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MASSACHUSETTS LEADERS SCHEDULE MEGAPLEX MEETING FOR MONDAY

     MA state and Boston local officials will meet Monday in an
effort to make a decision on whether to move forward with a
convention center project, with or without a domed stadium as
part of a megaplex.  MA House Speaker Charles Flaherty organized
the summit and "hopes the meeting will result in  a decision to
move the project forward": "The thrust of the meeting is just to
get everyone to say: Are we going to do a megaplex? ... If so,
these are the conditions we're going to do it under.  If not,
we'll do a convention center."  Flaherty believes a breakthrough
is possible because this is the first time "key elected leaders"
will address the issue as a group (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON
GLOBE, 1/19).  Representatives of the Patriots and Red Sox were
not invited to the meeting.  Flaherty: "I'm well aware of their
needs and druthers" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 1/19).
     GOODBYE FENWAY?  Red Sox GM Dan Duquette said Wednesday his
team must move into a new facility "within the next decade."
Duquette told the Boston Chamber of Commerce that he'd like to
build a facility similar to Camden Yards  (Mike Shalin, BOSTON
HERALD, 1/19).
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