Daily Archives: July 28, 2009

Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas Starts Huge Job Fair Today

The Hard Rock Cafe is preparing to open its new Las Vegas Strip location and it’s looking for workers- lots of them. 

It is holding a nine day job fair to fill about 500 positions. The job fair starts Tuesday, July 28 and ends at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 5. The fair will be at the Las Vegas Hilton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. 

Candidates must bring a valid government issued ID, state issued health card and any other documentation pertaining to the position being applying for.

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Michael Jackson Used Drugs like Alarm Clock, Las Vegas Doc Offices Raided

A large and ever growing crowd of media has gathered this morning outside the Las Vegas office and home of Dr. Conrad Murray.  Multiple officers from the DEA and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have entered his offices and his home at approximately 9 a.m. (PT) – and few officers have come out.  Dr. Murray appears to be cooperating with the officers. 

Though final toxicology and autopsy reports are pending later this week, the case is ramping up against Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal doctor of Michael Jackson who gave the King of Pop a powerful drug on the day he died on June 25 at his rented Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles. 

On Monday, The Associated Press reported that Dr. Murray, administered a dose of the powerful anesthetic Diprivan, the drug authorities believe killed the singer. 

Dr. Murray, who has since closed his Las Vegas medical practice, has received numerous death threats and reportedly remains cloistered in his sprawling Red Rock Country Club estate in Las Vegas. 

Found inside Jackson’s rented mansion upon his death was a bedroom outfitted with many oxygen tanks and an IV drip.  Another of his bedrooms was left in shambles, with clothes and other items strewn about and handwritten notes on the walls.  One read: “children are sweet and innocent.”   In a security guard’s shack, 15 oxygen tanks were found. 

TMZ reported that during an interview with police two days after Jackson’s death, Murray himself told Los Angeles Police Department detectives that he had given the intravenously administered drug to his client just hours before his passing. Citing unnamed multiple law enforcement sources, the site claims that Murray allegedly hooked Jackson up to an IV drip of the drug — typically used for sedation during medical procedures in doctor’s offices or hospitals — and apparently either wasn’t paying attention, fell asleep or left the room when the singer’s heart stopped beating. 

TMZ also reported that there was no EKG machine or pulse oximeter found in Jackson’s home, though those machines are always used in a hospital setting to monitor the pulse of a patient being administered Propofol (also known as Diprivan). 

Last week officials carted away evidence from the doctor’s Houston office and a nearby storage locker in connection with their manslaughter probe. 

In the days after Jackson’s death, his nurse/nutritionist Cherilyn Lee also said Jackson was desperately seeking Diprivan in the weeks before his death, despite the dangers of the drug. Lee was also subpoenaed to hand over medical documents regarding Jackson, however she is not a suspect in Jackson’s death. 

Meanwhile, the offices of dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein — Jackson’s friend and the rumored biological father of Jackson’s two eldest children — was also asked to hand over medical records. 

The investigation has been made more complex by the fact that Jackson often used aliases when procuring prescriptions. 

Dr. Zeev Kain, who heads the anesthesiology department of the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, said he has never encountered a situation in which propofol was given in a home to help someone sleep, adding that such a situation would constitute malpractice. 

Should the Jackson investigation officially turn into a manslaughter case — no charges have been filed to date — prosecutors would have to provide clear evidence that his doctor, or other health care providers, acted in a reckless or negligent manner, thereby causing the singer’s death. 

Dr. Murray, who has already been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation, confessed he likes “being in the limelight, meeting all the celebrities,” and also has left a trail of legal and financial troubles amounting to a liability of about $450,000 during his 10 years in Las Vegas.  Two other pending lawsuits seek additional judgments totaling more than $366,000. 

Reportedly, Dr. Murray was charging $150,000 a month for being the personal physician concierge to Jackson.

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Eva Longoria Brings Beso Restaurant to Las Vegas

The City Center in Las Vegas is in full development and Las Vegas is pulling in Hollywood’s hottest entrepreneur, Eva Longoria to bring her favorite culinary delights. EvaLangoria

With the success of her Hollywood restaurant Beso, Eva will be bringing it to the Las Vegas Strip inside Crystals, CityCenter’s planned retail and entertainment district

Last week, Eva took some time off of her hit TV show Desperate Housewives and headed to Las Vegas to meet with Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter’s President and CEO; and Frank Visconti, President of Crystals at CityCenter, to discuss the highly anticipated Las Vegas debut of her famed restaurant and nightclub, Beso Las Vegas

Beso will take a Latin approach to classic steakhouse cuisine, featuring an eclectic and contemporary dinner menu for which Eva shares her own recipes. Since Beso’s Hollywood grand opening in 2008, it has become the stomping ground for Hollywood stars attracting such names as David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, among others.

Located at the forefront of CityCenter, Crystals will combine dramatic architecture with exclusive offerings from the world’s most elite brands to become a key Las Vegas shopping destination.  Large-format luxury retailers Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Christian Dior will be among its brands. Additional retailers will include Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Porsche Design among others.

Looks like Hollywood will be finding a new home in Sin City this December.

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Government Agencies Shun Las Vegas

With agencies like the FBI moving conferences out of destinations like Las Vegas, the U.S. Travel Association recent release of a comprehensive study of the ROI of business travel couldn’t come at a better time.

It’s not just corporate meeting planners that are afraid to hold events in beach, resort or entertainment destinations. Now government agencies are saying that both formal and informal policies have them avoiding destinations like Las Vegas and Orlando, FL., to avoid any criticism that their business meetings are really junkets.

“What’s going on is a lot of fear in the marketplace,” says Geoff Freeman, senior vice president of public affairs of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). “That started in the corporate world and has shifted to government agencies. Folks from different agencies are admitting this is going on.”

It has gotten so bad, Freeman adds, that planners arranging meeting for government agencies “are willing to spend more money—taxpayer money—to avoid the perception of wastefulness.” Among those who agree is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), whose state relies upon Las Vegas as a major economic engine.

Noting that the director of the FBI recently ordered an agency conference relocated away from Las Vegas because it is a “vacation and leisure destination” as well as “an unmatched location for conducting business in terms of cost and availability of convention and related space,” Sen. Reid recently wrote to Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, asking for his “assistance to reverse the current informal federal policy which prohibits and/or discourages government meetings and conferences in Las Vegas and other cities on the basis that they are too leisure oriented to be awarded such business.”

Last week came the reply from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: Viva Las Vegas! 

The federal government has no business forbidding government meetings and conferences from taking place in communities “known for attracting vacationers,” Emanuel wrote. “For me, the test of government travel is what will be accomplished by that travel and whether the cost to the government is reasonable as opposed to other options.”

No word on how the “what happens/stays” formulation might be affected by the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“What’s really going on here is most people don’t think other people’s meetings are necessary,” says Freeman. “We must fight that as an industry.”

So far, he adds, the meetings, incentive, conventions and events (MICE) industry has failed to present the business case or defend the value of meetings and conventions. To that end, on July 28, the USTA will unveil a comprehensive study on the ROI of business travel—the quantifiable impact of business travel on business bottom lines.

But that’s only one step, Freeman warns. The MICE industry must continue along that path by continually making this point to the government, to the media, to business executives and to the general public if the message is to get through.

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Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Craves New Las Vegas Gig

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson may have been out of the spotlight for the past few years but he will take center stage at The Joint next month. Manson, 40, whose real name is Brian Warner, will appear at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on August 21. MarilynManson

The controversial actor-musician, who was once both married to burlesque star Dita Von Teese and engaged to actress Rose McGowan, is best known for his 1996 hit, “Beautiful People,” from his second and controversial major release, “Antichrist Superstar.”

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