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Shoppers crowd a Wal-mart at 5 A.M. in the northwest Chicago suburb of Niles, Ill. on November 28, 2008, the day after Thanksgiving on the retail shopping spree day known as "Black Friday." Despite the recession and economic downturn, shoppers still rose early and flocked to big ticket items like flat screen televisions, a popular item at the Wal-mart in Niles.