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Ric Anderson

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Ric covered beats ranging from police and courts to major-college sports before becoming a news columnist, opinion editor and now a news editor. Anderson spent 25 years with The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. He is a runner and a motorcyclist.

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Think we’re in the tank? Uh, look around
Sunday, April 6, 2014
For an area with so much bad economic news over the past half-decade, Southern Nevada sure seems attractive to investors.
Justice doesn’t always seem just, even to jury
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The legal term is deliberation, but what happened in the jury room during the final stages of Steven Gazlay’s criminal trial was in reality an argument. After nine days in Clark County District Court, the jury was stuck ...
Race day in Las Vegas: Kobalt Tools 400
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The biggest single-day annual sports event in Sin City occurs Sunday.
Fast facts: A look at the NHRA Toyota Nationals drag races in Las Vegas
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Machines capable of reaching 100 mph in less than one second and the Elvis of drag racing are among the attractions at the NHRA Toyota Nationals drag races today and Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Gearhead heaven: Check out these cars being auctioned in Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
From new and sleek to old and boxy, hundreds of automobiles will go on the block during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction beginning today at Mandalay Bay.
Hot times and wild life: Facebook users offer alternatives to Nevada's new tourism slogan
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Given a chance to suggest an alternative to the state of Nevada’s new tourism slogan, social media users responded as if a $9 million payday were on the line. That’s how much the state spent to develop and advertise its slogan — “A World Within. A State Apart.” — which was unveiled Tuesday.
Pop quiz: Test your knowledge of state tourism slogans
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
How recognizable and memorable are state travel and tourism slogans? Here’s a test.
Signs of life: Is Las Vegas moving beyond the recession?
Thursday, March 28, 2013
From the patio dining area of Tacos El Gordo on Las Vegas Boulevard, there’s a view of the city’s past five agonizing years, its uncertain present and its possibly exhilarating future. Look, past the roadside signs for the tattoo parlor, smoke shop and foot reflexology joint in the strip mall between Encore and the Riviera. There, stark against the desert sky and the western mountains, are the skeletons of two unfinished buildings on the former Echelon property, one made of concrete, one of steel and both abandoned when the recession took down Las Vegas’ economy.
Rolling the dice: A look at some of the most famous — and infamous — weddings in Las Vegas history
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
After their May 1967 wedding at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent only six years as a married couple before divorcing in 1973.
Hundreds of thousands ring in 2013 in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
With fireworks, fanfare and frivolity, Las Vegas once again showed the world Monday night how to put on a New Year's Eve party as 300,000-plus New Year's Eve revelers on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street braved sub-freezing temperatures to toast the first few ticks of 2013.
Blog: Celebrating New Year's Eve, Vegas style
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
Despite a nip in the air as temperatures drop into the 30s, Las Vegas is giving its traditional warm New Year's Eve welcome to hundreds of thousands of visitors tonight throughout the Strip and in the downtown's Fremont Street. As the expected gathering of some 314,000 revelers celebrate, Sun reporters and photographers will be capturing the sights and sounds of celebration.
Pop quiz: How well do you know the classic neon signs of Vegas?
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
It’s time for a Las Vegas history test, presented one letter at a time. We picture letters from seven signs on display at the Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The museum is home to more than 150 signs from Las Vegas casinos and other businesses, including hotels, restaurants and wedding chapels. Scroll through these photos to see if you can tell which casinos or hotels these letters came from.
Tough customer: A head-to-toe look at a bull rider's many injuries
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
J.W. Harris doesn’t remember the name of the bull that smashed his face four years ago at a rodeo in San Antonio, Texas. But the patch of scar tissue below Harris' left eye is a permanent reminder of the gruesome injury.
Warning! Do not attempt this Las Vegas motorcyclist's tricks at home
Nick Brocha: 'I’ve always enjoyed the controlled chaos of things'
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
Las Vegas resident Nick Brocha makes his living riding motorcycles in ways that scream for a "don't try this at home" warning — including while standing on his head, or balancing on the bike on one foot while steering with the other. But he says he's not a daredevil. Brocha, of Henderson, is one of the most accomplished competitors in the niche sport of freestyle riding. The 34-year-old performs at bike shows and competitions worldwide for appearance fees and prize money.
Pink October: A glance at Las Vegas breast cancer fundraisers and the donations they produced
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
People have been coming to Las Vegas for years in search of gold, silver and green, but a splash of another color was on display last month in the city.
Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, wall-to-wall mayhem: See this Las Vegas Valley family's home
Animatronics, motion-activated gadgets among the decorations
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
For two months every year, Vonny and Grant Traub’s residence becomes a wall-to-wall tribute to Halloween. Actually, it even goes beyond that – down to the light fixtures. “There isn’t a single white light in my house right now,” Vonny Traub said. “I replaced every one with a red or orange light.” The Traubs’ four-bedroom, four-bath home, at 22 Oro Valley Drive in Anthem, features Halloween decorations in every room.
Motorcycle marvels: Builders' creativity on display at bike fest
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
The Artistry in Iron competition at Las Vegas Bike Fest is an annual art display in steel, metal flake, leather, rubber and chrome. This year's participants in the design competition came from as far away as Wisconsin to compete for the top honor: the Master Builders Championship.
Poll: Of all the Vegas-themed TV characters, who was the ultimate in cool?
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
Which character from a Vegas TV show was the coolest? Take the poll, and don't hesitate to nominate characters we neglected to include.
Managers play a key role today as workers deal with anxieties
Monday, May 14, 2012
It’s a formula for a particularly potent blend of stress: Take one business managerial position, combine it with a downsized workforce and a crushing amount of pressure to either maintain profits or face financial failure, sprinkle in pay freezes or salary reductions and shake vigorously in a Southern Nevada economy that’s far worse than the national average.
Five key moments from Mayweather-Cotto
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The focus on Mayweather will now turn to his impending three-month jail term for domestic battery and the age-old question of whether a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao will ever happen, but first:
Scenes and notes from an eventful day in Las Vegas
Mayweather, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, Hawaiian dancing and drag make Vegas the place to be
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Wrapped in Mexican flags and wearing sombreros the size of patio tables, Beto Terrazas and three of his friends turned Saturday into a two-for-one party in Las Vegas. As part of a long – really long – Vegas weekend, Terrazas his buddies road-tripped from their homes in Tracy, Calif., to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and catch Saturday’s WBA Super Welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
History of violence: Notable pieces from mob collection at heart of legal dispute
Thursday, April 26, 2012
From a pistol belonging to Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro to Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's death certificate, here are just a few of the mob artifacts at the heart of an ongoing legal dispute in Las Vegas. The items, housed at the Mob Attraction Las Vegas at the Tropicana, are the subject of a longstanding series of court proceedings aimed at sorting out who has the right to display them. The matter has been fast-tracked, with hopes to resolve it this summer.
24. Bip Roberts (1987-88, '95)
He was one of the best base runners, hitters for average in Las Vegas history
Monday, April 2, 2012
During the 1988 season, Leon Joseph Roberts — better known as Bip — provided a glimpse of things to come when he hit .353 and stole 29 bases for the Stars, both still among the best single-season marks in team history.
22. J.P. Arencibia (2009-10)
In 2010, he hit 32 home runs, including eight in 10 days during a July hot streak
Monday, April 2, 2012
It’s an unofficial distinction, but there can be little doubt about it — J.P. Arencibia does the best Tim Kurkjian impersonation in Las Vegas 51s/Stars history.
19. Bruce Bochy (1983-84, '88)
Monday, April 2, 2012
Before he managed the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title in 2010, before he led the San Diego Padres to the National League pennant in 1998, Bruce Bochy did something memorable in Las Vegas.
17. Eddie Williams (1990, '94, '98)
In 1998, he belted four home runs and recorded 10 RBIs in the same game
Monday, April 2, 2012
Eddie Williams wasn’t playing slow-pitch softball on April 22, 1998, no matter how much his stat line might have looked like it.
14. Joe Lansford (1983-84, '87)
His 258 career RBIs ranked second in Las Vegas minor league history
Monday, April 2, 2012
Joe Lansford never reached the heights achieved by his brother, Carney, a mainstay on the powerhouse Oakland A’s teams of the 1980s.
Organic pizza franchise to open restaurant in Henderson as part of Nevada expansion
Friday, March 30, 2012
A South Florida-based pizza restaurant chain that bills itself as "fresh, organic and Earth friendly" is expanding into Nevada.
Price check: The Sun shops for the same items at eight stores and compares the bills
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Grab a cart, shoppers, and join us as we make a snapshot comparison of prices at several Las Vegas Valley grocery stores.
Wow, that's a lot of Thin Mints: How much Station Casinos paid for its Girl Scout Cookies promotion
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Local Girl Scouts have hit a jackpot at Station Casinos, but don’t get the wrong idea. The girls weren’t gambling. Instead, they benefited from a big order of Girl Scout Cookies from the casino company.
Check out Flavor Flav's new Las Vegas restaurant and some of his competition
Friday, March 16, 2012
We’ve heard his voice through our headphones and seen his face on our TVs. Now, Flavor Flav is hoping we’ll take him into our dining rooms. Well, not literally.
Statistical report offers a beyond-the-stereotype look at NASCAR fans
Thursday, March 8, 2012
They’re more likely than most Americans to own an all-terrain vehicle and a mobile home, or be planning to buy one in the next year.
Flavor Flav's Las Vegas chicken restaurant reportedly a done deal
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Months after it was revealed that rapper and reality TV celebrity Flavor Flav was planning to open a chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, the venture reportedly has been finalized. Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor Restaurant will open March 15.
Full Speed Ahead
Three small businesses that bucked the recession
Monday, March 5, 2012
For many small businesses in Las Vegas, the past few years have been like facing a typhoon in a rowboat. Business after business failed or scaled back as the recession hammered the city, leaving even the biggest employers suffering heavy losses.
An environmentally friendly motorcycle springing from the sands of excess-happy Las Vegas? It's true
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Chris Bell’s Brutus2 motorcycle is wide, black and low-slung, the kind of bike you could imagine being ridden by someone wrapped in leather and chains. It’s heavy metal thunder on wheels, except for one thing. There’s no thunder.
Vegas' own Gladys Knight selected for cast of 'Dancing With the Stars'
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012
The cast of "Dancing With the Stars" has been announced, and it features a contestant from the Las Vegas Valley — Gladys Knight.
Henderson, a top spring break destination? Website says yes
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
Sunny and warn, check. Pools and swimsuits, check again. But is Henderson really the second-best spring break destination in the nation? And for families, no less? It is, according to livability.com, a Tennessee-based website.
The man Muhammad Ali calls the 'world's best'
Manager Bernie Yuman has built 50-year relationship with 'The Greatest'
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
He was there for Muhammad Ali’s fights; when Ali attended the funeral of his trainer, Angelo Dundee; and when former President Bill Clinton spoke during the opening of the fighter’s cultural and educational center in Louisville, Ky., to name just a few of the big moments in Ali’s life.
S.I. swimsuit models swing by Caesars to promote magazine, Ali celebration
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne V has never attended a boxing match, but she and 16 of her fellow SI models can now honestly say they've spent time in the ring in the Fight Capital of the World.
Vegas gala to celebrate Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, benefit Ruvo Center
Monday, Feb. 13, 2012
The world’s eyes will be on Muhammad Ali this Saturday in Las Vegas, as they’ve been so many times in so many places over so many years. But another treasure will be spotlighted during this weekend’s gala to celebrate Ali’s 70th birthday, and it’s so meaningful that Ali and his family are using his starpower to help raise awareness of it.
Las Vegas research company adding 300 to 400 call-center jobs
Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
A Las Vegas research firm announced Monday it was doubling the size of its work force and would add 300 to 400 call-center positions to its staff in coming months.
AAA offering drinkers free tows home for Super Bowl
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
Tow truck operators usually clean up after accidents, but they’ll be available to prevent them on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas. AAA Nevada is offering tows home for Super Bowl celebrants who choose to drink.
Zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds: New attraction at speedway puts drivers in Ferrari race car
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
I’m in fifth gear, accelerator flat to the firewall, in a Ferrari F430 GT race car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Not just a Ferrari, mind you. A Ferrari freaking race car. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Competition thriving among racing operations at speedway
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
Competition is thriving at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway among businesses that put ordinary drivers behind the wheel of high-performance cars. Two racing experiences have opened this year at the speedway, adding to the three that were already there.
Traffic at McCarran surges to highest level since '08
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
In another sign of resurgence in the Las Vegas tourism industry, officials reported Friday that McCarran International Airport drew nearly 41.5 million passengers in 2011 — the highest annual total since 2008.
In Las Vegas, HUD secretary touts Obama's plan to help struggling homeowners
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
In a lead-in to President Barack Obama’s appearance in Southern Nevada, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Las Vegas on Wednesday to promote the president’s latest initiative to ease the housing crisis.
Attraction themed after Looney Tunes animator opening Thursday
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012
An attraction memorializing Chuck Jones, the creator of such iconic cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote and Pepe le Pew, is scheduled to open Thursday at Circus Circus, the resort announced.
Vegas exotic-car driving experience adds latest Lamborghini to its stable
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
For car enthusiasts who’d love to drive Lamborghini’s latest high-performance sports car but can’t afford the vehicle’s list price of $379,000, there’s now a cheaper option in Las Vegas.
Confirmed: Gordon Ramsay to open restaurant at Paris
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Gordon Ramsay, the quick-tempered and sharp-tongued star of “Hell’s Kitchen” and other TV food programs, is bringing his brand to Las Vegas. Ramsay will open his first Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak, this spring at Paris Las Vegas, the resort announced Friday.
Up for auction: From a 1915 Harley to photos of the Fonz
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
Hundreds of motorcycles and millions of dollars are expected to change hands this week when three collector bike auctions are held in Las Vegas. Here's a glance at what will be on the auction blocks.

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