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May 31, 1995 | From Associated Press
Former Circus Circus Chairman William Bennett said Tuesday that he is close to completing a deal to buy the Sahara Hotel and 40 acres on the Las Vegas Strip for about $190 million. Plans call for expanding the 2,035-room Sahara to at least 3,000 rooms and eventually building a resort of similar size on the vacant 40 acres nearby. Also included in the transaction are 22 acres now used as a parking lot. Bennett said he wants to build on that land.
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May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The iconic Sahara Hotel & Casino is coming back as a redesigned and reconceived SLS Las Vegas that's expected to open in 2014. Philippe Starck will do the interior design at what will become a resort with name-brand restaurants, clubs and more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites. L.A.-based hotel and restaurant developer sbe, headed by Sam Nazarian and real estate investment firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC announced Tuesday that they have raised $300 million to redo the hotel at the north end of the Strip.
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BUSINESS
June 1, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
William Bennett Confirms Sahara Purchase: The former chairman of Circus Circus said he has bought the Sahara Hotel and adjacent land for three blocks along the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip. He paid $193 million for the properties. Bennett's company, Gordon Gaming Corp., is expected to take over the hotel within four months after approval of the sale by Nevada gaming authorities. He is expected to develop the other properties with new attractions.
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March 12, 2011 | By Ashley Powers and Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Sahara was once an exotic desert locale where Frank Sinatra could enjoy a cocktail and bathing beauties were paid to frolic in the Garden of Allah pool. In recent years, the hotel-casino has sunk to touting $1 blackjack and a NASCAR Cafe known for its 6-pound burrito. Now the 59-year-old-icon of the Las Vegas Strip is shutting its doors, yet another victim of a deep recession that has squelched the city's tourism for more than three years. In southern Nevada, casinos are frequently bought, sold, remodeled or imploded to make way for new resorts ?
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The iconic Sahara Hotel & Casino is coming back as a redesigned and reconceived SLS Las Vegas that's expected to open in 2014. Philippe Starck will do the interior design at what will become a resort with name-brand restaurants, clubs and more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites. L.A.-based hotel and restaurant developer sbe, headed by Sam Nazarian and real estate investment firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC announced Tuesday that they have raised $300 million to redo the hotel at the north end of the Strip.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2011 | By Ashley Powers and Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Sahara was once an exotic desert locale where Frank Sinatra could enjoy a cocktail and bathing beauties were paid to frolic in the Garden of Allah pool. In recent years, the hotel-casino has sunk to touting $1 blackjack and a NASCAR Cafe known for its 6-pound burrito. Now the 59-year-old-icon of the Las Vegas Strip is shutting its doors, yet another victim of a deep recession that has squelched the city's tourism for more than three years. In southern Nevada, casinos are frequently bought, sold, remodeled or imploded to make way for new resorts ?
TRAVEL
February 14, 2010
If you go THE MUSEUM AT SHELBY AMERICAN Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The museum and the daily 10:30 a.m. tours are free; (702) 942-7325, www.shelbyautos.com. THE LAS VEGAS CYBER SPEEDWAY Part of the NASCAR Café Entertainment Center inside the Sahara Hotel & Casino. Tickets cost $10 for a six-minute race. Drivers must be at least 48 inches tall; (702) 737-2111, www.saharalasvegas.com/ NASCAR.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
William Bennett Confirms Sahara Purchase: The former chairman of Circus Circus said he has bought the Sahara Hotel and adjacent land for three blocks along the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip. He paid $193 million for the properties. Bennett's company, Gordon Gaming Corp., is expected to take over the hotel within four months after approval of the sale by Nevada gaming authorities. He is expected to develop the other properties with new attractions.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1995 | From Associated Press
Former Circus Circus Chairman William Bennett said Tuesday that he is close to completing a deal to buy the Sahara Hotel and 40 acres on the Las Vegas Strip for about $190 million. Plans call for expanding the 2,035-room Sahara to at least 3,000 rooms and eventually building a resort of similar size on the vacant 40 acres nearby. Also included in the transaction are 22 acres now used as a parking lot. Bennett said he wants to build on that land.
SPORTS
January 15, 1986
Walter Sims of North Hollywood will meet former World Boxing Assn. champion Robert Mayweather in a 10-round main event Wednesday night at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Mayweather is the International Boxing Federation's No. 5 lightweight contender. He has a record of 22-3, with 14 knockouts. Mayweather won the WBA junior lightweight championship in January, 1983, with an eighth-round knockout of Sammy Serrano in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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May 3, 2007 | Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun
Gordon Scott, an actor known for his portrayal of jungle superman Tarzan in six films and later roles in westerns and sword-and-sandals gladiator movies, died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from several heart surgeries. He was 80. Scott had spent the last five years living with friends Roger and Betty Thomas in Baltimore.
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