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NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Suzette Parmley, and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - With casinos folding like bad poker hands in this ailing Shore resort, Gov. Christie said Wednesday he would consider a proposal to create an emergency manager for the city - drawing a sharp dissent from its mayor. Don Guardian, who became mayor in January, called the emergency manager position unnecessary, because a state monitor was already assigned to review and report on Atlantic City's finances. "So the concept of a different title I'm kind of lost on. All of that exists right now," Guardian said in a phone interview Wednesday night.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ANGERED BY rumors that the proposed "Live! Hotel & Casino" at the South Philly sports complex will be granted a license on Tuesday, more than 500 residents jammed Stella Maris Church school hall on 10th Street near Bigler last night to protest. "Your civic leaders have done everything possible to stop this train wreck," said Barbara Capozzi, the Packer Park community director in the Sports Complex Special Services District. "We don't want to be the next Atlantic City. " Capozzi said that if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chooses the site at Packer Avenue near 10th Street over 8th and Market or North Broad Street near Callowhill, it would be disastrous for the neighborhood's 9,000 residents in 4,100 households.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie will turn his attention Wednesday to Atlantic City, which is still reeling from casino closures that have put thousands out of work. The governor was expected to attend a follow-up gathering to a summit meeting held two months ago that brought together state and local officials to discuss the Shore resort's future after four casinos closed this year - though Christie has not announced a strategy the state might pursue. The situation in Atlantic City is just one of the pressing issues in New Jersey confronting Christie, who recently completed a cross-country tour campaigning for candidates as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - State Senate President Stephen Sweeney proposed a plan Monday to stabilize Atlantic City's finances, as the resort grapples with mounting debt and decreased revenues resulting from casino closures and property-tax appeals. Sweeney (D., Gloucester) described his plan as a "first step" toward revitalizing the city, where four casinos have closed this year. A group of state, business, and labor leaders formed by Gov. Christie is to meet Wednesday for the second time since September.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - It was once a playground at Texas and Fairmount Avenues so feared by neighbors for its gang-related activities - drug dealing, prostitution and shootings - that children never played there. But on Monday, the Texas Avenue Playground was officially opened by Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, along with United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, whose embassy donated $250,000 to rebuild it and an adjacent soccer field. The site is about a block from the Texas Avenue School, and offers a recreation venue for it, officials said.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The gambling business is built on bettors' willful suspension of belief in the laws of probability. If state officials approve another Philadelphia casino, they will be showing a similar capacity to ignore the inevitable. The state gambling board is scheduled to meet next week "for the purpose of considering an award" of a second city casino license, and The Inquirer reported that it's expected to approve a casino near the sports complex in South Philadelphia. But the fortunes of the region's existing casinos have turned so sour that even the politicians who aided and abetted state-sanctioned gambling are urging otherwise.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BERNARD HOPKINS envisions himself fighting at 50. His ideal event would take place in March or April, within a few months of his looming Jan. 15 birthday. It would be held in Atlantic City, New York City or perhaps even at home in Philadelphia. It would pit him against a recognizable, well-respected fighter, someone who's "wiping everybody out. " And most importantly for Hopkins, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, it would be a celebration of his unprecedented professional boxing career.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The defensive depth built by Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is being tested. Luke Schenn is the latest Flyers defenseman sidelined - that's four D-men from the parent club since August, in case you have lost track - and it has made the signings of free agents Michael Del Zotto, Nick Schultz, and Carlo Colaiacovo more valuable than anyone could have imagined. Schenn injured his left shoulder in Saturday's 4-3 win over Colorado, and the Flyers announced Sunday he will miss about two weeks.
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