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July 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for five former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused in a years-long ticket fixing conspiracy renewed their attacks Friday on the case against their clients, saying it was built upon "stupid assumptions, stupid guesses and stupid speculation. " That last line - courtesy of William McSwain, who represents Mark A. Bruno, a Chester County magistrate also charged in the case - came as the lawyer accused federal prosecutors and the FBI of interpreting even the judges' most innocent actions in a criminal light.
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July 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
COMPARING the now-defunct Philadelphia Traffic Court to the minor leagues in baseball, defense lawyer Lou Busico hit what might be a home run yesterday during his closing argument in the federal corruption trial of six former judges and a Chinatown businessman. "Sorry guys, but this is like the minor leagues of the judiciary," he said. "This is like the sandlot of the judiciary. " Busico represents Thomasine Tynes, the retired president judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court. Tynes is charged with mail and wire fraud in what the government calls a widespread conspiracy of "ticket-fixing" that plagued the court from 2008 to 2011.
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July 16, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino's expected closing, Donald Trump, whose name is emblazoned on the casino and who once owned three of the gambling palaces here, said he can't help but feel bad for the resort he helped build. In an interview Monday, Trump also predicted that an oversaturation of casinos would mean more closings in other places, including the Philadelphia area. Trump endured multiple bankruptcies as head of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., and he and his name will always be linked with Atlantic City even if his share of the casinos is now only about 10 percent.
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July 14, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - While the amusement-park sound of slot machines filtered through Trump Plaza on Saturday, the men and women who staff the casino put on their brave faces. While they dealt cards, swept the gaming floor, or emptied trash bins as usual, the crisis in this battered resort had deepened the night before. Owners of Trump Plaza confirmed they plan to close the casino in mid-September and will issue formal layoff notices Monday to about 1,600 employees. "I'm not ready to believe it until I get that notice in my hands, telling me it's time to look for another job," said slot attendant Parimal Mehta, 57, of Egg Harbor Township, who has worked at Trump Plaza for 22 years.
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July 13, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - The list of casinos closing or expected to close here just keeps growing. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will shut its doors for good in mid-September, according to state officials who were briefed Friday by lawyers for the casino. "I believe Sept. 16 is the targeted closure date that we were told," said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic). Mazzeo said he and State Sen. Jim Whelan (D., Atlantic) received a phone call late Friday afternoon from a Trump Plaza lawyer. Atlantic County officials also were briefed, he said.
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July 11, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open. That response leaves Catholics angered by parish mergers with one more option: Sending an appeal to Rome. At least two parishes are planning to pursue that option, and have hired consultants and attorneys familiar with church law. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes," said Ralph DiGuiseppe, a parishioner of the former St. Ann parish in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. St. Ann, built by Italian immigrants, was merged July 1 with St. Mark Parish in Bristol.
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July 4, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The possibility of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's being considered for cuts or closure won't come up until 2017. But New Jersey's elected officials aren't taking any chances. They're already working to keep it here. The fiscal 2015 budget, signed Monday by Gov. Christie, includes $200,000 for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs, a body of state officials and citizens who will fight any efforts to close the base and other military installations. The latest move follows the formation in May of a separate group, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force - chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno - to draft strategies for inoculating military sites from the budget ax. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has survived five rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
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