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BALTIMORE REFUSES TO EVER, EVER, EVER SAY DIE

     A front-page article in Sunday's Baltimore SUN chronicles
the city's continuing struggle to attract an NFL team.  The SUN's
Jon Morgan writes, "Baltimore has become a virtual Washington
suburb in the minds of some league demographers" (Baltimore SUN,
1/29).  Baltimore's ABC affiliate, WMAR, ran a promotion for the
station's Super Bowl pregame with the lead-in: "Maybe they can
stop us from having an NFL team, but they can't stop us from
bringing you 'Midday Over Miami,' Newschannel 2's Super Bowl
Special" (WMAR-TV, 1/28).  Baltimore-area state legislators are
hopeful to maintain money appropriated for a downtown football
stadium (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 1/30).
     MEANHILE, THE REDSKINS ARE GETTING CLOSER:  The Redskins
asked the Anne Arundel, MD, county board for a two month delay in
zoning hearings on their proposed stadium in Laurel, MD.
According to team lawyer Harry Blumenthal, the Redskins are
acquiring additional property around the site to accommodate
3,000 additional parking spots.  In October, a county official
denied a request by the team for a special zoning exemption for
the site.  The Redskins appealed the decision; the board will
consider the extension request tomorrow night (Matt Neufeld,
WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/29).
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