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Washington passes amended ballpark bill
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WASHINGTON The D-C Council has approved an amended financing plan for a ballpark for the Expos. But the added provisions are likely to be rejected by Major League Baseball, which could jeopardize the proposed move of the franchise.

The council has voted 7-to-6 to approve legislation requiring at least half the construction costs be privately financed. The provision for private financing was not contained in the September agreement between the Expos and Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy (doo-PAY') says M-L-B will review the amendments and the legislation as passed before making a response on Wednesday.

If the law stands, baseball's likely response is to have the Expos play the 2005 season at Washington's R-F-K Stadium and reopen the search for a permanent home for the franchise.

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