May 15, 1997 |
Sure, Rome may have the Pieta and Paris the Mona Lisa, but when it comes to true artistic achievement, historians will now have to look to Las Vegas. This week, the Riviera Hotel and Casino unveiled a life-size bronze statue of seven showgirl butts. Call it "Moon over Las Vegas." The 1,540-pound publicity stunt, which stands along the Strip, is modeled after a risque billboard for the casino's Crazy Girls dance troupe. Like the billboard, it has aroused some strange reactions.
August 22, 1996 |
Even in this era of bigger and better, few recent Las Vegas openings matched that of the Stratosphere tower less than four months ago. Once designed as the largest free-standing tower in the world, the 1,149-foot Stratosphere came equipped with two sky-high thrill rides, cloud-level wedding chapels and a revolving restaurant. Alas, the structure now stands as proof that even in Las Vegas, glitz doesn't guarantee success.
June 5, 1999 |
A day after the shooting deaths of four supermarket workers, police were still struggling Friday to come up with clues that might help explain why a man would storm into an Albertsons at dawn and open fire with a pump-action shotgun. "We have no motive at this point," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Lt. Rick Alba said Friday afternoon. Zane Floyd, 23, was in custody without bail, charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
March 2, 1991 |
Showgirls and show-goers wept as the final curtain closed on a 32 1/2-year fixture on the Las Vegas Strip, with 400 former showgirls sharing in a poignant farewell for the "Lido de Paris." The show, imported from Paris in 1958, has drawn 19 million people for 22,000 performances here. Artistic differences and costs have prompted the Stardust Hotel, the "Lido's" home, to opt for a new musical production, scheduled to open in July.
November 5, 1999 |
Just weeks after he was released from prison, the Marine pilot whose jet clipped a ski gondola cable in Italy, killing 20 people, was kicked out of a Las Vegas casino for allegedly causing a disturbance. Capt. Richard Ashby, 32, of Mission Viejo, was cited Monday for trespassing, a misdemeanor, after he was asked by Rio Suite hotel casino security guards to leave and refused, Las Vegas Police Lt. Marc Joseph said Thursday.
October 21, 2008 |
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.
September 18, 1999 |
About the same time the mariachi music started playing here last weekend, the Puerto Rican flags began flying en masse. The buildup for tonight's welterweight title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center between Mexican American Oscar De La Hoya and Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad has given a new meaning to the phrase "Viva Las Vegas."
May 30, 1994 |
Like corporate raiders seeking new markets to exploit, Los Angeles gang members have come gunning for easy money on the high-rolling Strip. In a spree of brazen invasion-style heists--three of them in the last three months--suspected Bloods and Crips have stormed into casinos, rifled through the cashier's cages and made off with tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of seconds.
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January 9, 2001 |
New York state police, after recently reopening a 19-year-old investigation into the disappearance of the wife of a prominent East Coast developer, were attempting to arrange an interview with author Susan Berman just before she was found shot to death in her Benedict Canyon home late last month. "We were interested in talking to her and we wanted to make it happen," said Westchester County Dist. Atty. Jeanine Pirro on Monday. "We were extremely disappointed when we heard what had happened."
October 20, 2008 |
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.