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Coming up on News 7-
Warrants are unsealed in the murder case of Tara Rose Munsey.
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Will two airlines become one? Talk of a takeover tonight.
And crunching the numbers at the Roanoke county Sheriff's department-
Plus unearthing an age old tomb in tonight's video of the day.
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News 7 is next.

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Nearly five months after the murder of Tara Rose Munsey, new details about the investigation into her death.
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Warrants unsealed tonight shed new light on the evidence that linked a suspect to her murder.
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The warrants connect suspect Jeffrey Allen Thomas to the murder weapon.
They reveal that shell casings recovered from the crime scene were fired from a 22-caliber Marlin rifle that a friend said he loaned to Thomas.
However, the murder weapon has not been found.
Thomas was arrested and charged with capital murder back in February.
That was after investigators searched his car.
Warrants indicate they took samples of his blood, head hair, pubic hair and saliva.
His sneakers were also taken to determine if they matched footprints found near Tara Munsey's body.
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A preliminary hearing on the case is scheduled for June 9th.

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A proposal that would allow the Roanoke County Sheriff to create his departments own pay plan and grievance procedure was voted down tonight by the Board of Supervisors.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Gerald Holt/Roanoke Co. Sheriff; :20]
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((This was the second time this month Sheriff Gerald Holt went before the Board of Supervisors to ask for a new employment agreement with the county. The reason -- right now eight deputies are paid more the county's pay plan thanks to additional funds from the state. The proposal would have allowed the sheriff to create a separate pay plan.

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((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: IT'S A MATTER OF BEING IN COMPLIANCE WITH BOTH THE COUNTY'S CLASSIFICATION PLAN THE STATE'S MANDATED PAY RAISE.))
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That way the 8 deputies salaries would not be lowered to what the county plan calls for. However some questioned the proposal saying it would allocate to much power to the Sheriff and possibly give some employees preferential treatment. Under the proposed grievance plan employees would not be able to take their concerns to the board of supervisors.

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((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE A GRIEVANCE WOULD TRY TO RESOLVE IT AT THE FIRST LEVEL OF SUPERVISION AND FROM THERE TO THE CHIEF, FROM THERE TO A CITIZEN ADVISORY PANEL.))
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But in the end the board unanimously denied the proposal.

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((FUZZY MINNIX: ALTHOUGH I AM SURE AS YOU DEAL WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES IN A FAIR WAY.))
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((FUZZY MINNIX: MY FEELING THAT IT SHOULD BE DENIED IS THAT WAY BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM PROTECTION NOT JUST FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES BUT FOR YOU.))
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((JOE MCNAMARA: I TOO AM OF THE OPINION THERE IS MORE POWER AND MORE STRENGTH AND OUR CITIZENS AND THE PEOPLE YOU WORK FOR WILL BE BETTER OFF WITH US WORKING TOGETHER.))
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Sheriff Holt says even though the plan was denied he's happy the county is willing to work with him on a new plan that will be in compliance with both the county and the state. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke County.))

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Also today, county supervisors approved a new budget, but not without some concern over the way the county will buy new vehicles.
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The board was considering the 265- million dollar spending plan... when Hollins Supervisor Bob Johnson objected to the lease purchase of seven fire vehicles and trash trucks.
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((AND I'M TELLING YOU, LEASE PURCHASES ARE A NARCOTIC. THEY CAN BE VERY ADDICTIVE AND YOU NEVER SEEM TO PAY THEM OFF BECAUSE THEY KEEP WEARING OUT.))
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The board ultimately approved the budget on its first reading... but the supervisors could revisit the lease- purchase plan when the county solicits bids for the vehicles.

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The Confederate Battle flag is coming down from South Carolina's Statehouse July first.
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The Governor signed the bill today ordering the flag down.
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((JIM HODGES/SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR: TODAY THE DESCENDANTS OF SLAVES AND THE DESCENDANTS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS JOIN TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF MUTUAL RESPECT.))
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The Flag will be moved to a Civil War monument also on the state house grounds.
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[Smog-Report]


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As the weather heats up, so does the pressure on Virginia to clean its air.
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The state has until the end of June to identify its ozone danger zones.
And under strict, new federal smog standards, Roanoke and Shenandoah National Park are expected to make the list.
Today, the American Lung Association released a report card that gives every locality but one in Virginia an "F."


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((BILL HAYDEN/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: THE GENERAL INFORMATION IS EXACTLY WHAT VIRGINIA HAS BEEN... WHICH ONES MEET THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS AND WHICH ONES DON'T.))
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The one region that did not fail the Lung Association's new air quality report card: Wythe County.
It got a "D."


[Speedway-Safety]


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America's fastest growing sport may need a check-up.
Critics say the pedestrian bridge collapse at Charlotte Saturday night is a sign that track owners need to make sure they can handle the growing crowds.
But as Surae Chinn reports, folks at the Martinsville speedway say their walkway and bleachers are already checked regularly.
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[China-Trade]


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Should the United States normalize trade with China?
The house ended its first day of debate- possibly gaining enough votes to pass the bill.
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Supporters of granting China permanent normal trade relations or P-N-T-R say it will lead to more jobs in the United States by opening up an enormous market.
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((AND IF WE DON'T GRANT PNTR MOST OF THE BENEFITS THAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO US BUT THEY WILL BE TO OUR COMPETITORS.))
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Opponents of the bill say China does not stand by its word-
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((REP. NANCY PELOIS/D- CALIFORNIA: MR. CHAIRMAN CHINA HAS NEVER HONORED ANY OF ITS TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH THE UNITED STATES.)) [BUTT TO 20:09:38] ((REP. DANA ROHRABACHER/R- CALIFORNIA: THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT MAKING DEALS WITH COMMUNIST CHINA PERMANENT.))
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The bill is expected to go up for a vote in the house tomorrow.
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As Hollywood enters the fight against Parkinson's Disease, new information on how you might be able to prevent it.

That's next on News 7.
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And later, two of America's biggest airlines may become one.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS SEVEN SPORTS DEPARTMENT: THE LADY KNIGHTS WIN THE RVD REGULAR SEASON IN A BATTLE AT THE RIVERS EDGE. AL CLARK LEAVES THE ROANOKE STEAM. DENVER AND COLORADO BATTLE IN GAME FIVE OF THE NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS. THE KICKS AND PACERS START THEIR BEST OF SEVEN SERIES AND THE OUTLAWS WILL BE IN THE DIRT IN CHARLOTTE. MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))

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The coffee you drink each morning may help prevent Parkinson's disease.
A study of Japanese-American men found non coffee drinkers were five times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than heavy drinkers .
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[SUPER=04-Spin City;]


Meanwhile today the star of Spin City announced he's spinning into a new role to help find a cure for Parkinson's.
Michael J. Fox officially launched a research foundation in his name to fight Parkinson's.
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((MICHAEL J. FOX: I'M THRILLED FOR THE ENTIRE PARKINSON'S COMMUNITY BUT FOR THE ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR SO YOUNG ONSETS WHO HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME STEPPING OUT AND TALKING ABOUT THE SITUATION THEY'RE IN, THE FACT THAT THIS WILL START A DIALOGUE ON A NATIONAL LEVEL ABOUT PARKINSON'S IS JUST SO THRILLING AND I'M SO HUMBLED THANK YOU.))
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation will push to get more money for research- Fox has had Parkinson's since 1991.
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When it comes to surviving a heart attack, every second counts.. that's where a new program in central Virginia hopes to start making a difference.
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The Centra Health Foundation is sponsoring "HeartSave".. a program aimed at putting automatic external defibrillators in the hands of local emergency officials.
Defibrillators are machines that can shock a person's heart back into a regular heartbeat.. and getting one quickly to the scene of an emergency can make the difference between life and death.
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((CAROL DRISKILL/CENTRA HEALTH FOUNDATION: SO YOU CAN SEE THAT TIME IS REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THAT PATIENT HAS.. THE SHORTER THE TIME BETWEEN FALLING DOWN AND HAVING SOMEONE ARRIVE WITH A DEFIBRILLATOR WHICH CAN CONVERT THEIR HEART RHYTHM, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO SURVIVE.))
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HeartSave plans to buy 40 defibrillators over the next two years and give them to local police departments and rescue squads.
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A former strip club dancer from West Virginia stopped in Botetourt today and admitted she killed her husband.
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35-year-old Arm-nta Ramsey was hitchhiking with her five-year-old son today when she stopped at the Troutville truck stop to call sheriff's deputies.
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Police say Ramsey's husband was shot to death in the couple's home in South Charleston, West Virginia. He owned a strip club where Ramsey used to dance. Ramsey went back to West Virginia with officers today, and relatives picked up her son.
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Investigators didn't have search for too many clues in a burglary yesterday morning in Wythe County.
They say the robber dropped his address book with his name and social security number in it right outside the Old Fort Western Store.
They caught 24-year-old Jeremy Donald Smith about four hours later.
He's charged with breaking and entering, destroying property and petty larceny.
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Big break-ups in the music world and Hollywood.
Find out who when we come back.
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And later see an Egyptian mayor's final resting place.
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[Air-Merger]


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Big changes may be coming to the friendly skies.
The company that owns United Airlines reportedly has agreed to buy U-S Airways.
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United is the nation's number-one airline.
Arlington-based U-S Airways is ranked sixth.
The report comes from the Wall-Street Journal's Web-Site.
The report said boards from both companies have approved the sale.
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[New-Brokers]


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A leading Wall Street investment firm is now open for business in Roanoke.
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The New Salomon Smith Barney office is located in the old First Union Building on Jefferson Street.
The company and its local brokers will furnish customers with retirement plans, insurance benefits, and personal and corporate investment information.
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((ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ARE ALL LOCAL PEOPLE AND ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT STARTING A NEW BUSINESS RIGHT HERE IN TOWN WITH A REPUTABLE FIRM.))
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Historically, Salomon Smith Barney has had little presence in our region, but Roanoke is now considered a target for the firm's expansion plans.
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[Hurley-Grant]


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The musical group Smashing pumpkins is calling it quits-
Singer Billy Corgan says he was planning the split before the release of the groups latest album.
Corgan called a Los Angeles radio station this afternoon to announce the breakup.
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And speaking of breakups, Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant are parting ways- at least for now.
It was five years ago that Grant made headlines with his arrest in a car with a Los Angeles prostitute.
But the movie star's relationship with his actress-model girlfriend survived.
They've been together for 13 years.
A statement from their publicist describes the breakup as ''temporary."
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Tonight NBA and NHL highlights, Cave Spring wins the RVD regular season softball title and Outlaws on the dirt track.
First our extra point.
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[SUPER=75-Madrid, Spain/ESTVE;]


Martina Navratilova has returned to competitive tennis with a victory.
Navratilova and South Africa's Mariaan de Swardt won their opening doubles match at the Madrid Open today.
They beat Rika Hiraki of Japan and Meghann Shaughnessy of the U-S 6-3, 7-5.
It was Navratilova's first match in five and a-half years.
Here are the boards.
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The Roanoke Valley District regular season softball title went down to the wire yesterday afternoon, as Cave Spring and Franklin County battled it out at the Rivers Edge in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Franklin Co. vs. Cave Spring;]


Franklin County's Ashely Pignella gives the Eagles a lift with this blast to left-center, a two run inside the park homer.
Franklin County ties it up with this single up the middle, Evelyn Oaks comes home and it's three-three.
[super=34-Franklin Co./3/Cave Spring/4;]


But the Knights get the run they need and take the Roanoke Valley regular season title with the four to three win. The RVD Tournament starts Thursday afternoon at one at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem.
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In the NHL, the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche started game five with the series tied at two games a piece.
And regulation ended tied at two tonight.
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[SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/ESPN-NHL;]


We pick it up in the second period, the score tied at one. Dallas' Brett Hull passes Patrick Roy with this shot and it's two one Stars.
In the third, Milan Hejduk, extends the game by scoring the tying goal. The game ends regulation tied at two.
[super=34-Dallas/3/Colorado/2/In OT;]


Joe Nieuwendyke plays the hero at the 12:10 mark of the extra period, the score gives Dallas the three to two win and the Stars take a three to two lead in the series.
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In the NBA Indiana and New York opened up the best of seven series in the Eastern conference finals.
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Indiana on the run, it's three on three, Rik Smitts has the good hands and hold on to get the score for the Pacers.


It all went Indiana's way in the final seconds of the first period, Mark Jackson takes the shot, Austin Croshere is there to put in the miss.
[super=34-New York/88/Indiana/102;]


Larry Johnson cuts the Indiana lead with this long bomb, but The Pacers go on to win game one 102-to-88.
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The Roanoke Steam will be looking for its first win of the season when the Charleston Swamp Foxes come to the Roanoke Civic Center on Saturday night - but Al Clark won't be a part of the team.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 3; :00]

Yesterday afternoon the former Tech quarterback was granted his request to be released by the team. Clark has not played since the third game of the season when Will Burch took over. In his three games with Roanoke he completed 40 percent of his passes with 3 TDs and 2 interceptions.
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Shaw says he'll help Clark find a place on another team.
The Steam is oh and six. The kickoff for Saturday night is seven o'clock at the Civic Center.
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Later this week a brand new track will be christened in Charlotte just a few hundred yards from the fallen bridge where over 100 people were injured on Saturday night. Mike Stevens gives us a peek at the $9 million dollar project.
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(( Back in January, the ever-ambitious folks at the Lowe's Motor Speedway announced that they had decided to stage World of Outlaw sprint car races. But there was a slight problem - they didn't have a dirt track. They began remedying that problem soon after the announcement as construction crews began moving dirt and defining the layout of the 4/10ths of a mile long track. Now just days before the first races at the facility are held this Thursday and Friday nights - crews are working around the clock to finish up the corporate suites, seats and the catch fence. The main ingredient - 30 inch of red carolina clay is being packed and watered daily. ((HUMPY WHEELER:)) The track features a 12 thousand-five hundred seat grandstand where the spectators can watch the cars negotiate the 80 foot wide turns that are banked at 12 degrees. Winston Cup rookie Dave Blaney, a sprint car legend, was one of the first drivers to give the track a workout. ((DAVE BLANEY:)) The 1200 hundred pound cars use 800 horsepower engines and are capable of doing 160 miles an hour. In Concord, NC - Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))

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Liberty is plays South Carolina in the NC-Double-A Baseball Tournament on Friday.
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The Gamecocks are the number one team in the nation with a 52 and 8 record.
Liberty is three and three against ranked teams and feels it can compete with anyone.
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[S-TECH]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


The Hokies are flying high after gaining a bid to the NC-Double-A baseball tournament.
This is the fourth time Virginia Tech has received a bid under Coach Chuck Hartman's guidance.
The Hokies are 34-23 and 2 and have won six straight. As the fourth seed they'll face the number one seed Southern California.
The Trojans are College World Series savy, while Tech is inexperienced.
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The Hokies leave tomorrow for Fullerton, California.

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An Egyptian mayor is making headlines tonight...
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because he ruled some 25-hundred years ago.
Archaeologists discovered the highly decorated tomb about 235 miles southwest of Cairo.
The mayor lived around 500 B-C and built a temple in which he portrayed himself as the king's equal.
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