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Stadium Smackdown

Well, that was short-lived. The overwhelmingly positive response that Chris Hansen and the Seattle City Council's new arena deal received after Tuesday's official announcement is already (and again) facing tough opposition. The doubting front-runners today -- the Mariners and SODO maritime businesses. Representatives from both groups are calling Hansen's additions to the new plan that were put in place to address the issues brought on specifically by those affiliated with the Port of Seattle, "lip service." The battle for stadium construction has just begun. [SW]