Jun 24

UNLV, Raising Tuition (again) And Paying Hillary $225K

 

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Brilliant move by those in academia who run UNLV. The “brightest and the smartest” in Las Vegas are raising tuition on students for the 12th time since 2002, but they have an extra $225,000 laying around somewhere to pay Hillary Clinton to come speak to them. A 17% tuition increase begins next year.

This is the same Hillary who says she is “not truly well off” and claimed that her and Bill left the White House nearly broke in 2000. Not sure what “not truly well off” means, and nobody minds somebody who makes a buck, but two points here.

1) UNLV students are leaving college with more and more debt every year, and this is an issue that politicians say they are trying to correct.

2) Don’t plead poverty when you make $225,000 to come to Vegas and make a speech.

The speech is being billed as a “fundraiser” by the UNLV Foundation, but there is no guarantee that it will create revenue, and with a “nut” that large to have to break, it will be difficult for UNLV to show a profit from this. Hillary’s slumping book sales show she is not as big a draw as some think she is. The last time Clinton was in Las Vegas somebody threw a shoe at her. 

Perhaps Hillary will use this speech as an opportunity to talk against the rising debt of college students.

READ MORE HERE

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Jun 03

Nats’ Bryce Harper and Girlfriend Kayla Varner Engaged

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The Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner are engaged to marry. No date has been announced.

Harper was the Nationals’ first round draft pick and Varner is an Ohio St. soccer player.

READ MORE HERE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST

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May 20

Wranglers to Sit Out Next Season, Return in 2015

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The Las Vegas Wranglers will not play in the ECHL next season, while trying to find an arena to play in for the 2015-2016 season.

The team made the announcement today on its web site.

 “We were given very little time to find a solution for the 2014-15 season,” said Wranglers president and COO Billy Johnson. “We were very close to having everything in order for the 2014-15 season with the little time we had. But in the end, we needed a few weeks more, and the ECHL simply had to get on with its business. We cannot thank the ECHL board enough for giving the Wranglers a chance to see through all that we have accomplished in such a short time. Obviously, they have seen what we are working on. We are all excited.”

Boyd Gaming is not renewing the least for the Wranglers. They had hoped to play in the Plaza downtown Las Vegas, but they could not get an arena built at that location.

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May 19

Sam Schmidt Completes Ceremonial Lap at Indy 500

So glad to see this for Sam — he lives in Henderson has been working hard for years to make this day a reality.

In 2000 former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt was involved in an accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. Schmidt is now a Verizon IndyCar Series owner and on Sunday he drove the pace car using only his head movements. He drove his semi-autonomous car in a ceremonial qualification lap after practice.

Reports are, Sam’s Corvette reached 97 MPH

HOW SAM’S CAR WORKS

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May 09

Dates For Rock in Rio – Vegas Announced

This time next year one of the top rock events anywhere will take place on the Las Vegas Strip.

The event will take place May 8-9 and 15, 16 next year in the now vacant lot on the SW corner of Sahara and the Las Vegas Strip.

Music, dance, cultural collaboration, food, fashion, social and environmental conversation, fun… this is the place where you participate in and enjoy all of it. It feels is as if it were a separate world, and in a way, it truly is. We are talking about the City of Rock, the capital of celebrating everything surrounding music, specifically designed as the home address for Rock in Rio.

Wherever the festival travels, we construct this huge center for music and entertainment—and our arrival in the US will be no different. The City of Rock in Las Vegas keeps the party going around the clock. Of course, the major concerts will convince fans to come early and never want to leave, but those who make this trip will also enjoy plenty of other cultural attractions and diversions.

In addition to the Main Stage and its mega-stars of rock and pop, a new architectural icon is laid in this musical metropolis with the Electronic Stage. It all takes place on the City of Rock with the three new Rock Streets, which we envision as a festive, busy avenue of entertainment: sidewalks full of bars, restaurants, stages, and shops in a diverse blend of the best from the US, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. This includes jam sessions, dancing, street art, eclectic cuisine, and infinite possibilities for entertainment.

BUY TICKETS HERE

CITY OF ROCK WEB SITE

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May 05

Drunken British Woman Busted For Wild Sex on Las Vegas Flight

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People love coming to Las Vegas. Flights coming into Las Vegas are much louder than flights leaving the city, for obvious reasons. But, here’s one reason you may not have thought of.

A drunken British woman flying to Las Vegas with her parents was cuffed after loudly joining the mile-high club with a fellow passenger.

The frisky flier, in her 20s, was reportedly busted romping in the restroom on the Virgin flight from London’s Gatwick Airport last week.

Attendants are said to have busted down the door after receiving complaints about the loud sex noises the duo were making.

She then allegedly had to be cuffed after screaming abuse at the crew.

On touching down in Sin City, the woman was hauled off the plane.

But, after being questioned by police, she was released with a warning.

One passenger said she woman, who has not been named, was traveling with her mom and dad when she started getting steamy with the man in the next seat.

“They went to the bathroom and people could hear loud noises,” he told The Sun.

It’s not known if the man was already known to the woman, or if they met on the aircraft.

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May 02

Ben Affleck Kicked Out of Hard Rock For Counting Cards

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Ben Affleck’s blackjack days are over … at least at the Hard Rock in Vegas — because he was just banned FOR LIFE from playing the game at the casino … after security says they caught him counting cards.

Affleck was in Sin City earlier this week with wife Jennifer Garner. We’re told he planned the Vegas trip as a romantic getaway before he ships off to Detroit for several months to shoot his new Batman movie.

But things took an unromantic turn Tuesday night — Hard Rock casino sources tell us, Affleck was playing blackjack at a high rollers’ table when security swarmed.

READ MORE HERE FROM TMZ

READ MORE HERE FROM CNN

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Apr 29

Las Vegas Breaks Record With 3.7 M Visitors in March

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Las Vegas had more visitors in March than in any other month in its history. 3.7 million.

The increase is due to a few things—NASCAR, the NCAA’s March Madness college basketball tournament, and large conventions like the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and the ConExpo-Con/Agg construction convention. This event drew nearly 130,000 people and happens once every three years.

The increase of visitors in March 2014 is up 4.3% over March 2013.

The key number to look for at the end of the year is 40 million visitors. Las Vegas has come close, but never topped the 40 million visitor mark for a year. If March is any indication, 2014 could be the year to top that magic mark.

WASHINGTON POST STORY

SEE MORE VEGAS STATS HERE

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Apr 27

Las Vegas Man Sues NFL for $50 Million

seahawks John E. Williams III really wanted to go to the NFC League Championship Game, and since he didn’t get tickets, he’s suing for $50 million saying the NFL conspired against him, and others, to keep them out of the game that day. He’s from Las Vegas, but lived in San Francisco back in the days of John Brodie—he is a Niner fan for life. Williams tried to get tickets to the game earlier this year and he believes the NFL coordinated its ticket sales to help Seattle fans get tickets and keep others of the stadium. The Seattle Seahawks promote their home field advantage with their “12th Man” and the loud crowd. Seahawks beat the Niners 23-17. Williams told ESPN:

“The practice of withholding the sale of tickets from the public at large and allowing only credit card holders limited to certain areas is a violation of the Federal Consumer Fraud Act and/or common law.”

He filed suit in Las Vegas April 15. The NFL has had no comment on the lawsuit. READ MORE HERE

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Mar 31

The High Roller, The Linq Las Vegas

Here’s your first look at what it’s like at the top of the High Roller The Linq, Las Vegas. It is 550 feet above the ground located behind The Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.

It takes about half an hour to complete. The ride typically does not stop. You hop on while it is going very slowly and you get a spectacular view of Las Vegas.

There is an entire entertainment complex near the High Roller that Caesars Entertainment has built. Shops, restaurants, a bowling alley—and much more. You are put in a large, round “pod” with other riders and even if you are fearful of heights, this should not frighten you.

The High Roller is now open to the public. Tickets cost between $29.99 and $59.99. “>Click here for tickets.

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