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Shon Oliver takes a seat in an open fire hydrant to get some relief from the oppressive afternoon heat in New York, Friday, July 22, 2011. The National Weather service put the temperature at 104 degrees in New York City?s Central Park as most New Yorkers stayed inside rather than take their chances with the stifling heat and humidity. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) <span class=meta>(AP Photo/ Peter Morgan)</span>
July 23, 2011 8:22:46 AM PDT