June 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE MAN from Philadelphia arrived in Las Vegas, the city was starting to wake up. Casinos were being built, but the Mafia had too much influence, and Bugsy Siegel had just been slain. Nevertheless, the period of the early 1950s was called the "Golden Era" because the potential was not just a glint in the eyes of a few rich men. It was real. Alvin "Al" Benedict, a Central High School grad and Rutgers swimming champ, arrived in town and eventually became a casino executive who helped some of those rich men get richer.
May 21, 2014 |
T HE EAGLES won 10 games in Chip Kelly's inaugural season. Finished first in the East. Came within three points of beating the Saints in the playoffs. A vast improvement from the previous season's 4-12 record. So they've earned respect, right? Not, it would seem, from the people who set the NFL win totals at the Las Vegas Hilton. The early line on the Eagles, according to LVH, is nine wins, which most likely puts them on the playoff bubble. Actually, nine isn't bad in the overall scheme of things.
March 31, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Gov. Christie, fresh off a media blitz to boost his image in the wake of the controversies dogging his second term, appeared at a gathering of prominent Republican donors Saturday and presented himself as a straight-talking leader focused on winning elections. He also emphasized his support for Israel while addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Venetian, a luxury resort owned by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Support from Adelson, a megadonor who spent more than $92 million on the 2012 elections, is seen as key in the 2016 presidential race.
March 12, 2014 |
THERE'S A GREAT story in Kostya Kennedy's new book, "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma" about the time the all-time hit king finally felt real sorrow, real remorse, for gambling on baseball. At a banquet held on the 25th anniversary of his recordsetting 4,192nd hit, Rose looked upon a room that held former teammates, opposing players, executives, fans and friends, and began to break down. "I disrespected baseball," he said at one point, choking up. "I guarantee everyone in this room I will never disrespect you again.
February 7, 2014 |
GEOFF ARNOLD was in Las Vegas one summer, going from gym to gym, watching AAU games, searching for players who might fit at Drexel, where he was an assistant coach. He had just talked to his sister Jeralyn, who had told him her son was in Vegas, playing for a 15-and-under team from New Orleans. Arnold had seen him play before, but it had been a while. One morning when he did not have to see a game involving 17- and 18-year-olds, Arnold went to watch his nephew. "There was a jump ball and his team got it," Arnold remembered.
December 31, 2013 |
TONIGHT, LAS VEGAS gets a new slogan: What happens in 2013, stays in 2013. Sin City, where the economy is built on gambling, sex and entertainment, is going all out to sell itself as a New Year's destination - even if drunken debauchery is the norm there every night. With New Year's Eve falling on a Tuesday, many casinos offered up special "New Year's Eve Eve" events yesterday and advertised the two days before that as the biggest weekend of the year. Today, casinos will start the revelry as early as possible.
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.