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Showboat Atlantic City officially closes

Monday September 1st, 2014 10:00:00 AM
The first domino has fallen: Showboat casino in Atlantic City has closed. It will soon be followed by the Revel Casino Hotel (Sept. 2) and the Trump Plaza (Sept. 16.)The Showboat closed officially at 4 p.m. The Associated Press published a portion of a letter from Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman to employees:"The Showboat has been in business in Atlantic City for 27 years, and all of us at Caesars are extremely proud of the 16 years that our company operated the property. I want to thank…

Fuming over Philadelphia cigarette tax

Friday August 29th, 2014 05:30:00 PM
While I applaud city and state leaders for devising - and partially passing (maybe fully passing next month) - a funding plan to address the financial shortfall in Philadelphia's public education budget with a tax on cigarette sales, this approach is inadequate, short-term and discriminatory.I am glad our city, state and educational leaders have demonstrated creative thinking to help fund city schools in a way that also encourages smokers to quit. This novel idea shows moxie, and the collaborative,…

Here’s one vote for a new Philly mascot

Friday August 29th, 2014 02:50:00 PM
Off the top of my head I can think of three iconic symbols/mascots/things that form the core of Philadelphia. There might be more, that is up for argument. But for my purpose here I have the three main ones:The Phanatic; The guy who wanders around dressed as Ben Franklin (I think someone still does that); and the Litterbug.Now the Phanatic is the most famous, but the Litterbug is the most effective.I’ve visited a lot of cities around the world and I don’t think one of them can hold a candle…

PA ranks 8th among best craft beer states, says Thrillest

Friday August 29th, 2014 01:00:00 PM
When it comes to the quality of its craft beer, Pennsylvania ranks eighth in the nation, according to Thrillist, with Philadelphia’s own Yards Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Co. getting special mentions.Here’s what Thrillist had to say about Pennsylvania’s breweries:Tröegs, Stoudt’s, Yards, Victory, Voodoo, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher: all always fantastic. Iron City: one of the world’s most lovable crappy beers. Yuengling: maybe not what craft-heads crave, but it’s the country’s oldest…

Timberland hitting the Philly retail scene in October

Friday August 29th, 2014 01:00:00 PM
Timberland, the retailer known for its iconic yellow boot, is opening up shop on one of Philadelphia’s hottest retail corridors — Walnut Street.The store, which will open in late October at 1709 Walnut St., will debut along with the brand’s fall and winter 2014 collection. The new collection puts more emphasis on the retailer's expansion into a more lifestyle brand, beyond its yellow boot. (See photo gallery).“We can’t think of a better place to bring the evolution of our brand to life,”…

Feds allow Corbett-backed Medicaid overhaul

Friday August 29th, 2014 12:59:00 PM
Pennsylvania has become the 27th state in the country to overhaul Medicaid to help poor residents obtain insurance under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.Federal regulators approved a plan backed by Gov. Tom Corbett called Healthy PA, which provides subsidies for low income individuals and families.The approval was applauded by the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP)."The plan reflects Governor Corbett's priority to create a sustainable Medicaid program…

N.J. to open a job center in beleaguered AC

Friday August 29th, 2014 12:56:00 PM
With Atlantic City getting pounded by 6,000 lost jobs because three casinos are calling it quits, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is offering some assistance.Christie said the state, along with union and business help, will open an employment resource center in the struggling Shore city.The details and what the center will entail are available at

Remember the lessons of history on Labor Day

Thursday August 28th, 2014 08:26:00 PM
Labor Day is our only holiday that is devoted to the working men and women of this great nation. Across Pennsylvania, thousands of workers, many of them proud union members and their families will celebrate their contributions in keeping our economy and our nation strong.Thousands of us will be marching in parades, attending picnics, and other celebrations. We will listen as elected officials and labor leaders speak about the sacrifices and contributions of our parents and grandparents, who organized…

Phillies CEO takes medical leave of absence

Thursday August 28th, 2014 08:01:00 PM
The Philadelphia Phillies said Thursday that President and CEO David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence from the organization while he continues to recover from jaw cancer surgery last spring.Montgomery, 68, had surgery to remove cancer from his right jaw bone on May 19 and was hospitalized for about a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.During Montgomery’s absence, his responsibilities will be filled by Pat Gillick, who was general manager when the Phillies won the 2008…

What is 'conscious leadership' and why is it crucial for successful businesses?

Thursday August 28th, 2014 06:24:00 PM
What is conscious leadership and why it is important for me as a leader?That is a great question! In its most simple form, conscious leadership is bringing one’s whole self and with total awareness to your leadership position. It requires authenticity to be who you really are. Conscious leaders focus on the “we” rather than the “me” and realize that their role is to create a culture of trust, care and expansive influence.Consciousness is pure awareness and can be cultivated with practice.…

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