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November 11, 2012 | By Marc Levy, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration said Friday that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games would be key ways to produce more revenue from the $3.5 billion lottery system that funds programs for the elderly. The administration made the statement as part of an update on its talks with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement. Asked about it Friday, Gov. Corbett would say only that the ideas were "on the table.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2003 | By Reid Kanaley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After three years at the drawing board, Adrianne Lewis has this observation to make about starting a company: "You almost have to be . . . half insane to be an entrepreneur, because you have to put everything on the line for something that has no assurance. It's all or nothing. There's not that many people cut out for that. " However, Lewis, 42, of Langhorne, thinks that she is cut out for it. Her start-up company, adTraction, is scrambling for a foothold in online games - electronic versions of bingo, dominoes and the like - that are designed as blatant advertisements and called Game-Ads.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What about Cipher Prime's business operation seems normal? Is it normal to do what the video game company's cofounders did on a recent Wednesday when they invited their competitors to their office, plied them with rum and then collaborated on product development? (Would financiers get together and show off their cool credit swaps?) Would Campbell Soup Co. find it normal to describe a new curried cauliflower soup online and then ask for donations to underwrite its recipe testing?
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June 8, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
When Stephen Weber saw an ad seeking participants to help determine whether online games could improve brain function, it was, well, a no-brainer. The Drexel senior would get paid for what sounded to him like playing Nintendo. Maybe it could even help him remedy his weakness in math, he thought. So he signed up for a University of Pennsylvania study on "the effects of Lumosity on brain activity and decision-making behavior. " There's much more at stake here than the fortunes of an industry whose revenue is expected to hit $6 billion a year by 2020.
NEWS
November 11, 2012
West Philly high plans There will be a public meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the new West Philadelphia High School where school district officials will ask for feedback into the sale of the old high school at 47th and Walnut streets. District officials have received bids from developers interested in converting the property, which has a list price of $6.5 million, to apartments above and commercial use on the ground floor, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook reported. Private developers and charter schools have placed bids on other closed district school buildings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2012 | Steve
Q: My wife began taking Zumba classes one night a week months ago. She gained more than 48 pounds postpartum two years ago and was miserable. I was her No. 1 supportive fan. That has changed. My wife now goes four nights a week, and I am left taking care of our two children and the house. She meets up with a former co-worker who is a woman. I never would have thought my wife would cheat on me, let alone with a member of the same sex. However, I strongly suspect it. She has grown distant, and now ridicules me saying that I am the "woman" in our relationship.
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July 20, 2008 | By Natalie Pompilio FOR THE INQUIRER
Yevgenia Arlenok does a lot of things and knows a lot of people. The 26-year-old Ardmore resident, who starts classes at community college in the fall, works at day-care centers and schools and volunteers with charities ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. But when she thinks about the people with whom she's closest - the ones she tends to seek out when something's troubling her - she does not turn to the folks she knows from her multiple activities.
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November 10, 2006 | By Brooke Honeyford FOR THE INQUIRER
From baroque to the big screen, the Lenape Chamber Ensemble and the Curtis Institute of Music have designed unusual presentations to introduce children ages 4 to 12 to the mechanics and magic of classical music this weekend. The elaborate melodies of Vivaldi, Handel, Pachelbel and other composers will fill the Delaware Valley College Student Center in Doylestown as the Lenape Chamber Ensemble performs classics from the baroque era. The ensemble members selected excerpts from their adult concert repertoire they thought children could recognize, and adapted their format to in-the-round to add intimacy between audience members and performers.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Online gambling in New Jersey generated $8.4 million in revenue from Nov. 21 through December, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said Tuesday. The results for the six Atlantic City casino operators licensed for Internet gaming and their online partners were weaker than analysts expected. Most were expecting at least $10 million, despite a slow start caused by technological difficulties. In total, Atlantic City casinos won $2.86 billion from gamblers last year, regulators reported, the first time since 1991 that Atlantic City logged less than $3 billion.
NEWS
November 13, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Finnish police are sifting through Web sites for links between the teenager who plotted a Columbine-style assault in Montgomery County and the youth who murdered eight people at a school outside Helsinki last week. The teenagers had communicated by e-mail, apparently out of a common interest in the Columbine school shootings and violent video games. The disclosure underlines how the horrific violence in Colorado still resonates among disaffected youths around the world. Plymouth Meeting resident Dillon Cossey, 14, had been trading e-mails with the Finn and "recognized the screen name and recalled having contact," said J. David Farrell, who represents Cossey.
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June 8, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
When Stephen Weber saw an ad seeking participants to help determine whether online games could improve brain function, it was, well, a no-brainer. The Drexel senior would get paid for what sounded to him like playing Nintendo. Maybe it could even help him remedy his weakness in math, he thought. So he signed up for a University of Pennsylvania study on "the effects of Lumosity on brain activity and decision-making behavior. " There's much more at stake here than the fortunes of an industry whose revenue is expected to hit $6 billion a year by 2020.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rusty fence bisects the virtual desert, so grab your cursor and pick a side. You are playing The Migrant Trail , an online game about the human toll of illegal immigration. You choose an avatar from a group of immigrants trying to sneak into the United States, or border agents trying to catch them. You pick a route, what to wear, what to carry, when to rest, when to search, and when to hide. Software dictates the consequences. Didn't bring enough water, or weighed yourself down with too much?
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With Pennsylvania's budget forecast gloomy, the legislature looks to be placing its bets on gambling. As budget discussions unfold over the next few months, it is widely expected that the GOP-controlled House and Senate, along with the Corbett administration, will seriously consider a proposal to expand lottery gambling and, possibly, one to legalize online gambling. Both measures could mean hundreds of millions in annual tax revenue at a time when the state is in the red. The administration says Pennsylvania could be facing at least a $1.2 billion budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the proposals are also bound to stir anew concerns that Pennsylvania is moving at breakneck speed to offer more options to gamble, which many believe will increase addiction and the social ills that go with it. Gov. Corbett, for instance, signed a law late last year allowing small games of chance - including pull-tab games and raffles - in bars and restaurants.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Online gambling in New Jersey generated $8.4 million in revenue from Nov. 21 through December, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said Tuesday. The results for the six Atlantic City casino operators licensed for Internet gaming and their online partners were weaker than analysts expected. Most were expecting at least $10 million, despite a slow start caused by technological difficulties. In total, Atlantic City casinos won $2.86 billion from gamblers last year, regulators reported, the first time since 1991 that Atlantic City logged less than $3 billion.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. In the first partnership of its kind to explore the new frontier of virtual gambling in New Jersey, the owner of the 76ers and the New Jersey Devils has partnered with the online gambling company partypoker to merge customers and expand their reach. While casinos have sponsored and have had advertisement deals with American sports teams for years, this was the first deal with an online-gambling company. On Nov. 26, New Jersey launched Internet gaming from servers housed at Atlantic City casinos, becoming the third state in the nation, with Nevada and Delaware, to offer it. "The best partnerships are when you connect with the best people," Scott O'Neil - chief executive officer of the NBA's 76ers, the NHL's Devils, and Prudential Center, home arena for the Devils - said of the multiyear, multimedia deal between the two sports franchises and Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, which owns partypoker, a leading online-poker website.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When Internet gaming launched last week in New Jersey, the Atlantic City Alliance - the resort's chief marketing arm - was noticeably silent. There were no new alliance ads touting online gaming's arrival, though New Jersey became only the third state to offer it, after Nevada and Delaware. The reason: Online gaming and the alliance may be at cross purposes. The two-year-old alliance is spending $30 million a year to encourage visitors to come and spend money in the city's casinos, restaurants, and hotels.
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November 28, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Like the sport of gambling itself, I was so close, yet apparently still so far, from being able to log onto a computer and play Atlantic City casino slots and table games on Tuesday, the first day New Jersey allowed online gaming. Four hours' worth of attempts - from the comfort of my home a few miles away - had proved fruitless in getting the pretty icons of the computer slot machine reels to spin for me. So I came here, to a Starbucks, and Tropicanacasinos.com finally registered me and took my $20. But still, I couldn't play.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
By LouAnn Buhrows Who are you on social media? Your everyday-pack-a-lunch self or a different persona you've created for the digital stage? Odds are it's the latter, because even what-you-see-is-what-you-get types are different online than in person. That's not a bad thing. After all, we look different online, carefully cropping photos so only the best angles show. It's amazingly easy to take a glamour shot with a smartphone, though it might take several attempts. But you find it - just the right shot - for the role you want to play.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Internet gambling isn't expected to start here until about Thanksgiving, but the 12 casinos must move fast to line up partners for their online operations. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has told the casinos they have until June 30 to arrange Internet deals. The deadline is intended to give regulators time to examine the qualifications and backgrounds of companies that want to partner with the casinos, particularly since several foreign companies are considered likely to do so. For example, Bwin.party, based in Gibraltar, has inked a deal to partner with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Joe Lupo, Borgata's senior vice president, said the casino moved early to work with the firm.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill that would legalize Internet wagering in Pennsylvania is to be introduced next week by State Rep. Tina Davis. The Bucks County Democrat confirmed Thursday that she might introduce the measure in Harrisburg as early as Wednesday. Davis - whose district includes Parx, the state's top-grossing casino - cited recent moves by New Jersey and Delaware as the reason Pennsylvania needed to get started on the issue. "We wanted to get the conversation going," she said. "We're working on some changes" to the bill.
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