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Ensign drops by Iowa

Nevada’s John Ensign continues to explore the possibility of a run for President one day at a time. In this case, one of those days was spent in Iowa. Read the story: http://www.chicagotribune.com . According to AP, the trip, "would not be uncommon...

Church of Twain: St. Mark and Las Vegas

As we know, St. Mark of Missouri breathed his last on April 21, 1910. Las Vegas was barely a tent city at that time. But he did have a view on the nature of Las Vegas – at least as it’s perceived in the eyes of some decent folk, puritanical types,...

Adelson rips Weidner

When Las Vegas-based freelance writer Steve Friess interviewed Las Vegas Sands boss Sheldon Adelson Friday for an upcoming New York Times story on the opening of the company’s Bethlehem, Pa., casino, he received a blast from the mercurial gaming mogul.

On Memorial Day, studying war no more

One of my favorite Memorial Day stories takes place in the distant past. When Joseph Graham died more than nine decades ago in Las Vegas, his friend William Keith made sure there was a proper stone on his grave at Woodlawn Cemetery not far from...

Macau no longer a sure bet

Time magazine has an intriguing article on the shape Macau is in these days as its casino titans struggle to stay afloat and enormous construction projects sit unfinished. It’s titled, “Fortunes Fade for Macau’s Casino Kings.” "But what was once a...

Raggio proves why he’s a GOP leader

Bill Raggio The hard-right brigade within the state Republican Party should — but won’t — take notes from the actions today of Senate Minority Leader William Raggio. The legendary legislator has been kicked around all session by the zealots in his...

New Jersey finds a Ho unsuitable

Pansy Ho, right, daughter of Macau gambling king Stanley Ho and a partner with MGM Mirage in a casino venture in the Asian enclave, has been determined to be unsuitable by New Jersey gaming regulators due to her father’s suspected connections to...