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Ocean's 13: Power Goes Out In Strip Casinos Just After Midnight

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 1st January 2005 2:06am
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"This is ridiculous," said a gleeful Raymond Lee May, 39, as he turned away from showing a grinning police officer his gallon jug of beer and a straw. "Nobody should legally be walking around with a gallon of beer."

May said he and his wife were making the most of a night away from their five children at home in Fontana, Calif.

"It's a suit and tie affair," May joked of his cardboard Happy New Year tie and hat. "You can't help but get in a festive atmosphere."

The revelry continued despite a power outage at several hotel-casinos, including Caesars Palace and Flamingo, before 12:30 a.m, police said. Caused by a Mylar balloon hitting a power transformer, the short-circuit mostly darkened neon marquees. Electricity in casino rooms and other areas was largely unaffected thanks to backup generators.

Police also reported at least 35 arrests stemming from disorderly conduct and fights, including one in which three men were stabbed in front of Caesars Palace. The men were listed in serious condition at University Medical Center.



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