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  • Atlantic City bankruptcy possible as Christie names manager

    01/22/2015 1:26:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 3:39 PM EST | Wayne Parry
    In naming an emergency manager for Atlantic City on Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left the door open for the seaside gambling resort to file for bankruptcy if it can’t get its finances under control. The Republican governor and likely presidential candidate appointed a corporate turnaround specialist as the city’s emergency manager, and tabbed the man who led Detroit through its municipal bankruptcy as his assistant. Corporate finance consultant Kevin Lavin will have broad powers over Atlantic City’s finances and operations. Kevyn Orr, who helped lead Detroit through a financial crisis, will serve as special counsel to Lavin. Christie...
  • Detroit With a Boardwalk: Why Atlantic City is dying.

    10/21/2014 6:35:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | October 20, 2014 | George Anastasia
    Thirty years ago, disgraced Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews stood in front of a federal judge and pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from an FBI agent posing as a mobster. It was 1984. Atlantic City was a boomtown then, just six years into the casino gambling era that was going to remake the shabby resort town that I was assigned to cover as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Every day, I watched as buses from up and down the East Coast dumped thousands of slot machine mavens and roulette table hopefuls at the eight gambling palaces that had...
  • Casino closings threaten Atlantic City: The Fall of a Gambling Mecca

    09/01/2014 8:26:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/31/2014 | Rick Moran
    Three premier Atlantic City casinos will be closing in the next two weeks with the lost of almost 6,000 jobs. Another casino closed earlier this year, making the total job loss close to 8,000 - one quarter of casino employment in the city.Over the last few years, tax revenue from casinos has fallen precipitously which have led to massive budget problems for the city. The recession is to blame, but Atlantic City's problems go deeper than it being a one industry town. The closing of three casinos, starting with Showboat and Revel this weekend followed by Trump Plaza two...
  • Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs (Atlantic City)

    08/20/2014 5:15:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 8:03 PM EDT | Wayne Parry
    They’ve turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance. “We’re praying for God to open new doors to them,” said Rev Eric McCoy, president of the Atlantic City Fellowship of Churches. Clergy members and the main casino workers union organized a rally and prayer service Wednesday night for the nearly 8,000 workers who will be jobless when Revel, the Showboat and Trump...
  • Trump Plaza set to close in Sept.

    07/12/2014 1:53:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Phillidelphia Inquirerer ^ | 7-12-14 | Suzette Parmley and Amy S. Rosenberg
    ATLANTIC CITY - The list of casinos closing or expected to close here just keeps growing. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will likely shut its doors for good in mid-September. Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16. No final decision has been made, the company said, but it “expects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.”
  • Caught on Video: Suspected ‘Bully’ Harasses and Takes a Swing at Retreating Man — Seconds Later

    07/03/2014 5:07:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies ^ | june 30, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    In a stunning confrontation caught on video, a man was apparently knocked out cold after aggressively going after a man, who appeared to be a vendor, and his cart on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. While it’s unclear what sparked the exchange, a man in cargo shorts is seen on video trying to knock over the apparent vendor’s cart. When that doesn’t work, he aggressively approaches the man, who tries to retreat. After exchanging a few words that were inaudible on video, the suspected “bully” is seen taking a swing at the vendor.
  • Atlantic City casino shutdowns needed, analysts say

    06/29/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    Niagra Gazette ^ | 6-29-2014
    For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about "casino saturation" in the northeastern United States. But there's nothing theoretical about what's happening in Atlantic City now. The Atlantic Club is dead, taken down by two rivals. Revel says it will close if a buyer can't be found, and Caesars Entertainment, which says there are too many casinos in New Jersey, plans to shutter one of its four, the Showboat, on Aug. 31. Mayor Don Guardian, who could see a quarter of his city's casinos close during his first year in office, said Atlantic City is in the midst...
  • Synagogue on Historic Register torn down in 2013 by Atlantic City

    06/19/2014 4:43:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | June 19, 2014 | STEVEN LEMONGELLO
    The first Congregation Beth Israel building, what may have been the oldest synagogue in Atlantic City, was honored with a spot on the state Register of Historic Places in 1992 — supposedly protecting it forever from local encroachment. If you want to see it, though, it’s too late — it was torn down last year anyway, in an apparent violation of state law. All that is left is a vacant lot. (snip) The circa 1891-93 building, at 34 S. Pennsylvania Ave., was built shortly after Beth Israel was incorporated in 1890 by some of the earliest Jewish leaders of the...
  • NJ’s threat to take Holocaust survivor’s land: Another Kelo land grab in the making

    05/21/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Editorial Board
    Charlie Birnbaum’s parents were Holocaust survivors whose patch of the American Dream was a modest Atlantic City home near the ocean. Their son has held on to it — through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his mother’s murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlie’s property. The CRDA basically argues it has the right to take whatever properties it wants and do with them whatever it wants to reshape Atlantic City whatever way it wants. Traditionally, to seize someone’s property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • After 23 years, a Republican takes over as mayor in struggling Atlantic City

    01/01/2014 7:21:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies AP ^ | January 1, 2014
    Don Guardian was sworn in to office today, becoming the first Republican to lead the city in 23 years.
  • The next Detroit? Atlantic City and Las Vegas facing catastrophic collapse

    12/22/2013 4:40:30 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 80 replies
    MyFox NY ^ | 12-22-13 | Israel Joffe
    With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, Las Vegas real estate prices remaining depressed, casinos opening up all around the country and online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are in serious jeopardy. Beginning in the late 1940s, Las Vegas became known as the 'adult playground of the world.' Celebrities knew they made the big time when their names graced the billboards of ‘Sin City.’ Gamblers hoping to make money would...
  • Atlantic City Cop Ordered to Pay $250,000 From Own Pocket to Citizen He Abused

    12/28/2013 6:47:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 22 December, 2013 | Carlos Miller
    We’ve seen so many police abuse lawsuits settled before making it to trial where cops admit no wrongdoing while guiltily dishing out thousands of taxpayer dollars that it’s surprising to see one actually make it to trial.And it’s absolutely flabbergasting to see it result in a cop ordered personably liable.The cop is none other than Sterling Wheaton of the Atlantic City Police Department, whom we became familiar with back in September when he drove up to a group of five fellow officers beating on a suspect and sicced his dog on him in an incident caught on surveillance video.Then we...
  • Cop Has 21 Complaints Against Him and 8 Lawsuits…But is Still Working

    11/25/2013 5:50:19 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/23/2013 | Lily Dane
    The Atlantic City, New Jersey police department appears to have a very bad apple in their force. Officer Sterling Wheaten has been the subject of two lawsuits in the past month, at least eight lawsuits in the last three years, and, according to an attorney in one of those lawsuits, 21 internal-affairs complaints from 2008 to 2011. None of those complaints were sustained. Perhaps the most notable case of extreme brutality inflicted by Wheaten is one that occurred last June and involved the beating of college student David Connor Castellani. Castellani was kicked out of a casino for being...
  • NRA beat Bloomberg anti-gun group in 65 of 67 Va. delegate races

    11/08/2013 7:18:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Nearly 10 percent of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesday’s elections, including the organization’s two leaders: Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Some 95 key members of the group that targets and criticizes lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association are losing their title of “mayor.” According to an election review of Bloomberg's membership list of about 1,000, three quit the group, 69 retired from their jobs, and 23 were rejected by voters.On the retirement list: Bloomberg and Menino.Among the defeated members of Mayors Against Illegal...
  • Booker says Lonegan, tea party playing politics with public safety

    10/14/2013 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | October 14, 2013 | Ryan Hutchins
    ATLANTIC CITY — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker once again linked Republican opponent Steve Lonegan to the federal government shutdown today, suggesting some Republicans are playing politics with public safety. Booker, the mayor of Newark, stopped in Atlantic City where 51 firefighters will be laid off at the end of November due to local budget cuts. The city is hoping a federal grant may avert some of those layoffs, but its application is not being processed during the shutdown, according to union officials. “It could mean that some of the people behind me — or who are represented by...
  • The Municipal Organ

    07/02/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Atlantic City Organ Society ^ | 7-2-13 | Vic Ferrer
    Link Only This is a chapter entitled "The Municipal Organ" from the documentary film "The Senator's Masterpiece" about the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ. For more information about The Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ please visit For more information on the preservation of America's historic pipe organs please visit For more information about the filmmaker please visit © 2006 Vic Ferrer Productions
  • VIDEO: Great white shark circles boat off Atlantic City coast

    06/13/2013 8:20:19 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 44 replies ^ | June 12, 2013 | Bobby Olivier
    They could've used a bigger boat. A pair of fishermen spotted, and videotaped a great white shark circling their boat off the coast of Atlantic City on Sunday, NBC Philadelphia reported. The shark, which fisherman Rob Pompilio told NBC was half the length of his 28-foot vessel, circled the boat for 10 minutes before losing interest and swimming away, NBC said. He and his friend had departed from Little Egg Harbor that afternoon in search of more manageable catches, NBC said.
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Former San Diego mayor (party unknown) acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband's charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker — and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. O’Connor, the mayor of California’s second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems,...
  • Unshuffled cards a costly headache for Atlantic City casinos

    08/21/2012 1:51:22 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 14 replies
    Suits and countersuits over $1.5 million in winnings are flying between the Golden Nugget Casino, 14 players and the card manufacturer who is allegedly delivered unshuffled cards as shuffled, and ready to deal. At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards happens twice in a row. But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew...
  • Woman laughs in court while facing charges in fatal stabbing of Canadian tourists in Atlantic City

    05/22/2012 7:06:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | AP
    ATLANTIC CITY — A woman arrested in the daytime stabbing deaths of two Canadian tourists near an Atlantic City casino laughed, frowned, grimaced and repeatedly asked where her lawyer was today as she was charged with murdering the women, one of them 80 years old. Superior Court Judge Michael Donio read from a criminal complaint that said Pelzer, 44, stabbed the 80-year-old woman and tried to steal her pocketbook. "When the victim would not relinquish, the suspect stabbed her additional times," he said, reading from the complaint. .. She did not know how long she had been in Atlantic City,...
  • Woman charged with two A C tourist slayings had history of mental illness bail 1.5M

    05/22/2012 12:25:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | May 22, 2012 | By LYNDA COHEN, Staff Writer |
    ATLANTIC CITY — The Pennsylvania woman arrested in a fatal knife attack on two Canadian tourists is being held on $1.5 million bail. Antoinette Pelzer, 44, made her first appearance Tuesday afternoon in the brutal attack that killed two women ages 44 and 80. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is still trying to reach the next of kin to determine the women's identities and whether they are related to one another.
  • 2 Canadian tourists stabbed to death in botched Atlantic City robbery, police said

    05/21/2012 5:54:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies ^ | May 21, 2012 | AP
    ATLANTIC CITY — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman fatally stabbed two Canadian tourists during a botched robbery in Atlantic City. Forty-four-year-old Antoinette Pelzer initially was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses after being captured at the scene around 10 a.m. Monday.
  • Drudge - violence, rioting headlines ..

    07/05/2011 11:47:35 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies
    Mob in Peoria shoots fireworks at police, firefighters... MAYHEM IN MOBILE: 300+ fight on street corner, man shot in face... 13 stabbed, shot in Boston in just 5 hours... CHICAGOLAND: 5 Dead, 23 Hurt Over Violent Holiday Weekend... 4-Year-Old Boy Shot While Watching Baltimore Fireworks... 2 Shot During Massive Brawl Outside Atlantic City Casino… Dozens of teens loot store, then attack passersby... VIDEO...
  • Atlantic City looks to bus more homeless back home Sending some back part of revival strategy

    05/01/2011 3:42:35 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | May 1, 2011 | Wayne Parry
    Larry Bogan knows precisely how much it costs for a bus ticket from Atlantic City back home to Pompano Beach, Fla.: $126. Unfortunately, that's $126 more than he has... And so instead of cooking in a restaurant or driving a tractor trailer for someone like he used to do, Bogan eats at a soup kitchen and sleeps on park benches or in a train or bus station each night. He's one of about 500 homeless people living in the nation's second-largest gambling market. Reducing Atlantic City's homeless population is a key element of a new effort to help the struggling...
  • Woman says her love handles saved her life after she was shot entering an Atlantic City bar

    02/24/2010 6:50:00 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 919+ views
    cox ^ | 02-23-2010
    A Florida woman said her love handles saved her life when she was shot entering an Atlantic City bar. Samantha Lynn Frazier said she heard two pops when she walked into Herman's Place early Saturday. The 35-year-old then felt pain and saw blood on her hand after she grabbed her left side. Atlantic City police said Frazier was an innocent bystander. Detective Lt. Charles Love said the gunman was aiming for a man who escaped with a bullet hole in his down jacket. The suspect remains at large. Frazier told The Press of Atlantic City that 'I could have been...
  • Gunfire Erupts Inside Trump's Taj Mahal Casino

    05/27/2009 3:11:35 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies · 868+ views
    WCBS 2 ^ | May 27, 2009 | Lou Young
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) ― There was a shooting inside the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Nothing But Snake Eyes For Atlantic City Casinos

    02/22/2009 11:25:37 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 847+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | February 22, 2009
    Nothing but snake eyes for Atlantic City casinos By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press Writer Sunday, February 22, 2009 Uncertainty has always been a way of life for casinos who make their money on games of chance. But now, Atlantic City casinos are looking at their own futures with uncertainty. Donald Trump quit as chairman of the casino company he once ran, and wants his name off the three casinos that have been synonymous with Atlantic City for decades, now that they're in bankruptcy for the third time. The Tropicana Casino and Resort will file for bankruptcy next month, and Resorts...
  • Pub Crawl Changes Name after Objections ( ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. )

    02/22/2009 11:03:44 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 947+ views
    AP ^ | 21 February 2009
    A pre-St. Patrick's Day pub crawl has changed its name after several complaints that it denigrated Irish-Americans. The "Running of the Micks'' is scheduled for March 7 in Atlantic City, but co-founder Matt McDermott tells The Press of Atlantic City he's changing the name of the event to the "Running of the Leprechauns.'' McDermott says his nickname is "Matty Mick'' and that he named the event after himself, not thinking it would offend anyone.
  • VIEW TO A CHILL, Shoregoers by the score race into 44-degree Atlantic for charity's sake

    01/14/2009 8:09:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 243+ views
    star ledger ^ | 01.02.09 | MARYANN SPOTO
    Tom Asciutto walked past the patches of snow and ice on the Asbury Park boardwalk yesterday, waiting until the last possible second on the hard beach to shed his insulated coveralls and black New York Jets cap. After all, the wind was transforming the chilly air into something nearly unbearable even with all his clothes on. Around him, more than 125 other people wearing only bathing suits and goosebumps tried to psyche themselves up for what was to come. "Go!" someone yelled, and the crowd ran screaming en masse toward the water 50 feet in front of them. They plunged...
  • Atlantic City delays smoking ban for 1 year

    10/27/2008 5:42:16 PM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 8 replies · 396+ views
    AP ^ | 10-27-08 | WAYNE PARRY
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City's less-than-two-week-old ban on smoking in casinos will soon end under a change-of-heart measure narrowly approved Monday by the City Council and quickly signed by the mayor. Casinos said the ban cut into their business, while their workers were deeply divided whether its health benefits outweighed the potential economic harm. Some at Monday's meeting shouted "Save Our Jobs!" while others chanted "Save Our Lives!"
  • Vote to delay casino smoking ban creates a cloud of confusion

    10/19/2008 5:46:34 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 14 replies · 503+ views
    Atlantic City Press ^ | October 10, 2008 | DONALD WITTKOWSKI AND GRANT JUNKIE
    Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has spent millions of dollars for elaborate indoor and outdoor smoking lounges for its four casinos. The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort and Resorts Atlantic City, on the other hand, won't have any lounges at all. Some casinos seem prepared, some not, for the start of a smoking ban that could last for only three days - or a bit longer - depending on how quickly City Council acts to end the confusion. On Wednesday, Atlantic City is supposed to become the largest casino market in the country to go completely smoke-free. No one will be allowed...
  • Ex-Atlantic City mayor gets probation for embellishing war record

    07/25/2008 4:27:34 PM PDT · by darkangel82 · 15 replies · 268+ views ^ | June 25 | Rudy Larini
    Former Atlantic City Mayor Robert Levy today was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine by a judge who said Levy continues to exaggerate his military service in Vietnam. Levy, 61, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden in November to one count of falsifying his service record when he applied for increased veterans benefits in January 2003. During today's hearing, Judge Jerome B. Simandle asked Levy to explain more about the dangerous missions behind enemy lines he told probation officers he participated in. "I just picked up my M-16 and my radio and...
  • Trump Marina casino being sold for $316M (Bought by Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville')

    05/30/2008 8:08:51 PM PDT · by RDTF · 46 replies · 393+ views
    AP ^ | May 29, 2008 | WAYNE PARRY
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In recent years, the Trump Marina Hotel Casino has been wasting away in Atlantic City's ultra-competitive casino market, searching for its lost shaker of salt, if you will. Now, it's about to be reborn with a tropical theme under new owners who are bringing singer Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" brand to the Northeast in hopes of reviving a property that had become as listless as the hero of Buffett's hit song. Coastal Marina LLC, an affiliate of Coastal Development LLC, said Thursday it is buying the casino from Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the casino company founded...
  • 'Tear Down That Lenin Statue,' Critic Tells Trop

    05/28/2008 5:26:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,247+ views ^ | May 27, 2008 | Martin DeAngelis
    'Capitalist' dogs casino about link to bad luck - ATLANTIC CITY - Al Garrett, who has spent more than three years fighting a statue, thinks he has finally hit on a way to win his cold war. The statue is of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, the communist founder of the Soviet Union. Lenin stands outside the front door of Red Square, the hipper-than-thou, Russian-themed restaurant and bar in The Quarter, the highly capitalistic dining and retail section of Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino and Resort. And Garrett has objected to the architect of one of history's brutal dictatorships being part of a...
  • Former Atlantic City Mayor Pleads Guilty

    11/01/2007 3:02:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 180+ views
    cbs ^ | ap
    Former Atlantic City Mayor Pleads Guilty To Lying To Get BenefitsThe former mayor of Atlantic City pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to enhance his veterans benefits, a crime that played a role in his bizarre three-week disappearance earlier this fall. Making his first public appearance since leaving office Oct. 10, Robert Levy admitted to falsely claiming to have been awarded two military medals and embellishing his military record in order to receive more money in disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Levy admitted fabricating stories that as a soldier in Vietnam, he had been left in the...
  • Former AC mayor expected in court (missing Atlantic City mayor)

    10/31/2007 12:48:33 PM PDT · by 300magnum · 2 replies · 37+ views
    Associated Press ^ | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - The former mayor of Atlantic City, who resigned three weeks ago amid a federal investigation, will appear in court to enter an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, his lawyer said Wednesday. The lawyer, Ed Jacobs, would not say if Robert Levy's agreement on Thursday would be a guilty plea to a crime, the kind of agreement people often make with prosecutors. "We're going to get it over with in one day of bad publicity," Jacobs said. Levy did not return a call seeking comment from The Associated Press. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office...
  • Atlantic City mayor resigns after 2-week absence from office

    10/10/2007 4:38:48 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 336+ views
    Philly Inquirer ^ | 10/10/07 | WAYNE PARRY
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The mayor of this gambling resort resigned Wednesday after a two-week absence from office during which he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic. Robert Levy's disappearance came amid a federal investigation for embellishing his Army service in Vietnam. "Mr. Levy has concluded that public confidence is so eroded by these circumstances that the only responsible action is to step down," his attorney, Edwin Jacobs, said. "He does so with great regret and with apologies to his supporters, to the people of Atlantic City, and to his family and friends." The president of the seaside city's council...
  • Missing Atlantic City mayor found

    10/09/2007 4:32:29 PM PDT · by radar101 · 42 replies · 1,305+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9 OCT 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    He was in rehab for unknown reasons. Looks like the city is moving forward with plans on coping without him. It’s slim pickings, though: Since then, officials have said he is in an undisclosed hospital receiving unspecified treatments. They have refused to disclose more, citing federal health privacy laws that experts said have been misapplied. Levy vanished amidst resignation rumors tied to an ongoing federal investigation into his military records. In November, Levy admitted to The Press of Atlantic City that he had never served in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, despite years of claims that included his 2005 campaign....
  • Atlantic City mayor was at Carrier Clinic

    10/09/2007 1:30:00 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 14 replies · 580+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | Tuesday October 09, 2007
    The mayor of Atlantic City whose mysterious absence sparked political chaos and national intrigue was at a rehabilitation facility in Somerset County, his attorney said today. Robert Levy spent the start of his 13-day disappearance from public life at the Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, his attorney told the Press of Atlantic City for a report on its Web site. Attorney Edwin J. Jacobs said Levy checked into the clinic on Sept. 26 or 27, and returned to Atlantic City last week, the newspaper reported. The 60-year-old mayor has been convalescing in his Venice Park home since Thursday, Jacobs told...
  • Under scrutiny, Atlantic City mayor disappears

    10/05/2007 4:13:46 PM PDT · by Westlander · 33 replies · 778+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-5-2007 | AP
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Under federal investigation for embellishing his Army service in Vietnam, a groggy-sounding Mayor Robert Levy called in sick at City Hall, climbed into his city-issued Dodge Durango and seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth. The mystery and the gathering scandal over Levy’s military record have worried civic leaders in this seaside casino resort, which has a long history of corruption, with four of the last eight mayors busted on graft charges and one-third of last year’s nine-member City Council in prison or under house arrest.
  • Atlantic City rally tries to stop sale of abortion clinic

    07/17/2007 7:07:44 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 206+ views ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2007 | MICHAEL CLARK
    ATLANTIC CITY — A troubled doctor’s expected purchase of a shuttered city abortion clinic has raised the ire of anti-abortion activists, who picketed in front of the facility Monday afternoon, demanding the state not approve the deal. Signs insisting the state block any sale of the clinic to Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, whose incidents of botched abortions and unorthodox methods led to the termination of his license in New York and Florida, lined the sidewalk in front of the Pacific Avenue clinic. “Our main focus is to block this Brigham sale,” said Chris Slattery, president of Expectant Mother Care, a...
  • Atlantic City abortion clinic shut for violations

    06/26/2007 11:15:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 772+ views
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | 06.26.07 | MICHAEL CLARK
    The area's sole abortion clinic was shut down late last week by state officials after inspectors discovered several violations within the facility, including problems with infection control, a state health department spokesman confirmed Monday. State inspectors returned to the Alternatives clinic Monday to conduct a full survey of the facility after discovering the violations Friday. Investigators were led to the Pacific Avenue clinic by an anonymous complaint to the state concerning “change of ownership issues,” said Tom Slater, spokesman for the state's Department of Health and Human Services. Slater could not give any more information about the complaint, except to...
  • LAX passenger hides objects in his body; bomb squad called

    03/07/2007 1:42:37 PM PST · by VAGOP · 103 replies · 2,831+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/7/07
    This is disturning on many levels - LAX passenger hides objects in his body; bomb squad called His plane was diverted but deemed safe. The Iraqi national, a legal U.S. resident, said he was trying to ease stress. He is turned over to ICE. By Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer March 7, 2007 Authorities called in the bomb squad early Tuesday and diverted a flight to Las Vegas after Los Angeles International Airport security screeners found hidden wires and other objects in a body cavity of a Philadelphia-bound passenger. Fadhel Al-Maliki, a 35-year-old Iraqi national living in Atlantic City, N.J.,...
  • Woman arrested on DUI charge after driving on A.C. Boardwalk

    03/08/2007 4:11:28 PM PST · by RDTF · 5 replies · 263+ views via Drudge Report ^ | March 08, 2007 | AP
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A Bergen County woman was charged with driving under the influence after police said she mistook the landmark Boardwalk for a road. Captain Bill McKnight said he was on patrol when the vehicle sped by him Wednesday night. McKnight gave chase with lights and siren, when he said the vehicle made a U-turn and nearly hit his patrol car. McKnight broke off the chase when speeds reached 40 mph because he feared for the safety of the few pedestrians who were on the wood
  • N.J. legalizes needle exchanges, Corzine hails 'an historic day for public health'

    01/03/2007 2:18:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 515+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.20.06 | SUSAN K. LIVIO
    New Jersey has the fifth highest number of AIDS cases in America, and yesterday became the last state to allow intravenous drug users to get clean needles, hoping it will slow the spread of the deadly virus. Gov. Jon Corzine ended a 13-year stalemate by signing a law to permit six communities to host needle exchange sites, where clean syringes and referrals to drug treatment will be available. The bill includes $10 million for drug treatment and counseling programs. "This is an historic day for public health," Corzine said, calling the law "a potential bridge to hope for addicts." After...
  • Pennsylvania's second racetrack casino could pose a threat to Atlantic City gaming

    01/03/2007 3:48:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 258+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.20.06 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Philadelphia Park opened southeastern Pennsylvania's first slot-machine parlor and the second statewide yesterday, attracting gamblers who said they were happy for a local alternative to the casinos in Atlantic City. Hundreds of people poured in when the doors opened shortly after 11:30 a.m. and began stuffing bills into the machines, and the ca sino enjoyed a brisk business in its first hours of operation. Ines Beiez, 47, a North Philadelphia woman who was one of the first to sit down at a machine, said Philadelphia Park would become her gambling destination of choice. Although she was a frequent patron of...
  • Orthodox Priest does Gods work in Atlantic City

    12/02/2006 3:46:17 PM PST · by ballplayer · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Hallmark Channel ^ | 12/2/2006 | Ballplayer
    Today we're checking out people whose passions keep them working from midnight to morning. Their labor of love can sometimes even bring about a spiritual awakening in themselves and others. If you think the Today we're checking out people whose passions keep them working from midnight to morning. Their labor of love can sometimes even bring about a spiritual awakening in themselves and others. If you think the daily routine for a priest ends when services are over and the sun goes down, wait 'til you meet Father Stephen Siniari. He's a Christian Orthodox priest who spends his nights searching...
  • Atlantic City, NJ - Four Women Found Dead Behind Golden Key Motel

    11/21/2006 12:26:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 44 replies · 2,797+ views
    Atlantic Daily Sentinel ^ | November 21, 2006
    Two women walking behind the Golden Key Motel on Monday afternoon stumbled upon the body of a dead woman. When police arrived at approximately 3:00 p.m. they discovered three more dead women laying face down in a few inches of water in a drainage ditch. The investigation of the deaths stretched far into the night . Police cordoned off the area and flood lights were set up as investigators worked to uncover clues from the crime scene. Tall fragmities grass obscured the work area, but at least one body bag was observed being carried near the white Atlantic County...
  • Atlantic City Mayor Levy admits he was never Green Beret

    11/11/2006 6:09:04 AM PST · by mware · 118 replies · 3,014+ views ^ | Friday Nov. 10, 2006 | DEREK HARPER
    ATLANTIC CITY ? Mayor Bob Levy has knowingly misrepresented his military record to family, friends, reporters and the public for decades.As an Atlantic City lifeguard and as a candidate for mayor last year, Levy claimed he had served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army?s elite Special Forces, more familiarly known as the Green Berets. In campaign literature distributed last year, he claimed he had won medals as a Green Beret. None of that was true. Levy ? who has an otherwise distinguished military service record ? was never a member of the Army?s Green Berets, he told The...