October 7, 2015 |
IN ANOTHER case at the intersection of economics and politics, a measure dubbed the "Britney bill" is a step closer to becoming law. What is the so-called "Britney bill"? It's a bill that would exempt stars who play at least four nights in Atlantic City from having to pay state income taxes on all shows in New Jersey that year, and the bill got its name because it encourages the sort of multinight engagements that Britney Spears , Celine Dion , Motley Crue and other artists have done in Las Vegas.
October 4, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Even though Hurricane Joaquin appeared to be heading well out to sea, the Jersey Shore remains caught in what the National Weather Service called a "squeeze play" between weather systems conspiring to generate heavy rain, powerful winds, coastal flooding and potentially significant beach erosion. Steady winds of better than 30 m.p.h. with gusts up to 57 m.p.h. are expected to persist into Sunday afternoon, inciting beach-eating waves, indirectly tied to Joaquin whose approach is days away.
October 3, 2015 |
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian held a press briefing Thursday afternoon to stress that the city would be proactive in executing any mandatory evacuations ordered ahead of Joaquin's approach. During Sandy, then-Mayor Lorenzo Langford was criticized by Gov. Christie and others for not doing more to get people out of the island city, instead setting up shelters within the city's borders, some of which flooded. "We certainly have learned a lot from Sandy," Guardian said. "If there are evacuations, we will start on Sunday to get everyone off the island 24 hours before the hurricane.
September 30, 2015 |
The glow of the papal extravaganza that put Philadelphia in the global spotlight began to fade as it became clear Monday that the historic event had lifted the city's profile while harming the bottom lines of many of its businesses. The damage was worse than many expected, and appeared to be the result of a drumbeat of disclosures about onerous security measures, as well as missteps by hoteliers and business owners who misread the spending appetites of the hundreds of thousands eager to see Pope Francis in the flesh.
September 28, 2015 |
Hello there Rachel was an online-dating veteran, tired of sustaining the required effort, which had yielded nothing worth mentioning. The profile she had found in fall 2012 interested her, but all she could muster was, "Hi. How's it going?" Dave, the man behind that profile, was conversely so full of first-timer enthusiasm he ignored advice to discount all halfhearted emails like Rachel's. He checked out her profile. "She had this big smile," he said, "and the kind of energy I wanted to connect with.
September 28, 2015 |
Atlantic City's history is a stupendous symphony of superlatives, a tale of how "America's Queen of Resorts" wowed the masses with the most, the best, the greatest. There's also . . . the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ. "It's the world's largest musical instrument," organ scholar, builder, and showman Steven Ball declares. "The sonic Mount Rushmore," says Ball, whose official title is organist and director of outreach for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. "It was designed to be a library of all sound.
September 24, 2015 |
The million-plus visitors expected to converge on Philadelphia over the weekend for Pope Francis's visit can expect mostly sunny weather with temperatures in the low- to mid-70s. However, there is a slight chance of rain late Sunday as the pope closes out his visit, according to the National Weather Service, AccuWeather, and a renowned Shore forecaster. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service revised its forecast for the papal weekend, from partly to mostly sunny for both Saturday and Sunday to increased clouds on Sunday and a chance of showers.
September 24, 2015 |
Representatives of Bill Cosby have quietly contacted prominent Philadelphia-area criminal defense lawyers to gauge their willingness to defend him, sources say - a step that signals the actor-comedian's expectation that he could soon face charges in Montgomery County stemming from a decade-old sexual-assault allegation. At the same time, a lawyer for the accuser in that case - former Temple University employee Andrea Constand - said Tuesday that her client would be a willing participant in any effort to revive the investigation that was shuttered 10 years ago. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has kept silent on whether her office has reopened the investigation into Constand's claim.
September 20, 2015 |
Stockton University's $22 million sale of the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City to developer Bart Blatstein will not make the university financially whole, its president said Friday. Legal issues continue to trouble the property, and the sale proceeds will not cover the university's Showboat-linked costs, which will total millions more. Stockton paid $18 million to buy the property from Caesars Entertainment in December; a $26 million deal to resell it fell through. School and local officials praised Friday's announcement, calling it a big step toward ending a months-long roller-coaster ride for the school.
September 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Inc. chairman Gary Loveman said the company's latest gambit - a new $126 million convention center that had its grand opening Thursday - was nearly five years in the making. "It was sold to us by this guy here, [Caesars senior vice president] Michael Massari, in 2010, and he had to do some convincing," said Loveman, speaking on a raised stage behind the new Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center. "Well, he convinced us, and he has sold the property like he said he would.