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Wed., Jan. 18, 2006, 1:52 p.m.

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Even in a town used to political showdowns, it's rare to see the kind of full-on shriek-a-thon that took place around 1 p.m. on the sidewalk near a local sub shop.

Two middle-aged men were walking downtown after an annual anti-abortion rally at the capitol. One held a "United for Life" placard; the other was carrying a wooden cross.

Coming toward them on the sidewalk was a well-dressed woman in her late 20s or early 30s, with latte in hand.

She apparently took offense at the sign and cross.

"You're not welcome here!" she yelled at the startled men.

She was sick of their kind, she told them, cursing them. She backpedaled to keep up as they tried to dodge her on the sidewalk. If the men tried to respond, it was drowned out.

"Get out!" she screamed at them. "Get out of my city! F*** you!"

She stormed off. The dumbfounded men tried to pretend that they weren't, as people gawked at them out the window of the sub shop.

Everyone took something away from this moment. The men can regale their fellow churchgoers with what it was like at the center of state government. The woman can feel good about confronting the enemy face to face.

But we're betting that the person who will remember the incident the longest was the terrified toddler -- ignored by both parties -- who happened to be walking hand-in-hand with a parent a few feet away.

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