Las Vegas in the News-Aliens, Disappearing Motels & Fried Chicken – S2E75

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A sign company has been awarded the $30 million contract to upgrade the light show on Fremont Street. Watchfire Signs, founded in 1932, beat out competition from around the world to install the new screen, which will be seven times brighter and four times sharper, making it vivid even during daylight hours. The nearly 50 million LEDs and 16.3 million pixels are four times more than the existing screen. The new system will be installed in eight sections starting early next year and will operate during the changeover, scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. Viva Vision’s last upgrade was in 2004 at a cost of $17 million.

According to Flowhub, a cannabis compliance company, Las Vegas boasts the lowest overall price for recreational marijuana of the top eight cities where it’s legal, due to the lowest tax structure. Based on the purchase of a $35 eighth-ounce of bud, Vegas came in eighth at $41.39 with 18.2% in taxes, Boston and Portland tied for sixth at $42 (20%), and Denver ranked fifth at $43.14 (23.3%). San Francisco ($43.67/24.8%), San Diego ($45.54/30.1%), and Los Angeles ($48.48/39%) came in at fourth, third, and second, respectively, while Seattle had the most expensive pot, levying 47.1% overall and bringing the eighth-ounce bag to $51.49 — $10.10 higher than in Sin City.

Hunter S. Thompson’s personal 1973 red Chevrolet Caprice convertible, known as the “Red Shark,” has been donated to Cannabition, the marijuana museum set to open at the end of this month. Thompson drove the same model car, which he rented in L.A., to Las Vegas for the gonzo trip he recounted in Fear and Loathing. In the trunk, he had so many drugs that he described it as similar to a police “mobile narcotics lab.” This car was given to Thompson in the ’80s as a gift by friends, then donated to the museum by Thompson’s widow Anita; it’s one of two dozen large-scale art pieces at the 9,000-square-foot Cannabition, including the world’s largest bong. Cannabition will open August 30 at Neonopolis.



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