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I-Team: Las Vegas man detained overseas for consuming marijuana before trip headed back to US

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas man who reportedly consumed marijuana before visiting the United Arab Emirates and who was then detained for nearly two months has been released and was due back in the United States on Wednesday, his lawyer told the I-Team.

Peter Clark, 51, flew to Dubai in late February on a business trip, his lawyer, Radha Stirling said. Clark became ill with pancreatitis and was hospitalized. After a urine test found traces of marijuana in his system, Clark was detained and put in jail, Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai, said.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Nevada, but not in the UAE. Even so, Clark faced a prison sentence of several years, Stirling said... Read More

City accepting entry applications for 'Las Vegas Days Parade'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The city of Las Vegas is now accepting entry applications for the Las Vegas Days Parade, formerly known as the Helldorado Parade. The annual event celebrates Las Vegas' history and founding in 1905.

The drive-thru parade will be held on May 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Entries must fit in a 12-foot by 12-foot space, as this year’s event is a “reverse parade,” where the entertainment will be stationary and the parade viewers will drive through. Click HERE for the online application. There is space for 60 entries in the parade and the deadline to apply is April 30... Read More

Factory making J&J vaccine was dirty, improperly run, FDA inspection found

The Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in the shots, U.S. regulators said Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement and a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory.

Agency inspectors said a batch of the bulk drug substance for J&J's single-shot vaccine was contaminated with material used to make COVID-19 vaccines for another Emergent client, AstraZeneca. That batch, reportedly enough to make about 15 million J&J vaccine doses, had to be thrown out.

Other problems cited in the inspection report were peeling paint, black and brown residue on floors and walls in the factory, inadequate cleaning and employees not following procedures to prevent contamination... Read More

Comedian Dave Chappelle and Friends announces Las Vegas MGM show

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Dave Chappelle and Friends will be the first headliner to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena since the property reopened following the pandemic closure.

The internationally-recognized comedian will perform on Friday, July 2. He has performed more than 1,600 shows worldwide and his performances often sell out quickly. Chapelle is known for his quick wit and irreverent social commentary that explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs and fame.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at this link.

Guests can review the MGM Resort's Live Entertainment Protocols at this link... Read More

Three Cirque du Soleil shows returning to Las Vegas Strip this summer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Three Cirque du Soleil shows will reopen their curtains in Las Vegas this summer.

Mystère at Treasure Island and "O" at Bellagio will reopen in June and July after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group made the announcement Wednesday, and added that the group's affiliate show Blue Man Group will also return to Luxor Hotel and Casino this summer.

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Almost 400 days have passed since we had to take a temporary hiatus, and we have been anxiously awaiting our return to the stage. I am so proud of the resilience of our artists and employees who persevered during the most challenging times with stages dark around the world for so long. I just can’t wait to see the lights go back on.”... Read More

'Justice system worked,' Sheriff hopes Chauvin verdict will move country forward

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is applauding the jury verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday and hopes it will bring change to police departments around the country.

Lombardo said there is no room at police departments for officers who behave like Chauvin and Metro Police does its best to vet out those kinds of officers.

"The justice system worked. I was very proud of how we’ve always had, not always, but in past times we’ve had very controversial decisions by juries and the court system associated with officers’ inappropriate actions but in this case they saw the light and were aware of circumstances associated with this event and they made the right decision and subsequently, hopefully it will move the country forward," Lombardo said... Read More

Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce celebrates 5th anniversary as the industry rebounds from the pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The wedding industry in Las Vegas has a lot to celebrate as the city's Wedding Chamber of Commerce turns five and business rebounds from the pandemic.

While this past year was a turbulent one, things are starting to improve and couples are making their way back to the valley to get married.

Jason Whaley, president of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce (LVWCC), a collection of DJs, florists, photographers, caterers and other vendors, says business is looking up.

"It's opening up really fast ever since the 250 restriction came up... they've been booking. Everyone is really excited to get back out there... everybody is having a good time celebrating," Whaley said.

The view from the top of The STRAT

On April 27, the chamber is celebrating its five-year anniversary at The SkyPod at the top of The STRAT. ... Read More