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June 16, 2008 2:18 PM

Nickels' testimony concludes; says he's "eternal optimist"

Posted by Percy Allen


JULIE NOTARIANNI / THE SEATTLE TIMES

On redirect, Seattle attorney Jeffrey Johnson asked Mayor Greg Nickels if there were any provisions in the lease that would void the contract if KeyArena became outdated. Nickels said: "No."

When asked why he wants to keep the team tied to it's lease, Nickels said: "I'm an eternal optimist."

At 2:09, Sonics attorney Brad Keller asked about four more questions before Nickels left the stand.

Former Seattle Center Director Virginia Anderson has taken the stand and is now being questioned by Seattle attorney Greg Narver.

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