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Archive for March 11, 2005

Campbell warms to Honda course
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Chad Campbell could think of better places to be early Thursday morning while he was unsuccessfully trying to warm up for the first round of the Honda Classic.
11:52 a.m.
Tice says he scalped this year
Breaking his 27-hour silence on an issue that now threatens to end his Vikings career, Minnesota coach Mike Tice now admits he scalped Super Bowl tickets earlier this year and is awaiting a potentially severe ...
11:52 a.m.
Sports briefs for March 11, 2005
Promoters said Thursday that Gatti will defend his 140-pound title against Mayweather on June 25 in Atlantic City. The announcement comes less than a week after promoter Main Events Inc. said the fight was off.
11:51 a.m.
Company to purchase NASCAR attraction
The purchase is aimed at capitalizing on the "unbelievable growth of NASCAR racing and national popularity of all things related to the sport," Gordon Gaming said in a statement.
11:43 a.m.
Profit rises on tax refunds
MGM Mirage today reported earnings of $74.9 million or 52 cents per share in the fourth quarter, including a state tax refund of $11.5 million on its half-owned Borgata resort.
11:43 a.m.
Binion's owner reports higher quarterly profit
MTR Gaming Group Inc. today reported a 12 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit as performance improved at the company's flagship Mountaineer Race Track and Casino Resort in West Virginia.
11:38 a.m.
Girl, 8, critical after being ejected from van
A Las Vegas girl was airlifted in critical condition this morning after she was thrown from her father's minivan, Metro Police said.
11:38 a.m.
Health index indicates areas with highest needs
Catholic Healthcare West, owner of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, reported Thursday that people living in areas with socioeconomic challenges are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized for preventable illnesses.
11:37 a.m.
Harrah's unsure on how brands will be dealt with
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. hasn't determined what to do with all of the brands it will acquire once its $9.4 billion bid for Caesars Entertainment Inc. is consummated.
11:37 a.m.
Guinn's recommendation for school funding is criticized
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn's budget for funding the public schools ran into early criticism today.
11:37 a.m.
Bush's land sale plan is still alive in House
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's proposal to siphon federal land sale profit out of Nevada coffers may have suffered a setback in the Senate this week, but it is alive and well in the House -- ...
11:37 a.m.
Utah lawmaker introduces bill to make weapons testing at NTS more difficult
WASHINGTON -- A Utah lawmaker introduced a bill today to make it harder for the government to resume weapons testing again at the Nevada Test Site.
11:36 a.m.
Development of hotel-condo marks investor's first foray into Las Vegas
The $1.5 billion Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino is expected to break ground this summer on an ambitious, New York-style, high-rise hotel and condominium project with a relatively small casino and resort amenities located on several ...
11:36 a.m.
NASCAR faithful flock to Vegas
Last year the closest Darrell Langford of Boulder, Mont., came to the annual UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR race was watching it on TV.
11:35 a.m.
EPA radiation options for Yucca met with criticism
WASHINGTON -- The options that the Environmental Protection Agency is considering for a revised radiation standard for Yucca Mountain drew negative reviews from environmental groups that attended a closed-door EPA briefing this week.
11:35 a.m.
Perkins' interim aide raises controversy
CARSON CITY -- Legislators traditionally don't have taxpayer-paid staff assigned to them during the off-session, but Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins, a potential candidate for governor next year, is at the center of a flap involving ...
11:35 a.m.
Paiute police chief won't be marshal
Las Vegas Paiute Police Chief Theodore Quasula's bid to become the next U.S. marshal for Nevada has been rejected, and federal government sources say that the reason is partisan politics.
11:35 a.m.
Centra thinks big
Development firm Centra closed escrow this week on the 996-unit Harbor Island apartments on Harmon near Koval, and plans to raze the property for a $2 billion complex of high-rise condominiums and a boutique hotel.
11:11 a.m.
Caesars, Harrah's shareholders vote to approve buyout
Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. shareholders voted separately this morning, by an overwhelming margin, to approve Harrah's pending acquisition of Caesars.
11:10 a.m.
Culinary, Aladdin in negotiations on deal
The Culinary Local 226 is currently in subcommittee negotiations with the Aladdin, working to hammer out the union's first deal with one of the three remaining large nonunion hotels on the Strip.
11:10 a.m.
Legislative briefs for March 11, 2005
Democratic leaders introduced a bill Thursday that would make it easier for Nevada residents to buy prescription drugs from Canada.
11:10 a.m.
Company in deal with local firm
The firm will serve the luxury real estate market in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and Lake Las Vegas. The firm also plans to increase the size of its staff from 10 to 50 employees.
11:10 a.m.
Stephens Media acquires three weekly publications
The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper has acquired three weekly publications serving Southern Nevada, the company announced Thursday.
11:09 a.m.
Beazer fined by air quality officials
Beazer Homes Nevada was fined $100,000 by the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management for various dust violations that occurred in 2003 and 2004 -- but the county agency suspended half of ...
11:09 a.m.
Commission OKs tax abatements for valley companies
The Nevada Commission on Economic Development this week approved incentives for two companies promising to create a total of 135 new Clark County jobs.
11:09 a.m.
Family of skaters fears deportation to Russia
It's been five years since 11-year-old Timofey Khatin lived in Russia, but he said Thursday he knows "bad things" could happen if his family is deported from Las Vegas, as U.S. Immigration Services has ordered.
11:06 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: LV remains allure for mafiosos
He talks about it at length in his 1992 best-selling book, "Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family was the Mob."
11:06 a.m.
'Chronic inebriate' program modified
William Finley estimates that in the five years he has lived on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, he has been arrested by Metro Police at least 350 times.
11:05 a.m.
Monorail is luring business from CAT
Tourists wooed to the Las Vegas Monorail are helping take a bite out of a public bus route once considered local public transit's "cash cow," the Regional Transportation Commission's top accountant said Thursday.
11:05 a.m.
Property tax plans distilled to three
CARSON CITY -- Legislators have pared down the more than 20 ideas for property tax reform to three basic concepts, leaders said Thursday.
11:05 a.m.
In ethics course, regents encouraged to play nicely
The much-maligned university Board of Regents reviewed state ethics regulations and received lessons on civility Thursday during a special workshop meeting at the system's Las Vegas office.
11:05 a.m.
Government wants alleged hitmen to stay in custody
Two retired New York City police detectives charged with serving as mob hitmen will find out today if they will remain in jail or be released while facing federal racketeering charges.
10:55 a.m.
LV joins rescue efforts of victims of slave trading
Local agencies and groups that are a part of the Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Coalition:
10:10 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Slam-dance of a game extends Rebels' season
DENVER -- How far did Wyoming and UNLV set back basketball as you, me, our fathers and even our grandfathers know it during Thursday afternoon's Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinal?
10:08 a.m.
Back on the FAST TRACK
Matt Kenseth has finished 42nd and 26th in the first two races of the season and is 36th in NASCAR Nextel Cup points coming into Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
10:07 a.m.
Rebels put their game on the line
Game 1 -- UNLV (16-12) vs. Utah (26-4), 6 p.m. TV -- KFBT (6). Radio -- 920-AM.
10:07 a.m.
Residents seek teacher's reinstatement at school
Black Las Vegas residents urged the Clark County School Board Thursday night to reinstate a first-year social studies teacher at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas after a controversial transfer.
10:05 a.m.
Pombo measure would restrict off-reservation Indian casinos
WASHINGTON -- A key House Republican wants to restrict Indian gambling's most controversial trend -- tribes moving off their reservations, sometimes into urban areas, to build casinos.
10:04 a.m.
Paiute police chief misses out on U.S. marshal post
Las Vegas Paiute Police Chief Theodore Quasula's bid to become the next U.S. marshal for Nevada has been rejected.
10:03 a.m.
Henderson kicks off search for police chief
As Henderson launched its national search this week for the seventh chief in the city's history, law enforcement officials said they expect the job will attract dozens of experienced candidates, many already looking to retire ...
10:03 a.m.
Nonprofit group approved to run school health centers
Health Centers for Nevada, a nonprofit private company providing needy individuals with low-cost and no-cost health care throughout the state, was approved for a three-year contract to deliver health care to three schools.
10:01 a.m.
Lawyers want smoking law ruled unconstitutional
An attorney for a Helena casino asked Judge Thomas Honzel on Wednesday to rule the city's smoking ban unenforceable because those cited for violating it cannot seek a jury trial.
10:00 a.m.
Tribe considers racino at Portland Meadows site
Tribal officials said the resulting racino has worked with struggling tracks elsewhere, notably West Virginia and Delaware.
10:00 a.m.
Kraig Kinser blows 'em away
Worn tires and a start that featured five caution flags in the first five laps just weren't enough to test the drivers in Thursday's World of Outlaws preliminary.
9:59 a.m.
Speedway adding to public program for drag-strip racing
In the wake of two illegal street-racing accidents in recent weeks, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 17 will debut "Thursday Night Street Wars" to provide a safer alternative to those who ...
9:58 a.m.
Commission postpones action on land swap for casino
The Sac & Fox nation has proposed a casino-hotel complex near Chandler, along the Turner Turnpike and could begin operations in less than two years, said Ben Walkingstick, a banker who owns the school land ...
9:58 a.m.
Black's comments on lottery vote raise ante over gambling
"It is going to be a straight up-or-down vote," Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, told reporters.
9:57 a.m.
Rebels earn a nasty reward
DENVER --- UNLV advanced to the Mountain West Conference tournament semfinals for the fifth consecutive year with it's 70-63 victory against Wyoming on Thursday afternoon at the Pepsi Center.
9:57 a.m.
Manslaughter verdict returned
A 49-year-old man who said he killed a man to keep the victim from hitting him over the head with a 40-ounce beer bottle was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday.
9:56 a.m.
Donations continue for CCSN auto center
The $50,000 pledge from the Southern Nevada Franchised New Car and Truck Dealers Association Inc. and the $10,000 donation from Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association will go toward the CCSN Foundation's $1 million commitment, executive ...
9:56 a.m.
News briefs for March 11, 2005
A new American Community Survey will soon give communities across Nevada access each year to key socioeconomic data that has, until now, been available only once a decade.
9:56 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Martin's Vegas memories remain first in his thoughts
It has been seven years since Mark Martin took the checkered flag in the inaugural NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Mark Martin still calls his 1998 victory here one of his ...
9:55 a.m.
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Drivers' appearances
Brendan Gaughan and Steve Park -- 3-5 p.m., Orleans Racing open house, 6975 Speedway Blvd., Building D-104, adjacent to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
9:53 a.m.
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Schedule
8 a.m. -- Spectator gates open (1.5-mile superspeedway).
9:51 a.m.
Energy Department says it needs cash to move on Yucca
WASHINGTON -- Money is really the only thing stopping the Energy Department from moving forward on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, a high-ranking project official told a House panel Thursday.
9:48 a.m.
Meredith fired exec after racist remarks
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Meredith Corp., which owns KVVU-TV, the Fox affiliate in Las Vegas, fired the head of its broadcast group last fall after documenting his repeated comments criticizing blacks, including: "We've got to ...
9:45 a.m.
New names added to rolls of richest
NEW YORK -- Thanks to a surge in demand for steel, the Internet and Scandinavian sofas, there are some new names among the very richest of the world's billionaires.
9:45 a.m.
Dolezel returns, but it's defense on spot
Saturday, 4 p.m., Nationwide Arena Radio: ESPN 920-AM
9:43 a.m.
Trade deficit hits $58.3 billion
The Commerce Department reported today that the January trade gap was 4.5 percent higher than December's $55.7 billion deficit and was just below the all-time high monthly deficit of $59.4 billion, recorded in November.
9:41 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- LIFESTREAM -- Draws middle post for short sprint opener, Pedroza on Canani trainee for owners Wygod,. LOREN V -- Gomez scales Spawr trainee for owners Craig, draws well for starter allowance dash. ...
9:35 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
9:34 a.m.
Preps: Schedule
Baseball
9:33 a.m.
Fishing report: Weekend surprises yield plump stripers
LAKE MEAD: Surprisingly good fishing for striped bass was found over the weekend in the Overton Arm while the action has been fair for boaters fishing for stripers in the Boulder Basin.
9:31 a.m.
Lawmakers have mixed emotions over pot initiative
CARSON CITY --An Assembly committee expressed concern Thursday about an initiative that would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana, but the most the panel could do was to forward the initiative to a statewide ...
9:17 a.m.
Water agencies under the gun
Water agencies along the Colorado River might not meet an April deadline to draft a recommended policy to deal with shortages of river water.
9:13 a.m.
Nevada would receive $1.5 billion for projects
WASHINGTON -- Nevada would get $1.5 billion under a major highway bill passed in the House Thursday. The bill covers highways and transit projects in the state for the next six years.
9:12 a.m.
Pay raise for RTC official is approved
Jacob Snow, who has sat at the RTC's helm since 1999 and oversees a $136 million operating budget, is expected to earn $177,894 this year after retroactive 3 percent cost-of-living and 5 percent merit raises. ...
9:11 a.m.
Deadline nears for voting signup
Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson residents who are not registered to vote have until Tuesday night to register for the April 5 city primaries.
9:10 a.m.
Jury gets Pattison murder case
A Clark County jury began deliberations this morning in the Dante Pattison trial.
9:09 a.m.
Mayor may form PAC to help promote Las Vegas
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is looking into establishing a political action committee that he says would not be used to support any political cause or candidate but instead to fund activities that support and ...
9:08 a.m.
Obituaries for March 11, 2005
Virginia K. Adams, 88, of Las Vegas died March 3 in a local hospital. She was born Dec. 3, 1916, in Milwaukee. A resident for many years, she was a retired insurance administrator.
9:07 a.m.
Longtime math, science teacher Bibeault dies
The Rev. Norbert P. Bibeault, a physics and math teacher at Bishop Gorman High School for 35 years whose dedication to his students long after they graduated made him an endearing fixture at the Catholic ...
9:07 a.m.
$7 million awarded to German tourist who was injured on bus
A German tourist who was paralyzed after the tour bus he was riding in made a sudden stop was awarded $7.33 million by a federal court jury Wednesday.
9:07 a.m.
Letter: Mayor full of gin, empty promises
Guess who is the one eligible to teach and lead these kids? You got it -- the mayor. And what do we estimate would be the best item of the three with which the children ...
9:04 a.m.
Letter: Gibbons lacks honesty, ethics to be governor
The Las Vegas Sun on March 4 ("Gibbons: Controversial speech wasn't his own") reported that Gibbons' speech included 15 paragraphs taken verbatim from a copyrighted speech delivered in 2003 by Alabama state auditor Beth Chapman, ...
9:04 a.m.
Editorial: Ethics ultimately won
The relationship, first reported in the Las Vegas Sun last week after she had disclosed it during a Senate Finance Committee hearing, raised serious ethical issues. Questions of propriety arose for KVBC because, as a ...
9:03 a.m.
Editorial: Privacy is a right for all
Kallas' point cannot be dismissed. He cited a recent case in North Las Vegas in which a police officer and his family had to be moved from their home because of threats from people the ...
9:03 a.m.
Stratosphere hits high note with Insanity
It was nearly 2 1/2 years ago -- Oct. 30, 2003, to be exact -- that I faced down a tremendous phobia:
8:54 a.m.
Former NAACP leader Scott recalls Las Vegas roots
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8:47 a.m.
Community briefs for March 11, 2005
The Nevada State Spelling Bee will begin 10 a.m. Saturday in the Classroom Building Complex, Room 110 on the UNLV campus.
8:47 a.m.
Arts Society navigates 'Down a River of Time'
"Requiem" is a choral and orchestral reflection on life and death. "Down a River of Time," an oboe and string concerto, is a meditation on the same topic.
8:40 a.m.
With surprise tour, Slint alive and well
I never really considered the possibility I might get to see a Slint show.
8:37 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Day After looks for exposure down South
He wouldn't mind earning a living doing something else.
8:36 a.m.
Atilla looks to fill void in LV blues scene
Turk Atilla was saddened when he heard that the Sand Dollar, Las Vegas' premier blues venue, closed in January.
8:34 a.m.
On Display for March 11, 2005
Nancy Rahja's "Granica," her master of fine art thesis exhibition, will be displayed until Saturday at UNLV's Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. Admission is free. 895-3893.
8:34 a.m.
Datebook for March 11, 2005
Author Sharon Waxman will sign copies of her book, "Rebels on the Backlot," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Reading Room at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Admission is free.
8:33 a.m.
After 'American Idol,' Avila looks to acting
The "American Idol" dream is over for Amanda Avila.
8:32 a.m.
Keys opens door to award vault
At age 24, Alicia Keys has nearly as many Grammys to her credit as she does songs.
8:30 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Comedian ANT-icipated television success
Maybe it's a coincidence, but the same can be said these days about the comedian named ANT who, as of late, is all over prime-time television.
8:28 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Holiday turns Vegas restaurants green
There will be plenty of Irish-inspired food on St. Patrick's Day along with heady libations.
8:26 a.m.
Endurance Test: Duran Duran, icons of the '80s, still draw loyal fans
Julie Moore has never been on an airplane, but her quest to see Duran Duran is about to get her off the ground.
8:24 a.m.
'Erocktica' an aural showcase at Rio
"Greg Thompson's Erocktica Live! Sex, Sweat & Rock 'n' Roll" is loud, bold, audacious and irreverent. To say the least, many will be offended by the loudness of the music (which seems to have only ...
8:22 a.m.
Controversies at root of ethics proposals
WEEKEND EDITION
6:31 a.m.
Complex problem
WEEKEND EDITION
6:29 a.m.
Letter: Young drivers lack maturity
March 12 - 13, 2005
5:00 a.m.
Letter: Under Bush, U.S. looks like Russia
March 12 - 13, 2005
5:00 a.m.
Editorial: Ethics laws necessary
March 12 - 13, 2005
4:58 a.m.
Editorial: Progress on growth front
March 12 - 13, 2005
4:56 a.m.
An obsession with orchids
WEEKEND EDITION
3:57 a.m.
Murphy, Tabish sentenced in silver theft case
Murphy along with co-defendant Rick Tabish were sentenced Friday to one-to-five years for their roles in stealing $6 million in silver from Binion after his Sept. 17, 1998 death by raiding the former casino executive's ...
2:19 a.m.
Las Vegas links
32. The Mars family, $10.4 billion, owns Henderson-based Ethel M. Chocolates. The candy heirs include Forrest Edward Mars Jr., Jacqueline Mars and John Franklyn Mars.
2:01 a.m.

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