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Friday
Apr152011

Post Office Used Vegas Replica For Lady Liberty Stamp

Medioimages/Photodisc (file)(WASHINGTON) -- The newest forever stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service was supposed to be an iconic American image of the Statue of Liberty, but instead of showing the statue that stands in New York harbor, the picture depicts her doppelganger at the New York New York casino in Las Vegas.

Despite the fact the stamp depicts a gambling destination, the post office says it still prefers the picture to the original Lady Liberty and has no plans to recall the stamp.

Postal officials were not aware of the mistake until they received a tip from a stamp aficionado who was able to point out the difference between the real Lady Liberty and her plaster counterpart. The Postal Service has declined to identify the tipster.

The postal service originally obtained the images from a photo agency that had the figure listed as Lady Liberty. The description made no reference to it being a replica.

The stamp was first introduced in December 2010.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Coroner: Vegas Dancer Died of Asphyxiation

Photo Courtesy - DebbieFlores.wordpress.com(LAS VEGAS) – The Clark County Coroner has ruled that asphyxiation was the cause of death in the murder of Vegas showgirl Debora Flores-Narvaez.

The body of 31-year-old Flores-Narvaez was discovered Saturday at a home in the north part of the city.

Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg said her death was caused by asphyxiation due to neck compression. The incident has been ruled a homicide.

Flores-Narvaez had been missing since December 13 when she failed to show up for work as a dancer for the Luxor's "Fantasy" show.

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Saturday
Jan082011

Police Arrest Boyfriend of Missing Las Vegas Showgirl

Photo Courtesy - DebbieFlores [dot] wordpress [dot] com(LAS VEGAS) -- Police have arrested the boyfriend of missing Las Vegas showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez on one count of murder. Las Vegas Metropolitan police have not indicated whether Jason "Blu" Griffith was arrested in connection with Flores-Narvaez' disappearance or if there have been any further developments in the investigation.

Griffith was charged with one count of domestic-violence-related battery, a misdemeanor, and one count of coercion, a felony in that case, and is accused of kicking and punching Flores-Narvaez in an incident on Oct. 22.

The 31-year-old Flores-Narvaez, a former NFL cheerleader and lawyer who was a burlesque dancer at the Luxor Casino's "Fantasy" show, was last seen with Griffith on Dec. 12.

Griffith is considered a person of interest because he was the last person to see Flores-Narvaez before she disappeared. He has been cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Flores-Narvaez told police who responded to the October incident that she'd been dating Griffith for a year and was pregnant with his child. 

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Family of Missing Las Vegas Showgirl Launch Website to Aid Search

Photo Courtesy - DebbieFlores [dot] wordpress [dot] com(LAS VEGAS) – The sister of missing Las Vegas showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez has created a website urging visitors to help bring her home.

The 31-year-old lawyer-turned-showgirl was reported missing on December 14 after she failed to show up for work at the Luxor Casino for a performance the night before.  Her car was found by police in a parking lot in the northwest section of the city with a purse or makeup bag in the back seat.

Police have questioned the dancer’s ex-boyfriend, Jason "Blu" Griffith, because he was the last person to see Flores-Narvaez before she disappeared. The aspiring rapper had also been accused of abusing Flores-Narvaez in an incident back in October. However, police say he is not a suspect and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Website, DebbieFlores.wordpress.com, asks for donations to aid in the search and includes a flyer for those who wish to help.

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Thursday
Dec232010

Female Body Found Near Lake Mead, Hoover Dam

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Authorities at Lake Mead say that tourists discovered the body of a woman Thursday morning just northeast of the Hoover Dam on the Arizona side of the lake, ABC affiliate KTNV reports.

The tourists that discovered the body say the woman appears to have been burned.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office and park rangers are investigating, according to KTNV.  Officials have also said the body will be brought to Las Vegas for an autopsy.

No identity has been determined, but investigators speculate the body might be that of missing Las Vegas dancer, Debbie Flores Narvaez.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Police Continue Search for Missing Las Vegas Showgirl

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Police are continuing their search for missing Las Vegas showgirl Debbie Flores-Narvaez, while her ex-boyfriend had a court appearance Tuesday to answer to charges he had beaten her up in an earlier incident.

An attorney for Jason "Blu" Griffith, an aspiring rapper, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court on his behalf.  The judge set a preliminary hearing date for April 2011.

Griffith is charged with one count of domestic-violence-related battery, a misdemeanor, and one count of coercion, a felony.  He is accused of kicking and punching Flores-Narvaez, a lawyer-turned-dancer, on Oct. 22.

A police report said the alleged abuse started when Griffith took Flores-Narvaez's iPhone and she argued with him about it.  Griffith acknowledged arguing with her, but denied being violent or taking her phone, the police report said.

The police report also said Flores-Narvaez had bruises on her legs and lost a tuft of her hair.

The 31-year-old Flores-Narvaez, a former NFL cheerleader who was a burlesque dancer at the Luxor Casino's "Fantasy" show, was last seen with Griffith on Dec. 12.

Griffith is considered a person of interest because he was the last person to see Flores-Narvaez before she disappeared, but he is not a suspect and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

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Monday
Dec202010

Vegas Showgirl Mystery: Obsessed Fans to Blame?

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Police in Las Vegas are searching for a lawyer-turned showgirl who has been missing for more than a week; her sister believes the dancer may be in danger.

"Bring her home. Let her go. Let us know something. What is it that you want?" Celeste Flores-Narvaez said in an open plea for her sister's return.

Debbie Flores-Narvaez, 31, is a burlesque dancer at the Luxor Casino's "Fantasy" show. When she didn't turn up for her performance on Dec. 13, friends and loved ones became worried.

Police found her car in a parking lot in the northwest section of the city and are now conducting forensic testing. Investigators reportedly found a purse or makeup bag in the back seat.

Dancing was Debbie Flores-Narvaez's dream. According to her Facebook page, she had a law degree and a master's in finance. Her sister said she'd also been a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. Debbie Flores-Narvaez put all that on hold to grab a spot at headlining on the Las Vegas strip.

"It's not (like) her to go missing," Celeste Flores-Narvaez told KTNV TV, ABC News' affiliate in Las Vegas. "It's not her to take a small vacation like this."

Deon Ridley, a friend who danced with the dancer for three years, said Flores-Narvaez had expressed concern over obsessed fans.

The missing dancer's sister said police have a few persons of interest, but she is adamant that her sister is alive.

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Tuesday
Dec142010

Vegas Casino Robbed of More Than $1 Million

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- A daring casino heist netted approximately $1.5 million early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas.

It was approximately 3:50 a.m. when a suspect parked his motorcycle outside the Bellagio's north valet, entered the casino with a full-face helmet, approached a craps table and pulled a handgun before fleeing on motorcycle.

The white male, described as five-foot-10 to six feet tall and 220 pounds, is believed to be the same person who robbed the Suncoast Hotel & Casino Poker Room on Dec. 9.

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Wednesday
Oct132010

New Zipline Flies High Over Sin City

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Las Vegas has long been known for its big signs and flashing lights.  Now, visitors will have a new way to view them up close: speeding down a zipline high above the street.

A company best known for ziplines that run through rain forests and protected parks is now installing Sin City's latest thrill ride, an 800-foot line that will cut down historic Freemont Street.

The Freemont Street Flightline promises to send tourists flying over the street at up to 35 miles per hour, bringing them close to the flashing lights that have defined the city.

Freemont Street is home to some of the oldest and most historic casinos in Las Vegas.  It was the location of the state's first telephone, the city's first hotel, first paved street, first traffic light and first elevator.  Iconic casinos, such as the Golden Nugget and Horseshoe, call it home.  The flashing lights have earned the block the nickname Glitter Gultch.

But in the past few decades, Freemont Street has been overshadowed by the newer, glitzier Strip.  So, in an effort to try to bring tourists back, the casinos along the street opened in 1995 the Fremont Street Experience, a five-block pedestrian mall covered with a giant canopy with 12 million LED lights that put on an hourly show each night.  It's the largest video screen in the world.

Starting Friday, tourists can see the show on the new zipline, which starts outside and then slides under the canopy.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Las Vegas Hotel Knew of Pool 'Death Ray' in 2008

Photo Courtesy - CityCenter Las Vegas(LAS VEGAS) -- A solar glare specialist who was denied a contract by a Las Vegas hotel to help it solve an intense sunlight issue -- now dubbed a "death ray" by employees there -- says the casino ignored his advice and went with a cheaper fix.

"It is one thing to ask experts in their relative field for advice; it is another to ignore their advice without justification," glass film manufacturer Nichols E. Ashton wrote the builders of the Vdara hotel back in November 2008.

Today, guests lounging at the Las Vegas pool reportedly are getting burned by concentrated sun rays strong enough to melt plastic drink cups and plastic newspaper bags.

Ashton is president of SSAF International, which ultimately did not get a contract for a protective window film to fix the problem.

"They didn't like the information. They didn't want to spend the money," Ashton told ABC News. "They thought the issue would go away. They thought nobody would get hurt."

Gordon Absher, a spokesman for the hotel's owner, MGM Mirage, said the company placed a reflective film over the windows that blocks about 70 percent of the light. "This is hardly a unique situation," he said.

Ashton blamed the problem on poor design, saying the building was placed in the wrong position. He said there are no "sour grapes" over being denied the contract.

Absher said the company is well aware of the lingering problem. This was the first summer of operation and he said Vdara is investigating steps to solve the solar convergence.

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