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  • BREWERS STADIUM LACKS VOTES IN SENATE; POSSIBLE ACTION TODAY

         Those in support of a plan to build a new stadium for the
    Brewers admitted Monday afternoon they still do not have enough
    votes to pass a stadium bill in the Senate, but "agreed to push
    for Senate action" on the measure today, according to the
    MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Senator Peggy Rosenzweig yesterday:
    "We don't have enough votes yet, but we will by tomorrow."  While
    WI Gov. Tommy Thompson said stadium supporters were five votes
    shy of the 17 needed in the Senate, Brewers officials said former
    Brewers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount would be at the Capitol today
    lobbying on the stadium legislation.  Brewers President Bud Selig
    and GM Sal Bando will also be on hand to generate support for the
    measure (Amy Rinard, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/3).
         OPPOSITION:  Meg Jones notes in the JOURNAL SENTINEL that a
    letter signed by eight Racine County supervisors calls for the
    county's corporation counsel to draft a resolution challenging
    the constitutionality of the stadium plan's proposed five-county
    sales tax increase.  No legal challenges can officially be made
    until the bill is signed into law (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL,
    10/3).
    

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  • LAST HEARING BEFORE DC ZONING COMMISSION VOTES

         Supporters and opponents of the proposed downtown DC arena
    got one last chance yesterday to "persuade" the National Capital
    Planning Commission (NCPC) that the project will be a "boon or
    boondoggle," according to the WASHINGTON POST.  Approximately 50
    people spoke before the 12-member panel, which votes Thursday
    (Maryann Haggerty, WASHINGTON POST, 10/3).  Upon gaining approval
    of the NCPC, the arena "will have cleared its final major
    hurdle."  The project still faces a "pro forma" vote by the DC
    Council and final approval by the Redevelopment Land Agency.
    Both will act next week (Lorraine Woellert, WASHINGTON TIMES,
    10/3).
         JOHNSON DENIED, THIS TIME: The D.C. Contract Appeals Board
    yesterday dismissed an appeal filed by BET President Robert
    Johnson to prevent Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin from building
    the arena.  Johnson's attorney said the appeal will be taken to a
    DC Superior Court judge on Thursday (Lorraine Woellert,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/3).
    

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  • STADIUM ISSUE NOT GREETED RECEPTIVELY AT BOSTON HEARING

         With an October 13 deadline to produce a bill, the MA House
    Ways and Means Committee held a "field hearing" last night in
    South Boston on the megaplex.  Phil Primack of the BOSTON HERALD
    notes that while both crowd size and intensity "were down by a
    half," the message was the same as in the summer -- "no way."
    Boston City Council President James Kelly: "A stand-alone
    convention center is something that people across the board can
    live with.  What we cannot live with is a baseball park, and a
    football stadium would be equally disastrous."  Representatives
    from the Patriots and Red Sox were not present, though they had
    appeared before the committee last week.  The next "field
    hearing" is scheduled for next week in Roxbury (BOSTON HERALD,
    10/3).
    

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