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June 15, 2011
It is time to recycle this once proud and true Baltimore landmark, Harborplace ("Phillips leaving Harborplace," June11). It has served its purpose well, and with Jim Rouse's and Mayor Schaefer' vision took a once languishing passing through town and made it a destination city, attracting in some years even more people than Disney World. Now our great city is again on the decline, it is aging, and but for the Grand Prix, it is boring. So it is time once again to leverage our unique harbor assets to bring Baltimore out of the desert to soar once again.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Two Maryland casino operators are teaming up in hopes of opening a casino and resort in the Hudson Valley-Catskills area of New York, and are considering other projects in that state, the companies announced. The Cordish Cos., which runs Maryland Live in Hanover, the state's largest casino, and Penn National Gaming, which runs the second-largest, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, hope to build the project in the Village of South Blooming Grove in Orange County, less than a 90-minute drive from Manhattan.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Diplomats and businessmen from around the globe. Tourists from across the country. Day-trippers from neighboring states. They flock to the nation's capital for commerce and pleasure and might also try their luck at a planned MGM casino near the National Harbor development, high on a bluff above the Potomac River and just south of Washington. MGM says more than two-thirds of the visitors to the resort are expected to come from outside Maryland. Such an international destination could transform a Maryland gambling industry that until now has mostly focused on creating a regional foothold.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Gamblers dropped some serious cash at Hanover's Maryland Live casino last month, generating the bulk of a record-breaking $77.9 million haul in statewide casino revenue in March. The $61.8 million monthly take at Maryland Live — a 38.5 percent increase over March 2013 — continues the Anne Arundel County casino's regional climb to dominance and helps account for the best monthly performance by Maryland's four operating casinos to date. "You just see the continuing ascension of Maryland casinos into a higher orbit in the Mid-Atlantic gaming market," said James Karmel, an industry analyst and history professor at Harford Community College.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Around the clock, teams watch surveillance footage from more than 1,000 cameras covering nearly every inch of the 2 million-square-foot Maryland Live casino, which includes restaurants, a music venue and a 5,000-space parking garage. Two hundred security officers keep watch over gamblers and escort big winners to their cars. Off-duty police boost security, especially on the busiest days when more than 40,000 people pass through the casino's doors. And local police officers patrol the area around the casino, keeping in radio contact with casino security.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2010
More than 1,500 people came to the Perryville Outlet Center to apply for jobs at the Hollywood Casino Perryville Thursday, according to a spokesman. The Cecil Co. casino, one of the first gaming facilities scheduled to open in Maryland after slots were approved, is expected to open in late fall. About 350 people are expected to be hired in positions such as gaming, food and beverage, security and accounting as well as human resources. Hollywood representatives met with candidates during the job fair to offer more information about available positions.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
The Washington Redskins football team endorsed a yes vote in the ultra-expensive gambling expansion referendum heading for the Maryland ballot this fall, contending the measure will bring thousands of jobs to Prince George's County. The NFL team, which trains in Northern Virginia but plays its home games in Prince George's, said it was joining a coalition of businesses that support Question 7, which would permit a casino in the county and allow table games at Maryland's current and planned slots parlors.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
As spending on Maryland's gambling expansion nears the $50 million mark, The Sun is introducing a new feature to its Maryland Politics page: the Casino Spend-o-Meter. The interactive graphic will allow devotees of Maryland political excess to track at a glance the amount of money being shoveled out the door by the ballot committees on either side of Question 7, which would allow a new Prince George's County casino and permit table games there and at other Maryland casinos. The referendum pits two casino-backed groups against each other: FOR Maryland Jobs and Schools vs. Get the Facts: Vote No on 7. The "for" side is financed mostly by MGM Resorts International, the prospective operator of a "destination resort" casino at National Harbor.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | July 20, 2012
On Wednesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said it was his "hope" to share a draft casino expansion bill with the Baltimore city House delegation by today. It appears those hopes have been dashed. O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said putting the bill together is proving "complicated" and a draft would not be released after all. She did not give a new date. She also downplayed rumors that a date for the special session has been determined. "First we need a bill, then we can set a date," Guillory said.
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by Annie Linskey | September 11, 2012
Developer Milt Peterson will put $400,000 into an effort to expand gambling in Maryland, the first non-casino interest to write a check. Peterson hopes to partner with gambling giant MGM Resorts International to build a resort-casino on the Potomac River. But first Maryland voters need to approve a referendum question in November that would authorize a sixth casino and table games all gambling locations. "We believe Peterson's investment in Vote for 7 is particularly important given their first hand experience with the job growth and economic development that a project of this magnitude can bring to the region," said Kristin Hawn, a spokeswoman for Vote for 7, a committee supporting more gambling in the state.  MGM has already put $5.4 million behind and effort to convince Marylanders to vote yes. Penn National Gaming is funding an effort to oppose the ballot measure.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
A Prince George's County man has been charged in an armed robbery that occurred early Saturday morning in the parking garage at the Maryland Live casino in Hanover. A man told Anne Arundel County police he and a woman were sitting in a vehicle in the garage shortly before 7 a.m. when they were robbed by a man with what they believed was a semi-automatic black handgun. Police detectives got a tip early Sunday morning from an anonymous caller who said they knew where the robber's vehicle was parked.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
People younger than 21 who gamble at Maryland casinos would face fines under legislation passed Thursday by the General Assembly. The bill, passed unanimously by the House after failing the previous two years, now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The measure had the strong support of Maryland's casinos, which have had to pay fines for allowing underage gambling when young people have sneaked past security or used a false identification card,. Their only recourse against the underage gamblers has been expulsion from the property, The measure, sponsored by Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, a Baltimore County Democrat, covers minors who gamble or enter the gambling area and would allow fines of $100 for a first offense and $500 for a second.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Maryland Live Casino will be adding an Asian-themed restaurant to a lineup of restaurants that now includes Bobby's Burger Palace, the Cheesecake Factory and the Prime Rib. The new 80-seat restaurant, which will be located adjacent to Rams Head Center Stage and overlook the casino floor, will be named Luk Fu. Its pan-Asian fare will include wok-fried and steamed noodles, grilled satay and congee and a selection of Asian teas and coffees....
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos pulled in about $66 million in February, slightly less than in January and well below many months in 2013. The casinos haven't gotten off to a strong start in 2014, compared to past months, perhaps because the harsh winter weather made travel more difficult. The combined statewide revenue for February was $66,014,094, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort, the state's fourth casino, opened in May. During many months in 2013, revenues reached nearly $70 million.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | February 28, 2014
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded Penn National the state's only slots license Friday, edging out a rival bid by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos.  Penn National -- which operates the Hollywood Casino in Perryville in Cecil County and Charles Town Races in West Virginia -- will operate the slots parlor at the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass., according to the gaming commission's website. "Congratulations and welcome to Massachusetts," said commissioner  Bruce Stebbins  after the panel formally approved the Penn National plan Friday in Boston.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | February 25, 2014
The Rocky Gap Casino Resort said Tuesday it will add 150 new parking spaces, less than a year after its 550 slot machines and 10 table games started operations. The Rocky Gap casino, which is supposed to boost tourism in the western part of the state, is the state's fourth and smallest casino. It opened in May and in January announced a new location of the Bonkerz Comedy Club. Construction, including the expansion of the facility's fitness center, Pro Shop, and a restaurant kitchen, will start this spring, the resort said in a release.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
The Sun's recent headlines about rising gambling revenues neglect to note the fact that the companies' profits, or course, represent money lost by the players ("Casino take soars in June," July 6). Add this to the increases in the gasoline tax and bridge and highway tolls, and one would think that the state of Maryland and Baltimore would have no more need of additional taxes. Dream on. What if it doesn't rain? No runoff taxes. What happens if we drink less water? Headline: "Water tax collection drops - people breaking into fire hydrants.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
 Sen. Anthony Muse, who represents the district that includes National Harbor, testified in a Senate hearing Wednesday against Prince George's ExecutiveRushern L. Baker III's plan to locate a high-end casino there. Muse said he objected to the way Baker excluded him and other local representatives from consultation over the county's choice -- calling it a breach of legislative courtesy. He asked senators to delay any decision -- which could push a required referendum into 2014.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The Northern Virginia couple throwing down $100 tokens at Maryland Live casino last month may have looked like aspiring high-rollers, but police say they were gambling with fake chips. Maryland State Police have charged a husband and wife from Annandale, Va., with conspiracy and theft after determining that they were using counterfeit chips at the Hanover casino. Authorities are looking for two other suspects in a similar, but unrelated, case. According to police, Rosa A. Nguyen, 36, purchased $150,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips — which had been altered to appear to be Maryland Live chips — over the Internet for $12,000.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Dozens of Baltimore residents walked into Upton's Union Baptist Church Sunday. They were dressed fastidiously in dark suits and dark dresses. Their eyes turned toward the stage where they saw an odd sight for a house of worship: A gambling advertisement and an oversize pair of red dice. Horseshoe Baltimore's local hiring efforts stretched into church Sunday afternoon as part of a 14-district tour of Baltimore to try to hire city residents for the casino's 1,700 jobs. Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr. acknowledged the unusual pairing of a casino with a church, but he said churches have a duty to help their community members obtain employment.
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