Shuttered Desert Inn is seeing red!

Mar 6, 2001 6:15 AM

No, Steve Wynn hasn’t turned the old Desert Inn into a Chinese restaurant. The bright red paint job, neon dragon and Chinese calligraphy are part of its make-up for a role in the new Jackie Chan flick, "Rush Hour 2."

The movie is a sequel to Chan’s "Rush Hour," which grossed $250 million worldwide. Filming takes place inside the hotel, as well as other locations in Las Vegas. The film is directed by Brett Ratner.

Governor responds to comments from Reid

By Adam Soboleski

Gov. Kenny Guinn, back from a National Governors Association’s conference in Washington, D.C., is being criticized for failing to lobby against the bill that would stop sports betting on college athletics.

Critics said Guinn did not lobby President George W. Bush and anyone on Capitol Hill to stop the bill. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid was one who was critical of the lack of lobbying.

But Guinn won’t have a vote on whether the bill would become law.

Guinn’s spokesman Jack Finn said in a response to Reid that the governor is committed to the bill’s defeat. He is working with the gaming industry to that end. Finn said the governor and the senator have since discussed the matter.

When the bill was introduced by Arizona Sen. John McCain and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback a year ago, Guinn released a statement saying: "I’m certainly concerned about a proposal that could do so much potential damage to Nevada’s No. 1 industry, and I plan to join with our congressional delegation in fighting this bill any way I can."

In December, Reid and Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced the fight against the bill in Congress would be greater than the fight to stop nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain.

Riv taps J. Silver for board

Jeffrey A. Silver, prominent gaming attorney and a former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, has been appointed to the board of directors of Riviera Holdings Corporation (RIV).

A principal in the law firm of Gordon & Silver, Ltd., Silver was chief deputy district attorney for Clark County from 1972 to 1975 and served in executive positions with the former Landmark Hotel & Casino, the Riviera Hotel & Casino, and Caesars Palace.

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Fair Grounds GM Bryan Krantz has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations. He succeeds Tampa Bay Downs president Stella Thayer. Elected vice president was Joe Harper, president and general manager of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.