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African-American History Month began as "Negro History Week" in February 1926, initiated by historian Carter G. Woodson to recognize achievements related to the Black Diaspora. But in those days, getting to places with events celebrating those feats wasn't easy for people of color, as wide-ranging...

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  • Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Maryland's casinos reported another month of revenue gains in January, but the increases were slowed by the recent weekend snowstorm, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Revenue from the five casinos totaled $88.3 million, a 4 percent increase...

  • Maryland casinos end 2015 on strong note

    Maryland casinos end 2015 on strong note

    Maryland casinos ended 2015 on a high note, reporting December revenues of $95.1 million — one of their best months ever. All five casinos recorded gains compared to the same month a year earlier, according to figures released Tuesday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Horseshoe Casino...

  • Seeking to keep games going, fantasy sites enlist state lobbyists

    Seeking to keep games going, fantasy sites enlist state lobbyists

    The nation's largest daily fantasy sports sites are lining up top Maryland lobbyists and attorneys — including the state's former chief gambling regulator — to build support for keeping the games going as the state attorney general prepares to weigh in and the legislative session looms. More than...

  • County accepting applications for Maryland Live grants worth $300K

    County accepting applications for Maryland Live grants worth $300K

    The Maryland Live casino will again provide grants to community organizations in 2016. The county will distribute $300,000 — in grants from $1,000 to $40,000 — on a reimbursement basis starting in July. By law, the county receives 4.51 percent of revenues generated by video lottery terminals at...

  • Horseshoe shows revenue gains; other casinos' results are mixed

    Horseshoe shows revenue gains; other casinos' results are mixed

    Horseshoe Casino Baltimore reported a revenue increase for the second straight month in November, continuing to rebound from the fallout of the city's April riots. The Horseshoe generated $24.5 million from slot machines and table games, an increase of 5.2 percent from November 2014, according to...

  • Cordish hands out $100 bills at Maryland Live with former quarterback

    Cordish hands out $100 bills at Maryland Live with former quarterback

    David Cordish, chairman of The Cordish Companies and owner of Maryland Live casino, was at it again Friday night, handing out $100 bills to surprised patrons of the casino in Hanover. This time, he was joined by football broadcaster Joe Theismann, the former Washington Redskins quarterback. Cordish...

  • Caesars veteran is new head of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

    Caesars veteran is new head of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

    A 12-year veteran of Caesars Entertainment Corp. was named Monday as the new general manager of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which says it has regained momentum after struggling to overcome fallout from the city's April riots. Erin Chamberlin, 40, comes to Baltimore from Planet Hollywood Casino...

  • All five Maryland casinos report revenue gains, reflecting market strength

    All five Maryland casinos report revenue gains, reflecting market strength

    All five Maryland casinos posted revenue gains in October, reflecting the market's significant growth since the newest venue — Horseshoe Casino Baltimore — opened last year. State casino revenues totaled $94.7 million, an increase of $7.9 million — 9.2 percent — over the same month last year, according...

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  • How much does it really cost to take a Disney vacation?

    How much does it really cost to take a Disney vacation?

    Can you still get a deal on a Disney vacation? Three families who traveled to Disney World last month tracked their spending, reporting it to the Orlando Sentinel and sharing their thoughts. Their accommodations ranged from the budget All-Star Music Resort to the top-of-the-line Polynesian Village...

  • Brash, fee-happy CEO of Spirit Airlines abruptly replaced

    Brash, fee-happy CEO of Spirit Airlines abruptly replaced

    Ben Baldanza, who led the industry push for more and more airline fees, is out as CEO of Spirit Airlines. Spirit was losing money until Baldanza, 54, took over in 2006. He oversaw the airline's transformation into an "ultra-low cost carrier," an airline that didn't include anything in its base...

  • Wisp, Maryland's only ski resort, announces opening

    Wisp, Maryland's only ski resort, announces opening

    MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — Maryland's only ski resort says it's opening Saturday despite unseasonably warm weather that has hampered snowmaking. General Manager Jerry Geisler said in a statement Tuesday that Wisp Resort in McHenry expects to have one of its 35 trails open, plus a children's learning area...

  • Spirit Airlines to add flights to Boston and Detroit

    Spirit Airlines to add flights to Boston and Detroit

    Spirit Airlines announced Thursday that it will start flying from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Boston and Detroit next spring. The nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington International and Boston Logan International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport is scheduled to start on April...

  • Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal begin using metal detectors at theme parks

    Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal begin using metal detectors at theme parks

    In a sign of how jittery the nation has become about terrorism and gun violence, Orlando's major theme parks on Thursday added metal detectors as a security precaution. Walt Disney World placed walk-through metal detectors in front of all four of its theme parks. Universal Orlando began using wand-style...

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