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In brief: Tyson, Holyfield and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and more

Mike Tyson bites into the ear of Evander Holyfield in the third round of their WBA Heavyweight match Saturday, June 28, 1997, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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Hailing a decision

Fans of ride-sharing apps know full well that states like Nevada are resisting, primarily because of taxi companies that don’t want the competition. But a small glimmer of hope for fans of Uber and Lyft came last week in the form of a green light from the Nevada Transportation Authority for the Ride Genie app. It’s not a service for those with personal vehicles—Ride Genie enables smartphone users to summon limousines—but it’s a move in the right direction.

Time to start wining?

It seems impossible to believe, but Nevada’s two largest counties—Clark and Washoe—are prohibited from making their own wine, the fallout from a 1991 provision to assist rural wineries. But there’s a move afoot to make up for serious lost time. The president of Nevada Wine Coalition is hoping lawmakers will amend the current law at their 2015 session to allow the entire state to enjoy the fruits of the wine industry. It makes sense financially, and Clark County’s marketing muscle could only help the smaller producers.

Biting irony

Time heals all wounds, ears included. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on August 9, and guess who’s going to deliver the presenting speech? None other than Mike Tyson, the boxer who in 1997 bit off part of Holyfield’s ear in the second of two brutal matches (Tyson lost both, the second by disqualification). Tyson called his duties a “privilege,” while Holyfield commented, “That is great!” As Don King would say, only in America.

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