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BALTIMORE AND DC COMBINE FORCES FOR 2012 OLYMPIC BID

          Washington, DC, and Baltimore will make a joint bid for
     the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and organizers are set to
     announce the effort today in hope of resolving "a bitter
     behind-the-scenes battle over the right to lead an effort
     that could bring billions of dollars to the region,"
     according to Wilson & Heath of the WASHINGTON POST.  DC
     Mayor Marion Barry and Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke each
     will appoint as many as five board members to join a dozen
     execs from some of the region's largest companies, including
     Mobil, Bell Atlantic and NationsBank, on a new consolidated
     organizing committee.  Elizabeth Ganzi, Washington's Olympic
     exploratory committee Chair was kept off the new board, and
     she threatened yesterday to file suit against the combined
     committee (WASHINGTON POST, 6/30).  There are eight other
     bids for the USOC's 2012 nomination (Baltimore SUN, 6/30).

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