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Ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
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A mother is killed and her two young children are injured after an early morning fire sweeps through their Roanoke apartment.
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And, descendants of Thomas Jefferson decide whether to accept the family of Sally Hemings.

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In sports, the Avalanche and the Pelicans played two today at Salem Memorial, more NBA playoff action for ya,
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[VO-NAT]


and Tony Stewart continues his successful run at Richmond.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Jacey]
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Temperatures were in the forties this morning but they shot into the seventies by this afternoon... could we be hitting the eighties by next week? The answer in your News 7-Day Planner... next. [Video-Open]
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((ANNETTE CORBETT/FAMILY FRIEND: IT'S VERY TRAGIC BECAUSE SHE SHOULDN'T HAVE DIED LIKE THAT, IT'S VERY TRAGIC.))
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[OUT Q=died like that, it's very tragic]
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[VO-NAT]

An early morning fire leaves a Roanoke mother dead and her two children seriously injured.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[18th-Fire]


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Roanoke police are treating the case as an arson homicide.
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[VO-NAT]
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The fire broke out just after four this morning in the 100 block of 18th Street in the Hurt Park Housing Development.

Upon arrival, fire officials determined one adult and two children were inside.
The two boys, ages 2 and 3 were hospitalized.
Their mother, 25 year old Alice Diane Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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[SOT 6:42:20]
[IN Q=Alice, she was a good mother]

((ANNETTE CORBETT/VICTIM'S NEIGHBOR: ALICE, SHE WAS A GOOD MOTHER SHE WAS A HARD WORKING SINGLE MOTHER. SHE'S BEEN DIVORCED FROM THE CHILDREN'S FATHER FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS AND SHE WAS TRYING TO GET HER LIFE TOGETHER FOR HER CHILDREN AND HERSELF. SHE MOVED UP HERE TWO TO THREE MONTHS NOW TO BETTER HERSELF AND GET A NEW START.))
[SUPER=01-Annette Corbett/Victim's Neighbor]
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[OUT Q=a new start]
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[VO-NAT]


Neighbors say police responded to the home last night for a domestic disturbance.
A Police spokesperson would not confirm that or say whether investigators have a suspect.
The two small children remain in critical condition at Community Hospital.
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[Westover-Fire]


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Another fire in Roanoke sent two people to the hospital -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning]


Flames destroyed this house on the 19-hundred block of Westover Avenue this morning. Two residents were inside when the fire started - one of which is seriouly injured. A local business owner was working in her store next door when she discovered the fire.
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The Roanoke Fire Department responded to the call a little before 5:30. The cause is still under investigation.
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[Henry-Murder]


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Henry County Authorities are looking for a suspect in the murder of a Bassett man. 48-year old Clifford Daniel Jamison was discovered Saturday morning outside a residence on New Hope drive with a gunshot wound.
Authorities are now searching for 20-year old Frank Tyrone Ziglar of Martinsville. He's wanted for first degree murder, use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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[TAKE FS] Anyone with information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Department at 276-638-8751.
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It's been one week since a tornado turned turned parts of Bedford and Campbell counties upside down.
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The storm registered as high as an F-2 on the Fujita Tornado Scale.
In Bedford County, seven homes had to be condemned, another 58 buildings were damaged.
One week later, the cleanup is still a daunting task for many homeowners and businesses.
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[IN Q=About 6 people]

((YOGI BATRA/BUDGET INN: ABOUT SIX PEOPLE STOPPED HERE AND SAID THEY COULD REPAIR THE ROOF BUT START THE WORK IN 2 OR 3 WEEKS. THIS GUY HAPPENED TO BE STANDING HERE AND I SPOKE TO HIM, HE SAYS HE CAN START THE SAME DAY. I SAID LET IT START AND HE HAPPENED TO BE THE LOWEST BID TOO.))
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[OUT Q=lowest bid too]
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[VO-NAT]


Damage estimates top several million dollars in both Bedford and Campbell Counties.
The Federal Emergency Manangement Administration is still trying to determine whether central Virginia qualifies as a state or federal disaster area.
If that happens, property owners could be eligible for grants or low-interest loans to help rebuild.
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[Campbell-Church]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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It's hard to keep the faith when bad things happen to good people.
That's what one Campbell County Church is struggling with as it recovers from last weekend's tornado.
Justin McLeod has more on the storm that swept away their building but not their trust in God.
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[SUPER=01-Cara Scott/Church Member; :30]
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Larry Davies/Timberlake United Methodist Church; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Carlton Johnson/Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church; 1:31]
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((((NAT SOUND OF SINGING))
You are looking at a church congregation that is down but not out.
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((ERNESTINE SCOTT/CHURCH MEMBER: WE AS A CHURCH, WE'VE BEEN HANGING TOGETHER, TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF ONE ANOTHER.))
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This is what remains of Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church.
A tornado swept through just before five last Sunday afternoon, collapsing the walls and blowing off the roof.
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((CARA SCOTT/CHURCH MEMBER: I COULD BELIEVE IT BECAUSE IT WAS GOD THAT HAD DONE IT, BUT JUST TO SEE IT, IT WAS INCREDIBLE.))
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Incredible and pretty devestating.
All that remains of the church are a few pews, walls, and hymnals.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IRONICALLY, THE CHURCH ALREADY HAD PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW BUILDING WHEN THE TORANDO STRUCK. CHURCH MEMBERS SAY IT COULD COST MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD THAT NEW FACILITY. A LOT OF MONEY BUT THE CHURCH SAYS IT'S UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.))
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((NAT SOUND OF CHURCH SERVICE))
It is a challenge made easier thanks to a nearby church.
Timberlake United Methodist is now sharing its facilities with Lawyers Missionary Baptist.
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[IN Q=We made it real]

((REV. LARRY DAVIES/TIMBERLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: WE MADE IT REAL CLEAR THIS IS THEIR CHURCH, WE'LL WORK OUT ANYTHING WE CAN AND WE'RE GOING TO SHARE SOME PROGRAMS TOGETHER AND WORK OUT SOME WAYS WHERE WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER.))
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((NAT SOUND OF SERVICE))
And because of that generosity, a church without a permanent home is counting its blessings.
It could take months, even years to build a new facility but church members have faith it will happen one day.
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[IN Q=God will provide]

((REV. CARLTON JOHNSON/LAWYERS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: GOD WILL PROVIDE. I KNOW THAT. I DON'T THINK IT OR BELIEVE IT, BUT I KNOW IT.))
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It is a knowlege that has brought two congregations together proving some good can come out of something so bad.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Campbell County.))

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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, just days after floods ravage part of the state and West Virginia,
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workers there are still searching for victims, and crews are busy trying to rebuild. We'll have more on that coming up, but first let's check in with Jacey in the WeatherCenter.
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Residents in Kentucky are beginning to return to their homes following last week's flooding.
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Clean-up has begun around Warfield-- which parts of the region were inundated with up to five inches of rain.
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((IT'S BAD. IF THEY GET THE 46 FOOT AT KERMIT THEN WARFIELD'S IN TROUBLE. PROBABLY A FOOT PER HOUR BUT IS SEEMS TO BE MORE. ))
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Search teams are still looking for a 24- year old man who was swept away after he got out of the car on Thursday.
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Parts of Virginia stricken by last week's flooding are also dealing with a massive cleanup effort, while search teams are still combing Buchanan County for anyone missing since Thursday's flooding.
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Residents in the Hurley community of Buchanan County are being told to boil their water before using it for hygiene or drinking. The state has shipped drinking water to the small mining town. FEMA is assessing damage to recommend to President Bush whether to grant federal disaster status to the area.
[SUPER=03-McDowell Co., WV]

In West Virginia, at least five people are dead and more than 500 homes and businesses have been damaged. Six people are also still missing.
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The American Red Cross is now up and running to assist the flood victims.
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[SUPER=03-Buchanan Co.]


The agency has set up a disaster relief headquarters in Bluefield Virginia.
It will provide a central location to help victims in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
Red Cross officials say the work will be daunting and costly.
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((AMY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE'RE ALWAYS IN NEED OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN PROVIDE GROCERIES, SHELTER, FOOD, CLOTHING, EVERYTHING THAT VICTIMS OF DISASTER MIGHT NEED IS THROUGH VOLUNTARY DONATIONS.))
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If you would like to assist the flood victims, you can call your local American Red Cross chapter.
The disaster relief headquarters is now located in the vacant Walmart Store in Bluefield.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, it only took two days of racing, but Tony Stewart does repeat at the Pontiac Excitement 400... Steve Mason will have more in sports...
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but before that, a group of descendants of Thomas Jefferson vote on whether they will include family members of Sally Hemmings. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[Hemings-Family]


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Thomas Jefferson's descendants have voted against extending membership to the family of Sally Hemings. Hemings was the slave at Monticello with whom Jefferson has long been rumored to have had a sexual relationship.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/May 1999; ]

In May of 1999- descendants of the Hemings family were invited to a Jefferson family reunion and many were hoping to be accepted by the Monticello Association. But today the group, in a closed meeting, decided not to extend membership to the Hemings family. The Monticello Association adopted a recommendation of an advisory committee to keep the association's membership roll restricted to Jefferson's descendants through his daughters Martha and Maria. In its report, the membership advisory committee also offered a proposal to set up a new organization open to descendants of slaves and workers at Monticello. That proposal was rejected.
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[Feedback]


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The viewer mail has been a bit slow lately.
But we did get a few comments about one issue taken up by the Roanoke County supervisors two weeks ago.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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((At the urging of chairman Butch Church, the Roanoke County supervisors endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment designed to guarantee the right to prayer in schools and other public places.
The decision caught the attention of a viewer in Roanoke (Ernie Lyle) who wrote: "I just wanted to say thank you and tip my hat to you for having the decision on school prayer as your lead story. That is by far a more important issue concerning the Roanoke area than the ongoing tire fire cleanup...Thanks again, Channel 7, for showing me where your values are."
Although we've moved to a new location, the addresses for sending us your comments have not changed.
US mail may still go to Feedback, PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number remains 540-343-7269.
And our email address is the same as well: news@wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

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An idea put forth by Senator George Allen could help laid off textile workers in Southside.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape]


The U.S. Senate is currently debating several trade measures including extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance fund.
That helps provide financial assistance to workers who lose their job because of international competition like NAFTA.
Senator Allen wants to go a step further and help those laid off workers from losing their homes.
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[IN Q=That money, that loan]

((SEN. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT MONEY, THAT LOAN COULD ONLY BE USED FOR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO PAY IT BACK OVER FIVE YEARS PERIOD BUT NOT MAKE THEM START UNTIL SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY GET BACK ON THEIR FEET WITH THE JOB.))

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Allen says Congressman Virgil Goode has agreed to sponsor a similar measure in the House of Representatives.


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Tony Stewart wins at Richmond, Major League Baseball action for ya from today,
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as well as minor league highlights as the Avalanche and the Pelicans give fans a double dose of baseball.
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[S-Race]


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Not rain, or a record tying 14 cautions could stop Tony Stewart from winning for a third time in only seven career starts at Richmond International Raceway as he takes the checkered flag in the Pontiac Excitement 400 today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/FX; :00]


The race was stopped after 66 laps last night and it picked up there today.
But more than one quarter, 103 out of 400 laps were run under caution in this race. Drivers blamed the new sealer put down.
On lap 308, Ricky Rudd, who had the best car on the track with a 100 laps to go and was the race leader at the time, was the victim of a Rusty Wallace cut tire and Rudd hits the outside wall and finished 39th. On lap 334 Wallace is again involved in another accident. Only 19 cars remained on the lead lap after that.
But Stewart jumped out to a three car length lead with 18 laps to go on a restart and never looked back, winning the Pontiac Excitement 400.
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[ANCHOR=steve]
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Ryan Newman was second, Jeff Burton third, Mark Martin fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth. Sterling Marlin 11th, Elliott Sadler 21st, Stacy Compton 26th, Ward Burton 30th, Rick Mast 35th and Dale Earnhardt Junior 36th.

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The Avalanche once again gave fans a double dip today, playing host to Myrtle Beach at Salem Memorial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Pelicans vs. Avalanche; :00]


Game one of the double header began at one o'clock and both games would be a shortened seven inning format.
The Avs were strong in game one, allowing just two runs in a 7-2 victory thanks to double plays this one in the top of the seventh. [SUPER-04-Game Two;]
In game two, Salem's Miguel Vilorio lines this shot into right field and that plates Jeff Winchester to make the count 1-zip in the bottom of the second. The Avs win game two 3-1.
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Last week, Roanoke Catholic's J-R Reynolds became the latest player from the Roanoke Valley to leave his school to play basketball at a prep school. Reynold's transfer to Oak Hill Academy follows the publicized transfers of fellow Valley players George Lynch, Mark Ward, and Curtis Staples.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]

Joe Gaither has coached basketball in the Valley for over 20 years -- both on the A-A-U level and as an assistant at William Fleming. Gaither says he's always sad to see a good player leave the area.
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Gaither points to Cave Spring's J-J Redick as an example of a player who excelled by staying put and playing his senior year in Roanoke.
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The NBA playoffs rolled on today. Detroit and Boston opened their Eastern Conference semifinals in the motor city.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/NBC; :00]

Watch Kenny Anderson make the nice pass to Antoine Walker, he hesitates, and then scores the basket underneath for Boston.
[SUPER=32-Boston/84/Detroit/96;]The Pistons are fifth in the NBA in three pointers attempted and they were hitting

a few. Jon Barry from downtown and then
Clifford Robinson rips rope from behind the arc, Pistons win game one 96-84.
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[S-Nets]


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[VO-NAT wipe to #eng!!!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/NBC; :00]

In the other Eastern Conference final four, The Nets battled the Hornets. Baron Davis paced Charlotte with 23 points but failed to generate much offense down the stretch. Elden Campbell had 22 points. Jason Kidd led New Jersey to the 99-to-93 win with seven assists, one going to Richard Jefferson on an ally oop. Kidd also scored a team high 21 points. Game two is Tuesday.
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[S-Jarrett]


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Former Virginia Tech fullback and now Buffalo Bills rookie Jarrett Ferguson survived his first mini camp. He now awaits his second Bills Camp in mid May.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Ferguson's dedication and hunger enabled him to push his body weight all the way to 222 pounds at Tech. The Bills have asked Jarrett to add another 11 pounds to his frame, a task that should be easy for the over-achiever who already has his plan mapped out for his first season in the NFL.
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