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April 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A PISTOL PACKIN' mama from South Philly is free and clear for the first time in nearly two years. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday pardoned Shaneen Allen, 27, a single mother of two who gained national attention after she was hit with an unlawful-weapon charge for a gun she legally owns during a 2013 car stop in Hamilton Township, Mercer County. "She fought a hard fight, but she stood her ground," Evan Nappen, a gun-rights lawyer who represents Allen, said yesterday. "If anyone is deserving of a pardon from the governor, it's Shaneen.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
PREDICTING THE project will be "the greatest success of my career," Philly-based uber-developer Bart Blatstein didn't just unveil his plans for the long-beleaguered Pier Shops at Caesars shopping mall yesterday, he put his professional reputation on the line. "I've never failed in my career, I've never not picked an area that was going to turn around," Blatstein told an audience filled with political and business leaders at a lavish event held at the four-story complex that juts out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk opposite Caesars Atlantic City casino-hotel.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Christie administration extended the term of a $40 million loan to Atlantic City that was due Tuesday, a move that was expected because the city's highly-publicized financial woes have locked it out of the capital markets. Atlantic City now has until the end of June to repay the money borrowed in December to help the city pay its bills following a steep decline in property-tax revenues caused by casinos' successful appeals for lower assessments. Kevin Lavin, Atlantic City's emergency manager appointed by Gov. Chistie in January, said last week that by June he expected to have detailed proposals on how to close Atlantic City's projected $101 million budget gap for this year.
SPORTS
April 2, 2015 | By Dwayne C. Nelson, Inquirer Staff Writer
This one wasn't easy for the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team. The Quakers, ranked second in the country in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine poll, earned an 8-6 nonleague victory Tuesday at Rumson-Fair Haven to extend their winning streak to 81 games. Adriana Pendino scored three goals and Alex O'Donnell added two while Jess Goralski had five saves for the Quakers, who improved to 4-0. Rumson-Fair Haven, the Group 2 runner-up last season, was led by Brittany Bruno (three goals) and Maggie Jennings (two.)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
SOME OF THE PEOPLE in this city feeling like they're living on a prayer were given anything but bad medicine when Jon Bon Jovi showed up yesterday. In town to chair a board meeting with members of his nonprofit, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the hunky rocker paid a surprise visit to Project HOME's Hub of Hope - a drop-in homeless center in SEPTA's Suburban Station. "Our Soul Foundation, working with Project HOME, helped procure this space," Bon Jovi told me at Hub of Hope, where those less fortunate can come in for a break from the cold and grab a cup of coffee.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With legislation to end casino tax appeals and stabilize this city's finances languishing in Trenton, Borgata and others confirmed that they have filed, or will file, petitions to appeal their 2015 property-tax assessments to meet Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline. Successful tax appeals by the casinos have cost the city nearly $400 million in refunds since 2007, which has depleted municipal coffers and put the city in dire financial straits. Most of the refunds are being repaid with borrowed money.
SPORTS
April 1, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traditional powers Camden and Atlantic City will renew an old rivalry in the feature game of the 14th annual Cherry Hill East Invitational boys' basketball showcase Feb. 13-14, 2016. The two-day, 13-game event will include many of the top basketball programs in South Jersey. Other projected highlights will include a clash between St. Augustine Prep and Winslow Township in the finale of the first day. St. Augustine is projected to return several key players from the team that finished second in The Inquirer Top 10 this season, including first-team all-South Jersey junior guard Sa'eed Nelson and standout sophomore forward Justyn Mutts.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Tom Torok, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two stories of Camden have emerged. The first comes from Gov. Christie and Camden County officials. They point to 2012 - the city's deadliest year ever - and say crime has dropped dramatically, thanks to a sweeping overhaul of policing that cut costs and added officers to the streets. The second comes from Camden residents and activists, who call comparisons with 2012 misleading. "Just because [the streets] are calmer doesn't mean the danger went away," says Angel Cordero, a community activist.
REAL_ESTATE
March 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Inevitably, beach weather will arrive this year, so it's time to take a trip to the Jersey Shore to check out the residential real estate market there. When we deal with the Shore, of course, we are looking at sales of both primary and second homes. And we need to look at the 2014 market, which Kevin Gillen, chief economist at Meyers Research and senior research fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, describes as behaving "with schizophrenic uncertainty.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trump Entertainment Resorts supports development of a Stockton University campus in Atlantic City - just not next door to the Trump Taj Mahal, the company said Friday. Stockton announced this week that Trump was threatening to invoke a 1988 legal covenant that would block use of the Showboat casino property as anything other than a first-class casino-hotel. The university bought the shuttered casino for $18 million to create an "island campus" for thousands of students, along with reopening a hotel on the site.
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