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Monday, May 23, 2011

Las Vegas Strip Sahara Hotel-Casino Closes

Onetime host to luminaries Elvis Presley and the Beatles, the Sahara Hotel-Casino closed its doors at 2:00 p.m. May 16, 2011 after 59 years. At one time Sinatra's infamous Rat Pack frequented the Sahara, a casino noted for its lounge acts featuring Don Rickles, Johnny Carson and Louis Prima.

Owners SBE Entertainment decided the casino was no longer economically viable to maintain on the North Las Vegas Strip property. Other recent closings on the Strip include the Stardust, Landmark and Boardwalk.

Read this for more Sahara history:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Crime Beat Radio

Crime Beat Radio Show Releases
Upcoming Program Schedule

May 20, 2011— Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the Darkside has been programming since January 28 of this year and is currently averaging 60,000 listeners plus each week, and the figure is growing. 

Crime Beat is now pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule:
  • May 26: Eric Forchion (AKA NJWeedman)
Forchion,activist and Rastafarian, will discuss his historic legal brief in New Jersey's Burlington County Superior Court, his upcoming criminal trial and his long-running battle to make marijuana legal and to change the drug laws in the U.S. 
  • June 2: Andrew DiDonato (Command Performance)
DiDonato will reveal how he survived the Mob and led a street soldier’s life in the Gambino crime family
  • June 9: Anthony DeStafano
The crime author will discuss his just released book, Mob Killer; The Bloody Rampage of Charles Carneglia, Mafia Hit Man
  • June 16: John Pappas,  Executive Director, Poker Player’s Alliance
Pappas will discuss issues relating to Internet gambling
  • June 23: Nathaniel Vinton and the co-authors from the New York Daily News
Authors will discuss their book, American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Past-Time
  • June 30: The Serial killer
Dan Zupansky, author of Trophy Kill: the Shall We Dance Murder. The Trial and Revelations of a Psychopathic Killer, and Scott Bonn, serial killer expert and professor at Rutgers University, will discuss Zupansky’s book and the mind of the serial killer.
  • July 7: David Albright
Albright will discuss his latest book Peddling Peril and how the secret nuclear trade arms America’s enemies

Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program and airs every Thursday from 9 and 10 EST. Beginning with the May 5 program the show moves to the 8pm-9pm EST time slot on the Artist First World radio Network. Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex-mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists, who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Willie Hryb. Ronald Herd 11, the popular Internet radio host and regular listener of Crime Beat, said "Crime Beatsounds like an organized crime greatest hits collection...I am loving it!"

“I am a BIG fan of your show and enjoy the variety of guests you have on your show,” writes Tom Hart of Atlanta Georgia. 

For more information, go to the Artist First Worldwide Radio Network at To contact the Crime Beat radio program, e-mail