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Mon., Aug. 18, 2008, 4:48 p.m.

Troop farewell

Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi are scheduled to cross paths Tuesday, and with the heated words being exchanged by their campaigns lately, it's probably a good thing there will be plenty of people around to break up any fight.

People with guns, no less.

Gregoire is scheduled to speak at a going away ceremony for an Auburn-based unit of the 81st Brigade, the Washington National Guard Unit being sent to Iraq. There are 12 such farewells around the state on Tuesday, and this is one of two she'll be attending.

The Rossi campaign has also scheduled him for the event, although he won't be at the podium.

Underhanded scheming by Gregoire, you may be thinking. Nope, Pentagon rules, said the Guard.

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