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January 23, 2004 | Steve Lopez
A giant crane rises above the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, a grand gaming hall that's expanding as we speak. They're adding more casino floor space and erecting another parking garage to accommodate even more losers. "So it's going good," I said to an employee. "It's going good," he said with a smile. Now I know what people are doing with their vehicle license fee savings. It's none of my business what people do with their money, of course. But as Gov.
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SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Danny Webster
HENDERSON, Nev. -- I like to hang out at the Green Valley Ranch sports book, my occasional home away from home. Especially now, during the NCAA basketball tournament. But the other night, as I sipped my beer, I looked at the empty seat next to me. My eyes welled with tears. I didn't want anyone to see me crying, to be confused as some emotional drinker, but I couldn't help but think of him, how I knew he'd love to be here with me. His name was George Sommers. My grandpa. He was larger than life: bald, the big glasses and a classic New York accent.
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NATIONAL
November 21, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Jeanette White gripped five quarters with dirt-stained fingers and plopped them into a boxy video poker machine named Fortune 1: Clang! Clang! Clangclangclang! The machine's glowing screen, with graphics evoking the antique arcade game Pong, wished her "GOOD LUCK. " She pressed some buttons ? tap, tap ? and ended up with a pair of eights and another of kings. She was rewarded with the satisfying sound of a win: Clinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclink! The Eastside Cannery, a hotel-casino east of the Las Vegas Strip, has earned White's loyalty ?
SCIENCE
March 5, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Apparently casinos are good for losing more than just cash. A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found that adding slot machines to California casinos was linked to a modest reduction in obesity rates for Native American children. Specifically, researchers found that for every one-armed bandit added per child, there was a corresponding 0.19% reduction in obesity risk. Study authors based their conclusions on an examination of 117 California school districts that encompass tribal lands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A three-week undercover investigation into illegal gambling at bars in the northeast San Fernando Valley led to five arrests and the confiscation of three illegal video slot machines, Los Angeles police said Thursday. The machines were distributed at bars in Sylmar and Arleta by an unknown man who told owners he would split proceeds from the devices, LAPD Officer Tim Blake said. The distributor provided owners with stickers for the games that read: "For Amusement Purposes Only."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1998 | ROBERT A. JONES
Largely ignored last week was the unveiling of the Pala tribe's new slot machine. Take my word for it, this doozy has the flashing lights, the chirpy sounds, everything you need for a real humding. . . . Whoa, excuse me. I misspoke. That was not a slot machine that got introduced. As we all know, slots are illegal in California. What the tribe unveiled was an Indian Video Lottery Match Game. An easy mistake to make, because this machine looks like a slot machine and acts like a slot machine.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
Nobody would ever claim that California's Indian tribes are pushovers at the bargaining table, especially in their current guise as Vegas-scale gambling entrepreneurs. But one wonders whether the reason the biggest casino tribes have shown so much spine in facing down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demand to share their slot machine action is because they've been quietly preparing a Plan B, derived from this question: When is a slot machine not a slot machine?
NEWS
August 12, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a ruling that prompted claims of victory by both the champions and opponents of full-fledged Indian gambling in California, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld its earlier opinion that the state's tribes cannot offer types of gambling that are not otherwise permitted in the state. But the judges ordered a federal district court in Sacramento to specifically resolve once and for all whether California permits slot machines through its state lottery laws. State Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard police shut down a tobacco shop this week and arrested its owner on suspicion of selling illegal weapons and operating illegal video-style slot machines at the store. Tobacco King owner Paul Kwon, 63, of Chatsworth was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday at his business in the 800 block of Ventura Road, said David Keith, spokesman for the Police Department. A tip from a neighborhood resident alerted police to the activity at the smoke shop, Keith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Huntington Beach man will be sentenced this month after a jury found him guilty of four counts of possessing slot machines, officials said Friday. According to police, Robert Bridgeman, 44, negotiated deals with business owners in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa to set up video gambling machines at their establishments. An investigation was launched in December 2002 after machines were found in Express Donuts on Garfield Avenue in Huntington Beach, police said.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate gave final approval to a controversial new tribal casino that divided Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento and could reshape the future of gambling in California. The 22-11 vote, which split members of both parties, will allow the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a new casino with 2,000 slot machines on a 300-acre parcel just north of Madera in the Central Valley that was once slated to be a NASCAR track. The deal was made possible through a rare federal approval process that allowed the tribe to build on land it has just recently acquired.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice. They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the track's final one, which ends Dec. 22. For people in the business, and fans of the sport, the next six months of racing at the place universally known as Hollypark will be an emotional saddle sore. The bulldozers are at the gate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California's practice of pressuring Indian tribes to share casino profits in exchange for approval of slot machines has been hit with a setback. The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians has received approval of its gambling authorization from the federal government, reducing the amount it must pay the state, which has traditionally negotiated gaming compacts and demanded a large share of profits. Rincon had sued then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state for “illegal taxation” and “bad faith” in renegotiations for a gaming compact in which the tribe was asked to share profits in exchange for the state approving 900 new slot machines for its Harrah's Rincon Casino and Resort in San Diego County.
TRAVEL
March 11, 2012
Regarding "A Cultural Jackpot," March 4: If ever there was a topic that's right for a particular section of the Sunday paper, it has to be Las Vegas, particularly those stories on the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts, restaurants with new vegan menus, a dissertation on pinball machines and 21 things to do while in Vegas on a shoestring budget. I go there because of what Vegas is and the possibility I might have fun gambling. (I would like to alter a current popular saying: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, including my money.
OPINION
June 28, 2011
Not long after he took office in 2003, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered Indian tribes a deal his administration believed was a win for both sides: They could add hundreds of slot machines to their casinos if they paid a double-digit percentage of their earnings to the state's general fund. Although some tribes leaped at the offer, generating about $350 million a year for the state, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians argued that it amounted to an unlawful tax. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed last year, and on Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear the state's challenge to that ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
SANTA YSABEL INDIAN RESERVATION The Santa Ysabel Indian band will open a small casino next year in the eastern part of San Diego County. The band hired Arizona management company Majestic Gaming to raise between $15 million and $18 million for the 350-slot casino. The facility will include blackjack tables and a 24-hour restaurant.
NEWS
April 7, 1994 | Associated Press
Missouri voters Tuesday narrowly defeated a constitutional amendment that would have allowed slot machines on riverboats. The amendment would have lifted the ban in the Missouri Constitution on "games of chance." Riverboat owners can still get a state license to offer so-called games of skill, such as poker or blackjack.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Jeanette White gripped five quarters with dirt-stained fingers and plopped them into a boxy video poker machine named Fortune 1: Clang! Clang! Clangclangclang! The machine's glowing screen, with graphics evoking the antique arcade game Pong, wished her "GOOD LUCK. " She pressed some buttons ? tap, tap ? and ended up with a pair of eights and another of kings. She was rewarded with the satisfying sound of a win: Clinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclinkclink! The Eastside Cannery, a hotel-casino east of the Las Vegas Strip, has earned White's loyalty ?
SPORTS
December 22, 2009 | Wire Reports
The New York Racing Assn. said Monday it is facing a cash crunch that could threaten the Belmont Stakes and thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown because the state government still hasn't approved video slot machines at the Aqueduct racetrack. NYRA President Charlie Hayward said that unless state lawmakers agree to get video slots up and running soon at Aqueduct, the NYRA may need another $30-million bailout from the state to save the racing season at Belmont, which includes the storied final leg of the Triple Crown.
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