February 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Kenneth Cherry Jr. was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives - along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab - ended in gunfire, a fiery crash, and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Strip. As investigators Friday tried to find the gunman in a black Range Rover SUV who triggered the chain of events, families and friends tried to grasp the finality of it all. "Right now my heart is breaking," said Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, Calif.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside. Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally's, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off in the predawn darkness.
January 31, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 290 of the nation's 372 largest metro areas in November compared with the same month a year ago. Rates rose in 68 cities and were unchanged in 14. The number of metro areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent fell to 47 from 70. The biggest annual decline was in Las Vegas, where the rate fell to 10 percent from 13.3 percent. Midland, Texas, reported the lowest rate, at 3.1 percent. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest rates, at 27.3 percent and 25.5 percent, respectively.
January 31, 2013
Spirit Airlines will begin daily nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Philadelphia International Airport on April 25. The Miramar, Fla.-based carrier earlier announced it will begin daily service to Dallas-Fort Worth on April 4, and seasonal nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C. on April 25. - Linda Loyd
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.