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November 27, 2014

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Tony Hsieh steps down from lead role at Downtown Project

(via Re/code)

Comment Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and founder of the ambitious startup-city development Downtown Project in Las Vegas, stepped down as leader of the project a few weeks ago, sources close to the project told Re/code, which has been running a multi-part series on the project. To see the full story, click here.

Grand jury indicts former official at center of GSA’s Las Vegas scandal

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Jeffrey E. Neely, the former General Services Administration senior executive at the center of the agency’s Las Vegas conference scandal, faces criminal charges after a federal grand jury indicted him on five counts of fraud Thursday. To see the full story, click here.

Nevadans among least likely to finish high school, attend college

(via 24/7 Wall St.)

Comment Based on recently released educational attainment data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, West Virginia had the lowest level of educational attainment, with 18.9% of adults 25 and older having attained at least a bachelor’s degree in 2013. Conversely, more than 40% of Massachusetts residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, the highest percentage nationwide. Where did Nevada ...

1990-91 UNLV deemed best team to never win a national championship

(via SI.com)

Comment Since Indiana's perfect run to a national championship in 1975-76, only two teams have entered the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record. The most recent was 2013-14 Wichita State, which despite being 34-0, was neither No. 1 in the final regular season Associated Press poll, nor the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAAs. The other team was 1990-91 UNLV, ...

Rod Stewart broke my nose, fan claims in lawsuit

(via Page Six)

Comment A fan has filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart, alleging the singer broke his nose when he kicked a soccer ball into the crowd during a show at Caesars Palace in October 2012. To see the full story, click here

Ben Affleck admits to getting in trouble for counting cards

Actor Ben Affleck plays a hand of poker during The Showdown at the Sands, a $1 million poker tournament, at the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003.

(via Details)

Comment Ben Affleck knows how to count cards at blackjack and he's gotten in trouble for doing it in a casino, the actor admitted in an interview in Details magazine's October issue. Various outlets reported in May that Affleck had been banned from blackjack at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In the interview, Affleck confirms that he "got good" ...

Arizona storms back, beats Cal on Hail Mary from Solomon

(via Arizona Daily Star)

Comment Remarkably, and in the last second, the Arizona Wildcats pulled off a comeback win against the California Golden Bears. In the final seconds, Bishop Gorman graduate Anu Solomon converted a Hail Mary pass to Austin Hill for a 48-yard touchdown, and the Wildcats won the game 49-45, powered by 36 fourth quarter points. To see the full story, click here.

Mayweather called before athletic commission

(via By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com)

Comment The Nevada State Athletic Commission ordered pound-for-pound king and licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Thursday to appear before the five-person panel at its meeting Tuesday to answer questions about unsafe training conditions at his Las Vegas gym. The commission is concerned about scenes that were broadcast during the second episode of the Showtime "All Access" series that aired in ...

Bettors losing interest in Floyd Mayweather

(via ESPN.com)

Comment Floyd Mayweather is the biggest draw in boxing, but Las Vegas gamblers weren't interested in his rematch with Marcos Maidana. The amount wagered on Saturday's fight was down significantly across town. Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports books for MGM, said the rematch attracted less than 50 percent of the betting action that Mayweather's fight with Canelo Alvarez ...

Tesla stock falls after Morgan Stanley note

(via CNBC)

Comment Tesla Motors stock dropped Monday after Morgan Stanley suggested that its shares had risen for the wrong reasons, CNBC reports. To see the full story, click here.

Elsewhere: Former UNR linebacker Marshall ready to make his first NFL start

(via Denver Post)

Comment There was one half-serious regular-season game remaining for the Broncos to play in 2013 when the conversation turned to, of all people, linebacker Brandon Marshall. This was a player who had yet to make an NFL tackle on defense. Peyton Manning had an NFL season passing yardage record to break, yet the Denver players couldn't stop raving about Marshall. Not ...

WWE legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in intensive care in Las Vegas

(via USA Today)

Comment WWE legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts has been hospitalized and is in intensive care after being diagnosed with double pneumonia, WrestlingInc.com reported Thursday. A hospital spokeswoman in Las Vegas confirmed to USA Today that Roberts was admitted. According to the WrestlingInc.com, Roberts flew Wednesday to Las Vegas to appear in a show promoted by Sinn Bodhi, and became unconscious on ...

Report: NHL expansion to Las Vegas is ‘a done deal’

(via SI.com)

Comment For years now, Gary Bettman has politely rebuffed inquiries about possible NHL expansion, saying the league was always listening to pitches, but it wasn't at a point where it was willing to seriously consider welcoming any new members to the family. Writing in The Province, Tony Gallagher says that stance has changed. Expansion he says is not only happening, but ...

The world’s highest-paid DJs: Electronic cash kings 2014

David Guetta celebrates the fourth anniversary of XS in Steve Wynn's Encore on Friday, April 5, 2013.

(via Forbes)

Comment When Calvin Harris topped last year’s Electronic Cash Kings list with a stunning $46 million in annual earnings, it seemed symptomatic of a bubble in the burgeoning EDM scene. But since then, the only thing that has popped is ... To see the full story, click here.

L.A. may consider cash prizes to boost voter turnout

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City Council President Herb Wesson's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations ...