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Where to eat on the way to the beach

Planning pit stops along the way to beach can make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. Whether you’re driving north to the Jersey Shore, south to Myrtle Beach or any sandy spot in between, there are plenty of hidden lunch spots along the Interstate-95 corridor that one-up rest stop snacks....

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  • Maryland casino revenue tops $100 million for first time in April

    Maryland casino revenue tops $100 million for first time in April

    Soaring monthly revenue at Maryland's casinos topped $100 million for the first time in April, the Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Thursday. The five casinos combined to reach $103.8 million, surpassing the previous monthly record of $98.9 million set in July 2015. It was the fifth straight...

  • Former trainees of Maryland Live Casino win appeal on unpaid wages

    Former trainees of Maryland Live Casino win appeal on unpaid wages

    Former trainees of Maryland Live Casino in Hanover have won an appeal in a case in which the trainees are seeking unpaid wages for their time attending a casino dealer school. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on Monday reversed a decision by U.S. District Court in Maryland, which dismissed...

  • Bill to help fair's off-track betting parlor get year-round liquor license advances

    Bill to help fair's off-track betting parlor get year-round liquor license advances

    State lawmakers have agreed to legislation that would help the Maryland State Fair obtain a year-round liquor license for its new off-track betting parlor in Timonium. Baltimore County's senators and delegates on Friday signed off on a bill that will allow the state fair to buy such a license from...

  • World Series of Poker circuit returns to Baltimore

    World Series of Poker circuit returns to Baltimore

    The World Series of Poker returned Thursday to the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. The multi-day circuit event, held in the casino's poker room, will include a dozen separate tournaments ending April 4. The competition began with a No-Limit Hold'em event with a $365 entry fee. Horseshoe said the combined...

  • Cigar-smoking at MGM casino snuffed

    Cigar-smoking at MGM casino snuffed

    It appears there won't be any indoor cigar-smoking in the new MGM casino at National Harbor after all. The House Economic Matters Committee on Friday stripped language from a Prince George's County liquor license bill that would have permitted a cigar lounge inside the casino-resort complex, expected...

  • Community, state fair reach deal on off-track betting at fairgrounds

    Community, state fair reach deal on off-track betting at fairgrounds

    The Maryland State Fair and Greater Timonium Community Council reached an agreement Friday that ends months of debate over gambling at the state fairgrounds. The fair has promised not to seek casino gambling, and in exchange, community leaders have pledged not to oppose an off-track betting facility....

  • Maryland Live launches 'social casino' app

    Maryland Live launches 'social casino' app

    Maryland Live casino has launched a website and app on which people can hone their skills at casino games and compete against other players. "We think everything is moving mobile and this is our first foray into that world," said Mario Maesano, the casino's senior vice president of marketing. The...

  • MGM casino bill would allow indoor smoking area

    MGM casino bill would allow indoor smoking area

    Anti-smoking advocates are objecting to legislation that would let gamblers smoke inside the new MGM casino complex at National Harbor — something that is illegal in every other Maryland casino. The exemption is part of a bill that would set the liquor license terms at the casino once it opens...

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  • As Airbnb grows in Baltimore, stakeholders still weighing how to best regulate it

    As Airbnb grows in Baltimore, stakeholders still weighing how to best regulate it

    Airbnb, an online booking site for home rentals, was still in its infancy when Ed Bendetti splurged on a second property in Fells Point in 2008, drawn to the challenge of a renovation project. Now, seven years later, with the upgrades complete and its own Web listing, the Dallas Street home has...

  • Ocean City nominated for best boardwalk

    Ocean City nominated for best boardwalk

    Consider the boardwalk, 2.5 miles of sun-bleached decking, shops with Dumser's ice cream, Fisher's popcorn and Thrasher's fries, then Trimper's famous (and haunted?) carousel. Yes, that boardwalk, Ocean City, Md., perhaps the best in America. Atlantic Avenue, as it's officially named, ranked second...

  • Carnival cruise ship crashes into gangway at Baltimore port, causing it to collapse on three vehicles

    Carnival cruise ship crashes into gangway at Baltimore port, causing it to collapse on three vehicles

    The Carnival Pride cruise ship struck a gangway as the ship was docking in Baltimore on Sunday morning, sending the gangway crashing down on three parked vehicles. Some passengers said they felt a thud as the bow of the ship struck the gangway but they weren't sure what it was. No one was injured...

  • From new thrills to extraordinary bargains: 16 buzz-worthy cruise happenings

    From new thrills to extraordinary bargains: 16 buzz-worthy cruise happenings

    New ships, new destinations, unusual activities and some extraordinary bargains are part of the cruising buzz for summer and fall. Here's a look at what's happening: New thrill attractions: Thrills have become a cruise ship staple, and on the world's newest, largest ship, Royal Caribbean's 5,500-passenger...

  • Best places to travel in May

    Best places to travel in May

    With students getting out of school and families preparing for Memorial Day, May is a popular travel month. If you're looking for somewhere close to visit, check out Cape Cod or Pittsburgh. But if you're looking for a more exotic location, Barcelona and Malta can’t be beat. Here are some locations...

  • First U.S. cruise in decades arrives in Cuba

    First U.S. cruise in decades arrives in Cuba

    Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. Many watching the festive arrival...

  • Allegiant Air flights begin departing from BWI Friday

    Allegiant Air flights begin departing from BWI Friday

    Allegiant Air will begin offering flights from BWI Airport Friday with fares as low as $44 to Cincinnati and Savannah/Hilton Head airports, the company said in a statement. "We're very excited to begin our service at BWI," Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer said in the statement. "We...

  • Assateague seashore creates nearly $110M economic impact

    Assateague seashore creates nearly $110M economic impact

    BERLIN, Md. (AP) — Assateague Island National Seashore has generated a nearly $110 million economic impact in local communities. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports the National Park Service said in its annual 2015 report that more than 2 million people who visited the National Seashore spent...

  • CDC officials investigating norovirus outbreak on cruise ship in Baltimore

    CDC officials investigating norovirus outbreak on cruise ship in Baltimore

    Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting an environmental health assessment on a cruise ship docked in Baltimore after more than 150 passengers reported falling ill with vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC said the cause was norovirus, which causes inflammation...

  • With the aid of friendly cabdrivers, encountering Cuba off the beaten path

    With the aid of friendly cabdrivers, encountering Cuba off the beaten path

    Visitors ride along the streets of Old Havana in 1950s American cars-turned-taxis, their engines long since replaced with European or Japanese models. From these convertibles, they tour the sites of Cuba's heyday: the National Capitol, built in 1929; El Morro, a 16th-century fort; the historic...

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