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    First Lady Jill Biden has said her husband 'had so many hopes' when he got into office, but there were 'problems of the moment' that needed to be addressed first - both home and abroad.  Biden, 71, spoke at fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Saturday. '[The President] had so many hopes and plans for things he wanted to do, but every time you turned around, he had to address the problems of the moment,' she told donors at the event. 'He's just had so many things thrown his way,' she added.  During his presidency, Joe Biden has faced Russia's war in Ukraine, the pullout of troops from Afghanistan, rising inflation and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  The first lady's remarks come after a New York Times poll recently found that 64 percent of Democratic voters would prefer a candidate other than Biden in 2024.  First lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention, on Friday. The next day, she spoke on the challenges her husband had faced during his presidency  The...
    Q: Hello, Ira. Yesterday you asked “Exactly what sharks have been caught? " How about Detroit sending Jerami Grant to the Blazers and the Rockets sending Christian Wood to the Mavericks? We could have made a competitive offer for both players, and though I’m no expert, they both seem like perfect fits next to Bam Adebayo. Both are in the prime of their careers, both can create their own shots, hit the open 3, and defend. Though I appreciate the whale hunting, if you don’t land the whale, all you might be left with is a fish at veteran’s minimum to start at power forward. – Carlos, West Park. A: First, an appreciation of the thought put into your post. To a degree, you also answered your question. Neither Jerami Grant nor Christian Wood have been All-Stars, and quite possibly never will be. Both, I agree, can be quality supporting players. But that is not what the Heat want/need. So they wait for something bigger. Will it arrive? Can it happen? Nothing is guaranteed. I agree. But imagine taking...
    Ahead of the two anniversary of the death of George Floyd, family attorney Benjamin Crump says very little progress has been made, declaring to The Washington Post on Monday that “Black people still can’t breathe.” Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after being detained by Minneapolis Police over a complaint he’d used counterfeit money. Video of Floyd being pinned by the neck by former officer Derek Chauvin for over 9 minutes while he exclaimed that he couldn’t breathe caused mass outrage and kicked off a number of protests against police brutality. Chauvin was convicted last year and sentenced to 22 years behind bars for Floyd’s death. Civil rights attorney Crump said the outrage caused by Floyd’s death, however, has still not led to much real progress. “We’re set [for] a record high for police killings in this year,” he told the Post. “This is the second year after George Floyd when we really believed that it was going to be a wake up call or a tipping point where we didn’t see so many of these unjust, highly...
    Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in-studio to discuss how the Davidson County Republican Party needs to get more candidates on its roster, also urging caller Joe to show up and vote Republican. (Caller Joe) Leahy: Clint, your thoughts? Brewer: Well, now, Joe, you don’t want to run for Congress, do you? Caller Joe: No, I don’t. (Laughs)  Brewer: Okay. All right. That was going to shape my advice to you if you wanted to. Apparently, they’re watching those things these days, I’ve heard. Leahy: They are. Brewer: Look, I would say to you, they’ve made these elections partisan. And if you are partisan, if you’re a Republican, vote Republican – I mean, participate in the system. Here’s the interesting thing: So, the thing that underperforms and doesn’t perform the most in Davidson County is the school system. It’s the single worst part of the Metropolitan government in the city, in terms of the results it gets,...
    THE EFL have warned Derby County's future hangs in the balance after administrators Quantama failed to provide an update on the takeover situation. Quantama were given a deadline on Tuesday to provide information to the EFL but they have failed to provide proof of funds to see out the season or identify a possible buyer. 1Derby have been in administration since September but a takeover seems no closer than it was thenCredit: Gareth Evans/News Images The EFL are growing increasingly concerned by Derby's position with there seemingly being no progress made since the club was placed into administration in September. An EFL statement reads: " The EFL notes the statement issued today by Quantama (administrators) but remains deeply concerned at the lack of any form of substantial progress in respect of the outstanding matters affecting the club. "Despite requesting an update almost 48 hours ago there has been no communication from the administrators with correspondence and calls from the EFL going unanswered. "As a result, the EFL still has no further information don't the preferred bidder status or evidence of...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday said it deplored the lack of progress in talks on Moscow’s demand for security guarantees against NATO’s eastward expansion and strongly rebuffed Western calls for a pullback of Russian troops from areas near Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also warned of a complete rupture U.S.-Russian relations if proposed sanctions targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top civilian and military leaders are adopted. The measures, proposed by Senate Democrats, would also target leading leading Russian financial institutions if Moscow sends troops into Ukraine. Russia and the West took uncompromising stands during the talks this week to discuss the tensions over Ukraine. While Moscow demanded a halt to NATO expansion, Washington and its allies firmly rejected them as a nonstarter. Monday’s Russia-U.S. talks in Geneva and Wednesday’s Russia-NATO meeting in Brussels failed to narrow the gap, although the parties left the possibility open for future talks on arms control and ways to prevent military incidents between Russia and the West. Peskov noted “some positive elements and nuances” during the talks, but noted stark...
    Democratic senators vented their displeasure at a lunch meeting Tuesday with Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Presented by Citi — Progressives shrug off Manchin warning Cori Bush rips Manchin on spending bill opposition: 'Anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman and anti-immigrant' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Glasgow summit kicks off MORE (D-W.Va.) and with the lack of progress on the $1.75 trillion climate and social spending plan that remains in limbo because of Manchin’s objections to a variety of issues. Democratic lawmakers said they gave Manchin an earful after he accused his colleagues Monday of using “shell games and budget gimmicks” to mask the true cost of the legislation and then rubbed salt on the wound by declaring Tuesday he was in no rush to get a deal. Senators didn’t address Manchin’s defiant press conference directly, but they let him know that the dragging nature of the talks, in which he is a key player, is a big problem. “There’s enormous frustration with the slow pace. We’ve got to get this resolved and done,”...
    New York Jets’ lack of progress disfigures offseason progress Geoff Magliocchetti October 26, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit Trading off the faces of the franchise is working to the New York Jets’ benefit, but the on-field yields have made them impossible to enjoy. The New York Jets’ most fruitful endeavors of the 2021 season came in Week 6. By perhaps no coincidence, that week of action marked the Jets’ annual bye week. The 2021-22 NFL playoff bracket was never going to be the primary criteria for judging the Jets’ season. This year’s AFC environment was already packed to the brim with established division favorites: the Jets’ own East division is set to be dominated by a Western New York overlord for the foreseeable future. Tennessee has taken over the South as expected while pleasant surprises have emerged in Cincinnati and Las Vegas. The wild card picture features expected contenders like the Ravens, Chargers, Browns, and Steelers. In Kansas City, the two-time defending conference...
    CNN’s Victor Blackwell had a contentious interview with Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison about whether it was a good idea for Democrats to keep campaigning on the platform of opposing former President Donald Trump. Harrison spoke to Blackwell on Thursday to talk about the DNC’s level of confidence in Virginia and other states where they’ve been spending money to boost Democratic candidates. Harrison lauded Terry McAuliffe over his political record, but he also blasted McAuliffe’s Republican gubernatorial rival Glenn Youngkin, calling him “dangerous” and a “Trump acolyte.” Blackwell acknowledged that Youngkin is facing a dilemma since he has flirted with Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 Election while also trying to appeal to moderates. The CNN anchor turned to Harrison and asked, “if he is as much of a Trump acolyte as you say he is, why isn’t Terry McAuliffe walking away with this?” “Less than a year ago, President [Joe] Biden beat former President Trump by ten points, the largest victory for a Democrat since 1944 in Virginia,” Blackwell said. “If he’s a Trump acolyte, this shouldn’t be...
    BERLIN (AP) — While Hertha Berlin’s millionaire backer Lars Windhorst was meeting Prince Albert II of Monaco aboard a luxury yacht, his team was getting trounced 6-0 by Leipzig in the Bundesliga. It was the second successive heavy defeat Hertha suffered against one of the teams Windhorst wants to challenge as part of his vision of turning the club into one of Germany’s best. Bayern Munich routed Hertha 5-0 on August 28 in what was the club’s third consecutive defeat to start the Bundesliga before it restored some semblance of pride by beating the two promoted teams. Then came the debacle in Leipzig on Saturday. “Wow, I’m a bit shocked and need a drink right now,” Windhorst wrote on Facebook after the game. It was the latest in a series of signs that Windhorst is unhappy with Hertha’s lack of progress since he first began backing the club in June 2019. Windhorst invested a total of 374 million euros ($450 million) for a 66.6% share in the company behind Hertha, though the club retains majority voting rights in line with...
    A Minnesota police chief blames the "defund the police" movement for creating a situation that allowed crime to grow and languish.  Hennepin County, which encompasses Minneapolis and several smaller cities, has seen a 24% increase in 2020 over 2019, with a sharp rise of 36% from October through December 2020, according to police. Brooklyn Park Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen told Fox News on Friday that he believes the "defund" movement is a main – if not the overriding – factor that has made it difficult for agencies to do their job.  Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen (Brooklyn Park Police) "They believe that the police are not or cannot do anything – that the police are not legitimate," Enevoldsen said. "Although my city council has never said this, across the state and across the country you’re seeing this discussion about dismantling police departments, defunding police departments, demanding officers be terminated or use of force incidents." "They literally are antagonizing the police when we get to these scenes," he explained. "It makes investigations incredibly difficult."   Even victims of shooting incidents...
    REUTERS/Eric MillerValerie Castile, shown looking at a photo button of her son during a 2016 press conference.Five years after the death of Philando Castile. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “Valerie Castile is an active member in a group of families, mostly mothers, whose lives have been shattered by police violence. They spoke outside the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul Tuesday. Valerie Castile said she’s frustrated there has not been more changes made in policing and police accountability. Activists and some Democratic lawmakers pushed to limit pretextual traffic stops but that effort failed in a special session of the Minnesota Legislature this year. Castile herself has focused on changing when officers may use force.” Hate is profitable. The Washington Post’s Shawn Boburg reports: “Sean G. Turnbull displays many of the hallmarks of a successful upper-middle-class family man, a former film producer and marketing manager for one of the country’s largest retail corporations who lives in a well-appointed home in this Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb. Former colleagues describe him as smart, affable and family-oriented. But for more than a decade, the 53-year-old has also pursued...
    Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has announced he is quitting social media in protest at what he says is a failure to tackle racism and bullying across different platforms. The 43-year-old says the problem is “too toxic to ignore” and will not return until racism and abuse is tackled “with the same vigour and ferocity” that copyright infringements are. Henry has a huge social media presence with 2.7 million people following him on Instagram and 2.3m on Twitter, while his official Facebook page has 10m followers. What did Henry say? In a statement posted across his different social media platforms, Henry said:  “From tomorrow [Saturday] morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright. “The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There has to be some accountability. It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous....
    The sister of a California mom who has been missing for nearly three months said Monday she is frustrated by the lack of progress that investigators have made in finding her. Maya Millete disappeared from her family’s home in Chula Vista – just 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico-border – on January 7, 2021. Millete’s sister, Maricris Drouaillet, told Fox News the Chula Vista Police Department has remained tight-lipped about the case.   Maya "May" Millete, a mother of three, went missing from her California home Jan. 7.  (Richard Drouaillet) "It’s been 11 weeks, going for almost three months now," Drouaillet said. "I know (police) can’t really tell us much information … but they said they don’t have anything at all. So that’s just been really frustrating." She added: "We do understand that it is an active investigation, but it’s taking so long." Drouaillet and her husband Richard have been spearheading search parties in the area since Millete’s disappearance. Millete’s husband Larry, meanwhile, has cut off communication with them and has refused to help, Drouaillet...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Children trapped in psychiatric hospitals longer than they need to be and others simply falling through cracks ore some of the critical problems the CBS 2 Investigators have been exposing for years at the Department of Children and Family Services. Some baby steps were taken Friday to finally address them. They are problems at the root of a nearly 30-year-old consent decree. Lawyers representing the kids in the system say DCFS still isn’t doing enough. READ MORE: Englewood Residents Speak Against Ex Offenders From Elsewhere Moving Into Their Neighborhood Upon Release From Prison The CBS 2 Investigators uncovered the horrific story of a 10-year-old girl sexually assaulted for years even after DCFS was alerted to the abuse. Charges were never filed. She was then locked in psychiatric hospital well after she was ready for discharge. “Because DCFS has nowhere to place her – a long standing problem,” said Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert. The CBS 2 Investigators also broke the story of a 17-year-old who sat in a locked psychiatric hospital for 67 days longer than he...
    By Arshad Mohammed and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's refusal to offer upfront sanctions relief to Iran may have angered Tehran's clerical rulers but it has won some praise at home despite his failure so far to draw Iran into nuclear talks or deter attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. "Sensible," said Elliott Abrams, former President Donald Trump's special envoy for Iran, of Biden's unwillingness to give Tehran sanctions relief before any talks on both sides resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "Negotiation is always a give and take but we should not pay them just for the pleasure of their company at the negotiating table," Abrams said. Trump bequeathed Biden a nettlesome problem by abandoning the 2015 agreement that limited Iran's nuclear program to make it harder to develop an atomic bomb - an ambition Tehran denies - in return for the lifting of sanctions. The result is a diplomatic and military challenge as Biden seeks to revive and eventually broaden the pact to put greater limits on Iran's nuclear program and its...
    FORMER Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny blasted his Bordeaux team-mates after they went six games without a win. The centre-back laid into his fellow squad members and questioned their desire to fight for the shirt. 2Laurent Koscielny launched a scathing attack on his Bordeaux team-matesCredit: Reuters Jean-Louis Gasset's men lost 2-1 at home at Metz on Saturday after going 1-0 up through Samuel Kalu after 14 minutes. That made it SEVEN without a victory and they have now dropped to 11th in Ligue 1. Boredeaux were also beaten in the French Cup by Ligue 2 side Toulouse on Feburary 10. And ahead of the Metz game, Koscielny pulled no punches when asked what was going on. The ex-Gunner said: "The atmosphere is average, even very average, you have to be realistic. "Some are at the end of their contract, and others want to leave, that's the reality of the group. "You have to stay with those who want to fight and progress. "When you have so many players who don't make you want to work, or progress, it's...
    The top deals at Walmart right now Bills fans reportedly raise $360K — and counting — for Lamar Jacksons favorite charity Stevie Wonder decries lack of progress for equality in video message to Martin Luther King Jr. If Martin Luther King Jr. was around to see what America looked like in 2021, Stevie Wonder said he "would not believe the lack of progress." © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Michael Kovac/Getty Images; Howard Sochurek/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images To celebrate the late civil rights icon, who would've turned 92 on Jan. 15, Wonder shared a video of his message to King on MLK Day. "Dear Dr. King, I met you when I was 14 years of age. You were a true hero and you became an inspiration," the 70-year-old singer began. "I've been blessed to write songs of hope, love, and motivation, many of them inspired by your life. More than any award that I've ever received, I want you to know that I am thankful for how you influenced my place of love, which allowed me...
    Angela Merkel hinted at growing tensions over Brexit as France warned its fishermen could not be sidelined. – AP European Union governments are getting impatient over the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations, Angela Merkel said on Monday.  The German Chancellor said that Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission was getting “increasingly involved” in the trade talks in a sign they were entering the endgame.  She said the negotiations, which remain deadlocked over the critical issues of fishing, level playing field guarantees and the deal’s enforcement were “difficult and challenging”.  “Some member states are getting a little impatient,” Mrs Merkel said in an online event, “there’s not much time left.” She added that her fellow EU leaders wanted a trade deal but “not at any price”.  In Madrid, France’s Europe minister warned that Paris would not allow French fishermen to be sacrificed to get the deal done.  He said that it was unacceptable that Britain “should lay down the law” in the negotiations.  “Our fishermen are no less important than theirs and they didn’t...
    President Trump’s term in office is coming to an end without any breakthrough agreements with Russia, to the “deepest regret” of a top diplomat in Moscow. "Everything has just stalled at the level of attempts to resolve one issue or the other,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, per state-run TASS. “Unfortunately, again, because of internal political conflicts in the U.S., all of this has been decelerated.” Trump’s presidency was haunted by suspicions stemming from Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which spurred multiple investigations that produced no charges of a conspiracy between his campaign and the Russian government but exposed his campaign chairman’s business relationship with “a Russian intelligence officer." Trump lamented that the domestic political controversy put “great pressure” on his administration, even as his team adopted hawkish policies to constrain Russian aggression. “I cannot name right now a single issue which would have been resolved in this strategic aspect,” Zakharova said. “There were a lot of issues like that, there were attempts to resolve them, many solutions were offered.” The last four...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A federal judge said he’s frustrated with the lack of progress he’s seeing three-and-a-half years into a federal consent decree mandating an array of improvements and reforms within the Baltimore Police Department. During a hearing on Thursday, Judge James Bredar also stressed the importance of keeping Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on board. When he took the job last January, Harrison became the city’s fifth police commissioner in four years. “It is critical that Baltimore retain its new police leaders as we push ahead with the Consent Decree reforms. It is critical that now we retain stability when for years there was none,” Bredar said during a quarterly hearing with the department and Consent Decree Monitoring Team. Bredar said rank-and-file officers are right to feel skeptical of changes given that turnover, but with Harrison at the helm, the department has been “uncharacteristically stable”: “Commissioner Harrison and his team have set a course and are following it. I think it’s the right course. It’s the course the Decree requires. Some of Baltimore’s crime statistics, particularly related to homicides and...
    New York City elementary schools reopen for in-person classes, but new outbreaks threaten The UKs biggest grocery chain Tesco is targeting a sales surge for plant-based burgers, sausages, and quiches Stocks Slide as Wall Street Discouraged by Lack of Progress on Stimulus Stocks declined as Wall Street looked ahead to the first presidential debate Tuesday evening between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden and were discouraged by the lack of progress on fiscal stimulus. © TheStreet Stocks Slide as Wall Street Discouraged by Lack of Progress on Stimulus House Democrats released a fresh $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid proposal on Monday evening just as the global death toll from the virus passed 1 million. New York City's rate of positive virus tests was greater than 3%, the first time it has passed that level in months. Load Error The 90-minute debate, with moderator Chris Wallace leading the questioning, begins at 9 p.m. ET. It's likely Trump will face questions over his tax returns following a bombshell report from The New York Times and his...
    Washington — Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back against reports that some House Democrats are frustrated with the lack of movement on negotiating a new coronavirus relief bill, the day after a bipartisan group of lawmakers released their own proposal to respond to the pandemic. Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC that she has a "beautifully diverse caucus." She noted that some Democrats want her to once again put the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act — which passed in the House in May but has not been considered in the Senate — on the House floor for another vote and "come down from there." "I'm used to building consensus in my own caucus. I'm proud of every statement that members are making, and I'm especially proud of our chairs, who have been solid in terms of what we need, where we could perhaps change the timing so it's less money now. That's how we were able to come down. We didn't cut things out, we just brought it down," Pelosi said. "But, it's important to note this, that was four months...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — US, on Trump guidance, cuts some aid to Ethiopia over “lack of progress” in talks with Egypt, Sudan in Nile dam dispute. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Jemele Hill hailed the ongoing sports walkouts in support of Black Lives Matter but also condemned the overall lack of progress over racial injustice on the 57th anniversary of the iconic, civil rights movement’s March on Washington in 1963. On Friday afternoon, The Atlantic contributor appeared on Deadline: White House, where Nicolle Wallace marveled at the spiraling displays of solidarity with BLM protests from several professional sports leagues. The MSNBC host then noted an insightful tweet from Hill that captured how rapidly the nation’s conversation on race has been moving. “You said the NBA season might be canceled because of racism not Covid. Think about that. And it really makes you stand up and appreciate how big this moment is,” Wallace said. The NBA season is going to be cancelled because of racism, not COVID. Think about that. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 27, 2020 “I think this is why you saw the Milwaukee Bucks engineer this movement that we’ve seen over the last couple of days among athletes across all sports,” Hill explained. “Some sports that, had you told me, Nicolle, that Major...
    Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on August 13 this year. That’s the day when, starting on January 1, 2019, Black women have finally been paid what white men were paid in 2019 alone. Equal Pay Day, the day observing this marker for women overall in the U.S., fell on March 31 this year, while Latina Equal Pay Day won’t come until November. It takes us this long to get to Black Women’s Equal Pay Day because Black women make just 62 cents for every dollar paid to white men, a gross disparity that will cost the average Black woman more than $20,000 a year and nearly $950,000 in her lifetime, and one that isn’t going away anytime soon. “Indeed, from 1967 to 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, the wage gap for Black women narrowed by just 19 cents,” the National Women’s Law Center’s Jasmine Tucker reports. The coronavirus crisis is not helping. While Black women are disproportionately likely to hold essential jobs, “making up 11 percent of the front-line workforce despite only making up 6.3 percent of the workforce...
    San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert reportedly wants to be traded away from the team. Pro Football Talk‘s Josh Alper wrote on Wednesday the player’s demand stems from his annoyance at the lack of progress on a new contract. The back, who is widely expected to be the primary ball carrier for the 49ers this season is being paid about half what his backup, Tevin Coleman will make in 2020. Coleman is set to make $4.55 million this season while Mostert is slated to earn about $2.575 million. The 49ers went with a “running back by committee” approach in 2019 though analysts around the NFL believe there will be a more obvious starting running back for the offense this year. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter that he spoke to Mostert’s agent, Brett Tessler about why Mostert has asked for a trade. The agent said his client is just looking to be paid in line with his teammate and isn’t looking for any kind of monster deal. The degree of difficulty for the player is that he has...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, whose late season surge and playoff heroics led the team to the Super Bowl, is requesting a trade after unsuccessful attempts to rework his contract. Mostert’s agent Brett Tessler announced Wednesday on Twitter that the trade request comes “after months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting” his contract. After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mosterts contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl. — Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) July 8, 2020 “Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl,” Tessler tweeted. After being cut by six teams and carrying the ball only eight times his first three seasons in the NFL, Mostert was a key part of San Francisco’s NFC title-winning season in...
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