The most widely-touted estimate put the size of the crowd at this year’s Miss America Parade–back in A.C, baby!–at 225,000. One Jersey statistician says the city artificially inflated that number. By a lot.
The width of the Boardwalk is also known. It is 60 feet wide from Revel to approximately Bellevue Avenue, where it becomes 40 feet wide down to Albany Avenue. Space in the middle of the Boardwalk, varying from 20 to 30 feet, was set aside for the parade, leaving a much reduced area of approximately 50 percent for folding chairs, parked rolling chairs and standing room.
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Matthew Quick is notable for two things here at Philly Mag HQ. One, he wrote the book The Silver Linings Playbook. Which turned into a movie you have heard of. Two, he kicked off his writing career with a column for the LaSalle Collegian under current Philly Mag news editor Brian Howard, who was also his junior year roommate. (They lived in E-12 at the St. Miguel Complex during the 1994-1995 academic year.) Now, he’s got another opportunity to remind we meek journalists of the riches we have forsaken by trafficking in the realm of fact: Sony Pictures has just bought the rights to make a movie out of his not-yet-published novel Love May Fail (Harper Collins, 2015).
“Love May Fail” follows Portia Kane, who after escaping her posh life and cheating husband, finds herself transported back to her childhood home where she sets out to reunite with a beloved high school English teacher who retired after a horrific event in the classroom.
This is the fourth book–not including Silver Linings–he’s optioned. For more on Quick, read Brian’s interview with him at the height of Oscar madness. [The Wrap]
Is it too early to call a November election? If not, well….
A new poll finds Gov. Chris Christie maintaining a large lead overDemocratic challenger Barbara Buono.
A Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday shows 64 percent of likely voters back the Republican governor. While 30 percent support Buono. That’s an even bigger lead than a Monmouth University poll showed last month.
Pennsylvania this year has eclipsed New Jersey as the number two gambling market in the country. (We don’t need to tell you who’s #1.)
“Casino and gaming revenues in the Northeast are shifting away from Atlantic City toward neighboring states, especially Pennsylvania,” said the report from Moody’s Investors Services.
Pennsylvania, which opened its first casino in 2006, led the nation with $1.5 billion in gaming-related taxes last year. Comparable tax revenues plunged by 49 percent in the same period in New Jersey, falling from $570 million to $291 million.
Drexel, twice-named the ugliest college in America by various campus-judgers, has improved its standing this year, at least according one “metric.” Complex Magazine has come out with its list of worst campuses, and the dragon’s den has come in sixth this year. (Above: Beautifying Drexel.)
The campus is still being criticized for its “prison-like” dorms and factory-inspired aesthetic. The school’s concrete and brick Disque Hall looms over an open courtyard, and even from outside, the lack of windows is oppressive.
Rowan made the list too. The picture below depicts the school’s Oak Hall, a lovely looking residential dorm on the school’s Glassboro, NJ campus. Not so bad, right? Well, Complex isn’t impressed, and has ranked it the 10th ugliest in America.
This campus is in need of a lot of love. The buildings are falling apart and are covered with water stains from years of rainfall. If the crumbling architecture wasn’t unwelcoming enough, the campus has an unfortunate amount of ill-placed technical equipment and dumpsters.
I don’t know what Rowan’s doing to improve its look–as Complex notes, there used to be a blog devoted to the shoddy state of the campus. But Drexel is in the process of repainting its signature orange bricks, to make itself more like a certain next-door neighbor.
Photos: Drexel.edu; Wikimedia Commons
The Courier-Post reports on the pig who ran away from owner Shane Murray:
“Kevin Bacon” has been on the run since Sept. 2, after Murray, a senior at Kingsway Regional High School, and a group of friends traveled to Woodstown to purchase the pig for $50. He said it only took 15 minutes for the frightened pig to go AWOL after the group of students brought it back to Murray’s Swedesboro home.
“It jumped the fence and hasn’t been caught since. He has been seen other places, but we can’t get our hands on him,” Murray said Tuesday.
Multiple sightings of the pig have been posted on Facebook. The animal has shown up in backyards, and strangers have taken to feeding it.
And now the pig is a folk hero.
That’s what former Rutgers employee—and current lesbian—Laura Federico, alleges in a suit against the university:
Laura Federico, who is a lesbian, claims she was fired from her public relations job last year because Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt doesn’t like lesbians and felt ‘women who had men behind them were stronger and better employees.’
The Home News Tribune reports Rutgers in court papers denies Litt harassed Federico. The school says she was let go because she failed to meet deadlines and that her work needed revisions and reworking.
So Federico either got fired for being a lesbian or lazy (or possibly both), but with each party copping to a different story, this one’s seems likely to go to court.
Of course, that may not be good for Rutgers: This incident is simply the most recent in a string of abusive staff events, including the firing of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and the alleged mental abuse new AD Julie Hermann inflicted on players as a coach in the ’90s. [NBC]
You can forget about sports betting (legally) in Jersey, at least for the time being—a Philly-based US appeals court has ruled the the state’s efforts to legalize sports gambling conflicts with federal law. Put the purses away, boys.
The federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 is the culprit here, having been enacted to restrict sports betting of the very kind Jersey is pursuing. As such, the Garden State’s gambling bug will go un-itched, as federal law trumps state law (for the time being).
So, New Jersey, forget the potential $1 billion in bets, or $100 million in annual revenue your fledgling sports gambling industry could have generated. Instead, rest easy knowing that the failure of your little stint means upholding the integrity of such honorific institutions as the NFL and MLB. Those guys would never gamble.
Though if you’ve just gotta toss some money around over sports, PASPA does exempt four states from its oppressive clutches: Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware.
Ugh, Delaware. Keep your money, folks. [Bloomberg]
I don’t know if this news will persuade or dissuade people from playing the lottery. Philly.com reports that Steven Ontell, a retired cop from Passaic, N.J, has now won the lottery three times in the last four years. The latest and biggest payout took place on September 6th, when he won $1 million, after coming one number away from the $95 million Mega Millions jackpot. In 2012, he won $40,000 and in 2009, he won $250,000. Everytime you go and waste another dollar on a scratch-ticket, just picture this guy standing behind the counter, laughing at you. [Philly.com]
National Review, the conservative magazine founded by lockjaw patrician William F. Buckley, is suing Newark Mayor (and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate) Cory Booker. At issue: Public records involving the murder of Wazn Miller, who was shot to death in Newark in 2004; Booker has claimed he held Miller as the man whispered “stay with me, stay with me.”
NR editor Rich Lowry wants to examine the official records to see if they bear out Booker’s claims.
It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state. Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day.
Enough is enough. Yesterday we filed suit against the Newark Police Department, the City of Newark, and Mayor Booker to obtain the records in keeping with New Jersey law. This suit shouldn’t be necessary, but the official obstruction in Newark has made it so. In such an instance, everyone should favor openness.
Booker probably brought this on himself by creating a composite character, “T-Bone,” to illustrate his anecdotes about life on the rough streets of Newark. The result? Journalists are going to work harder to verify his other stories.