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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won't open until August, but the woman warrior's face on Sky Rider already glows alluringly on the second floor, offering the chance at "Silver Treasures. " The slot machine stands among a sea of recent arrivals at the Russell Street casino: Lucky Larry's Lobster Mania, A Win for All Seasons, Whales of Cash, Ultimate Sevens, Super Monopoly Money. Many remain wrapped in plastic. Hard-hatted technicians tend to the electronics of others. Some like Sky Rider are fully lit up, their wheels spinning for no one for now. The 2,500 slot machines being installed at Horseshoe incorporate the latest technology and pop-culture themes, ranging from "The Walking Dead" to the retro 1960s-era "Batman" television show.
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.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Maryland's four casinos generated $69.3 million in revenue in July, about $36.3 million of which was returned to the state. Maryland Live, the Hanover facility owned by the Cordish Cos., made $52.5 million from 4,323 slot machines and 122 table games and continued moving toward keeping more of its revenue than it pays back to the state. The casino paid about $27 million in taxes and kept $25.5 million. Table games, which are taxed at only 20 percent compared to 67 percent for slot machines, contributed $14 million toward the casino's share.
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.
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