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Football stadium follies: How the NFL will pick San Diegans' pockets
Football stadium follies: How the NFL will pick San Diegans' pockets

One must doff one's hat to the National Football League. Its talent for siphoning money from taxpayers into the pockets of its team-owning billionaires has never shined so bright. The financing plan for a new stadium for the NFL San Diego Chargers, unveiled Monday by a local civic group, sets a new standard for allowing the league to exploit municipal panic and using financial sleight-of-hand to make the process look painless.  The citizens committee proposing this plan actually is proud of its handiwork, calling its financing plan "fair and workable" and praising itself for beating its deadline by four months. "A path to a new...

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