April 12, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Last year, boxing promoter Bob Arum took a Manny Pacquiao fight to China and its rich casinos. Wednesday, he lashed out at the go-to boxing site in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand and its massive Garden Arena, with such vitriol that you might assume Top Rank Promotions and its large stable of name fighters won't be back there. Arum, furious that the bulk of the signage in the MGM Grand was not for his Saturday night headliner between Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, but for the May 3 battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marco Maidana, was asked if this was it for him and the MGM. “Never say never,” he said.
March 27, 2014 |
TV personality and model Holly Madison recently helped welcome Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills-based cupcake bakery, to Las Vegas. Sporting a new, reddish-brown hair color--she used to be a blonde-- Holly Madison made the first withdrawal from Sprinkles ' unique ATM. It dispenses cupcakes instead of cash. Madison first tried a cupcake in vanilla, her favorite flavor. She later ordered more items to take home: mini-cupcakes for her daughter, Rainbow, as well as dog-friendly cupcakes for the family pets.
March 13, 2014 |
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
January 21, 2014 |
Two downtown Las Vegas casinos -- the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino -- will begin accepting bitcoin on Wednesday. The co-owned properties will welcome the digital currency at their hotel and gift shops but not for gambling, an announcement Tuesday said. The recently upgraded Golden Gate , Vegas' oldest hotel which opened in 1906, and the newish D represent part of the rise of the city's downtown area. Derek Stevens, chief executive of both casinos, acted after being approached by several customers who floated the idea of paying with bitcoin , he said in a statement.
December 29, 2013
Re "It's no sin to be rich," Opinion, Dec. 27 Richard Riordan and Eli Broad are notable for their business acumen and philanthropic efforts, but their idea that we should rely on philanthropy to fulfill many societal needs is problematic. They decry "onerous" taxes. Onerous? We are taxed at historically low federal rates, and income inequality continues to widen. When an extraordinarily wealthy candidate for president pays an effective federal income tax rate of about 14%, would a few-percentage-point increase stop him from amassing more wealth?
December 27, 2013 |
Is it a sin to be rich? Not if your resources are used to help others and create jobs. If you listen to most of the discussions of income inequality, it certainly seems like affluence itself is a crime. We hear increasing calls for higher taxes on the wealthy and other policies designed to redistribute income. President Obama summed up that position when he said, "Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. " The assumption behind these proposals is that a minority of Americans has become rich by making a majority of our people poorer.