August 8, 2014 |
HUMAN NATURE is a vocal quartet consisting of four white young men from suburban Sydney, Australia, whose stock-in-trade is the Motown Records canon of the 1960s and '70s. As such, it's easy to dismiss the unit, which tonight begins a two-weekend run at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. After all, how could these guys do justice to music made by African-Americans before, in some cases, they were even born? If you agree with those sentiments, we suggest you take it up with Smokey Robinson - yes, that Smokey Robinson, the one who wrote and sang some of the most enduring songs in pop-music history.
August 8, 2014 |
Tears dripped from Sona Turner's face as she drove, but her lips stayed silent. It had been more than five months since an unknown killer had stuffed her 30-year-old daughter, Tara Alicea, into a suitcase and left it in the woods behind Egg Harbor Township's Harbor Square mall. Now, as Turner drove past the mall to drop off her boyfriend at a bus station, she felt like vomiting. On the way home to Clayton, Turner's granddaughter - Alicea's 8-year-old daughter, Nilza - moved to the front seat and asked to wear her grandmother's glasses.
August 6, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins will continue his quest to become boxing's oldest undisputed champion when he meets light-heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev in November. The 49-year-old Hopkins, who unified the middleweight division in 2001, already holds the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association light-heavyweight titles. The fight's date is still to be announced. It will be televised on HBO and will be held in either Brooklyn, N.Y., or Atlantic City. Kovalev, 31, defended his World Boxing Organization title on Saturday with a second-round technical knockout of Blake Caparello in Atlantic City.
August 5, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A day after sending shock waves through the boxing world, Bernard Hopkins arrived at Revel Casino sporting a light-blue sports jacket over a yellow V-neck, a main event on his mind. After obliging a throng of fans' requests to pose for photos, the North Philadelphia native took a seat in a brown fold-up chair, just a step or two from the blue canvas and black ropes constructed in the casino's 5,500-person amphitheater. Hopkins, 49 years young, was there to watch his next opponent.
August 4, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The fallout over mass layoffs from three potential casino closings next month could have a severe impact on the Shore economy, as those whose livelihoods depend on a thriving casino industry brace for the worst. Local retailers, restaurants, and other businesses that rely on casino workers are expecting a hit. Experts say the region could also see an exodus of laid-off workers, especially among those who live in Atlantic City, as they seek jobs and futures elsewhere. About 6,500 workers from Showboat, Trump Plaza, and possibly Revel could all lose their jobs from Aug. 31 to Sept.
August 3, 2014 |
IT SOUNDS LIKE a screenplay: Noted powerboat racer fakes his death in a watery wreck to avoid the cops closing in on his trail. But, according to Egg Harbor Township police, there's a chance that's exactly what happened to Andrew Biddle. Investigators are now considering the possibility that Biddle, 45, staged a boating accident to avoid prosecution on theft charges, Detective Captain Christopher Ruef said. Biddle has been missing since July 20, when a boat he was allegedly riding in crashed after striking a buoy in the waters off Longport's southern shore.
August 2, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Vera Coking finally cashed in. And like the rest of Atlantic City these days, the price came at a steep discount. The white boardinghouse that Coking could have sold for millions to Donald Trump years ago fetched $530,000 Thursday at a lackluster auction in the shadow of a now-hobbled Trump Plaza. With a 10 percent commission price, the winning bidders, Atlantic City lawyer Pat Agnellini and Stanley Realty Co., will pay $583,000 for the three-story property. Agnellini declined to identify himself at the auction except to state the obvious - that he was not representing Donald Trump.
July 31, 2014 |
At certain quarterly-earnings conference calls in the casino industry, the condition of Atlantic City inevitably comes up. Here's how that went Tuesday when Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc., spun off last year to own Penn National Gaming Inc.'s real estate, discussed its second-quarter earnings. An exchange with Joel Simkins, a Credit Suisse gambling analyst, showed just how far Atlantic City has fallen in the estimation of some gambling executives. The plan for Gaming & Leisure Properties, of Wyomissing, Pa., was to buy additional casino real estate, while renting the properties to other companies that will run the gambling operations.
July 31, 2014 |
Cory Ambrose remembers his father as the guy he could call at any time, the dad who rewarded him with a quarter every time he pitched a baseball through the center of a tire. Ambrose also remembers his father, Kevin, as the guy with a short fuse, the man who spiraled into drunken and anger-fueled binges, particularly after his longtime marriage fell apart two years ago. "The past two years he was like a whole different person," said Cory Ambrose, 27, of Glassboro, one of Kevin's four children.
July 30, 2014 |
LOOK AROUND the Monopoly game board and there is, primarily, the pattern that Atlantic City founder Jonathan Pitney laid out for street names: The east-west streets were named for the states, and the north-south streets referenced the world's oceans. Then, over in the third corner, there is an oddment - Marvin Gardens. Look around Atlantic City, today or even back in the Depression when Monopoly rocketed into popularity, and you will see nothing by that name. In fact, you wouldn't find it anywhere.