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April 11, 1996 | By Kirby Kean, FOR THE INQUIRER
"If you want to tell us what to play, y'all got to come to rehearsal," quipped Taj Mahal at the Keswick Theater Tuesday night. Mahal was responding to persistent calls from the audience for the acoustic country blues on which he built his reputation. His remark was met with indulgent laughter - and walkouts. The 53-year-old bluesman used the evening to introduce his Phantom Blues Band, an eight-piece electric rhythm-and-blues and soul revue that was more Sam and Dave than Sleepy John Estes.
TRAVEL
April 28, 2014 | By Marilyn Jones, For The Inquirer
JAIPUR, India - Far off, there's a sound of panic, low and guttural. The naturalist, explaining the relationship of the common langur monkey and spotted deer to me, a woman from Los Angeles and two women from Boston, suddenly starts speaking in Hindi to the jeep driver and guide. "Hold on," the guide yells back at us as the driver makes a frantic U-turn and begins racing down the rutted dirt road. The sound: The warning call of a sambar deer. The scene: Ranthambore National Park, India.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2008 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opened in 1990, it was the n'est plus ultra of Atlantic City casinos. Gaudy, with its multicolored Arabian turrets and flashy interior, it was the largest place around and what others thought they might aspire to in the 1990s. By the time the Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa opened a few years ago, though, the outlandishness of the Taj Mahal was pass?. Borgata spoke more in elegant terms, or at least what elegant is in Las Vegas, and even the affable gaudiness of the Taj was becoming withered.
NEWS
December 22, 1988 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer The Associated Press also contributed to this article
Calling the unfinished Taj Mahal casino hotel "the eighth wonder of the world," real estate magnate Donald Trump said yesterday that full-scale construction on the $1 billion facility would resume this month. Work on the structure, Trump's third gambling hall in the city, was stalled a year ago while Trump and entertainer Merv Griffin worked out details of the sale of Resorts International Inc. Under the Resorts deal, Griffin obtained Resorts International Casino Hotel and most of the company's holdings from Trump, who was controlling shareholder.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1995 | By Kira L. Billik, FOR THE INQUIRER
If it's true, as it's said, that everybody gets the blues, it's a feeling many were willing to indulge as Charlie Musselwhite, Taj Mahal, and headliner Robert Cray delivered their interpretations of the blues Monday in an intimate Valley Forge Music Fair setting. Cray, supporting his Some Rainy Morning record, may be the youngster on the blues block, but his elegant playing and soulful voice belie his years. He opened with his biggest hit, "Smokin' Gun," from 1986's Strong Persuader, which set the evening's emotional pace.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.'s first day in bankruptcy court went off without a hitch Wednesday. Judge Kevin Gross approved all the standard motions needed for Trump to continue operating as it tries to work out a deal with Carl Icahn, whose affiliates are owed $292 million and have a "noose around the debtors' operations," in the words of a Trump Entertainment lawyer. Of particular importance was the judge's approval of a plan allowing Trump to use its nearly $30 million in cash to fund operations for the next nine weeks, under an agreement with the Icahn entities.
LIVING
December 13, 1990 | By Bill Kent, Special to the Inquirer
The financially troubled Taj Mahal is setting itself up as the Boardwalk's biggest gambler. Although Atlantic City's most successful casinos, Caesars and Harrah's Marina, have slashed their headliner entertainment rosters in favor of revues, the Taj is still thinking big. Donald Trump's oversize gambling palace is bringing in the Whispers Jan. 18 to 20, the touring company of A Chorus Line for a run from Feb. 12 to 17, and Jackie Mason, for a one-man...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1995 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vocalist Loretta Holloway has been making the most of her engagement as star of Jazz Hot, the new show in the Casbah lounge at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. There's the matter of dealing with the floors of the house she purchased in Brigantine seven years ago to accommodate her frequent appearances in Atlantic City. Last winter's Big Freeze caused water pipes to burst, doing terminal damage to the carpeting. When the floor covering was pulled up, she discovered perfectly wonderful hardwood, which needed only to be sanded.
NEWS
June 27, 1993 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The winds of political change have been blowing here since officials went against what some believed was the best interest of taxpayers in 1990 and decided to build a grand new municipal complex that has been dubbed the local Taj Mahal. After the election in November, it's possible that no one who was on the Township Committee when it spent $2.58 million to build the expansive, marble- floored building will be in office. Republican Mayor Nelson Grovatt, who has been on the committee for 30 years, was ousted in the primary by newcomers Gail Read and Eileen Carlin.
NEWS
December 30, 1992 | By Pam Belluck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer John Way Jennings contributed to this article
The sign on the door said "Do Not Disturb. " So the maid at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort waited, and knocked, and knocked again, and didn't go in until late Monday afternoon. By then, authorities said yesterday, the man she found on the floor of Room 3706 had been dead for hours. Amine B. Issa, 40, of Pittsburgh, had been shot in the head and abdomen. He lay on the floor in his underwear, an unfired .38 revolver in his hand. A man identified as Issa's cousin, Azar Essa, 32, of suburban Pittsburgh, turned himself in to a state trooper in Virginia yesterday and was charged with murder.
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September 11, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Taj Mahal/Bettye LaVette. The 74-year-old bluesman born Henry Fredericks, who came to prominence way back in the counterculture 1960s, teamed with the great 70-year-old R&B song interpreter, who has earned her just acclaim only in the last decade. Sunday at Longwood Gardens. Cheetah Chrome. The Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs guitarist, playing on a packed bill with Crank County Daredevils, Jukebox Zeroes, and Seeing Snakes. Monday at Kung Fu Necktie. Julien Baker. The Memphis singer-songwriter with an uncanny ability to hush audiences into rapt, worshipful silence with her spare, emotionally raw, and spirit-filled original songs on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle . Call out for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" or Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. " Tuesday at Underground Arts.
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August 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai and Jacqueline L. Urgo, STAFF WRITERS
The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City will close after Labor Day weekend, in part because of a workers' strike, its owner said Wednesday. "Currently the Taj is losing multimillions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability," Tony Rodio, head of Taj Mahal manager Tropicana Entertainment Inc., said in a statement. About 1,000 workers have been striking since July 1 after negotiations fell apart over health and pension benefits. "How petty.
NEWS
March 3, 2016
By Peter Binzen and Peter Lindsay During recent debates among Republican candidates, a charge has been leveled against Donald Trump that deserves closer attention. The charge is that Trump had gone bankrupt, presumably for overspending in Atlantic City's casino district. Trump has flatly denied the allegations. "I never went bankrupt," he shouted at one debate in Greenville, S.C. It's true that he has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times - in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009 - all related to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, and all intended to keep the businesses going.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is likely to remain open until Dec. 20, as its parent company continues to negotiate for financial aid from the city or the State of New Jersey, the bankrupt Trump Entertainment Resorts said Friday. However, some employees already started working fewer hours this week, Kathleen McSweeney, senior vice president of market operations for Trump Entertainment, said in a statement. The Taj Mahal closed one of its hotel towers Monday, and at that point still planned to close the casino next Friday, according to a Nov. 26 petition on its closing plans filed with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investor Carl Icahn has agreed to lend Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. up to $5 million to help the owner of Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City pay its bankruptcy expenses into January. The move, described in a bankruptcy court filing Wednesday, could indicate that a deal is near to keep the Taj Mahal open. Trump has said it will close the casino Dec. 12 if its biggest union doesn't drop an appeal of an October bankruptcy ruling that stripped workers of company-sponsored health insurance.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City said in a court filing Friday they expected to close the Boardwalk property on or before Dec. 12. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. had been warning for months the struggling casino might close this fall if it didn't get significant relief from its biggest union and millions in government aid. The company got the relief it sought from labor last month when a bankruptcy judge allowed it...
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A trio of Trump Taj Mahal waitresses - Susan Blight, Patti Pinchock, and Valerie McMorris - have been with the casino since it opened on April 2, 1990. All three said Friday they sense its last days are on the near horizon. "We just feel violated," said Pinchock, 53, of Egg Harbor Township, who held up a sign that read, "Healthcare RIP. " Added McMorris, 45, of Galloway Township: "A Delaware judge, with a stroke of a pen, took away our health-care benefits. Instead of being part of the middle class, we are now the working poor.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A U.S. bankruptcy judge's decision last week to allow the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City to jettison a traditional defined-benefit pension and company-sponsored health insurance could spell the end of historically solid benefits for low-paid casino workers. Unite Here Local 54, the union targeted by Trump Entertainment Inc., Taj Mahal's parent company, said every worker in Atlantic City is under siege by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who controls Trump Entertainment through the roughly $290 million of debt he holds.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday allowed the owners of Atlantic City's bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to void its contract with its 1,100 union workers. Whether the $15 million in savings will be enough to keep the doors of the troubled casino open is nowhere near a sure bet. In a decision delivered in a Delaware courtroom, Judge Kevin Gross granted a request by the casino's owners, Trump Entertainment Resorts, to end the contract, cutting health and pension benefits.
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