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Sessions orders evaluation of background check system for weapons

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017|4:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database consisting of details for usage in background checks on potential weapon purchasers.

The relocation follows the Flying force acknowledged that a male who killed more than two lots people in a south Texas church this month must have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the database. The failure allowed him to purchase weapons that his conviction ought to have barred.

Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Dynamites to figure out if other government firms are failing to report info to the National Immediate Bad Guy Background Examine System. He likewise wants a report detailing the variety of times the companies investigate and prosecute people for lying on their gun-purchase applications and a closer look at the format and phrasing of the application itself.

The database “is seriously crucial to securing the American public from fire-arms associated violence,” Sessions wrote in his memo. “It is, however, only as trustworthy and robust as the information that federal, state, regional and tribal government entities offer to it.”

The Pentagon’s inspector general introduced a separate evaluation of the Texas gunman, Devin P. Kelley, after the Air Force revealed it had actually failed to send his domestic abuse case to the database. Kelley had the ability to buy four weapons regardless of the conviction. He used a Ruger AR rifle with a 30-round publication throughout the Nov. 6 shooting, going from aisle to aisle as he shot parishioners.

Sessions said the discovery was “worrying.” But the Pentagon has actually long known about failures to offer military criminal history details to the FBI.

Sessions purchased the FBI and ATF to work with the Defense Department on its review and to identify other challenges companies deal with in sharing info with the database.

Video game evaluation: The common ‘Star Trek: Bridge Team’ beams you aboard

Four stars

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Reviewed on PlayStation 4 (PSVR). Also readily available for Microsoft Windows (HTC Vive, Oculus).

The USS Aegis is doomed. Fire raves on the bridge as my engineer desperately attempts to repair our guard emitter, the helm officer shrieking at her to charge the warp coils and the tactician chuckling like a madman.

This is my first mission as Captain of the newly christened starship and my ineptitude has gotten us all killed.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a Trekkie’s dream become a reality. Red Storm Home entertainment’s brand-new VR video game let’s fans of the franchise boldly go where we could formerly only imagine– the bridge of a Starfleet ship.

Bridge Team can be played single gamer– with AI team members manning the positions of Helm, Engineer and Tactician– it plays finest with a full team of humans. I found the neighborhood friendly and helpful (despite my general ineptitude) and the cross-platform performance allows PSVR gamers to match with Windows gamers utilizing the HTC Vive and Oculus. (Bonus: Consumers who purchase an HTC Vive currently get the game for totally free.)

Objectives in Bridge Crew range from reconnaissance and scientific examinations to desperate rescue missions and full-on warfare. The captain is privy to essential intel on each objective and is accountable for doling out orders referring to specific objectives. The team member at the helm steers the ship and contorts it to other areas, tacticians scan and assault ships and engineers attempt desperately to reroute power to locations of the ship that require it most, while purchasing repairs on areas that are damaged.

The missions can become very made complex sometimes, with friendly and hostile ships, asteroid fields and area anomalies surrounding us, so clear interaction and a level head become vital.

The tech behind the video game is wonderful. The Aegis feels smooth and futuristic, while applying to the Star Trek aesthetic fans expect. There’s even a mode where you fly on the initial USS Enterprise, complete with ludicrous glowing button consoles and retro design.

Team members are personalized to a degree, however the most excellent part for me was the motion tracking of the headset and move controllers. Team members turn and speak to you in genuine time, their mouths moving and hands waving as they react to the actual voice and gestures of the player on the other end.

I ran into relatively few bugs or glitches, and none messed up the experience for me. The game can end up being a bit recurring, however, as there are just a handful of missions to complete.

On the entire Bridge Crew makes for a thoroughly rewarding experience. It’s a celebration for Trekkies, combining wonderfully immersive 3D graphics, fun social interaction and engagingly difficult game play.

Evaluation + images: Lenny Kravitz at the Chelsea– better late than never?

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Lenny Kravitz performs at the Chelsea on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015|2 a.m.

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Lenny Kravitz performs at the Chelsea on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Lenny Kravitz carries out at the Chelsea on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Lenny Kravitz carries out at the Chelsea on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Discuss a difficult sell for rock-star headliners and fans– a Tuesday night concert on the Las Vegas Strip after a packed four-day Labor Day Weekend with a reported 315,000 visitors.

However singer-songwriter, star and designer Lenny Kravitz (“Fly Away,” “Let Love Rule,” Cinna in “The Hunger Games” and hotel suites, respectively) registered for the difficulty at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Did fans and the performance go his method? Were there American ladies in the audience? Did he escape– did he fly away? And why was it hot as Hades in the Chelsea?

Kravitz’s 2-hour concert started nearly 45 minutes late after a terrific opening set by singer Andra Day. Chelsea doors opened at 8 p.m., and Day took the stage an hour later on, carrying out a captivating 30-minute set in a gorgeous blue dress. Her blues-y variation of Eminem’s Academy Acclaimed “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” was wonderful.

Day departed at 9:30 p.m., with Kravitz scheduled to hit the spotlight 30 minutes later. At 10:30 and after that time, there was a constant stream of boos and whistles, and the Chelsea was Bikram yoga hot, provened by audience members fanning themselves and people leaving the Chelsea– and not returning.

Kravitz finally struck the phase at 10:40 p.m., and there is no rejecting that the 51-year-old is a rock star. He definitely looked the part in his brown snakeskin coat and blue pants fronting a 10-member band– three female backup singers and each instrumentalist who would get a solo as the evening progressed (more on that later).

Later, nevertheless, he bounded onstage in a mesh t-shirt with inexplicably big tear under his left underarm. Heard nearby: “That’s absurd.” On the subject of fashion, there was (sadly) no wardrobe malfunction– no split of the pants to reveal his … well, let’s keep it at Kravitz saying that he hasn’t put on underclothing in decades.

Kravitz excused being late– “I heard you guys booing”– and explained that he had no voice Tuesday early morning and was onstage “by the grace of God” after medication and vocal workouts. He figured, “It’s much better to be late than disappoint up at all. I enjoy you all.” So he was 40 minutes late why?

Miraculously, his voice remained in strong kind the whole concert. While an 11-song setlist would be short for numerous artists, not for Kravitz, who unapologetically turned numerous of his numbers Tuesday night into jam-band marathons– 4-minute tunes into 16-minute workouts in patience at a show starting 40 minutes late on a school night. He called it “improvisation– and thank you for your patience.”

The musicianship was excellent, however some folks weren’t having it, as the energy rapidly seeped from the Chelsea as quickly as ticketholders. The energy did pick up halfway with “Always on the Run,” a ditty Kravitz penned with Saul Hudson, better known as Slash from Weapons ‘n Roses.

Kravitz talked about how the two went to the same high school– “I avoided school a lot to smoke weed”– but encountered each other years later at the American Music Awards in 1991, then later penned the work.

Kravitz ended the late night/early early morning show with a promise: “Next time I won’t be late.” To quote Kevin Hart from Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend at the Chelsea, “Riiight.” Thanks to Erik Kabik for his picture gallery of Kravitz at the Chelsea.

Tuesday night’s setlist: “I Need Love,” “American Lady,” “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over,” “Dancin’ Til Dawn,” “Sis,” “Believe,” “Constantly on the Run,” “I Belong to You,” “Let Love Guideline,” “Fly Away” and “Are You Gon na Go My Method.”

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a reporter for nearly two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually spent the previous 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.

Follow Sun Entertainment + Luxury Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas attempts to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is assisting to pave its own course on the Las Vegas Strip.

Upon getting in the resort, you’re welcomed by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio solely produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot gambling establishment floor.

The Cosmopolitan’s living rooms standout as the resort’s most distinct feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 living rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the living room, an initially at a modern-day Strip hotel. Other in-room facilities include soaking tubs, kitchen spaces and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.

The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll discover at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern-day setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean everyday at Estiatorio Milos.

Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Club & & Dayclub is the location to discover the party at The Cosmopolitan. The place is a dayclub/nightclub, full with a pool and cabanas outside and three various spaces with three various vibes inside.

If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can get hold of a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s 5 other bars, like The Chandelier, which is framed in 2 million dripping crystals.

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Subway: Evaluation finds ‘significant’ grievance about Jared Fogle

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Previous Train pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle accepted plead guilty to claims that he spent for sex acts with minors and got child pornography in a case that damaged his profession at the sandwich-shop chain and might send him to prison for more than a decade.

Published Friday, Sept. 11, 2015|7:50 p.m.

Updated 5 hours, 21 minutes ago

INDIANAPOLIS– The Subway restaurant chain stated it got a “major” grievance about Jared Fogle when he was the business’s spokesperson however that the problem did not indicate any criminal sexual activity.

The company revealed in a statement Friday that it has actually completed an internal examination into whether it looked out to concerns about Fogle, who agreed last month to plead guilty to accusations he paid for sex acts with girls as young as 16 and had gotten youngster pornography. The company has severed its ties to him.

Train’s investigation included a review of more than a million online comments and interviews with past and present staff members and supervisors with both the business and an advertising fund, the statement said.

Subway spokeswoman Kristen McMahon said the business received the “significant” grievance in 2011 from previous Florida reporter Rochelle Herman-Walrond, who says she worked with the FBI to record Fogle revealing interest in sex with minors. The company’s statement said that while the complaint “expressed concerns about Mr. Fogle,” it included “nothing that implied anything about sexual habits or criminal activity including Mr. Fogle.” McMahon would not elaborate on the nature of the grievance.

Nevertheless, the business said it is sorry for the complaint was “not appropriately intensified or acted upon,” according to the statement.

“It is necessary to keep in mind that the examination found no more evidence of other grievances of any kind concerning Mr. Fogle that were sent to or shown SUBWAY,” the statement stated.

Telephone calls by The Associated Press to Herman-Walrond seeking talk about Subway’s statement were not instantly returned Friday night. Fogle’s lawyers also did not respond to demands for remark.

It’s unclear how Herman-Walrond knew Fogle, who stays in rural Indianapolis. Authorities in Indiana would not say whether she was part of their examination into him. However Fogle’s plea agreement discusses that witnesses in Florida, Georgia and Washington state offered recordings and info it says reveal Fogle “repeatedly talked about with them his interest in engaging in business sex acts with minors or stated that he has doinged this in the past.”

Individually, a lawyer for previous Train franchisee Cindy Mills stated she signaled an executive in charge of the company’s marketing in 2008 after Fogle started talking with her about spending for sex with minors. The lawyer stated Mills also shared her concerns with a regional Subway contact in Florida, where she is based.

The executive, Jeff Moody, has actually rejected knowing Fogle’s criminal sexual conduct. The company has said it does not have a record of any grievances by the former franchisee.

Attempts to reach Mills’ attorney on Friday were unsuccessful.

Performance evaluation: Robert Plant’s first Vegas program in a years shines inside Brooklyn Bowl

Three and a half stars

Robert Plant May 28, Brooklyn Bowl

If Robert Plant is, as many think, the guy obstructing a Led Zeppelin reunion, it pleads a question about Thursday night’s show at Brooklyn Bowl: Why were 8 of the 14 tunes he performed fully or partially drawn from that band’s brochure?

Picture: Erik Kabik

Personally, I’m not bothered by the possibility Zeppelin will certainly never ever play once more. I matured thinking the British foursome passed away with John Bonham, and discovered it odd when the 3 surviving members resurrected the name for a 2007 one-off. But as I enjoyed Plant sing “Black Pet dog” and “Going to California,” I couldn’t help questioning just how much grander everything could have been with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones next to him.

Even as it was, Plant’s very first Vegas trip drop in 10 years felt electrical, made so mostly by the guy’s popular pipes. Fans (and nonfans) have quibbled because the ’70s about the enduring strength of his vocals, but on this night, there was no debate: The 66-year-old Plant sounded better than he did at Residence of Blues in 2002 or the Hilton in ’05, rising over his six-piece backing band, the Spectacular Forming Shifters, without revealing indicators of pressure.

Some brand-new plans aided with that. “Black Dog” decreased some and turned tribal, with Juldeh Camara jamming on a single-stringed African riti and Plant indicating the crowd for assist with the “ah, ah” area of the chorus; “Dazed and Baffled” careened into pseudo-Celtic territory; and a repetition variation of “Rock-and-roll” included a droney, almost-industrial reworking. Other oldies existed as-is, however, like a powerful “What Is and What Ought to Never ever Be” and a sublime acoustic “Going to California.”

Plant seemed a bit frustrated by the oldish audience, chiding the “average Vegas crowd” for not getting louder (the hall went especially quiet throughout four tunes off 2014 solo record Lullaby and … the Nonstop Roar) and imploring fans to “put your phones down and view” (some did, others kept exactly on shooting photos and video). Plant likewise admired blues greats like Howlin’ Wolf and Bukka White, and discussed 2 regional legends, Elvis Presley and B.B. King, the latter of whom died this month. Thursday night’s headliner is no less a luminary in my mind, and seeing him perform in a room as intimate and crisp-sounding as Brooklyn Bowl was a treat. Good luck scoring a ticket so quickly if Led Zeppelin ever gets back together.

Evaluation: ‘Suzanne Sizzles’ is glamour, glamour and grand good times at Westgate

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Suzanne Somers’ “Suzanne Sizzles” premieres Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Westgate Las Vegas.

Tuesday, Might 26, 2015|8:06 p.m.

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Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers go to Somers’ “Suzanne Sizzles” premiere Saturday, Might 23, 2015, at Westgate Las Vegas.

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Suzanne Somers’ “Suzanne Sizzles” premieres Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Westgate Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas is back!” I cannot take credit for that due to the fact that it was a shout-out from audience members at the genuine, Traditional, wow, razzle-dazzle and high-energy production when Suzanne Somers’ “Suzanne Sizzles” premiered over the weekend at Westgate Las Vegas in her brand-new, intimate cabaret theater.

Suzanne came loaded with laughter, allure and incredible voice, spectacular outfits and dance steps and an effective, electrifying band. It was a real, revitalizing knockout of a Las Vegas show that had theatergoers feeling as if they were back in the enjoyable Rat Pack days of yesteryear.

This is what Las Vegas was– and should be: glamour, glamour, grand enjoyable, moving music and mind-blowing tunes, a real barnstormer of a program. “It is among the happiest nights of my life– magical,” stated an enthusiastic Suzanne savoring the incredible applause.

She later on informed me: “I was honestly implied to do this program, and it had to be on the Las Vegas stage. I feel as if I’ve returned and it’s where I need to be.”

Longtime Elvis Presley partner Linda Thompson, mom of Brody Jenner; entertainment legend Barry Manilow; Dick Clark’s widow Kari Clark; actress, cover girl and TV host Beverly Johnson; vocalist Clint Holmes and other half Kelly Clinton-Holmes; and Westgate owner David Siegel and other half Jackie Siegel were amongst the opening-night crowd cheering her on with a standing ovation.

Clint informed me: “She’s excellent. Her vocals were best. Her bubbly personality came shining through. A lot of individuals were amazed about how great and expert she is.”

Relative, including her grandchildren and her 92-year-old coz Betty from her birthplace of San Bruno, Calif., made the trek to see Suzanne’s triumphant return. She had a 10-year run in Las Vegas in the 1980s and was voted most popular female entertainer before returning to California to write a shocking 25 books on diet, anti-aging, health and wellness– 14 were New york city Times bestsellers, and more than 25 million copies are in print.

Much of Suzanne’s success onstage with her new show springs from her indefatigable energy and enthusiasm, together with her off-the-cuff, fast and brilliant repartee.

“You couldn’t write a script for Suzanne even if we employed the best author in Hollywood. Her quips, jokes, jests are all spontaneous and original– the witticisms of Chrissy Snow concern reality,” her husband Alan Hamel informed me.

“She’s very comfortable in her own skin. She’s a star who belongs on the Las Vegas phase. She knows who she is, and the audience is relaxed while she’s being funny and having a great deal of good times with them. She’s attractive, upbeat, completely engaging and with her fast wit and bawdy humor makes you fall in love with her. She also sings the songs that made you fall in love or make you wish to fall in love all over once again.”

Hotel owner David was the very first onstage victim to sing in addition to Suzanne in her 70-minute set. However he was so captivated with her, he was speechless and couldn’t think of the words to the love song she was crooning. He was still offered an autographed Suzanne Somers Thighmaster, though, for his effort!

Suzanne offered credit to her daughter, Leslie Hamel of Madonna fashion popularity, for her onstage closet, which she slipped in and from onstage with the help of a strategically placed drape wall. There’s the gleaming, above-the-knee, leopard-print alcoholic drink gown; the dangerously brief sailor’s jacket; and the nearly see-through shining dress of gold with a cowl.

That coat flaunts her legs to the very best, negating any concept that this is actually a 68-year-old granny of 6 children. She looks, acts, sashays and struts as if she was Three Decade more youthful.

If the audience believes it’s getting an eyeful of the boob-bouncing “Three’s Company” ditzy blonde, think about what the band sees when she jumps up to sprawl for one sensual tune atop the piano. It resulted in much laughter between the band and her.

A tailbone injury from “Dancing With the Stars” with pro partner Tony Dovolani forced Suzanne to use a metal footstool to climb. It nicked her shin and shed blood, which she didn’t notice until a fast, quiet moment between songs.

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She quickly turned that into a spur-of-the-moment laugh, motivating a backstage assistant to clean it from her leg and massage it greater! Her earring that was up to the floor throughout an energetic dance move also was turned from mishap into joviality. Both were unplanned, disorganized and turned from exactly what might have been opening-night disasters into showbiz highlights.

Suzanne, who satirized her $138 “American Graffiti” movie debut, Johnny Carson striking on her on national tv, ABC, “3’s Company” for firmly insisting that she jump up and down braless at least one or two times each week and even her bestselling books, is a truly sleek entertainer.

Many could take study of exactly what she does looking so simple onstage to ensure their success. She’s been a born natural with charm and pow personality because she first sang a cappella for a disappearing Ricky and The Starliners garage band at the very first teen club in San Bruno.

Her numerous appearances amusing soldiers overseas are well played on the 3 huge video screens on the back wall of her new set. I’ve no doubt that video of and from her show will certainly use Westgate TV screens and in the brand-new health club and cafe she’s opening there. The food at her premiere party in the 36th-floor Elvis Presley master suite was a healthy menu of her recipes with Westgate executive celebrity chef Grant MacPherson.

Her setlist of standards consisted of “World on a String,” “It Do not Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Pennies From Heaven” and recognitions to Barry and my long time buddy songwriter Leslie Bricusse. They were all wonderful and memorable.

How do you summarize Suzanne and her go back to the Las Vegas phase? If this is a modern-day twist on old-time success on the Strip, then offer us a lot more. I bear in mind the very first time I consumed a Moscow Mule with its rejuvenating punch and captivating brain freeze. Suzanne delivered a comparable knockout. No wonder Johnny broke all talk-show-host procedure to flirt with her. Her audience is doing exactly the exact same, and she’s flirting right back.

She said something so special on opening night I had not heard prior to that I must duplicate it: “If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re nervous, you’re living in the future. However if you’re at peace, you’re residing in the present. It’s not who you are, not what you do and not what you have. It has to do with who you enjoy and who likes you.”

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has spent the previous 15 years giving readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Follow Sun A&E Senior citizen Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

Westgate Las Vegas & & Gambling establishment As the place where Elvis Presley broke all Vegas show attendance records when it was still called the International Hotel, the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & & Gambling establishment is a time capsule of traditional Vegas. Its name changed from the Las Vegas Hilton in early 2012. While the feeling is conventional, the hotel has recently gone through restorations. From the front desk to the visitor rooms, all surface areas were redesigned. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the 74,000 square-foot gambling establishment, where there is high limit table room with high limit slots. Simply off from the casino, there is the world’s largest sports book, featuring 300 seats, 42 tvs and 30 cinemas. The dining choices at the building variety from the award-winning Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse, to The Buffet, where guests can enjoy the wide choice of options. After supper, guests can benefit from the star-studded home entertainment. The hotel likewise makes it practical to casino-hop as one of the stops on the Las Vegas Monorail.
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