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
December 18, 2013 |
A Newport Beach man who allegedly secured millions from investors for his dental equipment company blew the money gambling in Las Vegas and paying for his children's private-school tuitions, according to a federal indictment. William Knox is charged with six counts of wire fraud for taking investment money for his company, Osseous Technologies of America, but spending the money on himself instead, the indictment says. Knox raised at least $3.5 million - including $1.5 million from an investor in Pasadena - from 2010 to 2012, says the indictment, which was handed down this month.
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?
August 12, 2006 |
Federal prosecutors said Friday that they would continue to pursue their case against BetOnSports even though the online gambling company was shutting its operations that took bets from U.S. customers. Separately, the office of U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway in St. Louis approved conditions for the release of London-based BetOnSports' former chief executive, David Carruthers, his attorney said. The case against BetOnSports is one of the most high-profile prosecutions of online gambling.