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August 22, 2008 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You're sitting on the edge of a swimming pool so blue, you imagine you're in the Caribbean. The vivid flowers and aquatic plantings surrounding this pool are so spectacular, they rival those found near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Now, you close your eyes and savor a meal so satisfying you'd swear you were in Paris. All this after a pedicure so perfect, a facial so cleansing and a massage so soothing, you think maybe you've just died and gone to . . . Atlantic City?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
"I KNOW MOST of the police officers in town," said comedian Wanda Sykes , loving the simple life of Media. "Not because I've been arrested," she clarified, "but because it's a small town. " Sykes, who is performing at the Borgata on Friday and Saturday ("I'm always excited for Atlantic City," Sykes said. "The audience comes to have a good time. They're there, they're happy there and they're little bit drunk. "), splits her time between L.A. and Delaware County. Sharing Sykes' bicoastal lifestyle is her wife and their two children, who often come up in her act. Sykes said she likes her dual life of living in a sprawling urban center like L.A. and the quieter environs of Media.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013
July 1, 1995: Las Vegas gambling tycoon Steve Wynn comes to Atlantic City to announce Le Jardin, a billion-dollar casino-hotel to be built on a city-owned dump-a/k/a the H-Tract - in the Marina District. Key to the project, he says, will be a new highway connecting the area to the Atlantic City Expressway, its $330 million cost to be paid mostly with public funds. 1998: Las Vegas gaming companies Boyd Gaming and MGM announce joint plans for an unnamed luxury gaming resort on the H-Tract.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Borgata's online gambling operations recorded an operating loss of $1.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, but reached a "key milestone" by breaking even in July, said Keith Smith, chief executive of Borgata's managing owner, Boyd Gaming Inc. Smith said during a conference call on the Las Vegas company's second quarter earnings that he expected the recent downturn in online gambling revenue in New Jersey to end when cooler weather returns....
NEWS
November 8, 2002 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Borgata wants you, particularly if you live in Camden or the Lindenwold area. Atlantic City's 13th casino - facing a severe labor squeeze - is reaching out to fill thousands of jobs. Sixteen billboards in South Jersey, including one on the Walt Whitman Bridge, advertise the Borgata's need for about 4,800 workers when it opens next year. A job fair, described as "grassroots outreach" by the Borgata, is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Camden. Another one will be held early next year in Lindenwold.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MGM Resorts International has been granted another year and a half to sell its 50 percent stake in Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. New Jersey's Casino Control Commission granted approval Monday with the support of the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement. The Division of Gaming Enforcement granted its approval July 22. The planned sale came about because New Jersey regulators found that MGM's business partner in a casino in the Chinese enclave of Macau is "unsuitable" because of her father's reputed connection to Asian organized crime.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Guests at one New Jersey casino won't even have to get out of bed in order to place a bet. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said it will become the first casino in the United States to let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets, starting Feb. 18. Its e-Casino program will let guests with player's cards set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day. Slots and four kinds of video poker will be the...
BUSINESS
July 31, 2003 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Borgata officials released revenue results from their first month yesterday that they said already put their $1.1 billion casino hotel near the top of the Atlantic City market. Despite vigorous marketing of the property to a younger crowd, the majority of Borgata's customers have so far come from a familiar Atlantic City demographic: the over-50 crowd that lives within 100 miles, company officials said. Ellis Landau, chief financial officer of Boyd Gaming Co., said Borgata slot machines had averaged a win of $306 per slot machine per day in the first 26 days, compared with a citywide average of $262 per slot machine per day in July 2002.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY With online gaming set to launch in Atlantic City on Nov. 26, the Borgata on Wednesday became the first of the resort town's dozen casinos to receive an online gaming permit from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. "We are honored to receive New Jersey's first Internet gaming permit," Tom Ballance, president and chief operating officer of Borgata, said in a statement. "Borgata and bwin.party are aggressively pursuing our objective of being among the first to launch online gaming in the state," he said, referring to the casino's online partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For the last several summers in Atlantic City, sage guitarist and all-around-brand Carlos Santana (he's got his own shoes, cologne, and tequila) has opened up and hit on his roots as a Mexican-born titan of psychedelic rock and Latin music. Last year's album, Corazón, was his first to celebrate his ethnic heritage in funky yet traditional fashion while conjuring rope-a-doping rhythms and scorching guitar lines. On Friday, in a live setting - the Borgata's big room for the first of two sold-out shows - he allowed all his varied ethnographic sounds and histories to mingle like a zesty, spicy posole.
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April 21, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - If it were poker, Atlantic City might not even have enough money to ante up. But inside a city courtroom Tuesday, the broke seaside resort raised the stakes against the State of New Jersey, filing a counterclaim seeking $33.5 million in promised state aid. The city's action only intensified the ongoing drama on the Boardwalk, with the city fending off legal action from the state education commissioner over school payments and awaiting the...
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April 7, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The bad news keeps piling up for Atlantic City, just days from running out of cash. A day after the State of New Jersey filed suit to compel the city to turn over tax payments due to its school district on April 15 before it meets its own payroll, a judge issued a ruling that opens the door to still more court battles with Borgata Hotel & Casino over past tax appeals. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled the city had violated a settlement agreement to repay $88.2 million to Borgata for appeals filed for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
South Jersey lawmakers warned the state Assembly speaker Sunday that his refusal to consider a state takeover of Atlantic City would result in "a catastrophic knock-down blow to the people of Atlantic City, Atlantic County and the region. " The letter from South Jersey's Democratic legislators, including Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald (D., Camden), to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) was sent as Atlantic City is set to run out of money this week, possibly closing government for nonessential employees.
NEWS
March 12, 2016
By Donald A. Guardian Three summits, two takeover bills, and an emergency manager later, and Atlantic City has not yet seen the assistance it was promised in 2014. Within the past two years, the state has hired a nationally respected emergency manager and put together a world-class team with the promise of restructuring the city's $240 million debt and negotiating a settlement for the $148 million bill from Borgata's tax appeal victories. Unfortunately, the state has neither restructured our debt nor settled the Borgata case.
NEWS
March 10, 2016 | By CHUCK DARROW, For the Daily News
IF YOU'VE heard that film immortal Sophia Loren is coming to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa and are wondering exactly what she'll be doing there, don't worry. She hasn't any idea, either. "I don't know," she said with a hearty laugh during a recent phone call from her home in Geneva, Switzerland. "I think it's questions and answers. I think it's something about my career. I think it's something about my life. "People want to know about a personage like me. They want to know a little more.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Even if New Jersey does not pass new legislation that would let it take control of Atlantic City's finances, existing law gives the state the authority to do so, according to a memo prepared by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. Under the 1947 law that let the state begin supervising the city in 2010, New Jersey could direct it to liquidate or refinance its debt, and has the power to approve new collective bargaining agreements. But the state could not dissolve existing agreements, the memo says.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The mayor of this beleaguered seaside resort stood outside City Hall amid the town's signature background noise of wind and seagulls Monday, and did not mince words about a proposed state takeover. "Far from a partnership, it was absolutely a fascist dictatorship," Don Guardian said of the state's plan before a crowd of more than 100 city workers, police and firefighters, elected officials, civil rights leaders, water utility advocates, and representatives of the state's black mayors and League of Municipalities.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITERS
New Jersey lawmakers are renewing a push to let the state take control of Atlantic City's finances in an effort to prevent bankruptcy for the resort town, shaken by casino closures. Legislation outlined Wednesday comes after Gov. Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian agreed in principle last month that greater state involvement was needed. The proposal from Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and other senators would allow the state Local Finance Board to assume the "functions, powers, privileges, and immunities" of the city government for five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Roots and Common have come a long way since 1997. That's when Philly's sons of hip-hop began working with Common, the socially conscious MC from Chicago, on a series of jazzy rap manifestos and collaborations. That includes the Roots' Things Fall Apart of 1999 and Common's 2000 release , Like Water for Chocolate , seminal albums that established the two acts as arbiters of adventurous sound. Now both are part of the pop-cultural firmament - ambassadors, even - the Roots as the house band of late-night TV's highest-rated program, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon , the other an Academy Award-decorated composer/performer for his work on the 2014 film Selma . It was fascinating, then, to watch the Roots and Common do an old-fashioned joint throw-down at Atlantic City's Borgata Casino on Sunday.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
Atlantic City's long-awaited PILOT is one step closer to helping pull the casino resort out of its fiscal nosedive. On Thursday, the New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of accepting Gov. Christie's conditions on a package of bills - including a set payment in lieu of taxes by casinos and redirected aid for the city - aimed at keeping Atlantic City free of crushing tax appeals in future years. But the Senate, which had scheduled a vote, delayed taking action on the bills, considered crucial to ensuring the resort's solvency.
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