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  • COULD WASHINGTON & BALTIMORE SEPARATE OLYMPIC BIDS?

              The efforts to unite Washington and Baltimore in a bid
         for the 2012 Summer Olympics "has become bogged down by
         disputes over finances and future control" of the event,
         "threatening a cooperative campaign that most participants
         believe is the region's best chance to host the Games,"
         according to Scott Wilson of the WASHINGTON POST.  Members
         of the Greater Washington Exploratory Committee "are angry
         about plans by a group of prominent business leaders to
         charge $500,000 for membership in a regional board of
         directors that would supervise all aspects of the global
         event.  Washington committee members also want the proposed
         regional organization to pay off several hundred thousand
         dollars of debt they have amassed over the past year
         lobbying for the Games."  Washington's committee members
         will meet today with business leaders "hoping to remove all
         obstacles to a single 'capital region' bid."  Wilson adds
         that if negotiations fail, the two cities "would end up
         competing against each other" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/23).  
              NOTE: The IOC is restraining the way the 2000 Olympics
         in Sydney, Australia, can be covered on the Internet,
         according to a report in USA TODAY.  The use of live moving
         images will be banned to protect broadcasters who have paid
         for TV rights.  Olympic Internet sites received 600 million
         hits during the '98 Nagano Winter Games, up from 200 million
         during the '96 Atlanta Summer Games (USA TODAY, 4/23).
    
    

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