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September 2016

I Gave a Cigar to Bill Murray

Posted: Sep 23, 2016 4:30pm ET
By David Clough

I was standing at the bar waiting for Bill Murray to arrive. The famous actor who once graced the cover of Cigar Aficionado was slated to play bartender at the grand opening of a new watering hole in Brooklyn called 21 Greenpoint. But an hour into the event on Saturday night, the comedic giant was nowhere to be found. Bill Murray was late.

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Cosmopolitan—Straight Up

Posted: Sep 2, 2016 10:00am ET
By Michael Kaplan

Last year, Bill McBeath made the kinds of promises that you expect from a newly installed president-CEO at a Las Vegas casino. Brought in by the Blackstone Group, the new owners of Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, McBeath expressed a desire to go on an ambitious tear. He talked about upgrading the gambling experience, putting in new high-end suites, taking big action and doing a general upgrade of a spot known for being luxe and cool but not much of a draw for serious high-rollers.

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