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Good evening.

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I'm Riz Lateef.

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First tonight - how London taxpayers

could end up footing

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the bill for extra policing

at West Ham home games.

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It's after crowd trouble and pitch

invasions during Saturday's match

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at the London Stadium.

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There's been widespread condemnation

by all the authorities involved -

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and it's once again raised questions

about safety at the ground.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Karl Mercer.

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We have got a supporter on the pitch

here and Mark Noble is doing his

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utmost to get him off the pitch.

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When your captain has to do this...

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When fans are able to do this

in the middle of a game...

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Finally, David Sullivan has been

encouraged to leave his seat.

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And when angry supporters

are able to do this

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towards your directors' box...

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You know all is not

well at your club...

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You also know questions will be

asked about safety at your ground.

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I have been here since Friday.

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Tom Odom flew over from

Texas for the game....

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His first at West Ham.

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After we got the first goal,

everyone went insane. It was pretty

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upsetting for me. I wanted to enjoy

it and it put a bad taste in my

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mouth after the game.

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It was Theo Wenting

from Holland's first game.

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too.

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It is not good. If you want to make

a statement, but not a pitch

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invasion.

I have never seen things

like this.

It does not look like it

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will go away. From everything I have

seen online, a lot of people seem to

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want to protest, take on other forms

of protest, people are openly

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discussing how can we try to make

the lives of our owners as

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uncomfortable as possible.

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Today, condemnation from all

of the authorities involved....

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From, the club, the council,

the stadium owners...

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I am told it is not about the fans

getting onto the pitch but the

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amount of time it took to get them

off. We are likely to see a

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different operation the next time

West Ham play here. We are also

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likely to see a different policing

operation, with up to 100 police

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officers stationed within the

ground. Under the terms that West

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Ham have secured for the stadium, it

will not be the club who played for

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it, it would be the taxpayer. It

could cost up to £50,000.

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That is yet to be decided....

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So is the punishment that

West Ham will be given....

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Likely to be a large fine

and a warning that scenes

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like these can't be repeated.

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The Mayor of London is demanding

action from social media companies

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to tackle hate speech.

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Talking at a major technology

conference in the US -

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Sadiq Khan also shared some

of the abusive and racist messages

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he's received online.

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Marc Ashdown has been listening

to what he had to say.

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Why has the Mayor decided

to reveal them now?

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Well, he said a small number of

companies have huge power over how

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information is shared. He is talking

about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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He said they have created huge

benefits for society but they can be

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platforms for hatred and fake

information and there have been

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accusations of meddling in

referendums and elections. If few

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hours ago in this speech, he shared

a couple of personal messages he has

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received, one red, deport all

Muslims and make London white

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again... He had death threats as

well.

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He said he could go on and on but he

did not want to paint himself as a

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victim. He was worried about the

influence it might have, especially

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on young people.

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Ask yourself this, what happens when

young boys and girls from minority

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backgrounds see this kind of thing

on their timelines? Or experience it

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themselves? Or some think about

becoming a politician?

The

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implication that they might think

twice. What is his message to these

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big companies?

He wants them to do

more. He says the messages are not

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removed quickly enough and they said

it must be possible with all the

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resources to go further and faster.

Sadiq Khan accuse governments and

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politicians around the world of a

dereliction of duty and of sitting

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on their hands while this big

revolution took off around them. In

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Germany, there are hefty fines. I am

told

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this trip was all about banging the

drum for tech relations but it

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sounds like it was a bit more about

banging heads together to improve

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online policing.

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Next: an advert urging entrepreneurs

in the capital to relocate

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to Normandy after Brexit -

has been banned

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from the underground.

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Transport for London says it

breaches its guidelines on public

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sensitivity and controversy.

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The company behind the campaign says

they were just offering

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businesses here a Plan B.

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Emma North reports.

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It's not London, but it's

got stunning views,

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a great quality of life...

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And some delicious soft cheeses.

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But if you're an entrepreneur

worried about Brexit,

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Normandy wants to give your

business a new home.

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A Norman conquest of

the Underground had been planned,

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a series of posters containing

a little bit of cheek

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and rather a lot of charm.

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They spoke of great opportunities

and good lunches for anyone,

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British or French, worried

about what happens

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when the UK leads the EU.

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TfL said "non".

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TfL said that they stopped

the adverts because they had

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breached their guidelines on public

sensitivity and controversy.

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But the banning of a few posters

seems a drop in the deluge of wooing

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that French businesses and regions

seem to be doing to get

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people back across the Channel.

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The ban on the adverts

brought the campaign

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a different kind of publicity.

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But Normandy, it seems, isn't

the only area of France promising

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a bright future post-Brexit.

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Many representatives

of cities like Lille,

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Nantes and Marseille are coming

to London to meet British

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entrepreneurs or French

entrepreneurs who have British

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companies here in London.

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And basically, they're

offering them financial aid

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to set up in their city.

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Which could sound reassuring

to the 200,000 French

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people living in London.

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So is this Normandy trying

to steal British talent?

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TRANSLATION: We were not

being opportunistic,

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we were simply trying

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to give British men and women

a foothold in the European Union.

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We are offering them a planned B

which gives them access

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to the single market.

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Our streets are no strangers to ads

tempting us to mainland Europe now.

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This poster promises a less

expensive life in Amsterdam.

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But whether a hop to a rural idyll

in Normandy will be enough

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for Londoners is another matter.

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At least the weather

will make it feel like home.

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It's a new app-based minibus

service that's supposed

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to reduce congestion.

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But some residents in Greenwich

living along its route claim

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it's doing anything but.

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Our transport correspondent

Tom Edwards explains.

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Four minibuses an hour now use

this residential street

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in Greenwich as their route.

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There's also what's called

a virtual bus stop here,

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where passengers can

catch the buses.

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But some residents say

they don't want them

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and the buses block the roads

and they weren't consulted.

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I don't think this road

is suitable for, you know,

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for that type of traffic to be

running up and down

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on a regular basis.

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It's a quiet road.

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Two cars come down here

from opposite directions

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now, and cars have to reverse

and go back.

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Starting to run buses

up it is just crazy.

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It's never been a bus

route, it's a side road -

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to suddenly be used

for a commercial purpose is...

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It's just beyond me, it really is.

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My main objection is,

we get enough traffic

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here in the morning.

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And to have a bus ply this route,

I don't think it's the best thing.

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And where they've actually put

the bus stop on this road,

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I would say isn't the best place.

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Chariot is carrying out a year-long

trial in the capital and is backed

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by the car giant Ford.

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Passengers can call up

the bus via an app.

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The fare is £2.60.

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It's meant to reduce congestion

and offer transport on demand

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in underserved areas.

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TfL says it does look at licenses

to make sure the routes are safe.

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But residents want TfL to intervene.

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This

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TfL needs to say, "This

is where you go, AND this

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is where you can put bus stops."

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They need to do the risk

assessment because it's

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a Transport for London issue,

it's not a private operator's issue.

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Chariot says it has obtained

all the relevant licenses and has

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consulted with the boroughs,

and its buses will only wait

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for a minute to pick up passengers.

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But as technology changes

transport in the capital,

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there are those that now

feel they're ignored.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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I'll say good night now and leave

you with Louise Lear for a look

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ahead to the weather.

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I was not overly impressed with the

forecast today.

It was miserable

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this morning and this photograph

sums it up. A grey drab Wembley, but

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I'm pleased to say that the rain has

eased away, a few bits and pieces

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remaining. We will see this guy is

clear from the west and we will see

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the lowest values in

Buckinghamshire. It may well start

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cloudy for many of you, but we are

optimistic tomorrow, the cloud

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should start to break and as we go

into the afternoon, there will be

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sunny spells. It will also be dry in

comparison to the weather today. A

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better day, probably for some of us,

not a bad day at all. Between nine

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and 11 degrees. Look at Wednesday.

We start with clear blue skies and

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sunshine but more importantly, the

winds will swing around to a

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southerly direction and with the

sunshine, at this time of year, in

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the breeze, those temperatures will

respond and it will feel pleasant,

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maybe highs of 14 or 15 degrees, it

will they like spring, but do not

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get used to it, the milder air that

we are expecting will be replaced by

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something cool yet again. We look

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