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In New Orleans, Ed Anderson reports the Louisiana State Bond Commission "gave its blessings Thursday to the issuance of as much as" $60M in bonds to "help the family of Saints owner Tom Benson finance the purchase and renovation of the former Dominion Tower property near the Superdome as the new home for state agencies and private businesses." Commission Exec Dir Whit Kling said that the approval is "preliminary and that the project must return for final approval when more paperwork is finished, probably next month" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/18).

No Resolutions Have Been Reached About
Proposed Football Stadium In Industry
PROGRESS REPORT: Former Los Angeles County DA John Van de Kamp, the arbiter of settlement talks around the proposed football stadium in Industry, California, Wednesday said Majestic Realty Co., City of Industry, neighboring city Walnut and a citizens group have been "trying to work their way through the issues" concerning the stadium. But thus far "no resolution has been reached." Van de Kamp said that "all parties have been meeting behind closed doors since Monday, spending 'long hours' hammering out their concerns under his supervision." Van de Kamp said that the meetings "are confidential" (PASADENA STAR NEWS, 9/17).

NAVIGATING THE MAIZE: In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis reports the Univ. of Michigan (UM) Board of Regents Thursday approved designs for UM's new 5,700-square-foot basketball practice facility, "which will be adjacent to Crisler Arena." The designs "were developed by Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, assisted by Sink Combs Dethlefs." The building "will have two practice courts, and locker rooms for players and coaches." Construction on the $23.2M project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of '11 (DETROIT NEWS, 9/18).

HISTORY LESSON: In Portland, Mark Larabee reported the National Park Service earlier this month placed Memorial Coliseum on the National Register of Historic Places. The city earlier this year "considered demolishing the coliseum to make way for a new baseball park" for the Triple-A PCL Portland Beavers, but Portland residents "sought historic status while defending its preservation" (Portland OREGONIAN, 9/16).

FITTING TRIBUTE: Late Pro Football HOFer Walter Payton's family is set to meet with the Chicago Park District about a possible Payton statue outside Soldier Field, and family rep Kelly Woods said, "We reached out to each other and we will get things worked out, one way or the other." Payton's widow, Connie Payton-Strotter, said, "We want to put this statue somewhere so people can view it" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/17). Payton's son Jarrett said, "When you think of the Chicago Bears you think of my dad. To me it's just fitting if the statue was at the stadium" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/17).

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