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June 27, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: Grand Prix street race, Santana, UFC, Buffalo Trace Whiskey

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Sauber driver Adrian Sutil of Germany, left, and Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson of Sweden steer their cars during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the ‘Sochi Autodrom’ Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

Formula One Racing Champion Michael Schumacher

Seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher at the 13th Superkarts USA SuperNationals at The Rio. Launch slideshow »

Motorsports insiders are whispering that a Grand Prix race may well be organized for the streets of our city. Pitpass and Autoweek blogs report that F1 track designer Hermann Tilke has already visited Las Vegas several times to create the layout of a course that would include the Strip.

Now they’re saying that racing chief and billionaire Bernie Ecclestone will meet with a consortium here this week to nail down final details and host the event before he flies to the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, over Halloween weekend.

Bernie is a British business mogul and chief executive of Formula One Group, which manages Formula One racing and controls its commercial rights. His heiress daughter Tamara has been an off-and-on visitor to Las Vegas nightclubs in recent years.

Formula 1 racing is the most watched, innovative, expensive and star-studded motorsport in the world. With 19 races in 19 countries, Circuit of the Americas in Austin currently hosts the only stop in the United States. Last year, 250,325 guests filled the Texas city, making it one of the highest-attended F1 Grand Prix races of the 2013 global season.

Carlos Santana at Las Vegas Rescue Mission

Carlos Santana at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Launch slideshow »

NEW BOOK: Guitar guru Carlos Santana, who now calls Las Vegas home, has his 500-page book “Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” set for release Nov. 4 with a same-day book signing here at Barnes & Noble, one day ahead of his return to his House of Blues residency at Mandalay Bay.

Advance materials indicate that the book is a candid and stunning story of a rock legend. It’s the story 67 years in the making of a ceaselessly creative, spiritually focused individual.

His memoir recalls his humble childhood in Mexico where he grew up the son of a violin player before playing in Tijuana strip bars as a teenage musician and his blistering guitar sounds rocked the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1967.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

FEMALE UFC ATHLETES: This historic season of “The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned” is in full swing with 16 fighters vying for the opportunity to be the first UFC female 115-pound champion. Each one has shown her strength and beauty inside and out while pushing themselves to peak athleticism.

But the fight against cancer is one where strength and mental determination to win doesn’t really count. Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women in their lifetime, so in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the cast took time away from training to better understand the disease and how methods for early detection can make all the difference. They met with Dr. Margaret Terhar, MD, FACS, a breast surgeon at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCNevada.com) to discuss symptoms and signs, early detection methods and preventative measures.

“It was an honor, and I found it inspirational to interact with the highly motivated and well-informed young athletes participating in ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ ” said Dr. Terhar. For “TUC” coach and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, the conversation on breast cancer is personal. “Breast cancer is definitely something to be aware of,” he said. “A student of mine found out she had breast cancer. I saw the process and how much it affects individuals and their families. It’s important that these ladies be aware and alert that it could possibly happen to them.” “TUF” airs Thursdays on Fox Sports 2.

POKER FAME

The Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will feature a first-ballot inductee, Daniel Negreanu, and one who has spent four decades contributing to the game, Jack McClelland. The two become the 47th and 48th individuals to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

The men were nominated by the public and voted in by a 41-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and a Blue Ribbon Media Panel. The duo will be inducted officially on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Binion’s Gambling Hall, the birthplace of poker in Las Vegas, and the original home of the World Series of Poker from 1970-2004.

2014 PBR World Finals: Round 1

Round 1 of the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at UNLV. Launch slideshow »

QUICK HITS

Intriguing thought comes to mind after cowboy J.W. Harris won Wednesday night’s Round 1 of the 2014 PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center: He could go on to win, and that would give him a shot at a double championship because he’ll be back here in December for the National Finals Rodeo, where he arrives as champion.

Playing slots at the Cosmopolitan, hotel guest Chris Meier of Aurora, Ill., won $1.6 million on Wheel of Fortune.

Terry Fator’s taped segment for new episodes of “E! True Hollywood Story” airs tonight and is focused on his life in Las Vegas after winning Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent.”

Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace closes for the season on Sunday.

Shania Twain Press Conference at Caesars

Fashion designer Marc Bouwer (in suit and tie), singer Shania Twain and director Raj Kapoor (suit, no tie) attend a press conference at Caesars Palace on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Launch slideshow »

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Caesars headliner Shania Twain sat in the seats of the Colosseum instead of being on stage Wednesday night as a guest to see Hall & Oates but joined them backstage after the show to hang out with them in her dressing room.

Chef/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger were at their stunning new Border Grill on the first level of the Forum Shops in Caesars and greeted their neighbors with “welcome to our house” tacos and tequila.

Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz dined at chef Brian Massie’s Stack in the Mirage before hosting and performing at nearby 1 OAK.

Trevor Brazile, Joe Montana and Emeril Lagasse

World champion rodeo cowboy Trevor Brazile and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana at Lagasse’s Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Palazzo.

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TONIGHT’S TIPS

Star chef Emeril Lagasse hosts a whiskey dinner with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey at his Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian. Chef de Cuisine Ronnie Rainwater serves a four-course meal with whiskey pairings from Buffalo Trace.

Sabina Kelley begins her guest-starring run in “Pin Up” at the Stratosphere through Monday.

Round 2 of the 2014 PBR World Finals is at the Thomas & Mack.

Celebrity chefs host “Grills & Guitars” at Gold Spike to kick off Life Is Beautiful.

Charlie Palmer joins with Champagne Taittinger for a six-course menu and tasting at his Aureole in Mandalay Bay.

Terra Vita, Destroid, Caked Up and Flux Pavilion play Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade.

Earthgang, T. Rabb, Ab-Soul and Bas are at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

We’ll have Round 2 of the 2014 PBR World Finals and our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview running down everything from Kim Kardashian to LIB to another preseason NBA battle, this one between the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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