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Archive for February 1, 2005

As cases pile up, Nevada's high court seeks funds for more judges
CARSON CITY -- There are an estimated 600 medical malpractice suits pending in Clark County and there are not enough judges to bring them to trial within the specified time.
11:16 a.m.
Fundraising group may cut ties with UMC
The nonprofit corporation responsible for raising money for University Medical Center's pediatrics division is considering dissolving over a conflict that has already led a national children's fundraising organization to end ties with UMC at a ...
11:15 a.m.
Searching for greener pastures
Officials of the St. Patrick's Day Parade say that after 38 years mostly in Las Vegas they are moving this year's parade to downtown Henderson in an attempt to stem gushing losses of green -- ...
11:13 a.m.
Rogers wants full-time fundraising role
Interim Chancellor Jim Rogers wants the Board of Regents to create a new position for him when he steps down from the post in June: vice chancellor for development.
11:11 a.m.
Man arrested in fire at parent's home
A Las Vegas man was arrested this morning in the suspected arson fire that gutted at least one room of a sprawling home owned by his parents near downtown Las Vegas.
11:10 a.m.
Berkley bill would divert nuke funds
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., planned to tell Congress today that money collected to pay for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain should be used to research ways to keep the waste at nuclear ...
11:09 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Lois can do much for Ward 1
For 32 years she has lived in the same house in this ward -- which stretches from the upscale Canyon Gate at The Lakes to the high-crime "Naked City" near downtown.
11:06 a.m.
'Mustard busters' relish yanking of invasive weed
For information on volunteering to be a "mustard buster," call Elizabeth Powell at (702) 293-8759.
11:06 a.m.
Lawyers in DA's office weigh union
Clark County prosecutors may form a union in order to have a say in their compensation, one of the prosecutors involved in the effort said on Monday.
11:05 a.m.
Stratosphere gets special delivery
Stratosphere gets special delivery
11:05 a.m.
Airport land sale policies reviewed
Clark County could have written deed restrictions specifying a cemetery for a piece of property sold by the county's aviation department to a local land broker, a deputy district attorney said Monday.
11:04 a.m.
Talks continue over hospital rates
Health plan contract negotiations have been extended past Monday's deadline for more than 300,000 Las Vegas Valley workers, meaning those workers can be treated at current rates during discussions.
11:02 a.m.
Democrats say they won't give in to Bush
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush takes his Social Security reform proposal on the road to sell it to voters this week, Democrats will be there to challenge him, Congress' top two Democrats said today.
11:01 a.m.
Nevada remains big hit with filmmakers
While the motion picture industry has abandoned many U.S. locations for incentives from international locations such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Las Vegas has bucked the trend.
11:00 a.m.
Reid pledges to fight possible new effort on bunker buster
WASHINGTON -- If Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld aims to revive research into the proposed nuclear "bunker buster" bomb, he will have to go through Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
11:00 a.m.
Hospital operators see income rise
Two hospital operators that operate in Las Vegas announced positive financial results today.
10:59 a.m.
News briefs for February 1, 2005
Former Nevada Rep. James Bilbray may fill the Democrat's spot on the upcoming Base Closure and Realignment Commission, or BRAC.
10:59 a.m.
MGM Mirage's profit surpasses expectations
With a buyout of Mandalay Resort Group on the horizon, MGM Mirage rode increased gaming and room revenue to a record fourth quarter, the company said today.
10:59 a.m.
Auction set for Wednesday at Cashman Theatre
Registration opens at 8 a.m. All bidders must submit a $10,000 deposit in certified funds payable to BLM on the day of the sale to obtain a bidder number. To bid on the 1,710-acre parcel, ...
10:58 a.m.
Sierra Health profit exceeds estimates
Las Vegas-based Sierra Health Services Inc. reported Monday afternoon that its fourth-quarter profit rose more than 400 percent and beat analysts' estimates.
10:58 a.m.
Company with Henderson plant reports improved earnings
The company, which produces titanium metal products, reported fourth-quarter earnings of $11.2 million, 64 cents a share, on sales of $137 million, compared with $9.9 million, 62 cents a share, on sales of $100.6 million.
10:53 a.m.
Alliance Gaming announces $7.5 million quarterly loss
Las Vegas-based Alliance Gaming Corp. this morning said it had a net loss of $7.5 million, or 15 cents a share, in its fiscal year second quarter.
10:45 a.m.
National Lampoon, Barrick to offer spring break package
The company that brought us Van Wilder, the Griswold family and "double secret probation" is on the verge of bringing Las Vegas hundreds of spring break tourists.
10:43 a.m.
Rx plan pushed for disabled
An estimated 5,000 people with disabilities could get help with their health care costs under a plan being pushed by Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas.
9:45 a.m.
Berkley tries again to divert nuke funds
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., was to tell Congress today that money collected to pay for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain should be used to research ways to keep the waste at nuclear ...
9:45 a.m.
Candidates file for seats across valley
Gary L. Ratliff filed to run in the race to fill the Ward 6 seat on the Las Vegas City Council. The other candidates are Anthony M. "Tony" Salas, Robert D. Glover, Steve Ross, city ...
9:45 a.m.
Minnie to the Max: Callback founder employs energy, experience to boost LV entertainment scene
Your eyes adjust and you realize that the room next to the entry is not really another room, but a giant mirror, and the sum of the employees are the ones before you.
9:43 a.m.
High court rejects killer's appeal
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Monday rejected the appeal of Roberta Stevens, who was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of her husband in Las Vegas in December 2001.
9:36 a.m.
Metro Police put Super Bowl partiers on notice
p>For the second year in a row, Metro Police will be looking for drunken drivers on Super Bowl Sunday and on the two days preceding the big game, when football fans often have pre-parties to ...
9:35 a.m.
Appeal on attorney's fees rejected
CARSON CITY -- A federal appeals court has rejected the claim of a Bulgarian national who wanted the government to pay his attorney fees after he was acquitted of being involved in a sham marriage ...
9:34 a.m.
Firm fined $850 million over insurance practices
Although the company did not formally acknowledge any wrongdoing, Michael G. Cherkasky, the chief executive of Marsh, apologized for what he called the "shameful" and "unlawful" behavior of "a few people" at the company. But ...
9:21 a.m.
Casino revenue in Miss. remains steady
JACKSON, Miss. -- There's been nothing spectacular about the single-digit growth in Mississippi's casino industry over past five years.
9:18 a.m.
Council approves $700 million expansion to Foxwoods
The council Monday approved a $700 million expansion of their casino resort, including an 825-room hotel tower, 5,000-seat theater, a massive convention space and ballroom and more gaming units, shops, nightclubs and restaurants.
9:17 a.m.
MTR Gaming stock surges
Shares closed up 4.93 percent at $11.92 on Nasdaq, after closing Friday at $11.36.
9:17 a.m.
New York blocks simulcasts to track
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has banned the tracks from transmitting their races to 10 locations, including the New Hampshire track. The ruling affects races from four thoroughbred tracks and seven harness ...
9:17 a.m.
Jurors asked whether execs meant to pay bribe or bonus
On the first day of the trial for former Lincoln Park chief executive Daniel Bucci and Nigel Potter, who was a top executive with the park's London-based parent company Wembley PLC, a federal prosecutor said ...
9:16 a.m.
Sports briefs for February 1, 2005
Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis' tennis comeback was spoiled today when Marlene Weingartner of Germany beat her 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a first-round match at the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya, Thailand. Hingis started ...
9:12 a.m.
L.A. water agency rains on LV parade
Officials with the water agency serving 25 million users in Southern California are questioning who came up with a program to conserve use first.
9:07 a.m.
Letter: State violated homeless' rights
Imagine that you are a homeless person whose possessions were trashed by a state agency. This means that your identification is gone and you will not be able to access services. You may not even ...
9:06 a.m.
Letter: Use state surplus to fund freeze on property tax
Everyone, however, pays property taxes -- either through direct ownership or indirectly via rent payments. The biggest objection to state Sen. Dina Titus' plan, which is to freeze property taxes for a year at their ...
9:06 a.m.
LV will take more time to study Lamb Park deal
A proposed deal to turn Floyd Lamb State Park over to Las Vegas would prohibit the city from changing what happens in the most-heavily used part of the park, but would ease restrictions on the ...
9:05 a.m.
Lone Mountain murder case ends in guilty verdict
A 19-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder on Monday for beating to death and then robbing his friend before leaving the body at the base of Lone Mountain last summer.
9:05 a.m.
County agenda grows with high rises
In what could portend things to come, the Clark County Commission on Wednesday is scheduled to consider requests for 11 high-rise buildings for the Las Vegas Strip.
9:02 a.m.
Editorial: Iraq outlook not all rosy
In a speech in Washington, Reid complimented the elections, calling them a "milestone." But he also pointed out that the Bush administration is operating day-to-day in Iraq. "The president needs to spell out a real ...
9:02 a.m.
Editorial: A vote for freedom
On a purely technical level and compared to the tranquility with which the United States conducts its elections, Sunday's election was hardly perfect. Iraqis paid a terrible price through the violence carried out on Election ...
9:02 a.m.
Reid's ring inspires team to try for its own
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At Monday's news conference, Andy Reid was asked about the shiny bauble on his right hand: his ring from Super Bowl XXXI, which he earned while an assistant with the Green Bay ...
8:59 a.m.
Rebels defenseless in loss
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It doesn't get much uglier than this.
8:58 a.m.
Drivers downplay latest rule changes
Mark Martin couldn't understand all of the hoopla surrounding NASCAR's new rules changes that 43 Nextel Cup drivers tested for the first time Monday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
8:55 a.m.
Wranglers show no ill effects from flu
Somewhere in foggy Fresno last week, Wranglers forward Jeff Attard picked up the Bug that Ate the Wranglers.
8:55 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: NASCAR's pretty boy not afraid to get dirty
Long before Jimmie Johnson was winning NASCAR Nextel Cup races and being selected one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men in the Fast Lane," which he was in 2000 (he is no longer on the eligible ...
8:54 a.m.
Division title could go down to the last goal
There are still three undefeated soccer teams in Southern Nevada -- but not the same three reported here last week.
8:54 a.m.
Preps: Monday's Results
Bishop Gorman 4, Clark 0: G: BG -- Whitney Hawkins, Katie Avena, Sami Cashman, Alex Barilla. Shutout -- Cassie Romeo.
8:53 a.m.
Martin considers future as owner, just not in Nextel Cup
Although he said he might have an interest in driving for his own NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, Mark Martin said he has no desire to one day become an owner in the Nextel Cup ...
8:50 a.m.
Memorial service planned today for woman whose son survived attack
Shiloh Edsitty, who survived the Nov. 8 attack at a Las Vegas apartment complex, is living in upstate New York with the family of a woman who was a former teacher of his mother. His ...
8:42 a.m.
Pollard, former pop singer, dies
Ray W. Pollard, lead singer of the The Wanderers rhythm and blues group during the 1950s and 1960s who had also performed on Broadway, died Wednesday of lung cancer at a Las Vegas convalescent home. ...
8:40 a.m.
Obituaries for February 1, 2005
Robert Allan, 64, of Las Vegas died Sunday in a local hospital. He was born June 17, 1940, in New York City. A resident for 30 years, he was a salesman of industrial chemicals and ...
8:40 a.m.
Community briefs for February 1, 2005
As part of the yearlong Las Vegas Centennial celebration, Mayor Oscar Goodman invites the public to learn more about downtown and its history and get in shape by participating in Centennial Walks from noon to ...
8:30 a.m.
LV teacher studies marshes with Jason team
A dedicated teacher with the Clark County School District, Pam Locascio is enthusiastic about science education, and she's willing to wade around in Louisiana's marshes to prove it.
8:30 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: Dietician shows she has class
The chance to take another stab at it starts Thursday with free classes being offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The classes are to be conducted from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday through ...
8:10 a.m.

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