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NEWS
October 16, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson had planned to hold his Oct. 29 birthday bash and campaign fundraiser at Xfinity Live, the entertainment and dining venue owned by the company seeking to build a casino in his South Philadelphia district. But after the Daily News made inquires, the councilman's plans changed. Campaign emails sent to potential donors on Oct. 7 with attached invitations featuring a smiling Johnson advertised that the party would be held at the venue owned by the Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, which has been pushing back against allegations that it discriminates against black customers in other states.
NEWS
October 8, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE MASTER PLAN for the proposed $400 million Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia won tentative approval from the City Planning Commission yesterday over the objections of a civil-rights group. Five commissioners voted in favor of the South Philadelphia project, two recused themselves because of prior business dealings with the developers, while Commissioner Patrick Eiding abstained, citing the number of requested zoning changes and unresolved allegations that developer the Cordish Cos. had discriminated against black patrons in other cities.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Planning officials have approved a developer's proposal for the city's second casino, leaving it to City Council members to address concerns about the South Philadelphia project's size and use of outdoor signs. The city Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve Stadium Casino L.L.C.'s master plan for the Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia project, contingent on future Council action that would tweak the proposed location's zoning to allow the development in its current form. Stadium Casino - a partnership of Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, whose properties include Xfinity Live!
NEWS
September 30, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
Basketball great  Shaquille O'Neal will be in the area this Sunday, plugging a new table-slot game named after him at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem). " ShaqBlackJack ," described as a "new, hybrid table-slot game," will be offered exclusively at Parx. Shaq will be on site Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet right before the game goes live on the casino floor. The concept evolved in the mind of New Jersey-based Dynamic Gaming Systems CEO Charlie Barksdale , who has long been a fan of Shaq, as he contemplated the NBA star's unique brand of humor and his history of lending his name to video games.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia $50,000 for giving cash advances to 11 individuals who asked to be banned from casinos in Pennsylvania. Two other local casinos were also fined this week. Parx Casino, in Bensalem, was fined $15,000 for sending marketing materials to 146 individuals on the gaming board's self-exclusion list. The board fined Harrah's Philadelphia $7,500 for paying a slot machine jackpot to a person who was not sitting at the slot machine when the winnings registered.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plan for Philadelphia's second casino does not meet zoning requirements because it lacks enough open space. Its proposed digital signs also exceed limits, a city planning commission official said Tuesday. That means the $500 million project in South Philadelphia requires two significant changes to the underlying zoning code, Martin Gregorski, director of the planning commission's development division, told commissioners during a presentation on Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
IT'S NO SECRET that Philly is a foodie town, so I imagine plenty of our readers will be tuning in to Fox 29 tonight to catch Season 14 of "Hell's Kitchen," starring grueling gourmand Gordon Ramsay . Two Philly locals will compete among 18 others for a chance at a cash prize and to be given a top spot in one of Ramsay's kitchens. "When I met him, I was in awe," said Christine Hazel , 32, originally from Levittown but a transplant to Philly three years ago. Not long after relocating, Hazel took over as the chef adviser to Chickie's & Pete's locations in Philly and South Jersey.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State Rep. John Payne, the new chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, is taking an activist approach to helping the casino industry stay competitive. One day after scheduling a series of hearings to explore ways to expand gambling and examine regulations, Payne (R., Dauphin) introduced a bill Wednesday to legalize Internet gaming. "We looked at the fact that Jersey has it, Delaware has it, Las Vegas has it," Payne said. "It would be a mistake for Pennsylvania to sit here and wait until Ohio has it, Maryland has it, New York has it, and we're the last ones coming to the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
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