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Fireworks erupt over Cashman Field as the Las Vegas 51s lose their home opener versus Fresno Grizzles 11-10 on Friday, April 17, 2015.

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Fireworks erupt over Cashman Field as the Las Vegas 51s lose their home opener versus Fresno Grizzles 11-10 on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Fourth of July:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Time to get out your flags and sparklers — the Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us. Looking to cool off from the heat, check out a show or enjoy a favorite American pastime? There are plenty of options to celebrate the long weekend ahead.
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are reunited at the Oakland Coliseum during their 29-city tour March 14, 1988, in Oakland, Calif.

New life for $1.5M Rat Pack house? Plus, Smash Mouth, Teller’s ‘Play Dead,’ Da Vinci

Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 2:58 p.m.
Is a $1.5 million Las Vegas house where The Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. used to perform and produce music with intimate concerts for their celebrity friends about to be brought back to life?
The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Teen Nevada USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UNLV. Brittany McGowan, center, was crowned Miss Nevada USA.

Reelz to carry 2015 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge on July 12

Television:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 12:32 p.m.
Las Vegas TV and Internet viewers will get to see our 2015 Miss Nevada USA and multiracial model beauty Brittany McGowan compete in the 2015 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday, July 12, in Baton Rouge.
Comedian and actor Steven Wright.

Q+A: Steven Wright talks Las Vegas, ‘Louie’ and his Mount Rushmore of comics

The Orleans:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
It’s been nearly 33 years since comedian and actor Steven Wright fulfilled a fantasy by performing on “The Tonight Show,” which launched an eclectic career that has featured work in projects as diverse as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Babe.”
Maren Wade.

Las Vegas showgirl Maren Wade: Think carefully before you ‘sell out’

Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 11:30 p.m.
This is a cautionary tale. Before I moved to Las Vegas from L.A., my friends warned me, “It’s so fake in Las Vegas. It’s not real life.” And “It’s so hot there! You won’t stand the heat.”
Mirage headliners Winston the Impersonating Turtle and Terry Fator.
Terry Fator’s Winston the Impersonating Turtle: ‘Things Turtles Can Do in Las Vegas’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 10 p.m.
One of the great things about being an impersonating turtle is that I can impersonate Terry Fator writing an article for Robin Leach while Robin is off on another one of his epic summer vacations.
Channing Tatum’s Madame Tussauds wax figure on display Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Town Square.
Photos: Channing Tatum (wax figure) makes appearance at Town Square
Film:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 8:59 p.m.
The sexy male stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” with heartthrob Channing Tatum is one of the hotly anticipated summer box office movies, and it had a sneak preview at Town Square in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is introduced by Rick Harrison at World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Tuesday, May 28, 2015, during his first visit to Las Vegas as a declared candidate.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ new tenants; Marche Bacchus and Olives; Bonkerz comedy at SLS
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
In anticipation of this summer’s grand opening, “Pawn Stars” reality-TV star Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has signed two new tenants: SoCal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.
A standard room is shown during a tour of the Linq Hotel and Casino (formerly Imperial Palace and The Quad) on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The casino is in the first phase of a $223 million renovation project.
Hotel news: Linq completes $223 million renovation; Mandalay Bay redesign
Las Vegas Strip:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 6:08 p.m.
The Linq Hotel & Casino has completed its resort renovation, which cost $223 million and now offers 2,253 newly renovated guest rooms, including 244 suites, two unique urban loft-style penthouses and 25 first-of-its-kind poolside cabana guest rooms.
The Fourth of July from atop Allure Las Vegas on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Preview: Summerlin Patriotic Parade, fireworks at Stratosphere, Red Rock, GVR
Fourth of July:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 4:03 p.m.
As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, it’s time for fireworks. It also is time for parades, and it looks as if nobody will do it better this year than the 21st Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.
Chris Van Dahl as Steven Tyler in “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo.
Review: ‘Legends in Concert’ showcases solid lookalikes, soundalikes
Flamingo:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 1:57 p.m.
It’s uncanny. I swear that it was Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler. Doubly confusing, I swear that it was Celine Dion. In neither case, however, was it “the real thing.” It was their amazing doubles with extraordinary lookalike and soundalike skills.
Tomatoes.
Ben Vaughn: Tomatoes, to-MAH-toes — know your ‘love apples’
Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
I particularly enjoy the idea that the French thought juicy little garden tomatoes were an aphrodisiac, naming them “love apples” for a few hundred years until someone cleared up that silliness.
The 2015 International Model Search finals won by Savannah Lynx at Hakkasan on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in MGM Grand.
Photos: International Model Search crowns winner at Hakkasan
MGM Grand:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 11:58 p.m.
Our 2012 Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall had the look of the winner to the celebrity and VIP judges. Her red, see-through lace gown was dramatized even further when she shed her silk train in a finale flourish.
The 2015 Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals won by Elise Duncan of Perth, Australia, at Light on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Mandalay Bay.
Strip Scribbles: Model Search controversy; Tesla triumph; Caitlyn Jenner comedy skit
Las Vegas:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 6 p.m.
Beautiful Perth, Australia, glamour girl Elise Duncan wants to set the record straight. Elise says that she was not crying about not being able to take part in the second pageant, both at MGM Grand.
The 2015 Miss Nevada USA and Miss Teen Nevada USA pageants Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at UNLV. Brittany McGowan, right, was crowned Miss Nevada USA, and Geovanna Hilton won Miss Nevada Teen USA.
Despite NBC pulling the plug, Miss USA Pageant on July 12 ‘will go on’
Television:
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 3:56 p.m.
NBC’s decision was in reaction to hotel mogul and pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants in his political declaration of running for president in which he said that they brought crime, drugs and rapists to America.