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September 14, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A California National Guardsman from Stanton has sued the Las Vegas Metropolitan police, alleging that injuries inflicted by two police officers have prevented him from deploying to Iraq for a second tour. Sgt. Mark England, a medic, said he suffered three fractured ribs and was hit by a Taser stun gun three times by the officers during an altercation at McCarran International Airport on March 10.
September 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
A woman accused in a multimillion-dollar armored car heist on the Las Vegas Strip surrendered to federal authorities Thursday, saying she was tired of more than a decade on the run and wanted her son to have a normal life. "I truly feel this is the right thing to do," Heather Catherine Tallchief, 33, said before turning herself in at the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.
February 25, 2007 | Marc Cooper, Special to The Times
JUST inside the Flamingo casino a few steps off the Strip, a trio of pink-felted $5 blackjack tables attracts a raucous crowd of enthusiastic players. Booze flows freely, and the piped-in music rocks. As the dealers snap and slap cards out of the plastic table shoes, the players' chip stacks accordion up -- and mostly down. Losing in Vegas is often considered par for the course, but it's happening at the blackjack tables at an accelerating rate. And it's easy enough to see why.
Each year, millions of vacationers stream into Nevada's resorts to see fabulous floor shows, play golf and frolic in cerulean swimming pools. Oh, yes. They gamble, too. Most arrive by car or, particularly in the case of Las Vegas, by plane. But a small number--about a tenth of Las Vegas's 18.1 million visitors and a fifth of Laughlin's nearly 3 million visitors--arrived by buses in 1989, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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 | 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.
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