WEEK IN REVIEW: Top news


Dr. Dipak Desai could face more serious charges - including murder - after the death of one of seven people who authorities believe were infected with hepatitis C at the physician's clinic.

Rodolfo Meana, 77, died of complications from the virus in April, about a month after he returned to the Philippines to spend his remaining weeks of life, court records show.

Meana and six other patients contracted hepatitis C through unsafe injection practices on two dates in 2007, the health district concluded in an investigative report on the hepatitis outbreak.

"It's our position that he died as a result of complications directly related to the hepatitis C virus," Meana's attorney, Nia Killebrew, said Tuesday. "He had been suffering miserably the last six months of his life."

Monday

Casa de Death Threats

A weeklong court hearing over a stalled effort to turn entertainer Wayne Newton's Las Vegas estate into a theme park began with competing claims of death threats.

Newton's attorney requested extra security in the courtroom because two people familiar with the development told Wayne and Kathleen Newton that Steven Kennedy wanted to kill them.

Kennedy is managing member of the entity that bought Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ranch and has been building the attraction.

His attorney said there was no evidence of the threats and that the alleged informants made similar allegations about Newton threatening Kennedy.

Tuesday

Las Vegas food fight

The Las Vegas City Council's recommending committee is backing a proposal that would ban mobile food trucks from setting up shop within 300 feet of an existing restaurant.

The measure, designed to protect Las Vegas restaurants from mobile food trucks that could poach their customers, now advances to an Aug. 15 meeting of the full council, which could approve, deny or amend the proposal yet again.

Wednesday

Arena question tossed

The Nevada Supreme Court tossed a proposal off the ballot to levy a sales tax increase to fund a $500 million arena near the Imperial Palace.

In the order, justices said the 200-word description on the Arena Initiative Committee's petition did not explain that the arena could only be built on property owned by Caesars Entertainment.

Other casinos opposed the petition and appealed through state district courts to the Supreme Court.

Thursday

Pipeline clears hurdle

Federal regulators have signed off on a plan to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas from across eastern Nevada, but they left out a valley on the Utah border where the project has met stiff resistance.

The Bureau of Land Management is recommending access across federal land for water pipes and power lines extending roughly 300 miles from Las Vegas to Spring Valley in White Pine County. But the Southern Nevada Water Authority would not be allowed to extend its multibillion-dollar pipeline into neighboring Snake Valley under the preferred alternative announced as part of BLM's review of the project.

A final decision on the pipeline rights of way won't come for two months or more.

Friday

Fit Floyd free

Boxer Floyd Mayweather walked out of jail just after midnight after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.

Looking fit despite jail conditions his attorneys called "inhumane," the undefeated boxer said nothing to a throng of media as he got behind the wheel of a blue Bentley sedan with several friends inside, including rapper 50 Cent .

 

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