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November 18, 1990 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the morning of Nov. 21, 1980, the sound of sirens stirred Rafael Patino from bed. "Usually when you hear sirens, they come and then they go," he said. "But these were coming and staying." When he looked out the window of his 16th-floor room, he realized that the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel was on fire. "I woke up my wife and we got dressed to leave," said Patino, an Irvine sales executive. "But when we walked out of the room, we couldn't see anything. The hall was pitch black with smoke.
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BUSINESS
October 6, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
MGM Mirage will slash prices of its high-end CityCenter condos by 30%, the company said Monday, a move intended to mollify buyers who were unsure they could close on units purchased during the Las Vegas real estate boom. The price cuts underscore the reversal of fortunes on the Las Vegas Strip. Just a few years ago, condominiums were being touted as the next stage in its seemingly unstoppable growth. Although the reductions mark a significant reversal by the gaming giant, which took deposits on about half of its 2,400 residential units, it was unclear whether the cuts were deep enough to satisfy some buyers.
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NATIONAL
June 9, 2006 | Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writers
Without help from a friend, James Mahan might never have become a Las Vegas state judge. Certainly he wouldn't have gotten one of the top judicial jobs in town: a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Then again, without Mahan, his friend George Swarts would never have gotten to run an Internet porn business, a hotel-casino hair salon or a Southern California software company. Indeed, the careers of Judge James C. Mahan, 62, and his friend George C.
SPORTS
September 18, 2009 | Steve Rosenbloom
The economy is healthy when it comes to betting on the NFL. "Football is America's game," said John Avello, executive director of race and sports operations at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. "People seem to have money for it. "Maybe the bettor thinks he can hit eight of 10 straight bets. But we anticipated the bettors being here [for the first weekend of the NFL season], and they were." Avello said the Wynn saw action from the squares betting $10 to the whales betting thousands.
TRAVEL
December 9, 2007 | Jen Leo, Special to The Times
If you've never spent a winter in Las Vegas, you'd think that the only time it got cold was when you were standing directly under an air vent. Yet there really is a time when travelers can bring a jacket to Vegas and wear it -- outside. Would you expect it to be at a frozen lake in the desert though? Vegas can be over-the-top weird, but come on, a frozen pond?
TRAVEL
October 25, 1998 | Susan Spano, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
I had a vision when I flew here last week for the opening of the Bellagio hotel, built center stage on the Strip behind an ersatz Italian village on a 10-acre replica of Lake Como. It was windy and cool, but breathtakingly clear, the wide desert valley where the city has mushroomed curving gently toward the dry mountains that surround it.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2002 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new Palms resort boldly hypes itself as Las Vegas' sex- iest adult playground--a way-cool, celebrity-studded, off-Strip boutique hotel and gambling joint. It's a big boast in a town that calls itself Sin City. My wife and I decided to find out for ourselves, making the 4-month-old Palms our anchor for a weekend of classy food, high-class art and classic rock 'n' roll.
TRAVEL
July 25, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Cassie, our college freshman, came home for the summer, she was ready for a Vegas fix. She's a Vegas veteran, dating back to her first arcade game at Circus Circus as a 5-year-old. Now, at 18, she loves the shopping, the pools, the restaurants and the shows. From among several recently opened resorts, including the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, we opted for the 3,036-room Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, which opened in early May as the Strip's newest shrine to self-indulgence.
TRAVEL
February 4, 2001 | BARRY ZWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Barry Zwick is a Times assistant news editor
All of us big-time gamblers are superstitious. And we knew it was a bad omen when our blackjack instructor called in sick. Well, OK, my wife, Bobbie, and I were not quite big-time gamblers when we hit the casinos last month. We didn't even know how to play the games. We had tried one table game in our lives. It was roulette, during a brief Vegas visit last March, and we had won $175 on a $5 bet. Bitten by the gambling bug, we wanted to do it right. What better way than to attend classes?
TRAVEL
March 28, 1999 | CHRISTOPHER HALL, Christopher Hall is a San Francisco-based freelance writer
A thick coating of Death Valley dust clung to my skin and clothes as I approached the polished-wood-and-marble check-in counter at tropically themed Mandalay Bay, the latest mega-resort to open on the Vegas Strip. Behind the counter, a riot of ersatz jungle roots and vines engulfed a wall of ersatz stone ruins--a Vegas vision of Angkor Wat--while streams of water fell into small basins bordered by palms, ferns and philodendrons.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2009 | Mark Z. Barabak
He didn't meet with the unhappy governor. He didn't hit the slots or cruise the Strip. Still, locals were counting on President Obama to assume the role of Las Vegas' promoter in chief, touting the virtues of Sin City in an effort to ease the hard feelings he caused months ago with a slap at corporate excess. Excess, of course, being one of this city's chief commodities.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2009 | Ashley Powers
A 9-year-old Arizona boy accused of shooting his father and another man to death at their rural home pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of negligent homicide, a development that will spare the beleaguered town of St. Johns a highly publicized trial. The November slayings drew international attention to the town of 4,000 after a police video was released in which the boy, clad in pajama pants, appeared to confess to shooting his father, Vincent Romero, and family friend Timothy Romans with a .
NATIONAL
February 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Survivors of a tour bus crash that killed seven people in Arizona last week told investigators that the driver might have been distracted before the accident, a state official said Monday. Three survivors of Friday's crash near Hoover Dam have been interviewed, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. James Warriner said. Investigators have been unable to speak to the driver, Han Dong, 48, of Rosemead, because of his injuries.
TRAVEL
December 14, 2008 | Jay Jones
On New Year's Eve, the Las Vegas Strip will once again be transformed into a giant block party. About 300,000 people are expected. Revelers, however, will need to be strategically positioned to see the aerial display. Instead of being shot from the rooftops of various resorts the fireworks will be launched from atop parking garages. "These fireworks are going to be 300 feet closer to people on the Strip," says Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Abowitz is a freelance writer.
At a recent party to launch the book "Norm Clarke's Vegas Confidential: Sinsational Celebrity Tales," the Palms' Playboy Club was packed with many of the Vegas personages who populate Clarke's daily newspaper column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: casino owner George Maloof, Strip headliner Rita Rudner, celebrity chef Kerry Simon and fellow Vegas chronicler Robin Leach. "His column doesn't just trade in stupid gossip," said Leach, himself a groundbreaker in the field of celebrity coverage.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
Matthew Nichols was shocked to discover the apartment across from his had a methamphetamine lab. The revelation led him and his wife to flee their neighborhood east of downtown seven years ago and buy a house where they could raise their three children safely. Last week, drugs again intruded into Nichols' life, this time on a quiet suburban street hard up against the mountains that separate the city's sprawl from Lake Mead.
TRAVEL
December 3, 2006 | Chris Erskine;Rosemary McClure;Jane Engle;Vani Rangachar;Catharine Hamm;Beverly Beyette
Barbary Coast You can get good prime rib at a great price ($13.95) at the Frontier Room at the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino. The meal includes soup or salad, potato and a nice slab of lean beef, available 24 hours a day. Frontier Room, Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; (888) 227-2279. Chris Erskine * Beacher's Rockhouse This rowdy little joint offers spontaneity, a dash of glitz and zero pretense.
FOOD
September 6, 2006 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
SOMMELIER Darren Lutz could have moved anywhere in the world for his next job after Bastide temporarily closed its doors in January, but he headed for Las Vegas. Opportunities for sommeliers are everywhere in this neon-lighted, restaurant-rich corner of the Nevada desert. But there's a catch, Lutz discovered, as have dozens of sommeliers before him. Vegas is a tough place to make a name for yourself. Sure, sommeliers make double the money they can elsewhere, but they may never be heard of again.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Six-year-old Cole Puffinburger was the subject of a desperate four-day search after police said he was kidnapped at gunpoint by Mexican drug dealers. But it was a bus driver who ultimately found him, healthy, unharmed and walking on an empty sidewalk here, authorities said Sunday. The driver spotted Cole walking near the Strip about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and pulled over to offer the boy a ride. When he realized who he was, the driver called police.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The slumping economy has Nevada tourism officials reshaping the schedule for an $890-million renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board members were told that the project will be split into three phases, which could push the completion date beyond 2011. "What we are taking is a very fiscally responsible and conservative approach to make sure we don't overextend ourselves," authority spokesman Vince Alberta said.
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