September 4, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In the end, the Revel ball did not roll off the tower into the ocean, and no buyer emerged in the middle of the night to save the day. Instead, Revel merely unraveled through the night to an anticlimactic predawn closing Tuesday of its moribund casino floor. Employees of Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Club held a stubbornly spirited after-party as remaining on-duty dealers watched from emptying tables, waiting to inventory final stacks of chips. One supervisor put fingers to his head like a gun and rolled his eyes.
September 3, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A certain circle of life keeps One Stop Bait & Tackle here open, from tiny worms and minnows to striped bass and bluefish to eager anglers. It's common sense, owner Noel Feliciano said, as he plopped bags of bloodworms onto the counter yesterday. And that's why the nearby Revel Casino Hotel, rising up like a shark fin along the Boardwalk, was a failure, he said - a gleaming, $2.4 billion lure thrown out haphazardly to attract gamblers to a city already full of baited hooks.
September 2, 2014 |
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.
August 29, 2014 |
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)
August 28, 2014 |
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.
August 27, 2014 |
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.
August 26, 2014 |
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.
August 25, 2014 |
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)
August 22, 2014 |
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.