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          Foxboro, MA, officials "expect a record-breaking
     turnout of as many" as 5,000 voters at tonight's special
     Town Meeting that will determine the fate of the Patriots
     planned $275M stadium, according to Meg Vaillancourt of the
     BOSTON GLOBE.  Voters will be asked to approve zoning
     changes to the town ordinances, and the team must win "at
     least" 67% of the votes cast.  Vaillancourt: "Most town
     officials ... expect the Patriots to win all six stadium-
     related issues placed before voters."  About 11,000
     residents are registered to vote in Foxboro, and officials
     expect 4,000-5,000 to turn out tonight (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/6).
          OPPONENTS COULD MAKE IT CLOSE: Also in Boston, Susannah
     Patton reports that stadium opponents, including those
     against a "controversial access road, could still stymie the
     team's plans if turnout is lower than expected."  Patriots
     Owner Robert Kraft has "spent thousands of dollars in a
     public relations blitz in town," and in a letter to Foxboro
     voters last week, he "emphasized financial benefits to the
     town," including a projected $2M a year in revenue,
     improvements to Route 1 and a sewer treatment plan.  The
     team has said that if the "town defeats or modifies any
     part" of the plan tonight, the "project dies" (BOSTON
     HERALD, 12/6).   During last night's Cowboys-Patriots game,
     ESPN's Solomon Wilcots reported, "If the measure fails to
     receive two-thirds of the vote, then the proposal goes back
     on the table for two years.  It's then no new stadium, and
     it goes back to square one" for Kraft and the team.  One fan
     was shown at the game holding a sign, "Vote Yes For A New
     Stadium.  It's About Dollars & Sense" (ESPN, 12/5). 
          THE PATS' GOTV: In Providence, Tom Mooney reported that
     the Patriots have spearheaded a PR "blitz worthy of a
     presidential campaign."   The team has opened a Foxboro HQs
     and has sponsored "neighborhood coffees and open houses at
     the existing stadium" (Providence JOURNAL, 12/5).  

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