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.NUMBERS
The population of microscopic baby quagga mussels in Lake Mead, according to a new estimate by UNLV researcher David Wong.
The number of people expected to attend next weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival, a three-day electronic music festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
How many years you will have to wait to see the planet Venus cross the face of the sun if you miss it when it happens on Tuesday. Don’t forget your protective glasses.
Estimated worth of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who ranks No. 8 – and tops among Nevadans – on Forbes’ latest list of the 400 richest people in America.
"You can elect a president who says come to Las Vegas – not to stay away from Las Vegas."
Mitt Romney, referring to President Barack Obama’s past comments about blowing money in Vegas during a campaign stop and Fundraiser in which the GOP nominee left town with at least $2 million more than he had when he arrived.
"He was a good person in a bad fix. He had a very hard time coping."
Deborah Powell Punch, visiting the grave of Daniel Powell, her former husband, at the Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. he came back from the Vietnam War a different man, and fell into drugs and an untimely death.
"If they award me $1, they’re still finding in my favor, and that clears my name. Do I expect to retire and move into the top floor of the Wynn? No."
Donald Munn, a Clark County firefighter reinstated last month who is now suing his employer after he was accused of sick leave abuse by county officials.
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