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April 23, 2018

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Mick Akers

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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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Route 91 items: Museum 'recording this for the history of our community'
Monday, April 23, 2018
The makeshift memorial on the Strip steps from the Route 91 concert venue was one way to grieve and bring the community together in the days after the Oct. 1 mass shooting. But what happens when those memorials ...
DMV: Golden Knights speciality license plates ready for production
Sunday, April 22, 2018
The design won’t be released until the state receives final approval from the team ...
Ellis Island new owners of Mt. Charleston Lodge
Friday, April 20, 2018
Ellis Island purchased the Mt. Charleston Lodge in early April and plans to spruce up the scenically-located facility, including implementing one of the Ellis Island staples ...
Survey: Less visitors to Vegas using travel agencies plan trip
Friday, April 20, 2018
Just 10 percent of visitors used a travel agent according to the study, the lowest mark in the past five years ...
Report: Air quality in Las Vegas ranks as one of nation's worst
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Las Vegas Valley is one of the most polluted metropolitan areas in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. In the association’s ranking ...
Station Casinos offering club members a free sports book wager on Golden Knights
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Golden Knights finished their sweep of the Kings on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs. They are listed at 4-to-1 ...
Committee to focus on luring big sporting events to Southern Nevada
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Gov. Brian Sandoval has created a committee aimed at bringing major sporting events like the NFL Draft to Southern Nevada. The Southern Nevada Sporting Event Committee will hold ...
Fix the TV in my Las Vegas hotel room? There's an app for that
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
When a guest at the Plaza in downtown has a request for maintenance, say for example to fix a television in their room, the hotel’s response is now quicker because of technology the ...
Famed paranormal radio host Art Bell has died in Pahrump
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Bell was known for the paranormal-themed nationally syndicated radio show “Coast to Coast AM,” which he was affiliated with since 2003. He built up a ...
Tourism boost: Train route linking Boulder City, Henderson could add stops
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Nevada Southern Railway route begins at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City and stops just after passing the bridge in Henderson near the Railroad Pass hotel. Plans are ...
February room tax for Raiders stadium falls short of projections
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Clark County hotel room tax generated $3.3 million in February for construction of the Raiders stadium, nearly 14 percent less than the projected income, the ...
RTC integrating transit passes into Uber app
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Uber and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s mobile ticketing partner, Masabi, signed a deal this week to combine their services. The partnership will allow the RTC to integrate its transit passes into ...
Clark County sells bonds to help build Raiders stadium
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Clark County on Wednesday sold bonds to finance the public’s $750 million contribution toward construction of a 65,000-seat stadium where the Raiders and UNLV will play football. A total of $645 million in bonds were sold in 90 minutes to 43 different ...
Record number of convention visitors helps boost Vegas tourism spending
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The 42.2 million visitors to Las Vegas last year, including 6.6 million conventioneers, accounted for $34.8 billion in direct spending ...
This Las Vegas casino is turning waste into profit through recycling
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Silver Sevens, looking to limit its environmental footprint, instituted a conservation and sustainability program last year. The first six months of the effort led to the recycling of ...
Convention Center expansion marries ‘cool’ styling and function
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The ribbon-style roof of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion doesn’t only look “cool” but helps define the spaces beneath it — lower where people are circulating and cresting where they will congregate, the designer said. “The design is defined by this wavy roof structure, which basically traces the circulation of the building,” said Robert Svedberg, principal at tvsdesign, who presented ...
FCC official: 'Fake news' claims undermine media role as check on power
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Jessica Rosenworcel, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, is familiar with the term “fake news.” So are her elementary school-age children ...
Organizers cancel San Gennaro Feast planned for May
Monday, April 9, 2018
Organizers of the twice-yearly San Gennaro Feast announced they are canceling next month’s event because of licensing issues. The festival was scheduled for ...
New venue at Aria to feature poker, esports productions
Monday, April 9, 2018
ESP Gaming and Poker Central are partnering to open a television studio on the Strip at Aria ...
Smart homes making life easier, especially for older residents
Monday, April 9, 2018
Fifteen years ago, a friend of Sam Palermo’s showed him a comic strip of a person getting a medical exam through their television. A joke then, Palermo told his friend the idea wouldn’t be so laughable in the future. And he was right. “You know what, we walked in here and we just saw it come to life here today,” Palmero said Thursday as he toured a technology-filled model smart home in ...
How does downtown's autonomous bus work?
Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Innovation District in Downtown Las Vegas is pushing the boundaries on smart city technology, and one of its more popular tests is the self-driving shuttle.
Joe’s Seafood expanding at the Forum Shops
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is expanding to add outdoor dining. The restaurant is planning a two-story addition that will include an outdoor dining area and ...
Q+A: Chancellor Reilly on UNLV's future, alleged attacks on Jessup
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Hours after UNLV President Len Jessup’s announcement, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly answered some questions about the departure ...
County officials OK selling bonds for Raiders stadium in Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Clark County commissioners today approved the sale of bonds for construction of a $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium where the NFL’s Raiders and UNLV will play football. “The next step is to price the bonds and to get them sold ...
County to grow its fleet of hybrid vehicles with new Chevrolets
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Clark County is looking to add to its already robust fleet of eco-friendly vehicles ...
Knife-wielding man shot dead by police had prior arrests for domestic abuse
Monday, April 2, 2018
Metro Police say a man who was shot dead last week by a pair of officers during a domestic violence call had been arrested twice previously. Police responded to Siegel Suites at 2000 Paradise Road at 11:47 a.m. Thursday responding to a domestic violence dispute. Upon arrival, officers ...
Six months after shooting, survivors and supporters return to Strip for tribute
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Family members of each victim were given a white glow stick and a rose to carry with them on the walk. The group carried orange and purple glow sticks ...
Q+A: Sandoval on how Las Vegas bounced back after Oct. 1 shooting
Saturday, March 31, 2018
One of the first phone calls of support received by Gov. Brian Sandoval in the hours after the Oct. 1 mass shooting came from the prime minister of Canada ...
Emotional vigil honors 3 Las Vegas teens killed on spring break trip
Friday, March 30, 2018
Stories about a group of teens with promising futures were shared at an emotional Las Vegas vigil, but their dreams will never materialize because their lives were tragically cut short ...
Virgin to remodel, rebrand Hard Rock Hotel
Friday, March 30, 2018
Virgin Hotels has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with plans to remodel and rebrand the off-Strip property. “Somebody once said to me that if there is any company that can take over for Hard Rock, it’s ...
How has security in Las Vegas changed since Oct. 1?
Friday, March 30, 2018
The largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history led to one of the largest security overhauls for Las Vegas’ police force ...
3 Las Vegas teens killed in California car crash
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The teens were stopped at a traffic light shortly after 1 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach when they were rear-ended by an alleged impaired driver ...
Water leak causes partial power outage at Bellagio
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A water leak that seeped into an electrical panel at the Bellagio caused a power outage in parts of the resort today, according to the Clark County Fire Department. The water caused arcing and smoke in ...
Survivors, heroes of tragedy leave lasting legacies
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Gina Argento hired Erick Silva at Contemporary Services Corp. back in 2014, opening the doors for where Silva would spend up to 20 hours a day for the next three years working ...
New expo center planned for Las Vegas near World Market Center
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The city of Las Vegas and the International Market Centers are looking to construct a $76 million, 350,000-square-foot expo center downtown ...
Officials sign final documents for Raiders stadium in Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
After more than a year of meetings, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority today signed the final documents for construction of the future home of the Raiders and UNLV football.
Authority Chairman Steve Hill and Raiders President Marc Badain signed lease and development agreements to build a $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium so the NFL team can move from ...
NFL owners approve Las Vegas stadium agreements
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
NFL owners approved the Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium agreements in a 31-1 vote at their annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. today, one of the final steps in ...
To enliven casino floor, Orleans puts virtual reality games to the test
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Not only is the Virtual Zone Boyd Gaming's first foray into the virtual world, it also marks the first VR installation on a casino floor for IGT. The addition is aimed at drawing those who otherwise wouldn’t step foot in ...
Esports arena sets up shop on the Strip, eager to 'harness the power of Las Vegas'
Friday, March 23, 2018
Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor is more than the Strip’s first esports facility. The 30,000-square-foot complex in the former space of LAX Nightclub also pays homage to the history of video games. There are console, personal gaming and arcade-style games for visitors to ...
Macau casino operator buys stake in Wynn Resorts
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Wynn Resorts sold $927.5 million worth of shares to Macau-based Galaxy Entertainment Group, Wynn Resorts announced Thursday ...
Official: ‘Everything is on time’ with Raiders stadium
Thursday, March 22, 2018
After addressing an hour of communications issues connecting board members of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority who weren’t present at today’s meeting via ...
Final cost of Raiders stadium in Las Vegas pegged at $1.8 billion
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The guaranteed maximum price for the planned 65,000-seat domed Las Vegas Raiders stadium came in at $1.8 billion. Construction of the stadium makes up the biggest chunk of ...
San Gennaro Feast in limbo after business license suspended
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The future of the valley’s popular San Gennaro Feast is in limbo after authorities alleged minors were able to purchase alcohol at the most recent festival. The Clark County Department of Business License suspended the business license of the San Gennaro Feast and the liquor license of its caterer, Las Vegas Horse Expo, after Metro Police conducted ...
Is Nye County fed up with brothels? Voters may get to decide on industry's future
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
After some contentious months of managing legalized prostitution in Nye County, one commissioner is mulling the possibility of putting a question on the ballot for voters to ...
YouTube offers businesses way to get started with video advertising
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Small businesses looking to advertise online with original content now have a way to affordably produce a professional quality commercial for a target audience ...
Builders set to present their price guarantee for Raiders stadium
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
After review by parties including the NFL and Clark County, no major changes have been made to agreements related to the Raiders football stadium that were approved ...
Arizona crash won’t slow Las Vegas driverless shuttle program
Monday, March 19, 2018
After a pedestrian was hit and killed Sunday by an Uber self-driving car in Arizona, the city of Las Vegas said it has no plans to take its ...
Raiders already scoring big with charity, community events
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Raiders won’t play their first down of football in Las Vegas until 2020, but the team is already scoring points and creating excitement as it comes to the aid of local charities and holds regular events to ...
Nye County brothel reopens after license reinstated
Friday, March 16, 2018
After being closed for three weeks, Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South brothel was back open for business today near Pahrump. The Nye County Commission, acting as the ...
Las Vegas, a tech testing ground, nets Smart Cities grant
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Las Vegas is pushing technology boundaries and netting awards for its smart city initiative downtown. The Smart Cities Council awarded the city one of five Readiness Challenge Grants last week ...

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