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Students in Barb Alonzi's fifth-grade class hold signs that read "Honk" "4" "Jill" outside Lansing Intermediate School. Jill Carroll, the American journalist kidnapped Jan. 7 in Iraq, is the niece of Alonzi. Carroll was freed Thursday, prompting the small celebration at the school.

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Teacher, class celebrate kidnapped journalist's release

Lansing fifth-grade teacher Barb Alonzi is overjoyed by news that her niece, freelance journalist Jill Carroll, has been released by her kidnappers in Iraq.

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