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In a debate many pundits have declared sloppy and devoid of a knock-out punch, GOP challenger Sharron Angle on Thursday attacked U.S. Sen. Harry Reid as a man of privilege who made millions while raising taxes on people more than 300 times.

Reid called the charge that he made his money while on the government payroll a “low blow” and countered by portraying Angle as “extreme” and heartless for wanting to let insurance companies set their own rules that could exclude coverage for mammograms, colon screening and autism.

During the nationally televised face-off, the two traded charges of lying in their campaign ads and on the trail about everything from immigration to jobs to Social Security.

Fewer than 200 people rallied along Flamingo Road in front of the Vegas PBS studios, site of the debate in the high-stakes race. About two-thirds of them were there to support Reid.


Sliding Tuition scale?

Some UNLV students could be paying a lot more than others next fall if the administration has its way.

Neal Smatresk, president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said he wants to increase the fees dramatically for upper level nursing, architecture and physical therapy programs.

The three programs get many times more applications than they have spots available.


Gibbons working again

Despite a painful injury that came within a fraction of an inch of leaving him paralyzed, Gov. Jim Gibbons returned to public life when he presided over two state meetings by telephone from the hospital.

Gibbons’ pelvis was broken in several places when he was thrown from a horse Sept. 21.

Eight-inch and 10-inch bolts have been placed in his body temporarily, with several plates, to hold the pelvis together while it heals.

Speaking from a Reno hospital, the 65-year-old said he expects to be walking again in six to eight weeks.


New poll in Senate race

Just in time for the race’s one and only debate, a new Review-Journal and 8NewsNow poll showed Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP challenger in a virtual tie.

The poll seemed to suggest a bump for Sharron Angle, who was deadlocked with the Senate majority leader at 43 percent three weeks ago. The latest survey showed her leading Reid 47 percent to 45 percent.

In both cases, however, the results were within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Dam Bypass dedicated

Members of two of the namesake families looked on as the Hoover Dam bypass bridge was officially dedicated in the names of former Gov. Mike O’Callaghan and former NFL standout Pat Tillman.

Diplomats rubbed elbows with construction workers at the celebration for the Western Hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge. Native Americans blessed the massive project.

The $240 million span should open to traffic this week.



A former pro football player and his wife were indicted by a grand jury in connection with the theft of two diamond rings, worth almost $3 million, from a strip club patron.

Diamond merchant Eli Abdalnour said he discovered a bag with $10 million in diamonds was missing from his waistband when he left the Spearmint Rhino in 2009. He returned and was told that bouncer Matt Keneley, a former NFL player, had turned the bag in to the lost-and-found. Back at his hotel, Abdalnour discovered two rings were missing.

An international probe led to three arrests, including Keneley and his wife. Police said the couple sold the rings for $98,000.

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