This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 BRISTOL, Va. - Sonya Ratliff and about a dozen friends put on sparkly clothes and left early on a Tuesday morning to celebrate another mom's birthday. In years past, that might have meant brunch. Now, in this Bible Belt town on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, it means slot machines, blackjack and other games of chance at the newly opened Bristol Casino. How long would the women gamble? "Until we have to pick up our kids from school," Ratliff, 42, said to roars of laughter from her friends gathered around a roulette table. Since July 8, Virginia's first casino has been doing big business in a former abandoned shopping mall near the Tennessee line. More than 25,000 people from 49 states visited in just the first three weeks of operation, raising visions of economic salvation in a city that's been desperate for it. "It's … [Read more...] about Coal jobs are almost gone. Could a casino help rescue southwest Virginia?
Listen to this article The Honda rider pushed hard from the off in Thailand as he came to Buriram feeling like his recovering right shoulder could stand up to the strain. Fastest in FP1 and qualifying eighth, Marquez went on to finish the rain-lashed Thailand race fifth and only missing out on victory by 2.9 seconds. But he admitted afterwards that he was glad of the wet conditions, as his arm felt "horrible" in the dry warm-up session on Sunday morning. "I mean, of course I'm very happy," Marquez said when asked to assess his first three races of his MotoGP comeback from a fourth major right arm operation. "Honestly speaking, the rain conditions saved my life. It was the first weekend where I approached the weekend full attack from FP1, and I was riding as you saw on TV; aggressive, moving the bike, [managing] some shaking, saving the crashes. "But [on Sunday] I got up and the arm was very stiff. In the warm-up the feeling was horrible, but then I worked in the … [Read more...] about Marquez: Wet Thailand MotoGP race “saved my life”