Once left behind, north end of Las Vegas Strip humming along with development

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Construction continues on the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.

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“With the Stardust and Riviera and La Concha and El Morocco, the Thunderbird, the El Rancho — that area used to be as nice as anything,” Doumani said. “Over the years, everything shifted south. The north end of the Strip, really, used to be the center of the Strip, but things got neglected over time.”

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For the past three decades, Leon Boghossian has visited Las Vegas about twice a year.

The Rhode Island resident has seen many changes to the city during that time, but is particularly impressed with what’s happening now at the north end of the Strip.

“There’s a lot going on in this area,” said Boghossian, walking north on Las Vegas Boulevard near Resorts World Drive. “The changes, in my opinion, have been all positive. It’s really great to see.”

As he talked, construction sounds could be heard to the west as workers labored on the $4 billion, 59-story Resorts World Las Vegas project, which is being built on the site formerly occupied by the Stardust.

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To the east, Boghossian could see work being done on a $935 million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project, which will also feature a renovation of the existing space, will cost $1.5 billion and be complete in early 2021.

A short walk to the north of where Boghossian stood sits Circus Circus, the family-themed former MGM Resorts International property that is in the process of being sold to Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin for $825 million.

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June 17th Full Strawberry Moon 4:31 am Eastern Time

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The Full Moon – The Full Strawberry Moon – in June will be on June 17th  4:31 am Eastern Time

Full Strawberry Moon – June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names

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Circa Sports Million: New Football Handicapping Contest Coming To Vegas

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A new sportsbook operator in Nevada, Circa Sports, is launching with a huge football handicapping contest in 2019.

Details on the “Circa Sports Million” football contest are still being worked out, but Mike Palm shared some details on VSiN this week.

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WHAT IS CIRCA SPORTS?

Casino operator and developer Derek Stevens (pictured) is launching a new sportsbook operation in downtown Las Vegas on June 1. Circa Sports was recently approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to operate in Nevada. The new sportsbook operation will serve Stevens’ casinos:

  • June 1: Golden Gate
  • Late June: The D
  • December 2020: Circa Las Vegas

The first Circa Sports sportsbook taking wagers is opening at the Golden Gate on June 1. Another one of Derek Stevens’ casinos, The D Las Vegas, will be opening its Circa Sports sportsbook closer to the end of June. Lastly, the namesake Circa Las Vegas is scheduled to open in December 2020. When it opens, the new sportsbook will have the largest sportsbook TV screen in the world.

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Circa Sports might expand beyond these properties and the state of Nevada in the future but the plan is to focus on their own casinos.

Circa Sports is the first new sportsbook operator to open in Nevada in more than five years.

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DETAILS ON “CIRCA SPORTS MILLION”

The “Circa Sports Million” will be a handicapping contest similar to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest. The entry fee will be $1,000 and contestants will pick five pro football games against the spread every week.

The grand prize is guaranteed to be $1,000,000 regardless of how many people enter the contest. Getting 1,000 people to sign up for a new contest won’t be easy. As Palm said to VSiN,  it’s entirely possible there will be an overlay since this is the first year of the Circa Sports Million.

There will be approximately $1.5 million in total prizes in the inaugural contest this year. The Top 10 finishers will receive prize money. There will also be prizes awarded every quarter of the football season for the most correct picks. Prizes will be split if there are ties each quarter.

As of now, lines for the contest will be posted on Thursday morning each week of the NFL season around 8 am or 9 am. According to Palm, they’re still working out a deadline for when picks need to be submitted.

Similar to the SuperContest, participants must sign up for the contest in person. One thing that will be different than the SuperContest is the ability for contestants inside of Nevada will be able to make picks on their mobile app instead of visiting a casino to submit picks.

Proxy services will be allowed for out of state contestant to enter picks. However, Nevada residents can save a few bucks and submit picks from the comfort of home.

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MORE PROMOTIONS AND CONTESTS

Stevens is a sports bettor that happens to operate casinos. He wants Circa Sports to evoke his passion for both.

Stevens wants customers to feel a similar rush that he had last year with a $25,000 bet on Michigan at 40-1 to win the NCAA basketball tournament. The potential win would have paid a cool million bucks and he wants others to feel that excitement.

The Golden Gate will offer a “no juice” promotion on opening day, June 1. This promotion and the “Circa Sports Million” are just the beginning. Expect to see more contests similar to the “Win Derek’s Car” promotion now running at The D Las Vegas.

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True Hero

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Just 3 Days From Graduation, 18-Year-Old Student Killed in STEM School Shooting – Kendrick Castillo – Is a True Hero

Joy Moore 5/8/19

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Just three weeks ago, Colorado schools closed on a random Wednesday (April 17) – all because of fears that a deranged Columbine-infatuated teen was planning a school massacre in the Denver metro area.

Kendrick Castillo’s school, STEM School Highlands Ranch, was closed that day, too. And once the threat was put to rest, and the sun rose again the following day, kids across Colorado flocked back to school – back into their routine, Kendrick Castillo included.

Just another Thursday in Colorado.

Just another day in 2019.

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Surreal.

Unbeknownst to everyone, however, plans for another school shooting were brewing.

And when the time came, Kendrick would make an instant decision that would cost him his life.

According to witnesses and the coroner, Kendrick and another student charged and lunged at one of the shooters when he entered their classroom on Tuesday, May 7. As a result, he’s being touted a hero, having taken some of the gunfire that would have inevitably hit someone else. Kendrick was killed, but he died in the act of protecting his classmates.

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“I wish he had gone and hid,” Kendrick’s father, John Castillo, told The Denver Post. “But that’s not his character. His character is about protecting people, helping people.”

Kendrick Castillo, Courtesy of LinkedIn

A lover of science, robotics, and the great outdoors, Kendrick was just three days away from being done with his high school coursework. The seniors’ last day was scheduled to be Friday, May 10, with commencement exercises planned for May 20, according to the school’s website. Kendrick was also scheduled to compete in a “Rods and Robots” event this weekend. Instead, that event has been canceled, as have classes at the school for the rest of this week.

Kendrick planned to study mechanical or electrical engineering at Arapahoe Community College in the fall.

He was also an only child.

“My wife and I are in a haze,” John Castillo said. “He was everything to us.” Read more…

In addition to Kendrick’s heroic act, another student and aspiring marine Brendan Bialy also jumped into action and rushed the gunman that entered his classroom, helping to subdue him. The United States Marine Corps called his courage “admirable and inspiring” in a statement. A current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP), Bialy is scheduled to start his training this summer.

Brendan Bialy, Courtesy of Bialy family

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To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019

To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a meal on us!

Thank you for your service!

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Limit ONE complimentary meal per eligible patron.

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Ameristar Black Hawk Complimentary Buffet To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired

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To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a meal on us!

To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a meal on us!

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THE FULL WORM MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX; Mar 20 6:43 P.M. Pacific Time

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THE FULL WORM MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX

In 2019, the full Moon of March rises the same day as the vernal equinox—marking the start of spring! How fitting for what we call the “Full Worm Moon.” March also brings the final supermoon of 2019. Here’s all you need to know.
In 2019, the full Moon of March rises the same day as the vernal equinox—marking the start of spring! How fitting for what we call the “Full Worm Moon.” March also brings the final supermoon of 2019. Here’s all you need to know.

In 2019, the full Moon of March rises the same day as the vernal equinox—marking the start of spring! How fitting for what we call the “Full Worm Moon.” March also brings the final supermoon of 2019. Here’s all you need to know.

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This is one of those rare years when the full Moon lands right smack on the spring equinox—on March 20, 2019, in North America. This only happens three times a century, on average. Plus, it’s the third and final “supermoon.” Enjoy the extra-bright equinox full moon Wednesday night!

Here’s a video, featuring Amy Nieskens

SUPER MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX

The March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019. The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!

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This full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning the Moon will be nearly at its closest to Earth for the month of March. It’s the year’s third (and final) of three straight full supermoons. This means that the Moon may “appear” brighter and bigger than normal, provided the night sky is clear and dark.

THE FULL MOON AND EASTER

Did you know: Easter Sunday (in the Western Christian Church) ​​​​is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or just after the vernal equinox.

Since the full Moon AND the vernal equinox both fall on March 20 this year (in North America, at least), you might expect that Easter Sunday would be on the following Sunday, March 24.

However, for simplicity’s sake, the Church set a fixed date for the equinox, March 21. Additionally, the Church does not rely on the date of the astronomical full Moon, but rather the ecclesiastical full Moon, which occurs on the 14th day of the ecclesiastical lunar month. The date of the ecclesiastical full Moon may fall one to two days before the astronomical full Moon. Therefore, because the first full Moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter Sunday 2019 falls on Sunday, April 21!

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(This is not the first time the church’s “set” equinox and astronomy’s “moving” equinox affected Easter’s date; it last happened in 1981 and will happen again in 2038.)

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For Our Brave Military Personnel: We offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a FREE MEAL on us! Thank you for your service! Valid Wednesday, March 6 during Centennial Buffet hours of operation. Limit ONE free meal per eligible patron.
To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

To honor our brave military personnel, both active and retired, we offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month. To redeem yours, simply present your Military ID at the buffet to enjoy a FREE MEAL on us!

Thank you for your service!

Valid Wednesday, March 6 during Centennial Buffet hours of operation.
Limit ONE free meal per eligible patron.

We offer a complimentary buffet the first Wednesday of every month.

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THE FULL SNOW MOON & SUPERMOON; FEBRUARY, 2019 at 10:53 A.M. EST

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THE FULL SNOW MOON & SUPERMOON
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 February 11, 2019

The Full Moon for February is the best supermoon of 2019. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Snow Moon. Find out why—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.

THE FEBRUARY “SUPER SNOW” MOON

February’s full Moon peaks on Tuesday, February 19, at 10:53 A.M.EST (15:53 UTC), but will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer.

It will also be a so-called “supermoon,” which means the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth.

In fact, the February’s full Moon is the nearest, largest, and brightest full Moon of the year!  Technically, it’s the second of three supermoons to occur in 2019 (January, February, March).

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In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the Moon to track the seasons. In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month’s Moon. (If this sounds odd to you, remember that our current calendar is based on the Sun and the solar year!)

Traditionally, the Moon we see in February is called the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall of February. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Other Full Moon names include: the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni, of the Southwest), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee, of the Southeast). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

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Do supermoons truly appear brighter? Technically, yes. Practically, it depends on your point of comparison. The supermoon’s diameter is indeed about 7% greater than an ordinary full Moon and 14% greater than a full Moon when it’s at its furthest point in its orbit to Earth (a “micromoon”).And a supermoon exceeds the brightness of an ordinary Moon by 15%! When compared to a micromoon, the supermoon is 30% brighter!

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 FULL MOON FOR FEBRUARY 2019

THE FULL SNOW MOON & SUPERMOON