Maryland Briefing

Maryland Briefing

Friday, May 15, 2009

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Ex-Whitman Student Charged in Internet Threat

A former student at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda has been arrested in Tennessee on charges of posting anonymous death threats against students and staff at the school on an Internet gossip site, authorities said today.

The 17-year-old was charged with commission of acts of terrorism, the Shelby County sheriff's office said. His name was not released.

The anonymous writer, using the screen name "whitmanarson," wrote of a plan to attack the school May 21 and "take a couple people i hate out wit me" in a posting to http://www.peoplesdirt.com.

-- Dan Morse

GAMBLING

Delaware Law Steps Up the Competition

Delaware's governor signed into law yesterday a bill to allow sports betting and table games at the state's casinos, a move that could put Maryland at a further competitive disadvantage as it launches slot machine gambling.

Maryland voters approved a ballot measure last year that authorizes as many as 15,000 slot machines divided among five locations. The state has received only four qualified bids to operate the sites, which are expected to open in 2011.

The Delaware law, signed by Gov. Jack Markell (D), makes Delaware the only state east of the Mississippi River to allow sports betting. It also allows table games, such as craps and blackjack.


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