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Thursday, August 27, 2009:
A SLOT CITY FOR BALTIMORE?
A group seeking to bring slot-machine gambling to Baltimore has revealed its vision for a mega-casino complete with "neighborhoods" of slot machines and a trendy, new waterfront-like facility to be built on an industrial lot south of Ravens' stadium.
The so-called "Celebration Casino" would have 3,750 slot machines, employ nearly 1,000 people and potentially bring in hundreds of millions of dollars annually in tax revenue the Baltimore City Entertainment Group told state regulators on Wednesday.
The grand plan is far different from a smaller, 500-machine facility the group originally proposed on a different site, writes The Post's John Wagner.
Edward Gunts in The Baltimore Sun also looks at the specs, including: a buffet restaurant, 200,000-square-foot casino space, and five-story, 2,500-space parking garage.
CONFLICTING REPORTS ON FINANCIAL AID CUTS
Fewer students may receive financial aid at the University System of Maryland because of the $454 million in state budget cuts approved Wednesday, writes Julekha Dash in the Baltimore Business Journal.
The University's campus newspaper, The Diamondback, has a different take. And Chancellor William E. Kirwan weighs in here in a letter to students.
SENATE MUSICAL CHAIRS FOLLOWING KENNEDY'S DEATH
The Sun muses about the coming leadership changes on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which is in the thick of the health-care overhaul debate. Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski serves on the committee, has been active in the health care fight and, "at least in theory, could fill Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat as chairman," The Sun writes. "For that to happen, however, the Senate's senior woman would have to leap over two colleagues who have been on the committee longer."
BIG TEN FOOTBALL IN MARYLAND?
Political, perhaps, but First Click likes football:
FedEx Field in Landover will host a Big Ten game between Indiana and Penn State next fall, the second college football game to be played at the stadium next year as part of an effort by the Washington Redskins to attract high-profile college games.
The game originally was scheduled to be a home contest for the Hoosiers. In exchange for moving the contest to Prince George's County -- a little more than 200 miles from Penn State's campus in State College, Pa., and nearly 650 miles from Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana will receive $3 million from the Redskins, roughly three times the revenue it would take in from a home game on campus, writes The Post's Steve Yanda
MORE ON PUBLIC DEFENDER'S FIRING
The firing last week of Maryland's chief public defender Nancy Forster stemmed in large part from a dispute over how to represent the state's poorest criminal suspects, write The Post's Dan Morse and Ruben Castaneda after reviewing internal letters.
The Daily Record's Brendan Kearney also looks at how the firing has put a spotlight on the little-known board that controls the public defender's office.
Aaron C. Davis
August 27, 2009; 8:33 AM ET
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