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Big Super Bowl bets don't pump Nevada casino win

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Record-setting betting action on the Super Bowl and a big win for Nevada sports books wasn't enough to pump up overall February gambling revenues.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Friday reported Nevada casino winnings plunged 13.7 percent in February, caused largely by a huge drop in baccarat winnings and a tough comparison from a year earlier, when the Las Vegas Strip recorded its highest win total ever.

Nevada sports books won a record $19.7 million on wagers in the NFL's Super Bowl matchup that turned into a rout, with the Seattle Seahawks crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8.

The sports-book winnings accounted for a mere 2 percent of the total $926.1 million won by Nevada casinos in February.

In contrast, slot machines brought in nearly $539 million.

Police seek suspects in man's beating, robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for two men accused of beating a man unconscious and robbing him.

Surveillance pictures show the suspects. Officers say the two men were last seen near Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street. The attack happened sometime earlier this month.

One suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-11-inches tall and around 180 pounds. The suspect is bald, has a goatee, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue hat, black pants and a large gold chain.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-9-inches tall and around 240 pounds. He is also bald and had a goatee, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a black hat.

Anyone with information on the men is urged to call Crimestoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

 

Vegas unions gearing up for casino strike vote

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions are set to vote this week on whether to authorize a strike.

The vote is set for Thursday at the East Las Vegas Community Center.

Members eligible to vote are ones whose companies haven't signed a new contract with the unions. If the majority votes "yes," the union will have the authority to call a strike at any time against any of the casinos without a contract. The previous contract expired last June.

The casinos still in negotiations include Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station, The D, Brady Laundries and Margaritaville.

Voting is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home

Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home

A week of events in remembering the Emancipation Proclamation started Monday at an historic home in Las Vegas.

A community cleanup and recycling effort took place at the Harrison house. It is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of African-American history in Las Vegas.

The home on F Street and Adams Avenue was a private residence for Geneva Harrison built in 1942, but it provided temporary housing for African-American entertainers and prominent black Americans during the 1940s and 50s.

"Our goal is to let the world know how important this place is, not only to Nevada but for America, because we're celebrating Nevada's 150th birthday. We've been a state 150 years, and we want to show the role that African Americans played in Nevada's statehood," committee chairperson Katherine Duncan said.

The Harrison House was just one of several boarding houses in the neighborhood. Now, it is the only one that is still standing.

Construction starts along Lake Mead Boulevard

Construction starts along Lake Mead Boulevard

Construction has started on Lake Mead Boulevard between Hills Center Drive and Rancho Drive and will continue for the next 18 weeks.

A minimum of two lanes in each direction will be kept open during peak traffic hours in the morning and the afternoon. However, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., traffic may be restricted to one lane in each direction.

Crews will be installing traffic signal conduits, removing and reconstructing deteriorated areas of pavement, median island changes, pavement improvements and roadway striping.

The work hours will generally be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers should use Cheyenne Avenue and Summerlin Parkway as alternative routes.

Coroner IDs man fatally shot near downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot south of downtown Las Vegas over the weekend.

Clark County coroner's officials say 31-year-old Gabriel Dieguez died after being shot Saturday afternoon on New York Avenue, east of Industrial Road. That's just north of the Stratosphere tower.

Officers say two citizens were tending to Dieguez's wounds when they arrived.

He was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

MMA amateurs go head-to-head in Downtown Beatdown

LAS VEGAS -- The best amateur mixed martial arts fighters from the Las Vegas region faced off at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in the "Downtown Beatdown" Sunday night.

Sharp kicks and harsh punches were on display as Golden Gate transformed its valet lot into a 1,500-guest arena. The World Fighting Championship scoured the area for the top amateur MMA fighters and pitted 30 men and women against each other in 15 match ups, showing the competition among the sport's rising stars.

Downtown Beatdown's headlining fight featured a welterweight title bout between undefeated Las Vegas native Justin Driggers and current 170-pound champion Anthony Browder out of Bullhead City, AZ. Las Vegas local Kari Lichtenwalner, a single mother who works two jobs and trains full-time, also fought.