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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
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.
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards occurs twice in a row. But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000. Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings - surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how. In a lawsuit against a Kansas City playing card manufacturer, the Golden Nugget contends the cards were unshuffled, despite being promised to be preshuffled and ready to use. The April 30 incident was the latest instance of unshuffled decks of cards causing headaches for an Atlantic City casino.
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August 20, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plan for Philadelphia's second casino does not meet zoning requirements because it lacks enough open space. Its proposed digital signs also exceed limits, a city planning commission official said Tuesday. That means the $500 million project in South Philadelphia requires two significant changes to the underlying zoning code, Martin Gregorski, director of the planning commission's development division, told commissioners during a presentation on Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A MONTH AFTER the president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity announced it had found no evidence of racial discrimination on the part of the company that plans to build a casino in South Philadelphia, the allegations were raised anew yesterday during a meeting of the City Planning Commission. Paula Peebles, chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Action Network, told the 10-member planning commission that it was premature to be considering the Cordish Companies' Live!
BUSINESS
August 15, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly five years, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood has been operating in what general manager Wendy Hamilton called an "interim facility. " "They've been working with a short deck," Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse majority owner Rush Street Gaming L.L.C., said at an event Thursday to mark the topping-off of a $164 million addition. "With this expansion, Wendy and the team will finally have a property that's worthy of their talents," Carlin said.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When last we saw these three, they were finishing off the late great departed HQ Nightclub and Beach Club at Revel Casino Hotel with one more party to remember. Wearing HQ Strong T-shirts, the crew from the highly successful nightclub inside the disastrously failed casino-hotel danced through the casino floor and into, well, suspended animation. Part of a core group kept on the HQ payroll for months, the marketing host team of Justin Jordan, 35, Zach Seidman, 33, and Ryan Featherman, 26, has reemerged post-Revel as independent marketers under the PopFeeder brand, focusing for now on a Daylife Saturday pool party at the Chelsea hotel, A Summer of Sundays DJ series at Golden Nugget's Haven, and looking for the next HQ to, as they say, float their champagne kayak girl.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
A LOCAL GROUP of prominent black leaders found "no credible evidence" to support allegations of racism against a Baltimore-based developer that plans to build a casino in South Philly. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity reached its conclusion after a two-month investigation into claims that Cordish Companies engaged in discriminatory enforcement of dress codes and that managers paid white men to pick fights with black patrons as a ruse to boot minorities from Cordish-run entertainment venues in Kansas City, Mo., and Louisville, Ky. Not only did the black clergy's probe find no evidence of racist practices by Cordish, the clergy concluded that the company "has gone over and beyond the goals set for minority inclusion," according to a 17-page report released yesterday.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A call-center company that promises to create more than 300 jobs in the Atlantic City area is among the recipients of tax credits handed out by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Thursday. Atlantic City Contact Center received close to $33 million in tax credits, spread over 10 years. The subsidiary of Hollygold Associates - which has a center in the Philippines that takes calls for infomercial and catalog businesses - had also been considering a location outside Las Vegas.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky. Complaints have centered on discriminatory enforcement of dress codes, but also included allegations that managers of Cordish properties paid white men to pick fights with African Americans to...
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The perennial question here for this Fourth of July weekend was whether there were enough nongaming attractions to entertain visitors after the closure of four Boardwalk casinos last year rocked this resort. The answer Saturday seemed to be a resounding "yes" among those who strolled the Boardwalk, entered the new Playground shopping/entertainment complex owned by Bart Blatstein, filled most restaurants in town, sprawled along the beach, and shopped to their hearts' content along the nine-block outlet mall called Tanger Outlets The Walk.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seemed to Philadelphia Art Commission members a curious notion: SugarHouse Casino was asking for approval to finance a documentary and annual film festival to meet its mandate to invest in public art. Members were receptive Wednesday, but had questions: How does a $100,000 film about the history of Philadelphia as a onetime motion picture mecca constitute public art? How, unlike the LOVE statue, would it be visible to the public? Would such a project endure for years? "What assurances has the city . . . that this is going to be lasting?"
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.
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