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Published April 18, 2014
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? In Ft. Lauderdale, Miriam Valverde notes Verizon has "installed advanced in-building 4G LTE wireless systems" at AmericanAirlines Arena and BB&T Center "to improve high-speed wireless service to customers." Verizon "picked up the tab for the 'multimillion-dollar'' investment" at both venues. Upgrades at AmericanAirlines Arena were "completed this week, just in time for the NBA playoffs" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 4/18).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE: In Mississippi, Hugh Kellenberger noted Ole Miss "hopes to break ground on the north endzone project" at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium "as soon as after" the upcoming football season. AD Ross Bjork on Wednesday said that the school "needs additional financing in its Forward Together campaign to make that a reality." The school is "almost done renovating the Manning Center, and has broken ground" on a new basketball arena and parking deck (CLARIONLEDGER.com, 4/17).
TED TALKS: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Thursday announced that the city already has "received multiple offers on Turner Field." Reed: "We can sell Turner Field right now." He added that Atlanta has "received two to four offers on the 77-acre property." While Reed declined to give specifics, he acknowledged that he has been "in conversation" with Georgia State Univ. officials. He said the school "has some interest" in the land (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 4/18).