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REDSKINS COOKE COMPLETES STADIUM DEAL TO CAP OFF A BIG DAY

     Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke has obtained the necessary
approval from the states of MD and Prince George's County for a
new 78,600-seat stadium in Landover where the team could begin
play as early as '97.  A front-page, above-the-fold piece in
today's WASHINGTON POST reports the deal was finalized after
County Exec Wayne Curry signed on yesterday.  Curry had been "the
remaining impediment to Cooke's plan."  A press conference will
be held today with details, but it means an end to Cooke's
"seven-year search for a new home."  Cooke will pay for the
stadium, including $4.1M for the land, and $4.6M to help the
community play for a rec center.  The state will contribute $78M
to build roads and parking lots, and the county will donate about
$2M worth of land for the rec center.  Obstacles remain,
including final passage by the County Council (WASHINGTON POST,
12/4).
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