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Atlantic City loses again as more casinos close

Marketplace - American Public Media - 18 hours 21 min ago

Two of Atlantic City’s casinos, the Revel and the Showboat, closed down this past weekend, bring the total closures to three this year.

Five thousand people lost their jobs, and a fourth casino – Trump Plaza – will shut down in two weeks.

“We’re trying to ease the blow,” says Ben Begleiter, an analyst with UNITE HERE Local 54, the union which represents many casino workers in Atlantic City. The union booked the convention center to get resources to people laid off. “We want to make sure that people have unemployment benefits, health benefits, utility and food assistance.”

Atlantic City is experiencing something that many cities have experienced before it. It hitched itself to a star, and that star faded.

“Atlantic City was predicated on being an east coast monopoly in the casino industry now there’s no monopolies any place,” says James Hughes, dean of the school of planning and public policy at Rutgers University.

All the neighboring states have casinos now, allowing those states to retain their own gamblers and poach some of New Jersey’s. 

Despite that, Atlantic City still draws millions of visitors and some of its casinos are still quite profitable. But, says Hughes, “it’s going to have a permanently smaller economy.” 

Gambling revenue is still half what it was in 2006.

“The big question is what Atlantic City does in the future to rebuild and diversify,” says Oliver Cooke, professor of economics at Stockton College. “There’s a whole countless litany of proposals that have been put forward,” he says, from expanding resort offerings to making the city a concert destination. 

The future of Atlantic City will be the topic of a forum hosted by Governor Chris Christie, on Sept. 8. 

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BBC - 18 hours 26 min ago
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BBC - 19 hours 25 min ago
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BBC - 19 hours 26 min ago
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Poland commemorates WW2 invasion

BBC - 19 hours 53 min ago
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Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

NPR News - 20 hours 6 min ago

Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects.

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VIDEO: War horse ride marks lost cavalry

BBC - 20 hours 14 min ago
Ceremonies are being held in the village of Nery in northern France, 100 years to the day since a British cavalry unit held the line against advancing German forces that outnumbered them four to one.

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BBC - 20 hours 14 min ago
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A computing revolution in schools

BBC - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:41
A computing revolution in schools

Official heckled amid HK poll anger

BBC - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:24
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists disrupt a speech by a Beijing official, a day after China ruled out a direct leadership election in 2017.

Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:18

Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.

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Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:17

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.

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Storey wins second Para-cycling gold

BBC - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:16
Dame Sarah Storey and Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall win golds for GB at the Para-Cycling Road World Championships.

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 23:16

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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