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RIDE ’EM VEGAS: National Finals Rodeo gallops back to town. Here’s a primer on the cowboy cornucopia that lassoes Las Vegas

Ropin’, ridin’ and line-dancin’ … wait, do bulls line-dance?

We’d love to see that, though they’ll likely save their fancier footwork for grittier activities — say, wrasslin’ with cowpokes — inside the Thomas & Mack Center during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (aka NFR), a Las Vegas staple stampeding back to our city for its annual 10-day hoedown, Dec. 5-14.

Galloping along concurrently with the competitions, the popular and interactive gift/activities/exhibits show Cowboy Christmas takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily — and it’s free! (This year’s show includes the Junior World Finals, hosting more than 850 youth contestants.)

Following are fast facts, figures and stray historical tidbits on NFR.

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Inside Newswire

Hospitality Heroes

Spotlight: Maria Godoy, Luxor Hotel & Casino

Maria Godoy is a stellar employee who seeks to make our guests feel at home. She embodies all the qualities that a guest room attendant should. Despite her difficult duties, Maria maintains a high positive spirit and greets every guest with a big smile.

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Vegas on TV

Where to find Vegas on your TV, Dec. 6-12

You can certainly make the argument that this one — the original 1960 Rat Pack-starrer, not the Clooney/Pitt remake — is the ultimate Vegas flick.

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Giving Back

GIVIN’ LARGE:  Wynn Resorts’ new ‘Giving Week’ program to raise money for charities

During Giving Week, a new initiative running Dec. 1-7, Wynn Resorts, which operates Wynn Las Vegas and Encore on the Strip, Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass., and a pair of properties in Macau, will have more than 12,000 employees aiding charities. Giving Week was inspired by Giving Tuesday, the international philanthropy day on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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Features

TICK, TOCK, HARD ROCK: Recalling the resort’s heyday and highlights as demolition and transformation begin

When the Hard Rock Cafe opened with an Aerosmith concert in September 1990, thousands crowded the intersection of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue to herald a new brand of entertainment to Las Vegas.

Hostess Kathryn Bohannon and bartender Cindy Faraci remember the night vividly. When the sound system went down and the band’s performance was delayed, a near-riot broke out, they recalled.

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Briefs
Briefs

Nevada Resort Association forms new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition

There’s a new team on Vegas’ charitable scene. And it’s an all-star squad, courtesy of the Nevada Resort Association, whose members and partners have joined forces for a new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition.

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Briefs

Neon Museum celebrates 1 millionth visitor

Call it a cool million for a hot attraction. With the entrance of Las Vegas local Nazarey David on Nov. 26, the Neon Museum marked its one-millionth visitor to the palace of legendary Vegas signage.

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Briefs

Mob Museum panel to probe Hoffa mystery

One of the most enduring mob mysteries is back in the news — and Las Vegas’ Mob Museum is back on the case.

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