Lawmakers finally agreed to the largest tax cut in Virginia history, and a historic state commitment to public school construction and repair.
The 19-98 General Assembly that began in January finally ended last night.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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((AYES 99, NOS ZERO, AYES 99, NOS ZERO, THE BILL IS PASSED.))
Governor Jim Gilmore's signature is a mere formality.
Virginia's largest tax cut ever is in writing.
But the Governor had to phone in his reaction to lawmakers from a northern Virginia dinner.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: YOU'VE MUSTERED THE COURAGE AND COOPERATION TO PROVIDE THE HARDWORKING FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA LASTING TAX RELIEF. I BELIEVE A BELL HAS BEEN RUNG IN VIRGINIA THAT CAN NEVER BY UNRUNG. THE BILL YOU PASSED FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO ELIMINATE THE CAR TAX OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.))
Along with the car tax cut-- the first-ever long-term plan for the state to help cities and counties pay for school construction.
110- million dollars in the first two years.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: 110- MILLION DOLLARS ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE A LOT STATEWIDE, BUT IT DOES HELP A LITTLE BIT.))
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A last minute snag took some negotiating to make sure localities matched the state money.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: ? ...FIRE TRUCK OR AN AMBULANCE OR SOMETHING ALONG THE WAY.))
Amidst the euphoria of business done, rural lawmakers had a reality check on both plans.
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE BE EVER VIGILANT. ONCE THESE THINGS ARE ON THE BOOKS, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T CONTINUALLY DRAIN STATE RESOURCES.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY IT COULD NOT BE DONE, IT HAS BEEN DONE. WE HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY IT WOULD NOT BE DONE IT HAS BEEN DONE.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, RIchmond.))[11-Pitts-Fatals]
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Seatbelts would not have helped three teenagers killed in a Pittsylvania County crash Thursday night.
That's according to State Police.
17-year old Jennifer Blair was driving on State Route 863 Thursday evening when she veered into the path of a tractor trailer.
Her car was smashed beyond recognition.
State Police suspect Blair wasn't paying attention to the road.
Her passengers-- 18-year old Jennifer Hodges and 15-year old Rocky Tate-- were also killed in the accident.
There are black skid marks and a torn-up roadside where the wreck happened.
State Police say the driver of the tractor trailer won't be charged.
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((SGT. M.M. SCOTT/STATE POLICE: RIGHT NOW IT LOOK LIKE THE TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER.. THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE HE COULD DO.))
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Tunstall High School is providing counseling for students who knew the victims.
A teacher is dead and several middle school students injured after another student opened fire at a dance.
It happened last night in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
Police say a boy shot the teacher in the head on a patio in front of the hall where the dance was being held.
The boy then apparently walked inside fired several times wounding two students.
Their injuries are minor.
The owner of the hall, carrying a shotgun, captured the alleged shooter in a field behind the building.
240 students were at the dance celebrating their middle school graduation.
Edinboro is about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh.
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(Toss to sports)[Sports]
In sports, you'll be hard pressed to find a winner on area minor league diamonds and Mike Stevens has news from Talladega.
Good Morning Mike.
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Lots of people THINK they know where it is-- but where is the real Blackhorse Tavern?
There's a sign in the National Forest that says it was there- -smack in the middle of Beale Treasure land.
Keith Humphry discovered what's left of the 18th Century tavern.
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[SUPER=01-Jack Richardson/Former Land Owner; :23]
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[SUPER=01-Frank Longacre/Hotel Bellvue;1:05]
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((OH WE CALLED IT THE TREASURE LAND.))
Ben Richardson and his brother, Jack, once owned 380 acres that's now part of the Jefferson National Forest.
In the 15 years they owned the property, they spent a lot of time and money treasure hunting withOUT any success.
When they sold it to the government, they retained rights to the treasure.
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((WELL I WAS WILLING TO SELL IT WITHOUT HOLDING ONTO THE TREASURE RIGHTS. BUT SINCE HE DID IT, I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED.))
There's a weather-beaten sign on a broad flat spot in the old stage coach road that purports to mark the spot where the Black Horse Tavern stood.
Someone may have just assumed the tavern was right below Black Horse Gap. Local historians now know where it was. And it wasn't here.
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((IT'S INTERESTING. WE'VE GOT SOME OTHER AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE, A TRAIL CALLED "OLD HOTEL," NAMED FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS AN OLD HOTEL. BUT THEN THE HOTEL WAS NEVER BUILT. AND EVERYBODY JUST CALLED IT THAT.))
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Welcome to the BELLVUE Hotel- -opened in 1854- -now being renovated by its new owner, Frank Longacre of National Business College.
((IT WAS ORIGINALLY- -EITHER THE FRONT PART OR BACK PART WAS A BAR.))
This is STILL not the Black Horse Tavern....
That's the dilapidated building next door.
Privately- owned but vacant, the rock foundation appears intact... though the structure has suffered from neglect.
Perhaps it would be better off as a wayside on the Old Sweet Springs Road.
On the site of what local legend says was a toll gate on the Bufordsville- Fincastle Turnpike.
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((AS THE STORY GOES, THE GATE KEEPER WOULD CLIMB UP ON THE ROCK WITH A HORN TO SIGNIFY THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON THE STAGE COACH, SO THE FOLKS DOWN AT BUFORD'S TAVERN- -IN WHAT IS NOW MONTVALE- -WOULD KNOW HOW MANY CHICKENS TO PUT IN THE POT. ))
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Keith Humphry, NEWS-7, Bedford County.))[11-Student-card]
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It's that time of year-- students closing out their high school careers and preparing for college.
Matt Feret tells us while letters and bills that will shape a student's college life roll in, one organization may be attempting to cash in on the confusion.
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(( An organization called the National College Registration Board is marketing itself to prospective college students.
Colleges around the country say a high school seniors are getting letters, claiming "the Campus Card...is required for many services and purchasing privileges at whichever college or university your student chooses to attend."
Dan Miller of Ferrum College says the letter is extremely misleading.
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((DAN MILLER/FERRUM COLLEGE ENROLLMENT: COLLEGES ARE NOT INVOLVED WITH THIS. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF. ITS SOMETHING THAT AGAIN, WE'RE RECIEVING PHONE CALLS FROM ANXIOUS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ASKING US YOU KNOW, IS THIS RIGHT, IS THIS SOMTHING WE NEED.))
School officials say the card is nothing more than a glamorized debit card, sold for 25 dollars through the mail and a website.
One Franklin County senior said she thought it was just one of the many official letters that go out to incoming freshmen.
((I HADN'T REALLY HEARD OF ANYBODY HAVING ONE BUT I THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS MAYBE A NEW THING THAT CAME OUT.))
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((OFFICIALS SAY BEFORE BUYING INTO ANY UNSOCLICITED OFFERS, PARENTS SHOULD CALL THE SCHOOL'S ADMISSION OFFICES TO ENSURE ITS VALIDITY. MFE, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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The case against a Lynchburg pediatrician charged with reproducing child pornography will go directly to a grand jury.
Dr. John G. Powell waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a brief court appearance yesterday.
He was arrested after police raided his Lynchburg office in January and seized material Powell allegedly downloaded from the Internet.
Powell has since resigned from the practice where he worked.
Judge Joseph Serkes (serks) today granted Powell's request to travel to South Carolina while remaining free on bond.
The grand jury meets next month.
In National Hockey League play off action the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins are tied at a game a piece.
You've heard of the pile-ups on the beltway, now check out this pile-up at the Cap Centre. Hockey's version of road rage comes next.
The Bruins win this one four to three in TWO overtimes. Darren Van Impe gets the game winner.
Javy Lopez drives in the winning run for the Braves with this double to left field.
Atlanta beats Arizona six to five for its ninth win in 10 games.
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Finally in Los Angeles, Saquille O'Neal with the hook jam over Phoenix's Sabonis.
Sabonis on the outlet pass, after all the pass Isaiah Rider gets the bucket but the Lakers win it 104-to-102.
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If you're thinking of making the leap from Canned soup to homemade,
This week's weekend diner is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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If you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
And if we come to your house, you'll get a cool weekend diner apron.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Lawmakers in Richmond are finally headed home for the remainder of the year. Before ending Session-98 yesterday, the General Assembly passed the car tax cut along with a bill to fund school construction.
A teenaged gunman crashed a middle school dance in Pennsylvania last night, killing a teacher and wounding two other students.
The shootings happened in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, about a hundred-miles north of Pittsburgh.
Police say the teen shot the teacher in the head outside the dance hall, then walked inside and opened fire.
The two students suffered only minor injuries.
Prospective college students are the target for a new marketing scheme called the Campus Card.
The card costs twenty-five dollars.
It's advertised as an I-D card but works as a debit card.
Officials at Ferrum College say students and parents should check with their school to ensure the validity of any offer.
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And that's what's making news on this Saturday, April 25th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's (time) on Saturday April 25-th. Welcome back to News-7 Saturday morning.
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Part of it came down in a fire last year.
Now the county says it will take down the rest if something isn't done soon.
Tina Tenret explains why.
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((Fire destroyed the roof and third floor of the Hotel Botetourt last year.
This brick building has been a Buchanan landmark for a century and a half -- once a resting stop for confederate soldiers.
Inside the original fireplace mantels are still intact.
A local historian says it would be perfect for elderly housing or apartments.
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((HOUSING AND APARTMENTS HAVE BEEN IN SUCH NEED HERE IN TOWN. WE HAVE A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF SENIOR CITIZENS WHO WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY WITHIN THE TOWN WHEN THEY CAN'T MAINTAIN THEIR OWN PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.))
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But county leaders say it's a safety hazard that will be condemned, unless someone acts soon.
Replacing the roof could cost up to 35-thousand-dollars -- and there's almost two-thousand-dollars worth of back taxes owed on the building.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE TOWN IS TRYING TO PUT THIS BUILDING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. THAT WAY IT WOULD EARN TAX CREDITS FOR BEING RESTORED. IT IS ALSO NEGOTIATING WITH A GROUP CALLED THE ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS HOUSING ALLIANCE THAT FINDS MONEY FOR HISTORIC BUILDINGS.))
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The current owner -- Terry Parsell -- would not meet with us, but he's apparently told several people he will sell the Hotel for a dollar.
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((I UNDERSTAND THE PRICE IS A DOLLAR AND SOMEBODY COULD PICK UP THE BACK TAXES AND BRING IT UP TO DATE. THERE'S ENOUGH PEOPLE AROUND. SOMEBODY SHOULD PROTECT IT REALLY. THAT WOULD BE MY PLEA. SOMEBODY PROTECT IT!))
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Artist Tommy Firebaugh has raised 450-dollars to save the hotel.
Trying to keep a historical treasure from crumbling.
Tina Tenret News7 Buchanan))
It represents a one hundred million dollar investment in central Virginia, and yesterday, Frito- Lay officially dedicated its new snack chip plant in Lynchburg.
Governor Jim Gilmore was on hand to cut the ribbon to the facility, as local and state dignitaries looked on.
Lynchburg gave up millions of dollars in incentives to bring Frito-Lay to the Hill City, but officials say that investment will soon pay off.
The plant already employs about 200 people and that number is expected to quadruple in the next ten years.
A unique flight simulator has spirits soaring at Virginia Tech.
The Department of Aerospace and Ocean engineering yesterday officially opened its flight simulation laboratory.
The flight trainer simulates, through computer, what it's like to actually ride in an aircraft.
It will be used for teaching and research.
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((WAYNE DURHAM/ASSOC. PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING:IT IS FAIRLY UNIQUE, THERE'S NO OTHER UNIVERSITY THAT WE'RE AWARE OF IN THE US THAT HAS ANY CAPABILITY ANYWHERE HEAR LIKE THIS EITHER FOR INSTRUCTION OR FOR RESEARCH. ))
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[OUT Q=for research.]
The Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach donated the 13- million dollar flight simulator to the university.
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The towns around Turners Falls Massachusetts are expecting a baby soon-- a baby eagle, that is.
And everyone is watching the nest-- on television.
Here's David Ropeik (row-PEEK) of affiliate W-C-V-B.
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[SUPER=01-Carolyn Boardman/U.S. Fish and Wildlife; :55]
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Fans of railroad photographer O. Winston Link made tracks to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
A new exhibit of his work debuted yesterday.
Link's black and white photos of the glory days of steam locomotives are famous.
This show includes some of his rare color photographs.
Link also has a CD out, of his steam engine recordings.
One of the more famous ones was made in Wythe County.
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((O. WINSTON LINK/PHOTOGRAPHER: WHEN I HAD THE WOMEN PLAY THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS ON THE CHURCH BELLS AND THERE WAS A LIGHT BREEZE BLOWING AND YOU HEAR THE WIND SHIFT THE SOUND AND THE J-CLASS ENGINE ON NUMBER 42 IS WHISTLING IN THE FAR DISTANCE AND COMES INTO THE STATION.))
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Link was treated to a formal reception at the museum last night, and was given a crystal star from the mayor.
Bedford County Fire Fighters have been cooking for days in preparation of this afternoon's feast.
It's time once again for the Annual Firemen's Ham Supper.
Each year the Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Volunteer Fire Department serves the community dinner as a way of paying the bills.
The Department only gets 23-thousand dollars a year from the county and that's 10 times less than the average fire truck costs.
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((BUTCH WRIGHT/STEWARTSVILLE-CHAMBLISSBURG FD: THE FIRE TRUCK WE JUST PUT INTO SERVICE COAST ABOUT 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS FULLY EQUIPPED. SO IT'S JUST A FRACTION OF WHAT WE NEED TO PAY FOR IT.))
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The department also applies for grants to help meet operational costs.
The Ham Supper starts today at two and runs until 7:30 at the Stewartsville Elementary Cafeteria.
Tickets are five dollars for adults and two-fifty for children.
This takes place in the Stewartsville Elementary School Cafeteria.
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Its discovery made headlines across the globe.
Six years ago, a Washington Post reporter revealed the secret surrounding a bunker at the Greenbrier Resort.
Today, public tours go through the once- hidden re-location facility on a daily basis.
But if you haven't yet made the trip, Kimberly McBroom offers a look inside in this week's "Time Off".
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[SUPER=01-Thomas Gilligan/Bunker Tourist; :21]
[SUPER=01-Bill Gilligan/Bunker Tourist; :28]
[SUPER=01-Fritz Bugas/Bunker Curator; :45]
[SUPER=01-Jeffrey Liss/Bunker Tourist; 1:42]
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(( For 30 years, this five- star resort held within its walls a TOP SECRET of the Cold War.
A fully- functional government relocation facility, prepared to house members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack.
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((THOMAS GILLIGAN/BUNKER TOURIST: I WOULDN'T LIKE IT, TO LIVE IN THE SMALL BUNKS THAT THEY HAVE TO LIVE IN. YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR FAMILY. AND YOU COULDN'T TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS.))
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((BILL GILLIGAN/BUNKER TOURIST: AND TO KEEP IT THAT MUCH A SECRET FOR THAT MANY YEARS IN SUCH A PUBLIC PLACE-- IT'S JUST AMAZING TO ME.))
The government relinquished ownership of the bunker to the Greenbrier Resort and C-S-X Corporation after the story broke in a 1992 Washington Post article.
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((FRITZ BUGAS/BUNKER CURATOR: AND OF COURSE, THAT ESSENTIALLY COMPROMISED THE FACILITY BECAUSE THERE WAS ENOUGH INFORMATION IN THE ARTICLE THAT IS TRUTHFULLY PINPOINTED AND LOCATED THIS FACILITY.))
Built in the 50s, the bunker was designed to accomodate a thousand people for up to two months.
This exhibit area was always open-- but would have served as Congressional offices.
The bunker includes a cafeteria, a dormitory, even a full- service hospital.
And in the worst- case scenario, de- contamination showers.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: IF THE CONGRESSMAN HAD EVER NEEDED TO STAY HERE, THEY'D BROADCAST IMPORTANT BULLETINS FROM THIS ROOM. IT FEATURES A BACKDROP OF THE CAPITOL, SYMBOLIC THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS STILL GOING STRONG.))
Greenbrier Resort officials say the closest the government ever came to actually using the facility was in the early days, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
But even during these times of peace, some say we shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of national security.
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((JEFFREY LISS/BUNKER TOURIST: IF IT WAS NECESSARY TO HAVE ONCE, WE SHOULDN'T BE SO NAIVE TO THINK THAT EVERYTHING IS NOW FINE AND THERE WILL NEVER BE A THREAT AGAIN.))
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((FRITZ BUGAS/BUNKER CURATOR: I ALWAYS HOPE THAT THE GROUPS THAT GO THROUGH HERE GET A SENSE OF APPRECIATION FOR WHY THE FACILITY WAS BUILT. IT WASN'T TO PRESERVE THE LIFE OF INDIVIDUALS, BUT IT WAS TO PRESERVE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT.))
Daily tours are available through October, at a cost of 25- dollars per person, ages 10 and up.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.))
A local golfer is hitting a hot streak on the links and the N-B-A play-offs are in full swing.
Here's Mike Stevens with more.
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Do your gutters need cleaning? Do the windows stick?
And you don't have a man around the house to take care of it?
Now there's an answer-- Rent-a-Husband.
Kaile (Kale) Warren came up with the idea two-years ago when he was down on his luck.
Now it's a multi-million dollar business.
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((KAILLE WARREN/RENT A HUSBAND; 95 PERCENT OF OUR BUSINESS IS FROM LADIES BETWEEN THE AGE OF 20 AND 60.))
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They've been so successful Warren's opened 17-branches, including 2 in England.
And Hollywood wants to make a movie about them.