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October 29, 2009

Magna asks court to bar '02 slots deal

The bankrupt owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course wants to terminate a profit-sharing agreement to split any potential slots proceeds with the tracks' former owners, including Joseph De Francis, before the two racetracks go on the auction block early next year.

August 7, 2009

Arundel holding up slots, says O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley told members of the state's horse-racing and breeding industry Thursday that Anne Arundel County's indecision on rezoning land adjacent to Arundel Mills mall was delaying the process of getting what is the largest proposed slots parlor under way.

June 10, 2009

Laurel Park wants slots rebid

Lawyers for the Laurel Park racetrack asked Maryland's highest court Tuesday to restore its disqualified proposal for a slots casino license, suggesting the state would be better off restarting a bidding process that has fallen short of expectations.

May 18, 2009

Rally promotes idea of Sabbath

For Yoel Benyowitz, setting aside work at sundown on Friday, lighting the shabbos candles and spending the next 24 hours in prayer and fellowship with family and friends "recharges our batteries, both physically and spiritually."

April 14, 2009

Busy last day for Assembly

Illegal immigrants would be stripped of Maryland driver's licenses by 2015 under a last-minute legislative compromise that seeks to end the state's status as a haven for foreigners seeking government-backed credentials.

April 10, 2009

Preakness rescue on lawmakers' fast track

State officials and their attorneys have revealed more of their strategy to retain the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, saying Thursday that the state would "likely" try to purchase the historic race either through eminent domain or a court-supervised auction now that it is up for sale in federal bankruptcy proceedings.

April 9, 2009

Magna protests state bid to use eminent domain

Magna Entertainment Corp. and its bankruptcy attorneys criticized Gov. Martin O'Malley's bid Wednesday to assert eminent domain powers over the Preakness Stakes, saying passage of the legislation could lead to more litigation.

February 15, 2009


City property owners keep getting tax bills

THE PROBLEM Baltimore property owners paid their tax bills, but the payments weren't properly processed.

February 11, 2009

Jay Hancock: Slots bid process wipes out hoped-for benefits

Legalizing slot machines was supposed to save Maryland horse tracks, help Maryland schools and keep the Preakness in Baltimore. That it might fail on all counts, in a kind of grotesque trifecta, is probably what everybody involved with it deserves.

February 6, 2009

Preakness bans outside beverages from the infield

Black-eyed Susans and broad-brimmed hats, trademarks of Preakness Day, may be enduring, but another Pimlico tradition is on the way out: Infield spectators will no longer be allowed to bring their own beer and other beverages into the racetrack.

February 1, 2009


Streetlights remain unlit

THE PROBLEM Lights at a Northwest Baltimore shopping plaza have been dark for months.

December 17, 2008

Three men killed in separate shootings

Three men were shot and killed in apparently separate incidents Monday night and early yesterday -- two of them in Northwest Baltimore and one in East Baltimore, city police said.

November 27, 2008

Pro-slots raised over $7 million

Slots supporters, led by horse racing and gambling interests in the Mid-Atlantic region, raised eight times as much money as their opponents in their successful campaign to persuade voters to allow slot machines in Maryland, according to campaign finance reports released yesterday.

October 28, 2008

Dan Rodricks: Slots aren't the answer to what ails the tracks

Here's what the people who run Laurel Park are willing to do to get you and me, betting customers, through the gates between now and the end of the year: half-price beers every time a randomly selected jockey wins a race on a Friday; a "special surprise" if one of us grabs the lucky rubber ducky out of the Laurel Lucky Duck Pond between 11 a.m. and noon Nov. 8; free apple or pumpkin pie to the first 5,500 fans on Thanksgiving Day; "Live Pasta Station" every Thursday in the Terrace Dining Room; free ice scraper to the first 4,000 fans Dec. 13.

October 27, 2008

Decision near on slots in the city

Just as Inner Harbor redevelopment transformed Baltimore's derelict port of rotting wharves and abandoned warehouses, Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration believes that a slot machine casino could revive a moribund industrial district while reducing city property taxes.

October 6, 2008

Arundel slots proposal divides the community

Perhaps more than in any other place in Maryland, the debate over whether to allow slot-machine gambling hits home in Anne Arundel County, where the state's largest slots parlor might be built squarely in suburbia.

September 19, 2008

Cordish Cos. may enter slots license competition

Baltimore based Cordish Cos., which has built signature projects in the Inner Harbor and casinos in Florida, might compete for a slots license in Maryland if voters approve a November referendum legalizing the gambling machines, officials said.

July 20, 2008

Man fatally shot near Pimlico track

An unidentified man was shot to death Friday night in Northwest Baltimore, according to city police.

June 8, 2008

Dan Rodricks: Integrity an early McKay hallmark

Back at the dawn of Baltimore television, when the Sunpapers owned the first station here, a 25-year-old Evening Sun reporter named Jim McManus agreed to work in front of the camera for $65 a week. It was 1947. The station, WMAR-TV, had to fill hours upon hours with original programming. So its crews did remote telecasts, running from the races at Pimlico to supermarket openings to professional wrestling matches at the old Baltimore Coliseum.

March 4, 2008

Tracks balking at slots campaign

Maryland's pro-slots forces are planning an eight-month campaign for a referendum on expanded gambling that they say would fix the state's budget problems and save horse racing. But those who stand to benefit most - the state's racetrack owners - are balking at the effort and saying that they might not participate in the push for the ballot measure.

November 3, 2007

Slots plan is picked apart

Maryland lawmakers grilled aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley yesterday on his plan to allow up to 15,000 slot machines at five locations, raising questions about the proposed sites, local approval and the impact on the state's two thoroughbred racetracks.

November 3, 2007

Slots lose luster at Fla. track

Gulfstream Park, South Florida's major thoroughbred horse-racing track, installed slot machines last year, rows and rows of them. And gamblers came.

October 31, 2007

City's eye on slots site

An 11-acre warehouse district south of Baltimore's sports stadiums would become the home of a new slots facility under a proposal by Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration that officials said could cut city property taxes, The Sun has learned.

May 13, 2007

The Decision

Hundreds of anxious fans and dozens of reporters swarmed around the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course minutes after the 2006 Preakness Stakes. Security officers shouted at onlookers to remain behind temporary barricades. Television news helicopters buzzed overhead.

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