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WHEN IT COMES TO BULLYING, HE ISN'T CLOWNING AROUND
Few pleasures compare to being able to cancel brunch with your in-laws because you have an appointment with a rodeo clown from Wyoming who is rolling a barrel from the District to New Jersey.
Starvin' Marvin Nash was on New York Avenue when we first talked. He keeps a mobile phone in his overalls.
Nash must have some kind of internal, cowboy tracking device because he found himself at the only place you could imagine a cowboy being comfortable along New York Avenue -- a barbecue joint called Hogs on the Hill. (Washington Post)
LOCAL JOURNO TO SOUTH POLE
Friend of DCist Jim Darling sent us this video last week of his friend Ann Posegate's trip to the South Pole with the National Science Foundation. Posegate is a local journalist and educator who works for the National Environmental Education Foundation and also blogs with the Capitol Weather Gang. Although her trip was back in January of this year, we thought you might enjoy a virtual trip to one of the coldest places on Earth. Also, penguins! (DCist)
MARYLAND LOOKING FOR PROPOSALS FOR CASINO AGAIN
Maryland is officially seeking proposals from businesses interested in putting up to 1,500 slot machines at Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort near Cumberland.
The state's slots commission approved a formal request for proposals at a meeting Monday in Annapolis.
The site in western Maryland is the smallest of five potential slot machine locations in the state, and it did not attract a qualified bidder last year. (WTOP)
HORSE TRACK OWNER SUING OVER SIMULCAST 'BOYCOTT'
The company that owns bankrupt horse-racing track Rosecroft Raceway is suing Maryland's thoroughbred industry on charges of conspiracy and monopolization -- plus eight other counts of antitrust violations -- for an alleged "boycott" against Rosecroft.
Rosecroft's parent company, Cloverleaf Enterprises, says the Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and several other defendants drove Rosecroft out of business by encouraging thoroughbred tracks to turn off the signals that allowed Rosecroft, a standardbred track, to air off-site horse races. (Washington Examiner)