CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999
Your story on the smoking room in the Bicycle Club casino in Bell Gardens (Aug. 19) referred to smoking and gambling as vices. Granted that smoking is viewed as a "vice" by many. Gambling only becomes a vice when the act is abused. One famous example is playing the stock market. We are cautioned to risk only what we can afford to lose. FRANK MYERS Downey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2012 |
It's a safe bet that most of L.A. has never heard of "Farmer" Page, the Jazz Age ruler of an empire of cards and dice who was denounced in news accounts for running "one of the most elaborate gambling halls on the Pacific Coast. " In many ways, he could have stepped out of a Raymond Chandler novel. In his youth, Page sold papers near 2nd and Spring streets before learning the finer points of horse racing from his brother Stanley, a jockey who became a prominent bookmaker. Page also was involved in Tony Cornero's legendary gambling ship, the Rex, anchored off Santa Monica and ran the Clover Club, the famed Sunset Strip casino catering to movie stars that flourished in the 1930s despite numerous attempts by law enforcement to shut it down.
August 24, 2010 |
In the fall of 1993, Michael Jordan — often regarded as the greatest player ever to shoot a basketball — shocked the sports world by announcing he was retiring from the NBA. Then he stunned fans again by deciding to pursue his long-held dream of playing pro baseball. Within months, the then-31-year-old high-flying guard known as "His Airness" was bobbling easy flies and swatting at bad pitches as a struggling right fielder for the minor-league Birmingham Barons. This surreal fillip in sports history, which ended up bisecting Jordan's phenomenal NBA career, forms the basis of "Jordan Rides the Bus," director Ron Shelton's documentary that premieres Tuesday on ESPN.
January 3, 2009 |
Two decades ago, real estate mogul Randy Black turned this blip on the Arizona border into a boomtown when he opened the first of four casinos. Nearly 1 million visitors a year followed, and hotels, restaurants and stucco homes seemed to sprout from sand. "It seemed to be one of those things that 'Geez, it's just going great. It's never going to end,' " said Victor Kotalion, who left Las Vegas in 1990 for this arid patch off Interstate 15.
April 1, 2000
Attention, Randy Harvey: Webster's defines gambling as (1) to play a game for money or other stakes; (2) speculate, bet; (3) venture. The pool in question [March 31] was not even close to gambling, church bingo is gambling. That pool was a contest, it cost no money to play. Ever play a McDonald's game? There you go, Randy, now you are getting it. I bet you thought you would make a big headline with your expose and discovery. Wrong! We don't care and we don't like writers who don't know what they're talking about (which you admit to)
August 24, 2004
Your Aug. 21 editorial "The Trouble With Casinos" describes the downside of casinos in our California society: Importantly, a major gambling venue puts strong demands on police, fire and other services, but the critical issue is the estimated 1 million Californians who are tragically addicted to gambling. If we understand the nature of addiction, isn't it accurate to characterize our state leaders on this question as enablers, and their decisions as lacking in simple ethics? And as we expand our state's partnership with gambling interests and corollary dependence on our cut of the money, aren't we addicting ourselves?