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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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For tax filers, these freebies make the day more palatable
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tax day is here, and whether you are a procrastinator who waited until the final hours or you had your return in the first week of January, plenty of area stores and restaurants want to ...
Police: Woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton seemed 'agitated'
Friday, April 11, 2014
Metro Police identified a woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas as Alison Michelle Ernst and arrested her on a count of ...
Hillary Clinton ducks object thrown at her during Las Vegas speech
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hillary Clinton ducked an object thrown at her while speaking today to a Las Vegas convention crowd, but she was uninjured and laughed off the incident. "Good thing she didn't play softball like I did," Clinton quipped. The crowd...
More staffing to speed clearing U.S. Customs at Las Vegas airport
Friday, April 4, 2014
McCarran International Airport will double its number of Customs and Border Protection agents in the coming year, with additional funding included in a recent appropriations bill. Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed...
Las Vegas immigration advocate Astrid Silva earns national honor
Friday, April 4, 2014
A prominent immigration reform advocate and community organizer from Las Vegas who has helped influence Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid garnered more national recognition this week. The American Immigration Council’s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award winner is Astrid Silva …
Health District laying off staff to help cut deficit
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Southern Nevada Health District approved layoffs Thursday that will eliminate about 10 percent of its staff and result in cuts in public health services, officials said. The exact number of jobs to be eliminated has not been determined, but it is expected to be between...
Events honor historic 1960 accord that ended segregation on Strip
Thursday, March 27, 2014
As Nevadans are celebrating the state’s history and making giant cakes for the 150th Anniversary, the Harrison House, Nevada Black Historical Society and other organizations wanted to make sure the history of blacks in Nevada was ...
Enrollment of Hispanics a key factor in the future of Obamacare
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Hispanics make up a quarter of the state's overall population but 43 percent of its uninsured population. Recent studies show Hispanics are more prone to...
Too much to drink on St. Patrick’s Day? Get a free tow home
Friday, March 14, 2014
AAA is doing its part to keep inebriated motorists off the roads on St. Patrick’s Day, whether or not they are members of the automobile club. The company is offering...
Police ID suspect in shooting of motorist who crashed at 215 Beltway and Eastern
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Metro Police have identified a suspect in the shooting of a man who died after causing a pileup Thursday on a 215 Beltway off-ramp while driving with multiple gunshot wounds. Police are looking for...