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MGM Faces Deadline on Harmon Tower

LAS VEGAS -- An important deadline hangs above troubled Harmon Tower at CityCenter. After MGM told Clark County their tower could collapse in an earthquake, commissioners imposed a deadline to find a way to fix it.

MGM will not say what their plan to fix Harmon Tower will be, only saying they will meet the Monday deadline. County commissioners want immediate answers concerning the fate of the 27 story building.

"If it's safe, I don't have a problem with it. If it's not safe, then we need to have a plan in terms of how we're going to make it safe. Whether that's taking it down, whether it's fortifying it, that's for engineers to decide," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

Construction halted on the Harmon Tower in 2009 after MGM claims they found major construction defects. Perini Construction blames MGM's engineers for a bad design, but adds Harmon is stable and all problems can be repaired.

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Las Vegas Hilton Defaults on Interest Payments

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The 2,950-room Las Vegas Hilton is in default after skipping interest payments on a $252 million loan.

Parent company Colony Resorts LVH Acquisitions LLC says in an earnings report released this week that the hotel-casino near the Las Vegas Strip lost $8.8 million in the second quarter compared to a loss of $9.8 million for the same period last year.

Net revenue declined to $45.5 million from $47.5 million.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Colony Resorts LVH has decided to not make monthly payments totaling $3.5 million for June, July, and August to keep money for operational expenses.

The company says it is working with the lender to restructure the debt.

Hilton Hotels Corp. has said they are not renewing the Las Vegas property's franchise license agreement effective in January.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Teen Arrested in Murder of Homeless Man

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested an 18-year-old for the murder of a homeless man.

Police say Michael Martinez stabbed Marcus Goodman to death on July 30, 2011. Goodman was found dead under the overpass at Highland Drive and Sahara Avenue.

According to the arrest report, Martinez told officers he was in the area of Sahara and Highland when Goodman started harassing him. Martinez says a scuffle ensued and Goodman struck him with a stick, causing a cut above his eye. Martinez told police he pulled a knife and stabbed Goodman several times.

The next day, Martinez was treated at Summerlin Hospital for his injuries.

Martinez has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon and booking into the Clark County Detention Center.

Former Navy SEAL Found Guilty in Rampage

LAS VEGAS -- Jurors have found a former Navy SEAL guilty in a brutal attack on several people on the Las Vegas Strip.

Luke Shawley has been found guilty on seven charges of battery with a deadly weapon after he beat several people with a pipe last year. Three of those people were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Navy SEAL Goes on Rampage on Las Vegas Strip

Shawley stood emotionless as the jury read the verdict, ending the seven-day trial. Jurors took eight hours to deliberate. 

While the state argued Shawley had 20 drinks the night of the attacks and was drunk when he committed the beatings, prosecutors argued Shawley was responsible for his actions.

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Electronics Recycling to Help CCSD Students

Electronics Recycling to Help CCSD Students

 

The Clark County School District’s School-Community Partnership Program will partner with Computers for Kids, Inc. (CFK) to donate refurbished computers to Clark County School District students and hold a recycle drive for computers and computer equipment for the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada area.

They will be offering free collection of electronic equipment on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 4110 Channel 10 Drive. The goal is to provide refurbished computers to 3,000 students in the Southern Nevada area.
Items that can be dropped off are:

  • Printers
  • Laptop Computers
  • Desktop Computers
  • Cords
  • Scanners
  • Servers
  • Cell Phones
  • CRT’s
  • LCD’s

Televisions are not being accepted.

Food Network Casting Call Hits Vegas

Food Network Casting Call Hits Vegas

 

Anyone who thinks they have the chops to outchop Morimoto or Bobby Flay has a chance to prove it at a Food Network casting call.

Season 8 of “The Next Food Network Star” is currently looking for participants. They are looking for people who are “full of life, passionate about cooking, and knowledgeable about food” to attend their open casting call.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at The Westin Casuarina, 160 East Flamingo Rd. More information is available at http://www.foodnetworkstarcasting.com.

Revamped "Name That Tune" Comes to Imperial Palace

Revamped "Name That Tune" Comes to Imperial Palace

 

Music enthusiasts soon will have a new option on the Strip.

“Name That Tune” makes its live debut at Imperial Palace beginning Thursday, August 18. An up-to-date, fast-paced version of the iconic daytime game show, Name That Tune Live! will give 100 participants per show the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. With a live DJ, a musical catalog ranging from country to rock n’ roll to Broadway show tunes to Lady Gaga and a set by Emmy Award-winning designer Andy Walmsley, (“American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “The Sing Off,” among others), Name That Tune Live! will be an interactive experience.

Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor of Zowie Bowie will guide the contestants along a musical escapade, including many of the famous games and several new twists to the old format.