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From page 4 a reason to keep on living. There, in the hallowed halls of Caesar's, the Bellagio or the Venetian, they freely gamble away their 50 grand or whatever until there's nothing left for them in this world but to take a selfie with a Smith & Wes- son. Since the Bugsy Siegel days, the city has gone through a num- ber of transformations. While vestiges of the old Vegas still can be found, Sin City has seen phenomenal growth, from the A-Bomb testing in the 1950s to the Howard Hughes years and particu- larly in the past 20 years with the advent of the "Mega-resort" era. Despite its history and its un- avoidable association with crime and tragedy, the city exudes--at least to us outsiders--an impres- sive aura as a safe, clean and well- run metropolitan area with superb examples of higher education, mu- seums and the arts. Unlike her East Coast counter- part, Atlantic City, New Jersey, she has developed and maintained a respectable reputation world wide. And now for those ghost sto- ries: THE CURSE OF THE LUXOR The macabre subjects of mur- der and suicide segue quite nicely to our Las Vegas ghosts stories courtesy of none other than our own beloved Rosa Miller. It was a long time ago, said Rosa, perhaps 20 years ago. She and her sister were staying at the Luxor Las Vegas when, at some ungodly hour of the night, they had a visitor. "We were in the room, I don't remember the room number," said Rosa. "I woke up and I felt somebody sitting on the bed." Naturally, Rosa im- mediately thought it was her sister. "But it wasn't," she said. With this "presence" sitting on the edge of her bed, Rosa raised her head from the pillow and looked over to the other bed in the room and saw her sister slumbering peacefully. With a sudden dread, she then looked toward the edge of her own bed and saw someone sitting there. "It was a black image," she said, noting that while the room wasn't fully lit, there was enough moon- light filtering through the window to clearly see the black silhouette of an apparently despondent look- ing young man. Then, Rosa did a brave thing. Jim Watson Columnist "Instead of getting up and turning on the light I hid my face" Maintaining her vantage point beneath the covers, Rosa waited and waited until she felt safe enough to look out again. When she did, the apparition was gone. The following morning Rosa made a few inquiries at the Front Desk. "Do you have ghosts in your hotel?" she asked the clerk. "Why do you say that?" came the re- sponse. "What room were you in?" Rosa then filled the clerk in on the details of the previous night only to have the clerk respond, "Oh, honey, you're not the only one." The story goes that a young worker decided to commit suicide one day while the pyra- mid-shaped hotel was under con- struction. It turns out that Rosa indeed hasn't been the only to experience this visitation and a quick check on the internet will reveal a num- ber of similar stories in the years since. But there were more ghostly adventures awaiting Rosa on a subsequent trip, this time with a group of friends from the Island, including Diane Boultinghouse. Rather than staying at the Lux- or, this time she was staying in a timeshare condo not far from The Strip. The girls were there for a sev- en-day stay, but it wasn't until the seventh night that strange things began to happen. "We all experienced something the last night," she said. Those "things" included children crying and the sight of shadows moving back and forth outside their bed- room doors. The girls were split between two bedrooms and each group thought it was the other girls that were responsible for the racket. The coup de grace came when Rosa said one of her friends screamed at her to turn off her cell phone alarm, which actually wasn't even ringing. When Rosa looked to the side of her bed...well...I'll let her tell you: "I saw a cowboy standing right next to me." This was no Hollywood-style cowboy. Rosa said the tall man was dressed quite authentically. "He was wearing all black. He had a long black coat and a black hat." After that, the apparition sim- ply vanished. Oddly enough, this spectral gunslinger sets us up for our next destination which I will cover in next week's column. We'll shake the Vegas dust off our boots and go from one extreme to another city-wise. We'll venture into the High Si- erra proper and visit a legendary relic from the Old West. NEXT WEEK: THE GHOSTS OF BODIE iSIAII DC N EW8 PAPER A KILLER WAY TO ADVERTISE Friday Saturday _ . .Sunday. Monday. Tuesday : Wednesday .... Thursday Partly CloudyPartly CloudyPartly CloudyPartly CloudyMostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy 71/61 7t/63 72/64 73/61 75/61 75/64 72/62 Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 5% Prec p Ch~ce 5~ PrecipChance: 10% 10-21314UmU71819]101 II+l 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8- I0: Very High, II+: Extreme Exposure Dat medl Low No als emr, 10/6 86 74 74/61 0.00" 10/7 88 68 74/61 0.00" 10/8 79 60 74/61 0.00" 10/9 70 59 74/60 0.00" 10/1071 58 73/60 0.00" 10/I 1 7657 73160 0.00" 10/12 75 56 73/60 0.00" Why does thunder always come after the lightning r bolt? =O~OlS Sla^ml punos osue3ol] :~ - General Cornwallis attempted to escape encirclement by crossing York River, "but a violent storm arose." The storm dispersed the general's boats, causing him to ask for an armistice. Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 71, humidity of 73%. The ])a record high temperature for today is 102 set in Fri 1958. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 61. The record low for tonight Sun is 44 set in 1971. Saturday, skies will be partly Mon cloudy with a high temperature of 71, humidity Tue of 77%. Skies will be mostly cloudy Saturday Wed night with an overnight low of 63. Expect partly Thu cloudy skies Sunday with a high temperature of 72. Skies will remain partly cloudy Monday with a high temperature of 73. Partly cloudy skies will continue Tuesday with a high temperature of 68. 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