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New Bedford casino proposal on standby
Reshuffle the deck and deal out another hand: A high-stakes poker game continued Monday as city officials and the developer seeking to build a $500 million resort casino on New Bedford's waterfront asked state gaming officials for another extension of an application deadline.
"We remain in negotiations with the city of New Bedford, and with the city have jointly requested an extension of (Monday's) deadline," KG Urban spokesman Andrew Paven said. "We will appear at Thursday's Gaming Commission meeting in support of that request."
A Monday statement from the office of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said the same. A joint letter signed by lawyers for the city and KG Urban, dated Friday, asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a 45-day extension of Monday's deadline, "to allow KG to identify its complete equity for the project."
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Credit card fraud causing big headaches in SouthCoast
Forget losing your credit or debit card. These days, just using them can create major headaches.
Shelley Butler of Mattapoisett learned from her bank last month that 39 fraudulent charges were made to her debit card racking up a total of around $1,287.
The individual charges ranged from $2 to $50 over about seven days, so Butler said she didn't notice them initially. They were used mainly in Rhode Island, in stores like Marshalls, TJ. Maxx and Stop & Shop, she said.
"They were doing such small transactions that they were getting away with it," she said. "It got me angry."
Butler said she has heard of similar cases in the area and is concerned.
So are police.
"Scams and credit card fraud cases have increased primarily due to computer hacking of people's credit card and personal information," said Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons.
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Fairhaven Selectmen question school reuse plans
Selectmen raised additional questions Monday about the proposals for the vacant Oxford and Rogers schools, including concerns about when the projects could be completed and specifics of possible affordable housing at Oxford.
Northeast Maritime Institute of Fairhaven has proposed buying the Rogers School for $1 and using the site for additional campus space.
Stratford Capital Group bid $325,000 to convert the Oxford School into 50 units of affordable housing. This would include 10 units in the existing building and 40 in a proposed addition.
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