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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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Horsepower never goes out of style: Auction is a love letter to old-school motorcycles
Sunday, May 28, 2017
More than 300 bikes will be on the block, including some of the fastest machines of their time and putt-putters that ran on lawn mower engines.
Frustration and fear: What it's like to live near a Las Vegas squatter house
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Squatter homes speckle the Las Vegas Valley like a rash, but few stick out as badly as this one. It’s a white rancher in an older neighborhood, surrounded by properties with such features as water gardens, yard sculptures, mature shade trees and lush expanses of grass. The ranch home's grass, by contrast, has been scalped and scorched to a dark khaki color and ...
Is Las Vegas building a new bubble? Analyst gives his take
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Don’t worry, Las Vegas isn’t racing toward another economic cliff. So said analyst Jeremy Aguero this morning to business, community and government leaders at ...
Architect bucks norm, calls Las Vegas a global pioneer in design
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Las Vegas has taken a beating from the architecture establishment over the years, with critics characterizing the city’s resorts and casinos as a carnival of flash-over-substance designs — derivative, tacky and disposable. ...
Las Vegas an architectural wasteland? No way, says author of new book
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Las Vegas has taken a beating from the architecture establishment over the years, with critics characterizing the city’s resorts and casinos as a carnival of ...
U.S.-Cuba ties could be boon for Las Vegas
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Las Vegas and Cuba are linked in history by gambling and organized crime, and for a while it seemed possible they could reconnect in an entirely above-board way. ...
UNLV president discusses recent accolades, the medical school’s progress and sports teams’ future
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Approaching the midpoint of his five-year contract, UNLV President Len Jessup says he feels like he’s witnessing a renaissance. “It’s amazing all that’s happened just in the past two or three years,” he said. ...
Q+A: Expert not expecting Trump to crack down on legal marijuana
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Supporters of Nevada’s marijuana industry have been watching Jeff Sessions with wary, worried eyes. An expert from the Brookings Institution says that although Sessions has ...
Are penalties stiff enough for teen drivers using cellphones?
Friday, March 10, 2017
Faced with an increase in traffic fatalities involving distracted teen drivers in Nevada, a group of state lawmakers is seeking to broaden and strengthen a law barring young motorists from ...
Q+A: Activist discusses poll supporting tighter laws on trapping
Friday, March 10, 2017
Ten years ago, Trish Swain was walking with a fellow member of the Sierra Club when her friend mentioned that her dog had recently become caught in a trap designed to catch fur-bearing animals. Not long after ...
Amped up: 10 reasons Nevada should mandate more solar energy
Thursday, March 9, 2017
On Wednesday, Nevada lawmakers got an extensive look at a bold proposal to require utility companies in the state to draw 80 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. During a hearing, there were so many supporters, in fact, that some had to be cut short ...
Bill takes aim at notarios — fake lawyers who target immigrants
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
She was not an attorney, but she presented herself as one to immigrants who came to her seeking a way to stay in the U.S. legally. Her common approach was to ...
Nevada Democrats, Trump going in completely different directions
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
But those leaders were as far apart philosophically as they were geographically. In Washington, D.C., congressional lawmakers were unveiling their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. Here in Carson City ...
As squatting problem grows in Las Vegas, lawmaker offers solution
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
For authorities, removing squatters isn’t as easy as telling them to get out. In many cases, people living in homes without authorization present officers with fake leases that ...
Planned Parenthood funding feud coming to a head
Monday, March 6, 2017
The public has long been split on whether to spend tax dollars to support the organization.
Former U.S. commander: Changing conditions key to battling Islamic State
Retired general to lecture tonight at UNLV about America’s ‘New 100 Years War’
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The leading factor behind the rise of the Islamic State and other Salafi Jihadi terrorist organizations isn’t religious radicalism, retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen contends. It’s desperation and hopelessness — the kind so profound that …
Statistics: Las Vegas rich with dancers and dealers, but needs teachers and engineers
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Las Vegas has 1,960 percent more dancers than the average community, but 22 percent fewer elementary school teachers. That's one of the findings of a recent analysis of ...
Extending a branch to a much-maligned Las Vegas Valley staple
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
It doesn’t need much water, offers an abundance of shade and boasts two-toned leaves that create a shimmering effect when blown by the breeze on a sunny day. No wonder that when Las Vegas homeowners went wild over the plant. The problem was, they went a little too wild.
From watchdog to turtle: Democrats pounding Heller on Mnuchin
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Sen. Dean Heller may have snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory in his handling of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s confirmation. Heller got off to a strong start, pressing the former CEO of mortgage lender OneWest Bank about ...
The 2017 Nevada Legislature: Fault lines and big ideas
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Think government, and you’re likely to picture whatever drama is unfolding today in Washington, D.C. But closer to home, in Carson City, lawmakers are deciding issues that will affect Nevadans more directly than much of what’s coming from the nation’s capital — such as the quality of schools, the growth of the Southern Nevada economy and access to public lands. The 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature began ...
Solutions to big societal issues could be shaped by local leaders
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
To prepare students to face more complex challenges, UNLV's Urban Leadership Program offers coursework to strengthen leadership skills and includes a requirement for students to establish and participate in a group civic engagement project ...
Game over? State exec tries to offer hope on Raiders' move to Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
A little good news on Las Vegas’ proposed NFL stadium would have gone a long for way for Steve Hill as he stood before 420 Las Vegas business professionals and community leaders on Wednesday. But Hill, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, essentially had nothing. And that says about everything you need to know about ...
Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, state official says
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
The Oakland Raiders haven’t given up on Las Vegas, despite announcements this week that Sheldon Adelson and Goldman Sachs had abandoned a project to build a stadium for the team, the head of the state’s economic development organization said today. “They are confident they can secure the funding necessary to ...
Confident, or in denial? NLV mayor says Faraday plant 'will be built'
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
After watching a stylized video about Faraday Future during his State of the City address, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee made a joke at the expense of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. It went something like this: Congratulations on that new Chick-fil-A, Andy. Hafen didn’t crack back — or if he did, it wasn’t loud enough to make it to the back of the room — but he easily could have by ...
Analyst: Las Vegas businesses should make Plan B for possible trade wars
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Las Vegas business operators and investors have reason to be optimistic about the local economy as President Donald Trump begins carrying out his economic plan. But they also would be wise to watch Trump carefully on trade matters and should start making a contingency plan to deal with ...
Q+A: Gun background checks, minimum-wage increase among Dems' priorities
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
If Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and his Democratic Party colleagues have their way, the upcoming legislative session will end with an increase in the state’s gun background checks ...
Union leader on future of schools under DeVos: 'Thank God I live in Nevada'
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
For teachers union boss Ruben Murillo, it’s been a week of cautious optimism and profound dismay. The dismay came as Murillo watched ...
Students find help, inspiration through program in Clark County
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
Students who receive services come to CIS on their own or through referrals from staff or their peers. The program operates in 44 schools in the Clark County School District and another 15 elsewhere in Nevada, providing aid to students facing an array of challenges — some are homeless, some struggle with poverty, some have dysfunctional home environments, some are pregnant or are teenage parents, some have multiple siblings in a single-parent home and need someone to make sure they come to school. ...
Analysis: 3 of the most intriguing moments from Sandoval’s speech
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval didn’t cut loose with a game-changing initiative Tuesday in his State of the State address like he did in 2015, but that doesn’t mean his speech was without ...
Murder rate, public transportation, mental illness among city's top challenges in '17
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
The city of Las Vegas faces a different set of challenges today than it did when Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave her first State of the City address six years ago. To name a few ...
Q+A: Legislator aims to reduce suicides, boost employment among Nevada veterans
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Chris Edwards was a Navy commander before he became a member of the Nevada Assembly, and he’s become a leading voice on veterans issues in the Legislature since being elected in 2014. Going into his third regular session, Edwards said he hoped to address the problem of suicide among veterans by ...
On Trump Cabinet picks, will Heller adopt standards that GOP demanded in 2009?
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
In February 2009, Senate Republicans sent a list of demands to Harry Reid regarding the confirmation process for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet picks. Among them: Appointees would be required to clear an FBI background check and an Office of Government Ethics review, and would ...
Larry Flynt vs. the Donald: Publisher talks civil liberties in the age of Trump
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
Although Hustler publisher Larry Flynt failed to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, Flynt said he’d be watching the president-elect closely, especially for any attempt to restrict First Amendment freedoms. “If he wants a fight, I’m ready,” Flynt said ...
Nevada prisons chief not backing off efforts to modernize, reform
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
When James Dzurenda would talk to his old colleagues and professional acquaintances about some of the peculiarities he’d encountered in his new job, they often ...
Q+A: ADL leader says that as Trump surged, so did hate crimes
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and director of the Anti-Defamation League, says a surge in hate crimes since the 2016 election has led to the ADL being inundated with phone calls, emails and in-person visits about verbal harassment, vandalism and physical assaults, including ...
Self-driving cars merge into the conversation at RTC's public meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
When the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada developed its last long-range transportation plan five years ago, self-driving cars weren't a major consideration ...
Reid: Trump 'not as bad as I thought,' but nation still fearful of him
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
In an NPR interview and in guest commentary published in the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reiterated that President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory had made Americans fearful and warned ...
Air Force One: Was Trump renegotiating contract or punishing Boeing?
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
To his supporters, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter suggestion to cancel the order for the new Air Force One was a sign that ...
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 ...
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 ...

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