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Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy

Former Flamingo headliner Toni Braxton’s trail of debt includes Nevada creditors.

The Flamingo, Nevada Power and the Department of Motor Vehicles were listed among the $10 million to $50 million she owes, according to Chapter 7 bankruptcy papers filed Thursday in California.

A relative told TMZ.com that Braxton’s financial tailspin was compounded by heart problems that surfaced at the Flamingo. Braxton left the resort in April 2008, halfway through a two-year deal, citing a heart condition.

However, five months later she shocked Harrah’s executive ranks when she announced that she was going to compete on “Dancing With the Stars,” a grueling physical test.

Braxton was counting on her show insurance with Lloyd’s of London to cover her losses, according to TMZ, but Lloyd’s refused, saying she had an undisclosed, pre-existing medical condition. There’s been speculation that Braxton bolted from the Flamingo in hopes that the national TV exposure would revive her career.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

A source told Vegas Confidential late Thursday that Penn National Gaming will be announced today as the winning bidder to acquire the debt in M Resort. …

A Canadian couple recently had a wedding reception at Hofbrahaus Las Vegas, and they came up with a novel way to remember their wedding guests. Instead of having a guest book, guests were given a felt-tip pen to sign their best wishes on the bride’s gown. …

Small World: U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley’s mother was a classmate of Bernie Schwartz, who would later become known to the world as Tony Curtis. “They were both from the Lower East Side of New York — a large community of Jewish immigrants at the time — and I remember my mother telling me how proud the neighborhood was that a young Jewish boy from their working-class community became such a star,” the congresswoman said in a release. …

Tweet of the Day: “Already 4-0 Phillies in the second … Halladay is going to throw a no-hitter by the way.” — Jeremy Pond, who handles public relations for Steve Wynn’s XS and Tryst nightclubs.

MAY I RECOMMEND …

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s annual Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run for Life hosted by Donny Osmond is Saturday at Paseo Verde Park (1851 Paseo Verde Parkway) in Henderson. The first run starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday sign-ups are allowed. Runners, walkers and community supporters can compete in the 5K run or 1-mile fun run/walk. After the 5K, Osmond will lead children with critical illnesses in a mini-run called the Champions Run for Life. For more information: www.nvccf.org.

SIGHTINGS

Message on Osmond’s parking spot at the Flamingo: “Marie find your own spot.” … NASCAR veteran Brian Vickers, with friends at Lavo (Palazzo) on Wednesday. … Chazz Palminteri, who began a second engagement of “A Bronx Tale” at The Venetian on Wednesday (through Oct. 18), is speaking to UNLV film students today. … Flamingo headliner Nathan Burton, among the personalities taking the 410-foot plunge down the face of the Rio from the Voodoo Lounge level. The event was a fundraiser for Special Olympics. … At a special midnight show Wednesday put on by Geechy Guy, Mickey Joseph and Todd Paul of the “Dirty Joke Show” (Hooters Hotel): David Copperfield, Carrot Top, Amazing Johnathan and Nathan Burton. Rob Sherwood and Matt Black made guest appearances.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Linguists have discovered a new language spoken by a remote tribe in India that’s understood by only 1,000 people. I believe the language is called ‘tech support.’ ” — Jay Leno

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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