February 6, 2006
LAS VEGAS -- Dennis Kelley, a nurse from Pittsburgh, came prepared for Super Bowl Sunday at Caesars Palace. Kelley had his Ben Roethlisberger jersey. He wore his gold football pants. He even pulled on his throwback Steelers leather helmet. And he had a pillow. If you want a good perch to watch the Super Bowl here, you better have a game plan. Kelley's strategy was to get to the Caesars Palace sports and race book, one of Vegas' premier spots to watch the game, early enough to save seats for his fiancee and her aunt.
December 31, 2003
A Las Vegas-based casino company says it has long had a deal to run a slot machine operation at Maryland's Rosecroft Raceway should state legislators decide to legalize such gambling, according to court papers. The claim is at the heart of a lawsuit that the company, Park Place Entertainment, has filed against the owners of Rosecroft for allegedly trying to renege on the agreement. The suit, which seeks $100 million in damages, illustrates the keen interest in getting the right to open a slots emporium at Rosecroft.
March 20, 2003
LAS VEGAS - On Jan. 1, 2000, the story goes, Celine Dion, exhausted from touring and wanting to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, came to Las Vegas with her manager-husband and 250 of their family and friends. The couple renewed their wedding vows. They also saw O, the Cirque du Soleil spectacular on water at the Bellagio, and so moved and flabbergasted was Dion that she came to an inevitable conclusion: She wanted one for herself. She's getting one. In A New Day, which is what her new Vegas extravaganza is called, Dion, strapped to a harness, soars 50 feet in the air, to the top of the gargantuan proscenium, as she belts out the love ballad "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
March 10, 2002
Celine Dion speaks of her epiphany. Not the recent birth of her first child or the career rocket of the Titanic soundtrack in 1999. The epiphany arrived two years ago as she sat in a Las Vegas casino. "It changed my life and my entire way of thinking about performances on stage." And, it turns out, the moment may also reshape the life of the evolving entertainment scene in the high-rolling desert city. Dion, who stepped away from the public concert stage on New Year's Eve 1999 to begin the role of new mother, has agreed to an unprecedented pact that will see her perform five nights a week for 40 weeks a year over three years at Caesar's Palace.
October 12, 1999
A lot of things get blowed up real good in "The Strip," and if that's the height of what you expect from television, then, friend, welcome to hog heaven.There are major explosions in tonight's series premiere. There are also, as befits the series' Las Vegas setting, plenty of buxom babes in bikinis, gaudy neon, flashy cars and high-rolling gamblers. There's an evil, leering man with a foreign accent and a beautiful woman tied up and getting slapped around. Throw in throbbing music and stars who don't talk so much as quip, and you've got a handle on this brain-dead mess from executive producer Joel Silver, who specializes in keeping things moving so fast on screen that no one really thinks too much about what's actually happening.
December 28, 1996
You may want to check out all that jazz on ABC tonight."Roots: The Gift" (1 p.m.-3 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- LeVar Burton and Louis Gossett Jr. are reunited in a "Roots" off-shoot, as Kunta Kinte and Fiddler are asked to help runaway slaves escape to freedom on Christmas Eve."Caesar's Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A gaggle of ABC stars, including Drew Carey, Craig T. Nelson, Suzanne Somers, Joely Fisher and Craig T. Nelson, serve as hosts of this tribute to the Las Vegas showplace that's seen everything from heavyweight fights to joint performances by Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett to Evel Knievel unsuccessfully trying to jump his motorcycle over a fountain.