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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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May 16, 2016 | By Joel Naroff
With Atlantic City on the edge of fiscal disaster, the Democrats are feuding with one another, the Republican governor is saying "my way or the bankruptcy way," and the Republican mayor is calling out almost everyone. Meanwhile, nothing is getting done to ease the city's financial crisis. Ultimately, a decision will be made and it could have a profound impact on New Jersey bond ratings as well as the sanctity of public-sector contracts. Forty years ago, New Jersey moved to save a dying resort by legalizing gaming.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers on Monday appeared to make progress toward a deal to rescue cash-strapped Atlantic City, only to end the day accusing one another of subterfuge and naivete over the possibility that the iconic resort town might go bankrupt. "We're going to try to put something on paper today," Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) said early Monday afternoon after a private three-hour meeting of about 10 Assembly Democrats. "We're pushing to get this done," Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald (D., Camden)
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
After Anna Castelli Peraino ended her career as a blackjack dealer in Atlantic City in 1999, she still enjoyed going to casinos closer to her home in Philadelphia. But she never played cards there. "She didn't think it was a winning proposition," daughter Agnes Peraino said. "She knew a lot of people who lost. " Instead, Agnes Peraino said, "she liked to play Quick Hits, a slot machine. " Rather than going to casinos to win, she said, "she went for the enjoyment. " On Thursday, May 5, Mrs. Peraino, 70, of Voorhees, died of lung cancer at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | Staff Report
Hillary Clinton will campaign in South Jersey this week. The former secretary of state is scheduled to appear at Camden County College's Joseph Papiano Gymnasium at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 11 a.m., according to her campaign website. The venue is located at 200 College Drive in Blackwood. The presidential candidate is appearing in the region ahead of New Jersey's June 7 primary. Her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, campaigned at Rutgers University on Sunday and in Atlantic City on Monday.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With a Trump casino carcass next door and a local union in a protracted war with billionaire Carl Icahn, Atlantic City provided Bernie Sanders with plenty of material Monday. "I don't have to tell you too much about Donald Trump," the Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd inside Boardwalk Hall, which is next to the closed and stripped-of-all-branding Trump Plaza casino hotel. "You know more about him than most Americans. " Sanders took sharp aim at both Trump and Icahn at the impassioned morning rally.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The harshest and most surprising attack yet in what is unfolding as an ugly North-South war within the New Jersey Democratic Party was launched last week when the mayor of Jersey City leveled an extraordinary public broadside against his party's top kingmaker, George E. Norcross III. Steve Fulop, who has gubernatorial ambitions, charged that Norcross, a "nonelected official" and "non-registered lobbyist," inappropriately wields power over elected...
NEWS
May 9, 2016
Instead of crafting a desperately needed plan to help Atlantic City, New Jersey's elected leaders are staging a vulgar north-south, bicameral rumble in the Statehouse. They spent last week promoting dueling bills and holding obnoxious, blame-trading press conferences to distract from their refusal to acknowledge the real problem: Atlantic City needs money. Two years ago, the city lost four of its 12 casinos as gambling proliferated in Pennsylvania and other nearby states. Now it is lurching toward bankruptcy and likely to run out of money this month or next.
NEWS
May 7, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Atlantic City inched closer to bankruptcy Thursday as lawmakers spent hours discussing the Assembly speaker's proposed rescue legislation, only to cancel a scheduled voting session, and Gov. Christie said he would rather let the resort town go bankrupt than write "more checks. " "We do not have time to dawdle here," Christie said at a Statehouse news conference, adding that state officials had told him the city would run out of money in 10 days. That would not automatically trigger bankruptcy, but the city would face severe cash-flow problems.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The sharp rhetoric that has dominated the debate over Atlantic City's future reached a new level Tuesday as Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a potential gubernatorial candidate, questioned why South Jersey Democratic leader George E. Norcross III was involved in the discussion, and Norcross said the mayor was "making a fool" of himself. "Why is an insurance broker, a nonelected official, who has made tens of millions of dollars on the backs of public taxpayers, actively involved in drafting Atlantic City's takeover bill and then lobbying for it all over New Jersey?"
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITERS
TRENTON - After months of sniping among some of New Jersey's most powerful politicians, Thursday may finally bring some clarity to the debate over how to save Atlantic City from financial disaster. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) said the lower house will vote on a bill he says would provide needed financial assistance to the cash-strapped seaside resort while also demanding accountability from the city government. Opponents say it would not give the state the authority it needs to intervene successfully.
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