August 23, 2005 |
Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest casino operator, said Monday that it planned to acquire the faded Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for $370 million, aiming to further raise its profile in the gambling mecca. The pagoda-style Imperial Palace, with a 52,000-square-foot casino and 2,640-room hotel, occupies 18.5 acres on the Las Vegas Strip between Harrah's Las Vegas and Flamingo, across from Caesars Palace.
August 28, 2003 |
"What happens here, stays here" is part of the Las Vegas Strip's sexy new advertising campaign. I figured it also meant you could bet on this most bizarre of political seasons in neighboring California. I wanted to make a clean wager: the recall to win, and Democrat Cruz Bustamante to become California's next governor. I was hoping to get 3-1 odds, and I didn't want to wager online, giving out my credit card to one of those sketchy-seeming, offshore Internet bookmakers.
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February 6, 2000 |
Only hours before the grand opening of an unprecedented exhibit of treasures from China's Imperial Palace at the Bowers Museum, work crews struggled to remove several large heavy wooden crates. The smell of sawdust lingered over the mess strewn throughout the Santa Ana cultural center, where a replica of the gate to the Forbidden City remained shrouded in masking tape and packing material.
February 6, 2000
MOVIES Leonardo DiCaprio stars in "The Beach" as a restless American backpacker visiting Thailand. He's intrigued by a stranger's mumblings about a legendary secret island, a paradise on earth. With Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet. Opens Friday. * "The Tigger Movie" is an all-new Tigger feature with five new songs by Richard and Robert Sherman that finds our cuddly friends preparing a winter home for the dismal donkey Eeyore.
July 30, 1995
China will spend $48 million cleaning the moat around the imperial palace in Beijing, evicting squatters from the banks and planting lotus flowers in its waters. According to Reuters news service, a Chinese news agency reported that the moat encircling the golden-roofed palace halls in the heart of Beijing has become a smelly sewer where residents of the crowded city dump waste.
May 3, 1989 |
Despite having been stripped of much of his holdings after World War II, Japan's late Emperor Hirohito has left his family $15.4 million in stocks and savings accounts, according to news reports. Hirohito never wrote a will, but his aides have come up with a plan to divide his estate between his widow, the Empress Dowager Nagako, and his eldest son and the new emperor, Akihito, according to the reports. Hirohito's estate would have been worth billions more if reforms imposed on Japan after the war by Allied occupation authorities had not forced him to relinquish holdings, including the Imperial Palace and several imperial villas, to the state.