And, lo, in the sorry streets of the stricken city there was of a sudden great exultation and praise unto the Lord. Young men dreamed lusty dreams, while the elders spake of a day at hand when multitudes would flock from near and far to lavish shekels upon the once-more blessed shore. The place of Atlantis would be born again, said the prophets, as a citadel of many marvels, and it would be called Las Vegas East.

The near-biblical euphoria of Election Day still vibrates along the sagging boardwalk...

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