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Leave it to Janelle Ambrosia to infect the unlikeliest places with her verbal toxicity.In covering the story of Ambrosia’s horrendous viral YouTube video on its 11 p.m. news, Channel 7 was very careful to black out all racial epithets and all pictures of the ranting woman’s innocent young children. It was, unfortunately, not so careful about her racist tirade…

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