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Economy deflates hopes for casinos

Support remains, but Patrick, top lawmakers back off

A downturn has rippled through the casino industry, forcing businesses like Foxwoods (above) to lay off employees. A downturn has rippled through the casino industry, forcing businesses like Foxwoods (above) to lay off employees. (Globe Staff File/ 1995)
By Matt Viser
Globe Staff / December 15, 2008

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The buzz whipped up just months ago by the prospect of casino gambling in Massachusetts has dissipated, silenced by a sharp decline in the national casino industry that has eroded the promise of thousands of new jobs and fresh riches for state coffers. (Full article: 1175 words)

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