Daily Archives: August 3, 2009

Florida Team Captures National Softball Title in Las Vegas

Maddie O’Brien’s two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning Sunday as the Tampa (Fla.) Mustangs defeated the Elyria (Ohio) Sun Dogs 7-5 to capture the ASA/USA Class A 18-and-under national softball tournament at Majestic Park in Las Vegas. 

The Mustangs, whose roster includes Las Vegan Amanda Montalto, a Palo Verde High School graduate, were the only squad in the 140-team field not to lose a game in bracket play. 

Elyria lost its opening bracket-play game before rattling off 12 straight victories- including four each on Friday and Saturday- to reach the final game.

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Marie Osmond’s TV Talk Show Goes South

Las Vegas Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond’s television talk show, planned for a September premiere on stations in 80 percent of the U.S., has now been cancelled. marieosmond3

A weak economy was supposedly the culprit. “This project, under proper conditions, still remains a strong passion of mine,” she said in a released statement.

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Nevada Supreme Court to Hear Las Vegas Gambler’s Woes

The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial on punitive damages awarded to a Las Vegas gambler against the Imperial Palace, citing attorney misconduct. 

In an opinion issued last Thursday, the high court said James Grosjean’s trial lawyer, Robert Nersesian, improperly asked jurors to “send a message” to the casino and to put themselves in his client’s position. 

Grosjean, an expert gambler, was awarded $99,000 in compensatory damages and $150,000 in punitive damages after he was handcuffed, searched and detained by security guards in 2000 at the request of state Gaming Control Board agents. 

Court records say about halfway through the 45-minute incident, another Control Board agent said Grosjean should be released, but he was not immediately let go.

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Classic 50’s Diner Opens in Las Vegas

A local man who says retirement was driving him crazy admits he may be even crazier to open a new restaurant in the middle of a recession. But after resurrecting the old Huntridge Diner, he’s just hoping the retro restaurant’s colorful past will help it survive long enough to have a future. 

It’s 50’s and 60’s decor, music, and milkshakes are definitely a blast from the past. If the historic Huntridge Diner can hang on long enough, it’s future could be as bright and shiny as its new facelift. 

Just like the music, the old-fashioned milkshake machines are shaking again and the burgers, ground from fresh round daily, are sizzling on the grill. “I make everything the moment they ask for it,” said Chef Moses Cruz. 

The historic diner, located inside the old Huntridge Drugstore at east Charleston and Maryland Parkway is back in business, much to the delight of old time Las Vegans like Mayor Oscar Goodman and young new regulars like Chris Turner — who can spot a good thing even if he wasn’t even born yet the first time it came around. “It looks like it would have 50 years ago. It’s cool,” he said. 

“This fountain behind me is 40-years-old. You just don’t see places like these anymore,” said restaurant operator Joel Holffman. 

Its bright red booths, shiny counter tops and freshly painted walls are adorned with 50’s and 60’s memorabilia. In fact, Hoffman says all that’s missing here is a steady stream of customers. “It’s frustrating! If the place was dirty, I could understand it. Or if the food wasn’t good, I could understand it,” he said. “Our prices — $6.95 for a fresh grilled hamburger or philly steak, fries and a soda.” 

But like the historic Huntridge Theater directly across the street, which remains closed for now, the Huntride Diner went out of business for a while as well. “I remember going to the Huntridge next door when it was a movie theater. I saw Woodstock there. Wow, that was 40 years ago,” said customer Brian Babbitt. 

Hoffman wonders if folks, like long-time resident Brian Babbitt, just haven’t realized the historic restaurant is back in business and better than ever. “If they come in once, they’ll be back,” he said. 

Hoffman says he only needs 50 customers a day to turn a profit. But right now he’s only averaging 10 to 12. He says word of mouth will have to start traveling faster if the restaurant is going to survive the recession.

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