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In brief: Sandoval’s veto-happy June, a potential new roller coaster for the Strip and more

Getting the veto out

Back-to-back health-related vetoes from Gov. Brian Sandoval this month—a bill that would allow the sale of unpasteurized milk (he cited health concerns), and a bill that would require restaurants with 15 or more locations to display calorie counts (he cited the burden on small businesses). What’s his underlying philosophy here? If he’s pro-health, he wouldn’t have vetoed the calorie counts. If he’s pro-freedom, he wouldn’t have vetoed the milk bill. Of course, Sandoval also vetoed background checks on private gun sales last week, so maybe he’s simply having a veto-happy June. —Rick Lax

Big bang theory

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a tourist complain about how expensive it is to stay and play in Las Vegas, I could pay for all their staying and playing. Plus, Trip Advisor begs to differ! The travel site compared costs in destination cities for: taxi rides from and back to the airport, one night at a four-star hotel and a meal for two with libations. Vegas is the biggest bang for your buck, at $272.94. (Obviously, the meal wasn’t at Robuchon.) —Erin Ryan

The need for speed

File this under “Things We Hope Happen Very, Very Soon.” U.S. Thrill Rides has submitted plans to the Federal Aviation Administration to build a 650-foot-tall roller coaster (called a “Polercoaster”—get it?) near the Tropicana. Apparently FAA approval is required, because of the potential hazard it could cause flights into McCarran. But assuming it gets green-lit, this sounds like just about the most awesome ride ever created, with gravity propelling you down at breakneck speed. Yes, Las Vegas has not one but two Ferris wheels on the way, but for those who want to do more than just sit and watch from a tall height, this is about as good as it gets. —Ken Miller

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