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         The Bears will not decide until December "at the earliest"
    or after January 1 whether to stay at renovated Soldier Field or
    move to Northern IN, according to this morning's CHICAGO SUN-
    TIMES.  Bears VP Ted Phillips said a final decision would not be
    made until after the team has had a chance to review Chicago
    Mayor Richard Daley's plan to renovate Soldier Field and "compare
    it to a rival proposal" for a new stadium (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO
    SUN-TIMES, 10/24).

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         A two-cent hotel tax to raise money for a new arena in Ft.
    Lauderdale received support from all seven Broward County
    Commissioners yesterday, according to this morning's MIAMI
    HERALD.  The HERALD's Tanfini & Rafinski report the "next hurdle"
    comes Thursday when Commissioner Suzanne Gunzburger will sound
    out hoteliers at a Tourist Development Council meeting.
    According to Dir Anne Martone, the Hotel Motel Association
    "opposes" the tax.  In addition to support from innkeepers, Ft.
    Lauderdale City Manager George Hanbury said Panthers Owner Wayne
    Huizenga "also must commit" to a $15M, 30-year lease at the
    arena, which would be built on FL Dept of Transportation parking
    lots at Broward Boulevard and Interstate 95 (MIAMI HERALD,

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         "Hoping to revive the stalled talks" over a new Redskins
    stadium in suburban MD, Gov. Parris Glendening said yesterday
    Prince George's County Council Chair Anne MacKinnon would offer a
    $20M incentive plan to lure the team, according to today's
    WASHINGTON POST.  Glendening said MacKinnon "had enough votes" to
    pass the plan.  MacKinnon later "expressed confidence but was
    less definite than the governor," saying she's still working on
    building council consensus.  Prince George's County Exec Wayne
    Curry, however, said "as far as he knew," the talks were "in the
    same place."  Curry:  "That's just people talking.  The council
    can't act on whims."  MacKinnon agreed that her plan was a
    "concession" to Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke (WASHINGTON POST,
    10/24).  In Baltimore, Morgan & Langfitt report that Glendening
    also said the state and county "have agreed to pay all" of the
    estimated $73M for infrastructure costs related to the stadium
    (Baltimore SUN, 10/24).

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         The Twins and the Metro Sports Facilities Commission
    announced yesterday that collectible items cut from the turf of
    the Metrodome used during their '87 and '91 World Series wins
    will be auctioned and sold to fund after-school activities in the
    Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts (Minneapolis STAR
    TRIBUNE, 10/24)....The MA House yesterday refused to appropriate
    $5M to study the costs of the proposed non-stadium convention
    center in Boston, making prospects of reviving the project this
    year, or even next, "appear bleak" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/24)....The
    latest issue of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS reports that the
    city's "revival" is to continue, transformations must take place
    for Cleveland Stadium and the Convention Center (10/23 issue).

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