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Published January 9, 1997
The St. Paul, MN, City Council "gave its blessing" Wednesday night to preliminary plans "to overhaul the Civic Center" to attract an NHL team (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/9)....In New York, Jim Dwyer of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS writes about the Yankees' charitable donations, noting that they went from $240,000 in '95 to $150,000 in '96. Dwyer: "No one says the Yankees have to give a dime to charity. But you don't go cheap the year they call you a champion. It's another part of the prize that comes with winning" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/9)....In New York, Mark Kriegel looks at the first season of Wayne Gretzky in New York under the header, "City Slow To Embrace Ice Age, Even With Gretzky." Kriegel: "The Rangers are still the Rangers. They've yet to create the buzz beyond the building. The columnists who heralded the Great Gretzky's arrival haven't made the time to catch a game" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/9)....NFL Oilers' RB Eddie George, on lack of attendance at home games affecting the team's playoff chances: "We had the best road record in the NFL. Who's to say ... we only needed one more win, so probably, I think we could have made it" ("Up Close," ESPN, 1/8).