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August 23, 2014

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2 Mormon missionaries found dead in Taiwan

(via Daily Herald)

Comment Two missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been found dead in their apartment. They were serving in the Taiwan Taipei mission. Elder Yu Peng Xiong, of the Kaohsiung Taiwan West Stake, and Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, of the Springville Utah West Stake, were found deceased in their apartment on Saturday, Aug. 23. No foul play is suspected, but no cause of death has yet been ...

The world’s highest-paid DJs: Electronic cash kings 2014

David Guetta celebrates the fourth anniversary of XS in Steve Wynn's Encore on Friday, April 5, 2013.

(via Forbes)

Comment When Calvin Harris topped last year’s Electronic Cash Kings list with a stunning $46 million in annual earnings, it seemed symptomatic of a bubble in the burgeoning EDM scene. But since then, the only thing that has popped is ... To see the full story, click here.

L.A. may consider cash prizes to boost voter turnout

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations ...

Honest Harry? Hipster Harry? Pick your favorite bearded look for Harry Reid

(via USA Today)

Comment After Sen. Dean Heller challenged Sen. Harry Reid to grow a beard in honor of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, USA Today invited readers to pick their favorite whiskered look for Reid — from the Abe Lincoln-inspired Honest Harry to hipster Harry. Cast your vote. To see the full story, click here.

Casinos want customers to stop leaving kids in cars while they gamble

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The casino industry is partnering with child safety advocates to try to stop casino customers from leaving children unattended in cars while they gamble — an issue all over the country, including in Maryland, where a 4-year-old was left alone in a parking garage for eight hours at Maryland Live. The American Gaming Association, whose members include Caesars Entertainment, MGM ...

Bundy’s views ‘far on the fringes’ of Mormonism, says BYU prof

(via By Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Comment Mormon cattle rancher Cliven Bundy takes an idiosyncratic stance on his church’s 12th Article of Faith, which calls for "being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." Bundy, who owes the federal government more than $1 million in grazing fees, supports the U.S. government only when it doesn’t interfere with what he views ...

Slot-machine science: How casinos get you to spend more money

Gamblers try their luck with slot machines during the opening of the casino floor at the Cromwell, formerly Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, on the Las Vegas Strip and Flamingo Avenue, Monday, April 21, 2014.

(via Vox)

Comment The next time you find yourself in a casino, pause for a second to appreciate the architecture. Casinos put an enormous amount of thought into their designs. The layout of the tables, the patterns on the carpet, the lighting — they're all explicitly engineered to make gambling more seductive and get you to spend more money. One surprising example are ...

Sides in fight over Massachusetts casino law ready to raise their voices

(via Boston Globe)

Comment From an East Boston campaign office with creaky floors and used furniture, leaders of the statewide effort to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law are getting ready to throw their first punch against the billion-dollar business. Canvassers next week will begin knocking on doors, and volunteers will crank up the phone banks, said Darek Barcikowski, manager of the Repeal the Casino Deal ...

Why thousands of crime suspects aren’t pursued once they leave Clark County

(via USA Today)

Comment Across the United States, a USA Today investigation has found, police routinely allow as many as half of the people wanted for crimes large and small to escape justice simply by venturing a few miles from where they are wanted. In the Las Vegas area alone, police records list more than 408,000 arrest warrants for fugitives who won't be pursued ...

Why Las Vegas has recovered better than Atlantic City since the recession

Tourists pose in front of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The recession hit gambling destination cities Las Vegas and Atlantic City especially hard, but though Las Vegas has been able to recover, Atlantic City has not, due in large part to the lack of diversity of its economy. According to a study released Monday by Moody’s, Las Vegas casino win revenue... To see the full story, click here.

Billionaire James Packer seeking return to Las Vegas

James Packer is executive chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Australia's richest person.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Bloomberg reports that Australian billionaire James Packer is plotting his return to Las Vegas after losing almost $2 billion during the 2008 credit crisis from ill-timed North America casino investments. Packer, chairman of Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd., is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier after buying a piece of ...

Could this be the worst beat in poker history?

(via For The Win)

Comment The stakes: $1 million. The hand: Pocket aces. Longtime ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern called it “the worst beat in the history of tournament poker.” You decide. To see the full story, click here.

Report: White Castle coming to Las Vegas

This June 21, 2004, file photo shows a White Castle restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

(via Eater)

Comment The foodie website Eater reports that White Castle is coming to Las Vegas and will be located at Casino Royale. Notoriously tight-lipped and privately owned, White Castle had no reaction to Eater Vegas' initial reveal of their Vegas plans. To see the full story, click here.

‘Gestapo’ BLM officers decried in House hearing

(via By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Comment The armed standoff between Cliven Bundy supporters and the Bureau of Land Management grew out of continued concern about heavy-handed actions by the federal agency’s law enforcement officials, a Utah county commissioner told a House committee on Thursday. "You may not be aware that much of the support for the rancher by everyday citizens may have resulted from a growing ...

Tyson to present Holyfield for induction into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame


Comment Former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have come a long way since 1997, when Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear in the third round and was disqualified in their infamous championship rematch. Over the years, they have put their ill feelings for each other to bed and even appeared in a recent television commercial spoofing the ...