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Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki launched a pre-emptive strike Monday by announcing he’ll probably be indicted on criminal charges.

The Republican and possible challenger in 2010 to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., parlayed his own possible indictment into an attack on his opponent.

He blamed Reid for the investigation. Reid’s staff flatly denied any involvement.

Krolicki was state treasurer for eight years before election to his current job in 2006.

He said the charges might be over his handling of a college savings program run by the treasurer’s office.

Auditors reported in 2007 that Krolicki broke the law by letting $6 million in college savings program funds remain in the control of consulting firms and trust fund managers instead of putting them in state interest-earning accounts.

MONDAY

LEST YE BE JUDGED

District Judge Donald Mosley’s 16-year-old son was ordered released from custody pending charges in a fatal car crash.

Michael Mosley had been in custody since the Nov. 14 crash, which killed 15-year-old Olivia Hyten. Authorities said Mosley was racing against a vehicle in which Hyten was a passenger.

The younger Mosley was arrested following the crash on suspicion of drunken driving and possession of a spring-loaded knife.

Prosecutors said formal charges could come once they receive the final report from Henderson police.

TUESDAY

ISN’T THAT SPECIAL

Gov. Jim Gibbons and legislative leaders agree: They need a special session.

The governor said he will call the session into order Dec. 8-9. Its goal is to pass laws needed to deal with a $330 million state budget shortfall. The plan includes borrowing and budget cuts.

WEDNESDAY

DNA MATCH IN KILLING

Reno police announced they arrested a pipefitter and Marine veteran and charged him with the January killing of 19-year-old Brianna Denison.

Denison, a college student, disappeared from a friend’s home near the University of Nevada, Reno in the night.

James Michael Biela faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police said a tip led them to Biela. A subsequent test matched his DNA with DNA found at the crime scene.

THURSDAY

THANKSGIVING FEASTS

Hundreds of needy people and thousands of pounds of free food came together at local charities on Thanksgiving.

Volunteers fixed plates of turkey and fixings for those in need of a hot meal and a dry place to stay.

"I ain’t eaten in four or five days," said one thankful man.

FRIDAY

BLACK OR BLEAK?

Long lines awaited predawn bargain hunters on Black Friday, just like they do every year.

Deals were had, cash was laid out, and folks went home with their bounty: clothes and computers and that warm feeling of goodness that accompanies a bargain fought especially hard for.

But was it enough? Will it last? Can it fix the economy?

Nobody knows just yet.

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