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Casinos, Crime and Community Costs:
The true cost of casinos in Fort Wayne

The Coalition for a Better Fort Wayne presents a free lecture by Dr. Earl Grinols, “Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs.” The lecture will be held on Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne.

Earl Grinols is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Baylor University. He has researched the effect of legalized casinos in the United States. In 2004 Grinols' book, Gambling in America: Costs and Benefits, was published by Cambridge University Press. His work "Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs" (co-author Professor David Mustard) studied all 3,165 counties in the United States for a twenty-year period to establish statistical links between casinos and FBI Index I crime.

Grinols has taught at Cornelln University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois in addition to Baylor University. He has worked at the Department of the Treasury and was a Senior Economist with the Council of Economic Advisors.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Questions will be answered after the presentation. Also in attendance will be Tom Grey, spokesman and field director for Stop Predatory Gambling.

The Coalition for a Better Fort Wayne is a non-partisan group of citizens concerned about the quality of life in our city. For more information, call 260-969-1441 or visit

Who: Dr. Earl Grinos

What: Public lecture, Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs

When: Friday, April 24, 2009, 10AM-12NOON

Where: Allen County Public Library, downtown Fort Wayne

Cost: Free

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