March 19, 2007
THE UNANIMOUS vote in City Council last week to put a referendum question on the May primary ballot prohibiting the building of casinos within 1,500 feet of homes, schools, libraries and churches is not expected to hold much legal water. As such, some write it off as a cheap and empty gesture toward re-election by members of Council. The fact is, the state's power is considerable, especially on the waterfront, where both casinos are now sited: I-95, Delaware Avenue, the port, as well as the riparian rights that impact most waterfront development, are all under state control.
July 26, 1989 |
Dear Polly: What is the difference between "dice," "mince" and "chop," as used in recipe directions? - Arleth The difference is in the resulting cut food. "Chop" can really mean anything, but it usually refers to fairly rough cutting of vegetables, meats and other foods into smaller pieces. "Dice" means to chop the food into even, uniform pieces, perhaps 1/4- to 1/2-inch square. "Mince" means to chop very finely into uniform tiny pieces perhaps 1/8-inch square or less. Then there's "coarsely chop," "finely dice," etc. Unless you're doing something really fancy, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just do what seems best and easiest.
January 20, 1992 |
Pupils at Seaview Elementary School in Linwood have little in common with inmates at Trenton State Prison, but the kids and the cons both have the casino industry to thank for a small part of their lives. They get some of the refuse of gambling. The kids get dice and playing cards to use in a pilot math program, Project Prism. And the cons, like those in other prisons throughout New Jersey, get monthly supplies of playing cards. These are just two of the dozens of organizations and agencies that receive gaming's daily discards.
September 20, 2000 |
The 19-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man got off on the wrong foot when he showed up to rob a craps game last year. Joemon Higbom, of Ridewood Street near 56th, shot himself in the right thigh, said Assistant District Attorney Max Kramer yesterday. Even though Higbom didn't have a leg to stand on, he pulled out two guns and began shooting at dice players while crouched down about 6 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1999, said Kramer. About six gamblers scattered from Salford Street near Race.
February 5, 2009 |
"Yonkers Joe" is a seedy, indie variation on "Ocean's Eleven. " The title character is a small-time con man (Chazz Palminteri) who ekes out a living using loaded dice and card tricks to scam amateur players at beef-and-beers and Lion's Club picnics. Joe barely makes enough to keep himself in a rowhouse, and so faces a crisis when he's told his Down syndrome son (Tom Guiry), while high-functioning, is too old and too unruly for the institution that has cared for him. Finding a proper facility is an expensive proposition, and Joe can't look after the boy himself and carry on with his chosen vocation, which keeps him away from home for long stretches.
August 6, 2005 |
The NBA is going "all-in" with its All-Stars. The 2007 NBA All-Star Game is headed to Las Vegas, the first time a city without a franchise has been chosen to host the event. The festivities, on the weekend of Feb. 16-18, will take place just off the Strip, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Commissioner David Stern called it "a merger between the basketball capital of the world and the entertainment capital of the world" during a news conference yesterday, while downplaying any concern about linking the image-conscious NBA with Sin City and gambling.
January 16, 2012 |
YOU DON'T SEE Dice Raw with the Roots on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ," but the North Philly rapper/producer/songwriter played an integral part of the hometown hip-hop heroes' newest release, "Undun. " Dice Raw, born Karl Jenkins , sings on "Lighthouse" and "One Time," two fan favorites on "Undun," and co-wrote and sings or raps on several other songs from the record. A longtime collaborator of the Roots, Dice's contributions to "Undun" and 2010's "How I Got Over" seem to be bringing him the attention he deserves.
May 19, 2002 |
Let's play a game. You go first. Roll the dice. Six. Uh-oh. You just landed on St. Mike's Fair. That's too bad. Time to fork over the cash. Yes, you owe $100. Oh well, it could have been worse. You could have been stuck at the gas riots, and that would have cost you $200. Or you could be trapped in conversation, talking about the gas riots, and that would cost you hours. At least that's what the creators of "Levittown at 50: The Board Game" hope. For a very real $19.95, Levittowners and anyone else can move their tokens around a board, spend some serious play money, and reminisce about what once was. "We want families to sit around the table and talk and talk and talk about wonderful Levittown," said Jim Murphy, 48, one of two Levittown men who created the game in honor of the working-class town's forthcoming 50th anniversary.
December 1, 2001 |
Norman A. Gardner is betting that some high-tech security innovations in gambling paraphernalia will turn his fledgling Bala Cynwyd company into a high-stakes player in the gaming industry. The two-year-old company, LaserLock Technologies Inc., uses laser beams to ensure that no one is able to sneak his or her own dice, chips or cards into a casino. And LaserLock's "invisible ink" aims to prevent the counterfeiting of gaming tickets used with cashless machines. When trained on authentic dice and chips or the wrapping on a new deck of cards, the company's laser beam lights up a pigment embedded in the object.
March 31, 1995 |
They rolled the dice - and their luck ran out. But what happened to four boys playing craps on a West Philadelphia sidewalk Wednesday night was no game. And it did not happen by chance. Police sources said an interloper with a grudge drew his gun and changed the odds forever. Now 13-year-old Cordell Erwin is dead from gunshots to the head and chest. His 15-year-old brother, Eric, is in critical condition at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, clinging to life after a bullet went through his brain.