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     KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR appeared on "Up Close" to promote his
upcoming book "Black Profiles in Courage"  (ESPN,
3/20)....Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS was chosen yesterday to
handle a lawsuit against tobacco companies on behalf of the state
of  Maryland (Baltimore SUN, 3/21)....Racing legend RICHARD PETTY
is profiled on his GOP bid to become NC's Secretary of State
(WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/21)....SPIKE LEE talked with Charlie Rose
on his fallout with Turner Broadcasting over the making of a film
on JACKIE ROBINSON:   "It's very political.  You know, they just
didn't want to make it.  I guess they just considered it a black
baseball film.  I consider it a great American story" (PBS,