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Miss Flores-Narvaez was reported missing Dec. 14 after she didn’t show up a rehearsal at the burlesque show “Fantasy” at the Luxor hotel-casino where she had worked for a year.


Playboy agrees to Hefner buyout offer

NEW YORK | The publisher of Playboy magazine has agreed to accept a sweetened buyout offer from a partnership headed by founder Hugh Hefner, allowing the original playboy to fulfill his plans to take the company private.

Mr. Hefner is Playboy’s largest shareholder with about 70 percent of Playboy Enterprises Inc.’s voting shares and 28 percent of the nonvoting stock. By leading a buyout for a larger portion, the 84-year-old known for his penchant for silk pajamas and young blond women is betting that the racy magazine he launched in 1953 can still reap profits in the digital age.

The printed Playboy has struggled with rivals from the Web and has lost both readers and advertisers. In November, the company reported a wider third quarter loss than a year ago as its revenue fell 7 percent to $52.1 million.

To stem its losses, Playboy’s management has been trying to transform the company from a publishing and TV business into a “brand management” company, leaning more on revenue from licensing out the Playboy name and bunny ears for a range of products, such as lingerie, handbags and sunglasses.


‘Wowie-cakes’ the Eagle gets a new name

EUGENE | It was supposed to be a dignified name for an eagle. But it wasn’t —at least, not the way people were pronouncing it. So now, the bird has a new name.

The eagle at the Cascades Raptor Center in Oregon is now named Celilo — named for an Indian fishing village on the Columbia River.

At a rehabilitation center in South Dakota, it had been given a Lakota name that’s supposed to be pronounced woh-wee-jah-kah.

But in Oregon, a lot of people were pronouncing the name the way it’s spelled — which looks like “Wowie-cakes.”


School district that fired teachers wins $1.3 million

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