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Las Vegas is more powerful, more dynamic today

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018|2 a.m.

. As he does every August, Brian Greenspun is spending some time off and is turning over his Where I Stand column to others. Today’s visitor writer is Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

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Jim Murren As Las Vegas continues to advance as the premier entertainment location in the U.S. and the world, I wish to take stock of where we’ve been, where we’re going– and why our community’s ongoing evolution is a success story for the whole country.Two years earlier
, in this very same column, I blogged about the most important chances ahead for Las Vegas. Now, a lot of those chances have actually become truths– part of our city’s ongoing effort to use the greatest range of first-rate entertainment available anywhere.We’ve only expanded our lead in the years since my last column, adding brand-new experiences and investments that will bring more visitors, more tasks and more tax revenue. We have actually ended up being a thriving sports town: the home of the Golden Knights, the Aces and the Raiders– and much of us stay enthusiastic for an NBA franchise. On facilities, the prepared restoration of the Las Vegas Convention Center will keep our status as the country’s leading convention destination, while additional enhancements will aid transit and mobility.Looking ahead, the
legalization of sports betting positions Las Vegas as a design for those outdoors Nevada wanting to specify an amazing brand-new kind of home entertainment within a structure of video game integrity and strong consumer defenses. And it creates yet another opportunity to develop existing experiences and create new ones, while continuing to attract visitors, include tasks and drive financial growth.The whole Las Vegas neighborhood has been participated in this development, and we remain undeterred by challenges both big and little. Together we have actually dealt with inconceivable catastrophe and together we are moving through the essential however in some cases awfully tough steps towards recovery. I would like to thank all you reading this who have supplied assistance in many vital methods. Your acts make Las Vegas stronger, more vibrant and much better prepared for its intense future.Looking back on these previous 2 years, perhaps I take the greatest pride in that Las Vegas has actually played an important role in lifting neighborhoods around the United States. Definitely by our neighborhood’s example last October, but also since our unique brand name of home entertainment– born here– continues to be exported and welcomed in other places. Las Vegas and the markets it supports are producing strong tasks, powering regional economies and driving positive corporate impact nationwide.All people in Southern Nevada need to feel a measure of pride in being so carefully linked to an industry that employs 8.8 million Americans, is a central pillar of the United States economy and has actually long been
committed to operating in such a way that favorably impacts individuals, communities and the environment. Travel stays America’s largest service export and is crucial for minimizing the nation’s trade deficit. But beyond those essential contributions, the market likewise shares a long performance history and growing dedication to corporate responsibility and proactive business citizenship. MGM Resorts and so many of our Las Vegas-based rivals have worked to make this a hallmark of our particular strategies and to act as a design for others.I am stimulated about our destination’s industry-leading positions and the prospects for our future development. I am confident that we will continue to include lots of new innovations and attractions, developing more tasks and attracting more visitors than ever before. I remain a believer in the best of humanity due to the fact that I see it in my home town community every day.Together, we will continue to make Las Vegas an unrivaled destination, an economic powerhouse and an engine for positive change across the country.

Quietly captivating comedian Tape Face opens today at Harrah’s.

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Gabe Ginsberg Tape Face opens his” Home of Tape” residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas on

2018|2 a.m. Tape Face is back on

the Strip today. New Zealand comic artist Sam Wills, who you may have seen on the finals of” America’s Got Talent” in 2016, has actually been performing his distinct Tape Face act for 13 years, including last year at the Flamingo. His months-long run there sufficed to earn him a real Las Vegas residency: The” Home of Tape “debuts in a new customized theater at Harrah’s on March 16.” It’s quite crazy,” states Wills.” My first [

shows] at the Flamingo ran about three months then I disappeared to do some other shows and returned in October for three weeks. I think I existed long enough to make an impact.” The brand-new show will follow the old show, which is hard to explain.

Tape Face has a thick strip of tape over his mouth and performs without speaking. His spiky hair and shadowy eyes remember a character from a Tim Burton film and he appears to operate with the exact same quantity of uncertainty about what’s going to occur next as his audience.” This character really came out of trying to prove a point, which is that I as soon as made a joke about doing a quiet character, putting together a five-minute sketch without using words, and no one thought me, “says Wills.” At first I did it to prove I could, but it progressed gradually despite the fact that I didn’t take it seriously. So I had an hour of [Tape Face] product and slowly, over about six months, it took over from my other programs. It was getting booked increasingly more and it unintentionally became my task. It’s sort of amusing because it was never my intent and it’s gotten out of control. “Tape Face uses props, audience interaction and music to develop a diy

feel for his show, which is seriously amusing but most significantly, full of surprises. Wills, who notes he’s more influenced by Buster Keaton than Charlie Chaplin, states his audience members are excited to get onstage and participate in the show because unlike other comics who work the crowd, there’s no insulting or bullying involved.” When I initially started out as a child learning how to manage at the age of 13, I keep in mind saying to my parents

that all I wished to be was a juggler in Las Vegas, so this is all pretty hysterical,” Wills chuckles.” It’s a fun town. All the programs are really fun and there’s such a great party atmosphere. I’m very much anticipating spending more time there and seeing what’s truly out there away from the Strip. I understand there’s a genuine neighborhood with genuine things and I cannot wait to obtain involved.” Tape Face carries out at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at Harrah’s (3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782 )and more info can be discovered at caesars.com.

Last Call for Amazon HQ2: Today is Due Date for Neighborhoods to Send Bids for Landing Co-Headquarters

Hundreds of Communities Anticipated to Pitch Propositions Competing for $5 Billion Economic Advancement Reward

Today is the last day for neighborhoods to send propositions for among the largest economic development ever provided: Amazon’s bid for a brand-new co-headquarters website. Hundreds of communities, cities and even states are expected to pitch the online retail giant on the benefits of their particular areas prior to the clock strikes midnight in Seattle.

The company is looking for sites in significant North American cities for a “full equal” to its Seattle head office, dubbed Amazon HQ2. The online retailer expects to invest over $5 billion to construct and operate its brand-new co-headquarters, which it stated might consist of as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

In addition, Amazon HQ2 is anticipated to produce 10s of thousands of additional jobs and 10s of billions of dollars in additional financial investment in the surrounding neighborhood.

With those bids will come pitches for potentially thousands of advancement websites that communities will be offering as possible head office website. One city’s pitch supposedly weighed in at 32 pounds of paper.

Even cities that do not fulfill Amazon’s minimum stated requirement of having more than 1 million individuals are submitting propositions. New Hampshire, whose biggest city is Manchester with 110,500 people, submitted a proposition yesterday touting the combined strength of the state. It entitled its proposal “All the Benefits of Boston Without All the Headaches.”

For HQ2, New Hampshire is proposing the Woodmont Commons in Londonderry, a single owner, city town, website already zoned. The 603-acre shovel-ready greenfield site began in August 2017. The website is 10 minutes from Manchester/Boston Regional Airport, 50 minutes to from Boston Logan International Airport, and within 30 miles of 1.7 million people.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf spearheaded his state’s efforts even launching an Amazon-in-PA site.

The guv’s efforts led to cumulative letters of support and materials from Pennsylvania’s congressional leaders, cabinet authorities describing the administration’s efforts and historic financial investments in education, workforce advancement, company advancement, and transport, college advocates representing more than 360 postsecondary institutions.

It’s hard to envision any state being on the outside of the bidding effort. The outcome will be a huge amount of market data and demographics that Amazon will be putting through in the coming months. The online merchant has said it will likely not reveal a choice up until next year.

As we have considering that Amazon’s announcement last month, CoStar Group will keep you evaluated of continuous advancements at the same time. You can check out our previous coverage and market analysis of possible city locations at the following links:

For Amazon’s Second HQ’s Browse, Larger May Be Much Better CRE Pros Rate 5 US Cities as Leading Potential Customers for Landing Amazon’s HQ2

Amazon Outgrows Seattle: Opens Search for 2nd HQ City in The United States And Canada

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn'' t occur today

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017|12:37 p.m.

. A roundup of a few of the most popular, however totally false, headings of the week. None of these stories are legitimate, even though they were shared commonly on social media. The Associated Press examined these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: NPR: 25 Million Votes For Clinton ‘Entirely Fake’ – She Lost Popular Vote

THE FACTS: The heading incorrectly explains the essence of a National Public Radio story published 4 years before the 2016 governmental election. It cited a Seat study, which was launched in 2012 and based in part on 2008 results, that discovered 24 million registrations were invalid or unreliable. The research study found no evidence of fraud and suggested the unreliable records were the result of old voter registration systems that left dead people on voter rolls or didn’t drop individuals when they moved. Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 governmental election, however she won the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes, according to an Associated Press count. The heading and story very first circulated in January and was shared widely on sites like theteaparty.net and topsecretleaks.com in recent weeks.

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NOT REAL: PREPARE YOURSELF! THE BRIGHTEST METEOR SHOWER IN THE TAPE-RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY IS HAPPENING

THE REALITIES: The Perseid meteor shower, peaking the nights of Aug. 11-12, won’t come close to setting any records. The head of NASA’s meteoroid environment workplace, Expense Cooke, informs the AP that astronomers are projecting a slightly greater than typical shower rate with 150 meteors per hour throughout the Northern Hemisphere. However the brightness of the moon will wash out the finer Perseids, suggesting 30 to 40 meteors an hour will be visible. The shower will not even break in 2015’s rate of 200 meteors per hour. The brightest outburst– an approximated 100,000 meteors an hour– happened throughout the Leonids of 1833.

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NOT REAL: BREAKING: Seven ships are preparing for Muslims’ massive deportation next week

THE FACTS: Several hoax sites flashed this heading and another discussing 10 airplanes getting ready for a huge deportation, with images. Clicking on the heading results in no details. The ships pictured were recognized as part of a British cruise line.

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NOT REAL: BREAKING: Trump Eliminates Muslim Federal Judge For Enabling Sharia In America

A story on conservativefighter.com and similar stories on other sites claim a judge named Hansam al Alallawalahi-Smith made judgments permitting “tenets of Sharia Law” to be practiced in Dearborn, Michigan, and that Trump removed him from office. The story states the judge deals with the 22nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which does not exist at the federal level. It is accompanied by an image of a genuine judge, but he’s from Florida and has a various name. Finally, the Constitution states impeachment– not presidential executive orders– as the technique for eliminating federal judges.

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NOT REAL: Oprah Winfrey is pregnant with first kid at 62

THE FACTS: Websites have actually incorrectly claimed the performer and way of life master is pregnant returning two years. A spokeswoman validated that the widely shared story was when again not real. The false report declared Winfrey prepared to name the kid after her friend Gayle King if she gave birth to a lady and Harpo, the name of her production business, if it was a boy. The headline also has Winfrey’s age incorrect: She is 63.

Male imprisoned 6 years takes offer for release today

A male jailed for more than six years without a conviction accepted a deal Monday that would have him immediately freed.

Minutes before selecting a jury for Warren McClinton’s 2nd trial on numerous sexual assault charges, prosecutors stated they would enable him to plead guilty to one count of second-degree kidnapping. They would agree to a maximum of 30 months of probation, and he would otherwise walk the streets a free male.

Just recently, district attorneys had actually extended an offer for McClinton, 48, to plead guilty to attempted sexual assault, however that implied he would need to sign up as a sex offender and be kept an eye on for the rest of his life. He declined.

In June, McClinton was acquitted of one count of sexual attack. Jurors deadlocked on several other charges.

In 2009 a judge tossed out an indictment on several counts, including sexual assault, due to the fact that district attorneys failed to introduce particular evidence to a grand jury.

What they didn’t reveal: DNA from two other men was discovered on the victim’s bedsheets in her North Las Vegas home, where the criminal activity was alleged to have actually occurred.

The 14-year-old lady was the only individual who at first affirmed prior to the grand jury. When district attorneys went to the exact same grand jury a second time, they called the victim, her mother and a detective to affirm. McClinton likewise took the stand.

The panel, which also heard the DNA proof, mulled over for 30 minutes and refused to prosecute him.

But prosecutors rapidly presented new charges to a judge, who ruled there sufficed proof for a trial.

Attorneys had anticipated the second trial to last two weeks.

In the offer accepted Monday, district attorneys agreed to drop 3 counts of sexual assault with a small younger than 16, 3 counts of open or gross lewdness, and one count of battery with intent to commit sexual attack in connection with allegations dating to August 2008.

This is an establishing story. Check back for updates.

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Light rains expected today, Wednesday

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015|11 a.m.

Light rain remains in the forecast for today and Wednesday, according to the National Weather condition Service.

Skies will be cloudy throughout today with light scattered rain showers anticipated, it stated. The high temperature is anticipated to be 97 or 98 degrees– a break from the intense heat Las Vegas has experienced over the last couple of days.

The highest chance for quantifiable rain is in the late hours of the night, when the low is expected to be 80 degrees, it stated.

Wednesday there is a greater opportunity for rain and thunderstorms, particularly in locations with greater surface but still no risk of flash flooding is anticipated, according to weather condition officials.

Overall it must be a break from the heat without much danger of heavy rain.

Funeral service in Reno today for deputy killed in shootout

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015|9:57 a.m.

RENO– The U.S. Honor Flag has actually shown up for a funeral service in Reno to be provided to the family of a 30-year-old Carson City deputy who was killed over the weekend in a shootout responding to a domestic violence call.

Deputy Carl Howell’s funeral procession is arranged to pass the Capital in Carson City shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday movinged towards the 11 a.m. service at the downtown Reno Occasions Center.

Howell left behind a better half and 4 kids.

Sheriff Ken Furlong says they could not discover a big adequate place in Carson City to accommodate the crowd expected to pay last aspects to the nine-year veteran of his force.

Furlong says Howell was difficult enough to risk his life for others, however kind sufficient to take the hand of a youngster to walk across the street.

Office Today, Apts. Tomorrow: Office-To-Residential Conversions Broadening Across More U.S. CBDs

As Underperforming Workplace Structures Go back to Market as Apartment or condos, Condominiums And Hotels, Workplace Vacancies Decrease a

An amusing thing is occurring in downtown markets where empty and obsolete office structures are being transformed into homes. Companies that wouldn’t think about a downtown location back when the space was offered are coming back, drawn by the a great deal of millennial employees who favor a cool downtown address.

While office-to-residential conversion has actually long been popular in rejuvenating the downtowns of populated East Coast CBDs, recent proposals by developers to convert older, underutilized workplace structures to multifamily real estate in such markets as Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland reveal that the trend is rapidly broadening into other markets.

Meanwhile, the elimination of outmoded and high-vacancy workplace structures from downtown inventories has actually led to dramatic occupancy gains in those markets where the trend has gone mainstream, setting the stage for brand-new investment to please need both for more office-to-residential conversions and stimulating brand-new ground-up office development to replace a few of the lost stock.

A survey of workplace data by CoStar Profile Technique market experts shows office-to-residential conversion activity happening in almost half of the leading office CBD markets in the nation, with the prospect of including a total of about 11,500 multifamily devices to downtown stocks.

“Workplace conversions are a huge trend we’re seeing in a lot of places you would not consider, consisting of Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland,” said Aaron Jodka Senior Supervisor, Market Analytics with CoStar Portfolio Technique.

In downtown Cleveland, for instance, increasing need for downtown multifamily space has resulted in the sale of mainly vacant and functionally outdated workplace structures ripe for conversion. Trades of possible office conversions and other distressed buildings throughout the first half of the year contributed in a big way to the largest office sales volume in the Cleveland market because 2008, according to JLL.

In late July, multifamily designer K&D Group acquired $5 million in historic conservation tax credits from the state of Ohio for a $60 million job to convert the Leader Structure, a 15-story, 297,626-square-foot former paper office at 526-530 E. Superior Ave. built in 1912, into 234 market-rate homes.

With apartment tenancies tightening to near-record highs of 95 % in downtown Cleveland, and comparable performance in other metros such as Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo, repositioning outmoded office buildings has assisted bring renewal to the CBD, stated David Hollister, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank handling director.

“We had an over-abundance of illiquid, older Class C office product. That has changed, and it’s been excellent for the city. To have that section of the office market tighten up now has actually been fantastic,” states Hollister, a leasing broker for 55 Public Square in Cleveland, where numerous lawyers and other expert occupants displaced by office-to-residential conversions have landed.

“I’ve had much more activity this year than last year. The new activity is a direct outcome of individuals needing to leave office structures that are getting converted to property,” he said.

Yet, Hollister does not see the loss of the older stock resulting in significant building of new workplace In Cleveland any time soon.

“Designers are not going to break ground on the kind of structure that these displaced renters are trying to find. These are not Class An occupants being pressed out of Class A structures. If you’re getting Class A leas, you’re not going to transform to real estate,” Hollister describes.

“I do not see conversion as necessarily driving more office building in Cleveland,; it’s actually just getting a great deal of slack,” he said, adding that the loss of workplace stock will likely be countermanded by higher performances as the business continue to trend toward using fewer square feet per staff member.

Kansas City is also seeing a few of its very first workplace conversion tasks of the current property cycle, including a proposition by Los Angeles developer Joseph Kashani to transform the seven-story Missouri Gas And Energy (MGE) office structure at 3420 Broadway into 101 apartment devices, consisting of eight two-story penthouses.The conversion would eliminate 158,000 square feet of office stock from the Plaza/Midtown submarket, a significantly popular urban address for more youthful individuals looking for homes, stated Dennis Bradley, principal at B&A Architecture in Kansas City, the task designer, Owner MGE Capital tried without success for two years to find a single-use office occupant to occupy the&60-year-old structure.”This is among first cases in Kansas City where a relatively contemporary building designed for workplace has been converted to property,”Bradley said. “We haven’t seen this trend drive

business workplace advancement yet, but I make sure it will certainly be part of the next phase of growth downtown.”The losses of office inventory to conversion are likewise expected to bring more ground-up workplace construction and leasing activity in other office structures.”These are the markets where companies wish to be, and there’s less office stock to move into,”noted Hans Nordby, CoStar Profile Technique managing director, throughout the business’s current midyear workplace testimonial and forecast. The Dallas CBD, when burdened as much as 25 % vacancy rates, is experiencing a renaissance thanks to conversions along with robust leasing and absorption. Among the biggest conversion projects in the country is the 52-story previous First National

Bank Tower– the 10th tallest workplace structure in the city and the fictional headquarters for J.R. Ewing in the old” Dallas”TELEVISION series. Mothballed in 2010 due to low tenancy, the 1.2 million-square-foot structure also known as Elm Location stood for years as one of the largest blocks of vacant office in the downtown district up until February 2014, when a joint venture of Olympic Property Partners and Texas-based development group BDRC acquired the tower and announced a$170 million multi-use property, retail and workplace conversion. Now referred to as The Olympic, the owners are targeting a 2016 opening, with 480 luxury domestic rental apartment or condos, 135,000 square feet of retail space and over 900 parking areas. The elimination of workplace stock through conversions is also attracting financial investment from institutional capital to the downtown office markets

of Baltimore and Philadelphia. Business Workplace Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC )is bullish on downtown Baltimore in big part due to the fact that residential conversions that have actually reduced office jobs.

Such self-confidence inspired Columbia, MD-based COPT to obtain Baltimore’s highest building, the 37-story Transamerica Tower at 100 Light St. from Lexington Realty Trust for $121 million last month,

the greatest cost paid for a Baltimore workplace structure in a years. COPT also bought 250 W. Pratt St. in March for$63.5 million as part of its technique to fund acquisitions of urban workplace buildings after offering 6 million square feet of its suburban office holdings. About 2 million square feet of older office product in downtown Baltimore has actually been or is being converted to residential use as younger, upscale workers in the city’s health care and innovation markets significantly locate in city core locations like Pratt Street, contracting the supply

of workplace, stated COPT President and CEO Roger Waesche.” Based on jobs in planning, this activity reveals no indications of reducing, “Waesche told financiers just recently, adding that Charm City has actually delighted in some the greatest job development in the county this year. In Philadelphia, most of the offers in the recent purchase of the general public Ledger building, a 12-story, 535,000-square-foot workplace building in Center City, consisted of prepare for an office-to-residential or hotel conversion. Carlyle Advancement Group of New York won the bidding and prepares to keep the structure as office space until the lease with the federal government expires in 2018. Ultimately, however, Carlyle anticipates to transform a huge portion of the building to property.”We received 15 offers for Public Ledger and at least 13 of those groups pondered at least

of a part of the building to residential or hotel, “Jerry Kranzel, senior vice president with CBRE’s Capital Markets Group in Philadelphia, who brokered the sale for special servicer LNR Partners. “Opportunities for adaptive reuse of office product as apartments or condominiums or hospitality have become very restricted in Center City, so when properties suitable for conversion concerned the market, they’re very much in need. “An approximated four million square feet of downtown Philadelphia office

space– as much as 10 % of total inventory-has actually been converted to property and hotel uses over the last 15 years, Kranzel informed CoStar News. “The denominator result from the removal of structures from stock for residential uses has actually contributed more to the tightening up of the Philadelphia CBD office market in recent years than any natural renter growth,”stated Kranzel. Workplace renter demand growth has actually emerged in recent quarters, nevertheless, which might drive more new projects like Brandywine Real estate Trust’s $385 million, 49-story FMC Tower at Circ Center South, designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, along with more business build-to-suits like the Comcast Development & Innovation Center established by Liberty Property Trust. The current demand for domestic, office and retail space is having a synergistic result on the downtown market as the growing millennial population in the CBD entices an enhancing variety of companies downtown to hire and retain the best employees, Kranzel said. Multifamily and house conversions are tamping down jobs and bringing higher rents in downtown Chicago also, as smaller sized tenants scramble for area after being removed from such Class B and C buildings as Barrister Hall, a 115-year-old workplace structure in Chicago’s Central Loop. Conversion work will certainly start this be up to change the workplace structure to The Millennium on & LaSalle, a 216-unit house house with”wise” technology

, dog run, swimming pool and landscaped roofing deck.Aventura, FL-based DLC Residential plans to begin work in November converting the 115-year-old Barrister Hall workplace structure at 29 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago’s Central Loop submarket into The Centuries on LaSalle, a 216-unit apartment building, according

to FitzGerald Associates Architects, the project designer. DLC Residential got the 13-story, 156,973-square-foot office structure in January from Itasca, IL-based Hamilton Partners for about$13 million, according to CoStar information. The 3-Star multitenant building, inhabited mainly by legal, insurance and financial services firms, has to do with 30 % vacant and was slated for demolition to develop a modern-day high-rise workplace structure or hotel prior to those strategies were scuttled by the economic crisis.

Elvis Presley ‘Permanently’ stamp goes on sale today

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Priscilla Presley greets passionate Elvis fans and newlyweds Dawn and Phillip Pratt after a dedication event for the new Elvis Forever stamp, the 2nd postal stamp for the music icon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Memphis. Mayor AC Wharton, Mayor Mark Luttrell, and Megan Brennan, the USPS Postmaster General, spoke at the unveiling.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015|6:40 p.m.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Elvis Presley “Forever” stamp is going on sale soon at post workplaces across the country.

Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, joined Postmaster General Megan Brennan at a devotion event Wednesday outside Graceland, Presley’s longtime home in Memphis. Another ceremony is planned Thursday at the Elvis Presley Birth place in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The stamp, a black-and-white image of the young Elvis accompanied by Presley’s trademark in gold ink, is part of the Postal Service’s “Music Icons” series. The Postal Service likewise is exclusively launching “Elvis Presley Forever,” a CD of 18 Presley hits.

Presley was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935, and relocated to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he passed away on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.