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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     WAYNE GRETZKY wants to build an ice arena in Coral Spings,
FL.  Awaiting city approval, Gretzky's group may work with Can Am
Investment to build Wayne Gretzky's Iceland, a $6.6M, 70,000
square-foot arena, complete with two ice surfaces, a pro shop and
locker rooms (MIAMI HERALD, 8/4)....Reds Owner MARGE SCHOTT
ordered her PR staff to cut pregame media notes to one page in a
cost cutting move.  The move will reportedly save less than $5
per game (Mult., 8/6)....Former Red Sox batting coach MIKE EASLER
reached an out-of court settlement on his wrongful dismissal suit
against the team.  Easler did not net any money, but all "alleged
financial considerations between the parties were eliminated"
(BOSTON GLOBE, 8/4).........DAVID LETTERMAN'S Top Ten Ways the
U.S Would be Different if it Were Owned by Disney.  10) Defense
department spends billions on "Flubber Missile"; 9) Convicted
killers must listen to "It's a Small World" for the rest of their
lives; 8) Presidents on Mt. Rushmore rigged up to sing like a
barbershop quartet; 7) Winning athletes exclaim, "I'm going to
any random spot in the country; 6) We'd get to see Janet Reno in
one of those tight Mouseketeer sweaters; 5) Al Gore replaced by
more lifelike audioanimatron; 4) Platoon of country bears sent to
Bosnia as "Operation Jamboree"; 3) We'd bomb Busch Gardens back
to the Stone Age; 2) Just like cows in India, sacred mice would
wander the streets; 1) Instead of Whitewater, Goofygate ("Late
Show," CBS, 8/4).
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