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February 29, 2008 Share | | podcast Podcast | | Hawaiian Airlines Discount

Tom Selleck and the cast of the cancelled TV show Las Vegas
Tom Selleck and the cast of the cancelled TV show Las Vegas

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

IT’S A PREMIERE, it’s a finale, it’s two shows in one ... NBC is canceling the TV show Las Vegas that stars Tom Selleck as the owner of the fictitious Vegas Monticito Resort. The axing is not due to a complaint filed by the Parents Television Council about the three naked ladies who streaked the casino in the final episode, but because of a dramatic loss in viewers.

A DUBAI-BASED investment firm has bought 50 percent of The Light Group (a Las Vegas-based hospitality company). If you’ve heard of the Light Nightclub, FIX, Caramel, JET Nightclub, STACK, the Mist Nightclub, The Bank or the Harmon Hotel, then you’re familiar with their work. The owners aren’t selling out but are expanding their hotel and restaurant business to the home of the man-made islands shaped like palm trees and the air-conditioned ski slope in the desert known as Dubai.

EVERYONE IN the clubbing industry is talking about ... the IRS raid of The Pure Management Group (a Las Vegas nightclub marketing company) offices. It later commandeered space at PURE nightclub (Caesars) and LAX Nightclub’s (Luxor) to interview employees. The company runs 10 lounges, restaurants and nightclubs and was recently nominated for eight World Club Awards, including “Best New Venue” for LAX.

NOW OPEN for your shopping pleasure ... Town Square Las Vegas. Near the airport, it’s an outdoor mall with something for everyone including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, A/X, bebe, The Feng Sui Store, Guitar Center, Tommy Bahama’s, and Fry’s, the largest electronics store this side of Akibahara.

HAS THE CURE for cancer been found in Sin City? After working for 24 years to identify a cancer-creating molecule and the antibody to destroy it, Nam Hoang Dang may have hit the jackpot. The Nevada Cancer Institute’s chief of hematological malignancies has just received FDA approval for Phase I clinical trials of his new drug that was effective in lab and animal tests for a variety of cancers.

Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige: at the MGM Grand April 19
Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige: at the MGM Grand April 19

MARY J. BLIGE and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter check in to the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 19 when their 25-date “Heart of the City Tour” hits Las Vegas.

WE’VE ALL HAD those moments when we wished we could get a bite and not leave the table or our favorite machine ... well, now “The Gambling Gourmet” comes to the rescue. The service is being offered at the El Cortez (Downtown), where your choice of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers are delivered on a cart. Let’s hope the idea catches on at other casinos.

ELVIS PRESLEY Enterprises has filed for the U.S. trademarks “The Elvis Las Vegas” and “The E Las Vegas” ... bringing the possibility of a King-themed Vegas resort a little closer to reality.

CONGRATS TO American Casino and Entertainment Properties (ACEP), the new owner of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. It already has had positive impact on the only Strip casino that’s actually in the city of Las Vegas (the others are in the unincorporated townships of Paradise and Winchester).

DARLENE CONSELVA of Ewa Beach ($2,000), Youngsoon Cadena of Kapolei ($2,278), Sheri Yamashita of Honolulu ($2,193), Ruby Cobb of Pearl City ($6,000) and Shirley Murakami of Honolulu ($14,400) all found the loose slots at Main Street.



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