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  • MGM National Harbor tops again in state casino revenue

    MGM National Harbor tops again in state casino revenue

    Just five months after it opened, MGM National Harbor emerged for the second straight month in April as Maryland's top revenue-producing casino, according to figures released Friday by the state. MGM, which topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the first time in March, generated $49.9 million...

  • MGM National Harbor back on top as Maryland casinos set another revenue record

    MGM National Harbor back on top as Maryland casinos set another revenue record

    Four-month-old MGM National Harbor reclaimed the state's top revenue-producing spot during a record-breaking March for Maryland's six casinos. MGM, which opened Dec. 8, topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the first time, surpassing Maryland Live, according to figures released Wednesday by...

  • Maryland Live back on top in state casino revenue

    Maryland Live back on top in state casino revenue

    Maryland Live, which lost its position in January as the state's top revenue-producing casino, leapfrogged the 3-month-old MGM National Harbor last month to regain the No. 1 spot. Maryland Live, battling to retain its market share, generated $46.2 million from slot machines and table games in February,...

  • MGM National Harbor becomes state's largest casino

    MGM National Harbor becomes state's largest casino

    The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor leapfrogged Maryland Live as the state's top revenue-producing casino in January, its first full month of operation. The new Prince George's County casino, which opened in early December, generated $48.8 million from slot machines and table games, making it the...

  • Maryland casinos are pumping out billions for education. So why are there school budget deficits?

    Maryland casinos are pumping out billions for education. So why are there school budget deficits?

    In the seven years since the first of Maryland's six casinos opened, they have pumped $1.7 billion into the state's Education Trust Fund — the financial windfall that advocates for gambling promised would go to the state's public schools. But over that time, casino funds have not gone to bolster...

  • MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    Jared and Amy Akman made their first trip to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County last week for one reason — to see the multiplatinum rock band Kings of Leon kick off its U.S. tour. Sure, the married couple from Lutherville was curious about the new resort's casino, the celebrity chef-driven...

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  • Vacation in Maine?

    Vacation in Maine?

    For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day. But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it's the coast, a mountain hike, a...

  • Climate concerns fuel more travel to fragile corners of the world

    Climate concerns fuel more travel to fragile corners of the world

    Amid piles of dried chiles, straw baskets and ripe papaya, Jeevanti Chatuvina's wares — represented by her sister modeling a gold-studded red sari, dramatic eyeliner and a perfectly coiffed chignon — glamorized the weekly market found on the edge of a lagoon lush with mature mangroves about an...

  • Vacation in Maine? Water, woods, the arts and adventure

    Vacation in Maine? Water, woods, the arts and adventure

    For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day. But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it's the coast, a mountain hike, a...

  • It's Namibia's purity, its untouched qualities, that compel people to visit, then never want to leave

    It's Namibia's purity, its untouched qualities, that compel people to visit, then never want to leave

    As my older daughter prepared last summer to take off for college, there was just one thing left to do: Kidnap her and take her someplace where there is little Wi-Fi, no boyfriend and no threat of exams. It had to be lovely, exciting and adventurous, somewhere we could forge memories she would...

  • 10 of the East Coast's best small-town Fourth of July celebrations

    10 of the East Coast's best small-town Fourth of July celebrations

    We looked around the Land of The Free and found an array of July 4 destinations worthy of a journey. While countless towns host festive parades, those we recommend honor U.S. service members who made it their mission to protect our prized democracy. Many of our selected spots possess great Fourth...

  • More than 927,000 Marylanders expected to travel for Fourth of July weekend

    More than 927,000 Marylanders expected to travel for Fourth of July weekend

    Sean Evans isn't making the typical Maryland Fourth of July weekend drive to Ocean City. Instead, the 29-year-old Forest Hill resident is road-tripping with his girlfriend and friends to see the Dead & Company, a group of remaining members of the Grateful Dead, Wednesday night at Blossom Music...

  • A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

    A mystical weekend escape in New Mexico

    “You must see Quarai,” said the friend we were visiting in Albuquerque. “It’s a mystical place.” Eager for a spiritual fix, my husband, Paul, and I drove southeast from the city to this Spanish mission ruin [122 Manzano Quarai Road, Mountainair, N.M.; (505) 847-2585, www.nps.gov/sapu], one of three...

  • How to plan the perfect road trip

    How to plan the perfect road trip

    Some of the same things that make road trips such romantic escapes also make them great for family bonding — with a few more rules.

  • The best time to book airfare? It's no science, but there are tricks.

    The best time to book airfare? It's no science, but there are tricks.

    Search on the web for “best time to book airfare” and you’ll find many conflicting answers, all of them completely wrong. And not only are they wrong, but they do a disservice to consumers who fall for this “voodoo” airfare economics. One site gives a “guide” of 47 days before travel, although...

  • One bad experience and I was ready to turn my back on the Oregon coast. But that was before James Beard taught me to love it.

    James Beard's Oregon

    More than 20 years ago, I made my first visit to the Oregon coast as a quick side trip from a writers conference I was attending in Portland. I remember standing on a rocky bluff, shivering as I overlooked a rough-and-tumble Pacific Ocean. The weather was disagreeable — wet and in the low 50s —...

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