Revel Bidder Wants to Put a University “for Geniuses” Next to the Casino

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

We told you last week about Florida builder Glenn Straub’s $90 million bid for Revel and his comment about blowing it up if it doesn’t work.

Now comes more word on his vision for the shuttered, $2.4 billion casino in Atlantic City. Straub plans to build a second, 30-25 story tower next to Revel that would host “some of the smartest people in the world.”

“The university’s going to go in,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City. “It’s going to be for geniuses.” Straub says his university will work on solving pressing global issues like nuclear waste disposal. He also told the Press of high-speed ferry and rail plans and an “underground passageway” for Atlantic City in the winter.

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Bidder for Revel: If My Plan Doesn’t Work, We’ll Blow Up the Building

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Photo | Dan McQuade

Yesterday, we told you about the Florida bidder offering $90 million for Revel. Now, we have more information on Glenn E. Straub’s plans for the gorgeous, shuttered, $2.4 billion casino.

Straub has purchased “distressed” properties for the last 20 years, and the Revel is his latest project. Atlantic City’s mayor said he expected the property to go for $25 to $50 million eventually — so this $90 million is quite the premium. Then again, a $90 million purchase is about 96 percent off the original price.

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Ex-FBI Director Will Probe NFL’s Handling of Ray Rice

Just hours after the AP reported a police source had previously sent the NFL a tape of Ray Rice knocking his future wife unconscious with a punch, the NFL announced former FBI director Robert Mueller will investigate what the NFL knew about the incident.

Rice was originally suspended two games for the February assault of Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice, at Revel in Atlantic City. There was an outcry over the short suspension — Wes Welker got a suspension twice as long for taking amphetamines at the Kentucky Derby — but it appeared the event had blown over for the NFL (and for Rice, who had his charges dismissed as part of pre-trial intervention).

But earlier this week TMZ released a graphic video of Rice punching his now-wife Janay, and the NFL finally acted more strongly: The Ravens cut Rice, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The NFL claimed it had not seen the video, but a law enforcement source played for the Associated Press an April 9th voicemail that confirmed the receipt of the Ray Rice tape. “You’re right. It’s terrible,” the caller in the voicemail said.

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Jersey Lawmakers Call for Review of Ray Rice Case

New Jersey lawmakers are calling for a review of a prosecutor’s actions — and possibly changes to state law — to discover why suspended NFL player Ray Rice was shown leniency despite video showing the viciousness of his attack on his then-fiancée. The video was released to the public this week by TMZ.

Rice entered a “pre-trial intervention” program after the incident, allowing him to avoid charges and eventually to expunge his record of the arrest. The process must have the approval of a judge, and Atlantic County prosecutors say Rice was treated no differently from other first-time offenders.

The Courier-Post reports that Senate President Stephen Sweeney “asked Acting Attorney General John Hoffman ‘to look at the law itself to see if it should be re-written or revised. This should include a review of who qualifies for PTI and when it is allowed.’”

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TMZ Releases New Video of Ray Rice Knocking Out Fiancée in Atlantic City

[UPDATE: 2:54 p.m.] SB Nation reports that Ray Rice is no longer a member of the Baltimore Ravens, following furor over leaked video of Rice punching his then-fiancee:

The Baltimore Ravens have released running back Ray Rice, the team announced on Monday afternoon. The release comes following a video of him striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious leaked Monday through TMZ.

[ORIGINAL: 7:59 a.m.] Warning: This is brutal.

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A Philly Cop Weighs in on the Ray Rice Video

One of our favorite Philly cops is Detective Joe Murray, one of the bright shining gems of the Philly Twittersphere. He’s weighing in this morning on the release of the Ray Rice video, showing definitively — and brutally — how he knocked out his fiancee at the Revel last February with a vicious punch.

Here’s the detective on why the video is such a sensation — we all knew this had happened, right? — and what it means:

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Revel Nightclub Operator Makes Pitch to Keep Clubs Open

The owner of the HQ clubs at the Revel casino is attempting to re-open them even though the Revel is closed for good. Idea Boardwalk L.L.C. filed papers in bankruptcy court saying the nightclubs could feasibly remain open, since they have separate entrances.

The HQ Nightclub got enough cache in its two short years to land on DJMag’s top 100 nightclubs list, and both clubs were packed with partiers on the casino’s final day.

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Revel Went Out With an Early-Morning Fire Alarm

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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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