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June 17, 1960: Paul Coates takes another look at the problem of glue-sniffing among teenagers in East L.A.
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The El Rancho Vegas was the first real resort hotel on what became the Las Vegas Strip, dating from 1941.
The fire that destroyed it was mysterious in origin; the deeper mystery was why the Hotel was never re-built.
Beldon Kettleman, the Hotel's owner pledged that the landmark would be re-built.
As late as the 1990's remnants of the hotel and pool could be seen on the vacant land where it once stood.
Around this time, another landmark Las Vegas casino, The Moulin Rouge also fell victim to a mysterious fire (although it was not a total loss) and never re-opened.
The Moulin Rouge was the first hotel that did not practice a policy of segregation and catered to an African-American clientele.
Chris Morales |
June 17, 2010 at 02:02 PM
The story of the pilot who is killed after he conspires with an airplane owner to crash it and collect the insurance sounds like something from a 70s TV show (now, if the pilot were somehow murdered in midair by the owner it would be an episode of "Columbo").
And why do people think that they can insure something on Monday and try to collect on Wednesday after a mysterious "accident"? That never works.
June 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM