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SOUTH BOSTON RESIDENTS COME OUT TO OPPOSE NEW PATS STADIUM

          Over 1,300 attended a two-hour meeting in South Boston
     to discuss the possibility of building a football stadium in
     the neighborhood, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON
     GLOBE.  Throughout the meeting, residents and politicians
     "expressed loud opposition" to the Patriots' bid to build a
     $200M stadium in South Boston and "not one" person spoke in
     favor of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's proposal.  Kraft was
     called a "coward" for not attending the meeting, during
     which local leaders "spent most of the night calling the
     team owner dishonest as well for saying he would not build
     the stadium if the community is against it."  Cassidy
     reports that while Kraft said he had committed to other
     business obligations before receiving an invitation to the
     meeting, sources said the Pats' owner was concerned that "a
     hostile audience would make it difficult for him to explain
     the proposal in detail" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).  Boston Mayor
     Thomas Menino, on the Patriots playoff run putting new focus
     on the stadium issue: "It's getting a little crazy. ...
     Because of all the excitement, Kraft sees an opportunity and
     thinks he'll play on the emotions of the people.  And he's
     doing it" (Brian Mooney, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).  Tina Cassidy
     reported in yesterday's BOSTON GLOBE that RI Gov. Lincoln
     Almond called Kraft to say the state was willing to help the
     team find a new home "within it's borders" if a new stadium
     deal cannot be sealed in MA (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/8).

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