Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 9, 2008 Insider Vibe

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Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On To Premiere At The Colosseum On Feb. 20 – Known for her incomparable humor, over-the-top imagination and captivating charisma, the Divine Miss M. has appropriately titled her new Las Vegas production Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On. (Tickets) The show, which is created exclusively for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, will make its highly anticipated debut on February 20, 2008.

With plenty of girls and gags, The Showgirl Must Go On will feature some of Midler’s favorite colorful characters, from Delores Delago — the wheelchair-bound mermaid — to the oldest living showgirl in Las Vegas, old, old, old Soph. Midler and her entourage of talented performers, comprised of the staggering Harlettes (Jordan Ballard, Kyra Dacosta and Kamilah Martin), a 13 piece band– which includes a six piece horn section from the Las Vegas band “The Fat City Horns” — and 20 female dancers, are rehearsing in New York and Los Angeles before heading to Las Vegas to continue rehearsals in January 2008. Click to Read The Full Story …

Experience Nature’s Beauty at Bellagio – This winter, guests of Bellagio are invited to enjoy spectacular botanical displays featuring sights, sounds and aromas of the season. At Bellagio’s Conservatory, visitors can celebrate the 2008 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, January 14 through March 15. The unique exhibit, featuring a botanical rodent made of living plants, zigzag bridges and a Chinese God of Wealth and Fortune, is guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui.

Sirens of TI Welcome Metropolitan Choppers To Las Vegas – The Sirens of TI, the local beauties and the inspiration behind Metropolitan Choppers’ most intricate design piece — the “Sirens of TI Chopper” — signed autographs and met with fans along with Metropolitan Choppers (Frederick, MD) owner Rick Hill on Sunday, December 30.

Completely sculpted from metal, the main frame of the “Sirens of TI Chopper” showcases the face and body of a tantalizing Siren with hair streaming back and knee-high stiletto boots covering the exhaust pipes, while sculpted filigree waves form the bike’s rear fender and grace the front wheel. Metropolitan Choppers creates each bike with such care and attention that the company builds only 12 per year.

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Gambling Talk: Video Keno – Part One – with Victor H. Royer. Even though I have written an entire book on the subject, called: Powerful Profits from Keno, more than half of which is about Video Keno, this subject has generally been absent from our columns here at Therefore, to remedy the situation, over the next 10 columns I will present an outline of Video Keno, and some of the interesting aspects of playing it. Click to Read Complete Article…

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
  • Chinese/Lunar New Year February 7
  • Lincoln’s Birthday February 12
  • Valentine’s Day February 14
  • President’s Day February 16-18 (3 day weekend)
  • Washington’s Birthday February 22
  • St. Patrick’s Day March 17
  • Easter Sunday March 23
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5
  • Mother’s Day May 11
  • Victoria Day, Canada May 17-19 (3 day weekend)
  • Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
  • Father’s Day June 15
  • Canada Day, Canada July 1
  • Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
  • Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
  • Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
  • Grandparent’s Day September 7
  • Jewish New Year September 30
  • Yom Kippur October 9
  • Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
  • Halloween October 31
  • Veteran’s Day November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
  • Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
  • Christmas December 25
  • New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 25, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! I’m not sure if we are in Nevada or Florida with the wacky weather we’ve had the past few days. Thunderstorms in the evening, periods of heavy rain and wind, and temps below normal with muggy nights. While some places get rain and wet winters, summer is our “monsoon” season. Having said that, nothing that really interrupts a vacation. The rain dumps then moves on 20 minutes later and cools the air a bit.

A few of you wondered where the brand new Bellagio Conservatory Route 66 photos promised for last issue were. Because of the huge piles of great Las Vegas info we had backlogged, we put out a special bonus issue over last weekend. This regularly schedules issue is here, and has all the great photos as promised. The Route 66 themed botanical display is truly one of the best seasonal displays they have ever done (and I’ve seen most of them)! Click to View Bellagio Gardens Route 66 Theme Photos

Our congratulations to Judy Craymer, the Producer of the world-renowned Mamma Mia! including Mamma Mia! Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. She was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her exceptional contributions to the theatrical community. Craymer was awarded Member of the British Empire, MBE, at the Queen’s Birthday Honours amongst other prominent figures in the entertainment industry. “This is one of the most exciting things to have happened to me in my professional life,” said Craymer. “Obviously I’m delighted. You never think you will be chosen and it is just wonderful to receive such recognition. It’s a real honor.”

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Featured Report and Photo Set:
Bellagio Gardens Summer 2007 Route 66

Take A Route 66 Road Trip Through Bellagio’s Conservatory and Gardens – Celebrate the Joys of Summer with Colorful Flowers – a Classic Corvette and a 42-foot Ferris Wheel (photos by Mark Jacobs, story courtesy of Bellagio) – This summer Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens provides nostalgic stops along the historical Route 66, the 2,400-mile highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through three time zones and eight states. The Conservatory’s route is filled with thousands of vibrant plants, flowers and trees, a country fair and an automobile museum piece, offering a captivating view of summertime adventures. The Conservatory welcomes guests with a sumptuous roadside market replete with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Coastal Redwoods, Weeping Willows, red roses and blue agapanthus flowers are overgrown along the roadside where the two market carts have made a home. The market’s red and green apples, cantaloupes, watermelons, tomatoes, broccoli and peppers tempt travelers and set the mood for the colorful and diverse display. The next stop on Bellagio’s Route 66 is a quiet town park. Here, beautiful rose hedges lead to a three-tiered fountain, 12-feet-tall and eight-feet-wide, where water gently flows amid luscious white statice flowers, red yarrow plants and moss. The rose hedges, filled with 4,000 red, orange, pink, yellow and peach Russian-cut roses, form cozy areas with vintage park benches while street lamps provide a soft glow.

The enchanting centerpiece of this memorable exhibit is a 42-foot Ferris wheel within a country fair setting. Surrounded by sunflowers and tent-tops, the authentic Ferris wheel’s seats are full of flowing ivy and glorious sunflowers.

High above the fair, three “cold air” balloons float up and down as would-be spectators survey the magnificent gardens and roadways below. The Conservatory’s Route 66 road trip ends as guests watch a classic convertible “drive” into the sunset. The 1962 fawn beige Corvette, loaned to Bellagio by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, is featured on a road of “Chocolate Chip” Ajuga plants and white statice flowers. A trio of vintage gas pumps, a desert landscape with Saguaro Cacti, and beautiful red Celosia and white azalea flowers provide the backdrop. Visitors are invited to enjoy the summer display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens through September 8.

Summer Exhibit Fast Facts:

  • Total number of plants used: 10,000 flowers and 4,000 plants
  • Number of flower species: 7
  • Number of tree species: 3
  • 1962 fawn beige Corvette on loan from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY
  • 42-foot authentic Ferris wheel was specially installed without a motor to ensure minimal movement

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Bellagio Gardens Summer 2007 Route 66 Photo Set

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Toni Braxton Extends Her Run At Flamingo Las Vegas Through February 16, 2008Flamingo Las Vegas announces that it will extend the successful live show, Toni Braxton: Revealed, through February 16, 2008. (Tickets) Six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and international headlining performer Toni Braxton opened her spectacular production in August 2006 and has been dazzling audiences ever since. Toni Braxton: Revealed is a sexy, entertaining and intimate evening with the woman who interprets the emotional essence of a song as no other artist can. Click to Read The Full Story …

The Ultimate Summer Party With Country Music Star Toby Keith As He Brings His “Big Dog Daddy Tour 2007” To Mandalay Bay Saturday, Sept. 8 With Special Guests Miranda Lambert & Flynnville Train – Toby Keith, a multi-platinum country music superstar and one of the most recognizable entertainers in the nation, will bring his “Big Dog Daddy Tour 2007” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Sept. 8. (Tickets) ACMA award-winner Miranda Lambert as well as Flynnville Train will open the show at 8 p.m. Following a career-changing 2006, Keith launched his 2007 blockbuster tour in March and has big plans for the remainder of 2007 that include Las Vegas! Click to Read The Full Story …

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater Continuing The American Legacy Of Excellence In Dance – Premiere Performance September 4, 2007 – Las Vegas’s new multicultural repertoire dance company, The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), presents its debut season at The Cashman Theater on September 4th at 7:30pm & 5th at 2:00 p.m. LVCDT will present world-premiere Ballets, performed by acclaimed dancers from around the world, by choreographers, Donald McKayle and Bernard Gaddis. The evening will begin with the premiere performance of LVCDT at 7:30pm, following a post performance reception. Click to Read The Full Story …

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Dear Ted:Up until now all of our trips to Las Vegas have leaned more towards shopping, sight seeing etc. This year we are planning a trip to Vegas but haven’t decided when yet because I’d like to aim this trip more for my husbands interests, (after all that shopping it only seems fair!).

He is very much a car enthusiast, anything relating to cars, car shows, hot rods, racing etc. having been in the body shop industry all his working life. When and where would be some good things to take in along these lines? Any advice would be appreciated it, especially by him.

Heather Holcik

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Imperial Palace Auto Collection is a must see on The Strip for any car enthusiast. The selection changes on a regular basis as cars are displayed and sold, but plenty of interesting variety. They claim $100,000,000 worth of inventory at any given time.

If a racing fan, Richard Petty Experience isn’t cheap, but will let you drive an actual race car around the same speedway NASCAR races on.

Wynn Las Vegas has Nevada’s exclusive factory-authorized Ferrari and Maserati dealership. Might want to poke your head in there.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 25, 2002

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This Issue: Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Photos

Also In This Issue – December 25, 2002: Newkirk’s Notes, News Of Interest To Tourists, Good Springs Valley Ghost Mines SUV Adventure, Stallion Mountain Country Club Citation (North)



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Featured Review: Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Photos

The Bellagio has been famous since opening for the beautiful conservatory, which features thousands of live plants arranged in a stunning and every changing display for each season.

Christmas is no different! The current display brings the warmth and good cheer of the season to life with light and vivid colors. The theme includes oversized tree ornaments in red, gold, and silver both hanging overhead and around the conservatory surrounding a huge decorated and lit tree.

For those visiting in the next couple of weeks (another great excuse to do New Year’s Eve here), make sure to stop in and enjoy this. For those who won’t be with us the next couple of weeks, you can enjoy this slice of Christmas in Las Vegas in our Bellagio Christmas Photo Gallery. (View all four pages for different scenes).

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Featured Tour: Good Springs Valley Ghost Mines SUV Adventure

Good Springs Valley Ghost Mines SUV Adventure – We stop by an old graveyard (Boot Hill) at the outskirts of town. There are many old buildings still standing from the 1800’s. Many of the men that worked the mines were deserters from the Civil War, attracted by the seclusion, whiskey, women (brothels) and silver. We drive to the top of a mountain where the view is spectacular. This is one of 11 photo stops!

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course:
Stallion Mountain Country Club Citation (North)

Stallion Mountain Country Club Citation (North) – Citation was the second course built at Stallion Mountain Country Club. This 6,700 yard all-turf design is unique to the desert featuring generous landing areas, ample water features and strategic bunkering. This course offers a fair test to players of all abilities. Golfers enjoy a view of Sunrise mountain throughout their round.

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What A Year – it has been here in Las Vegas and here at AccessVegas.Com. Look what we’ve done for you in 2002:

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season, a fun New Year’s Eve (even if you can’t spend it here), and best wishes for a great 2003. We hope to see you in Las Vegas this coming year and we’ll be here keeping the neon lights on for when you need a break and need some fun.

Our special year endá thanks to all of our travel reservation partners and specifically AccessVegas.Com Entertainment Editor Rick Ziegler, John Guinivere of ChefLive.Com, Helia Chai at The Reservations Company, and everyone else who contributed to a great year.

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This Issue: Coco Palms “All You Can Eatery”

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Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:BINION TRIAL VIDEO – We are following this closely with updated stories when they become available at If you don’t have Court TV in your area and want to catch the proceedings as they happen, KLAS TV is streaming video of the trial online at

SPRING TRAINING – Las Vegas continues to attempt to lure a number of Major League Baseball teams to move their spring training here. Story at Our online poll this week: “Would you plan an additional trip to Las Vegas each year to watch spring training games”? Vote at

“NEW” SHOWS – 3 shows or performers which were absent for a little while are back! DANNY GANS has just started his run at The Mirage in a theatre specifically built for him. A recent story on the man and his past is detailed at THE RAT PACK has moved from the Desert Inn to The Sahara – story at WAYNE NEWTON is a month into his long-term run at The Stardust. Story at Tickets for WAYNE or THE RAT PACK can be reserved online at

BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY – If you have been to town since the opening of Bellagio and have yet to see the conservatory, shame on you! I’m not even a flower fan but this is not to be missed. Great story and photos at

ART BELL – A big tip of the hat to the infamous late night talk show host upon his pending retirement. He took a late night shift at Las Vegas radio station KDWN and turned it into a nightly “strange-fest” on over 400 stations nationwide, broadcasting from Pahrump (60 miles west of town).

Fans of his might be interested in reading David Thompson’s IN NEVADA: The Land, the People, God and Chance. Besides talking about the crazies and conjecture surrounding Area 51, he details exploits of Howard Hughes, Bugsey Siegel, Hoover Dam, and more. 30% discount available from Amazon at

SPEEDWAY CASINO – We found this new local’s casino to be a little bit of a letdown. Although nice and new with high ceilings and a racing theme, there wasn’t much in the way of memorabilia. They have the traditional Las Vegas food specials like 99 cent shrimp cocktail, $4.99 rib dinner and $5.99 16 oz. t-bone steak. The bar and grill area does feature a 10 foot TV screen on which they show every NASCAR race. Race days feature food and drink specials, cash drawings, and prizes. The verdict? Don’t go out of your way. The NASCAR Cafe (at the Sahara) and Race Rock (downtown) are much better. The Speedway Casino is located 5 minutes north of downtown at I-15 and Cheyenne.

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THE SUPREMES – will be ending their reunion tour here in Las Vegas. Tickets are not yet on sale but you can read more at

BOULDER STATION – BLUE OYSTER CULT on April 15’th, DIAMOND RIO on April 28’th, and TRACE ADKINS on May 5. Tickets at (800) 464-2468 and Boulder Station discount rooms available at (Boulder Station link).

HARD ROCK – THE CURE on May 27. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

MANDALAY BAY – LIT on April 9, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT on April 12, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY on April 14, JOE SATRIANI on April 16, TYPE O NEGATIVE with COAL CHAMBER on April 18, LYNYRD SKYNYRD on April 25, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED on April 28, REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX and SURVIVOR on May 5, TOWER OF POWER on May 13, DAVID SANDBORN on MAY 19, BARRY MANILOW May 25 – May 28’th, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE on May 26, and RICKY MARTIN on July 22. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – BLINK 182 with BAD RELIGION on June 24. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at (MGM link).

THE ORLEANS – RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS now through April 16. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at (Orleans link).

SUNSET STATION – DAVE MASON with LEON RUSSEL on April 22’nd, and 38 SPECIAL with EDGAR WINTER BAND on April 28’th. Tickets at (800) 464-2468 and Sunset Station discount rooms available at (Sunset Station link).

THE VENETIAN – ANDREW DICE CLAY on April 14’th and 15’th. Tickets available at (702) 414-2225 and Venetian discount rooms are available at (Venetian link).


FEATURE STORY: Coco Palms “All You Can Eatery”When I moved to town, the Stardust buffet was called the Warehouse buffet. And it sure wasn’t (Mirage Resort Chairman) Steve Wynn’s warehouse they were getting their food from. While not one of the “Big 3” worst buffets (Circus Circus, Imperial Palace, and Holiday Inn Boardwalk), it wasn’t making anyone’s top 10.

My how times have changed! Now called the Coco Palms, the Stardust is the only buffet offering weekday champaign brunch 7 days a week. The food is fresh, service is attentive, and the champaign is free flowing. The music was a little loud for my tastes. (It usually is in buffets as they want to move you through and get you back to the gaming floor). The decor was reasonably subdued and pleasant for a Las Vegas buffet.

They full salad and pasta bar has something for everyone. Penne pasta with broccoli, egg flower or chicken noodle soup, sliced melons, strawberries and whip cream, shrimp, yogurt and more. Oh yes, and salad!

Breakfast lovers can grab a made-to-order omelet or the standard eggs, hash browns, and Portuguese sausage fare. Lunch specialties like Italian beef stew, baked catfish with peanut and bacon butter, pork chops ala orange, rotisserie chicken and chicken tetrazinni will suit the tastes of those having their second meal of the day. Asian selections like sweet and sour chicken, pepper steak, moo goo gal pan, and pork chow mien were also available.

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be left out! The dessert bar is quite the spread, containing an excellent selection of donuts, fresh cinnamon rolls and other assorted pastries as well as the standard ice cream. Hot and cold puddings were also available.

The Coco Palms brunch buffet is open from 7 AM to 3 PM every single day. At $9.50 it’s a pretty good value, and compares very favorably with with other weekend brunches in a similar price range. While not worth going way out of your way for, but if you are staying in that part of the Strip this beats the out of the buffets at Circus Circus, The Riviera, and The Sahara by a significant margin.



>I love your newsletter.á But you need a proofreader.á I will proofread
>it for free if you email it to me ahead of time.

This is still very much a hobby for me, and I often have limited time to do it, which means barely getting it out late Thursday night after finding the latest info to include (which precludes the time needed by an outside proofreader) but thanks for the offer. I do print it out and proof it but I miss things and I do appreciate everyone’s patience at the couple of typos that seem to get by me every week.

I want to take a minute and thank everyone who is patronizing our sponsors! I’m seeing bookings for hotels and rental cars not just for Las Vegas but for all over the place, and a truckload of people have signed up to get paid to listen to internet radio. Let me tell you, with 200+ stations, that one is a no brainer!

The best part is that the newsletter is really gaining in subscribers and generating notice, which is why we can start reviewing higher end restaurants like Delmonico and shows like EFX in the very near future. I’m almost to the one year anniversary. I had no idea if anyone would subscribe or care, and I want to thank you all!

>Great work on the newsletter and many thanks for the reviews!á It is
>the only newsletter I subscribe to for Vegas highlights.
>Just about two weeks ago, I took a trip to Vegas to throw a birthday
>party for my mother.á She grew up near the ocean and absolutely loves
>seafood.á I was really excited about showing her a good time and
>letting her try the best Vegas has to offer.á However, I gotta confess
>that my selection, Piero’s, did not really hit the spot for her.
>Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant and staff were top notch.á I had
>the great porterhouse steak.á But I noticed that my mother was not
>truly enthusiastic about her dish.á So, please help me here!á She
>loves seafood and her absolute favorite is Alaskan King crab.á We used
>to go to the Bellagio seafood buffet but heard it has gone down in
>quality.á Now, we go to Makino’s which is decent but not great.
>What place in Vegas has the best seafood, especially Alaskan King
>crab, in Vegas?!

O.K. — I enjoy seafood but I’m crab legs expert. I’ve always enjoyed Bellagio Buffet (reviewed at ) and can’t say I’ve noticed a decline in quality, but we all look for different things. Readers, help us out: where do you like the crab legs? Send to

Robin Skeen wrote:

>Just got back from a stay at the Trop.á It’s pretty decent, clean
>rooms, good service.á I would stay there again.á If you get the
>chance, go see the Folies.á I was totally awed and will see this show
>for sure on the next trip.á It was very classy, fun and entertaining.
>I took your advice and stayed away from the buffet at the Trop.á I
>would recommend the buffet at the Monte Carlo for breakfast.á Best
>food I’ve had anywhere.á The eggs are so fresh, it’s as if they just
>cooked them and handed them to you that moment.á Great service, but
>get there early because the lines are out the door after 9:00 a.m.
>We rented a car for the first time and we had a ball.á Once you learn
>to drive like a native (nuts!) it’s easy.á I would recommend it as we
>got to see a lot more of The Strip and went to Hoover Dam.

Most people that rent cars are very happy they did, even if they don’t go see Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, etc. Cab fare ads up quick and the bus and trolley takes forever. You can see and do so much more and the freedom is unmatched. We are pleased to offer discount car rental at

Elaine from New Jersey wrote:

>Just returned from 10 days in Vegas.á Five at the Venetian and 5 at
>the Riviera to participate in the National Open Chess Tournament.
>Venetian was big and beautiful, but can’t help feeling at home in the
>small but homey Riviera.á Could it be that my husband and I were
>married there awhile back?á Great Italian restaurant is Batista’s Hole
>In The Wall which is a couple of blocks behind Bally’s.

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April 5, 2000