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Suspects Arrested for Fatal Strip Stabbing

LAS VEGAS - Larry Hicks never imagined he would lose his friend after a night out, but Randall Blackwell, a lyricist and rapper met his fate July 9.

"It could have been any one of us that night," Hicks said. "He was a foster child, so he grew up with us. He didn't know his biological mother or father."

Hicks, Blackwell and some other friends headed to a liquor store on Audrie Street and Flamingo Road. They parked and soon came face to face, police say, with 38-year-old Jerome Hopkins, 38-year-old Christopher McIntosh, and some women with them in a nearby parking lot.

"We're leaving our car. They're going to their car," Hicks said. "One of the dudes that I was with said something to one of the females - not anything confrontational or nothing like that - like, 'Hey, what's up?"

The situation between the two groups soon escalated.

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Las Vegas Sands Reports $367 Million in Net Income

Las Vegas Sands Reports $367 Million in Net Income


Casino-resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. is reporting $367.6 million in net income for the second quarter, reversing a loss of $4.7 million a year earlier.

The company led by billionaire Sheldon Adelson reported Tuesday that it had $2.35 billion in revenue, compared with $1.59 billion in 2010's second quarter.

Most of that revenue came in Macau, where Sands took in $1.21 billion. The company's revenue in Singapore was $737.6 million. And in Las Vegas, where the company is based, revenue rose 18.2 percent to $332.5 million.

Sands says its adjusted earnings are $438.6 million, or 54 cents per share. That beat analysts' average forecast for adjusted profit of 43 cents per share. Analysts expected revenue of $2.2 billion.

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

Coroner ID's Pedestrian Struck and Killed

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Coroner has identified the man killed after being hit by a car this past weekend.

Kelvin Emanuel Bridges, 28, from North Las Vegas was hit and killed early Saturday morning. Metro Police say alcohol played a factor in the crash. 

The accident happened around 5:08 a.m. near Paradise and Naples. Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicates Bridges and a woman, Adrienne Unis, were walking across Naples Drive from the south to the north, outside a marked crosswalk.

McCarran International Airport Construction Halted

LAS VEGAS -- A few dozen construction workers were told Monday not to show up for work at the $43 million project to build a new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport. The delay to the project will also cost taxpayers.

More than 4,000 workers around the country have been told to stop work on critical airport modernization projects because Congress has failed to pass legislation that would fund the projects.

"Construction workers across America will lose their jobs and local communities will be hurt the longer this goes on. Congress needs to pass an FAA bill to prevent further economic damage," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This is no way to run the best aviation system in the world."

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Giant Slot Machine Gives Assist in Marriage Proposal


A San Diego man used the giant ‘Colossus’ slot machine at Bally’s to execute a creative marriage proposal this weekend.

Jim Canfield and his bride-to-be, Paige, traveled from California to celebrate her birthday, but Canfield had other plans in store.  The slot machine inside Bally’s was pre-arranged to land on the words “Will You Marry Me” when Paige pulled the handle.

Canfield got down on one knee with a ring in hand and Paige accepted the proposal. He said Bally’s  will always hold a special place in his heart.

“Vegas was the perfect location for the proposal,” Canfield said. “I feel like I hit the jackpot when I met her so I wanted her to feel like she hit the jackpot today.”

I-Team: Tracking Crime on the Strip is a Tough Endeavor

LAS VEGAS -- All this week, the 8 News NOW I-Team has taken a comprehensive look at the dangers and safety of the Las Vegas Strip. In the final part of the investigation, we look at how and why crimes get reported, and how some stay quiet.

In some cases, casinos and police attempt to reveal only a certain amount of information to the public, instead of the full story. And even if you ask, you may not get the full story.

Las Vegas police do put up a lot of information on the web about different types of crime along the Strip. We've seen the fights, the assaults, and downright strange happenings on the Strip. But to really find where the safest spots are? Good luck.

I-Team: Strip Crime Down, but Dangerous Perception Remains

Piano Prodigy, 10, Set to Become Vegas' Youngest Headliner

The young man will perform at the Hilton.

Six feet away from a piano, he's a regular kid, stomping around the pattern outlines of colorful carpet because "I'm trying to get dizzy."

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