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Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla., said it closed eight supermarkets for one day in Miami and Hialeah, Fla., in response to the protests against the Department of Justice's handling of the Elian Gonzalez situation. Jennifer Bush, a Publix spokeswoman, said the company closed the stores "for the safety of customers and employees" and not to make a political statement on the Gonzalez case.76, Plymouth

Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla., said it closed eight supermarkets for one day in Miami and Hialeah, Fla., in response to the protests against the Department of Justice's handling of the Elian Gonzalez situation. Jennifer Bush, a Publix spokeswoman, said the company closed the stores "for the safety of customers and employees" and not to make a political statement on the Gonzalez case.

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