the top spot on the list.
10:54 a.m.
Airlines' merger talk could spark industry consolidation
For months, America West Airlines Chief Executive Doug Parker has been saying that the nation's airlines are offering too many seats to too few passengers and that a consolidation would benefit the entire industry.
10:52 a.m.
Indian Affairs OKs land-trust proposal for Michigan tribe
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-trust proposal sought by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, bringing the tribe one step closer to building a casino in western Michigan.
10:50 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 20, 2005
Shares of Wynn Resorts Ltd. fell nearly 6 percent in early trading today, dragging down shares of the major Strip casino operators, after Merrill Lynch downgraded the company's stock.
10:48 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 20, 2005
Army and ESPN have reached a five-year multimedia agreement, guaranteeing live television coverage of every Black Knights home football game to fans and troops around the world.
10:45 a.m.
Where will they go?
UNLV's Adam Seward, Ryan Claridge, Jamaal Brimmer, Dominique Dorsey and Earvin Johnson will be among the hundreds of college football players glued to their television sets this weekend watching how the NFL draft unfolds.
10:44 a.m.
Beers proposes committee to handle reapportionment
CARSON CITY -- One of the biggest battles of the Legislature every 10 years is reapportioning the districts according to population.
10:39 a.m.
Death penalty bill passes committee
CARSON CITY -- A bill that prohibits the death penalty for people who were younger than 18 when they committed murder cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning without discussion.
10:38 a.m.
Economic advisory panel wants to expand free trade
The world's second-largest economy has free-trade agreements with Singapore, which accounts for 2 percent of Japan's trade, and Mexico, which accounts for 1 percent. The government reached a preliminary agreement last November with the Philippines, ...
9:45 a.m.
Securities fraud standards upheld
Investors bringing such a suit must claim at the outset, the court ruled, that the artificially high stock price eventually caused their losses. Under the ruling, failure to include such accusations in the original complaint ...
9:44 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Bloomberg making a name for herself
Of the many, many things she loves about competitive horse show jumping, the best one, says Georgina Bloomberg, is that nobody has ever asked her about fixing a parking ticket or getting Yankees tickets.
9:40 a.m.
Escobar no problem for 51s
On Monday night, the Las Vegas 51s got some major league help for a victory. On Tuesday, shoddy relief pitching cost them a win against a major league pitcher.
9:39 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Bucknum gets chance to follow in father's footsteps
American Le Mans Series driver Jeff Bucknum will attempt to make his first Indianapolis 500 start next month as a second driver for the Indy Racing League's Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
9:38 a.m.
Motorists get chance to help libraries
The special edition license plate, which declares a love for reading, is now available to registered drivers through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
9:38 a.m.
Determining house edge
While a great number of people care about which sports books offer the best World Series futures, relatively few care about the underlying math.
9:36 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Fantastic futures: Hilton is tops for baseball bettors
We surveyed 14 major Las Vegas sports books and analyzed the house edge in each of their World Series future books.
9:36 a.m.
Community briefs for April 20, 2005
At 10 a.m. Friday Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will proclaim Friday as Assistance League Day during a ceremony at the group's office and clothing warehouse, 6446 W. Charleston Blvd.
9:35 a.m.
NRC won't get involved in current Yucca probe
WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will not get involved with ongoing investigations on possible falsified scientific data at the Yucca Mountain project.
9:35 a.m.
Remeron purchasers may recover cash
All claims must be postmarked no later than June 13 in order to be eligible for a possible refund.
9:34 a.m.
Jail guard's conviction in sex case is overturned
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Clark County District Court jury that convicted a correctional officer of sexual conduct with an inmate should not have been allowed to hear evidence ...
9:28 a.m.
Letter: Bigger trash cans a very bad idea
Furthermore, when these big garbage cans are full, they are impossible to move. So what if they have wheels? It is like trying to move a 300-pound man, who is drunk, to the curb. And ...
9:28 a.m.
Letter: Gold Butte near Mesquite should also be protected
The city of Mesquite is growing at a fast pace; allocation of Bureau of Land Management lands to the city and the sale of 3,500 acres north in Lincoln County will turn our community into ...
9:27 a.m.
Editorial: Predatory payday loans
There are nearly 400 payday loan companies in Nevada now, and interest rates, particularly for those customers who are late with their payments, often balloon to more than 100 percent. And it's not unusual to ...
9:26 a.m.
Editorial: A new pope lifts hearts
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany became the new leader of the Catholic Church after receiving support from at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinal electors. With their choice, the cardinals sent a signal to an ...
9:26 a.m.
Preps: Baseball Top 10
Compiled by the Las Vegas Sun and the Sparks Tribune
9:22 a.m.
Prison sex ruled consensual
A judge said after reading letters written by a female prison inmate to a former prison guard it was clear that the sex the pair had was consensual so he didn't buy her story that ...
9:19 a.m.
Coach Gomez brings out the best in the Grizzlies
Spring Valley baseball coach Mike Gomez stood in front of the dugout last Thursday, yelling out instructions as his team took infield practice before its game against Western. Gomez had already put his team's biggest ...
9:19 a.m.
Man pleads not guilty in slaying of girlfriend's daughter, 2
A 26-year-old man charged with murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
9:18 a.m.
Preps: Schedule
All times 5 p.m. unless noted: Basic at Liberty, Coronado at Green Valley, Del Sol at Silverado, Foothill at Vo-Tech 6 p.m., Eldorado at Canyon Springs, Las Vegas at Chaparral, Desert Pines at Valley.
9:10 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: UNLV women hit their stride
What fond memories Missy Ringler and her girls have of freezing rain and howling wind in late April in Oregon.
9:06 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Don't blame the weather if Takefuji leaves town
Glorious weather, a course in pristine shape, and a field containing most of the world's top female golfers made for a terrific show in last week's LPGA Takefuji Classic.
9:05 a.m.
Obituaries for April 20, 2005
Peggy J. Branson, 75, of Las Vegas died Saturday in Las Vegas. She was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Texas. A resident for 30 years, she was a head cashier.
9:01 a.m.
Lawsuit against NLV moves to federal court
A federal judge will now hear a lawsuit filed by North Las Vegas residents who want a measure on the June 7 ballot letting voters decide the fate of city union contracts.
9:00 a.m.
Two library districts settle feud
The Henderson and Las Vegas-Clark County library districts have resolved their battle over boundaries.
8:58 a.m.
Sale of Red Rock land proposed to aid state parks
A bill that allow the state to sell 80 acres in the Red Rock Canyon National Convervation Area to the federal government in return for funds to maintain state parks has been improved by the ...
8:57 a.m.
Assembly passes bill to toughen ethics rules
A public official who admits to three ethical violations would automatically be kicked out of office under a bill approved by the Assembly on Tuesday.
8:55 a.m.
NLV housing board delays controversial budget
Confronted with employee outrage, the North Las Vegas Housing Authority board in a contentious meeting Tuesday delayed approving its annual budget and a severance package for staff members facing layoffs.
8:55 a.m.
Tentative budget features 9 percent spending increase
Henderson has unveiled a tentative budget that increases spending by 9 percent and adds 86 positions to the city's payroll.
8:53 a.m.
Gordon, LaToya's ex-husband, Bobbitt's manager, dies at 66
Entrepreneur Jack Gordon, John Wayne Bobbitt's former manager and LaToya Jackson's ex-husband, died Tuesday in an Arizona hospital.
8:53 a.m.
Commission takes land sales out of airport hands
The Clark County Commission on Tuesday voted to move forward with a measure approved earlier this month to centralize land sales previously handled by McCarran International Airport.
8:52 a.m.
Court's filing system out of date
The system Clark County courts rely upon to catalogue countless pieces of individual case information is woefully out of date, District Judge Kathy Hardcastle told the Clark County Commission on Tuesday.
8:51 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Make your Passover delicious
Payard Patisserie & Bistro in New York City wins raves for its exceptional pastries. They are available to East Coast residents online or at "select" Whole Foods markets (not our Whole Foods).
8:20 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: High tea provides model afternoon for charity
Judith Mitchell, the chapter's executive director, worked with Nancy Marcellus, Lawry's marketing and sales manager, to plan the afternoon. Directing the models was Brandy Harris (Lenz Agency), with spring and formal-wear selections from Jessica McClintock ...
8:15 a.m.

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