Holy rollers

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It seems that God is smiling upon Atlantic City these days, now that the MGM Grand's long-sought crusade to get its hands on the Church of the Holy Spirit, one the area's few remaining Roman Catholic churches, has finally borne fruit.

MGM picked up the cash-strapped, turn-of-the-century church for $3.71 million, clearing yet another hurdle in the Las Vegas giant's quest to build a billion-dollar casino-hotel complex on the property.

The casino operator also has picked up a few other necessary parcels along the way, but the recently completed church deal and another $2.3 million land purchase that was just finalized looks like AC is in for yet another growth spurt.

Holy Spirit parishioners apparently are not upset over their church being turned into a gambling den. They've been expecting the sale for some time. I hope they were smart enough to throw a bingo clause into the deal.

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