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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.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
My favorite thing to wear for cold-weather running is a pair of violet capri-length tights that I bought for $10 at the Nike Outlet in Atlantic City. The material is sweat-wicking, and the bottom-leg elastic is snug but not so tight that I can't slip a pair of knee-high compression socks under them. This setup is more comfortable for me than ankle-length tights. They are perfect for running, but when I wear them I become a target. My rear end was smacked by a group of men passing me on my way to the gym; a cluster of teenage boys paused while shoveling snow to give me their opinions of my butt; and two men in a City of Philadelphia vehicle yelled out of their window how they thought I filled out my colorful pants.
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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January 25, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following Gov. Christie's appointment of an emergency manager to deal with Atlantic City's financial crisis, Moody's Investors Service on Friday downgraded the city's debt to a level that warns investors of a high risk of default. Moody's cited the authority of Christie's restructuring specialists "to consider debt restructuring, which could involve a loss to bondholders. " "This is a rapid, dramatic change from the State of New Jersey's . . . prior policy of preventing default or bankruptcy of Atlantic City or any New Jersey local government," Moody's said.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian joked last week that despite the calamitous year his city had just experienced, "at least we're not Detroit. " On Thursday, Gov. Christie hired the man who steered the Motor City out of bankruptcy, Kevyn Orr, to help straighten out Atlantic City. It was a scenario that Guardian had strenuously resisted for his casino town and one that caught the one-year-old administration by surprise. The mayor met his two new high-powered overseers - one a bankruptcy lawyer, the other an accountant turned corporate restructuring specialist - for the first time Thursday.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Suzette Parmley, and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Christie on Thursday installed an emergency management team in Atlantic City, asserting that outside assistance was needed to curtail the city's financial free fall. "I can't wait any longer," Christie said, addressing legislative leaders, Atlantic City and Atlantic County officials, casino executives, and union leaders at a third summit on the future of the Shore resort, where casino closures have decimated the tax base and deepened debt. While he said the move was not intended to undermine local officials, Christie said, "We need to take more aggressive action, and that's the action that I'm taking today.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Gov. Christie's office sent out an update officially announcing that a new "Atlantic City Emergency Management Team" would be introduced following the 11 am. Summit. The team will consist of Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager for Detroit, which just emerged from bankruptcy, and Kevin Lavin, a corporate finance consultant at FTI Consulting who more typically advises financially troubled companies. ATLANTIC CITY - On the eve of Gov. Christie's third Atlantic City summit, City Council President Frank M. Gilliam Jr. said Wednesday night that the state was poised to bring in a powerful emergency manager to oversee city government.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Can Atlantic City be a real place, a city with a life separate from its casino identity? Philadelphia developer John Longacre (American Sardine Bar, South Philly Tap Room, Newbold) thinks so. "Every time a casino closes, I get goose bumps," he said. That's because Longacre - along with a handful of developers who are to gather at a forum at noon Wednesday on new housing opportunities in Atlantic City - sees the epic contraction of the casino market as the key to the city's reinvented future.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The loss of 8,000 jobs in Atlantic City's casino industry in the last 12 months has sent shock waves through the region's economy, but an even more precipitous collapse is underway in the city's property-tax base. Eight or nine years ago, casinos owned 85 percent of Atlantic City's real estate, based on assessed values, Mayor Don Guardian said last week. Now, they account for about 55 percent of the assessed values and are expected to keep falling, he said. A proposal by New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
SPORTS
January 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a typical Bishop Eustace game but for one notable exception: The Crusaders consistently put the ball in the basket. "We've been working hard on our shooting," senior center Brandon Cazan said after scoring 21 points in Bishop Eustace's 68-54 win over Eastern in an Olympic Conference interdivision clash of top-20 teams on Saturday afternoon. Bishop Eustace burst to a 29-6 lead in its best half of basketball this season. Junior guard Mike Cohen added 13 points for Bishop Eustace (7-4)
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
One way to measure Sam Jacobs' basketball career is by his own skilled and savvy work on the court. Another is by his uncanny ability to lead otherwise pedestrian programs to unprecedented heights. But perhaps the best is by the company he kept - especially among opponents. Jacobs, a former Cherry Hill West and Cornell University star, will be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Feb. 15. It is a well-deserved recognition of a career marked by surprising team success as well as individual prowess.
NEWS
January 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lamar Thomas says it's simple. "We play A.C. defense, we win the game," Thomas said. "In the fourth quarter, we played A.C. defense. " Thomas and fellow junior guard Jahmal Williams each scored 16 points as Atlantic City rallied to beat visiting Holy Spirit, 59-52, on Friday night in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division clash of top 10 boys' basketball teams. Junior guard Jamir Prevard added eight points, including a crucial late three-pointer, for Atlantic City (6-2, 5-0 in American play)
NEWS
January 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ronnie Gentile knows wrestling tends to lean hard on its participants. "Adversity is part of the sport," Gentile said. Gentile is Paulsboro's reigning state champion. He won the title at 138 pounds last season after finishing second at 132 pounds as a sophomore. Gentile missed the state tournament as a freshman with a broken ankle. He was battered and bruised - like most wrestlers who reached that championship Sunday in March in Atlantic City - as a sophomore and junior. And now as a senior, Gentile is battling through another health problem that has lingered into the new year.
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