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Archive for May 25, 2005

School expands
School expands
11:27 a.m.
Assembly panel calls for raise for teachers
CARSON CITY -- The Assembly Ways and Means Committee today approved an addition to the state's school budget that calls for a 5 percent raise in each of the next two years for teachers.
11:20 a.m.
Las Vegas businessman, banker, developer Fong dies at 79
Wing Fong, a banker, businessman, land developer and civic leader perhaps best known for building Fong's Garden on East Charleston Boulevard nearly half a century ago, died Sunday. He was 79.
11:19 a.m.
Oregon ruling may slow drive for Indian casinos
WASHINGTON -- Momentum for off-reservation gambling at Indian-owned casinos may be slowing after the Interior Department's rejection of a deal for a tribal casino near the Columbia River in Oregon, lawmakers on both sides of ...
11:19 a.m.
Company purchases 50 acres near Reno
The company did not disclose in a form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the amount paid for the property near U.S. Highway 395 and Mt. Rose Highway.
11:19 a.m.
Early voting begins for LV Ward 6
By Tuesday night, 44 voters had cast ballots in the race between Steve Ross and Mary Gillins. Ward 6 incumbent Michael Mack is not seeking re-election.
11:17 a.m.
Opening statements start in Ivanpah suit
The latest chapter is set to begin this morning in a legal showdown between a firm whose lawyers claim the county owes it more than $700,000 for a study of the proposed airport in Ivanpah ...
11:16 a.m.
Governor warns against successor's financial plans
In an interview to air Thursday, Gov. Kenny Guinn said that he's "scared to death" of his successor coming in and saying the state doesn't need any more money.
11:16 a.m.
Man stabs pit bull to death after attack on his dog
A man stabbed a pit bull to death on Monday at Sunset Park after the dog attacked his smaller dog, Clark County Park Police said on Tuesday.
11:15 a.m.
News briefs for May 25, 2005
Metro Police have arrested four people in connection with the shooting of a 44-year-old man found dead last week near Lake Mead.
11:14 a.m.
Reid claims victory, but still takes a hit
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said there were no individual winners in the historic agreement struck late Monday to avert a showdown over the "nuclear option." The Senate and the public won, he ...
11:14 a.m.
Police: Slayings may be tied to gangster warfare
Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins was known in Kansas City, Mo., for his rap sheet just as well as for his rap music.
11:08 a.m.
Rogers says schools should consider 'Gateway' curriculum
The Clark County School District should mandate that students take more challenging levels of math, English and science courses to reduce the increasing need for incoming college freshmen to enroll in remedial classes, university system ...
11:08 a.m.
Details of plan for tax rebate debated
CARSON CITY -- Even after receiving legal opinions, Assembly Democrats and Gov. Kenny Guinn's office are still at odds on how to rebate $300 million to taxpayers this year.
11:08 a.m.
City Council OKs new community
The Henderson City Council on Tuesday approved a 1,900-acre master-planned community west of Sun City Anthem that will mark the region's entry into development reminiscent pre-World War II communities.
11:02 a.m.
Hospitals investing in efforts aimed at error reduction
HCA Inc., owner of three Las Vegas hospitals, is spending millions of dollars to improve the quality of care it provides and to reduce medical errors and long-term costs.
11:01 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Good news for Nevada from D.C.
An 11th-hour agreement has averted a constitutional crisis over changing the Senate's filibuster rules during the debate over President Bush's judicial nominees.
11:00 a.m.
Mobile homes destroyed in fire
Metro Police and fire department officials are looking into whether squatters living in trailers on a storage lot near Nellis Air Force Base may have started a fire that destroyed three mobile homes early today.
10:59 a.m.
Taxable sales jump 14 percent in March
CARSON CITY -- The vibrant Nevada economy continued in March with taxable sales rising by 14 percent to $4 billion.
10:56 a.m.
Failed deal spurs lawsuit
A San Diego Indian tribe has sued Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. for breach of contract, saying Caesars abandoned an agreement to develop a major casino for the tribe and misled the tribe ...
10:54 a.m.
Reinvestment in properties key, General Growth CEO says
John Bucksbaum has been riding his bicycle from the Las Vegas Strip through Summerlin a few times a year since the mid-1980s.
10:54 a.m.
Power outage hits new resort
A spokeswoman for the property said most guests never knew about the outage because a backup power generation system worked flawlessly after the power went out early Tuesday afternoon.
10:53 a.m.
Dealer, California police officer arrested on cheating allegations
A Southern California police officer and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer have been arrested for alleged cheating.
10:49 a.m.
Two hurt in truck accidents
Construction industry vehicles were involved in two separate traffic collisions Tuesday afternoon sending the drivers of a moped and a pickup truck to area hospitals with serious to critical injuries, authorities said.
9:55 a.m.
Panel says schools need to address educational equality
Civil rights leaders on Tuesday criticized the Clark County School District for failing to provide adequate educational services for poor and minority students and for treating some minority teachers unfairly.
9:55 a.m.
Ethics Commission: Regulatory board member can seek campaign donations
CARSON CITY -- Nevada law does not bar a member of a state regulatory board from seeking campaign contributions from those in the industry the board oversees, the state Ethics Commission said in an advisory ...
9:55 a.m.
Reality show's final bout packs a punch
Apparently there was something called "American Idol" on one of the other channels at 8 o'clock Tuesday night.
9:52 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: If it's not broken, Bzdelik will fix it
Well, it looks like Air Force is going back to being a football school.
9:52 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: IRL backs off; Champ Car buys Long Beach GP
Champ Car World Series officials ensured their continued association with their marquee event, the Long Beach Grand Prix, by purchasing the assets of The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach from Dover Motorsports.
9:50 a.m.
Sports briefs for May 25, 2005
UNLV baseball head coach Buddy Gouldsmith was named the Mountain West Conference coach of the year, and seven Rebels were selected to the all-conference team. Justin Tellam, Mike Cruz, Zeke Parraz, Ryan Bird, JC Sibley, ...
9:49 a.m.
Columnist Jeff Haney: Bookmakers take Patrick seriously at Indy 500
Station Casinos propositions on Sunday's Coca-Cola 600:
9:49 a.m.
Illegal immigration forum protested
A national summit about illegal immigration scheduled for this weekend at Cashman Center has aroused the rage of a coalition of Hispanic groups, who are calling organizers of the event "Nazi white supremacist(s)."
9:47 a.m.
Cabdrivers may get share of increased revenue
Clark County's 16 taxi companies, pressured by cabdrivers and their unions, say they'll see to it that drivers will share the revenue generated by a fuel surcharge approved by the Taxicab Authority last month.
9:45 a.m.
School police chief Garcia earns certification
After just three months on the job, Clark County School Police Chief Hector Garcia has completed the state-required certification process for law enforcement officers, something his predecessor failed to do during a four-year tenure.
9:44 a.m.
Obituaries for May 25, 2005
Robert Cimo, 74, of Las Vegas died Monday in a local hospice. He was born Nov. 1, 1930, in Chicago. A resident for 11 years, he was a retired insurance broker.
9:42 a.m.
Key highway interchange is celebrated
A key northwest interchange was left in a traffic jam of its own for more than three years as crews scrambled to finish necessary improvements to keep traffic on nearby roads flowing, Clark County Public ...
9:42 a.m.
Corrections
Corrections
9:42 a.m.
CCSD's purchase of office building draws criticism
The Clark County School Board's decision to spend $14.5 million for a fully outfitted office building has some critics questioning the timing and necessity of the purchase.
9:41 a.m.
51s' fortunes turn against PCL's best team
Two days ago, Las Vegas 51s manager Jerry Royster offered sharp criticism of his team's play.
9:40 a.m.
Columnist Peter Benton: Team's talents fit perfectly at Foothills Invite
The pride of the Foothills Invitational is a two-man low net and low gross tournament, which is played annually over California's challenging Glendora Country Club. Because of the popularity of this event the field has ...
9:38 a.m.
Columnist Adam Candee: Future is now for LPGA's newest star on tour
Pencils down, heads up: Name the teenage girl who won the LPGA's qualifying school last year and just claimed her first tour victory last week in New York.
9:38 a.m.
League concerned about ties between Man U and casino
The NFL asked Tampa Bay owner Malcolm Glazer on Tuesday to explain Manchester United's relationship with a Las Vegas casino, a venture that could run afoul of the league's policies concerning gambling.
9:36 a.m.
Gladiators enter offseason with familiar questions
2003: AFL -- 11,397; Gladiators -- 9,791
9:36 a.m.
Labor talks resume
The two sides are working against a deadline of May 31, when an interim contract for the 20,000 ramp workers, food service employees and customer-service agents expires. That also is the date a bankruptcy judge ...
9:32 a.m.
Letter: Raising children not library's role
A parent should not abdicate the minimal level of responsibility in simply taking a few seconds to inspect a DVD a child has selected and veto inappropriate material. I wouldn't expect a library circulation clerk ...
9:32 a.m.
Letter: Commitments to veterans should be honored first
With all due respect to the terrible losses caused by the South Asian tsunami, it's puzzling to me that hundreds of millions of dollars can be found by the U.S. government at the blink of ...
9:31 a.m.
State's final riverboat casino is set to open
The 15th and final riverboat casino allowed by law in Louisiana opens Thursday as Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. unveils its $365 million gambling resort in Lake Charles.
9:31 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Hollywood Park selections
1st Race -- FOSTER -- Baze aboard Mandella trainee for owner Hancock, draws good post for route maiden opener, to Foster a graduation here? RYDELL --In outside post in six-horse two-turn run, Espinoza astride Shirreffs ...
9:28 a.m.
Tribe signs casino deal
Tribal President Eugene Little Coyote said the agreement is merely a first step and still subject to approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission. He said consultation on the project also needs to occur with ...
9:27 a.m.
Thursday's horse racing entries
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9:27 a.m.
Talks fail to settle charges against mayor
Tazewell County Circuit Judge J. Peter Ault issued a gag order after prosecutors and defense attorneys failed to settle the case before a scheduled hearing Tuesday, the (Pekin) Daily Times reported.
9:26 a.m.
Panel passes bill that would allow Lincoln Park's sale
The legislation also includes a gambling revenue-sharing requirement that could impact a proposal to build a new casino in West Warwick.
9:25 a.m.
Second person dies from injuries after casino trip
The second victim was a woman at least 60 years old who was a passenger on the bus, Waupaca County Sheriff Steve Liebe said.
9:25 a.m.
Editorial: Funding is welcome
Just this week, for example, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee approved $15 million for more care that includes long-term, crisis and triage services. Earlier, the whole Legislature approved reimbursing WestCare, a Las Vegas center ...
9:24 a.m.
Editorial: Fragile peace in the Senate
The compromise expressly allows up-or-down floor votes on three nominees to federal appeals courts that Democrats have blocked -- Priscilla R. Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William H. Pryor Jr. For this, the seven Republicans ...
9:23 a.m.
Rules debated; critics say legislation too weak
As the House Financial Services Committee opened debate on the measure, the National Council of La Raza was preparing to release a study today showing Hispanics are more likely than other groups to depend on ...
9:23 a.m.
Panel considers transportation authority
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn's plan to abolish the state Transportation Services Authority that regulates limousines, tow cars, household movers and some taxicabs was to face a vote today in the Senate Transportation and ...
9:09 a.m.
Panel OKs more time for seat belts in school buses
CARSON CITY -- Members of an Assembly committee said Tuesday they want to put seat belts in school buses, but they opted to give the state a few years to get ready.
9:08 a.m.
Bill to change rules for diploma faces opposition
CARSON CITY -- A bill that would change the criteria for receiving a high school diploma came under attack from officials of the Clark and Washoe county school districts Tuesday.
9:07 a.m.
Planning board position available
Wolfson is looking for a new commissioner to fill the Ward 2 seat on the commission, which is being vacated by Laura McSwain. McSwain's term on the commission expires June 20.
9:06 a.m.
CCSN hires academic affairs vice president
Michael Richards, currently associate provost for Southern Utah University in Cedar City, will take over the position July 1, Carpenter said. He will make $130,000 a year.
9:06 a.m.
Guinn signs bill for water importation fee
CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn signed 22 bills into law Tuesday including ones to allow a fee for the importation of water, a ban on smoking in video arcades and to allow sale of ...
9:06 a.m.
Community briefs for May 25, 2005
Mayor Oscar Goodman and Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian will be joined by U.S. District Judge Lloyd George to celebrate the opening of the new Centennial Plaza 12:30 p.m. Friday on Fourth Street near Lewis Avenue.
9:05 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: As author, Chef Flay really cooks
This has been a banner year for Flay. In February he married actress Stephanie March. In March, Bon Appetit magazine named his Mesa Grill restaurant at Caesars Palace one of the 50 hottest new restaurants ...
8:27 a.m.
The Grater Good: Cutting-edge gadgets unveiled at Gourmet Housewares Show
We now have the ability to make the perfect boiled egg, open soup cans with ease and fashionably slice fruit.
8:26 a.m.
Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Architects' reception a model of elegance
The trade show and professional conference drew more than 25,000 visitors and was coordinated by the AIA-Las Vegas chapter, with Las Vegas architect Brad Schultz as conference chair, assisted by AIA-Las Vegas chapter president Robert ...
8:20 a.m.

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