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South Suburban College and Career Development System Present Awards to High School Students - eNews Park Forest

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South Holland, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Video Competition on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.  The competition showcases talent from area high schools as well as provides local students with a tour of the college's facilities, featuring the television studio/control room, audio studio/control room, and multimedia lab.

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Senators Call on FDA to Restrict the Sale, Distribution, and Marketing of E-Cigarettes - eNews Park Forest

Senators Call on FDA to Restrict the Sale, Distribution, and Marketing of E-Cigarettes - eNews Park Forest | eNews Park Forest | Scoop.it
New nicotine delivery devices on the market are unregulated and available for purchase by children and young adults

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Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

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By Daniel Trotta  (Reuters) 


The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.


The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.


When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war's death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.


The report, the work of about 30 academics and experts, was published in advance of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.


It was also an update of a 2011 report the Watson Institute produced ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that assessed the cost in dollars and lives from the resulting wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.


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NASA Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind - eNews Park Forest

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By Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


Greenbelt, MD-(ENEWSPF)- Many areas of scientific research -- Earth's weather, ocean currents, the outpouring of magnetic energy from the sun -- require mapping out the large scale features of a complex system and its intricate details simultaneously.


Describing such systems accurately, relies on numerous kinds of input, beginning with observations of the system, incorporating mathematical equations to approximate those observations, running computer simulations to attempt to replicate observations, and cycling back through all the steps to refine and improve the models until they jibe with what's seen. Ultimately, the models successfully help scientists describe, and even predict, how the system works.


Understanding the sun and how the material and energy it sends out affects the solar system is crucial, since it creates a dynamic space weather system that can disrupt human technology in space such as communications and global positioning system (GPS) satellites.


However, the sun and its prodigious stream of solar particles, called the solar wind, can be particularly tricky to model since as the material streams to the outer reaches of the solar system it carries along its own magnetic fields. The magnetic forces add an extra set of laws to incorporate when trying to determine what's governing the movement. Indeed, until now, equations for certain aspects of the solar wind have never been successfully devised to correlate to the observations seen by instruments in space. Now, for the first time, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has created a set of the necessary equations, published in Physical Review Letters on Dec. 4, 2012.


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Czech Republic Legalizes Cannabis For Medicinal Consumption - eNews Park Forest

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Prague, Czech Republic--(ENEWSPF)--February 21, 2013. Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus signed legislation into law last week legalizing the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.


Under the new law, patients with a physician's authorization will be able to access cannabis from pharmacies.


Initially, cannabis will be imported into the country. However, the law also allows for the eventual domestic production of cannabis for medical purposes by state-licensed producers. [MORE]


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Opioids Drive Continued Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths - eNews Park Forest

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Atlanta, GA--(ENEWSPF)--February 20, 2013. Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are published today in a research letter, “Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


CDC’s analysis shows that 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in the United States in 2010, up from 37,004 deaths in 2009. This continues the steady rise in overdose deaths seen over the past 11 years, starting with 16,849 deaths in 1999. Overdose deaths involving opioid analgesics have shown a similar increase. Starting with 4,030 deaths in 1999, the number of deaths increased to 15,597 in 2009 and 16,651 in 2010.


In 2010, nearly 60 percent of the drug overdose deaths (22,134) involved pharmaceutical drugs. Opioid analgesics, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, were involved in about 3 of every 4 pharmaceutical overdose deaths (16,651), confirming the predominant role opioid analgesics play in drug overdose deaths.


CDC researchers analyzed data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics 2010 multiple cause-of-death file, which is based on death certificates. [MORE]

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Marian Catholic Speech Team Finishes Third at IHSA State Finals - eNews Park Forest

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Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Marian Catholic Speech Team finished in third place at the IHSA State Finals in Peoria on Saturday. Senior Tiffany Pia Lyander (Hazel Crest) won first place in Poetry Reading. After a successful season, winning first place at both the IHSA Regional tournament and IHSA Sectional tournament, the Marian Catholic Speech Team was proud to earn a third-place trophy at the State competition.


“I was pretty shocked when I heard my name announced,” admitted Lyander, the humble state champion. “This year the entire team really came together as a unit.  The third-place win took every member of our team.” Lyander is a dynamic member of the speech and theater department at Marian Catholic. The senior is looking forward to ending her high school fine arts career with the spring musical, Beauty and the Beast, where she will play Babette. [MORE]

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Forest Trail Basketball Team Garners State Award - eNews Park Forest

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Forest Trail School’s seventh grade boys’ basketball team took third place out of 400 teams in the Illinois Elementary Sports Association (IESA) championship tournament. The team finished the season with a 26-2 record.

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Salazar, LaHood, Hickenlooper Announce $1.7 Million Grant for Key Portion of Rocky Mountain Greenway - eNews Park Forest

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--(ENEWSPF)--February 19, 2013. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to announce more than $1.7 million in new funding for the Rocky Mountain Greenway. The funding, part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit in Parks program, will help establish an uninterrupted trail and open space network in the Denver metropolitan area.


“The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a shining example of what happens when strong federal, state, local and private partnerships align to take the vision of this uninterrupted trail and open space network and turn it into a reality for the Denver metropolitan area,” Secretary Salazar said. “Already we’ve constructed important links in the Greenway, and today’s funding will help complete another critical section to connect Denver’s hundreds of miles of trails.”


“In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama called on us to upgrade our nation’s transportation infrastructure to help grow our economy and improve energy efficiency,” said Secretary LaHood. “By working with the Department of the Interior, we are improving access to modern transit services through our scenic parklands and helping preserve these national treasures for future generations.” [MORE]


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Water discovered in Apollo lunar rocks may challenge theory of moon’s origin | Science Recorder

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Water in the moon? It seems so. (Water discovered in Apollo lunar rocks may challenge theory of moon's origin - Science Recorder: Science Recorde...
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Two Southland College Prep Charter High School Juniors Are IHSA Speech State Champs - eNews Park Forest

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Peoria, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Southland College Prep Charter High School juniors, Morgan Brown, of Matteson and Alexus Newson, of Park Forest, took first place in the Dramatic Duet Acting section of the Illinois High School Association ( IHSA) Speech Individual Events State Finals competition today at the Peoria Civic Center.


“Bringing home this three-year old school’s very first number one State championship in any IHSA sanctioned performance or athletic event is a fine accomplishment for these very talented young people and their dedicated coaches,” said Dr. Blondean Davis, Southland College Prep Charter High School’s CEO.


“We’re quite proud of our team’s performance in this individual Speech event, for during this two-day tournament these Southland juniors competed against a very talented field of experienced performers from Hinsdale Central, Wheaton North, Shepard, Marian and Harrisburg high schools,” said Cheryl Frazier, Southland’s Director of Forensics and Theatre. [MORE]


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New Report Blames Failed Policies For 790% Jump in Federal Prison Population - eNews Park Forest

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WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--February 15 - A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) attributesstaggering growth in the federal prison population over the last 30 years in part to failed sentencing and correctional policies. The ACLU, a longtime advocate for significantly decreasing the federal prison population, supports some of the report’s recommendations, but not all—including transferring prisoners to private prisons, which are not subject to public scrutiny and accountability. The ACLU released a report in 2011 on the successful efforts of several states to reduce their prison populations and reform our country’s broken criminal justice system.


“States are truly leading the charge on this and leaving the federal government behind,” said Vanita Gupta, ACLU Deputy Legal Director. “While states are making smart reforms to their own ineffective and costly criminal justice systems, the federal criminal justice system is more bloated than ever. If we are going to safely end our addiction to incarceration, the feds should draw inspiration from the states and push for data-driven criminal justice policies that will focus on public safety and reduce the number of people behind bars.”


According to the report, the increase is due largely to changes in federal sentencing and correctional policy, including mandatory minimum sentences and the elimination of federal parole. The result has been a “historically unprecedented” increase that has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives and cost billions of dollars... [MORE]


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Study: Oral THC Administration Mitigates Sleep Apnea - eNews Park Forest

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Chicago, IL--(ENEWPSF)--February 15, 2013. The oral administration of synthetic THC reduces symptoms of sleep apnea, according to clinical trial data published online in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. Sleep apnea is a medical disorder characterized by frequent interruptions in breathing of up to ten seconds or more during sleep. The condition is associated with numerous physiological disorders, including fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke.The oral administration of synthetic THC reduces symptoms of sleep apnea, according to clinical trial data published online in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. [MORE]

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Storms Delay Hundreds of Flights in Chicago - eNews Park Forest

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AccuWeather reports thunderstorms are rolling across the Midwest and may have the potential to be severe. Conditions are prime for tornadoes and dangerously large hail.
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GLSEN Applauds Reintroduction of the Bipartisan Safe Schools Improvement Act in House - eNews Park Forest

GLSEN Applauds Reintroduction of the Bipartisan Safe Schools Improvement Act in House - eNews Park Forest | eNews Park Forest | Scoop.it

New York-(ENEWSPF)- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the GLSEN-led National Safe Schools Partnership today lauded the reintroduction of the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Rep. Linda Sanchez introduced a House bill with bipartisan support that addresses bullying and harassment for all students, including the categories of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. A Senate version of the bill (S. 403) was introduced with bipartisan support by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on February 28.


The Safe Schools Improvement Act is a zero-cost bill that would require schools to implement comprehensive anti-bullying policies that address bullying and harassment and ensure the safety and well-being of all students. No federal law or policy exists that requires schools to adopt policies to address bullying and harassment. Existing state laws vary greatly in their reach and effectiveness. [MORE]

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Purple Moderates are Coming....

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Purple Moderates  is an organization  that was created as a result of running for Congress and writing this book, The Reluctant Republican. It was not enough  to just be critical of the process of politics that exist in our country, but that criticism should lead to a positive solution. Purple Moderates is a pragmatic and positive solution to the partisian viewpoint that creates gridlock.


Purple Moderates is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, encourage and support a platform that will solve problems through tolerance, compromise and wisdom. That platform must be based on evidence not merely theory, must include a consideration for all viewpoints, and must look to the success of the USA over the sucess of one party.

Wise decisions can only be made when all the facts are known and considered. Listening to all sides on an issue, and an open dialogue will reveal the evidence needed to make wise choices.


We must place pragmatic solutions over political rhetoric to move America forward.


The majority of Americans are moderate in their political views and are willing to compromise to solve problems. 


The next four years, no matter who occupies the White House or Congress, must be years of moving forward and solving our problems.


The first goal of Purple Moderates  is to establish a central website which will identify all organizations that reflect moderate, centrisit and bipartisian interests. For example, on a national level, we will list NoLabels.org and for local grassroots organizations, we will list TheVillageSquare.org. We will list all pundits, blogs, speakers and authors who are moderate or centrist in their viewpoint. We will include a section to educate on issues with different viewpoints and a "View From The Center."


We will establish a political action committee, Moderate-Majority Pac,  to suport and encourage those elected officials and candidates who exhibit thoughtful views, statesmen like qualities of charecter who will tolerate the viewpoints of others and work with others towards sucessful resolution of issues for the greater good of the nation. We will give support to these officials to assist them in accomplishing these objectives.


A portion of the profits received from the sale of The Reluctant Republican will go towards Purple Moderates.


Please make a contribution to the Success of America by contributing to Purple Moderates.


If you value the value of moderation and the genius of compromise, please join with us as a powerful voice for America.


Thank you,


Barbara Olschner

Founder and Executive Director, Purple Moderates, Inc.



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FBI Seeks to Identify Two Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation - eNews Park Forest

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Indianapolis, IN-(ENEWSPF)- Robert A. Jones, Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining information to help identify two unknown individuals who may be able to provide valuable details regarding the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individuals are being disseminated to the public and can also be found below... [MORE]

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Chicago FBI Continues Search for the Bully Bandit (Video of Suspect) - eNews Park Forest

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Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is renewing its request for assistance from the public in identifying the individual they have dubbed the “Bully Bandit,” who is believed to be responsible for a string of nine bank robberies in Chicago and Berwyn that began last November. He was given his nickname because of his pushy demeanor as he carries out his robberies, yelling at bank tellers and customers and pushing customers out of his way to get to teller windows to make his demand for money.


Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI, made the request today as he announced an increase in the reward that is being offered in the case. There is now an offer of up to $15,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the Bully Bandit, depicted in the following video clip from a surveillance camera in the vicinity of one of the banks he robbed.


The Bully Bandit’s latest robbery occurred on Friday of last week, when he struck the Chase Bank branch located at 3339 West Belmont in Chicago. Just as he did in the prior eight robberies he is believed to have carried out, the robber approached the teller window and announced the robbery by shouting at the teller as he demanded money. Although he has not displayed a weapon during any of his heists, witnesses at some of the robberies have reported that he kept one hand in a clothing pocket, implying that he had a concealed weapon. [MORE/VIDEO]


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Rich East Rocket Culinary Stars To Compete In 13th Annual ProStart Invitational - eNews Park Forest

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Several students from Rich East High School will be competing this weekend at the 13th Annual ProStart Invitational.


The prestigious competition, featuring almost a dozen schools, is sponsored by the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, will be held at Kendall College Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23.


ProStart is a culinary and management class at Rich East High School and in Rich Township School District 227. Students learn about the art of cooking and restaurant management. 


The Rocket culinary stars are Leanna Beeks, June Knox and Mirissa Martin. They have been working diligently throughout the school year, creating various meat, vegetable and pasta dishes and well as pastries and other confectionary sweets. Over the course of the school, several teachers and students were used as taste-testers and there were no complaints. It has become a fun skill that will give them a solid career.  [MORE]


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Dr. Roberta Ness Discusses Innovation at Governors State University - eNews Park Forest

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University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Chart your course to the future at “So You Think You Can Innovate?” on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts. Join internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta Ness, the author of “Innovation Generation,” as she demonstrates how to expand your ability to generate original ideas. The discussion is free and open to the public.


At GSU, Dr. Ness will discuss proven techniques to unlock innovative thinking, many of which came out of an extraordinarily successful program at the University of Texas, where she is Dean of the School of Public Health. That program was the basis for “Innovation Generation.” Her tools for innovative thinking include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing your point of view, reversing your thinking, and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups. [MORE]

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How the Daffodil Got Its 'Trumpet' - eNews Park Forest

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The daffodil is one of the few plants with a 'corona', a crown-like structure also referred to as the 'trumpet'. New research suggests that the corona is not an extension of the petals as previously thought, but is a distinct organ sharing more genetic identity with stamens, the pollen-producing reproductive organs.


The origin of the corona has long been a subject of debate in botany, and in the 1930s botanist Agnes Arber claimed that it was an extension from the petals. With its colourful petal-like appearance, it's easy to see why this was believed for so long. Yet by studying the corona's development and genetic information, this new study has shown that it is in fact related to stamens.


Dr Robert Scotland of the University of Oxford led the research, and was supported by colleagues at Harvard University, the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Western Australia. The researchers were funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the United States National Science Foundation. The study is published online in The Plant Journal. [MORE]

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Robocaller Banned From Telemarketing in Settlement with FTC - eNews Park Forest

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Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--February 19, 2013.  The architect of an operation that allegedly distributed illegal robocalls offering credit card interest rate reduction programs, extended automobile warranties, and home security systems, is banned from telemarketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.


The FTC settlement against Roy M. Cox, Jr., is part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to stop illegal robocalls.  In December 2011, the FTC charged Cox and several related companies with illegally failing to transmit their name or their clients’ names on consumers’ caller ID displays when making their telemarketing calls, using generic names instead, such as “CARD SERVICES,” “CREDIT SERVICES,” or “PRIVATE OFFICE.”  The FTC also alleged that they knew, or consciously avoided knowing, that they called phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and made pre-recorded sales calls to consumers without their written consent. [MORE]

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Jupiter moon Europa 'likeliest to have life'

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Astronomers say the Jupiter moon Europa is the 'likeliest to have life' because of its ocean, thin ice shelf. (Jupiter moon Europa 'likeliest to have life' - GlobalPost: Economic TimesJupiter moon Europa 'likeliest to have ...
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The End of a Catholic Moment

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By ROSS DOUTHAT at the New York Times


THE last time the Chair of St. Peter stood vacant, during Pope John Paul II’s funeral in 2005, the Roman Catholic Church enjoyed a wave of unusually favorable coverage from the American press. The Polish pope had a way of disarming even his most stringent critics, and that power extended beyond his death, turning his funeral into a made-for-television spectacle that almost felt like an infomercial for the Catholic faith.Both Republicans and Democrats are losing interest in the church’s ideas.


Perhaps not coincidentally, the mid-2000s were the last time the Catholic vision of the good society — more egalitarian than American conservatism and more moralistic than American liberalism — enjoyed real influence in U.S. politics. At the time of John Paul’s death, the Republican Party’s agenda was still stamped by George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism,” which offered a right-of-center approach to Catholic ideas about social justice. The Democratic Party, meanwhile, was looking for ways to woo the “values voters” (many of them Catholic) who had just helped Bush win re-election, and prominent Democrats were calling for a friendlier attitude toward religion and a bigger tent on social issues.


That was a long eight years ago. Since then, the sex abuse scandals that shadowed John Paul’s last years have become the defining story of his successor’s papacy, and the unexpected abdication of Benedict XVI has only confirmed the narrative of a church in disarray. His predecessor was buried amid reverent coverage from secular outlets, but the current pope can expect a send-off marked by sourness and shrugs. [MORE]

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