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On Leesburg Pike Near Tysons Corner, a Cheating Man's Sign of Repentance?

The trouble began, "Taylor" told Kane, when his wife, "Karen," discovered "pictures of a graphic nature" that "Taylor" had taken and sent at the request of the woman with whom he had a six-month affair.

"Taylor" wanted to save his marriage. He'd been recently laid off, he told Kane, and his wife had been so supportive. In a knock-down, drag-out, "Karen" conceived of the "I cheated" sign.

"I was like, what do I have to do?" "Taylor" said. "And she was like, why don't you stand out on the street and tell everybody . . . what kind of a you-know-what you are?"

So he did. Kane, gobsmacked by the whole incident, asked "Taylor" whether he'd be willing to, say, run the length of the Mall in D.C. in the nude to save his marriage. Yes, he would. "I would do anything to get her back," "Taylor" said.

Kane voiced skepticism about "Taylor's" hopeful docility: "So this could be all for naught. She could go ahead and make you stand out there and you make [a jerk] out of yourself for a week, and then, come Monday, be like: Listen. This is over, it's not gonna work. Ha ha! I leave."

"Taylor" remained optimistic: "I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best," he told Kane.

The flurry of media attention the "I cheated" sign has spawned is, "Taylor" said, perhaps not entirely helpful to his alleged quest for marital peace. He said he only agreed to appear on Kane's morning program because his wife listens to it. Neither "Taylor" nor his wife, "Karen" -- who appeared on-air after Kane got her phone number from "Taylor" -- would confirm rumors that they'll appear on "Good Morning America."

A stalwart "Karen" proved intractable on-air, telling Kane repeatedly: "I really don't, don't want to talk about this anymore." "Taylor" told Kane earlier that his wife has balked at all the unexpected publicity and is upset about the sort of attention her errant husband is receiving. "Karen" would not say whether she'll reconcile with her husband, who, apparently chastened by his wife's on-air presence, declined a second Kane interview.

This morning, cars honked as they passed "Taylor" while he chatted by phone to Kane. Passersby asked to take photos with him, "Taylor" told Kane.

At some point Thursday, "Taylor's" wife asked her husband to move to a new outpost outside a nearby McDonald's, according to a bank teller who had been watching the whole scene unfold outside a Wachovia.

In a text message sent after his dramatic radio appearance, "Taylor" told The Post: "I am at home. I cannot talk to anyone in the press. I'm sorry."

Perhaps he's the media's victim. Or perhaps this is a very artful, very crafty stunt. Nonetheless, one wonders whether "Karen" will pull the plug on this man's punishment, whether publicized repentance will turn out to make for no repentance at all. Perhaps "Taylor" will appear again this very morning, his alleged sins made known to Virginians via a scarlet letter all his own.

Research director Lucy Shackelford, research editor Alice Crites and staff researcher Eddy Palanzo contributed to this report.

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