A Hot-Pink Middle Finger, Fentanyl, AC Takeover Latest – Monday’s Roundup

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A Hot-Pink Middle Finger
We wrote on Friday about an Atlantic City building that at various points was going to be a Sbarro or a Chili’s or a Crackerbarrel or a Hooter’s and a sports bar and is now a boarded-up hot-pink middle finger to Atlantic City’s de facto planning agency, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. And it is the subject of a lawsuit. If that doesn’t make you want to weep or laugh (in a sad kind of way), consider that the building in question was once the Patsy Wallace building, from which local residents obtained non-perishables as recently as Superstorm Sandy.

In case you missed it, we also looked at local after-school programs that are on the block as a result of planned federal education spending cuts.

More than 30 pounds of one of the world’s most deadly opioids, Fentantyl, was recovered from several raids by law enforcement – in South Jersey, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

AC Takeover Latest
NJTV has a fresh roundup of the speeches from Friday’s rally to support Atlantic City’s public safety workers, which began just minutes after a court ruled the state has authority to tear up the unions’ contracts under the takeover legislation that gave it control of the city. Meanwhile, former Atlantic County freeholder Colin Bell – who is running for state senate – is taking a hard anti-takeover line, Observer reports.

In the rest of the news from the weekend and this morning, read how South Jersey religious leaders came together to speak out against hate speech, how Atlantic County families are handling shooting deaths and how much money Democratic Governor hopeful Phil Murphy has handed out to state and local Dem. organizations. All that and more below:

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