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July 9, 2012
The op-ed piece by Martin G. Knott Jr. in The Sun ("Expand gaming now," July 5) contained good thinking and writing, but the syntax was disingenuous - the word, "gaming," was used throughout (15 times). Nowhere was the honest word, "gambling," used. Why? Could it be that "gambling" has negative connotations? Well, of course! And not just connotations but effects. Gambling becomes an addiction that destroys families, both emotionally and economically. More "gaming" in Maryland will boost the economy, says Mr. Knott.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
More than two years after indicting a former online gambling mogul, federal prosecutors in Maryland say they continue to pursue his extradition on charges of running an illegal gambling business and money laundering. The disclosure, made Friday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, is contained in the first filing in the case since Calvin Ayre, 53, and others associated with his Bodog.com operation were indicted in February 2012. All four defendants remain at large, and Ayre — who is a Canadian citizen — is listed as one of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Most Wanted" fugitives In the filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard C. Kay asks for the case to be marked as administratively closed while extradition proceedings play out. Kay wrote that in July, he and a defense attorney had reached an agreement in principle to resolve the case but were unable to finalize it. "The parties intend to continue to try to find a resolution that will not require extradition of the defendants, but, in the meantime, I am pursuing extradition," wrote Kay, who added that Ayre is believed to be in Canada or Antigua.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
A city government supervisor and six other municipal workers have been fired after being caught allegedly shooting dice and drinking alcohol during work hours at a Transportation Department shop, according to a spokeswoman. Adrienne Barnes, a department spokeswoman, confirmed Friday that those fired were among 13 arrested two weeks ago after a tip about gambling on the job prompted the city inspector general's office to raid the shop. The terminations were first reported by Investigative Voice.
NEWS
September 9, 2014
Years ago we had 3-digit and 4-digit gambling, and over the years Maryland has offered several ways to gamble. But now we've hit the jackpot - we have casinos ( "Horseshoe says casino drew 50,000 in opening weekend," Sept. 2). Some will spend their last dollar hoping to win big, but it's always the casino that wins. Who benefits from all the gambling we have now? Maryland state government. It can't seem to get enough of our hard-earned money. I dare say there are children going to bed hungry because mom or dad spent their money at the casino.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
Though Gov. Martin O'Malley just called a May 14 special session to deal with budget issues Friday, the General Assembly's staff and a consultant are already laying the groundwork for a possible second act in late summer. Warren Deschenaux, chief policy analyst for the Department of Legislative Services, said his staff and the firm of Price Waterhouse have begun preparations for a study of the issues surrounding an expansion of gambling in Maryland. Price Waterhouse is already under contract with the department to conduct studies for the state commission that decides where slot machines can be located.
NEWS
March 30, 2011
It is appropriate that we worry about the 13 people who were caught "Partying on the city's dime" (March 29). But where is the outrage for the "too big to fail gang" of Wall Street bankers who fleeced the common folks, gambled away the lives of so many hard-working citizens and caused world-wide economic robbery? When will they be apprehended and brought to justice? When will we seize their champagne and thwart their unbridled arrogance? An old English verse helps us to understand what is going on: "The law locks up both man and woman who steal the goose from off the common.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As Maryland allows more and more casinos to saturate the landscape and the radio, television and newspapers make a big deal about it, a question arises ( "Baltimore opens new Horseshoe Casino," Aug. 26). Will the same media be forthcoming in reporting cases of citizens who have ruined their lives and those of their dependents after they have lost the money that was supposed to clothe and feed them? Will the inevitable proliferation of "Gamblers' Anonymous" be duly chronicled?
NEWS
January 3, 2011
I just spent a wonderful day off in Delaware Park, playing in two poker tournaments, shooting craps and playing blackjack. I actually won a few bucks that I spent in tax-free Delaware. When I returned to Baltimore, I saw that the slots parlor in Ocean City would open soon. Every state around us has full casinos, and we are now getting slots. That is just what we need — another way to tax the poor and the uneducated. There is nothing more mindless than pulling handles all day long, and like the lottery, slots give the worst odds in the casino.
NEWS
February 7, 2011
Dan Rodricks has finally figured out the tremendous amount of money that can be made if states took advantage of sports betting and legalized gambling ( "States miss out on Super Bowl wagering," Feb. 6). He says these funds would alleviate states' budget deficits and give taxpayers a break. that's what the majority of Marylanders have said for the last 9 years regarding legalized casinos and slots. Wasn't it Mr. Rodricks who wrote about all the "criminal activity" of casinos and that slots would take advantage of minorities and people least able to lose their mortgage money?
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by Annie Linskey | July 2, 2012
House leaders met behind closed doors in Annapolis Monday afternoon to discuss gambling and the possibility of a special session. No decisions were made, said House Speaker Michael E. Busch afterward. He called Democratic leaders to Annapolis "to listen to their views and opinions" on expanding a sixth casino, table games and the work group that dissolved last month. Some of the House members of that work group attended to explain why talks fell apart. "There was not consensus in that group," Busch said.
NEWS
September 4, 2014
The sky isn't quite falling yet, but gambling casinos are folding like battered beach chairs in Atlantic City ( "Baltimore's casino reality," Aug. 26) It seems any lingering mention of Atlantic City evolving into an East Coast version of Las Vegas has been carried away in the Atlantic Ocean surf. I can remember 30 years ago when everyone spoke of the new gambling mecca in Atlantic City as the shining star of the Mid-Atlantic region. My, how the supposedly mighty have fallen.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Bythella V. Johnson lost so much — about $3,000 — on slot machines during a recent trip to Atlantic City with her husband, Gary, to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary that he threatened to cut the trip short if she didn't ease up. The slots are closer than ever now for Johnson, who has pursued the big hit from Las Vegas to Maryland Live, even on the mock slots at Bingo World in Glen Burnie. You'd figure she'd be thrilled about Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and its 2,500 machines opening even closer to her Pikesville home, but she says she's not. "I don't care if they open up," said Johnson, who has won a few jackpots in her time.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As Maryland allows more and more casinos to saturate the landscape and the radio, television and newspapers make a big deal about it, a question arises ( "Baltimore opens new Horseshoe Casino," Aug. 26). Will the same media be forthcoming in reporting cases of citizens who have ruined their lives and those of their dependents after they have lost the money that was supposed to clothe and feed them? Will the inevitable proliferation of "Gamblers' Anonymous" be duly chronicled?
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As a taxpayer, I find laughable the comment by Rep. Elijah Cummings about not liking to gamble with his money ( "Baltimore opens shiny, new Horseshoe Casino," Aug. 26). But over the past six years, Mr. Cummings, his party and their leader, President Barack Obama, have gambled billions of our tax dollars on green energy companies that have gone bankrupt. Maybe taxpayers and voters need to remind these elected officials that it's not their money, it's our money with which they gamble.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
I don't know about anyone else but I was heartened to see all those "1 percenters" lined up ready, willing and happy to throw away their money and pay their fair share toward further bloating Maryland's government ( "Baltimore opens shiny, new Horseshoe Casino," Aug. 26). Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
Tonight, Baltimore becomes a casino town. With the opening of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Russell Street, the city enters an era of legalized slots, table games and poker that seemed impossible just a dozen years ago. Back then, people were busy drawing lines - first no slots at racetracks; then maybe, but no table games; then state-regulated slots at five locations and then six, along with everything else. Voters got their say, both on the matter of expanded gambling and then the location of the state's largest casino, Maryland Live, at Arundel Mills.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
A task force on a possible expansion of gambling is scheduled to receive projections Tuesday from the state's consultants on the likely impact of allowing a sixth casino in Maryland while permitting table games. The answers the panel receives from the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers could help its 11 members decide which actions -- if any -- they will recommend to the General Assembly and Gov.Martin O'Malley. The governor has said that if the Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion can help forge a consensus that could pass both houses of the legislature, he would call a special session July 9 to deal with the issue.
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Editorial from The Aegis | July 3, 2013
A tax on gasoline went into effect in Harford County and across Maryland on Monday, adding about 4 cents to the cost of a gallon. Next year, that will increase again, and the same thing will happen the following year, then in 2016, the final increase in the gasoline sales tax will take effect. At least it will be the final increase in the rate under the tax law that went into effect this week. It is estimated that the state will take in an additional $600 million as a result of the new sales tax on gasoline, which is in addition to a flat per gallon tax of 23.5 cents the state has been charging.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Baltimore's first casino could have risen more than a dozen years ago on the faded industrial stretch that is now posh Harbor East. Or more controversially, slot machines could have made their city debut in the family-oriented Inner Harbor or at Pimlico Race Course , in the middle of an economically depressed neighborhood. Instead, the city's long and at times fraught path toward slots and table games brought it to Russell Street south of the stadiums, where on Tuesday night the $442 million Horseshoe Casino opens to the public - and begins seeking its niche in an increasingly saturated market of gambling options.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
A 98-year-old North Carolina woman was left alone inside a truck for nearly five hours while her son patronized Maryland Live casino in Hanover on Monday, Anne Arundel County Police said. Dwight Ridgeway McGinnis Jr., 67, of the 6100 block of Tipping Circle in Raleigh, North Carolina, faces a vulnerable adult neglect charge after police said he left his mother inside the vehicle in a parking garage between approximately 1:42 p.m. and 6:41 p.m. At the time of the report, which was made after a concerned citizen contacted police, the air temperature was 81 degrees.
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