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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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A $350K Rolls-Royce, $225K ’Vette and more: See the cars in the upcoming Rogers Museum auction
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
More than 230 vehicles will go up for auction Saturday at the Jim Rogers Classic Car Museum, ranging from a 1915 Model T to an exotic electric-powered car produced in 2012. Proceeds will go to the Rogers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ...
Will we be drowning in drunks?
Metro making fewer DUI arrests, even though drunken driving persists in Southern Nevada
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
In the same period that Metro Police DUI arrests dove almost 43 percent, the Nevada Highway Patrol's shot up more than 23 percent. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said ...
Southern Nevada schools not keeping up with tech sector
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
The sky’s the limit for Las Vegas’ potential as a tech development hotspot. But we’re limiting them — and by extension, our state’s economic growth — because of our education system ...
How a display blossoms
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
In a town where fall colors and spring blossoms are scarce, the Bellagio Conservatory is a man-made reminder that seasons do change.
What will it take to repair education in Southern Nevada?
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
We have schools that are falling apart. There are stories of children bringing hats and gloves to school for when the heat goes out.
Jackpot: Here are some of the biggest slot payouts in Las Vegas history
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Seven- and eight-figure slot machine jackpots are rare, but they happen. What were the biggest payouts in Las Vegas? Read on for ...
Las Vegas history test: Do you know former names of city’s casinos?
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
The history of Las Vegas is peppered with second acts. Third acts, fourth acts and even more acts, too. Resorts come and go, either being recycled through name changes or ...
Documentary tells the story of the rodeo in Las Vegas
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
The National Finals Rodeo transformed the valley by providing a stream of visitors — and their dollars — every December. That success story is being memorialized in a TV documentary ...
Sandoval could keep Democrats awake at night in 2016
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
He already has gone up against the senator — sort of — having defeated Reid’s son Rory in the 2010 gubernatorial race. He handed Reid another loss — again, sort of — this year when ...
Like it or not, helmet law is for tourists’ own good
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
If anything, the helmet requirement should apply more to scooter riders than those on motorcycles, at least in Las Vegas. Why? Let’s count the reasons ...
Classic cars never die — they get restored
Barrett-Jackson car auction features some gems
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Want to see Johnny Cash's Rolls-Royce or get a closer look at Elvis' Coupe de Ville? Those cars and many more will be featured at the last Barrett-Jackson auction of the year.
Marriage between Las Vegas, Chick-fil-A has potential
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
If the company really wants to get past the controversial remarks of CEO Dan Cathy that alienated potential customers in the LGBT community and supporters of it, Chick-fil-A can always open a restaurant in Las Vegas.
So which would you pay for: Child or Ferrari?
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The cost of raising a child has become exorbitant, and it affects business owners as well as employees. So what can we do to offset those expenses?
Green Valley’s offense roars back to life in 53-21 win over Shadow Ridge
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Christian Lopez, the Sun's preseason all-city quarterback, threw for three touchdowns and ran for another one to lead Green Valley to a win over Shadow Ridge.
Despite miscues, Boulder City tops Rancho 32-13
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Boulder City drew 13 penalties and committed four turnovers on its way to an ugly, 32-13 win over Rancho.
Foothill trounces Valley for first win of the season
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
After nearly knocking off top five-ranked Centennial before falling in overtime last week, Foothill stormed back with a victory over Valley.
Visit the Vegas that never happened: A look back at projects that fizzled
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Like chips on a busy craps table, attractions based on Elvis, Titanic, "Star Trek" and many more have come and gone in Las Vegas. Visit the Vegas that never happened ...
Book yourself some time to read Binion biography
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Don't judge this book by its cover, or its title, for that matter. Doug Swanson's "Blood Aces" is an engaging look at the life and times of one of Las Vegas' infamous pioneers.
How well do you know the casino signs of Las Vegas? Here’s a test
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
No city does signage like Las Vegas. Signs are part of our DNA, to the point we have a museum dedicated to preserving our neon heritage. So how well do you know the casinos of Las Vegas? See if you can identify these signs using only ...
Grandma and the business of automatic tipping
Sunday, July 20, 2014
If a customer isn't given the option of whether to leave a tip, then it's really a fee, not a gratuity ...
51s rally late in game but still fall to Memphis
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s never fully overcame a case of cold bats Sunday, and the result was an end to their hot streak.
Horror-show start dooms 51s in 7-2 loss
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The Las Vegas 51s gave up four runs before getting an out Saturday and never recovered, losing 7-2 to Fresno.
How to deal with scorpions
Sunday, June 1, 2014
You can live in Las Vegas for years and never see a scorpion. It’s true. People have done it. But it’s also true that you can stick your foot in your favorite sneaker and get stung by a scorpion that has crawled into it. Or turn on the light and...
Superintendent gets an A for this effort
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Pat Skorkowsky is the career educator, not me, but I’m going to give him an A* anyway. More on the asterisk later, but the Clark County School District superintendent ...
UNLV baseball reaches tourney title game with come-from-behind win
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Late-inning heroics kept the UNLV baseball team on an inside track for a Mountain West Conference Tournament title Friday. Down 4-1 to San Diego State in the eighth, the Rebels drew even on ...
Inspiration to help others can snowball here
Sunday, May 18, 2014
There are angels in Las Vegas. We could use a lot more.
Angels in the Valley: Janice Haupt-Allen makes time for philanthropy
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Since moving to Las Vegas in 1948, Janice Haupt Allen has poured countless hours and dollars into making her adopted community a better place to live ...
Fan notes: In Mayweather fight, followers of Argentine foe Maidana make impassioned showing
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Daniel Ledesma isn’t fluent in English, but he knew enough of the language to offer a prediction on Saturday’s welterweight title unification bout between Floyd Mayweather and ...
New eateries coming to Henderson casino in $20 million makeover
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A $20 million renovation project that includes a new lineup of restaurants and bars is underway at Green Valley Ranch resort in Henderson. Station Casinos announced today that...
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.

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