January 31, 2001
A year ago, Tracy Whitehead was planning how to leave her abusive relationship with Joseph Palczynski, a decision that triggered her abduction, the deaths of four bystanders and the terrorizing of her family. Yesterday she was contemplating how to spend the money she won after "shock jock" Howard Stern was moved by her horrifying story. Stern flew the Baltimore County woman to Las Vegas as the winner of a hard luck contest he advertised on radio. And on Sunday night, in a Stern-arranged bet, Whitehead won $100,000 in one hand at blackjack.
May 16, 2012
A headstone for Chubby of "Our Gang" is front page news in The Sun while a $2 billion bank loss only makes page 16 ("Morgan's $2 billion loss stuns Wall Street," May 11). Banks return about two tenths of 1 percent in interest on deposits, while charging 4 percent to 8 percent interest on money they lend. Instead of encouraging deposits with higher interest rates, they put the difference into a gambling pool and wager on things like credit default swaps. JP Morgan has amassed over $200 billion to gamble with.
October 25, 2011
Compare Yelawolf to Eminem and you could miss the point. Sure, both are white rappers with chips on their shoulders and working-class backgrounds, but it's Yelawolf's power with the pen and his tenacity on the microphone that should be drawing the comparisons. Yelawolf, the 31-year-old Alabamian born Michael Wayne Atha, can rap circles around many of his peers, all while confidently projecting a poor-boy-from-the-sticks swagger. Eminem took notice after a producer showed him Yela's video for "Pop the Trunk," a standout from last year's "Trunk Muzik" mixtape.
December 5, 1999
Sometimes it's the steady march of footsteps that irrevocably changes a place. Other times it's a single man with a vision and a mission who leaves big footprints.In the case of Las Vegas, it is Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, whose legacy survives in Nevada's Mojave Desert. The renowned mobster's Flamingo Hotel, which opened in 1946, set Las Vegas on its way to becoming glitter gulch and the fastest-growing American city in the second half of the 20th century.Two events greased the wheels for Siegel's vision -- the legalization of gambling in Nevada in 1931 and the gusher of electricity that began to flow out of Hoover Dam's power plant five years later.
January 30, 2013
Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will be starting daily nonstop service between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Las Vegas on April 25. The flight, announced Wednesday, will leave BWI at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 9:22 p.m. The return flight departs Las Vegas at 11:47 p.m. and lands at 7:20 a.m. Spirit, which shifted its operation to BWI from Reagan National Airport outside Washington last September, also...
July 22, 2004
WHAT DOES IT say about America that this year's hottest city - the nation's cultural and economic trend-setter - is Las Vegas, sprawl that only began to sprout at a desert railroad stop 60 years ago, that produces next to nothing and that profits from peddling live fantasies, increasingly sexual, to the rest of the country and world? Las Vegas is America's fastest-growing city. Each month, 7,000 more newcomers show up, driving its population toward 2 million by this decade's end. Its just-built suburbs spread endlessly across arid bleakness, their land and home values rocketing.