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          In Hartford, CT State Rep. Carl Schiessl wrote an op-ed
     comparing UConn's failed bid for a new football stadium with
     other university projects throughout the country.  Of the 21
     schools that built or renovated stadiums in the past 10
     years, only four projects used state funds, while a
     combination of private donations, athletic-event revenues
     and student fees most often funded stadium projects.  Major
     portions of 13 projects were funded with gifts, private
     sources and donated services (HARTFORD COURANT, 12/7)....In
     NC, attorneys for Raleigh's Centennial Authority, the public
     body in charge of the new arena, have submitted legal bills
     for "more than" $500,000.  That number covers the work of
     four firms that have operated on the Authority's behalf
     since its formation in the fall of '95 (NEWS & OBSERVER,
     12/9)....White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf said that the club
     is "looking into 30 or 40 options designed to improve"
     Comiskey Park (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/9)....In Denver,
     columnist Woody Paige has begun to refer to the Pepsi Center
     as "The Can," despite the objection of local Pepsi execs. 
     He calls "The Can" an acronym for "The Center for the
     Avalanche and the Nuggets" (DENVER POST, 12/8)

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