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December 1, 2015

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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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Part of Desert Inn closed for early morning crash
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
What may have been a medial episode resulted in a car crashing into a building this morning in the 1600 block of Desert Inn, prompting police to shut down ...
Yellow flag on green energy in desert
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
It might seem like environmental groups would be the most enthusiastic supporters that the solar energy industry could have. But if you think environmentalists are taking a full-speed-ahead approach to expansion of the industry, think again. Although they’re by no means opposing efforts ...
From Las Vegas to New York: Mets in World Series with help of former Las Vegas 51s players
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
With the New York Mets preparing to play in the World Series for the first time in 15 years, the cheapest seats to the team’s home games are being listed in the mid-$700 range on secondary ticket sites. But Las Vegas residents have already seen many of the Mets’ players for ...
Getting past the noise: What would presidential hopefuls really do for Nevada?
Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
Over the next few months, Nevada will host Democratic and Republican debates, and residents will hear firsthand the views of the person who most likely will be the next president. What do they have to say about issues that affect the state, such as immigration, minimum wage ...
Airline crew, McCarran firefighters lauded for handling of fire on British Airways flight
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
As an airline pilot for 42 years, including 14 months in the cockpits of Boeing 777 jets, Steve Abdu knows a good job by an air crew when he sees it. And it doesn't get better than the ...
Lombardo on recent Metro shootings: ‘I believe that society is becoming more violent’
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said a general increase in violence, not anti-police furor over racially-charged misconduct by authorities in other communities, was ...
Extremists’ lives, deaths detailed in review of 2014 rampage in Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
The anti-government extremists who killed two police officers and a local resident in June 2014 told a neighbor that they were planning to kill law enforcement authorities, place swastikas ...
Las Vegas advertising pioneer Letizia launches new venture
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
A pioneer in Las Vegas TV advertising has partnered with one of the nation's largest digital marketing companies on a ...
51s stumble again amid late-season title run
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
The Las Vegas 51s' chances of winning a division title are officially in peril. With their 10-1 loss to El Paso on Thursday, the 51s emphatically lost ...
Collins ends speculation on whether he’ll run for North Las Vegas mayor
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins told a radio audience this morning that he was planning to run for mayor of North Las Vegas in 2017 — with one big if. Speaking on Nevada Public Radio ...
Q+A: Steven Wright talks Las Vegas, ‘Louie’ and his Mount Rushmore of comics
Thursday, July 2, 2015
It’s been nearly 33 years since comedian and actor Steven Wright fulfilled a fantasy by performing on “The Tonight Show,” which launched an eclectic career that has featured work in projects as diverse as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Babe.”
Homes with character: See some of Las Vegas’ most famous — and infamous — houses
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Las Vegas is notorious for not honoring its history — a reputation that has become cemented in videos of casino implosions — but the city's past can still be ...
On target issues, Nevada lawmakers had some hits, some misses
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Education funding was a big hit for this year's Legislature. What else did lawmakers get right? And where did they fail?
Boom and bust: Las Vegas’ shortest-lived clubs, restaurants and shows
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Permanence isn’t a word that comes to mind about Las Vegas, a city with a heritage of reinvention and a constantly shifting commercial landscape. Businesses, shows and attractions come and go, sometimes ...
Where the presidential hopefuls stand on immigration
Monday, May 18, 2015
Politicians are quick to say a legislative overhaul is needed to fix the country’s immigration system, but few have offered clear ideas to achieve one. Here are the presidential candidates (some who have yet to officially announce their candidacy) and where they stand ...
Las Vegas: ‘The implosions capital of the world’
Here’s how we blow up the buildings
Monday, May 4, 2015
Las Vegas is back in the implosion business, picking up where it left off after a string of iconic resorts were brought down with explosives from 1993 to 2007. A quiet post-recessionary period followed in which implosions were limited to such structures as ...
One taken to hospital after being shot in front of Tropicana, police say
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Metro Police officers are investigating a shooting at the Tropicana near the MGM Grand where pedestrian and vehicle traffic was still high early Sunday after the record-breaking fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao ...
Right-wing media criticized after Las Vegas man reports lying about Reid’s injuries
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Las Vegas resident Lawrence Pfeifer’s reported hoax involving Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sparked opinions along partisan lines Monday, with liberals saying it exposed conservative media as irresponsible and entirely agenda-driven, devoid of journalistic standards and willing to give voice to any conspiracy involving moderate or left-leaning political figures. But conservatives criticized Pfeifer for making up the story ...
The big lie: Las Vegas man watches as his Harry Reid tale takes off
Sunday, April 26, 2015
A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by Reid’s brother, not an exercise accident. Larry Pfeifer, a 50-year-old former consultant in the nightclub and entertainment industry, said he fabricated the story after ...
‘Harry, this is Barack’: Obama surprises Reid during radio talk show
Friday, March 27, 2015

During an appearance by Sen. Harry Reid this morning on KNPR’s “State of Nevada” talk show, the program received a surprise caller. "Harry, this is Barack," ...

San Juan Capistrano, a California gem to explore on a road trip
Sunday, March 22, 2015
One is a lovingly preserved, 239-year-old religious and cultural treasure. The other is an unpolished music venue that serves $3 longnecks and is tucked behind a tire store. For completely different reasons, the Spanish mission in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and the Coach House concert hall, 1.5 miles south of the mission, are fascinating places to explore ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...

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