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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 12, 1992
LAUREL -- Representatives of racetrack owners and horsemen will be in Annapolis tomorrow to oppose cruise ship and riverboat gambling bills that have been introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery.One bill would permit gambling in Maryland waters, specifically on large cruise ships that now bypass the Baltimore harbor because gambling is not allowed.The other Hixson bill would permit riverboat gambling on any navigable Maryland stream under designated conditions.
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By Randy Kraft and Randy Kraft,ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL | January 19, 1997
I felt like a fish out of water aboard Harrah's floating casino on the Des Plaines River.Although the mystique and allure of gambling eluded me, I was aboard Northern Star to see what a riverboat casino was like, because Joliet's casinos are the biggest attraction along the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, which runs from Chicago to La Salle, Ill.The $15 I gave to Harrah's was $5 less than I promised myself I'd spend, but $10 -- if...
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August 7, 1995
Area residents are invited to a discussion on legalizing casino gambling in Maryland, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church,The Anne Arundel County Coalition Opposed to Casino Gambling was formed to address proposals to permit a limited number of casinos and riverboat gambling throughout the state.A task force has scheduled several open hearings to gauge public opinion before the issue is debated in the General Assembly in January.The church is on Crain Highway at Second Avenue, S.E.Information: 761-4381.
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November 12, 1995
MARYLAND'S CASINO study commission has an opportunity tomorrow to slam the door on expanded gambling and then firmly put the lock in place. Casinos are not needed or wanted in this state. The commission should emphatically and unequivocally say so.There is no groundswell of public support for casinos in this state. None. Some groups in depressed towns in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore have been seduced by the false promises of great riches and a booming local economy, but the public in general hasn't fallen for this scam.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 1, 1991
One minute before the sun rises today over the depressed Mississippi River town of Bettendorf, Iowa, gamblers will be invited onto the first legal riverboat casino in the United States.The Diamond Lady, a new, $10 million paddle-wheeler, will ply the Big Muddy along the Iowa shoreline while up to 1,000 would-be Bart Mavericks pull slot machines, throw dice and play blackjack.Down river a few hours later, the 3,000-person side-wheeler President will sail from Davenport.Serious gamblers who flock to the riverboats may find the rules there painful to their wallets.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1994
FORT WASHINGTON -- Members of the Maryland Racing Commission expressed major concern yesterday over the encroachment of casino-type gambling into neighboring states and said they would explore the matter."
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November 12, 1995
MARYLAND'S CASINO study commission has an opportunity tomorrow to slam the door on expanded gambling and then firmly put the lock in place. Casinos are not needed or wanted in this state. The commission should emphatically and unequivocally say so.There is no groundswell of public support for casinos in this state. None. Some groups in depressed towns in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore have been seduced by the false promises of great riches and a booming local economy, but the public in general hasn't fallen for this scam.
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August 8, 1994
Certain members of this state's racing community can't wait to turn Maryland race tracks into huge gambling casinos. Now they are making frantic predictions of doom and gloom unless this state permits video slot machines at the tracks. If they succeed, they will kill Maryland's racing industry.The way the pro-casino folks see it, Maryland is going to be mortally wounded by the introduction of video slots at West Virginia and Delaware race tracks. Others warn of riverboat gambling in the District of Columbia.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Eric Siegel and Joan Jacobson contributed to this article | February 17, 1995
Gov. Parris N. Glendening pledged yesterday to veto any bill this legislative session to legalize casino and riverboat gambling in Maryland, in effect slamming the door on such efforts until next year.He urged state legislators to resist the lure of easy money promised by 29 bills that would bring gambling to casinos and riverboats in different parts of the state. The issue needs more study first, the governor said."I believe very strongly that we should pause before taking any hasty action that could endanger Maryland's quality of life.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1995
About 200 people opposed to casino and riverboat gambling in Maryland attended a "No Casino Rally" last night at a Glen Burnie church."There is already enough and more than enough gambling opportunities in Maryland," the Rev. R. Olin Herndon, pastor of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, told those at the rally. "We are here to join the chorus sounding across the state saying, 'No Casino.' "The Rev. Tom A. Grey of Galena, Ill., a spokesman for the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling who has been dubbed "Riverboat Rambo" by gambling proponents, was the guest speaker at the rally.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 14, 1995
Casino gambling isn't just coming.It's already here.In Delaware, 1,000 slot machines are slated for Delaware Park, 500 for Dover Downs and 500 for Harrington Raceway."
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1995
About 200 people opposed to casino and riverboat gambling in Maryland attended a "No Casino Rally" last night at a Glen Burnie church."There is already enough and more than enough gambling opportunities in Maryland," the Rev. R. Olin Herndon, pastor of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, told those at the rally. "We are here to join the chorus sounding across the state saying, 'No Casino.' "The Rev. Tom A. Grey of Galena, Ill., a spokesman for the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling who has been dubbed "Riverboat Rambo" by gambling proponents, was the guest speaker at the rally.
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August 7, 1995
Area residents are invited to a discussion on legalizing casino gambling in Maryland, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church,The Anne Arundel County Coalition Opposed to Casino Gambling was formed to address proposals to permit a limited number of casinos and riverboat gambling throughout the state.A task force has scheduled several open hearings to gauge public opinion before the issue is debated in the General Assembly in January.The church is on Crain Highway at Second Avenue, S.E.Information: 761-4381.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
The billboard on Canal Street advertising the coming of the world's largest casino says it all: "Harrah's Casino New Orleans," it reads. "Let the Fun Begin."To the 9 million people who visit here each year -- they drop some $2.6 billion in the local economy -- and to the 1 million people who live in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes, the Crescent City was already plenty of fun.This is the Big Easy, cher. It's Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, the French Quarter. It's the Mississippi Riverboat tour -- you can steam up to the zoo and catch the albino 'gators, baby.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Eric Siegel and Joan Jacobson contributed to this article | February 17, 1995
Gov. Parris N. Glendening pledged yesterday to veto any bill this legislative session to legalize casino and riverboat gambling in Maryland, in effect slamming the door on such efforts until next year.He urged state legislators to resist the lure of easy money promised by 29 bills that would bring gambling to casinos and riverboats in different parts of the state. The issue needs more study first, the governor said."I believe very strongly that we should pause before taking any hasty action that could endanger Maryland's quality of life.
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By BARRY RASCOVAR | October 9, 1994
Las Vegas. -- For anyone who has not recently visited this "glitter gulch" of excesses in the desert, a trip to the revived gambling capital of the world is an eye-opener.No more doldrums for the nation's fastest-growing metro area, whose population is rapidly approaching 1 million. There's a new casino boom in full flower. Megahotels, all with megacasinos, are the rage. Older establishments are expanding by leaps and bounds. New edifices are gobbling up entire city blocks with monster complexes.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Staff Writer | September 27, 1992
New London, Conn. -- For centuries, ships have defined th identity of this small coastal city: Privateers challenged the British; whaling ships later brought prosperity; most recently, locally built nuclear submarines helped fight the Cold War.Now, as economic stagnation and tax-weary residents combine to strangle the city budget, New London is turning to the sea for help again.City officials hope that a casino ship soon will ply the waters of the Long Island Sound in search of revenue. The ship could bring this city of 29,500 more than $1 million -- enough to rehire some of the police officers, firefighters and school teachers who have fallen victim to budget cuts, estimates show.
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By BARRY RASCOVAR | October 3, 1993
What has William Donald Schaefer wrought? Will he be remembered as "the Gambling Governor"?The man who brought slot machines back to Maryland? Who gave us off-track betting parlors, Lotto, Keno, El Gordo, lottery vending machines? Will his final present to the state be riverboat gambling and Indian casinos?Late in his final term as governor, Mr. Schaefer is starting to realize that once you let gambling get a foot in the door, it is nearly impossible to ever close that door again.He also finds himself in the contradictory position of trying to boost one kind of government-sanctioned gambling while seeking to crack down on other forms of gambling.
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August 8, 1994
Certain members of this state's racing community can't wait to turn Maryland race tracks into huge gambling casinos. Now they are making frantic predictions of doom and gloom unless this state permits video slot machines at the tracks. If they succeed, they will kill Maryland's racing industry.The way the pro-casino folks see it, Maryland is going to be mortally wounded by the introduction of video slots at West Virginia and Delaware race tracks. Others warn of riverboat gambling in the District of Columbia.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1994
FORT WASHINGTON -- Members of the Maryland Racing Commission expressed major concern yesterday over the encroachment of casino-type gambling into neighboring states and said they would explore the matter."
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