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City Council to study casinos

East Boston member to lead

Stephen J. Murphy, president of the Boston City Council, yesterday appointed a councilor who wants a casino built at Suffolk Downs to lead a new committee to study gambling.

Councilor Salvatore LaMattina lives in East Boston near the racetrack and has been forthright about his support for a casino there. LaMattina also believes that any vote for residents to approve or reject a casino should be limited to the immediate neighborhood - and not put to a citywide referendum.

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