July 29, 2016 |
THE SUMMER of 1990 was a turbulent one in sports. George Steinbrenner was suspended by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent for his involvement with a small-time gambler named Howie Spira. Pete Rose was headed to prison. Bob Clarke had just been fired as the Flyers' general manager. Ron Hextall was holding out for $1 million. (One million! For a goalie!! The nerve!!) And . . . Don King was battling it out with Buster Douglas and his manager in a New York courtroom over the boxer's future, with casino owners Steve Wynn and Donald Trump either directly or indirectly involved and millions of dollars at stake.
September 17, 2015 |
A state historical marker will be installed in front of the Curtis Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday honoring artist Maxfield Parrish, who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the 1890s. The Curtis Center, at Sixth and Walnut Streets, is home to Parrish's celebrated Dream Garden , an enormous glass mosaic created in collaboration with Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the subject of one of the city's most contentious preservation battles. The 15-by-49-foot mural was designed as the crown jewel of Cyrus Curtis' 1910 headquarters, where such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal were published.
July 26, 2014 |
When the veteran rockers who make up the Baseball Project first got together, their ambitions were pretty modest. "Once Scott [McCaughey] and I decided we were going to write those songs . . . we just wanted to get them recorded and maybe, maybe, just maybe put them out on a 100-LP vinyl release," Steve Wynn recalls. "We felt a calling, a need, a compulsion to have these songs exist, and we didn't even have a band name when we made the [first] record," says the former leader of the Dream Syndicate, who now fronts the Miracle 3. "If you had told me in 2007 that we would still be doing this and touring and on our third record, I would have been surprised and delighted.
June 27, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As rumors swept through this beleaguered gambling resort that casino titan Steve Wynn is poised to rescue Revel Casino-Hotel from almost-certain extinction, about 2,100 employees at Showboat Atlantic City found themselves on the brink of unemployment. According to a union official, workers at the 27-year-old gambling den on the Boardwalk's eastern end will receive letters today stating the intention of corporate parent Caesars Entertainment of Las Vegas to close the Showboat by summer's end. The notices are required under a federal law that mandates businesses with more than 500 employees give such information at least 60 days in advance.
June 25, 2014 |
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Starz are bringing an anthology series of "The Girlfriend Experience," based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, to cable. The movie starred porn's Sasha Gray as a pricey Manhattan escort. The series will offer 13 episodes about 13 different women in 13 different cities, possibly getting paid for 13 different positions. Writing and directing will be indie filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz . Co-executive producer Philip Fleishman said in a statement, "Many of these women are extremely accomplished.
November 27, 2013 |
DAN KEATING, a general in the army that casino developer Steve Wynn assembled to win a Philadelphia license, spent the late summer in an elaborate war room, waging a battle for public opinion. From the penthouse of the Phoenix building near City Hall, Keating invited reporters, neighborhood groups and elected officials to examine detailed exhibits ranking the six bids for the city's second casino license. Wynn Resorts, which proposed a sprawling development on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown, naturally won top marks from Keating, the man who was going to build it all. Market8, the 1.9-acre bid by developer Ken Goldenberg and a group of investors at 8th and Market streets, ranked last in every category, according to Keating, who built the SugarHouse casino in Fishtown and has been involved in casino projects around the state and country.
November 14, 2013 |
Developer Dan Keating was attending a board meeting Monday afternoon for the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center when he got an urgent message: Steve Wynn was dropping out of the competition for a Philadelphia casino license. No one was more shocked than Keating. His company, Keating Consulting, had been hired to develop a waterfront casino in the city's Fishtown section for Wynn Resorts. The decision, Keating said, "is a painful one for us. " This is the second time the runaway bride of Las Vegas has bolted from Philadelphia, and onlookers are just as baffled as the first time it happened.
November 13, 2013 |
Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn abruptly dropped his bid Monday to win Philadelphia's second casino license. Wynn Resorts Ltd. said it withdrew its application in Philadelphia - touted recently as part of an effort to bring grand urban hotels back to life - to pursue business opportunities elsewhere. "The board took a host of factors into consideration, including the Philadelphia market performance over the past year and the competition which will result from the recent approval of gaming" in New York last week, the company said in a statement.
November 13, 2013 |
STEVE WYNN, the casino developer who came to Philly in 2010 talking up a flashy riverfront project but then abruptly dropped those plans, has done it again. Wynn, citing the approval of casino gambling in New York, said yesterday that he is withdrawing his application to build a casino and entertainment complex on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown. Wynn was one of six bidders in November 2012 for the city's second casino license. His first foray into Philly's casino market in 2010 lasted just six weeks.
October 3, 2013 |
The federal government may be closed, but the campaign season is open for business - not for elected office but the Godot of high-stakes enterprises, Philadelphia's second casino. Slot king candidates are decidedly more entertaining than most politicians. This is because big bucks are at stake - the house, you may have heard, tends to win - and developers are prone to advanced P.T. Barnumism. Steve Wynn submitted the same gaudy design he proposed in Massachusetts, which was modeled after one he built in Macau, all with the same bronze sheen of his eternally tanned skin.