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NIGHTCLUBS TAKE VEGAS, HFR
LAS VEGAS — To step into club XS at the Wynn Las Vegas is to enter the dreamscape of a modern artist with fetishes for gold and bronze and bodies in motion. Waves of electronic dance music grow louder with each step toward a pulsating, football field-sized club where lasers cut the air above thousands of dancers. The revelers take their cues from the famous DJs onstage, who are known to surf the crowd in inflatable rafts. In Sin City, where over-the-top is always the sales pitch, lavish nightclubs featuring a heart-pounding party have become the backbone of a billion-dollar industry that is soaring while gambling revenue falls. The rise of the Vegas super-club coincides with the decline of the town's gambling supremacy. During the heart of the recession, when overall Strip revenues tumbled, nightclubs saw more profit than ever. By 2011, Las Vegas was clubbing all the way to the bank. Perhaps no place exemplifies the new culture on the glittery Strip better than XS, the top-earning nightclub in the country. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos and video by Julie Jacobson.
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With legal gambling now moving beyond the casinos and onto the Internet, the industry is bracing for the most far-reaching changes in its history. The brave new world for gambling brings with it a host of questions and concerns. Will letting people bet online result in fewer visits to casinos, and therefore fewer dealers, beverage servers and hotel and restaurant workers at the casinos? Will Internet bets create a new revenue stream from new players, or will it simply redirect money from gamblers who otherwise would have visited a casino, and might have eaten dinner and seen a show, as well? And will it create even more problem gamblers?
By Wayne Parry. Eds: Moving Friday, May 3.
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NEVADA MEMBER EXCHANGE:
RENO, Nev. — Douglas Boyle has water on the brain these days. As a watershed hydrologist, he has spent more than two decades studying water resources in arid lands ranging from Nevada's Great Basin to the plains of Tibet. And now, as the state climatologist, Boyle is tracking the water conditions throughout Nevada. "I get questions from people all the time asking me about the weather, but I'm not a meteorologist," Boyle said. "I look at the climate, which is really the weather averaged over a longer period of time."
By Lenita Powers of the Reno Gazette-Journal. With AP Photo. Moving Thursday for release weekend of May 4-5 or thereafter.
GUEST STUDENT TEACHERS
LAS VEGAS — Matthew Angelo begins his lesson on Elie Wiesel's novel "Night" with a primer on the Holocaust. After going over terms such as anti-Semitism, concentration camp and genocide, the second-year English teacher at Robison Middle School has several of his students stand. One by one, they recite from a piece of paper a brief oral history of six of the more than 6 million Holocaust victims who died during World War II. Over the next three weeks, the 30 students in Angelo's class will pore over Wiesel's first-person account as a Holocaust survivor, studying and analyzing the prose and historical context. By the end of the book, Holocaust survivors living in Las Vegas will visit Angelo's class, sharing with students their own stories of survival and recovery. It's one of several lessons that were taught this past week by Teach for America teachers and community partners as part of Teach for America Week.
By Paul Takahashi of the Las Vegas Sun. Moving Thursday for release weekend of May 4-5 or thereafter.
With AP Photo.