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March 4, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia auto shop owner Ronald Galati, convicted last fall of sending hitmen after his daughter's boyfriend in a failed murder-for-hire plot in Atlantic City, was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison. No members of Galati's family attended the sentencing hearing in federal court in Camden. Galati, 64, dressed in baggy, dark green prison-issue clothing, made no comments during the proceedings. Galati, who has maintained his innocence throughout the case, could have received up to 25 years.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Municipal bondholders owed $118.9 million are at the center of a dispute that is threatening the sale of Atlantic City's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel. But two New Jersey companies, whose joint venture built and operates Revel's utility plant and owes the $118.9 million, could suffer significant collateral damage if efforts this week to salvage the sale are unsuccessful. The two partners each have $20 million in equity at stake in ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., the plant that chills water for Revel's air-conditioning, provides hot water, and distributes electricity to the 47-story tower.
NEWS
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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April 11, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Revel, the $2.4 billion former casino hotel sold this week for $82 million, went dark - literally - Thursday afternoon. Power was cut off around 2:20 after its supplier, ACR Energy, made good on multiple threats to new owner Glenn Straub and shut off the lights to the 6.2 million-square-foot, 47-story Boardwalk property. "Everything is out, it's a dead building," a security guard said after the plug was pulled. It was a hard-to-fathom turn of events even for the endlessly twisty saga of the Revel, once predicted to be an Atlantic City game-changer and now standing tall, dark, and empty in the unpredictable hands of Straub, a maverick Florida businessman and polo player.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - Glenn Straub was looking for the casino floor. Just hours after completing his $82 million purchase of Atlantic City's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel, the Florida investor roamed the sprawling property Tuesday, punching elevator buttons, remarking on oddball details (a high-tech uniform delivery service accessed by fingerprint), joking, like any new beachfront property owner, about being able to house his friends in one of the extra bedrooms. He now has 1,800 rooms at his disposal.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Woods struck out seven, hit a home run and scored three runs to help Eastern roll to a 12-1 victory at Seneca in an Olympic Conference baseball game Tuesday. Ryan Keen, Corey Kreston, Tyler Dixon each doubled for the Vikings, who are ranked sixth in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Nonleague. Rich Bender tied Russ Spicer for second all-time in wins in South Jersey with 603 after Delran clipped host Pennsauken Tech, 16-0. Spicer coached at Haddonfield, Moorestown and Paulsboro.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
As South Florida investor Glenn Straub takes over the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in a deal scheduled to close Tuesday, he brings something to Atlantic City that has been in short supply: Cash. Last week, just days before his expected purchase of Revel for $82 million, Straub put $26 million into escrow for another possible deal, acquiring the former Showboat casino from Stockton University. But the 68-year-old native of Wheeling, W. Va., also brings a no-holds-barred business style that has left many deeply embittered by their encounters with the serial buyer of distressed properties such as country-club developments, golf courses, and yachts.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stockton University announced Friday afternoon that it would sell the former Showboat casino property to Florida developer Glenn Straub if it cannot overcome obstacles to create an Atlantic City campus there. Straub's Polo North Inc. would buy the property for $26 million, which is to be placed in escrow for 90 days. Stockton purchased the Showboat in December for $18 million and has spent additional money securing and preparing the site for occupancy. The university does not expect to profit from a sale.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns said Thursday that she would approve the sale of the closed Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City to developer Glenn Straub for $82 million. The long-contested sale - for slightly more than 3 percent of the property's $2.5 billion construction cost - is expected to close on the contract deadline of Tuesday, though many hurdles remain. Straub said in court testimony that after the closing, he would reveal his $500 million master plan for Atlantic City, encompassing Revel and other projects.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A PISTOL PACKIN' mama from South Philly is free and clear for the first time in nearly two years. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday pardoned Shaneen Allen, 27, a single mother of two who gained national attention after she was hit with an unlawful-weapon charge for a gun she legally owns during a 2013 car stop in Hamilton Township, Mercer County. "She fought a hard fight, but she stood her ground," Evan Nappen, a gun-rights lawyer who represents Allen, said yesterday. "If anyone is deserving of a pardon from the governor, it's Shaneen.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
PREDICTING THE project will be "the greatest success of my career," Philly-based uber-developer Bart Blatstein didn't just unveil his plans for the long-beleaguered Pier Shops at Caesars shopping mall yesterday, he put his professional reputation on the line. "I've never failed in my career, I've never not picked an area that was going to turn around," Blatstein told an audience filled with political and business leaders at a lavish event held at the four-story complex that juts out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk opposite Caesars Atlantic City casino-hotel.
SPORTS
April 2, 2015 | By Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writer
This one wasn't easy for the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team. The Quakers, ranked second in the country in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine poll, earned an 8-6 nonleague victory Tuesday at Rumson-Fair Haven to extend their winning streak to 81 games. Adriana Pendino scored three goals and Alex O'Donnell added two while Jess Goralski had five saves for the Quakers, who improved to 4-0. Rumson-Fair Haven, the Group 2 runner-up last season, was led by Brittany Bruno (three goals) and Maggie Jennings (two.)
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Christie administration extended the term of a $40 million loan to Atlantic City that was due Tuesday, a move that was expected because the city's highly-publicized financial woes have locked it out of the capital markets. Atlantic City now has until the end of June to repay the money borrowed in December to help the city pay its bills following a steep decline in property-tax revenues caused by casinos' successful appeals for lower assessments. Kevin Lavin, Atlantic City's emergency manager appointed by Gov. Chistie in January, said last week that by June he expected to have detailed proposals on how to close Atlantic City's projected $101 million budget gap for this year.
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