House approves details on implementing slot machine gambling

The House managed the 71 votes needed to pass the measure. Forty-four delegates voted against the bill, 15 did not vote and 11 were absent for the vote that occurred after 1 a.m. House Speaker Michael Busch, who has been a wary critic of politically divisive Link Slot Deposit Pulsa Tanpa Potongan machine legislation considered in recent years, said voters will now get a year to consider where the machines would be placed and how the industry would be regulated.

“They’ll get a year to scrutinize it, and in November of 2008 you’ll have the purest form of democracy, which is a direct vote by eligible voters, the citizens of the state. I think it’s the appropriate way,” Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said.

The bill, which defines how 15,000 machines would be distributed in five locations, complements another measure the House barely managed to pass Friday night to hold a referendum on whether to legalize slot machines. The House vote on Friday was 86-52, just one vote above the 85 needed for a three-fifths majority, to put the politically difficult issue on the ballot for voters to decide in the form of a constitutional amendment.

The Senate already has approved two roughly similar bills. House and Senate negotiators were scheduled to either work out some differences between bills or concur with versions already passed on the slots measures, budget cuts and a $1.4 billion tax package Sunday afternoon and evening.

Republicans criticized the slots proposal, saying it was badly flawed in …

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Prolonging the Life of Cut Flowers

To Prolong Their Life
Cut flowers should be plunked immediately into water until they can be arranged. Then consider these tips, though not scientific, from several flower arrangers.

The Two Main Causes for Cut Flowers Wilting
Air bubbles in the stem’s transport tubules, and fungi and bacteria in the water. Change the water every few days and recut the stems under water. Remove leaves which will be under water helps prevent mushy, smelly decay. A few drops of chloral may retard fungus. Floralite (a product available from many florists) has some of these and plant hormones that also may help.

A bit of sugar added to the water supposedly helps the buds open and may provide an energy source for the flowers. Keep flowers away from heat sources (like on top of the TV), out of direct sunlight and also prevent them from freezing. Most last longer in a cool place. Some flowers are programmed genetically to last longer than others. Among the longest lasting ones are miniature carnations and chrysanthemums.

Roses
Much has been written about these because they wilt so quickly and the buds fail to open. For best results with roses, plunge them into water as soon as possible. To arrange them, make a new cut in the stem at an angle, ideally under water to prevent air getting into the fresh cut. Use lukewarm water immediately after making the fresh cut. When the roses stiffen up, change to cool water. Floralite is recommended. With luck …

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Are slots in Maryland the wave of the future?

Maryland Casinos Still Going Strong - MarylandReporter.com

Three decades ago, Venetoulis was Baltimore County executive but had bigger political plans. As everybody knows, the state’s in pretty bad financial shape now. But these things run in cycles. Back then, Venetoulis looked at Ocean City and saw the promised land —  a place to host gambling (for a while) and help balance the state’s financial books.

“And I got killed for it when I brought it up,” Venetoulis said the other night. He laughed ruefully at the memory. These days, he publishes Corridor Inc., a business and political monthly magazine focusing on the Baltimore-Washington corridor. But, back then, he was readying for a run for governor and pondering gambling, and then quickly dropped it.

But the plan sounds pretty interesting today: Slot machines in Ocean City, but only during the off-season. And slots for Western Maryland, where the economy has struggled for a long time.

“You’ve got all those Ocean City hotel owners with empty rooms from Labor Day until the following spring,” said Venetoulis. “I’m not talking about slots during the peak season. They don’t need any help then. But, in the off-season, it’d be a perfect place.”

But, 30 years ago, the idea was quickly tossed aside when the deep thinkers in Ocean City howled their opposition. Across the years, even as Atlantic City brought in casino gambling — and all its attendant money, and all its attendant problems — Ocean City’s leaders have turned thumbs down on any form of gambling there.

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Classic Video Game Downloads

With the development of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) software, more and more video game titles are becoming available for legal download in ROM form. MAME software essentially mimics the hardware of classic video game consoles or arcade machines. By loading in individual ROMs (the Read-Only Memory lifted from the original cartridges or chips), the games can be played on home computers in almost any operating system.

In theory, the MAME software should be able to play virtually any game ROM thrown its way. There have been many updates to the various MAME programs to accommodate the latest developments in arcade games and classic consoles. However, legal issues have prevented vast catalogs of classic video games from being downloadable from the Web.

Legal Licensing of Classic Video Game Downloads

In order to legally download a classic video game in ROM form, it is necessary for the distributing and developing company to grant a license for its use. For those games that are legally available, these licenses are often available for a small licensing fee. This way, the copyrights and trademarks inherent in the games can be used, and the creators will earn the proper royalties they are owed.

Some creators of classic video games have established relationships with video game libraries, allowing legal licensing of their old ROMs. Atari, for example, allows some of its titles to be downloaded and played on MAME software for a small licensing fee. As MAME software gains popularity, more and more companies will likely …

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Cabinet w sliding doors

This is a great cabinet, because it has many
different functions. The upper shelves can hold books and other decorative
objects, while you can hide almost anything in the sliding cabinets below.
The construction of this piece is actually quite easy. The shelf, floor,
top, and track strip are all nailed to the ends with finishing nails. Be
sure to separate the two tracks for the sliding doors 1/8 in. and place
a groove in the bottom of the shelf. Also place a groove into the track
strip.

In order to nail the back without any edges
showing, be sure to rabbet the back edges of the ends and top. You can
buy legs all ready made at almost any home furnishings store. You should
invest in legs that have nylon feet for easy sliding.

 

Materials Needed

 

 

 Description Pieces Dimensions
Ends 2 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 24 3/4
Top 1 3/4 x 12 x 25
Shelf 1 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 22 1/2
Bottom 1 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 22 1/2
Track Strip 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 22 1/2
Back (plywood) 1 1/4 x 24 3/4 x 23 1/4
Doors (tempered pegboard) 2 1/8 x 12 x 14 1/8
Legs (maple) 4 1 3/4 x 6

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Download Red Baron

The flight simulator/shooter has become a ubiquitous genre of video game. For years, game developers have attempted to recreate the thrill of flying an airplane while shooting down your enemies. One of the first games of this sort, Red Baron, was developed by Atari in 1980 for the arcade and for Atari’s home gaming systems.

In Red Baron, your mission is to shoot down enemy biplanes while successfully piloting your own airplane. The game is in black and white, and uses vector graphics. Certainly, more modern games can provide a gamer with more realistic flight simulator action, but Red Baron is–even now–a great entry into the world of flight simulator/shooters.

Downloading Red Baron

With the aid of MAME software, it is possible to enjoy Atari’s Red Baron once more from the comfort of your home computer. MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) software mimics the hardware of the original gaming system, allowing the original game ROM to be loaded into memory. The ROM can be licensed for an extremely small fee, and the MAME software download is free.

Red Baron was originally played with an analog joystick. If you don’t have a joystick attached to your computer, fear not! The game play can be easily simulated with the mouse and keyboard. Once you get used to manipulating your plane with these new devices, you will be flying like an ace in no time.…

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Flowering bulbs

FALL IS FOR PLANTING BULBS
Their flowers are the harbingers of spring and one can never have enough
of them.Some repeat each year.  Some disappear.
I always aim to plant a hundred or so new ones each fall, and though it
sounds like a lot, it never seems to be enough when spring comes.

Most people know that bulbs are planted
with the pointed side up at a depth of about 3 times their height.
It’s worthwhile to improve the soil with compost,  add  superphosphate,
and even good loam if necessary. Bulbs like it moist,
but never soggy ( which causes fungus, so raise wet beds with a sand
underlay for drainage.

Bulbs look better planted in clusters
or “bouquets” instead of skinny rows. Instead of digging individual holes,
it’s easier to excavate a bed to a depth of 7 inches or so, add the
fertilizer and compost, plant the bulbs and then cover it all up.

Daffodils should go in the ground
early in fall so they can establish roots before winter. Tulips
are not so particular, so can be planted any time until the ground freezes.

BULBS AND THE DUTCH Bulbs were brought
to Holland from the Near East in about 1600 and have been grown there
ever since, at first as a wild financially speculative passion, now as
a profitable business. Ninety percent of all the bulbs sold are cultivated
in Holland.

Not all bulbs are the same. In general
you get what you pay for. Bigger …

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