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Despite blowback, militiamen stand their ground with rancher Cliven Bundy
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Cliven Bundy’s racist comments about African-Americans and slavery in a New York Times story have not deterred scores of militiamen. They say ...
With a wink and nod, activist plans BundyFest! to protest rancher Cliven Bundy
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bunkerville could be the site of a monthlong anti-Bundy festival dubbed BundyFest! At least, that’s what organizer, activist and author Sean Shealy is promoting on the Internet. The BundyFest! logistics seem...
The world through militia eyes
Domestic terrorists? Heroes? Who are the armed men who invaded Nevada?
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Militiamen descended on Bunkerville from all over the nation to help Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy reclaim his cattle from the federal agency that had rounded some of them up because Bundy had not paid grazing fees for more than 20 years. We got a close-up view of their encampment.
Guinness confirms another world record for Las Vegas
Friday, April 18, 2014
The High Roller now has a page in the “Guinness World Records” book as the world’s tallest observation wheel. At 550 feet tall, the wheel is bigger than …
Citing safety concerns, BLM calls off cattle roundup
Feds release all cows gathered
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The campaign to round up Cliven Bundy’s cattle has been canceled. The Bureau of Land Management announced today that federal agents would conclude their one-month operation to seize the 900 cattle roaming on federally owned land about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Additionally, federal land managers confirmed ...
Q+A: Behind the Bundy, BLM battle
Friday, April 11, 2014
The complex case of Cliven Bundy raises questions about grazing permits, tortoises and ranchers’ rights.
Militiamen make their presence felt in protest of BLM’s livestock grab
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The militiamen rolled in to draw a line in the dirt. About 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas, they set up camp on a sun-baked patch of land next to a bend in the Virgin River, keeping supplies ...
How one ad campaign changed the face of Las Vegas
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Five words changed everything: "What happens here, stays here." It’s a slogan unlike any other in the history of advertising. At a time when tourism had taken a hit nationwide, a city so dependent on other people spending their money here needed something to bring it back. The campaign was...
Quints’ dad’s legal woes may be a turn-off for reality television
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Deon Derrico has been talking with producers to try to get on the small screen, but he may have to clean up some dirty laundry before ...
Father of Las Vegas quints faces real estate fraud charges
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Until now, Deon Derrico has been in the news as the father of quintuplets. But now he's got more than just changing diapers on his mind. He's scheduled to be in court Wednesday to face...
Take a spin: High Roller observation wheel opens for riders
Monday, March 31, 2014
The world’s tallest observation wheel opened for business today in Las Vegas.



Tickets are now on sale to ride the 550-foot-tall High Roller at the Linq, between the Flamingo and the Quad. Attendants welcomed the wheel’s first ticketed passengers at 1 p.m. today. Executives with Caesars Entertainment, which built the complex, have said they expected between...

Has Sheldon Adelson found his Huckleberry?
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sheldon Adelson’s hard-nosed attack on online gambling seems to be snowballing. But could his efforts to persuade the government to outlaw all forms of Internet gambling really pay off?
Tweeting isn’t 9-to-5
Being off the clock doesn’t always protect a worker from disciplinary action if his boss doesn’t approve of his social media commentary
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Discussing the proper use of social media is slowly but surely joining the ranks of the sexual harassment talk, the benefits talk and the dress code talk that employers have their workers sit through ...
Station Casinos ends year strong but still loses $104 million in 2013
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based operator of 15 locals casinos in Southern Nevada, reported its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings today.
Caesars reports 4th-quarter losses top $1.7 billion
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Caesars Entertainment Corp. today reported its fourth-quarter earnings, announcing a stunning loss of $1.756 billion.
Las Vegas’ first topless club, Larry's Villa, up for sale
Monday, March 10, 2014
Larry’s Villa, the first topless club in Las Vegas, is up for sale. The owner of the bar on West Bonanza Road recently listed the joint for sale with an asking price of...
What happens when you win a jackpot?
Sunday, March 9, 2014
So you won $33 million on Megabucks. What now?
Talk of a strike unlikely to gain traction
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Culinary Union says its members will take a strike vote this month to prepare workers for the worst-case scenario against 16 casinos that have yet to sign contracts with some 10,000 workers.
Silverton casino adding 390-room hotel tower
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Silverton is expanding with a new hotel tower. Construction on the 390-room tower on a lot behind the resort’s 1,500-space parking garage is expected to be completed in...
Boyd Gaming narrows loss to $47.3 million in 4th quarter
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Boyd Gaming, a Las Vegas-based company, reported its fourth-quarter earnings today.
MGM Resorts named top place for women to do business
Monday, March 3, 2014
MGM Resorts International has been named a top place for women to do business.
Is Tony Hsieh downtown Las Vegas' savior or conqueror?
An in-depth, street-level look at the czar of Zappos
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Tony Hsieh's power and influence is such that even Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman says she is available “whenever he needs anything,” and the city has shown a willingness to craft policies to facilitate his vision. But not everyone is happy with Hsieh and his presence downtown ...
Standing the heat
The kitchen has tested Las Vegas’ Ferraro family, but they have beaten the odds to maintain a successful restaurant
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Maybe it’s no secret: Most family businesses fail. Though more than 75 percent of all operations in America are family-owned, only a third of them survive into the second generation, according to the Family Business Institute. Less than 12 percent survive into the third generation. Gino and Mimmo Ferraro have worked together for years. They are a father-son duo who have spent a fair share of time at each other’s throats over the family business. Through it all, the Ferraro family has stuck it out, often having dinner before opening shop, no matter how much the business has tested their relationship. To Gino and Mimmo, that’s a badge of honor.
Dealers at three Caesars Entertainment casinos OK labor contract
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
A ratifying vote by dealers at Bally’s, Harrah’s and Paris Las Vegas ushers in a contract that gives dealers 29 days off with pay.
The Twitterfication of Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
When I moved to Las Vegas in March to write about gambling, one of the first quirks I noticed was the compulsion to brand resorts and businesses with letters instead of words. Driving around town, passing joints like the M, MGM, LVH, SLS Las Vegas and TI, I thought I had fallen into Twitterland.
Easy-to-learn High Card Flush gaining popularity at the tables
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
High Card Flush might be the easiest game at the tables.
The brainchild of a card dealer at the Rio, the game also has become one of the most popular on casino floors.
WSOP announces calendar for 2014 event
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
The 45th annual World Series of Poker kicks off the day after Memorial Day, culminating with a November main event worth $10 million, organizers announced today.
MGM Resorts adding charging stations for electric vehicles
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Drivers of electric vehicles will soon find 27 new charging stations at nine MGM Resorts International properties along the Las Vegas Strip.
'We are back': SLS Las Vegas opening Labor Day weekend
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
The announcement arrived today in the form of a banner across the forthcoming resort’s website, where SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian posted a blog item about the opening.
Union employees ratify 5-year contract with Caesars Entertainment
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Union workers have secured a fresh five-year contract with Caesars Entertainment. Under the new agreement, there will be no pay raises for workers in the first year, but health insurance remains intact.
Profits are validation for building parking garages
Parking structures could be lucrative as downtown grows
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Paid parking garages could be the next big thing for Las Vegas’ downtown. They’re typically investments that fly under the radar, but they can be lucrative. “You could see it downtown,” said Brian Riffel, an analyst with Colliers International. “It’s almost like a mobile home-type investment ... People just park.”
Scaffolding coming down but SkyVue wheel still a go, developers say
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Construction crews have been dismantling the scaffolding braided around two support columns of the planned SkyVue observation wheel. But that doesn’t mean the project is dead.
Iconic New York-New York marquee headed for Neon Boneyard
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Electric sign workers on Tuesday will dismantle New York-New York’s iconic neon marquee to make way for a new facade, part of a $100 million project to freshen up the walkway.
Cantor Gaming changing name to reflect its focus
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Cantor Gaming has changed its name. The powerhouse gaming technology company moves forward as CG Technology.
Adding it up: A look at Las Vegas’ NYE fireworks show by the numbers
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
In a city known for being over the top, it is still one of Las Vegas’ most explosive, colorful displays — the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show, one of the biggest in the nation.
Holiday skating rink open at Caesars Palace
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Caesars Palace has opened a 2,100-square-foot ice rink. Located across from the Absinthe tent, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, the Caesars Chalet holiday ice rink and lodge will be open through Jan. 20.
South Point partnering with prominent rodeo event family for expansion
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center will name its expansion project the Priefert Pavilion.
Demolition of flawed tower at CityCenter delayed again
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
A judge has further delayed demolition of the Harmon Tower to allow the company behind its insurance policy to provide an update on its investigation of CityCenter’s $393.8 million claim that the hotel is a total loss. Inspectors discovered flaws in the steel rebar running through its concrete.
Final passenger cabin affixed to High Roller, but work continues
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
If you took a look at the High Roller today, you’d think it was complete. That’s because construction crews today attached the final passenger cabin to the 550-foot-tall observation wheel.
Final passenger cabin is affixed to High Roller; work continues
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
If you took a look at the High Roller today, you’d think it was complete. That’s because construction crews today attached the final passenger cabin to the 550-foot-tall observation wheel.
MGM Resorts workers OK union contract, keeping free health insurance intact
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
A new labor contract landed on the Strip Wednesday when two prominent Las Vegas unions voted to accept the terms of a fresh five-year deal with MGM Resorts International.
Culinary, Bartenders unions reach agreement with MGM Resorts
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Leaders of the Culinary Union and Bartenders Union Local 165 have agreed on terms for a new five-year contract with MGM Resorts International.
Will the SLS change the game for the north Strip?
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
The $415 million, 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas, budding on the former grounds of the Sahara, has been considered a key factor in the recovery of the Strip’s struggling north end.
Eight Las Vegas tech companies you probably haven’t heard of
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Las Vegas isn’t Silicon Valley, but a number of startups have chosen the city to put down roots and launch companies. Even better, most plan to stay. Why? Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project and the VegasTechFund have helped fuel a tech boom. The Zappos bigwigs have financed startups, invested in real estate and generated buzz about downtown.
Gaming changes: Number of slot machines on the Strip hits lowest point in more than a decade
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
The number of slot machines and poker tables in the valley has steadily declined. Casino floors in Nevada lost about 38,000 slot machines between 2000 and 2012. Why the drop?
Only in Las Vegas: A $96,000 ostrich, a $70,000 phone and an $8.2 million diamond ring
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
In Las Vegas, stores and restaurants in high-end resorts sell jewelry worth millions and cocktails that cost more than most houses. Curious what a lot of money can buy?
Goodbye, cheap Strip buffet: Today’s diners are more concerned with quality than price
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
In Las Vegas' older days, a "good" buffet meant a cheap buffet: the cheaper, the better. When it comes to buffets today, what qualifies as “the best” has dramatically changed. Now, it’s about the highest quality.
With installation of observation pod, Strip wheel at the Linq now the world’s tallest
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
The High Roller is now the tallest observation wheel in the world. Construction crews today attached the first passenger cabin to the Linq’s observation wheel, taking its height to 550 feet tall.
With installation of observation pod, Strip wheel the world’s tallest
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
The High Roller is now the tallest observation wheel in the world. Construction crews today attached the first passenger cabin to the Linq’s observation wheel, taking its height to 550 feet tall.
The science behind gambling superstitions: It's all about the illusion of control
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
If the average gambler had one wish, odds are he’d want one of two things: an endless supply of cash to gamble or an endless supply of luck to win. Unfortunately, such wishes don’t exist. But many gamblers make do with superstition.

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