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Archive: March, 2010

POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2010, 1:58 PM

Former Atlantic City mayor and current state senator Jim Whelan has certainly stirred the pot by proposing a bill that would override the 1977 Casino Control Act and allow for up to four AyCee casinos-hotels with less than the currently mandated 500-room, 60,000-square-feet of gaming space minimums.

Whelan and his minions see the change as a way to jumpstart the town's moribund casino industry. Opponents insist more casino-hotels will simply dilute an already underperforming market and add to its woes by likely canibalizing what business remains there.

 And I say they they are both right.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 2:25 PM

Deposed "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien is headed to Atlantic City as part of a cross-country tour that was announced today.

O'Brien, who left his late-night post in February rather than follow once-and-current "Tonight Show" star Jay Leno, will perform May 30 at the Event Center inside Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. He'll also headline June 7 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

According to a press release, the two-month, 30-city road trip, dubbed "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," will combine comedy and music. Joining "Coco" will be his sidekick, Andy Richter. The release also said "the former 'Tonight Show' band" will be part of the tour, although there was no mention of band leader (and E Street Band drummer) Max Weinberg.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 2:52 PM

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