A World War II-era fighter plane nose-dived into the ground just in front of the grandstands Friday during the Reno air races, killing at least nine people, including the 74-year-old pilot, and injuring more than 60 spectators.

As thousands watched in horror, the P-51 Mustang suddenly pitched upward, rolled and plunged toward the crowded grandstand. It then slammed into the tarmac and blew to pieces. Bloodied bodies spread across the area as people tended to the victims and ambulances rushed to the scene.

"I saw body parts and gore like you wouldn’t believe it. I’m talking an arm, a leg," said Maureen Higgins of Alabama, who was sitting about 30 yards from the crash.

The pilot, Jimmy Leeward of Ocala, Fla., was a veteran airman and movie stunt pilot who named his P-51 Mustang fighter plane "The Galloping Ghost."


Show gives school gift

Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn was a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which gave her school $100,000.

"We didn’t know about the $100,000. We had no clue," said Carolyn Edwards, president of the Clark County School District’s Board of Trustees.

The show told the story of Whitney Elementary and Gahn’s efforts to help the school’s children, many who are poor.


Amodei wins big

Mark Amodei became Nevada’s newest congressional representative Tuesday, defeating challenger Kate Marshall by a whopping 22-point margin, 58 percent to 36 percent.

Amodei, a Republican, will fill the seat vacated when Republican Rep. Dean Heller was appointed to a U.S. Senate seat.

"People vote their pocketbooks," Amodei said, attributing his overwhelming win to the country’s sour mood.

Amodei beat Democrat Marshall in all 17 counties, even in Marshall’s home Washoe County .


Foreclosures surge

Lenders filed notices of mortgage default on 5,279 Clark County homes in August, sharply reversing a six-month slide in foreclosure actions, real estate tracking firm ForeclosureRadar reported.

The sudden spike was up 46 percent since July, signaling that banks are starting to move against homeowners nearly a year after they were forced to back off while sorting out problems with sloppy and improperly handled loan documents.

Nevada continues to lead the nation in foreclosures.


High school honored

Advanced Technologies Academy was named one of the top performing high schools in the nation.

The magnet school is in the top 1 percent of all 100,000 schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which gave the school a Blue Ribbon award.

This is the second time the school has made the list, a rare achievement. The last time was in 2003, which led to a visit from then-first lady Laura Bush.

Students must meet minimum GPA and testing requirements to attend the school.


Fire brings charges

The only survivor of a Pahrump house fire that killed three young boys now faces criminal charges that could raise legal questions about the nature of neglect.

Sharon Broadhead was home in bed when the fire started, most likely sparked in a nearby room by a lighter in the hands of her 4-year-old son, Zachary.

"She put herself in a position where she was unwilling or unable to take care of her children," said Nye County District Attorney Brian Kunzi, whose office filed three felony counts of child abuse and neglect against Broadhead.

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