May 31, 2018

AC’s Still Got It, Town & Gown, Opioids – Thursday’s Roundup

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That wheel... Atlantic City's skyline from the ocean. Photo by P.J. Polinski.

Atlantic City’s Still Got It
AC may have been demoted from the World’s Playground to the Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore, but people still recognize the Atlantic City brand! The (London) Sunday Times ran a feature recently on how sports betting can transform the city – see? We still have international name recognition! (Thanks to reader Joseph Russell for sending us the piece, which was published in the Royal Wedding edition of The Sunday Times, no less). And today it was announced that Atlantic City is in the mix to host the 2020-22 MAAC Tournaments. Post-season college basketball and $10 craps at the Tropicana? The Asbury Park Press wonders.

Town & Gown
The New York Times, meanwhile, has a feature for its real estate column on how Glassboro and Rowan University have worked together to “reap a reward.” It’s worth a read, particularly if you’re interested in all that’s riding on the success of Stockton University’s investment in Atlantic City, too. In Lower Chelsea right now there is a new sub and pizza shop being built, a multi-family building that’s being gut renovated and at least two 1920s large summer homes being restored…

Drug Company Rep Admits To Opioid Bribes
Meanwhile in the ongoing opioid crisis… a New Jersey drug sales rep for Insys Therapeutics has pleaded guilty to bribing doctors in the state to prescribe painkiller ‘Subsys’. The sales rep paid the doctors “speaker fees” but admitted these payments were actually rewards for prescribing more of the drug. The guilty plea follows the state’s move to bring a civil suit against Insys for “evil” practices in prescribing Subsys for conditions it was not intended to treat. NJ Advance’s S.P. Sullivan has the story.

In the rest of the day’s news… Wildwood Police released the bodycam footageIn case you haven’t already seen it, the from the weekend’s viral arrest, Fishermen’s Energy is getting another shot at its offshore Atlantic City wind turbine project, the Linwood ex-teacher in the chair-kicking incident was found guilty of simple assault and Margate police say they kept the lid on “Club Wa” this year. All that and more below:

 

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