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East Boston group readies to battle casino

Seeks OK to raise funds

A small-but-determined group of people who oppose a casino in East Boston is digging in for a duel with a multibillion-dollar gaming giant that has announced plans to build a luxury gambling emporium at Suffolk Downs.

The group, No Eastie Casino, plans to run a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness of what its members consider the downsides of a casino at Suffolk Downs: an increase of traffic, a less-than-promised increase in jobs for locals, and a rise in crime. And they say that once they get the word out, a majority of East Bostonians will take their side.

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