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RICHARD PARSONS, Chair & CEO of Dime Bancorp, is expected to be named President of Time Warner today (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31)....SANFORD RILEY, CEO of Investors Group Ltd. will be named Chair of the Winnipeg 1999 Pan-American Games Society (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/31)....DOUG ARNOT was named Dir of Venues by ACOG. Arnot most recently served as Exec VP of World Cup USA (ACOG)....SYD THRIFT, longtime baseball executive, is expected to be named director of player development for the Orioles (Baltimore SUN, 10/29)....JOHN BROWN was promoted to Dir of Promotion for Turner Sports Networks Sales. He had been Promotion Manager, Sports. ... At Rainbow, ARNOLD SCHREER was named account executive for the SportsChannel national sales team. He was sports sales exec at WFAN, New York. DENA KAPLAN was named Dir of Advertising Sales in the Western region. She had been assistant sales manager (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 10/31 issue).
Bulls Coach PHIL JACKSON said he still thinks MICHAEL JORDAN will return to basketball: "I still don't think it's over." Jordan's number will be retired Tuesday night in a ceremony that will be nationally televised on TNT (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/31)....The BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE profiled LES OTTEN, one of New England's largest ski industrialists. Otten, 45, owns a ski resort in Maine and New Hampshire, with the purchase of a third mountain in Vermont pending. Otten is "generally respected in Maine as a man who has been able to prosper in a poor economy without totally alienating environmentalist" (Edgar Allen Beem, BOSTON GLOBE SUNDAY MAGAZINE, 10/31)....A's GM SANDY ALDERSON is in Vietnam with "Interplast," a volunteer medical team that travels worldwide giving free reconstructive surgery for those who can't afford it (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/30)....New Spectator Management Group CEO HAROLD WESTLEY called sports facilities "economically obsolete," and "thus SMG advocates that lots of space be given over to suites, luxury seats and ample areas where fans can spend money on food, beverages, and souvenirs" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/31).