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September 18, 2012 | By August Brown
Will the Killers be the last stadium-rock band America ever creates? We're great at pop, we invented hip-hop and we've even caught up at dubstep. But Coldplay is English, Arcade Fire is Canadian, and “Battle Born” feels like a reveille for the U.S. of A's last contender in the field of major guitar bands. The Killers have always alternated between Europhile and Americana fetishes. Their debut, “Hot Fuss,” got on the dance-punk revival a bit late but did it better than almost any peer; “Sam's Town” wore its rolled-sleeve Springsteen-isms proudly, and 2008's “Day & Age” turned to the art-pomp of Bowie and Roxy Music.
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September 18, 2012 | By August Brown
Will the Killers be the last stadium-rock band America ever creates? We're great at pop, we invented hip-hop and we've even caught up at dubstep. But Coldplay is English, Arcade Fire is Canadian, and “Battle Born” feels like a reveille for the U.S. of A's last contender in the field of major guitar bands. The Killers have always alternated between Europhile and Americana fetishes. Their debut, “Hot Fuss,” got on the dance-punk revival a bit late but did it better than almost any peer; “Sam's Town” wore its rolled-sleeve Springsteen-isms proudly, and 2008's “Day & Age” turned to the art-pomp of Bowie and Roxy Music.
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SPORTS
March 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Las Vegas -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled away from Mark Martin on the final restart and captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, the reigning Nationwide champion, won by nearly six seconds over the second-place Martin in the Sam's Town 300. Elliott Sadler finished third and Trevor Bayne fourth. The final restart came with 39 laps left in the 200-lap race, and Stenhouse — driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford — steadily put Martin in the distance for his third career Nationwide win and his first victory on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval.
SPORTS
March 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Las Vegas -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled away from Mark Martin on the final restart and captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, the reigning Nationwide champion, won by nearly six seconds over the second-place Martin in the Sam's Town 300. Elliott Sadler finished third and Trevor Bayne fourth. The final restart came with 39 laps left in the 200-lap race, and Stenhouse — driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford — steadily put Martin in the distance for his third career Nationwide win and his first victory on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval.
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July 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A prominent Elvis impersonator will observe the 36th anniversary of the King's death with three mid-August concerts in Las Vegas. Brandon Bennett will perform Aug. 16 at Sam's Town and Aug. 17 and 18 at the Suncoast . Presley died August 16, 1977, at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Bennett competed during Elvis Week at Graceland in 2008, earning the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. He is currently portraying Presley as a member of the Chicago cast of the musical “ Million Dollar Quartet.
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February 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
NASCAR returns to Las Vegas March 6-10 with the Sam's Town 300 and the Kobalt Tools 400 running on March 9 and 10, respectively,  at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway . But fans also can enjoy plenty of thrills the preceding three days. Things get underway at 6 p.m. March 6. That's when the trucks in which NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are hauled about the country will parade down Las Vegas Boulevard. The colorful 18-wheelers will depart from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign (south of Mandalay Bay )
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November 14, 2013 | By Jay Jones
If Vegas is your destination for Thanksgiving, you'll find plenty to be thankful for, including accommodations as cheap as $24 and a bounty of dining options as low as $13. Plus there's a special tree-lighting ceremony that kicks off the holidays.  A CheapOair survey found that Las Vegas is the third-most popular destination for U.S. travelers this Thanksgiving. New York and Orlando, Fla., are first and second, respectively. The day before Thanksgiving and the holiday are generally quiet ones for Strip hotels, which explains the prices I found online Wednesday.
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February 21, 2014 | By Jay Jones
NASCAR returns to Las Vegas in early March for five action-packed days on and off the track. The pre-race excitement starts at 6 p.m. March 5, with the so-called “hauler parade” along the Vegas Strip. Big rigs carrying the race cars will head north along Las Vegas Boulevard as they make their way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Fans can watch their favorite drivers practice on the 1 1/2-mile oval March 6 and 7. Grandstand admission will be free on March 6. March 8 begins with qualifying laps at 9:35 a.m. The Nationwide Series Boyd Gaming 300, formerly known as the Sam's Town 300, will get the green flag at 1:15 p.m. At noon March 9, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 gets underway.
NEWS
October 7, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Hotels are experiencing a general downturn in occupancy this Columbus Day weekend as compared with last year, industry analyst TravelClick reports. Nearly all markets are expected to be down. Among the biggest expected drops: Orlando, Fla., by 20% . . . .    Petit Ermitage , an 80-suite hotel  steps from the Sunset Strip, is relaunching its “Shop Hollywood!” packages . Nov. 11 - Dec. 30, with access to designers, stylists and private fashion events. Rates for the special start at $250.
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