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NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Las Vegas is the No. 1 destination for spring break in the West followed by L.A. and Phoenix, according to bookings at Hotwire. For college kids and adults who want to be where the crowds are, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, the Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur offer entertainment extras with stays through June. Go online to Spring Break Unleashed and browse the "available dates" calendar for each hotel-casino to find the cheapest nights. Midweek is the best time to go; rooms shoot up to more than double on weekends.
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NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What would Memorial Day be without the opening of something new on the theme park scene? Las Vegas' cool pool parties start this month, but families with children will have to wait until May for new Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson and the debut of the Tornado water ride at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas. Cowabunga Bay in suburban Vegas will open May 24 with seven water slides inside a park that has a '60s vibe , according to the website. A sampling of the slides: Zuma ZooMa puts visitors into a capsule and "blasts" them through a high-speed loop.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point he passed four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson for the lead. "Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend," said Menard, who drives the No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and has one career Sprint Cup Series win, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS  - "I love coming back here," Jimmie Johnson said of Las Vegas, but it's not to gamble or take in a show. "Vegas is fun but it's really, just in my mind, a racing town," he said. And Johnson, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, might as well be its honorary mayor. As he seeks a record-tying seventh Cup title this year, Johnson already holds the record for most Cup wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four. Yet, he has had something of a drought at the 1.5-mile oval located 15 miles northeast of the Strip.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Just as predicted, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team took a big gamble Sunday in hopes of winning another race. This time they lost. Earnhardt was leading on the last lap of the Kobalt 400 because his team opted not to bring his No. 88 Chevrolet into the pits for fuel during an earlier caution period. But as he circled Las Vegas Motor Speedway the last time, the car ran out of gas on the back straightaway of the 1.5-mile track, enabling Brad Keselowski to shoot past him in his No. 2 Ford for the victory.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | Jim Peltz
The new style of qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup races is exciting -- too exciting in the view of some drivers. Joey Logano set a track qualifying record Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR for the first time used a three-round version of its new "knockout" style of qualifying. But a byproduct of the format is that drivers circled the 1.5-mile speedway Friday at vastly different speeds, setting up a possibly dangerous situation if the cars collided.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Kyle Busch made him work for it. Busch was on Keselowski's tail entering the final lap of the Boyd Gaming 300 with both of them rapidly approaching slower lapped traffic. But Keselowski deftly weaved his No. 22 Ford through the lapped cars while holding Busch's No. 54 Toyota at bay to secure the win. “I drove as hard as I could every lap,” said Keselowski, a Team Penske driver who led 144 of the 200 laps in the race in NASCAR's second-tier series.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - The USA Today headline about a NASCAR exhibition race said it all. “Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, boyfriend crash at Daytona,” the headline declared last month. Who's the “boyfriend”? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse is a second-year driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after an accomplished stint in its lower-tier Nationwide Series, where he earned consecutive championships in 2011-12. But as Stenhouse readily admits, he's known mainly for dating Patrick, who's one of the nation's most recognized sports figures and is also in her sophomore year in the Cup series.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Jay Jones
"Jubilee!," Las Vegas' last showgirl extravaganza, will reopen March 17 after a major face-lift. The show, staged at Bally's , has been dark since the end of January as a creative team, led by choreographer and director Frank Gatson Jr., modernizes the show. More than 13-million people have seen "Jubilee!" since it opened in 1981. “The best of the show's main elements will be preserved as a nod to the original production,” a news release said. It's unclear whether some of the more memorable parts of the show - the story of Samson and Delilah and the sinking of the Titanic, for example - will still be part of the production.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2014 | John M. Glionna
He's a painfully private entrepreneur with very public dreams for this city's decaying downtown core. Around Sin City, giddy officials are heralding online shoe retailer Tony Hsieh as a visionary, the latest in a line of moneyed Las Vegas dreamers such as billionaire Howard Hughes and casino mogul Steve Wynn. Mayor Carolyn Goodman says Hsieh is offering people a chance to open their dream businesses, and "that can't be bad. " Former Mayor Oscar Goodman's description of the city's confidence in Hsieh harks back to the mayor's days as a mob lawyer: Anyone who doubts Hsieh's sincerity, he said at a public meeting, should have his legs broken.
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