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April 24, 2014

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After 4 years of basketball, Bishop Gorman grad extending time at Oregon with football

(via The Oregonian)

Comment The new face around spring football practice is no stranger to an Oregon uniform. Point guard Johnathan Loyd, who was basketball coach Dana Altman's first recruit at UO four years ago, became football coach Mark Helfrich's... To see the full story, click here.

BLM seizes cattle in range war with stubborn Nevada rancher

(via By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times)

Comment Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his family in a turf battle against the federal government. They had responded to an alert promising a new skirmish: “Range War begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We’re going to get the job done!” To see the full story, click ...

Mega-donors are now more important than most politicians

(via The Atlantic)

Comment Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller ... it’s easier. To see the full story, click here.

Manny Pacquiao discusses his controversial loss to Tim Bradley

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment In the build up to his April 12 fight with Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao has been blogging his thoughts for HBO. A portion of his most recent blog appears below, courtesy of HBO. In it, Pacquiao discusses how he deals with a bad decision after a fight, since many think he won his first fight with Bradley. To see the ...

This Republican candidate wants everyone to stop talking about his vampire costume

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Meet Jake Rush. He's running against Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, a first-term tea party conservative, in the upcoming 3rd district Republican primary. He's a former sheriff deputy and a current attorney, and often talks about how he is a conservative "straight-shooter." However, he also enjoys supernatural live action role playing games. To see the full story, click here.

Macau reports strong 1st-quarter gambling revenue; Wynn, Las Vegas Sands win

(via Forbes)

Comment Forbes reports that Macau casinos generated $4.4 billion in gambling revenue in March, up 13.1% from the same period last year and on the high end of analyst estimates. To see the full story, click here.

Despite disclosure, dark money stays dark in Nevada

(via OpenSecrets.org)

Comment In a settlement reached last week in Nevada, a 501(c)(4) social welfare group that ran ads in that state's 2010 gubernatorial race agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and disclose the donors that fueled its spending. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas-based ‘master tracker’ admits his Bigfoot body is hoax

(via San Antonio Express-News)

Comment After a falling out with his Bigfoot crew, master tracker Rick Dyer, whose new title may be “con artist”, admitted that the 8-foot tall body named “Hank” that wooed crowds last month in San Antonio is a prop made to look like a Bigfoot. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas woman imprisoned in plot to kill ex-husband says she didn’t want him dead

(via ABC News)

Comment A Las Vegas woman in prison for plotting to murder her ex-husband said she never wanted him dead. To see the full story, click here.

Sales tax slice: The house really does always win — Las Vegas casino purchases airplanes, escapes sales and use taxes

(via Bloomberg BNA)

Comment Most people have probably heard the popular phrase, “the house always wins.” Indeed, it’s often paired with the familiar and belated advice, “you should have quit while you were ahead.” The phrase, to the uninformed, typically refers to the sentiment that, no matter how much money a gambler wins, in the end, the casino will come out on top. To ...

Harry Reid: ‘Of course‘ NCAA athletes should have right to unionize

(via The Washington Post)

Comment The ruling by a federal labor official this week that scholarship football players at big-time schools are paid employees who should have the right to unionize was greeted gleefully by many sports columnists and fans, who have long advocated such an approach. Among the celebrants was Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who called Wednesday’s ruling by a National ...

Ex-UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad's father gets 37 months in prison

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday. To see the full story, click here.

Major GOP donor tests his influence in push to ban online gambling

(via The New York Times)

Comment A push by the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican donor’s political clout. To see the full story, click here.

Vegas has most expensive room service in the country, nobody is surprised

(via Huffington Post)

Comment Everybody knows room service is expensive, but just how unbelievably expensive is it at its most expensive? Sixty-eight dollars. That's the average cost of room service in Las Vegas, the most expensive place in the U.S., according to a recent survey. To see the full story, click here.

Father of former Gorman star Shabazz Muhammad took loan for son’s future NBA earnings, court documents say

(via Buzzfeed)

Comment NBA rookie Shabazz Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, tells prosecutors he arranged for a loan while Muhammad was at UCLA. To see the full story, click here.