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.
December 20, 1992
Lottery fanatics, compulsive gamblers and people who actually return Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes entries will love keno.Serious gamblers will stay away from it. They already do in the handful of states where keno is now legal. And in Las Vegas, they consider keno beneath contempt.It's much more profitable, knowledgeable gamblers say, to play blackjack, roulette, baccarat -- anything but keno. Much better to gamble at electronic poker or to while away an afternoon with a one-armed bandit.
January 13, 1996
Eric Hebborn, 61, a world-renowned, English-born art forger who boasted that many of his paintings were in major museums as old masters, died Thursday in Rome after being found in a street the day before with serious head injuries of undetermined origin. Mr. Hebborn, exposed as a forger in the late 1970s, published an autobiography, "Drawn to Trouble: Confessions of a Master Forger," in which he said that several of the world's top museums had paintings by him.He said he had sold more than 1,000 fake old master and modern drawings, including 80 works by Augustus John, and others that became accepted as the work of Walter Sickert, Pablo Picasso and Breughel after scrutiny by experts.
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.