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     MLB owners and players could be heading for an impasse in
labor negotiations that "could put both sides back in the
courtroom," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY.  The owners
negotiating committee met Thursday to discuss "what little
progress had been made in bargaining talks and where to go next."
Bodley writes that if management decides an impasse has been
reached and attempts to implement terms of its last proposal, it
would have to appear before U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor,
who issued the injunction in March '95 that ended the players
strike (USA TODAY, 5/10).
     NEWS AND NOTES: Acting Commissioner Bud Selig on Bret
Butler's throat cancer possibly caused by chewing tobacco: "I
hope we can pick up the intensity. This is such a horrible
habit."  Selig said he was unaware that Milwaukee County Stadium
provided chewing tobacco free in the visitors clubhouse.  Selig:
"It shouldn't be.  Let (the players) bring it themselves"
(Michael Silverman, BOSTON HERALD, 5/9)....L.A. TIMES columnist
Mike Downey writes on the "good years" of Adolf Hitler.  Downey:
"Everybody called him Adolf "Designated" Hitler backed then,
which made him laugh and laugh, even though the DH hadn't been
introduced to baseball yet.  The guy was always way ahead of his
time that way. It's all there in the new book, 'Hitler: The Good
Years' (on sale at Riverfront Stadium)" (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).