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     Among a list of free perks received by freshman Rep. JOHN
BALDACCI (D-ME) is two tickets to Camden Yards and four NHL
tickets (NEWSWEEK, 6/12 issue)....Red Sox shortstop JOHN VALENTIN
is giving 13 tickets to Dana Farber Cancer patients each time he
hits a home run.  Another 13 tickets will be donated for each man
who is on base during a Valentin homer (BOSTON HERALD,
6/5)....MONICA SELES will return to the tennis court by playing
an exhibition match against MARTINA NAVRATILOVA.  She might also
play in the Arthur Ashe Tennis Challenge in New York on August 27
(USA TODAY, 6/6)....ARA PARSEGHIAN is featured in the current
PEOPLE.  He is working to raise money for research toward a cure
that could save his grandchildren who are suffering from "a rare
genetic killer" (PEOPLE, 6/12 issue)....WAYNE GRETZKY and his
wife are building a 7,000-square-foot home on Sherwood Country
Club golf course at a cost of $1.6M (L.A. TIMES, 6/4)....
Blackhawks PR Dir JIM DEMARIA said that any fans bringing an
octopus to the United Center for Game 3 of the Blackhawks/ Red
Wings series will be "arrested and prosecuted" (DETROIT NEWS,
6/6)....After winning the IHL's Turner Cup, members of the DENVER
GRIZZLIES took the Cup downtown to Larimer Square, placed the
trophy on an outdoor patio table at a restaurant and "invited
passersby to drink beer from it" (Norm Clarke, ROCKY MOUNTAIN
NEWS, 6/6).
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