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REDSKINS STADIUM ONE STEP CLOSER TO APPROVAL

     The Prince George's County Council late Tuesday night
approved Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke's plan to build a 78,600-
seat stadium in Landover, MD.  According to this morning's
WASHINGTON POST, attention will now shift to Annapolis, where MD
legislators must decide whether to provide $73M in state funds
for infrastructure improvements.  Cooke already has pledged the
$160M it will take to construct the stadium.  Cooke's chief
lobbyist, Gerard Evans:  "This is the first definitive and
absolute nod we've received.  We have answered all the questions
citizens and council members have put to us. ... We're confident
about victory in Annapolis."  Opponents of the stadium have filed
two lawsuits to stop the project.  Opposition leader Stan Derwin:
"When this goes to court, the judge and I will have a good laugh
over it.  This approval tonight is a comedy.  It will not stand
up in court" (Robert Pierre, WASHINGTON POST, 2/7).  Close to 50
conditions were tacked on to the final proposal, including one
calling for nearby USAir Arena to be used for additional parking
with the Redskins providing shuttles (Gary Scheets, WASHINGTON
TIMES, 2/7).
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