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Kindest cut of all for cancer patients

Even after all these years, some people still think it’s about the haircut.

Brian McMullan manages to smile when he sees some bewildered folks wander into McMullan’s Irish Pub to have their heads shaved on St. Baldrick’s Day. That’s the time set aside each year across the nation when thousands of fundraising volunteers “shave for the brave” to support childhood cancer research. This year’s local events are set for Saturday at several venues.

So this time, McMullan has decided he is charging those who amble into his pub at least $100 for the privilege of losing their locks for the cause. And they probably will have to wait a long time on Saturday. The event is booked from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The local St. Baldrick’s effort continues to expand each year. In addition to McMullan’s, this year’s events are set for Ri Ra Las Vegas in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Nine Fine Irishmen in New York-New York, Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel, and on March 15 at Rachel’s Kitchen in the District at Green Valley Ranch.

Contributions are welcome. They’re cheered, in fact. You don’t have to shave your head unless you really want to.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s nationally has raised and awarded more than $100 million for childhood cancer research. It is the largest private funder of childhood cancer study outside the federal government.

DOWNTOWN ART: The mob is returning to Fremont Street. Irish artist Graham Knuttel has agreed to mentor and guide a group of Las Vegas Academy of the Arts students in a mob-themed mural downtown.

To view a sample of the work of the Dublin-born artist, go to knuttelgallery.com.

DIVINE JOBS: Just call them the holy enrollers.

Casino companies commonly produce job fairs in an effort to fill the hundreds of service-worker positions they offer the communities they enter. The events serve a purpose and are dandy publicity tools for the gaming companies.

But when it comes to generating good will and positive headlines, I doubt anything will top the job fair that took place at the Upton’s Union Baptist Church in Baltimore during my recent visit to the city. In an effort to hire 1,700 workers from the city, Horseshoe Baltimore set up a job fair at the church as part of what the Baltimore Sun described as a 14-district tour.

“I know the need,” the Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr. said.

FIGHTIN’ WORDS: Sports betting legend and boxing aficionado Lem Banker is in his 80s, but he is fighting mad these days after learning two pals, the late fight game trainer Johnny Tocco and heavyweight champ Michael Dokes didn’t make the cut for the local Boxing Hall of Fame.

Tocco, known these days as the namesake of the sweatbox gym at Main and Charleston, was ornery. And Dokes, whose last decision in a courtroom sent him behind bars for assault, was controversial.

Lem reminds purists that boxing ain’t a boys choir.

ON THE BOULEVARD: Horse players and handicappers are still buzzing about what has to be one of the worst bad beats in recent history at Florida’s Gulfstream Park. An extremely questionable disqualification cost a “Rainbow Six” bettor a $1.66 million win. The gambler, who was not identified, selected all six winners but went home a loser. Any local horse players have insight into the identity of the bettor? Anyone with a Las Vegas pedigree?

BOULEVARD II: Local architect Windom Kimsey once again will shave his head as part of the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. … Filming of “Silver” has finished in Las Vegas. The movie, which stars Michael Madsen, is based on the book “Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case,” by longtime true-crime writer and former Las Vegas news reporter Cathy Scott.

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