October 26, 2012
THE SWANKY AFFAIR that developer Bart Blatstein put on Wednesday to unveil his plans to seek Philadelphia's second casino license seemed finely tuned to create an air of inevitable success. The usual Democratic suspects from City Council and the state General Assembly were there. But it was a trio of Republicans who stood out to Clout. Attorney Bill Sasso served as master of ceremonies while John Brabender and Brian Nutt roamed the crowded venue. This trio is super-tight with Gov. Corbett . Sasso served as co-chairman of Corbett's transition team when he moved from state attorney general to governor.
October 10, 2012
The New York Times reports that, despite a sellout crowd of 36,067 on the season's final day, and despite an outcry from fans seeking playoff tickets - including the website removethetarps.com - the Oakland Athletics are keeping the tarps on the seats for the playoffs. After finishing fourth-from-last in major-league attendance in the regular season, the A's decided to maintain intimacy in the postseason. They will be keeping 20,878 upper-deck seats at the Oakland Coliseum - a number greater than the team's 20,728 average attendance - under wraps through the AL Championship Series, should the A's make it that far. In the meantime, they hosted Detroit on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their best-of-five division series, which the Tigers led, two games to none.
September 24, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - There were different explanations in the locker room after the game Sunday, with different players taking responsibility for breakdowns in the Eagles' 27-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. There was plenty of blame to go around as turnovers and miscues and just poor football eradicated the excitement generated after two comeback victories. "I didn't have my football team ready to play, and [the Cardinals] did," coach Andy Reid said. "I did a terrible job this week.
September 7, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - For the past few years, Atlantic City's casinos have been thinking outside the box to try to drum up new business and compete with gambling halls proliferating in neighboring states. But the Golden Nugget Atlantic City is literally outside the box. It has become the first casino in New Jersey to offer outdoor gambling. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement recently granted the casino's request to move three blackjack tables onto its deck. Tom Pohlman, the casino's executive vice president and general manager, said the outdoor games debuted right before Labor Day weekend and did better than expected.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
June 3, 2012
Playing at home in a key Game 4, the Oklahoma City Thunder - paced by Kevin Durant's game-high 36 points - beat San Antonio, 109-103, Saturday night to tie their Western Conference finals series at two games each. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 21 points. Wade pledges to step up Everywhere Dwyane Wade turned Friday, two Boston Celtics seemed to be waiting. And as long as Chris Bosh is out, he understands it's probably going to stay that way. The Boston Celtics can double-team him without fear, knowing LeBron James is the only other Miami player who can consistently hurt them.
May 28, 2012 |
Recently someone named Adam Teicholz, described as a writer living in New York and "a former judicial clerk at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals," posted a piece on the Atlantic's website titled "Did Bloggers Kill the Health Care Mandate?" What caught my attention was the deck (journalese for the part of a headline — right below the main headline — that summarizes the story), which said in part that "a handful of right-wing legal experts have changed the way Americans view the Affordable Care Act. " The article had largely to do with legal scholars associated with a law blog named the Volokh Conspiracy.
February 28, 2012 |
AS A WRITER, Matthew Quick has traveled from Collingswood, N.J., to outer space and inner teenage psyche. Quick, who grew up in South Jersey and taught at Haddonfield High School, is the author of "The Silver Linings Playbook," the Collingswood-set novel that recently got the big-picture treatment from Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and director David O. Russell (it's slated to hit theaters in November). But Quick's last two books have been young-adult fiction, first with "Sorta Like a Rock Star" and now with "Boy21," which hits bookstores next Tuesday.
February 10, 2012 |
This winter has been a shifty one. One day is fair, the next, well, not particularly wintry. If the weather trends continue, spring cleanup this year should be a snap. No storm damage to worry about, for one thing; no ice dams on the roof, no clogged gutters, no overtaxed furnaces trying to keep up. Unless you've put off routine upkeep for eons, the fixes your house does require may not be as expensive as they might have been. So what you should be doing now is planning maintenance and repair tasks and setting priorities.
January 28, 2012
The state Department of Education and Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd are losing patience with the lack of progress in the Camden School District. The list of failures is long, starting with low graduation rates, high dropout rates, and the 23 schools (out of the 26 in the district) that were placed on the state's new priority list, which features the worst 70 schools in the state. Those schools on the list will likely see intense state intervention next school year. "We need all hands on deck," Redd said Monday when I asked her about her plans to turn the tide in the school district.