January 9, 2015 |
Barring another injury or some strange twist, Ed Lenkowski knows where and when his wrestling career will end: in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on the weekend of March 6-8. He just needs to determine how his long and illustrious run in the sport will come to a close. "Even when I was little, I always used to say I was going to be a state champion when I got to high school," Lenkowski, a Clearview High School senior, said Monday after the Pioneers' imposing 43-18 victory over West Deptford in a clash of top teams and Gloucester County rivals.
January 9, 2015 |
The sentencing for Ronald Galati, convicted last fall in a murder-for-hire plot involving his daughter's boyfriend, has been postponed until March 2 in federal court in Camden. Galati, who had been scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, has apparently been without legal representation since last month, when he asked a Philadelphia judge to appoint an attorney because he could not afford to hire one. The matter is scheduled to be taken up Thursday in Common Pleas Court. His previous lawyer, Anthony Voci Jr., did not return a phone call this week.
January 2, 2015 |
NOW WE know what rock bottom looks like. The year just passed saw Atlantic City suffer about the worst 12-month period any municipality has seen since the race-riot days of the 1960s. The numbers are ugly: four casinos - Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel - turned off the lights, erasing some 8,000 jobs. And although a fifth casino, Trump Taj Mahal, escaped a date with the executioner, its fate is hardly settled. Harder to quantify, but no less devastating, was the negative public-relations tsunami that resulted from the casino-biz meltdown.
January 1, 2015 |
It has been a good year for jobs in cities and their surroundings throughout the nation, as employment has increased and the unemployment rate declined. But not Philadelphia, and not Atlantic City. Casino job losses put the Atlantic City area in an unfortunate leadership position - the metropolitan area with the largest annual job loss, both by number and by percentage, in the United States, the U.S. Labor Department reported Tuesday. And the Philadelphia region - consisting of the city and surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery - had the dubious distinction of being the only one of 32 studied by the Labor Department to lose jobs, 16,700 in total, from November 2013 to November 2014.
December 30, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Well, that was some year. What can you do when you became the mayor of Atlantic City in 2014 except somehow embrace the madness? "It's a strange town, I'm a strange mayor," says the improbably still cheerful Don Guardian, who reaches his one-year anniversary as mayor of America's strangest resort Jan. 1, four casinos down, 8,000 more people unemployed, countless pronouncements that his town is dead or dying. "It's a perfect fit," he says, and the funny thing is, he means it. But wait.
December 29, 2014 |
HE'S ALIVE! That was the word yesterday from authorities regarding South Philly rapper Beanie Sigel, debunking wild online rumors that Jay Z's former protege had died after being shot earlier this month. "I've been getting calls periodically for the last two days that somebody put it out," said Pleasantville, N.J., Police Capt. Sean Riggin, noting that Sigel is still recovering. He declined to elaborate on the rapper's medical condition, citing the family's wishes. It is unclear how the hoax started, Riggin said, but it appears to be the work of a satirical news site.
December 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It has long been a place where displaced Catholics have been welcomed and accepted no matter their national origin or the color of their skin. The ministry Emma "Mother" Lewis founded nearly 100 years ago for Catholics of color who were shunned by the white churches in the burgeoning resort came to be known as St. Monica's, and it may stand as one of the most diverse Roman Catholic congregations the Diocese of Camden oversees. Although Atlantic City's three other Catholic churches now welcome all comers, each Sunday and at weekday Masses, African Americans, Filipinos, Haitians, Latinos, Liberians, Nigerians, Chinese, Ugandans, and whites still join hands and worship together at St. Monica's, tucked into a neighborhood along North Pennsylvania Avenue.
December 28, 2014 |
Fans of the Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel received a scare this week when rumors of his death from a gunshot wound he sustained three weeks ago swirled online. But it was all just a hoax. "He's not dead," Pleasantville, N.J., Police Capt. Sean Riggin said Friday, repeating it more than once. Detectives, he said, interviewed Sigel on Christmas Eve, the first time they had spoken to him since the Dec. 5 shooting. Riggin declined to say what was discussed. The rumors of Sigel's death appear to have started on a website called NahaDaily.com.
December 25, 2014 |
It's hard to have much sympathy for New Jersey casinos' largely self-inflicted troubles, especially when they are causing so much pain for others. But the state's political leaders are opening their hearts - and the taxpayers' wallets. Having lost four casinos this year and with another teetering on the brink, Atlantic City's gambling sector is surely in decline. It is not the government's role to bail it out. Yet under the threat that matters could get even worse, that is what the government is doing.
December 24, 2014 |
SPORTS MOMS. You gotta love 'em. Over the years, we've had Bonnie Lindros, Ann Iverson, Gloria James and Wilma McNabb. Now comes the newest member of the Embarrassing Moms club: Shawn Chapman McDaniels, the mother of Sixers swingman, K.J. On Sunday, ESPNU's Jordan Eichenblatt was at Orlando's Amway Center as the Sixers took on the Magic. Throughout the game, Eichenblatt reported on K.J.'s mom's over-the-top cheering in which she constantly yelled for her son to get the ball.