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Rick Skinner, the general manager of the Thistledown Racino gives a tour of the facility that while it was still under construction in this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Ted Sims of Northfield Center (bottom center) gestures at his machine as he play a video lottery terminal during the grand opening of the Thistledown Racino on April 9, 2013. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
INDEPENDENCE: At the Holiday Inn on Rockside Road, models strutted down a makeshift runway in one of the hotel’s ballrooms. At the end of the runway, they gave a twirl and a smile as they lifted their shirt or reached in their bag to reveal a pistol, tucked away safely out of view.