Nevada governor delivers GOP convention speech
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The governor of the state hardest hit by the Great Recession rallied Republican National Convention delegates in Tampa on Tuesday to back Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, with a speech accusing the Obama administration of blocking economic recovery.
Airlines differ on Isaac rebooking policies
NEW YORK — When hurricanes, blizzards or other severe weather disrupt flights, some airlines are more accommodating than others in letting passengers rebook. Tropical Storm Isaac is sweeping into the Gulf of Mexico and all the airlines with flights to and from the region this week are waiving their normal fees for passengers to rebook trips. So-called change fees can be as high as $150 on a domestic trip. Some airlines are giving passengers ne...
New Orleans’ post-Katrina gentrification is touchy
NEW ORLEANS — With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago. Private and government investment is fueling the push to overhaul some of the city’s troubled but culturally rich neighborhoods near the French Quarter, where poor families are being replaced as wealthier ones move in. While the city’s in a boom and even gentrifying, some question wh...
Exhibition football helps NBC, CBS
NEW YORK — The NFL season hasn’t started yet, but with little else happening on broadcast television, exhibition football games are making a dent in the ratings. Three games were ranked in Nielsen’s top 30 prime-time programs last week. Sunday night’s contest between the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets on NBC was second only to a showing of “America’s Got Talent” as the week’s most-watched program. CBS relied on Friday and Saturday night g...
City approves $99,041 renovation to senior center
The City of Sparks council members voted unanimously Monday to approve the Senior Center Exterior Renovation Project bid by Frank Lepori Construction, a Nevada-based company bidding to complete the job for $99,041 in the fiscal year of 2012-2013.
Back to School
A school bus load of students heads off for the first day of school at Dilworth Middle School early Monday morning. This group joined students all over Washoe County starting their new school year.
Trim tab failure caused 2011 Reno race crash
LAS VEGAS — A plane that crashed into spectators at an air race in Reno last year bore modifications that weakened its structure and showed evidence that it was flown beyond its limits, investigators said Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board deemed the failure of a tail structure to be the probable cause of the crash of the souped-up World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter that killed pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 people on the ground a...
A subdued start for GOP convention as Isaac surges
TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans staged a remarkably subdued opening to Mitt Romney’s national convention Monday in the midst of a turbulent election year, mindful about uncorking a glittery political celebration as Tropical Storm Isaac surged menacingly toward New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast. “Our thoughts are with the people that are in the storm’s path and hope that they’re spared any major destruction,” said Romney, the man seeking to def...
Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ
NEW YORK — Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18. Although experts said the new findings are not definitive, they do fit in with earlier signs that the drug is especially harmful to the developing brain. “Parents should understand that their adolescents are particularly vulnerable,’” said lead ...
Mountain lion in a casino? Don’t roulette out
RENO — An underage mountain lion was caught Friday after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat’s behavior was “almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager.” Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn’t after being chased out of a territory by adults. “It fits the classic definition of a dispersal-age male ...
Grand Canyon Skywalk developer wins $28 million judgment
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An arbitrator has awarded a Las Vegas developer about $28 million in a contract dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk, but the tribe that owns the popular tourist attraction in western Arizona contends that the judgment isn’t enforceable. David Jin invested $30 million to build the glass bridge on the Hualapai reservation that gives visitors a view of the Colorado River below. He and the Hualapai Tribe have been locked in a ...
Teen gets life in prison in classmate’s killing
ELKO — A teen who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2011 killing of a West Wendover High School classmate — a girl his mother described as his best friend — has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Dan Papez handed down the sentence for Kody Cree Patten during an emotional hearing Friday in Elko. The Elko Daily Free Press reports the judge added an additional 20 years to the sentence for use ...