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BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2011
Maryland's two casinos generated $13 million in revenue last month, a slight uptick from February, the state lottery announced Tuesday. Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $9.8 million in March, up from $9 million in February. The Casino at Ocean Downs on the Eastern Shore generated $3.3 million last month, up from $3.1 million in February. Since the opening of the Perryville and Ocean Downs in September and January, respectively, the two casinos have generated $63.6 million.
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SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1997
FORT WASHINGTON -- Disputes within the racing industry that simmered behind the scenes for months burst into public view yesterday at a meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission at Rosecroft Raceway.The conflicts revolve around simulcasting out-of-state horse races. Although they are disputes over money among headstrong track owners, they threaten the statewide network that allows bettors to wager on harness and thoroughbred races from around the country.The owners of the state's harness tracks, Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County and Ocean Downs near Ocean City, want to televise out-of-state thoroughbred races without the consent of -- and without paying a premium to -- the state's principal thoroughbred tracks, Pimlico and Laurel Park.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Rosecroft Raceway, founded in 1949 and closed in 2008, will reopen its doors on a new harness racing season Friday night. "We're ecstatic," Tom Cooke, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, told the Maryland Racing Commission at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. " We're back to live racing, something a lot of people didn't think would ever happen. " Rosecroft is opening for 20 days of live racing on Friday and Saturday nights. It will feature a 10-race card with post time at 6:45 p.m. Cooke also told the Commission that Penn National, the track's new owner, is increasing the total nightly purse from $16,000 to $25,000.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | August 16, 2008
For nearly 50 years, the names of Frank and Mary Ellen Gunther have been synonymous with Baltimore philanthropy and voluntarism. They sat on numerous boards and led fundraising efforts for religious, educational, cultural, medical and political organizations. They were the first husband-and-wife team to head a United Way campaign in 1976. And over five decades, they have probably digested more rubber chicken dinners at fundraising functions than any presidential candidate. "We decided when we turned 70: No more boards," said Mary Ellen Gunther from her Ocean City home, where the couple has lived full time since giving up their Guilford home in 2002.
NEWS
February 23, 2004
HOW MANY of you want the state of Maryland to license the opening of a slot-machine palace in your neighborhood? We don't see too many hands. How about those of you who live on the Eastern Shore or love to go down to the ocean? You want a racino at Ocean City's harness track to complement all the sun and fun? How about all those in Baltimore? You want two -- a racino at Pimlico and a slots casino right by the Inner Harbor? That would be the likely outcome of the amended version of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's slots bill -- a bill headed for a state Senate committee vote tomorrow and then for possible full Senate consideration.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2004
OCEAN CITY -- With debate on legalizing slots bogged down in the Maryland Senate over a plan to allow the machines at the Ocean Downs harness racing track, business and political leaders here say they remain solid in their opposition to gambling -- at the beach or at its doorstep. The proposal, backed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, would allow up to 1,000 of the gambling devices at the track a few miles from the vacation spot that annually draws 8 million visitors -- a move opponents say runs counter to the resort's family-friendly image.
NEWS
By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
OCEAN CITY - The dusty harness track in Berlin, with its minor-league charm and horse-and-buggy night races, is no threat to the tourism juggernaut on the beach five miles away - and that's just how Ocean City business and political leaders want to keep it. But if Marylanders vote in November to legalize slot machine gambling, Ocean Downs is the likely site for a 2,500-machine casino, a prospect that conjures nightmares in the minds of town officials, who...
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
The casino operator whose bailout proposal for the state's harness tracks was rejected by track owners this week will continue to talk to them, but is losing patience with the process."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Teara D. Quamina | May 14, 1998
Explore marine biologyDive into the world of marine biology on Saturday at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences' Horn Point Laboratory. This year's open house theme is "Exploring Changes In Your Environment: From Microorganisms To Chesapeake Bay and Planet Earth." The laboratory welcomes visitors with self-guided tours, exhibits, presentations and hands-on activities. Scientists, students and staff will highlight current environmental changes. Children will enjoy activities and projects throughout the campus, including a touch tank filled with bay animals.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | April 9, 2012
The House Ways and Means panel is meeting to discuss a new version of a gambling bill. Here are the quick details. - Voters would have to authorize 6th site in PG and table games at all casinos in Nov. - PG casino could have 3,000 VLTS (using most of unallocated VLTs in state.) (Unclear at this point if PG site would include Rosecroft or not) - PG site could only open by 2017 July 1, 2016 or three years 30 months after Baltimore opens - If a majority of PG voters reject the referendum question, then the state VLT location commission could not award a license in PG. - Tax rate would go down from 67 percent to 60 percent when PG opens - Ocean Downs would be able to have more entertainment options Will post more details as we know them.
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