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Former UNLV Basketball Coach Charlie Spoonhour has Died

LAS VEGAS -- Former Runnin' Rebels coach Charlie Spoonhour has died. He was 72.

The funeral director at a funeral home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Spoonhour lived says the coach died Wednesday.

Spoonhour was a popular coach known for his homespun humor and oncourt success. He coached the Rebels from 2001 to 2004 going 54-31 in three seasons. Spoonhour spent nine seasons at Missouri State, then known as Southwest Missouri State, and went 197-81 with five NCAA tournament appearances. He left for St. Louis in 1992, compiling a 122-90 record in seven seasons with three NCAA appearances.

He was diagnosed in 2010 with a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which required a transplant at Duke University Medical Center.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

You're Not Going Anywhere With That Cupcake, Ma'am

You're Not Going Anywhere With That Cupcake, Ma'am

 

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) -- The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas.

The TSA says in a blog comment posted Monday the cupcake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under a policy designed to secure travelers from terrorists seeking to evade detection by using explosives made of plastics, liquids or gels.

Peabody resident Rebecca Hains was barred from taking her cupcake onto a plane last month when a TSA agent said icing in the jar exceeded amounts of gels allowed in carry-on luggage. Hains has called that "terrible logic."

The TSA says travelers can take cakes, pies and cupcakes through security checkpoints but should expect they might get additional screening.

A TSA blog post about cupcake can be seen here.

 

Atomic Energy Makes History

Atomic Energy Makes History

The museum gains national status through an act of Congress.

The Atomic Testing Museum is already in rare company as one of only two museums in the country that deal with nuclear science.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Woman Dead After Being Struck by Truck

LAS VEGAS -- A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck early Friday morning while walking in a crosswalk near Boulder Highway and Harmon Avenue.

Around 1:45 a.m., a 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup was traveling north on Boulder Highway and entered the intersection on a green light. The front of the truck impacted both pedestrians. The 52-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified, and 58-year-old John Salvo Jr. were transported to Sunrise Hospital where the woman was pronounced dead after arrival. Salvo Jr. was admitted with critical injuries.

The 21-year-old driver of the Chevrolet remained at the scene. She was not impaired and is not likely to face charges.

This is the 69th traffic-related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction in 2011. This collision remains under investigation by Metro Police.

Stanback Leads UNLV Past Central Arkansas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Chace Stanback was 9 of 11 from 3-point range and scored 29 points to lead No. 19 UNLV to a 124-75 victory over Central Arkansas on Wednesday night.

Stanback hit his first six shots from beyond the arc for the Rebels (14-2), who had seven players score in double figure.

Mike Moser had 18 points and nine rebounds for UNLV, while Reggie Smith had 13 points in 11 minutes, Quintrell Thomas had 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, Carlos Lopez had 13 points, Anthony Marshall had 10 points and 10 assists and Justin Hawkins added 10 points.

LaQuentin Miles had 21 points for Central Arkansas (5-7), while Mark Rutledge added 13 and Jarvis Garner had 11.

The Rebels last reached the 100-point mark in a 103-56 win over Norfolk State during the 2006-07 season. UNLV hadn't scored 124 points since the 1990-91 season against Utah State.

Police Looking for Bank Robbery Suspect

LAS VEGAS -- A male suspect robbed a bank near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, after approaching a teller and passing a note that included a bomb threat and money demand. 

The suspect is described as Middle Eastern or Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, who stands 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 inches, and weighs 155 to 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and is bald on the top of his head. He also has a full beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, a striped polo shirt, light blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Metro Police Robbery Section at 828-3591. Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or go to crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a cash reward.

UNLV Now 19th in AP Poll; Stanback Wins MWC Honor

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The UNLV men's basketball team moved up two spots in Associated Press Top-25 NCAA rankings, to 19th, and senior Chace Stanback was named player of the week by the Mountain West Conference.

The Runnin' Rebels, now 13-2 after wins over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19 and California on Friday, also moved up three spots, to No. 20, in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll in results announced Monday.

The 22-year-old Stanback scored a career high 29 points in the Rebels' 81-63 win over Louisiana-Monroe, including eight 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Stanback scored 15 points with three rebounds and one assist in UNLV's 85-68 win over California.

UNLV hosts Central Arkansas on Wednesday, and plays at Hawaii on Saturday.