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.
October 8, 2012 |
Three-time winner Meghan Stasi, a former resident of Voorhees, was the runner-up to medalist Dawn Woodard on Sunday in qualifying for match play in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. Stasi, the former Meghan Bolger, had rounds of 74 and 71 for a 1-over-par 145 - 3 strokes behind Woodard. A member of the Eastern High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Stasi won in 2006, 2007, and 2010. ANTALYA, Turkey - U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox and Chris Williams each shot 2-under 69 to help the United States beat Mexico by 5 strokes and win the rain-shortened World Amateur Team Championship at Antalya Golf Club.
October 5, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - In this town, where "wow" is a prerequisite for anything new, Caesars Entertainment Inc., the company behind the $550 million Linq retail/dining/entertainment venue being built at the heart of the Strip, boasts that it will be the next must-see attraction, luring gamblers and non-gamblers alike. Caesars Entertainment, of course, also owns Bally's, Showboat, Harrah's Resort and Caesars in Atlantic City, as well as Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester. And at an event on the terrace at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace announcing the project's first tenants, Gary Loveman, Caesars Entertainment chairman and CEO, said the Linq is just the type of non-gaming attraction that Atlantic City is focusing on. "Something of this general sort, I think, could work in Atlantic City as we try to widen the attractions in the city," he said.
October 4, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Internet gaming, the next frontier for casinos, occupies center stage here this week at the Global Gaming Expo, known as G2E. What form I-gaming will take and how it will be regulated are anyone's guess, but the industry already is creating interactive products that will allow anyone who frequents a casino to enjoy favorite slot machines or table games online, in virtual versions that look identical to those on the casino floor....
September 27, 2012 |
GOLDEN TATE was asked if he could repeat some of what was directed toward him on social media after his disputed touchdown catch that lifted Seattle past Green Bay. "If I mentioned those words it would be bleeps, bleeps, bleeps," Tate said Wednesday. "Some nasty stuff. It's mean. " Tate earned himself the odd position of being viewed as a villain when he was ruled to have pulled in a 24-yard touchdown pass that gave Seattle a 14-12 victory over the Packers on Monday night. The catch set off a storm of criticism because the replacement officials awarded Tate the catch instead of giving an interception to Green Bay's M.D. Jennings.