This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 BRISTOL, Va. - Sonya Ratliff and about a dozen friends put on sparkly clothes and left early on a Tuesday morning to celebrate another mom's birthday. In years past, that might have meant brunch. Now, in this Bible Belt town on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, it means slot machines, blackjack and other games of chance at the newly opened Bristol Casino. How long would the women gamble? "Until we have to pick up our kids from school," Ratliff, 42, said to roars of laughter from her friends gathered around a roulette table. Since July 8, Virginia's first casino has been doing big business in a former abandoned shopping mall near the Tennessee line. More than 25,000 people from 49 states visited in just the first three weeks of operation, raising visions of economic salvation in a city that's been desperate for it. "It's … [Read more...] about Coal jobs are almost gone. Could a casino help rescue southwest Virginia?
The Wortham Theater's Green Room is a crush of nervous little girls, well-dressed men and slightly flushed women clutching programs and nudging themselves closer to Carlos Acosta, the man in white tights signing autographs. They're on a tingly, post-performance high, having just watched him dance Basilio in Houston Ballet's Don Quixote, where a good number in the packed house gasped, grabbed their armrests and finally launched themselves from their seats to bellow "Bravo!" Some of them cried. The ballet neophytes say they've never seen anything like it. The aficionados begin their assessment with these three words: "Not since Baryshnikov." "You've heard of Air Jordan? We call him Air Acosta, " Daisuke Sato, Acosta's friend from Cuba, is telling a young fan. Opera has its Pavarottis. Classical music has its Midoris. But the closest thing to a pop star the ballet world has now is an aging Mikhail Baryshnikov, who passed his pyrotechnic prime a decade ago. … [Read more...] about They call him ‘Air Acosta’
Listen to this article Akio Toyoda, the grandson of Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda, is more than just a business executive. The 66-year-old president is a true enthusiast, having been the driving force behind some hot cars like the Yaris, Supra, and Corolla in GR flavor. The 86 is alive and well while the Super Sport hypercar is (hopefully) still coming. At the same time, Akio Toyoda is a race car driver and took part in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring several times. When he's not on the track or green-lighting sports cars, he looks at sales numbers as any president of an automaker does. During a roundtable interview with reporters last week, Akio Toyoda made a rather juicy confession. After finding out Toyota outsold General Motors last year in the United States, the head honcho "did a little happy dance" in his office. He went on to say that "thankfully, nobody saw it." 2023 Toyota Tundra 6 Photos … [Read more...] about Toyota Boss Did Happy Dance After Outselling GM In The US Last Year