US Supreme Court Justice Scalia visiting Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A planned visit by conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to a Las Vegas Roman Catholic church for a ceremony seeking divine guidance for legal professionals and to a Las Vegas Strip casino reception afterward was drawing criticism Tuesday from a liberal activist who promised demonstrations to mark the events. Scalia, who is due to begin his 27th year on the court next month, also is scheduled Wednesday to spea...
Rib Cook-Off comes and goes
It was beyond the imagination of John Ascuaga to envision the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off bringing enough people to be Nevada’s second largest city to Victorian Square.
Vendors without ribs prosper, provide options at Best in the...
SPARKS — It was a man in North Carolina who corrected Patrick Mace when he was in search of some fried pickle chips, telling him ‘frickles’ were common to most restaurants. Mace, then an employee of Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, Calif., had the “crazy idea” of selling the fried vegetable on the company’s menu.
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...
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.
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.