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    ‘Who said anything about being governor?’

    By Matt Jacob

    Sitting in the nondescript conference room of the nondescript Summerlin office building where he operates his public-affairs consulting business, Nevada’s longest-serving governor is talking about how he can’t believe he’s Nevada’s longest-serving governor. Wasn’t part of the career plan, he says. Not for a second.

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    How a Vegas Kid Helped Bring the Frozen Tundra to Your PC

    By Michael Green

    They were close friends at Walter Bracken Elementary School, a fat, dark-haired kid and a more angular redhead. Both skipped ahead to second grade, and their mothers were active together in the PTA. One boy wanted to be a sportscaster, the other an oceanographer. Craig McKeown, the redhead who liked the water, wound up with the career in sports. The dark-haired kid grew up to be me.

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    Las Vegas Prepares to See the Light

    By Deanna Rilling

    Stepping into what will soon be Light, one finds a nightclub transformed—and not just the architectural aesthetics of the gutted former Rumjungle space. Here, the vibrancy of partner Cirque du Soleil will fill the space with a party set to the soundtrack of the Light Group’s top electronic-music talent.

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    Advertising Reality

    By Sean DeFrank

    Gone are the cigarettes, martini lunches and scurrying secretaries—advertising in the era of social media and equal rights doesn’t look much like Mad Men. The reality behind how advertising works in the digital age is on full display on AMC’s The Pitch, which features 15 ad agencies, including one from right here in Las Vegas, competing head-to-head for the business of a national company. Style Watch

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    The Truck Stops Here

    By Katherine Fernelius

    One year ago, Jolene Mannina was finishing up her more than nine-year stint as a server at N9NE Steakhouse. Just before leaving, she opened Sloppi Jo’s, her food truck where she was sole owner, chef and marketer. Mannina recently sold the truck and told Vegas Seven that she is going permanent, parlaying the lessons learned while working in the front of the house and in the kitchen to partner in a brick-and-mortar restaurant downtown.

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    Double Agent

    A native of Missoula, Mont., brunette beauty Kalika Moquin relocated to the desert seven years ago to try her luck at go-go dancing. While auditioning at clubs throughout town she began promoting at Ice Nightclub, where she developed a passion for the behind-the-scenes intricacies of the party life. She traded in her go-go shoes for a clipboard and quickly climbed the ladder to VIP host. She now holds the esteemed title and responsibilities of marketing director for Liquid and Bare pool lounges in summer, The Bank in winter.

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    The Flip Side of Jeff Lewis

    By Sean DeFrank

    As the sassy, demanding star of Bravo’s Flipping Out, it’s Jeff Lewis’ job to break the bad news to homeowners that their taste sucks. The good news is, he always sticks around to share his bright ideas and good style.

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    Bringing Community Together

    By Fred Minnick

    Gina Gavan is not from a wealthy family that uses charity as a side dish. She’s a self-made philanthropist from Indiana who wants nothing more than to bring Las Vegas closer together. And she’s doing it through delicious, mostly locally grown, organic food.

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    Meet the Makers

    By Jason Scavone

    They’re just like Riggs and Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon. Except they’re not cops, no one’s close to retirement, and the Danny in question isn’t Glover. So, they’re almost nothing like Murtaugh and Riggs, then. They will, however, Shoot to Kill—even if you have diplomatic immunity.

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    So Rude!

    Los Angelino and S.K.A.M. Artist DJ Rick Rude will sojourn at Blush Boutique Nightclub in Wynn, spinning everything from disco-electro to hip-hop Thursdays beginning Jan. 27 through March. In L.A., you have the title of being a “celebrity DJ,” and you are the official Family Guy DJ. What’s it like? Man, I hate that term! But anytime that Seth [MacFarlane], Family Guy or Fox has an event, they book me. I don’t DJ on the show or anything; Seth usually throws “celebrity parties.” He knows how to throw a party.

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    Say Dada

    Dada Life. A name meaning what exactly? We don’t remember exactly when we came up with it; that probably says a lot about it. We live it every day and want all our listeners to live it, too. In your single, “Unleash the Fucking Dada,” you instruct listeners to “Do the Dada.” What does it mean to live Dada? Just go hard! You can do it in a lot of ways. At work, at a party, on the street. And do it with originality and no fear. Are there certain elements you try to incorporate during production?

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    Welcome to the Idea Factory

    By Xania V. Woodman

    It’s been just 10 weeks since veteran nightlife marketing guru Michael Fuller decided to resurrect his branding outfit, Movingsun (Movingsun.com), and already, the former N9NE Group vice president has amassed a list of key partners and clients as to inspire envy in even the most established of companies. His secret? “Empowerment.”

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    The Beat Librarian

    At just 5 feet 1 inch, DJ Tina “T” Turnbull may be petite in stature, but Marquee’s newest resident Library Room resident DJ (formerly of Tao, Tao Beach and Privé) has ambitions, accomplishments and an appetite for life that is quite massive. The Library at Marquee is laid back and eclectic, very different from the main rooms you normally play. Do you have a plan of attack?

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    Greek to Him

    By Max Jacobson

    “Have found wonderful green stone. Come at once.” These were the words Zorba the Greek once cabled to Kazantzakis, summoning him to Crete. Spontaneity is a Greek concept. You’ll get lots of it at Milos, and from the restaurant’s owner, Costas Spiliadis.

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    Let’s Hear It for New York

    By Marvin Lucas

    “Seven years ago, Marquee raised the bar of New York City nightlife with regards to service, design, musical talent, events, quality of crowd ...” says Jason Strauss as he steps into an elevator full of construction workers at the Cosmopolitan hotel. He pushes the button for the sixth floor, then adds: “Now, we’re going to do the same thing in Vegas.”

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