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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 14, 1987 | Special to the Daily News by Mary D'Anella
Miss American Pageant contestants Showing off in swimsuits in Atlantic City are (jumping) Susan Campbell, Miss North Dakota, and (from left) Katherine Ann Killen, Miss Minnesota; Nancy Humphries, Miss South Carolina; Cindy Hodgkins, Miss Illinois; and Patricia Brant, Miss Louisiana.
NEWS
August 15, 1986
A national television audience, including viewers in localities where casino-gambling proposals are under consideration, got a grim look at the realities in Bill Moyers' CBS special Wednesday night: Big Gamble in Atlantic City. The tragic neglect of poor neighborhoods and inhabitants - hardly more than a dice-throw from the glitter of gaming halls - was accurate and perhaps even understated. There were some flaws in the show and it might have been better balanced, as Inquirer staff writer Lee Winfrey noted in a preview.
NEWS
February 12, 1988 | By ROBERT STRAUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been 11 years now since mild-mannered former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, looking forward to the opening of Atlantic City's first casino 12 months later, put out his most virulent warning: "Organized crime, get your hands out of Atlantic City. Keep the hell out of our state. " By the time the Resorts International Hotel-Casino opened in 1978, many in New Jersey thought Atlantic City itself was Hell on Earth. The hotels were vacant, stores were being abandoned and the only thing moving more quickly than the pickpockets' fingers were the residents moving to the mainland.
SPORTS
September 26, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Atlantic City Surf closed out the Atlantic League regular season yesterday by edging the Bridgeport Bluefish, 7-6. Jason Law's two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth for the Surf, who finished 80-60 overall and won the second-half South Division title with a 48-22 record. At 6:35 tomorrow night in Atlantic City, the Surf will begin the best-of-three first-round playoffs against Somerset. Camden 7, Somerset 4 L.J. Biernbaum hit an RBI double for the Riversharks, who ended the Atlantic League season with a win over the Patriots at Campbell's Field.
NEWS
May 22, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Growing up in Atlantic City was like growing up in Disney World," says one longtime resident. "It was like having a carnival going all year long," says another. In Search of Atlantic City, a half-hour produced by WHYY-TV and airing at 9 tonight on Channel 12, looks lovingly back at the queen of resorts through the eyes of some of its sons and daughters. It's the TV-show equivalent of Burt Lancaster, in that famous line from Atlantic City - the movie - looking out at the waves and saying that it used to be some ocean.
NEWS
January 6, 1986
Atlantic City's 11 casinos reached a milestone in 1985: the $2 billion mark in winnings from gamblers. Preliminary figures indicate the casinos racked up a total of $2.13 billion, an increase of 9.6 percent over 1984. The city's first casino opened in 1978 and the 11th last June. Yet much of Atlantic City has a bombed-out look. Wrecking balls and bulldozers have leveled much of the South Inlet where low-income residents were forced out by land speculators. Surviving residential areas of the Inlet are a mix of vacant buildings and dilapidated housing occupied by forgotten people who are still poor.
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August 24, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Dave Coskey has spent his life working with heavyweights, and that does not even include the brief span in the 1990s when he marketed boxing and other pay-per-view events for HBO Sports, rising to the point at which Ring Magazine named him one of the most influential people in boxing. It was some of his other jobs in sports and entertainment during Coskey's 35-year journey, since his 1981 graduation from Villanova University, that make his life story so enthralling. Listen to this roll call of bosses: Harold Katz, Pat Croce, Ed Snider, Lewis Katz, and Donald Trump.
NEWS
August 21, 2016
A man serving a prison sentence for a 2009 Atlantic City shooting was charged with murder Thursday because his victim died, prosecutors said. Germain Boothe, 27, had been charged with aggravated assault and other charges for shooting Malik Green with a sawed-off shotgun inside a bar on Nov. 22, 2009. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison. Green, 30, who was paralyzed from the neck down from his injury, died in Philadelphia in 2014. After further investigation, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said they decided to file a murder charge against Booth for causing Green's death.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
An enforcer for a violent Atlantic City drug gang was sentenced Friday in federal court in Camden to life in prison, prosecutors said. Malik Derry, 25, also known as "Lik," was convicted after a six-week trial on charges related to his activities with the gang known as "Dirty Block. " The gang, which was known by other names including "Crime Fam," was led by his brother, Mykal "Koose" Derry, 36. Prosecutors said that between October 2010 and February 2013 the brothers and other members of the gang were responsible for at least eight drug-related shootings, including the murder of a rival dealer.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For The Inquirer
Who's the hardest-working woman in show business? It says here Kristin Chenoweth is a serious contender for that title. By the time 2016 fades into memory, the Tony ( You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ), Emmy ( Pushing Daisies ), and Golden Globe ( Glee ) -winner will have, in the space of less than six months, released a new album ( The Art of Elegance , due in late September), filmed a featured role in the coming Starz channel fantasy series American Gods , costarred in NBC's live December broadcast of Hairspray , and toured cross-country with her concert act, which she brings on Friday and Saturday to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. All of this comes on top of a multifaceted career for the 48-year-old Oklahoma-born former resident of West Chester (and onetime Miss Pennsylvania contestant)
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A Camden woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to luring a minor into sex trafficking in South Jersey. Aja M. Easley, 22, was charged in January - along with Aaron J. Gray, 29, of Camden, and Kenneth A. Mertz, 35, of Collingswood - with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. Gray also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities did not release the age of the victim or where she lived at the time of the incidents. Appearing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton, Easley admitted that on March 2, 2015, she communicated with the minor via social media, reportedly telling her she was worried about her because of a previous assault by the victim's former boyfriend.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Joseph N. DiStefano, STAFF WRITERS
As a heat wave gripping Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic stretched into a third day, city health officials said Saturday that there had been two heat-related fatalities, both of them older women suffering from cardiovascular disease. The city, along with the National Weather Service, extended its heat warning through Sunday evening and urged pregnant women, the elderly, and children at risk to avoid strenuous activities and working or playing in the hot sun. The two heat-related deaths, of a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and a 82-year-old woman from the Port Richmond area, brought the total number of heat-induced fatalities in Philadelphia this summer to six, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
ATLANTIC CITY - This seaside resort's woes are well-known. The declining revenues, the striking workers, the recent announcement of yet another casino going dark - Trump Taj Mahal, planning to close in October, the fifth gaming hall to pack it in since 2014. Like a gambler on a losing streak, Atlantic City needs a turnaround in fortunes. A good time wouldn't hurt either. That could be why its tourism bureau, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and Live Nation Concerts called upon the eternally smiling, wistful musician to whom gloom and sadness seem not to stick, the down-to-earth (and sea and wind)
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Men, women, and children stand outside the downtown Vineland Woolworth's in 1960 to protest the segregated lunch-counter policies of the retail chain's Southern stores. Setting a national precedent, Lawnside establishes an official holiday in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just five days after the civil rights leader's assassination April 4, 1968. And that August, four Boardwalk blocks away from the home of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, Saundra Williams is crowned the first Miss Black America.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
Two men were charged Friday in the shooting death of a 52-year-old man last year in Atlantic County, prosecutors said. Kyleet Blakely, 38, and Jamal C. Bradford, 35, both of Atlantic City, are accused of killing Franklin Dwayne Gant-Smith, also known as Kevin Charm. Gant-Smith, who had no known last address, was found dead on the front lawn of a residence in Northfield on Jan. 9, 2015. He had been shot in the head . Blakely and Bradford, who were being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on other charges, were charged with first-degree murder and related offenses.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
MGM Resorts International will hold a jobs fair Wednesday and Thursday at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City to help fill hundreds of jobs at MGM National Harbor, a $1.3 billion casino under construction in Prince George's County, Md, near Washington. MGM, which last week bought out its Borgata partner Boyd Gaming Corp. for $900 million, is seeking table games dealers, slots technicians, cocktail servers and bartenders for MGM National Harbor, the company said. The jobs fair for MGM National Harbor, which is expected to open in the fourth quarter, comes on the heels of the announcement last week that Trump Taj Mahal casino will close Oct. 10, putting nearly 3,000 out of work.
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