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November 18, 2017

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Nevada pardons wrongfully convicted man

(via ProPublica)

Comment The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners granted a full pardon on Wednesday to a man who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, delivering a clear rebuke to the Las Vegas prosecutors who had refused to recognize his innocence. “Let there be no residual stain on his record,” Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich said, announcing her motion in support of the pardon, which was joined ...

Golden Entertainment just bought the Stratosphere

The Stratosphere on Las Vegas Blvd on September 30, 2015.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Even in Las Vegas, the land of faux pirate battles and Elvis-themed wedding chapels, the Stratosphere is something of an oddball. Conceived by poker pro Bob Stupak, the Space Needle-shaped hotel-casino featured a roller coaster and other attractions at its summit when it opened in 1996. To see the full story, click here.

She searched desperately for a man she helped after the Las Vegas shooting. Then she found him

Sheri Sletten sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Editor's note via the Los Angeles Times: After this story was posted, the chief subject of the article, Sheri Sletten, told the Times that her account of reuniting with gunshot victim Matt Lewan after he was released from the hospital was false. That meeting did not occur. Lewan’s family says that while Sletten was present on the night Lewan was ...

Shabazz Muhammad plans to legally change his name to 'Bazz'

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad, No. 15, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, No. 3, in action during an NBA preseason basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Comment Listen, sometimes you don’t really need a great reason to do something. Sometimes, it’s just time to do something. This is apparently why Shabazz Muhammad — noted Minnesota Timberwolves forward and off-the-bench bucket-getter — has decided that it is time for him to make a somewhat curious change. To see the full story, click here.

CNN: First charges filed in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. A grand jury used by Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's eldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

(via By Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN)

Comment WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources ...

Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland: This is for Las Vegas

(via The Players' Tribune)

Comment Everyone knows where they were when they heard the news. It’s one of the things that has bonded the city together in the past few weeks. I was actually asleep. We had played our final preseason game against the Sharks that night, and I had gone home and put our kids to bed. Sometimes getting them down is more of ...

Arbor View defensive back Isaiah Herron commits to BYU football

(via By Ryan McDonald, Deseret News)

Comment In the midst of their 1-6 start to the 2017 season, the BYU Cougars have received a commitment from a Las Vegas prospect in the 2018 class. Las Vegas cornerback Isaiah Herron announced via Twitter Tuesday night that he has pledged to the Cougars. To see the full story, click here.

Barrett-Jackson president to auction own car for L.V. first responders


Comment Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction will go ahead as planned Oct. 19-21 at Mandalay Bay, but a special item has been added this year: Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis donated a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake 40th Anniversary Edition from his collection for the sale. Proceeds will go to a fund that supports Las Vegas first responders. “All of us at ...

Mystery of viral Las Vegas Sun photo from shooting solved

(via CBS News)

Comment When Stephen Vicelja went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival with friends, he never knew the cowboy boots he was wearing would mean so much. To see the full story, click here.

Twin sisters shot in Las Vegas recount how they survived

(via ABC News)

Comment Identical twin sisters Natalia and Gianna Baca were hit by gunfire in Las Vegas Sunday night, and one of their heroes was an off-duty firefighter who happened to be attending the outdoor music festival. To see the full story, click here.

Tom Petty, down-to-earth rock superstar, dies at 66

(via By Hillel Italie, Associated Press)

Comment Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,' "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66. Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his ...

Las Vegas, city of risk, sex and ... ice hockey?

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Calvin Pickard (31) covers the net versus the Los Angeles Kings Jaret Anderson_Dolan (50) during their preseason game at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

(via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Comment By late summer, some 14 million visitors had landed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Whether they came from Boston or Beijing, many were on the ground only about 72 hours. Probably, when they deplaned, their plans were fluid. That’s why—for an experience that’s about luggage retrieval—the baggage claim at McCarran is so thrilling, filled with electronic signs teasing ...

Photos: Take a look at the Wynn Boston Harbor casino site


Comment How much steel does it take to build a casino in Massachusetts? About 8,000 tons. Construction is well underway at the $2.4 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino site in Everett. To see the full story and photos, click here.

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun casinos proceed with new attractions


Comment Foxwoods Resort Casino announced plans to develop a high-performance indoor karting center, as rival Mohegan Sun Casino topped off its new Exposition Center. To see the full story, click here.

Look inside Floyd Mayweather's new $25M Beverly Hills mansion

(via By Andrew Joseph, USA Today)

Comment Floyd Mayweather's fight with Conor McGregor netted the boxing legend at least $100 million, and he didn't waste any time to put the money to use. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayweather recently purchased a 15,096-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills for $25.5 million. The home had a list price of $28.95 million, and despite the $3.4 million saving on ...