The Stratosphere has a new look, in fact, the past two years have brought it a renaissance of rooms and explosion of gourmet food that have drawn visitors from middle America and across Europe looking to roll into Vegas on a tight budget.
The $20 million in renovations that began two years ago at the 1996 resort still may remain hidden on the north end of the Strip, where the lights don’t shine as brightly. But the new amenities are impressing people who may be wandering in merely to look out over the valley from 1,149 feet.
Click here to read more about the renovations from Sun gaming reporter Ron Sylvester, or read about how the Stratosphere has changed up its nightlife in this post from John Katsilometes.
(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Stratosphere has a new look, in fact, the past two years have brought it a renaissance of rooms and explosion of gourmet food that have drawn visitors from middle America and across Europe looking to roll into Vegas on a tight budget.

The $20 million in renovations that began two years ago at the 1996 resort still may remain hidden on the north end of the Strip, where the lights don’t shine as brightly. But the new amenities are impressing people who may be wandering in merely to look out over the valley from 1,149 feet.

Click here to read more about the renovations from Sun gaming reporter Ron Sylvester, or read about how the Stratosphere has changed up its nightlife in this post from John Katsilometes.

(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Sahara – one of the oldest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip – closed less than a year ago. Now we know a little bit more about what is in store for the famous landmark.
Debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service in New York issued a report that confirmed the redeveloped property would be called ”SLS Las Vegas” and that hotelier Sam Nazarian was hoping to reopen it in the second quarter of 2014 — if he can raise $415 million from lenders and investors to help finance what’s being billed as a $744 million project.
Click here for more on Nazarian’s plans, or here for more on the old Sahara.
(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

The Sahara – one of the oldest hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip – closed less than a year ago. Now we know a little bit more about what is in store for the famous landmark.

Debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service in New York issued a report that confirmed the redeveloped property would be called ”SLS Las Vegas” and that hotelier Sam Nazarian was hoping to reopen it in the second quarter of 2014 — if he can raise $415 million from lenders and investors to help finance what’s being billed as a $744 million project.

Click here for more on Nazarian’s plans, or here for more on the old Sahara.

(Photo by Leila Navidi / Las Vegas Sun)

An Elvis impersonator marries John Walker, 52, and Debbie Dieterich, 48, during their leap-year wedding ceremony on  Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.
Weddings are always big business in Las Vegas, but especially on memorable days like Leap Day.
(Photo by Mona Shield Payne for the Las Vegas Sun)

An Elvis impersonator marries John Walker, 52, and Debbie Dieterich, 48, during their leap-year wedding ceremony on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Weddings are always big business in Las Vegas, but especially on memorable days like Leap Day.

(Photo by Mona Shield Payne for the Las Vegas Sun)

Yes. That really is Mike Tyson with a pigeon.
Tyson, the former heavyweight champion who breeds pigeons at his Las Vegas-area home, is preparing for a new show — about himself.
Set to debut April 13 at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre is “Mike  Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage.”
Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes sat with Tyson at his home to get an idea of what Tyson will be talking about and to see what life is like for him now.
(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

Yes. That really is Mike Tyson with a pigeon.

Tyson, the former heavyweight champion who breeds pigeons at his Las Vegas-area home, is preparing for a new show — about himself.

Set to debut April 13 at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre is “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage.”

Las Vegas Sun columnist John Katsilometes sat with Tyson at his home to get an idea of what Tyson will be talking about and to see what life is like for him now.

(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

Hey, is that Obama with Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp on Fremont Street?
Was life really better when the mob ruled Las Vegas?
According to many of the comments at the Las Vegas Sun, yes.
Columnist J. Patrick Coolican asks the question this week, prompted in part by the recent opening of the Mob Museum — or, more formally, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Coolican says in some ways Las Vegas was better back in the good old days, but in some ways it’s better now.

Was life really better when the mob ruled Las Vegas?

According to many of the comments at the Las Vegas Sun, yes.

Columnist J. Patrick Coolican asks the question this week, prompted in part by the recent opening of the Mob Museum — or, more formally, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Coolican says in some ways Las Vegas was better back in the good old days, but in some ways it’s better now.

It was 31 years ago today, at about 8 p.m., that a fire ripped  through the Las Vegas Hilton — once known as the International Hotel and  now as LVH – Las Vegas Hotel — trapping some guests in hotel rooms while others used sheets to climb to safety.
Eight people died and 200 were injured. Damage was estimated at $13 million.
The Las Vegas Sun reported the next day that “enormous clouds of smoke billowed from the 2,300-room hotel.  Hundreds of onlookers thronged around the hotel, creating massive  traffic problems for Metro police. There were reports that fights broke  out among people milling outside the hotel.”
Investigators later said a busboy set an eighth-floor lobby curtain  on fire with a marijuana cigarette, starting the fire. Philip Bruce  Cline was convicted of arson and is serving eight life terms plus 15  years in state prison.
The Hilton fire came just months after a fire at the MGM Grand killed 87 people and injured about 700.
Click here for more on the history of fabulous Las Vegas.

It was 31 years ago today, at about 8 p.m., that a fire ripped through the Las Vegas Hilton — once known as the International Hotel and now as LVH – Las Vegas Hotel — trapping some guests in hotel rooms while others used sheets to climb to safety.

Eight people died and 200 were injured. Damage was estimated at $13 million.

The Las Vegas Sun reported the next day that “enormous clouds of smoke billowed from the 2,300-room hotel. Hundreds of onlookers thronged around the hotel, creating massive traffic problems for Metro police. There were reports that fights broke out among people milling outside the hotel.”

Investigators later said a busboy set an eighth-floor lobby curtain on fire with a marijuana cigarette, starting the fire. Philip Bruce Cline was convicted of arson and is serving eight life terms plus 15 years in state prison.

The Hilton fire came just months after a fire at the MGM Grand killed 87 people and injured about 700.

Click here for more on the history of fabulous Las Vegas.

Still looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl? Here’s where to go.

Still looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl? Here’s where to go.

President Obama skipped the Las Vegas Strip during his visit this week, and stayed instead at this eco-chic, environmentally friendly hotel in Summerlin. The Secret Service security detail and  White House traveling staff  booked the entire second floor — 47 rooms — of the modern, four-story  hotel that caters mostly to corporate visitors and families.
And the group ordered 20 cannolis and 12 pizzas — six cheese, two sausage, two pepperoni and two with sausage, mushroom and pepperoni — from nearby Dom DeMarco’s pizzeria.
Click here for more about the president’s visit to Las Vegas.
(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

President Obama skipped the Las Vegas Strip during his visit this week, and stayed instead at this eco-chic, environmentally friendly hotel in Summerlin. The Secret Service security detail and White House traveling staff booked the entire second floor — 47 rooms — of the modern, four-story hotel that caters mostly to corporate visitors and families.

And the group ordered 20 cannolis and 12 pizzas — six cheese, two sausage, two pepperoni and two with sausage, mushroom and pepperoni — from nearby Dom DeMarco’s pizzeria.

Click here for more about the president’s visit to Las Vegas.

(Photo by Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun)

Bugs Bunny as a cinematographer is seen during the  grand opening of the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus Thursday,  Jan. 19, 2012. (Photo by Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun)
Click here for more photos from the new Chuck Jones Experience.

Bugs Bunny as a cinematographer is seen during the grand opening of the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (Photo by Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun)

Click here for more photos from the new Chuck Jones Experience.