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Updated: May 16, 2012 03:52 PM EDT
Known as the gateway to Las Vegas, the Boulder Strip received its own "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign in 2007. (©Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA) Known as the gateway to Las Vegas, the Boulder Strip received its own "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign in 2007. (©Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA)
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    Searchers find body of Lawrence County woman

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    A Lawrence County woman is still missing after the boat she and her husband were fishing in capsized last night. Nancy E. List, of New Castle, was fishing in a small aluminum boat in a private pond in Scott Twp, Lawrence County with her husband Michael W. List also of New Castle when the vessel capsized. Michael says he saw his wife hanging on to the boat attempting to swim to shore when she went under water. He says after searching he went to a nearby residence to call for help. Pennsylvania...More >>
  • Akron and YSU: "No pressure to compete for Tressel"

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    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
    University of Akrontrustees aremoving quickly in their search for the next university president, but say theyare under no pressure to act quickly because of competitionfor acandidate also being considered for the president's post at Youngstown State University.The sentiment is echoed by YSUtrustees, whoare expected toreveal soon if the remaining six applicants being considered for president includes former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel.The University ofAkronhas cu...More >>
  • Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.  Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten countMore >>
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.  Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count
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By Rick Garman

As often as you have seen it on TV or in a movie, nothing can prepare you for your first sight of Las Vegas. The skyline is hyper-reality, a mélange of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and a pyramid. It is sensory overload that can reduce you to hapless tears or fits of giggles. But in the spaces between the visual madness, there's a bit of something for everyone, whether you want a wild party, a relaxing getaway, or something in between. Las Vegas is designed to keep you entertained, satisfied, satiated, and distracted from the real world outside its glittering borders.

Things to Do

The chances of getting bored in Las Vegas are slim at best. Start on the Strip where you could spend days goggling at the visual overload of the whole thing: Wonder at the appropriated skylines of New York-New York, Paris Las Vegas, and The Venetian; get your camera ready for the delightful dancing waters of the Fountains at Bellagio and the lava-spewing drama of the Mirage Volcano; or pull out your wallet and try your luck in one of the dozens of opulent casinos.

Shopping

Las Vegas has become one of the premier shopping destinations in the world, with labels both brand and esoteric crowding the high-end malls. But here, shopping is more than just a way to rack up more credit card debt, it is an experience. Check out the Roman-themed street scene at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and the indoor version of Venice at The Grand Canal Shoppes, complete with its own canals and gondoliers.

Restaurants and Dining

Once an outpost of cheap buffets and barely edible prime-rib specials, Las Vegas is now an epicurean destination. You'll do fine at celebrity chef outlets from Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck, but dig deeper to find the spectacularly intricate French cuisine at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon or the modern, luxurious interpretation of an all-you-can-eatery at The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas. True foodies get off the Strip to experience eclectic Japanese at Raku Grill or the gourmet delights of Todd's Unique Dining.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Las Vegas comes alive at night, with a club scene that rivals Ibiza for its intensity and enough dazzling shows to give Broadway a run for its money. Marquee at The Cosmopolitan and XS at Encore are two of the better party-spot options these days while almost all of the Cirque du Soleil productions are worth their high ticket prices. If you can snag tickets for a headliner like Garth Brooks or Céline Dion, you're in for a treat.

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