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THIS MEANS ROTISSERIE GOLD IS OUT AS A POSSIBLE SPONSOR

     ACOG yesterday received approval from the IOC to "forgo the
traditional release of white pigeons in favor of an unspecified
alternative," according to Pousner & Turner of the ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION.   The "symbolic release" of the birds usually
follows the lighting of the Olympic flame, but critics point to
Seoul '88 when some pigeons were killed when alighted by the
"Olympic caldron."  Animal rights advocates had planned to burn a
cardboard dove next week in protest.  Jennifer Allen, a
spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:
"We had a feeling ACOG would come around.  It sounds as if
they'll come up with an alternative that's just as spectacular as
a live bird release but much more humane" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
12/7).
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