The North Las Vegas City Council unanimously granted its city manager virtually unheard of powers Friday night, powers that would enable him to discard portions of union collective bargaining agreements that were negotiated long ago.

Mayor Shari Buck called the action necessary "to rescue our city from financial ruin."

Police and fire unions would not agree to concessions sought by the city. The concessions would have done away with raises and other benefits over the next two years.

The resolution passed Friday allows the city manager to impose them without regard to contracts.

Union officials have vowed to sue.


Horse may ride again

A Las Vegas topless club with a checkered history might be on the verge of a comeback.

City Councilman Bob Coffin confirmed that he plans to introduce an amended zoning ordinance that would pave the way for the Crazy Horse Too to once again operate as a strip club after almost five years.

The strip club has been closed since September 2007 when the U.S. Marshals Service seized the business after former owner Rick Rizzolo was unable to sell it as part of a plea agreement with the government to end a decade-long racketeering investigation.


Mitt clinches in Vegas

On the day he finally clinched the GOP presidential nomination with a win in Texas, Mitt Romney was in Las Vegas to criticize President Barack Obama and scoop up more than $2 million in campaign cash with the help of gaming moguls.

During a stop at a valley furniture company, Romney suggested Obama isn’t qualified to fix the economy because he has never run a business.

Several hours later, he told a room of 200 well-dressed donors that the president made the recession worse by raising taxes, increasing spending and hurting job growth.


Tark Takes big hit

Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian and his family were slapped with a $17 million judgment in a California real estate deal gone bad.

Tarkanian appeared stunned by the outcome of the long-running case in which he maintains his family was the victim of loan fraud.

He said he would appeal the judgment, which provided fresh fodder for his GOP opponents in the highly competitive June 12 primary race for Nevada’s new House seat.


More HOA guilty pleas

Fourteen more defendants pleaded guilty in the sweeping investigation into fraud and corruption at Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations.

It was one of the largest group plea deals ever engineered in Nevada by federal prosecutors. Yet the prosecutors made it clear in court they’re not yet done.

Charles La Bella, a deputy chief of the Justice Department’s Washington-based Fraud Section, said he plans to introduce more evidence and try to obtain indictments against still more defendants.


From mansion to cell

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived at the downtown courthouse in a pearl white Cadillac Escalade to begin serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic violence.

A throng of media and Mayweather supporters, including rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, turned out to watch the 35-year-old surrender.

He received the jail time for beating his ex-girlfriend in front of their children in September 2010.

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