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07/29/12 — Top spinners: For these 'bladers,' Beyblades are more than simple toys

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Top spinners: For these 'bladers,' Beyblades are more than simple toys

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on July 29, 2012 1:50 AM

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Armandi Benitez watches as he participates in a Beyblade battle during the Blader Jam 7.0 Tournament held at Tier Zero Gaming in Goldsboro.

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Beyblader Howard Howell, right, participates in a Beyblade battle during the Blader Jam 7.0 Tournament held at Tier Zero Gaming in Goldsboro. Howell, an internationally ranked player, organizes tournaments in Goldsboro.

Howard Howell averts his gaze as his lime-green top spins in front of him. He's competing in the finals of a Beyblade tournament he is hosting in downtown Goldsboro and he's losing -- not something he's accustomed to. Howell, or...

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