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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.
SPORTS
February 26, 1995 | By Bob Hoffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pleasantville ran its winning streak to 25 games yesterday with a convincing 67-54 victory over host Atlantic City in the Cape-Atlantic League championship boys' basketball game. The Greyhounds, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, used a 28-16 burst in the fourth quarter to beat the Vikings, who had won the first three league title games. Pleasantville led the defense-dominated game by 39-38 entering the last quarter but exploded with a 10-0 burst. Pat Davenport started it with a jumper from the lane, and Clifton Jones followed with an open three-pointer from the wing.
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February 28, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevyn Orr, the restructuring expert appointed by Gov. Christie to help stabilize Atlantic City's finances, told Bloomberg News that it would be inappropriate for him to talk about whether Atlantic City was a "shoo-in" for bankruptcy. "You know, nothing is shoo-in. But first of all I'm not the principal on Atlantic City. Kevin Lavin is the principal. He is the emergency manager. I'm just a counselor, a consultant in Atlantic City," Orr said in a question-and-answer piece published Thursday.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Investigators said Wednesday that an explosion that leveled a house and injured a dozen people Tuesday was caused by gas from a two-inch street main on Oak Avenue that leaked into the house and was ignited by a utility flame in the basement. Minutes before the explosion, police evacuated residents of the neighborhood following reports of a heavy odor from a chemical added to natural gas. As utility workers tried to find the leak's source, the house exploded at 10:32 a.m. Among those injured were utility workers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
J AY Z'S potential love child? He's a Philly guy. Beyonce 's husband is named as the father of Philadelphia's Rymir Satterthwaite in a closed civil suit filed in New Jersey. Satterthwaite currently calls Blackwood, Camden County, home. The suit claims that Hova and Sattherthwaite's mother, Wanda , who, according to Facebook, attended Lincoln High School, became acquainted before his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" was released in 1996. Satterthwaite was born in 1993.
SPORTS
February 25, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Martinak has come a long way since his freshman year. And that's just on the scale. "It's the biggest jump I've ever had for a wrestler," Haddon Township coach Brian Farnham said of Martinak's progression from a 113-pounder to a 182-pounder in the course of his high school career. Martinak hasn't just gained weight. He's become a more accomplished wrestler, too. The Haddon Township senior stamped himself as a wrestler to watch at the regional level with an impressive performance at the District 28 competition at Collingswood last weekend.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
One summer in the 1960s, when he was in his 40s, John F. Born took his family on a vacation in New England. "We came across a rail yard in Vermont, and he was struck by the mechanical beauty of the locomotives," his son Matthew recalled. "He became kind of a rail fan, and a couple of times a year, he would go on short trips and photograph railroads all over the country. " Eventually, his son said, Mr. Born became a contributor to the Triumph series of books about the former Pennsylvania Railroad published by Barnard, Roberts & Co. That was just for fun after he retired, his son said.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 44 years old, Stockton University is experiencing a growth spurt. The school, known until last week as Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has broken enrollment records four years in a row, expanded its geographic footprint into Ocean and Cape May Counties, and opened a slew of graduate programs. By fall, a new campus at the former Showboat Casino will fully open in Atlantic City and house Stockton's hospitality program and provide space for dance, music, and theater programs.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - They gave up their city cars. Or, in the words of city resident Frank "@JitneyGuy" Becktel, "HOLY C--- THEY'RE GIVING UP THEIR CARS. " Yes, the City Council of Atlantic City did what many in this turbulence-struck seaside town thought would never happen - they relinquished full-time use of city-funded cars. With Atlantic City in the dual grip of a fiscal meltdown and multiple emergency state overseers, City Council members said the time had come to park the cars back on the lot. "We're not in La-La land," said Council President Frank M. Gilliam Jr. He said the move was symbolic and wouldn't save much money.
SPORTS
February 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the frantic final minute, everybody in the sold-out gymnasium was on edge. Except Lamar Thomas. "I felt great all day," Atlantic City's junior guard said. "I knew we were going to win this game. I even knew it in the last minute. " Thomas backed up his positive thoughts with some productive play as Atlantic City rallied to edge Holy Spirit 54-53 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division instant classic Wednesday night. Thomas hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to cut Holy Spirit's lead to 53-52, then lifted a steal and fed junior Jamir Prevard for the winning layup with 0:12 on the clock before a roof-raising crowd in Holy Spirit's gymnasium.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Financial pressure on Atlantic City will intensify this year as taxable real estate values are expected to plummet to $7.35 billion from more than $11 billion last year. But instead of sharply raising the tax rate as the city has done in each of the last two years to keep revenues stable, the city is taking a sharper scalpel than ever to its operations, Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday evening in his State of the City address before the City Council. "This year we have no intention of doing that," Guardian said, referring to boosting the property-tax rate.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested and expensive legislative races in the state this year, Republican Assemblyman Chris A. Brown announced his reelection campaign Saturday alongside Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. The sprawling Second District includes Atlantic City, which is in the midst of an economic meltdown after four casinos closed last year, taking with them 8,000 jobs. The resort is desperately seeking other revenue sources to keep municipal services and city government running.
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