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January 28, 2016
Boys' Basketball BURLINGTON COUNTY LEAGUE Bordentown 70, Burlington Township 44 CAPE-ATLANTIC LEAGUE Mainland 50, Cedar Creek 43 Atlantic City 79, Lower Cape May 40 Wildwood Catholic 85, St. Joseph 76 FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE Moorestown Friends 42, Friends Select 35 PENN-JERSEY LEAGUE New Foundations 76, Doane Academy 71 TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE DIAMOND Woodstown 59, Schalick 54 NONLEAGUE LEAP Academy 78,...
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Maddie Hanna and Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITERS
TRENTON - Back from the campaign trail, Gov. Christie announced a plan Tuesday for the state to take control of Atlantic City's finances. Christie, flanked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian at a Statehouse news conference, said "all three of us up here agree" that greater state involvement is needed in Atlantic City, which has been rocked by casino closures. Guardian's presence in Trenton alongside Christie and Sweeney represented a d├ętente in a high-stakes standoff that had state officials threatening a hostile takeover while city officials considered bankruptcy.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By JULIA TERRUSO & VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writers
SOME PEOPLE depend on the kindness of strangers. In this case, the stranger was Kindness. As cars struggled and swerved, stranded along treacherous Chestnut Hill side streets, Tony Kindness, 40, shoveled the middle of Evergreen Avenue to clear a path for a marooned Jetta. "Normally, they do a pretty good job, but for whatever reason, not today," said Kindness. "Right now, we're just trying to get this Jetta out. " As the piles of snow - nearly two feet or more in many areas - began to thaw Sunday morning, residents such as Kindness emerged to deal with the mess, digging out buried cars and hacking away at frozen sidewalks.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
If Trenton takes over Atlantic City, Mayor Don Guardian might want to hear - and perhaps heed - the advice of his former counterpart in Camden. "I would tell him, 'Gather your residents around you, empower them, and they will help you fight,' " said Gwendolyn Faison, who vividly recalls the state's taking control of her City Hall in 2002. That eight-year takeover's most significant legacy, beyond an enduring sense of disenfranchisement, was to channel nearly $100 million in public money to development projects at major city institutions, such as Cooper University Hospital.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
A major Wall Street ratings agency took the extraordinary step of downgrading Atlantic City's credit four notches Friday, saying default appeared "inevitable" within six months absent significant changes in the city's circumstances. "The city is currently vulnerable to nonpayment on its obligations and we believe it is likely to default without an unforeseen positive development," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Timothy Little. The downgrade of Atlantic City's general obligation debt to CCC from B comes as the City Council plans to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the possibility of bankruptcy.
SPORTS
January 23, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Sitting on the bench before his name was announced, C.J. Barnes was nearly overcome with emotion. Standing a few feet away, his coach had the same feeling. "As a coach, something like that brings tears to your eyes," Holy Spirit coach Jamie Gillespie said. "Knowing how hard he worked, for him to have that moment, that's what it's all about. " Barnes, a standout player for the Spartans as a sophomore and junior, made a dramatic return to the court last Friday against rival Atlantic City.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Think of Chris Hardwick as an alternate-universe Ryan Seacrest. Since he started his stand-up comedy career in the 1990s, he has taken on enough gigs for several people. Along with sitcoms and a steady diet of voice-over work, Hardwick is the creator/CEO of Nerdist Industries, the website and podcast dedicated to geek cultural obsessions. He hosts Talking Dead , AMC's postmortem show for its megahit The Walking Dead . He's also the host of the social-media-savvy, faux game show @midnight on Comedy Central.
NEWS
January 22, 2016
By Stephen Sweeney Five years ago, despite Atlantic City facing ever-increasing competition from casinos and racinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and other states, we decided to bar casinos in North Jersey for at least five years to give Atlantic City a chance to reinvent itself as an overall resort destination, as Las Vegas did. By the summer of 2014, it was clear that was not happening. The Atlantic Club had already closed, with Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza soon to follow, putting 8,000 casino employees out of work, devastating the local economy, and driving up housing foreclosures to the highest rate in the nation.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Atlantic City is considering filing for bankruptcy, Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday, even though the state is likely to block such a move and is pushing a plan to take control of the local government's finances. Guardian said he planned to hold an emergency meeting of the City Council next week to discuss a possible bankruptcy amid a fiscal crisis. Senate President Stephen Sweeney said that would be reckless and has attacked the city's government as incapable of reining in spending.
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