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The Pacers announced several promotions within the organization: DAVID KAHN was promoted to GM; BOB METELKO to Senior VP/Corporate Administration & Finance; DALE RATERMANN to Senior VP/Marketing; RICK FUSON to Senior VP/Facilities; BILLY KNIGHT to Senior VP/Basketball; KATHY JORDAN to VP/Communications; LARRY TAYLOR to VP/Management Information Resources; DOUG MCKEE VP/Controller; RICH KAPP VP/Facility Services & Merchandising; EDDIE GROVER to VP/Facility Operations; HARRY JAMES to VP/Facility Administration; JEFF BOWEN to VP/Scheduling Production Services; COLLEEN MOORE to Dir of Human Resources; TOM RUTLEDGE to Dir of Event Production; TERRY STEWART to Box Office Dir; BOB SHORTER to Dir of Facility Safety/Crowd Management; LARRY JACKSON to Facility Safety & Crowd Management Coordinator; and LAURA KELLY to Box Office Manager (THE DAILY). OTHER MOVES: GARY DARCY has been named VP/Marketing for the NHRA. He was most recently in marketing and sales at health car company Allergan Inc. (INDIANAPOLIS STAR/NEWS, 7/17)....The Senators promoted PHIL LEGAULT to VP/ Communications from Dir of Media Relations. The team also promoted MORGAN QUARRY from Assistant Dir of Media Relations to Dir of Media Relations, and hired STEVE KEOUGH as Manager of Media Relations. Keough was most recently Dir of Media and PR with the AAA Ottawa Lynx (Senators)....Former ski racer, and Boston Univ. MBA student LISA IRELAN has been hired as Dir of Operations for MA-based The Giving Back Fund, which establishes and maintains charitable foundations for pro athletes and entertainers (The Giving Back Fund).
VP AL GORE stopped by Turner Field before last night's Brewers-Braves game and joined the teams on the field during batting practice (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/17)....ANNA KOURNIKOVA, who withdrew from the A&P Tennis Classic in Mahwah, NJ, showed up at the event yesterday and "schmoozed with fans" before she "zoomed away for a late night out in Manhattan with her 'friend' [Red Wings C] SERGEI FEDOROV" (N.Y. POST, 7/17)....A gallery of about 2,000 followed SE RI PAK at yesterday's JAL Big Apple Classic first round. In N.Y., Dave Anderson: "Mostly they were people of Asian backgrounds -- men, women, teen-agers and children -- but there were many white and black men, women, teen-agers and children" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/17)....In KY, Democrat KEN LUCAS is "using a pair of innocuous legislative votes to paint" GOP State Sen. JAY WILLIAMS as "Anti-NASCAR" in the congressional district race. Williams voted against two bills honoring NASCAR's "legends," including DARRELL WALTRIP. Williams says there was a "clerical error" made when the votes were taken. Ground is being broken on JERRY CARROLL's new $130M KY track on Saturday (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 7/17).