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March 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PEGGY MORGAN had a big voice, easily projected over the crowds who came to see her at venues in Philadelphia and Atlantic City - appreciated by everybody. Except her nephew. Conrad Brown was a kid when his Aunt Peggy was at her prime. He called her "motormouth," explaining it was "because she was always talking and singing. " Maybe not appreciative as a child, Conrad became more fond of his aunt's talents when she would take him along to gigs. "She was like my second mother," Conrad said.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Key South Jersey lawmakers held court here Wednesday at the Irish Pub to discuss the hypothetical: What if New Jersey had sports betting? How much revenue would the NCAA March Madness Tournament generate for Atlantic City? "It would bring people here and fill rooms and restaurants during the offseason and create jobs," said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at the iconic bar just off the Boardwalk at St. James Place. "They have it in Vegas and the rooms are overbooked.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
EARLY RISERS will get a bit more of NBC10's Chris Cato . I hear that Cato, who has been working weekend nights with Denise Nakano , will make a permanent move to the mornings, anchoring the 4 to 4:30 a.m. slot solo. Tracy Davidson will join him from 4:30 until 5:30, when Cato will bid adieu and Vai Sikahema will join Davidson. Sources at the station tell me that this is a permanent move, but an NBC10 rep told me that Cato is just filling in and they like the option of keeping their mornings flexible.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Lisa Pilli brought her daughter, Francesca, and a friend all the way from a small town near Atlantic City to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Broad Street Sunday to be part of the latest project of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. They came, along with dozens of others, to help paint a portion of two enormous murals that will grace walls on both sides of the Schuylkill at the Girard Avenue Bridge in the spring. The murals will pay homage to two of Philadelphia's most iconic themes - rowing and the art of Thomas Eakins, a painter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Camden High School's Andrew Stevens spent six minutes grappling with Robbinsville's Tyler Gildner during Sunday's heavyweight state championship wrestling bout. Stevens spent way more time than that hugging his mother, coaches, family and friends when the competition was over. "I couldn't believe I did it," Stevens said after his 3-0 victory at the New Jersey state championships in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. "I couldn't believe it was real. " It was a feel-good scene with a stranger-than-fiction twist as Stevens became Camden's first champion in the 81-year history of the state tournament.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to selling itself, Philadelphia is a bit like Noah's Ark: it has two of everything. There are two marketing agencies, two websites, and two slogans. There are two chief executives, two finance officers, two marketing staffs - all taxpayer supported. Which, for some, is one too many of everything. "We in the hotel community never truly understood it," said William Walsh, who managed the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for 10 years. "We always asked if it would make more economic sense to combine talent and resources.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a look at the boys' basketball tournaments, which begin Tuesday: South Jersey Group 4 Field: 1. Cherry Hill East, 2. Atlantic City, 3. Millville, 4. Rancocas Valley, 5. Eastern, 6. Cherokee, 7. Southern, 8. Clearview, 9. Cherry Hill West, 10. Kingsway, 11. Egg Harbor Township, 12. Williamstown, 13. Washington Township, 14. Lenape, 15. Vineland, 16. Absegami. Defending champion: Atlantic City. Dark horse: Cherokee. The Chiefs are a senior-laden squad that plays sturdy defense.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
John Amato is an unassuming member of an exclusive club. He's thinking it might be a good time to change that - for one weekend, anyway. Amato is a three-time region wrestling champion. Those guys are rare athletes, and they tend to carry themselves with a sure-footed swagger that reflects their success in this most demanding of sports. Amato is different. He walks softly and talks the same way. But he has decided, at the last stage of an illustrious career, that it might be time to put a little more edge in his attitude.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Frances Cohen Berlin would go to New York City to buy material for her family's variety stores, she could work a bargain, son Lawrence said. At wholesale firms selling gloves, the usual order might be for 100 dozen. "They would always give her a better price if she bought 20 dozen more," he said. And so she did. But she refused to bear the cost of shipping the goods home. "Where the buyer pays the freight," he said, "she would never pay the freight. " On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Mrs. Cohen, 98, of Atlantic City, a former owner with her husband, Robert, of a chain of Berlin and Berlin-Spillane variety stores, mostly in Montgomery County, died of pneumonia at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. Beauty pageants have long been the purview of pretty. A place where contestants - usually women - are judged on good looks, personality, talent, and sometimes even intelligence, within a confluence of perfection often awarded by crowns and cash. But when this Cape May County beach resort - a dozen miles from Atlantic City, where the grand dame of beauty pageants, Miss America, was born - announced in January that it would hold its first ever "Mr. Mature America" pageant later this month, people sort of . . . yawned.
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