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Time Warner Vice Chair TED TURNER is making "the largest charitable donation ever," $1B to benefit UN agencies which will be used to establish a not-for-profit foundation to benefit UN programs "aiding refugees and children, clearing mines and fighting disease." The TIMES writes that Turner is "well known for his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/19).... Magic VP JULIUS ERVING "is expected to be a character witness" for NBC's MARV ALBERT, whose trial on sodomy and assault charges begins Monday in VA (USA TODAY, 9/19)....In Chicago, Jim O'Donnell writes that PETER VESCEY "is the latest charlatan sniffing around the last-tango Bulls with visions of a best- seller dancing in his head" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/19). ...Westchester County, NY, Medical Center and the Yankees are hosting "DAVID CONE's Kids Clinic" to benefit the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center. The clinic will take place tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. For more information, call (914) 593-2575 (WCMC)....MICHAEL JORDAN's Bijan Body Collection was profiled on "ET." Jordan, on the size of the collection's bar of soap: "That relates to my hands. ... It's huge" ("ET," 9/18).
The World Research Group's Interactive Sports Conference concluded yesterday at New York City's Hilton Hotel & Towers. Scheduled speakers/moderators: IBM Global Telecommunications and Media Industries VP/Broadcasting, Sports & Cable WILLIAM MOSES; NBA Dir of New Media PEGGY WHITE; NHL Enterprises GM & "NHL Ice" Exec Producer CHARLES SCHMITT; NFL Interactive VP ANNE KIRSCHNER; MLB Enterprises VP/Business Development & New Ventures MICHAEL BERNSTEIN; Fox Sports Exec VP/Marketing, Fox Sports Net COO TRACY DOLGIN; Westinghouse/CBS VP/Business Development-Dir of Strategic Management DEREK REISFIELD; ABC Sports VP/Multimedia JONATHAN LEESS; USFANS President & CEO FRANK STADULIS; USA Today Information Network VP & GM LORRAINE CICHOWSKI; Sun Sentinel/Chicago Tribune Inc. Cybersports Columnist SHARON ROBB; CNN/SI Interactive N.Y. Bureau Editor JOHN SCHER; Showtime Networks Senior VP/New Media and Technology Dept. Development JEFF MORRIS; IMG VP & Exec Producer Interactive Media THERESE BYRNE; IMG VP Golf CHARLIE MOORE; AudioNet President & CEO MARK CUBAN; Microsoft Product Unit Manager, NetShow JIM DURKIN; AirMedia VP/Business Development LOU WEISS; BackWeb Technologies Dir of OEM Sales GLENN REINUS; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers Partner JOSEPH LACOB; and Veronis, Suhler & Assoc. Managing Dir JAMES ROSENFIELD (THE DAILY).