las-vegas-town.ipub.us http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com NBA Finals 2017: Championship Series Schedule, TV Info and Predictions The 2017 NBA Finals tips off June 1, which gives much time for predictions, pre-matchup fodder and bulletin board material. Las Vegas sportsbooks and ESPN did the honors and provided some material for the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love to scoff at before his third trip to the championship round in as many seasons, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin: "The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title. We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It's tough for me to say that is the case. I don't feel like we're underdogs. We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us." According to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes, Golden State Warriors fill-in head coach Mike Brown compared his venture back to Cleveland for the NBA Finals to the Lion King's circle of life. Brown coached the Cavaliers for six seasons in total. He went to the 2007 NBA Finals with the team, but the San Antonio Spurs swept his squad. Despite emerging as superpowers from separate conferences, this series comes equipped with intriguing storylines. How will the drama on the court play out? The viewing details for each contest and necessary contests after Game 4 are listed below: Game 1: Cleveland at Golden State, Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Game 2: Cleveland at Golden State, Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Game 3: Golden State at Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland, Friday, June 9 at 9 p.m. on ET ABC *Game 5: Cleveland at Golden State, Monday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC *Game 6: Golden State at Cleveland, Thursday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC *Game 7: Cleveland at Golden State, Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC *Game will be played if necessary.         Player Predictions JaVale McGee Will Log Multiple 20-Minute Games The Warriors need healthy bodies in the paint to compete with Tristan Thompson and Love, who grabbed at least 10 rebounds in each game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. According to San Jose Mercury News reporter Anthony Slater, Zaza Pachulia practiced on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He should be healthy and ready to participate in the upcoming series.  Nonetheless, Pachulia only logged one 20-plus minute game when active for 10 contests. Furthermore, the Cavaliers may focus on attacking the paint, which puts immense pressure on the Warriors' ability to crash the boards. JaVale McGee scored in double digits in each of the series leading up to the NBA Finals. However, he's yet to play more than 16 minutes in a single game. The former Shaqtin' a Fool star may have to work overtime against a more physical Cavaliers team.        Kevin Love Will Have 1 Series-Defining Performance As previously mentioned, Love dominated the boards against the Celtics. He's averaging a double-double through the 2017 postseason. Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz examined the Love effect. His improved overall showing during the playoffs isn't an accident. Head coach Tyronn Lue shared his perspective on the forward's contributions with Swartz: "As an ex-player, any time you're getting touches and getting shots, your defense is always better, you know, because you feel more involved in the game."  Love's ability to hit the glass helps Thompson underneath, and he's finding teammates sprinting down the court, per Lue after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals: Last year, Kyrie Irving put his stamp on the NBA Finals; this year, Love's production will primarily propel the Cavaliers over the Warriors in at least one game.        Kevin Durant Will Lead the Warriors in Points Per Game Against a physical Cavaliers team, Stephen Curry may run into difficulties while trying to find his rhythm. Matthew Dellavedova frustrated the Warriors guard early in the 2015 NBA Finals. Regardless of injury concerns, he struggled at the beginning of the 2016 championship round. For whatever reason, it takes a few games for Curry to find his stroke on the big stage with the Cavaliers. With extended time off, the Warriors may start a bit rusty, similar to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Durant will take the court with the spotlight directly on him. He lost to James in the 2012 NBA Finals. Just like the Warriors, his Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 lead during the 2016 postseason. On the top of it all, he's been targeted with the ringless discussion. Now more than ever, it's time for Durant to show why he's considered the second-best player in the league. Naturally, the eight-time All-Star shoots with confidence. In the biggest series of his career to date, the 6'9" sharpshooter will improve on his 2017 postseason scoring average (25.2). Durant will lead the Warriors, averaging 30 points per game in an overall spectacular NBA Finals performance.        Stats provided by ESPN.com and Basketball Reference unless otherwise noted. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1080241-nba-finals-2017-championship-series-schedule-tv-info-and-pre Sun, 28 2017 12:00:00 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1080241-nba-finals-2017-championship-series-schedule-tv-info-and-pre Egypt bombs ISIS positions in Libya for second consecutive day Por segundo d'ia consecutivo las fuerzas a'ereas egipcias han bombardeado este s'abado posiciones del "autodenominado Estado Isl'amico" cerca de Derna, uno de los feudos de los extremistas ubicado en el este de Libia, cerca de la frontera. Bombardeos que se producen tras el ataque del viernes que provoc'o la muerte de decenas de cristianos coptos y que la organizaci'on yihadista se ha atribuido en las 'ultimas horas mediante un comunicado en las redes sociales. "El objetivo de los terroristas es dividir a Egipto en dos pa'ises, uno cristiano y otro musulm'an, Y eso no est'a bien", se~nala un habitante de El Cairo. "Lo que el ej'ercito egipcio y su Fuerza A'erea ha hecho ha sido muy grande, una reacci'on r'apida que ha reconfortado algo a la gente", apunta otro taxista de El Cairo. Durante las 'ultimas horas los cristianos coptos han celebrado los funerales en memoria de los fallecidos en el atentado, entre los que se encuentran dos ni~nos de 2 y 4 a~nos. Todo ello en un pa'is que sigue bajo el estado de emergencia decretado el pasado mes de abril por el Gobierno de Al Sisi. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079946-egypt-bombs-isis-positions-libya-second-consecutive-day Sun, 28 2017 04:30:08 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079946-egypt-bombs-isis-positions-libya-second-consecutive-day Man Dead After Shooting Outside North Las Vegas Night Club North Las Vegas police say a 40-year-old man is dead following a shooting in the parking lot of a night club. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079742-man-dead-after-shooting-outside-north-las-vegas-night-club Sat, 27 2017 22:57:34 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079742-man-dead-after-shooting-outside-north-las-vegas-night-club Gregg Allman, Classic Rock Legend Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead Gregg Allman, one of the two brothers from legendary rock band the Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69. Allman was born on Dec. 8, 1978, in Nashville. He was also born a ramblin’ man, if his band’s 1973 classic rock hit was any indication. He, along with his brother Duane, helped to create one of the most successful classic rock bands of all time. With that came not just music, but drugs, women and ― at times ― tragedy, including the early death of Duane. In his later years, Allman developed hepatitis C, and suffered from an irregular heartbeat and a respiratory infection and had to have a liver transplant. In 2017, he canceled a planned summer tour, sparking worries about his health.  Allman was born to Willis Allman, a WWII veteran who stormed Normandy Beach, came back to his bride after the war, and had two sons. His father’s life was cut short when Gregg was just 2 years old. After Willis Allman offered a stranger a ride home from a bar one night, the man fatally shot him in the back. Neither Gregg nor Duane showed any interest in emulating their father’s military career. The boys hated the military school their mother sent them to, but found their footing in music while there, according to Rolling Stone. “I learned to play mostly from black people,” Allman told The Guardian in 2015. “We used to listen to a station that called itself ‘The black spot on your dial.’ It played Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and it hit Duane and me like spaghetti hitting a wall.” By the time the Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969, Gregg and Duane were legitimate country hippies ― long-haired, drug-smoking free-loving spirits. Duane played guitar, with Gregg on vocals. Other founding members of the band included drummers “Butch” Trucks and Jai “Jaimoe” Johnny Johnson, along with “Dickey” Betts on guitar and Berry Oakley on bass. The Allman Brothers Band blended country, jazz, blues and Southern rock in such seamless riffs, pounding drums and twangy vocals that it earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys in 2012. The movie “Almost Famous” was also, in part, inspired by the band. The Allman Brothers Band produced their biggest hits in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, including “Ramblin’ Man,” “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post.” During this time, the band experimented heavily with drugs and attracted many groupies on tour. “Gregg was just a pretty boy,” drummer Butch Trucks told Rolling Stone in 1999. “He had blond hair, and the girls were hanging all over him.” In his book My Cross To Bear, Gregg bragged about his sexual exploits. “I would have women in four or five different rooms,” Allman wrote about staying in hotels while on tour. “Mind you, I wouldn’t lie to anybody; I’d just say, ‘I’ll be right back.’” During those earlier years, he and his bandmates were also experimenting with drugs, including (but not limited to) PCP, cocaine and speed. The band loved psychedelic mushrooms so much, they made them their unofficial logo and tattooed a mushroom on each of their calves, according to Rolling Stone. In 1971, just as the band found itself being propelled into stardom, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. He was  24. “Duane was the king of laughter, always making jokes,” Gregg Allman told The Guardian in 2015. “You’ve got to keep laughing. It was what Duane would have done, and wanted us to do.” At Duane’s funeral, Gregg played songs on his older brother’s antique guitar. “This is a very old guitar, a very beautiful piece,” he said to a crowd of 300. “It was made in 1920 and I’m very proud to have it. And I’m very proud that you all came.” In 1975, Allman married singer Cher in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted nin days, ending after Allman allegedly pulled a knife on her while trying to score heroin. They reconciled after learning Cher was pregnant with their son, Elijah Blue. In 1977, Cher divorced Allman for good. The final straw was reportedly at an awards show, when Allman passed out face-first in a plate of spaghetti. “Every now and then,” Allman wrote in his 2012 memoir, “I’ll think of all the hell I caused other people over the years.”  Allman eventually embraced sobriety.  “I’m doing great,” Allman told the Savannah Morning News in 2013. “I’ve been clean and sober for 19 years. I just came off one of best the tours I’ve ever done, and I feel good every day.” In “Ramblin’ Man,” Allman croons: “And when it’s time for leavin, I hope you’ll understand / That I was born a ramblin’ man.” We understand, midnight rider.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079564-gregg-allman-classic-rock-legend-allman-brothers-band-dead Sat, 27 2017 19:38:39 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079564-gregg-allman-classic-rock-legend-allman-brothers-band-dead NBA Finals 2017: Odds and Predictions for Cavaliers vs. Warriors Series The boring brilliance that is another NBA Finals showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors starts next Thursday.  Boring, because LeBron James and Stephen Curry leading their respective teams to another Finals encounter puts a bold checkmark in the column for those who suggest the regular season is either too long or not important enough, if not both. Still, there's something special about the boring if it leads to an encounter between teams like this, which once again promises legacy-defining moments for all involved. And the fresh storylines about this time, too—LeBron has to defend the 'land after doing the unthinkable a year ago, and the reloaded Warriors, now featuring Kevin Durant, aren't permitted to stumble on the revenge tour. So yes, everything about this series, though predictable in its participants, screams must-see television.  Here's a look at the full Finals schedule, with Game 5 and beyond only if necessary: Game 1: Cleveland at Golden State, Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Game 2: Cleveland at Golden State, Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Game 3: Golden State at Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland, Friday, June 9 at 9 p.m. on ET ABC *Game 5: Cleveland at Golden State, Monday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC *Game 6: Golden State at Cleveland, Thursday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC *Game 7: Cleveland at Golden State, Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Oddsmakers out of Las Vegas, at least, have found it tough to go against the Warriors at home as of writing. Here's where the opening line stood:  Per OddsShark, the line has already moved the Cavaliers to 6.5-point underdogs. For the series as a whole, Bleacher Report's Jordan Schultz provided an interesting note:  It's not hard to blame the oddsmakers for siding with Golden State. The Warriors have yet to lose this postseason, moving past the Portland Trail Blazers in a fashion akin to swatting away a gnat. Damian Lillard simply didn't have enough around him, hence only one game finishing within 10 points. It was a similar story in the conference semifinals. The Utah Jazz were a great rebuilding story after sticking to the plan for years, but four blowout losses later and Jazz management has to wonder if the whipping was bad enough to encourage Gordon Hayward to flee to the Eastern Conference. The conference finals is where oddmakers probably solidified how the odds would play in the Finals. Kawhi Leonard or not, the San Antonio Spurs figured to pose a big challenge. Instead, the Warriors got the sweep, with only the opening game standing as a competitive affair in hindsight. If it sounds like a lot of praise, it is, and here's LeBron adding more to the pile, as captured by Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver: On one hand, Cleveland figures to have the defense necessary to somewhat limit the Warriors. But Curry came away from the series against San Antonio averaging 31.5 points while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from deep. Durant was even more efficient, averaging 28.0 on 60.3 and 40.9 percent, respectively. Still, the Cavaliers know how to shut down talented players. In a sweep of the Indiana Pacers, which could send Paul George fleeing from a conference just like Hayward, Cleveland limited him to 15 points in the closeout game. In the next round, Cleveland followed up by sweeping the Toronto Raptors, silencing Kyle Lowry over two games and holding DeMar DeRozan to less than 20 points in two of the four. Perhaps the biggest mark on the resume, though, is simple—the Cavaliers gifted the top seed in the conference to the Boston Celtics—then proceeded to whip them over four of five games in the conference finals, holding Isaiah Thomas to 19 total points over two games before Boston shut him down for the series. "This team is a crazy team. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said after eliminating the Celtics, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready. As of tonight, I'll get started." This has focused on Cleveland's defense so far in large part because it's been the usual dominance on the offensive end of the court. LeBron averaged 29.6 points or more in every series, Kyrie Irving has been the usual elite facilitator and Kevin Love woke up to average 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds in the series against Boston. Taking all the above into account, it's still hard to come to a cemented prediction about the series—especially after the 3-1 comeback last year. On one hand, the Warriors adding Durant to the mix throws things for a loop. Shut him down, and Cleveland has to count on guys like Curry and Klay Thompson missing high-percentage looks from range. But it swings both ways—if Draymond Green sticks on LeBron, Kyrie Irving can get past Curry, and a Durant lineup leaves the Warriors vulnerable underneath the basket against a surging Love. Still, oddsmakers came to favor the Warriors for various reasons. One is depth, where the Warriors simply outclass the Cavaliers. Two is style of play, as the Warriors love to run in transition, which even LeBron will have problems slowing because a cut to the rim leaves lethal shooters open from deep. Maybe 16-0 isn't too realistic. LeBron himself is good for a pair of wins at a minimum. But bettors can count on the point-guard battle to even out, and leaning on Love as the reason the Finals swing isn't the best idea. LeBron said it best above—these Warriors are stressful. They're undefeated through the playoffs for a reason and this isn't some squad of regular-season heroes unprepared for what it takes to shutter the Cavaliers, who haven't changed too much from a year ago.  Look for Durant—villain role or otherwise—to take control, winning Game 1 in convincing fashion and keeping the Cavaliers on the defensive for the entire series. Prediction: Warriors in 6           All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified. Odds via OddsShark. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079273-nba-finals-2017-odds-and-predictions-cavaliers-vs-warriors-s Sat, 27 2017 15:00:00 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1079273-nba-finals-2017-odds-and-predictions-cavaliers-vs-warriors-s 2017 Stanley Cup Finals: Odds And Predictions For Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Nashville Predators Check out the odds for the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, as well as a preview that includes a schedule of the action and a Vegas pro's prediction on the outcome. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1077109-2017-stanley-cup-finals-odds-and-predictions-pittsburgh-peng Fri, 26 2017 13:13:00 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1077109-2017-stanley-cup-finals-odds-and-predictions-pittsburgh-peng Carjacking Fail In Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV - On April 13, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a male victim was parked in the rear parking lot of a business located in the 3300 block of West Desert Inn Road. A Hispanic male in his mid-30's, wearing a white short-sleeved shirt and blue khaki pants approached the victim on the driver's side as the victim sat in the car. The suspect opened the driver's door and grabbed the victim, pulling him out of the vehicle. The suspect entered the vehicle, but was unable to drive away as it appears he didn't know how to drive a standard transmission. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1073613-carjacking-fail-las-vegas Wed, 24 2017 23:41:00 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1073613-carjacking-fail-las-vegas 2,000 Wall Streeters just had a meeting in Las Vegas, and they all kept making the same awkward noise One distinct noise dominated the biggest Wall Street conference of 2017. It wasn't the "Wolf of Wall Street" types screaming at the craps table, or the plink-plink-plink of slot machines as dad-bros clinked scotch-filled glasses over market talk. The noise was nervous laughter, and for what is supposed to be the biggest Wall Street party of the year, it was incredibly weird. We're talking specifically about the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, or SALT, an annual hedge fund meeting (and party) for the 1%. If you've never been to a dayslong Wall Street conference in Las Vegas, let me explain to you what it's like. You sit in dark rooms while the sun is shining. You wear dark suits inside while all the happy civilians are wearing bathing suits and jumping in pools outside. While you are listening to lecture after lecture about credit conditions and opportunities in the stock market, the rest of the world is making slot machines ring and drinking off their hangovers. This experience is best when the mood is light — when the market is strong and tailwinds are pushing you forward. In years like that, there's a seamless transition from a world leader's one-on-one interview to a bunch of hedge fund dad-bros crushing Champagne by the pool. This year at SALT, though, the mood was not light. It's true that the US market is near record highs, but there's a feeling across the world that the wind is turning. The millionaires and billionaires at SALT have been feeling it for weeks. And that's why the halls and auditoriums of the Bellagio were filled with one distinct sound. Nervous laughter.  Even the Masters of the Universe, the men at the highest heights of this country, are starting to worry about what it's like to fall. President Donald Trump, a man they thought they could level with, is starting to show that his critics were right to worry about his erratic behavior and inexperience. No one knows when a market slide will happen, or if it will happen at all. They've been wrong before, and they hope they're wrong now. A master of none No one could get the nervous laughter going at SALT better than the chairman of the conference, Anthony Scaramucci. He has long been known on Wall Street as a man who sees opportunity and takes it, even if it means biting off more than he can chew. His opening remarks were about something like that. Last May, right before last year's conference, Scaramucci pledged his loyalty to Trump and joined his campaign. Unfortunately for him, the position he thought he would receive in the White House has not materialized. Instead of hiding from this, he dove into it head-on and explained his current position as he addressed a dark, worried crowd. "If [Trump] wants me to serve, I'm ready to serve. If he doesn't want me to serve, that's fine," Scaramucci said. "I have no bitterness about it. It's politics." He also acknowledged that not a lot of the people in the room were Trump fans. This time last year, Scaramucci was in Trump conversion mode — this year he was in Trump conciliation mode. As part of his attempt to soften the crowd, Scaramucci told the story of what he found on the campaign trail with Trump. At a campaign stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the millionaire met hundredaires at best — people holding down multiple jobs just to survive. He shook their hands and heard their stories. He related it to his working-class upbringing as an Italian kid on Long Island. Alongside the tragedy of America's wealth gap, he found a feeling of connection to ordinary people. "I spent 28 years of my life trying to join the global elite," he said, with a hint of regret. "But it took a billionaire who lives on Fifth Avenue in a tower next to Tiffany's jewelry store to show me what I missed." Nervous laughter. The Chorus Just after Scaramucci spoke on Wednesday, Ben Bernanke, the former chair of the Federal Reserve and formerly one of the most powerful men in the world, shared his thoughts. He said that Trump's lack of leadership was a "reasonable concern." "I did not anticipate how these various issues, Russia and so on, would create uncertainty," he said. Bernanke also said that what Wall Street called the "Trump trade" was "overdone." As you know, after Trump was elected the market rallied sky-high — like a rocket off to Mars to meet Jesus. The standard explanation for this glorious move was that Wall Street expected tax cuts for corporations and the rich. It expected infrastructure spending and a Congress that would ignore deficit reduction. It expected the rollback of regulations on our banking system, on our energy companies, of Obama-era measures meant to protect land and sea and sky.  Bernanke gently pointed out, as one would tell a child there is no tooth fairy, that there is no Trump trade. The tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and deregulation are not coming. Bernanke told Wall Street: You will not have what you were dreaming of. Some people are not who they say they are. This is where we are now. The money guys in the room have realized that Trump can and will do nothing for anyone other than himself, with the long-hoped for economic policies vanishing in the face of scandal — of Russian intrigue, of accusations of corruption and mendacity. And so Trump has become another major stressor for an industry that's been worried about clients demanding lower fees and higher returns since 2015. At SALT the mood was darker and attendance was lower than in years past. Wall Street, just like the market, is starting to crack ever so slightly in the face of uncertainty. That slow realization is what the nervous laughter is all about.  Pointing out that things can get worse still, Erik Schatzker, the moderator of Bernanke's talk, asked him simply, "what if loyalty becomes the number one requirement for Fed Chairman?"  Nervous laughter. If the Fed Chair has no credibility, people won't believe in the markets, Bernanke responded gravely. What, then, is there to believe in? This is all coming at a time when the industry has more than enough to worry about. Returns have been weak for years, fees are going lower and hedge funds are blowing up. Uncertainty in Washington is the last thing anyone needs. Louder and louder Billionaire investor Jeff Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital, the man known as Wall Street's "bond god," spoke at the conference from a studio in Los Angeles, appearing as a hologram during lunch time. A year before, he predicted that Trump would win the election, but he didn't seem thrilled about it either then or now. "Trump says inconsistent things from time to time, you may have noticed," he said. Nervous laughter. On the other side of the political spectrum, billionaire Chicago-based real estate investor Sam Zell defended Trump at the conference.  "All of this is excessive," he said of Trump's Russia scandals. "Not much will come of this." There was no laughter there, but Zell, notorious for decrying the danger of economic redistribution and his hatred of Barack Obama and liberals at large, did get a laugh later. While extolling the virtues of the deregulation of the coal industry he offered another story from China — one that seemed to illustrate the opposite point of what he was making. The air quality in Beijing is so bad as a result of coal-burning power plants, Zell said excitedly, that after a trip there "my pilot told me we had to take the plane back to Chicago and clean it before we got to New York City or we'd lose the paint job." Nervous laughter (with an audible groan). The groan was so loud, in fact, that Zell's moderator, Fox News' Liz Clayman, took a jab — "God forbid you lose the paint job," she joked. 'Wake up' The stand-out keynote speech of the conference was former Vice-President Joe Biden's address on Thursday evening. For quite a bit of his talk he had his head in his hands. That's because Biden, as you probably already know, is not very good at hiding his emotions. This time he was showing clear disappointment. "We need to think BIG!" Biden exclaimed to the silent crowd of mesmerized money men. He explained that the America he sees now is an America that thinks little of itself. It's an America that pretends it can only take on small challenges, rather than energetically tackle big ones. It is a tired and small America, not an exhilarated America — or rather, the America Biden knows and would prefer. It is an America where people behave selfishly and cling to what they know, rather than one where people work with their fellows to forge another rich and glorious American century. Today that makes us weak, but we are only weak today because we are afraid. Biden does not believe America is a country of sudden losers. He believes in facts. Yes, the future brings violent change along with it. But we are a country of solutions — of the "most nimble" venture capitalists, and more research universities than any other country in the world. We are blessed with arable land and a healthy population. We, according to a man who knows we desperately need to hear it, can do anything we put our minds to. And so we should. In that dark room of nervous suits, Biden explained the truth. If America invests in America, America will be nothing but great. And then he said something that makes money men uncomfortable. He said there is no proof that people keeping their tax money for themselves and for their children will enrich the economy. But education will. Investing in public goods will. Focusing on the future will. "Raise your hand if you think 12 years of education is enough in this economy," he said to the crowd. Nervous silence. So we need $9 billion, Biden said. To Wall Street that's nothing. They know that for America it's nothing. But that $9 billion will pay for free community college for the people who want it, Biden said. That, in turn, will add two-tenths of a percent to GDP.  "Wake up," he demanded.  It was an order, but it will be hard to comply with. Trump has made Wall Street wonder whether the party in the market is over. And quietly in Las Vegas, they wondered if this would be the last SALT they would attend. You would think given the Wall Street image of testosterone charged traders and savvy bankers the business would face this challenge with energy. But that isn't the case — Wall Street has lost its nerve. And so what we have here now is lethargy — lethargy and nervous laughter.SEE ALSO: I went to the biggest Wall Street party of the year and everyone was miserable Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: China built a $350 million bridge that ends in a dirt field in North Korea http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1070700-2000-wall-streeters-just-had-meeting-las-vegas-and-they-all Tue, 23 2017 19:24:33 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1070700-2000-wall-streeters-just-had-meeting-las-vegas-and-they-all NFL Approves Oakland Raiders, Stadium Authority Las Vegas Lease The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to moving to Las Vegas after the NFL approved the team's lease with the Stadium Authority, per Clark County commission chair Steve Sisolak. "It was a big step," Raiders owner Mark Davis said, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "...a well-done process." Per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, the move had been unanimously approved by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority last Thursday. The $1.9 billion stadium is expected to open in 2020 with 65,000 seats and a dome. The location is on a 62-acre plot bought by the organization west of Interstate 15 and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. While the team has yet to break ground on the new stadium, there has already been plenty of controversy surrounding the move. Henry Grabar of Slate (via Business Insider) called it the "worst stadium deal in the world." The funding includes $750 million from tax revenue. According to David Purdum of ESPN, fans will also reportedly be able to gamble from their phone within the stadium. The league's owners voted 31-1 in March to approve the Raiders' relocation. http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1070600-nfl-approves-oakland-raiders-stadium-authority-las-vegas-lea Tue, 23 2017 19:39:29 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1070600-nfl-approves-oakland-raiders-stadium-authority-las-vegas-lea Floyd Mayweather invited Anthony Joshua to his Las Vegas gym so he can improve this one thing Former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather has invited Anthony Joshua to train with him at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas so the world heavyweight champion can improve one aspect of his boxing style. Mayweather and Joshua met for the first time in London on Sunday, one day after the American oversaw his protégé Gervonta Davis notch a third round knockout win over British super featherweight Liam Walsh. Mayweather praised Joshua for his thrilling victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April, but said he needs to improve a vital aspect of his fight game. "You have to respect AJ," Mayweather told Fight Hype. "He showed that he had heart [against Klitschko] but we have to bring him up to the Mayweather Boxing Club as we want to tighten that defence up until it's real, real sharp and real, real slick." Though Joshua's stock rose considerably for stopping Klitschko, the punch statistics indicated that the Londoner did not have it all his own way. Klitschko knocked Joshua down in the sixth round and was the more accurate puncher as he landed 36.7% of his shots, compared to Joshua's return of 30.1%. Mayweather, on the other hand, is renowned for being the king of defence. "I'm not trying to move his trainers out the way but there's things we want to tweak," Mayweather said. "You saw what we did to Tank [Gervonta Davis]… nobody knew who this kid even was. But we brought him up and now [he's] world champion. "Joshua's last fight went 11 rounds but really it could have gone three. He came out and the fight was going his way but then the fight shifted and I thought, 'oh s**t!' But this m****r f****r got some dog in him. "After that fight he was praising his trainers but I gotta praise [him] as it was [Joshua] in there fighting. When he was knocked down on the floor, he got up and he kept fighting."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We took an intense yoga lesson from a WWE legend http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1067606-floyd-mayweather-invited-anthony-joshua-his-las-vegas-gym-so Mon, 22 2017 16:35:16 GMT http://las-vegas-town.ipub.us/news/1067606-floyd-mayweather-invited-anthony-joshua-his-las-vegas-gym-so