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Week in review: 12/17/10

Casino finds way to offer freebies

Maryland’s gaming growing pains could ease next month when the state gets its first taste of a staple of the casino industry — booze and a seat at the buffet, on the house. The Maryland Lottery Agency and Hollywood Casino Perryville negotiated a way to hand out free drinks and food despite a state ban.

Legal Aid ex-CFO sentenced

Benjamin L. “Bennie” King Jr. tearfully apologized to his family and to Legal Aid before being sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from the organization over a decade while he was its chief financial officer.

Liquor board accused

An investigation by state Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office into allegations of price discrimination for sweetheart deals on wine and liquor made to some bars in and around Ocean City could lead to abolishment of the Worcester County Liquor Control Board.

Court upholds strip search

Police need very little beyond their own suspicion to expand a valid search incident to arrest into a full strip search, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has held in the case of man who sought to have a baggie of crack that fell from his pants ruled inadmissible in his trial.

Casino to open in garage

The state’s largest casino would open on the ground floor of a parking garage one year from now, according to plans unveiled Monday by the Cordish Cos. The Baltimore developer would open the first phase of its casino beside Arundel Mills mall in late 2011, with the full entertainment complex to open about a year later, company President Joe Weinberg told the state slots commission.

Clancy buys 3 more units

Operators of Ritz-Carlton Residences say they have closed on 10 units since lowering prices on some apartments there over the summer, three of which were bought by Tom Clancy. The bestselling author now owns the entire penthouse level of one building in the waterfront development on Key Highway in Baltimore.

Aide with HIV sues school

A child care provider fired from the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children has sued the private Eastern Shore school for the disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying administrators terminated him after he disclosed he has HIV. The man reported his condition after a 19-year-old student bit him.

BWI keeps British Airways

Maryland will guarantee British Airways $11 million over the next two years to maintain the airline’s service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to London. State officials say they hope this will help expand the airport’s international business.

Lawyer charged with crime

Federal prosecutors in Maryland have charged Jeffrey Ross Williams, a former government lawyer from Potomac, with criminal conflict of interest and another crime for not disclosing he had an outside law practice and representing a company seeking a government contract.

National Harbor gets apartments

The Greenbelt-based Bozzuto Group is teaming with fellow D.C.-area developer Peterson Cos. to bring a 350-unit apartment complex to National Harbor, the first planned rental property at the Prince George’s County mixed-use development.