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March 05, 2009

BDC drafting city slots bill

The Baltimore Development Corp. is drafting legislation that would allow slots to go forward in the city as it continues negotiations with the Baltimore City Entertainment Group, the sole bidder for gambling licenses in the city, according to a letter from the BDC. City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake had urged the Dixon administration to draft the needed zoning changes that would allow a gambling parlor to be built on a plot of city-owned property near M&T Bank Stadium. "We were moving forward," said M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., in an e-mail. "But I appreciate her urging us on." Baltimore City Entertainment Group had proposed installing 500 slot machines in the city, far fewer than the 3,750 allowed by law. Mayor Sheila Dixon has hinted that she would walk away from the deal if the for-profit group does not generate enough money for a "significant" cut to city property taxes.

Annie Linskey

Farm agrees to settle sex harassment suit

A northern Baltimore County horse farm owned by philanthropist Robert E. Meyerhoff has agreed to pay $180,000 to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said yesterday. The EEOC contended that Fitzhugh LLC, which operates Fitzhugh Farm near Phoenix, harassed Lindsay Donovan while she was employed as a farmhand and fired her and two co-workers who were witnesses. Fitzhugh LLC, which has denied the allegations, also said it would implement an anti-harassment policy and provide training to employees, according to a consent decree filed Tuesday in U.S District Court in Baltimore. Meyerhoff said last year that he plans to turn his home on the 250-acre farm into a museum after his death to show his postmodern art collection to the public.

From a Baltimore Sun staff report

Body of unidentified man pulled from harbor

The body of a man was pulled from the Inner Harbor at Fells Point yesterday evening and taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints, authorities said. About 6 p.m., the body was seen floating in the water off South Caroline Street at Thames Street near the South Broadway pier. Members of the Fire Department's dive team removed the body and took it to the medical examiner's office. Missing persons reports also were being checked by police.

Richard Irwin

Popsicle Plunge at Marshy Point

Marshy Point Nature Center will hold its third Popsicle Plunge from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gunpowder State Park's Hammerman Area to raise money for trail construction and programs. The registration fee is $20. Information: 410-887-2817.

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