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         Red Sox officials announced Friday that they have
    "accelerated their timetable for moving out" of Fenway Park and
    hope to be playing in a new stadium by 2001, according to the
    BOSTON GLOBE.  Red Sox CEO John Harrington told the state
    commission planning a Boston convention-sports complex, dubbed
    the Megaplex:  "We really don't want to leave Fenway.  The
    problem is the 83-year-old stadium has become economically
    obsolete."  Harrington said he believes the team could finance a
    $150M stadium if it is given a 15-acre site and the state pays
    for parking and highway improvements.  The team prefers a new
    ballpark in South Boston -- an area that would fit their desire
    to be close to mass transit, highways and parking garages.
    Harrington also told the commission that they hope to persuade
    MLB to hold the All-Star game in Boston 2001, the 100th
    anniversary of the Red Sox, whether a new stadium is ready or not
    (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/29).

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         Camden County, NJ, officials, working with former Eagles QB
    Ron Jaworski and Gloucester Mayor Sandy Love, is putting together
    plans to build an office park and practice facility for the
    Eagles (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/30)....The proposed downtown
    arena in Washington, DC, "is under fire from members of
    influential historical groups," according to the WASHINGTON
    TIMES.  Both the Fine Arts Commission and the D.C. Preservation
    League have said that building a new arena in the proposed
    location, near some treasured historical buildings, "would
    irreversibly damage the city's unusual grid of diagonal avenues"
    (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/29)....In Cincinnati, Hamilton County
    officials will vote today on hiring marketing firm, Northlich
    Stolley LaWarre, to gauge public opinion on sports stadium
    issues.  The firm, chosen by the Stadium Task Force, may spend up
    to $50,000 from a state grant administered by the county
    (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/29).  Columnist Paul Daughtery recommends
    dealing with the Bengals' stadium concerns before the Reds,
    because the "Reds aren't going anywhere" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,

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