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At McCarran, don’t take the Subway

Friday’s edition of USA Today features an article on overpriced airport food, and our own McCarran International makes reporter Roger Yu’s dispatch for selling a foot-long turkey with cheese sandwich from an on-site Subway for a choking $10.99. It’s...

DEFCON JOB: Riv says ATM was legit

Riviera officials say the report from the recent DEFCON convention that one of the hotel’s ATMs was fake was just plain inaccurate. The machine was legitimate, but “was turned off and the cash was removed as a precaution in preparation for the...

Another Dr. Murray fan heard from

Embattled physician Conrad Murray has a lot of things going against him these days. For one, he’s suspected of being connected to the drugs that killed pop superstar Michael Jackson. But Murray also suffers from a distinct lack of public relations...

Russian organized crime goes phishing

The BlackHat USA 2009 convention provided a wide array of information useful to organized crime aficionados. Here’s an excerpt from a story by ChannelWeb’s Stephanie Hoffman. The subject is the growth of Russian organized crime. She writes: “Russia'...

Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas

You’ve heard of the ladies of the Red Hat Society. Meet the tech savvy people associated with Black Hat Briefings, which touts itself as the “World’s Premier Technical Security Conference,” now meeting at Caesars Palace. From the Web site: “The...

Denis will be tough to beat in Senate District 2

Mild-mannered Mo Denis, the veteran Assembly Democrat, figures to win in a walk in the 2010 race for Senate District 2 seat being vacated by the term-limited Maggie Carlton. In fact, I’m guessing Friday’s announcement that he was seeking the seat came more out of an interest in dissuading primary challengers than any deep concern about beating a tough opponent in the general election.