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Barden wins court ruling

19 July 2007

PENNSYLVANIA -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Don Barden was on a golf course with singer Smokey Robinson in California yesterday afternoon, lining up a five-foot putt, when he learned the good news -- the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had rebuffed arguments that the Detroit businessman was financially unfit to run a casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

"That means site preparation can begin right away, and construction on the $450 million Majestic Star casino, on a strip of riverfront between the Carnegie Science Center and the West End Bridge, can begin next month or the month after.

"Those beginnings would put the casino on track to open by the second half of 2008, as long as Mr. Barden's PITG Gaming LLC can resolve any parking- and traffic-related scrapes with its neighbors: the science center, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates..."

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