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MAN FAKES HIS OWN DEATH TO AVOID UPCOMING WEDDING
Wedding season is upon us. It's understandable that some people get cold feet, but this guy went to extremes to avoid getting married — by faking his
own death.
Tucker Blandford, 23, met his bride-to-be, Alex Lanchester, in August 2012 at a college in Connecticut. They hit it off and quickly fell in love.

Lanchester, from the United Kingdom, was studying abroad for a year. When that year was up, they shared a tearful goodbye at the airport, where
Blandford got down on one knee and proposed.

They were to be married on Aug. 15. Lanchester spent over $1,000 on wedding invitations, the photographer, the wedding dress, and other
preparations. Blandford even booked a venue on the campus where they had met.

Then one day Lanchester got a phone call from a man identifying himself as Tucker's "dad," saying his son had been depressed and had "thrown
himself in front of a car," ending his life.

Devastated, she called Tucker's mother to offer condolences. Tucker's mother told Lanchester that her son was in fact alive and well.

Tucker later admitted that he had impersonated his father on the call. He told a reporter at the UK's Daily Mail: "I'm a terrible, awful person. I know I
shouldn't have told her I was dead, but I didn't know what else to do. Alex is an amazing girl, but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship."

Lanchester is moving on from all this and is back in the United States, traveling.

She's handling this well, but what do you think about how this guy avoided his own wedding?

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists
LAS VEGAS (AP) — While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their
money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a
heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer.

And casino pools that struggled to distinguish themselves in the high-flying world of day-clubs have found a niche in gay pool parties.

The efforts have landed the city among the top destinations for gay travelers, who LGBT tourism experts say are more likely to be childless, take more
trips and tend to have more disposable income than the average visitor.

But some business leaders fear that Nevada's same-sex marriage ban is preventing Las Vegas from reaching its true potential among the
demographic.

"We have reached a point in the state of Nevada where our current laws governing gay and lesbian marriage have made our most vital industry,
tourism, uncompetitive," said Michael Weaver, senior vice president of marketing for Wynn Resorts.

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