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July 24, 2014

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Jazz giant Jimmy Scott, 88, dies at his Las Vegas home

(via Irish Times)

Comment You’d never have mistaken Jimmy Scott and that gorgeous, tender, heartbreaking voice of his for anyone else. When Jimmy sang the blues, you knew he’d experienced the blues too. But for most of his life, despite the fact that he was singing for most of them and attracting attention from a starry set of musicians including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Frankie Valli, Marvin Gaye and Lionel Hampton, Scott, who died ...

Sheldon Adelson opposes medical marijuana while funding promising marijuana research

(via Huffington Post)

Comment While casino mogul and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has reportedly poured millions into the fight against legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, his money has also been used to produce a promising study about medical marijuana's potential for treating multiple sclerosis. To see the full story, click here.

Amaya Gaming Group to buy PokerStars in $4.9 billion deal

Casino industry representatives and exhibitors watch an online poker game during industry's G2E conference, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Amaya Gaming Group Inc. surged to a record after agreeing to acquire PokerStars for $4.9 billion, in a deal that creates the largest publicly held online gambling company in the world. Amaya, a little-known supplier of betting equipment and systems based in suburban Montreal, advanced 41 percent to C$19.78 at 11:04 a.m. in Toronto, after rising 46 percent for the ...

What Las Vegas police killings show about evolving Sovereign movement

Wal-Mart store surveillance video of shooting suspects is shown during a news conference at Metro Police headquarters Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Police provided new details on Sunday's shooting that resulted in five deaths, including two police officers and a civilian.

(via Forbes)

Comment The story of Jerad and Amanda Miller is bursting with clues about the killers, their objectives, beliefs, and participation in the rapidly expanding Sovereign subculture. Unfortunately, many press reports and pundits seem to be relying on outdated assumptions about the Sovereign movement that don’t take into account that the shooters were young. Sovereigns do not participate in an organized group ...

Biggest losers: Nevada heads list of worst state economies

A view of Strip casinos on Flamingo Road looking westbound from a helicopter May 21, 2012.

(via CNN Money)

Comment People who live in these nine states have a reason to sing the economic blues: Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Maine, Georgia, New Jersey and Illinois. These states have yet to recover from the recession. The first five states on that list are in a particularly bad funk with their economies far below where they were back in 2007. To ...

Actor James Woods leaves WSOP on stretcher; diagnosis is food poisoning

(via Sporting News)

Comment Quite a few celebrities play poker, and James Woods is one of the most well-known of the actors in the game. He can often be found in Atlantic City or Los Angeles poker rooms and casinos. And during the summer months, he enjoys playing tournaments at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. To see the full story, click ...

Nevada among 7 states running out of water

(via Huffington Post)

Comment In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest levels of severe drought. To see the ...

Lawyer Robert Kardashian hid evidence in O.J. Simpson murder case, Fred Goldman says

O.J. Simpson arrives for a fifth day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court Friday, May 17, 2013.. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed.

(via Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard)

Comment Twenty years ago, O.J. Simpson was a famous football player who was enjoying a second career as an NFL commentator and film actor. But on June 12, 1994, the public's perception of the man born Orenthal James Simpson changed with the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. Thursday is the 20th anniversary of the ...

BLM: Bundy owes US more than all other ranchers combined

Rancher Cliven Bundy poses at his ranch house near Bunkerville, Sunday, May 4, 2014.

(via Environment & Energy Publishing)

Comment Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy owes more money to the federal government than what all other ranchers owe collectively in late grazing fees, according to new data obtained from the Bureau of Land Management. Of the roughly 16,000 ranchers who graze cattle on BLM lands, 458 have late grazing bills totaling $237,000, according to agency data. Compare that to the more ...

The 10 best things in Las Vegas every music fan should do

(via tonedeaf.com.au)

Comment Las Vegas doesn’t quite sit on the same level as the American music cities in New York, Nashville, Austin or San Francisco to name but a few. The ‘entertainment’ might primarily come in the form of casinos and other X rated things, but that doesn’t mean Vegas is entirely devoid of good music or at least places to run to ...

What would you pay for a drone bartender?

(via CNN Money)

Comment Now you can have your drinks brought directly to you ... via drone. The Marquee Dayclub at the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel has begun offering bottle service by drone to guests partying at its outdoor deck and cabanas. The service debuted to an excited crowd Memorial Day weekend. To see the full story, click here.

Facial Recognition: From the NSA to Facebook to Las Vegas

(via Marketplace)

Comment The NSA, the New York Times reports, is harvesting people’s images, millions of them per day. It's using them, we are told, to search for terrorists and other intelligence targets. If the targets are U.S. citizens, the NSA must obtain court approval. Facial recognition technology has taken our present national Gordian knot of privacy and security concerns through a circuitous ...

Nats’ Bryce Harper and longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner engaged

Las Vegas native and current Washington Nationals baseball player Bryce Harper and his girlfriend Kayla Varner watch UNLV take on New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV defeated New Mexico 64-55.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The Nationals’ star outfielder Bryce Harper and long-time girlfriend Kayla Varner made their first public appearance as an engaged couple Saturday at the team’s Dream Gala fundraiser. Harper, the first round draft pick, and Ohio State soccer player Varner confirmed their engagement at the annual event, which raises funds for the Washington National’s Dream Foundation. To see the full story, ...

Once biggest casino between Las Vegas and Atlantic City closes its doors

In this July 30, 2013, file photo, some of the Delta's casinos beckon players in Tunica Resorts, Miss., along Casino Strip Boulevard.

(via WREG-TV)

Comment TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — The dice are no longer rolling and the slots aren’t spinning at Harrah’s Casino in Tunica. The casino lights went out for good a little after midnight Sunday, meaning 1,300 employees are now looking for work. To see the full story, click here.

No stripping required: Pole dancing goes for the gold

(via Washington Post)

Comment An activity that for years was synonymous with strip clubs, pole dancing is now not only a Groupon-approved alternative to step aerobics for suburban moms but also one that has gone the way of karaoke and cooking: It’s competitive, right down to national anthem kickoffs, sponsors with names such as Bad Kitty, and industry idols including Kyra Johannesen. “That’s, like, ...