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Archive for August 12, 2005

State says tribe's Internet game is illegal
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The state Division of Special Revenue on Thursday ruled that Foxwoods Resort Casino's new Internet-based "PlayAway" game violates state and federal gambling laws.
11:18 a.m.
136 arrested in sweep in and around casinos
State and local police, using undercover male and female detectives, conducted sweeps inside and in areas just outside casinos from July 15 through July 29.
11:18 a.m.
Court: Worker's immigration status doesn't change wage requirement
CARSON CITY -- A business that has a contract to perform a public works project must pay the prevailing wage to all its workers, even those who are illegal immigrants, the Nevada Supreme Court said ...
11:13 a.m.
City poised to designate rural areas
Las Vegas officials are set to classify hundreds of acres within the city as rural.
11:12 a.m.
Vegas sets gas record of $2.58 a gallon today
Las Vegas set a record today with a $2.58 price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline, capping a week of record prices, and experts say in the short-term there is little relief in sight from ...
11:11 a.m.
Summerlin home fire may be arson
The fire that burned through a 3,300-square-foot home in Summerlin early today apparently was intentionally set, relatives and neighbors of the homeowners said.
11:10 a.m.
Overturned supermajority ruling may have little effect
A day after the Nevada Supreme Court threw out a Clark County ordinance requiring a two-thirds majority for all changes to its master plan, county planners and lawyers on both sides of the issue say ...
11:07 a.m.
Perkins' says pay error an 'honest mistake'
Henderson Deputy Police Chief Richard Perkins -- a likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate -- was paid by the city for four days while working as a lawmaker in Carson City, according to records obtained by the ...
11:06 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Hush about inspectors says a lot
So why are county officials being less-than forthcoming in disclosing details about the proposal?
11:06 a.m.
Local couple's efforts lead to headstone for girl's grave
Mariellen Yappel and her boyfriend, Wayne Colosky, were so overcome with emotion that they had to do something after watching a television report on the 2-year-old cerebral palsy victim who died from neglect.
11:06 a.m.
Mulroy: Developers can help build cooperation on Nevada water issues
Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy called on the development community to build bridges between urban and rural Nevada.
11:00 a.m.
LV room rates rise in June
The average daily room rate in Las Vegas continues to soar, statistics compiled by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority say.
11:00 a.m.
Caesars upscale tower premieres
For nearly five years, Caesars Palace has operated amid construction walls inside and out as projects aimed at transforming the tired theme property into a premier, upscale resort took shape.
11:00 a.m.
Teens arrested, charged in shooting death
Metro Police arrested Samario Williams, 14, and Demondray Mayo, 16, on Aug. 6 after Clark County paramedics found the body of 26-year-old Jesus Escoto-Gonzales in an alley in the 3300 block of Athens Street, near ...
10:40 a.m.
Berkley makes trip to Gaza before settler withdrawal
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., was among the last nonresidents allowed in Gaza this week, before police sealed it off in preparation for Israel's withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the strip next week.
10:40 a.m.
Sports briefs for August 12, 2005
Two Southern Utah University football players, including one from Las Vegas, and one former player have been arrested after a person was severely beaten in a fight at a weekend party.
10:08 a.m.
Coach hopes for big things from small player
Height does not determine success in college football at the running back position. Here are some players who, like UNLV's Erick Jackson, were considered vertically challenged but lived large on the field:
10:07 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Del Mar selections
1st Race -- TAYLOR'S CANTADA -- Go go Gomez scales Spawr trainee, draws inner box for sprint claimer, Taylor's made for victory here? SHIRLEY'S HONOR -- Bisono atop O'Neill trainee, draws good post for sophomore ...
10:03 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: LV Bowl gets high schools involved in ticket sales
It has been a big week (of sorts) for the Purevision Las Vegas Bowl, which Thursday extended its contract with the Pac-10 through 2009 and moved up a rung on its postseason selection ladder, at ...
10:02 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
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10:00 a.m.
High Point improving service after challenge in Las Vegas
The High Point International Home Furnishings Market Authority said it will continue to ramp up transportation options in an attempt to improve services and fend off the challenge of the Las Vegas market.
10:00 a.m.
News briefs for August 12, 2005
North Las Vegas Police have been awarded a $286,439 federal grant to set up a program to combat domestic violence, officials said.
10:00 a.m.
Proposed political party puts on happy face
CARSON CITY -- A group that wants government "to become one big huge happy face" has filed papers with the secretary of state's office to start a political party.
10:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista rides Garcia's arm to win
Western Regional
10:00 a.m.
Gay, lesbian parents worry about children's harrassment
Most parents are apprehensive when they take their children to their first day of school.
9:58 a.m.
Fishing report: It sure has been tough for shore anglers
LAKE MEAD: It's the same old story as boaters seem to be having all of the luck for striped bass while anglers who are confined to the shoreline are still waiting for the fish to ...
9:54 a.m.
Gladiators' coach goes on defensive
The Gladiators completed a major overhaul of their coaching staff this week, firing defensive coordinator Stan Davis and also protecting against the potential loss of quarterback Clint Dolezel in free agency.
9:52 a.m.
Obituaries for August 12, 2005
Diana M. Baca, 62, of Las Vegas died Wednesday in a local hospital. She was born April 5, 1943, in Santa Fe, N.M. A resident for 10 years, she was a nurse's aid for the ...
9:45 a.m.
Summerlin home fire likely arson
The fire that burned through a 3,300-square-foot home in Summerlin early today apparently was intentionally set, relatives and neighbors of the homeowners said.
9:38 a.m.
Trade deficit surges as oil imports hit record high
The Commerce Department reported that the imbalance between what America sells abroad and what it imports rose to $58.8 billion in June, an increase of 6.1 percent from the May deficit of $55.4 billion.
9:37 a.m.
British Airways labor dispute leaves thousands stranded
LONDON -- British Airways said today that two-thirds of its striking Heathrow Airport workers had returned to work, mostly ending a walkout that had stranded some 70,000 travelers at the height of the summer tourism ...
9:36 a.m.
Company's revenue disappoints
Dell shares were trading down as much as 7.8 percent, to $36.50, after the earnings announcement, which was made after regular trading ended. The stock earlier closed down 15 cents, at $39.58.
9:36 a.m.
U.S. carriers hike domestic fares, citing fuel
The hike was initiated Wednesday night by United Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc., and followed Thursday by US Airways. American Airlines and other carriers said they were studying the move and might match.
9:35 a.m.
Cancer claims prominent jazz musician Banks at 78
In high school, Buddy Banks quit playing the clarinet because it bothered his sinuses.
9:35 a.m.
Colorado mining town in uproar over plan to focus on tourism
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. -- Gambling has been good to this old mining town, with casinos like the Brass Ass and the Midnight Rose funneling millions of dollars in taxes into local coffers.
9:34 a.m.
Lobbyist Abramoff is indicted in Florida
MIAMI -- A trail of intrigue that has followed an ill-fated gambling boat deal, including a Mafia-style hit and lawsuits over alleged financial irregularities, has now ensnared a man House Majority Leader Tom DeLay once ...
9:34 a.m.
Singapore plans to tweak casino rules
Singapore will modify some rules for the city-state's first casino-resorts after consulting bidders including Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and Las Vegas Sands Corp.
9:34 a.m.
Commission OKs gaming licenses for two racinos
Without comment, commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved applications from Remington Park in Oklahoma City and Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw. Action on the application of a third pari-mutuel track, Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, was ...
9:33 a.m.
State says tribal casino's Internet game is illegal
The state informed the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, which owns and operates the successful southeastern Connecticut casino, that it may not offer the game on the casino's Web site and may not offer any other game ...
9:33 a.m.
Poll: Residents don't want neighborhood casinos
Sixty percent of 802 Washoe County voters polled in the telephone survey said they didn't want a casino near their homes. The poll, conducted in June by MarkeTec Inc., has a margin of error of ...
9:33 a.m.
Supreme Court orders new trial in 1995 killing
CARSON CITY -- A man sentenced to life in prison without parole for a 1995 killing in Las Vegas will get a new trial because improper testimony was allowed at his trial, the Nevada Supreme ...
9:22 a.m.
Two plead guilty in robberies, murder
Two men accused of robbing two McDonald's restaurants and killing a tourist who attempted to stop them from fleeing pleaded guilty Thursday to avoid a potential death sentence.
9:21 a.m.
Inquest jury to rule today in apartment shooting case
Barrington Hall, 19, was a suspect in the June 10 rape and murder of a 21-year-old woman when he killed a 19-year-old woman and pistol-whipped her 16-year-old sister on June 24 at the Silver Palms ...
9:21 a.m.
Blood shortage worries many area residents
As the blood shortage in Southern Nevada continues, 34-year-old Venice Jarmusz worries that her anemia will require her to have another transfusion.
9:18 a.m.
Letter: Serra's sentence far too lenient
Many bleeding hearts feel he deserves leniency for the latest transgression because of his age and alleged charitable good deeds during his law career. How many average citizens owing the government taxes, and found guilty ...
9:13 a.m.
Letter: Educated people can believe in Divine Creator
For example, Sir Francis Bacon! He is credited with formulating and establishing the scientific method. And what about Newton, Pasteur, Linnaeus, Faraday, Pascal, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell and Kepler? Their research and analyses led to the ...
9:12 a.m.
Titus drew university pay while in Carson City
While on the payroll as a political science professor at UNLV, Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus spent three days in Carson City in January and conducted other legislative duties for which she was paid, according ...
9:12 a.m.
Expert: Plan 'will do nothing to preserve' rural areas
A leading national planning expert says a proposed Las Vegas ordinance to create rural preservation districts "will do nothing to preserve" rural areas, but rather will drive up property values and diminish available land.
9:11 a.m.
Editorial: Unpleasant surprises
The complaints were partly the result of an incomplete understanding of how master plans were regarded -- many homeowners believed they were set in stone. But master plans then were regarded merely as guides ripe ...
9:11 a.m.
Editorial: Essential donations
In fact, there is a severe blood shortage in Nevada. It has gotten so bad that Gov. Kenny Guinn on Wednesday issued a statewide Emergency Blood Shortage Alert for Type-O blood. This means blood banks ...
9:10 a.m.
Correction
The Sun corrects its errors. If you find a mistake, call 385-3111 to report it.
8:46 a.m.
Community briefs for August 12, 2005
The third annual Red Cross Night at Spring Mountain Ranch will be held Sunday, featuring an outdoor performance of the musical "Guys and Dolls" to benefit the Red Cross.
8:26 a.m.
NLV Police offer hotline for Spansh-speaking residents
North Las Vegas Police are taking steps to tear down the language barrier between law enforcement and Spanish-speaking residents.
8:25 a.m.
Blood drives
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Health South, 10301 Jeffreys St., Henderson; 9 a.m.-noon, Jockey Club, 3700 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
8:25 a.m.
Colmunist Spencer Patterson: Once-bitter Dinosaur Jr. returns from extinction
After all, we're talking about a dissolution so bitter that it inspired one ex-member to write a series of songs bashing a former bandmate.
8:16 a.m.
'Guys & Dolls' opens
Nathan Detroit, a gambler who runs an illegal floating craps game in New York, needs a location to run his next game. To get the site, Detroit needs to find some money by winning a ...
8:14 a.m.
Silver Jews are not a bridge too far
I don't wear my Silver Jews T-shirt very often.
8:14 a.m.
Legend in Concerts: At Cannery, collectors, impressionists join fans in Elvis festival
"And I said, 'Oh yes they will. He'll always be a legend.' He changed the world." Of course, Velvet proved prophetic. Since his Aug. 16, 1977, death, Presley has grown immeasurably in stature.
8:14 a.m.
Editorial: A prevailing decision
August 13-14, 2005
5:56 a.m.
Editorial: Larger lots deserve city protection
August 13-14, 2005
5:56 a.m.
Letter: Bush reminiscent of 'Baghdad Bob'
August 13-14, 2005
5:55 a.m.
Letter: Nevada's quarter is disappointing
August 13-14, 2005
5:54 a.m.
Critics say regional plan won't solve the problem
WEEKEND EDITION
5:44 a.m.
Poker craze has created new breed of problem gambler
WEEKEND EDITION
5:17 a.m.
Little help for families down on their luck
WEEKEND EDITION
5:17 a.m.
Serving the homeless
WEEKEND EDITION
3:51 a.m.

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