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      Friday, June 19, 1998, Vol. 2, No. 120

                  Headlines

2CONNECT EXPRESS: Files Quarterly Report
APPAREL AMERICA: Files for Chapter 11 Protection
CAJUN ELECTRIC: SWEPCO to Appeal Disqualification of Bid
CALIFORNIA ADVANTAGE: Files for Bankruptcy Protection
CROWN BOOKS: May Consider Reorganization

CROWN BOOKS: Reports Decreased First Quarter Results
FPA MEDICAL: Agreement to Extend Waiver of Default
FORSTMANN: Reports Results of Operations
GANTOS: 14.9% Decrease in Same Store Sales for Quarter
HARVEY ELECTRONICS: Reports Financial Statements

HOMEPLACE STORES: Posts April Net Loss Of $4.9 Million
ITHACA INDUSTRIES: Reports Sales for the First Quarter
LAMONTS APPAREL: Reports Results of Operations
LIBERTY HOUSE: Seeks Extension of Exclusivity
MANHATTAN BAGEL: Announces Agreement for Israel                 

MEDNET MPC CORP: Files Current Report
NINE WEST: Reports Income for the First Quarter of 1998
PAYLESS CASHWAYS: Reports its First Profit in Over a Year
PETRIE: Posts April Net Loss Of $2.8 Million
SFUZZI'S: Creditors Asking for Eight Units

UNITED HEALTHCARE: Signs Definitive Purchase Agreement
WEINER'S STORES: Reports 4.7% Decline In Comparable Sales

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2CONNECT EXPRESS: Files Quarterly Report
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2Connect Express, Inc. reports net sales for the first
quarter ended May 2, 1998 of $760,155 versus $403,373
during the comparable first quarter ended April 30,
1997. Gross loss for the first quarter ended May 2, 1998
was ($5,862) versus gross profit in the prior year
comparable quarter ended April 30, 1997 of $110,419. The
negative gross profit in first quarter 1998 was due to the
retail store clearance sales and public auctions.

Net loss for the first quarter ended May 2, 1998 was
($990,770) versus ($404,886) for the last year comparable
quarter ended April 30, 1997. The net loss is primarily due
to lower gross profit related to liquidation of
merchandise inventory that was excess, related to stores
being closed and customer returns of defective merchandise
where vendor returns for credit were no longer possible due
to the bankruptcy filing.

Although the Company has now closed all but one store and
reduced corporate headcount to skeleton levels, the
Company anticipates that it will continue to incur costs,
expenses and losses until, at the earliest, the Company
emerges from bankruptcy, merges with Bobby Allison and
establishes a number of stores generating sufficient
revenue to offset its operating costs and costs of any
continuing expansion.


APPAREL AMERICA: Files for Chapter 11 Protection
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Apparel America Inc.,1411 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, a
manufacturer and distributor of swim wear filed for Chapter
11 protection in the Southern District of New York on June
12, 1998. (Case No.: 98B44221) Debtor's Counsel is Marilyn
Simon of Marilyn Simon & Associates, 300 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003-1503.  The company does business as     
Robby Len Fashions, Inc., Waverly Beachwear, Roxanne, Coco
Reef, Sand Dollar, and Lenee.

The court entered orders appointing Shustak Jalil & Heller
as special corporate counsel and Winston & Strawn as
special labor counsel to the debtor.  The order was signed
on June 12, 1998 scheduling a preliminary hearing to
consider a factoring agreement with BNY Financial
Corporation. The hearing is to be held on June 18, 1998

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors are as
follows:

Milliken and Company
1045 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

Miss Brenner, Inc.
211 Mt. Prospect Avenue
Clifton, New Jersey

Unite
1710 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Finova Capital Corporation
111 West 40th street
New York, New York 10018

ILGWU National Retirement Fund
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez entered an order that that the
time for filing the debtor's schedules of assets and
liabilities, lists and statements of financial affairs and
executory contracts is enlarged and extended for sixty days
from June 12, 1998.


CAJUN ELECTRIC: SWEPCO to Appeal Disqualification of Bid
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Southwestern Electric Power Company officials said the
company will appeal Tuesday's U.S. District Court
ruling that disqualified SWEPCO's bid for Cajun Electric
Power Cooperative. The District Court, disagreeing with the
findings and conclusions of the Bankruptcy Court, reversed
the Sept. 8, 1997, Bankruptcy Court order that confirmed
SWEPCO's right to reimburse the group of seven cooperatives
for $1  million in legal expenses, with court review to
assure specific expenses are  reasonable.

"We will vigorously pursue an appeal of the District
Court's decision," said SWEPCO President Mike Madison.  "We
strongly disagree with the District Court's reversal of the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court on this issue.  Last July, the  
Bankruptcy Court heard six days of evidence and arguments
on the Cajun estate trustee's allegations that SWEPCO
provided a total of $1 million to the  cooperatives to buy
their support for the SWEPCO plan.  After the hearing, the  
court found from the overwhelming evidence that there was
no impropriety on the part of SWEPCO or the seven
cooperatives, and there was no credible evidence to  the
contrary.  We believe that was the right decision."

On Tuesday, the District Court disqualified the SWEPCO plan
from the bankruptcy process and ordered the seven
cooperatives to return the funds reimbursed by SWEPCO.  The
District Court judge also said he is requesting that the
U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Louisiana review
the matter for possible violations of criminal law.  "We
believe our actions, consistent with the evidence presented
in the Bankruptcy Court, were entirely proper. We will
address any questions that may arise," Madison said.

The seven cooperatives have been co-plan proponents with
SWEPCO since the joint plan was filed in April 1996.  They
are Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc., Dixie Electric
Membership Corp., Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative,  
Inc., Northeast Louisiana Power Cooperative, Inc., South
Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association, Valley Electric
Membership Corp. and Washington-St. Tammany Electric
Cooperative, Inc. SWEPCO's joint plan has been one of three  
proposed reorganization plans in the Cajun Electric
bankruptcy.  The other two plans are offered by (1) the
trustee, who is supporting Louisiana Generating  LLC, a
partnership of NRG Energy Inc., Zeigler Coal Holding Co.
and Southern  Energy International; and (2) Enron Capital &
Trade Resources and the Official  Unsecured Creditors
Committee.

Louisiana Generating and Enron had joined in the trustee's
action against SWEPCO and the cooperatives.  The effect of
the District Court decision, unless overturned on appeal,
is to eliminate the proposed SWEPCO plan of  reorganization
from further consideration by the Bankruptcy Court during
the confirmation proceedings.

Southwestern Electric Power Co., based in Shreveport, La.,
is a subsidiary of Central and South West Corp. (NYSE:
CSR), a Dallas-based public utility holding company.


CALIFORNIA ADVANTAGE: Files for Bankruptcy Protection
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California Advantage, started by the California Medical
Association and 7,500 of its member physicians, filed for
bankruptcy Wednesday, less than three years after it was
founded. The privately held company based in Oakland lost
$11 million as it failed to sign up as many patients and
investors as it hoped. Despite seeking Chapter 11
protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oakland, California
Advantage will liquidate, the company's attorney said. But
liquidation will be gradual, allowing the company to carry
out its existing contracts, some of  which run until next
spring.

Managers said last year they hoped to sign up 3.3 million
people 10 percent of California's population within a
decade. But the company attracted only 6,000 subscribers,
far below the 40,000 it said it needed to break even.  
California Advantage said it tended to draw subscribers who
were somewhat sicker and costlier to treat than average
because it offered partial payment for out-of-network
doctors, including specialists.

The company also had trouble attracting physicians to
invest in the venture.  Many of CMA's member doctors work
for competing HMOs. Companies also balked because CMA did
not want to sell a majority interest in the plan, giving up  
physician control.


CROWN BOOKS: May Consider Reorganization
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In its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, Crown Books Corp. said it has suffered
substantial declines in financial performance and
substantial deterioration of its business in recent years
and is exploring alternatives for maintaining adequate
liquidity, according to Reuters. The company will consider
reorganization protection if it cannot acquire more funds.
The company's principal vendor is only shipping inventory
on a cash-before-delivery basis, Crown stated.


CROWN BOOKS: Reports Decreased First Quarter Results
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Crown Books Corp. reports sales of $66,000,000 for the 13
weeks ended May 2, 1998 a decrease of $543,000
compared to the 13 weeks ended May 3, 1997.
Comparable sales (sales for  stores open for 13 months)
decreased 9.3% during the 13 weeks ended May 2,
1998.  Sales for comparable Super Crown Books stores
decreased 8.8% during the 13 weeks ended May 2, 1998.  The
decreases were primarily due to interruptions
in the flow  of merchandise inventory primarily as a result
of the liquidity problems discussed above.

The Company had a net loss of $5,938,000 in the 13 weeks
ended May 2, 1998 compared to a net loss of $2,662,000 in
the 13 weeks ended May 3, 1997 primarily as a result of the
decline in comparable store sales and gross margins.


FPA MEDICAL: Agreement to Extend Waiver of Default
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FPA Medical Management, Inc. (Nasdaq: FPAM) announced today
that the administrative agent and its lenders on
its current credit facility agreed to extend the waiver of
any default or event of default from the previously
announced date of June 11, 1998 to July 8, 1998.

"We are pleased with the support from our banks whose
cooperation is the cornerstone of our turnaround efforts,"
stated Stephen J. Dresnick, M.D., FACEP, FPA's President
and Chief Executive Officer. "This waiver will allow the
Company to focus on stabilizing our business and addressing
our liquidity situation. We continue to meet and discuss
potential financing with investors and lenders,
including our current bank group," added Dresnick.

A copy of the amendment, waiver and agreement among FPA,
the lenders, the administrative agent and the arranger will
be filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. FPA Medical Management, Inc., is a national
physician practice management organization that organizes
and manages primary care physician networks to contract
with HMOs and other prepaid insurance plans to provide
physician and related health care services and provides
contract management support services to hospital emergency
departments.


FORSTMANN: Reports Results of Operations
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Forstmann & Co. Inc. reports net sales of $78.6  million
for the 26 weeks ended May 3, 1998, a decrease  of 18.1%
from the  comparable period in 1997.  Total yards of fabric
sold decreased 21.6% from the same period in 1997.  
However, the average per yard selling price increased to
$7.55 per yard from $7.23 per yard due to shifts in product  
mix.

Sales declined in all major product lines except for  
specialty fabric sales which  increased by $1.2
million  during the 1998 period when  compared  to the 1997  
period.  

The Company expects sales  revenue for fabric  sales in
fiscal year 1998 to be approximately  20%  lower  than in  
fiscal  year  1997,  exclusive  of sales for Forstmann
Apparel, Inc. in the Company's third and fourth quarter of
fiscal year 1998.

Gross profit decreased  $3.6 million or 24.0% to $11.2  
million in the 26 weeks ended May 3, 1998, and gross profit
margin for the same was 14.3% compared to 15.4% for the
same period in 1997. Net income for the 26 weeks ended May
3, 1998 was $0.2 million as compared to a net loss of $5.3
million in the same period in 1997.

Net sales for the 1998 Second Quarter were $49.6 million, a
decrease of 23.4% from the 1997 Second Quarter.  


GANTOS: 14.9% Decrease in Same Store Sales for Quarter
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Gantos Inc. reports net sales for the thirteen weeks ended
May 2, 1998 were approximately $39.1 million, a decrease of
approximately $6.5 million, compared to net sales of
approximately $45.6 million in the same period of the prior
fiscal year.

Net sales for stores in operation throughout both periods
decreased 14.9%, or $6.7 million, for the first quarter of
1998 compared to the same period in the prior year.  The
14.9% decrease in comparable store sales is comprised of
a 13.6% decrease in unit sales, partially due to
difficulties in obtaining merchandise from vendors
resulting from the Company's current financial condition
and the related tightening of trade credit, a 1.4% decrease
in average sales dollars per unit, and an increase of 0.1%
due to a change in merchandise mix.  

The company experienced a net loss of approximately $0.7
million, or $0.10 per share, in the first quarter of 1998
compared to net income of approximately $1.5 million, or
$0.19 per share, in the first quarter of 1997.


HARVEY ELECTRONICS: Reports Financial Statements
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Harvey Electronics Inc. reports that net income for the  
twenty-six weeks ended May 2, 1998 was $55,670 as  compared  
to a net loss of $579,646 or ($.26) per share for the  
twenty-seven  weeks ended May 3, 1997.  The net loss for
the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 1998 was reduced to $74,547
or ($.03)per share as compared  to the net loss of $354,586  
or ($.16) per share for the same period
last year.

Net sales for the twenty-six weeks ended May 2, 1998
increased approximately 9% or $742,000  from the twenty-
seven  weeks ended May 3, 1997, while same store sales for
the six months  ended May 2, 1998 increased 18% or
$1,193,000 from the six months ended May 3, 1997.

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 1998
increased approximately 12% or $439,000 from the same
quarter in 1997, while comparable store sales for
the thirteen weeks increased approximately 15% or $450,000
from the same quarter last year.

On November 13, 1996, the Company emerged from its Chapter
11 Bankruptcy proceeding.


HOMEPLACE STORES: Posts April Net Loss Of $4.9 Million
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HomePlace Stores Inc. posted a net loss of more than $4.9
million on net revenues of nearly $26.8 million during
April. Gross profit totaled approximately $11.2 million and
the home-fashion superstore chain recorded a $2.3 million
operating loss for the month. In March, the retailer lost
more than $2.8 million on net revenues of $38.4 million.
(The Daily Bankruptcy Review Copyright c June 18, 1998 -
ABI 18-June-98)


ITHACA INDUSTRIES: Reports Sales for the First Quarter
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Ithaca Industries Inc. reports an increase in net sales
from $58.7 million for the thirteen weeks ended May 3, 1997
to $60.4 million (2.9%) for the thirteen weeks ended May 2,
1998. The sales increase reflected the results of Glendale
Hosiery, which was acquired on March 24, 1998. During this
year's first quarter the Glendale sales were $3.8 million.
The company reported a net loss for the thirteen week
period ending May 2, 1998 of $604,000.

Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 1999 was
12.8%. Included in this year's first quarter was $700
million, or 1.2% in costs for the closing of the Company's
Robbins, NC hosiery plant. Without this one-time non-
recurring cost, this year's gross margin would have equaled
last year's gross margin of n14.0%.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first
quarter of fiscal 1999 increased to $7.0 million from $6.8
million (2.9%) last year primarily due to higher sales
volume. As a percentage of net sales, this year's
11.6% was the same as the prior year.

Operating profit decreased to $0.7 million for the first
quarter of fiscal 1999 from $1.4 million for the comparable
period last year primarily due to the lower gross profit.
   

LAMONTS APPAREL: Reports Results of Operations
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Lamonts Apparel, Inc. recorded a net loss of $2.8
million for the 1st Quarter 1998, compared to a net loss of
$4.8 million for the 1st Quarter 1997.

Comparable store revenues (i.e., stores open since the
beginning of each of the periods presented)of $39.5 million
for the 1st Quarter 1998 increased $1.8 million or 4.8%
from $37.7 million for the 1st Quarter 1997.
Comparable store revenues were equal to total store
revenues for the 1st Quarter 1998 and for the 1st Quarter
1997. Management believes that revenues have increased due
to higher average inventory levels and continued
improvement in the quality of the merchandise offered in
the stores compared to the prior period. Management
cautions that there can be no assurance that a continuation
of such factors will increase revenues in future periods.


LIBERTY HOUSE: Seeks Extension of Exclusivity
---------------------------------------------
Liberty House, Inc. seeks an extension of the periods to
file a plan and solicit acceptances thereof until March 31,
1999 and May 31, 1999 respectively.  The company states
that its case is large and complex, and that is subject to
large seasonal variations.  Liberty House and its creditors
need a reasonable opportunity to evaluate Liberty House's
response to economic changes.  The company projects that
implementation of its business plan will take more than a
year and that this schedule is reasonable.  Liberty house
states that it has made much progress toward
reorganization, and has obtained DIP financing, and
negotiated with creditors.


MANHATTAN BAGEL: Announces Agreement for Israel                 
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In its initial move overseas, Manhattan Bagel Company,
Inc., (Nasdaq: BGLQE) today announced that it has  
signed a master franchise agreement for Israel.
The agreement calls for master franchisor International
Management Ventures, Inc. (IMV) to open a minimum of 15
Manhattan Bagel locations in Israel over the next five
years.  IMV, which is headquartered in West Palm  
Beach, Fla., expects to begin opening stores this August,
beginning with a location in Herzlia Pituach, considered
Israel's "Silicon Valley."  The master franchisor's Israeli
operations will also be based in that city.  The agreement
would make Manhattan Bagel the first major American bagel
store chain to penetrate the Israeli market.  At this time,
there are no nationwide bagel chains in Israel.

IMV, which plans to own and operate the stores, was also
designated as the Manhattan Bagel manufacturing licensee
for Israel.  Under the manufacturing agreement, IMV will
produce Manhattan Bagel branded cream cheese spreads and  
frozen bagel dough, using the Company's proprietary
recipes.

In addition to opening Manhattan Bagel stores, IMV and its
Israeli affiliate, MBI Restaurant Group Ltd., plan to
develop a nationwide wholesale network.  The wholesale
operation will primarily target Israeli supermarket  
chains, which would retail Manhattan Bagel bagels and
cheese spreads through in-store Manhattan Bagel shops or
branded cases.


MEDNET MPC CORP: Files Current Report
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Mednet MPC Corp. reports to the SEC that on June 11, 1998,
Judge Linda B. Riegle of the United States Bankruptcy Court
for the District of Nevada entered a Stipulated Order To
Continue Hearing Date. The Order adjourned the hearing date
of the adversary proceeding referenced therein until August
12, 1998 and extended the Amended Order Concerning Trading
in Mednet Securities entered January 6, 1998, to the Trial
Date and any continued Trial Date of this adversary
proceeding. The Trading Order imposed certain restrictions
on the trading of Mednet, MPC Corporation's equity
securities to preserve Mednet's net operating loss
carryforwards.


NINE WEST: Reports Income for the First Quarter of 1998
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Nine West Group, Inc. reports that net income for the first
quarter of 1998 was $7.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted
share, a 58.4% decrease from net income of $17.5 million,
or $0.48 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 1997.

The Company anticipates that net revenues and operating
margins for 1998 will continue to be negatively impacted by
the factors which adversely affected the Company's net
revenues and operating margins during the first quarter of
1998, including weakness in the domestic and international
retail footwear markets.  In addition, the Company
anticipates that its operating margins for
1998 will continue to be negatively impacted by the shift
in the sales mix towards retail operations which provide
higher gross profit margins but also carry higher selling,
general and administrative expense ("SG&A") margins than
wholesale operations.

A full-text copy of the filing is available via the
Internet at:

     http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0000887124-98-
000011.txt


PAYLESS CASHWAYS: Reports its First Profit in Over a Year
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Payless Cashways Inc. reported its first profit
in a year and a half.  The company attributed the profit
mainly to lowered administrative expenses because of
downsizing and to lowered interest charges because much of
the company's debt was sliced off in the Chapter 11
bankruptcy procedure.  Although the net income for the
quarter that ended May 30 was only $732,000, it was a vast
improvement over the $13.2 million net loss in the same
quarter last year. Last year's loss was greatly exaggerated
by a complicated tax provision.

Sales in the second quarter were disappointing, which the
company said resulted mainly from a combination of poor
weather, depressed wood prices and the lingering effects of
the Chapter 11 proceedings. Net sales of $505.9  
million decreased 23.5 percent from last year's second
quarter, but the company also shuttered 30 stores since
then. Same-store sales - or sales at the stores that were
open both last year and this - declined 13.2 percent.

The EBITDA, was $19.7 million for the quarter, down from
last year's $28.2 million.  For the first half of 1998, the
company reported a net loss of $24.2 million, compared with
a net loss of $21.4 million for the first half of 1997.
First-half sales decreased 22 percent to $900 million.
Same-store sales decreased 10.9 percent. (Kansas City Star;
06/17/98)


PETRIE: Posts April Net Loss Of $2.8 Million
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Petrie Retail Inc. posted a net loss of more than $2.8
million on net sales of about $29.9 million during April.
Gross profit totaled $13.4 million and the women's apparel
retailer's EBITDA was approximately $1.9 million for the
month. In March, Petrie lost nearly $4.9 million on net
revenues of $34.6 million. (The Daily Bankruptcy Review
Copyright c June 18, 1998 - ABI 18-June-98)


SFUZZI'S: Creditors Asking for Eight Units
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The creditors of defunct Sfuzzi's restaurants are seeking
full payment of a promissory note used to purchase the
glitzy eateries two years ago.  Lawyers for Sfuzzi
Liquidating Co. on June 1 asked the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court in Dallas to force subsidiaries of Toscorp Inc. into
Chapter 11 bankruptcy  reorganization. Toscorp is a
Manhattan-based restaurant company that operates Coco Pazzo
and other restaurants.

The involuntary bankruptcy petitions were filed against New
C.P. Inc., formerly Sfuzzi Inc., and seven other
subsidiaries that Toscorp acquired from Sfuzzi in a 1996
bankruptcy auction. The move came after the Toscorp  
subsidiaries failed to make a quarterly interest payment in
December.  The Toscorp subsidiaries still owe Sfuzzi's
creditors about $4.25 million of a $6.1 million promissory
note, according to attorney Steve McCartin of Gardere &
Wynne L.L.P., representing the creditors.

The Toscorp subsidiaries have until June 24 to respond to
the petition. A Toscorp spokesman said the company planned
to file a motion to dismiss by the end of the week. He also
said Toscorp would seek "damages and sanctions."  The
Toscorp spokesman said the company's existing restaurants
are profitable and primed for expansion. At the time of the
Sfuzzi purchase, Toscorp reported  1995 revenue of $22
million.

Led by well-known restaurateur Pino Luongo, 10-year-old
Toscorp operates 18 restaurants nationwide under the Coco
Pazzo, Tuscan Square, Le Madri, Il  Toscanccio and Sapore
di Mare brands. It also maintains several Sfuzzi  
restaurants, which are being converted into Coco Pazzos,
said Chuck Mirarchi, Toscorp communications director.
Toscorp had purchased the Sfuzzi chain in 1996 during a
court-administered bankruptcy auction for about $9 million.
In return for the Sfuzzi restaurants, Toscorp agreed to
give Sfuzzi's creditors a three-year, $6.1 million
promissory  note and to assume about $3 million in taxes,
fees and administrative costs.

Cornerstone Equity Investors in Manhattan - which has also
been a silent equity partner in concepts like Bruegger's
Bagels and Taco Cabana - helped finance the deal.  Sfuzzi
had a  negative net worth when it filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection in August 1995, listing liabilities
of $25 million and assets of $20 million. (Dallas Business
Journal; 06/12/98)   


UNITED HEALTHCARE: Signs Definitive Purchase Agreement
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United HealthCare Services, Inc., a subsidiary of United
HealthCare Corporation and HealthPartners of Arizona, Inc.  
announced that they have reached a definitive agreement
under which United HealthCare Services, Inc. will
acquire HPA.  The sale is subject to regulatory approvals
and is expected to close this fall.  Terms of the cash
transaction were not disclosed at this time.

The sale includes the following HPA subsidiaries:
HealthPartners Health Plans, Inc.; Arizona Physicians IPA,
Inc., an Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
(AHCCCS) Health Plan; HealthPartners Administrators, Inc.;
and HealthPartners Insurance Company.

In 1995, Southern Arizona Independent Physicians, Inc. and
the wholly-owned managed care subsidiaries of Samaritan
Health System and TMC HealthCare merged to create HPA, a
holding company owned by TMC HealthCare, Samaritan Health
System and the Southern Arizona Independent Physicians
Trust.  HPA is not affiliated in any way with
HealthPartners, Inc., a Minnesota-based managed care
organization.


WEINER'S STORES: Reports 4.7% Decline In Comparable Sales
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In the thirteen weeks ended May 2, 1998, Weiners' Stores
Inc. reports a decrease of 1.8% in net sales to $61,579,000
from $62,686,000 in the first quarter of 1997. The decline
is primarily attributable to a 4.7% decrease in comparable
stores' sales and the closing of seven stores in the fourth
quarter of 1997 offset by the new store sales. The
decline in comparable stores' sales is primarily
attributable to the Company's effort to stabilize its price
points with fewer markdown goods.  

The Company's net income for the first quarter of 1998 was
$604,000 compared to a net loss of $87,000 for the first
quarter of 1997. Net income per common share for the first
quarter of 1998 was $0.03 per common share. The Company
adopted "fresh start" accounting upon its emergence from
Chapter 11 reorganization.
                      
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