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Gibbons questioned in waitress lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A lawyer for a former cocktail waitress questioned Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons under oath for a lawsuit alleging Gibbons orchestrated a cover-up after the woman accused him of grabbing her outside a bar in 2006.

Aides to lawyers on both sides said Friday’s deposition was conducted behind closed doors at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen resolved a dispute between the two sides Thursday, by picking the downtown courthouse as a neutral and secure site.

Robert Kossack represents Chrissy Mazzeo. She accuses Gibbons of accosting her outside a Las Vegas restaurant after a night drinking with friends in October 2006.

Gibbons, a Republican congressman at the time, was campaigning for governor.

Mazzeo alleges she was retaliated against when she went public shortly before Gibbons’ election.

Wild horse roundup ends

RENO (AP) – Federal land managers have concluded a major roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.

U.S. Bureau of Land Manage-

ment officials Friday said 1,922 mustangs were removed from the Calico Mountains Complex.

Agency spokeswoman JoLynn Worley says an estimated 600 horses remain in the complex, which is within the “appropriate management level” of 600 to 900 set for the area.

She says the agency had planned to remove about 2,500 horses, but many mustangs roamed out of the complex after the roundup began Dec. 28.

Activists unsuccessfully sued to halt the roundup, branding it as unnecessary and inhumane.

The BLM maintains the roundup was necessary because an over-population of horses is harming native wildlife and the range.

AAA offers free rides after Super Bowl

If you’ve been drinking during the Super Bowl, AAA will take you and your car home for free. AAA’s Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone.

The service runs from 6 p.m. Sunday through the early morning hours of Monday. Call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to five miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. There are no reservations.

Sanskrit mantras to open supervisors meeting

The Carson City Board of Supervisors will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures for the first time Feb. 18.

Rajan Zed, a Hindu leader, will deliver the invocation from Sanskrit scriptures. After the Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture in the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE, as well as lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita – Song of the Lord, both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om,” the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.