Alleged school shooter reportedly wants to plead guilty to avoid execution

Nikolas Cruz on a closed-circuit television screen during a bond hearing at the Broward County Courthouse.

He doesn’t want to die.

The Florida school shooting suspect says he’ll plead guilty — so long as prosecutors promise not to seek the death penalty, according to a report.

Lawyers for Nikolas Cruz — who faces 17 counts of premeditated murder for shooting up his former high school Wednesday — told a local ABC affiliate about their proposed bargain Friday.

The state hasn’t said whether it will accept the deal, Local News 10 reports.

Cruz has confessed to police that he deliberately gunned down the students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, authorities say.

But he also claims “demon” voices told him to do it, law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

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Vegas sports books not so lucky with Eagles’ Super Bowl win

Lady Luck was most certainly not the side of Las Vegas sports books during the Super Bowl as some reported six- and seven-figure losses in part due to a seemingly deep-pocketed mystery bettor and the many records set during the game, which allowed gamblers to cash in on proposition bets.

Gamblers wagered a record $158.6 million on the big game at Nevada’s 198 sports books, over $20.1 million more than in 2017. But the unaudited tallies released Monday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board showed sports books made a profit of only about $1.2 million on the action, around $9.8 million less than in 2017 and not even close to the $19.7 they cleared in 2014.

Sports books around Las Vegas had selected the New England Patriots over the Philadelphia Eagles to win their second straight Super Bowl. Bookmakers initially posted lines ranging between 5 and 6 1/2 points and the over/under for total points scored in the game at 48.

"The game didn’t quite go exactly the way he had hoped for, but we kind of grinded out a small win on this particular event when you consider all things," said Jay Rood, who heads sports betting operations for MGM Resorts International , where the Patriots were a 4.5 favorite. "When you consider us as an overall hotel-casino company, I think at the end of the day, we are going to be all right. We had thousands of people here enjoying themselves watching the game."

The sports book at the Mirage, owned by MGM Resorts, took a bet for more than $2 million on the Eagles.

The same bettor who took this city’s legal sports books for millions of dollars on the World Series also placed a $500,000 wager on the Eagles at the South Point sports book. The man also placed two bets of $1 million with William Hill, which runs more than 100 sports books in Nevada and has a mobile app.

William Hill on Sunday reported ending the night with a multimillion-dollar loss, with $3.2 million alone to the mystery bettor. The operator said that based on the number of tickets, 54 percent of bettors were correct in choosing the Eagles on the point spread and 75 percent on the money line. Fifty-six percent of tickets were correct on choosing the over for the total points scored in the game, which the operator had at 49.

The casino industry’s largest lobbying group in the U.S., the American Gaming Association, estimated that Americans would wager about $4.76 billion on the big game, but only 3 percent or $138.5 million would be done legally at sports books in Nevada.

Across Las Vegas, proposition bets — wagers offered on unique and various cases — left gamblers rejoicing as the game set all kinds of records.

"Well, we are a little disappointed with the bottom line," said Jay Kornegay, the sports book director of the Westgate Las Vegas. "This event is dominated by the general betting public and they always like to bet on things to happen. So, they like to bet the yeses more than the nos. They like to bet the overs more than the unders, and a lot of those come through for them. We had our worst Super Bowl prop results ever."

The sports book paused cashing tickets after midnight and resumed later in the morning. It still had around 100 people in line Monday afternoon waiting to get paid.

One of the proposition bets that hurt the Westgate was whether the game’s MVP Nick Foles would score a touchdown. He did. That bet paid 8-1.

Kornegay said every single one of the players who scored a touchdown had a proposition bet on him.

"Not only did they score a touchdown, but we also had props on whether they would score in the first half," Kornegay said. It was a double whammy for us. "

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Rosen Applauds HUD Grants To Fight Housing Discrimination

Las Vegas neighborhood (photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXNT) – On Thursday, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding two grants totaling $425,000 to the Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC) in order to fight housing discrimination:

“Housing discrimination is still a disturbing reality that far too many Nevadans face,” said Rosen. “By investing in programs that help raise awareness and education, we can help combat housing discrimination and ensure that hardworking Nevada families receive equal access to housing. I will continue to advocate for Nevada’s fair share of federal funding and for programs that help our most vulnerable communities,” Rosen said.

BACKGROUND: The $425,000 in grants to the SSFHC include a $125,000 grant under the Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) and a $300,000 grant under the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI). HUD awards EOI grants to organizations that educated the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law.

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Dramatic video captures car crashing into 2nd floor dental office

Dramatic video shows the moment a sedan soared into the air and crashed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, California, leaving several people with minor injuries.

The car was speeding when it hit a raised center median and launched into the air, the Santa Ana Police Department said Sunday.

The car then collided into the building’s second floor and became lodged, police said.

A vehicle that crashed into a building hangs from a second story window in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 14, 2018. Two people in the car escaped serious injuries after the car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office.
A crane is used to remove a vehicle hanging from a second story window after it hit a center divider and went airborne in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 14, 2018.

The Orange County Fire Authority said it responded and extinguished the fire. Only minor injuries were reported, police said.

OCFA in Santa Ana of a vehicle that crashed into the building. The fire was quickly extinguished, both victims are out of the vehicle safely with minor injuries. Members from OCFA & LA COUNTY Urban Search & Rescue teams are removing the vehicle from the building. pic.twitter.com/x29WvTkNGk

— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) January 14, 2018

According to police, the driver admitted to using narcotics. ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported that the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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Las Vegas Philharmonic and Local Musicians Bring Holiday Cheer to Nevada HAND Senior Apartment Communities

A brass quintet comprised of members from the Las Vegas Philharmonicand local musicians played holiday tunes and classic songs at two Nevada HAND senior communities. Pictured is the performance at Harmon Pines Senior Apartments.

Senior residents at two affordable living communities were treated to holiday tunes and classic songs by a brass quintet comprised of members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and local musicians. These interactive shows included story-telling, Q & A, requests, and group sing-alongs of holiday classics. Residents in attendance were delighted to hear their holiday favorites playing live by accomplished musicians in their own communities.

The performances were at Silver Sky Assisted Living Residence and Harmon Pines Senior Apartments, two Nevada HAND communities. The nonprofit real estate development and property management company improves the lives of working families and seniors with fixed incomes in Southern Nevada through affordable housing solutions and supportive services using various funding strategies (government grants, programs and philanthropy).

Musicians included Joseph Durk and Kevin Tague, trumpets; Jonathan Snyder, horn; James Nelson, trombone; and Alan Cates, tuba.

This is the second year the Las Vegas Philharmonic has participated in programs to entertain residents at Nevada HAND senior communities. The performances are part of the nonprofit organization’s Education and Community Engagement Program which uses music to educate and enrich youth, senior and family audiences who may not normally be able to attend or afford performances at traditional music venues.

“At Nevada HAND, we truly care about our residents’ well-being; and when we’re able to bring entertainment into their community, we frequently see joyful, emotional responses from them,” said Nina Taylor, Nevada HAND resident services manager. “We’re so appreciative to work with organizations like the Las Vegas Philharmonic which gives us the opportunity to bring something special to residents that they may not otherwise be able to access. The timing of the performances helped make this holiday season much more festive.”

Nevada HAND’s Resident Services Department provides supportive services covering economic stability, wellness, education and community engagement to improve the lives of residents, many of whom are on fixed incomes.

About Nevada HAND
Nevada HAND (Housing and Neighborhood Development) was formed in 1993 to improve the lives of working families and seniors with fixed incomes in Southern Nevada through affordable housing solutions and supportive services. The mission-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) real estate development and property management organization uses various funding strategies (government grants, programs, and philanthropy) to develop affordable communities and it provides on-site services to help residents’ economic capability, wellness, success in school, and community engagement, creating opportunities for residents to live well, and for neighborhoods to thrive. Nevada HAND has built and currently manages 31 apartment communities that are affordable to working families and seniors living on fixed incomes. More than 7,000 people throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area live in Nevada HAND communities including two of the only affordable assisted living facilities in Nevada providing 24-hour support to individuals needing a higher level of care. For information, visit www.nevadahand.org or call (702) 739-3345.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. The resident symphony orchestra of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing more than 23,000 children this year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call (702) 258-5438.

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Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor: Las Vegas bout misses gate-receipt record

Floyd Mayweather stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round of the contest

Floyd Mayweather’s much-hyped win over Conor McGregor failed to set a record for ticket revenue at a boxing bout.

The bout, won by Mayweather on 26 August, was expected to better ticket sales of $72.2m (£55.4m) when the American beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

But figures released show over 7,000 seats were empty at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, generating $55.4m (£42.5m), the second-highest boxing gate in history.

Pay-per-view television sales will be finalised in the coming days.

The bout is said to be close to bettering the 4.6m pay-per-view buys Mayweather-Pacquiao generated.

On Tuesday, Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said that if the broadcaster sees the growth in numbers it expects as final pay-per-view figures come in from territories, the 4.6m sales will be broken.

Revenue from these sales, added to gate receipts, merchandising and sponsorship could carry the bout past the $620m (£475.4m) haul Mayweather-Pacquiao earned, making it the richest fight in boxing history.

But missing the gate receipts record will come as a blow. In the immediate aftermath of his 10th-round stoppage win, Mayweather used his news conference to state the record had been surpassed.

Figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who sanctioned the bout, showed 13,094 tickets were sold. A further 137 were given away as complimentary tickets, taking the total attendance to 13,231. The T-Mobile Arena holds 20,500 for boxing events and on fight night, Mayweather Promotions stated the attendance was 14,623.

The high cost of tickets will be referenced as a reason for the lowly attendance, with some reaching prices as high as $10,000 (£7,667). The fight was widely criticised by fighters, pundits and punters, who believed UFC’s McGregor stood no chance in his boxing debut against one of the most decorated fighters in the sport’s history.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather has retired undefeated in 50 fights. The NSAC figures show he has been part of six of the seven highest-earning gates in boxing.

Of the top-seven gates recorded in the state of Nevada, only Lennox Lewis’ win over Evander Holyfield in 1999 – now fifth on the all-time list – does not feature Mayweather.

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Gennady Golovkin v Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: Las Vegas fight ends in draw

Golovkin (left) landed more punches overall during the 12 rounds

Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight title fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended in a controversial draw.

After a closely fought bout in Las Vegas, one judge scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, another 115-113 for Golovkin and the third a 114-114 draw.

There were boos when the decision was announced at the T-Mobile Arena, and both boxers shook their heads.

Kazakh Golovkin, 35, retains his WBA, WBC and IBF titles and remains unbeaten in 38 fights.

His Mexican opponent, 27, started and finished an absorbing fight the stronger, and also produced some of the more eye-catching shots.

Golovkin, though, landed more punches and had the better of the middle rounds.

In the build-up to the fight, he had described it as the "biggest of this era" – and both men later said they were open to a rematch.

‘These scorecards were ridiculous’

Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: "I have GGG as clear winner. Loved that Canelo swung to the very end! Both are winners tonight."

When the result was announced, he said: "Here we go again. These scorecards were ridiculous."

Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi said: "Canelo was never in it once it passed about round four or so."

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Many of long-time Las Vegas developer Kishner’s properties still stand

Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
The sign for Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto

Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto

Tucked away off the north Strip, Somerset Shopping Center isn’t much these days.

Its throwback neon sign stands along Convention Center Drive. But the plaza, developed in the 1960s by Irwin Kishner and his uncle, is mostly empty, and vacant stores are in disrepair.

“I cry when I go down that street,” Kishner’s daughter Sharon said Friday, not just because of the memories but because “it doesn’t represent” all of the effort her dad put in.

Irwin Kishner died Monday at age 84 after suffering complications from diabetes and kidney problems. He was buried Thursday at King David Cemetery.

A native New Yorker, Kishner wasn’t the biggest developer in town, and his cluster of properties between Las Vegas Boulevard and the Las Vegas Convention Center — the shopping plaza, apartment buildings on the Kishner Drive cul-de-sac and a vacant lot where he tore down a motel several years ago — are far from the flashiest.

But he had been in Las Vegas since the Mob and Rat Pack days and, as you can imagine, had some good stories.

I met Kishner in 2015, when I wrote a story about him for the Las Vegas Sun. He was funny and blunt, a great interview, although he initially wasn’t sure about doing it.

(When I called to see if he would meet with me, he asked me to send him a letter, on company letterhead, outlining what I wanted to talk about.)

Sitting in his upstairs office at Somerset Shopping Center, he told me he moved to Florida when he was 13 and that he went to college there. South Florida was mostly transplanted New Yorkers and others, he said, but in the northern part of the state, “you’re going into Klan country.”

He moved to Las Vegas in 1960. “I didn’t have a covered wagon, but moving here was my pioneer adventure.”

He became friends with former boxing champ Jackie Fields and dated a Copa Room dancer, a blonde with a beehive who “had been involved with some mobsters and was in some movies.”

As for Las Vegas’ mafia days: “You knew what was going on. If you didn’t know, you were stupid.” He never took a payoff, he said, and some people in town “might say I’m a bastard, I’m tough, this or that, but I’m honest. I’ve never cheated anybody, and I’ve never lied to anybody.”

He also demolished his Somerset House Motel because, he explained: “Money was going out, not going in.”

His daughter Joanna Kishner, a Clark County District Court judge, told me on Friday that her dad’s shopping center was “a vibrant part of the community” with a pizza parlor, a grocery and a tavern. It also has potential for redevelopment, she added.

Sharon Kishner, a former disability-rights attorney and now an advocate for the mentally ill, said the plaza used to be “completely full.”

Workers at the pharmacy there “knew everyone on a first-name basis,” she said, and her dad was “devastated” when it closed after a national drugstore opened on the Strip. (A Walgreens is just down the street from the plaza, at the corner of Convention Center Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.)

Irwin worked into his 80s, and even though he wasn’t as mobile in the past year, he still conducted a lot of business from home, said Sharon, who lives in Portland, Oregon.

She went to her dad’s office on Thursday to get awards from the walls to bring to his memorial service. Besides those items, the office hadn’t been boxed up.

“It looks as if it’s ready for him to walk in tomorrow,” she said.

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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Slightly cooler temps this weekend in Las Vegas Valley

Tourists visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye

Temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley this weekend will be near normal before shooting back next week, the National Weather Service said.

Friday is expected to hit 104 degrees, seeing lighter winds than Wednesday and Thursday.

“Winds around the valley have been influenced by nearby thunderstorms,” meteorologist Alex Boothe said. “It’s just been chaotic, but we’re not expecting as much activity today.”

A 10 percent chance of showers will linger throughout the weekend, the weather service said.

The forecast high Saturday will reach 102 degrees, followed by a 100-degree high on Sunday.

By Monday, temperatures will spring back up to above-normal at 105 degrees, the weather service said. Tuesday will be slightly warmer at 106 degrees.

The average temperature for this time of year, according to the weather service’s 30-year average, is 98 degrees.

“We’ll be flirting with some potential record highs Tuesday,” Boothe said. The 109-degree record was set in 1977.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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Kiton Kitchen in southwest Las Vegas serves Mediterranean classics

Grilled tilapia with white rice, beets, carrots, hummus and cabbage ($12.95). (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Kiton Kitchen on West Sahara Avenue opened in June. Pictured are owner Isaac Shoham, left, and chef Fawzi Qaz Qaz, right. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
The grilled tilapia dish ($12.95) can also be fried. Extra pita, baba ghannouj, hummus, side salads, fries and rice can be added for an additional charge. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Vegetarian plate with dolma, falafel, salad, hummus, pita, eggplant salad, baba ghannouj, carrots and french fries ($11.95). (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Kiton Kitchen, a mediterranean lunch and dinner restaurant, opened in the home of the former Al’s Beef on West Sahara Avenue. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese

Inside the 1950s-style diner building on West Sahara Avenue and South Rainbow Boulevard is the southwest valley’s latest Mediterranean spot.

Kiton Kitchen opened in June in the former home of Al’s Beef, an Italian sandwich shop that lasted a little more than two years.

The restaurant is a joint venture between Isaac Shoham, 82, and his daughter, Sharon Littman. Along with their chef, Fawzi Qaz Qaz, the father-daughter duo created a menu of Mediterranean classics including shawarma, hummus, baba ghannouj and tabbouleh.

“About four years ago I decided to look for a restaurant for the family, so after I pass away they still have an income,” Shoham said.

A retired military officer, Shoham has served on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Country Club Master Association; he is currently treasurer.

The restaurant already has become a regular lunch spot for employees from the surrounding car dealerships lining West Sahara. Best-sellers include the chicken shawarma box, served with rice, salad or french fries and garlic or spicy sauce for $8.95.

Chef Qaz Qaz said he also sells a lot of shish kebab chicken plates ($13.95) and falafel plates ($10.95). Qaz Qaz has been in the food and restaurant industry for 20 years and is part owner of Jericho Foods, a California-based company that produces and distributes hummus and other spreads.

Shoham and his family spent much of their lives in California before moving to Las Vegas 17 years ago. But Shoham was born and raised in Tel Aviv, in what was then Palestine. He grew up in the restaurant, also named Kiton, where his mother worked as a waitress for 30 years. Shoham prides himself on the authenticity of his recipes that he learned in the “other Kiton.” The only thing he’s added is the word “Kitchen” to the name, he said.

Shoham wants to add a coffee bar and patio seating outside. He’s also working on outfitting the restaurant to make pita on-site.

Contact Madelyn Reese at mreese@viewnews.com or 702-383-0497. Follow @MadelynGReese on Twitter.

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