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WITH ESTATE SETTLEMENT, JOHN KENT COOKE SET TO BUY REDSKINS

          The estate of former Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke has
     "agreed to pay" his widow $20M to settle her challenge to
     his will, according to Finn & Shear of the WASHINGTON POST. 
     The settlement provides Marlene Ramallo Cooke with financial
     security, and "ensures that most" of Kent Cooke's estate,
     which is estimated at $500M-825M will go to a charitable
     trust, as he had instructed.  The agreement "also will make
     it easier" for Redskins President John Kent Cooke to
     purchase the team from the charitable foundation, since
     legal experts had speculated that if Marlene Cooke's lawsuit
     had been successful, the team might have been sold to
     "generate the cash to pay her off."  John Kent Cooke said
     the settlement "allows me to pursue my plans to purchase
     control of the Redskins" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/14).

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