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              With the Devil Rays playing their inaugural season at
         the Thunder Dome's Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, a
         "handful of new businesses are popping up on the main drags
         surrounding the hulking Dome," according to Kris Hundley of
         the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES.  The business owners "are hinging
         their hopes on the start of major league baseball on March
         31."  Hundley: "Despite the enthusiasm of these
         entrepreneurs, the lure of big bucks has hardly sparked a
         gold rush in the area.  Empty lots and rundown garages
         sporting 'For Lease' banners still dominate what might be
         considered prime territory around the Dome.  No big hotels
         or major restaurant chains have nailed down sites in the
         neighborhood."  Hundley also profiled four of the new
         businesses around the Dome (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/2).

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              IU Public Affairs professor Mark Rosentraub contributes
         an op-ed in the N.Y. DAILY NEWS under the header, "Let Yanks
         & Mets Pay Their Own Way."  Rosentraub: "[W]hen the emperors
         from these baseball dynasties come calling for your taxes,
         look carefully at their clothes.  They're naked when they
         predict an economic development return on your dollar" (N.Y.
         DAILY NEWS, 3/3)....Bears President Mike McCaskey recently
         "made the rounds" with gubernatorial candidates to talk
         about a new stadium.  A source "familiar with" the talks:
         "In one breath, he's appealing for help at City Hall to get
         the two year Soldier Field lease extension he needs to [give
         him time to] build a stadium in the suburbs.  In the next
         breath, he's feeling people out about McDome.  He's all over
         the map" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/1)....The development of "The
         Peak Experience," a $30M "mega sports village" being planned
         for a 133-acre area in Canton, CT, is examined by Michael
         Greenwood of the HARTFORD COURANT.  Modeled after New York
         City's Chelsea Piers, the proposed facility would include a
         multi-story golf driving range, soccer fields, running
         track, retail areas, and "several" restaurants.  The project
         is being spearheaded by Simsbury-based Timothy Ellsworth and
         Richard Correia (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/3).

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