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Echelon Indefinitely on Hold

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- Construction work stopped at the Echelon resort more than a year ago and now there is word it could be years before it starts again.

The weak economy forced Boyd Gaming and its partners to mothball the site in August 2008 with hopes of  restarting it this quarter. Now Eyewitness News has learned that workers are prepping the cranes for removal and a complete site shutdown is underway. That shutdown could last for three more years.

Construction firm Tishman had no official comment on the delay. Boyd Gaming confirms the project will continue to be on hold and there is no timeline of any kind to get Echelon started again. The $5 billion project could have created up to 4,000 jobs.

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Gaming Entrepreneur Bob Stupak Dies at 67

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Bob Stupak lost his battle against leukemia Friday at Desert Springs Hospital. He was known for building the state's tallest tower.

The developer of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere tower on the Las Vegas Strip died after a long fight with his health.

Stupak, known for outlandish promotions, opened the $550 million Stratosphere hotel-casino in 1996 in hopes that the tower would attract millions of visitors to Sin City. The casino filed for bankruptcy in 1997 and was eventually taken over by billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

Stupak was officially named "Mr. Las Vegas" in 1996 by then-mayor Jan Jones. He once bet $1 million on the Super Bowl, winning $2 million for betting the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989. 

"Bob was an impresario, a ringmaster in the mold of the promoters who made Las Vegas the great town that it is," Mayor Oscar B. Goodman said.

Slash, Love and Other Rockers to Celebrate Mirage Anniversary

Promoters in Las Vegas say rock guitarist Slash and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine plan to play a poolside concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Mirage hotel-casino.

Officials for The Light Group say the musicians will be joined by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Courtney Love, Rob Zombie and others at an Oct. 2 concert hosted by actor Keifer Sutherland. The casino will also host a private celebrity poker tournament and nightclub events that weekend.

The Mirage, developed by casino mogul Steve Wynn, opened in November 1989. The city's first megaresort kicked off a wave of billion-dollar projects on the Las Vegas Strip.

Its current owner, casino operator MGM Mirage, spent the three years revamping the property and unveiled a $25 million facelift for its volcano last year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Inside the High-Tech Hard Rock Cafe

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- With fewer tourists visiting Las Vegas and locals trying to save cash, restaurants are feeling the pinch. But despite the tough economic times, the Hard Rock Cafe opened its second location in Las Vegas this month.

The restaurant-chain says they're going high-tech and hopes combining computers and cuisine will draw people in.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Hard Rock Cafe

At the new Hard Rock, you can play games, watch videos, and listen to music with your touch-screen tabletop. Because times are tough, the company says it wants to add value to their cafe and help you experience more for less.

Not only is it David Ortiz's first time to Las Vegas, it's also his first time playing the piano at the Hard Rock Cafe. "I thought it was really neat. I was just messing with it.

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Mayweather Dominates Marquez In Return to Ring

Floyd Mayweather Jr. told the world he was still its best boxer despite taking 21 months off, and he backed up every boast with every jab in an impressive victory. 

Mayweather overpowered the smaller, lighter Juan Manuel Marquez for an unanimous decision Saturday night, maintaining his perfect record in his comeback from retirement.

Mayweather knocked down Marquez in the second round and then peppered him with countless damaging shots to remain unbeaten (40-0, 25 KOs). Still, his impressive effort couldn't be viewed without weighing the obvious disadvantages in height and strength faced by the talented Marquez, a 130-pounder just 18 months ago who moved up two weight classes for this once-in-a-career payday at the MGM Grand Garden.

"Marquez is tough as nails," Mayweather said. "He's a great little man.

Casino Holds Memorial for Murdered Worker

A Las Vegas Strip casino is hosting a memorial for a former employee who died last week in an apparent murder-suicide.

The Sunday memorial for 29-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Wayson at the Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort was billed as a celebration of her life.

A funeral and burial were held in Maryland on Friday for Wayson, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Sept. 14 at a home in the south Las Vegas area.

Authorities say a housekeeper found the bodies of Wayson and 40-year-old Eric Austin Bray, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

CityCenter Wrapping Up Hiring

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- MGM Mirage's CityCenter announced that they intend to launch the "single largest hiring effort in the nation" on Monday. The announcement came at the same time the state released record unemployment numbers. Some lucky applicants received their job offers on Friday.

With more than 180,000 unemployed Nevadans, jobs are scarce and competition is stiff. Some experts believe Nevada has hit the peak for unemployment. Will the massive hiring by the MGM Mirage make a difference?

On Friday the resort offered jobs to internal candidates who already work at the MGM Mirage. On Monday, CityCenter will extend thousands of more job offers to people from all over the country.