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Tovin Lapan

Latino Community, Immigration and General Assignment Reporter

After working for his college paper, Tovin started his professional career in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he fell in love with the variety and excitement of working in daily journalism as well as with a sandwich called the torta ahogada. He comes to the Las Vegas Sun from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, where he covered higher education, city government and immigration. Prior to Santa Cruz, Tovin was on staff at the San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami New Times and Naples Daily News and worked as a freelance journalist for numerous publications. He has reported extensively in Latin America, including Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico, and holds masters degrees in journalism and Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley.

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Advocate: It’s time to expand gun restrictions in domestic violence cases
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sue Meuschke has fought domestic violence for 25 years as an advocate for victims. Today, she'll be in Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers and support a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of ...
Citizenship delayed: Las Vegas businessman caught in limbo after questioning by FBI
Sunday, July 27, 2014
When the citizenship process goes smoothly, it typically takes five or six months for someone to go from application to taking the oath of allegiance. In the case of Lebanese immigrant Abdul Nasser Karouni, it's been almost two years, and a lot of scrutiny in airports ...
Colorado River Day message: ‘We need to conserve’
Friday, July 25, 2014
Following a cascade of increasingly bleak news about the health of the Colorado River, one of the nation’s most vital waterways, a collection of southwestern cities including Las Vegas ...
Helping others: UNLV senior launches group for undocumented students
Friday, July 25, 2014
A year ago, Greysel Sousa wouldn’t have made her recent trip to explore the international relations doctorate programs of several East Coast colleges, including Johns Hopkins, Tufts and Princeton. Such a trip would have been...
Shania Twain announces end of Caesars Palace residency
Monday, July 21, 2014
The last installment of the “Shania: Still the One” show at the Colosseum will be Dec. 13, ending the 100-show residency for the country music star that began in December 2012.
Effects of Southwest’s border crisis reaching into Nevada
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Every time the phone rings these days, Rosa Molina steels herself for a heart-wrenching story. She has been taking far more calls than usual from immigrants, and many of them are sharing tales of abuse and violence. This week, she has already taken a call from a mother who says she paid a smuggler $7,000 to escort her children from El Salvador to the United States, only to be contacted and asked for...
Report: Nevada Hispanics face many obstacles to scholastic, financial success
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A new report says Hispanics in Southern Nevada trail their counterparts in neighboring states when it comes to ...
LVGEA endorses immigration reform
Friday, July 11, 2014
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance became the latest business association to endorse immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for those without legal residency, when the board of directors approved a resolution on Friday.
Las Vegas fans catch a scorching case of ‘socceritis’
Friday, June 27, 2014
Across the Las Vegas Valley, and the nation, U.S. soccer fans have turned out like never before for the World Cup, filling ...
Police: Man who forced way into home, beat resident is arrested
Monday, June 23, 2014
Christopher Stiles allegedly forced his way into a home in the southwest valley near Blue Diamond Road and Buffalo Drive using a firearm. Stiles and his alleged accomplice ...