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WATCH: Boring machine breakthrough

The Las Vegas Convention Center, which is tunneling into history with the creation of an underground transportation system, is celebrating a milestone. This week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that the excavation of the first of two vehicular one-way tunnels has been completed for TBC —The Boring Company d/b/a Vegas Loop’s underground system.

After tunneling 40 feet underground for nearly a mile over three months, the boring machine penetrated the concrete wall near the 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall convention center expansion, now under construction as part of a $1.52 billion renovation of the entire LVCC campus.

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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE KITCHEN … INDUSTRY: Achieving gender parity in culinary management/ownership propels new Vegas-based Women’s Hospitality Initiative

Never mind shattering the glass ceiling of gender disparity in the culinary industry when even the first one or two rungs of the ladder are broken. A startling fact supports that troubling notion: Although women make up about 50 percent of culinary school graduates, only 7 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners in the country are women, according to 2014 Bloomberg Research. Working to study the disparity and accelerate the development of women in the restaurant and hospitality industry is the newly formed Women’s Hospitality Initiative (WHI). The organization is made up of prominent entrepreneurs and executives from Las Vegas’ food and beverage industry, including cofounder Elizabeth Blau, a longtime restaurateur/consultant and founder/CEO of restaurant development company Blau & Associates.

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Newly installed sculpture honors The Rat Pack 

It’s a fact, Jack — the Rat Pack is back. Permanently. And artistically. 

The legacy of Vegas’ iconic quintet — the late Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — has been immortalized in bronze with the placement of the new statue titled “Spin Baby.”   

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