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Archive for March 25, 2005

Las Vegas is big-time poker's tournament capital of the world
In a corridor off the main pit at the Rio, a crowd of gawking tourists has collected behind a velvet rope to watch amateurs battle seasoned professionals for a championship.
11:12 a.m.
Teenager sentenced in slaying at mall
During his sentencing of a 16-year-old boy to six to 20 years in prison for participating in last year's fatal beating of a 17-year-old at the Boulevard mall, District Judge Michael Cherry said it was ...
11:12 a.m.
Second Air Force jet in week crashes at Nellis
The single-seat aircraft was assigned to the 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron, a Nellis-based unit that tests new technologies and writes the tactics for several aircraft including the new FA-22 Raptor.
11:10 a.m.
Coroner's inquest to rule in standoff shooting
A Clark County coroner's inquest jury was expected to decide today whether a Metro Police veteran's killing of a knife-wielding man earlier this year was justified.
11:09 a.m.
Man out on bail after car-wash death
Stephen B. Shaw, 36, faces one charge of second degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 60-year-old Lawrence A. Weiss. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years ...
11:07 a.m.
No movement afoot to replace McCarran statue
CARSON CITY -- A drive to remove the statue of controversial former Nevada Sen. Pat McCarran from the U.S. Capitol has not emerged, despite renewed discussion.
11:07 a.m.
Officers suspended in phony drug case
Two Metro Police officers have been suspended without pay after a Las Vegas man was charged with possessing drugs that had been left in his car by another officer during an impromptu police dog training ...
11:07 a.m.
New property tax proposal picks up steam in Legislature
CARSON CITY -- Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, stood on the Assembly floor Thursday night and pinched her fingers close together.
11:06 a.m.
Sports briefs for March 25, 2005
Former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson says he and NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France have held discussions concerning the purchase of an NFL team for Los Angeles.
11:01 a.m.
Gaming news briefs for March 25, 2005
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- New Jersey casino regulators signed off Thursday on the sale of the Atlantic City Hilton, a deal forced by the pending merger of two casino giants.
10:38 a.m.
Schneider says gaming regulators should not be 'moral cops' on ads
CARSON CITY -- Sen. Mike Schneider says the state Gaming Control Board should not be "moral cops" who decide whether casino advertisements are too risque.
10:17 a.m.
Wynn project earns OK
Steve Wynn's historic return to the Las Vegas Strip took another step forward Thursday.
10:17 a.m.
Shustek seeks all of company's outstanding stock
In a proposal received by Vestin's board of directors, Shustek offered $2.85 a share for the stock.
10:16 a.m.
Dollar heads for big week
The Fed this week increased borrowing costs for a seventh straight time by a quarter point amid government reports showing rising consumer and wholesale prices. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes rose 0.2 percentage ...
10:16 a.m.
Poll that shows support for tax freeze faces criticism
An overwhelming percentage of Nevadans polled recently by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce support measures to stop or slow recent jumps in property taxes, but some researchers question the chamber's survey sample.
10:15 a.m.
Developer of Lake Las Vegas has big plans for community
Over the past 18 years R.F. Boeddeker has proved skeptics wrong by taking thousands of acres of desert land, building a 320-acre lake, and turning the barren turf into one of the area's premier resorts ...
10:14 a.m.
Fighting racism
10:04 a.m.
State says feds' nuke rail plan broke laws
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department violated several federal laws when it decided to build a rail line in Nevada to move waste to the potential Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, Nevada's lawyers allege in court ...
10:03 a.m.
Funding sought for more security at DMV
CARSON CITY -- The unsolved break-in at the North Las Vegas office of the Department of Motor Vehicles apparently has convinced the agency's officials that they need surveillance cameras inside and outside all DMV offices.
10:02 a.m.
Senate panel says no to lottery
CARSON CITY -- A Senate committee voted not to pass a proposal Thursday that would create a statewide lottery.
10:02 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: It's time for GOP to get a backbone
It was only a matter of time before fallout from the wounded Yucca Mountain Project reached President Bush.
10:02 a.m.
CCSN administrator pleads not guilty in time-sheet scandal
A Community College of Southern Nevada site administrator pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in District Court to charges that she helped an employee falsify his time sheet.
10:00 a.m.
Officials blast state plan to restructure county health board
Members of the Clark County Board of Health expressed outrage and confusion Thursday over a legislative bill they said represents unwarranted interference with their operation.
9:59 a.m.
Teen to be tried as an adult
In ruling that a 16-year-old should go to trial as an adult charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary, a justice of the peace said Thursday that the evidence indicated the teen had been "on ...
9:58 a.m.
Domestic violence, cop connection key issues
As voters head to the polls for early voting in the crowded primary race for the Ward 6 seat on the Las Vegas City Council, candidate Steve Ross' domestic violence issues from the past are ...
9:58 a.m.
Rumsfeld adviser describes successes of current wars
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's top policy adviser on Thursday defended the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, describing both conflicts as successes in spreading political development and democracy in the middle east or central ...
9:57 a.m.
2 treated for smoke inhalation
Security guards evacuated customers from the store after smoke drifted through its second floor, Henderson Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Koopman said.
9:57 a.m.
DNA led to arrest in sex assault case
DNA evidence provided by an out-of-state database helped lead Metro Police to a man wanted in a September 2004 robbery and sexual assault.
9:53 a.m.
Couple charged in death of child
A teen mother from Southern California and her boyfriend are in the Clark County Detention Center this morning charged in connection with the death of the woman's 6-month-old daughter, Metro Police said.
9:53 a.m.
Immunization locations
HENDERSON PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER: 129 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Building A, Suite 10, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
9:52 a.m.
Community news briefs for March 25, 2005
Henderson and the Nevada Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present DrumFest 2005 from noon to 5 p.m. April 2 at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway.
9:51 a.m.
Legislative briefs for March 25, 2005
Assembly Speaker Richard Perkins introduced a proposal Thursday that would force public officers who are found guilty of three or more ethics violations to step down from their posts.
9:49 a.m.
Bigger expense accounts asked
CARSON CITY -- While most lawmakers are talking about putting the cap on taxes, another measure has been introduced in the Senate to fatten legislators' pocketbooks.
9:48 a.m.
Berkley backs Canadian drugs
CARSON CITY -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., encouraged legislators Thursday to pass a bill that would encourage importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
9:48 a.m.
NLV's council debated
CARSON CITY -- Residents who live in an older section of North Las Vegas are being shortchanged in city services, say three Democratic Assembly members from Clark County who want to change the election makeup ...
9:48 a.m.
Wisconsin woman dies in motorcycle crash
It was the first of two fatal crashes in two days on State Route 160. Another person died about 4 this morning in a single-vehicle rollover just past the Nye County line, Trooper Angie Chavera, ...
9:47 a.m.
Rice to retire after more than 33 years with School District
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources George Ann Rice will retire in July after more than 33 years with the Clark County School District.
9:47 a.m.
Obituaries for March 25, 2005
Helen Abrams, 76, of Las Vegas died Wednesday in a local care center. She was born April 1, 1928, in Garfield, N.J. A resident for 15 years, she was a homemaker and a Navy veteran.
9:46 a.m.
One of state's best coaches might leave
Coming off an undefeated regular season, Foothill's football team looked poised next year to make a run at the school's first state athletics title.
9:44 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Stars aligned for Utah athletics
If they ever do a sequel to "My Cousin Vinny" and shoot it in Salt Lake City, Brooklyn-born Joe Pesci wouldn't have to worry about the way he enunciates "the two youths" while arguing his ...
9:44 a.m.
Grading the Gladiators
With a 5-3 record and a key showdown against San Jose coming Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Gladiators have reached the midway point of the season in relatively good position.
9:38 a.m.
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9:30 a.m.
Golf briefs for March 25, 2005
Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant eagled his final hole to soar past Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts into the lead in the Indonesia Open as thunderstorms again disrupted play today in Jakarta, Indonesia.
9:24 a.m.
Dodgers' injuries keep 51s roster in limbo
C -- Dioner Navarro, Mike Rose
9:23 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: Gaughan: New qualifying procedure will hurt NASCAR for years to come
Under NASCAR's new procedure for determining the starting fields for its races in its top three national series, Brendan Gaughan failed to qualify for last week's Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
9:14 a.m.
Democrats go after Gibbons
CARSON CITY -- Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., hasn't officially announced if he will run for governor in 2006, but the state Democratic Party has already launched a billboard campaign against him.
9:13 a.m.
RTC panel ponders plans for rail system
A Regional Transportation Commission committee decided Thursday on how to plan options for a possible fixed-guideway system.
9:12 a.m.
Supreme Court denies reconsidering death case
CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday denied the petition of district attorneys in the state to reconsider a ruling made in a death penalty case involving a Reno man.
9:12 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- COUSINEAU -- Nakatani atop young Dollace trainee, draws good inner post for grass mile opener, adds blinkers PALACE ROSE -- Starts alongside top pick for two-turn turf claimer, Desormeaux on Hess trainee. ...
9:12 a.m.
Saturday's horse racing entries
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9:11 a.m.
Fishing report: Drifting anchovy the lure to use
LAKE MEAD: Fishing continues to be fair for boaters who are drifting with anchovies for striped bass at Las Vegas Wash, but fairly slow elsewhere on the lake.
9:10 a.m.
Hunters group sues over Nevada licensing
With big-game hunting season in Nevada a little more than four months away the Nevada Wildlife Commission is scheduled to meet this weekend to discuss licensing policies in the wake of a federal discrimination lawsuit.
9:09 a.m.
Letter: Bush keeps finger on nuclear trigger
At present, the U.S. has 10,000 nuclear weapons, 6,000 of them in active readiness. Finally, this president has ignored, failed to ratify or walked away from the following: anti-ballistic missile treaty, comprehensive test ban treaty, ...
9:06 a.m.
Letter: God's blessings lay foundation
It is through God that man is blessed with a free, self-conscious, rational and moral personality, something nature could never provide.
9:05 a.m.
Letter: Filibuster is key tool of minority
It is well known that the present intent of restricting the use of the filibuster is to slip through the appointment of several federal and Supreme Court judges who are strongly opinionated and/or can be ...
9:05 a.m.
Letter: Steroids make baseball a bad bet
Handicapping games effectively is nearly impossible when bettors have no idea who is abusing steroids or other performance enhancing drugs or who is using corked bats. Betting on baseball is folly so long as the ...
9:05 a.m.
Letter: Shoshone lawsuit deserves support
When I called the offices of Sens. Reid and John Ensign, prior to this ill-advised legislation, I was told that the compensation would not affect other terms of the 1863 treaty in relationship to our ...
9:04 a.m.
Letter: Other energy strategies better than Arctic oil
The small amount of oil that might be available in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won't begin flowing to refineries for at least 10 years. When it does (or if it does) it will represent ...
9:04 a.m.
Editorial: Officers need training
She's referring to an incident Saturday night during a peace rally on the Strip. When she and other marchers reached the Bellagio, they were confronted by police. Several marchers were arrested. Her experience reflects a ...
9:00 a.m.
Editorial: Eliminate this cloak of secrecy
So Gerhardt has authored legislation, Assembly Bill 120, that would require doctors' offices to report to state medical regulators on the number of problems that occur during surgical procedures. Physicians groups say that this would ...
8:59 a.m.
Fire captain trading shifts to keep up with session
Assemblyman John Oceguera, a North Las Vegas fire captain, has backed down from a pledge made a year ago that he would not trade shifts with colleagues while he serves in Carson City.
8:45 a.m.
Badu out of order, brilliant on 'Gun'
Don't bother trying to follow along to the liner notes or back-cover tracklisting while spinning Erykah Badu's second album, "Mama's Gun."
8:43 a.m.
Performing Arts for March 25, 2005
'Surviving Grace'
8:38 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Rise reaps rewards of hard work in Vegas
The first time Rise Against came to Las Vegas, the hardcore punk outfit played the Huntridge Theatre.
8:37 a.m.
Costello rides tide of raves, nominations to Las Vegas
Can Elvis Costello deliver another five-star performance?
8:35 a.m.
On Display for March 25, 2005
ReJAVAnate Coffee Lounge, 3300 E. Flamingo Road, is hosting "Art in the Living Room at reJAVAnate," featuring the works of local artist Paul Fickett, from Monday to May 6. An artist's reception will be held ...
8:34 a.m.
Tropicana makes waves with 'Titanic'
But after striking an iceberg, more than half of its 2,228 passengers plunged into the freezing North Atlantic and died.
8:33 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Siskind altered career path in a New York minute
More than two decades ago, while auditioning for an acting role in her native New York, "I met a girl who said she was a stand-up comedian, and it was like a light bulb moment ...
8:32 a.m.
Comedy by the pound: Sledge-wielding Gallagher swings into new digs at Tuscany
The watermelon-smashing Gallagher is a rogue comic with a creative mind that is always in overdrive, careening down life's highway.
8:31 a.m.
Gallagher lets it fly during freewheeling Tuscany show
The room at the Tuscany is tiny, maybe seating 150.
8:29 a.m.
Datebook for March 25, 2005
Las Vegas' Cultural Affairs Division presents an "Old Time Barn Dance" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Heights Arts Center ballroom, 800 S. Brush St. Admission is $6 adults, $5 members, ...
8:26 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: May bringing the noise to hotel's new lineup
"When the people are here to dance and party, Kurtis gives them dance and party music," May, 59, said. "I'll play three or four fast ones in a row, and then a couple of slow ...
8:25 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: Sedaka not a solitary artist
Widespread interest in the American idol from the '50s and '60s resurfaced last year when "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken included Sedaka's 1973 "Solitaire" on the album "The Way/Solitaire."
8:23 a.m.
Editorial: A breakthrough day
March 26 - 27, 2005
3:28 a.m.
True Stripes
3:08 a.m.
The art of survival
3:02 a.m.
No longer under the radar
2:54 a.m.

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