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Coming up - Money is the talk tonight in Lynchburg-
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while it's March madness in the form of snow in the NRV.
And it sounds too good to be true, but a new drug could help people kick the habit and shed the weight.
Plus why some satellite TV customers may not have their MTV.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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The long-running debate over construction in the most undeveloped section of Blacksburg's is set to come to an end tonight.
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[Toms-Creek]


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They're hoping for a change of heart but opponents of a proposed sewer system in Blacksburg will most likely go home empty handed.
The plan has been controversial for years and tonight the town council is ready to vote.
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Justin McLeod is live in Blacksburg with details. So Justin is there a vote yet?
Jean, it has been a marathon meeting but so far no decision yet.
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As several people pointed this is an issue that has divided the town and it looks like the division will continue.
The project is expected to be approved by a four to three vote.
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In a standing room only crowd, more than fifty people showed up to speak for and against the project.
The town wants to extend sewer service to the Tom Creek Basin.
The town council is deciding whether to approve a bond issue to pay for an estimated a 11-million dollar conventional, gravity fed sewer.
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((BILL McDONALD/SUPPORTS SEWER SYSTEM: THIS SEWER SYSTEM.....OUR QUALITY.)) ((LUCY GOLDBERG/OPPOSES SEWER PROJECT: CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT, ......INCREASE EROSION AND FLOODING.))
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Opponents also say it will encourage too much development.
That along with the environmental concerns is why they've been pushing an alternative plan that would run a central pipe along Route 460 and not Toms Creek.
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Several opponents have pointed out that if this project is approved they'll now take their fight to the ballot box.


Three council members are up for re-election in May, one has already indicated he will not run for re-election
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Jean, several people who are running plan to make this a central issue. That is why several people wanted council to delay tonight's vote.


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Dollars and deficits were the buzzwords in Lynchburg City Hall tonight as city council got its first look at next year's budget and heard from local non-profit groups hoping for a few dollars of their own.
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Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom tonight.. Steve how does the city's financial picture look?
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Jean, it looks bleak.. Lynchburg's 2005 budget has a 17-million dollar hole in it.. to plug it, city council can either raise taxes or cut services...or possibly do both.
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(( If Lynchburg is going to balance its 139 million dollar budget, city residents may have to start paying more to get less.
City manager Kimball Payne has recommended cutting 40 jobs, freezing or reducing millions in spending and significantly raising Lynchburg's real estate, personal property, meals and amusement taxes.
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((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: WE'VE BEEN FORCED INTO A SITUATION I THINK WHERE YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THESE ISSUES, BOTH CUTTING SERVICES AND RAISING TAXES AND THERE'S NO WAY AROUND IT OTHER THAN TO HAVE AN OPEN AND HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT IT AND TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT.))
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If raising taxes is too distasteful, Payne says hard cuts will have to be made.
Those could include closing one neighborhood fire station, shutting down the city's museum system, closing a downtown library and eliminating school resource officers.
One service did get a stay of execution tonight.. council voted to keep night-time buses running through the end of June.. to the relief of those who rely on it.
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((ROB JARVIS/L'BURG CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING: HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THIS COST LYNCHBURG IN THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WILL BE LOST, BUSINESSES LOSING CUSTOMERS, TAXES FROM THESE REVENUES AND THE INCREASED NUMBER OF PEOPLE GETTING ON WELFARE IN ORDER TO SAVE 137-THOUSAND DOLLARS?))
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That figure is about how much the bus company needs to cut to balance its own budget next year.
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While opponents have been vocal, night-time riders are just one percent of the bus company's total ridership. Jean?

[Foster]


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One Lynchburg group actually took itself out of the running for some city money tonight.. and at the same time temporarily solved a conflict of interest problem for one council member.
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Joan Foster learned last week that federal guidelines would not allow her to serve on council and stay in her job at the non-profit Alliance for Families and Children.
Tonight, the Alliance withdrew its request for 18-thousand-500 dollars in block grant money.
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((TOM PREST/ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN: THE ALLIANCE HAS DETERMINED THAT MRS. FOSTER'S IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN THE LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY IN HER ROLE AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CURRENTLY OUTWEIGH ANY POTENTIALLY NEGATIVE IMPACT.))
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City council voted to ask HUD for an exception to its ruling.
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General Assembly budget negotiators broke off discussions tonight.
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Midnight is the legislature's deadline for conferees to finish work on a compromise budget -- a mark missed more often than not in recent years.
They remain sharply divided on increased taxes.
Roanoke Delegate William Fralin says the governor needs to get move involved and help bring the two sides together.

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((DEL. WILLIAM FRALIN/R-ROANOKE: I CALL ON THE GOVERNOR NOW TO SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS FOR US TO LEAVE ON SATURDAY WITHOUT A BUDGET AND PUT OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN TURMOIL. 02))
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Governor Warner says he has been involved.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER; IT WAS MY PLAN THAT STARTED THIS DEBATE IS THE RIGHT APPROACH I'VE URGED SENATE BOTH SIDES TO MOVE OFF THEIR POSITIONS SENATE COMING DOWN HOUSE COMING UP.:21 ))
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Warner says there is still sufficient time to agree to a budget.
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[Muhammad]


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He still says he had nothing to with the D-C area sniper spree, but today John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to die for the crime.
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A Manassas judge ordered Muhammad executed on October 14th, though that date likely will be postponed to allow appeals.
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((DENISE JOHNSON/WIFE OF SHOOTING VICTIM; IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION I AM SURE BUT A DECISION THAT HAD TO BE MADE AND IT WORKED OUT THAT JUSTICE WAS SERVED )) ((JONATHAN SHAPIRO/MUHAMMAD ATTORNEY; WE WERE UTTERLY AWED AND HUMBLED BY ALL THE PAIN THAT WAS EXPRESSED IN THAT COURTROOM. BUT NOTHING WAS SOLVED TODAY.))
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Muhammad's partner in the crime spree, teenager Lee Boyd Malvo, will be sentenced tomorrow.
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[Meth-Labs]


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Methamphetamine is quickly becoming the New River Valley's biggest drug problem.
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Labs for making the highly addictive drug are popping up across the region.
Last year state police busted 34 labs in southwest Virginia and have already found 10 this year.
Not only are the chemical's used to make meth dangerous, they are highly explosive.
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((SGT. MICHAEL CONROY/STATE POLICE: IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS SUSPICIOUS REPORT IT. JUST LIKE WITH ANY TYPE OF DRUG USE. AND NO ONE CAN ESCAPE THE DANGER IF A METH LAB WAS TO BLOW UP, ESPECIALLY IF ITS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOU. ))
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State Police are also asking area merchants to keep an eye out for people buying large quantities of Iodine, cold medicine or matches.
They say if you notice this behavior, report it... you could be saving lives.
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New research is giving Americans more reasons to slim down.
Details next on News 7.
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And a new drug shows promise at helping people quit smoking and lose weight at the same time.
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((THE TYPICAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS, THE ANGER AND ANXIETY JUST WEREN'T THERE.))
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More on the new drug coming up.
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports Office as the Liberty Flames torch Winthrop and open the Big South Tournament. Wake Forest fires Roanoke's own Charlene Curtis. The Hokies and Rutgers are all set for round three. Nichols is worth his weight in gold. And Little E goes long term with his sponsor. Tonight on the Big7.))
[Obesity-Danger]

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No doubt, many Americas are just too fat- Now a new study says obesity is closing in and could surpass tobacco as the top preventable cause of early death.
Today the federal government launched new ads to promote the skinny on shedding pounds- and getting off the couch.

Christy Feig reports from Washington.
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((TWO THIRDS OF AMERICANS ARE TOO FAT DESPITE PREVIOUS CALLS BY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO EXERCISE.. SO NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS TAKING IT ONE STEP FURTHER... THEY'RE ADDING HUMOR. THE GOAL: TO GET AMERICANS DOING MANY SMALL THINGS THAT ADD UP: Tommy Thompson/Health and Human Services Director: Walking instead of riding, going up the uh steps instead of taking the elevator, getting off one block earlier and walking that extra block. EXCESS WEIGHT INCREASES THE RISK OF DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, DISABILITY AND SOME CANCERS... AND IS NOW ONE OF THE TOP KILLERS IN THE U.S. A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOUND POOR DIET AND PHYSICAL INACTIVITY CAUSED 400-THOUSAND DEATHS IN 2000.... ONLY TOBACCO KILLED MORE: 435-THOUSAND. Dr. Julie Gerberding/Centers for Disease Control: Obesity is catching up with up with tobacco as the leading actual cause of mortality in our country. THOSE AT LEAST 30-POUNDS OVERWEIGHT ARE CONSIDERED OBESE... AND IT COST 117-BILLION DOLLARS IN 2000. ANOTHER STUDY SAYS IF IT CONTINUES AT THE CURRENT RATE .... BY 2020 ONE IN EVERY FIVE HEALTH CARE DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE 50-69 WILL GO TOWARD OBESITY RELATED MEDICAL PROBLEMS. IN WASHINGTON I'M CHRISTY FEIG.))

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One promising new drug may help people fight both obesity and smoking at the same time.
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Rimonabant (Ri-MOAN- abant) affects a chemical system in the brain that regulates both tobacco dependence and appetite. Scientists say nicotine addiction and overeating are signs "that system" is out of balance
To bolster their case, researchers presented trial results at a conference this week.. touting rimonabant as the newest weapon in the war on heart disease.
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((DR. ROBERT ANTHENELLI; WHEN YOU COMBINE THE SMOKING TRIAL WITH THE OBESITY TRIAL WE REALLY HAVE THE FIRST AGENT THAT CAN EFFECT TWO MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE.))
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More than 1000 obese people taking the drug for a year....lost an average of 17 pounds and 3 inches off their waists.
Of 800 smokers given the drug...one in three was able to quit.
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[Chatham-Leak]


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An investigation continues, after some scary moments for Pittsylvania County residents this morning.
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Just after six this morning, Cook Composites and Polymers in Chatham experienced a shutdown and gas was released into the air. The company makes polyester resin which goes into bathtubs, vanities and boats. No one was injured, but four-area schools shut down after students and teachers complained of watery eyes and coughing. A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality says historically the plant has had some problems, but most were before the current owners came on board. But, just last week there was a small release and local emergency crews were called in.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Fire officials say a faulty heater started a fire inside a mobile classroom unit at Mount Pleasant Elementary early this morning. A teacher's aid had just arrived for work when she spotted heavy smoke and flames. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out quickly, and there were NO students at the school at the time.
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An update now on our lead story.
Just in the last few minutes, Blacksburg town council approved funding for a new sewer sytstem along Toms Creek. The vote was 4 to 3.

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Many saw snow flurries tonight... Is there a warm-up to follow?
Robin has the forecast when News 7 returns.
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And an order for 36-hundred flowers turns into 36-thousand.
Can the fundraiser gone bad possibly turn out good?
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[Dish-TV]


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Dish Network and Viacom have failed to reach agreement on programming fees, and tonight viewers of the satellite service are paying the price.
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Earlier today, Dish Network pulled the plug on more than a dozen Viacom channels including MTV, VH-1, B-E-T and Nickelodeon.
The networks were replaced with a message, criticizing what Dish Network describes as Viacom's "unreasonable demands."
Local service providers hope the dispute is resolved quickly.
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((AS WE GO FORTH AND TRY TO COMPETE WITH CABLE, NATURALLY THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE THING FOR US, BUT IT WILL WORK OUT. AND IF IT SAVES THE CUSTOMERS A COUPLE OF BUCKS ON THEIR MONTHLY BILL, THEN MAYBE IT WILL BE WORTHWHILE.))
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CBS- owned stations in 16 major cities were also dropped from the Dish Network line-up today, but the dispute should not affect the availability of WDBJ-7 on the satellite service.
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The Liberty women open the Big South with a bang. Charlene Curtis gets an unwanted Wake up call. Tech is about 12 hours away from its Garden party. Nicholls earns region player of the year honors. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :00]

Budweiser knows a good thing when it sees it - and today the beer giant locked up Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to a multi-year endorsement contract that will keep him with Anheuser-Busch for many years to come. Junior began his career with Bud in 1999. In 150 career starts he has 10 wins.
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We begin tonight with the opening round of the women's Big South tournament in Lynchburg where the top seeded Liberty Flames set out to win an unprecedented 8th straight title.
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The Vines Center looked a lot calmer than it did on Saturday when the men won their tournament title. The Big South women's player of the year would assert herself immediately with the kiss off the glass in close for the Flames. LU would later play some defense. They get the steal, push it ahead to Monique Leonard - who finishes off the transition hoop for the with lay-in. The Flames would just keep pouring it on - Michelle Parker - comes in off the bench, pulls up and hits the jump shot.
Ten different Liberty players scored against Winthrop. Liberty would name the score as the
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Leonard knocks in a three ball. Liberty advances to the semi-finals with an 81-to-47 win.
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Liberty will next host Radford University in the semi-finals on Thursday night. The Highlanders upset Charleston Southern 58-to-57 tonight in South Carolina. Kylie Williamson and Amanda Neby led the Lady Highs with 15 and 12 points respectively. Radford is now 14 and 13 on the season.

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The ACC women's tournament wrapped up last night in the Triad - tonight the career of Wake Forest head coach Charlene Curtis did the same.
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This afternoon Wake Forest announced that it would not renew her contract - in effect firing the Roanoke native. The Demon Deacons went 12 and 17 this past season, and since her arrival at Wake in 1997 - her teams have won just 67 games and lost 129. They also have won just 18 percent of their games in the ACC. Curtis is a Radford University graduate and a member of the school's hall of fame.
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Tomorrow at high Noon the Hokies finally get to take part in their first ever Garden Party as a member of the Big East. A lot has been made of Tech finally making it into the event, but the fact is - just making the tournament really isn't that big of a deal.
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[vo nat con't] As for playing Rutgers just a week after beating the Scarlet Knights in Blacksburg - Greenberg thinks that might be an advantage for his team.
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With a win the Hokies will face top seeded Pittsburgh in the second round.

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Radford high school is getting ready to send both its boys' and girls' teams to the state basketball tournaments later this week in Richmond. Today - the Cats Darris Nichols was named Region C player of the year.
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The four-year starter for coach Rick Cormany has averaged 26 points a game this season. He needs just 28 more in the state tourney to reach the 2000 career point mark. Nichols is headed to West Virginia next year to play for the Mountaineers.
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It's been a busy day in the NFL - tonight the Steelers agreed to terms with Duce Staley - signing the free agent away from the Eagles with a five year $14 million dollar contract. The Bucs gets Charlie Garner. While the Browns signed quarterback Jeff Garcia to a four year deal. The 34 year old former 49ers gets $25 million and Tim Couch's spot on the roster.
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The Redskins added another free agent to their curio collection by signing punter Tom Tupa.
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[Daffodil-Debacle]


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It is what you could call a fragrant foul- up.. or to be more specific, a daffodil debacle.
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A branch of the American Cancer Society in Colorado ordered 36- hundred daffodils for a fundraiser, but instead 36-thousand flowers showed up.
That's 36 thousand perishable, non- returnable cut flowers.
As word of the floral mistake spread, flower buyers came to the rescue.
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((LIZ SMOKOWSKI/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY; THE DAFFODIL IS ACTUALLY THE FLOWER OF HOPE AND WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER.)) [BUTT TO 1:11 ] ((AND THIS FUNDRAISER GONE BAD IS TURNING OUT GREAT.))
[SUPER=01-Liz Smokowski/American Cancer Society; quick!]
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[OUT Q=TURNING OUT GREAT.]
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The money from the daffodil sales goes to help fight cancer.
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