[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

John Edwards makes it official. He's in the running for the job of Virginia Attorney General.
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[VO-NAT]


And city workers who take the bus free-up parking spaces for paying customers in Roanoke parking garages.
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[Sports-Head]


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In sports, Express Head coach Perry Florio talks about his team's recent two game road trip, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer makes some changes on his coaching staff,
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[VO-NAT]


and Mike Stevens will have a report from Richmond on the Dudley Award, which might go to Roanoker Lee Suggs.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Leo]
[SS=None]


Cold temperatures will be with us tonight right through Thursday then things will begin to moderate I'll have your forecast coming up.....

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Senator John Edwards declares his candidacy for statewide office.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Edwards]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC33:29]
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The Democratic State Senator has been lining up support for several months, and this afternoon he made it official, announcing his intention to seek the party's nomination for Attorney General.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and JoeD /Microwave;]


Joe Dashiell reports tonight from the Roanoke Higher Education Center, where Edwards kicked off his campaign this afternoon.
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[SUPER=@Joe1]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke]


Keith... John Edwards is a former U.S. Attorney, a veteran of Roanoke City Council, and of course he currently holds a seat in the State Senate.
Now he hopes to add Virginia Attorney General to his political resume.
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[OUT Q=protecting human rights.]
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[Beef-recall]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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All 53 Kroger stores in Virginia are recalling beef that may be tainted with E-coli.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Kroger is asking customers to check their freezers for Kroger brand ground beef in one, three and five pound packages dated November 19th and 20th.
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[VO-NAT]
The Minnesota Department of Health linked 22 illnesses to beef supplied by American Foods Group.


218 thousand pounds of the ground beef went to stores across 15 states.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


There are no reported illnesses in Virginia, but Kroger is taking precautionary measures by issuing a recall.
Customers will be refunded if they return the beef to any Kroger store.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Signs of E-coli poisoning include nausea and diarrhea.
People generally become ill two to four days after eating tainted beef.

[Golden-Corral]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Lab tests reveal that a bacteria was behind illnesses at a local restaurant.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October]


Several people got sick after eating at the Golden Corral near Cross Roads Mall in Roanoke on the evening of October the 13th.
Health Officials say food samples collected from the buffet indicate a toxin caused by a staph bacteria caused the illnesses.
The source of the contamination is still unknown.
The Health Department says the restaurant has made several changes in food handling and sanitation.
And officials believe this is an isolated incident.
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[Verizon-rates]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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Negotiations between the State Corporation Commission and Verizon could mean lower phone bills for Virginia Customers.
The S-C-C examined how much long distance companies had to pay Verizon to connect calls from one area of the state to another.
After the study was completed, Verizon agreed to cut connection costs by 270 million dollars over the next five years.
Certain long distance companies have agreed to pass those savings on to customers.

[Shuttle-Bus]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***] The city of Roanoke has quit picking up the parking tab for more than 300 of its workers, telling them to ride a shuttle bus from the Civic Center instead. The idea is to leave plenty of parking for employees of new businesses. As Tina Tenret tells us, this may soon have an impact on anyone who visits downtown.
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(( These city employees no longer have the luxury of parking downtown for free. Now they must leave their cars at the Civic Center and hop a bus to the office. But they're not complaining.
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((NANCY BROWN/SHUTTLE RIDER: I REALLY LIKE IT BECAUSE BEFORE I WAS PARKING IN THE FIRST UNION TOWER BUILDING AND IN THE COLD WEATHER THAT'S A LONG WALK. SO THIS IS CONVENIENT FOR ME.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=CONVENIENT FOR ME]

Buses run all day between the civic center and the municipal building. Employees say the ride lets them relax -- meet other city workers -- and beat afternoon traffic. Very few, according to the parking garage manager, have chosen to buy spaces downtown.
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[SOT 7:40:00]
[IN Q=It's $50, $55]

((DONNA SCRUGGS/SHUTTLE RIDER: IT'S $50, $55 TO PAY AT MOST OF THE GARAGES OR PLACES DOWNTOWN. THAT'S REALLY EXPENSIVE. AND THIS IS PRETTY CONVENIENT. EVERY TEN MINUTES IT'S RUNNING TO PICK YOU UP.)) [RUNS08]
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The city can make 215-thousand-dollars by selling these spaces instead of giving them away. Running the buses costs about that much, but a grant's paying for the first two years.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE PARKING GARAGE MANAGER SAYS HE USED TO TURN AWAY NEW BUSINESSES THAT WANTED, SAY, 80 SPACES. NOW HE TELLS THEM TO PULL RIGHT IN.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=PULL RIGHT IN]

Of course, these empty MONTHLY spaces don't help desperate daytime shoppers. But the city manager says she may expand the shuttle system. She says businesses have already volunteered their staffs for satellite parking, to avoid buying them spaces downtown.
They're hoping this trend will continue to be a smooth ride. Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke))
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[ANCHOR=KEITH]
[SS=None]

City manager, Darlene Burcham, still parks for free. She says people who make several trips a day out of the building get to keep their stickers.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


Public hearings on Interstate 73 are a week away.
Still ahead on News 7, opponents gather to build their battle plan.
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[VO-NAT]


And a unique business in Covington may get a new home-- just one of many groups benefiting from the charity of the Alleghany Foundation.
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[Foundation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A charitable foundation in the Alleghany Highlands is leaving its mark on a number of communities. Teresa Hamilton reports on two of the group's biggest recipients.
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[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge;]
[SUPER=01-Carmen Galand/Clifton Forge Main St. Treasurer; ]
[SUPER=01-Jim Snyder/Alleghany Foundation President; ]
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[SUPER=03-Covington; ]
[SUPER=01-Norman Rice/Jackson River Enterprises; ]
[SUPER=01-Donna Paxton/Employee; ]
[SUPER=01-Mary Weade/Employee; ]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( If all goes as planned-- downtown Clifton Forge will take on a new look in the future. The Clifton Forge Main Street organization was recently awarded more than 502- thousand dollars to improve the city's downtown district.
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((CARMEN GALAND/CLIFTON FORGE MAIN ST. TREASURER: I THINK IT WILL HELP THE DOWNTOWN ARE ATTRACT MORE BUSINESSES AS WELL AS JUST MAKE IT A WHOLE LOT MORE BEAUTIFUL.)) [RUNS07]
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Jim Snyder is president of the Alleghany Foundation... the charitable group that awarded the grant.
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((JIM SNYDER/ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, IT'S NOT ONLY SEEING THAT IT LOOKS BETTER BUT KNOWING IT LOOK BETTER.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= looks better.]

[TAKE STAND UP] Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded more than 10- million dollars throughout the community to 48- organizations. [end stand up] [nat sound] [runs05] Jackson River Enterprises in Covington employs disabled adults in the Alleghany Highlands. Last month-- the agency found out it will receive 250- thousand dollars to construct a new building. The agency, though, must come up with matching funds.
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(( NORMAN RICE/JACKSON RIVER ENTERPRISES: THE BUILDING HERE IS NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE, IT'S TOO OLD AND LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED. THE HEATING IS HARD TO DO AND IT COSTS A LOT OF KEEP IT WARM.)) [RUNS10]
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Jackson River employs about 45 adults in a variety of capacities.
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(( DO YOU ENJOY COMING TO WORK EVERYDAY? MARY WEADE/EMPLOYEE: YES MA'AM, YES MA'AM.)) [runs05]
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((IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR JOB HERE WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING. DONNA PAXTON/EMPLOYEE: NOTHING, NOTHING.)) [runs07]
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Jackson River officials have until next December to come up with the matching funds and say they're already on their way. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

[Towers-update]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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Four new tenants may soon be on their way to Towers Shopping center, one is a sure thing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Custom Food Works will be cooking next to Virginia Cleaners. C-F-W is a locally owned Pizza place.
Two more tenants are expected to sign within the next three weeks.
Towers' Realtors says one other is a national tenant.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A record day on Wall Street thanks to Alan Greenspan.
The Fed chairman signaled the central bank is finished hiking interest rates, and could begin lowering them soon.
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The DOW jumped 339 points.
NASDAQ climed 274-- it's biggest one-day point gain ever.
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[I-73]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Public hearings about the proposed Interstate 73 begin next week. In preparation, a group of local citizens is rallying their forces - attempting to build an army of people to fight one proposed route.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Meredyth/Newsroom]

Meredyth Censullo has more from our newsroom..
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[SUPER=@Meredyth1;]

The Virginia Department of Transportation has proposed three routes through Southwest Virginia. A group called the "I-73 Regional Impact Network" is made up of Southwest Roanoke County and Salem citizens who oppose the western route.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Group member Ken Wright lives 3 blocks from where that route would run. He says the I-73 Regional Impact Network isn't against the interstate, but would prefer V-Dot consider an alternative route.
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((NOW WE'RE NOT AGAINST I-73 IN PART, BUT WE HATE TO SEE A ROUTE COME THROUGH THESE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS ALL THE WAY FROM 220 OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF SALEM - IT WILL DESTROY THE MOUNTAIN SCENERY AND RIGHT HERE IT WILL DESTROY A LOT OF HOMES.))
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The I-73 Regional Impact Network is holding another meeting tonight at 7pm at Cave Spring Junior High.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kieth & Meredyth/Newsroom]

They hope to expand their group, so that they can present a united front at next week's public hearings. I'll have more, tonight on News7 at 11.

[C'burg-Development]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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A plan to develop a rural plot of land in Christiansburg is not going over well with some neighbors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


A developer wants to turn 89 acres of farmland on Peppers Ferry Road into commercial and residential property.
Under his proposal, five acres along the road would be for businesses.
Behind that: 175 single family homes and 105 townhomes.
Some neighbors are worried the development will lower their property values and strain traffic on their congested two-lane road.
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((JOHN HIGGINBOTHAM/NEIGHBOR: I DON'T LIKE IT TOO MUCH BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC AND THE FACT THAT I'VE BEEN OUT HERE 38 YEARS. THERE'S ALREADY SO MUCH TRAFFIC, YOU CAN'T GET IN AND OUT.))
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[OUT Q=get in and out.]
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Developers say they'll finish the housing after Route 114 is rebuilt in 2002... to minimize impact on traffic and neighbors.
Town council is expected to take action on the issue tonight.
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[Disabled-Shoppers]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-41 TC57:36]
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Some senior citizens got a little extra help today with their holiday shopping.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Target in Roanoke had assistants available to guide seniors around the store and answer questions.
It's all part of an annual event by Target to make shopping a little easier for those with special needs.
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[SOT9:55:25]
[IN Q=It's our gift to them]

((LISA SWINEY/TARGET: IT'S OUR GIFT TO THEM, IT'S SOMETHING TARGET HAS DONE FOR AWHILE AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO IT))
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[OUT Q=to do it]
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[VO-NAT]


For two hours this morning, senior citizens qualified for free breakfast and a 10 percent discount on all purchases.

Lorrie Huffman brought seven seniors from Outlook Pointe at the Roanoke Assisted Living Center.
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((LORRIE HUFFMAN: IT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER TO HAVE SOMEBODY ACTUALLY STORE ASSISTANTS BECAUSE IN THEIR DAY AND TIME THAT WAS THE NORM TO WALK INTO STORE AND HAVE A STORE ASSISTANT RIGHT THERE TO HELP YOU))
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((RUTH CLODSELPER: MY MAIN TROUBLE WAS DECIDING WHAT TO GET CAUSE YOU HAVE SUCH A WIDE VARIETY.))
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[VO-NAT]


Gift wrapping was also free for those who wanted it.
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[Sports tease]


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Mike Stevens will have a report from Richmond on tonight's Dudley award, which might go to Lee Suggs,
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and Frank Beamer shuffles his coaching staff today, the changes in a few.
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[S-Dudley]


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The 2000 Dudley award winner will be named in less than an hour from now at the Downtown Club in Richmond. And Mike Stevens tells us that for the first time in the history of this award, it looks like the winner will be a Roanoker.
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((MIKE STEVENS:)) (( Steve, the Dudley award is named in honor of former UVa great "Bullet Bill" Dudley. He is considered to be one of the greatest running backs ever. And tonight he may get to congratulate a young man who also has a chance to do some pretty special things before he's through running - the Star City's own Lee Suggs. ((LEE SUGGS:)) Suggs came out of nowhere this year beating out senior Andre Kendrick in summer practice for the starting tailback job. He scored Two TD in the season opener against Akron and then ripped off 26 more in the next 10 games to lead the nation in scoring. Last week he was named one of the Big East conference's offensive players of the year. And he admits he's having a lot of fun these days. ((LEE SUGGS:)) Suggs' biggest competition for the Dudley award tonight will come from fellow finalist and UVa linebacker Byron Thweatt. But Steve as one of Dudley award's voting committee members, I wouldn't be surprised if Suggs is a unanimous selection. We'll have the vote count and word with the winner tonight on News 7 at 11. In Richmond, Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))

[S-Coaches]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-76 1:57:20]
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Tech football coach Frank Beamer made some changes on his coaching staff today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :00]


Billy Hite has been promoted from assistant head coach to associate head coach. He will take on some additional administrative and staff related tasks to go along with his duties as the Hokies running backs coach. Hite is completing his 23rd season at Tech.
Bryan Stinespring has been named assistant head coach. He is Tech's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He will deal with high school relations in addition to his current duties.
Safety and outside linebackers coach Jim Cavanaugh was considering the assistant head coaching job at Maryland but has decided to stay at Virginia Tech.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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The Express is back from a two game road trip at Dayton and Toledo. Roanoke fell to both teams by a combined score of 7-3.
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((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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The Express plays Greensboro this Friday night on the road before returning to the Round House for two games Saturday and Sunday against Johnstown, a three game stretch that Florio says is crucial.
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[WRITER=sma]
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The 2 and 2 Liberty women's basketball team is at 4 and 1 Wake Forest tonight. The Lady Flames are battling through a 2 game losing streak. And all though preseason expectations are high, people have to remember the players the team lost from last's year's team.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we lost]
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[OUT Q=....out to get us"]

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