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.
March 11, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday for his new Joe Gibbs Racing team, barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the JGR Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway Racing in the offseason. He took the lead away from Kahne out of a late restart and fended off Kahne's Chevrolet over the final laps, adding another trophy to his Las Vegas victories in 2003 and 2004.
February 24, 2013
A recent poll conducted by travel-dating website MissTravel.com showed a 22 percent increase in the number of members joining in search of a travel companion to accompany them on their business trips. But where is the best place to close the deal, and a date? Here is the site's list of Top 10 Destinations for Business and Romance. 10. Miami 9. Paris 8. Rio de Janeiro 7. Beijing 6. Barcelona, Spain 4. Las Vegas 3. Dubai 2. New York City 1. San Francisco
February 24, 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.