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September 18, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the car ride to Atlantic City, Ronald Walker inspected the .25-caliber semiautomatic he had specifically requested for its small size and quiet shot - perfect for the task at hand. "We were going there to do a hit," Walker, 49, testified in the murder-for-hire trial of Ronald Galati, an alleged mob associate who owned a South Philadelphia auto shop now belonging to his son. Walker, a career criminal, answered questions Tuesday on the first day of the trial in federal court in Camden, identifying Galati as the man who agreed to pay him $20,000 to kill Andrew Tuono, who was then the boyfriend of Galati's daughter, Tiffany.
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September 18, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The epic swoon of Atlantic City continued Tuesday as the Trump Plaza was put out of its stained-carpet, squeaky-revolving-door, no-room-service, center-of-the-Boardwalk misery, as its dedicated hospice workers dealt a final hand of blackjack. "Sit down and play a hand, you won't get another chance," said Shelly Orloff, an IBM mainframe system programmer from Bergen County, around 3 a.m. Gambling operations were stopped at 5:59 a.m., the official end of the gaming day by state regulation.
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September 17, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial opened today in the case of Ronald Galati, a South Philadelphia auto shop owner and alleged mob hanger-on charged with orchestrating a hit on his daughter's boyfriend. Galati, 64, faces 15 years in prison if convicted of the attempted murder and conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court in Camden. Andrew Tuono was shot three times in Atlantic City in November, 2013, as his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Galati, stood by his side, but survived the attack. In his opening remarks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richardson called it a "simple case.
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September 17, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge "reluctantly" approved Monday a Sept. 24 auction date for the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Judge Gloria M. Burns, who preferred to delay the auction until the following week, also approved a $3 million breakup fee for Glenn Straub, a Florida investor who has bid $90 million for the $2.4 billion Boardwalk property. "I'm not sure that extending the timing will make all that much difference" in attracting additional bidders for Revel, said Burns, who was more concerned with the auction being held on a day when the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown.
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September 16, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Vidilia Ormolea stayed true to her favorite casino here to the bitter end, squeezing in a final visit to Trump Plaza on Sunday - despite peeling wallpaper in the hotel rooms and other signs of a years-long decline. The friendly staff kept her coming back, said Ormolea, 67, who lives in Bethlehem, Pa., and said she has been a regular at Trump Plaza since it opened in 1984. It is scheduled to close Tuesday. "They took my money, yes, but I enjoyed myself here," said Ormolea, who was up $147.67 in free slot play shortly after noon.
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September 15, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
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September 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
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September 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Inside Boardwalk Hall, Miss Kentucky fiddled. Go ahead, make the joke. Was Ramsey Carpenter and her green fiddle the Boardwalk's version of Nero, fiddling while Atlantic City collapsed? Was the entire Miss America Organization using its collective blinders to soldier on last week, even as thousands of casino workers were losing their jobs and yet another casino went bankrupt before a contestant had even shown one shoe? Never mind. (Contestants who were supposed to stay at the defunct Revel were sent to Borgata.)
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September 15, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Yeah, baby, as always, it was all about the shoes. Despite persistent spitting rain that began 90 minutes before the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade was to begin, the crowds still crowded the Boardwalk - beneath plastic ponchos and umbrellas - Saturday to glimpse this year's 53 Miss America contestants and cadre of performers including marching bands, twirlers, dance troupes, and even the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders....
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