Hey, everyone, it’s a guy from Brumby! Reading Desert Companion! He’s in a picture on Facebook, reading our February edition — “Best of the City,” though surely you haven’t forgotten because how could you?
The new year’s fresh bouquet of Chris Brown headlines (sample: “Chris Brown allegedly punched woman in the eye at Palms hotel in Las Vegas”) nicely underlined Tovin Lapan’s tough piece about alleged celebrity abusers in our January issue.
Las Vegas Sands has announced a deal to spend $20 billion building a casino complex including six casinos, twelve hotels and three golf courses near Madrid. The project has aroused an unusual coalition of opponents - left-wing activists and Catholic bishops - who say the complex will bring problem gambling and bankruptcies. So can Las Vegas Sands repeat its success in building mega-resorts in Macau and Singapore? Or could this be more like Eurodisney?
Casinos handle lots of money and high rollers are expected to bring a lot with them when they come to as casino. The federal government is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands, which operates the Venetian, was lax in checking the sources of its high rollers' funds.
Political scientists have often pondered why affluent and educated Jewish voters do not vote Republican more often. They remain very liberal even as other affluent Americans have embraced conservative low-tax policies.
The huge success that Las Vegas Sands has made of its Macau investments has made the company a big player in global gaming and made its chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson a wealthy man. Now state and federal authorities are investigating some of the company's methods for getting its business done in the Chinese special territory.
Reuters is reporting that organized crime figures in Macau operate in Sands Macau - the casino owned by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands company. That's the company that operates the Venetian and the Palazzo.