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         Harris County voters decide today on Proposition One, which,
    if passed, would authorize construction of a new $265M downtown
    baseball stadium and $200M in Astrodome renovations, according to
    John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Williams notes
    proponents, "who believe a large voter turnout will help their
    cause, are hoping for beautiful weather today."  The National
    Weather Service predicts patchy clouds with a high near 80
    degrees.  If the proposition fails, "most officials believe the
    Astros will follow the Oilers' lead and head to a city willing to
    free public funds for a new ballpark" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/5).
    Mark Maske of the WASHINGTON POST writes that if Proposition One
    is defeated, Northern Virginian telecom exec William Collins III
    and his partners "plan" to make another attempt to purchase the
    Astros and move them to the Washington area (WASHINGTON POST,
    11/5).  Milling & Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE note the
    debate over the referendum "got a little ugly" over the weekend
    with both sides "hurling verbal barbs."  Mayor Bob Lanier, a
    supporter of Proposition One, called opponents' arguments
    "garbage."  Radio personality Dan Patrick, an stadium opponent,
    called the referendum "lunacy" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/4). The
    CHRONICLE ran a full-page ad in Monday's sports section urging
    voters to vote "yes" for Proposition One (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,

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         DECISION DAY: Dade County voters will decide today whether
    an arena should be built on Biscayne Bay for the Heat. In
    Detroit, Wayne County voters decide on Proposition S, a
    referendum on county tourism taxes on hotel rooms and rental
    vehicles.  Revenue would be appropriated to the construction of
    side-by-side downtown facilities for the Lions and Tigers
    (DETROIT NEWS, 11/5).
         STADIUM NOTES: In Atlanta, the Atlanta-Fulton County
    Recreation Authority has scheduled a special meeting today to
    consider the deal with TBS for a $215M downtown arena.  (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 11/5)....In New York, Michael Lewis notes U.S.
    Soccer Federation officials say that Giants Stadium is under
    consideration to host a World Cup qualifying game next year (N.Y.
    DAILY NEWS, 11/5).

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