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COOKE CHANGES HIS MIND AGAIN ON STADIUM SITE

     At a news conference yesterday, Redskins Owner Jack Kent
Cooke announced that he has "abandoned" efforts to build a new
stadium in Laurel, MD, (Anne Arundel County) and is now focusing
on sites in Prince George's County, MD.  According to Cooke, his
interest in Prince George's ranges from accessible roads to a
"large amount of undeveloped land" that "virtually ensures that
he can find a site that will not spark the intense local outcry
that has sunk most of his prior bids" (John Mercurio, WASHINGTON
TIMES, 4/4).  Cooke is also "counting on" a much more "supportive
political environment" than he faced in Anne Arundel.  Gov.
Parris Glendening, who opposed the Laurel site, "has given strong
signals that he would support a stadium" in Prince George's
(Michael Abramowitz, WASHINGTON POST, 4/4).
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