Monthly Archives: November 2017

Vegas Strip gambling revenue plunges in October in aftermath of mass shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas by a gunman perched high above concert grounds left 58 people dead, hundreds wounded and thousands scarred by the trauma of that night.

Now the Las Vegas Strip is seeing the economic effects of what unfolded Oct. 1.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that in October the Las Vegas Strip saw a decline in revenue of more than 6% compared with October 2016. Then, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its data showing visitation to the city was down 4.2% to 3.6 million visitors in October compared with the same month in 2016.

Kevin Bagger, executive director of the visitors authority’s research center, said the shooting was to blame for the dip in visitor volume. He said the cancellations came primarily from “drive traffic,” not visitors arriving by plane.

Vegas Strip gaming revenue plunges in October in aftermath of mass shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas by a gunman perched high above concert grounds left 58 people dead, hundreds wounded and thousands scarred by the trauma of that night.

Now the Las Vegas Strip is seeing the economic effects of what unfolded Oct. 1.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that in October the Las Vegas Strip saw a decline in revenue of more than 6% compared with October 2016. Then, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its data showing visitation to the city was down 4.2% to 3.6 million visitors in October compared with the same month in 2016.

Kevin Bagger, executive director of the visitors authority’s research center, said the shooting was to blame for the dip in visitor volume. He said the cancellations came primarily from “drive traffic,” not visitors arriving by plane.

Vegas Strip gaming revenue plunges in October in aftermath of …

The mass shooting in Las Vegas by a gunman perched high above concert grounds left 58 people dead, hundreds wounded and thousands scarred by the trauma of that night.

Now the Las Vegas Strip is seeing the economic effects of what unfolded Oct. 1.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that in October the Las Vegas Strip saw a decline in revenue of more than 6% compared with October 2016. Then, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its data showing visitation to the city was down 4.2% to 3.6 million visitors in October compared with the same month in 2016.

Kevin Bagger, executive director of the visitors authority’s research center, said the shooting was to blame for the dip in visitor volume. He said the cancellations came primarily from “drive traffic,” not visitors arriving by plane.

LVCVA says mass shooting slowed Las Vegas tourism in October

Visitor volume to Las Vegas dropped by 4.2 percent after the Oct. 1 shooting, while convention business remained strong, according to numbers released today by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Kevin Bagger, executive director of research for the LVCVA, said the decline can be directly attributed to the shooting.

“Yes, I believe the shooting did have some effect on the leisure side (of the market), specifically the leisure drive side, because at the same time we had strong convention business,” Bagger said

October passenger count at McCarran International Airport was up 1.5 percent, and convention attendance grew by 35.9 percent. At the same time, daily auto traffic was down by 1.6 percent and hotel occupancy dropped by 2.7 percent.

“The decline…was on the drive side, and that’s because it is easier to cancel a drive trip as opposed to air

Read more at: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/nov/30/lvcva-says-mass-shooting-slowed-las-vegas-tourism/

Sisters who survived Vegas shooting say they won’t get help from fund due to proposed rules – WLS

New questions have unfolded over how donations for the many victims in the Las Vegas mass shooting will be distributed, and some victims said they could be left without any support.

The mass shooting happened on Oct. 1 during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 500 others.

Two Stanton sisters said they relive the terror of that event every day. They also said under the proposed plan for the victims’ fund, neither of them would receive any financial help.

“It’s been horrible. I sleep three hours a night if I wake up in a complete panic like something’s happening to me. I’ve had more shooting nightmares than I can count,” Jasara Requejo said.

She’s still recovering from the latest surgery to remove a bullet that was lodged in her arm. She and her

Read more at: http://abc7chicago.com/sisters-who-survived-vegas-shooting-say-they-wont-get-fund-money-due-to-rules/2717499/

Las Vegas begins to heal after mass shooting with help from USC social work experts

In the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history, experts from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work are helping the Las Vegas community respond to the widespread psychological impact of the incident.

Beyond the obvious trauma inflicted on those in attendance when a lone gunman opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the window of a hotel room on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others, the effects of the shooting have rippled across the city in complex ways. USC’s David Schonfeld and Marleen Wong are helping school leaders in Las Vegas prepare to address issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and grief.

“People might have trouble sleeping or feel shaken up, even if they weren’t in attendance at the concert,” said Schonfeld, a professor of social work and pediatrics and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at

Read more at: http://news.usc.edu/132025/usc-social-work-experts-help-las-vegas-heal-after-mass-shooting/

After Another Mass Shooting, Let’s Consider Masculinity | UT News …

Just one month after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, we find ourselves pulled back into an all too similar story. This time, the tragedy unfolded at a church in a small Texas town. As details emerge, perhaps the only thing that can be said is that such tragedies will continue to take place. They have become a fixture of our time. But why? 

Aside from vague statements on the role of a domestic issue, we do not yet know much about what led to the shooting. It was several days before the news broke that the perpetrator had spent time in a mental health facility, although media speculation about mental illness almost immediately after the massacre.

When asked to comment on the Sutherland Springs shooting, President Donald Trump stated unequivocally that this was a case of mental illness. This comes as no surprise. As was the case after the

Read more at: https://news.utexas.edu/2017/11/30/after-another-mass-shooting-let-s-consider-masculinity

After Another Mass Shooting, Let’s Consider Masculinity

Just one month after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, we find ourselves pulled back into an all too similar story. This time, the tragedy unfolded at a church in a small Texas town. As details emerge, perhaps the only thing that can be said is that such tragedies will continue to take place. They have become a fixture of our time. But why? 

Aside from vague statements on the role of a domestic issue, we do not yet know much about what led to the shooting. It was several days before the news broke that the perpetrator had spent time in a mental health facility, although media speculation about mental illness almost immediately after the massacre.

When asked to comment on the Sutherland Springs shooting, President Donald Trump stated unequivocally that this was a case of mental illness. This comes as no surprise. As was the case after the

Read more at: https://news.utexas.edu/2017/11/30/after-another-mass-shooting-let-s-consider-masculinity

The wounds they carry


Chapter 1

The varsity cheerleaders had just finished practice when Natalia Baca stepped out into the school parking lot and spotted a tall, dark-haired teenager holding a bouquet of multi­colored sunflowers.

“Will you go to homecoming with me?” he said as she approached with her identical twin, Gianna, who had helped orchestrate the moment. Natalia pressed both hands against her cheeks and grinned, because no one had ever asked her to the dance before.

Featured above: Clockwise from bottom left: Summer Stadtlander, Marie Langer, Gianna and Natalia Baca, Shae Turner and Delaney Sylvester.

Featured above: Clockwise from top left: Marie Langer, Gianna and Natalia Baca, Delaney Sylvester, Shae Turner and Summer Stadtlander.

“Yes,” Natalia answered, already imagining what she would look like in her open-back, iridescent white dress that flashed shades of pink and blue in the sunlight. They hugged and talked for

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/local/las-vegas-teens/

Carolinas native Andrew Jackson was dragged through the mud as …

When President Donald Trump honored a group of Native American war heroes this week, the event was staged in front of a White House portrait of Carolinas native Andrew Jackson, who is not exactly revered by Indigenous Americans.

The resulting backlash has provided a view into Jackson’s shrinking status as one of the nation’s greatest presidents.

Social media posts referred to him as a monster, Indian killer, butcher and “the father of ethnic cleansing.” He was even likened to Adolph Hitler.

North Carolina has long taken pride in calling Jackson a native son. He was born in 1767 in the Waxhaw area of Union County, but the lack of an exact spot has led both North and South Carolina to claim him. (A 360-acre park is named in his honor in Lancaster County.)

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