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          RI Gov. Lincoln Almond said he would like to complete a
     stadium deal with the Patriots this week, but said, "we
     still have a way to go," according to Karen Lee Ziner of the
     Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN.  Reacting to reports on Boston
     news stations yesterday that the team plans to announce a
     stadium deal with the state of RI "this week,"  Almond said
     "we're still verifying things ... It takes a lot of
     diligence on both sides to finalize figures." Providence
     Mayor Vincent Cianci "reiterated" that there were a number
     of issues remaining (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/15).  In Boston,
     Will McDonough reported the Patriots "appear to be a lock"
     to move to RI, with the state finalizing its offer "within
     the next month."  McDonough added there is "no sweetener" in
     the deal for Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as the state will
     give him the land for the stadium, help with the roadways
     necessary, contribute "some money" to the construction of
     the new stadium, and "perhaps" set aside a piece of land at
     the site that the team can develop (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/13).