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BethWorks Supporters, Opponents Prepare for Second Showdown

19 September 2005

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pennsylvania Express-Times: "Slots supporters have called homes, mailed fliers, posted signs and met with opponents to coax city council's support for a casino on former Bethlehem Steel Corp. land.

"The opponents, steadfast that state-licensed slots will bring more bad than good to Bethlehem, are invoking the Apostle Paul.

"…The second showdown between the divided slots camps is set for late this afternoon. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at Broughal Middle School, 125 W. Packer Ave., for city council's 5:30 p.m. public hearing on a proposal to ban gambling from the former Steel land known as the Bethlehem Works.

"With as many as 750 people attending its Aug. 24 meeting, the city planning commission capped a 5(-hour review of the proposed anti-gambling law by recommending council reject it.

"The bill pertains to BethWorks Now plans for an estimated $879 million redevelopment of the land into a casino-anchored entertainment, retail and residential complex. The developers propose incorporating many of the crumbling and rusting structures on the land into the project. Without the money from slots, the developers say they will lack the cash to preserve the structures…"

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