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Las Vegas Casino Expansion Pushes Out 9/11 Memorial

Las Vegas Casino Expansion Pushes Out 9/11 Memorial

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- This city known for detonating its past to make way for gleaming new development is preparing to bulldoze its Sept. 11 memorial.

The memorial on the Las Vegas Strip sprung up spontaneously under the ersatz skyline of the New York-New York casino in the days after the terrorist attacks. A rotating collection of first responder T-shirts has decorated a railing near a faux fireboat for more than a decade.

Now, MGM Resorts International is starting a $100 million renovation of the promenade in front of New York-New York and the adjoining Monte Carlo casino. The memorial will have to go.

MGM spokesman Clark Dumont said in a statement Friday that the casino company is working with local first responders to relocate the memorial.

 

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MGM Grand Showcase Coming to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas has been hoops heaven in recent weeks. The NBA Summer League, USA basketball and Amateur Athletic Union basketball took place this summer. More is on the way.

Wednesday afternoon, MGM Grand representatives announced college basketball players from around the country will head to Las Vegas this year.

Four days before Christmas, the Grand Garden Arena hosts four of the top college basketball programs in the country - Marquette, New Mexico, Oklahoma State and Colorado - in a doubleheader dubbed the MGM Grand Showcase.

Las Vegas Sands Posts Underwhelming Profit for 2Q

Las Vegas Sands Posts Underwhelming Profit for 2Q

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s success continued in Macau, helping net income more than double in the second quarter. But growth was tepid in Las Vegas, and Wall Street expected stronger results.

Revenue more than doubled at some of Las Vegas Sands' five Macau properties. Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal.

But sales rose less than 6 percent at its two Las Vegas casinos, the Venetian and Palazzo.

The company run by billionaire CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that it earned $529.8 million, or 64 cents per share, up from $ $240.6 million, or 29 cents per share. Revenue grew 26 percent to $3.24 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted 67 cents per share on $3.3 billion.

The stock is down 1.2 percent in aftermarket trading.

 

Trial Date Set for Saudi Arabia Air Force Sgt. Accused of Rape

Trial Date Set for Saudi Arabia Air Force Sgt. Accused of Rape

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge set trial Oct. 7 for a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant accused of raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve.

Prosecutor Mary Kay Holthus said Monday that DNA evidence shows the 23-year-old aircraft mechanic had physical contact with the boy.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley also decided that four witnesses can't testify by Internet hookup from Saudi Arabia, and that bail for Mazen Alotaibi will remain $1.7 million.

Alotaibi is jailed pending trial.

He previously not guilty to charges including kidnapping, lewdness and sexual assault with a minor in the Dec. 31 incident.

Defense attorney Don Chairez will ask the judge Aug. 1 to throw out a statement that police say Alotaibi provided following his arrest.

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New Restaurants Popping Up Around the Valley

Several new restaurants are opening around the valley offering a variety of dining choices.

Conversations that begin with, "Where should we eat?" will become a little more prolonged this summer. An eclectic array of restaurants will be opening their doors and whetting appetites across the Las Vegas Valley.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Jubilee! Holding Auditions for Cast Members

The longest running Strip show in Las Vegas is looking for the next generation of talent.

Donn Arden's Jubilee! kicked off auditions Monday for male and female singers, dancer and showgirls.

Jubilee! is a blend of retro-glam, lavish costumes, specialty acts and gorgeous showgirls. Talent from around the world is showing up to be part of the auditions.

"It is amazing! To be a Vegas showgirl has always been a dream of mine. In Australia, we've always been so segregated from showgirls. We grew up wanting to go to Paris or wanting to go to Las Vegas," said Jessica Durski a dancer who has been training since she was 3 years old.

Judges will be looking for dancers with talent in tap, jazz, and ballet. Jubilee! is celebrating their 32nd anniversary this summer.

Las Vegas to Host 2014 NAACP National Convention

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas has been selected to host the NAACP national convention in July 2014.

The choice was announced by NAACP and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority officials after the conclusion of the organization's national convention in Orlando, Fla., last week.

NAACP Las Vegas branch president Frank Hawkins hailed the selection, saying local members are up to the challenge of hosting the gathering.

He says they realize they'll need the help of the Las Vegas community to make it a successful event.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.