Most people associate Atlantic City with Donald Trump, but it's the president-elect's powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose real estate holdings are now stymieing the resort. Since 2004, Kushner's real estate company has owned seven acres of waterfront land – property that sits vacant but had a role in bribery plot. The company was never implicated, but the city wants the property back. But since 2009, any legal right the city might have to land has been tied to "market-driven conditions," meaning Atlantic City's downturn has allowed Kushner to continue to do nothing with the property. "Whether the property is in Kushner's hands or the City of Atlantic City's, it's in the best interest of that jewel to be developed," City Council President Marty Small said. Read more
Nine people died from apparent drug overdoses in and around Kensington over the weekend. At this rate, Philadelphia is on pace to reach 900 fatal drug overdoses this year – more than triple the city's homicide rate. The victims ranged in age from 24 to 42 and included both men and women. Edna Villafane, the sister of one overdose victim, Victor Colon, said her brother had a "heart of gold" and "was the best uncle" but had "been wandering around because of the shame he was carrying." Read more
Pistachio Girl has been fired from her job as a food vendor at Citizens Bank Park. Emily Youcis, 26, told Red Ice TV, an internet outlet that promotes white identity politics, that she was terminated by Aramark after being told her social media activities supporting white nationalist ideas didn't reflect the employer's values. "We can only confirm that the individual asked about is no longer employed after publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values," Aramark said. Read more
Two people, including a New Jersey State Police trooper, died from a head-on crash in South Jersey on Monday night. The Millville crash happened when a Toyota Corolla heading south on State Route 55 crossed the median and into northbound traffic, striking Trooper Frankie Williams' marked patrol car. The man driving the Corolla died at the scene; Williams later died at a hospital. Read more
Bill Cosby lost a major legal battle when a judge ruled that prosecutors can tell jurors at his sex-assault trial about damaging, decade-old testimony in which the entertainer acknowledged offering drugs to women he wanted to seduce. The decision by Judge Steven T. O'Neill means the once-sealed 2005 deposition that led prosecutors to reopen the probe and charge Cosby can become a pillar of the evidence used at trial. Cosby's lawyers had argued that he agreed to the deposition only because a previous district attorney had promised he would not be charged. "There was neither an agreement nor a promise not to prosecute," O'Neill wrote, "only an exercise of prosecutorial discretion." Read more