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         The brokers in charge of lining up insurers and managing
    liability risks for Nashville's $292M NFL stadium intend to bring
    small construction firms and minority-owned businesses "into the
    game" by keeping costs down, according to the Nashville
    TENNESSEAN.  Nashville-based Alexander and Associates, one of
    TN's largest African-American-owned insurance brokers, and
    Willis Corroon are designing a package which will provide
    worker's compensation and liability coverage for contractors --
    rather than requiring them to maintain it themselves.  They also
    hope to negotiate a fixed rate on all insurance provided, making
    it easier to budget the project and to protect contractors from
    swings in insurance rates (Julie Bell, Nashville TENNESSEAN,

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         The engineer and inspection firm who oversaw the original
    construction of the L.A. Coliseum announced that spectators
    should have no concerns about sitting beneath the press box built
    last year, according to David William of the L.A. TIMES. Smith
    Emery Co. President James Partridge said although no visible
    cracks were detected, the results of ultrasound tests are not yet
    available and more tests will be conducted this week.  The press
    box's welds have been scrutinized in response to a TIMES' article
    that reported on weaknesses in the welds discovered during
    construction.  But the re-inspection of the press box has not
    satisfied everyone.  County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky:  "They
    all have a stake in this, both professionally and public safety-
    wise"  Don Webb, the architect who oversaw construction,
    criticized the TIMES' article for spreading unnecessary alarm:
    "We are faced with the task of disproving there is a fire in the
    theater (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).

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         A public hearing is scheduled for June 5 to allow
    Hillsborough County, FL voters to discuss proposed sales tax
    increases to fund a new Bucs stadium (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/9)...
    ...The U.S. Board on Geographic Names said that Raljon will not
    become the official name of the new Redskins stadium site -- as
    desired by Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke -- and it will continue
    to be called Landover (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/10)....In Boston, Joan
    Vennochi notes the delay in Pats Owner Robert Kraft's "imminent"
    stadium plans.  Kraft his retained ML Strategies, a Boston
    lobbying firm to help the project (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10).

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