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Racked Recap 2008: Most Awesome Flameout

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Even in a city where turnover is an everyday event, the whole Kira Plastinina mess was still shocking. In a matter of months, the Russian teen (and her wealthy father) opened multiple enormous, garishly pink US outposts. And due to the economy, most (if not all) were shuttered. It was like the whole thing was just a bad, months-long dream. [Racked Recap]