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Barry Manilow to Open New Show on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Barry Manilow is promising to keeping things romantic as he moves to the Las Vegas Strip for a new show opening March 5.

The 63-year-old "Mandy" and "Copacabana" crooner says he's starting from scratch on the new show at the Paris Las Vegas hotel-casino. He says the romantic world of Paris fits with his latest album, "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time." It debuts Jan. 26.

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Las Vegas Betting on $8.5B CityCenter

LAS VEGAS -- A new bright spot on the Las Vegas Strip is ready to open. The first building at CityCenter opens Tuesday for invited guests and the general public can get inside on Wednesday morning.

The first of the CityCenter buildings to open is called Vdara. It's the building to the north of Aria, the main hotel casino in the middle. Vdara is a boutique hotel with condos -- almost 1,500 rooms in all.

One of the first faces you will see when staying at Vdara is bellman Kevin Schakaford. "We grab the luggage, take it up to the room, give the guests an orientation of the room and provide the finest personal service we can provide for the guest," he said.

Get a Look Inside CityCenter's Vdara Hotel

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Mirage spent $8.5 billion on CityCenter. The company almost went bankrupt and the project almost shut down.

The long-awaited property opened it's first hotel to the public Wednesday at 7 a.m.

Walking into Vdara, one thing pops out above all else -- the contemporary design of the hotel with a Frank Stella painting as a centerpiece. The employees here have trained and seem eager to accept the first guests.

SLIDESHOW: Vdara Highlights

Aaron Peterson works at the Vdara spa. "It's awesome to be here and be a part of this project," he said.

He feels a special connection to all of CityCenter. Peterson actually helped build the buildings. "I am a tower crane operator, so I have been on each building in all of CityCenter," he said.

I-Team: Booting Battle Cranks Up

LAS VEGAS -- Paul Draher knows it is just another day as one of the most reviled men in Las Vegas.

"It's a job like anyone else," he says, sighing lightly, knowing news crews and papers are against him. He does not feel put upon, exactly. He knows it comes with the territory.

When you boot someone's car, they tend not to like you -- at all. "Usually I'll have a bullet-proof vest on just as a precaution," he says without a hint of sarcasm or irony.

Draher is the owner of Boot-It Inc., the local company raising eyebrows and question marks about the tactics of booting cars. His battleground is the parking lot near Harmon and Paradise, a popular mass of spaces across from the Hard Rock. Proximity is the problem, however. People park in the lot and then walk across the street to other businesses.

FEMA Plans Disaster Drill on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is the designated spot for a mock nuclear explosion planned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA had planned to simulate a nuclear explosion right on the Las Vegas Strip to test for emergency preparedness. But the plan is meeting a lot of opposition from all the key players, including Boyd Gaming, MGM Mirage, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the LVCVA.

“All of our focus should be on attracting visitors on reasons why they should visit Las Vegas, not inhibitors,” said Vince Alberta with the LVCVA.

LVCVA wrote a letter on behalf of those against the idea saying, “We believe a scenario such as this will generate undue anxiety about visiting or conducting business in Las Vegas.”

I-Team: Cold Case Leaves Brother Looking for Answers

A $20 bag of marijuana led to the murder of a 19-year old Las Vegas man four years ago. Detectives working this cold case are hoping for new tidbits of information that might lead to an arrest.

From everything the 8 News Now I-Team has learned, Derek Coleman was a good guy, not a criminal type at all, but he made a bad decision back in July 2005 when he agreed to help a stranger score a bag of weed. Police think that stranger is still here, on the streets of Las Vegas and if he murdered Coleman for something like this, chances are he might kill again.

"A senseless murder of a good kid, a father, a son, a brother, you know, my best friend," said James Coleman, who talks about his brother and best friend. Coleman was a gregarious 19-year-old who loved basketball, spending time with his family, and his girlfriend Tabitha.

County Commission Takes on Stripper Mobile

The controversial "Stripper Mobile" is gone from the Las Vegas Strip, but Clark County Commissioners want to make sure there's never another one like it.

Even though the owners of Li'l Darlings and Deja Vu gentleman's clubs have halted the mobile form of advertising, County Commissioner Steve Sisolak says finally having a defined law on the books, will close loopholes for any future copycats.

Commissioners say the biggest concern of all was the safety of the dancers as well as drivers and pedestrians.

Commissioners voted to change the code to say that “live entertainment” is not allowed while driving down the Strip. They also believed the "Stripper Mobile" should have been cited because they considered the girls animated.