The Most Clicked-on Stories of the Last Seven Years

1. The Last Words of Tupac Shakur

By Sean DeFrank
May 22–28, 2014
The Last Words of Tupac Shakur

Sean DeFrank, former associate editor of Vegas Seven, holds bragging rights to the magazine’s most-read story to date. It also happens to be one of Las Vegas’ most talked-about pieces of journalism—both on the local and national level. Here, he shares the aftermath of “The Last Words of Tupac Shakur.”

“I knew it was going to get national, if not international, recognition, because Tupac is a huge pop-culture figure, but I didn’t necessarily realize to [what] degree. … The greatest success is that years after the story has been published, there’s been nobody with any shred of credibility who has tried to poke any holes in it. …

I had shoulder surgery literally the day after it came out. While I was in surgery, my phone was blowing up. TMZ was trying to get ahold of me. When I started regaining some grasp on reality after surgery, it was then that I realized all the fervor around it. I had friends, most of them in journalism, writing to me saying that CNN had stolen my story, that Rolling Stone had stolen my story. … Basically, they wrote their own version of my story and used every great quote from it. That was a little bit upsetting to realize after the fact. … The only opinion of anybody that I would like to hear from is Suge Knight. He’s the only one who was on the scene that night—that anybody knows of, anyway—who could share his thoughts on that situation. I would be curious as to what he has to say about my story. At this point, nobody else’s opinion matters to me, because the story has stood on its own merit for so long.”


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Construction at The Mirage in January 1989.

2. The Conjuring of The Mirage

By David G. Schwartz
May 1–7, 2014
The Conjuring of The Mirage

“We all know (or should know) that The Mirage’s opening changed Las Vegas. I wanted to tell the story of how that opening came to be, which would help explain its impact. The chance to interview some of the principals, particularly Steve Wynn, Bobby Baldwin and the now-departed Joel Bergman, was a highlight, since it brought real insight and nuance to the story. If people know a little more about an important part of Las Vegas history, I’ve done my job.” –David G. Schwartz, on his story about the 25th anniversary of Steve Wynn’s grand risk that altered the Strip forever


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3. Dark Curiosities: Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum Puts the Bizarre on Display

By Lissa Townsend Rodgers
October 27–November 2, 2016
Haunts, Happenings and Spooky Stories

“Which of the many things in the Haunted Museum does Bagans find the most disturbing? ‘I think the demon house dirt and the objects and the staircase in there. That’s the most feared, and people can’t really go into that room.’ Of course, you can—although Bagans says people will be given a warning about ‘what can happen’ before entering, like giving a heart patient a heads up before getting on a roller coaster. Even if the tales of demon voices and little boys walking backward up walls don’t disturb you, the staircase to nowhere, pile of dirt and makeshift altar is unsettling in itself.” –An excerpt from Lissa Townsend Rodgers’ article on the museum


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Scott Yancey

4. Seven Questions for Scott Yancey

By Jessi C. Acuña
May 29–June 4, 2014
What Does This House Mean to the Rest of Us

“Despite Scott Yancey and his wife Amie’s show, Flipping Vegas, going off the air a few months after publication, the reality stars have recently found themselves back in the news for claims of holding scam seminars. Disgruntled participants aren’t making millions instantly, and others feel it’s an upselling scheme to get you to pay for the next course. I haven’t attended a seminar, but I do have advice from the Goliath himself: ‘Flipping is great at first to generate capital, but as an investor, the goal is to take your capital and invest it in rental properties. … It’s a lot less work to collect a rent check than to renovate a house.’ Please send my fee to the Vegas Seven office, attention ‘Read the Fine Print.’ –Jessi C. Acuña, on getting free advice during her interview with Yancey


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Drai’s

5. What $100,000 Will Buy You at Drai’s

By David Morris
May 19, 2014
VegasSeven.com

“Luxury Packages range from $5,000 to $15,000 and feature multiple bottles and a custom light show …
That’s just chump change, however, compared to the cost of the Fire in the Sky packages, which complement their copious bottles of Dom Luminous with a detonator. Use this to start a rooftop fireworks spectacular for a cool $20,000 to $100,000, depending on how long the show lasts.” –An excerpt from David Morris’ preview of Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub’s bottle-service menu in advance of its May 22, 2014 opening


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6. Jail Is an Awful Place

By Lissa Townsend Rodgers
August 25–31, 2016
The Future of Football

“The Bundys … that’s just kind of ridiculous, because here they are, claiming to be hard men, and they’re whining about no Wi-Fi in jail. But, well, Ammon says he’s a rancher, when he’s actually a guy with a truck lot and a suburban home. I just hope Las Vegas can O.J. them and deal out the justice other courts couldn’t quite manage …” –Lissa Townsend Rodgers on the Bundy brothers’ comical complaints of their jail woes


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7. My Dinner With the Gang Bang Queen

By Steve Bornfeld
September 20–26, 2012
Great Drives

“Admission: I don’t know where to begin. Deep breath here: Granddaughter of Disney artist Clair Weeks, who co-animated Snow White, Houston performed a record-obliterating gang bang. Served jail time for a DUI. Dated a high school fan. Fell into crystal meth addiction. Underwent extensive cosmetic surgery. Auctioned her excess, excised labia for $50,000. Measured Howard Stern’s penis. Hooked up with Kid Rock and Snoop Dogg. Raised a daughter. Returned to porn at age 43. Beat cancer.” –An excerpt from Steve Bornfeld’s interview with porn legend Houston

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