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(Eric Althoff)

Day at the races: A Yankee journalist wages his bona fides at the South’s most colorful event

- The Washington Times

My press pass allows me access to almost anywhere, which must somehow be a mistake. I’m not a VIP, or even that knowledgable about horses, but nonetheless here I am, with my badge decreeing access to Millionaires’ Row, the winners circle, most of the floors where the high rollers wine and dine. No one stops me, waving me through as I tap the badge at every port. In my costume perhaps I look the part — a Yankee trying to fit in at the border state’s most infamous and attended festivus.

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ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 9-10 AND THEREAFTER - In a June 29, 2016 photo, Chris Wollford and his daughter Kinley Wolfford, 12, talk about her accomplishments in drag racing in Mauriceville, Texas.  (Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise via AP)

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Boxes filled with gambling petition signatures sit in the back of a rental truck outside the Nebraska Capitol on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Lincoln, Neb. Organizers who want to legalize casino gambling confirmed that they've collected more than enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot, but opponents plan to challenge it in court and on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Grant Schulte)

Supporters, foes brace for Nebraska gambling ballot campaign

- Associated Press

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