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Rizzolo's Bid for Appeal Denied by Federal Court

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo lost a bid to overturn his nine-month federal prison sentence for violating terms of supervised release following a tax evasion
conviction.

A trio of San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges who heard oral arguments March 19 in Las Vegas issued a written decision Tuesday upholding the sentence imposed by Senior U.S. District Judge Philip Pro.

Pro concluded Rizzolo deceived probation officers and failed to make restitution to a Kansas tourist who was paralyzed in a scuffle with Crazy Horse Too bouncers in 2001.

Rizzolo was released from federal prison in 2008 after serving time in a plea deal that ended a decade-long federal probe of allegations that his club had ties to organized crime.

OLIVE GARDEN Comes On Strong

John Curtas has a little bit of April 1 fun with his readers.

Olive Garden has been the top Italian restaurant in Las Vegas for so long, I thought it was time I reviewed it.

Read more at Eating Las Vegas

I-15 Ramps to 95 Southbound Shut Down Due to Fluid Spill

LAS VEGAS -- According Nevada Highway Patrol officials a fluid spill caused an approximately 15-car accident on the I-15 overpass connecting to 95 southbound Saturday.

A diesel lost a large amount of fluid causing a multi-car accident. It's still unknown what type of fluid has spilled.

There are no serious injuries at this time reported.  

Opportunity Village Receives $928,000 Donation

Opportunity Village Receives $928,000 Donation

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Administrators at a well-known Las Vegas charity are celebrating the arrival of a $928,000 check from a trust established by an unnamed donor.

It wasn't entirely unexpected. But the amount had been a mystery.

Opportunity Village learned more than a year ago that it was one of seven charities named as beneficiaries of the remainder trust.

The organization provides vocational skill training and job placement for about 1,750 people with intellectual disabilities in southern Nevada. It's largely self-funded, and has a $25 million budget.

Academy of Country Music Events at a Glance

The Academy of Country Music Awards brings with it several free events downtown.

Academy of Country Music events at a glance

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Zappos CEO Brings Business Success Downtown

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas isn't exactly known as a mecca for start-up companies. But recently, it has been referred to as Start Up City. The label is a reference to the latest venture by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh -- a multi-million dollar investment to transform downtown into a model for redevelopment everywhere.

Hsieh plans to relocate his 1,200 employees from Henderson to the old Las Vegas City Hall next year. And he says they won't be alone.

To help populate downtown with artists, entrepreneurs, and tech workers, Hsieh committed hundreds of millions dollars of his own money to redevelopment efforts. An investment that has the potential to pay off far beyond East Fremont Street.

Full Season of Broadway Shows Announced for Smith Center

Full Season of Broadway Shows Announced for Smith Center

 

Touring companies of some of Broadway’s biggest hits will come to The Smith Center over the next 15 months.

Headlined by “Wicked” in August, eight shows will comprise the center’s first full-length Brodway season. Two additional “season shows” were added as well. Season subscriptions go on sale early April. For details, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com/BroadwayLasVegas.

Broadway Las Vegas season subscribers see all of the season shows with benefits including the best seats at the best prices, the ability to keep seats from season to season, flexibility to change tickets dates and benefits from partners of The Smith Center.

The Broadway Las Vegas eight-show package begins at $207. Season add-on specials  begin at $24 per ticket. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale at a later date.