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TMZ scoops the world press in Jackson death

Amazing. Entertainment Web site TMZ, which has Hollywood wired these days, was way ahead of the “mainstream” media in reporting the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. While other news sites were starting to report Jackson was being hospitalized, TMZ...

Finally, some good news: Bernie is busted

Ponzi king Bernard Madoff, who already has a $170 billion judgment against him, is officially broke, federal officials say after scouring his many bank accounts and seizing property. Of course, it all adds up to a helluva lot less than $170 billion...

Magician Remembers Michael Jackson

Dixie Dooley Michael Jackson Magician Dixie Dooley sent this remembrance of the late Michael Jackson, a former Las Vegas resident. Jackson died Thursday at age 50. “On a cold windy day in Las Vegas, February 13Th. 2007 I was invited to perform my...

Big changes coming to Macau?

Fernando Chui isn’t exactly a household name in Las Vegas, but he is about to emerge as the key player in Macau’s tumultuous casino game. Chui is expected to be named Macau’s next chief executive in charge of gaming philosophy and growth. He could...

Column Rewind: A Father's Day Tribute

Here's a Father's Day column from 2008 that continues to generate interest from readers. Happy Father's Day to the many dads who play hurt The television golf analysts were all a-dither. They could barely find sufficient quantities of purple prose...

Church of Twain: Happy Father’s Day

I am fortunate, blessed beyond measure, to be the father of Amelia. She is special in a million ways. She makes my heart sing, and I am inspired by her brave fight against cancer and its devastating after effects. On Father’s Day, I am reminded of...

Ensign and the 'extortion' leak

There's no time like the present for embattled Sen. John Ensign to clear up the "extortion" leak associated with his strange and sudden adultery admission. Citing unnamed sources close to the senator, Fox and other news outlets have reported Ensign...

The Ensign Affair: With defenders like these …

It’s bad enough Sen. John Ensign held a “press conference” Tuesday to acknowledge his affair but take no questions. That’s pure political cowardice. And it is sure to backfire. Now we are being subjected to his brain-dead defenders, who contort...

President’s health care plan: A critical view

Finding digestible information on President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal isn’t easy with all the political posturing going on. It’s neither a saving grace nor suicide, but it does figure to cost the taxpayer a bundle to “improve” the...

Busted Flush: Online Poker Takes Fed Hit

While the World Series of Poker continues at the Rio, the world of online poker faces big challenges now that federal law enforcement has tipped its hand. Prosecutors have asked four major U.S. banks to freeze millions in assets linked to popular...