Hotel rates, fight-ticket prices skyrocketing for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2

In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr. prepares to spar at a gym in East London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao weighs in for a junior welterweight boxing match against Ricky Hatton on May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas.

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In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr. prepares to spar at a gym in East London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao weighs in for a junior welterweight boxing match against Ricky Hatton on May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 2:29 p.m.
Hotel insiders tell me that regular rooms are being booked in a frenzy, some already with a starting price of $1,250 to $1,500 a night — and that’s without any assurance of getting a ticket to the fight itself.
Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson rides the High Roller at Linq Promenade in Las Vegas.

NASCAR Weekend preview: Hauler Parade; will Jimmie Johnson win fifth L.V. race?

Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 12:02 p.m.
The green flag will drop at 6 p.m. today for the 50 bright, colorful haulers to roll under the bright neon lights of our Strip hotel landmarks, and racecar fans and tourists will be able to watch from both sides of the Strip.
The Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ to open bar in Las Vegas, talks dining scene, pub vs. bar

Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
Las Vegas is famous for some of the greatest nightclubs in the world, you know that, but we’re not famous for the best bars in the world. Think about it. Las Vegas isn’t known for great bars; we’re known for great nightclubs and restaurants.
Holly Madison rides the High Roller on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Linq Promenade.

Handwriting analyses of Celine Dion, Holly Madison, Criss Angel, Carrot Top and Rick Harrison

Las Vegas:
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 12:01 a.m.
We all know that you shouldn’t — or can’t — judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to your handwriting, that’s a different story. There are experts who can read you fully by what you write, how you sign your name and how you scribble.

Ben Vaughn: It’s high time that someone stood up for the potato

Guest Columnist:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 9:34 p.m.
Once upon a time in our recent food history, all things that came out of the ground that people ate were generally considered to be vegetables. And, yes, potatoes are a vegetable if you use the broad definition of the term.
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" on A&E.
Strip Scribbles: Genting’s cruises and casinos; ‘Duck Commander’ casting; Steven Tyler
Las Vegas:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 5:28 p.m.
Industry insiders are trying to plot the chess game being played by Genting Gaming Group, which will soon start construction of its Resort World casino hotel on the Strip opposite the Wynn.
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the "Veronic Voices" premiere at Bally's on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Are Shania Twain and Celine Dion returning to Caesars Palace?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 3:32 p.m.
Shania Twain made it official this morning on “Good Morning America” that after 11 years, she’s going back on tour — and it will be her last! It starts June 5 in Seattle and ends Aug. 24 in Fresno, Calif. There’s no stop set for her “Rock This Country” tour in Las Vegas.
Holly Madison, John Katsilometes and Chet Buchanan support St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research Saturday, March 1, 2014, at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
St. Baldrick’s events at New York-New York, McMullan’s Irish Pub, Vinyl
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 2:29 p.m.
It’s one of the most emotional fundraisers of the year. On Saturday, dozens of men, women and their children will volunteer to have their heads shaved in the annual St. Baldrick’s Day events to raise money for children’s cancer research.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
Experts to discuss Bugsy Siegel at the Mob Museum on March 24
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 1:27 p.m.
Who killed Mob legend Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel at age 41 with an assassin’s bullet in Beverly Hills, Calif., after he opened the Flamingo here in 1947? No suspects were ever arrested, and to this day it remains an unsolved mystery.
Jon Taffer.
Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ talks Nightclub & Bar, past year in L.V. and what’s ahead
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 2 a.m.
“Bar Rescue” reality-TV star Jon Taffer perhaps more than anybody else knows the nightclub and bar business inside out. For 30 years, he’s helmed the annual Nightclub & Bar Show and presided over its business, expansion and growth.
Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, performs at Drai's Nightclub on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, atop The Cromwell.
Hakkasan, Drai’s, XS, DJ Vice, Echo & Rig win Nightclub & Bar Show Awards
The Strip:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 10:02 p.m.
“Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer announced today the Las Vegas winners of the 2015 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards on March 30. “The winners are visionaries who are instrumental in setting trends and forging the way for other hospitality venues,” said Jon.
The 2014 Opportunity Village Las Vegas Great Santa Run with Holly Madison, Rio headliners Chippendales, Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John, Wayne Newton, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Robin Leach on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Olivia Newton-John celebrates 50 years in show business, new CD
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 7:32 p.m.
Olivia Newton-John has sold more than 100 million albums with 10 No. 1 hits and more than 15 Top 10 singles. She’s been awarded four Grammys, an Emmy and numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards.
Mariah from "Fantasy" at the Luxor poses for the camera during the Fantasy 2013 Calendar shoot Monday, July 9, 2012.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Fantasy’ star Mariah invited to Oregon teenager’s prom
Las Vegas:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 6:33 p.m.
Beautiful dancer Mariah Rivera told me that Austin Moore reached out to her via Twitter on Monday with an invitation to join him and his guy group as their date for the May 16 graduation event.
The Opera Las Vegas benefit at the Liberace Mansion on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Las Vegas.
Photos: Liberace Mansion returns to life with Opera Las Vegas gala
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 4:04 p.m.
The razzle-dazzle that Mr. Showmanship was known for around the world was back in full force over the weekend with the reopening of the Liberace Mansion, and it was a glittering, black-tie affair.
The new-look “Zumanity” at New York-New York.
Review: ‘Zumanity’ is hotter, sexier with new videos, costumes and acts
Cirque du Soleil:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 2:02 p.m.
Every act has been spruced up, pushing the playful provocation farther with the new look that artistic director Ria Martens and cutting-edge Parisian choreographer Yanis Marshall have brought to the reinvigorated show. It’s truly brilliant creativity.