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COOKE EXPANDS SEARCH FOR BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON SITES

     Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke announced yesterday that he
is looking at MD properties other than Laurel on which to build
his new stadium.  Cooke said Laurel is still the "first choice"
but Stadium Project Manager Walter Lynch said the team has been
"swamped" with alternative land offers.  "Some observers who have
been close to the yearlong process" of gaining stadium approval
see Cooke's announcement as a "message" to the NFL and the Rams,
reinforcing Cooke's intention to "move into the Maryland football
market."  When asked if he had eliminated Baltimore as a
potential stadium site, Cooke said, "That is my business."
Rumored MD sites include USAir Arena in Landover and the former
Freestate Raceway in North Laurel.  Cooke "did not appear to rule
out" VA and DC sites.  DC mayoral candidate Marion Barry said the
announcement "doesn't affect us":  "We're moving full steam
ahead" (Katherine Richards, Baltimore SUN, 10/19).
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