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April 16, 2014

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Sales tax slice: The house really does always win — Las Vegas casino purchases airplanes, escapes sales and use taxes

(via Bloomberg BNA)

Comment Most people have probably heard the popular phrase, “the house always wins.” Indeed, it’s often paired with the familiar and belated advice, “you should have quit while you were ahead.” The phrase, to the uninformed, typically refers to the sentiment that, no matter how much money a gambler wins, in the end, the casino will come out on top. To see the full story, click here.

Harry Reid: ‘Of course‘ NCAA athletes should have right to unionize

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The ruling by a federal labor official this week that scholarship football players at big-time schools are paid employees who should have the right to unionize was greeted gleefully by many sports columnists and fans, who have long advocated such an approach. Among the celebrants was Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who called Wednesday’s ruling by a National ...

Ex-UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad's father gets 37 months in prison

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday. To see the full story, click here.

Major GOP donor tests his influence in push to ban online gambling

(via The New York Times)

Comment A push by the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican donor’s political clout. To see the full story, click here.

Vegas has most expensive room service in the country, nobody is surprised

(via Huffington Post)

Comment Everybody knows room service is expensive, but just how unbelievably expensive is it at its most expensive? Sixty-eight dollars. That's the average cost of room service in Las Vegas, the most expensive place in the U.S., according to a recent survey. To see the full story, click here.

Father of former Gorman star Shabazz Muhammad took loan for son’s future NBA earnings, court documents say

(via Buzzfeed)

Comment NBA rookie Shabazz Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, tells prosecutors he arranged for a loan while Muhammad was at UCLA. To see the full story, click here.

Bryce Harper ejected from spring training game

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The real baseball games will start soon enough. The current baseball games don’t count for much of anything. But the passion is still there. To see the full story, click here.

How to do Vegas like a Trump

(via USA Today)

Comment A Trump by any other name would still be an expert in luxury tourism. EVP of Development and Acquisitions and The Donald's third born, Eric Trump, is no exception. Putting all other 30-year-olds to shame, he not only oversaw every aspect of development of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, he is also currently involved in over 70 real estate ...

Las Vegas woman wants to look like real-life blow-up doll

(via Calgary Sun)

Comment A transgender woman says she doesn't want to look like a super model or an "elegant swan" — she wants to look like a human blow-up doll. To see the full story, click here.

BYU football: Jamaal Williams pleads not guilty to underage drinking charge

(via Salt Lake Tribune)

Comment Jamaal Williams, an 18-year-old running back on the BYU football team, entered a not guilty plea last month after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of underage drinking, court records show. To see the full story, click here.

The VIP treatment at Britney Spears’ Las Vegas show

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Britney Spears was barely 10 feet away from me, dancing a sexy routine to "Freakshow." She catches my eye and summons me closer to the stage from my seat in the audience. And no, this wasn't a dream. To see the full story, click here.

Only in Vegas: Transportation Authority moves to regulate party buses

(via The Washington Post)

Comment A growing industry of luxury vehicles decked out with stripper poles and strobe lights transporting passengers up and down the Las Vegas Strip has Nevada regulators moving to impose new rules on, and definitions of, rolling “ultra lounges.” To see the full story, click here.

Can South Korea become the next Vegas or Macau?

(via CNBC)

Comment South Korea's first foreign-owned casino has sparked excitement over the country's potential to rival the likes of Vegas, Macau or Singapore as a casino hotspot, but analysts told CNBC strict regulations are dampening its chances. To see the full story, click here.

The ‘iPhone of standing desks’ just scored $1.5 million from Tony Hsieh’s Vegas TechFund and others

(via Business Insider)

Comment Stir, dubbed the iPhone of standing desks, just raised a $1.5 million seed round for its height-adjustable desk. To see the full story, click here.

Harry Reid: CIA charges vs. Senate ‘absurd’

(via Politico)

Comment Harry Reid repeatedly described as “absurd” the CIA’s allegations that Senate staff hacked into classified CIA networks to obtain an internal review of the agency’s interrogation policies, according to letters sent to top administration officials on Wednesday. To see the full story, click here.