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VIDEO VAULT: News 3 cameraman's encounters with the real-life mobsters depicted in 'Casino' 
November 2015 is the 20th Anniversary of 'Casino.' One of Channel 3's former photographers had a couple of interesting encounters with the movie's real-life counterparts.
VIDEO VAULT: How bootlegger Tony 'The Hat' Cornero revolutionized Vegas casinos 
He was a bootlegger during prohibition, then turned to gambling off the coast of Los Angeles and in the early casino days of Las Vegas.
Video Vault | Casino Plane Then and Now 
It looked like a scene right of "Casino." It turns out that's exactly what this old piece of News 3 videotape was.
Supposedly January 6, 1981 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 'Psychic' Tamara Rand faked predicting Reagan's assassination attempt 
A different woman named Tamara Rand with a different story. But they both came to Las Vegas, and it didn't end well for either of them.
VIDEO VAULT: 'Fan Man' flies into middle of Bowe/Holyfield title match 
November 6th marks the anniversary of an odd incident which happened here in Las Vegas in 1993.
December 20, 1975 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
VIDEO VAULT: Real Estate investor Tamara Rand killed after messing with the mob 
A San Diego business woman thought she was making a straight-forward real estate investment. She had no idea who she was really dealing with.
Video Vault : Horror Hostess 'Elvira' started career as Vegas' youngest showgirl 
More than a decade before she became nationally know as 'Elvira,' actress Cassandra Peterson got her start on a Las Vegas showroom stage.
Summer, 1931 (UNLV Special Collections)
Video Vault: The First Las Vegas Carpet Joint 
There had been places to gamble locally for decades. But in 1931, the Meadows Casino kicked it up a notch.
Summer, 1991 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
VIDEO VAULT: Child actress Dana Plato robs a Vegas video store in 1991 
Diff'rent Strokes was a popular TV series from 1978 to 1986. When it ended, the three child stars had troubles. One of them ended up in Las Vegas.
VIDEO VAULT: King Kong actress Fay Wray goes ape over Eldorado 'E' 
The "King Kong" actress had been living in Las Vegas several years, but kept it on the down low until a giant letter was painted in her backyard.
October, 1971 (Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau)
VIDEO VAULT: Why is the real London Bridge in Arizona? 
Sometimes gimmicks work, and sometimes they don't. This one was a huge gamble for an Arizona developer five decades ago.
VIDEO VAULT: Annual Grateful Dead festival brought a different sort of crowd 
The annual 'Life is Beautiful' festival is just a couple of days away, but Las Vegas has a history of hosting large-scale annual music events that dates back two and a half decades.
Clark County Library (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
VIDEO VAULT: Search Las Vegas history yourself online and in local library 
Some of the material in the Video Vault comesfrom deep within the Channel 3 archives. But there are places where you can do some digging on your own.
Scenes from the 1995 movie Casino used Paradise Palms to capture the essence of Vegas housing in the 70's
VIDEO VAULT: Paradise Palms, where the Vegas 60's never died 
The City of Las Vegas has several designated historic neighborhoods, with distinct architectural themes and a sense of community particular to that area.
VIDEO VAULT: A look at the Vegas of Labor Days' past 
Labor Day weekend is typically a time of optimism for the Las Vegas hotel, gaming and entertainment industry. Three decades ago in 1985, it arrived when the city was starting to feel confident after pulling out of a deep recession. That sounds a lot like today. But as you'll see, a lot on the strip has changed.
Sitting Down for an Interview (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
VIDEO VAULT: UNLV Student Ambassador 30 Years Later 
Channel 3 profiled a young student making an important choice in 1985, and returned 30 years later for a follow-up.
VIDEO VAULT: The man who brought gambling to Nevada 
Most people residing in the Las Vegas Valley today would not be were it not for legalized gambling. It's the lifeblood of our this area and the economic driver for the entire state. But that wasn't always pre-ordained.
95.5 FM KWNR (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Las Vegas Radio Snapshot: Summer 1995 
Twenty years ago, the equipment, music, hair and clothing were different. But many of the DJs were the same. Just on different stations back then.
Early 1990s (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Fong's Garden family influential in Las Vegas 
From the mid-1950s into the early 2000s, many people were familiar with the popular dining establishment on East Charleston. But the Fong family influenced Southern Nevada with more than just cuisine.
July 28, 1995 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Huntridge Theater roof collapse of 1995 
Fifty-one years after the Huntridge Theater first opened its doors, tons of roofing crashed down in the audience area. It was a matter of timing that saved many lives.
Captured in Las Vegas (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Maximum security escape evokes Las Vegas memories 
When Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from a maximum security prison in June, the manhunt may given Las Vegans a sense of déjà vu.
Alternative new horizons explored at Pluto's in Las Vegas 
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft delivered an up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday from 3 billion miles away. In Las Vegas during the mid-1980s, there was a different establishment exploring new horizons with a more salacious approach.
Video Vault | The Lawman and The Stripper 
In his last TV interview, former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb told a variety of stories to News 3, all of which have already aired, except for one. The final tale from the interview concerns stripper Lili St. Cyr.
Flamingo & Paradise, NE Corner (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Trouble at Paradise Market, Part 2 
There was nothing that outwardly remarkable about the strip mall that used to be at Flamingo and Paradise. But it turned out to be part of a Las Vegas/Los Angeles mob turf war.
Video Vault | Trouble at Paradise Market, Part 1 
The Strip Mall that used to be on the northeast corner of Flamingo and Paradise was in the news a lot in the early 1980s, for all the wrong reasons.
September 24, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Rodney Dangerfield feels disrespected 
In 1990, the bug-eyed comedian took Caesars Palace to court over a steam room incident which the comedian said left him injured.
Introduced March, 2015 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | A Quick History of Channel 3 
Over the course of 60 years, this station has had three sets of owners, three sets of call letters and two dial positions.
Late 1970s (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video Vault | Hot times at Jubilation/Shark Club 
These days most of the hot dance clubs are in Las Vegas Strip resorts. But in the mid-1970s through late '90s, the place to party was on Harmon Avenue.
Summer of 1982 Prison Interview (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Jimmy Chagra, Part 2: Accused Assassination Mastermind 
El Paso drug kingpin and Las Vegas high roller Jimmy Chagra was facing a long sentence in federal prison, when the presiding judge was shot the morning the trial was supposed to start.
Undated 1970s Film (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Jimmy Chagra, Part 1: Gambler and Drug-Smuggler 
Jimmy Chagra was based out of his hometown of El Paso, but loved the Las Vegas lifestyle so much he bought a mansion here. So where did all that gambling money come from?
Unidentified News Team, Late 70s (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Traditions remain strong for Helldorado 
Helldorado is an annual Las Vegas event with a parade, carnival and rodeo dating back to the Depression era.
Current View (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 1884 Murder at Kiel Ranch 
The wealthiest man in southern Nevada is taken down in a gunfire ambush. Not recent history, but going back to 1884.
Winchester Community Center, 1994 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams 
May is Jazz Month in Las Vegas, and a great time to look back at a great jazz vocalist who spent the last couple of decades of his life living here.
Wet 'n Wild on the Strip (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Original Wet 'N Wild on Las Vegas Strip 
Long before the current two water parks servicing the Las Vegas Valley on the outskirts, there was a very popular place called "Wet 'N Wild" – no relation to today's park – on the Strip.
Video Vault | Bringing 'The Ant' to trial in 1986 
It was a case that took years of times and millions of dollars to build, featuring some of the most infamous names in Southern Nevada.
Video Vault: Deep trouble erupts at '73 rock concert 
It was one of the most memorable events ever to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center – and not in a good way. A triple-bill rock concert where the situation went south.
Video Vault: Celebrating 1990 Rebels' NCAA title 
April 2, 1990, is when UNLV's Runnin' Rebels won the College Men's Basketball Championship, and southern Nevada residents celebrated.
August 27, 1980 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Tom Hawley revisits the 1980 Bombing of Harvey's Casino 
In August of 1980, two men wheeled a large container into the offices of Harvey's Casino at State Line, Nevada, in what became the most infamous extortion case in state history.
Video Vault | 'Bugsy' Siegel's Las Vegas years 
A talk with Dr. Larry Gragg about his new biography of Bugsy Siegel.
Carla Rea in 1992 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Carla Rea marks 30 years in comedy 
Carla Rea has been doing the comedy thing for quite a while now. In fact, in the early 1990s, some of her material made its way to the News 3 Video Vault.
February 6, 1909 (Las Vegas Age)
Video Vault | A Tale of Two Clarks 
Drive around the Las Vegas Valley and you will encounter a Clark High School and a Clark Street ... both of which are in Clark County. But they are not all the same Clark.
11:00 News Opening Sequence (KSNV-TV/Channel-3 )
Video Vault | 'The Herd' and his Las Vegas start 
Colin Cowherd is a well-known ESPN personality and host of a nationally syndicated radio show. But he got his start in broadcasting back in the late 1980s here at News 3.
Video Vault | The Riviera in the 1980s 
The history of the Riviera dates back to 1955. This story is focusing on a particularly tumultuous decade for the property.
February 2, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 1990 'Traffic Summit' over Las Vegas 
In February 1990, transportation policy makers from local, state and federal levels went airborne to figure out our traffic problems.
by Dr. Joanne L. Goodman (University of Nevada Press)
Video Vault | Women's evolving roles in Vegas work force 
A new book by UNLV Professor Joanne Goodwin looks at the evolution of women's roles in the Las Vegas work force.
Video Vault | Betting on the Big Game '80s style 
A look back at how News 3 covered Super Bowl wagering three decades ago.
March 1, 1990 (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Moby Grape place for rock in Las Vegas 
From the mid-1970s into 1990, one nightclub stood above the others for 20-somethings to rock out in Las Vegas.
Artist Rendition With Canals (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | 'Las Venice' 1991 dream for Downtown 
If you think the Fremont Street Experience is wild, wait until you see the alternative that fell by the wayside first.
Poster For Exhibit (City of Las Vegas)
Video Vault | Midcentury Las Vegas Stage exhibit 
A photography and fashion exhibit is the jump-off point to explore the Las Vegas Lounge scene from decades gone by.
William Nellis Superimposed (KSNV-TV/Channel-3)
Video Vault | Namesake of Nellis Air Force Base 
Seventy years after he died in World War II's Battle of the Bulge, Video Vault takes a look back at the legacy of William H. Nellis.

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