GAMBLING WATCH
NEWS BRIEFS

Canada - A problem gambler commits suicide every two weeks in Quebec on average...
LAS VEGAS SUN 10.03.03

Miss. (AP) -- Twenty-one robberies at Mississippi casinos this year have regulators talking again of repealing a ban on the use of armed security guards.
www.al.com 9.27.03

IL - Facing thousands of dollars in gambling debt, a comptroller at East Peoria's Par-A-Dice riverboat casino overdosed on sleeping pills last month ...
Journal Star 9.26.03

The latest national gambling figures show that every Australian over the age of 18 lost an average of $1000...
www.theage.com 9.24.03

CA - Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante may have distanced himself legally from that controversial $3.8 million in Indian gaming money he took to run for governor...
http://sfgate.com 9.14.03

Federal sleuths are taking a closer look at the mushrooming Indian casino industry, where the rivers of cash flowing through slot machines and across gaming tables could be a tempting target for international terrorists.
www.ctnow.com 9.10.03

Rev. Daniel Sullivan, 54, misappropriated at least $317,000 in parish funds, much of it from an account set up to help the needy. ...driven to take from his own parishioners to support a gambling addiction.
Philadephia Inquirer 8.31.03

MO - The former director of a home for the developmentally disabled admitted Monday to stealing more than $20,000 from the home. Laura Donaldson, assistant prosecuting attorney, said the figure is more likely to be between $35,000 and $40,000. "I gambled quite a bit," Ms. Norphy said. "I went down (to the St. Jo Frontier Casino) quite frequently during the day."
The News-Press 8.19.03

Among 96 Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese participants, nearly 60 percent were found to be pathological gamblers, said Nancy Petry, an associate professor of psychiatry at the UConn Health Center, who conducted the study with the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
www.ctnow.com 8.19.03

NJ - A former manager of a Cherry Hill bank who stole $537,000 from a customer to feed a gambling addiction was sentenced Wednesday to 37 months in federal prison.
www.southjerseynews.com
8.07.03


It is estimated that about 4 per cent of Ontarians have a gambling problem, a percentage that amounts to 340,000 people.
The Globe & Mail 7.31.03

MD - THE HEAVY ROLLERS (lobbyists) of gambling sprayed money ($2.6 million) around the State House in Annapolis this year in a grotesque and fortunately aborted attempt to legalize slot machines in Maryland.
Washington Post 6.15.03