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August 15, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Willie Leon Pope, 71, of Williamstown, a pioneering black journalist who honed his reporting skills on the streets of Philadelphia, died of esophageal cancer Saturday, Aug. 9, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. Mr. Pope began his career in 1963 as a copy boy at The Inquirer, essentially as one of its first black journalists. He later spent three decades at the Press of Atlantic City, where he covered police, courts, minority affairs, politics, and the casino industry and wrote "The Street Scene.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie, in his first remarks about Atlantic City in the wake of news Tuesday that 3,200 more casino workers in the city would soon be out of jobs, announced Wednesday the convening of a summit next month on the resort's future. In a statement issued by his office, Christie - who was traveling in Alabama and Mississippi to boost fellow GOP governors - said there was "no doubt that Atlantic City faces real challenges as the city undergoes revitalization," while also emphasizing signs of progress in non-gaming areas, including luxury-tax receipts and retail wages.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2014 | Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The embattled and forever-troubled Revel Casino Hotel will close by Sept. 10, nearly 2 1/2 years after it opened, its ownership said Tuesday. Some 3,200 employees will be out of work as a result of the closing, adding to the thousands more who are also slated to lose their jobs at two other Atlantic City casinos by mid-September. Revel had been aiming for a bankruptcy auction, scheduled for last week. Instead, that auction had been delayed until Thursday. It was reported on Monday that Revel did not receive a qualifying bid, a factor that almost surely led to the decision to close.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials declined comment Monday on a report that there were no qualified bidders to buy the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Revel's board of directors was reportedly meeting Monday, in advance of a bankruptcy auction that has been delayed until Thursday. Revel is in bankruptcy court for the second time in little more than a year. Executives say the $2.4 billion casino will close and shed its 3,200 employees if a buyer cannot be found. A report Monday by NBC10 said no acceptable bids had been received, citing an unidentified source.
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
PORT REPUBLIC, N.J. - A remotely operated vehicle - with embedded camera - was lowered over the side of the survey boat and slowly dropped through the ocean depths. Ten, 20, 30 feet. The tethered vehicle, guided by sonar through murky green waters, began picking up faint images about 85 feet down. Parts of a ship's metal frame and iron-plated hull jutted from the silt. Anchors, a large steam engine, and the hubs of side-mounted paddle wheels stood like headstones in a graveyard.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four years ago, Gov. Christie stood on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and declared that his five-year revitalization plan would give the faltering casino town the chance to become "Las Vegas East. " Since then, conditions in Atlantic City's gambling industry have only gotten worse. The Atlantic Club closed in January. Showboat and Trump Plaza are slated to close this summer. Revel's bankruptcy auction, originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed to Wednesday. In retrospect, any notion that Atlantic City, saddled with myriad long-standing challenges off the Boardwalk, could become Las Vegas, was, to be kind, ambitious.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too bad a sparkling blue train with a mighty engine isn't around to deliver thousands of tourists to Atlantic City. There once was. The Blue Comet had streaked across the length of New Jersey, bringing 367,000 passengers to America's Playground in a run that began a few months before the Great Depression hit in 1929 and that ended a dozen years later. So where is this iconic train now, at a time when the troubled seashore resort searches desperately for new ways to again be a destination?
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Up and down the Jersey Shore, book lovers have chosen their must-read this summer: The Fault in Our Stars by young-adult genre author John Green. The book about two teenage cancer patients may be every bit as in demand at the Shore as Fifty Shades of Grey was three years ago, according to booksellers from Long Beach Island to Cape May. As have been any of the other teen fiction novels by Green, such as An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Town, as well as other books in the same genre, including If I Stay, just out in paperback, with a movie version to follow.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY - By late afternoon, the exodus was in full swing. Carting beach equipment, doing a little Kabuki dance of will-this-car-stop-for-me, a steady stream of people headed off the beach and across Central Avenue. With lifeguards on most beaches headed home, and the boardwalk starting to liven up, it would seem the beach portion of the day was all but over. But for people like Martina Wilkerson, a teacher from Vineland, and her teenage beach crew, things were just getting started.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LINWOOD - Here in deep South Jersey, they do not need any fancy-pants TV weather forecasters, with their Doppler radar, team coverage, and complicated love lives. They've got big, lanky, cerebral, nice guy Dan Skeldon, the Jimmy Stewart of meteorologists, working for NBC40, based just outside Atlantic City, soon to lose its NBC affiliation (thanks, Comcast), still vowing to keep broadcasting, out of the converted Frito-Lay warehouse on Route 9. For locals, Skeldon, 38, a Cornell University graduate, was the face of Hurricane Irene, the derecho of June 2012, and the big one, Hurricane Sandy.
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