June 18–Mike Brown wasn’t planning on making a return trip to Las Vegas anytime soon, not that he’s complaining about doing so.
“I always liked to play cards and I love to gamble,” said the 51-year-old Brown of the reason he decided to start playing poker two or three years ago.
For Brown, the fact he even won the year-end tournament is a bit surreal.

June 18–Populous has been chosen to design a new arena in Las Vegas that’s being co-developed by AEG, the Los Angeles-based operator of the Sprint Center, and MGM Resorts International.
In the past, Las Vegas officials previously have touted the planned arena as a potential home for an NBA or NHL professional sports franchise should one become available.
“The new MGM-AEG arena in Las Vegas will provide the nation’s preeminent entertainment destination with a world-class venue that will redefine amenities and premium offerings tailored to the demanding Las Vegas market,” Chris Carver, a senior principal at Populous, said in a statement Tuesday.

LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwired) — 06/18/13 — Las Vegas-based Railway Express (OTCQB: XTRN) is pleased to announce the creation of X Train Vacations, our travel company which will be doing all the booking for the X Train.
X Train Vacations will be specializing in rail vacations throughout the US and Canada.
While work continues on reestablishing passenger rail service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, known as the “Vegas X Train,” our seasoned professionals will provide scheduled train service casino packages and tour rail packages.

June 18–AEG and MGM Resorts International have ironed out the details of a deal to build a $350 million arena behind the Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts.
Planned as the centerpiece of MGM’s ongoing $100 million project to revitalize the cluttered pathway between the two resorts and bring more visitors outside, the 20,000-seat arena will stretch from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive.
“The combination of MGM and AEG, along with the excellent Las Vegas Strip location, is already driving interest from potential investors in this exciting new development,” Jim Murren, MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

June 18–Las Vegas newbies often call this neon paradise by its cliched nickname.
Bloggers at Movoto, a real estate firm with licensed brokerages in more than 30 states, contend Las Vegas is no longer the baddest place between the coasts.
On their list of the most sinful major U.S. cities, Las Vegas ranked only as No.

June 18–California wildfires mean smoke-filled days in Las Vegas, and a recent fire has prompted air quality officials on Tuesday to issue an air quality warning.
Though unhealthy levels of pollution had not been reached as of Tuesday morning, the Clark County Department of Air Quality issued the warning because of smoke from the wildfires combined with local weather conditions, officials said.
Department of Air Quality officials will monitor conditions and post any alerts at the department’s forecast page if conditions worsen.

BURBANK, Calif., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) stomps into Licensing Expo 2013 with a massive footprint and impressive lineup of licensees to support the studio’s coveted properties.
Powerhouse properties that stretch from DC Comics Super Heroes and Harry Potter to The Big Bang Theory and Looney Tunes, among many others, inspire a myriad of programs that will help drive the company’s licensing, merchandising and retail business in 2013 and beyond.
“Led by the indomitable and highly anticipated Godzilla, WBCP is entering Licensing Expo 2013 with a strong portfolio of fan- favorite entertainment properties,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
A SCORE mentor and avid entrepreneur, Graf has an unwavering drive to improve small business and startup success in the U.S. and all over the world.
With his vision to modernize the current crowdfunding model to extend support beyond funding, CrowdIt is the first to incorporate business networking and much-needed support services into the crowdfunding experience.

Jan. 06–Authorities still haven’t released the name of a driver who died in Thursday night’s fiery crash of a Ferrari near Point Mugu.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office is using dental records to identify the person, and it’s unknown when that identity will be available, officials said.
The crash was reported at 9:57 p.m. Thursday on Las Posas Road south of Camarillo and east of Oxnard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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