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History of the Washoe DA's office
A comprehensive look at the history of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office was presented by the current district attorney, Dick Gammick, to the monthly meeting of the area’s Good Old Days (G.O.D.) club a week ago Friday at the Reno Elks Lodge. Gammick spoke to a packed house of G.O.D. club attendees at its monthly meeting. He began his remarks by noting that the compilation of material regarding the district attorney's office was an o...
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Annual Scripps dinner and lecture
A record crowd was on hand a week ago Friday at the Silver Legacy Hotel Casino convention center to attend the 46th annual Scripps dinner and lecture. The event is held every year by the journalism department of the University of Nevada, Reno and is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation in order to award scholarships to outstanding students in the journalism school at UNR, in addition to remembering the late Ted Scripps, who started the p...
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March Madness and Tahoe memories
For every fan of basketball, every aspect of Monday's championship basketball game of the NCAA tournament had to be like winning the megabucks for excitement. Two superbly coached teams, Duke and Butler, battled it out on even terms right up until the final buzzer, when the potential game-winning half court 3-pointer bounced off the backboard and the rim. Had it made it through the net, it would have given the cinderella Butler Bulldogs a one-...
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'Boys of Summer' are back
With the opening of the local Reno Aces baseball season set for next week and the imminent opening day in the Major leagues, it is interesting to note how the San Francisco Giants opening day was recognized by a small group of Reno locals in the past. During the 1960s, thanks to the efforts of the late Max Dodge, one of the old school public relations men in Reno, a special junket was put together for 60 Reno baseball fans. The junket consiste...
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Nevada basketball still alive
With their four point upset of Wichita State on Wednesday, the University of Nevada, Reno men’s basketball team is still alive and well in the 2009-10 season. Monday they will once again be on the road, this time in a nationally televised game against Rhode Island in the second round of the NIT tournament. As usual, all eyes, of both the commentators and the NBA scouts, will be focused on sophomore Wolf Pack player Luke Babbitt. Having broken ...
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Gymnastics of Love and Discipline
The headline on this week’s offering is the title of a new book that has just been published by author Bruce Benko. I had the good fortune to run into Benko a couple of years ago at a wedding party in Elko. At that time he was just putting the final touches on his book and the thing that interested me was the fact that he had been a member of the United States Gymnastic Team that was denied a shot at “The Gold” when then- President Jimmy Carte...
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Double honor for Link Piazzo
More than six decades slipped quickly away for local businessman and philanthropist Link Piazzo recently as he watched a restored B-52 World War II bomber have its nose section unveiled at Reno’s Jet West airport. The unveiling revealed the nose art that had adorned the B-52 in which Piazzo flew some 67 missions in the Pacific theater. The occasion was hosted by the American Aeronautical Foundation, which restored the legendary aircraft and fl...
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Sparks native wins national award
Wayne Frediani, a Sparks native who is also the executive director of the Nevada Franchised Automobile Dealers Association (NFADA), was recently honored by the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) during the organization's national convention in Orlando, Fla. Frediani received his award as the 2009 Membership Automotive Trade Association Executive of the Year. Frediani’s selection was announced by William P. Underriner, the chairman ...
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Winter Olympics then and now
Watching the crystal clear, high-definition color TV transmissions of the current Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, British Columbia serves to stir up memories of the first televised, black and white, grainy images from Squaw Valley, Calif. in 1960. Most of our local TV viewing was on the closed circuit setup between the Mapes Hotel and Squaw. The TV sets were placed in the International Olympic Press Club that was located in the southwest co...
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Hectic special session looms
On Monday, Gov. Jim Gibbons stepped before a statewide TV audience and outlined the dire fiscal situation in which the state of Nevada now finds itself. While short on specifics to meet the challenges, he did set the tone for the special session of the Nevada State Legislature that will begin on Feb. 23. From what he said it is obvious that things will get worse for the state before they get better. He also took Monday night’s occasion to fire...
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Education vs. Athletics in battle of the budget
With the current crisis in Nevada’s budget shortfall, it looks like education on all levels is going to take the biggest hit after the coming special session of the Legislature. In a story earlier this week, it was revealed that the state’s university system will be in line for one of the deepest cuts. In that story, buried toward the back, there was a list that included some of the choices that will be facing the university system regents if ...
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The Mapes, gone but not forgotten
A week from today marks the 10th anniversary of the demise of the Mapes Hotel in downtown Reno. To memorialize that date, one local group, the Truckee Meadows Historical Trust, is planning a “Sky Room Party” on Sunday, Jan. 31,from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Siena hotel in Reno. The event is to feature a historic art and memorabilia show, silent auction, appetizers, music, live entertainment, dancing, book signing of works about the Mapes and numerous...
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Ask a Personal Trainer: Fad diets are not always very reliab...
Question: Do fad diets work?
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Wolf Pack basketball exciting
On Wednesday evening of this week the University basketball team proved once again that for a certain amount of time it can play with the best of its contemporaries in the WAC. Unfortunately that “certain amount of time” does not extend to the full 40 minutes of regulation play. Easily sailing along at a ten-point lead in the middle of the second half against Utah State, the defending WAC champion, the Silver and Blue suddenly lost momentum an...
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Krolicki vs. Reid for Senate in 2010?
According to a radio interview he gave earlier this week, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki may be mulling over a decision to revisit his once announced candidacy to oppose U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in this year’s November election. Krolicki, who was recently cleared of all charges that he misused state funds, has been getting a lot of support by some strong Republican factions to re-throw his hat into the ring against Reid. Several things would have ...
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The Mapes: Gone for a decade
There is a lot of talk this week about the decade in review. The start of this decade was significant for this writer. On Jan. 30, it will be 10 years since the Mapes Hotel was imploded in downtown Reno. The date will also mark the last public execution in The Biggest Little City, because if ever a building had a heart and soul, it would have been the magnificent Mapes structure. When it opened on Dec. 17, 1947, it immediately changed the face...
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Ask a Trainer: Diet, exercise are both essential for weight ...
Question: I’ve heard some people say dieting just doesn’t work, and that you should focus on exercise if you want to lose weight. Is this true?
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Goodman to be gov.'s race spoiler?
The news early this week that Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman had changed his political party registration from Democrat to Independent sent a number of serious shock waves through the camps of announced candidates for the governor’s chair in 2010. For many months, both Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Goodman have bandied about which of them should be on top of an independent ticket. Recently, Cashell bowed out of entering the state sweepstakes and i...
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Christmas in Hawaii, Hope in Nevada
A number of diehard University of Nevada, Reno football fans have already indicated they intend to make the trip to Hawaii for the Christmas Eve football bowl game between the Wolf Pack and Southern Methodist University. One of the more interesting sidelights of the matchup is the fact that former Hawaii coach June Jones will be returning to his former digs as head coach of SMU. Jones and Chris Ault of the Silver and Blue have a long history b...
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‘Far’ or ‘West’: Which is worse?
Just when you thought the furor over the slogan for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority was over, it rose again like a phoenix from the ashes. This time, however, the new slogan was unanimously passed by the RSCVA board with little or no opposing comment. The new moniker, “Far from Expected,” which also features the “Reno Tahoe USA” logo, once again left the city of Sparks stranded high and dry. Last Tuesday, fellow columnist Dav...
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