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.
December 28, 2011 |
SOMERSET, Pa. - A man who fatally shot his wife's lover with a bow and arrow will not face criminal charges, in part, because the state's expanded "castle doctrine" makes it legal to use deadly force on one's porch or deck, a prosecutor said Tuesday. State police have repeatedly said they believed the 38-year-old Central City man acted in self-defense when he killed Tony Bittinger, 43, of Salisbury, on Oct. 9. Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler formally announced Tuesday that he agreed with police and that no criminal charges should be filed against the shooter, who has not been named by authorities.
November 25, 2011 |
COS ECHO, Iraq - American troops marked their last Thanksgiving in Iraq yesterday with turkey, stuffing and a rocket-fire alarm. Fewer than 20,000 American troops remain in Iraq at eight bases across the country. All of the forces must be out of Iraq by the end of this year, and American soldiers have been busily packing up their equipment and heading south. Many of the bases no longer have civilian contractors making meals for them, so the troops have been eating prepackaged meals.
November 25, 2011 |
Some people deck the halls before the Halloween candy's been devoured and the Thanksgiving turkey's been thawed. Some might question why they drag out the tree so early, but they know why they do it - to get in the Christmas spirit for their favorite time of the year. Maureen O'Connell and Mid Reed have been putting up Christmas decorations early for years. "I can't get enough of Christmas," says O'Connell, who started decorating her Allegheny Township home on the first Monday in November.
November 11, 2011 |
AVALON, N.J. - A thick wave of fog washed over the beach yesterday, spilling onto the dunes and scrubby pines, right to the deck of Joe Paterno's oceanfront home. You could almost imagine the fallen legend out on the deck alone, staring off into the mist. He will have more time for that, now that he has been deposed as Penn State's football coach. This town's motto is "Cooler by a Mile," and for 25 years Paterno and his family have traveled more than 250 miles to chill out inside a comparatively modest two-story house nestled between certifiable mansions on the dunes.