Thousands of People Lost Their Jobs in Atlantic City and Donald Trump Is Gloating

On August 31st, Showboat Atlantic City closed its doors for the final time. On September 2nd, Revel did the same. More than 5,000 people lost their jobs — dealers, security guards, waitresses, maids, bartenders. When Trump Plaza closes later this month, the total will rise to about 6,000 unemployed casino workers.

Donald Trump, of course, thinks people should also mention Donald Trump — and his wise move of “getting out” of Atlantic City “before its demise.” Perhaps we should examine Trump’s history in Atlantic City.

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Revel Went Out With an Early-Morning Fire Alarm


Revel on its last day. Photo | Dan McQuade

The Revel couldn’t even close without a little drama.

With just five hours until closing, the fire alarm at Revel went off. At 1 a.m., the casino emptied of patrons and workers. Most of the patrons strolled away from the casino for the last time, while the workers gathered outside posed for group photos on their final night. Revel closed at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, just over two years after its opening was supposed to usher in a revitalization of Atlantic City’s northern end of the boardwalk.

Bayani, a Revel dealer, exited the casino and stared out at the ocean, the fire alarm still shrieking inside the soon-to-be-shuttered casino. “What else can they do to me?” he said to no one in particular. He laughed.

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Four Phillies Pitchers Combine for No-Hitter


The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.

Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.

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The City Should Throw a Parade for Children at the End of Every August


Photo | Arthur Etchells

I was writing and doing laundry, and it was hot out anyway. So instead of walking the four and a half blocks from my place to Broad Street to watch the parade Philadelphia was throwing for the Taney Dragons, I watched on TV.

NBC 10 — or, rather, NBC 10 news staffers on COZI-TV, a Comcast-owned station that generally shows decades-old syndicated programming — had almost a dozen people covering Wednesday’s parade for the Taney Dragons. Maybe it was more. There was even helicopter coverage.

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Fake Cops Rob Fishtown Business of $87,700

Two men posing as police officers robbed a Fishtown food distribution center on Wednesday, getting away with $87,700 in cash.

Employees heard a knock on the door just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. The robbers identified themselves as police officers. Once they were let in, they forced the employees to lay down in the office, and took the money.

The suspects fled in a 1990s SUV.

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Missing N.J. Student Found Dead in Israel

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J.  AP | Mel Evans

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. AP | Mel Evans

The body of a New Jersey yeshiva student was found in a Jeruslaem forest, Israeli authorities said. Aaron Sofer, 23, had been missing since last Friday after going for a hike.

Sofer is from Lakewood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish population. Earlier this week, Sofer’s parents offered a reward for his return in a video posted to social media. The family also demanded the IDF get involved. The New York Daily News reported Hamas militants were suspected, though there was no concrete evidence to a link.

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3 Days After Pro Debut, Atlantic City Boxer Charged with Killing

Police have made an arrest in the January 17th killing of Nelson Viera, one of three homicides in Atlantic City this year. Omar Curry, 24, has been charged with murder and weapons offenses.

Just three days before, Curry boxed at Bally’s Atlantic City. Curry and Marvin Johnson fought to a majority draw in the four-round pro debut for each of the fighters last Saturday in Atlantic City.

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Philadelphia Housing Authority Reducing Number of Security Guards

Residents of some Philadelphia Housing Authority properties are up in arms that the PHA is phasing out security guards. They’ll start to be replaced with new cameras, security cards and fencing next week.

The PHA will cut 13 of its 54 security guard jobs by September with more reductions coming later. The PHA says the new technology, plus patrols from PHA’s police cars, will make residents safer. It’s spending $10 million on those upgrades.

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Fatal Shooting Leads to North Philly Rowhome Collapse

A fatal shooting led to the partial collapse of a North Philadelphia rowhome sometime before midnight, police said. The shooting and collapse took place on the 1600 block of Seybert Street near Girard College.

Cops say the victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of a late-model Hyundai when someone fired multiple times. Attempting to get away, the victim apparently flung his car into reverse, crashing into the vacant rowhome. It collapsed, burying the man under rubble.

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VA Officials Defend ‘Oscar the Grouch’ Training Guide

At a town hall meeting yesterday, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs officials defended a set of training slides titled “What to Say to Oscar the Grouch — Dealing With Veterans During Town Hall Claims Clinics.”

The Inquirer obtained the slides and reported on them on Wednesday. (“About a dozen slides include pictures of the misanthropic Muppet in the can he calls home,” Tricia Nadolny wrote.) This angered veterans, who said comparing them to Oscar the Grouch made them look, well, grouchy.

But Philadelphia VA director Diana Rubens said the slides were not intended to compare vets to Oscar the Grouch. No, it was about telling employees to keep “our inner Oscar” inside. Rubens even admitted having never watched Sesame Street. Now that is the real Muppet-related VA scandal!

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