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October 31, 2014

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Redskins sign undrafted UNLV wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Undrafted free agent wideout Jerry Rice Jr. — yes, the son of the NFL’s all-time leading receiver — announced via Instagram that he has signed a contract with the Redskins. Rice, who finished his college career at UNLV after playing sparingly in four years at UCLA, tried out with the Ravens and 49ers earlier this year. To see the full story, click here.

Caesars ready to invest $5 billion in Japan casino

Gary Loveman, chairman and CEO of Caesars Entertainment, attends the official remaining of PH Live to The Axis at Planet Hollywood on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Caesars Entertainment Corp., the largest operator of U.S. casinos, said a Japan resort would require at least a $5 billion investment and that it would have no problem financing such a project. “You can typically finance a very substantial portion of that value through the debt market,” said Chief Executive Officer Gary Loveman. Caesars “will have no trouble raising the ...

Columnist: Boston doesn’t need a casino anymore

(via Boston Globe)

Comment Boston doesn't need it anymore. The city’s booming economy is the best argument against building a Boston-area casino — and for repealing the law that allows it. The cranes tell the story. They are everywhere in Boston, tangible evidence of the new urgency to build. Their presence means there’s work for the building trades — diminishing labor’s need to promote ...

Harry Reid on getting lampooned by ‘The Daily Show’: ‘Sometimes you step on your whatever’

Jon Stewart calls out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his attacks on the Koch brothers' spending on political issues while defending Sheldon Adelson's similar spending.

(via Huffington Post)

Comment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., conceded that his effort to distinguish between the money spent by Sheldon Adelson in politics and the money thrown around by the Koch brothers may have left a bit to be desired. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Reid was asked about a "Daily Show" segment that lampooned the flimsy distinction. Instead of ...

The new BLM throwdown: Utah county sheriffs cry ‘retribution’

Ryan Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against what demonstrators call the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. The area has been closed to motorized use since 2007 when an illegal trail was found that cuts through Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The canyon is open to hikers and horseback riders.

(via Talking Points Memo)

Comment Utah is one of the major hotbeds for disputes between the Bureau of Land Management and those who consider the federal agency in a permanent state of overreach. Now the feud is spreading to another arena: contracts in which the agency pays local sheriffs for law enforcement on federal land. Alongside all the BLM-related controversy in the West, the BLM ...

Woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton wanted to get her attention, lawyer says

(via New York Daily News)

Comment The lawyer for Alison Michelle Ernst said his client threw a sneaker at Clinton to draw attention to U.S. troops who suffered heavy metal poisoning while in Afghanistan. Ernst will undergo a mental competency evaluation before federal charges go forward. To see the full story, click here.

Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists and Capitol Records unveil After Hours label

(via Billboard)

Comment Three major EDM industry players have joined forces to provide a new all-in-one record label on the Las Vegas Strip. Formed in a partnership between Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists and Capitol Records, the new After Hours label will draw on each business’ strengths in offering signees a recording contract and a nightclub residency, as well as comprehensive artist development ...

Electric Daisy Carnival 2014’s 20 most beautiful people

Night 1 of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

(via Miami New Times)

Comment You thought only homely people went to Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend? Think again! This year, per usual, the bold and the beautiful made their way to Las Vegas for parties that lasted all night long. Here are the concertgoers whom we found particularly enchanting. To see the full story, click here.

With no rain on horizon, Las Vegas flirts with extended dry spell record

Attendees stand in misters to cool off during the Las Vegas stop of the Vans Warped Tour Thursday, June 19, 2014.

(via )

Comment Seem like it’s been awhile since it last rained in Las Vegas? It has. To be exact it’s been 116 days, according to the U.S. National Weather Service in Las Vegas. Not since Feb. 28 has measurable precipitation fallen at McCarran International Airport, where the National Weather Service makes its official observations for Las Vegas. Rainfall on Feb. 28 was ...

With news on LeBron, Las Vegas sportsbooks pull future odds on 2015 NBA titlist

(via ESPN)

Comment As news of LeBron James opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday morning spread, some insiders in the gambling world took the ultimate measure to minimize their risk. They pulled all future odds on all NBA teams to win next year's title. Several sports books in Las Vegas, including the Wynn, took the drastic measure. To ...

Elvis’ sweat-stained peacock suit could sell for $200K

(via Time)

Comment Does Elvis Presley’s sweat cure the common cold? If it’s caked into a 40-year-old smudged piece of white fabric, does Elvis sweat turn lead into gold, water to wine? No, it doesn’t. But is Elvis' sweat still worth up to $200,000? The answer is yes, probably. To see the full story, click here.

Messi’s late goal saves bettor $350K

(via ESPN.com)

Comment This one will go down as one of the craziest bets in sports betting history. A bettor walked into the Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday and bet $231,676 in cash for Argentina to beat Iran straight up. To see the full story, click here.

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 ...

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% ...