June 29, 2014 |
The planned closure of the Showboat casino on Aug. 31 is a severe blow to its 2,100 workers and another deep bruise on the Atlantic City casino industry. But at a Friday afternoon news conference outside the Tanger Walk outlets, where a Bass Pro Shop is under construction, Mayor Don Guardian kept his chin up and said, "Atlantic City is still on the move despite this economic hiccup. " The mayor called the decision by Las-Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. to close Showboat "a shame," and said it would motivate him to "work 24/7 to bring new investment to Atlantic City.
June 28, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In another blow to this struggling Shore resort, the Showboat Atlantic City hotel and casino may be seeing its last summer. Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here Local 54, said he was notified by Showboat's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, that employees would receive layoff notices Friday. The union represents about 900 of the casino's 2,100 employees, said McDevitt, who was angered at what the loss would mean for the city and its workers. "For Caesars to close a profitable casino is a criminal act committed upon the citizens of Atlantic City," McDevitt said Thursday.
June 27, 2014 |
When the ride-sharing evangelists of Uber and Lyft square off Thursday in Pittsburgh against staff from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, will it be the latest act in that timeworn drama, New Technology vs. the Old Regulatory State ? Or are officials raising timely alarms about real risks? So far, I'm not convinced either way. Both services have operated for months in Pittsburgh in defiance of state regulators. Since this drama's next act could play out here, it's a good time to see how it's unfolding.
June 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A House panel on Tuesday advanced a $29.1 billion budget, setting the stage for final negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Corbett on the 2014-15 spending plan. The Appropriations Committee voted, 21-14, along party lines to move the proposal to the House floor, but it is likely to undergo significant changes before reaching Corbett's desk. The bill proposes to close a $1.5 billion budget gap by transferring funds from other sources, including the sale of state liquor stores - a plan that hasn't materialized.
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
June 23, 2014 |
AS A PROUD MOM, Cynthia Pierce boasts about her son, Dammun, being a "big-time" OB-GYN doctor in South Carolina. She talks about his two bachelor's degrees from Colgate University and his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. But she traces his success all the way back to a tiny private school in Powelton Village. "At 5 years old he decided he wanted to be a doctor," Pierce said. "And the school gave him the incentive to want to learn and just rounded his interest in science, and he just took it on. " The school she referred to - Montessori Genesis II - closed earlier this month after 38 years, due to declining enrollment and a lack of funds.
June 21, 2014 |
After years of losing millions of dollars on its outpatient mental health program in Willow Grove, Abington Health is making big changes. It is sending notices this week to 2,200 patients who use its Creekwood Center that the program will close Dec. 1. About one-third will be routed to primary care offices in the system, where they will be treated by new, integrated teams of doctors and social workers. The rest, including 680 patients who received care through a contract with Montgomery County, must find new providers.
June 20, 2014 |
WHAT WAS supposed to be the crown jewel in Atlantic City's glittering gaming empire is in danger of becoming its biggest failure. A mere 26 months after its opening, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel stands on the brink of shutting down after its employees were notified that the sprawling adult playpen could close before the end of the summer if a buyer is not found. In a letter, Revel honchos told workers that if the property "is unable to complete such a sale promptly, Revel expects to close its entire facility" as early as Aug. 18. The warning came as lawyers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the second time in as many years, and the company received an emergency $125 million loan from an unnamed co-owner to keep the doors open the next two months.
June 19, 2014 |
Five Catholic churches slated to close at the end of the month, together totaling more than 13,000 parishioners, have filed appeals with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Though their chances of winning are minimal, and the process is costly and lengthy, some parishes already are preparing for a second step: sending their cases to Rome. Any appeals will not delay parish mergers, set to take effect July 1. So, as they prepare to shut their doors, a few parishes are also hiring lawyers familiar with church law, holding meetings, and raising money.
June 19, 2014 |
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.