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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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Today on News 7 at 5, the federal government says the threat of terrorist attacks has eased.
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[VO-NAT]


Also winter precipitation continues to make driving treacherous. We'll have a live report.
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[Weather-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


The full blown winter storm is producing heavy snow and heavy ice. It just depends where you live. Details in a moment.

[Medical-Head]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
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On Health check, we will see why some people think asthma is striking more minorities.
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[VO-NAT]

The television world has lost its favorite neighbor. We'll look back at the life of Fred Rogers.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


Also one of the biggest names in the N-F-L is cut by his team.
News 7 at Five is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[VO-NAT]


Driving in parts of our region is treacherous at this hour and it is only going to get worse.
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[Talent=Jean]


[toss to Robin]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Five]
[WRITER=tbr]
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There is heavy snow to our North, ice to our South and there is everything else in between.
To see just how bad it is going to get, let's head over to Robin Reed in the Weather Center.
[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)



[5-Roanoke-Snow]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=502-03 55:54]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]


The sleet has created a big mess on the roads.
Road crews and residents had a hard time keeping the pavement clear today, with the steady downpour.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean/Marya Patio Cam;]


Marya Jones is outside with an update on conditions throughout the valley.
Jean, most of the main roads in our area are clear but keeping them that way has been an uphill battle.
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[SUPER=@Marya1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Secondary roads are still covered in ice and slush.
One thing's for sure: most people are getting weary of all the winter weather.
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[SUPER=07-Martha Wilcox; :08]
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[SUPER=01-Lydia Hoover/Franklin Co. H.S. Student; :50]
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[OUT Q=my friends. It's great.]
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((nats: scraping snow off window.))
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The weekly snow removal ritual is getting to be utterly tiresome for Martha Wilcox.
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(( IT JUST SEEMS LIKE IT'S EVERY THURSDAY... SAME OLD THING. ))
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Wilcox went off to work ... but had to make daycare arrangements with relatives again for her daughter.
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((nats: plow))
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Plows worked steadily to keep the pavement clear.
They made good progress on the interstates and main roads, but the secondary roads are still pretty slick.
Still, accidents like this one were surprisingly few.
One child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
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[SOT]

((NATS: SLEDDING.))
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The sleet and rain didn't stop some people from having fun.
Lydia Hoover and her friends -- off for the 13th day this year from Franklin County High School -- tackled the hills of downtown Rocky Mount.
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(( I'M ACTUALLY LIKING IT. I LIKE THE SNOW DAYS. COME OUT SLEDDING WITH ALL MY FRIENDS. IT'S GREAT. ))
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[LIVE=Marya/FULL]
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The weather did cancel some flights at Roanoke Regional Airport today.
If you're flying anywhere, the best thing to do is check with your airline to see if the flight's still on.
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Jean?

[5-Truck-Accident]


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[WRITER=myr]
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Police say icy conditions played a role in an accident this morning in Pulaski County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

It happened on Interstate 81 in the northbound lane near the 104 mile market. Police say a Tennessee couple driving a pickup truck, hit a patch of ice and slid off the highway. The driver, Charles Smith was not seriously hurt, but his wife, JoAnn, was thrown from the vehicle. She was taken to New River Valley Medical Center and is in serious condition. Smith told police his wife took off her seat belt to reach for something in the back of the truck, just before the accident occurred.
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[5-Terror-Alert]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=Net]
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The National Terror Alert has now been lowered from orange to yellow.
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[VO-NAT]


Yellow is the third highest alert on the five step scale.
The lower alert suggests the threat of imminent terrorist attack on the U-S has eased a bit.
The decision to lower the threat from Orange to yellow was due in part to the ending of the Muslim Hajj holiday period.
Officials did warn that al-Qaida still has the capacity to strike in the United States.
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[5-Bush-Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jja]
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Word now that Iraq will comply with a U-N order to destroy its Al Sa-moud Two missiles by this weekend.
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[VO-NAT 10.5]


Iraq says an official decision will be sent to the security council before the Saturday deadline.
This comes just days after Saddam Hussein said he would not destroy them.
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[SOT]

((THIS IS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN OF DECEPTION. HE'LL SAY I'M NOT GOING TO DESTROY THEM AND THEN HE WILL CHANGE HIS MIND AND DESTROY THEM. AND THEN HE WILL CHANGE HIS MIND AND DESTROY THEM. THE ROCKETS ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. THE ONLY OPTION AT HAND IS TOTAL DISARMAMENT WHICH HE HAS REFUSED TO DO.))
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[OUT Q=has refused to do.]
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[VO-NAT 19 plus pad]
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Bush met at the White House today with Afghan president Karzai.
Karzai thanked the U-S for its help this past year.
Meanwhile the U-N is debating a U-S backed resolution that could lead to war with Iraq.
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[5-Troops]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=Five]
[WRITER=tbr]
[TAPE#=502-12 54:20]
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Family and friends of the 229th Chemical Company gathered at the Roanoke armory this morning for an emotional send off.
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Approximatly 125 soldiers embarked on their dual mission of providing smoke cover for ground troops and running decontamination operations in case of a chemical attack.
Gaberielle Trent knows that her husband's job is to head into areas that other troops are leaving. That makes saying good bye even harder.
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The Chemical company will be on active duty for at least a year.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tbr]
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO-NAT]

we'll look back at the contributions made by a resident of television's favorite neighborhood.
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[Comm 1]

[5-Mister-Rogers]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=jja]
[TAPE#=NEt]
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He brought smiles to millions of children.
The man known to most as MisterRogers has died.
Fred Rogers passed away this moring at age 74 after a battle with cancer.
Susan McGinnis takes a look back at the man and his famous neighborhood.
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FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS FRED ROGERS INVITED MILLIONS OF CHILDREN TO BE HIS NEIGHBOR. THE PUBLIC TELEVISION SHOW "MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD" GOT ITS START IN 19-68.
"IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD" ALMOST ALWAYS WEARING A SWEATER AND SNEAKERS ROGER'S MESSAGE REMAINED A SIMPLE ONE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.... TELLING VIEWERS TO LOVE THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. EACH SHOW WOULD TAKE THE AUDIENCE ON A MAGICAL TROLLEY RIDE INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE BELIEVE. WHICH INCLUDED PUPPETS, ROGERS DOING MANY OF THE VOICES HIMSELF.
ROGERS WAS BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA IN 19-28. WHEN HE FINISHED COLLEGE HE DECIDED TO LAUNCH A CAREER IN THE NEW MEDIUM OF TELEVISION. AFTER A FEW ODD JOBS HE WENT TO WORK FOR THE "CHILDREN'S CORNER" DOING PUPPET VOICES. YEAR'S LATER ROGERS DECIDED TO START HIS OWN SHOW. IN FIVE DECADES "MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD" WAS WATCHED BY MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND EVEN BECAME PART OF THE POP CULTURE. EDDIE MURPHY Courtesy: Saturday Night Live/NBC/Lorne Michaels
ROGERS CALLED EDDIE MURPHY'S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SPOOF FUNNY AND AFFECTIONATE. IN DECEMBER OF 2000 THE ORDAINED MINISTER TAPED HIS FINAL SHOW. BUT IT CONTINUED IN RE-RUNS. WINNING SEVERAL AWARDS FOR HIS WORK ROGERS ONCE SAID "IT'S NOT THE HONORS AND NOT THE TITLES AND NOT THE POWER THAT IS OF ULTIMATE IMPORTANCE. IT'S WHO RESIDES INSIDE". ROGERS LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE JOANNE, TWO SONS, TWO GRANDSONS AND MILLIONS OF FANS WHO FIND THE NEIGHBORHOOD A LITTLE SADDER TODAY. SUSAN MCGINNIS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=bwa]
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The death of Mister Rogers means Roanoke College will have to find a new speaker for May's commencement .
He was scheduled to speak at the college where his nephew, Dr. Brooks Crozier, is a member of the faculty.
Meanwhile a Roanoke woman is remembering the trip she made to Mr Rogers' Neighborhood a few years ago.
Brent Watts has more.
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[OUT Q=..."(Mr. Rogers) see you next time".]


[Take Web Address Full]
Mister Rogers' website has published a special page today. It suggests ways parents can address his death with their small children. You can find a link to that page on our website at WDBJ7-dot-com.

[5-Asthma]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=Net]
[GRAPHIC=Healthcheck]


A study by the Environmental Protection Agency reveals asthma rates for children have doubled since 1980.
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[VO-NAT]
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It shows asthma affects African American and Latino children in disproportionately higher numbers.
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((WE KNOW THAT IT'S A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC AND IT'S PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO ARE AT THE CENTER OF THIS EPIDEMIC. IN PARTICULAR, IT'S CHILDREN OF YOUNG ADULTS IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT ARE THE HARDEST HIT))
[SUPER=01-Swati Prakash/Environmetal Health Director]
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[OUT Q=are the hardest hit]
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While researchers looked at a number of possible causes, environmentalists say pollution is the culprit.
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[IN Q=They often don't think about what is the impact]

((THEY OFTEN DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF A BUS DEPOT OR A TRUCK ROUTE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD;OR IF THEY DO, SOMETIMES THEY THINK ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AS OPPOSED TO IMPACTING THE HEALTH OF THEIR RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS AS IN THE CASE OF ASTHMA))
[SUPER=01-Cecil Corbin-Mark/Environmental Watchdog Group]
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[OUT Q=as in the case]
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[VO-NAT]


Corbin-Mark says African American and Latino children often live in closer proximity to pollution from power plants and air exhausts.
However, the E-P-A points out air quality has improved since 19-90. It believes researchers should focus on indoor pollutants.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will have more details about tonight's winter weather.
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[VO]
And the Dallas Cowboys cut Emmitt Smith today. We'll hear if he plans to retire coming up in Sports.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=tbr]
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Coming up next on the newscast, investors returned today to the stock markets. We'll tell you why.
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[VO-NAT]

Then a little bit later, we'll tell you why one man believes McDonald's has never SAW SUCH a sandwich as his.
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[Comm 3]

[5Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=tbr]
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On Wall Street today, investors breathed a sigh of relief after the government decided to lower the terror alert to yellow from orange.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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[Stocks Roll]

[S5-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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For the third straight night regional and state basketball and volleyball has been postponed due to the weather.

Most of the teams plan to resume play tomorrow night. Region C basketball is taking no chances. The semi-finals and finals of that tournament have already been moved to next Monday and Tuesday at Lord Botetourt high school.


[S5-Hollins]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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[WRITER=twe]
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The ODAC Women's Tournament was the only show in town on this wintry afternoon. And the ladies from Hollins almost pulled the big upset in the quarterfinal round.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Guilford vs. Hollins; :00]


Karen Harvey's 8th seeded team had top dog Guilford on the ropes, up 32-31 at halftime.
In the second half, Northside grad Emily Ferrell bombs away on the three ball and it was 39-37 Hollins.
Later, former Carroll County standout Brandi Cochran goes right down the lane for another bucket. She finished with 13 points, but Guilford regrouped.
[SUPER=33-Hollins/57/Guilford/67/;]

Jackie Hardenbergh crosses over and gets to the hole. The Quakers went on to win and advance 67 to 57.
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[anchor=mike]
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In Game Two today, Randolph-Macon upset Lynchburg 85-to-73. Highlights of that one on News 7 at Six. Later tonight, Bridgewater and Emory & Henry play at 6 followed by Roanoke and Eastern Mennonite in the nightcap at 8.


[S5-Dress]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-140 5738tc]
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The men's basketball teams at Radford and JMU haven't been lighting up their respective conferences this season.

Although both have had their moments, neither has a winning record at this point in the season. However, if you can't be good, you might as well look good.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]

A national company has picked the best dressed coaches in each of the nation's 31 division one conferences, and Radford University first year head coach Byron Samuels is the best of the best in the Big South. JMU's Sherman Dillard, the flashy Bassett native is also on the coaching runway as the best dressed in the Colonial.
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[talent=mike]
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Two other coaches with local ties made the list. Jeff Jones currently at American is the best dressed in the Patriot League, and former Hokie Tic Price gets the award in the Southland.


[S5-Smith]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-139]
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The Dallas Cowboys did the unthinkable today - they released the NFL's all-time leading rusher in Emmitt Smith. It's a money thing and Emmitt says he OK with it. Just don't try telling him he's over the hill.
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[OUT Q=...PROVE THAT."]
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[S5-Tennis]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=5pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-142 3937TC]
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And if you are ready for some warm weather activities, and at this point would be just be happy to live it through your DVD player -
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[VO-NAT]

you're in luck. A brand new DVD documentary on Venus and Serena Williams is now out in stores. The DVD title is "Raising Tennis Aces" and it worth a look because for the first time - the father of Serena and Venus gave the producer full access to the girls, as well as the home movies which show the development of sisters from young girls.
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[talent=mike]
[graphic=bam]

That's it for sport. Have a safe night everybody. [go to break]

[5-McDonalds]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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For some McDonalds customers the big mac and quarter pounder aren't enough to satisfy their palates --they want Kielbasa added to the menu.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Naugatuck, CT ]


A group in Naugatuck, Connecticut wants to persuade the nation's number one fast food chain that the spicy smoke sausage sandwich would be a big hit, especially in certain parts of the country.
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[IN Q=There's 10 million people in the U-S]

((THERE'S TEN MILLION POLISH PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES, MOSTLY IN THE NORTHEAST AND THE MIDWEST - WHERE THE BIG POPULATIONS ARE. SO WHAT PERFECT PLACE TO START IN CONNECTICUT WITH A MAC-KIELBASA SANDWICHES. YOU NEVER KNOW))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The group is starting a petition which it plans to soon send to McDonald's.
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