Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Vegas Strip shootout highlights tale of two cities

This is why Atlantic City can't win:

Vegas Strip shootout highlights tale of two cities

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Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle following a shooting and multi-car accident on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when, authorities say, someone in a black Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured. (AP Photo/Erik Lackey)
Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle following a shooting and multi-car accident on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when, authorities say, someone in a black Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured. (AP Photo/Erik Lackey)

This is why Atlantic City can’t win:

Early Thursday morning a shootout in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip left three dead and six wounded.

This is bad enough, but according to the Huffington Post: “The incident marked the latest violence on the Strip since the beginning of the year. Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage Feb. 6, and a tourist was stabbed Saturday in an elevator at The Hotel at MandalayBay.”

Were you even aware of these other two events? I sure wasn’t. That’s because the media chose not to make a big deal about them. But last year, when two Canadian women were stabbed to death by a deranged homeless woman on Atlantic City’s Pacific Avenue—something that could have happened anywhere--news outlets including the Daily News portrayed the tragic murders as proof that AyCee is a hellhole of unrestrained violence and danger to unsuspecting tourists.

Just as the Vegas incidents were not, in any way, caused by the city, neither were the Atlantic City murders. They could have happened anywhere people congregate.

 So, why does Vegas get off the hook while AyCee gets impaled on it?

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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