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February 1, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Austin Kennedy's days as St. Augustine Prep's secret weapon might be over. The sophomore guard from Medford burst into prominence on the big stage Friday night, scoring 20 points to lead St. Augustine to a 66-60 victory over Atlantic City in a clash of Top 4 teams in the Battle by the Bay showcase. "He carried us," St. Augustine coach Paul Rodio said of Kennedy, who scored 18 points in the second half, including 11 in a decisive 15-2 run in the third quarter. Junior guard Sa'eed Nelson scored 19 and senior forward Nate Aldrich added 10 points with 12 rebounds for St. Augustine (15-1)
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney accused Gov. Christie on Thursday of trying to "force" Atlantic City into bankruptcy, and said he would sue to block such a move. Sweeney (D., Gloucester) criticized Christie's hiring of an emergency manager and a consultant to take charge of the embattled resort. Christie, a Republican considering a run for president in 2016, issued an executive order last week installing Kevin Lavin as emergency manager and tapping Kevyn Orr as a consultant.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The head of Hard Rock International, a company owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida, said Thursday that his company remains interested in Atlantic City and has had "unofficial conversations" with Glenn Straub, the anticipated incoming owner of the closed Revel Casino. Appearing before the Casino Control Commission, where the company took steps to fast-track a state gaming license, CEO James Allen said Hard Rock was still tempted by the beleaguered Atlantic City market.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | By Tyler Harper, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ly'ayshia Stevens' 11 fourth-quarter points pushed visiting Woodrow Wilson past Paul VI, 58-55, in an Olympic Conference National girls' basketball matchup Wednesday. Stevens finished the game with 25 points. Ciarah Bennett added 11 points. Aliyah Stephens totaled 34 points for Paul VI. Tri-County Conference Diamond. Asya Alba led Delsea on a 10-2 run to end the third quarter and begin the fourth as the Crusaders topped visiting Deptford, 40-39. Alba finished with 10 points and Hayley Parks added 14. Nonleague.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITHOUT FORMER People Paper scribe Julie K. Brown , 24/7 columnist Molly  Eichel writes, the world would not have  Rob Lowe 's newest Lifetime campfest, "Beautiful & Twisted. " Based on Brown's reporting, Lowe plays hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. , whose rocky marriage with a stripper ( Paz Vega ) leads to his murder. Brown reported on the story for the Miami Herald , where she worked after leaving the Daily News in 2005. The story started out with a little news brief about Novack's death.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
It didn't take long for the massive downgrade of Atlantic City's debt last week by Moody's Investors Service Inc. to have an impact on the city's finances. Atlantic City's revenue director, Michael Stinson, said Monday that the city might have to change gears on the refinancing of $12.8 million in debt due next Tuesday. "It may become a negotiated sale rather than a competitive sale," Stinson said, as consequence of the Moody's downgrade on Friday. "It's another complication in the whole situation.
NEWS
January 27, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Scientists who tested a floating windmill off the coast of Maine a year ago have gathered enough data to build a full-size model that can be moved to take advantage of high winds. The U.S. Department of Energy is using lasers attached to buoys to measure wind speeds at differing altitudes off the coast of Virginia Beach to learn how cost-effective it would be to harness the higher winds above sea level to power wind turbines. Meanwhile, construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm may begin this year off Rhode Island.
SPORTS
January 26, 2015 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lonnie Moore, Kiyon Johnson, and Jeremiah Harris each helped play the part of hero for Paul VI on Saturday in a 58-56 nonleague boys' basketball win over Eastern. The host Eagles opened the fourth quarter down 12 points, then went on a 13-4 run to cut Eastern's lead to 52-49. The heroics started with a minute left, when Johnson sank two free throws to bring the Eagles within one, 54-53. Less than a half-minute later, with Eastern holding on to a 56-53 lead, Harris took his only shot of the quarter.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following Gov. Christie's appointment of an emergency manager to deal with Atlantic City's financial crisis, Moody's Investors Service on Friday downgraded the city's debt to a level that warns investors of a high risk of default. Moody's cited the authority of Christie's restructuring specialists "to consider debt restructuring, which could involve a loss to bondholders. " "This is a rapid, dramatic change from the State of New Jersey's . . . prior policy of preventing default or bankruptcy of Atlantic City or any New Jersey local government," Moody's said.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian joked last week that despite the calamitous year his city had just experienced, "at least we're not Detroit. " On Thursday, Gov. Christie hired the man who steered the Motor City out of bankruptcy, Kevyn Orr, to help straighten out Atlantic City. It was a scenario that Guardian had strenuously resisted for his casino town and one that caught the one-year-old administration by surprise. The mayor met his two new high-powered overseers - one a bankruptcy lawyer, the other an accountant turned corporate restructuring specialist - for the first time Thursday.
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