12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
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Some Roanoke families were forced out of their apartments by fire.
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And it's a new year, and the start of another legislative session for state lawmakers.
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TALENT=Patrick


You'd never know from the weather right now, but a Winter Storm Watch is posted, effective tonight and tomorrow as a gulf storm system prepares to bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Valley. I'll have all the latest information on the storm coming up momentarily.
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TALENT=Melanie
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Stay with us, News 7 at Noon is next.

XGR-Opens


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=general assembly 97


At this hour, the 19-97 General Assembly is coming to order.
It's the odd year short session.
But there are still plenty of contentious issues to keep lawmakers busy.
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Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol.
What can we expect today?
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Melanie, 19-97 will be about what to do with a quarter million dollar surplus that's just a tiny fraction of a 35 BILLION dollar budget agreed on last year.
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And how that money's doled out will be a microcosm of what priorities the legislature and the governor want to set this year.
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Q&A: So the Governor delivers the State of the Commonwealth speech tonight at 7pm?
That's right. And we'll be back here bringing it to you live from 7 to 8.

SNOW


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=PEV
TAPE#net
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Brace yourself, wintry weather returns to the region today with a vengeance.
ANCHOR=Patrick


Melanie, despite the sunny skies out there right now, changes are forthcoming in the forecast, starting late this afternoon. STORMWATCH/FULL
For that reason, the N-W-S has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire region. We're looking at snow, sleet, and even some freezing rain in all of the counties you see shaded in blue. Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches are possible, but with the sleet mentioned in the forecast, accumulation totals are hard to figure, as it accumulates differently from snow.
I would take precautions in case of power outages in the overnight hours, and for tomorrow as well, especially to the East and South of the Roanoke Metro area.

albright-hearing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Albright, Madeleine;


The first woman to be nominated as Secretary of State is testifying today before the Senate foreign relations committee as her confirmation process gets underway.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Madeleine Albright is expected to face little resistance, although she'll likely get a wide range of questions.
Albright served four years as a U-N Ambassador.
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GINGRICH


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=MORNIN
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=gingrich


The House ethics committee will meet today to start considering punishment for Newt Gingrich.
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VO-NAT
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The Georgia Republican won a second term as House Speaker yesterday despite his admission that he violated ethics rules.
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((TO WHATEVER DEGREE AND IN ANY WAY THAT I BROUGHT CONTROVERSY OR INAPPROPRIATE ATTENTION, I APOLOGIZE. IT IS MY INTENTION TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO WORK WITH EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CONGRESS."))
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VO-NAT


He is the first G-O-P member in sixty-eight years to win back to back terms as speaker.
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scotus


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=supreme court


The so-called right to die debate is before the Supreme Court today.
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VO-NAT
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The Justices are hearing arguments on whether the terminally ill have a constitutional right to end their lives with the help of a doctor.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The demonstrators and court spectators began gathering early today.
One woman waiting to get inside called it the biggest case since Roe versus Wade legalizing abortion.

Apt-Fire


ANCHOR=mel
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=fire


Roanoke County fire fighters spent more than two hours battling a blaze at the Bent Creek Apartment complex yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday;


Flames spread across the rooftop of building G.
No one was injured in the fire, but tens of thousands of dollars in damage were recorded.
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This morning, investigators returned to the scene... hoping to figure out what sparked the blaze.
Six of the apartments were torn up by the flames.
Those residents are still waiting to recover their personal belongings.
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((RANDY SPENCE/FIRE INVESTIGATOR: WE'RE NOT ALLOWING ANYONE INTO THOSE SIX. IT'S STILL TOO DANGEROUS-- TOO MANY MANY THINGS WRONG ON THE SIDE OF IT. SO ONCE WE GET IN THERE THIS MORNING, WE'LL EVALUATE THE SITUATION AND MAYBE AT SOME POINT TODAY WE CAN LET THEM GET SOME OF THEIR NECESSITIES.))
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Residents of the OTHER six apartments in the building WERE allowed to recover their valuables this morning.
They said despite last night's adverse conditions, fire fighters tried to save a number of the tenants' personal belongings.
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((ROXANNE BABST/BENT CREEK RESIDENT: I WAS IMPRESSED THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY POSSIBLY COULD. THEY COVERED UP FURNITURE WITH PLASTIC AND DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO KEEP STUFF FROM BEING TOO DAMAGED. ))
SUPER=01-Roxanne Babst/Bent Creek Resident;
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VO-NAT


The American Red Cross is helping many of the residents find shelter over the next few days.
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SLAIN-GIRL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


There may be some major developments in the murder investigation of a six- year- old Colorado beauty queen.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Two newspapers today are reporting that Boulder Police found a PRACTICE ransom note in the home of (jahn-bu-NAY') JonBenet Ramsey.
The Little Miss Colorado was found strangled in her basement December 26th, about eight hours after her mother found a ransom note.
Earlier reports said the note was written on paper taken from a legal pad found in the Ramsey home.
The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post report the partial note was from that same pad.
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tRIPLE-execution


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


The state of Arkansas is preparing to carry out a triple execution tonight.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


The three convicted murders are scheduled to be executed one after the other beginning at 8 o'clock.
It will be the state's second triple execution in 2 and a half years.
Arkansas is the only state to have executed three people in one night since the death penalty was reinstated in 19-76.
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P-Goode


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#596-37
GRAPHIC=goode


Local supporters were on Capital Hill yesterday to see Virgil Goode take his seat in the 105th U.S. Congress yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


The Fifth district Democrat was sworn in-- to the House seat from which L.F. Payne retired.
But the real "doings" had already gone on in the Longworth office building, where supporters from Franklin County to Charlottesville gathered to share in Goode's success.
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((WILLIAM HELMS/GOODE SUPPORTER: WELL NATURALLY I ... IN THE FUTURE.))
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((CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE/D-5TH DISTRICT: THIS MORNING... FIFTH DISTRICT.))
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VO-NAT


Democrat Goode voted against Newt Gingrich for speaker.
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P-Green


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=spr
TAPE#net (edit of 596-42)
GRAPHIC=none


It's been three years, but a Franklin County woman is now regretting giving away her pet.
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VO-NAT
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Phyllis Mason handed her dog over to Valery Green... who was recently charged with animal neglect.
Mason says at the time, she had no idea Green was running a kennel.
Now that the criminal allegations have surfaced, she's fearful of the dog's safety... and wants it back.
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((PHYLLIS MASON: WHEN I GAVE UP MY DOG, I GAVE UP MY RIGHTS TO THAT DOG. BUT IT DOESN'T GIVE UP MY RIGHT AS AN OWNER TO THAT DOG FOR ONE TIME IN HIS LIFE... TO STOP CARING ABOUT THAT ANIMAL. ))
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VO-NAT


A few days ago, the breeder checked herself into a local hospital and left about a hundred animals in the care of a neighbor.
The animals could be taken away from Green after a court hearing next week.
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Laundromat-Wreck


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#96-106
GRAPHIC=None


An afternoon of doing laundry turned into a memorable one at a Roanoke Laundromat.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A car smashed through the wall of the Fabricare Laundry and Dry Cleaning Center on Franklin Road.
68- year- old Arthur Wilson says his brakes failed, and he had no choice but to turn into the laundromat.
Wilson's wife suffered minor injuries.
Authorities say charges are pending an inspection of Wilson's car.
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Keno


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-105
GRAPHIC=Virginia Lottery


Keno will not be joining other Virginia Lottery games.
Officials say they have NO plans to push for it this year.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


But the lottery's director has a warning for lawmakers: without new games, the Lottery has "maxed out" its earning potential.
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((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE WILL TRY TO PRODUCE...THIS IS IT.))
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A keno proposal in last year's legislative session drew immediate fire.
Keno games can be played every few minutes, all day long, on video terminals in restaurants, stores, and gas stations.

College-Tuition


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=education


College tuition in Virginia is among the highest in the nation, but that may change this year.
State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke wants to cut tuition ten percent a year for the next four years.
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VO-NAT
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The state used to pick up 70 percent of a students tuition costs, but since 19-90, that has dropped to 50 percent.
The higher cost makes it harder for schools to compete with other states.
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((CHARLES DOWNS, VIRGINIA WESTERN PRESIDENT; VIRGINIA'S IN THE VERY TOP 5 PERCENT OF TUITIONS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA, FOR EXAMPLE IS IN THE BOTTOM 5-10 PERCENT IN TUITION. SO IT WOULD MAKE VIRGINIA MUCH MORE COMPETITIVE FROM THE ECONOMIC POINT OF VIEW.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Edwards says he's already getting positive feedback from other lawmakers.

BETA-BLOCKERS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=heart attack


The elderly are being overlooked when it comes to getting drugs that can prevent repeat heart attacks.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Beta blockers increase survival by 20 to 40 percent when given to patients after a heart attack.
But a study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" finds that only 21 percent of people over 65 who need the drugs are actually getting them.
The authors say misinformation about side effects may keep many elderly from receiving prescriptions for the drug.
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Greenbrier


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A judge has ordered the Greenbrier to pay nearly a quarter- million- dollars in a sex and age discrimination lawsuit.
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VO-NAT
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USE FILE CUED FROM 95-83, 93-100
Barbara Sweetwood worked in accounts receivable at the White Sulphur Springs resort for nearly 27 years when she was fired.
Her attorney says the Greenbrier refused to offer Sweetwood a transfer as it did with male employees.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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The Greenbrier says the ruling is without merit and will be appealed.
It adds Sweetwood refused to adapt to new technology and she was offered an alternative position, but refused.

Rescue-Squads


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=NONE


The possibility of PAID emergency rescue squads is raising some eyebrows in Amherst County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00


Like many counties, Amherst suffers from a shortage of volunteers during the day Monday through Friday.
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Supervisors yesterday got some input on how to solve the problem.
Campbell County administrator David Laurell (lo-RELL) says first a public safety director should be hired.
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((DAVID LAURELL/CAMPBELL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK BEFORE YOU CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF DAYTIME HELP, YOU NEED TO GET SOMEBODY TO COME IN, LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE, AND MAKE SOME SUGGESTIONS, WORK WITH THE VOLUNTEER GROUPS, FIND OUT WHAT IT IS WE CAN DO TO ENHANCE THOSE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES TO THE BEST POSSIBLE LEVEL.))
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A rescue squad spokesman says the county should try to recruit and retain volunteers before spending money on paid medical personnel.
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Red-Cross


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=American Red Cross


Some Roanoke Red Cross workers made their way to the west coast to help with the delivery of relief supplies to flood victims.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Reba Thomas and Fred Dooley left for San Francisco yesterday.
Both are logistics specialists, planning the best way to get people and supplies from one place to another.
That's a difficult job right now, with many roads in Washington state and Oregon covered by mud and water.
Dooley says they'll get help to the people who need it, even if it means traveling by boat or helicopter.
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WEATHER
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Forecasts
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Trigon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=Trigon


A major restructuring could have a minor impact on Trigon's Roanoke workforce.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Commonwealth's largest health insurer employs more than 700 people downtown.
About 40 positions at the Roanoke office will be cut immediately.
A few dozen more could go NEXT year.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


The move comes a month before Trigon is expected to complete its conversion to a for- profit stock company.
In all the restructuring plan calls for Trigon to cut 276 jobs systemwide.
The bulk of the reductions will be at its headquarters in Richmond.

Liberty


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-3)
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops


Defending Two-"A" state champion Liberty took on the Martinsville Bulldogs.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Minutemen vs. Bulldogs; :00


Watch Dave Walker snaps the bottom of the net with the three pointer from the perimeter.
The Minutemen's main man, Peanut Arrington would answer that call with this trey from deep in the corner late in
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the 4th period.
The dogs go to Jason Wells. He nails the shot on the break away.
Chaine Preston quiets the run with this shot and Liberty wins on the road 80-78.
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Vikings


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-1)
GRAPHIC=Hometown hoops


In other action, James Monroe topped Covington 83-59. In Blue Ridge District action, Salem beat Alleghany 85-65.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Indians vs. Vikings; :00


In Roanoke County, Northside was looking for its second win of the season, but Blacksburg stood in the way.
The Indians Phillip Klaus was strong all night knocking down a team high 17 points including this short hook in the paint.
But the Viking guards were too strong. Xavier Lee was the go
SUPER=33-Northside/55/Blacksburg/52;

to guy. Lee scored a game high 23 on the evening to lead the Northside attack.
And the Vikings improve to two and seven on the season and two and two in the Blue Ridge with a 55-52 win over Blacksburg.
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Panthers


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=net (edit of FB96-3)
GRAPHIC=Panthers


The Panthers can expect a wind chill of zero when they go to Green Bay this weekend to play the packers on the frozen tundra.
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00


The team went the entire regular season and into the playoffs this season without a single loss at Erickson Stadium.
The cats have a tremendous amount of respect for the Packers and their record.
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((DOM CAPERS/PANTHERS HEAD COACH: WELL, I THINK WHAT WE'VE DONE ALL YEAR IS WE'VE RESPONDED TO WHATEVER THE CHALLENGE IS. WE KNOW THAT GREEN BAY HAS AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL TEAM, AND ANYTIME YOU WIN 17 IN A ROW, AND WHAT IS IT, LIKE 27 OUT OF 28 AT HOME, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE THAT HAS MORE OF A HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE.))
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The Packers are not taking the Panthers lightly.
Green Bay does feel Carolina's newness to the league could be advantageous to them.
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((MIKE HOLGREM/PACKERS HEAD COACH: WE SEE THEM ON FILM, BUT NO-- WE'RE NEW TO ONE ANOTHER, SO WE DO WHAT WE ALWAYS DO, LOOK AT FILM AND PREPARE THAT WAY. YEAH, IT'S TOUGHER TO GAUGE THAN IF WE WERE PLAYING THE BEARS OR THE LIONS, AND FOR THEM, TOO. BECAUSE THAT FAMILIARITY ISN'T THERE.))
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