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Tropicana’s woes continue

The beleaguered Tropicana, one of the few Las Vegas casinos that disproves the adage “location, location, location,” continues to fade like a cheap suit on the Strip. Mired in bankruptcy, its management seemingly bereft of innovative ideas, the Trop...

Place your banner here

The responses continue to pour in after a recent column calling for new themes for the banner that now hangs above the office door of Gov. Jim Gibbons. Of course, not all the responses will fit on a banner. Some wouldn't fit on 10. A nerve has been...

Corruption conviction in Macau

Macau public officials can teach Southern Nevada’s esteemed politicians a thing or two about corruption. Former Macau minister Ao Min-long was sentenced this week to 28.5 years in prison for ripping massive bribes connected to, drum roll please,...

Free illegal parking on Tuesday?

Should we presume these Metro black-and-whites aren’t assigned to Parking Enforcement? A quick trip to the crowded Starbucks at Rancho Drive near Bonanza Road turned into a parking challenge on Tuesday morning. I grabbed a distant space outside a...

Singapore Sheldon must be vigilant

In a few months, Las Vegas Sands will open the first casino in Singapore, a place known for its strict rules. Ignorance of the law there is no excuse whether you’re committing a high crime or chewing gum. They take their rules very seriously. Now...

Macau gambling takes on more water

The critical reports on the state of gambling in Macau continue to flow. This one from Antoaneta Bezlova of the Inter Press Service News Agency leaves little doubt about the current and future troubles facing the Chinese holding. To wit: “Beijing’s...

Adelson adds Ader to Sands board

The news that Jason Ader had joined the board of Las Vegas Sands failed to generate the interest I think it deserved. Ader has plenty of experience analyzing the gaming industry, and he has the potential to be a valuable asset to Adelson. Las Vegas...

As if you need a Tax Day Reminder

Time is ticking low, fellow taxpayers, but perhaps by complete coincidence the U.S. attorney’s office and the kind, gentle people at the Internal Revenue Service made an unofficial announcement of their own with today’s indictment of Russell Pike,...

Lundy Elementary gains support

Remember tiny Lundy Elementary School in Kyle Canyon? It was briefly on the chopping block a few weeks ago when the Clark County School District was rushing to make budget cuts in the face of harsh economic times. Well, Lundy is still alive, and the...

Gans gains kudos for Strip longevity

If you get a chance to see “Race to Witch Mountain,” you’ll catch a glimpse of Strip entertainer Danny Gans, who does a walk-through in the action-packed Disney remake starring Dwayne Johnson. In Strip years, Gans is a veritable institution after...

Miracle League breaks ground in Las Vegas

Years from now, I believe locals will look back with pride at the presence of a Miracle League baseball field in our community. Organizers of the field, located at 101 S. Rancho Drive next to First Christian Church, broke ground Thursday morning...