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NEWS
September 2, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Toni Peterson was among the last customers to leave the Showboat casino Sunday afternoon as "closed" signs went up, bringing an end to the Mardi Gras-themed gaming hall and hotel that opened on the Boardwalk 27 years ago. "We're going to miss it," said Peterson, who came from Brooklyn for the day to say goodbye to Showboat, where she had been a customer for the last eight years. Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s closing of Showboat marked the start of a wave of casino-industry downsizing in Atlantic City that will eliminate 5,700 jobs in the next two weeks.
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Temple will open its second season in the American Conference against defending national champion Connecticut on New Year's Eve, on the road. The Owls also will close the regular season against the Huskies on March 7 at the Liacouras Center. They'll play eight AAC teams twice and the remaining two once. They'll only get Memphis on the road (Feb. 7) and Houston on North Broad (Feb. 26). Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina are the new members of the conference, with Louisville (ACC)
BUSINESS
August 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The closure of three Atlantic City casinos by mid-September will wipe $2 billion from property-tax values next year, exacerbating the financial plight of the already cash-strapped city, Mayor Don Guardian warned Tuesday. By 2017, Guardian said on a conference call to discuss Atlantic City's way forward as a center of tourism, property values are expected to have fallen as low as $7.5 billion, from $20 billion five years ago. In the short term, Guardian said, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has made money "available for some bridge loans to make sure that the city continues functioning with this year's budget because of any concern that we might have that a casino's closing, going bankrupt, might hold off payments.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was Chris Brown the target? Did the would-be assassin (or assassins - the number is unclear) - who emptied six rounds into rap mogul Suge Knight hit the wrong person? The violence, which kicked off Sunday during a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at a popular Los Angeles nightclub, left Knight severely injured. Authorities say two other people were injured. Multiple sources say police are looking at the possibility that the real target was party host Chris Brown , and that Suge stepped into the line of fire to save his friend.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoppers and employees at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting were evacuated Sunday when a suspicious package was found in the store - the second time this month a threat shut down the market. The package was found around 1 p.m., store team leader Sue Haney said. Haney said the store - which is part of the Plymouth Meeting Mall along Germantown Pike - was closed for about 90 minutes while police investigated. Several surrounding stores were also evacuated. The Plymouth Township Police Department declined to comment.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When the Budweiser Made in America festival comes to a close in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art next Sunday night, the last band standing will be Kings of Leon. Every year the Jay Z-curated Labor Day weekend fest delivers a one-two punch, with Saturday's opening-night headliner coming from the hip-hop/R&B world - in this case, the irrepressible Kanye West - while a rock act closes the two-day gathering in a grand finale the following evening. This year, that latter job falls to the Kings, the Nashville band of brothers (and one cousin)
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Members of the clergy locked arms as they led a march of about 400 Unite Here Local 54 members in "a prayer vigil for Atlantic City's service economy" on Wednesday night. "This is union territory," the casino workers chanted as they marched along New Jersey Avenue amid car horns honking in support. Many held signs, including Linda Bragg, 56, of Atlantic City, who works at Bally's. Hers read: "Atlantic City - Broken Promises. " "We don't want to be a forgotten town," she said.
SPORTS
August 21, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Tai Shanahan and Eli Simon sat in a golf cart on Tuesday afternoon, waiting out the remainder of Taney's batting practice at the Little League World Series. The teammates, West Philadelphia friends since preschool, talked about how fast the cart would zoom if the team's host had not removed the keys. They split plastic cups in half and wore them as hats. They disputed what would happen if one pushed the brake and gas pedals at the same time. "Hey, Josh," Simon shouted to the team's host.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Revel Casino Hotel will shut its hotel Sept. 1 and its casino floor Sept. 2, according to company officials. State gaming regulators approved the dates Friday. "I was told today by the director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement that [commissioners] have given the casino approval to close on Sept. 1," State Sen. Jim Whelan (D., Atlantic) said late Friday afternoon. "In the meantime, we are all scrambling to find a buyer [for Revel]. " The company issued a statement just before 6 p.m. Friday that said: "Revel Casino Hotel will remain open through Labor Day weekend.
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