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Published January 17, 1995
The N.Y. POST's Phil Mushnick writes that "people at Phoenix/MLB Productions are reeling over the sudden death of JULIE KRUG-SMITH, the company's extremely popular and competent head of footage distribution." The cause of her death has not been determined (N.Y. POST, 1/16)....CHARLES BARKLEY was on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Friday. Barkley on running for governor in Alabama: "I'm going to win. I'm not just running" (NBC, 1/13).....MAGIC JOHNSON will begin building movie theaters in minority neighborhoods. The first Magic Johnson Theater is due by late May in L.A.'s Baldwin Hills area (USA TODAY, 1/16)....Supermodel VENDELA will be making an appearance at the annual Nat'l Association of TV Programming Execs convention in the Raycom booth. Raycom is syndicating the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special: Class of '95 which is hosted by Vendela (Raycom)....Former Braves pitcher PHIL NIEKRO has signed on for another year as manager of the Silver Bullets, the women's pro baseball team (Silver Bullets)....The N.Y. DAILY NEWS' O'Hare & Roura report on rumors that MCA-Universal is "eager" to buy the Lightning and move the franchise to Orlando. The deal would have WAYNE GRETZKY move to the Lightning (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/17).