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October 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday allowed the owners of Atlantic City's bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to void its contract with its 1,100 union workers. Whether the $15 million in savings will be enough to keep the doors of the troubled casino open is nowhere near a sure bet. In a decision delivered in a Delaware courtroom, Judge Kevin Gross granted a request by the casino's owners, Trump Entertainment Resorts, to end the contract, cutting health and pension benefits.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
In 2008, the Atlantic City Marathon celebrated its 50th anniversary. It had been the third-longest continually run marathon in the United States and a fixture on the Jersey Shore race scene. But in 2009, that continuity was threatened when organizers announced they would no longer put on the race. While runners scrambled to find alternative events so that their training wouldn't be wasted, the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate met with the volunteer group that had been putting on the race and asked if there was any way the JCC could help.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Saying it "sometimes takes more than medicine" for a hospital to build a healthy community, AtlantiCare on Thursday launched an initiative to help defray health-care costs for thousands of Atlantic City workers who have lost jobs because of recent casino closures. AtlantiCare president and CEO David Tilton said the AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) is being funded by the hospital's foundation, and is intended to provide laid-off casino workers from Atlantic, Cape May, and Southern Ocean Counties with education, counseling, and assistance with health insurance coverage and options.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As shell-shocked officials scramble to help Atlantic City out of its downturn, it is essential to remember just why voters approved casino gambling there in 1976. Casinos were supposed to be a "unique tool for urban redevelopment of Atlantic City. " That is, the casinos should support New Jersey, not the other way around. A scheme concocted by Trump Entertainment would turn that purpose on its head. The company wants to sell the faltering Trump Taj Mahal to investor Carl Icahn, who would put up $100 million.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Tears rolled down Steven Pratt's face in an empty courtroom Tuesday and guilt spilled from his mouth. Pratt, 45, stood alone without an attorney, his hulking frame hunched over as he sobbed, and he seemed eager to skip the proceedings and head back to the place he's called home for 30 years - prison. Pratt is accused of beating his mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, to death on Sunday, less than two days after she picked him up from Bayside State Prison and threw him a welcome-home party at their house in Atlantic City.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein said Sunday he and casino architect Paul Steelman had agreed to buy the four-story, 300,000-square-foot, half-empty Caesars Pier shopping center in Atlantic City for a small fraction of its construction cost. A person familiar with the deal said Blatstein and Steelman agreed to pay $2.8 million. That's less than 2 percent of the $200 million-plus that developer Taubman Centers of the Detroit suburbs and other investors plowed into the project in the mid-00s.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - As city police hauled away about two dozen of his casino union brethren in handcuffs at a mass protest last week, longtime Trump Taj Mahal bartender Al Messina couldn't help but wonder aloud: Is this what 24 years comes down to? What happened to the bond between the casino industry and its workers? Messina and about 6,000 employees were part of Atlantic City history on April 2, 1990, when the Taj, then dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by founder and former owner Donald Trump, opened.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - It was a more optimistic time 11 years ago when David Welsh, a city tree trimmer in search of a house, heard of one about to go on the market and raced over to make an offer. After haggling, Welsh was able to buy the 1925 two-story house just over the Albany Avenue Bridge in Chelsea Heights for $190,000. Now, two years after Hurricane Sandy dumped four feet of water into his carefully furnished house, Welsh, 58, and girlfriend Francine Tiemann, 64, are finally past the trauma of the contractor who left them in the lurch after blowing through $62,000 worth of insurance payments and past the Hail Mary help from the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group, which finished the bulk of the rebuilding.
SPORTS
October 12, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WITH ALL the negative news surrounding Atlantic City and the casinos shutting their doors, the Soul and majority owner Ron Jaworski hope to bring some positivity to the Jersey Shore. It's not yet been finalized, but the Daily News has learned that a deal is in the works for the Soul to play two games at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this upcoming season. The first game would be in March - and televised nationally on ESPN - while the other would be at a later date. The Soul is in negotiations with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on the potential deal.
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