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August 27, 2016
FESTIVALS International Winefest This two-day celebration of the grape features tastings of wines from more than 65 vintners from around the world, with the backdrop of the Atlantic City skyline. On Friday, there will be a special appearance by TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford (go figure) who will offer samples of her GIFFT Wines, crafted from the Scheid family's estate vineyards in Monterey, Calif. - Michael Harrington 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Nugget, 600 Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City.
SPORTS
August 24, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Dave Coskey has spent his life working with heavyweights, and that does not even include the brief span in the 1990s when he marketed boxing and other pay-per-view events for HBO Sports, rising to the point at which Ring Magazine named him one of the most influential people in boxing. It was some of his other jobs in sports and entertainment during Coskey's 35-year journey, since his 1981 graduation from Villanova University, that make his life story so enthralling. Listen to this roll call of bosses: Harold Katz, Pat Croce, Ed Snider, Lewis Katz, and Donald Trump.
NEWS
August 21, 2016
A man serving a prison sentence for a 2009 Atlantic City shooting was charged with murder Thursday because his victim died, prosecutors said. Germain Boothe, 27, had been charged with aggravated assault and other charges for shooting Malik Green with a sawed-off shotgun inside a bar on Nov. 22, 2009. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison. Green, 30, who was paralyzed from the neck down from his injury, died in Philadelphia in 2014. After further investigation, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said they decided to file a murder charge against Booth for causing Green's death.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
An enforcer for a violent Atlantic City drug gang was sentenced Friday in federal court in Camden to life in prison, prosecutors said. Malik Derry, 25, also known as "Lik," was convicted after a six-week trial on charges related to his activities with the gang known as "Dirty Block. " The gang, which was known by other names including "Crime Fam," was led by his brother, Mykal "Koose" Derry, 36. Prosecutors said that between October 2010 and February 2013 the brothers and other members of the gang were responsible for at least eight drug-related shootings, including the murder of a rival dealer.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A Camden woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to luring a minor into sex trafficking in South Jersey. Aja M. Easley, 22, was charged in January - along with Aaron J. Gray, 29, of Camden, and Kenneth A. Mertz, 35, of Collingswood - with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. Gray also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities did not release the age of the victim or where she lived at the time of the incidents. Appearing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton, Easley admitted that on March 2, 2015, she communicated with the minor via social media, reportedly telling her she was worried about her because of a previous assault by the victim's former boyfriend.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For The Inquirer
Who's the hardest-working woman in show business? It says here Kristin Chenoweth is a serious contender for that title. By the time 2016 fades into memory, the Tony ( You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ), Emmy ( Pushing Daisies ), and Golden Globe ( Glee ) -winner will have, in the space of less than six months, released a new album ( The Art of Elegance , due in late September), filmed a featured role in the coming Starz channel fantasy series American Gods , costarred in NBC's live December broadcast of Hairspray , and toured cross-country with her concert act, which she brings on Friday and Saturday to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. All of this comes on top of a multifaceted career for the 48-year-old Oklahoma-born former resident of West Chester (and onetime Miss Pennsylvania contestant)
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
ATLANTIC CITY - This seaside resort's woes are well-known. The declining revenues, the striking workers, the recent announcement of yet another casino going dark - Trump Taj Mahal, planning to close in October, the fifth gaming hall to pack it in since 2014. Like a gambler on a losing streak, Atlantic City needs a turnaround in fortunes. A good time wouldn't hurt either. That could be why its tourism bureau, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and Live Nation Concerts called upon the eternally smiling, wistful musician to whom gloom and sadness seem not to stick, the down-to-earth (and sea and wind)
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Joseph N. DiStefano, STAFF WRITERS
As a heat wave gripping Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic stretched into a third day, city health officials said Saturday that there had been two heat-related fatalities, both of them older women suffering from cardiovascular disease. The city, along with the National Weather Service, extended its heat warning through Sunday evening and urged pregnant women, the elderly, and children at risk to avoid strenuous activities and working or playing in the hot sun. The two heat-related deaths, of a 67-year-old woman from Brewerytown and a 82-year-old woman from the Port Richmond area, brought the total number of heat-induced fatalities in Philadelphia this summer to six, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Men, women, and children stand outside the downtown Vineland Woolworth's in 1960 to protest the segregated lunch-counter policies of the retail chain's Southern stores. Setting a national precedent, Lawnside establishes an official holiday in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just five days after the civil rights leader's assassination April 4, 1968. And that August, four Boardwalk blocks away from the home of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, Saundra Williams is crowned the first Miss Black America.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
Two men were charged Friday in the shooting death of a 52-year-old man last year in Atlantic County, prosecutors said. Kyleet Blakely, 38, and Jamal C. Bradford, 35, both of Atlantic City, are accused of killing Franklin Dwayne Gant-Smith, also known as Kevin Charm. Gant-Smith, who had no known last address, was found dead on the front lawn of a residence in Northfield on Jan. 9, 2015. He had been shot in the head . Blakely and Bradford, who were being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on other charges, were charged with first-degree murder and related offenses.
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