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  • In Brief - News - Sept. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    House kills funding bill

    WASHINGTON  — In a rebuke to GOP leaders, the House on Wednesday rejected a measure providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to keep the government running through mid-November.

    The surprise 230-195 defeat came at the hands of Democrats and tea party Republicans.

  • Holiday spending expected to increase

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Retailers just got an early Christmas gift: Americans are expected to spend more than they did last year during the holidays.

    Retail sales in November and December are expected to be up 3 percent during what is traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, research firm ShopperTrak said Tuesday.

  • Bear-y busy days of summer

  • Bear safety tips

    Special to the Optic
    RURAL LIVING
    • Garbage – Store it in closed, sturdy cans kept inside a sturdy metal shed or garage. Do not put out garbage the night before a scheduled pickup. Periodically, clean cans with hot water and bleach.
    • Pet food – Feed pets indoors. Store food in sturdy metal cans inside a secure shed or garage. Make sure your garage door is closed at night.

  • Ex-mayor, coach dead at 74

    Henry O. Sanchez, the legendary high school and college basketball coach who was elected mayor of his adopted city on his first try has died. He was 74.

    Sanchez, who served as mayor of Las Vegas from 2002 until 2008, died of an apparent heart attack Monday afternoon at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to friends.

    “What I understand, he checked himself into the hospital around noon and died around 4 p.m.,” said longtime friend Jesse Gallegos.

    Services were pending as of press time.

  • Opposite Day
  • Cannon’s revised plan criticized

    Opposition continues to the Air Force’s controversial plan for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado.

    “Cannon has finally put it in black-and-white in this environmental assessment,” said Pat Leahan, a local activist and the co-director of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center. “Their plan is to simulate combat, to practice warfare over our heads three flights per night, five nights per week. This ... plan needs to be pulled.”

  • City probe finds 30 illegal water taps found

    A city probe into unauthorized water taps outside of city limits has turned up more than two dozen taps that appear to be illegal, according to City Attorney Dave Romero.

    “The audit has identified about 30 water taps outside the city limits that appear to be illegal,” Romero informed the mayor and council during last week’s city council meeting.

  • Vegas man accused of robbing store

    An 18-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly robbing the Allsup's at 2195 Seventh St.

    Jason C. Smith, of the 2300 block of Calle Contenta, is charged with robbery and tampering with evidence, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday, and his bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

  • Morning wreck