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Nearly 80 years after the first casino blinked to life along the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard now known as the Strip, the re-illumination of Las Vegas is nearly complete. Call it the end of the neon era or the beginning of the LED epoch. Either way, in the next two years, numerous hotels, casinos and other attractions, eager to boost tourism after several relatively flat years, are unveiling ...

Don't call it ice cream. Not if you're in Milwaukee. Not if you don't want to be ridiculed as rude, clueless, a rube. Folks in Wisconsin's largest city take their signature dish seriously - no offense, cheese curds - and consider it an insult to confuse their rich dairy dessert with ordinary supermarket ice cream. You'll find frozen custard stands scattered across the Milwaukee metro area. So ...

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"The Blurry Years" by Eleanor Kriseman; Two Dollar Radio (162 pages, $15.99) ___ With the first lines of "The Blurry Years," Eleanor Kriseman pulls us right into its young narrator's world: "We could hear them in the walls before we saw them. My mom said it might be mice. We were eating dinner in bed. We would have eaten dinner in the kitchen but the bedroom was sort of the kitchen too, and ...

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There is no hotter commodity in pop culture than Marvel Comics superheroes. They're the powerhouse behind four hit films this year (including the top two in global box office, Disney's $3.6 billion tandem of "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War") and on television they're featured in 10 live-action series spread across ABC, Fox, Netflix, FX, Hulu and Freeform as well as five more ...

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