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More than just bright lights

Atlantic City has long been regarded as “America’s Playground.” The resort town on Absecon Island, off the coast of New Jersey, earned its reputation from the decadence of the 1920s and 1930s when mobsters and movie stars traced the boardwalk and graced the halls of its luxury hotels.After World War II the mood of the country changed, and the condition of the once vibrant city deteriorated.When gambling was legalized in the late 1970s, Atlantic City began to emerge from the shadows of its West Coast sibling, Las Vegas.…

AC is closer than you think

So perhaps you’re headed to Atlantic City with hopes of winning big at the tables, or just to hang out on the beach for a weekend. Getting there is cheap and easy, making it a great getaway for Temple students.Take the New Jersey transit train into AC from the 30th Street Amtrak train station for only $7.25 for a one-way ticket.…

Birthdays: Nix the cover charge, or lose your Benjamins fast

Birthdays are great. If you have half decent friends, they’ll buy you at least one drink, and if you have great friends they’ll insist you don’t pay for anything (Ryan’s Note: I just recently had a birthday and I strongly recommend you have at least one a year).While both of us have already experienced our 21st and the first anniversaries of our 21st, we decided to lend our sage-like wisdom to a freshly legal friend of ours last Tuesday.He had chosen to go to McGillins Olde Ale House at 13th and Drury streets, one of the city’s oldest pubs.…

At the Oscars, Brokeback Mountain ain’t broke yet

2005 was the year of the little movies that took big risks. Movie studios took major leaps of faiths on films that could have fallen flat on their faces, but instead caught the admiration of critics and moviegoers alike.And although all five movies up for best picture; Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck and Munich are each different in their own right, each film did something quite similar.…

A ‘taste’ that leaves you wanting more

“Philly has been a place since we’ve started touring where we feel appreciated,” said Kyle Breckenridge, drummer of the band Thrice. “We always go to Jim’s for a cheesesteak. You can’t beat the cheese-steaks there.”With summer nearing, music fans are getting ready to embrace the year’s biggest tours.…

Paul Walker confesses challenges on mafia film

Paul Walker, of the Fast and the Furious, has been regarded by some movie critics as a mediocre actor, but with looks that could kill. While girls swoon in his hunky presence, most men dismiss Walker as just another pretty boy trying to make it big in the acting world.All that may change with the release of his latest movie, Running Scared.…

Shinedown outshines main act

We all wonder how rare events happen, like miracles, underdogs overcoming the odds or President Bush not saying something stupid. One of these rare events took place on Feb. 24 at the Electric Factory: the opening act out shined the main act.When Shinedown, the opening band for the Snocore Tour, came on stage, it felt like the main act.…

New York City’s secret society

For many, New York City is the city that never sleeps. For director Viktor David, it is the home of the Mole People, a society of people that dwell in the abandoned subway tunnels beneath the city’s busy streets.…

Hidden Treasures

Philadelphia is known for its variety of museums. Taking time out on the weekend to check out some of these collections is not only cost-effective, but also enlightening. The best show for the money is the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing.…

The Roots pay homage to their hometown

The Roots’ “Okayplayer Presents Tour” came to an end last weekend at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, but not before the group put on an unforgettable performance in their hometown of Philly at the Electric Factory last Saturday.…