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  • LEWIS AUTOPSY REVIEW RULES OUT COCAINE AS CAUSE OF DEATH

         After a review of the autopsy of Celtics star REGGIE LEWIS,
    MA State Public Safety Secretary KATHLEEN O'TOOLE reiterated that
    Lewis died from heart failure and not cocaine abuse.  She
    announced the autopsy was thorough and free of outside pressure
    (WASHINGTON POST, 3/29).  Lewis' wife, DONNA HARRIS-LEWIS, was
    interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."  Asked why she
    wouldn't authorize the release of her husbands autopsy report,
    Harris-Lewis: "Why release it to the media? ... When the right
    times comes I might release it to the medical community" (ABC,
    3/29)
    

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  • MCCORMACK SEES TENNIS' RESURGENCE AS AN OVERHEAD SLAM

         Founder and Chair of IMG MARK MCCORMACK says tennis is "on
    the road to recovery."  He cites the "fantastic" rivalry of PETE
    SAMPRAS and ANDRE AGASSI, and the rise of young women players,
    such as MARTINA HINGIS and VENUS WILLIAMS, as key ingredients to
    a resurgence in interest in the game.  IMG is "very interested"
    in the women's tour as it took over marketing of the WTA,
    guaranteeing $16M in sponsorship fees (Sal Ruibal, USA TODAY,
    3/29).  This weekend, McCormack will preside over the dedication
    of the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on the campus of William
    & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  The facility, named for him and his
    wife, Betsy Nagelsen, will be the tennis center at his alma mater
    and the site of the International Tennis Association's Women's
    Tennis Hall of Fame (Linda Dozoretz Communications).  ANNE PERSON
    WORCESTER is profiled in the latest issue of TENNIS.  Worcester,
    who was "instrumental" in merging the WTA and the WTC into the
    WTA Tour:  "For the first time ever we are under one umbrella,
    and we're operating in a more businesslike manner" (TENNIS,
    4/95).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         WAYNE HUIZENGA invested $10M in Findlay, an Ohio-based Ohm
    Corp. an environmental cleanup firm.  He purchased 1 million
    shares of Ohm stock and options to buy 1 million more (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 3/29)....Fox Television named JOSEPH PEYRONNIN as
    President of Fox News.  He was the former No. 2 exec at CBS News
    (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/29)....Boston Chicken Founder SCOTT BECK
    has teamed with South Florida "bagelmeister" and former Dolphin
    JOHN OFFERDAHL to form a new national gourmet bagel business
    (MIAMI HERALD, 3/29).
    

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