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Chicago rethinking watching on rooftop

Fans who watch Cubs games from nearby rooftops could be hit with a new tax under a proposed city ordinance.

A city alderman has introduced the ordinance, with Mayor Richard Daley's blessing, that would impose an amusement tax on fans and safety regulations on owners who sell rooftop seats on buildings surrounding Wrigley Field.

Alderman Bernard Hansen is taking aim at buildings that line streets outside rightfield and leftfield. The rooftop decks, which vary in size and quality, are owned by bar owners who rent them out for private parties at $75 a head.

Views from the roof started years ago as informal gatherings of friends. Now it's big business.

ASTROS: Houston has thrown out 5 of 16 base stealers but has been caught a league-high 21 times.

BRAVES: Closer Mark Wohlers has been placed on the 15-day DL with a partial tear of his rib muscles. The Braves recalled left-hander John Rocker from Triple-A Richmond. . . . Atlanta has homered in 15 consecutive games, five short of the 1973 team record and nine short of the NL record.

BREWERS: The game started 56 minutes late because of rain. RHP Steve Woodard got his right shoe stuck in the muddy mound for a balk in the sixth.

CARDINALS: Mark McGwire has hit 399 home runs in 4,714 at-bats, and is trying to become the first player to reach 400 in fewer than 4,800 at-bats. Babe Ruth got to 400 the quickest, in 4,854 at-bats. Ken Griffey Jr., in case you were wondering, has 306 HRs in 4,704 at-bats.

EXPOS: F.P. Santangelo singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

GIANTS: SS Rich Aurilia, who went 3-for-3 with a homer against Tom Glavine, is 7-for-10 against him in his career.

MARLINS: SS Edgar Renteria made his fifth error, the Marlins' major league-league leading 33rd.

METS: New York scored four runs in its final at-bat to beat Colorado. Eight of its 14 14 wins have come in its last at-bat.

PADRES: 3B Ken Caminiti, sent back to San Diego for an exam, might be placed on the 15-day DL after straining hs quadriceps. Caminiti is in an 0-for-15 slide that dropped his average to .229. He has seven home runs and 21 RBI.

PHILLIES: C Mike Lieberthal didn't start because of some tenderness in his right (throwing) arm. Lieberthal said it's not as serious as the pain he had this spring.

PIRATES: Pinch-hitters have gone 1-for-19 with one RBI in the past four games.

ROCKIES: Colorado made three errors in the eighth inning against New York. By comparison, the Phillies have made seven errors _ this season.

_ TIMES WIRES

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