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In Chicago, Fran Spielman reports city Alderman Tom Tunney on Thursday blamed a Wrigley Field security stalemate on the Cubs’ "all-or-nothing demand to close Addison and Clark on game days and the team’s refusal to pay for anything less." Tunney said that street closings are a "non-starter because they would turn a stadium area bustling with new development into a 'four-square-block bubble' where nobody could get in or out." Tunney also said that the city’s "big 'frustration' -- and the reason Mayor Rahm Emanuel summoned the team to a meeting to discuss six security demands -- is that the Cubs are holding out for street closures and refusing to move forward with or pay for anything short" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/16).

PIT MASTERS: In Albuquerque, Geoff Grammer reports Dreamstyle Remodeling CEO Larry Chavez on Thursday unveiled the "design concept he will implement for signage inside and outside" the Univ. of New Mexico's basketball arena and football stadium. Chavez said that signage for Dreamstyle Stadium "should be installed by Aug. 1 and for Dreamstyle Arena by Sept. 1, including interior signage." Chavez chose to "go with signage that utilizes not only his company’s logo ... as well as a very distinct black shield with 'The Pit' in large cherry letters and 'Est. 1966' in smaller, silver lettering underneath" (ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, 6/16).

FIXER UPPER: In Hartford, Paul Doyle reports UConn basketball fans "won't get their October fix of Husky hoops" in '17, as Gampel Pavilion's decaying roof will be "in the process of being repaired." As a result, the annual First Night "will take a year off." UConn Senior Associate AD/Communications Mike Enright said there "wasn't a logical second place" to hold the event (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/16).
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