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Rosie instantly becomes the center of attention of the "in" crowd (a position she doesn't enjoy), an errand runner for a group of old people (called "wrinklies'), caught betwixt the attentions of a good boy and a bad boy, and the target of sinister phone calls demanding that a mysterious something be returned.
I would think whoever wins on Saturday, unless it's five (horses) across the wire, is going to jump right to the center of attention,'' said Doug O'Neill, who trains Liquidity and the California-bred Notional, two of the nine challengers to Futurity favorite Belgravia.
Mike Stanton began the summer as the unexpected center of attention at the USA Baseball Junior Olympics West in Arizona, where his coach was bombarded with inquiries about the outfielder from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks.
The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward is going to be the center of attention for a long time.

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