Having family as I do in Atlantic City makes news like this difficult because the decreased revenue from the casinos has translated into higher and higher taxes. Still, with competition from Maryland and Pennsylvania, Atlantic City has failed to change.

That change is starting.

Via MyFoxNY

Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine.

For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about “casino saturation” in the northeastern United States. But there’s nothing theoretical about what’s happening in Atlantic City now.

The Atlantic Club is dead, taken down by two rivals. Revel says it will close if a buyer can’t be found, and Caesars Entertainment, which says there are too many casinos in New Jersey, plans to shutter one of its four, the Showboat, on Aug. 31.

Mayor Don Guardian, who could see a quarter of his city’s casinos close during his first year in office, said Atlantic City is in the midst of a difficult but necessary makeover from being a gambling resort to a multi-faceted destination where betting is only part of the allure.

“Although it is sad today, it’s part of the transition that Atlantic City needs to have,” he said Friday, hours after the Showboat shutdown was announced. “There is pain as we go through this transition, but it’s critical for Atlantic City to realize we are no longer the monopoly of gaming on the East Coast. If you build more and more casinos and don’t increase the amount of people coming to them, you’re sharing that wealth. We’re just going through a very difficult time.”

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The Many Faces of Sam at the Barber

My son Sam LOVES to make faces when getting his haircut at the local Barber. These are the ones he made this weekend. Check these out.

This was going to be a hard one to prove without the testimony of an NBC employee who could testify to the malice intent. Read the ruling at this link (PDF).

Via Click Orlando

SANFORD, Fla. – A judge on Monday ruled against George Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit he filed against NBC Universal over edited 911 calls made after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012.

In the ruling, Judge Debra S. Nelson said, “There are no genuine issues of material fact upon which a reasonable jury could find that the Defendants acted with actual malice.”

In a hearing earlier this month, Zimmerman’s attorney said NBC manipulated the call to make it seem like Zimmerman was chasing Trayvon Martin because of the color of Martin’s skin.

Thankfully, the Supreme Court used common sense in the opinion of the court in this case.

Via WFB

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in Harris v. Quinn that politicians can no longer force family members caring for disabled relatives into public sector unions.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court found the state of Illinois violated the constitution when imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich agreed to funnel a portion of home healthcare worker checks to political allies SEIU and AFSCME. The unions collected more than $50 million from about 20,000 such people over a five-year period.

The decision, authored by Samuel Alito, did not completely limit the ability of public sector unions to collect dues from employees who do not want to join unions. However, the court recognized a category of “partial public employees” and ruled that fees cannot be forcefully extracted from these people.

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As a veteran myself, this is appalling and maddening on so many levels.

Via Daily Signal

Veterans Affairs hospitals have spent millions on solar panels while veterans waited months to see a doctor.

Delayed care resulted in at least 23 deaths, according to one VA fact sheet. In Phoenix, 18 patients died while waiting for treatment, acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed on June 5.

The VA scandal has resulted in the resignations of both Secretary and the leaders of its health care component.

That same Phoenix facility spent $20 million to build the nation’s largest solar carport. Phase one of the project was completed in 2011. The hospital also had an $11.4 million shortfall that year, an inspector general report stated.

The Phoenix hospital is not the only VA hospital to have installed solar panels. Millions in stimulus funds were used to install panels on two facilities, one Albuquerque, N.M., and another in nearby Tucson, Ariz. At the Tucson location, the VA spent $14.7 million between 2010 and 2012 to install solar panels on the roof of its medical center.

Read more at this link.