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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS stays in Vegas … unless your name is Paris Hilton and you get busted for possession of cocaine. Then your name and picture get plastered all over the world. According to the police report, Ms. Hilton claimed the purse containing the illegal substance belonged to a friend. However, the contents of the purse including $1,300 in cash, credit cards, rolling papers and the Albuterol (she has a ‘script) did belong to her. She told officers that she believed the baggie of benzoylmethylecgonine was gum and she didn’t know how it got there.

GRAZIE … The readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Palazzo the best hotel in Vegas and the 18th best (large) hotel in the U.S. and Canada.

THE MGM GRAND scored 11 wins in Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards. Sample the hotel’s royal vineography at the award-winning L’atelier de Joel Robuchon, Seablue, Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Nobhill Tavern, Diego, Pearl, Shibuya, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Fiamma Trattoria … Saluti!

THE JUSTIN TIMBER-LAKE and Friends benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children happens Oct. 23 at Planet Hollywood. This year Christina Aguilera, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Dirty Money, Lady Antebellum, Salt-N-Pepa and T-Pain are a few of JT’s buddies scheduled to perform. As of this writing, tickets (though pricey) are still available.

FORBES MAGAZINE says Las Vegas is tied with New York as the most hip city in America. But it’s not easy being cool. The magazine also says Las Vegas is the nation’s most stressful city – the high rate of unemployment, foreclosures, long work hours and excessive heat were the big deals in its decision.

IF YOU’VE ALWAYS wanted to own your own city … 70 miles south of Vegas and 30 miles northwest of Laughlin, $17 million gets you the town of Cal-Nev-Ari including the casino, restaurant, store, motel, mobile-home park and airport (residential homes not included). Wonder how the 400 towns-people would take to being referred to as MidWeek-ans?

IT’S THE MONSOON season in Vegas … The weather wise guys are expecting 0.31 inches of precipitation.

LAS VEGAS’ big deal-maker Jack Wishna says, “No entertainer is worth $200 million a year to any venue or gaming operator.” He oughta know, he created the widely adopted “headliner in residence” model and once offered Madonna a $150 million, three-year deal.

THE MISSION of the nonprofit Hata Foundation is to strengthen, support and provide hope for Hawaii’s families with medical, financial and educational assistance. To create awareness for the foundation and its good work, it’s created Hawaii’s Big Deal Poker Tournament, Hawaii’s first reality poker tourney for charity. Players win a VIP trip to the Golden Nugget … Get all the scoops at

MICHAEL JACKSON’s death exposed the illicit behavior of a Las Vegas doctor. Now the death of 25-year-old pro golfer Erica Blasberg has another Vegas doc looking for a good attorney. Dr. Thomas Hess admitted taking a suicide note and the prescription meds he gave her before calling Metro.

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