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February 14, 2016

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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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Las Vegas ranked No. 9 on Penske list of top moving destinations
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Days after Henderson popped up on a similar list, Las Vegas has made Penske Truck Rental's annual list of the top moving destinations in the U.S. The moving company announced today ...
Work completed on Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion project
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
MGM Resorts has wrapped up work on an expansion of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and is on track to finish $100 million worth of renovations to the nearby Mandalay Bay resort next month, the company announced in ...
Light rail: The future of transportation in Las Vegas?
We dissect an idea that is crucial to the valley's prospects for success going forward
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
For Las Vegas, light rail would create new development opportunities and strengthen the heart of our economy by improving the Strip. Tourists like trains — just ask the operators of San Francisco’s cable cars or New Orleans’ streetcars — and light rail would make getting up and down Las Vegas Boulevard a convenient attraction for visitors, not a bumper-to-bumper buzzkill. Improving the visitor experience is crucial for our future. Remember, the days are long gone when Las Vegas tourists checked into a resort, headed straight to the casino and holed up for as long as their bankroll held out ...
Meet Shelby American, Las Vegas’ fast and flourishing car company
New initiatives include track days, in which buyers can drive on race course
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Having survived the recession, Las Vegas-based Shelby American Inc. is speeding ahead. The company has added to its product line in recent years and has launched new marketing and sales initiatives, including a track day series in which buyers can ...
Las Vegas man shares in $779,000 Powerball prize
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
A Las Vegas mail carrier has been identified as the winner of a $779,264 Powerball prize from a drawing last week. A news release from the California Lottery said ...
Las Vegas high-tech company Switch expanding into Thailand
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Las Vegas-based data company Switch is growing again. SUPERNAP International, an entity formed by Switch in partnership with investors ACDC Fund, said today it had begun building a $300 million data center in Thailand, the first of its type in ...
For star of Strip satire ‘Failure is an Option,’ New Year’s resolutions are a laugh
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
In his show "Failure is an Option," Strip performer Tom Rubin takes on a Tony Robbins-like persona to spoof motivational speakers and the self-help industry. So who better to ask for his take on New Year's resolutions? Rubin said ...
Las Vegas news quiz 2015: Test your knowledge
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Were you paying attention to news in Southern Nevada during 2015? Test your knowledge in this news quiz developed by editors at the Sun ...
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II generates a charged debate
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
The most expensive weapons system in U.S. history, which has connections to Nevada, is not without its critics.
Sheriff: Safety measures set for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says Sunday’s tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip won’t halt planning for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. “Obviously, America’s Party is happening in two weeks, and ...
Why? Motive sought after pedestrians mowed down along Las Vegas Strip
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
A 24-year-old woman who’d been living in a car with her 3-year-old daughter in Las Vegas killed one person and injured nearly three dozen others Sunday evening when she ...
What makes a slot machine stand out?
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Slip in a $20 bill, hit the button and see what happens. You’ve played one slot machine, you’ve pretty much played them all, right? Wrong. People who frequently play slots have favorites, based on ...
Column: On list of vintage Vegas restaurants, we offer another course
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
A recent story listing vintage Las Vegas restaurants drew a lot of nice feedback — and a few suggestions on establishments that should have been included. With thanks to everyone who commented, we offer ...
Journalists baffled and concerned about secrecy in R-J sale
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
Questions about who owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal and why they continue to refuse to come forward remained unanswered. The sale has prompted speculation about ...
Casino Christmas: Las Vegas resorts offer merchandise to loyalty card holders
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
It's a form of holiday shopping that isn't found just anywhere. Sign up for a loyalty card at a Las Vegas resort, and the resort may start offering you gifts — some of which can easily be wrapped up and placed under a Christmas tree or ...
Want a taste of vintage Vegas? Visit these classic restaurants
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Las Vegas has blown a good deal of its history off the map — see the Stardust, Dunes, Desert Inn, Sands, etc. — but the city still offers a number of restaurants where diners can get a taste of vintage Vegas. Here's a list of places where great food in a cool environment can be found this holiday season ...
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?

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