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WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

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After Fire, County Reminds of Grill Safety Tips

After Fire, County Reminds of Grill Safety Tips

A fire Thursday afternoon in the southeast part of the valley prompts Clark County Fire Department officials to issue a reminder of grill safety.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to a fire that injured a man after his backyard barbecue grill caught on fire. The accident occurred at in the 8200 block of Beaverbrook Way.

Fire department officials say gas accumulated in the grill and when the man attempted to light the grill the top blew off, causing a flash fire that ignited the man’s clothes. The victim, approximately 50 years old, was transported to University Medical Center with serious burn injuries.

The Fire Department recommends the use of certified propane cylinders as the safest grilling source. Residents living in an apartment or condominium should contact their complex managers for specific requirements at their complexes.

Liquidation Sale Starts at the Sahara

LAS VEGAS -- The Sahara Hotel and Casino may be closed, but now you can take some of it home for a price. The Sahara liquidation sale could take up to two months, but earlier Thursday, a line stretched all around the property.

It calmed down, but at one point there was an eight hour wait to get inside. Some of those people who waited just wanted some of the old Las Vegas.

"That's what its all about, the camel, you know. So we had to get those right away and we're just snooping to see what other little tidbits we need," said Frankie Chase.

Chase lives in Las Vegas and says she's been coming to the Sahara since she was 21. But there's more than just tidbits for sale here -- poker tables, $10,000 escalators, theater equipment and stage lighting are just some of the things available.

"The things that are really interesting are the pictures, and the price is reasonable so that's our next run," she said.

When New Terminal Opens at McCarran, Old One Will Come Down

When New Terminal Opens at McCarran, Old One Will Come Down

 

Hawaiian Airlines and others have used the dated facility.

When McCarran International Airport’s $2.4 billion Terminal 3 opens a year from now, Terminal 2, the eight-gate charter and international concourse north of the airport’s main facility, will be torn down.

Read more at Vegas Inc

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Human Fuse Ignites Down the Strip

 

Stunts are nothing new to the Las Vegas Strip, but this one might just set itself apart.

At 8 pm Wednesday, Brian Miser - the “Human Fuse “ - will be lighting himself on fire and shooting himself more than 100 feet from a giant crossbow right on the Strip. The event will be taking place at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue between Harley Davidson Cafe and CityCenter.

This is only the second time that Miser has performed this act outside. The first time was on the Late Show with David Letterman, as seen in the attached video.

The stunt is in preview of the Fully Charged Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus which takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Las Vegas Judge's Son Pleads Guilty in Bellagio Heist

LAS VEGAS  -- The 29-year-old son of a Las Vegas judge entered a guilty plea for a heist last December that netted him $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Anthony Carleo appeared Tuesday before a Nevada judge to accept the plea deal and plead guilty to reduced charges.

As part of the agreement, Carleo is expected to plead guilty in a separate robbery last December at the Suncoast casino in northwest Las Vegas. That was five days before the Bellagio heist.

Carleo is the son of Las Vegas Municipal Judge George Assad. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo could face three to 54 years in prison for the two cases.

The judge set sentencing for Aug. 23.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)