NSPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

NSPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

Jack

Age: 5 year old neutered male

Breed: Chihuahua

Description: I have a lot of love to give to the right person that puts my mind at ease because once I trust you, I become an absolutely devoted little pup.

Adoption fee: $75

Nevada SPCA
4800 W Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-873-SPCA – shelter

NEVADA SPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

NEVADA SPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

Tippy
Age: 3 year old neutered male
Breed: Chihuahua
Description: I am a strong willed little guy and I know that I have the potential to a great addition to some ones life.
Adoption fee: $75

Nevada SPCA
4800 W Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-873-SPCA – shelter

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT STORM HEADED TOWARD LAS VEGAS?

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT STORM HEADED TOWARD LAS VEGAS?

(CAPTION:  STORM CLOUDS OVER LAS VEGAS?) PHOTO:: NORM CLARKE

Is Las Vegas next?

Will the unprecedented wave of sexual misconduct scandals sweeping the country claim some big names along Las Vegas Boulevard?

I’m hearing an explosive situation is close to breaking.

There have been rumors for years of payoffs to silence victims of sexual harassment and abuse by gaming industry heavyweights and nightclub operators.

It’s no secret that one high-profile casino owner used surveillance cameras to single out beautiful guests and have them delivered to his office. The cream of the crop would be courted with offers of comps ranging from airfare to suites and ritzy restaurants.

Many a tryst gone bad has ended up in settlements or the tabloids.

Fox News chief White Correspondent Ed Henry found himself in a scandal in early 2016 when a Las Vegas stripper went public with their 10-month affair.

Henry, then 45, was demoted after a four-month absence from the airwaves.

BELLAGIO HIT AGAIN

Actor James Woods’ proximity to Tuesday’s daylight robbery at a Bellagio poker cage reminded me of another celebrity who found himself too close for comfort during one of the most brazen heists in Las Vegas.

Celebrity chef Jose Andres was at the scene of the December 2010 robbery at the Bellagio in which “Biker Bandit” Tony Carleo got away with about $1.5 million in chips. Carleo was later apprehended and sentenced to nine years. He’s been incarcerated in Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center, where O.J. Simpson was imprisoned until recently.

Andres had just opened three restaurants in The Cosmopolitan.

During an interview a few years ago, I asked Andres if that was his closest call involving a gunman.

No, he said. In the1990s, he was visiting a friend in Washington, D.C. when a home invasion occurred. That was as scary as it gets, he said.

These days, he’s making headlines for his philanthropic efforts in Puerto Rico. He’s been preparing millions of meals for residents of the island state that was battered by Hurricane Maria.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Look for some major nightlife headlines to pop any day now. One involves a closure and the other two high-profile departures…

Matt Lauer, fired Monday as co-host of the “Today” show over sexual conduct allegations after a 20-year run, returned to Ohio University in 2016 to deliver the morning commencement address and collect his undergraduate degree. Between 2003 and 2017, Lauer donated $166,000 to the Ohio University Foundation. He was instrumental in the development of the internship program. “Yes, I’ll be a member of the class of 1997,” Lauer told Entertainment Weekly, “which is really going to help me lie about my age later on.”

MEDIA UPDATE

Former KSNV-Channel 3 evening anchor Jessica Moore and former Las Vegas festival founder Rehan Choudry are getting married Saturday at Landmark on the Park off Central Park West.. She’s an evening weekend news anchor at WABC in New York City since July 2016. She anchored at KSNV for six years. She was briefly married to Jim Snyder, her co-anchor at KSNV. Choudry was the founder of the Life is Beautiful festival…

Myram Borders, a legendary reporter for United Press International in Las Vegas back in the halcyon days of the 1960s to 1990, is back in town. She’s my neighbor at the Regency Towers inside the Las Vegas Country Club. I asked her about her memories of the 1980 MGM Grand fire that killed 85 and injured 400. She was on vacation in India when she read a one-paragraph account of the tragedy. “I thought it was a misprint,” she said. She called the New Delhi UPI office and got it confirmed. Filling in for Borders was a young reporter, an heiress from a famous newspaper family: Cindy Scripps, the granddaughter of E.W. Scripps.

ON THIS DAY

November 29, 2007: Wayne Newton tells CNN’s Larry King that years before, he invaded Johnny Carson’s office to confront the talk-show legend about years of jokes implying that Newton was gay. He said he told Carson the jokes had to “stop now or I will kick your ass.”

November 30, 2007: Kevin DuBrow, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot, is buried in Corona del Mar, Calif., five days after he had been found dead in his Las Vegas home at age 52. Authorities determined that he was the victim of an accidental cocaine overdose.

December 1,1994: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford announce they are ending their three-year marriage. They had wed Dec. 1, 1991, at the Little Church of the West, flying impulsively to Las Vegas and fashioning rings out of aluminum foil.

THE PUNCH LINE

“MTV announced it’s bringing back the original cast of ‘Jersey Shore.’ Can you believe it? Every single cast member was still available.” — Conan O’Brien

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NEVADA SPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

NEVADA SPCA’S “PET OF THE WEEK”

Ponya

Age: 8 month old spayed female

Breed: Heinz 57

Description: I am just bursting with friendliness with humans and I am hoping to find an experienced person to help me find my zen state of mind.

Adoption fee: $125

Nevada SPCA
4800 W Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-873-SPCA – shelter

REMEMBERING THE MGM GRAND FIRE, NOV. 21, 1980

REMEMBERING THE MGM GRAND FIRE, NOV. 21, 1980

(CAPTION: I SPENT THE NIGHT AT THE BARBARY COAST AFTER COVERING THE MGM FIRE. AT RIGHT: MGM ROOM KEY 1410, GIVEN TO ME BY SURVIVOR RANDY HOWARD IN 2008 AFTER HE RETURNED TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FIRE.) PHOTO: NORM CLARKE

Before the Mandalay Bay shootings, there was the other another tragedy of unimaginable magnitude.

It happened 37 years ago today (Tuesday): the MGM Grand fire left 85 dead and 650 injured. I was working for the Associated Press in San Diego, having transferred there in 1979 from Cincinnati where I got my start with The AP in 1973. I was living in a tiny two-story stand-alone on Mission Beach.

My phone rang about 7:30 am. It was AP headquarters in NYC. Fly to Vegas ASAP. MGM Grand is on fire. “Could be 400 dead.” L.A.-AP was sending reporters as well. Photographer Lenny Ignelzi & I spent the next week In Las Vegas.

One day after the fire I tracked down survivor Randy Howard in Silvis, ILL. I had seen TV footage of a guy in a cowboy hat escaping down a rope thrown from the roof of the hotel by Nellis airmen. Turns out it was the 14th floor.

He had an incredible story, not just how he survived but his backstory as well. He was a drug dealer on the run. He had flown from Illinois the day before to Reno, where he planned to rent a car and head for Mexico, leaving behind a fiance, a pregnant girlfriend and his drug dealing operation that involved long-haul marijuana runs from Florida.

He partied late into the night in Reno and decided to take a side trip to Las Vegas before spending the rest of his life in Mexico. He flew to Las Vegas, got a room at the MGM after tossing $100 bills at a receptionist, who had informed him they wouldn’t have any rooms until early afternoon. He slept all day and decided to see the Ann-Margret show at Caesars Palace.

Told it was sold out, he pulled out $100 bills until the maitre ‘d accommodated him with “a little round table not much larger than a pancake,” Howard told me. It came with a folding chair placed at the center of the stage — best seat in the house. When Ann-Margret saw the cowboy with the “V.I.P.” arrangement, she chatted with him between songs.

Howard told me he had the cocktail server bring his two beers at a time and tipped her $100 bucks per trip. The ex-Marine estimated he drank two six packs but he couldn’t shake the feeling of the mess he left behind. His cocktail server invited him to party off the Strip with her after the show. It was going to be his only night in Las Vegas, why not live large? But his drug-running instincts kicked in. He thought he was being set up. Howard decided to call it a night and headed back to the MGM Grand.

Before falling asleep, remembering the regret, drunk as he was, of royally screwing up his life, he told me.

About 4 hours later he was awakened by what sounded like late-night revelers outside his door. There was yelling and someone was pounding on his door. Sirens blared outside his window. When he peeked through the window, it was completely dark out. But when he opened the balcony door, thick black smoke poured in. The MGM Grand was on fire!

He made his way down the smoke-filled corridor to an elevator. But it didn’t work. He found the door to the emergency stairs. Also locked. He fell to his knees to breathe cleaner air and started crawling. He came face to face with two elderly ladies. One said, “We’re going to die, aren’t we?” Howard blurted, “Not if you believe in Jesus Christ your savior!”

He continued crawling past bodies. He prayed for a miracle — and got one when he looked through an open door and saw a rope swing by. Dazed and coughing from smoke inhalation, he continued down the hallway and found an open door with a desperate group of people on the balcony. Howard rushed toward the front of the line and the rope, but was turned back by two men. One said, “Don’t try it. The rope is too far away.” Howard pretended he was walking away, then turned back, rushed past the two men, pulled himself up on the railing and took a leap of faith.

The rest of the story will be in my book about the most inspirational people I’ve met in my career. The book will be out next summer.

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FORMER UNLV COACH BOBBY HAUCK RUMORED TO BE ‘INPLAY’ AT MONTANA

FORMER UNLV COACH BOBBY HAUCK RUMORED TO BE ‘INPLAY’ AT MONTANA

(CAPTION: BOBBY HAUCK AND HIS WIFE STACEY IN 2013.) PHOTO: NORM CLARKE

Former UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck is reportedly “in play” to return to the University of Montana, where he won seven Big Sky titles.

Hauck’s name surfaced as soon as Bob Stitt was let go after losing to archival Montana State for the second year in a row on Saturday.

Hauck, 53, joined San Diego State University two years ago as special teams coordinator and named associate head coach in charge of special teams in 2016.

He guided UNLV to its first bowl in 13 seasons in 2014, the fourth year of a five-year contract. UNLV lost to North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Rebels finished 7-5 for the season then stumbled to a 2-11 mark in year five and was fired. He finished with a 15-49-0 record.

Hauck had an 80-17 at Montana, including a 47-6 mark in Big Sky play. He took Montana to consecutive FCS title games in his final two years in Missoula. He had his critics with the success. His battles with the student newspaper and the media were well documented.

San Diego State, 9-2, closes out its regular season at home against New Mexico, 3-8.

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