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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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September 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to ban reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino from all casinos in the state. The board began proceedings against Merlino after an incident at the SugarHouse Casino in March when members of his entourage allegedly were involved in a physical altercation with other gamblers, said board spokesman Doug Harbach. Gaming control agents on several occasions tried to serve Merlino with paperwork notifying him about the investigation and he refused to accept them, Harbach said.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
MGM Resorts International will hold a jobs fair Wednesday and Thursday at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City to help fill hundreds of jobs at MGM National Harbor, a $1.3 billion casino under construction in Prince George's County, Md, near Washington. MGM, which last week bought out its Borgata partner Boyd Gaming Corp. for $900 million, is seeking table games dealers, slots technicians, cocktail servers and bartenders for MGM National Harbor, the company said. The jobs fair for MGM National Harbor, which is expected to open in the fourth quarter, comes on the heels of the announcement last week that Trump Taj Mahal casino will close Oct. 10, putting nearly 3,000 out of work.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Kesha Rose Sebert - the artist known as Kesha - hit Atlantic City's Harrah's Casino on Saturday night for the debut of both that hotel's new Waterfront stage and her world tour, it was not without controversy or shouts of "Free Kesha" from her look-alike tween fan base. It also was filled with the cocky chanteuse's usual bravado-laden attitude and snide singsong approach to her hits. Famously, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter has had things rough since her last album, 2012's Warrior . The platinum-plated, electro-pop artist with a burgeoning punk edge and an occasional C&W lilt put her career on hold (or had her career put on hold)
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker and Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITERS
ATLANTIC CITY - Inside the Trump Taj Mahal last week, "Ivana's" china was selling at half off. The gold-rimmed plates at the Trump Exchange at the top of the escalator were marked down from $25 apiece to $12.50. A Donald Trump quote - "I like thinking big. You have to think anyway so why not think big?" - still hung on a wall, above an oversize black-and-white portrait of Trump from back in the day. Those remnants of a time in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Atlantic City was "Trump City" could disappear from the public eye if the Taj's new owner, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, closes the four-times-bankrupt casino after Labor Day, as announced last week.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A judge ruled Friday that an Atlantic City man can keep his longtime property, saying the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's attempt to take over the building lacked "any specific and viable plans" and was a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power. " Charles Birnbaum, 69, owns the three-story brick house along Oriental Avenue a block from the ocean. His parents bought it in 1969. In 1998, an intruder killed his mother and her live-in caretaker there. Birnbaum then created a piano studio in the home to memorialize her, and currently runs his casino piano-tuning business there.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
Nationally, VegFests are on the rise, those one- or two-day get-togethers of meat-free eaters over meat-free food, often with speakers and entertainment. And one way Philly is proving its "Vegandelphia" cred is by upping our own vegan-events game. As August kicks off and our usual crop of late-summer convocations is readied for harvest (see below), one new plant-based event especially stands out: S.E.E.D: Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at SugarHouse Casino.
NEWS
July 27, 2016
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed legislation to allow the state's 12 casinos to sell liquor between 2 and 6 a.m., but casinos say they aren't biting. That is partly because the cash-strapped state wants $1 million per license. Sands Casino CEO Mark Juliano told the Allentown Morning Call that the Bethlehem casino would not pay the $1 million and that he did not know of any casino that would. Juliano said that it was not worth hiring staff to serve sparse late-night crowds and that the Sands does not want to be the go-to drinking hole after every other place closes.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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