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Ric Anderson

Editorial Page Editor

As a reporter for 20-plus years, Ric covered beats ranging from police and courts to major-college sports. He came to Greenspun Media Group from Kansas in 2011, first serving as the business editor and then managing editor before taking over editorial and advocacy operations for the Las Vegas Sun and The Sunday. He is a runner and a motorcyclist.

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Analysis: UNLV could hemmorhage funds, talent if Jessup left
Monday, March 19, 2018
UNLV’s medical school could suffer major losses in funding and talent if UNLV President Len Jessup leaves Las Vegas, the dean of the medical school said ...
Q+A: Why this Brookings expert took the VA to task over medical marijuana
Monday, March 19, 2018
The title of John Hudak’s January report examining the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ response to a congressional inquiry on medical marijuana pulls no punches. “When the VA lies to Congress about medical marijuana, it lies to our wounded warriors” ...
Analysis: Jessup shouldn’t be targeted for contract, supporters say
Thursday, March 15, 2018
An agreement signed by UNLV President Len Jessup for the university to receive a $14 million gift for its medical school has become ammunition in a behind-the-scenes attempt ...
Analysis: Funds, talent could bleed away from med school if Jessup departs UNLV
Thursday, March 15, 2018
UNLV’s medical school could suffer major losses in funding and talent if UNLV President Len Jessup leaves Las Vegas. Barbara Atkinson, the dean of the medical school, said the disruption in leadership threatened to halt progress in ...
Analysis: Concerns over regents’ leadership put UNLV medical school funding in doubt
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Funding for UNLV’s medical school building may be collapsing as two megadonors, citing concerns over the Nevada Board of Regents’ leadership, have rescinded or begun reconsidering gifts totaling $39 million. Future gifts also ...
Analysis: Jessup’s uncertain future at UNLV alarms supporters
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
UNLV President Len Jessup and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly have been in discussions over the past several weeks about Jessup leaving the ...
The Mint 400 at 50: Still 'the most challenging off-road race on the planet'
Saturday, March 10, 2018
With its corporate-sponsored competition teams, crisply organized race operations and vehicles with sophisticated electronics and mechanical components, the race has come a long way since its first year.
Education expert: ‘No one wants to invest in deficits’
Saturday, March 3, 2018
We need to see what communities have going for them so we can build upon those strengths. That, to me, is a start of a solution ...
NRA can’t help in lawsuit over gun background checks
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s chummy relationship with the National Rifle Association may win him votes in his campaign for governor, but ...
How Trump’s attack on renewable energy and the EPA hurts Nevada
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
The proposed cuts, along with tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported solar panels, threaten to slow the development of Nevada’s renewable energy industry ...
Millennials are changing the face of the country
Within 30 years, less than half of Americans will be white
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said writers who’ve casually referred to millennials’ diversity have glanced off of a key point. The generation’s racial diversity is what gives it the potential to become what he describes as a …
Anti-Trump activist Steyer targets GOP's Heller, Laxalt
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Billionaire anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer visited Las Vegas today with a vow to defend “Dreamers” and immigrant families facing deportation. Steyer, whose campaign against Trump has ...
Will your kid’s teacher soon be replaced by a robot?
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
During an interview with the Sun, Brooking Institution senior fellow Michael Hansen recapped President Donald Trump’s moves on education and offered insight on other topics related to schools — a shortage of minority teachers, the best way to evaluate teachers’ performance, vouchers and …
Q&A: Will your kid’s teacher soon be replaced by a robot?
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
As a researcher who specializes in education, Michael Hansen was watching closely as President Donald Trump took office in January. Trump had made a campaign promise to steer billions of dollars into expanding ...
A biography of ‘a real billionaire’: William Rempel delivers a look into the life of Kirk Kerkorian
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Kirk Kerkorian never defaulted on a loan, was allergic to taking credit for his accomplishments, hated being the center of attention and didn’t want his name on anything — not even his company parking space. So imagine William Rempel’s surprise when, while writing a new biography on Kerkorian, he discovered that ...
State of the Union: What might it mean for Nevada?
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Las Vegas drew a mention early on in Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, when the president alluded to the Oct. 1 tragedy as one of the challenges the nation faced during his first year in office. But how might Las Vegas be affected by the policies and initiatives that ...
News quiz: Lone-wolf Laxalt, zany prop bets and space disco
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
The government shutdown and Donald Trump’s speech to global leaders at the World Economic Forum dominated the news this week. Here’s a quiz about other items in the headlines ...
Tourism chief: Raiders will spur growth of sports medicine in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Nearly a year after Steve Hill told an audience at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s annual outlook event to hold out hope that the Raiders stadium deal hadn’t fizzled, he ...
Mecum auction turns Las Vegas into 'motorcycle mecca'
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Winter weather makes January a bleak time for motorcycle riders in much of the United States, but an event in Las Vegas offers a warm spot on the calendar. The annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has grown into a gathering place for bike enthusiasts around the ...
Mayor Lee, ever bullish on NLV's future, sidesteps issue of staff turmoil
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
During his State of the City address Thursday, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee told a story that involved plumbing, a shovel and an F-word that gets tossed around these days ...
Quiz: Trump's exercise regimen, Tark's tweet and a jackpot at Cosmo
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
The government shutdown and ongoing fallout from President Donald Trump’s profane comment about Haiti and some African countries were among this week’s leading news issues. Here’s a quiz about ...
Smart city technology aims to make communities more secure, but does it encroach on privacy?
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
For years, Las Vegas has been quietly preparing to take advantage of technological advancements. And now, city leaders expect its patience and diligence to pay off as systems are developed to make living in cities safer and more convenient, because Las Vegas’ infrastructure ...
Quiz: Golden Knights flap, record rainfall and Trump's 'Call of Duty' shoutout
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards and ongoing questions about Donald Trump’s grasp of policies dominated the news this week. Here’s a quiz to test your knowledge ...
Phase Two of convention center expansion to begin, clear way to attract more trade shows
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
For years, convention organizers have been asking for more out of the Las Vegas Convention Center. More exhibition space. More meeting rooms. More ...
News quiz: Vegas visitors, Trump's fake facts, and a new mental disorder
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Christmas celebrations, a blast of Arctic cold that gripped much of the nation and Roy Moore’s legal challenge of the special election results in Alabama were among this week’s top stories. Here’s a quiz on some of the other news from the week ...
50 years of facts and fiction: A look back at Evel Knievel's jump at Caesars
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
Fifty years ago this week, in Las Vegas, daredevil Evel Knievel made the jump that would put him on a path to international fame. But since then, some stories about ...
Quick guide to home troubleshooting
Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
Not every home maintenance job requires a claim to the home warranty company or a call to an electrician. There’s no need to be intimidated by a chirping smoke detector, clogged sink, toilet that won’t stop running or garage door that won’t close. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on jobs anyone can do.
News quiz: How much do you know about taxes and Obamacare?
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
The Republicans’ tax overhaul legislation and the government shutdown were among this week’s major news stories. How much do you know about what happened this week? Here’s ...
Dana Marshall-Bernstein remembered by family as superhero
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Dana Marshall-Bernstein’s family called her their superhero. During a nearly lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease, Marshall-Bernstein worked courageously to raise awareness about the disease and her fight against it, including appearing in a documentary film titled “Semicolon; the Adventures of an Ostomy Girl.” On Sunday, she succumbed to the disease at 28. “Dana is and always will be ...
Downtown’s D-finitive personality: Derek Stevens moving full speed ahead
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Walk into the D on any given night, and odds are good that you’ll find Derek Stevens there. He’ll be the big guy at the Long Bar, possibly buying a drink for a new acquaintance and likely wearing a jacket designed to make it impossible for you to miss him. It may be a color you’d normally see on a muscle car, or maybe two-tone, or maybe with lapels as wide as the mouth of a martini glass. Stevens and his brother Greg own the D, as well as the Golden Gate, the Downtown Events Center and the property that once was home to ...
This week: Tarkanian turns up in NYT, and what are kids snorting?
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
The Senate election in Alabama, net neutrality and the Republicans' tax plan dominated the news this week. Here's a chance to test your knowledge about other happenings.
Quiz: Trump's slurred speech, Santa's earnings, Florida fireball and more
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
It was a week of ongoing fallout from sexual harassment allegations, an incendiary announcement about Israel and the passage of a controversial gun bill. Here’s a quiz on ...
Quiz: Trump on Puerto Rico, 'Pocahontas,' the GOP tax plan and more
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
It was a week that began with two acting directors showing up to work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ended with former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea to lying to the FBI. Heading into the weekend, here's a quiz about ...
Why technology, not new roads, could ease congestion
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
As the Las Vegas Valley grows and traffic becomes more congested, the answer is to use technology to ease it, as opposed to laying down more roads ...
Trump's jabs at trade deals show lack of understanding, Brookings scholar says
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
As an expert on trade agreements and the global economy, Dany Bahar can see the value in the Trump administration’s push to renegotiate trade pacts ...
In aftermath of Oct. 1 shooting, gun violence still raging in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Since Oct. 1, there have been at least 28 shootings in Las Vegas, resulting in the deaths of 17 people. What does that say about gun violence here and in the U.S.?
In a flash, another car is sold
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
If you’ve ever sold a car, you know it’s no snap. Between detailing the vehicle, letting buyers inspect it from hood to trunk, negotiating the price and transferring the title, there’s a lot to it. So imagine selling more than 300 cars in a single day. ...
Gun violence: 5 ways Nevadans can work to stop the bloodshed
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
How can Americans make a difference on gun violence? That question may be particularly relevant to Southern Nevadans in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting on the Strip ...
Will Trump crack down on legal marijuana? Brookings expert weighs in
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
When the Brookings Institution’s John Hudak visited Las Vegas in March, he said it was too early to tell whether the Trump administration would try to snuff out the legal marijuana industry. So have things changed since then? That was the Sun’s lead question to ...
Q+A: Brookings analyst says economic outlook ‘pretty bleak’ under Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
"The dynamism of the U.S. economy has always been heavily predicated on attracting the best and brightest from overseas, and the message the administration is sending is ...
Energy, climate expert says there's reason for optimism — despite Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The answer to climate change and energy is complicated, Samantha Gross says, and lies somewhere deep between the extremes. One size doesn’t fit all because ...
Mecum to offer 1,000 cars for first auction in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
A company that has staged several successful motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas will be back next month with its first sale for car collectors in the valley. Mecum Auctions announced that its event, scheduled for ...
Renewable energy critical for national security, panelists say
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
In a war zone, solar panels or wind turbines might not sound like critical needs. But when Marine Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer was fighting in Iraq in 2006, he realized that renewable energy sources were a life-and-death priority. ...
Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent-based process’ for nuclear waste storage
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
A consent-based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of ...
Quigley: Las Vegas poised to become leader in transportation innovation
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
When Audi went looking for a city where it could test technology allowing its cars to communicate with street lights, it took one call to get the test started in Las Vegas.
Launching in Los Angeles would have required ...
What went right: Breaking down key points of Las Vegas’ crisis response
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
During and after the shooting Oct. 1, the crisis was managed quickly and effectively, minimizing the loss of life. Here are snapshots of what went right. Stephen Paddock’s attack lasted roughly 10 agonizing minutes, killing 58 people and leaving almost 500 injured, some critically. But officials said it could have gone on longer if not for a quick response by Metro Police. The complexities involved in ...
‘It was just mass, mass blood everywhere’: Survivors recount Las Vegas attack
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
As survivors filtered away from the site of Sunday evening’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, they described a scene of horror and heroism — people crumpling to the ground after being shot, running in terror, some ...
Q+A: How do Americans feel about taxes? Author's take may surprise you
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Vanessa Williamson has asked a lot of Americans about how they feel about taxes, and she says they initially respond like kids who are asked how they feel about vegetables. “They say, ‘Oh, Americans hate taxes,’” said the Brookings Institution fellow. But get beyond the reflexive response, and ...
Q+A: Brookings scholar discusses Trump, Russia and the truth
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Can the U.S. survive disinformation campaigns that are being used to fuel distrust and division between Americans? Jonathan Rauch, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will take on that question during ...
WGU Nevada chancellor sees workforce needs driving evolution of higher ed
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Roughly 20 million Americans are enrolled in college courses this year. That may sound like a lot, but not to Spencer Stewart. “That number needs to double,” said Stewart, the chancellor of WGU Nevada, “and it should have doubled yesterday.”

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