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September 22, 2014

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Sheldon Adelson hates email, doesn’t text and wants to stop you from betting online

Las Vegas Sands CEO and Chairman Sheldon Adelson speaks during a media briefing with the backdrop of Singapore's Marina Bay Sands on Dec. 21, 2009 in Singapore.

(via The Verge)

Comment In February, an attack ad titled "Don’t Let the Games Begin" started popping up in online gambling forums. The ad opens on two shadows shaking hands in a dark city alley. We see a distraught mother at her laptop, a young child at a computer in a dim bedroom, police cars with sirens. A narrator with a scaly voice comes on. "An established al-Qaeda poker network could extract enough untraceable ...

Rehabbing Harper puts on show in batting practice

(via mlb.com)

Comment Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper put on an awe-inspiring display early Thursday when he took live batting practice on the field for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb in April. The slugger sprayed 14 home runs to all fields during the session -- which lasted around 20 minutes -- including the fifth, sixth and seventh ...

Electric Daisy Carnival ticket prices on secondary market down 20 percent from year ago

Fireworks expose of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the third day of the Electric Daisy Carnival early Monday morning, June 24, 2013.

(via Forbes)

Comment [{"text":"The Sun's Electric Daisy Carnival coverage","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/electric-daisy-carnival/"}] As the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival kicks off this weekend at the Las Vegas Motorway Speedway, the EDM-based festival continues to see declining secondary market prices. While the 3-day concert prides itself on being America’s largest dance music festival, the current average price for 3-day pass Electric Daisy Carnival tickets is $376.89, down 20.41% ...

How Las Vegas decides which World Cup gear you can buy

(via MarketWatch)

Comment At sporting-goods retailer Modell’s website, most World Cup merchandise is sold at full price. One notable exception: U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan’s T-shirts. For retailers like Modell’s, which relies on major events like the World Cup to amp up sales, deciding which gear to stock is also a big game. Picking the right teams’ or players’ merchandise can be like ...

World Cup bettors hammering Las Vegas sports books

(via Sporting News)

Comment Through the first five days of the World Cup, bettors have been rolling in the dough while the sports books have taken a beating, as favorites have gone 9-5 on the goal line and the over has cashed in 12 of the 14 games. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said LVH SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman. “The kids (parlay ...

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, ...

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 ...