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Patriots QB DREW BLEDSOE joined the Boston Pops for a reading of Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (NFL)....The office of billionaire RON PERELMAN confirmed that he has applied to the NJ Casino Control Commission to buy a casino (N.Y. POST, 12/23)....The Royal and Ancient Golf Club changed its rules to allow ARNOLD PALMER to make his farewell appearance at the British Open (AP, 12/23). -end- A group of African-American business leaders is questioning the percentage of minority contractors that received bids on the $174M new stadium for the expansion NFL Panthers. Troy Watson, president of the Metro-Charlotte Minority Chamber of Commerce, met with a team representative earlier this week in an effort to clarify the percentage. In a 1993 agreement between Richardson Sports, which owns the team, and representatives of the Carolina minority community entitled the "Fair Share Agreement," the team's owners made a goal of awarding minorities 15% of the job to minority contractors. Watson says an informal survey found two minority contractors have won bids for the stadium. Richardson Sports Asst Dir of Operations Charles Waddell says they have met the goal and that a lack of information is behind the controversy (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/21).
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