Just so we’re clear, that headline reads “annus” with two N’s, but the distinction is lost on Las Vegas, which spent the entire ‘horrible year’ stuck up its financial ‘back passage’. Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has revealed that the state’s 260 major casinos registered a net loss of $6.7 billion in 2009, only the second money-losing year in history (the other being 2003). The good news? Visitors to Vegas are drinking more. No doubt casino bosses are joining them at the bar, hoping (as Sinatra sang) that they’re ‘drinking my friend, to the end, of a brief episode.’ Read more.