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Patrick vows speed as casino era begins

Says he’ll soon name panel leader; foes consider ballot initiative

Massachusetts joined a growing number of states turning to gambling for jobs and revenue yesterday, embracing Las Vegas-style casinos and concluding an emotional four-year legislative battle over the state’s moral and economic future.

At a State House ceremony, Governor Deval Patrick officially ushered in the casino era, signing a law authorizing a slots parlor and three full-scale gambling establishments in designated regions across the state.

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