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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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SLS helping keep north Strip from going south, nearby business operators say
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
For businesses on the north end of the Strip, the opening of the tourist corridor's first casino since the recession — SLS Las Vegas — hasn't been a game-changer. But it has led to ...
Your votes could win Las Vegas volunteer a $25,000 grant
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Alan Aleman is a finalist in a national competition sponsored by Coors Light that awards money to a Hispanic leader to design and execute a community project. Aleman was nominated by the local chapter of the American Red Cross, where he serves as the youth representative on the board of directors. ...
Chess as a spectator sport? Organizers of big-money tourney say yes
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
World-class players. Big prize money. A tournament based on a table game of strategy. But can the Millionaire Chess Open become the next World Series of Poker, or is it ...
Miss Asian Las Vegas pageant rewards go well beyond the crown
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For the creator of the Miss Asian Las Vegas pageant, as well as one of the category winners in this year's competition, the importance of the event is ...
Deportation stats suggest Obama hasn’t upheld vow to target criminals
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The federal government deported a record number of immigrants in fiscal year 2013. The data showed that 438,421 immigrants were deported in 2013, up approximately 5 percent from the previous record of 418,397 in 2012. More than 2 million people have been deported since President Barack Obama ...
Scam alert: Beware of callers seeking bail for relatives, officials say
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
An old scam has been revived in Nevada, where at least 28 people have been defrauded through a scheme in which ...
For immigrants and others without insurance, nonprofit OB-GYN clinic is a blessing
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
In 2005, when Dr. Kord Strebel first came to Las Vegas, his obstetrics and gynecology practice was for-profit, but with an emphasis on keeping prices low for the uninsured population. But he soon realized that he couldn't provide many recommended tests or blood work at a low cost unless he ...
Homegrown soccer star says Las Vegas ready for pro team
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Herculez Gomez is the unofficial ambassador of Las Vegas soccer. The former U.S. national team member is inarguably the most accomplished player to come out of the area. He's also a supporter of a downtown MLS stadium and says people in Las Vegas "are dying for a professional team."
Southern Nevada nonprofits suffer from huge funding gap, study says
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
If you're a Nevada resident in need, a nonprofit organization in the northern part of the state can call on much greater resources to help you than ...
Dozens fulfill dream of citizenship in emotional Las Vegas ceremony
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
For the woman from the Philippines it happened while taking the pledge of allegiance. For the man from Israel it was during the rendition of the national anthem. The weight of the moment, becoming a citizen of the United States, hit them at ...