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February 14, 2014

Casino-crazed state cracks down on Salem gambling

SALEM — And now for a word about gambling.

What was going on at the Witch City VFW Post this fall was wrong, wrong, wrong. Football betting cards are not allowed, especially when the winnings are in the thousands of dollars, and the Salem police and Licensing Board had little choice this week but to lower the boom.

But it is a head-scratcher when the long hand of the state — in this case in the person of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission — smacks a little veterans post, while its other hand is raking in millions of dollars in lottery loot and its head is plotting to open a zillion dollars worth of resort casinos and slot parlors.

Meanwhile, the rest of us sit in judgment while trying to figure out if we won or lost the office Super Bowl pool.

Does any of this make any sense?

Keenan watch

Word is lots of folks are waiting and watching for the next move by state Rep. John Keenan, whose fifth term expires this year.

If you recall, Keenan announced last March that he was weighing a number of options, including running for higher office or giving up politics and moving to the private sector.

There are rumored to be a number of potential candidates waiting in the wings, including at least one big name. A really, really big name.

Stay tuned.

Hard pill to swallow

Here’s another rumor for you.

You know the doctors’ group that filed plans to build a medical office building at the Flynntan site on Boston Street?

There is unconfirmed speculation — our favorite kind — that this is the same tenant a developer was hoping to land for the Gateway Center, the development at the corner of Boston and Bridge streets where the city plans to open its long-awaited senior/community center.

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