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Britt says that he will continue to run TWC while battling cancer
Time Warner Cable Chair & CEO GLENN BRITT yesterday in a memo to company employees wrote that he "has had a recurrence of cancer but will continue to run" the company "through the end of the year." Britt wrote that he "recently underwent tests to determine the cause of an ongoing issue with his voice since mid-summer." He added doctors "determined that I have cancer" a few weeks ago. Britt is "a cancer survivor, having recovered from melanoma five years ago" (VARIETY.com, 10/29).

SNEAKER WARS: Nike this month has signed lobbying firms Ogilvy Government Relations and Cornerstone Government Affairs "amid a trade dispute" with New Balance. Vietnam is "lobbying for the removal of a U.S. footwear tariff dating back to the 1960s, which would give Nike a boost" over New Balance. Nike shoes are "primarily made in Vietnam." Nike also is represented by Sidley Austin and Alpine Group (POLITICO.com, 10/29).

FAMILY TREE: A's Exec VP & GM BILLY BEANE "learned over the weekend that he has the ingredients for the wackiest family reunion of all-time." His relatives include distant cousins MADONNA, CELINE DION, HILLARY CLINTON and CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES. Another "distant but verifiable cousin" is ANGELINA JOLIE, a "revelation that prompted Beane to call" BRAD PITT to "alert him to a belated plot twist in 'MONEYBALL'" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/30).

CHARITY STRIPE: The charitable foundation bearing the names of Texans Owner BOB MCNAIR and his wife, JANICE, "will match a donation" to late Oilers coach & GM BUM PHILLIPS' charities "once donations reach $150,000" (ESPN.com, 10/29)....Pistons Owner TOM GORES is donating $250,000 to support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The funding "aims to boost the growth and development of the public charter high school in Detroit" (AP, 10/29)....The Univ. of Oregon "helped raise more than $200,000" for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by auctioning 25 pink helmets worn by its football team during a Oct. 19 game against Washington State Univ. (OREGONLIVE.com, 10/29)....Former NFLer and Ohio State Univ. alum ORLANDO PACE gave the school's football program $250,000 "to refurbish the recruiting room" (DAYTON DAILY NEWS, 10/28)....MLL Boston Cannons and NLL Philadelphia Wings MF PAUL RABIL yesterday visited a “group of dyslexic middle schoolers” at the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Md. Jemicy is a “magnet for college-bound students with language-based learning differences” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 10/29).

NAMES: New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and NFL Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON yesterday toured the state “on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.” Goodell and Johnson were there to “announce a second series of capital improvement projects to be completed by the Super Bowl Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation” (NJ.com, 10/29)....Indiana State Univ. will unveil a 15-foot statue of Pacers President of Basketball Operations LARRY BIRD on Nov. 9 at Terre Haute's Hulman Center. Bird will be honored on Nov. 8 at an ISU scholarship-funding dinner (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/30)....NFL Giants Chair & Exec VP STEVE TISCH on Sunday flew to L.A. to “welcome Hollywood insiders to the annual NYU Tisch School of the Arts gala” (N.Y. POST, 10/30)....PRESIDENT OBAMA's official Twitter account last night posted about Bulls G DERRICK ROSE from injury prior to the Bulls-Heat game: “Welcome back, @DRose. #BullsNation” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 10/29)....Former MLB manager JIM LEYLAND “will be the grand marshal of America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit next month” (FREEP.com, 10/29)....Pacers F PAUL GEORGE "bought every ticket for alma mater" Fresno State Univ.'s Nov. 16 home opener against Cal State Univ.-Northridge. George purchased 15,596 tickets, and news about the "free seats traveled fast in social media" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/30)....Orioles CF ADAM JONES and girlfriend, AUDIE FUGETT, “have gotten engaged” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 10/29).
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