December 17, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - With about $2 billion in new hotels and renovations in 2013 and continuing into the new year, Las Vegas wants to make sure its rooms are the nicest in the country, as competition for tourists intensifies. Casino hotels up and down the Strip have done more than freshen bedsheets. They've either remodeled, refurbished, or rebranded; added amenities and topflight chefs; or, as in at least one example, added a hotel within a hotel - to be different. "What makes Las Vegas a premier tourist destination is the fact that it is always changing, adding new attractions, and enhancing older ones with the goal of providing guests with a new or different experience with each visit," said Kevin Bagger, senior director of strategic research and analytics, at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - the resort's chief marketing arm. As more states offer casino gambling, Bagger said, the upgrades were another way for Vegas to distinguish itself as a true vacation destination.
November 18, 2013 |
I just got back from a book tour through 10 cities - including Las Vegas. Jackpot! Remarkably, I had never been to Vegas before. I was a Vegas virgin. How did I get to go to Las Vegas on book tour? I'm lucky. Did I test this on my trip? No. I didn't even set foot in a casino. But I did get crazy in a Barnes & Noble. So why didn't I lose my Vegas virginity? Let me give you some background. The reason I got to go to Vegas was because I asked. I get a lot of e-mail from fans who live there, and in 20 years of touring, I had never been to their town.
November 18, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - From the top of the grandstands, the lights of the Vegas strip shine visibly a dozen miles to the east. A different world, ignored here on a high school football Friday night, when the local powerhouse is on the field for its last regular-season home game. With a chill in the air, the quarterback's mother puts a blanket over her legs. His father adds a wool cap. That quarterback takes off running and the P.A. announcer puts it simply: "Randall Cunningham, up the middle.
November 1, 2013 |
MARY STEENBURGEN burst on to the Hollywood scene in 1978, stuck in a marriage of convenience with Jack Nicholson in "Goin' South. " She's 60 now, hard to believe, with the same sexy, velvety drawl, and in "Last Vegas" she's hanging out with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. In real life, she's married to Ted Danson (TV's "Cheers" and "CSI" - perhaps the best known TV star of the past 30 years). Not a bad gig. "I love what I do for a living," she said recently when the Daily News spoke with her at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, "and still think I'm the luckiest person in the world to get to do this.
September 30, 2013 |
For most people, a trip to Las Vegas is an exciting time, but for the New York Mets' Greg Burke, shuttling to Sin City and back was an exercise in tedium and frustration. Burke, a 31-year-old graduate of Gloucester Catholic, was optioned six times during the season to the Mets' triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League. While Burke conceded that it was frustrating, the righthanded reliever also realized that being sent down to the minors six times also meant that he was called up to the majors six times.
August 12, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When Miss America returns to the Queen of Resorts next month after nearly eight years in Las Vegas, much is at stake for both. Since 2006, reality TV has put a sting into pageant viewership, while bruising casino competition from surrounding states has sapped this town's main industry and lifeblood. Miss America and Atlantic City - while perfect together - are each fighting for survival and relevancy. Each is trying to make a comeback against the odds and the backdrop of a city that many say has more grit, crime, and dilapidated buildings than when Miss A departed for the glitz of Vegas in January 2006.
July 28, 2013 |
Whatever is best for high school basketball star Horace Spencer III is also what is best for his father, Horace Spencer II said Friday morning. Even if that is sending the young player across the country for his last two high school seasons. Spencer, a 6-foot-9 power forward, plans to transfer from Bucks County's William Tennent High School to Nevada's Findlay Prep. He will be a junior this fall. "I want to put him in the best situation, not just for basketball but for the rest of his life," the elder Spencer said.
June 29, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled Friday over the West, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets would get burned on the scalding pavement. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California's Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121. The mercury there was expected to reach nearly 130 Friday - just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that has stood as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
May 8, 2013 |
Middleweight Gabriel Rosado spent an extra day in Las Vegas before flying back to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon. He grabbed a cheesesteak on Monday night and remained busy Tuesday morning making sure his dog, Max, stayed on the porch. But home has failed to lessen the sting of Rosado's controversial split-decision loss on Saturday to J'Leon Love on the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard. The 27-year-old Rosado (21-7) felt he dominated Love, took away his jab, and allowed his opponent to have just one strong round.
April 2, 2013 |
Five members of a Southern California family were killed in southern Nevada when their van was rear-ended by an 18-year-old driver who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. The dead were among seven family members who were in the van, authorities said. The other two - the 40-year-old female driver and a 15-year-old boy - were hospitalized in critical condition. Jean Soriano of California was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was treated and released at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.