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Breezing through

Curves Fitness Center in Bryan is encouraging members of the community to help benefit the Brazos Valley Food Pantry by donating a 10-to 15-pound turkey through Wednesday. Curves Fitness Center and Rent-A-Center are collaborating to bring a Thanksgiving meal to those less fortunate. Curves Fitness Center is providing the location for the turkeys to be dropped off, and RentA-Center is donating the freezers for the turkeys to be stored. As an incentive, the turkey will serve as the registration fee for those looking to join Curves Fitness Center, which will save prospective member an $75. Rosanna Hildreth, manager of Curves, is taking the opportunity to extend what started as a fundraiser to one involving the community. “For those that would like to get involved but do not know how, this is a relatively easy way of contributing during a time of giving,” Hildreth said.

construction The Vaughn Construction Company demolishes the Memorial Student Center Breezeway Tuesday as a part of the Vision 2020 remodel of the Memorial Student Center. The building is slated to be completed summer 2012. Jonny Green — THE BATTALION

Fundraiser Information For more information, stop by Curves Fitness Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the facility located on 4001 E. 29th St. in Bryan or call (979) 846-4153. Jaclyn Sokol, special to The Battalion

Magazine names Cepeda-Benito influential Hispanic Samantha Johnson Special to The Battalion Antonio Cepeda-Benito, dean of faculties for Texas A&M University, has been named in Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 100 Influential Hispanics.

“Obviously I’m honored and very happy with the recognition, as it is a nice feather on my hat, and gives my kids some bragging rights and motivates them to feel proud of their ‘papá,’” Cepeda-Benito said. He graduated from the

University of WisconsinMilwaukee and received his doctorate in psychology from Purdue University. His career at A&M began in 1994 as an assistant professor, and he was promoted to professor of psychology in 2005. Earlier this

year he was appointed as the dean of faculties and associate provost. “I’m mindful that this recognition may speak more of the high reputation and caliber of Texas A&M University than of my own achievements,” Cepeda-Benito said.

How do you feel about the construction of the new Liberal Arts building on the grassy knoll?


Travis Lawson The Battalion

Austin Fitzgerald junior food science major

“If they’re going to build more buildings they should put more parking lots on campus.” Stephen Fogg — THE BATTALION

freshman forensics investigation science major

Students take advantage of Tuesday’s pleasant weather on the campus green space known as the grassy knoll. Plans are to construct the Liberal Arts building on the grassy knoll.

Greener on the other side Controversy stems from Liberal Arts building placement Christina Francisco The Battalion

“I think they should keep the grassy knoll, there are enough buildings already. We have extra space to put new buildings outside of what’s already being built.”

Matt McClellan junior political science major

“I don’t mind that it’s going up because I don’t hang out there too often.” Patrique Ludan— THE BATTALION

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See Benito on page 6

Pacemaker awarded to Aggieland


Kaitlin Sessions

The research that CepedaBenito has focused on combines behavioral neuroscience and clinical psychology to try and understand drug addiction and eating disorders.

The plan to build a $48 million Liberal Arts building has sparked fierce competition and debate from students, many of which have taken matters into their own hands. From Facebook groups to Student Senate bills, the opposition has taken on many forms, with the same message: save the grassy knoll. The grassy knoll, a green space located across from the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, is the proposed site for the building. Creator of the Facebook group “Save Our Grassy Knoll” Tyler Reed said he was shocked when he heard of the location plans. It didn’t take long for him to decide to do something about it. “I felt really passionate to try and preserve that space,” said Reed, a senior landscape architecture ma-

jor. “[Everyone in the studio] was all just very confused and very angered over the fact that the building was going to be built there; so that night I decided to make a Facebook group to see how much support the grassy knoll would get.” So far the group has garnered nearly 4,000 members, something Reed never expected. “I was really surprised there was so much support for it,” Reed said. “From talking to people from all different majors I get a sense that this is a really important space for a lot of people.” The Student Senate also has picked up on the student sentiment. Sen. Scott Bowen, a senior chemical engineering major, introduced the Green Space Bill at the previous week’s Senate meeting calling for a preservation of the grassy knoll. “The bill doesn’t necessarily oppose the creation of the proposed

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$48 million building; it supports the initiative to find an alternative place to build the building,” said Speaker pro tempore Kyle Womack, sophomore political science major. The proposal was referred to the Student Services committee, who will discuss the legislation and make sure it meets the requirements to be a bill at the meeting Wednesday. Once approved, the bill will be brought back on the floor to be voted on at the Student Senate meeting Tuesday. “If it passes it the vote essentially becomes student opinion, which is our definition of ‘law,’ and the executive team would then execute it,” Womack said. “They would begin lobbying the administration, [by] setting up meetings discussing alternative locations to build the building.” See Grassy Knoll on page 6

Texas A&M University Student Media scored in a variety of categories at the National College Media Convention on Oct. 31 in Austin, taking back to College Station a Pacemaker and two Associated Collegiate Press 2009 individual awards. Aggieland, the University yearbook, received a Pacemaker for their 2008 edition, while Stephen Fogg, a senior marketing major, and Chris Griffin, a graduate student in visualization science, received individual awards for their work with The Battalion. Fogg also contributed to the 2008 Aggieland as the spring photo editor. “I’m still in shock about winning, it’s completely surreal. Finding out a year of hard work paid off with a Pacemaker is the best feeling I can imagine,” said the editor-in-chief for the 2008 Aggieland Catherine Tepera, Class of 2008. After a being a finalist in the years 2000, 2004 and 2007, Aggieland took home its first Pacemaker. The Associated Collegiate Press has been giving out Pacemakers since 1927, and many people believe it is the highest honor a collegiate yearbook can receive. A professional panel judges the yearbooks and then selects seven universities out of 54 to receive the award. “Winning the Pacemaker is such a prestigious honor to the entire 2008 Aggieland staff,” Tepera said. “Nine months of long nights and working weekends paid off in the best way possible.” See Pacemaker on page 6

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SCONA, Town Hall put on Veteran’s Day concert Memorial Student Center Student Conference On National Affairs and MSC Town Hall will present a concert entitled “Voices of the Past and Presentâ€? to celebrate Veterans Day at 7 p.m. tonight in Rudder Theater. The concert will include performances by Charlie Gore and Max Stalling and testimonies from four veterans from different wars. “Through song and sharing of stories and experiences, we can come together on this day and remember as well as embrace the heritage of military service of Texas A&M,â€? said Internal Marketing Director for the conference Artem Neretin, a member of Company A-1 in the Corps of Cadets. Tickets are $5 and are on sale until 8 p.m. at the MSC box ofďŹ ce.

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Think you know every nook and cranny of Texas A&M? The first people to get the answers correct will have their names published. Send your response with your name, class and major to

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Eilerman, chief of security at Harford Community College, also victimized. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were ripping off the bar codes and handing them over to book consignment shops as quickly as they could.â&#x20AC;? Eilerman said a $100 textbook would yield about $3 or $4 at a consignment shop. She said one of the suspects told her she was using the cash from the thefts to buy Ecstasy. Bridget Warren, a spokeswoman for the Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library system, said the 75book limit is reviewed annually, along with all policies. The loss represents about 2 percent of the $4 million that the system spends on materials annually. Dealing with thefts is tough for libraries, said Jim Rettig, immediate past president of the American Library Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want these things to be used. We want them to go out,â&#x20AC;? said Rettig, university librarian at the University of Richmond in Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we wanted to prevent theft, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let them leave the building.â&#x20AC;? Associated Press


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Art show, sale The Art District, an art show and sale sponsored by Omega Phi Alpha, will be from 7 - 10 p.m. Thursday at the Benjamin Knox Gallery. The show will feature the work of local artists. Proceeds will go to the artists and to a scholarship for students in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M.

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The community that eats together,

stays together Megan Keyho The Battalion Every weekend rain or shine, Class of 2006 Dan Kiniry has two potluck meals at Neal Park in Bryan for any homeless or poor who are in need of it. Regulars and firsttimers, including students, show up to bring food, serve food and eat in the company of each other for an experience Kiniry compares to a family reunion. Kiniry started the potluck meals in September 2007 to ensure the homeless in Bryan were fed on weekends. He invited friends, placed flyers and relied on word of mouth to enact his plan. “I realized I had everything that I needed and more and a lot of people in my same town didn’t have enough,” Kiniry said. “I found out The Community Café, which is like the soup kitchen in the town, doesn’t serve the general public on weekends so we tried to fill that gap.” During the month that Andrew MacDonald, a freshman molecular and cell biology major, has been attending the potluck dinners, he said he has learned how fun and easy it can be to hang out with different people. “Poverty and homelessness are often a common element of the adults and kids I’ve met at potluck, but it is great that that isn’t able to separate us,” he said. “All too often,

affluent kids and adults have preconceived ideas concerning the poor — whether that be related to danger, manipulation for money or something else — and the potluck helps to dispel these stereotypes.” Kiniry said the potluck isn’t a project for the rich to reach out to the poor — it is a mission to bring the community closer together. “We do a serving line and anyone can help serve — rich, poor, homeless, kids,” he said. “It’s not a service project where the rich come and try to help the poor; it’s more like we’re trying to destroy the wall that separates the rich and the poor. We’re trying to be one group of people where there is equality.” Suzanne Bastian became involved with the potluck meals when The Community Café was closed for a transition into a new space and has been a regular participator ever since. “We met people we would have never come across in our daily lives,” she said. “We were touched by the sweetness and stories of some of these people and decided that we can do more to help our neighbor’s right here in Bryan and College Station. Our involvement has grown into relationships, and we have made friends.” In September, Kiniry also began another venture, the Bryan Community Purse. Any-

Photos by Sam Smith — THE BATTALION

Community members in need and volunteers gather to eat and play together at a potluck meal at Neal Park in Bryan. Individuals bring food to share as they are able to the meals every weekend, which are organized by Class of 2006 Dan Kiniry. Below, senior health major Blujean Casey helps Genesis serve in a volleyball game at the park. one who has extra change can donate to the community purse, which is then used to help those in the community who are in need. “The money is used for needs for people in our community,” he said. “We have helped a lady who used to be homeless pay the rent, helped families buy groceries and more. Since we started in September we have already spent about $2,000. It is people sharing money in a neighbor to neighbor fashion.” Kiniry’s potluck dinner’s are not in collaboration with any organization or required for anyone, but anyone from children to college students are invited to help. “There is no guarantee we will have food,” he said. “But we always do.”

How to help Community members of any age — that includes students — can bring food and participate in the potluck meals at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at Neal Park. The Bryan Community Purse is a project that helps out community members who express their needs to Kiniry. To see how the funds are spent and donate to the cause, visit

Be a Hometown Hero. Donate Blood. You can do something to make a difference in someone’s life. Visit the Scott & White Bloodmobile this week at Sbisa Dining Hall. Blood donation usually takes less than 45 minutes and can save up to three lives. Donors will receive free food, a blood donor tumbler cup, a coupon for Buffalo Wild Wings and a Texas Aggie blood donor T-shirt in their size. Sbisa Dining Hall Bloodmobile Schedule: Monday, November 9 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 12 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, November 13 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All the blood donated will remain in Central Texas so it will be available when you, your family or your friends need it most. Support your local community. Be a Hometown Hero.


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Veteran greets veterans BANGOR, Maine — Jerry Mundy rarely misses an opportunity to extend his hand and offer thanks to young soldiers and Marines returning home, or departing for the war zone, during their brief layovers at the nation’s easternmost major airport, a refueling hub for military transports. Even when jolted out of bed in the middle of the night, Mundy and other volunteers have answered the call to greet each and every flight since the war in Iraq in 2003. They never figured troops would still be streaming through Bangor International Airport six years later. “I’d give it up tomorrow if I could, but I won’t give up until they’re done — or I’m done — whichever comes first,” the 74-year-old retired Marine said. Mundy is one of three senior citizens showcased in a documentary about Maine’s troop greeters that will be shown for a national audience for the first time on PBS on Veterans Day. Filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly got the idea for “The Way We Get By” after accompanying Gaudet’s mother to greet soldiers at 2 a.m. in December 2004. On Tuesday, Mundy was among 30 greeters who let out a whoop and clapped as 298 soldiers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Mundy Team, 1st Calvary Division, arrived for a refueling layover before the final leg of their flight home to Fort Hood, Texas. The men and women in camouflage smiled and shook hands as they ran a gauntlet of greeters, then spilled through the airport terminal to take advantage of donated cell phones to called loved ones. Many of them headed straight outside for a smoke. Others fired up iPods or laptops. “We all really appreciate what these people do. Coming off a 12-month deployment, this is a real morale booster to the soldiers to have someone say thank you,” said 1st Sgt. Michael Davenport of Abington, Va. Associated Press

DC sniper executed for 2002 attacks JARRATT, Va. — John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized the nation’s capital region for three weeks in October 2002, was executed Tuesday. Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, prison spokesman Larry Traylor said. He said Muhammad had no final statement and that Traylor didn’t hear him utter any words during the execution. Muhammad was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a Manassas gas station during a spree that left 10 dead across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. “We extend our condolences not only to the families and loved ones of the victims, but also to the family and loved ones of John Allen Muhammad,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, one of Muhammad’s attorneys. “It’s just a tragic situation all around.” Earlier, Gordon had described Muhammad as fearless and insisted he was innocent. “He is absolutely unafraid and he will die with dignity — dignity to the point of defiance,” Gordon said. The shootings terrorized the region, as victim after victim was shot down while doing everyday chores: going shopping, pumping gas, mowing the lawn. Associated Press

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EDITOR’SNOTE The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants in this paper do not necessarily reflect those of Texas A&M University, The Battalion or its staff.

Stay off the grass

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C.H. Nygard

Texas A&M needs a Liberal Arts and Humanities building, but a better location should be chosen. Students depend on the grassy knoll as a sanctuary from studying.


he soft green grass cushioned my back as I soaked up the rays of the sun like a solar panel. I recognized my surroundings as the O&M, Langford buildings and century-old oak trees. In the unnaturally warm November afternoon, I was most thankful for the ability to pause between my hectic classes for a slight rest on the grassy knoll of central campus. Although this is a favored spot for students of all faculties and majors to enjoy, there is a proposal that threatens the very existence of this isle of lucidity. We must not rest until an alternative location for the construction of the Liberal Arts and Humanities building is proposed and settled on. Texas A&M University needs to maintain our recreational haven for the sake of our student body and school image. For years the idea of an arts and humanities building has been at the developmental forefront of Aggie consciousness. In order to achieve the ambitions of the Vision 2020 plan, the focus has been establishing a more competitive liberal arts college within our esteemed University. No Aggie should stand against the building or the principles behind it, but students are right to worry about the degradation of our campus in a never-ending quest for prominence. Tyler Reed, landscape architecture graduate of 2009, said he “hold[s] the grassy knoll as a place sacred and nurturing for students scholarship and recreation.” Students shouldn’t start a vendetta against Aggie progress in the national rankings. But by retaining the central park of our campus, the aesthetic appeal of our University and a social sanctuary will remain intact. “Many studies have been conducted by our

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Tiffany Tran — THE BATTALION

own professors on the confirmative healing and health advantages of green spaces,” Reed said. The knoll, as a green space, should be retained as a place of rejuvenation for the students, for the wellbeing of everyone involved in campus life. In his speech given at the Nov. 4 student senate meeting, Reed said discrepancies abound in the developmental standings of this building and the parcel of land now deemed suitable for the project. Aubrey Rohloff, architectural project manager, said to Reed, “the project has been put on hold. Once the project is back in design, the actual location may change.” With interim President R. Bowen Loftin saying construction will begin in early 2010,

a lack of coherence has left students in the dark about the future of our beloved campus. Decisions cannot be made when there is unrest within the decision-making authorities. The fact that Vision 2020 is the driving force behind the development of the grassy knoll demands the question, what is the master plan anyway? As stated in the Campus Master Plan, policy 4: “the University will protect existing open spaces by adopting a permanent Green Reserve as identified in the Long Range Plan. The Reserve will remain free of major building development.” If applied to the grassy knoll, there is no question it would be a blatant disregard for University preservation to build the Liberal Arts building in this location.

Alternative locations for the building are investigated by students on a daily basis. Proposals made by Reed include expanding the Glasscock building or constructing on The Grove parking lot. West Campus is also a viable alternative, as unification of Main and West Campus is another goal of Vision 2020. These alterations to the currently accepted plan of construction will undoubtedly push the date of commencement back months, but as our necessary green space is at risk, students and administrators should take every measure possible to explore all avenues of progress. C.H. Nygard is senior agricultural leadership and development major.

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Not all students oppose the building plans; however, even an opposition to the opposition has arisen. Junior theater arts major Stacey Thompson created a competing Facebook group titled “[****] the Grassy Knoll, We Want Our Building!” Although the group first started out as a joke protesting the people against the building, supporters Thompson didn’t know soon started joining, he said. Thompson said the proposed building should go on as planned. “It’s a prime spot for a much deserved building closer to our two theatres than other sites,” Thompson said. “I believe the performance studies department is rapidly expanding and

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Paul Wellman, a professor in the Department of Psychology has known Benito for several years and collaborated with him on his research. “I certainly think he merits the honor, he’s received several Hispanic related research honors he has a national presence,” Wellman said. “It’s not surprising at all that he’s been named in the Top 100.” Bonita has received many awards while at Texas A&M. He’s won the psychology Teacher of the Year and received two National Awards for Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Megan Clark, a senior biochemistry major who has been a student worker in the Dean of Faculties office since November 2007 said Benito deserves the award and is a great person to work for. “I think it’s great that he’s been recognized, he’s very good at what he does,” Clark said. “He’s always very cordial

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With fewer students buying yearbooks every year, Tepera recognizes the importance of winning such an acclaimed award. “With yearbook sales declining nationwide, hopefully this award will bring publicity to Aggieland and help revitalize the publication,” Tepera said. Griffin won his individual award for a cartoon strip he drew depicting a copyrights battle between Warner Brothers and Fox over the movie “Watchmen.” “It’s pretty cool,” Griffin said. “I never thought my stuff could compete on a national level. It feels good.” Griffin said he also enjoyed the idea of having the award for his future career path. “I think it will look pretty good on the résumé,” Griffin said. “It will help me down the line when I’m try-


needs this building. I really feel this is the best location for that growth to occur. It is hardly ever used. The one time I’ve seen it there was no one there. You’ll still have Simpson.” Reed believes its more than just a matter of student opinion, it undermines the Campus Master Plan, set forth in 2004 regarding how Texas A&M will work to will accomplish the goals of Vision 2020. Policy 4 of the Campus Master Plan states “The University will protect existing open spaces by adopting a permanent Green Reserve as identified in the Long Range Plan. The Reserve will remain free of major building development.” “When considering this, the Grassy Knoll is simply not an option for the new building,” Reed said. Alternative sites he suggests include West Campus or the parking lot known as “the Grove.”

I certainly think he merits the honor, he’s received several Hispanic related research honors he has a national presence. It’s not surprising at all that he’s been named in the Top 100.” — Paul Wellman professor in the Department of Psychology

and nice and treats the office really well.” Benito added that he owes much to the opportunities he’s been given at Texas A&M. “I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve this great University by assuming an important leadership role. I also feel indebted to the many friends and colleagues who have supported and mentored me throughout the years,” he said.

ing to get a job for anything design related.” Fogg won his individual award for a photo essay piece on one of the candidates for student body president last year. Fogg followed one of the candidates and his crew for two weeks in order to tell their story through photographs. “Going into that semester I had always wanted to do some sort of photo essay on one of the student body president candidates,” Fogg said. Fogg said the weekend at the conference was an exciting experience for everyone, and he could not be happier about taking home an award. “It is a very big honor to me, and I was very surprised when I found out,” Fogg said. “I was thrilled about it.” Both students are staff members for The Battalion, which took home a Four-Year Daily Newspaper Pacemaker last year in Kansas City. “It was a big weekend for everybody,” Fogg said.


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Obama honors Fort Hood victims FORT HOOD, Texas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sketching out lives that ended too soon, President Barack Obama remembered those slain at Fort Hood as husbands and fathers, immigrants and scholars, optimists and patriots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an expectant mother, a granddaughter of veterans, a music teacher. Just below his speaking platform Tuesday, before thousands of mourners, the dead were remembered in a traditional Army way: 13 pairs of combat boots, each with an inverted rifle topped with a helmet. A picture of each person rested below the boots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neither this country, nor the values that we were founded upon, could exist without men and women like these 13 Americans,â&#x20AC;? Obama told the throng. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that is why we must pay tribute to their stories.â&#x20AC;? Obama had words, as well, for a nation demanding answers for last Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massacre at this Texas Army post. He spoke forcefully if indirectly of the alleged shooterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motives, never mentioning Maj. Nidal Hasan by name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy,â&#x20AC;? Obama said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this much we do know: No faith

justifies these murderous and craven acts.â&#x20AC;? The presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks at a memorial service were personal, more about how the victims lived than how they died. He talked about Pvt. Michael Pearsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of music, Maj. Eduardo Caraveoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey to America as a teenager, Pvt. Francheska Velkezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excitement about becoming a mother, Capt. John Gaffaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two decades as a psychiatric nurse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and so on through the honor roll of 10 men, three women. The president spent more time meeting privately with the wounded and with loved ones of those killed than speaking in public. His tone stern, Obama pledged to the crowd that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the killer will be met with justice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in this world, and the next.â&#x20AC;? Thousands upon thousands gathered on a field for the ceremony. Riflemen fired a last salute. A bugler played taps. After the ceremony, Obama walked solemnly along the row of boots, placing a commander-inchiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coin next to each victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo in tribute. Associated Press

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