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OccupyMN protesters thankful for holiday meal

Seventy-year-old Linda Thomas organized a Thanksgiving meal for nearly 50 Occupy protesters in Minneapolis Thursday. She says she wanted to honor those protesting for an important principle.
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Seventy-year-old Linda Thomas organized a Thanksgiving meal for nearly 50 Occupy protesters in Minneapolis Thursday. She says she wanted to honor those protesting for an important principle.

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