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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...

Will Texas lasso a casino project?

In Austin, legislators and lobbyists are meeting today to discuss potential casino development in Texas, a long-shot idea that has gained popularity in part due to the ongoing recession. In true Texas fashion, politicians are calling for doing...

Mob guys converge – for book signing

You may know the name Henry Hill from the Nicholas Pilleggi book “Wiseguy,” or the Scorsese movie “Goodfellas.” (His character was played by Ray Liotta.) Hill, the former Lucchese crime family associate who turned his crime crew upside down when he...

MGM Mirage slimming down, speeding up

Like an athlete that's finally decided to return to the gym, debt-laden MGM Mirage is trimming the fat in an attempt to return to dominance and move away from potential bankruptcy. Phil Ruffin has already closed the deal on Treasure Island, but the...

MGM Mirage hires troubled law firm

It’s been a rough year for MGM Mirage with its stock price dropping like a stone and its CityCenter project mired in financial trouble. Now word has surfaced the company has hired the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm to prepare for a potential...