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Archive for January 29, 2014

Q+A: How did L.V. cheftestant Shirley Chung fare on ‘Top Chef’?
Photo: Las Vegas chef Shirley Chung, here with Nicholas E Our Las Vegas star chef had shone brightly in the previous 14 episodes filmed on location in New Orleans — she won a car that she gave to her mother and several cash prizes. But ...
11:57 p.m.
Atlanta-area roads still clogged with cars, trucks
Photo: In this aerial view looking at I-75 north at Mt. P After a rare snow stopped Atlanta-area commuters in their tracks — forcing many to hunker down in cars overnight or seek other shelter — helicopters were being used to spot stranded drivers so rescuers could ...
11:27 p.m.
San Francisco: Rescuers didn't kill Asiana victim
Photo: In this Saturday, July 6, 2013, aerial photo, a fi The coroner who concluded a girl died after she was twice run over by rescue trucks racing toward a burning plane disputes a different conclusion from city officials who say she was already dead from ...
11:19 p.m.
Johansson cuts ties with Oxfam over 'difference of opinion'
Photo: Actress Scarlett Johansson poses for photographers Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.
11:13 p.m.
Terror suspect challenges NSA surveillance program
Photo: The sign outside the National Security Agency camp A terror suspect is challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, saying in a court document filed Wednesday that spying by the federal government has gone too far.
10:58 p.m.
17 California communities running low on water
Photo: Hugh Beggs of Santa Rosa, Calif., searches for coi Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
10:49 p.m.
Outcome never in doubt as UNLV dispatches San Jose State 70-46
Photo: UNLV and San Jose State players warm up on the cou When you play a team as overmatched as San Jose State, there’s always a chance the game ends up close simply because the better team knows it’s so much better that they relax too much ...
10:35 p.m.
Wranglers fall at Utah in first game in more than 10 days
The Las Vegas Wranglers tonight played their first game since Jan. 18, falling 2-1 at the Utah Grizzles. John Armstrong scored his eighth goal of the season for Las Vegas 5:58 into the first period, ...
10:35 p.m.
Q+A: ‘Best Ink’ star and former Las Vegas showgirl Sabina Kelley is now a mother of three
Photo: Sabina Kelley. Super-cute, sweet and sexy Las Vegas fashion model Sabina Kelley is winning a legion of fans as the celebrity judge on Oxygen’s reality-TV tattoo competition “Best Ink” hosted by Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz ...
10:00 p.m.
Officials investigate inmate death at Ely State Prison
State corrections officials are investigating the death of an Ely State Prison inmate who was found unconscious inside his cell earlier this week.
9:40 p.m.
Swimmer's death casts light on campus sex assaults
Photo: In this photo provided by Mike Menu is his daughte Colleges and universities are struggling with sex assaults on campus, even as they spend more time and money to comply with stricter enforcement of gender discrimination laws.
9:17 p.m.
Nevadans continue to struggle with their personal finances
Nevadans’ personal finances improved little over the past year and remain among the worst in the country, a new report found.
9:01 p.m.
Home price surge may herald the return of house flipping
Home price surge may herald the return of house flipping Home flipping, a hallmark of Las Vegas’ housing bubble, became more popular and a lot more lucrative last year amid surging prices.
9:01 p.m.
Shadow Ridge student arrested for knife possession
A Shadow Ridge High School student was arrested this morning after allegedly carrying a knife onto a school bus.
9:00 p.m.
With its last issue on stands, a remembrance of CityLife
With its last issue on stands, a remembrance of CityLife After 21 years, the local alt-weekly published its last issue last week.
8:00 p.m.
Motorist was gunned down at random in front of 2 kids, police say
Motorist was gunned down at random in front of 2 kids, police say Standing next to an intersection where Cleottus Harvey was gunned down in front of his two children, Lt. Ray Steiber made a public plea for help: “This is a busy intersection. Somebody had to see ...
8:00 p.m.
Target says hackers stole credentials from vendor
Photo: Shoppers arrive at a Target store in Los Angeles o Target said Wednesday that investigators have found that hackers stole credentials from a vendor to access the retailer's systems and pilfer about 40 million debit and credit card numbers as well as personal information for ...
7:11 p.m.
Google's Motorola misstep could be Lenovo's boon
Photo: Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, speaks during a p An expensive mistake by Google could turn into a golden opportunity for China's Lenovo Group as it expands beyond its success in the personal computer industry.
Updated 10:53 p.m.
Allegiant reports another profitable quarter
Photo: In this Thursday, May 9, 2013, photo, ramp agent V Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., parent company of Allegiant Air, the sixth-busiest commercial airline at McCarran International Airport, reported its fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.
6:30 p.m.
Committee's tweaks to Yerington land-swap bill may doom it
The people of Lyon County have been waiting for years for Congress to approve a public lands bill they need to build a copper mine that would bring 1,000 jobs to one of the most ...
6:10 p.m.
Indictments charge duo with multiple felonies in alleged carjacking, subsequent high-speed chase
Two men were indicted today, accused of carjacking a vehicle last month, leading police on a high-speed chase, ramming the stolen car into a patrol car and shooting at a police officer. Hugo Baldovinos, 21, ...
6:10 p.m.
Blog: Rebels never trail and never have issues in 70-46 win at San Jose State
Photo: UNLV and San Jose State players warm up on the cou A pair of Rebels scored 13 points, Roscoe Smith registered his 14th double-double and the Rebels never trailed in an easy 70-46 victory tonight at San Jose State.
Updated 9:00 p.m.
Rendering Nevada in collaged photography and cut paper
Photo: Bobbie Ann Howell at Winchester Howell captures the delicate nature and defiant spirit of Nevada.
5:33 p.m.
Large, energetic and loud: works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation
Photo: Iva Gueorguieva, "Clinamen," 2009, acryl The legacy of a non-profit art foundation makes its presence in Las Vegas
5:30 p.m.
Star Surveillance: Brad Garrett, Dolly Parton, Nobu, Robert De Niro, Rev Run and Ruckus
Photo: Brad Garrett at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopol Comedy actor Brad Garrett, proprietor of Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand, and a friend attended the 10 p.m. and late-night cantos of “Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las ...
5:27 p.m.
Findlay Prep duo continue program's success with McDonald's selections
Photo: Bishop Gorman forward Nick Blair and Findlay Prep Findlay Prep players Kelly Oubre and Rashad Vaughn were among the 24 high school seniors selected today to participate in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game.
5:00 p.m.
Justin Bieber is charged with assault in Canada
Photo: Singer Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and polic Justin Bieber was charged with assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head last month. The news broke just after the Canadian pop star's attorney entered a ...
Updated 9:26 a.m.
NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada get break on service charge increase
NV Energy customers in 210,000 single-family homes in Northern Nevada won a small victory today with a reduction in their monthly electric service charge.
4:43 p.m.
Trump prominently considers run for N.Y. governor
Photo: Donald Trump at Treasure Island on April 28, 2011. Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star and perennial self-promoter, is toying with the idea of challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the state's high taxes and tight gun-control laws make ...
4:41 p.m.
Strip Scribbles: Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert lead 2014 ACM Awards nods with 7 apiece
Photo: Tim McGraw performs during the 2013 iHeartRadio Mu Keith Urban, who will host the outdoor, two-day ACM Party for a Cause at the Linq, earned six nominations, and Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice and Kacey Musgraves followed with five. Florida Georgia Line ...
4:33 p.m.
Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people
Photo: This photo released by the Howard County Police sh The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new ...
4:16 p.m.
Aria’s Blossom ranks among the Strip’s finest Chinese restaurants
Photo: Arias Blossom wows with pan-fried beef with ginger In a city full of uniquely upscale Chinese cuisine, Blossom is a standout.
4:00 p.m.
Weekly Q&A: UNLV’s Ranita Ray says the socioeconomic ladder is getting harder to climb
Photo: A question of class: UNLV sociology professor Rani The sociology professor discusses upward mobility, the working poor and why school isn't always the great equalizer.
3:52 p.m.
Las Vegas Sands 4th-quarter earnings up almost 32 percent
Las Vegas Sands 4th-quarter earnings up almost 32 percent Las Vegas Sands, operator of the Venetian and Palazzo resorts on the Strip and properties in Macau and Singapore, reported its fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.
3:50 p.m.
Alex Stratta is back--and ready to please
Photo: Alex Stratta, who helmed some of the Strip's most The acclaimed chef is working his magic as consulting chef at Marche Bacchus.
3:39 p.m.
Will the Griddle Café change breakfast on the Strip?
Photo: Pancakes, sausage and more await you at Griddle Ca The pancake revolution could be here!
3:32 p.m.
Photos: Bobby Flay opens Bobby’s Burger Palace on the Strip, receives Key to the City
Photo: Chef Bobby Flay is presented with a Key to the Cit Bobby, dressed casually in a black Bobby’s Burger Palace T-shirt, was presented with a Key to the City by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and cut a ribbon to officially ...
3:28 p.m.
A Super Bowl in New Jersey contradicts the NFL's no-Vegas policy
A Super Bowl in New Jersey contradicts the NFL's no-Vegas policy Vegas won't be anywhere on your TV screen this Super Sunday, but everyone at the Big Game with a smartphone will have access to New Jersey's online gambling.
3:17 p.m.
Joe Downtown: Gentrification has arrived. Could it be a good thing?
Photo: Unclear future: Billy Shabo says redevelopment eff There seems to be both pros and cons attached to that nasty buzzword.
3:17 p.m.
Joe Downtown: Independent bookstore opening in old motel
Photo: The Alicia Motel on East Fremont Street in downtow This will be good news to anyone who thinks downtown is being flooded with too many taverns, to say nothing of those who miss a good old-fashioned bookstore.
Updated 3:57 p.m.
Californian pleads guilty to bringing minor to Las Vegas for prostitution
Californian pleads guilty to bringing minor to Las Vegas for prostitution A California man pleaded guilty today to federal charges that involved transporting a 16-year-old girl from San Jose, Calif., to Las Vegas to work as a prostitute.
2:26 p.m.
Rubbing elbows with the local bitcoin evangelists
Photo: Bitcoin mario illustration A Weekly writer chats with Valley residents using the new online currency--and buys her first BTC.
2:23 p.m.
Police: $5.6 million of marijuana seized in multi-house grow operation
Police: $5.6 million of marijuana seized in multi-house grow operation A Southern Nevada police task force has toppled a sophisticated, four-house marijuana grow operation, seizing 61.8 pounds of marijuana and 2,264 plants worth a combined $5.6 million, authorities said.
2:18 p.m.
Preview: Big surprises are in store for Las Vegas cheftestant Shirley Chung on tonight’s ‘Top Chef’
Photo: Las Vegas chef Shirley Chung, center, with Nichola Aloha! When our Las Vegas cheftestant Shirley Chung won last week’s episode of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in New Orleans, she knew that she’d be heading to Hawaii for the finals with rivals Nina Compton and ...
1:38 p.m.
Stocks slide on weak earnings; Fed cuts stimulus
Photo: Specialist Donald Civitanova works on the floor of Stock investors had plenty to dislike on Wednesday. Disappointing earnings from big U.S. companies, ongoing jitters in emerging markets and more cuts to the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus combined to push stocks lower for the ...
Updated 3:06 p.m.
Winter storm down South affecting flights at McCarran
Photo: A United Airlines passenger jet is shown on the gr Snowy and icy weather in the South is creating flight delays to and from the region’s airports, including the nation’s busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. Most nonstop flights between McCarran International and Atlanta have been canceled ...
12:56 p.m.
NYC turns Times Square into Super Bowl Boulevard
Photo: An information tent, lower right, is in place for New York City's Times Square is now known as Super Bowl Boulevard. Bundled-up football fans were sliding down a giant Manhattan toboggan run Wednesday. It towers over the 13-block street fair that has taken over ...
12:35 p.m.
Suspect shot in December by Metro Police now under indictment
Suspect shot in December by Metro Police now under indictment A man shot last month as Metro Police officers were trying to arrest him is now under indictment.
12:32 p.m.
Parody ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ premieres at Golden Nugget with ‘Pawn Stars’ stars
Photo: Art imitating art imitating life: Derek Stonebarge “Pawn Shop Live!” is an all-out-fun spoof of the History Channel reality-TV hit “Pawn Stars,” and the real-life TV celebrities will all be at the Golden Nugget for the official media-night launch Thursday.
12:32 p.m.
Teacher arrested after hundreds of living, dead snakes found in home
Photo: Tommy Munoz, with Herpetology Association Rescue p A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after at least 300 living and dead pythons were found in plastic bins inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County, police said.
12:26 p.m.
Hot Spots: Ryan Lewis at Surrender, Hofbräuhaus turns 10 and more
Photo: Flying solo: Recent multiple Grammy-winner Ryan Le Also, Skrillex returns to XS.
12:00 p.m.
Trial delayed for ex-con accused of 3 decades-old slayings
Photo: Nathan Burkett, accused in the decades-old deaths A death penalty trial has been pushed back to Jan. 12, 2015, for an aging ex-convict arrested last July in Mississippi and returned to Las Vegas to face murder and sex assault charges in the ...
11:39 a.m.
Crash knocks out traffic lights at Eastern and Harmon
A sport utility vehicle collided with a Regional Transportation Commission bus and a utility box today causing a traffic light outage at Eastern Avenue and Harmon Boulevard.
11:28 a.m.
Cruise ship arrives back in NJ after 700 fall ill
Photo: The Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of th A cruise ship on which hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill returned to port Wednesday in New Jersey, with health officials recommending those still showing symptoms to check in at hotels or seek ...
11:21 a.m.
Sochi chief: city is world's 'most secure venue'
Photo: A police officer checks the identification of a pa After all the talk of terror threats, corruption, overspending and anti-gay legislation, the head of the Sochi Olympics is determined to show the world the games will be a huge success.
10:52 a.m.
Judge delays sentencing for Saudi airman convicted in rape of teen
Judge delays sentencing for Saudi airman convicted in rape of teen A Clark County judge today allowed a change in lawyers for the Saudi airman convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager on New Year’s Eve 2012 at a Las Vegas Strip casino.
10:25 a.m.
Former UNLV standout Anthony Bennett has best game yet in NBA
Former UNLV standout Anthony Bennett has best game yet in NBA Former UNLV standout and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett, the first pick in last year's draft, scored a season-high 15 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
10:18 a.m.
Hualapais to offer scenic excursions on Colorado River year-round
Photo: The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Tuesday, May 3, 2 Beginning in March, Grand Canyon Resorts Corp., the tribe’s tourism enterprise based in Peach Springs, Ariz., will offer the one-day trips on the Colorado River beyond the summer season. Trips include transportation from Peach Springs ...
10:15 a.m.
Farm bill includes payments to rural counties
The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West ...
Updated 12:07 p.m.
Canada’s Westjet adding flights to Las Vegas
Photo: A WestJet airplane takes off from McCarran Interna WestJet, the Canadian discount airline that is the busiest international air carrier at McCarran International Airport, will expand Las Vegas service with 18 new weekly flights next summer.
9:50 a.m.
Union employees ratify 5-year contract with Caesars Entertainment
Union employees ratify 5-year contract with Caesars Entertainment Union workers have secured a fresh five-year contract with Caesars Entertainment. Under the new agreement, there will be no pay raises for workers in the first year, but health insurance remains intact.
9:25 a.m.
Cockroach Theatre splits with artistic director Erik Amblad
Photo: Cockroach Theater, a black-box style theater at Ar “Opening the theater and getting our first season on its feet presented a lot more challenges than any of us could have ever anticipated.”
9:06 a.m.
Obama visits Costco to tout his plan to boost wages
Photo: President Barack Obama walks with Ricky Banner, as President Barack Obama promoted his State of the Union proposals to boost personal finances of low-income Americans in a morning-after trip Wednesday to push Congress to pass a minimum wage hike for more than the ...
8:46 a.m.
Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling
Photo: In this view looking south toward downtown Atlanta Thousands of Atlanta schoolchildren stranded all night long in their classrooms were reunited with their parents Wednesday, while rescuers rushed to deliver blankets, food, gas and a ride home to countless shivering motorists stopped cold ...
Updated 4:13 p.m.
NY congressman apologizes for threatening to throw reporter off balcony
Photo: This May 9, 2012, file photo shows Rep. Michael Gr A TV reporter says U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has apologized for physically threatening him at the end of an interview following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Updated 9:03 a.m.
2 people suffer smoke inhalation in Las Vegas house fire
2 people suffer smoke inhalation in Las Vegas house fire Two people suffered smoke inhalation after their house caught fire Tuesday in northern Las Vegas.
7:59 a.m.
Huckabee spills the beans
It’s not often we think about Mike Huckabee. True, he has a talk show. But so does half the world. Kelly Ripa has a talk show. Geraldo Rivera has a talk show. How often do ...
2:00 a.m.
Nevada's marijuana advocates are hoping for full legalization next year
Nevada's marijuana advocates are hoping for full legalization next year With growing acceptance elsewhere of legalized marijuana, advocates of legal pot in Nevada are preparing to distribute petitions that could lead to legalized pot in the Silver State next year.
2:00 a.m.
Vegas Super Bowl props: Picking the best bets for Broncos vs. Seahawks
Vegas Super Bowl props: Picking the best bets for Broncos vs. Seahawks The Super Bowl is the one sporting event where a gambler can compile a stack of betting slips as thick as a textbook.
2:00 a.m.
The difference between 1 and 500,000
If you’re confused about all the turmoil in the Arab world and asking how the United States should respond, I find it useful to consider three questions:
2:00 a.m.
Controlling the technology
The milestone that mankind needs to reach for is quite simple and can be summed up with the phrase, “Mankind’s humanity needs to surpass our technology.” We have the technology to blow ourselves up. We ...
2:00 a.m.
What lessons did we learn from the Onion saga?
Photo: This May 9, 2013, photo provided by the city of He The long legal saga of Onion the dog concluded last week when, after 21 months of court battles, Henderson agreed to release the family pet that killed a 1-year-old boy to an out-of-state rescue. The ...
Updated 11:19 a.m.
Rebels not in a position to take last-place San Jose State lightly
Photo: UNLV guard Bryce Dejean Jones adjusts his headband To many observers, San Jose State’s court — complete with five shielded Spartans in attack position — might be more intimidating than the basketball team. Thinking that way could get UNLV (13-7, 4-3) in trouble ...
2:00 a.m.
The penance of Glenn Beck
Last week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there’s a line I never thought I’d write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox ...
2:00 a.m.
Three enemas later, still no drugs
If you think that protests about overzealous law enforcement are over the top, listen to what unfolded when the police suspected that David Eckert, 54, was hiding drugs in his rectum.
2:00 a.m.
Stop violence against women
I was glad to see the Las Vegas Sun publish Nick Kristof’s recent op-ed on violence against women and girls globally. When one in three women around the world is raped, beaten or abused at ...
2:00 a.m.
Vegas Play of the Day: 76ers at Celtics
Our Play of the Day unsparingly marches on despite repeated setbacks. South Point, the feature’s official lines provider, would gladly welcome this action through three weeks as we’re now down nearly $2,300 combined.
1:59 a.m.
President's call for action garners mixed reactions from Nevada leaders
Photo: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads Senate Min President Barack Obama spoke emphatically in Tuesday’s State of the Union address about priorities dear to Nevada representatives, such as immigration reform and jobless benefits. But it was clear that without congressional cooperation, Nevadans will ...
12:15 a.m.

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