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Lawn chair balloonist Kent Couch leans in for a kiss from a grandson before taking flight from his gas station with Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
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Lawn chair balloonist Kent Couch leans in for a kiss from a grandson before taking flight from his gas station with Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Bend, Ore. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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