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October 3, 2005
On Friday, September 30, 2005, WILLIAM M. RICKMAN, SR., of Potomac, MD; from an on going respiratory illness at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He is survived by his former spouse Zoe Rickman of Potomac, MD. Beloved father of Sheila Kessinger of Potomac, MD; William M. Rickman, Jr. (wife Marcia) of Potomac, MD; Zoe Roa of Potomac, MD; Cynthia Rickman of Virginia Beach, VA; and Lynn Green (husband Gillis) of Towson, MD. Grandfather of ten. Brother of Ruth Owens and Esta Cantrall. He is also survived by his beloved Anna "Dean" Jones and other loving family and friends.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Maryland's House of Delegates narrowly approved a bill Saturday that would provide $1.2 million to the owner of a racetrack and casino on the Eastern Shore, setting aside objections from some lawmakers who called it a giveaway to the "one percent. " The bill would divert revenue earmarked for enhancing racing purses to provide operating assistance for the Ocean Downs Race Track, so long as the track has 40 live racing days. It is owned by William Rickman, a politically connected developer.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1996
Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc. reached an agreement yesterday with casino giant Bally's Inc. that includes the sale of Ocean Downs and a change of management at Rosecroft Raceway.Just 24 hours earlier, Cloverleaf, an organization of harness horsemen, had rejected a scheduled deposit from William Rickman Jr., owner of Delaware Park, to purchase both tracks after its board had voted unanimously to accept Rickman's buyout.The agreement with Bally's removes the threat of possible legal action by the casino firm had the horsemen sold to Rickman.
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February 21, 2008
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By C. Fraser Smith and Jon Morgan and C. Fraser Smith and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
William M. Rickman Jr., a wealthy Montgomery County builder, owner of the Delaware track that features slot machines and a man who has been looking for a way into Maryland racing, is considering a proposal to revive a defunct Western Maryland racetrack. "We're looking at all our options," Rickman said yesterday. "Racing in Maryland has a lot of possibilities." Though some experts say new tracks are difficult economic propositions, Rickman suggested that the political environment might be a larger concern for him. The proposed project might succeed, he said, "if the right people are helping and it won't be an uphill battle if the political environment is favorable."
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2002
CAMBRIDGE - Over the objections of local gambling opponents, the Maryland Racing Commission last night approved a permit for William Rickman Jr. to operate an off-track betting parlor in this Eastern Shore community. Rickman said he was pleased with the commission's unanimous vote to grant the permit and expects to have the 10,000-square- foot facility in a strip shopping center off U.S. Route 50 open for business by August. About 65 area residents - most opposed to the OTB - turned out for a public hearing on the permit application, held at Governor's Hall In Sailwind Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
The competition between two prominent racetrack owners to build a horse track in Western Maryland begins today as each is expected to submit plans to the Maryland Racing Commission. Joe De Francis, head of the company that operates Pimlico and Laurel Park, and Bill Rickman Jr., president and CEO of Delaware Park, said yesterday that they will meet today's deadline to apply for the license to operate a track in Allegany County. Commission officials were expecting no other applications.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2004
Despite almost daily changes to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal to legalize slots, one person always seems to be coming out with a piece of the slots pie: William Rickman Jr. His continuing success is a testament to Rickman's lobbying skills and, critics say, his prodigious political donations. First, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee sought a lucrative spot for slot machines near Ocean City, granting Rickman's Ocean Downs harness track a gambling license. When the tourist town's leaders objected - and Senate Republicans and Ehrlich threatened to derail the bill - Ocean Downs was pulled off the table.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1996
The Rosecroft and Ocean Downs harness racetracks appear ready to change hands. But who is going to end up with them is unclear.Representatives of Cloverleaf Enterprises, the horsemen who own Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs, met yesterday with the Rickman family, owners of Delaware Park, about an impending purchase.The tracks' directors have voted to accept Rickman's offer.However, Bally's Entertainment, which has been managing the tracks since last year, says it has a deal to purchase them from Cloverleaf.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2001
STANTON, Del. - The man sits quietly at meetings, and when he does speak, it's in a soft, unassuming tone. Yet Bill Rickman Jr., in appearances before the Maryland Racing Commission, has quietly established racing fiefdoms on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland. Last week, he became the first person in 52 years to receive a new license to operate a racetrack in Maryland. With patience, determination and unlimited funds, he single-handedly demolished the Maryland Jockey Club's monopoly on thoroughbred racing in the state.
NEWS
October 6, 2005
On Friday, September 30, 2005, WILLIAM M. RICKMAN, SR., of Potomac, MD; from an on going respiratory illness at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He is survived by his former spouse Zoe Rickman of Potomac, MD. Beloved father of Sheila Kessinger of Potomac, MD; William M. Rickman, Jr. (wife Marcia) of Potomac, MD; Zoe Roa of Potomac, MD; Cynthia Rickman of Virginia Beach, VA; and Lynn Green (husband Gillis) of Towson, MD. Grandfather of ten. Brother of Ruth Owens and Esta Cantrall. He is also survived by his companion Anna "Dean" Jones and other loving family and friends.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 19, 2005
Even as a little girl, Katie Rickman loved art. Her coloring book and crayons were never far away. Years ago, she attended an outdoor concert with her mother. That evening there was a beautiful sunset. When Katie noticed it she said, "Quick, Mom, give me my crayons!" The crayons have since been replaced with paints, and Rickman is making quite a splash in the Maryland art world, in the classroom and out. Rickman teaches art at the St. Paul's School for Girls upper school in Brooklandville.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2004
Ocean Downs owner William Rickman Jr. is trying to persuade Worcester County residents to lobby their legislators and local elected officials to support slot machines for his harness racing track outside Ocean City. Rickman's track has not been included in slots proposals that the General Assembly has considered over the past two years because of opposition from Eastern Shore lawmakers and Ocean City Mayor James N. Mathias Jr. Rickman had a color brochure mailed to about 15,000 Worcester County residents about a week ago, urging them to contact their elected officials.
FEATURES
By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
He was out. He was in. And now, late on a Tuesday evening in Annapolis, William M. Rickman Jr. was out again. In one week, the owner of Ocean Downs racetrack went from being a favorite in a bill lawmakers were writing on how to award licenses for slot machines to being the outcast. It was a dispiriting reversal of fortune after a summer of campaigning for gambling on the Eastern Shore. As Rickman saw it, he had been given a mountain and he had climbed it, and now, inside of days, it had been flattened.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2004
Despite almost daily changes to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposal to legalize slots, one person always seems to be coming out with a piece of the slots pie: William Rickman Jr. His continuing success is a testament to Rickman's lobbying skills and, critics say, his prodigious political donations. First, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee sought a lucrative spot for slot machines near Ocean City, granting Rickman's Ocean Downs harness track a gambling license. When the tourist town's leaders objected - and Senate Republicans and Ehrlich threatened to derail the bill - Ocean Downs was pulled off the table.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 8, 2004
Was that Professor Snape dining at Kali's Court recently? Sans the black wig and cape he dons in the Harry Potter films, Alan Rickman looked positively Brit-cool in black leather. Ladies, think an updated version of Rickman's Colonel Brandon in 1995's Sense and Sensibility. Or his evil Hans Gruber (keep the sexy, lose the sinister) from 1988's Die Hard. Rickman is in town filming an HBO flick. But he's going neither sexy nor sinister this time around. In Something the Lord Made, Rickman plays the late Johns Hopkins cardiologist Alfred Blalock, who with his research assistant Vivien Thomas (portrayed by Mos Def)
FEATURES
By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
He was out. He was in. And now, late on a Tuesday evening in Annapolis, William M. Rickman Jr. was out again. In one week, the owner of Ocean Downs racetrack went from being a favorite in a bill lawmakers were writing on how to award licenses for slot machines to being the outcast. It was a dispiriting reversal of fortune after a summer of campaigning for gambling on the Eastern Shore. As Rickman saw it, he had been given a mountain and he had climbed it, and now, inside of days, it had been flattened.
NEWS
August 4, 2002
Man pleads guilty to driving impaired, taking officer's gun A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Friday to disarming an Anne Arundel County police officer and driving under the influence in an incident in April. Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma said she will ask Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck to jail William A. Rickman, 61, of the 1100 block of Riverside Drive at his Oct. 1 sentencing. The maximum sentence is 10 years. On April 3, Officer John Bull stopped a Cadillac driven by Rickman after it cut him off on Fort Smallwood Road, Poma said.
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