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L.A. CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO HOLDEN: YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN

          Six members of the L.A. City Council on Friday "joined
     in a motion calling for a legal review to ensure that"
     Council member Nate Holden's "quixotic quest" to bring the
     Raiders back to L.A. doesn't provoke a lawsuit against the
     city, according to Beth Shuster of the L.A. TIMES.  Holden:
     "Six councilmen are not going to shut me up.  The people
     have the right to know the truth."  Holden argues that
     Raiders Owner Al Davis "is close to settling a lawsuit with
     the NFL, which will grant him rights to any pro football
     franchise in the Los Angeles media market."  But NFL Dir of
     Communications Greg Aiello said, "The idea that a settlement
     was imminent was not the opinion of our attorneys.  I don't
     believe there's been any change in that" (L.A. TIMES, 1/31).

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