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     With earthquake repair costs at the L.A. Coliseum reaching
$99.5M, the Coliseum Commission "may have to sue the Federal
Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to recover some of that
money," according to Kenneth Reich of the L.A. TIMES.  The
commission went into "closed session" to discuss the possible
litigation after its repair project director, Don Webb, reported
that he had been discussing a federal audit of the repairs with
government officials and believed that "negotiations might bring
the parties closer together."  The work being done will end up
costing nearly "three times the original" $35M estimate made by
Webb after the quake.  Webb explained that seismic reinforcing
work led to most of the additional expense and that "not all of
the damage was evident until excavation began."  One expense
questioned by FEMA officials is the addition of more seismic
reinforcing than required for present use (L.A. TIMES, 8/3).
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