For two weeks around the first of the year, the city of Las Vegas, while certainly not under siege, in many ways seemed to be preparing for one. Helicopters flew overhead, patrolling city streets, and a no-fly zone was in force over the city. More police officers walked the Strip, cars were searched, and National Guardsmen were brought in from other parts of the state to beef up security efforts. It’s not necessarily the kind of publicity that a tourist destination such as Las Vegas likes ...

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