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  • (NJ) Piano tuner's fight to save A.C. home isn't over yet

    10/14/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies ^ | September 01, 2016 | Erin O'Neill
    A state agency that lost its bid to seize the home of piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum†in state Superior Court last month plans to continue its lengthy legal battle to acquire†the Oriental Avenue property.The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, or CRDA, on Wednesday filed a notice appealing the Aug. 5 decision from Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who wrote the state agency's effort to condemn Birnbaum's property is a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power." The agency has targeted the brick walkup that has been in Birnbaum's family for more than four decades as part of a mixed-use development project in...
  • Atlantic City cop critical, suspect dead in shooting outside Caesars

    09/03/2016 11:08:12 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 3, 2016
    An Atlantic City police officer was shot and wounded and a suspect is dead in a shootout at a casino parking deck early Saturday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred outside Caesars Atlantic City casino around 3:30 a.m.†Saturday, authorities said. The officer, reported to be in critical condition, was rushed to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in the city, according to authorities. The officer and his partner came under fire when they got out of their patrol car, according to authorities.
  • Taj Mahal casino closing; Carl Icahn says he lost $100M

    08/03/2016 4:49:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 3, 2016 7:15 PM EDT | Wayne Parry
    Donald Trump has been gone from Atlantic City for years, but his name has lived on in glowing neon on the faÁade of a casino he no longer owned. But later this year, the Republican presidential nomineeís name will disappear from the seaside gambling resort ó along with 3,000 jobs. The Trump Taj Mahal casino, opened 26 years ago by Trump, announced Wednesday that it will shut down after Labor Day. The business now belongs to Trumpís friend and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn, who decided he can no longer support a casino losing millions of dollars each month amid a...
  • Atlantic City, Americaís Worst-Rated Town, Stares at Default

    04/29/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | Timothy W. Martin and Heather Gillers
    Atlantic City has so little money left that it could miss a $1.8 million bond payment due Sunday, a step that would make it the first New Jersey municipality to default on debt since the Great Depression. The Jersey Shore gambling destination has endured years of strain as a third of its casinos shut down. But now its cash levels are low enough that bankruptcy is a possibility for the 39,000-population city, according to Mayor Don Guardian.
  • West Point instructor found dead in Atlantic City

    02/29/2016 7:56:59 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 2-29-2016 | Michael Randall
    WEST POINT Ė A West Point instructor was found dead in Atlantic City Sunday afternoon. Atlantic City police are investigating, but there is no indication of foul play at this time, West Pointís public affairs office said in a news release Monday afternoon. Maj. Benjamin Recla, 34, was an instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and was an officer representative for the West Point Flying Team. He was a member of the West Point class of 2004 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch of the Army. ďI wish to extend to his...
  • New Jersey man completes 30-year murder sentence only to kill mother two days later

    02/19/2016 11:43:23 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 104 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Yanan Wang, Washington Post
    In October of 2014, Steven Pratt was supposed to begin his life anew. He had served out a 30-year prison sentence and gone home to Atlantic City, N.J., where his family held a party to welcome him. But a violent history would repeat itself all too soon. Pratt was 15 when he got into an argument with his next-door neighbour, Michael Anderson. Court records show that Anderson was a father figure of sorts to Pratt. On Oct. 11, 1984, he asked Pratt and his friends to vacate a hallway in their apartment building where they were noisily hanging out and...
  • Atlantic City could run out of cash within weeks

    02/19/2016 8:23:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 02/19/2016 | Brent Johnson
    <p>TRENTON -- Atlantic City may run out of money within three weeks after the Borgata casino announced Friday it will stop paying taxes until the city hands over $62.5 million in court-ordered tax refunds.</p> <p>It's the latest in a long stretch of bad news for the financially ailing Jersey Shore gambling resort town, which has spent more than year reeling from the closure of four casinos -- a scenario that has decimated its tax base and led top New Jersey officials to announce a proposal last month for the state assume greater control of the city's finances to stave off municipal bankruptcy.</p>
  • Cruz‚Äôs misleading attack that Trump ‚Äėconvinced‚Äô the gov to ‚Äėbulldoze‚Äô a widow‚Äôs home

    02/13/2016 10:23:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 313 replies ^ | February 13, 2016 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    "Trump bankrolled politicians to steamroll the little guy, a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades. Worse? Trump still supports eminent domain today." Who knew such a wonky topic would find its way into political attacks in the Republican presidential race? An ad released this week by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign lodged a renewed attack on Donald Trump's support for eminent domain and alleged use of the government's powers for private gain, to bully an elderly woman out of her home. There are two problematic aspects of this ad: the misleading headlines that accompany the narration and the cherry-picked footage of...
  • Why Bankruptcy Is Atlantic City's Best Hope

    02/02/2016 7:13:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Manhattan Institute ^ | 02/02/2016 | By Nicole Gelina
    Chris Christie, stalking New Hampshire votes, is reportedly embarrassed at the idea of Atlantic City declaring bankruptcy. He shouldn't be. There's no shame in an honest bankruptcy, whether for a city or a person. If you've taken on more than you can ever repay, it doesn't do you any good to pretend you haven't. It doesn't really help the people you owe money to, either. Last year, Atlantic City's budget deficit was more than $120 million -- or more than a third of revenues. That would be like if New York City had a budget shortfall of $20 billion. The...
  • New Jersey Gov. Christie backs Atlantic City takeover plan

    01/27/2016 3:40:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:04pm EST | Daniel Kelley
    Atlantic City's local officials backed a revised plan proposed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday that called for the city to be rescued through additional layers of state oversight and new revenue sources. The plan, which Christie introduced with state Senate President Steve Sweeney and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian by his side, combines elements of previous proposals to save the distressed gambling hub. [...] Christie's joint plan on Tuesday, which he said he wants to get cleared by the end of February, would allow the state to restructure city debt and terminate municipal contracts, including with labor...
  • Trump tramples core conservative belief in property rights

    01/26/2016 9:13:45 AM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/26/16 | Washington Examiner
    Margaret Thatcher, when she was British Prime Minister, used a simple formula to describe the economic freedoms due to a properly free people: "A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master." This was, in her view, "the British inheritance." Her thinking, influenced by centuries of English jurisprudence and political philosophy, provides a modern statement of the same rights that America's founders sought to bestow upon their posterity. Thatcher's phrase embodies the conservative view of the role of government and of citizens' rights...
  • Donald Trump Threatens to Sue Washington Post

    01/19/2016 10:08:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 19, 2016 | Joe Otterson
    Donald Trump may be looking to get litigious with the Washington Post after the newspaper published an article detailing the bankruptcy of the billionaire presidential candidate's Atlantic City casino. When asked to discuss the details of the Taj Mahal's failure in the early '90s, Trump said, "This was not personal. This was a corporate deal. If you write this one, I'm suing you."
  • Syrian Refugees: Coming to a Hotel Near You?

    11/05/2015 3:42:27 PM PST · by Ziva · 9 replies ^ | 11/5/2015 | Zionists 4 Trump
    #Donald Trump has declared his unwillingness to accept Syrian ‚Äúrefugees‚ÄĚ if he were President. Their undocumented status would make it easy for terrorists to slip into America.√ā¬†By contrast, the Obama administration and the Democrats have been trying to welcome the√ā¬†Syrians. The owner of Atlantic City‚Äės√ā¬†Revel√ā¬†Hotel proposes housing Syrian refugees at his old casino: ‚Äú[Glenn] Straub told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he's willing to let people displaced by the civil war in Syria stay at the 47-story√ā¬†√ā¬†Revel resort as he fights in court over its future. Straub has been trying to reopen Revel since buying it in April for...
  • Thug Assaults White Woman (NSFW)

    10/19/2015 1:10:38 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
  • The Backstory on Donald Trump's Four Bankruptcies

    09/21/2015 6:50:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The Street ^ | 09/21/2015 | Emily Stewart
    Donald Trump has never declared bankruptcy, but his businesses have -- four times. The real estate mogul, television star and Republican presidential frontrunner filed for corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. Three of the cases were related to his casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, N.J. And even though more than six years have passed since Trump had his last run-in with Chapter 11, it remains a touchy subject. Trump was quick to clarify at the Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News in August that he had never filed for personal bankruptcy. Instead, he cast his...
  • Hostile response online to Black Lives Matter worries Galloway church

    08/26/2015 6:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | August 26, 2015 | Donna Weaver
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP ó The reverend and congregation of a church that unveiled a ďBlack Lives MatterĒ banner on Pomona Road say they are fearful after a receiving a hostile response to the sign on social media. Rev. Cynthia Cain said comments on the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shoreís Facebook page could be described as threats. Many of the comments on the page also state: ďAll Lives Matter.Ē ďWhen we say ĎBlack Lives Matter,í they mistranslate it to ĎONLY Black Lives Matter.í Why? Are they afraid that people might start empathizing with people of color?Ē Cain asked. Police...
  • Homeowner who triumphed over [Donald] Trump is moving on

    07/31/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Samantha Henry, AP
    She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, at last, ready to sell. But it remains to be seen if anybody still wants to buy. Vera Coking has moved to California to be near her family. And the 29-room property she and her husband bought for $20,000 in 1961 and fought to hold onto is on the auction block Thursday for...
  • Donald Trumpís Eminent Domain Love Nearly Cost a Widow Her House

    08/22/2015 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    CATO INSTITUTE ^ | 08/19/2015 | By David Boaz
    Since he shot to the top of the presidential polls, Donald Trump‚Äôs serial bankruptcies and bullying nature have made big headlines. But no one seems to have brought up a bullying business practice he‚Äôs particularly fond of: eminent domain.The billionaire mogul-turned-reality TV celebrity, who says he wants to work on behalf of ‚Äúthe silent majority,‚ÄĚ has had no compunction about benefiting from the coercive power of the state to kick innocent Americans out of their homes.For more than 30 years Vera Coking lived in a three-story house just off the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Donald Trump built his 22-story Trump...
  • You've Been Trumped

    08/16/2015 8:53:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    In the vein of a true David versus Goliath story, the new documentary "You've Been Trumped" takes a fresh look at just what constitutes progress in the modern world. In an era where the conspicuously wealthy have been anointed the new aristocracy, what happens when ordinary citizens dare to take a stand against the profit machine? That's just what Anthony Baxter's entertaining film examines. In a case that became an international news story, local Scottish residents put everything on the line to try to prevent Donald Trump from destroying their countryside with a luxury golfing resort. And if ever a...
  • 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 canít get its finances under control. The Republican governor and likely presidential candidate appointed a corporate turnaround specialist as the cityís 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 Cityís 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
    Theyíve 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. ďWeíre praying for God to open new doors to them,Ē 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 ďexpects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.Ē
  • Caught on Video: Suspected ĎBullyí Harasses and Takes a Swing at Retreating Man ó 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 itís unclear what sparked the exchange, a man in cargo shorts is seen on video trying to knock over the apparent vendorís cart. When that doesnít work, he aggressively approaches the man, who tries to retreat. After exchanging a few words that were inaudible on video, the suspected ďbullyĒ 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 ó supposedly protecting it forever from local encroachment. If you want to see it, though, itís too late ó 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...
  • NJís threat to take Holocaust survivorís 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 Birnbaumís 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 ó through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his motherís murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlieís 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 someoneís 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 ĎSin City.í 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
    Weíve 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 itís surprising to see one actually make it to trial.And itís 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 LawsuitsÖBut 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 Bloombergís anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesdayís elections, including the organizationís 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 ďmayor.Ē 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 ó 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. ďIt could mean that some of the people behind me ó 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 Americaís 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: ďCity of Hope.Ē The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. ďRight now, itís all about survival,Ē Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroitís 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 Tuesdayís...
  • Former San Diego mayor (party unknown) acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen OíConnor 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 ó and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. OíConnor, the mayor of Californiaís 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 OíConnor, 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 ó 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 ó 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 ó 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 CasinoÖ 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) ‚Äē 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!"