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Las Vegas police officers are sent out on the street with scattershot training and cumbersome policies, and the shootings they get into are often preceded by poor radio communication and other tactical errors, according to a wide-ranging study by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The 154-page study released Thursday lays out 75 findings and recommendations for the agency, covering issues from a lack of "fair and impartial policing training" to reforming a "police-friendly" Use of Force Review Board.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie pledged to implement the suggestions. He said his department has completed many of them already.

The Justice Department’s study was prompted by the Review-Journal’s yearlong investigation of officer-involved shootings.

Las Vegas police shot and killed a record 12 people last year and tied its record of 25 total shootings in 2010. The number has dropped significantly this year.


Cancer clinic closing

In an about-face from its strategy laid out early this year, the University of California, San Diego has decided to shut down its Nevada Cancer Institute by the end of the year.

Meeting with employees on Nov. 5, cancer institute CEO Mickey Goldman revealed that their last day, except for a few needed to wind up operations, will be Dec. 31.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is expected to acquire some pieces of the medical practice, but specifics were not spelled out.


The mystery continues

The man found dead outside University Medical Center last month was thrown out of the hospital after demanding a "highly narcotic shot."

Hours later, his body was found curled into a fetal position outside the northwest entrance to the hospital’s trauma center.

Police records obtained by the Review-Journal shed more light on the circumstances surrounding Jason King Forrester’s Oct. 17 death.

But why the Irvine, Calif., man died – after twice being treated and released from the hospital – remains unclear.


Reid still in the lead

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid was reinstalled as Senate majority leader, from where the veteran Nevadan will continue to run the body and exercise influence on national policy for another two years.

When Congress reconvenes in January, Reid, who turns 73 on Dec. 2, will be entering his fourth term as majority leader, the longest in service since Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana ran the Senate for eight terms in the 1960s and 1970s.


Man with doll shot

Acquaintances of a 36-year-old man shot by Henderson police inside a grocery store described him as strange, quiet and prone to pacing around with an infant doll.

Jake E. Goldsborough had the doll with him when he barricaded himself in the bathroom of an Albertsons on Boulder Highway near Lake Mead Parkway on Wednesday. After a 45-minute standoff with police who were told he had an infant with him, Goldsborough came out of the bathroom with a pellet gun and was shot and wounded by SWAT officers.

A person who knew him said he was a father of three who lost his factory job last year and may have been suicidal.


More bitter than sweet

Forget the plaintive cries of sugar fiends. Dozens of valley residents stand to lose their jobs when Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other snacks, shutters 33 factories, including one in Henderson.

The move comes after the company said striking workers across the country crippled its ability to maintain production.

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