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February 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
One New Jersey casino, catering to gamblers of the couch-potato variety, will start letting guests place bets right from their hotel room televisions. Starting Feb. 18, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said it will be the first gambling establishment in the U.S. to allow guests to bet from the comfort of their beds, a step that could eventually lead to gambling on smartphones and tablet computers within the casino, according to the Associated Press. The E-Casino program will be equipped with slots and four kinds of poker games, with guests allowed to bet up to $2,500 per day. Customers use the TV remote control to play.
November 2, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
As New York City struggles to recoup from the damage of Hurricane Sandy, the city will begin issuing some film permits next week. New York's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting said Monday that it will start handing out permits for exterior locations on a case-by-case basis, but will not issue them in areas severely affected by the storm. The city has been issuing permits only for parking at certain sound stages. "The City's first priority right now is helping all New Yorkers recover in the aftermath of the storm.
November 2, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
In Atlantic City, at least one watering hole stayed dry in the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. Bar owner John Exadaktilos said that in the storm's aftermath, you could step outside his business and see water three feet deep 100 yards to the south, and a foot deep to the north. Yet his establishment, Ducktown Tavern, remained "bone dry. " VIDEOS: East Coast hit by deadly storm "Don't know how, don't know why," a frantically busy Exadaktilos told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
October 30, 2012 | By Joe Tanfani
LONGPORT, N.J.--Many residents of the New Jersey coast woke up to a gray windy morning with no electricity, swamped homes, water surging in the streets -- and another high tide threatening additional flooding.  The Jersey Shore, including Atlantic City, remained under water, without power and was “completely unsafe,” said Gov. Chris Christie during a televised news conference. He recited a litany of destruction including homes knocked off their foundations, beach erosion and amusement park rides pushed into the sea. “The level of devastation on the Jersey Shore is unthinkable,” he said.
October 29, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
ATLANTIC CITY - With a monster Hurricane Sandy steadily approaching, the New Jersey coast shuddered as predictions of a storm unlike any in memory began to come true. Some low-lying seashore towns were already underwater by high tide Monday morning, hours before the storm makes landfall. The latest storm track shows Hurricane Sandy taking a hard left turn in the Atlantic and heading for a direct hit on New Jersey. Best predictions had the storm center roaring ashore near Atlantic City or farther north.
October 28, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In his 39 years in this seaside gambling resort, Oscar Mollineaux has seen a lot of storms, and heard a lot of doomsday weather warnings that amounted to nothing. So he initially shrugged off reports that a monster storm was taking aim at New Jersey. "I started looking at the news last night, and they said this is like nothing that anybody has ever seen before," said Mollineaux, a game supervisor at the Taj Mahal casino. "That's when I changed my mind. " Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall late Monday, looks destructive enough "to scare the hell out of you. " With forecasts showing little chance that the southern Jersey coastline will escape the giant storm's fury, Gov. Chris Christie ordered Atlantic City's casinos to close by midafternoon and set a 4 p.m. deadline for people to evacuate barrier islands from Cape May in the south to Sandy Hook near New York City.
September 14, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in the isolated working-class enclave of Marine Park, Brooklyn, Terence Winter always dreamed of escaping to Manhattan. "Not to be a snob, but Brooklyn in the '70s wasn't the hippest place," says the 51-year-old creator and executive producer of the Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire," which returns to HBO for the start of its third season Sunday. So Winter is more surprised than anyone to find himself back in Brooklyn - and loving it. "I can't wrap my head around it," Winter confesses at his office at Steiner Studios, the waterfront production complex where much of "Boardwalk Empire" is filmed.
August 14, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
"Boardwalk Empire," HBO's Emmy award-winning series, isn't the only story to depict a heated battle of corruption and greed over Atlantic City, N.J.  In the 1990s, decades after mobsters and politicians fought over the Jersey Shore resort town during the Prohibition era, business tycoons and casino moguls Donald Trump and Steve Wynn slugged it out for the future of the Las Vegas East streets. Author and real estate developer Richard “Skip” Bronson, who worked closely with Wynn during those tumultuous times, writes of the drama behind the scenes as Wynn tried to move in on The Donald's turf while developing what would eventually become The Borgata Hotel & Spa, in his book “The War at the Shore: Steve Wynn, Donald Trump and the Epic War to Save Atlantic City" (Overlook: $26)
December 16, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Andre Ward stands on the brink of becoming the super-middleweight tournament champion, perhaps the fighter of the year, and being regarded as the greatest American boxer behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. "It's a confirmation, and if we go in and fight the type of fight I'm capable of, those things will come," said Ward, 27. "I just need to execute. " Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J., Oakland's Ward (24-0, 13 knockouts) meets England's hard-hitting Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) in the finale of the Super Six super-middleweight tournament.
August 28, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Irene shut down Broadway, took a bite out of Hollywood's box office, closed casinos in New Jersey and canceled thousands of East Coast flights. But the economic fallout had been predicted to be far worse. The full cost of the storm, which caused widespread flooding and has so far resulted in at least 22 deaths, was still uncertain as insurance experts began tallying the estimated damage Sunday. Overall, the storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression Sunday, could cost insurers $1.5 billion to $3 billion to cover claims for damaged homes, vehicles and businesses, said Jose Miranda, director of client advocacy at Eqecat Inc., a catastrophic risk management firm in Oakland.
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