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Anne Arundel slots: Are they in or are they out?

The war of words between The Cordish Cos. and opponents of its Anne Arundel County casino came down to this on Wednesday — will the casino be in the Arundel Mills shopping mall, or at the mall? Cordish's opponents, including the Maryland Jockey Club and Penn National Gaming, have indicated in television ads the slot machines would actually be inside the mall. Lately, they've used a newspaper's paraphrasing of a statement made by Larry Tom, Anne Arundel County director of planning and zoning, to say the casino and the mall will be connected. (My blog post on Wednesday elicited an e-mail response within two hours from the Stop Slots group, asserting once more that the casino will be in the mall, and using the Gazette article as proof.) Not so, said Tom in a Cordish press release sent to reporters Wednesday.

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