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44 minutes of terror

first_imgLike the many holes still left by the hail of bullets, the spectacular gunbattle transformed the Los Angeles Police Department, boosting its reputation after the Rodney King debacle while greatly improving its armed response. With Los Angeles once considered the bank robbery capital of the world, with up to 900 heists a year, the LAPD implemented tactics after the shootout that cut robberies to fewer than 90 last year. The shootout also left indelible marks on scores of cops and civilians. Many still suffer the depression, the nightmares and the flashbacks of battle-scarred soldiers. And in a case of life imitating Hollywood, which many said mirrored the bank-robbing movie “Heat” of 14 months earlier, the shootout then inspired made-for-TV documentaries and movies. “Our officers faced two savage individuals hellbent on destruction, who had brought with them automatic weapons and had prepared for an unspeakable amount of violence,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, commander of the Valley Bureau. “Our officers, though themselves not similarly equipped … rose to the challenge.” City officials will conduct an anniversary ceremony today to honor those who helped stave off the North Hollywood bank bandits. The gunmen in “Heat” had nothing on these guys. Larry Eugene Phillips Jr., 26, was a gruff-looking man with a pencil mustache – a former grifter once arrested for real-estate fraud. He had a wife and two children. Emil Dechebal Matasareanu, 30, was a scraggly haired, 283-pound native of Romania who suffered painful seizures after being struck in the head by a mental patient at his mother’s home-operated day-care center. He had brain surgery months before his death and was estranged from a wife and two kids. A civil-rights lawsuit later filed on behalf of Matasareanu’s two young children alleged he was deliberately allowed to bleed to death. It ended in a deadlocked jury, with the city ultimately agreeing to pay $50,000 in legal fees. The former Altadena residents had once served a brief stint in jail for possessing what Glendale police said was a virtual bank robbery kit. The two were later tied to two San Fernando Valley bank heists netting $1.67 million, as well as an armored truck robbery in which the guard was killed. The cash was never found. Ready for a fight Veteran police Detective Jimmy Grayson, who participated in the exhaustive search for the money from California to Colorado, suspected it was all spent on guns, ammunition and previous medical expenses. “It all makes sense,” he said. “If you had money stashed, why go out and do another robbery? They were living large.” Phillips and Matasareanu triggered the Bank of America alarm at 9:15 a.m. Apparently enraged to find only $304,000 in its coffers, they beat a bank branch officer. Slavic Zlatkin was waiting in a van for his father to make a deposit when the bandits walked out, firing their automatic weapons. “I heard what was like a sledgehammer,” said Zlatkin, now 33, of North Hollywood. “I got out of the van, the (car) window next to me shatters. I said, whoa!” Carlos Lemus, a tire store employee heading to the bank to cash his paycheck, had turned around when he realized he’d forgotten his wallet. “It’s the luckiest thing I ever did,” said Lemus, 48, who still works at the Goodyear shop. Across the region, hundreds of police officers from various departments raced to North Hollywood to help quell the violence, including SWAT members who scrambled from Griffith Park, where they’d been training in running shorts. Military veterans quickly recognized the telltale “blat” of the Russian-designed AK-47 assault rifle. In machine-gun mode The robbers, clad in cut-up Kevlar, emptied 100-round clips from a variety of weapons, sending hot rounds through concrete walls, iron fences, dozens of cars and through the walls of a nearby ice cream parlor and pizza joint. A golden retriever was shot in the nose while on the way to his vet. “Does any unit know how many officers are down?” asked a police radio dispatcher. “More than one, more than one,” responded a frantic officer recorded on audiotape. During the standoff, frustrated police ran into the now-defunct B&B Gun Shop to grab high-powered weapons and ammo. One man in a house behind the bank was so traumatized by the gunfire, according to his family, that he went into a diabetic coma within six months and died. “My husband, who had diabetes, was very sick; he started shaking,” said Yolanda Arreola, 64. “The robbery scared him to death.” Jose Haro had hit the floor in his locksmith shop across the boulevard from the bank when three police officers sought refuge in his kiosk. Haro made his way into a nearby cleaners, where he pulled a woman to safety just as bullets shattered a window. “After everything was over, I saw the bullet holes in my kiosk and my arms started to swell,” said Haro, 73, who received an award from the county. “For eight months, I didn’t sleep during the night.” Lasting impact Dr. Jorge Montes, a dentist, risked his life to treat two wounded officers in his second-story office. For his trouble, he suffered nightmares and a nervous tic in one eye. His father, worried during the ordeal, suffered a heart attack and died later from the anxiety, Montes said. “The sound of bullets was so nerve-racking, it was as if we had no windows here,” said the dentist, who also received an award. During the shootout, most police remained calm, despite ineffective weapons, faulty radios and a command post relocated four times. One seriously wounded officer who later quit the force and became a minister said: “I heard the devil; he told me: `You’re gonna die, you’re gonna die.”‘ It had been 13 years since Officer John Caprarelli had fired his service revolver. During the robbery, he was one of the first cops at the scene. He would fire 26 rounds from his 9 mm Baretta. Before a national TV audience, Caprarelli ran to a street corner to draw fire from Phillips, emptied his gun, then leapfrogged over a fire hydrant for cover. He can still hear the thump-thump of bullets whizzing through walls, or the phtt-phtt sound of rounds in the trees overhead. He was the last man to stare into Phillips’ eyes before the gunman shot himself after his assault rifle jammed. “It was a proud day overall, a proud day for the department,” said Caprarelli, a North Hollywood community-relations officer who received awards for his valor. “Time heals,” he said, crediting God for his recovery. “I knew nothing about post-traumatic stress. I didn’t know I’d have to wake up each night at 1 a.m. in the morning, reliving the shootout. “I can’t watch war movies anymore, like `Wake Island.’ I can’t stand the auto gunfire. I saw `Heat’ before it happened – I bought it – but I can’t watch it now. “It tears me up.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730 If you go A ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the North Hollywood shootout will be held at 4 p.m. today in the plaza across from Bank of America, 6600 Laurel Canyon Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ten years ago today, two men armed with automatic weapons and clad in body armor did more than rob the Bank of America at 6600 Laurel Canyon Blvd. For 44 thunderous minutes, they marched down the street, spraying stores and homes with 1,100 armor-piercing bullets, and wounding 11 police officers and six bystanders. The more than 300 law enforcement officers fighting for their lives fired back with 750 rounds. And the nation watched the terror unfold as news helicopters broadcast images of what became known as the North Hollywood shootout. When it was over, the two bandits lay dead – one after shooting himself and the other after bleeding to death from 29 gunshot wounds after telling police, “F— you. Shoot me in the head.” NORTH HOLLYWOOD – LAPD Officer Edward Brentlinger remembers crouching behind a wall, popping his pistol as two masked bank robbers fired back with AK-47 machine guns. Wounded bystanders screamed and other officers cried out that they’d been shot. Brentlinger’s 27 shots merely bounced off the heavily armed – and armored – bandits. “I could see the material on their (bulletproof) jackets go `poof,”‘ recalled the award-winning North Hollywood Division community-relations officer. “They were some badass guys. “We didn’t have the firepower to stop them.” last_img
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LACCD race too close to call as Burns has razor-thin lead

first_imgMercer did not return phone calls. The City Clerk’s Office has three weeks to certify the election. Within that time, votes cast by mail, provisional ballots, and ballots that may have been damaged and could not be scanned, will be counted. After a winner is officially announced, a candidate or any registered voter has five days to request a recount, according to the city’s election codes. Some political analysts said Burns’ strong support could have been due to a mood among voters to change the status quo. Mercer, who lives in Beverly Hills, is a former teacher at the Los Angeles School District’s Danube Elementary School in Granada Hills. She also has been a public-relations director for Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles branch. Burns teaches criminal justice at College of the Canyons in Valencia. He enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Cleveland High School in Reseda and served in the Vietnam War. “I do believe, that when it comes down to it, people want change,” said Rick Taylor, a political consultant for Dakota Communications. “And it has nothing to do with the seat but with a trust in law enforcement, and that triggered it.” Taylor said the 6 percent of registered voters who turned out were likely conservative. Burns ran on a Republican ticket, though the board of trustees is a nonpartisan entity. “It makes you wonder because these are the kinds of boards that no one really knows what the heck (the trustees) are doing,” Taylor said. But these boards also prove to be launching pads for long-standing careers in politics. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and California state Attorney General Jerry Brown both began their careers by serving on the Los Angeles Community College District board, Taylor said. Mercer, a political veteran who has served on the board of trustees since 1998, was forced into a runoff with Burns, who was the top vote-getter among three challengers in the March primary. In that election, Mercer received 46 percent and Burns got 32 percent of the vote. Mercer and Burns had each said they were disappointed they didn’t capture more than 50 percent of the vote, which would have averted a runoff. Burns said he believes he garnered a large chunk of the votes because of the messages he presented, including holding the board accountable for how voter-approved bond money was spent. He said his background as a teacher and career in law enforcement may have resonated with voters. “First of all, I’m a teacher, and I’m trying to stay in a profession in which the board of trustees oversees,” Burns said. “Next, I believe law enforcement is a respectable career, and I think that resonated with the voters.” And whether he can formally declare victory or not, Burns said this election has likely shaken the board’s sense of comfort. “I think this election opened their eyes, that this is not just going to be a quiet race every two years, and that there are going to be qualified candidates challenging the board of trustees,” Burns said. “That challenge creates better leadership.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664 The contest for the Los Angeles Community College District board of trustees seat remained too close to call Wednesday, with fewer than 100 votes separating the two candidates and 10,600 ballots left to count, election officials said. The tally so far gives political newcomer Roy Burns a razor-thin margin over incumbent Georgia Mercer – 88 votes out of over 115,000 cast. While acknowledging he was in no position to declare victory, Burns said he was confident about the results. “I’m not ready to declare victory, but I’m extremely confident that this side will win,” said Burns, a retired sheriff’s deputy who also teachers. last_img read more

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Buncrana ‘pools together’ for colourful St Patrick Day parade – Pic special

first_img Buncrana ‘pools together’ for colourful St Patrick Day parade – Pic special was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Some residents in Buncrana used its St Patrick’s Day parade to send out a message that the townspeople want their swimming pool open again.The float was one of several colourful attractions for what proved to be a great parade for the Inishowen town.Joe Boland of Northwest Newspix was on hand to catch all the action.last_img read more

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Neutron Imaging Solves Mystery of Leeuwenhoek’s Microscopes

first_img(Visited 751 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s been 300 years, and scientists are just now figuring out how Antony van Leeuwenhoek was able to grind microscope lenses of superior quality.Leeuwenhoek did it by himself. His microscopes were so good, some historians have questioned how the cloth merchant could have created lenses able to image bacteria. Now, the Delft Institute of Technology, says Phys.org, has proved he was able to grind his superior lenses without help from others.Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes. A unique collaboration at the interface between culture and science has proved conclusively that the linen trader and amateur scholar from Delft ground and used his own thin lenses. Considering the unrivaled quality of the microscopic images produced by Van Leeuwenhoek, this was always thought to be practically impossible. The prevailing view was that grinding small lenses of such high quality by hand was simply a bridge too far. A new research method helped to solve the mystery—namely, using a neutron bundle from the TU Delft research reactor.Graphic by J Beverly Greene for CEH. All rights reserved.Leeuwenhoek exceeded the magnification of his contemporaries’ magnifying lenses (300x) by tenfold. “How he managed this feat remained a mystery up until now,” the researchers in his hometown say.  The reason it has taken so long to solve the mystery is that there are only 11 of his microscopes left in existence, and they are too valuable to take apart. Scientists needed a non-invasive method to study the interior design of his craftsmanship, and they found one.The mystery of the Leeuwenhoek lens was solved thanks to non-invasive neutron tomography, which made it possible to create an image of the inside of the microscope without having to break it open. The Reactor Institute Delft is home to a new instrument that operates using this technology. “Tomography involves rotating an object in a neutron bundle in front of a camera, and photographs are taken as the object rotates,” explains Lambert van Eijck, a TU Delft researcher. “Neutrons are uncharged particles and pass through metal – in contrast to X-rays, for example. After you have rotated the object through 180 degrees, you can use the collection of 2-D images to construct a 3-D image of the object on the computer.”The work proves that Leeuwenhoek did not use glass-blowing or other exotic techniques. He was just an exceptionally skilled grinder of glass lenses. What he saw through those tiny lenses would change the world:The Leeuwenhoek microscope was recently chosen as a Dutch showpiece in the design category on a national television programme. Tiemen Cocquyt says, “The instrument opened new worlds, and Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to view bacteria, sperm cells and blood cells, discoveries that he published in the journal of the British Royal Society.” With his simple, yet extremely specialised microscope, Van Leeuwenhoek saw what nobody had seen before – or even could have seen. It was another 150 years before others succeeded in building a microscope capable of revealing more.Future imaging with gamma ray spectroscopy might reveal the ingredients of the glass he used, the article says. Neutrons temporarily make the material radioactive. By watching how the radioactivity decays, scientists can learn about the elements in the glass. Research into the Leeuwenhoek mystery continues.See our CEH biography of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, a Christian who believed God created the tiny creatures he saw. His delight in studying them, proving that belief in God as Creator is not a science stopper, but a science motivator. His main problem was in getting the skeptics of his day to believe that such wonders really existed. And when they tried to say “stuff happens” to explain them (i.e., spontaneous generation), he proved that living things always came from prior living things. Evolutionists today have not learnt the lesson of Leeuwenhoek.last_img read more

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Egypt’s Facebook Police Target Protesters Facebook Page

first_imgIn an earlier post, our French editor, Fabrice Epelboin, detailed his discovery that the crew that had harassed our French edition‘s Facebook page, was in fact a squad of Tunisian Internet cops. These days, official groups and allied militia, frequently attack dissidents. It has now happened in Egypt. The most important Facebook page for the protests is being flooded with abusive comments and criticism. In September, we wrote about the creation and activity of the Egyptian government’s Facebook cops. They were created because Egypt’s young people have frequently used Facebook as an organizing and informational tool. The 6th of April Youth Movement grew on Facebook and the current uprising was organized in part by the We Are Khaled Said Facebook page. As Evgeny Morozov points out in his new book The Net Delusion (review upcoming) tyrannical regimes – well any regime actually – have come to utilize social media as a tool of oppression as much as the oppressed use it as a tool for liberty. Egypt is no exception to this rule. In fact, one wonders if the Egyptian government turned the Internet back on specifically to allow its online security forces to operate. The “Facebook cops” have targeted the We Are Khaled Said page – one of the best resources for information on the protests. It has both an Arabic and an English version, giving it tremendous reach inside and outside the country. Most of the trolling has happened on the Arabic version. It is, I admit, surmise that this special security department is behind the flooding of the page with filth, violent comments and faux hand-wringing. But it seems pretty likely. No doubt the online version of the “militia” types that Tahrir Square has seen beating protesters and journalists are among the commenters. Wired listed these as some of the comments, a lot of which come from accounts with virtually no personal information. “God forgive (the administrator, probably) he spread fitna [division] and wants to burn the country, God is my refuge. We are all against him. Send it to each other so we can rid ourselves of him and his poisons.”“This motherfucking group wants to ruin the country.”“You ruined Egypt you dogs and enemies of Egypt. All your lives you have felt inadequate when compared to us… Egypt is above you all and that is God’s promise. Long live Pharaonic Egypt.”Facebook Should Stand with the Protesters and Against the Facebook CopsDespite the fact that dissidents and concerned citizens in general in a host of countries, many in North Africa, have used Facebook as a way to register their hopes, fears, hurt and anger at their leaders, Facebook itself has remained unmoved. In another life, I suggested that Facebook has a responsibility to its users, those who put that “cool” billion dollars in their pockets, to stand with them. By this I do not mean that Facebook, a private company, should take partisan political stances or that it should even take sides in a conflict like that which happened in Tunisia or is currently working itself out in Egypt. If I owned such a company I would do no such thing. But taking a stand on behalf of its users to say that they should be free to speak to each other, to speak their conscience, to speak their loves and sorrows, without winding up on the wrong end of a hose or a lead pipe or broken broom handle or even just a locked door is not a “political” stance, it is a human one, just as free speech itself is not a cultural or political right, but a human one. Facebook has a tremendously loud voice. It could make a world of difference. Let Mr. Zuckerberg stand up and say, “We stand with our users. We insist that the marketplace of ideas be allowed to work with as little interference as the financial marketplace in which Facebook makes its money.” What would such a stance cost Facebook? Money? I think not. As intelligent as Mr. Zuckerberg is, he is young. When a cadre of severe attorneys who look like your mom and dad tell you to quiet down or you’ll ruin everything, perhaps your knees bend from sheer sense-memory. But Mr. Zuckerberg is a grown-up now; a very wealthy, very influential grown up. Should he get up off his knees it could give a second wind to those who seek merely to speak without paying the ultimate price. Tags:#international#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Under Armour sends two UC players to Stephen Curry Asia Tour

first_imgCuyos and Orquez also showed they have what it takes to be among the best players in the country as the UC squad overcame tough odds against teams from various parts of the Philippines to capture the two titles that will not be possible without the support of coach Joever Samonte and Atty. Estenso. Under Armour also treated the media with a unique basketball experience as they played 3×3 basketball, competed in a three-point shootout, and taught new drills to improve on their basketball skills and physical condition.Get a chance to win an authographed gear from the Steph Curry by checking out IG underarmouph page. advt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cuyos and Orquez gained a chance to see 2x MVP, Under Armour ambassador in person after winning Under Armour 3×3 Under-18 Philippines title recently. The two were members of the victorious UC squad that captured the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Cebu crown and the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines title in Manila.The two ballers from Cebu traveled on Wednesday to see Curry in the flesh at the event held at the Jungchang Gymnasium in Seoul Korea. They got a chance to interact with the NBA champion and learned new drills and tricks from the Golden State Warriors star during the all-expense paid trip by Under Armour Southeast Asia. They also received limited edition gears from Under Armour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Cuyos, 17, holds an impressive resume that includes being a two-time Cesafi All-Star, a two-time Cesafi runner-up, and a two-time runner-up in the Cebu City Olympics. He is also a Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School, Cordua 1st Mayors’ Cup, and WJC 1st Cup champion.Orquez, 18, was a former member of the Holy Trinity High School in Alberta, Canada where he was an Edmonton Journal All-Star. In the Philippines, he helped UC win the Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School champion.UC defeated University of Visayas, 15-14, in the thrilling final in the Cebu tournament before flying in to Manila to also make a big impression as the Webmasters beat Bounty A also in pulsating fashion, 21-20, in the championship match.Curry’s visit in Asia came following the launch of Curry3ZERO, the latest Under Armour shoeline for the NBA superstar. The Curry3ZERO made its formal launch in the Philippines a few weeks ago with Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Barangay Ginebra foward Jervy Cruz, San Beda standout Robert Bolick, actor JC De Verea, Letran star Rey Nambatac, Ms. Earth 2015 Angelica Gabrena Ong, coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff attending the ceremony at The City Club Alphaland Makati Place.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gallinari out of EuroBasket after breaking bone in hand With its mission to empower athletes and making athletes better, Under Armour gave two lucky ballers a chance of a lifetime when University of Cebu’s John Bryl Cuyos and Virlou Orquez traveled to Seoul to witness Stephen Curry in his Asia Tour.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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McManaman Van Dijk Salah injuries could derail Liverpools title hopes

first_imgLiverpool legend Steve McManaman believes their Premier League title hopes could be left in jeopardy if Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah got injuredThe Reds now lead by nine points from Tottenham, who lost 3-1 to Wolves, following Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.Defending champions Manchester City are a further point behind in third, albeit with a game in hand against Southampton later today.Pep Guardiola’s side have endured a difficult month with injuries to some key players along with three defeats in their last four matches.And McManaman fears that Liverpool may find themselves in a similar struggle if they were to lose some of their own key men.“If Liverpool get a bad injury to Van Dijk or to Salah, at the same time, your thoughts start to change,” McManaman told BT Sport, via the Express.“Football is one of those things. When they say you have to take it game-by-game, that’s what you have to do. You have to hope everyone stays fit and the best team will win.“Of course Liverpool are absolutely flying at the moment but I’d still say Manchester City have got that little bit of an edge.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“They have got them at home next and they have won the league before.”The ex-Real Madrid midfielder is wary of placing too much expectation on the high-flying Reds.He added: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Liverpool. Of course I want Liverpool to win the league, it goes without saying.“They are frightening at this moment but every year we pick out teams to win the elague, to not win the league, and you fall flat on your face three months later.“If it’s in April and they’ve got that much point difference, I’m quite happy to shout it from the rooftops but they’ve got a long way to go.”Although second-place Spurs don’t stand a chance due to their lack of squad depth.“No disrespect to Tottenham, I never thought they were in it,” said McManaman.“I always thought that their lack of depth in the squad would count against them.”last_img read more

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