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WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s Edge!

RUMOR HAS IT … Adele is the latest pop star to be considering Chasing Pavements in a Las Vegas residency.

TALES FOR AN ACCELERATED CULTURE … Gen X’ers get choke cash to see the icons of their youth, prompting Olivia Newton-John to express a desire to get Physical in the land of neon.

THEY SAY IF you hang around long enough, you’ll see and hear just about everything – and here’s one for your kick-the-bucket list: “Pakalolo Tourism.” A Colorado state task force is recommending that the drug voters legalized last year be sold to both visitors and residents. However, the recommendation was tempered with the suggestion that signs be posted in airports and at state borders reminding outa-staters that their “Rocky Mountain high” cannot be taken home with them.

EL LOCO … No, it’s not the Tijuana nickname I earned in my youth, but the name of the latest roller coaster being built inside Circus Circus. If you like things that go fast – really fast, like 1,300 feet in 75 seconds – and pulls a minus 1.5 G’s – you’ll wanna be one of the first in line at the Adventuredome in December.

THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL awarded its 55 millionth passenger a car full of comps including heli rides, limo service and tickets to everything from ziplines to the Blue Man Group.

SEVEN OUT … After 16 years, the Rio’s Show in the Sky becomes a thing of the past, casting its final beads March 30 at 11 p.m.

THE MISS AMERICA Pageant says “Hasta las vista, Vegas” and packs its bathing suits and evening gowns and heads home to Atlantic City. It was only seven years ago when the pageant had almost gone under after an 80-year run and sought the warmth of the desert sun. Now that the show is a success again, some folks small kine salty that the beauty-and-brains pageant is taking a kokai on its redeemer’s parade.

SHUTTERED IN 2006, life is being breathed into Lady Luck once again. It’s the latest Downtown establishment to undergo reconstructive surgery, and when the dust clears in the fourth quarter, the Downtown’s grand dame will become the “Downtown Grand.”

HOUSTON, WE HAVE a problem – That’s what former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor must have been thinking after she misappropriated $2 million from her late (Jack In The Box founder) husband’s charitable foundation. She reportedly won more than $1 billion, but lost it and much more in casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Diego … And that, children, is why we never play for comps.

PHIL RUFFIN SOLD his mansion in Summerlin, taking a loss of almost $3 million. That kind of hit would send mere mortals like you or me running home to Mommy for some nurturing, a few hot meals and shelter from the elements. But the owner of the Treasure Island lays his head in the Sultan of Brunei’s old 33,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 14-bath crib. Forbes Magazine estimates his net worth at $2.5 billion.

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