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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 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 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.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to order its biggest union to stop harassing convention clients. An official with Unite Here Local 54, which represents 1,140 workers at Trump Taj Mahal, has been contacting organizations that have meetings scheduled at the casino and urging them to consider using another venue in the city, one not trying to eliminate health insurance for workers. "Atlantic City and New Jersey have a lot of labor and labor-friendly businesses, and most groups don't want to get involved in a labor dispute over health care or anything else," Unite Here spokesman Ben Begleiter said Thursday.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - More than 700 members of Unite Here Local 54, the union that represents most casino workers, let Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. know how they feel Wednesday about proposed cuts to their health care and pension plans. They staged a "civil disobedience" march starting around 5:30 p.m., blocking traffic at the busy downtown intersection of Arkansas and Arctic Avenues and causing massive gridlock. About two dozen people were arrested and charged with resisting an officer's order or blocking traffic, or both.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For all the maligning that the design of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel has endured, fixing it is not as hard as many think. That's the view of Paul C. Steelman, a top casino architect worldwide and a native of Longport, N.J., who got his start in Atlantic City designing the original Golden Nugget for Steve Wynn. Many of the problems at Revel, whose sale to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. was approved by a bankruptcy judge Tuesday, have relatively easy fixes, Steelman said Wednesday.
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