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Delen Goldberg

The Sunday Editor

Delen is a California native with degrees from UC Berkeley and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has covered crime, courts, the environment and politics for newspapers in New York and Nevada. She joined the Sun in 2010 as a political reporter and now covers business and entertainment, while also serving as the digital editor for the Sun's business-to-business publication, Vegas Inc.

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Smith Center's Don Snyder is lauded for work in community
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Don Snyder, the driving force behind the development of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, was awarded Tuesday with a prestigious award from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Employers Association of Southern Nevada and Nevada Taxpayers Association.
Mayor finds silver lining for Las Vegas in GSA scandal
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman downplayed concerns Tuesday that a recent scandal involving the federal General Services Administration is hurting Las Vegas. In fact, the mayor said the spotlight focused here as a result of the investigation was helping the city.
Businesses find sweet spot in economy with dessert
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Got a sweet tooth? Try heading out to the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard is best known for its resort casinos and fancy restaurants. But more and more dessert and pastry shops are popping up. Consider it a function of the economy. “Chocolate is more of an impulse buy,” said Elizabeth Blau, a local restaurateur and founder of the restaurant consulting firm Blau and Associates.
Hyde Bellagio among clubs set to debut
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
Hyde Bellagio is among three Las Vegas Strip clubs debuting for 2012, along with 1 OAK at the Mirage and RPM Nightclub at the Tropicana.
Cee Lo Green to launch show at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
It’s official — hip-hop artist Cee Lo Green will bring a modern Liberace-type show to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas ranked No. 14 on drunkest cities list
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
In an analysis that some Las Vegans might question, in that it excludes consumption by tourists, the news website Daily Beast named Las Vegas the nation's 14th drunkest city.
MGM Grand's lion habitat to close Jan. 31
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
The MGM Grand is losing its lions. Resort officials announced Wednesday the property’s iconic lion habitat will close permanently Jan. 31. “That is part of an overall property-wide renovation project,” MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet said.
Home builders catering to extended families
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Multigenerational houses — those with attached in-law suites or backyard casitas meant to accommodate grandparents, adult children or other extended family members — are being added to the valley’s landscape with increasing frequency.
The most expensive New Year's Eve dinners in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011
New Year’s Eve is often a night of excess, and Las Vegas corners the market on indulgence. Some people might go overboard with drinks on the Strip. Others will dance the night away in clubs.
Rap celeb Flavor Flav getting into food, beverage biz
Friday, Dec. 23, 2011
Flavor Flav — rapper, reality TV veteran and Las Vegas resident — has launched a signature vodka and says he is on track to open a fried chicken restaurant in Las Vegas in February.
KISS mini-golf course to open in March
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
KISS by Monster Mini Golf, an indoor putt-putt course themed after the iconic glam-rock band, will open March 15 at The Shoppes at Harmon Square, owners announced this week.
Bon Jovi video show coming to Fremont Street
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
The Fremont Street Experience is getting a new video show starring Jon Bon Jovi for the new year.
TV producers seeking pregnant mothers, daughters
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
Agents with a television production company are casting in Las Vegas for a reality show that will follow the journeys of mothers and daughters who are pregnant at the same time.
Oscar Goodman's signature steakhouse opens at the Plaza
New Oscar's Beef, Booze & Broads restaurant plays up former Las Vegas mayor's colorful and irreverent personality
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Oscar Goodman doesn’t own or manage Oscar’s, the new steakhouse at the Plaza, but his influence on the restaurant is unmistakable.
Want a quickie wedding, faux wedding or pet wedding? Head to the Cosmopolitan
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Las Vegas is home to Elvis weddings, gondola weddings and roller coaster weddings. Now, add pop-up weddings to the list at the Cosmopolitan.
Cosmopolitan to open pop-up wedding chapel
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
The Cosmopolitan announced it would debut a “Pop-Up Wedding Chapel” next week where people can get married on the fly and tourists can gawk at the nuptials.
Eleven more businesses move into retail center Tivoli Village
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011
Tivoli Village is getting a second grand opening of sorts, with 11 new tenants moving in.
That’s the biggest influx at the $850 million retail-office complex since it opened in April after stalling midconstruction.
Caesars' Octavius Tower — with 'small hotel feel' — is set to open
Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
Las Vegas tourists often come to the city looking for a bargain, especially as the economy continues to falter. Caesars Entertainment is counting on the boutique feel of a new hotel tower to attract customers despite its higher prices. Finishing touches are being put on Octavius Tower, Caesars Palace’s “hotel within a hotel,” in advance of its Jan. 2 opening.
Eighth fireworks show added to New Year's Eve celebration on Strip
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Revelers heading to the Strip this New Year’s Eve will have even more opportunity to watch fireworks than last year. Las Vegas tourism officials have added an eighth pyrotechnics display to the lineup.
From Fergie to Snooki to Britney, celebs earn top dollars for Las Vegas New Year's Eve appearances
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
For some celebrities, sipping champagne and being seen at a Las Vegas club this New Year’s Eve will earn them a larger paycheck than their actual jobs headlining TV series, reality shows and concert tours.
How used soap, shampoo from Las Vegas hotels can save lives
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times a day on the Strip: Tourists rip open hotel room soaps, pop open complimentary bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and use them once or twice. Then they leave, and the amenities sit half-full on a bathroom counter. Not so long ago, those soaps and shampoos were thrown away. Now, they’re being recycled to help save lives. A number of Strip resorts have partnered with the nonprofit group Clean the World to collect partially used hotel room toiletries and recycle them for use by people in need in the United States and abroad.
Food Network to feature booze-infused cupcakes made in Las Vegas
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
The owners of Pick Your Poison Bake Shop in Las Vegas, which specializes in cupcakes made with alcohol, will be featured Sunday on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars."
Motown stars bring soul food to the Strip
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Not to be outdone by rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd or country star Toby Keith, a group of Motown moguls from the 1960s recently opened a Strip restaurant of their own. Eight celebrities co-own Catfish Alley, a soul food joint that opened last month in the Hawaiian Marketplace.
Very Vegas Christmas gifts: Women, cars and coal
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Las Vegas does everything a bit differently, and Christmas is no exception. Consider the recent Santa Run at Town Square in which 8,000 runners donned red suits and beards, or the 6-foot, 200-pound chocolate Grinch towering over guests at the Bellagio.
'Immortal' tour takes Cirque brand to wider audience
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011
At a cost of about $55 million, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” is neither Cirque du Soleil’s most expensive nor most elaborate production. But it’s introducing the circus troupe’s unique craft to new audiences worldwide and expanding how the French-Canadian company does business.
Beach Boys restaurant to open in Vegas
Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
The Beach Boys are joining a growing wave of musicians opening restaurants in Las Vegas.
Station Casinos takes back reins on its restaurants
Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
After several years of experimenting with leased venues and private contractors, Station Casinos is back to running most of the restaurants at its properties. The resort chain recently took over ownership and operation of several casino restaurants previously run by outside partners.
New Buca di Beppo restaurant on the Strip hiring 75 workers
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Italian chain restaurant Buca di Beppo is hiring workers for its first Strip location. The restaurant is scheduled to open Dec. 23 at Excalibur.
Pete Rose sells copies of his baseball walking papers
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
For $500, you can own copies of the documents that formalized Pete Rose’s banishment from Major League Baseball. Baseball’s all-time leader in hits has begun selling notarized copies of his walking papers at Antiquities inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and on his website.
Hooters opens Joystixx video-game lounge
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Hooters Casino Hotel has opened a video-game bar featuring console video gaming, classic arcade games and VIP booths.
The business of partying
What works and what doesn't in Las Vegas' club scene
Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
This is how one business in town recently celebrated its birthday: A handful of sexy cowgirls in stars-and-stripes bikinis gyrating atop a bar, the vibration and bass of the country-rock music so strong that 100 bras, dangling from the ceiling, are quivering. This is a birthday party, Coyote Ugly-style.
'Pawn Stars' proprietors offer jobs to locked-out NBA players
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
If the “Pawn Stars” posse has its way, customers could soon buy electronics from LeBron James or sell watches to Carmelo Anthony.
New dim sum, Chinese seafood restaurant opening at the Rio
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
A popular Spring Mountain Road Chinese restaurant is opening a second location off the Strip.
Strip retailers join day-after-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
For all their glitz and glamour, most of the Strip’s shopping centers will look like any other mall this Black Friday, with lights blazing as most of the city sleeps and crowds clamoring for hot deals on limited merchandise.

Brewing company's burger named one of nation's best
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
A Las Vegas cheeseburger has been named one of the best in the nation.
Caesars Entertainment renovating rooms at the Flamingo
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
More than 2,300 hotel rooms in the historic Flamingo are getting a makeover, Caesars Entertainment officials announced Tuesday. Five hundred refurbished rooms will be available for guests starting Jan. 2, with plans to complete an additional 100 rooms every 11 days.
New shopping center planned for McCarran Airport
Monday, Nov. 21, 2011
McCarran Airport is getting a specialty shopping mall in 2013. Travel retailer Hudson Group announced Monday that airport officials and the Clark County Commission approved Hudson’s plan to build six new retail stores and kiosks in the rotunda area of Concourse D.
New art house bookstore opens at the Cosmopolitan
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
British art book publisher Phaidon Press opened its only U.S. pop-up store this week at the Cosmopolitan.
'Bonus Boxes' with prizes for players in test phase at Red Rock
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Real paper money is a rare thing in casinos these days. But a new slot machine accessory being tested at Red Rock puts cash back on the gaming floor.
MGM Resorts honored for food recycling
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
MGM Resorts International was recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being a leader in food waste recycling.
Dos Caminos Mexican restaurant closes at the Palazzo
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Dos Caminos, the Palazzo’s high-end Mexican restaurant, abruptly closed its doors Monday. The eatery, which opened in February 2008, has no plans to reopen at the resort.
Downtown Western Casino closing after 41 years
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
The 41-year-old Western Casino in downtown Las Vegas is closing. Because of decreased demand, Tamares Real Estate will be closing the Western Casino, effective Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, for an indefinite period of time. Tamares, which is renovating the Plaza Hotel and Casino, said it needs to consider redevelopment options for the Western Casino and other Tamares properties.
Fodor's ranks Cosmopolitan among best hotels in the world
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas’ newest Strip resort, was named last week one of Fodor’s 100 best hotels in the world. The travel guide nominated it in the “new and worthy” category.
Original Pancake House locations close at Station Casinos
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Two Station Casinos properties recently changed their breakfast menus: The Original Pancake House at Green Valley Ranch and Aliante Station closed.
Hands-on inventor
Henderson contractor debuts device at SEMA
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
Mark Giberti is inventor of the Easy Puller, a plier-like tool that clamps objects and uses a pulling force to remove them.
Station Casinos hires Culinary union advocate
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Station Casinos, which for years has waged a vicious battle with the Culinary union, announced Friday that it hired one of the labor group’s strongest advocates. Mike Sloan joins Fertitta Entertainment as a senior vice president of government relations.
Oscar Goodman's steakhouse hiring waiters, bartenders and 'broads'
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Oscar Goodman is looking for a few good — as he would put it — broads. Las Vegas’ former showgirl-toting mayor is hiring half a dozen beautiful women for his new restaurant “Oscar’s.”
Las Vegas wishes 11/11/11 happened more often
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
For believers, 11/11/11 is an auspicious day filled with luck and opportunity. For skeptics, it’s just another Friday. For Las Vegas, it’s a business boon. Wedding venues are bracing for their busiest day of the year. Hospitals expect an inordinate number of newborns.
New luxury gun lounge has 40 jobs available
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011
Guns, babes and celebrities ­— that’s Machine Guns Vegas, in a nutshell. The new shooting range, which markets itself as the world’s first luxury gun lounge, is set to open early next year and needs to fill its ranks. The company is advertising almost 40 available jobs.
New poker slot machine aims to simulate a human brain
Friday, Nov. 4, 2011
Your poker opponent pauses to think, stalls, then raises. You aren’t sure if it’s a bluff. Good luck charms sit on the table. It sounds like virtually any poker game, and it is. Except for the fact that your opponent is a computer, and you’re playing on a slot machine.

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