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December 22, 2014

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Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches ...
Hillary 2.0 would be Hillary XX
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
November 2016 is still a long way off, but it’s hard to imagine that the presidential campaign will provide any bit of advertising as strangely entertaining and revealing as a video put online recently by Stand With Hillary, a new super PAC.
Evil is being answered with evil
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.
Of taxes, pigs and Congress
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Great news! After a year of hapless floundering, Congress appears well on its way to passing a major tax bill that will be signed by President Barack Obama.
Talking past each other on race
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue, but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.
Photo: Rat Pack Is Back
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Monday, December 15, 2014
They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.
Photo: Penny Pibbets, displaying her aggressive interview
Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” ...
Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Where I Stand:
I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
Photo: The Casa de Shenandoah sign, returned to the prope
Wayne Newton is making a return to Casa de Shenandoah
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Mr. Las Vegas is ending 2014 by making some major news in his Old Vegas neighborhood. Returned to the corner of Sunset and Pecos roads is the famous Casa de Shenandoah sign ...
Photo: Frankie Moreno performs during Shade Tree's 12th A
Flexibility key to ‘Showstoppers’ setlist; Frankie Moreno has scant shows left at Strat
Friday, December 12, 2014
Those who have seen “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” and read early accounts of the lineup of numbers to be performed in the show, have noted some famous shows not represented.
Photo: Criss Angel, Mr. Piffles and Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff the Magic Dragon fires up Rose. Rabbit. Lie.; Brian Wilson without pier at Venetian
Thursday, December 11, 2014
A member of “Vegas Nocturne” performed at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. last week. Lest you get all giddy over this concept, it was actually a former member of that wildly imaginative production, Piff the Magic Dragon, along ...
Photo: Jimmy Johnson, Terry Fator, Troy Aikman and Taylor
Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator in voice-throwing throwdown on the Strip
Thursday, December 11, 2014
“I started doing this when I was 10 years old, and I really had an obsession with it. When I was about 15, I told myself that I wanted to be one of the greatest ventriloquists ever,” Terry Fator once said ...
Photo: Oscar Goodman sits in a booth at Oscar's Beef Booz
Oscar Goodman hungry to celebrate pre-Venetian Venetian Pizzeria
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
One could argue, and Oscar Goodman would, that the spine of Las Vegas’ history is the pork neckbone recipe of Angie Ruvo.
Photo: Karl Stressman at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tues
The PRCA strategy: Rope ’em while they’re young
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Karl Stressman finished his annual NFR Week news conference. Stressman has been the PRCA commissioner for seven years now, and I’ve only known him during the times when his organization was bulldogging ...
It’s going to take radical change to prevent incidents that spur protests
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
In this basically urban society, how is it possible to prevent the kind of incidents that have stirred the people’s passions and brought about massive protests, some of them violent? The answer is that it …

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