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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.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Atlantic City and the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel are locked in an intensifying battle over as much as $30 million that Revel owes for property taxes and penalties. Atlantic City wants to sell the right to collect that money by auctioning a tax certificate on Dec. 11, but it can't do that without bankruptcy court permission. The city asked for that permission last month, saying it desperately needs the money to meet its budget. Revel's property-tax levy this year of about $38 million - based on an assessment of $1.15 billion - equals 19 percent of Atlantic City's $200 million in expected tax collections.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A trio of Trump Taj Mahal waitresses - Susan Blight, Patti Pinchock, and Valerie McMorris - have been with the casino since it opened on April 2, 1990. All three said Friday they sense its last days are on the near horizon. "We just feel violated," said Pinchock, 53, of Egg Harbor Township, who held up a sign that read, "Healthcare RIP. " Added McMorris, 45, of Galloway Township: "A Delaware judge, with a stroke of a pen, took away our health-care benefits. Instead of being part of the middle class, we are now the working poor.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MAN whom Sapphire Wiggins told her dad she'd marry, the guy she gushed over in Facebook posts, is dead and the Atlantic City woman won't be there for his funeral today. No one's had contact with Wiggins, 23, since Oct. 15, and she was reported missing Sunday, police said, a day after the man whom she called her boyfriend, Kevin Shelton, 50, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in Runnemede, Camden County. Shelton was a father of two, married for 30 years, according to his obituary compiled by the Freitag Funeral Home in Bridgeton, Cumberland County.
NEWS
October 24, 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.
NEWS
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.
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.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MAN whom Sapphire Wiggins told her dad she'd marry, the guy she gushed over in Facebook posts, is dead and the Atlantic City woman won't be there for his funeral today. No one's had contact with Wiggins, 23, since Oct. 15, and she was reported missing Sunday, police said, a day after the man whom she called her boyfriend, Kevin Shelton, 50, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in Runnemede, Camden County. Shelton was a father of two, married for 30 years, according to his obituary compiled by the Freitag Funeral Home in Bridgeton, Cumberland County.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A trio of Trump Taj Mahal waitresses - Susan Blight, Patti Pinchock, and Valerie McMorris - have been with the casino since it opened on April 2, 1990. All three said Friday they sense its last days are on the near horizon. "We just feel violated," said Pinchock, 53, of Egg Harbor Township, who held up a sign that read, "Healthcare RIP. " Added McMorris, 45, of Galloway Township: "A Delaware judge, with a stroke of a pen, took away our health-care benefits. Instead of being part of the middle class, we are now the working poor.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Atlantic City and the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel are locked in an intensifying battle over as much as $30 million that Revel owes for property taxes and penalties. Atlantic City wants to sell the right to collect that money by auctioning a tax certificate on Dec. 11, but it can't do that without bankruptcy court permission. The city asked for that permission last month, saying it desperately needs the money to meet its budget. Revel's property-tax levy this year of about $38 million - based on an assessment of $1.15 billion - equals 19 percent of Atlantic City's $200 million in expected tax collections.
NEWS
October 24, 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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