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          The Charlotte City Council received two letters
     yesterday, which said that if the city plans to sell the
     Coliseum, "others besides [Hornets Owner George] Shinn are
     interested" (Mary Elizabeth Deangelis, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER,
     4/1).  Interviews with Shinn and others have indicated that
     Shinn "will negotiate for a lot more than just the
     building," including 155 city-owned acres at the Coliseum
     site, 18 additional acres nearby, a property tax break for
     "several years," and a lease on Independence Arena "that
     will allow him to reduce competition" with the Coliseum
     (Ames Alexander, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 3/28).  Citizens groups
     calling for a referendum on an uptown arena "credited" their
     efforts in leading to Shinn's decision to drop the plan.  An
     OBSERVER poll showed 81% of Charlotteans favored a
     referendum.  Shinn: "The referendum didn't scare me.  The
     only thing that bothered me is that it was going to take
     time to do it" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/28). 

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