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  • Caesars Largest Unit to File Own Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    01/14/2015 10:10:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2015 | Matt Jarzemsky, Peg Brickley and Kate O’Keeffe
    Caesars Entertainment Corp. ’s largest unit is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as soon as Thursday, the final gambit of a years long attempt to salvage a soured buyout. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co.’s Chapter 11 filing would launch the final stage of Apollo Global Management LLC’s effort to save some of its $1.7 billion investment in the company, which it took private in 2008 with fellow buyout firm TPG.
  • Report: Obama to Sign Executive Amnesty Friday in Vegas

    11/19/2014 7:18:34 AM PST · by RummyChick · 320 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 11/19 | halper
    John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times reports that President Obama's executive amnesty order is coming Friday in Las Vegas: Confirmed by source familiar: Obama to announce immigration order on Friday in Las Vegas — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 19, 2014 Obama immigration announcement in Las Vegas on Friday may also serve as unofficial launch of Reid 2016 re-election campaign — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 19, 2014
  • 'Duck Dynasty' musical set to debut at Las Vegas' Rio hotel and casino in 2015

    11/14/2014 5:52:08 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 33 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/14/14 | Zayda Rivera
    Quack! Quack! La, la, la. "Duck Dynasty" is being turned into a Broadway-style musical, reports the New York Times. The play, "The Duck Commander Family Musical" -- which will portray the reality star family's rise to fame that Willie and Korie Robertson wrote about in their 2012 book "The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty" -- is set to debut at Las Vegas' Rio hotel and casino in February 2015.
  • Detention center worker sues over termination

    10/03/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/02/2014 | CARRI GEER THEVENOT
    A former detention assistant contends she was fired by the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services for complaining about excessive force against a juvenile inmate. Kisha Norman of Las Vegas filed an employment discrimination lawsuit Thursday against the department and its assistant manager of detention, Patrick Schreiber, who fired her in April 2013. “Norman was not wanted because she was not part of the racist culture inside DJJS that accepted, condoned and ratified excessive force against juveniles,” the federal lawsuit alleges. In an email Thursday, spokesman Erik Pappa said the county does not comment on pending litigation. According to...
  • Hundreds protest in US over Ebola outbreak (Nurses!)

    10/01/2014 9:12:46 PM PDT · by TLI · 46 replies
    PRESSTV ^ | Thursday Oct 02, 201404:04 AM GMT | PressTV
    Hundreds of nurses have staged a protest rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, warning that US hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak and demanding more action by authorities against a possible epidemic in the US. About 1,000 nurses and healthcare workers attended the Planet Nurse convention on Wednesday, chanting slogans to raise awareness about the increasing danger and death from Ebola. The protesters highlighted the lack of training, equipment and isolation rooms where suspected Ebola-infected patients in the US could be quarantined. They also took part in what they called a “die-in” by laying on the ground in imitation of...
  • Brits vote Las Vegas the 'overspend' capital of the world ..

    07/22/2014 7:05:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Las Vegas has been voted the ‘overspend’ capital of the year and the destination most likely to encourage tourists to become too flash with their cash, according to a survey. Two thirds of Brits ranked the glitzy US city number one, followed by Paris, then New York. Venice and Ibiza make up the top five destinations where holidaymakers are most likely to part with too much cash.
  • Las Vegas Shooters Bragged About Taking Part In Bundy Standoff

    06/09/2014 11:13:49 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/09/14 | Catherine Thompson
    Neighbors of the couple who ambushed two police officers Sunday in Las Vegas told local newspapers the pair had bragged about spending time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during the standoff with the federal government earlier this year. The two suspects, whose names have not yet been released, fatally shot two police officers who were having lunch at a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant before killing a third person at a nearby Wal-Mart. The female suspect then shot the male suspect and then herself in an apparent suicide pact. Neighbors in an apartment complex where the two suspects lived said they “had a...
  • Two Metro officers killed. 3 others dead in "suicide' pact (Las Vegas)

    06/08/2014 1:59:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 6-8-2014 | LV Sun
    A Metro source has confirmed that two police officers died today, victims of a shooting in the northeast part of the valley. The source said one officer was shot and killed about 11:30 a.m. at Cici's Pizza at 309 N. Nellis Ave. The other officer was shot there and died while in surgery at UMC. At a 1:30 p.m. news conference Metro said one person was killed inside Walmart and two suspects were killed in the back of the store. The two suspects told other shoppers that they were part of a revolution and wanted a shootout with Metro. However,...
  • Police confirm two Las Vegas police officers shot in pizza restaurant

    06/08/2014 1:38:27 PM PDT · by windcliff · 13 replies
    reviewjournal.com ^ | 6-8-14 | Wesley Juhl
    Two Las Vegas police officers were shot Sunday inside a pizza restaurant in the area of Nellis Boulevard and Stuard Avenue in the northeast valley, according to the department. Witnesses at the scene also reported hearing shots fired in quick succession as if from an automatic weapon inside a WalMart store at 201 North Nellis Blvd., and saw people running from the store. The officers’ conditions were not immediately available. The shooters were still at large as of noon. Metro’s SWAT team is there. Police have cordoned off most of the store parking lot. Several lanes of traffic near Nellis...
  • Kansas City hopes to show it's got what it takes to host 2016 RNC convention

    04/26/2014 7:56:10 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    GOP ^ | Brendaliss Gonzalez
    Kansas City had its chance on Friday to show members of the Republican National Convention committee that it has what it takes to host the 2016 convention. Members of the mayor's task force for the Republican National Convention met with members of the RNC Committee during their first visit as they narrow down the list of contenders to host the 2016 convention.
  • "They know we're coming." With piss-poor operational security, Feds flood the zone at Las Vegas

    04/20/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 4/20/14 | Dutchman 6
    <p>"They know, Chuck, they know. They know we're coming." -- ATF undercover agent Robert Rodriguez to raid commander Chuck Sarabyn, 28 February 1993, one hour before the raid on the Branch Davidians.</p> <p>"It is of no concern. Soon the Rebellion will be crushed."</p>
  • Why casino workers hate Obamacare

    03/12/2014 10:05:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 3-11-14 | Tami Luhby
    Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is pushing about a dozen of its employers to contribute more money to its health insurance fund to cover rising Obamacare costs. Currently, employers pay 100% of the premiums. The union, which is in contract negotiations, wants to keep it that way. But the spike Obamacare-related expenses could make it tougher to convince employers to pony up more money. Union workers picketed outside the Stratosphere over the weekend, ahead of a March 20 vote that would give the union the right to call a strike. At issue are Obamacare fees and mandates that have greatly...
  • Gambler sues casino, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk

    03/07/2014 10:35:15 AM PST · by Wolfie · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/07/2014
    Gambler sues casino, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk LAS VEGAS -- A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk. Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated. Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks. Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, says the Grand, which opened last November in the old part of Las...
  • Websites of Venetian, Palazzo casinos hacked

    02/13/2014 4:12:52 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 8 replies
    galvestondailynews.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | various
    Hackers breached the websites of all Las Vegas Sands Corp. websites Tuesday morning, and the home pages of some of the world's largest casinos remained down through the day. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board was investigating the breach, and the FBI was also aware of the matter. Patrons got error messages when they tried to visit the home pages of the Venetian casino, famous for its ersatz canals, and the Palazzo casino, which is next door on the Las Vegas Strip. The company's corporate site was also hacked, as were websites for Sands casinos in Bethlehem, Pa., Singapore, and...
  • Vegas Gamblers Keep Vigil on Aging Slot Machine They Expect to Pay Off Millions

    02/07/2014 7:17:37 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 32 replies
    wsj ^ | 2-7-14 | Rob Copeland
    Email Print Save ↓ More 10 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn smaller Larger By Rob Copeland connect Feb. 6, 2014 10:30 p.m. ET The hottest attraction in Las Vegas is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in almost two decades. WSJ's Rob Copeland reports from the floor of the MGM Grand. LAS VEGAS—Forget Britney Spears and Cirque du Soleil. For many gamblers, the hottest attraction in Sin City is an outdated three-reel slot machine that hasn't produced a jackpot in nearly two decades. It is called the Lion's Share, and in this city with no shortage...
  • Beers, Bagels and Zombies: Surviving Las Vegas with Bitcoin

    01/05/2014 5:32:27 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 5 January | Pete Rizzo
    Whether you’re in Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Inside Bitcoins Convention or just traveling for a legal way to party Silk Road-style, this desert boomtown is sure to tap your wallet with its world-class destinations that indulge any and all passions. Now, you likely know the big attractions – Caesars Palace’s opulent Roman architecture, the Bellagio’s serene fountains, but Vegas is also home to a burgeoning underground bitcoin community that is just as happy to empty your digital currency reserves. Even better with gift card providers like Gyft offering access to merchants, retailers and daily deal providers on their...
  • UPDATE: Victim says Vegas stowaway WAS driver of stolen truck

    10/08/2013 12:20:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 26 replies
    A 9-year-old boy believed to have stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas last week was the same kid that stole a cube truck in downtown Minneapolis and led police on a chase through the city just days before, according to one of the victims of the escapade.
  • Nine-year-old boy sneaks on flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas

    10/07/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Rooters/yahoo ^ | 10-7-13 | Noreen O'Donnell
    Oct 6 (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy passed through security at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and flew on a Delta Air Lines plane to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said on Sunday. It was not immediately clear why the child sneaked onto the flight on Thursday, but his action raised questions about airport and airline security.
  • Detroit On Fire! At Least In Terms Of House Price Growth (Detroit Casinos Target In Bankruptcy)

    09/24/2013 7:09:55 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/24/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Detroit is famous for the largest municipal bankruptcy case in the United States. But despite their fiscal woes, Detroit house prices are growing at a faster rate than Los Angeles! detla092413 And if we compare Detroit to Las Vegas, Detroit house prices are REALLY booming! splvdet Las Vegas and Detroit have the following attribute in common: both have gambling. But for Detroit, the gambling revenues are a target for creditors. The cash that the city and Syncora Guarantee (Detroit’s insurer) are fighting over comes from an unlikely source: gambling. Like many states and cities looking for additional cash in recent...
  • Vegas' Most Baffling Listing Boasts Underground 'Backyard'

    05/16/2013 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Yahoo Homes ^ | 5/16/13 | Amy Schellenbaum
    The home was built by Avon cosmetics executive Girard Henderson, who, in the late '60s, decided to construct an entire second home as underground nuclear fallout shelter "designed to withstand virtually any disaster and protect against almost any intruder," the L.A. Times reported in 1996, when the 16,936-square-foot manse was on the market for a whopping $8M. Perched beneath what was once a caretaker's house on gated property, the bunker has its own generator and fuel tank, and can supposedly sustain life for a year. There's even a guest cabana—because obviously people would visit you down there—and a grill outfitted...
  • EXPLOSIVE REPORT: FORCES WERE AVAILABLE TO HELP AMERICANS UNDER ATTACK IN BENGHAZI

    04/29/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT · by crosslink · 315 replies
    The blaze ^ | 4-29-2013 | Jason Howerton
    The U.S. government had the ability to “react and respond” to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member asked to remain anonymous. “I know for a fact that C 110 the UComm CIF was doing a training exercise, not in the region of northern Africa, but in Europe. And they had the ability to react and respond,” he told Fox...
  • Family of slain veteran still wants to see someone held accountable

    02/24/2013 8:55:24 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 | 2 a.m. | By Conor Shine (contact) Conor Shine, Jackie Valley (contact)
    In the 14 months since Stanley Gibson was shot and killed by Metro Police officers, Gibson’s family has struggled with unanswered questions. What was Gibson, a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran allegedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, doing out of the house that fateful December night when police approached him, his older brother Rudy asks. Why did a plan to remove Gibson from his vehicle with beanbag rounds and pepper spray end with him being shot seven times by police officer Jesus Arevalo? And why were police in such a hurry to end the standoff with the unarmed Gibson, whose vehicle...
  • Miss Ecuador 2012 is the STUNNING Carolina Andrea Aguirre Pérez

    01/25/2013 3:34:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Flashback - Obama: "You can't take a trip to Las Vegas on taxpayers'dime"

    10/27/2012 6:22:45 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/9/2009 | Self
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c73uGPLQceM
  • Voter Machine in Las Vegas Auto-Checking 0bama

    10/26/2012 11:56:11 AM PDT · by hamboy · 30 replies
    PolitiChicks.tv ^ | October 25, 2012 | PolitiChicks.tv
    PolitiChicks.tv has just received confirmation that a voter in Las Vegas tried voting for Governor Mitt Romney but the machine automatically checked “Obama” multiple times instead. Our source said: “Yesterday I went to an early voting site at Centennial Center in Las Vegas, NV. I went with my 19 year old son who was a first-time voter. I went to an open machine and inserted my card. When the selections came up, all of the candidate pairings were listed and I touched the box for Romney/Ryan. The checkmark appeared next to President Obama’s name. I touched the check mark removing...
  • Two 11-year-olds arrested in deaths of six kittens

    10/20/2012 8:32:15 AM PDT · by redreno · 27 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 | 3:37 p.m | By Brian Nordli (contact)
    Two 11-year-olds have been arrested on seven counts of animal cruelty in an incident earlier this month that allegedly led to the death of six newborn kittens. Metro Police officials said witnesses were alerted to what sounded like glass shattering around 5 p.m. Oct. 9. Initially witnesses thought the two juveniles were throwing rocks at an apartment building around the 9600 block of Russell Road. In reality, witnessed told authorities, the youngsters had been throwing rocks at a mother cat giving birth. The cat’s six kittens ultimately died.
  • Law Students Charged With Decapitating Exotic Bird at Vegas Casino

    10/15/2012 4:18:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/15/12 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Two University of California-Berkeley students are accused of decapitating an exotic 14-year-old bird at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino's wildlife habitat in Las Vegas. * * * The two men, who said they are law students at the school, then laughed about the killing and threw the body of the bird, witnesses told police.
  • Protest downtown draws thousands of union workers

    10/14/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 | 10:32 p.m. | By Brian Nordli (contact)
    Beverly Hoffrichter’s voice is hoarse. For eight hours Hoffrichter, a cocktail waitress at the D, was picketing outside the property with her fellow Culinary Union workers as part of a massive protest outside all nine downtown casinos Saturday. Hundreds came and went in shifts during the protest, but not Hoffrichter. She stayed. Her scratchy voice was the result of hours chanting and shouting — a badge of honor in the larger fight for union workers to make their voices heard. The 3,500 Culinary Union members with jobs downtown were picketing to maintain health and retirement benefits in their contracts.
  • Obama’s caught in the headlightsPresident's reflexive action ... (More from Canada)

    09/17/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Steven Tyler · 3 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | September 17 2012 | Simon Kent
    By Simon Kent, Toronto Sun U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration’s first response to protesters in Cairo attacking the U.S. Embassy over an Internet clip posted by an obvious nut job was to endorse the anger of the mob — and then say sorry.
  • Obama plays Vegas while Libya burns

    09/15/2012 5:17:17 AM PDT · by Gideonwoulfe · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/14/2012 | Jonathan Baird
    You tube video showing what Obama was doing during the recent crisis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcn2dfN1nKk
  • 'Something... Gigantic' STILL Coming as Harry Gets Porn Offer/is Dumped by Model Girlfriend

    08/27/2012 6:10:13 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 52 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 27, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Just keeps getting better for Buckingham Palace... what an idiot this kid is: the queen caps an incredible 60+ year reign with super-impressive Jubilee celebrations, then the British Olympic team brings her the best UK performance in almost a century  -right in London- so then Harry goes and does this to the poor thing (when she was his age she was touring bomb shelters!)  But what else now, too? Sources close to the situation are saying there are major revelations from the Vegas debacle still yet to come... something apparently far worse than a few drunken strip-billiards pics: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- According to a source,...
  • Email blast to teachers infuriates union, sparking threat of lawsuit

    07/03/2012 8:34:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Paul Takahashi (contact)
    A local libertarian think tank’s recent email blast to 12,000 teachers encouraging them to drop their union membership has further inflamed tense relations between the Clark County School District and the local teachers union.
  • Financially-strapped Nevada city (North Las Vegas) declared disaster (area)

    06/24/2012 2:46:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/22/12 | CRISTINA SILVA
    Financially-strapped Nevada city declared disasterBy CRISTINA SILVA June 22, 2012 1:31 PM ET NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - There are no signs of rioters, wind-damaged homes or flooding. The brand new City Hall features gleaming marble floors and the public recreation centers offer Zumba, karate and Pilates classes. Despite all of its suburban trimmings, North Las Vegas is officially a disaster area. After five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and questionable spending, leaders of the blue-collar, family-oriented city outside Las Vegas declared a state of emergency, invoking a rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters. No...
  • North Las Vegas to pay $6.8 million to house inmates at Las Vegas jail

    06/21/2012 8:08:10 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 11:53 a.m. | By Dave Toplikar (contact)
    The Las Vegas City Council today approved an agreement to start housing jail inmates from North Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Detention Center. Tim Hacker, city manager for North Las Vegas, said the change will help his city save about $11.5 million this year and about $16 million annually in future years. Financially strapped North Las Vegas is facing a $33 million budget shortfall.
  • City Council to consider $155,000 study of fire operations

    06/14/2012 5:57:07 PM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 06/14/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A proposal to pay $155,000 to consultants to study how Las Vegas firefighters do their job already is angering the firefighter union. The City Council will consider a proposal to hire the consultants at its meeting Wednesday.
  • Inmate release part of new North Las Vegas plan to reduce jail staffing

    05/26/2012 7:59:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | 6:06 p.m. | By Gregan Wingert (contact)
    North Las Vegas released 70 inmates from its jail Thursday, part of a plan to reduce the size of the facility brought on by a rash of correctional officers calling in sick last weekend, a city official said Friday. The release of inmates — all of whom were nonviolent offenders — comes days after city leaders told corrections officers their jobs were in jeopardy as the city tries to balance its budget. Nearly 50 shifts were not covered for three days last weekend due to correction officers calling in sick, he said. The sick calls forced the city to cover...
  • City on the brink: The rise and ongoing fall of North Las Vegas

    05/25/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Delen Goldberg (contact)
    For most of the past decade, North Las Vegas was one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Construction crews couldn’t build houses quickly enough. New schools, parks and neighborhoods popped up seemingly overnight. Restaurants and shopping plazas overtook desert stretches, and plans were drawn for “casino alley,” a mini-Strip of gaming resorts. Most residents welcomed the growth. A 2009 survey found that half the population rated the quality of life in North Las Vegas as excellent or good. Three-quarters of residents said they’d recommend living in the city.
  • Pending settlement rekindles long, sometimes-contentious tenure of fired county employee

    05/09/2012 6:14:52 AM PDT · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    The nearly $500,000 county commissioners say they are likely to approve as settlement in a wrongful termination lawsuit will dredge up more than scarce taxpayer dollars. It will serve as a reminder of the Byzantine, sometimes Machiavellian, way of county politics. The lawsuit stems from the firing of Terry Lamuraglia in 2008 as assistant director of Clark County’s Parks & Recreation Department. He claimed his boss, then-director Leonard Cash, didn’t like the fact that Lamuraglia refused to discriminate against a gay manager in the department. Cash said Lamuraglia was fired because of his plan to leave some 90 parks unguarded...
  • Nonprofit seeks donations to cover Righthaven copyright lawsuit costs

    04/26/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/26/2012 | By Steve Green
    A Virginia nonprofit is asking for donations to cover the $30,000 it spent successfully fighting a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League Inc. (VCDL), a gun rights group in Newington, Va., was sued by Las Vegas-based Righthaven in September 2010.
  • Firefighters sue Clark County over law barring supervisors from joining union

    04/16/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/16/2012 | By Steve Green
    A dispute between the Clark County firefighters union and the county has boiled over into a lawsuit. Firefighters Local 1908 filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas complaining that recently, the county has tried to exclude battalion chiefs from union membership by trying to engage them in ''consultations about the county’s position in negotiations with Local 1908 concerning Local 1908’s rank-and-file bargaining unit.'' Union attorneys say this is a departure from past practice in which the battalion chiefs weren't consulted about labor negotiaitons, even though the chiefs assign work to Fire Department employees and supervise them.
  • Review-Journal owner facing $774,000 fee demand in Righthaven case

    04/11/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/11/2012 | By Steve Green
    Attorneys say the owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal should be required to pay $774,683 in legal fees for what critics call a failed ''shakedown'' copyright infringement lawsuit that threatened the free speech rights of a political website. The attorneys represent the Democratic Underground, a website that defeated Righthaven LLC, the R-J’s copyright enforcement partner, in one of Righthaven’s copyright infringement lawsuits. If attorneys for the Democratic Underground have their way, the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens will be paying their fees for two reasons:
  • Michelle Obama, daughters visiting Las Vegas

    03/28/2012 7:10:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2012
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are visiting Las Vegas after stopping in South Dakota on a family trip. A spokeswoman for McCarran International Airport confirmed that the first lady was expected to arrive in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
  • County hopes public opinion of firefighters improves before tax vote

    03/23/2012 4:46:46 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/23/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Clark County and its firefighters union have frequently clashed in recent years. They’ve fought over firefighters’ compensation packages, which averaged $189,000 in fiscal year 2010; alleged abuse of sick leave, which some county officials said was used to boost overtime and retirement pay; and whether firefighters should be allowed to do charitable work while on the clock. The last round of contract negotiations between the two sides broke down and an independent arbitrator had to sort things out. The biggest fight yet for both sides, however — one that county administrators are starting to prepare for — will likely make...
  • Study: County firefighters’ average compensation dips to $175,000 from $189,000

    03/08/2012 5:58:18 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 4:18 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A new employee compensation study by Clark County administrators shows average firefighter compensation dipped to $175,000 in 2011 from about $189,000 in fiscal year 2010. Almost all of the decline stems from a drop in overtime pay to firefighters. During the last two years, overtime compensation for firefighters fell from $17.4 million in 2009 to $10.5 million in 2011. In 2009, overtime made up 24 percent of a firefighters' wages; in 2011, it made up 15 percent.
  • NIAA Board to form committee to address disparity between Gorman, public school athletic programs

    03/06/2012 3:43:33 PM PST · by redreno · 1 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Anjeanette Damon
    RENO — The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Board of Control will form a committee to explore ways to level the playing field for high school sports in the wake of intensifying complaints from public schools that they can no longer keep up with Bishop Gorman High’s dominant football program.
  • Judge strips Righthaven of rights to 278 copyrights and its trademark

    03/06/2012 8:07:00 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 5 March 2012 7:29 p.m. | By Steve Green
    Like a gunfighter with no bullets, Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC no longer has any copyrights to sue over. A federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday stripped Righthaven of whatever interests it has in its 278 federal copyright registrations as well as its trademark. Judge Philip Pro ordered that the copyrights and trademarks be transferred to a court-appointed receiver so they can be auctioned to cover some of Righthaven’s debts.
  • ACTION! New Los Angeles ordinance likely to drive more porn industry producers to Las Vegas

    03/06/2012 7:46:57 AM PST · by redreno · 33 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    Angered by an ordinance requiring actors in pornographic productions to wear condoms, some in the adult industry are threatening to move their operations from the “pornucopia” of Los Angeles to Southern Nevada. The news, first reported last month by the Los Angeles Times, has caused some to speculate on the industry’s future in Las Vegas, which is already seen by many insiders as a welcoming second home.
  • Clark County firefighters’ use of sick leave falls by 57,000 hours

    03/01/2012 6:14:01 PM PST · by redreno · 14 replies · 9+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 3:15 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    Since county officials began questioning firefighters’ use of sick leave two years ago, sick-leave requests in the Clark County Fire Department have fallen by 57,000 hours. A county report obtained in response to a Sun request found that within those 57,000 hours, battalion chiefs’ sick leave fell from an average of 164 hours a year two years ago to about 16 hours last year, a 90 percent decline. For rank-and-file firefighters, the average hours of sick leave taken fell from 227 hours two years ago to 136 hours last year, a 40 percent drop. The staggering decline has saved Clark...
  • Robert Gibbs’ Vegas Vacation

    02/09/2012 2:19:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/9/12 | CJ Ciaramella
    Former White House press secretary and current Obama re-election campaign consultant Robert Gibbs will speak at the 2012 SALT Conference, an annual meeting of some of the world’s most powerful hedge fund managers, investors, and political figures. The conference, held in Las Vegas at the luxurious Bellagio resort this May and hosted by SkyBridge Capital, is a who’s-who of big money and big politics. Companies that participated in the 2011 conference included Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, the New York Times, Bank Of America/Merrill Lynch, and the Carlyle Group.
  • County, SEIU reach deal: Merit pay cut, longevity stays

    01/20/2012 5:38:51 PM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    A proposed two-year contract between Clark County and its unionized service employees appears to provide better benefits to future employees at the expense of raises for the union’s current 5,000 workers. The pact with Service Employees International Union would represent a big change from an offer Clark County made to the union last year, which resulted in a stalemate between management and the union and then mediation. In that deal, the county offered merit raises of 1 percent in the first year and 3 percent in the second year, but only if the union gave up longevity pay for future...