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December 29, 2012 - December 29, 2012, Volume 121 No. 21 A1 $1.00 The Afro-American DECEMBER 29, 2012 - JANUARY 4, 2013 150th Anniversary Habari Gani? of Emancipation Proclamation Marked by Rare Exhibit One-hundred and fifty years ago, on New Year’s Day, 1863, the Emancipation INSIDE A7 America’s Inaugurations The AFRO Coverage Calvin Coolidge 1925 B2, B7 Remembrances INSERT • Walmart Listen to “First Edition” Your History • Your Community • Your News Join Host Sean Yoes  Sunday @ 8 p.m. on 88.9 WEAA FM, the Voice of the Community. Join the AFRO on Twitter and Facebook Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing enslaved people in states that were at war with the Union. To commemorate the anniversary, the National Archives is offering the public Habari Gani is the official greeting for families who celebrate Kwanzaa, the African-American holiday that a rare opportunity to view honors the first fruit of the harvest, Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The response to the question that asks, “What’s the document. From Dec. 30new?” is Umoja or the designated theme for the day.. Jan. 1, the proclamation will be displayed at the National AFRO File Photo Archives Rotunda Gallery in Washington, D.C. Officials said the document is so delicate that it can only be handled rarely and exposed to light for a few hours each year. The proclamation was shown to reporters at a news conference on Dec. 22. Officials and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk tackle By Perry Green and Stephen Riley explained its history and handling since it the question. became a part of the nation’s historical record. Carrying the worst record in the league (3The pages have deteriorated with time and Riley: The Wizards stink and there’s no way they’ll 22 overall at press time) the Washington Wizards the ink has faded, though the scrawling print make the playoffs this year unless they go on a shouldn’t be confused as a team in the playoff hunt or is still visible. The signatures of Lincoln serious run. We’re talking a 30-1 type of run. Another even remotely close to a solid ball club at this point. and Secretary of State William Seward high lottery pick is obviously in the cards so if I’m Instead, for the second straight year, the Wizards, the and the Great Seal of the United States are Washington I simply let Wall rest, play the NBA lottery Wizards are among the laughing stocks of the National discernible. and bring back a healthy point guard and next year’s Basketball Association (NBA). “You get the opportunity to see the top selection going into the 2013-2014 season. Their home record (2-9) is just as horrible as their document up close and personal,” said road record (1-12) and if you’re looking for a team Reginald Washington, the National Archives Green: You can’t let Wall just take off for a year while that can’t score (last in points scored, last in shooting archivist. “You get a chance to read the ticket sales and the fan base dwindles. They’re still fans percentage) then yes, that’s the Wizards, too. A document and decipher what it did and didn’t out there who bought season tickets and you still need majority of the team’s issues have revolved around the do…It’s a great thing to have it on display.” to put whatever is left in terms of excitement into the fact that their best players--center Nene and guard John According to the National Archives stands at the Verizon Center. Sitting Wall for the rest of Wall--have been on the shelf for much of the season. website, “issuance of this Proclamation Nene just returned to action a couple of weeks ago the year would tear the bottom out of another endless clarified and strengthened the position of the while Wall continues to sit with a knee injury. Wall, 21, campaign. Plus, I’ve seen this show before. I remember Union government, decreased the likelihood is clearly the most talented player on the team and his watching this city agonize over former Wizards star of European support of the Confederacy” and athleticism and speed is unheralded across the NBA. Gilbert Arenas when his knee injury kept him off the led to the enlistment of about 200,000 Blacks, And while Wall has promised to return this season, court for nearly two full seasons. Funny how, just like both formerly enslaved people and freemen, with the season already lost the Wizards staff should Wall, Gil was supposed to only miss a small portion of Continued on A3 begin to question should he even bother. Perry Green Continued on A5 AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff Should John Wall Return this Season? With Gambling Expansion in Mid-Atlantic, ‘Atlantic City is Dying’ By David Gutman and Maria-Pia Negro Capital News Service COLLEGE PARK When Superstorm Sandy put Atlantic City under water, it dealt another blow to a city already reeling financially from the economic downturn and recent casino expansion throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The explosion of newly legalized casinos over the last decade in neighboring states-New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware--has eroded the monopoly that Atlantic City once held on Mid-Atlantic gambling. Now, after the passage of Question 7, Maryland will soon be home to six full-service casinos, cutting another slice from a regional gambling pie that is not expanding. “There is $6 billion in gaming for the whole region,” said Bob McDevitt, the president of Unite Here Local 54, the union representing Atlantic City Courtesy Wikimedia Commons By Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Executive Editor Atlantic City boardwalk business reflects erosion from neighboring casinos. casino workers. “The casino in Queens has had an impact, and Pennsylvania has had a devastating impact. Almost $2 billion has moved to Pennsylvania from Atlantic City in gambling revenue.” Revenue at Atlantic City casinos peaked in 2006 at $5.2 billion, according to data from the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Around the same time, five casinos opened in Pennsylvania, which had just legalized casino gambling, and revenues in Atlantic City began to slip.   As Pennsylvania continued to open casinos (there are currently 11), Delaware horse tracks morphed into racinos, and slot machine parlors opened in New York City, Atlantic City casino revenues fell off a cliff. From 2006 to 2011, Atlantic City casino revenues fell over 36 percent. And with the revenue has Copyright © 2012 by the Afro-American Company gone the jobs. From 2006 to 2011, Atlantic City lost 12,220 casino jobs, while Pennsylvania gained 11,850 casino jobs over the same period. “The damage that’s been done has been done; Maryland won’t have that much of an impact,” McDevitt said. “The real impact has been Delaware. When they developed the three casinos in Delaware, they gave people the opportunity to not drive the extra hour and a half to Atlantic City from the D.C. and Baltimore areas.” Tony Rodio, the president of the Tropicana Casino and Resort and head of the Casino Association of New Jersey, said the success of year-round residents in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas correlates with the casinos’ success. “When the casino industry is not doing as well, there are not as many hours to be worked, not as many jobs to be had and our local suppliers Continued on A5

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