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Week in Review: Top News, May 19

The O.J. show returned to a Las Vegas courtroom last week, as the notorious former pro football star tried to win a new trial in connection with a Sept. 13, 2007, armed robbery in a Palace Station hotel room.

Sporting graying hair, bloodshot eyes and quite a few extra pounds, the 65-year-old Simpson took the stand Wednesday to testify that his Miami-based lawyer, Yale Galanter, misadvised, misled and lied to him.

Simpson is serving a nine- to 33-year sentence in a Nevada prison, but he argues that he went to Palace Station to recover his own family heirlooms and photographs.

Galanter rebutted his former client’s claims during testimony Friday.

It will be up to Judge Linda Bell to decide who is telling the truth and determine whether Simpson deserves a new trial.


Harris: I’m not guilty

The suspect in the Feb. 21 Strip shooting and car crash that left three people dead pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Initially, Ammar Harris said he wanted to plead guilty in his capital murder case, but he reversed course after speaking to his defense attorney.

Prosecutors say he shot and killed reputed pimp Kenneth “Kenny Clutch” Cherry Jr. as the two were driving separate vehicles. The shooting caused Cherry to crash his car into a taxicab, killing driver Michael Boldon and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund.


Suen suit nets millions

A jury awarded Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen $70 million for the consulting work he did a dozen years ago to help Las Vegas Sands Corp. enter the booming Macau market.

The jury reached its decision after starting deliberations late Friday afternoon but not working over the weekend. The majority of the panel wanted to award Suen about $125 million, but settled on the lower figure to draw in the nine jurors needed for a decision in a civil case.

The verdict was challenged four minutes after it was read.


Whittemore on trial

A federal prosecutor said Harvey Whittemore chose to “break the law” rather than break a promise to raise campaign money for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as the trial got underway for the former Nevada power broker.

Whittemore faces charges of violating campaign finance laws. Prosecutors said he un­lawfully used roughly 29 family members and employees as conduits to funnel more than $130,000 to the Reid campaign.


Getting back to work

Nevada and Las Vegas went from labor pains to labor gains in April, as the workforce grew and unemployment fell.

From March to April, the Las Vegas labor pool grew by 1,200, to 993,600 workers, according to state figures. Statewide, 1,800 people joined the workforce for a total of 1.38 million.

Nevada’s jobless rate slid to 9.6 percent, down from 9.7 percent in March and 11.5 percent in April 2012. Joblessness in Las Vegas also came in at 9.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent in March and 11.3 percent a year earlier.


Explosion kills worker

A man died when a tanker-trailer exploded and blew a hole in the roof of a privately owned truck repair business next to Nellis Air Force Base.

Firefighters responded to the explosion at Nevada Truck and Trailer Repair at 4915 Sloan Lane and quickly doused the flames. The building also has a fueling site for fleet vehicles.

The facility is about 400 yards from the base’s fuel tank farm, where jet fuel is stored.

The dead man wasn’t immediately identified, but a company official confirmed he was an employee of the business.

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