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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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Is it finally Las Vegas’ time to get a major pro sports team?
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
We’ve heard the pitches for years. One year it’s basketball, the next year it’s hockey, or baseball. So you can hardly blame Las Vegans for being skeptical about our ...
What a trip: New show in Las Vegas melds entertainment with tourism promo
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
The Mexican state of Veracruz has taken a new approach to marketing itself to tourists: It's launched a Las Vegas Strip show that features ...
How a wind turbine works
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
The wind can produce energy. We know that. But how much? At what cost? And is wind energy a solution for Nevada?
‘Love God Love People’: Las Vegas church leader reaches out to LGBT violence victims
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
The Rev. Kathryn Obenour grew up in a household where helping those in need was a way of life. Now, at age 73, she's launched a final project: to provide members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with ...
Chikungunya, a disease with an odd name but painful symptoms, turns up in Nevada
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
It has a funky name, is transmitted by a particularly aggressive mosquito and has spread throughout the Caribbean and into the U.S. since its introduction to the Western Hemisphere late last year. Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus previously limited to Asia, has now appeared in Nevada, too. The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed that the illness was found in a Clark County resident returning from vacation, adding Nevada to the list of states touched by the virus' expansion in 2014. The illness will most likely be limited ...
Suspect in Mexico stabbing death captured in North Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
A Mexican national accused of a fatal stabbing in his home country nearly 16 years ago has been returned to Mexico after he was arrested last month in North Las Vegas. Pedro Curiel-Herrera, 35, was...
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...