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          D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo issued
     a written apology on Wednesday for walking out of an
     interview with HBO's Armen Keteyian.  In a statement,
     Colangelo said, "I would like to make a public apology for
     my actions that day, and in particular for my
     uncharacteristic use of profanity. ... I simply lost my
     temper and regret having done so" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/21)..
     ....In Houston, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
     postponed hiring Schindelwolf & Associates to inspect
     construction of a new ballpark so Mayor Lee Brown can review
     the two-year contract (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/21)....The Santa
     Clara City Council OK'd a study on how to finance a 45,000-
     seat ballpark as long as stadium proponents paid for the
     study (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20)....CNBC's Mike Hegedus
     reported on the SkyLinks GPS System, which is used by 30
     golf courses around the country, and uses the global
     positioning satellite technology to give players their exact
     yardage to the green.  SkyLinks Dir of Sales & Marketing
     Richard Beckman: "We feel this is going to be a $10 to $20
     million business very, very quickly."  Boston-based SkyLinks
     is "one of the top three" GPS systems providers, and "has
     picked up some big-time backing" including the John Deere
     Corporation ("The Edge," 5/20).

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