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December 29, 2010 | Valli Herman, Special to The Times
Fantasy buildings are so last century in Las Vegas . Now the buzz is about fantasy experiences, the latest of which are tied to an MGM Resorts casino loyalty program called M life Players Club. The payoff isn’t just in coupons for dinner or hotel room deals but also in the kinds of special-access events at MGM properties that merit bragging rights -- a day of directing the songs at the Fountains of Bellagio , a cameo appearance in a Cirque du Soleil production at Aria Resort & Casino , or cooking lessons with celebrity chef Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay .  To give travelers a taste of the new idea, MGM Resorts is simultaneously launching a sweepstakes that will accompany the Jan. 11 start of M life.
March 24, 2008 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
The way Flynn Robinson sees it, the Lakers' all-time record for consecutive victories was never seriously imperiled even as the Houston Rockets bumped off foe after foe through February and into the middle of March. "Twenty-two," Robinson says of the Rockets' streak, which was ended last week by the Boston Celtics, "is a long way from 33." Thirty-three, of course, is the remarkable number that Robinson helped the Lakers stamp into the record books during the 1971-72 season.
September 10, 1991
TV or not TV. . . . GOLDEN GIRL: Without Susan Harris, it is safe to say, NBC would be in a pickle. She created two series, "The Golden Girls" and "Empty Nest," that have helped keep the network atop the ratings. And this weekend, another of her sitcom creations, "Nurses," which is set in a hospital, joins the two established hits in its debut--giving her three NBC series each Saturday. That alone makes her a major TV power broker.
September 19, 1990
A 5-year-old boy nearly drowned Tuesday in a swimming pool in Chula Vista. Victor Sandoval of Mendocino Drive in Chula Vista was listed in critical condition on a life support system at Children's Hospital late Tuesday, hospital spokesman Mark Morelli said. Victor's body temperature was below normal, indicating that he probably was under water for at least several minutes, Morelli said. The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Life Flight took the child to the hospital about 3:20 p.m.
November 15, 1991 | JIM HODGES
In a book about the Chicago Bulls' championship season, star guard Michael Jordan is quoted making an anti-Semitic statement, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in its Thursday editions. "The Jordan Rules," by Chicago Tribune reporter Sam Smith, who covered the team during its 1990-91 championship run, quotes Jordan as saying that if he won the lottery, he would ". . . go open up a country club and post a sign that said, 'No Jews Allowed.'
September 23, 1993
UP BLUES: Only a few gain one-name recognition: Barbra, Elvis, Sammy, the Babe. But in the world of blues, Etta means Etta James. She's the top draw at this weekend's "first annual" three-day blues festival at Dana Point's Heritage Park (OC LIVE! Page 4). . . . Since "Roll with Me, Henry" in 1954, the robust 55-year-old singer has become a blues legend. Says James: "A lot of people think the blues is depressing, but that's not the blues I'm singing. I'm singing life."
August 18, 2005 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
The victories don't come as easy or as often anymore, so Karch Kiraly savors each one as if it will be his last. That they still come at all is somewhat mind-boggling to the 44-year-old Kiraly, the oldest player on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour. He's not as quick, doesn't jump as high or hit the ball quite as hard as he did in his heyday, but his court savvy and ball-control skills remain sharp.
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