June 16, 2015 |
NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the changed date of the mural's unveiling. A NEW MURAL depicting the path to recovery for Asian-American gambling addicts called "Fables of Fortune" will be unveiled July 1 on Wolf Street near 7th, a few blocks from a trolleybus route to the SugarHouse Casino. "Gambling is a problem across cultures, but some research shows that casinos target Asian-Americans," said Dr. Catherine Williams, program and operations director at the city's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
May 29, 2015 |
SOUL COACH Clint Dolezel had an interesting observation after watching video of last week's 44-point win over Tampa Bay. "I wouldn't want to play us right now," the coach said firmly. Halfway through the 18-game schedule, the Soul are sitting at 8-1 with one of the most anticipated regular-season games in the team's 10 seasons of play. The Soul will bus down the Atlantic City Expressway this afternoon in advance of tomorrow's home game against Las Vegas at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
May 24, 2015 |
When Mercedes Stephens recently hit a jackpot at SugarHouse Casino, her slot machine flashed the faces of 12 cartoon buffaloes - and then it locked up. Stephens, 47, had won more than $1,200, which meant she had to stop playing and sign an IRS tax form that reports her winnings. The process took about five minutes, she said. But the gaming industry warns that the interruption could soon eat away at casino profits and - ironically - billions in gambling tax revenue that flow into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
May 22, 2015 |
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit that attempts to educate the public on the potential problems of gambling, appointed Neva Pryor as executive director. Before joining the Hamilton, N.J., nonprofit, Pryor was gambling supervisor with the Office of Addiction Services for the City of Philadelphia. The council had $975,553 in revenue in the year ended June 30, 2014, most of it from government grants, according to its most recent tax return. email@example.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker
May 7, 2015 |
Legendary Philadelphia songwriter and producer Kenneth Gamble, and Comcast cofounder Ralph Roberts and his wife, talk show host Suzanne Roberts, will be honored Wednesday evening with the 2014 Philadelphia Award at a National Constitution Center ceremony. The award, one of the city's highest civic honors, was established in 1921 by Ladies' Home Journal editor Edward W. Bok to acknowledge and encourage community service. In recent years, it has been given to a broad range of Philadelphians, from Philadanco's Joan Myers Brown to philanthropists John and Leigh Middleton.
March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Jeffrey Lurie says he believes in the necessity of a franchise quarterback for sustained success in the NFL, and he hopes Sam Bradford can become that player for the Eagles despite an injury-plagued career. "There was an opportunity to do an upside gamble with an outstanding young quarterback who you hope can become healthier throughout his career," the Eagles owner said Tuesday at the NFL meeting. "It is so hard to get a franchise quarterback, as you know. It sets the ceiling on what you have as a team, and do you want to take upside gambles or not?
March 5, 2015 |
Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City reported a 24 percent gain in net revenue last year, to $303.08 million from $244.47 million the year before, thanks largely to $55.2 million increase in gambling revenues. But operating profits barely budged, excluding a $31.7 million property tax refund from Atlantic City in January 2014, to $12.4 million in 2014 from $11.19 million the year before, according to Tropicana Entertainment Inc.'s annual report to investors. Tropicana is part of investor Carl Icahn's gambling empire, which also includes casinos in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Aruba.
February 26, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A decade from now, Rusney Castillo and Yoan Moncada might be the best players in baseball. If that's the case, the Boston Red Sox will probably have added a World Series trophy to their showcase at Fenway Park, and the Phillies will likely be publicly flogged in all five of the city's squares. Even now, long before we know what is to become of Castillo and Moncada, there is a great divide between the perceptions of the Red Sox and Phillies, two teams that finished at the bottom of their divisions a year ago. Only one of the two is expected to finish there again in 2015, and it's not the Red Sox. Boston charted its rapid rebuilding project with a flurry of moves that started at last season's trade deadline and continued right through the news Monday that they had agreed to sign the highly touted Cuban infielder Moncada for $63 million.
February 19, 2015 |
THE HOUSE always wins, particularly when the house is the U.S. government. Renowned Montgomery County bookmaker Joseph "Joe Vito" Mastronardo Jr., 63, the "gentleman gambler," yesterday sought a sentence in U.S. District Court of home confinement for his role as the mastermind of an international, multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. Mastronardo's attorney, John Morris, cited a laundry list of serious health issues - including throat cancer, a feeding tube, a stroke and an oxygen tank that follows him everywhere - as reasons his client's Huntingdon Valley mansion, not prison, was the best bet for him. Mastronardo lost, but the beat wasn't as bad as it could have been: Prosecutors sought a prison term of 37 to 45 months, but U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois gave him 20 months.