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Maryland Casino Plan Scrapped, But Only For This Year

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A special session on gaming was scrapped for this year, but casino backers will approach the idea again next year.
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A special session on gaming was scrapped for this year, but casino backers will approach the idea again next year.

The plan for a casino at the National Harbor in Prince George's County, Md. might be dead for this year, but it's not done for good.

The work group looking at gaming expansion in the state told governor Martin O'Malley yesterday it could not reach consensus on the matter, meaning there will be no special session of the General Assembly on the topic next month.

But MGM, which announced last week it had reached an agreement to operate a potential casino at National Harbor, says it's still committed to the project. The earliest the topic of a new casino license for a facility in Prince George's County can be decided is during the regular session of the General Assembly next year.

There must be a voter referendum as well if lawmakers and the governor give their okay, and the earliest that can now take place is 2014.

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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