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McDonald pulls state GOP into Med Lien fiasco

Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald just slipped a little deeper into the morass surrounding Med Lien Management's default on a $2.2 million loan from a local children's charity. And he's taking the state party with him.

Just business? Tell that to victims

It was just a business decision. That's the cool, professional tone of the April announcement by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. that it had agreed to settle the vast majority of the product liability lawsuits against its diabetes drug Actos.

Rice's reach exceeds genre

"Night Stalker" author Jeff Rice probably would have appreciated a little more mystery associated with his July 1 death in Las Vegas. When you live in a creative world riddled with blood suckers and neck crushers, an ordinary death seems just a little tame.

'Cowboy' Collins shoots from hip

It was 5 o'clock somewhere, and former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins was holed up in his home office drinking a can of Coors Light and fielding calls from well-wishers and bull brokers.

A great ump, an even better man

Imagine the grinding from the grandstands longtime local baseball umpire Fred Atiyeh took in three decades behind the plate. Forget the fact he was a top-notch game caller and an even better man. Precision and ethics mean nothing to baseball fans, who know it's their God-given right, indeed their duty, to razz the umpire at every opportunity.

Don't limit wall idea to Burning Man

From where I sit, admittedly hatless in the noonday sun, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those who worship Burning Man and those who get no pleasure from having sand wedged in places nature never intended.

No pause in pressure on housing authority chief Hill

This figures to be a busy week for John Hill. Not only is the Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority in contract renewal negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, but these days he's also being asked tough questions about his management style and professional practices.

Boxing legends to pack Hall of Fame event

Whether you cheered for Marvelous Marvin Hagler or Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis, there will be a champion for just about every fight fan at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame gathering Saturday night at Caesars Palace.

Hoffa mystery endures 40 years later

These days Stan Hunterton is known as a longtime Las Vegas attorney. Whether the case is civil or criminal, Hunterton is a legal veteran comfortable around any courthouse.