Avery Cardoza has been a longtime observer of the Las Vegas scene and the pitfalls of gambling. He's gathered some of those thoughts into a dark, comic novel Lost in Las Vegas. For a man who's watched gambling for so long, is not necessarily a fan of Sin City. He joins us to talk about the book and his take on Las Vegas.
Last week the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Summerlin pled guilty to mail fraud charges for stealing $650,000 from his parish. The money went in compulsive gambling, according to the priest's lawyer. So what happens to the priest? What kind of treatment is available? And what happens to the parish? How do the new priest and the flock pick up the pieces after a shattering experience like this?
A long-time Portuguese colony was being reformed and the Beijing government wanted to reform the city's main industry - gambling. It brought in a new administration and created tougher gaming regulation to ensure that new capital and expertise could be invested.
Just when you thought that gambling was becoming an accepted part of everyday life, another critic has emerged. American Values - the social conservative lobbying group - that has focused on traditional marriage and opposed abortion - is now fighting the increased legalization of gambling across the country.
When you write a book about high-stakes sports gambling, what do you include? Your job waitressing in a strip mall? Your 280 pound boss named named "Dink?" Or your bets on Miss America pageants and hot dog eating contests? That's Beth Raymer's story. The former Las Vegas resident spills insider secrets on working for one of the city's biggest pro sports gamblers and how it opened the door to a world of crazy characters.
Author Alan Jay Zaremba joins us to talk about the betting culture that surrounds March Madness, and why Vegas is the best place for it.
Alan Jay Zaremba, Prof of Communications, Northeastern U, and author, The Madness of March: Bonding and Betting with the Boys in Las Vegas .
About 3500 people were treated to music, singing, a Pauite prayer, brief speeches--but, oddly, no quarter slots--at a ceremony yesterday for the first Nevada Quarter to enter circulation. Rebecca Zisch comments.