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October 23, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Charlie Birnbaum, piano tuner, homeowner, landlord, son of Holocaust survivors and famed eminent domain resister, had a message for Atlantic City about trying to take the family house, which overlooks a vast undeveloped area near the failed Revel casino. "Do you need more of nothing?" he said after final arguments were presented Tuesday to Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez in his dispute with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). "I think they have plenty of nothing already.
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October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A U.S. bankruptcy judge's decision last week to allow the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City to jettison a traditional defined-benefit pension and company-sponsored health insurance could spell the end of historically solid benefits for low-paid casino workers. Unite Here Local 54, the union targeted by Trump Entertainment Inc., Taj Mahal's parent company, said every worker in Atlantic City is under siege by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who controls Trump Entertainment through the roughly $290 million of debt he holds.
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October 16, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Tears rolled down Steven Pratt's face in an empty courtroom Tuesday and guilt spilled from his mouth. Pratt, 45, stood alone without an attorney, his hulking frame hunched over as he sobbed, and he seemed eager to skip the proceedings and head back to the place he's called home for 30 years - prison. Pratt is accused of beating his mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, to death on Sunday, less than two days after she picked him up from Bayside State Prison and threw him a welcome-home party at their house in Atlantic City.
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October 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday allowed the owners of Atlantic City's bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to void its contract with its 1,100 union workers. Whether the $15 million in savings will be enough to keep the doors of the troubled casino open is nowhere near a sure bet. In a decision delivered in a Delaware courtroom, Judge Kevin Gross granted a request by the casino's owners, Trump Entertainment Resorts, to end the contract, cutting health and pension benefits.
SPORTS
October 12, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WITH ALL the negative news surrounding Atlantic City and the casinos shutting their doors, the Soul and majority owner Ron Jaworski hope to bring some positivity to the Jersey Shore. It's not yet been finalized, but the Daily News has learned that a deal is in the works for the Soul to play two games at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this upcoming season. The first game would be in March - and televised nationally on ESPN - while the other would be at a later date. The Soul is in negotiations with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on the potential deal.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTIC CITY - As city police hauled away about two dozen of his casino union brethren in handcuffs at a mass protest last week, longtime Trump Taj Mahal bartender Al Messina couldn't help but wonder aloud: Is this what 24 years comes down to? What happened to the bond between the casino industry and its workers? Messina and about 6,000 employees were part of Atlantic City history on April 2, 1990, when the Taj, then dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by founder and former owner Donald Trump, opened.
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August 21, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jessica Heather had a bad night. Things had gone wrong for the 56-foot commercial fishing vessel even before it ran aground in Atlantic City in the wee hours Monday. Based on preliminary reports, here is what police and emergency responders said happened after the boat left port in Atlantic City: First, a crew member had to get back to shore because of a medical emergency in his family late Sunday. Then, with the boat on autopilot, the captain reportedly fell asleep. That's when the boat ran aground on a popular beach near Missouri Avenue, about 200 yards from the Pier at Caesars.
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February 22, 2008 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Jeffrey Barton moved to the Shore from Redondo Beach, Calif., a year ago to cash in on an unprecedented building boom here. "I'm here for one thing," said Barton, 44, who makes $31.97 an hour as a tile finisher. "The work. " There are plans over the next four years for $20 billion worth of casino, hotel, restaurant and retail construction and renovation projects, many of which began in 2003. And in a slowing national economy, all that development is attracting construction workers from around the country.
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September 1, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlantic City region is on the brink of a short-term economic disaster. Atlantic City made history 36 years ago when it opened the first legal casinos in the United States outside Las Vegas. Now it's doing so again as casino employment - which for years exceeded the number of city residents - drops precipitously after a decade of steady decline. The closing of three casinos, starting with Showboat and Revel this weekend followed by Trump Plaza two weeks later, and the rapid-fire loss of 5,700 jobs, draw historic comparisons to longer-term collapses of U.S. industries such as steel.
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September 14, 1987 | Special to the Daily News by Mary D'Anella
The women have arrived in Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant, and they're hard at work. Miss Nevada, Stacie James, works out on a Nautilus machine; Miss Texas, Jo Thompson, gives an interview. They're all hoping to be named Miss America 1988 on Saturday night.
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October 23, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Charlie Birnbaum, piano tuner, homeowner, landlord, son of Holocaust survivors and famed eminent domain resister, had a message for Atlantic City about trying to take the family house, which overlooks a vast undeveloped area near the failed Revel casino. "Do you need more of nothing?" he said after final arguments were presented Tuesday to Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez in his dispute with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). "I think they have plenty of nothing already.
SPORTS
October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
SEVENTEEN DAYS separate us from what, on paper, is perhaps the most intriguing fight of the year, and already Bernard Hopkins is "fired up" for Nov. 8 at Boardwalk Hall. "I really am. I'm really ready for this fight," Hopkins, 49-year-old Philadelphia boxing icon, said yesterday on a conference call with reporters to preview his light heavyweight unification bout against Sergey Kovalev. "I'm ready to show people in Atlantic City that Atlantic City ain't dead and Bernard Hopkins definitely ain't dead.
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October 23, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In an event seen as symbolic of Atlantic City's future, city and state officials, as well as the head of gambling giant Caesars Entertainment Inc., signed the final steel beam Wednesday to top Harrah's new $126 million conference center. Caesars Entertainment chief executive officer Gary Loveman said the project, due for completion in August, reflected his company's continuing commitment to Atlantic City, even as four casinos - including Caesars' own Showboat - have closed, and a fifth teeters on the brink.
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October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A U.S. bankruptcy judge's decision last week to allow the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City to jettison a traditional defined-benefit pension and company-sponsored health insurance could spell the end of historically solid benefits for low-paid casino workers. Unite Here Local 54, the union targeted by Trump Entertainment Inc., Taj Mahal's parent company, said every worker in Atlantic City is under siege by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who controls Trump Entertainment through the roughly $290 million of debt he holds.
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October 22, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billionaire Carl Icahn won Round One in a Wilmington bankruptcy court on Friday, when a judge ruled to nullify Unite Here Local 54's contract pertaining to health-care and pension benefits for Trump Taj Mahal casino workers. But he will face a tough fight from New Jersey lawmakers, who have indicated they will not back his request for massive state aid to keep the casino operating in Atlantic City. Icahn owns a $286 million first lien debt on the Taj. After the judge's ruling, Icahn revised his financial request seeking aid from the state.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In a packed church here last week, the Second Congressional District candidates, incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo and his Democratic challenger, Bill Hughes Jr., were like two fighters in a ring. LoBiondo, 68, the elder statesman, was seated to the right of Hughes, the bespectacled attorney 21 years his junior whose father retired after 20 years in Congress, making way for LoBiondo in 1994. An interpreter translated the steady stream of questions in Spanish from a line of constituents that formed inside New Jerusalem Church.
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October 20, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
For much of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo's nearly 20 years representing New Jersey's Second Congressional District, the Democratic Party has put forth what can only be described as cannon fodder to oppose the Republican - obscure candidates with little chance of victory. But not this year. Northfield lawyer Bill Hughes Jr., the son of the congressman LoBiondo replaced in 1995, is a worthy foe. But the potential that Hughes' candidacy represents is no match for LoBiondo's record, which suggests he's still the right person for the job. This is a critical time for the Second District, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River, including Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties and parts of Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, and Burlington Counties.
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October 19, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
In 2008, the Atlantic City Marathon celebrated its 50th anniversary. It had been the third-longest continually run marathon in the United States and a fixture on the Jersey Shore race scene. But in 2009, that continuity was threatened when organizers announced they would no longer put on the race. While runners scrambled to find alternative events so that their training wouldn't be wasted, the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate met with the volunteer group that had been putting on the race and asked if there was any way the JCC could help.
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October 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday allowed the owners of Atlantic City's bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to void its contract with its 1,100 union workers. Whether the $15 million in savings will be enough to keep the doors of the troubled casino open is nowhere near a sure bet. In a decision delivered in a Delaware courtroom, Judge Kevin Gross granted a request by the casino's owners, Trump Entertainment Resorts, to end the contract, cutting health and pension benefits.
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October 18, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Saying it "sometimes takes more than medicine" for a hospital to build a healthy community, AtlantiCare on Thursday launched an initiative to help defray health-care costs for thousands of Atlantic City workers who have lost jobs because of recent casino closures. AtlantiCare president and CEO David Tilton said the AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) is being funded by the hospital's foundation, and is intended to provide laid-off casino workers from Atlantic, Cape May, and Southern Ocean Counties with education, counseling, and assistance with health insurance coverage and options.
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