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March 15, 2009 | Jay Jones
In a city that's always on the go, there's never a lack of photo opportunities. For more than 60 years, photographers from the Las Vegas News Bureau have been capturing every conceivably newsworthy activity -- as diverse as the atomic bomb and Elton John -- to both document and publicize this ever-evolving city. They've probably shot a million pictures, maybe more.
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SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2009 | Charlie Amter
Don't look now, but in the middle of a recession, night-life players are doubling down, Vegas style, on Hollywood's return. Despite a brutal winter that forced smaller area lounges to shut their doors (see Play, S Bar and Hush Lounge) and pushed several others to open fewer nights per week, several operators -- some from out of town -- are betting that Hollywood's season of discontent might be coming to an end soon. They're positioning new venues to catch the crowds if indeed things turn around.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Jay Jones
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.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas embarks on a whole new game next week when Aviation Nation rolls out at Nellis Air Force Base . Want to see a drone close up? Check out the M-9 reaper, which might even make a demo flight. Want to see your tax dollars at work? F-15 and F-16 fighter planes will be ready for inspection. The Air Force's Thunderbirds and the F-22 Aerial Demonstration team will provide the in-air festivities. The event takes place during Veterans Day weekend, a good time to tour the base and thank those who serve our country too. The deal: Admission to the air show is free; parking at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this event and shuttles to the base also are free.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Wolfgang Puck, the man many credit with turning Las Vegas dining from a vast wasteland into a culinary happening, will celebrate two decades in Sin City with specials and a special appearance. Puck opened his first Vegas eatery, Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars , on Dec. 11, 1992. To mark the milestone, Puck will spend this Dec. 11 at Spago, greeting guests, posing for photos and cooking in the kitchen. From Dec. 10-14, Spago will be offer  a “throwback” menu featuring some of his favorite dishes at retro prices.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The supernatural side of Sin City will be on display as the Las Vegas Paranormal Conference casts its spell May 19-21 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino . Local ghost hunters Robert George Allen and Janice Oberding are hoping for plenty of paranormal activity over the course of three days. A planned seance will try to put participants in touch with Liberace. The legendary entertainer, who died in 1987, was known as Mr. Showmanship, and the seance is to be held in his old dressing room.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Actress and singer Pia Zadora is about to embark on an open-ended residency at Piero's Italian Cuisine, an old school Las Vegas restaurant. The restaurant's lounge will be transformed into Pia's Place, where Zadora , a Golden Globe winner, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays beginning Thursday. The chanteuse will be accompanied by a quartet led by Vincent Falcone, a pianist and former musical director for Frank Sinatra. Zadora will sing such standards as  “All of Me,” “That Old Black Magic” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” A cover charge of $30 includes two cocktails.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Beer lovers will have plenty of craft brews to sample and enjoy in downtown Las Vegas the evening of Sept. 21 at a brew fest. The Downtown Brew Festival begins at 6 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. More than 170 seasonal beers from about 50 local and regional breweries will be available for tasting. Several southern Nevada brewers will be highlighting exclusive offerings available for the first time at the festival. Four Las Vegas breweries will showcase eight specialty beers they plan to enter in the 2013 Great American Beer Festival next month in Denver.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Jay Jones
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
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)
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.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
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.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a visitor. Impeccably dressed in a pricey blue suit, he gazes smugly past the mayor and her oversized desk inside the new City Hall - admiring commanding views of downtown and ocher-hued hills on the horizon. "This used to be my office," he announces. "No, you never worked here," she says dismissively. "Well, I designed the balcony. As my refuge for a martini and a cigar. " The mayor eyes this cross-to-bear caller. Over the next hour, she alternately describes him as a "big buffoon and phony," a "narcissist" and a "snake-charmer," along with "outlandish" and "brilliant.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Actress and singer Pia Zadora is about to embark on an open-ended residency at Piero's Italian Cuisine, an old school Las Vegas restaurant. The restaurant's lounge will be transformed into Pia's Place, where Zadora , a Golden Globe winner, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays beginning Thursday. The chanteuse will be accompanied by a quartet led by Vincent Falcone, a pianist and former musical director for Frank Sinatra. Zadora will sing such standards as  “All of Me,” “That Old Black Magic” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” A cover charge of $30 includes two cocktails.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Beer lovers will have plenty of craft brews to sample and enjoy in downtown Las Vegas the evening of Sept. 21 at a brew fest. The Downtown Brew Festival begins at 6 p.m. at the Clark County Amphitheater at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. More than 170 seasonal beers from about 50 local and regional breweries will be available for tasting. Several southern Nevada brewers will be highlighting exclusive offerings available for the first time at the festival. Four Las Vegas breweries will showcase eight specialty beers they plan to enter in the 2013 Great American Beer Festival next month in Denver.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
This Valentine's Day, a variety of special events in Las Vegas will cater to couples, but singles can mingle (in search of that special someone) at activities created just for them. And, on what's the busiest day of the year for marriages in the world's wedding capital, there's the chance to ditch the chapels and get hitched amid Sin City's historic neon. In search of a romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Dozens of restaurants will offer special menus. The Michelin three-star Joel Robuchon Restaurant   at MGM Grand will be offering a 13-course meal, starting with spiced strawberry gazpacho and ending with “an assortment of succulent sweets.” The “Lovers Experience” costs $435 a person.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Las Vegas will celebrate the Chinese New Year next month, replete with dragon dances, firecrackers, fabulous food and stunning floral displays  along the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. The fun gets underway at the Fremont Street Experience at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. Dragon dancers will perform as virtual firecrackers explode on the Viva Vision canopy overhead. Through Feb. 10, the pedestrian mall will be alive with cultural performances and vendors selling Asian food. At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, a dragon dance will wind its way through the Venetian . The performers will eventually make their way to the resort's Waterfall Atrium, which is already bedecked in a colorful display featuring “Sophie Chow,” an animated, 98-foot-long blue snake that welcomes the arrival of the Year of the Snake.
OPINION
August 4, 2013
Re "Braking a habit of the Vegas trip," Aug. 2 When I bought my one and only Corvette in 2005, my first thought was when I would drive to Las Vegas to see how it really ran. Three weeks later and with a full tank, I found myself cruising along Interstate 15 en route to Sin City. On what looked to be a very straight, safe and almost vacant part of the highway, I got my Vette up to 124 miles per hour and decided that was fast enough. There were no cops and no problems, but I knew this was a free gift.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - This is a town that might as well be situated on the surface of Venus; it's that accustomed to the wrath of the summer sun. So when this tourist haunt issues health warnings about an upcoming heat wave, it's a good idea to sit up and take notice. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for this weekend, predicting that temperatures Sunday could match the record-high of 117 degrees, reached on only two other occasions in the city's recorded history.
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