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Archive for April 28, 2005

Owner of LV hospitals reports higher profit
Universal Health Services Inc. -- owner of four Las Vegas hospitals -- announced Wednesday afternoon that its profit rose 34 percent in the first quarter.
11:09 a.m.
PUC plans inquiry into renewable energy efforts
The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday ordered a hearing into the failure of Nevada Power Co. of Las Vegas and Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno to meet their 2004 minimum requirements for using ...
11:08 a.m.
McCarran passenger record set in March
More passengers used McCarran International Airport in March than any month in history, airport officials announced Wednesday.
11:07 a.m.
U.S. economy grows at slowest rate in two years
WASHINGTON -- Buffeted by rising energy prices and weakened consumer and business spending, the economy grew at an annual rate of just 3.1 percent in the first quarter. The slowest pace of expansion in two ...
11:06 a.m.
Developer starts work on second phase of District
American Nevada Company has started construction on the second phase of the District at Green Valley Ranch that will include a Whole Foods and Cheesecake Factory restaurant.
11:05 a.m.
Pair sentenced for assault in fatal bar shootout
Two illegal immigrants who originally faced murder charges in connection with a fatal bar-brawl-turned-shootout in November 2003 were sentenced to prison for assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday.
11:01 a.m.
News briefs for April 28, 2005
Groundbreaking ceremonies are set for 11 a.m. Friday for the $17.5 million building in Las Vegas that is to be southern headquarters of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
11:01 a.m.
Homebuilders say quarterly profit rose
Pulte Homes Inc., the No. 2 U.S. homebuilder by stock market value, said first-quarter earnings leaped 66 percent and smaller competitor Centex Corp. generated record profit for the ninth straight year as sales surged.
10:59 a.m.
Card count indicates Wynn workers want Culinary Union
Well before the place was set to open, management at Wynn Las Vegas agreed to the organizing campaign of the Culinary Union Local 226.
10:59 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 28, 2005
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is proposing to spend more than $2 billion on a casino and resort in Singapore with a colonial-era theme, the Business Times said, citing President and Chief Operating Officer William Weidner.
10:59 a.m.
Real estate execs foresee big retail market growth
Despite rising costs for land, construction and rent, the Las Vegas retail market continues to bustle.
10:59 a.m.
Crowds flock to Wynn
It might have been the most expensive birthday present in history. Wynn Las Vegas, Steve Wynn's $2.7 billion megaresort, opened to a crush of at least 10,000 people after the stroke of midnight today in ...
10:55 a.m.
DOE deal with nuke plant may get ax
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge may cancel the Energy Department's contract with a closed nuclear power plant to take its nuclear waste and return ratepayer money to the utility.
10:53 a.m.
LV drivers falter on car upkeep
It may be among the most important relationships in many people's lives, but the bond many Southern Nevadans share with their cars is a dysfunctional one at best, an oil industry-sponsored study found.
10:52 a.m.
Shoshone Nation aims to stop Yucca dump
There is a centuries-old story of Snake Mountain that is still taught to the children of the Western Shoshone Nation.
10:49 a.m.
'Dismal' recycling rate led to disputed trash plan
Bob Coyle, Republic Services area president, talks about recycling on "Face to Face With Jon Ralston," which airs at 5:30, 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. today on Las Vegas ONE, Cox Cable 19.
10:48 a.m.
Millennium Scholarship help sought
CARSON CITY -- Assembly Democrats are gearing up to introduce their own bill to save the cash-strapped Millennium Scholarship.
10:47 a.m.
Legislation simplifies use of store gift cards
CARSON CITY -- Retail store gift cards would be easier to use under a bill heard Tuesday by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
10:46 a.m.
Kerzner still interested in Vegas
When Sol Kerzner paid Las Vegas a visit some 35 years ago, he didn't consider it to be a competitive threat to his growing empire of resort properties.
10:45 a.m.
Hotel convention honors MGM Grand, Wolfgang Puck chiefs
The president of the world's largest hotel is a man who is surprisingly modest about leading one of the most dramatic transformations of any single property in the hotel business.
10:44 a.m.
Welsh remembered as a passionate and accomplished writer
Jack Welsh ate, drank, slept and lived boxing.
10:39 a.m.
Closure of Summerlin Parkway is announced
Late-night drivers who were pleasantly surprised while heading toward Summerlin Parkway late Monday should find another route around the popular thoroughfare tonight, Las Vegas Public Works officials said Wednesday.
9:52 a.m.
Obituaries for April 28, 2005
Gregory Junior Avery, 35, of Las Vegas died Sunday in Las Vegas. He was born May 9, 1969, in Arkansas. A resident for 33 years, he was an auto body and paint detailer.
9:50 a.m.
McCain: More regulations needed for tribal casinos
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, said Wednesday he will seek tougher regulations for the booming tribal gambling industry, which far outpaced Nevada as it reaped $18.5 billion in revenue ...
9:49 a.m.
Land near Sunrise Mountain sought for flood basin
WASHINGTON -- A newly introduced Senate bill that would release 65 acres of public land for a floodwater retention basin would help protect the Las Vegas Valley, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader ...
9:47 a.m.
Garcia predicts crisis in hiring teachers
Within five years, Southern Nevada could face a crisis in recruiting teachers to fill local classrooms, outgoing Clark County School Superintendent Carlos Garcia said.
9:45 a.m.
State energy expert Burdette dies at 61
A former member of the staff of the state Public Utilities Commission, he was credited with playing a key role in maneuvering through the Western energy crisis that brought the state's largest electric utilities to ...
9:44 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 28, 2005
NASCAR's game of cat and mouse between car inspectors and crews has turned in favor of the inspectors, so many of the crews are running scared as they head to Talladega for Sunday's Aaron's 499.
9:44 a.m.
Servers file discrimination complaints over Borgata's weight-limit policy
ATLANTIC CITY -- Two women hired as "Borgata Babes" cocktail servers are accusing the casino of discrimination, saying a weight-limit policy at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa forced them off the job and led to ...
9:41 a.m.
Preps: Schedule
Baseball
9:41 a.m.
Judge orders Henderson to make a decision on blasting
A District Court judge has given Henderson five days to decide whether a developer can resume construction blasting near homes.
9:40 a.m.
Verizon beats expectations with 47 percent profit growth
Verizon, locked in a battle with Qwest for the right to buy MCI, made no mention of its next move on the merger front. Qwest has been trying to break up Verizon's deal to acquire ...
9:39 a.m.
Sony losses deepen on cheaper consumer electronics
Sony, Japan's best-known brand, also warned Wednesday that profit for its financial year ending next March would decline by half as pricing pressures continue.
9:38 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Peter looms as principal threat to heavyweight titlists
When heavyweight Jeremy Williams crashed to the floor of the boxing ring at Mandalay Bay last December 4, it sent reverberations not only through the arena, but also through boxing's showcase weight class.
9:38 a.m.
New resort just latest piece of Wynn's legacy
More than five years ago, Steve Wynn had witnessed his share price for Mirage Resorts Inc. drop sharply over concerns that he had spent too much to build his crowning achievement. Nitpicked by investors expecting ...
9:33 a.m.
In Dragone, 'Avenue Q,' Wynn picks proven winners
Observers are watching with eager anticipation the curtain rising on two new production shows Steve Wynn is bringing to Las Vegas to enhance his new resort.
9:33 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Restaurants, shops mix sophistication with pizazz
The Skillet Room was a favorite for late-night dining after seeing a show or risking a few silver dollars at the tables.
9:32 a.m.
Tempers flare as Gladiators prepare for stretch run
Sure, Ron James wanted intensity in the Gladiators' first practice in almost two weeks.
9:32 a.m.
Ex-court clerk given probation in ID theft
A 37-year-old clerk at Las Vegas Municipal Court who used the identity of a Metro Police sergeant's wife to steal from a department store was sentenced to probation on Wednesday.
9:31 a.m.
Man who says boss was 'witch' pleads insanity
A 37-year-old man who said he killed his foreman in 2002 because his boss was a "witch" who placed a black magic curse on him by breaking wind pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity ...
9:31 a.m.
Alabama fugitive arrested in Las Vegas waives extradition
A man who escaped from an Alabama jail on March 31 and was arrested in Las Vegas on April 21 waived extradition on Wednesday in Las Vegas Justice Court.
9:31 a.m.
CCSN professor honored for increasing voter education
CARSON CITY -- A political science professor from the Community College of Southern Nevada and a former state employee from Reno were honored Wednesday for their work of increasing voter education and participation.
9:31 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Pedregon gets new perspective while watching Gardner
Cruz Pedregon had the chance last weekend to experience racing from a different perspective.
9:28 a.m.
Cowboys add veteran cornerback; Jets lose lineman
The Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Aaron Glenn to a two-year deal Wednesday, providing an upgrade to their evolving defense and giving coach Bill Parcells yet another reunion.
9:26 a.m.
DA: Bad childhood doesn't mitigate four murders
As a jury heard closing arguments about whether a man convicted of murdering four young men should be sentenced to death, a brother of one of the victims collapsed in the courtroom Wednesday.
9:25 a.m.
Gantcheva named top freshman in MWC
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Elena Gantcheva, UNLV
9:25 a.m.
Census: Tax burden for Nevadans is on the rise
Nevada ranked 22nd in the number of state taxes paid in 2004 per capita, with The average Nevadan paying $2,029, according to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau.
9:23 a.m.
51s roster features big names for series
Grizzlies Stadium 7:05 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:05 p.m. Sunday Radio: all games on 1460-AM
9:22 a.m.
Tourism decline cited in Yucca proposal
CARSON CITY -- Nevada's tourism business will "suffer greatly," especially in Las Vegas, if the federal government opens the nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain, an assemblywoman said Wednesday.
9:19 a.m.
UNLV's Nehles is conference MVP in tennis
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Henner Nehles, UNLV
9:19 a.m.
Raggio backs youth camp funds
CARSON CITY -- Spring Mountain Youth Camp near Las Vegas is asking for an additional $1.4 million from the state over the next two years, and the request received support from an unexpected source.
9:19 a.m.
Preps: Softball Top 10
Compiled by the Las Vegas Sun and the Sparks Tribune
9:08 a.m.
McCoy, Liddell have C-M back in hunt for state title
They came out of the shadows of all-state pitcher Kim Adams, two great pitchers that have surprised the Northwest Division and turned Cimarron-Memorial into a state title contender.
9:03 a.m.
U.S. National Wrestling Championships
FILA Junior Greco-Roman Nationals
9:03 a.m.
Letter: Weekly pickup of trash insufficient
And as for its recycling proposal, let the president of Republic Services and the company's top executives open a 95-gallon container after it has baked in our summer heat of more than 100 degrees. How ...
9:01 a.m.
DiMarco flattered by fame
No nightmares, no cold sweats, no lip-hanging chips keeping him awake.
9:01 a.m.
Letter: Park's serene character must be preserved
Las Vegas is diverse and should be. We have the Strip, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, assorted community parks, new homes, churches and synagogues along with the new possibilities coming ...
9:01 a.m.
Editorial: No more nuke plants
We strongly disagree with his support for nuclear power plants. Thirty-five years ago utility officials defused concerns about nuclear waste by saying that "technology" will advance so rapidly that waste will never be a problem. ...
9:00 a.m.
Editorial: The gateway to cruelty
In one of the most dramatic examples of cuts to Medicaid spending, and which is nothing short of heartless, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt this week signed into law changes that will eliminate Medicaid coverage for ...
9:00 a.m.
Resort has plenty of high-tech features
Technological innovations and architectural marvels abound at Wynn Las Vegas.
8:41 a.m.
Attracting high rollers a luxury for Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas is positioned as the pre-eminent luxury resort in a town where high-end properties such as the Bellagio, Venetian and Mandalay Bay have proved to be the most profitable in recent years.
8:40 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Crowd marks midnight at the oasis
The sturdy, middle-age woman clad in plaid bermudas, a navy blazer, black Converse tennis shoes and a black beret, sucked on a cigar and shouted commands to those standing in line -- and those who ...
8:39 a.m.
Desert Inn chronology
1945: Wilbur Clark uses the $1.5 million proceeds from the sale his share of the El Rancho Vegas and another casino to begin the process of building the Desert Inn on what would become the ...
8:39 a.m.
Jutras takes note of changes in 'Le Reve'
Composer Benoit Jutras has spent months writing hours of music for Wynn Las Vegas' "Le Reve."
8:38 a.m.
Wynn expected to be a big convention player
Delegates attending last year's Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism in Reno -- one of the state's most important meetings of tourism professionals -- got a special invitation to the 2005 show.
8:37 a.m.
Desert Inn site carries a rich past
While many expect a gleaming future for Steve Wynn's latest megaresort, Wynn Las Vegas, it is built on the site of the old Desert Inn, which carries a rich past.
8:37 a.m.
Hawthorne prepares for patriotic display on Armed Forces Day
Citizens of Hawthorne, about 300 miles northwest of Las Vegas on U.S. 95, will celebrate the double nickel anniversary of their nationally recognized commemoration of Armed Forces Day beginning May 20.
8:14 a.m.
Community briefs for April 28, 2005
"Managing Difficult Employees and Avoiding the Litigation Trap" is the topic of a discussion from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Santa Fe Station during a breakfast given by the North Las Vegas Chamber ...
8:13 a.m.
Blood drives
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-noon, Department of Motor Vehicles, 1399 American Pacific, Henderson.
8:12 a.m.
Murals of the Story: Artwork tells the tale of Vegas' 100 years
Tourists trickle past, stopping to read the interpretive signs in the outdoor Neon Museum where Villate's "Pyramids @ Red Rock Canyon" is taking shape on the back of the Fremont hotel.
8:10 a.m.

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