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'N Sync gives benefit concert

about 150,000 'N Sync fans shrieked and shrilled Sunday night as the popular boy band performed such hits as Pop, Bye Bye Bye and Tearin' Up My Heart during a free Veterans Day concert on South Beach.

The predominantly young, female crowd pushed toward the stage when the five band members appeared wearing Red Cross T-shirts. At one point, mounted police officers appeared to prevent the crowd from pushing over a fence in an attempt to get closer.

"I think that I love them," said Jaya Supan, 8, of Sunrise, who was attending her first concert along with her 40-year-old uncle, Suresh Supan, his 14-year-old daughter and her 11-year-old sister.

"It was awesome," said Suresh Supan, an assistant manager at an environmental company.

The sale of VIP tickets and concessions at the show are to benefit families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and local workers who recently lost their jobs.

Also performing were Tito Puente Jr., Deborah Cox, MPress, Dante Thomas and Willa Ford.