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December 11, 1991
Almost 70 percent of callers to SUNDIAL, or 282 out of 404 callers, would favor off-track betting on horse races. The remaining 122 callers (30 percent) are not in favor."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
With a shortened holiday season punctuated by weekend winter storms, holiday shoppers in Maryland are feeling the pressure. There are six fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year. And three Baltimore-area snowfalls in three days the second week of December have distracted others from buying. "I've been in denial," said Ann DiAddezio, a York, Pa., restaurateur who was loaded down with shopping bags Saturday morning as she walked briskly past stores at Towson Town Center.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | January 22, 1991
Leaders of the state Senate announced today they consider off-track betting a dead issue for the 1991 legislative session, a decision that supporters of Maryland's horse racing industry say could deal a financial setback to the industry.Saying the decision was based upon a weak economy and questions about harness track racing czar Mark R. Vogel's ability to keep his tracks separate from his legal and financial problems, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said the 5-year-old debate on off-track betting will be shelved for at least a year.
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By Michael Dresser | November 17, 2013
In the latest sign of turmoil affecting Charles County business executive Charles Lollar's Republican campaign for governor, a former campaign staffer has written an open letter imploring him to "do what it takes to get your campaign back on track. " Mike Phillips, writing to a candidate he calls someone "that I count as a friend and who used to count me as one," told Lollar in his letter that he is "sadly mistaken" if he thinks the campaign is heading in the right direction. Phillips, who said he had resigned from the campaign, said he had witnessed "abusibe" conduct by the campaign's leadership, "I saw behavior from your staff leadership that were mistreating other staff members, verbally abusive, lied regarding a number of campaign activities, shunned people not on the campaign who sought to volunteer, shunned those who were officially invited by you personally to join the team and effectively 'fired”'without provocation," said Phillips, whose letter was first published by Jeff's Qunton's Quinton Report blog on Maryland Republican politics.
SPORTS
By Marty McGee | November 14, 1991
Ted Snell, new president of Rosecroft Raceway and Delmarva Downs, yesterday told the Maryland Racing Commission that "the most critical year in Maryland racing history is upon us."Making his first appearance before the panel, Snell made an eloquent plea for off-track betting and intertrack simulcasting next year for Maryland's combined racing industries."With your leadership and guidance, I am sure that the legislative branch of government will show its wisdom and will keep us equal with our sister states," said Snell, who three weeks ago became president of Maryland's major harness tracks for their new owners, Colt Enterprises, Inc."
NEWS
By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff | December 10, 1991
In an unusual show of unity, the horse-racing industry has agreed on a legislative proposal for bringing off-track betting to Maryland.Gov. William Donald Schaefer supports the concept, and proponents think OTB will finally win legislative approval after failing the past few years.The proposal, which goes before two legislative committees this week, would allow the state racing commission to license several off-track facilities around the state.Bettors watching oversized televisions in theater-like rooms could gamble on Thoroughbred and harness races broadcast live from tracks in and out of Maryland.
NEWS
By Sandy Banisky and Ross Peddicord and Sandy Banisky and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writers | January 8, 1993
Coming soon, Marylanders, just what you need: more gambling.The state's first off-track betting parlor is expected to open this spring at the Cracked Claw, a restaurant in the Frederick County crossroads of Urbana.When outfitted with ticket windows and television monitors, the restaurant could seat hundreds of racing fans who could eat dinner while watching the horses run.Approved by the legislature last year as a way to reinvigorate Maryland's racing industry, off-track betting has been slowed by thorny labor and contract negotiations.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 22, 1992
LAUREL -- A bill that would allow off-track betting on Maryland horse races is expected to be introduced in the State Senate either today or tomorrow, said Dennis McCoy, the lobbyist representing the Maryland Horse Coalition.Senate president Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, D-Prince George's, is sponsoring the bill.McCoy said some last-minute minor amendments were added to accommodate a group of harness horsemen and breeders who wanted clarifications on certain provisions."This wasn't an organized group, but about 20 individuals from around the state who expressed some concerns," McCoy said.
NEWS
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | February 28, 1993
Two Westminster restaurants are in the running for an off-track betting parlor, but they have a handicap -- state racing officials say establishments in other counties will get the nod before they select a site here.While Champs Restaurant Inc. at 4 East Main St. and the Westminster Inn at 5 S. Center St. await the complicated selection process, the City Council appears poised to adopt new zoning regulations covering OTB.City attorney John B. Walsh Jr. said he believes a prospective betting parlor would have to comply with the proposed city ordinance, despite having a letter saying off-track betting is a permitted use.City Zoning Administrator John D. Dudderar confirmed that he sent written responses to inquiries from representatives of both restaurants last year, advising them that OTB is not regulated under current zoning law."
SPORTS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | November 14, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- The State Racing Commission urged the General Assembly yesterday to authorize off-track betting in Maryland, reviving a proposal that was short-circuited by legislative opposition nearly two years ago.The commission, in a report presented to a joint legislative committee on horse racing, recommended that two OTB parlors be established initially: one in the Baltimore metropolitan area to take bets on harness racing and the other in Prince George's...
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A Canton Railroad train came off the tracks in Southeast Baltimore on Wednesday morning, according to city fire officials. The train came off the tracks at South Clinton Street around 8:25 a.m., Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said. No cars were overturned or damaged, and there was no hazardous materials risk, he said. CSX officials are on the scene, and no injuries have been reported. The railroad crossing was blocked for about 20 minutes, Brennan said. The incident occurred in the vicinity of an area that had previously been closed for water main break repairs, Brennan said.
SPORTS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Todd Pletcher knew there were rumors. He even figured some of them impugned his horses. When you're one of the winningest trainers in the game who just happens to condition a quarter of the Kentucky Derby field, that, he said, "is part of the deal. " Upon hearing the specific rumor concerning Verrazano, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday's race, the man worrying about five Derby horses - plus four in the ultra-competitive Kentucky Oaks field Friday - found a reason to smile.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
Amtrak, long one of the favorite whipping boys of fiscal conservatives, is getting another thrashing from Mitt Romney and the Republicans. From all the attacks, one might think that the nation's bargain-basement passenger rail system was the cause of the federal deficit. The reality is that Amtrak is attracting record ridership: 30 million passengers last year, and every month in the current fiscal year has been a record-setter, too. Amtrak ridership has increased more than 40 percent over the past decade, and that's not counting the millions more who ride commuter rail lines that depend on Amtrak infrastructure.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan is sitting beside his best friend and teammate Rubens Barrichello. Together they are talking about the value of friendship and how important it is to separate competitiveness from what is most important in life. It is then Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, recalls a plane ride this season that occurred after he had finished ahead of Barrichello, in his first season of IndyCar racing after 19 years in Formula 1. "Eduardo, Rubens' oldest son, is sitting beside me on the plane," Kanaan, 37, said.
SPORTS
By Steven Petrella | July 11, 2012
Belmont winner Union Rags will not race again this year because of a minor tendon injury in his left front leg, veterinarian Kathy Anderson confirmed in a release Wednesday. He last trained July 6 at his Fair Hill base and was presented Tuesday with a “mild filling of his left forelimb” after that work, according to the statement. An ultrasound revealed that the injury occurred during Friday's work and has not been an ongoing problem. “The prognosis for full return to racing is excellent and he is scheduled to undergo treatment and therapy immediately with the goal of keeping his options open for 2013,” Anderson said in the statement.
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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | January 31, 2012
When it comes to customer service, Amtrak is easily derailed.  My nephew gave me an Amtrak gift certificate for Christmas. I tried to use it on Sunday when making reservations for travel to New York.   First, I went online. Nothing relevant could I see on the computer screen.  I called the Amtrak 800 number. The friendly man said I had to go to the train station to use the gift certificate.   On Monday, I went to Penn Station. The man at the counter made the reservations, then said he thought he'd better check with his manager to be sure the certificate could be used at his terminal.
NEWS
By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | January 23, 1991
It hasn't even been introduced yet, but leaders of the state Senate say they consider off-track betting a dead issue for the 1991 legislative session.Saying the decision was based on a weak economy and questions about harness-racing czar Mark R. Vogel's ability to keep his tracks separate from his legal and financial problems, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said the 5-year-old debate on off-track betting will be shelved for at least a year."1991 is not the year for the issue to be discussed and debated," said Miller, D-Prince George's.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord | December 11, 1991
After a couple of years of ill-fated attempts, leaders of Maryland's thoroughbred and harness racing industries are hoping to get an off-track betting bill introduced and passed in the coming General Assembly.Track owners, horsemen and virtually all other segments of the racing industry have banded together to form the Maryland Horse Coalition."The industry has been united behind an off-track betting bill before, but this is the first time legislation will actually be introduced with broad support and strongly pushed by the whole industry," said Alan Foreman, who represents thoroughbred and harness horsemen who are supporting the proposed measure.
SPORTS
By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 14, 2011
Love 'em or hate 'em, the Busch brothers are always in the mix when it comes to contentious relationships in NASCAR. Kurt Busch had to be restrained by team members along pit road in Richmond after an incident with NASCAR.com reporter Joe Menzer . Menzer asked Busch — who had some issues with Jimmie Johnson at the Richmond night race — "Kurt, can either you or Jimmie win the Chase?" Busch cut him off and then said: "How did I see you were going to come with that?
NEWS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2011
Maryland's oldest and largest off-track betting facility will shut down next month, its owners said Tuesday, because it can no longer sustain losses. The closure of the Cracked Claw restaurant and sports palace in Frederick County on Oct. 9 is the latest blow to the state's ailing racing industry as it struggles to reinvent itself amid declining betting and popularity. The closure leaves three OTB facilities in Maryland. "It's another hit," said Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, which regulates the sport.
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