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IN AN ABOUT-FACE, CARTER NOW WISHES TO KEEP REUNION STANDING

     Mavericks Owner Donald Carter has changed his position on
tearing down Reunion Arena.  Carter, who had said that keeping
Reunion "would detract from a new arena" to be built nearby, now
says destroying the facility would be "a bad mistake."  Carter
said he is now open to the idea of letting Reunion remain and
moving the planned new arena to a different downtown site.  But
that would mean abandoning the site just south of Reunion that
has been the city's and Carter's top choice for a new arena since
November.  In an interview Monday, Carter said he and city
officials "recognized the unpopularity" of razing Reunion, as the
city still owes about $36M on the facility.  Speculation exists
that city officials, all of whom are up for re-election, would be
committing "political suicide" if they agreed to destroy Reunion
(Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/12).
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