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September 23, 1995

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ An Oakland stamp dealer has claimed that he is owed at least $200,000 from the estate of Duane Garrett, a national political consultant who committed suicide in July.

In a pair of claims in San Francisco superior and probate courts, Stanley Pillar demands that Garrett’s estate pay him $200,000 for a flannel jersey supposedly worn by baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Pillar said he sold the jersey to Garrett, but Garrett never paid.

Pillar also wants several dozen other items for which he paid Garrett $72,500, but never received, he said. Those include 16 World Series pins from 1913 on, a Michael Jordan shirt, a 1915 Ty Cobb baseball card and bats swung by Hank Aaron and Ted Williams.

Garrett, a popular local radio talk show host who helped lead the campaigns of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Vice President Al Gore, jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge on July 26.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Minneapolis Loons of the Prairie League are moving to Austin, Minn., next season, the league announced Friday.

The Austin team will have a new name but will control all of the contracts of the 1995 Minneapolis Loons, the league said.

Minnesota native and former Atlanta Braves All-Star catcher Greg Olson will be back as manager for the 1996 season, the league said in a statement, adding that there is a good chance that former Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Berenguer will be back as a closer for the Austin team.

The Loons started looking for a new home after they were locked out of Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota for failure to pay rent.

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ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) _ A motel employee is charged with stealing two wedding rings from a visiting Olympic athlete’s room, and a pawn shop owner is charged with receiving the stolen jewelry.

Revonda Gayle Chastain, 39, of Royston, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express in Elberton, was charged with felony theft by taking, officials said. Bob Ellison, 61, owner of the Royston Pawn Shop, was charged with obstruction and felony theft by receiving.

The rings, worth $1,000, were taken Monday from the room of Linnea Susanne Gunnarsson, a member of the Swedish national kayak team. She was practicing with the team at nearby Lake Russell at the time, authorities said.

The rings were recovered Tuesday by state and local investigators. Ellison and Chastain were arrested Wednesday.

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice Jan Hrdina had three goals and an assist Friday night in the Seattle Thunderbirds’ 6-4 season-opening victory over Prince George in the Western Hockey League.

Hrdina, a 19-year-old Czech selected 128th overall in the 1995 draft, had 41 goals and 59 assists for the Thunderbirds last season.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Geelong advanced to its fourth Australian Football League grand final in seven years by trouncing Richmond by 89 points Saturday at Waverley Park.

Geelong will face either Carlton or North Melbourne in next Saturday’s grand final.

Geelong has lost its last four grand final appearances and have not won a grand final since 1963.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Bi Zhong improved China’s position in the 11th Asian Athletics Championship, winning a gold medal and bettering his own record in the hammer throw Saturday, the fourth day of the biennial event.

Zhong threw the hammer 230.58 feet, breaking his mark set in Manila in 1993.

China has 11 gold medals. South Korea and Qatar are a distant second with two golds apiece.

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