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The next Detroit: The catastrophic collapse of Atlantic City

With the closure of almost half of Atlantic City's casinos, Newark set to vote on gambling and casinos or racinos in almost every state, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City are in serious jeopardy.
Israel Joffe
Atlantic City, once a major vacation spot during the roaring 20s and 1930s, as seen on HBOs Boardwalk Empire, collapsed when cheap air fare became the norm and people had no reason to head to the many beach town resorts on the East Coast. Within a few decades, the city, known for being an ‘oasis of sin’ during the prohibition era, fell into serious decline and dilapidation.
New Jersey officials felt the only way to bring Atlantic City back from the brink of disaster would be to legalize gambling. Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts, first opened its doors in 1978. People stood shoulder to shoulder, packed into the hotel as gambling officially made its way to the East Coast. Folks in the East Coast didn't have to make a special trip all the way to Vegas in order to enjoy some craps, slots, roulette and more.
As time wore on, Atlantic City became the premier gambling spots in the country.
While detractors felt that the area still remained poor and dilapidated, officials were quick to point out that the casinos didn't bring the mass gentrification to Atlantic City as much as they hoped but the billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs for the surrounding communities was well worth it.
Atlantic City developed a reputation as more of a short-stay ‘day-cation’ type of place, yet managed to stand firm against the 'adult playground' and 'entertainment capital of the world' Las Vegas.
Through-out the 1980s, Atlantic City would become an integral part of American pop culture as a place for east coast residents to gamble, watch boxing, wrestling, concerts and other sporting events.
However in the late 1980s, a landmark ruling considered Native-American reservations to be sovereign entities not bound by state law. It was the first potential threat to the iron grip Atlantic City and Vegas had on the gambling and entertainment industry.
Huge 'mega casinos' were built on reservations that rivaled Atlantic City and Vegas. In turn, Vegas built even more impressive casinos.
Atlantic City, in an attempt to make the city more appealing to the ‘big whale’ millionaire and billionaire gamblers, and in effort to move away from its ‘seedy’ reputation, built the luxurious Borgata casino in 2003. Harrah’s created a billion dollar extension and other casinos in the area went through serious renovations and re-branded themselves.
It seemed as if the bite that the Native American casinos took out of AC and Vegas’ profits was negligible and that the dominance of those two cities in the world of gambling would remain unchallenged.
Then Macau, formally a colony of Portugal, was handed back to the Chinese in 1999. The gambling industry there had been operated under a government-issued monopoly license by Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau. The monopoly was ended in 2002 and several casino owners from Las Vegas attempted to enter the market.
Under the one country, two systems policy, the territory remained virtually unchanged aside from mega casinos popping up everywhere. All the rich ‘whales’ from the far east had no reason anymore to go to the United States to spend their money.
Then came the biggest threat.
As revenue from dog and horse racing tracks around the United States dried up, government officials needed a way to bring back jobs and revitalize the surrounding communities. Slot machines in race tracks started in Iowa in 1994 but took off in 2004 when Pennsylvania introduced ‘Racinos’ in an effort to reduce property taxes for the state and to help depressed areas bounce back.
As of 2013, racinos were legal in ten states: Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia with more expected in 2015.
Tracks like Delaware Park and West Virginia's Mountaineer Park, once considered places where local degenerates bet on broken-down nags in claiming races, are now among the wealthiest tracks around, with the best races.
The famous Aqueduct race track in Queens, NY, once facing an uncertain future, now possesses the most profitable casino in the United States.
From June 2012 to June 2013, Aqueduct matched a quarter of Atlantic City's total gaming revenue from its dozen casinos: $729.2 million compared with A.C.'s $2.9 billion. It has taken an estimated 15 percent hit on New Jersey casino revenue and climbing.
And it isn't just Aqueduct that's taking business away from them. Atlantic City's closest major city, Philadelphia, only 35-40 minutes away, and one of the largest cities in America, now has a casino that has contributed heavily to the decline in gamers visiting the area.
New Jersey is the third state in the U.S. to have authorized internet gambling. However, these online casinos are owned and controlled by Atlantic City casinos in an effort to boost profits in the face of fierce competition.
California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas are hoping to join Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands in offering online gambling to their residents.
With this in mind, it seems the very niche that Atlantic City once offered as a gambling and entertainment hub for east coast residents is heading toward the dustbin of history.
Time will tell if this city will end up like Detroit. However, the fact that they are losing their biggest industry to major competition, much like Detroit did, with depressed housing, casinos bankrupting/closing and businesses fleeing , it all makes Atlantic City’s fate seem eerily similar.
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MPX Bioceutical Corp. (MPX/MPXEF) - Geographic Footprint and Addressable Markets

MPX Bioceutical Corp. (MPX/MPXEF) - Geographic Footprint and Addressable Markets
https://mpxbioceutical.com/investors/
I wanted to get a better understanding of MPX Bioceutical's U.S. footprint and addressable markets
MPX hasn't updated their investor presentation since November 06, 2017 (Slide 8 for MPX Operations) so I used press releases, old interviews/investor calls, and cursory Google searches.
I suck at formatting so apologies in advance.
Arizona
*MPX Dispensary Distribution: https://imgur.com/Xs3otSd *MPX-Owned Dispensaries: https://imgur.com/bPQutTc *Health for Life Locations *The Holistic Center *Melting Point Extracts - Arizona Locations
Current Market Share in Arizona (March 28, 2018) - 24:12 ~7-8%
MPX Concentrates Dispensary Distribution
  1. Health for Life (Crismon) - Mesa, AZ (MPX-Owned) 9949 E Apache Trail, Mesa, AZ 85207 (Opened April 6, 2018)
  2. Health for Life (East) - Mesa, AZ (MPX-Owned) 7343 S 89th Pl, Mesa, AZ 85212
  3. Health for Life (North) - Mesa, AZ (MPX-Owned) 5550 E McDowell Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215
  4. The Holistic Center AZ - Phoeniz, AZ (MPX-Owned) 21035 N Cave Creek Rd C-5, Phoenix, AZ 85024
  5. Catalina Hills Care - Tucson, AZ 12152 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
  6. Green Hills Patient Center - Show Low, AZ 3191 S White Mountain Rd, Show Low, AZ 85901
  7. High Desert Healing - Lake Havasu, AZ 1691 Industrial Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
  8. Kompo - Taylor, AZ 600 Centennial Blvd, Snowflake, AZ 85937
  9. Leaf Life - Casa Grande, AZ 1860 N Salk Dr B1, Casa Grande, AZ 85122
  10. Metro Meds - Phoenix, AZ 10040 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051
  11. OASIS - Chandler, AZ 26427 S Arizona Ave #8223, Chandler, AZ 85248
  12. The Good Dispensary - Mesa, AZ 1842 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
  13. The Mint Dispensary - Tempe, AZ 5210 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283
  14. The Prime Leaf - Tucson, AZ 4220 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712
  15. Uncle Herbs Dispensary - Payson, AZ 200 N Tonto St, Payson, AZ 85541
  16. Urban Greenhouse - Phoenix, AZ 2630 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017
  17. Yavapai Herbal Services - Cottonwood, AZ 675 E State Route 89A Cottonwood, AZ 86326
  18. Botanica - Tucson, AZ 6205 N Travel Center Drive Tucson, AZ 85741
Relocated Production Facility: North Mesa, AZ
Annual Capacity
*Phase One - 150,000 grams of MPX-branded products (Currently in Operation) *Phase Two - 400,000+ grams (Scheduled for completion in calendar Q3 2018) *Phase Three - 800,000+ grams (Schedule for completion in calendar Q4 2018)
New production facility will increase production capacity 2-4x: 11:31 , 25:11
March 05, 2018 - MPX Signs Definitive Agreement to Expand Its Footprint in Arizona -
  • “This acquisition represents a solid addition to our industry and presence in Arizona, a State that offers MPX one of the best-regulated, yet industry-supportive markets in the country,” said W. Scott Boyes, MPX’s Chairman, President and CEO. “The entities being acquired have recorded trailing 12-month revenues of US$15 million and EBITDA of approximately US$3.5 million and its results will be immediately accretive to MPX earnings. Furthermore, the acquired companies are well-managed and will allow both parties to share best practises and benefit from the ability to share purchase economies. With the pending opening of our Apache Junction dispensary, the addition of the Holistic Center, will bring the number of dispensaries managed by MPX in the greater Phoenix market to four, will more than double our cultivation capacity and will materially complement our management team in the State. Adding to our critical mass of operations, this acquisition will add to MPX’s ability to benefit from purchasing economies, spread the administrative overhead costs over a larger revenue base and provide cash flows to support additional growth.”
April 03, 2018 - Mpx Enjoys Record Monthly Revenue of Cdn$5.2 Million in Arizona
  • Beth Stavola, COO and President of MPX’s U.S. operations, adds “With our fourth dispensary opening soon in the Apache Junction suburb and our expanded concentrate production facilities coming on-stream this month, we expect to see our Arizona revenues continue to expand over the next several fiscal quarters. The Arizona program is well-regulated by AZDHS, the patient count continues to grow, the supply and cost of flower and trim for re-sale and concentrate production is excellent and, while the Phoenix area market is increasingly competitive, retail prices and margins remain attractive. This is a great state for MPX to conduct business in.”
April 09, 2018 - MPX Adds a Fourth Dispensary in Phoenix and Triples Capacity for MPX Concentrate Production in Arizona
TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MPX Bioceutical Corporation (“MPX” or the “Company”) (CSE:MPX) (OTC:MPXEF) is pleased to announce that the official opening of the its newest “Health for Life” medical marijuana dispensary in the Metropolitan Phoenix area, located at the junction of E. Main and Crimson in the suburb of Apache Junction. This brings the number of dispensaries under MPX management in Arizona’s Sun Valley to four. The Crimson dispensary will meet the needs of patients in this comparatively underserviced southeast quadrant of the region by making available the full spectrum of MPX concentrates, an extensive variety of cannabis flower, and a broad selection of 3rd party, processed cannabis-infused edibles.
The Company also announces that it has relocated the processing and production of MPX concentrates to a new location in North Mesa. Phase one of the build-out at this facility, now in operation, will immediately double the current production capacity of MPX-branded products in Arizona to approximately 150,000 grams annually. The second phase scheduled for completion early in calendar Q3 will increase potential production to over 400,000 grams per year and the final phase expected in calendar Q4 will result in annualized capacity increasing to a total in excess of 800,000 grams annually with a wholesale value (at current prices) of approximately US$18 million.
Arizona Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers:
*- 152,979 (Current through 12/31/17)
*- 162,528 (March 2018) , Reports
Arizona is the 14th most populous state - 7,016,270 (Population estimate, July 1, 2017)
Phoenix is the fifth most populated city
Population: 1,615,017 (2016 estimate) , U.S. Census Bureau , World Population Review
Nevada
*MPX Dispensary Distribution (Nevada): https://imgur.com/l3SoaWl *MPX Dispensary Distribution (Las Vegas, Nevada): https://imgur.com/J9rM7JU *(Greenmart of Nevada - Where To Find Us) *[(Acquired October 13, 2017](https://www.newcannabisventures.com/bcc-finalizes-17-8mm-greenmart-nevada-cannabis-producer-purchase/
  • January 31, 2018 - 4:27 - 30,000 sq. ft. cultivation and laboratory for MPX concentrates
  • March 28, 2018 - 11:46
In Nevada, our production capacity has been limited by the availability of raw material, of biomass. And most of our product produced there has been sold 2-3 weeks in advance.
MPX Dispensary Distribution *Melting Point Extracts - Nevada Locations *(Greenmart of Nevada - Where To Find Us)
  1. Acres Cannabis - Las Vegas, NV 2320 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  2. Black Jack Collective Delivery - Las Vegas, NV 1860 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  3. Blum - Reno, NV 1085 S. Virginia St. Suite A Reno, NV 89502
  4. Blum Western - Las Vegas, NV 1921 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  5. Blum Decatur - Las Vegas, NV 3650 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
  6. Blum Desert Inn - Las Vegas, NV 1130 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  7. Canopi (Southwest) - Las Vegas, NV 6540 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89139
  8. Cannacopia - Las Vegas, NV 6332 S Rainbow Blvd #105, Las Vegas, NV 89118
  9. Deep Roots Harvest - Mesquite, NV 195 Willis Carrier Canyon, Mesquite, NV 89034
  10. Essence (Henderson) - Henderson, NV 4300 E. Sunset Road Suite A3 Henderson, NV 89014
  11. Essence (Las Vegas Strip) - Las Vegas, NV 2307 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
  12. Essence (West) - Las Vegas, NV 5765 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
  13. Euphoria Wellness, Las Vegas, NV 7780 S Jones Blvd, Ste 105 Las Vegas, NV 89139-6489
  14. Inyo Fine Cannabis - Las Vegas, NV 2520 S Maryland Pkwy #2, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  15. Jardin - Las Vegas, NV 2900 E Desert Inn Rd #102, Las Vegas, NV 89121
  16. Jenny's Dispensary (North Las Vegas) - North Las Vegas, NV 5530 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130
  17. Jenny's Dispensary (Henderson) - Henderson, NV 10420 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89052
  18. Las Vegas Releaf - Las Vegas, NV 2244 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89104
  19. Nevada Wellness Center - Las Vegas, NV 3200 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  20. NuLeaf (Lake Tahoe) - Lake Tahoe, NV 877 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451
  21. NuLeaf (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV 430 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  22. Oasis Cannabis - Las Vegas, NV 1800 Industrial Rd #180, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  23. Reef Western - Las Vegas, NV 3400 Western Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  24. Rise Dispensary - Carson City, NV 135 E Clearview Dr #119, Carson City, NV 89701
  25. Sierra Wellness Connection (Reno) - Reno, NV 1605 E 2nd St #103, Reno, NV 89502
  26. Sierra Wellness Connection (Carson City) - Carson City, NV 2765 US Highway 50E Carson City, NV 89701
  27. Silver Sage Wellness - Las Vegas, NV 4626 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102
  28. The Apothecarium - Las Vegas, NV 7885 W. Sahara Ave #112 Las Vegas, NV 89117
  29. The Apothecary Shoppe - Las Vegas, NV 4240 W. Flamingo Rd. No. 100 Las Vegas, NV 89103
  30. The Dispensary (Decatur) - Las Vegas, NV 5347 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118
  31. The Dispensary (Henderson) - Henderson, NV 50 N Gibson Rd #170, Henderson, NV 89014
  32. The Dispensary (Reno) - Reno, NV 100 W. Plumb Lane Reno, NV 89509
  33. The Grove - Las Vegas, NV 4647 Swenson Street Las Vegas, NV 89119
  34. The Source (Henderson) - Henderson, NV 9480 S Eastern Ave #185, Las Vegas, NV 89123
  35. The Source (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV 2550 S Rainbow Blvd #8, Las Vegas, NV 89146
  36. Thrive (Downtown) - Las Vegas, NV 1112 S Commerce St, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  37. Thrive (North Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV 2755 W Cheyenne Ave #103, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
  38. Top Notch THC - Las Vegas, NV 5630 Stephanie St, Las Vegas, NV 89122
  39. Zen Leaf - Las Vegas, NV 9120 W Post Rd #103, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Population: 2,998,039 (Population estimate, July 1, 2017
U.S. Census Bureau
Nevada Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers:
*- 23,489 (Current through 12/31/17)
*- 21,759 (February 2018) , Reports
Nevada is the 34th most populous state - 2,998,039 (Population estimate, July 1, 2017)
Las Vegas is the 28th-most populated city
Population: 632.912 (2016 estimate) , U.S. Census Bureau , World Population Review
Las Vegas Tourism
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - Las Vegas Visitor Statistics *- Year End Summary for 2017: 42,214,200 *- Year-to-Date Summary 2018 (As of Apr 20, 2018) - 10,274,100
Massachusetts
*MPX Dispensary Distribution (Massachusetts): https://imgur.com/pIN0pAA
*MPX Dispensary Distribution (New England): https://imgur.com/wk3e4Hs
  • Dispensaries 2 of 3 dispensaries disclosed: Fall River, Attleborough
  • Production Facility: Fall River, MA (40,000 - 50,000 sq. ft. cultivation and production facility)
  • Dispensaries: 3 (Approved for building, 1 in Fall River, 1 in Attleborough, 1 still being targeted)
  • 3rd dispensary targets:
  • October 14, 2017 - 34:08 - Near Wynn Casino, 34:50 - Third dispensary target: "Near Revere, not right in the city itself"
  • January 31, 2018 - 6:13 - "Right now we are searching for third location. We've got a number of really good prospects there."
  • March 28, 2018 - 16:29 - "I think we're pretty close on number three. It is a great location and I'm gonna refrain from mentioning the town but it's a great population."
MPX-owned Dispensaries
  1. Cannatech Medicinals, Inc.,- Fall River 160 Hartwell St, Fall River, MA 02721 (Under construction) April 11, 2018 - Patch.com
  2. Cannatech Medicinals, Inc.,- Attoboro 220 Oneil Blvd, Attleboro, MA 02703 (Under construction)
The company, which is building a facility to grow and process marijuana for medicine, sold 51 percent of its real estate and management companies to The Canadian Bioceutical Corp., for $5.1 million. The agreement was announced Tuesday.
The company is in the process of building a 50,000-square-foot facility on Innovation Way, next door to Amazon and Mass Biologics, the medical research and testing facility run by the University of Massachusetts.
  • TORONTO, Ontario, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation (the “Company” or “BCC”) (CSE:BCC) (OTC:CBICF) today announced that further to its press release of April 4, 2017, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary CGX Life Sciences, Inc. (CGX), has completed the acquisition of a 51% interest in IMT, LLC and Fall River Developments, LLC (“FRD”), Massachusetts registered companies active in the cannabis space.
The marijuana industry has become a popular spot for Fall River.
According to MPX Bioceutical Corp, construction of a 40,000 square foot marijuana cultivation/processing facility on Innovation Way in Fall River, Massachusetts is targeted to be complete in the summer of this year with cultivation beginning in the third quarter of 2018. Cannatech Medicinals, who is owned by MPX Bioceutical Corp, has been working on the facility next to Amazon.
They have also commenced construction on the first of three dispensaries in Massachusetts, including one at 160 Hartwell Street in Fall River near the Applebee’s restaurant. The Hartwell Street location will get their supply from the Innovation Way facility.
CannaTech Medicinals; Hope, Heal, Health; and Northeast Alternatives will all be in the running for licenses to grow and sell marijuana for the recreational market. Recreational sales are scheduled to start July 1.
CannaTech Medicinals is building a 50,000-square-foot growing facility and processing laboratory in the biopark on Innovation Way. It is also building a dispensary off Hartwell Street.
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers:
*- 45,505 (Current through 12/31/17)
*- 48,265 - (March 31 2018) - Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program snapshot
Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program snapshot
  • Under "RMD information", the current status of all registered marijuana dispensaries and applicants through April 27 2018 - Entries #35-37 - Cannatech Medicinals, Inc.:
*- Only two of three have "Proposed Dispensary Locations" (Fall River, Attleboro)
*- No siting profile has been submitted for the third dispensary yet, invited to submit on December 12, 2017 (same date as Attleboro)
Massachusetts is the 15th most populous state
Boston is the 22nd most populated city in the U.S. and most populated in New England
Population: 673,184 (2016 estimate) , U.S. Census Bureau ,
Not to mention the populations from surrounding states and tourism.
Maryland
*- Managing dispensaries under Health for Life brand
*- MPX-Owned Dispensary Distribution (Maryland): https://imgur.com/KrcT0g4
*- Melting Point Extracts - Maryland Locations (None available yet)
From the press releases below, I gather:
  • 1 production facility in Gaithersburg/Montgomery Country (through Rosebud Organics/Budding Rose, Inc.) (January 8, 2018) - No square footage provided. However,
  • January 08, 2018 - The facility is completely built-out and when fully operational will be capable of producing 825,000 grams of MPX-branded cannabis concentrates per annum.
*- Possibly at: 4909 Fairmont Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
*- Under "Pre-Approved Dispensaries": GreenMart of Maryland (District 6: Baltimore County)
*- Under "Pre-Approved Dispensaries": LMS Wellness BLLC (District 8: Baltimore County)
*- Under "Pre-Approved Dispensaries": Budding Rose, LLC (District 16: Montgomery County)
*- Under "Licensed Processors (as of April 10, 2018): Rosebud Organics LLC (Montgomery County)
*- Under "Pre-Approved Processors": Rosebud Organics, LLC (Montgomery County)
I'm guessing that they will be selling MPX concentrates through these dispensaries as they have done in Arizona and Nevada once their production facility is operational. I'll wait for the press release and theMelting Point Extracts site to update before factoring that into their footprint.
  • MPX Bioceutical Corporation (the “Company” or “MPX”) (CSE:MPX) (OTC:MPXEF) today announced that the Company, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, S8 Management, LLC (“S8 Management”), is entering into a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) with LMS Wellness, Benefit LLC (“LMS”) which will result in MPX building and managing a full service medical cannabis dispensary in the White Marsh suburb of Baltimore, Maryland.
Photo caption: A medical marijuana company has signed a lease for the space at 4909 Fairmont Ave., next to the mural.
A medical marijuana dispensary is coming to a long-dormant space on Fairmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda.
Rich Greenberg, of Greenhill Capital, which owns the building, said Budding Rose LLC signed the lease for the roughly 1,900-square-foot space about six months ago. He said work is ongoing to fit out the interior to meet the dispensary’s needs, and he wasn’t sure when the shop would be ready to open.
The management agreements with Budding Rose and Rosebud will result in MPX subsidiaries now operating three medical cannabis enterprises in the State of Maryland. The first management agreement with LMS Wellness, Benefit LLC was announced on December 12, 2017. Rosebud is one of only 14 licenses issued to process cannabis derivatives in the State of Maryland. The facility is completely built-out and when fully operational will be capable of producing 825,000 grams of MPX-branded cannabis concentrates per annum.
Budding Rose will operate a dispensary in a high-traffic area of downtown Bethesda, Maryland, in close proximity to the Walter Reed Military Medical Center and National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, Maryland is located within the Capital Beltway and is one of the wealthiest communities in the Capital Region. The dispensary is currently under construction and is expected to be operational in late February of this year.
GreenMart will operate a dispensary, under the “Health for Life” brand, in a high-traffic area of Baltimore, Maryland, situated off of North Point Road in the community of Colgate. The location is conveniently located near Interstate Routes 695, 95 and US Route 40 and a 15-minute drive from Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, Canton Waterfront, Federal Hill, and Fells Point. Within 2 miles of the location sits Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a teaching hospital within the world renowned John Hopkins Health System. GreenMart has been welcomed and supported by the community leaders of Colgate. The dispensary is currently under construction and is expected to be operational in April 2018 of this year.
Maryland Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers:
*- 18,000+ (Current through 12/15/17)
*- 17,000+ (March 20, 2018)
  • More than 17,000 consumers in Maryland have registered for medical marijuana.
Maryland is the 19th most populated state - 6,052,177 (Population estimate, July 1, 2017) , U.S. Census Bureau
Baltimore is the 30th most populated city
Population: 614,664 (2016 estimate) , U.S. Census Bureau , World Population Review
Training/staffing/spreading themselves too thin:
*- March 28, 2018 - 25:56
Future Targets *- January 31, 2018 - 10:03 *- November 2017 Presentation: Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio
California *- March 28, 2018 - March MPX Bioceutical Q3 Investor Call: March 8, 2018 California 15:53, 33:45
Ohio *- March 28, 2018 - 14:32 - Five applications in Ohio.
New Jersey
*- January 25, 2018 - Beth Stavola, MPX COO is invited by NJ Governor Murphy as a Marijuana Industry Leader during the signing of an executive order which would ease access to medical marijuana in the State.
*- 1:14 - "Beth, this one is for you. You represent not just you but the whole industry"
*- January 31, 2018 - [Beth Stavola MPX Bioceuticals Interview with New Cannabis Ventures - 10:14](https://youtu.be/Mffwj_sP7T0?t=10m14s]
*- March 28, 2018 - 14:54
Keep in mind they're in only four states right now and currently operating in two. There are other U.S operators with multi-state footprints (IAN, CRZ, LHS, MRMD, etc.).
A few private players:
*1) Acreage Holdings - 11 States,
*2) Columbia Care - 9 States + D.C and Puerto Rico,
*3) Green Thumb Industries (GTI) - 5 States,
*4) Cresco Labs - 4 States.
Also, there are the other companies with agreements/operations in both the U.S. and Canada (CRZ, SNN).
Once their RTO (April 30, 2018) is completed, MedMen will have the highest addressable market of the publicly traded U.S. operators (CA - 39.5 million, NY - 19.8 million, NV - 2.9 million, Canada - 35 million through their JV with Cronos). Not too mention the number of visitors each of those markets get annually.
That being said, of the current public companies, I think they give good multi-state exposure in the U.S. in markets with high population density](https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/maps-data/maps/thematic/us_popdensity_2010map.pdf). This doesn't even factoring their Canadian exposure once they get operating. We'll see where they stand in the U.S. market if they're able to execute on the Massachusetts, Maryland, and Canadian operations. Also, remember they're pushing the MPX concentrates brand and are set to get exposure on both coasts.
I can't speak on their capital structure or financials. Some other users can discuss that.
TLDR
Arizona - Operating
*- MPX Dispensary Distribution: https://imgur.com/Xs3otSd
*- MPX-Owned Dispensaries: https://imgur.com/bPQutTc
Nevada - Operating
*- MPX Dispensary Distribution (Nevada): https://imgur.com/l3SoaWl
*- MPX Dispensary Distribution (Las Vegas, Nevada): https://imgur.com/J9rM7JU
Massachusetts - Building/Not currently operating
*- MPX Dispensary Distribution (Massachusetts): https://imgur.com/pIN0pAA
*- MPX Dispensary Distribution (New England): https://imgur.com/wk3e4Hs
Maryland - Building/Not currently operating
*- MPX-Owned Dispensary Distribution (Maryland): https://imgur.com/KrcT0g4
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Roulette (Luck Based Support)

Name: Roulette

Real Name: Faith Collins

Height: 5'4"

Age: 28

Nationality: American

Occupation: Physicist // Deputy Minister of Physics

Base of Operations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA // Oasis, Iraq

Affiliation: Talon

Role: Support

Total Health: 200

Movement Speed: 5.5 m/s

1st Spawn Quote: "Let's go, I'm feeling lucky."

Difficulty: ✮✮✮

Bio

Once a promising student of theoretical physics, Faith Collins has become a gambling obsessed adrenaline addict who works for Talon under the name 'Roulette' to fund her esoteric experiments in manipulating probability.

Faith Collins felt like the least lucky woman on planet Earth. She began her career as a beleaguered student of theoretical physics but after years of constantly being criticized for her interest in using quantum physics to predict the future, she was devastated to discover she could not find anyone to fund her research. Because she was unable to work in academia with her reputation ruined, she turned to gambling as a source of income. It seemed her bad luck would follow her everywhere however, as she saw no success in the casinos and lost much of her savings.
Faith refused to be beaten a second time and began counting cards to get an edge in the game. As she began winning and making a name for herself, she began testing her luck at other games of chance and found herself thoroughly addicted to them. With the winnings she made counting cards she could afford to lose money on other games, but she craved the rush of victory. She began applying her research to cheating at the various games of chance she had become addicted to, going so far as smuggling equipment into the casinos with her. Before long she had developed a system of manipulating quantum mechanics to guarantee favorable outcomes for herself. The thrill of gambling and cheating was more exciting than anything Faith had ever experienced before and she felt like she was the queen of the world. That is, until she finally got caught.
Becoming increasingly addicted to the thrill of gambling and overconfident in her ability to cheat without getting caught, she entered a high stakes underground poker tournament. While she easily won several games, she was sloppy and far too focused on chasing her victory high to be appropriately cautious. She was discovered long before she could ever reach the finals and the shadowy underground did not treat cheaters gently. Faith quickly thought of a solution, and using her cheating devices, she manipulated probability to make a miraculous escape.
Now ostracized for the second time in her life, Faith fled for several months, using her research to narrowly escape capture time and time again. She soon began to enjoy the rush she felt during these life or deaths scenarios, but needed to secure funding to continue her work. She reached out to the Oasis Ministry of Physics with her research and they were more than happy to grant Faith asylum in exchange for her contribution to their efforts. She began working for them and genuinely enjoyed her research, she even caught the eye of the Minister of Physics and was promoted to Deputy Minister in time. However, old habits die hard.
Faith was an addict, and found it impossible to reach the same adrenaline highs without putting her life in danger. In an impulsive move she interfered with a battle between the new Overwatch and Talon when they clashed in the Oasis University. Recognizing Moira as the Minister of Genetics, she used her prototype technology to manipulate the fight in Talon's favor, but not without getting herself injured. After the battle, she was recovered and interrogated by Talon. They took a thorough look into her past and research, and decided to offer Faith a position. She would work as one of their operatives, risking her life in Talon's exciting missions and in exchange she would continue her research and adapt it for Talon's use. Seeing no downside, Faith took the offer without a second thought.
Roulette now manipulates operations on Talons behalf, and her probability altering technology 'Lady Luck' is used to improve several of their systems. Faith is more than happy to get her high and complete her research under their guidance. She was sure everything would work out well in the end, after all she was the most lucky woman on planet Earth.

Abilities

Passive Ability: Lucky

Roulette builds luck as you damage enemies and get lucky results. The more luck you have, the more likely you are to get lucky results.
Roulette has a luck resource meter which starts at 0 and maxes out at 100. Damaging an enemy generates 5 luck. Luck is depleted at 2/sec. Whenever Roulette does anything at random, she removes the bottom X entries of possible results where X is her current luck.
(For example: Roulette is rolling 1d6. At 0 luck she has a ~16.67% chance of getting any result. This is represented by a table with 102 options, each result have 17 positions on that table. When she rolls the dice, the computer randomly picks one of the 102 entries in the table for the result. At 1 luck, Roulette removes the lowest entry on the table, leaving the result '1' with 16 entries and all other results with 17.
At 25 luck, she has removed all result '1' entries and 8 result '2' entries. This leaves her with a 0% chance of getting a 1, an ~11% chance of getting a 2, and an ~22% chance each of getting a 3, 4, 5, or 6.
At 50 luck she has removed all result '1' and '2' entries, and all but 1 result '3' entry. This leaves her with a 0% chance of getting a 1 or 2, a ~1% chance of getting a 3, and ~33% chance of getting a 4, 5, or 6.
At 86 luck and above, Roulette is guaranteed to get a 6 as her result, as all other entries on the results table have been removed.)
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Main Attack (L-Mouse, R2, RT): Pick a Card

Roulette throws bladed cards from the card dealer on her right forearm. The cards do bonus damage equal to their numerical rank.
Roulette's main attack is a card shaped projectile. The attack randomly selects a card form a standard poker deck table adjusted by Roulette's passive 'Lucky'. The attack does additional damage based on the numerical value of the card. If a face card is drawn and damages an enemy, Roulette gains 5 additional luck. Roulette will hold her next card in her hand so that the player can see what it is before firing. Roulette can reload with a full clip if she wants to change her current card.
  • Linear projectile type
  • 38 damage
  • Pinpoint spread angle
  • 2 shots per second
  • 70 m/s projectile speed
  • 16 ammo capacity
  • 1.5 second reload speed
  • Can headshot
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1st Ability (Shift, L1, LB): Heal-o-Slots

Roulette throws a Slot Pack that heals an ally and applies random buffs which can stack for big payoffs.
Heal-o-Slots, new build:
Upon activation, Roulette holds this ability in her hands (similar to Moira's 'Biotic Orb'), she can then target and an ally and press primary fire to throw the Slot Pack at the ally. After tossing the pack, it will track its target until it either makes contact or the intended target is killed (in the same way Brigitte's 'Repair Pack' does). When the pack makes contact with an ally, it will restore 50 health and randomly choose SPEED, POWER, or HEALING.
Each ally has three 'slots' above their health bar. Each time the Slot Pack chooses SPEED, POWER, or HEALING it fills one of those slots. Once all three slots are filled, the ally is given a buff depending how many slots are filled with the same kind. Getting two of a kind will grant the ally a buff which matches the kind. Getting three of a kind will grant the ally all three buffs. The SPEED result grants the ally a 50% movement speed buff. The POWER result grants the ally a 25% damage buff. The HEALING result grants the ally 25 self healing per second. These buffs last for 6 seconds and that ally can not begin refilling their slots until the effects end. An ally's slots are emptied when they are killed or if all the slots are all filled.
The table of possible results is adjusted by Roulette's passive 'Lucky'. While holding the ability (after activating it but before throwing it), Roulette can use the mouse wheel to cycle between SPEED, POWER, or HEALING. This causes 'Lucky' to adjust the table in favor of the selected kind. Heal-o-Slots will default to favoring HEALING, and will remember Roulette's previous choice until she chooses again. High luck always prioritizes the table towards getting two or three of a kind. Whenever an ally gets three of a kind, Roulette gains 10 additional luck.
  • Tracking projectile type
  • 50 healing
  • 120 m/s projectile speed
  • 40 meter maximum range
  • 6 second buff duration
  • 2 second cooldown
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2nd Ability (E, R1, RB): Polyhedral Defense

Roulette surrounds an ally with a polyhedral barrier which protects them.
Roulette surrounds one of her teammates with an polyhedral barrier that protects them from damage. The barrier begins with a random number of charges between 2 and 6. The number of charges gained is adjusted by Roulette's passive 'Lucky'. Whenever the ally would be dealt damage, it activates, preventing up to 75 damage over the next second (including the triggering attack). The barrier can only activate once per second and loses a charge upon each activation. The barrier will last for a maximum of 12 seconds and only goes on cooldown after losing all charges. Roulette gains 5 luck whenever the barrier activates.
  • 40 meter maximum range
  • 12 second maximum duration
  • 4 second cooldown
(The shape of the barrier becomes progressively less complex as it loses charges. It progresses as follows: Triacontahedron, Icosahedron, Dodecahedron, Pentagonal-Trapezohedron, Octahedron)
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Ult. Ability (Q, Triangle, Y): 52 Pickup

"It's my lucky day!" (Allies)
"You feeling lucky?" (Enemies)
Roulette launches an entire deck of cards into the air. The cards then rain down in an area, damaging enemies and healing allies.
Roulette channels for a moment then launches an entire deck of cards into the air. The cards create a 'storm' which follows 5 meters above Roulette with a 10 meter radius centered on her. Every 0.115 seconds, 1 card will spawn at a random position in the storm and fire at a random target. The card is a projectile which fires at 80 m/s and will select a target within line of sight and within the area. Cards will deal 40 damage to enemies (or any barriers or shields in their way), or heal allies for 40 points. A single target will not be targeted more than twice per second by this ability. Any cards which cannot find a valid target will fire straight downwards, hitting anything in their random path.
The table of possible targets is adjusted by Roulette's passive 'Lucky'. Healing allies is prioritized twice as much as damaging enemies. Low health allies and enemies are prioritized twice as much as other targets. Because the cards spawn in a storm above Roulette, they often fire at an angle. With higher luck the cards will attempt to spawn behind enemies and allies, so they are less likely to miss. Roulette does not lose luck while '52 Pickup' is active.
  • Area-of-effect field type (line of sight)
  • 10 meter radius
  • 1 second cast time
  • 6 second duration
  • Can not headshot
  • Roulette can be interrupted while casting '52 Pickup'
  • Killing Roulette ends the effect

Kit Overview:

With good management of 'Lucky', Roulette can provide powerful boosts of power and defense to allies. Because of her chance based mechanics and the need to maintain her Luck resource, Roulette has a ✮✮✮ difficulty.

Visuals:

Roulette Player Icon
Roulette Classic: This is a quick edit to get the general idea out there. I don't own any of it and it isn't a complete character concept in anyway. All of the Rare skins are edits like this to display color schemes.
Roulette's costume is designed to resemble a circus ring leader. It is made of similar materials to Symmetra's costume, an armored protective fabric. Designed to look visually exciting over actually protecting her. Roulette believes that she is too lucky to become seriously injured.
Her weapons designed to create her barriers and healing packs. They also house the decks of cards she uses to attack. They fit over her forarms.
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Rares
1) Little Blind: Roulette in a white and black color scheme. Designed to resenble a $1 poker chip.
2) Big Blind: Roulette in a pink and white color scheme. Designed to resenble a $2.50 poker chip.
3) Double Down: Roulette in a green and black color scheme. Designed to resenble a $25 poker chip.
4) All In: Roulette in a blue and white color scheme. Designed to resenble a $50 poker chip.
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Epics
WIP
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Legendaries
1) Vegas: Roulette dressed up to resemble vegas show girl with a blue and silver color scheme. Her weaponry and abilities would have more steampunk inspired effects and textures. While the silhouette is wrong, the concept inspiration is this Vegas Show Girl.
2) Macau: Roulette dressed up to resemble vegas show girl with a jade and gold color scheme. Her weaponry and abilities would have more steampunk inspired effects and textures. While the silhouette is wrong, the concept inspiration is this Vegas Show Girl.
3) Jester: Roulette dressed up to resemble the 'Joker' card with a red and gold color scheme. Her weaponry and abilities would have more cartoon inspired effects and textures. The concept inspiration is this Joker Card by 12-tf on DeviantArt.
4) Mime: Roulette dressed up to resemble the 'Joker' card with a black and white color scheme. Her weaponry and abilities would have more cartoon inspired effects and textures. The concept inspiration is this Joker Card by 12-tf on DeviantArt.

Achievements:

Blackjack Champion
Earn 21 postgame cards as Roulette in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray
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Luck Sack
Keep Roulette's passive 'Lucky' above 70 Luck for 120 seconds in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray
A note about randomness:
While she is an 'RNG' hero, all of the possible scenarios Roulette can create are actually constricted. Her passive farther constricts them so that the better you play, the less random she becomes.
So, in the same way that the spread of a shotgun is random, the number of Roulette's current card is random. They are both within a range that the player and the enemy can predict, just like all of a shotguns pellets with be within the spread. In this way Roulette is Predictably Random.
Also note that the hero stops being random in any way once you get above 96 luck.
Feedback Appreciated
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Going to Vegas in July - I've been doing my research so hope this can help others.

I'm going in July and have done some research.
Plenty of this is from the sidebar, but other notes are from many of other sources.
The Vegas Degenerate Tour ( . ) ( . )
Things to do:
Tips:
Clubs
Food
Sex/Swingers Clubs (Or; no, you filthy pervert - what's wrong with you?)
Drive:
Drive along east CA down US-395 and crossing over to Nevada after Death Valley is one of the greatest drives I have ever done.
Guides:
Edited to include corrections.
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Which are the Top Destinations of the US that Worth to Visit This Year?

Are you planning for the US dream vacations but not sure which are the best places that you can discover this year? US are the diverse destination that can easily drive you crazy. From Statue of Liberty to shining seas, there are a number of things that attract you to plan a trip to U.S.
While traveling to the US is quite expensive but still there are such beautiful destinations of the US that you can travel at the lowest price. The best way to make most of your travel trip to the US is to shortlist the best destinations in the US that can be explored at any time of the year. To help you explore the best of U.S, this article has listed some of the popular names. The world-class cities, some known for their history, some for picturesque architectural buildings and others give you a broad spectrum of places to choose from. Every region has its very own attraction and charm to surprise you. No matter whatever your interest is, you can easily fall for these beautiful destinations.
Here are the names of top 5 travel destinations that you can’t skip while traveling to the U.S:
Washington: The Capital City of the US
The capital of U.S has world's best museums and monuments to explore although at free of cost. This is one of the most common reasons that make Washington the most visited city in the U.S especially for families and school groups. Ford's theater, the National Museum of American History, the White House, the Capitol, the National Gallery of Art are the few popular museums.
New York: The Gorgeous City of the America
There is no city like NYC in this world. America's most iconic statue "the Statue of Liberty", the Empire State Building, and Time Square are some of the main tourist attractions for both domestic and international visitors. If you're planning to stay more a week in the U.S, then dig deeper into the NYC's architecture.
Las Vegas: Perfect Paradise for the Gamblers
Las Vegas, the city of Gamblers, nested in the heart of beautiful U.S. LAS is one of the most hustling-bustling cities that can offer you unmatched nightlife experience in the U.S. Its top-notch restaurants, fabulous casinos, and world-class shopping streets make this place a true desert oasis for travelers.
San Francisco: Most Iconic City of California
Take a cruise on SF bay to give your eyes a treat of beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is the perfect getaway for couples, families or solo travelers as there is a wide range of things to explore that perfectly suits your different needs.
Chicago: the Capital city of Nevada
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, has jaw-dropping architecture and museums to explore. That's not all Chicago has world-class food (deep dish, sushi, and hot dogs) to make your taste buds dancing. When you want to enjoy weather, food, sightseeing, there's no place better than Chicago
Now the question arises, how you can get over these destinations? This is true that traveling to the U.S always required high budget but with prior bookings and pre-planning, you can easily save the money. There are such reputed online travel agencies that can help you book cheap airline tickets and hotel packages to make your traveling far cheaper.
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Desert Storm (Ep1 - Lights)

P1 The sand was flying from the heels of Sara's combat boots as she jogged up to the top of the highest dune to get a better look. Her goggles were becoming heavily scratched as time went on. She needed a new pair to see further in the storm. Wind was howling and the sound became deafining if it managed to hit your eardrum just the right way. Sara could make out a smoke trail in the distance but couldn't tell which direction it was heading.
Dropping down to her knees she flipped open the flap on her denim backpack and shuffled through the contents for a pair of small binoculars. The directions of the winds were changing. She would use the swirling masses of dust to cover her as she peered out from atop the dune.
As she adjusted the lens she began to make out the racing stripes on the side of the dune buggy coming towards her. Her heart sank for a moment as she looked deeper through the dusty wind tunnels. No sign of the second car.
Snapping back to her backpack she retrieved a single flair gun and shot it high into the sky. The sandy sky lit up with red fire and the dune buggy jerked it's aim towards the origin of the flair. A few minutes later the buggy reached the peak and four soldiers flooded from all sides. Sara ran toward them desperate for answers and angry for all the time they kept her waiting for their return.
"Where are they?" she snarled at the men. "Where is Captain Harris and the rest of Team 6?"
The soldiers assembled to begin answering the bombardment of questions. Sargent Jenner spoke up first, hoping to take the heat off of the rest of the team. They had just drove through a minefield, exploding with bloody bits and raining body parts.
"We separated just before we reached Miller Bridge. Captain Harris's team was funneled into the canyon by a pack of rogues. We lost radio connection less than a mile out but we believe they are hiding out in storm."
"How could you leave them out there?" she barked back at the restless soldiers. Fear swelled up inside of her as quickly as a sand storm can form. Fear had become a common emotion yet Sara had been lucky in the past few weeks to learn to keep her fear in check. Only allowing it to surface when she could no longer contain it. Fear would get you killed, emotion would lead to heartache.
"They're going to make it out," another, lower ranked soldier butted in.
Sargent Jenner shoved the young blood back a few steps in attempt to silence his interruption. The youngster pushed back and ultimately broke through his superiors grasp.
"We have to trust that they will make it out of this storm and meet us back at base." He continued.
Sara noticed this newbies name tag read "Brooks". He had no other distinguishing symbols on his canvas vest yet his disrespectful interuption sounded like a leader in the making. Assertive yet lacking in tact. Sara feared this could however lead to his untimely demise. Now was not the time to contemplate the reason behind this soldiers outburst but it was true that team 6 was more than capable of outlasting a sandstorm of this size.
"Well send out a search group tonight after the wind dies down. They should make it back before then. If not, we'll look for them then." Sargent Jenner reassured Sara of their intentions and convinced her to wait on the team.
P2
Base camp was a reinforced military training camp in the heart of the Nevada desert. Not everyone living there were original members of the squadron. Many of the remaining survivors were flown in or bussed in from surrounding transit hubs. At first the population topped 1,500 survivors crammed into 9 bunkers, 3 common areas, and 15 airplane hangers. Space was tight. There were only 600 mattresses and a food supply to sustain those 600 people for a few months.
Six months have passed since the outbreak and casualties have been part of the process. The rogues hit the camp with stolen weapons smuggled out from secret moles that snuck in among groups of refugees. With one massive show of force against a distracted and unsuspecting military base the rogues were able to take out about a third of the population; strong and weak alike.
The undead have also left their mark on the survivors. There was a lot to learn about the disease in the early days. Without properly disposing of the bodies, reanimation became a problem. Hoards of undead flesh eaters could travel for miles across the desert and would occasionally pile up at the fences. They were also hard to spot in a sandstorm. The particles tore at the rotting flesh and left the corpses ripped and tattered. This would slow them, but didn't seem to stop them.
Sara was among one of the groups bussed in from Las Vegas. She was a dancer and an athlete. She had a 4.0 GPA in highschool but dropped out of the dance academy when her mother disappeared with her abusive boyfriend. Sara spent the next few years pouring her heartache into her training. She grew stronger. And then the disease started to spread.
The undead began to take over the city, consuming anyone and anything that got close enough to them. Sara had her share of close calls. The city of Las Vegas was a breeding ground for the virus in the first few weeks. The virus spread faster than anyone could have imagined. Many luxury hotel guests were trapped in their suites for days. When they came out to resupply they would be picked off one by one. No-one was immune to the viciousness of the virus. The police force and the military started to quarantine survivors. Installing huge barricades around some of the largest buildings and hotels. Sara had fought her way to the MGM Grand where she once use to work at as a waitress. All alone she had managed to sneak past many of the undead. If she planned each move precisely, she could avoid any confrontations and outrun any minor aggressors. The streets were littered with bodies, blood poured into the sewers. As people tried to leave the city they were overwhelmed by the sheer number of the undead.
Once inside the extravagant hotel Sara was able to relax, if only for a short time. She met up with a few of her old coworker; showgirls, wait staff, and casino conartists. Jessie was a Nebraska implant. Her beautiful red hair and porcelain complexion landed her in the spotlight of a few major stage productions. She was an actress at heart but after a brief failure in Hollywood, she moved a second time, out to Vegas. Sara recognized her immediately while walking the endless hallways of the hotel. Jessie was leaned up against her suites door sobbing. Her beautiful red curls were strapped to the top of her head in a messy bun. Her shirt showed signs of a struggle, some blood stains and rips. Sara ran over to her, dodging the strangers also wandering the halls in mourning. Jesse recognized Sara's face as a friendly coworker and collapsed into her arms without speaking a word.
The next week was a blur of terror. The tight space and masses of people contributed to the spread of the disease within the hotel. No-one inside the city was safe. Soon the friends got word that the military was abandoning their posts and heading into the desert to seek asylum. The population of the hotel was starting to dwindle. People that were bitten would die and reanimate in the hotel. Many people committed suicide, some hanging themselves in their rooms while others were jumping from their windows and off of the roof. It was the "opt-out" movement. A time when the emotionally weak realized they wanted to die in their own way, not glaring into the decomposing face of the undead.
Sara, Jesse, and few other survivors made a plan to leave with the troops. Marshal was a bouncer, and a boxer. Jesse introduced Sara and Marshal and the trio began to formulate a scheme to get them and a handful of other survivors onto the trucks with the remaining soldiers. Blending in with the troops would be their ticket to safety. Marshal gathered a number of uniforms from different sources. Dead soldiers, abandoned military supply vehicles, and sneaking into officers hotel rooms to steal their uniforms. They had 7 uniforms all together. A few other staff members would be able to go with them. But there was still remaining task of actually making it onto the truck.
A few days later it was time. The military was packing up to leave when the survivors made their move. They gathered outside of the hotel and scouted put which truck had the most space for their group. As they made their way across the airid parking lot they heard glass beginning to shatter above them and fall to the street. Soldiers began to scurry and shout out commands. Then the bodies began falling. Undead bodies, soaring through the air from the 8th or 9th floor. The quarantined floor. Gunshots started ringing out as soldiers were taking out the surviving corpses that mostly crawled out from the glass. There were about 50 corpses flooding from the broken window. Sara looked up just as a reanimated corpse landed on a nearby soldier. Instinctively she ran over to the clump of flesh and kicked it off of the soldier. The troops quickly retreated. The soldier Sara rescued grabbed her by the hand and jerked her into the back of a canvas truck. She screamed out for her friends who ran to join her as the trucks headed out for their desert asylum.
P3.
The journey into the desert took a few days. Complications and inconveniences kept arising causing the caravan to slow down and veer off course. Sara, Jessie, and Marshal advised their undercover comrades to stay in character as long as possible, or risk being found out and killed. Or worse, left to die in the desert.
The disguises worked, the team could blend in with the troops as long as they kept quiet and attempted to follow orders that were given to them.
Once the caravan finally arrived inside the compound the three friends continued to ride out their plan. The first few weeks were hard. The local government was beginning to fall into anarchy as the virus spread through the country. The soldiers became hostile towards eachother and greedy for any new power positions that became available after the death of a fellow soldier. Sara and her team remained quiet, only talking among themselves about the future of their alliance.
"They're going to destroy each other and we'll be laughing our asses off while we wait for the dust to settle." Marshall had grown leery of of their militant saviors. Some of the soldiers have been stealing supplies and only sharing it with supporters of their own self promotion.
"I'm not sure it's laughable," Sara replied. "We've needed them to get us this far. We couldn't have survived without them and I'm worried that we will be forced to face that ugly truth once they abandon us yet again."
"We don't need them anymore, Sara. Not really. I'm ready to drop the charade. We've learned a lot from them but it's about time we cut ourselves loose from this game. This place is going to implode, and we shouldn't be here when it does. Even if it means giving up out sanctum." Marshal saw a light at the end of the tunnel but still lacked a concrete plan to keep them alive.
"We have nowhere else to go. We are in the middle of a desert surrounded by decomposing corpses that want to eat our hearts out. Do you think we're going to find shelter out there? Do you think a Quick-E-Mart is just going to appear in the sand, like an oasis? And we'll just live in there forever, happily ever after? Face it, we're stuck here for the foreseeable future. We have weapons and food, and respect as soldiers, even if we are the worst of the worst. Our skills are improving and we've made new allies. We can't give up and just take off into the desert. The heat alone could kill us. And we'll be just another undead flesh eater." Sara didn't trust the remaining soldiers but could appreciate her odds of survival if she could convince Marshal to relax and ride out this wave. The time would come to make a change but not until the group was unanimously prepared.
Marshall stormed off towards the armory where he had been assigned duty. He wasn't changing his mind so easily.
Sara went in the opposite direction, to find Jesse in the cafeteria. It was lunch time and the girls always met up for the occasion."What's for lunch" Sara plopped down on a bench seat next to Jesse. "Green beans and collars greens again? At least our colons will be squeaky clean for the dead when they eat us whole." Sara smirked but it made Jesse a little queasy. "Marshall's wanting to leave again. He doesn't get it. We have it made here, for now at least."
"Don't jinx us Sara." Jesse pushed her plate of greens to the side and looked into Sara's eyes. "I agree with you but Marshall senses something we don't. He thinks we can survive, or find a new place to resettle if we leave the troops behind. But that will make us deserters."
"We're not real soldiers. I'm not even sure the rest of the troops are real soldiers either. With the confusion and disorganization, who says we're the only ones smart enough to infiltrate the military. Besides, I'm glad you're on my team about this. I can't lose you guys, we've come too far together."
The next few months worked out in favor of the team. The instability among the troops had weeded out the weak and many of the greedy soldiers were exiled from the camp. Sara had gained the trust of Sargent Jenner, the soldier she rescued from the falling dead. He had made her Commander and put her in charge of organizing scavenging and rescue mission. Her skills grew exponentially once the turmoil settled and she began training with the troop leaders. Marshall became a crucial member of security. He guarded the armory with diligence and supervised most of the West Gate patrols. Jesse had remained low key in her own way. She was quiet, and not very strong. It was quite obvious that some people had grown suspicious of her and her role in what was left of the military. She took up gardening as her trade and was quite happy to be in the sun, creating life, and helping feed the survivors. If she ignored the stares and subtle interrogation she could happily tend to her plants and most doubters would become distracted by the next thing on their list.
P4 The next thing on Sara's list was to get Team 6 back to base camp. The sun was setting on the horizon and the wind has settled to a low growl.
"I want to know everything that happened out there leading up to Team 6 being trapped in the cavern." Sara scowled at Sargent Jenner. Her authority hadn't necessarily given her a big head, but it boosted her confidence in ways she had never expected. It was her responsibility to make sure these missions were executed with precision and safety in mind. She had to appear in control or more people were destined to die.
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[FIGHT PREVIEWS] Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao, Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez vs Giovanni Lorenzo, Anthony Mundine vs Joshua Clottey, Frank Buglioni vs Sergey Khomitsky + more

Wednesday April 9

From Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
TV: Main Event (Australia) Sky Arena (New Zealand)
Fight Thread: No

Anthony Mundine 46(27)-5 vs Joshua Clottey 37(22)-4

12 rounds
middleweight division
I’ve always liked Joshua Clottey. His performance against Pacquiao was such that it rewrote his history. He became known as the Ghanian Everlast punching bag. It’s not like he didn’t earn it, but it’s a bit disappointing. He was disqualified early in his career in a fight he was clearly winning for his first career loss. The next loss was against Antonio Margarito. I don’t see a planet where that Margarito would ever lose to a fighter like Clottey. Clottey has always been a shell fighter who emerges with hard counter shots. Margarito was free to rack up points all night long. His next loss came 3 years later after beating Diego Corrales and Zab Judah. His loss to Cotto was controversial and I’m gonna admit to you all that I thought Clottey won. I love Cotto, but the harder punches in that fight came from the Grandmaster. Clottey has since trekked up to middleweight and he faces Anthony Mundine. Mundine has a split decision over Geale as the best win of his career. I’m not counting his stoppage of Shane Mosley last year. Mosley has always had back problems (if you watch the first De La Hoya fight, he tells his dad in the corner about it.) I think given Mosley is a couple years from social security, it’s forgivable
All that said, I’m going to take Clottey. His experience with some of the best welterweights of this past decade should prepare him to beat 38 year old Mundine.
From Hua Hin, Thailand
TV: 9 (Thailand)
Fight Thread: No

Sirimongkol Singwancha 76(48)-2 vs TBA

12 rounds
welterweight division
The only reason this is here is because he’s next in line to face Floyd Mayweather. Wait, just kidding. Earlier this week there was a thread asking for the most padded records in the game. I think Singwancha has thrown his hat into the mix.

Thursday April 10

From BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York
TV: GoFightLive.TV
Fight Thread: No

Ievgen Khytrov 3(3)-0 vs Jas Phipps 4(1)-2

6 rounds
middleweight division
Khytrov is a decorated amateur who some are projecting to be the next Golovkin. Put this guy on your watch list. If nothing else, he’s exciting to watch.

Friday April 11

From Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, California
TV: No
Fight Thread: No

Mercito Gesta 26(14)-1-1 Edgar Riovalle 37(26)-17-2

8 rounds
lightweight division
What happened to you Mercito? You were contending for knockouts of the year on Friday Night Fights and you fought on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard for the lightweight championship… and now you’re fighting an 8 rounder in some dirt field under Schaefer’s banner. You were seen as a potential candidate to be the next Filipino sensation given the knockouts you were scoring…
The Vazquez fight proved a couple of things. One, don’t question Gesta’s heart. The guy went out and never stopped trying to knock Vazquez out. That can be completely frustrating when fighting a master like Vazquez. Especially when you’re falling asleep. The other thing Gesta proved was that he’s a bit of a gunner. Gesta looked crude against Vazquez. He looked like a knockout was the only way he could beat a guy who had adept boxing skill. Gesta needs to improve that to make the next step in his career and at 26 there’s still time. I’m not sure who’s training him, but I’m not counting this kid out. With the right training, I think Gesta could turn into a force at lightweight. Riovalle is a tough opponent. In fact, this will be a good barometer for where Gesta is.
From Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: ESPN2
Fight Thread: Yes

Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez 27(21)-0 vs Giovanni Lorenzo 33(25)-6

10 rounds
super middleweight division
All you guys out there that like to find out and watch the next wave of prospects, tune in. Seriously. Sanchez is 22 years old, he’s tall, he’s a southpaw, he’s just about everything you want to see in a Mexican prospect. He goes to the body, he’s aggressive, but the key to Sanchez is he’s also smart. He can move, he uses his jab to keep his opponents at a safe range, he throws in combination, and he’s got some pop. He’s still got some flaws, his defense is a bit frantic, but wait till you see his right hook. This could be Gilberto’s coming out party. He’s got a marketable look, too. His opponent is no Andre Ward, but let me tell you this: He’s gonna test Ramirez. This guy has been in with a ton of experienced guys. He took Sam Soliman, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Felix Sturm, and Sebastian Sylvester the distance. Only Danny Jacobs has stopped him and it’s not like Jacobs doesn’t hit hard. I’m excited about this match. A future fight between Chavez Jr and Gilberto Ramirez would be bananas in Mexico. All he’s gotta do is keep on winning.

Jesse Hart 12(10)-0 vs Samuel Clarkson 10(6)-2

8 rounds
super middleweight division
Jesse Hart is a Philly fighter with an amateur pedigree. I like what I’ve seen from him. He’s got power and he’s not afraid to open up. I think this is supposed to be a showcase fight for Hart. Clarkson doesn’t have the strongest chin so look for Hart to stop the kid.

Haskell Rhodes 19(9)-0 vs Alejandro Rodriguez 21(12)-13-1

8 rounds
lightweight division

Egor Mekhontsev 2(2)-0 vs Dwayne Williams 5(2)-1

6 rounds
light heavyweight division
The Olympic gold medalist from the 2012 London Games returns to action. Mekhontsev looked spectacular in his fight on the Shiming undercard in February, but his opponent also looked like a guy this picked out waiting in line at the grocery store. Top Rank has high hopes for Mekhontsev, but the light heavyweight division may not have much room for him. I hope ESPN shows this fight.

Saturday April 12

From Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark
TV: 3+ (Denmark) TV 3 Sport 2 (Denmark) Viasat Sport (Norway) PolSat Sport (Poland)
Fight Thread: No

Erik Skoglund 19(10)-0 vs Danilo D’Agata 12(3)-1-1

12 rounds
EBU-EU light heavyweight title
There’s no room for you guys in the light heavyweight division. Sorry.

David Price 16(14)-2 vs Ondrej Pala 33(23)-4

8 rounds
heavyweight division
Remember when Price was seen as the heir to the Klitschko throne. That he would be the guy to finally knock out Dr Steelhammer? Then Tony Thompson came and pissed all over it… That was a good lesson in how size and power severely overrate and blind people to the real inadequacies and shortcomings of fighters. Price is on the rebuild here his faces a guy who didn’t look too bad last year against Dereck Chisora. That is until the bizarre finish/stoppage. The way I feel about Price is similar to the way I feel about watching Steve Nash play basketball. I love the guy and want to see him do great, but I know how injury prone he is. Every move he makes, every corner he turns, every jump makes me cringe at the potential of him tweaking or aggravating something. It’s nerve racking. I wouldn’t be surprised here is Price doesn’t fair too well. His last fight was over in a minute and was not long enough to show that price has learned anything since getting stopped twice by old man Thompson. This should be interesting as long as it lasts.

Andy Lee 31(22)-2 vs Frank Haroche Horta 34(13)-12-5

Who the hell is promoting Andy Lee these days and why didn’t we get Lee-Macklin over St Patricks day weekend? It’s unfair. I’ve always liked Lee. Emmanuel Steward saw something special in him and that’s enough for me to believe in him. Lee has the distinction of dropping Brian Vera in both of his fights with him, which diet heavyweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr failed to do in 2 fights with him. Lee also lost to Chavez Jr… but let’s leave the past in the past. Lee looked fantastic his last time out. He’s only 29 and I think could make a real run at the middleweight title.
From Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
TV: ?
Fight Thread: No

Manuel Charr 25(15)-1 vs Kevin Johnson 29(14)-5-1

10 rounds
heavyweight division
Charr was stopped by Vitali Klitschko, but other than that has been a good fighter. He’s fought mostly in Germany and I don’t know if I’m happy or not that this isn’t on TV. Kevin Johnson makes for real unwatchable, unappetizing, unappealing fights. Please look up his stinker with Dereck Chisora last year. Please, do it for me.
From Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
TV: Fox Espanol (USA)
Fight Thread: No

Roberto Ortiz 30(23)-0-1 vs Joe Emilio Perea 22(14)-4

12 rounds
light welterweight division
Ortiz has a nicely padded record that he’s amassed by fighting exclusively out of Mexico. Maybe Golden Boy is ready to start pushing this guy, get him some exposure, and then they’ll feed him to Broner or Garcia.
From Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, UK
TV: Boxnation (UK)
Fight Thread: Yes

Frank Buglioni 12(9)-0 vs Sergey Khomitsky 28(11)-10-2

10 rounds
super middleweight division
Leave it to Frank Warren to put on a card the same day as an American pay-per-view. Let’s stay on topic. I like Buglioni a lot. He doesn’t have one-punch power, but he puts his punches together nicely and takes his time. Thus far, it’s worked out nicely. Buglioni is only 24 and has a real chance to fight on the world level. Khomitsky doesn’t look like a good match-up on paper, but his record is deceiving… In his last fight against Martin Murray (you know, the guy that half the people here think beat Sergio Martinez, you crazy people) I thought Khomitsky probably won that fight. The referee gave the fight to Murray (of course) but the seed was planted. Either Murray isn’t as good as we thought and Sergio was just injured in their fight, or Murray fought the fight of his life against Sergio and now he’s done, or Khomitsky is pretty good… or styles make fights. It’s one of these things. Either way, do not get this twisted. Buglioni is still far from ready to be on the world level, but the potential is there and this is a good test to see where they should go with his development.

Tony Conquest 13(5)-1 vs Ovill McKenzie 21(10)-12

12 rounds
cruiserweight division
Hmmmmm

Bradley Skeete 15(4)-0 vs Tobia Giuseppe Loriga 27(6)-3-2

12 rounds
welterweight division
How the hell do they keep finding these guys that are even more feather-fisted than Skeete? This guy was probably the master of finding Waldo when he was younger. Maybe there’s another version of Boxrec with sortable columns. A little bit of trivia for you guys. Loriga was once knocked out by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The contracted weight? 153 pounds! Can you imagine a Chavez that skinny!? Guess how much Chavez weighed on fight night? Yep, you guessed it. 171 pounds. How does he do it? Maybe he’s controlling gravity around him. That is the only explanation.
I don’t wanna hate on Skeete because that dude has a done of balls and heart. He goes out there and fights his ass off, but I’m just not interested in seeing it. Skeete is pretty masterful at jabbing and moving laterally to keep his opponent from planting his feet and mounting offense. When he’s cornered, he steps in and clinches. First and foremost, it works. He’s not undefeated because he hits like Roman Gonzalez. But if he did hit like Roman Gonzalez, Skeete would be a terrifying fighter. In fact, I like thinking about this. Alternate universe Bradley Skeete. He’s just the same except he’s got long hair and packs 1-punch power… and he’s promoted by Ricky Hatton. But that is all fantasy. The reality is that Skeete has an unappealing style to even the hardcore fans and while he keeps on winning, it add up to a hill of beans until he either changes his style or knocks out a real contender.
PS. I was kidding about Chavez's weight. He really did weigh in at 153, I have no clue what he weighed on the night of the fight.

Hughie Fury 13(8)-0 vs Danny Hughes 12(3)-2-2

6 rounds
heavyweight division
Hughie is the more talented of the Fury’s, but they aren’t rushing anything with him. What I love about Hughie is that he’s a giant of a man who isn’t afraid to go to the body. This shouldn’t be too difficult of a fight for the big guy.

Georgie Kean 3(1)-0 vs William Warburton 11(2)-60-3

4 rounds
welterweight division
Guess how many times Warburton has been knocked out.. Click here to check your answer. I bet you were wrong. This fight will make it on the card because Gorgeous Georgie Kean is pretty popular and moves tickets.

Chris Eubank Jr 13(8)-0 vs TBA

unknown rounds
probably middleweight division
Warren is throwing everything at the wall here! Eddie Chambers is also on the undercard, but I’m not putting anything else for this card.

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