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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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Sun Youth Forum gets young Las Vegans talking about Trump’s presidential victory
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
Donald Trump’s victory was a key topic at 60th Annual Sun Youth Forum , which drew nearly 1,000 students from across the valley to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a day of discussions about current events. As with their parents, the students were divided in their feelings ...
Inside Trump's Cabinet: Who are they? What will they do?
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
The piecemeal selection of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet members and other close advisers hasn’t been short on drama, as his choices represent what The Washington Post called “the richest administration in modern American history,” and some polarizing stances on everything from health care to the environment ...
Is Nevada just another brick in the blue wall?
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
It might be difficult for Nevadans to believe, but there were places where Americans could watch TV for hours on end this fall without seeing ads for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. One was right next door. “I have friends in California who would ask me, ‘What are the presidential ads like?’ ” UNLV history professor Michael Green said. The difference between the neighboring states was that the race’s outcome was a foregone conclusion ...
Urban Chamber honors business, community leaders with annual Green Tie Awards
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
A Las Vegas small-business owner took a turn in the spotlight today with Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and McCarran International Airport’s busiest commercial air carrier during the Urban Chamber of Commerce’s annual Green Tie Awards ...
Ballot question closing background check loophole passes in Nevada
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
Nevada joined 18 other states tonight in closing a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks in purchases from private individuals at gun shows, through connections made on the internet and elsewhere. In unofficial results ...
Trump's new challenge: Proving he can represent all Americans
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Donald Trump has won the presidency, so congratulations are in order. Trump faced polls throughout the campaign that showed him trailing Hillary Clinton ...
Police, victim advocates call for expanded background checks on gun purchases
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Travis Spitler was barred by law from buying a gun, but he easily found a way around the restriction. Spitler connected with a private seller and lied about his background, which included ...
Instant analysis: Trump’s doom-and-gloom economy doesn’t match Las Vegas reality
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Leave it to Donald Trump to describe the economy as a disaster while appearing in a state where jobs just exceeded their pre-recession peak, unemployment has plunged in the last eight years and we’re ...
Clinton or Trump? CNN asks Steve Wynn, but he deflects
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
CNN viewers who were hoping to find out which way Steve Wynn is leaning in the presidential election came away without an answer today. During a short live interview with Wolf Blitzer, Wynn expressed support for Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck but ...
Jesse Jackson: Here's what will make Trump-Clinton III a must-see debate
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met in St. Louis for their second debate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was hoping the nominees would address ...
Trump in trouble in Nevada, say experts on UNLV panel
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Take away the “Access Hollywood” hot-microphone scandal, the ranting performance in the first presidential debate and all of Donald Trump’s other self-inflicted wounds, and he still would ...
Q+A: Marine explains why he's advocating for marijuana legalization
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Brian Eberhart went into the Marine Corps with plans to become a career soldier. But then came a training accident, access to an endless supply of painkillers and an opioid addiction. Eberhart used marijuana to help him beat the addiction, and now he's become politically active as an advocate for ...
Inspirational stories: Good Samaritans honored as Las Vegas heroes
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
An 81-year-old Las Vegas woman who has been providing food for disadvantaged local residents for four decades was among several good Samaritans honored this morning at the American Red Cross’ Everyday Heroes Award ceremony. Nellie Holleman, who hand-delivers food and water to ...
Poll: Nevada voters support Clinton, gun measure and marijuana legalization
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
A new poll shows Hillary Clinton boosted her lead over Donald Trump among likely Nevada voters in the aftermath of Monday's presidential debate. In the poll, by Suffolk University, Clinton was favored by ...
Clark County working to create another grand jury
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Clark County officials are in discussions about adding a grand jury panel to the District Court system ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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