NJ Governor: “Atlantic City Is Dying”

But he's still hoping for "Las Vegas East." Plus: A possible Phillies savior, a dog-defending judge, and more of what Philly is talking about this morning

Judge: Ear-Biting Dog Just “Nipped” Four Year Old. The judge in the case of Haddonfield’s Robert Taffet says that one of Taffet’s dogs, who tore the ear off a small girl, had merely “nipped” the youngster’s ear. He also praised Taffet for taking “responsibility” for the dog. Read the whole Haddonfield dog saga in this month’s Philly Mag. [Daily News]

Chris Christie: “Atlantic City Is Dying.” That’s what the governor said as he laid out a plan for a state takeover of AC’s casino district. He hopes to turn the resort into “Las Vegas East,” which is something people have been saying for 30 years. [Inquirer]

And Now… Another Wegman’s. The super-dupermarket opened its sixth Philly area store with a new outpost in Malvern, just three miles from Acme’s HQ. Take that! [Inquirer]

Questionable Activity at the DRPA. The safety chief from the Delaware River Port Authority was fined and suspended after being caught giving another staffer’s EZ Pass unit to his daughter. [Daily News]

US Airways Posts Big Second Quarter Profit. The Philly airport’s biggest airline joined the rest of the airline industry in logging large profits in the second quarter, a sign business travelers are returning to the skies. Or, in the case of Philadelphia, sitting in line on the runway, waiting to take off. [AP]

Bring Us Domonic Brown! The DN’s Rich Hoffman says it’s time to call up the Phils’ top prospect from the minor leagues and breathe some life and hope into this disappointing season. The Scoop is totally on board. [Daily News]