January 19, 2013 |
Las Vegas Sands Corp., the company controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is seeking a buyer for its casino in Bethlehem, Pa., according to people with knowledge of the situation. The Las Vegas-based company is asking as much as $1 billion for the property, the second-largest casino in the state based on gambling revenue, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. A deal is not certain. Efforts to sell the casino have been complicated by price and potential buyers involved in other deals.
January 17, 2013
CAN WE BE frank? Numerous media organizations taking the pulse of the giant CES consumer electronics show put out "Best of CES" lists. But with 3,300 exhibitors unveiling something like 20,000 new products, who can claim to have judged them all? And this year, it became painfully clear the choices can be manipulated. Popular tech website CNET was forced to disqualify the innovative, second-generation DISH Hopper satellite receiver/DVR from its "best of" awards. CBS, a sister operation of CNET parent company Viacom, is suing DISH over Hopper's automatic commercial skip feature.
January 4, 2013 |
The Consumer Electronics Show will turn Las Vegas into a technology wonderland next week, as 3,260 companies from around the world vie for attention from the media, the public, and potential business partners. For consumers, the show provides a window onto what's in store in the months ahead. Sometimes it's a preview of big hits, and sometimes of misses. Last year, Intel showcased a "reference design" for a light, long-lived Windows laptop billed as an alternative to tablets and to Apple's popular MacBook Air. So far, sales of Intel-based "Ultrabooks" have underwhelmed, though the technology is promising.
December 21, 2012 |
THEY ALWAYS said former Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton was fast. Turns out she's loose, too. Favor Hamilton, 44, told TheSmokingGun.com on Thursday that she has been working as a prostitute for an escort service in Las Vegas. The middle-distance runner competed in the Olympics in 1992, '96 and 2000 but never medaled. She was a nine-time NCAA champion at Wisconsin and won seven U.S. national titles. According to the website, Favor Hamilton uses the name "Kelly Lundy" while working as a $600-an-hour call girl.
December 20, 2012
Jack Hanlon, 96, who had roles in the 1926 silent classic The General and in two 1927 Our Gang comedies, died Dec. 13 thursday in Las Vegas. His niece, Wendy Putnam Park of Las Vegas, said her uncle, precocious and freckle-faced, was a natural as a child actor from 1926 to 1933. After a small role with Buster Keaton in The General , he played mischievous kids in two Our Gang/Little Rascals films: The Glorious Fourth and Olympic Games. He got an on-screen kiss from Greta Garbo in the 1930 film Romance.
November 30, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - A dealmaker who helped bring Donald Trump to Sin City, courted Michael Jackson for a casino residency and consulted for Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin has been found dead at his home in Las Vegas. Jack Wishna was found dead at his Las Vegas-area home Tuesday, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said. The circumstances surrounding the 54-year-old's death were unknown. Murphy said he hoped investigators would be able to determine the cause of death Wednesday afternoon.
November 16, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Top Republicans meeting for the first time since Election Day say the party failed to unseat President Obama because nominee Mitt Romney did not respond to criticism strongly enough or outline a specific agenda with a broad appeal. In conversations at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, a half-dozen party leaders predicted the GOP would lose again if it kept running the same playbook based on platitudes in place of detailed policies. Instead, these leaders asserted, the party needs to learn the lessons from its loss, respect voters' savvy, and put forward an agenda that appeals beyond the white, male voters who are its base.
October 29, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - As soon as you land here, you're on sensory overload. Billboards line the airport and the streets leading to the Strip: Rod Stewart at Caesars Colosseum; Penn & Teller at the Rio; gondola rides at the Venetian; a faux Eiffel Tower at Paris. Get into a cab, and Steve Wynn's soothing voice streams over a TV monitor, boasting about his casino-hotels' "fabulous restaurants, retail shops, rooms, nightclubs, and shows. " It's all part of a re-branding that began about 15 years ago, when tribal casinos in California became a threat to Vegas' gambling fortunes.
October 20, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - This city's skyline is dominated by an imposing row of high-rises, much like in any American metropolis. What makes politics here different is who works in those skyscrapers - not lawyers or accountants, but heavily unionized housekeepers, blackjack dealers and line cooks who have transformed Nevada into a swing-voting state. Cristina Aguilar is one of them. She fled a poverty-stricken life in Mexico for California in the 1980s and spent 11 years laboring in hotels there, barely making enough for her and her eight children to survive.
October 8, 2012 |
FORMER UNLV player Ryan Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the 16th hole to take the outright lead and finishing with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Brendon de Jonge. Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260 at TPC Summerlin. The Las Vegas resident earned $810,000 in the Fall Series opener. De Jonge shot a 67. Blixt had a 70 to finish third at 20 under.