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Tom Gorman

Executive Editor

Tom came to the Sun after 32 years with the Los Angeles Times — as a reporter, national correspondent based in Las Vegas and assistant metro editor. He joined the Sun in 2005 as a columnist and asked to become an editor so he could park in shade. Now he's even got a reserved spot in the parking garage, as the Sun's executive editor. But he still enjoys writing.

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Has Findlay Prep lost to its toughest opponent: The Great Recession?
Elite team will have to find new home with closing of Henderson International School campus
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
There was no warning, not even a whiff, of what was developing on the campus of Henderson International this week. As normal, the 10 teenage boys who make up the vaunted Findlay Prep basketball squad attended classes and then practiced for Friday’s night game against a team from Arizona.
Paper linking valley’s Jews to fold, leaving void for some
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009
Next week’s celebration of the Jewish New Year will mark the end of an era for readers of the Jewish Reporter. The newspaper will cease publication after 33 years of reporting on such local news as religious celebrations and charitable outreach programs — and on subjects as weighty as international politics and tenets of the Jewish faith.
Meet an art world matchmaker
Summerlin resident provides hotels and other businesses with paintings, prints
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Carol Spiegel loves art galleries. She used to own one.
Awed by town’s political wilds
Neither bear encounters nor a long career in public service prepared him for Boulder City election
Thursday, April 23, 2009
John Schleppegrell figured he could hold his own against just about anything. After all, on three occasions in Alaska he had confronted bears that could have ripped him to shreds. But he had never encountered Boulder City politics.
Suppliers to the food stars
Casino workers grow herbs on Sandy Valley farm that are coveted by discerning local chefs
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009
When restaurant critics lavish praise on Bradley Ogden, the restaurant at Caesars Palace that hangs its name on fresh, organic ingredients, Paula Pudwill, who deals blackjack at Caesars, and her husband, Rodney, a pit boss, just about pop their buttons with pride.
Scary, scary? Quite contrary
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
Jerry Vayne loves making Halloween as scary as possible, but there’s something about Easter that scares him. It has to do with bunny rabbits.
Music resonates in his family
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
Back in his days at UNLV, Bill Carpi was torn between music and optometry. Music was creative and fun, but his dad was an optometrist and he would pass along the practice when his son was ready.
Coaching skills honed in the cockpit carry over
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
Jan O’Brien’s job is to keep the 1,100 Realtors under her management upbeat and passionate about their careers — a tall order these days, given that three out of four homes on the local market are in foreclosure. It helps that O’Brien found her hover button flying Army Black Hawk helicopters.
Views of beauty and horror
Photographer’s images have captured the allure of Las Vegas — as well as a national tragedy
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
For the past 15 years, Erin O’Boyle has sold Las Vegas in persuasive and calculating ways -- through seductive photographs of golf courses and luxury homes and panoramic shots of the sparkling Strip skyline at dusk and the tranquillity of Lake Las Vegas at dawn.
She blazed trail by disrobing, but there’s much, much more
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Lisa Medford, who is 71, was Las Vegas’ first basically nude showgirl. But that’s nothing compared with what she’s done since then.
Long arm of the law wouldn’t fit in his office
Public defender thrives on job that’s part tough love
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Ben Saxe must really love his job as a criminal defense attorney, because he’s sure not in it for the perks.
Lots of songs in her heart
Jingle singer recalls ‘Meow, meow, meow’ cat food tune as ‘so precious’
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008
When Linda November’s two cats meow, she can tell you what musical key they’re in. (F sharp.)
Nothing slow about her softball passion
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Kay Andersen loves the chatter at game time.
Birdman of Maryland Parkway
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008
Phil Proburke found a purpose for his life the day he drove past an unconscious pigeon lying on Maryland Parkway.
After nearly 60 years, life’s routine, love still isn’t
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
They met when she was 8. He was 10. They wouldn’t see each other again until she was 16. And that time, there was love in their eyes.
He retired to Vegas, but he’s still a cop at heart
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
Tom Wozniak spent 29 years as a Chicago cop before retiring in Las Vegas.
She did hope for a warmer welcome
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
Zuzana Zboronova chuckles loudly at the notion she fills the stereotype: gold-digging beauties in Eastern Europe who hook a fellow for a ride to the easy life in the States.
Hooked on entrepreneurship
Owner-operator of dry-cleaning service finally has his piece of the pie
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
Who among us hasn’t fantasized about stuffing our company jobs in favor of entrepreneurial independence, the opportunity to be your own boss, limited only by your own energy and smarts?
The real vacation is off the tourist map
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
A year ago Rhonda Gianettoni took her 9-year-old son to Fiji for their summer vacation.
You can’t be Peter Pan forever
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008
The Tinker Bell tattoo on Bob Wyman-Cahall's shoulder hints at some fascinating years. He did some of his most memorable work after he was hired, at 18, to dance in Main Street parades at Disneyland.
He had a score to settle
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008
Phillip Aurbach was a new face at a friend’s house, and by dessert it was clear his tennis story involving Pancho Gonzalez couldn’t be topped.
She still prefers their company
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008
She was a new face at the pet grooming salon. Lanette Doherty and her husband arrived a month ago from Apache Junction, outside Phoenix, where they had rented a small house on a small lot.
From the inside: How they coped
Minute by minute, drama unfolds as workers and guests learn hotel is burning
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008
There’s plenty of excitement in the air at Monte Carlo on Friday morning, its lobby filled with people arriving for a great weekend on the Strip. George Thorogood is at the House of Blues, the Miss America pageant is at Planet Hollywood, Ashanti is hosting a party at Pure, and the American Society of Safety Engineers is meeting at the Flamingo.
In the travel industry, the 11-year-old Monte Carlo is considered an overflow hotel, the kind of place tourists go if their first choices — the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mirage and Venetian — are filled.
Tom Gorman on the chances the lawn mower is going the way of the horse and buggy
Friday, March 3, 2006
And that's rotten for George and Phyllis Diether. They sell and repair lawn mowers. Their business, The Lawnmower Shop on Nellis Boulevard near Tropicana Avenue, just started its 25th year. And it won't be their best. "In 1988 we sold 250 lawn mowers," George said. "Last year we sold three. Three. There's simply less grass in the valley today than there was then."
Tom Gorman on homes, homes everywhere, but not an affordable one among the lot
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
For four hours Tuesday morning I sat in a cavernous convention hall listening to a manic presentation about how Las Vegas is the center of the universe when it comes to residential construction.
Tom Gorman explains he didn't see the whole picture on first impression of World Market Center's architecture
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006
I questioned some of its architectural nuances.
Tom Gorman follows the bouncing ball with a man who owes his life to the magic of stem cell research
Friday, Feb. 24, 2006
He seemed to be holding a little red, glowing ball between his forefinger and thumb. When he tossed it from hand to hand, it disappeared in flight. Then he did the most remarkable thing, pushing the ball into one ear and pulling it out from the other ear. Great stuff!
Tom Gorman begs to differ with many readers who call and write about Gehry's work of architecture
Friday, Feb. 17, 2006
The 77-year-old, no-holds-barred architect from Los Angeles has unveiled his design for a privately funded Alzheimer's research institute at the 61-acre Union Park near downtown, and now readers are weighing in.
Tom Gorman logs on to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Web site in search of a new identity, and in the process finds himself
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006
They call it the "Be Anyone" campaign and they say this is our most sophisticated tourism campaign yet.
Tom Gorman on how Frank Gehry's design for a medical research facility elevates Las Vegas to a new stage in the eyes of a public that has long considered the town the center of architectural knockoffs
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006
Detailed plans for the construction of a medical research center were unveiled and, for once, the cheering by civic boosters was not unjustified hyperbole.
Frank Gehry's approach to architecture 'different'
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006
It is difficult to imagine any other architect with the status and heft of Gehry - someone who, by the mere mention of his name, wins attention.
Tom Gorman cautions would-be foster parents on the pain and frustration that can accompany the joy of this altruistic endeavor
Friday, Feb. 10, 2006
But at least you'll get to dance on an ocean cruise or sit in a bathtub on a hillside before the side effects kick in.
Tom Gorman with a few ideas on how to add some spice to charity auctions
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006
But I think the online auction, or ones like it, can be spiced up a little. I suggest that, next year, the auction include bidding on some of these items, if there are some cooperative donors:
Tom Gorman is sold on the 'Bowdabra' - or at least, sold on the energetic Henderson entrepreneur who invented it
Friday, Feb. 3, 2006
Yeah, that's what I asked. What's a Bowdabra?
Columnist Tom Gorman:Trying to keep pace with Mayor Oscar Goodman during a brisk walk to promote fitness at the Doolittle Senior Center
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006
Tuesday morning I went on a walk with the mayor of Las Vegas and he didn't stop even once at a bar. I'd say he even walked in a straight line, except that he was on a path that curved a lot, and he navigated it perfectly.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Getting a wealth of advice to pass along to friend
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006
On Friday I asked what advice I should give a friend -- a single fellow in his 50s -- who is in town this weekend, considering wheter to move to Las Vegas.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Preparing advice for a friend considering a move to Las Vegas
Friday, Jan. 27, 2006
I need some help, some input.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On N.Y. candidate's folding while holding a winning hand
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006
Nadelstern is the highly lauded New York educator, something of a visionary, who apparently had cornered enough votes to be named Friday as the next superintendent of the Clark County School District.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Wondering after the death of a physician's daughter what it will take to recognize the importance of wearing seat belts
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006
Last week, a trauma center physician buried his 11-year-old daughter at Paradise Memorial Gardens. She died in a car crash.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On a son returning to his boyhood home for the most awful reason
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006
Forty-two-year-old Keith Sargent returned to his family home in Las Vegas the other day to collect his childhood possessions: Star Wars toys, marbles, a Rubik's cube, a transistor radio, boxes of National Geographic magazines ...
Columnist Tom Gorman: Spending some time in Judge Mosley's courtroom and sees another story
Friday, Jan. 20, 2006
We all know where to send out-of-town friends who wonder what amazing things they can see for free in Las Vegas.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Offering food for thought on some important missing elements in urban living
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
Nancy Williams has advice for the thousands of people who are expected to occupy those new downtown high-rise condos: Pick up the milk and bread on your way home from work because there may not be any markets within walking distance.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On viewing road bullies as social misfits
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006
The worst thing about living here is the high proportion of moronic drivers.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Asking 'as the Sons of Norway plan their annual lutefisk dinner: Oh cod, why?'
Friday, Jan. 13, 2006
The Vegas Viking Lodge of Sons of Norway is holding its eighth annual lutefisk and meatball dinner next month.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Singing the praises of a talented and good-natured family who count their blessings in Sin City instead of wallowing in their misfortune
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006
Like most people moving to Las Vegas, Falcony and Lourdes Triunfo arrived with dreams. They left Brooklyn, N.Y., in search of a decent job and an affordable home in which to raise their four young children.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On getting mixed reactions as he hits the streets looking very Elvis-like
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006
For a few hours last week, I was the King of Porn.
Columnist Tom Gorman: One man's view of Las Vegas in 20 years
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006
You probably heard the news that Boyd Gaming wants to replace the venerable Stardust with a $4 billion complex featuring 5,300 hotel rooms, shops, restaurants and convention space, to be called Echelon Place. It's supposed to open in about five years.
Columnist Tom Gorman: One man's view of Las Vegas in 20 years
Friday, Jan. 6, 2006
You probably heard the news that Boyd Gaming wants to replace the venerable Stardust with a $4 billion complex featuring 5,300 hotel rooms, shops, restaurants and convention space, to be called Echelon Place. It's supposed to open in about five years.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On the ugly task of going back to work after the holidays -- and worse, seeing his suffering colleagues
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006
It wasn't easy, dragging myself into work on Tuesday. Unlike people who had to work over New Year's weekend, I had way too much fun and was in no mood to return to my desk.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On questioning the mayor's flamboyant behavior and its impact on the city's image
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006
I've given a fair amount of thought to this column. There's something about writing for Jan. 1 that triggers more reflection than normal.

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