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October 11, 1989 | By David Johnston, Michael E. Ruane and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer staff writer John Way Jennings, correspondent Bill Sokolic and the Associated Press contributed to this article
Three top executives of developer Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino empire were killed yesterday when their helicopter lost its main rotor and crashed on the wooded median strip of the Garden State Parkway about two miles north of the Barnegat toll plaza. The helicopter's pilot and co-pilot also were killed in the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. about 30 miles north of Atlantic City. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw the sleek, Italian-made helicopter's 36-foot main rotor stop spinning and then "pop" off. The craft, flying at 2,800 feet and probably traveling about 150 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2005 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gary DiBartolomeo, the former president of Caesars Atlantic City who was stripped of his casino license four years ago because he lied about his gambling addiction, got his license reinstated and a second chance yesterday. "Thank you very much," said a barely audible DiBartolomeo, after the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, which regulates gambling in Atlantic City, voted, 5-0, in favor of reissuing him a license. With that, DiBartolomeo got up and quickly left the room.
NEWS
August 14, 1991 | By Bill Kent, Special to The Inquirer
The Jovers have 12 minutes in Merv Griffin's Resorts' "Starstruck" show. This doesn't sound like much, especially on those nights, about once a month, when Griffin himself grabs a microphone and makes a surprise appearance. When Griffin appears, the Jovers have a tag line, one of many that have been tried, proved and seasoned from nearly 30 years in front of audiences. Fe (pronounced Fay) Jover halts her nonstop gush of bubbly, British- accented giggles, and says quite seriously, "Merv has asked us to make a special announcement.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Atlantic City's shuttered Showboat casino-hotel will reopen next month as a hotel only, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein announced Friday. With 852 rooms, it will be the largest non-casino hotel in New Jersey, Blatstein's Tower Investments said in a news release. "There's a lot more coming," Blatstein said Friday. "This is the start of a much greater plan. " Showboat, along with the Atlantic City Hilton, Revel, and Trump Plaza, closed in 2014 amid fierce gambling competition on the East Coast, which squeezed Atlantic City's only real industry.
NEWS
December 26, 2008
I TOTALLY AGREE with you about not having the casino built in the Gallery and allowing it to be built on the waterfront. The plans that were shown in the paper for the waterfront casino were beautiful. I can't even imagine putting it in the Gallery. I am wondering if the main reason to put it there is people will have to pay a high price for parking? Renee Towns, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 22, 2010 | By Harris Steinberg
Philadelphia was dealt a bad hand when the Foxwoods casino was proposed for the city's Delaware River waterfront. But with the future of the project in doubt, local leaders have a rare chance to reshape it. Now that Foxwoods' casino license could be revoked and given to another group, city and state officials must acknowledge that plunking down a casino wherever a developer wants it is not wise. We've also learned that casinos designed without comprehensive traffic and land-use planning don't work very well.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When he reteamed with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to make Casino in 1995, Martin Scorsese found himself in competition with his past achievements. His incomparably sardonic assessment of the mob in 1990's GoodFellas was rightly regarded as one of his best films. If he didn't match that movie in Casino, Scorsese gave us a dazzling look at the point where money and greed meet sex and need in the Las Vegas of the '70s. De Niro's Sam Rothstein demonstrates such a flair for numbers while running a sports book that the mob chooses him to take control of its operation in Las Vegas.
NEWS
April 11, 2008
THE state Supreme Court has ordered the city to grant zoning to Foxwoods. The court said Foxwoods "spent months working with the city to craft a plan of development that addressed issues of concern to the city and to residents living near the Foxwoods site. " This statement is based on a bald-faced lie. One of the main issues of concern, yet to be addressed, is the social and economic cost of having a casino in the neighborhood. We have asked Gov. Rendell to do his homework by defining the economic and social costs associated with casinos.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If June revenue numbers released Tuesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement are a barometer of how well a casino will perform in the slower winter months in Atlantic City, then the new Revel is in trouble. June is a peak month at the Jersey Shore resort, and the mega casino generated $14.9 million on total gambling revenue, ranking it 8th among the city's dozen gambling halls for the third consecutive month since it debuted April 2. By comparison, market leader Borgata pulled in $53.3 million last month, about three and a half times more than Revel.
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July 10, 2016
Wildflower (Astralwerks ***) Like Terrence Malick or Henry Roth or Guns N' Roses, The Avalanches went away for what seemed like forever, and now their new work faces the challenge of living up to impossible expectations. Sixteen years ago, the sample-mad Australian production crew released Since I Left You, a plunderphonics masterpiece that built on hundreds of snippets of found sound. It has grown in cult stature as the years have passed and absence has made the ears grow fonder.
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July 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 41-year-old Havertown man who had left the Harrah's casino in Chester and was driving home early Wednesday was shot at numerous times while in his car, police said. Police responded to the shooting scene at the intersection of 12th and Chestnut Streets in Chester about 1 a.m. and found the man and his black Pontiac in the middle of the intersection, Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro said. The rear and driver's side of the car were riddled with bullets. The man, who was shot in the upper left side of his back, was alert and conscious when an ambulance arrived, Amaro said.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Four Southwest Philadelphia men were found guilty Monday of various charges in the 2013 kidnapping and attempted murder of a man lured into a drug sale after he won several thousand dollars at SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for six days, after hearing three weeks of testimony, before returning guilty verdicts against Christopher Cooley, 33; Timothy Gooden, 38; Shaheed Smith, 37; and Kylieff Brown, 28, in the Dec. 8, 2013 incident involving Kevin Slaughter.
NEWS
June 12, 2016
On April 23, the Dream Factory held its third annual Casino Night and silent auction. Dream Factory is the largest children's wish-granting organization, helping children with life-threatening illnesses, and also other suffering children by providing a dream that can improve their lives and those of their families. The fund-raiser, held at the Spring Mill Ballroom in Conshohocken, brought together more than 150 supporters for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, craps, blackjack, roulette, a high-stakes poker tournament, and even horse racing.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Atlantic City's shuttered Showboat casino-hotel will reopen next month as a hotel only, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein announced Friday. With 852 rooms, it will be the largest non-casino hotel in New Jersey, Blatstein's Tower Investments said in a news release. "There's a lot more coming," Blatstein said Friday. "This is the start of a much greater plan. " Showboat, along with the Atlantic City Hilton, Revel, and Trump Plaza, closed in 2014 amid fierce gambling competition on the East Coast, which squeezed Atlantic City's only real industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | Chuck Darrow, Contributor
Given Atlantic City's ongoing fiscal crisis and other negatives making news, some might think the town's casinos have given up on innovation and improvement. Investments in new attractions have decreased, but six of the town's eight gambling dens have added amenities as we head into the summer of 2016. Nowhere is that more evident than in the realm of dance clubs. By the middle of June, there will be two new state-of-the-art danceterias under casino roofs, Premier Nightclub at Borgata and Kiss Kiss A Go-Go at Tropicana, as well as Wav at Philly developer Bart Blatstein's ocean-straddling entertainment complex, the Playground.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's 12 casinos are protesting a proposed 33 percent hike in the assessment on their gambling revenues that pays that state's cost for regulating the industry. The casinos estimated in a letter Thursday to Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty that the increase would cause their regulatory costs to jump to $75 million from $56 million. McNulty explained in a March 31 letter to casino operators that "the increase is necessary due to cost increases such as benefit, pension, and contractual salary increases.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Something is actually happening at the former Revel Casino Hotel. Owner Glenn Straub, whose stated plans for the massive property have veered erratically from mud slides to academic think tanks or refugee camps, has settled on at least one activity: a family-friendly adventure ropes course. Thursday, there was actual construction equipment stationed in the porte-cochère of Revel, where Straub said he would install a massive ropes course, similar to the ones at Jordan's Furniture Store in New Haven, Conn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016
Casinos Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Puscifer. $49.50-$65. 4/15. 8 pm. Frank Caliendo. $55-$59.50. 4/15. 9 pm. Jewel. $55-$65. 4/16. 9 pm. Caesars Atlantic City Casino Hotel 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-4411. www.caesarsac.com . Little Anthony & The Imperials. $39 plus Ticketmaster fees. 4/20. 3:30 pm. Tropicana Casino & Resort S. Brighton Ave., Atlantic City; 609-340-4000. www.tropicana.net . Three Dog Night.
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