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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Su | February 22, 2014
The gleaming new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore that greets visitors entering the city on Russell Street rises from gritty surroundings, flanked by a Holiday Inn Express and a concrete bunker-like block of storage units. Those two neighboring properties tell different stories about the possibility of a casino-powered transformation of the gas station-lined corridor, which links the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 95 with M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards and downtown. The hotel owners and others say the $442 million casino will put the Carroll Camden section of South Baltimore on the map and hope it will bring spillover development to the largely industrial area.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
The thud of nail guns and screech of drills echoed inside the cavernous shell of exposed cement, silver ventilation shafts and metal framing of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore rising on Russell Street. As cement trucks rumbled over stubborn patches of ice outside, Chad Barnhill, the casino's general manager, showed off what will be the 122,000-square-foot, two-story casino floor. The work to raise the city's first and only casino is "progressing along very well" and is "on pace" for an August or September opening, despite the recent foul weather, Barnhill said.
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February 19, 2014
Who slipped the "flawed Ray Rice" pills to Sun sports writer Mike Preston ( "The fall has come quickly for Rice," Feb. 17)? Mr. Rice and his fiance were apparently involved in a situation at a casino where slaps were traded, but the couple left the casino together. The way Mr. Preston worded it, Mr. Rice has morphed into quite the nasty monster. While I believe that striking the fairer sex is never acceptable, I also feel Mr. Preston is being particularly scathing in his assessment of Mr. Rice.
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By Kevin Rector and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Rising at the center of the sprawling casino floor at Maryland Live at Arundel Mills — a prime piece of money-making real estate, if there ever was one — aren't shiny new slot machines or table games. Instead, an Asian-themed eatery is being constructed for chefs to begin serving up dim sum and wok-fried noodles in clear view of an 80-person seating area. The new addition, which replaces a tiny noodle bar that's been slammed by demand for months, is just one example of how Maryland Live is placing a heavy bet on catering to Maryland's growing Asian population.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
January's cold likely chilled the take at Maryland's four casinos, which got a somewhat lackluster start to 2014. The casinos brought in about $66.2 million in revenue in January, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Wednesday. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort - the final casino of the four - opened in May. December was the worst month during that same period, with about $65 million in revenue brought in. The second worst month was September, with $65.3 million.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Two companies that unsuccessfully bid to win a casino license in Prince George's County have agreed not to challenge the decision, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Tuesday. In exchange, the state will give back millions of dollars in fees and bonds. Both Prince George's Racing Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, and Maryland Racing LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, recently signed a "Release and Covenant Not to Sue," state officials said.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Horseshoe Baltimore's local hiring efforts go far beyond what other major companies have done in the city, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said this week. "I don't know that it's ever happened at this level," she said of the casino's effort to hire Baltimore residents. "It's something we've been pushing for, and we're very pleased that Horseshoe understands how important it is to do a significant amount of outreach. " The company has committed to citywide outreach efforts to inform residents of job opportunities at the casino.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Efforts have begun in Baltimore to prepare the city's workforce for about 1,700 jobs that are expected to arrive with the late-summer opening of the Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street. City Councilman Carl Stokes will host a jobs fair with Horseshoe officials on Feb. 5, at which interested applicants will be able to submit their applications and ask about job openings. At the event, to be held in the Oliver Community Association building at 1400 East Federal St., officials will look for "job applicants in every category from accountants to customer service representatives," an event announcement said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A federal lawsuit alleging the Baltimore harbor is being polluted by the city-backed construction of the Horseshoe Casino has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled that the city resident who sued lacked legal standing to bring the case. Mark E. Richardson and another man filed suit in July accusing the city of violating the federal Clean Water Act by allowing toxic chemicals to leach into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River from the city-owned former chemical plant site on which the casino is being built.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
A new arrangement between Rocky Gap Casino Resort and a national comedy club chain promises to start bringing "nationally-recognized comedians" to Western Maryland every other week. The casino announced Wednesday that it will be home to the newest Bonkerz Comedy Club, which was established in 1984 and has 20 locations nationwide. The comedy chain has "a great reputation for booking top-level talent that has made an impression with national television audiences including Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Darrell Hammond, and Billy Gardell," said Scott Just, Rocky Gap's general manager, in a statement.
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