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BARRY'S SUITE DEAL GETS REVERSED DUE TO PUBLIC OUTCRY

          DC Financial Control Board Chair Andrew Brimmer on
     Friday "withdrew approval of a $625,000 lease of a luxury
     suite requested by Mayor Marion Barry for the D.C. Sports
     Commission at the new MCI Center," according to Woodlee &
     Vise of the WASHINGTON POST.  Brimmer's actions "were
     prompted by an outraged congressional leader's threat to
     block the deal and by angry city residents who called to
     voice their displeasure."  Barry said that the suite was
     intended for use by the DC Sports Commission rather than by
     him.  Brimmer said that he spoke with MCI Center Owner Abe
     Pollin about giving the District a suite.  But Pollin said
     that city officials "had not asked for free seats when the
     arena deal was negotiated" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/15).

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