Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:52 AM EDT2013-05-22 05:52:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district. The board is in contract negotiations with Skorkowsky, but the details of the contractMore>>
The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:27 AM EDT2013-05-22 05:27:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot. This started off as an FBI Task Force InvestigationMore>>
Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:00:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. And while that overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students, the vast majority of kids won't see anyMore>>
Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. Although the overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students next year, the vast majority of kids won't see any significant change.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:05:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a teenager who was hit by a vehicle. According to police, the victim was walking on a sidewalk at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday near Tropicana AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating an incident where a teenager was clipped by a truck's side mirror.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:04:36 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas. According to Metro, a person arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:55:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the endMore>>
The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the end of the last decade but worsened after the 2009-2010 school year.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:45:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman who now calls Las Vegas her home. Stephanie McGregor is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and lived there whenMore>>
The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman now living in Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:04:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs,More>>
Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:30:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted. According to police, Marcos Arenas, 15, was killedMore>>
After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- He's been living in exile in Brazil for years, but notorious brothel baron Joe Conforte has finally finished his autobiography. The book has been in the works for 25 years.
"I think of him as being on the same scale as Buffalo Bill or Howard Hughes. You know, these crazy characters that come out of the west and capture the imagination," said Joe Conforte's biographer David Toll.
Biographers are supposed to be enamored of their subjects, but newspaperman David Toll did not let his fascination with Conforte result in a sanitized version of Conforte's outrageous life. The new book is written in the first person, and the words are unmistakably Conforte's own. Toll thinks of it as an adventure story and history text.
"People know very little about him. People know very little about this aspect of Nevada history. This really is a history book, the kind of history they don't teach you in schools," said Toll.
Generations of Nevada politicians are probably thankful for that because Joe Conforte is a guy who could name names, and does. He founded the Mustang Ranch, the nation's first and most-profitable legal bordello. In order to protect his business, Conforte spread a lot of money around, both in his base in Storey County and all over the state, helping to elect politicians who might not try to shut him down.
"His authority was almost absolute. He ran government there, informally of course, and he was pretty good at it. People look back with nostalgia now on how things were when Joe was in Storey County," said Toll.
Toll began working with Conforte on the book in 1985 just after Conforte cut a deal to get released from prison in exchange for his testimony against federal judge Harry Claiborne. The project went off the rails when Conforte decided to leave the country, anticipating that he might be indicted. The book explores the twisted trail Conforte followed through Latin America, including a brief stay in Cuba as a guest of Fidel Castro.
"I had three different passports. I chose the best one," said Conforte.
Although the U.S. considered Conforte to be a fugitive for a period, he was a legal resident of Brazil when the I-Team visited him two years ago, living in a luxury penthouse with a teenage "assistant."
At the time, a movie was in production about a part of Conforte's life. Joe Pesci played the Conforte role, and Conforte expected it to be a hit. But Love Ranch was a bomb. Still, when our reports about Conforte aired, Toll got the idea that he too could find Conforte and finish the book.
"I had to go to Rio to get the whole story and I'm really glad that it did take this long because if I had finished it earlier, I would not have had the whole story and the last chapters are as interesting as the early ones," he said.
Toll not only updates Conforte's days of leisure in Brazil, but also fills in a lot of blanks about politicians who accepted the brothel owner's generosity, and not only in money. Conforte figures he has provided more pleasure to men than any person in history, though, as Toll learned, despises the term pimp.
"Pimp is one of the worst words. I hate pimp because a pimp, I've got to explain this to you, a pimp is someone forcing the girls to give him money," said Conforte.
Conforte, now in his 80's, offered the government $500,000 to allow him to visit the U.S. without being arrested, has now given up any hope of getting approval.
Among the tidbits in Conforte's new book are details about his cell mates while in federal prison, including famous crime figures Alvin Karpis and Frankie Carbo.