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Year In Review: Greatest News Stories of 2017

Here are the stories that CoStar News readers thought about to be the most intriguing and newsworthy in 2017: # 1 Amazon Outgrows Seattle: Starts Search for Second HQ City in North America
In hanging the prospects of investing billions of dollars in the neighborhood and adding 10s of countless high-paying jobs, online retail giant Amazon kicked off a mad scramble among jurisdictions in September after the firm provided an RFP for a new co-headquarters. Debates over which places finest matched the online seller’s mega-office requirement taken in the CRE industry and will likely continue to do so ahead of Amazon’s site choice, which is anticipated sometime this year. # 2 BGC Successfully Spins-Off Newly Rebranded Newmark Knight Frank as Separate Publicly Traded Business

More than a year in the works, Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK )finished its going public of 20 million shares of common stock, the very first IPO for a real estate services firm in several years. Howard Lutnick, chairman and president of Newmark Knight Frank moms and dad company BGC Partners, Inc., (Nasdaq: BGCP), made good on his plans to spin-off Newmark as a different openly traded company in the 4th quarter. The move added to market speculation that Cushman & & Wakefield might follow with an IPO of its own in 2018. # 3 Florida, Texas CRE Begin Long Healing Effort from Back-to-Back Storms

Much of the country was fixated in August on the effect of a pair of hurricanes that ravaged much of Florida and the Texas-Louisiana area. And while the extent of the devastation wasn’t as great as very first feared, initial combined damage quotes foresaw $29 Billion in business home losses with $150 billion to $200 billion in financial effect attributed to the back-to-back natural disasters.

# 4 Excessive House Building, or Not Enough? In a midyear multifamily update, we examined recent market analysis that found U.S. housing supply remains well listed below long-lasting market averages even as developers continue to pursue new downtown apt. tasks and single-family homebuilding lastly ramps up.
# 5 Amazon/Whole Foods$13.7 Billion Combining a Game Changer however Not Deal Breaker for Shopping Mall Landlords

The news that Amazon was buying Whole Foods captured many retail observers by surprise and rattled already tense shopping mall owners. However the deal catapulting the world’s biggest e-tailer into the leading ranks of the U.S. grocery industry was rapidly reappraised as proof of the continuous combination of online and physical retail stores which well-located retail home will have a place even as e-commerce continues its fast development. # 6 The Future of Autonomous Driving is Coming Down the Roadway Fast with Significant Ramifications for Real Estate

Fast-developing driving technologies are expected to introduce a $7 Trillion ‘Guest Economy’ by 2050 inning accordance with some futurists. The expected wide-ranging impact on property anticipated to affect everything from recapturing parking area, to amenities to zoning, and is currently starting to have an influence on themarket. # 7 Europe’s Most significant Shopping mall Owner Buying Westfield in Major Mall Debt Consolidation Move

In a surprising relocation, Paris-based Unibail Rodamco agreed to get shopping mall owner Westfield Corp. for almost $16 billion. The decision Unibail, which provides it entry into the United States market, followed news that General Development Properties Inc. (GGP) had actually just recently declined a takeover quote from Brookfield Home Partners, which has a large minority stake in the company. Given Unibail’s offer, we might not have actually heard completion of a GGP-Brookfield tie-up. # 8 Exclusive: NGKF Ramping Up National Valuation/Appraisal Practice With Key Employs, Growth Strategies

CoStar News was one of the first to report on strategies by national CRE services firm NKF to beef-up its evaluation and appraisal business lines ahead of its anticipated IPO later in the year. NKF wasn’t alone in its quest to expand its assessment platform. # 9 Greystar-Led Fund Taking Monogram Residential REIT Private in $3 Billion Transaction

In a sign of the continued strong appeal of multifamily home for financiers, home REIT Monogram Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MORE)accepted a buyout offer from a newly formed continuous life fund, Greystar Development and Earnings Fund, led by Greystar Realty Partners in a transaction valued at $3 billion, including debt. In another indication of the sector bring in ‘big cash,’ Starwood struck an offer to buy out Turning point Apartments REIT for $2.85 billion, including 24,000 apt. units to Starwood Capital’s portfolio. # 10 Chinese Govt. Relocate To Stem Circulation of Funds to Overseas CRE Investments

In August, CoStar News reported that the State Council of individuals’s Republic of China formally revealed measures to curb outbound investment – a move Chinese authorities had been hinting at all year. The clampdown was expected to effect offer rates for major assets in the largest gateway markets, which had actually become a preferred target for Chinese financiers. Nevertheless, market analysts see plenty of other investors– both foreign and domestic– offered to fill the gap. The clampdown on Chinese overseas financial investment followed news earlier in the year that some members of Congress had actually ended up being concerned over the national security threat connected with the growing Chinese ownership of U.S. assets. # 11 Dollar Stores Remain Retail Success Story, Continue to Defy Online Disturbance

Dollar shops stayed a retail success story in 2017, continuing to defy online disturbance by expanding into untapped, low-density areas to decrease the online danger and drive sales growth. # 12 CVS-Aetna Combination Signals Coming Merging of Health Care and Retail Real Estate

The hit offer of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS)accepting acquire Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) for $ 77 billion has the potential not only to essentially change the health plan market but also radically reshape the retail and healthcare realty markets. # 13 Institutional Investors Coming Around to Trainee Real Estate, Sector Seen as Recession-Resistant Alternative to Apts.

As soon as an overlooked specific niche, the student real estate sector is drawing in increased attention from significant investors, who see the sector as using less rental development volatility and a recession-resistant hedge to traditional homes. # 14’Amazon Impact’has Bankers Re-Examining Their Loan Portfolios, Tightening Underwriting

In a midyear modification from concentrating on direct exposure to construction and development and multifamily lending, bank executives and experts refocused on a new topic this previous quarter: attending to perceptions of retail weakness in their property lending. The shift in focus followed a drop in CRE loaning development by banks in the very first quarter to its slowest level in two years. # 15 Lickerman Steps Down, Mobley Called CEO for Americas at Cushman & & Wakefield News on personnel relocations and new hires is constantly a constant leading read by CoStar readers and 2017 was no exception. Among the many workers news to draw in readers was the late-November bombshell come by Cushman & & Wakefield announcing the departure of Tod Lickerman, who was named CEO of the Americas in a major adjustment of the brokerage’s senior leadership simply over a year ago, and his replacement, Shawn Mobley, who most just recently acted as president of the business’s East Department.

CoStar News Expanding to Bring You More CRE Coverage in 2018

Search for more of the very best CRE news from CoStar in 2018. We’re expanding our coverage in significant markets, bringing in experienced business press reporters to enhance our news throughout leading markets and CRE sectors. The CoStar News team would like to thank all our readers for reading this year, and eagerly anticipate bringing you even more essential news and insights in the New Year.

The Year in Review: Heartwarming Stories

Here’s a couple of tales from 2017 sure to make you smile.

Campus News| Dec 19, 2017|By Stacy Willis Hailey Dawson and Maria Gerardi Hailey Dawson, utilizing a robotic hand created by UNLV engineering college student Maria Gerardi, threw out the first pitch in Video game 4 of the World Series

It’s that time of year– when we review the stories that brought us through 2017. From one little lady’s mechanical hand that took her to the big leagues to scholarship receivers who have embraced the power of returning, here are some of the year’s most heartwarming stories.

Hailey Goes to the World Series.

Seven-year-old Hailey Dawson captured the hearts of a country as she utilized her 3D-printed prosthetic hand to toss out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series in between the L.A. Dodgers and Houston Astros. The hand was developed by UNLV engineering college student Maria Gerardi, and the department prepares to continue assisting kids who need comparable prosthetic hands. “What I have actually learned here at UNLV,” Gerardi said, “is that anything is possible.”

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Randy Garcia, left, and medical trainee Arturo Montes.”/ > New Medication School Produces New Relationships The brand-new UNLV School of Medication welcomed its inaugural class this year– a turning point not just for the university, however for the whole Southern Nevada neighborhood. All the 60 first-year students got complete scholarships from generous donors. When med trainee Arturo Montes satisfied his scholarship provider Randy Garcia, he found more than a donor– he found a coach and a pal.

Finding a Support System Changed Her Life De’Liza Dulatre-Galamidi lost family members, faced poverty, and needed aid. Long time donor Christina Hixson’s scholarship program enabled her to remain in school and, possibly more notably, end up being a part of a supportive group of other scholarship receivers. Hixson says, “Extraordinary things can be done by normal individuals. You simply need to give them the opportunity.”

Identified to assist Himself and Others As a soldier, single father and student, Lee Scholar Kristian Que faced a lot of challenges. But when he won an award for his operate in economics, he didn’t keep the prize money. “UNLV has provided me many opportunities, I decided I would provide it back as a method to show my gratitude.”< img class=" caption "alt="" title =" Donor Scott Linker, right, was

motivated by his child Sabrina to fund a program to broaden academic opportunities for people with intellectual specials needs.

( UNLV Creative Services )”/ > Various, Bold, Diverse: A Program for All Intelligences Scott Linker’s daughter was identified with Asperger’s Syndrome, but Linker didn’t wish to quit onher education. In truth, he contributed seed loan for a fledgling UNLV program that assists students on the autism spectrum pursue an education. “If it weren’t for (Linker), we may not be here,” states the director of the growing Project FOCUS program.

Crowdfunding Smiles The Hispanic Dental Student Association raised money through Rebel Raiser crowdfunding. The result? A journey to Bolivia where they changed the lives of impoverished kids by repairing their teeth.

Nevada: Quick review required for case of death sentence inmate

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017|1:04 p.m.

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Nevada jail officials and the state chief law officer are asking the state Supreme Court for a quick review of a never-before-tried procedure for the first deadly injection in the state in 11 years, due to the fact that among the drugs that would be utilized ends in April.

Meanwhile, the condemned prisoner is telling a state court judge who put his execution on hold pending high court evaluation that he altered his mind and does not care anymore if a contested paralytic is used as the 3rd drug in his execution.

“My overarching and near singular desire is to obtain my execution done as expeditiously as possible,” Scott Raymond Dozier said in a handwritten Dec. 12 letter from Ely State Jail.

The twice-convicted murderer, now 47, asks Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti in Las Vegas to rescind her order for the state Department of Corrections to get rid of cisatracurium as final drug in his deadly injection, and to reschedule his execution, which was canceled Nov. 14. The judge set a hearing Tuesday early morning on that demand.

The lethal injection procedure developed by a state chief medical officer who has actually because resigned calls for the paralytic to be administered after high dosages of the sedative diazepam, commonly called Valium, and the effective opioid pain reliever fentanyl, which has been blamed for overdose deaths across the country.

Diazepam is in some cases used in tablet kind to condemned inmates ahead of time, however the not-for-profit Death Penalty Info Center states none of the 3 drugs has been used straight for executions in the 31 states with capital penalty.

Many states have actually struggled in recent years to find drugs that pass constitutional difficulties after pharmaceutical companies and distributors banned their usage in executions.

Cisatracurium would avoid muscle movement and ensure that breathing stops, according to Dr. John DiMuro, an anesthesiologist who quit as Nevada’s leading doctor in October and went back to private practice. A letter says his departure followed bullying by his manager, and wasn’t associated with the execution or the deadly injection protocol he established.

Togliatti informed jail authorities they might go ahead with the very first 2 drugs, which a professional medical witness testified would likely trigger death. However the judge pointed out issues that the paralytic might “mask” or avoid witnesses from seeing indicators of discomfort if Dozier suffers.

The seven-member Supreme Court didn’t arrange an instant hearing on a 52-page appeal filed Friday by attorneys in state Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office. A spokeswoman for Laxalt, Monica Moazez, decreased additional remark Monday about the filings. They included seven volumes of backup product.

Jordan Smith, assistant state lawyer basic, wrote that a fast choice is needed from the court because the supply of cisatracurium begins ending April 1 and the diazepam expires Might 1.

Records show that Nevada obtained the drugs last Might from its regular pharmaceutical distributor, Cardinal Health. It was not clear if the business understood their planned usage. The state has actually refused pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s demand to return the diazepam and fentanyl it made.

Dozier has actually been on death row given that 2007 for convictions in different murders in 2002 in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Review + photos: Neil Young is too huge to fail at the Chelsea


Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com

Neil Young at the Chelsea on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015|1:07 a.m.

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Neil Young at the Chelsea on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.Introduce slideshow “

Ask former bandmate Graham Nash, simply in passing, simply making discussion at a mixer, why they just do not make music the way Neil Young did anymore, and the genteel British singer-songwriter will provide an almost-imperceptible sigh before telling you really pleasantly that you have no concept what you’re talking about.

Neil Young still writes songs like Neil Young did.

Young, the 69-year-old rock star, invested more than 3 hours at the Cosmopolitan on Sunday night with band Guarantee of the Genuine proving the point and demonstrating why Wanderer called the tour “impressive.”

It was epic. The triune Young was in complete display screen: the father of grunge, kid of the ’60s and ghostly bittersweet balladeer.

Outside the Chelsea, tents had actually been established for political activists who work on causes important to Young. They visit with him passing out free copies of Mom Jones and Earth Island Journal, packets of romaine lettuce seeds and condoms with images of endangered wildlife on their wrappers.

Concertgoers were asked to boycott Kellogg’s, indication letters to their congress member over GMO labeling, save emperor butterflies and return buffalo to Native American lands. There also was a sparsely gone to camping tent offering Young’s Pono music gamer and a well-attended kiosk hawking T-shirts.

Inside, 2 men dressed as farmers– straw hats and blue jeans– opened the show by spreading seeds throughout the stage. Young snuck on as they leaked water from cans, playing piano and singing “After the Gold Rush.”

Drawing heavily on tracks from 1972’s “Harvest” and its 1992 follow-up “Harvest Moon,” Young was soon joined by his current band, which had fun with him on his 2015 cd “The Monsanto Years” and consists of Lukas and Micah Nelson, kids of nation vocalist Willie Nelson.

(Lukas revealed an uncannily comparable voice to his daddy’s when he took a turn in the spotlight covering “September Tune.”) Young’s high-range, tremulous voice revealed little indications of age, even on “Burned,” a Buffalo Springfield workout he seldom plays live, but he revealed more of a sense of duty than enjoyment in covering crowd favorites.

The middle section of the performance was announced by a group of men using white Hazmat fits and spraying smoke onstage (roundly booed). That was when Young flaunted simply how important an artist he remains regardless of his 70th birthday next month. The male who as soon as alerted that “Nixon’s coming” now sounds alarms about agribusiness giant Monsanto, Starbucks, the Keystone pipeline, the Resident’s United decision, “fascist” politicians and too-big-to-fail banks.

In the most artistically achieved song of this area, “Individuals Wish to Hear About Love,” Young sang about how audiences would rather not to listen to songs about how Monsanto and Starbucks blocked a GMO-labeling law in Vermont– after having actually played some of the most heartbreaking love songs in the rock canon.

(Doesn’t really matter the number of times you have actually heard “Harvest Moon”– hearing it live will send out fat tears streaming down your face.) Then, to stick the contrarian posture home, Young got into an ironical argument with an audience member who disagreed with him. In other words, it was crispy protest granola for the NPR set– as if Jonathan Franzen traded pen for guitar, or if Bernie Sanders could carry a tune.

From there, Young and the band entered into complete traditional rock mode, including a prolonged jam on “Cowgirl in the Sand” in which the 4 males carrying guitars huddle together to riff. It was everything that poptimist critics cannot stand about dad rock: Stompy, unsubtle, face-melting, fedora-wearing, repeated, loud, barely held together, onanistic, manspreading guitarsplaining.

It was splendid, as opener Jenny Lewis, a Las Vegas native and previous lead singer of indie band Rilo Kiley, put in hours earlier throughout her by turns cocky and confessional set. “My moms and dads fulfilled in Vegas. They had a lounge act at the Sands,” she stated. “If I could inform my dad, who’s not with us, that I was opening for Neil Young, he ‘d go crazy.”

Neil Young was with us. And to enjoy the faces of his bandmates, young enough to be Young’s grandchildren, throughout closing renditions of “Powderfinger” and “Love and Only Love” was to observe that they were going crazy, too.

He didn’t play “Helpless,” though.

Scott Lucas is the assistant handling editor for politics at the Las Vegas Sun.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature design is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.

Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio specifically produced for The Cosmopolitan. Simply beyond that, you’ll find all your preferred gambling establishment video games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.

The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep balconies that cover the length of the space, an initially at a modern-day Strip hotel. Other in-room facilities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky devices like artsy coffee table books.

The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll discover at other Strip resorts, either. All The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are brand-new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern-day setting at STK, superior 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 place to find the celebration at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, total with a swimming pool and cabanas outside and 3 different rooms with three different vibes inside.

If clubs aren’t your thing, you can get hold of a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million leaking crystals.

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Review + images: D’Angelo is at the top of his video game at the Chelsea


Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com

D’Angelo and The Vanguard carry out at the Chelsea on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015|10:34 p.m.

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D'Angelo and The Vanguard perform at the Chelsea on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.Launch slideshow “

D’Angelo is not your typical neo-soul entertainer.

Since the release of his comeback album “Black Messiah” in 2014, D’Angelo has totally revamped himself– from his noise to phase presence and his overall image.

This was no exception throughout his show Aug. 21 at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The R&B crooner, extensively understood for his smooth love hits consisting of “Brown Sugar,” “Girl” and “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” brought indisputable energy to the Chelsea stage as he directed the spirit of music icons James Brown and Prince.

He has even recruited a new band, The Lead, which includes bassist Pino Palladino of The Who, guitar players Jesse Johnson of The Time and Isaiah Sharkey and drummer Chris “Daddy Dave.”

The crowd roared with enjoyment as members of the 10-man band entered the stage one at a time and took their positions about 9:30 p.m.

. As The Lead began playing the guitar-heavy single “Ain’t That Easy,” D’Angelo made his method to the stage holding a bedazzled guitar with his name inscribed on it.

Each entertainer was garbed in mainly black clothes, however D’Angelo stuck out in a long black raincoat with scruffy sleeves and advanced fedora. Nevertheless, he dumped the coat by the second tune.

D’Angelo went on to perform “Betray My Heart” from the December-released cd and transitioned into crowd favorites including “Wish You” and “Really Love,” which sounded much more exceptional live than taped.

When it pertained to vocals, he was at the top of his game as he went from his falsetto to tenor and greater notes effortlessly. He even wailed at times like a minister and permitted his voice to go wherever the spirit led him. His vocalists harmonized with him wonderfully like a choir.

An emphasize from the night consisted of an emotional performance of “The Charade” as D’Angelo spoke about police cruelty in black communities. Red-and-white lights flashed quickly onstage appearing like sirens, and the artists started to play louder, developing an intense state of mind.

“We’re going to do this for all the family victims of police cruelty,” he stated.

D’Angelo told the reader to hold up their ideal fists. In the chorus, he sings, “All we wanted was a possibility to talk/ ‘Stead we just got laid out in chalk/ Feet have bled a million miles we’ve strolled/ Revealing at the end of the day, the charade.”

After the enthusiastic efficiency, D’Angelo went into his 1995 launching single “Brown Sugar.”

He bounced around the phase as if he was a choir leader and broke the audience into 2 singing parts, advising the females to sing “suggaa-ahhh” and the men to balance “I desire some of your brown sugar.”

They did as they were informed.

D’Angelo and The Vanguard mastered musicianship, and each song they performed was at least 10 minutes long with jam sessions at the end. D’Angelo funnelled the spirits of Brown and Prince as he called the band to hit him one time, then two times, then eight times and so forth. The band showed that they might hang.

About 2 hours into the program, D’Angelo thanked the reader for coming and then left the phase. The crowd shouted for a repetition and within a couple of minutes he returned to perform his 2000 “Voodoo” single “Untitled (How Does It Feel).”

Considered as one of the most seductive songs he’s ever made, he made it even sexier with a bluesy feel. But this time he was fully dressed, putting on a black tunic, fitted trousers and a blue hat.

D’Angelo teased the reader, approaching the mic to sing and then withdrawing, smirking and shaking his head as if the reader could howl louder (which was probably not possible). He did this several times prior to finally vocal singing.

He flirted and winked at girls closet to the phase. One female in the crowd literally fell to the ground as if the holy spirit at a Baptist Church had actually moved her when he touched her hand.

D’Angelo went to the keys, and the spotlight shined on each of the musicians as they displayed their abilities separately. Fittingly, D’Angelo was the last person left onstage.

Not only did D’Angelo rock the phase, but he also had fun doing it. As he took the reader on a journey through gospel, funk, pop and R&B, he showed that, although he had been away from music for almost 14 years, he never left. The “Black Messiah” is only getting better.

The night’s setlist consisted of “Ain’t That Easy,” “Betray My Heart,” “Prayer,” “The Charade,” “Brown Sugar,” “Sugah Daddy,” “Back to the Future,” “Left & & Right” and the repetition “(Untitled) How Does It Feel.”

Kailyn Brown is a Las Vegas Sun intern.

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

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

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Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas attempts to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to art discovered throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature design is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.

Upon getting in the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen area and David Rockwell Studio exclusively 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 rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 spaces have 6-foot deep balconies that extend the length of the room, an initially at a contemporary Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and wacky accessories like artsy coffee table books.

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

Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & & Dayclub is the location to find the celebration at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and 3 various living rooms with 3 various vibes inside.

If clubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a beverage at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is enclosed in 2 million leaking crystals.

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

600 court cases under review in California corruption probe

Friday, June 12, 2015|11:57 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif.– Hundreds of Orange County lawsuit are being scrutinized amid suspicions that somebody was paid to fix DUI and other traffic offenses by falsifying court records.

The FBI and county district attorneys are examining, and about 600 Superior Court cases, some dating to 2006, are preceding a judge this month to figure out whether they must be reheard, the Orange County Register reported (http://bit.ly/1B8TvRo).

The probe involves suspicions that some staff members taped phony sentence decreases and dismissals for inebriated driving and misdemeanor traffic cases and in at least one case, wrongly made it appear an offender had served prison time, the Register reported.

No arrests have been made. Representatives for the FBI, the court and the county district attorney’s workplace declined to comment.

On Friday, 110 attorneys and previous criminal accuseds were mobilized to the courtroom of Judge Thomas Borris and told there were mistakes in the court records. “You are here to convince me there is not a mistake in your case,” Borris said.

“There has been a clerk somewhere that was entering incorrect information … getting money in exchange for making things disappear,” said Sheny Gutierrez, among the lawyers who appeared.

Ramon Vasquez stated he was given a work program in 2012 after pleading guilty to driving on a suspended license. The judge stated the case would be reversed unless he produced files, the Register stated.

“I think it’s injustice,” Vasquez said. “If there’s a defect in the court system, it’s on them, it’s not on us.”

Borris eventually reversed settlements in about a dozen cases. The accuseds were provided the alternatives of negotiating with a prosecutor or the judge or employing a personal lawyer.

Jesus Sanchez, 29, drove from Arizona to appear. His misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license was dismissed in 2012. After appearing before the judge, he accepted plead guilty to the misdemeanor and pay a fine.

FBI representatives waited in the hall beyond the courtroom to question accuseds and show them mug shots, the Register reported.

The judge also shopped for the immediate arrest of Harania Farias, who had actually stated she had served three months in a personal jail in La Verne on a 2013 DUI charge. She was apprehended in court and held without bail, the paper reported.

Not just did the private prison verify Farias never existed, documents revealing that she was permitted to serve time there appeared to be forged, and Lolita Kirk, the attorney who supposedly submitted the files, informed the Register she never had represented the lady.

Other lawyers noted as attorneys of record informed the judge that they had actually never represented the offenders. Lawyer Charmaine Druyor stated that, in the courthouse on Friday, she met the person she apparently had actually defended and recognized that she had actually never represented him.

“It’s extremely odd, everything going on right here today. It’s simply bizarre,” she said.

Las Vegas Review-Journal gets a new publisher

Released Thursday, June 11, 2015|3:36 p.m.

Updated Thursday, June 11, 2015|3:53 p.m.

Nevada’s largest paper has a new publisher credited with growing blood circulation and business at the newspapers he’s led.

GateHouse Media revealed Thursday that Jason Taylor will be president and publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Taylor shows up in Las Vegas almost a year into his tenure as president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, which is owned by Gannett Co. He was president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee for 7 years, and senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Honolulu Advertiser.

Taylor is anticipated to begin July 6 and will also lead the business’s brand-new GateHouse Media Live and Virtual Occasions division from Las Vegas.

GateHouse is a completely owned subsidiary of New York-based New Media Financial investment Group Inc., which bought the Review-Journal from Stephens Media LLC in February.