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Ohio governor calls LeBron banner 'art', says Cavs are uniting the city

Updated: June 6, 2007, 10:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Gov. Ted Strickland wants state transportation officials to back off any threat of removing a 10-story banner featuring Cavaliers star LeBron James.

The massive banner -- an ad for shoemaker Nike Inc. -- hangs on the side of a building near Quicken Loans Arena, and violates federal highway beautification standards, said Lindsay Komlanc, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Strickland said the state should make allowances for art.

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