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Middleborough seeks damages for soured casino deal

April 2, 2012
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MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass.—Officials in a Massachusetts town left out in the cold by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's efforts to build a resort casino want to be compensated.

The tribe and Middleborough signed a deal five years ago to build a casino in the community that has billed itself as the "Cranberry Capital of the World'.' But the Wampanoags abandoned their efforts to build in Middleborough, and now plan on constructing a casino in Taunton.

Middleborough officials say the community sacrificed money and development opportunities.

Select Board Chairman Alfred Rullo Jr. tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/HgBuhB) the town wants "a combination of land and money" as compensation. He did not say how much, but called it "substantial."

A lawyer for the tribe told the town Middleborough's claims are "irresponsible, false, and improper."

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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