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November 17, 2018

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Mick Akers

Mick Akers joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2017 after two years at the Pahrump Valley Times, where he earned the 2016 Nevada Press Association's Outstanding Journalist award in the intermediate category. He reported on the Lamar Odom brothel overdose situation, the dire health care situation in Nye County and the Nye County School District. Mick is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an International Boxing Hall of Fame voter. He is a graduate of UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

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Construction of Raiders stadium in Las Vegas on track
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
Construction of the Las Vegas stadium remains on schedule, with the steel skeleton taking shape behind the Strip and about a quarter of the project’s $1.8 billion budget expended ...
RTC, Lyft partner to get workers to distribution center
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Lyft are teaming up to promote multimodal commuting for ...
Wynn scraps lagoon project, will reopen golf course
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
The Wynn Resorts Paradise Park lagoon project has been shelved and will be replaced by a revamped 18-hole golf course, the company announced today during its third-quarter earnings call. Wynn contracted Tom Fazio, the original designer of the golf course, to ...
Nevada ballot questions: Voters reject breaking up NV Energy, pass Marsy's Law
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Nevada voters have rejected a hotly contested and expensive ballot initiative that backers characterized as open-market energy choice, while opponents led by the state's dominant electric utility said ...
Nevada brothel owner who unexpectedly died still wins Assembly seat
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
A Nevada brothel owner who died unexpectedly last month won the Assembly District 36 seat, which will now be filled by another Republican appointed by ...
Resorts see possibility of marijuana lounges as a dilemma
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Hospitality industry leaders expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of marijuana lounges here, which on one hand would give guests a place to legally consume and on the other compete with resorts for tourist money ...
Park MGM job fair to hire for 500 Eataly positions
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
As Park MGM continues its transformation from the Monte Carlo, hundreds of employees are needed to staff the next piece of the project’s rollout ...
Caesars enters partnership with new NFL stadium
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has entered a partnership with the Las Vegas stadium making the gaming giant the first founding partner of the future home of the ...
MSG Sphere project calls for bars, museum, private suites, new Monorail stop
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
The MSG Sphere Las Vegas could have seven interior levels, a museum, private suites, retail shops, luxury seating areas, taverns and more in about 600,000 square feet. The plans indicate the seating capacity for the arena will be 18,453 seats. An elevated pedestrian bridge will ...
Gold Strike casino in Jean being rebranded as Terrible’s
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Southern California will notice a change to the lone hotel-casino in Jean. The Gold Strike will be rebranded Thursday as Terrible’s Hotel and Casino after JETT Gaming, a division of Terrible Herbst, recently renovated the property. JETT Gaming, which purchased the property in 2015, has updated the hotel rooms, slot areas, lounge and ...
'Quite remarkable': Park MGM overhaul wraps up by year's end
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
MGM Resorts is eagerly looking forward to the last few months of the year as their major revamp project converting the old Monte Carlo to Park MGM nears completion ...
Nevada gaming revenue up 1.26 percent in September
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Nevada gaming revenue increased 1.26 percent to $991.2 million in September compared to the same month a year ago, the state ...
Shuttered Lucky Dragon sells at auction for $35 million
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
The auction of the Lucky Dragon this morning opened and closed with a single bid. Snow Covered Capital, the shuttered casino-resort’s main lender, placed an opening bid of $35 million for the 2-year-old property. No other bids were made by the ...
Derek Stevens: Once complete, Project Neon will have ‘positive impact on downtown’
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
With the squeeze of Project Neon being felt at downtown businesses over the last couple of years, one prominent hotel owner sees the long-awaited end of road construction project on the horizon. Derek Stevens of The D said his establishment is surviving the multiple overnight closures that limit access to ...
Lyft Art Park brings touch of Burning Man to downtown Las Vegas
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
The northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street has been transformed from a run-of-the-mill parking lot into a mini Burning Man with a purpose. The Lyft Art Park is more than just ...
Project Neon work to halt all U.S. 95 traffic Monday night at I-15
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
The latest full closure of U.S. 95 near downtown will be no treat for drivers ahead of Halloween ...
Tropicana will charge for parking on T-Mobile event days
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
The most popular free parking option for attendees heading to events at T-Mobile Arena is no more. The Tropicana will ...
Nevada commission to wait until December for ruling on Nurmagomedov, McGregor
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
The Nevada Athletic Commission decided this morning to continue the temporary suspensions for UFC fighters Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for their actions
Hof friend Fleiss says he had diabetes, health was deteriorating
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss told authorities that brothel owner Dennis Hof had diabetes and his health had been deteriorating before his death. Authorities interviewed ...
Las Vegas casino offering free play for Mega Millions losers
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
One downtown Las Vegas casino is giving a second chance to those who don’t strike it rich in tonight’s $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery ...
Bicyclist killed in northeast Las Vegas after being hit by dump truck
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Upon colliding with the truck, the man became wedged underneath the truck’s right front tire ...
Work starts on new pedestrian bridge for Las Vegas Strip
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Clark County officials broke ground today on a new pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip aimed at increasing both safety and traffic flow. The $16.9 million project is ...
Regent fears UNLV could become ‘university under the overpass’
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
With one official fearing UNLV could become known as “the university under the overpass,” the school’s president and Nevada System of Higher Education regents aired concerns about how a ...
Britney Spears announces new Las Vegas residency at Park Theater
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Marking her second Las Vegas residency with an over-the-top announcement, Britney Spears proved she fits right in with the entertainment capital of the world. The show, "Britney: Domination," will run from February to August at Park Theater ...
What's next for Dennis Hof's brothels across Nevada?
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Brothel mogul Dennis Hof in 2012 added Suzette Cole — better known as Madam Suzette — to the business and liquor license for his four brothels in Lyon County. Hof wanted to make sure his empire ...
CCSD welcomes latest Station Casinos donation for at-risk schools
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara praised Station Casinos on Tuesday for its $110,000 donation to the district, which will be divided among 11 high-risk elementary schools as part of the Smart Start program ...
Could the black-tailed jackrabbit become Las Vegas' official animal?
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
The Golden Knights have their Gila Monster. The desert has Mojave Max. Now, is it Las Vegas’ turn to get its official animal? With the help of Shelley Kress’ fifth-grade class at Edith Garehime Elementary that could soon change. The class of 42 students recommended the black-tailed jackrabbit become the ...
Metro: DUI suspect who fired at officer sought 'suicide by cop'
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
An officer-involved shooting last Wednesday that killed a Las Vegas man was a suicide-by-cop ploy by the deceased ...
Hawaiian Airlines CEO confident about Las Vegas despite competition
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Las Vegas is one of the rare destinations the airline serves that sees more customers originate from Hawaii, whereas most destinations bring vacationers heading to the islands. The airline has up to three flights to and from Las Vegas daily ...
New slot machine features Willie Nelson, marijuana references
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
A new Willie Nelson-themed slot machine really puts the pot in jackpot, with electronic reels featuring images of marijuana leaves and other nods to the cannabis subculture. Las Vegas-based slot maker Everi Holdings debuted the machine featuring the country music legend ...
Closed Lucky Dragon resort going up for auction
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
The shuttered Lucky Dragon hotel-casino near the north end of the Strip is set to be sold to the highest bidder later this month. Built for $160 million in 2016, the property is going up for auction Oct. 30. The ...
Steel beam ceremoniously placed atop the new Las Vegas Ballpark
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
A steel beam signed by various dignitaries placed atop the north wall of the planned $150 million, 10,000-fan capacity Las Vegas Ballpark today cemented the progress ...
With millennials in mind, Aruze rolls out digital craps table (but the dice are real)
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
A Las Vegas gaming company hopes a new version of craps that combines a digital layout with a dealer and real dice will make the traditional casino game less intimidating and appeal to millennials and others who ...
How esports wagering could take off like sports betting
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
As sports betting is increasingly embraced across the country, could wagering on esports eventually become mainstream?
New NoMad brings unique sense of chic to central Strip
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
NoMad Las Vegas, which opens Friday within the newly remodeled Park MGM, was designed to give guests a residential feel, not one of staying in a corporate-owned hotel. From the boutique rooms to the bar and restaurant, the intention is to give guests the feeling that they are ...
Specialty Golden Knights license plates a big hit with fans
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Fans of the Golden Knights jumped at the chance to represent the team on their vehicles. In the first week of sales, 4,517 “Vegas Born” ...
Sports betting enters the spotlight at Global Gaming Expo
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
The future of gaming will be on display this week during the Global Gaming Expo at the Sands Expo Center, where some of the biggest figures in gaming will unveil their latest products ...
SLS Las Vegas starts $100 million renovation project
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
SLS Las Vegas has kicked off a $100 million project to renovate the north Strip resort’s casino floor, hotel rooms, pool area and entertainment spaces. The SLS opened ...
New Costco store in Henderson bolsters St. Rose Parkway offerings
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Set to open Nov. 8 off St. Rose Parkway and Amigo Street in southwest Henderson, the Costco Wholesale will mark Southern Nevada's fifth Costco location ...
Silverton planning new casino in Pahrump
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
The Silverton in Las Vegas is planning to expand its brand to nearby Pahrump with the Silverton Ranch Hotel and Casino, according to documents filed with the town’s planning commission. The casino is slated for ...
Project Neon: U.S. 95 to close this weekend in downtown Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
More closures related to Project Neon are set to snarl traffic over the weekend. Both northbound and southbound U.S. 95 will shutter at Interstate 15 from 10 p.m. Friday until ...
Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club opening next year at Linq Promenade
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Late-night television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel plans to open a comedy club next year at the Linq Promenade on the Strip. Kimmel is partnering with Caesars Entertainment ...
Golden Knights, Raiders 'grateful' to attend meet and greet with Las Vegas first responders
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Around 400 Metro Police officers and staff lined up Tuesday to interact with players from the Golden Knights and the Oakland Raiders. The meet and greet, which marked the first time the two teams coordinated players to ...
Henderson Fire Department to start using aerial drones
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
The Henderson Fire Department plans to start using aerial drones for operations such as fire suppression, search and rescue, hazardous materials and ...
Downtown gathering at new remembrance wall caps emotional day of memorials
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
One by one, the names of the 58 fatalities were read out loud. In a day of tributes throughout Las Vegas in remembrance of the lives lost last year in the mass shooting on the Strip, this was the final one. And it was ...
Oct. 1 victims again remembered at Las Vegas welcome sign
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Dozens of people made their way to the Las Vegas welcome sign to remember those killed when a gunman opened fire a year ago today on a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip. In the days after the shooting, which left ...
Metro officer, victim’s family forge friendship after Oct. 1 shooting
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Kurt von Tillow was enjoying the Route 91 Harvest festival with his wife and family last year when the sound of gunshots rang out and people started falling. Wounded by a gunman's bullet, von Tillow hit the ground, mortally wounded, as his ...
Strip shooting victim strives to regain normalcy, law enforcement career
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
When Lori Kammer left Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in October 2017, she was in a wheelchair, unable to walk after a two-week stay. During her next visit in May, she hobbled in with the help of a walker. In September, she walked in on ...
Gunman’s bullets, fate turn strangers into lasting friends
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Before the gunfire erupted at last year’s Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Dominica Zeolla and Brad Powers were strangers. Afterward, they found their lives tragically intertwined. And today, they have forged a bond so close, they are practically family. Zeolla, a dancer from ...
With NFL neighbor on the way, Mandalay Bay spruces up sports book
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
When you are about to become neighbors with an NFL team, there is reason for excitement. For the sports book officials at Mandalay Bay, that also brings reason for renovations. The property is the closest to the stadium site across the Interstate 15 ...

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