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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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Your number's up for jury duty — now what?
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
Jury duty isn’t optional. You might not like it, but you know it’s your civic duty to show up. So what happens after you get called? Where do you go? Do you get paid? Will you be sequestered? In five minutes, we’ll walk you step by step through the process of ...
Law enforcement union leader explains his support of background checks
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
Officially, most Las Vegas law enforcement officers aren’t taking sides on a November ballot issue to expand background checks for gun buyers. The Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers is an exception. Not only has the union endorsed the measure, it’s making its opinion heard. Jim Dunlap, the union’s president ...
Grounds for industrial growth: Apex park has attracted some major tenants, and there’s a lot more potential to tap
Monday, Sept. 12, 2016
North Las Vegas’ flagship industrial park has some high-profile tenants, and a recent study suggests the potential of the 20,000-acre site to shape Southern Nevada has only begun to be tapped. Ryann Juden, North Las Vegas assistant city manager, helped paint a picture of the next phase of this promising development.
Q+A: Ex-law enforcement officer explains why he works to legalize marijuana
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Jason Thomas helped carry out the war on drugs, but what he saw convinced him it wasn’t always a just cause. During his two and a half years in law enforcement ...
Las Vegas home prices take slight dip, but number of sales increases
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
Home prices dipped slightly last month in Southern Nevada, but sales volume increased despite a tight supply. The Greater Las Vegas Vegas Association of Realtors reported that the median sales price of single-family homes in Las Vegas was ...
Cornerstone, a 'classic American steakhouse,' opens at Gold Coast
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
Boyd described Cornerstone as a “classic American steakhouse” featuring a black-and-white decor with upscale accents like mercury glass sconces, a menu offering eight beef selections and ...
Thank goodness it's football season
Las Vegas may not have a home team for pro football (yet), but we have plenty of reasons to cheer
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
America’s favorite sport is starting a new season, and Las Vegas finds itself the backdrop of so much excitement about the game. We chat with a longtime voice of the Raiders about the move rumors, round up best bets and reasons to love watching the Rebels on home turf, and nod to the best high school players in Las Vegas history ...
Is Big Marijuana calling the shots in Nevada? Hardly, records suggest
Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
As Nevada voters prepare to vote this fall on whether to decriminalize recreational marijuana use, they’re going to hear a sinister-sounding warning that the push for legalization is being fueled by out-of-state money. Former Assemblyman Pat Hickey, a prominent opponent of legalization, already sounded ...
Clinton in Las Vegas touts jobs plan, slams Trump
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Riding a polling bump after the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton tried to put more distance between herself and GOP presidential rival Donald Trump today by focusing on job growth and pro-labor policies during a visit to Las Vegas. While vowing to create jobs by ...
Journalists win ethics award for Review-Journal sale investigation
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
The news team that solved the mystery of who bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015 has received a commendation from the Society of Professional Journalists. The SPJ bestowed one of ...
Your guide to the biker's life
Sunday, July 24, 2016
That leathered-up Harley rider who looks like he might enjoy breaking a pool cue on your teeth may be a suburban empty-nester who’s about as wild and dangerous as Mitt Romney. The biker look has gone mainstream.
Culinary Union, immigration activists launch initiative to dump Trump and GOP
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Culinary Union and a number of immigration advocacy organizations announced today that they were partnering on a multimillion-dollar initiative to energize ...
Las Vegas first responders stretched thin amid rampant use of illegal fireworks
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
In the days before the Fourth of July, local authorities launched a public awareness campaign to urge Las Vegas Valley residents not to ...
NDOT offers online map for motorists seeking info on Project Neon
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The heaviest phases of construction on Project Neon won’t happen for a while yet, but motorists now have a new way of keeping track of workers’ progress. The Nevada Department of Transportation ...
Lucky Dragon begins taking applications to fill 800 jobs
Thursday, June 23, 2016
On the heels of an announcement that the Lucky Dragon had been fully financed and was scheduled for completion this year, the resort's operators have begun taking applications from ...
Perfect daytrips for Las Vegans: From easy excursions to afternoon staycations
Monday, June 20, 2016
Getting away from it all might mean hitting the road for small-town charm or natural splendor. Or maybe you’re more into sticking close to home and spending a day playing on waves or a racetrack. Regardless, there are so many choose-your-own-adventures near our valley. And we challenge you to take full advantage ...
Think twice before hanging those fuzzy dice — here’s why
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Nevada Highway Patrol has a description for that pair of fuzzy dice or air freshener hanging on your rearview mirror, and it isn't whimsical or decorative. It's illegal. Saying such objects create a sight obstruction that can block ...
New credit card lets members earn MGM rewards points
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
There’s a new way to earn points in MGM Resorts’ loyalty program. The company today unveiled the M life Rewards MasterCard, which allows members to earn rewards points and ...
Is light rail feasible for Las Vegas? Two experts debate the question
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Former Nevada Regional Transportation Commission Chairman Bruce Woodbury and Brookings Mountain West Co-Director Robert Lang agree that Las Vegas' transportation systems ...
Media critic: Questions about R-J sale to Adelson still linger
Thursday, May 26, 2016
A media critic who closely followed the sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson told an audience at UNLV that the community should ...
From fry cook to boss: Raising Cane’s manager leads by example
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Carlos Navarro knew maybe 100 words of English at the time, but he made an enormous impression on his supervisors and colleagues in ways that didn't involve words. After migrating from El Salvador and going to work at Baker Brothers American Deli in ...
Mint 400 is still a page-turner
Monday, March 7, 2016
Forty-five years after Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," the race made famous by the novel remains a favorite stop for off-road racing enthusiasts and those who just want to be part of the party ...
Project Neon: What we can expect during and after the work on Las Vegas’ Spaghetti Bowl
Monday, March 7, 2016
When work gets started on the Spaghetti Bowl this year, traffic is going to crawl at the interchange. Why is the work necessary, and what exactly is being done to ...
Raising Cane’s franchise exec talks expansion plans
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Justin Micatrotto is following a family path that started when his great-grandfather emigrated from Italy, settled in Cleveland and opened a catering business. “My brother always tells people that we played restaurant in the sandbox as opposed to anything else,” said Micatrotto, whose father also made his career in the dining business. Today, Micatrotto and his brother, Joe Micatrotto Jr., oversee MRG Marketing and Management Inc., the company that operates Raising Cane’s restaurants ...
Nevada GOP says reports of problems during caucus don’t warrant action
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Nevada Republican Party officials say they're not planning to take action on reports of disorganization, procedural irregularities and other problems stemming from Tuesday's ...
Blog: Hillary Clinton beats Bernie Sanders in Nevada Democratic caucuses
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton has won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, rebounding after a second-place finish to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, according to ...
Under the radar, a mini Tesla flourishes in Henderson
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
While Tesla was making international news by choosing Nevada for its $5 billion battery manufacturing plant, a homegrown battery company has ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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