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    More On: joe biden School reopening is a bipartisan cause, so why is Biden so sluggish? Biden’s troubling double-talk on school openings must’ve set a record Mark Cuban proves he’s unfit for the White House and other commentary US has now purchased enough COVID-19 vaccines for ‘all Americans,’ Biden says Six months ago, when President Joe Biden was candidate Joe Biden, he spoke of “a crisis being felt all across the United States of America.” The crisis was school closures. Millions of children were staring at laptops rather than learning in a classroom. Biden said: “This is a national emergency. President Trump doesn’t have a real plan for opening schools safely. He’s offering nothing but failures and ­delusions.”  Six months later, the education crisis abounds, and now-President Biden is so far just making it worse.  At Tuesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the new White...
    National Pizza Day is celebrated each year on Feb. 9. But before you head out for a celebratory slice, you’d be wise to take a few precautions. After all, among the many reputable slice shops in your neighborhood, it’s likely that a few of those pizza purveyors are pushing less-than palatable pizza. And while it’s easy enough to look up any restaurant’s reviews online, determining the quality of a pizza often comes down to gut instinct, especially before you get that pizza into your aforementioned gut. NEW JERSEY DECLARES ITSELF 'PIZZA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD,' TWITTER TAKES ISSUE To that end, Fox News reached out to Mark Bello, the owner and operator of Pizza School NYC, for help in determining a disgusting slice before handing over your hard-earned cash. By his own estimation, Bello — who has demonstrated pizza-making at the James Beard House, and was named a "pizza expert"...
    Tuesday, February 2 in the evening, during debates in the National Assembly, various insults were uttered against the French elected Mathilde Panot. While the deputy of France Insoumise was about to speak at the rostrum, we could clearly hear several remarks, such as “C’est la folle”, or “La poissonnière”, escaping from the hemicycle. A sequence that made a lot of noise in France. If Mathilde Panot has not yet succeeded in identifying the person who treated her as “crazy”, she was nevertheless able to recognize the deputy who qualified her as “fishmonger”. This is Pierre Henriet, from the Republic in March party. After this incident, the elected representative of Val-de-Marne demanded sanctions and an apology from Pierre Henriet. “It is not a personal matter. It is our institution that must not let this go. There is too much sexism in the National Assembly“she said. The next day, the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called the National Guard back to Florida, saying that “they're soldiers” and “not Nancy Pelosi’s servants.” DeSantis appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning and expressed his frustration over reports that National Guard troops who were in Washington, D.C., to secure the inauguration were relegated to sleeping in a parking garage. “I mean, these folks are soldiers,” DeSantis said after the announcement that Florida’s troops would be coming home. “They’ve served our country all around the world. They’ve served our state of Florida after natural disasters. They're serving right now helping with vaccinating senior citizens, and they’ve been on the front lines of the COVID fight. They're soldiers. They're not Nancy Pelosi's servants." .@GovRonDeSantis calls Florida National Guard troops home from D.C."They're soldiers. They're not Nancy Pelosi servants." pic.twitter.com/K1v16VzOX4— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021 DeSantis also took issue with reports that National Guard members...
    PBS announced on Tuesday that it fired Michael Beller, its principal counsel, after a Project Veritas investigation revealed Beller’s remarks regarding the seizure and “re-education” of President Donald Trump supporters’ children. PBS responded to Project Veritas on Twitter. It tweeted, “PBS response to Project Veritas, ‘This employee no longer works for PBS. As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions.'” PBS added: ‘There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions.’ … ‘We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have done for 50 years – use our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together.’ PBS response to Project Veritas: “This employee no longer works for PBS. As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions…” (1/3) — PBS PressRoom (@PBSPressRoom) January 12, 2021...
    This is the moment a fearless dog fights a lioness and lives before strutting away triumphantly.  Footage shows a fight breaking out between a lion and a dog in the Gir National Park in Gujarat, India, on January 9.  The dog, which is half the size of the lioness, constantly barks at the big cat as they fight in the National park.
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  National security officials who work for President Donald Trump are being snubbed by potential future employers and compared to “Hitler Youth” days before president-elect Joe Biden will take office, Politico reported. Seven former and current officials spoke with Politico and detailed their job search heading out of the Trump administration. A number of high ranking Trump administration officials resign over the president’s part in the storming of the United States Capitol building Wednesday. National security officials who work for this administration are being snubbed by potential employers, told they would be a “liability” and are being compared to the "Hitler Youth" https://t.co/wtF9Va53JX @laraseligman — Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) January 8, 2021 “I’ve had conversations with people who’ve worked on the national security teams, many who are career intelligence officers, who are concerned about what happens next,” said former Homeland Security and White House official...
    (CNN)Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says those involved in the insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday were not "protesters" but "terrorists."The 30-year-old was speaking to reporters after his side lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday and gave an impassioned response when asked about the DC riots."Stop describing those people the same way you describe someone who's just standing there, and making a chant," he said. "Stop using the same word. It's disrespectful. It's ridiculous and it's shameful to keep calling them protesters. They're not f**king protesters, they're f**king terrorists."On Wednesday, a large crowd of Trump supporters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol before fighting with police and breaking into the building. Read MoreThe rioters stormed into one of the most hallowed US symbols of democracy, vandalizing the building along with congressional offices, as representatives and senators had to be protected and...
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo (CBS4) — Highway 34 between Grand Lake and the winter closure point of Trail Ridge Road was re-opened Thursday by Rocky Mountain National Park authorities, seven weeks after the wind-propelled East Troublesome Fire roared through the town of Grand Lake and into the park. Travelers are not permitted access to trailheads, picnic areas or other parking spot along the lower portion of the re-opened highway, however, due to what the park refers to as “hazard trees,” or fire-damaged trees that have fallen or are at risk of falling. WATCH: Fifrefighter Walks Through Fire Burn Area In Rocky Mountain National Park A number of trails on both west and east sides of the park were re-opened as well, but campgrounds and sections of trail near the burn area and in the interior of the fire zone remain off-limits for similar safety reasons. Specific closures and re-opening...
    Joe Biden promised his first round of Cabinet picks would "re-imagine" foreign policy, despite decades of combined experience in the government arena. "They'll not only repair, they'll also re-imagine American foreign policy and national security for the next generation," Biden said Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, a day after the administrator of the General Services Administration deemed him president-elect, allowing transition activities to take place from the outgoing administration of President Trump. Taking an apparent dig at Trump, Biden added: "They'll tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know." Secretary of State-designate Tony Blinken was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration. Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's choice to head up the Department of Homeland Security, formerly led U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Barack Obama. United Nations ambassador pick Linda Thomas-Greenfield was Obama's assistant secretary of state...
    Joe Biden promised his first round of Cabinet picks would "re-imagine" foreign policy, despite a combined decades of worth of experience in the government arena. "They'll not only repair, they'll also re-imagine American foreign policy and national security for the next generation," Biden said Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, a day after the administrator of the General Services Administrator deemed him president-elect, allowing official transition activities to take place from the outgoing administration of President Trump. Taking an apparent dig at Trump, Biden added: "They'll tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know." Secretary of state-designate Tony Blinken was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration. Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's choice to head up the Department of Homeland Security, formerly led U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Obama. United Nations ambassador pick Linda Thomas-Greenfield was Obama's assistant...
    BERLIN (AP) – A four-week partial shutdown has started in Germany, with restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and other leisure facilities closing down until the end of the month in a drive to flatten a rapid rise in coronavirus infections. The restrictions that took effect Monday are milder than the ones Germany imposed in the first phase of the pandemic in March and April. This time around, schools, kindergartens, non-essential shops and hairdressers are to remain open. But leading officials decided last week that a “lockdown light” was necessary in light of a sharp rise in cases that has prompted many other European countries to impose more or less drastic restrictions. On Saturday, the national disease control center reported the highest number of infections in one day — 19,059 — since the pandemic began. Figures at the beginning of the week tend to be lower, and the center reported 12,097 cases...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Zeta returned to tropical storm status overnight but is expected to strengthen to hurricane strength again later Tuesday.The National Hurricane Center said Zeta is currently headed toward the Gulf Coast. 210 PM CDT Update: Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that #Zeta is now a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of around 80 mph. More information at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/wAESCd9FP5— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 26, 2020The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for parts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, for Monday night into Tuesday.Moisture from the hurricane may produce significant rain in the New York City area later in the week.We have issued an AccuWeather Alert for Thursday when heavy rainfall could present a localized flooding threat.Parts of the Tri-State area could see as much as three inches of rain.The backside of the storm could be cold enough to...
    PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas – Hold on to your balloons - it’s a message that Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) officials have shared numerous times. PINS officials posted to Facebook saying that rangers who were out driving the beaches after recent, extreme coastal flooding spotted “quite a few balloons amongst other trash.” The post was shared with a photo that officials described as “just a small picture of the balloons that were found." Sea turtles mistakenly eat balloons, confusing the balloons for jellyfish and birds can easily get tangled up in balloon strings. “This is harmful not only to the sea turtles that nest here, but other wildlife as well,” officials said. “Many of our scavengers, like raccoons, coyotes or even caracaras and vultures, will eat anything and they may mistake these balloons for a tasty treat.” A previous reminder about the dangers of balloons for wildlife was posted...
    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A leading Democratic super PAC is switching its advertising strategy in the Houston area from a defensive posture to an offensive one, a notable shift in the homestretch across Texas' wide congressional battlefield. Beginning Thursday, the House Majority PAC, is redirecting TV ad spending from the 7th Congressional District — where freshman Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, D-Houston, is running for reelection — to the 22nd District, where Democrats are trying to flip the seat of retiring Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land. That's according to two Democratic sources familiar with information about media buys. The shift is a move of confidence in Fletcher's reelection prospects, according to one of those sources who is familiar with HMP's strategy. HMP is a Democratic super PAC that aims to elect Democrats to the House...
    COURTESYFor the fourth year in a row, Rising Hope, a specialty collaborative IPA made by two Tampa breweries returns. In 2017, Brew Bus joined forces with Cigar City to create the tangerine and passion fruit IPA called “Rising Hope.” Each year, 100% of the proceeds from Rising Hope brew sales are donated to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation as part of the Brewing Funds the Cure fundraising initiative.  According to the foundation, 43 children are diagnosed every day with pediatric cancer.  In a video promoting Rising Hope’s initiative, Chris Geib, Director of Development at NPCF, shared that last year, with 23 states pouring the stuff, $125,000 was raised from beer sales alone. This year, with 30 breweries nationwide hosting Rising Hope both on tap and by the six-pack, Geib is hoping to double that.  The limited-time IPA is available for sips and takeaway packs at both Brew Bus Brewing in...
    Robert De Niro did not mince words in a recent interview in which he was asked about how he's holding up amid the coronavirus pandemic. The "Irishman" star was quick to call his current situation "fortunate" but pointed out the state of the nation as a whole was more than grim due to the Trump administration. "I'm fortunate. I have a more convenient situation. The administration and everything -- you can be in a domestic abusive situation and now we're in a national abusive situation with a leader who is daily giving us something new to be concerned about," De Niro said in an interview with Extra. The 77-year-old is an outspoken critic of Trump, having formerly slammed him as the sole reason Americans are living in an "abusive household." The actor said this week that Trump's reign is the second "virus or pandemic" Americans are facing right now. ROBERT DE NIRO...
    Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceYou could win $10,000 in cash, an electric car or an HDTV for filling out your Census 2020 form Participation in the decennial census is mandatory, but some municipalities are sweetening the deal with contests offering money or gifts for participating.New study estimates link between in-person college reopenings and COVID-19 cases The study suggested that 3,000 cases a day could be linked to campus reopenings. ‘I absolutely believe that we can do better, America,’ says the attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor — months before a grand jury indicted 1 of 3 officers in her fatal shooting Civil rights attorney Ben Crump says too few prosecutors hold police accountable.Landlords sue CDC, Trump administration over ‘unconstitutional’ national eviction moratorium The eviction moratorium ‘will surely cause more economic harm than it prevents,’ said one trade group leader.I’m a 54-year-old widow. My fiancé and I...
    Saying they're tired of 'empty gestures' in the fight for racial equality, Miami Dolphins players released a video announcing they will remain in the locker room for both the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' anthems prior to the team's season opener in New England on Sunday.  Similarly, the Houston Texans stayed off the field for both songs before Thursday night's NFL season opener in Kansas City. League stadiums are playing 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' considered by many to be the 'black national anthem,' before each Week 1 game of the new season following commissioner Roger Goodell's admission in May that the NFL should have listened sooner to players' concerns about racism.   The Dolphins' video, which was released by ESPN's Jay Williams on Thursday, shows head coach Brian Flores and 18 of his players demanding action and disparaging what they see as symbolic actions and ineffective demonstrations. 'This...
    Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng will speak at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday to endorse US President Donald Trump for re-election, indicating increasing efforts by the party to portray the Democrats as too weak on Beijing. Chen’s scheduled appearance was announced by the Trump campaign, describing him as a victim of persecution by Chinese authorities “for exposing the depravity of the Chinese Communist Party”. Chen, a legal activist who campaigned for the rights of workers and farmers, left China with the help of American diplomats in 2012, after he had escaped house arrest and taken refuge at the US embassy. Chinese state media at the time launched a vitriolic attack against then-US ambassador Gary Locke over the affair, calling him a “guide dog” for assisting Chen, who is visually impaired. Beijing said the US’ actions violated Chinese law and constituted interference in China’s affairs. But Chen is a divisive figure...
    WASHINGTON -- Melania Trump went there.While others at the Republican National Convention spoke about the coronavirus as a challenge successfully conquered, the first lady on Tuesday night used her address from the Rose Garden to acknowledge the pain of lives lost and families upended by the pandemic."I want you to know you're not alone," she said to the tens of thousands of families that have been affected. More than 177,000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.She promised that help was on its way from a determined President Donald Trump."My husband's administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone," she said, speaking to an audience that included the president, vice president and his wife, and her parents."Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic,"...
    NEW YORK -- Parkland father Andrew Pollack says he believes the "safety of your kids depends" on whether President Donald Trump wins a second term.Pollack's 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was killed in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.EMBED More News Videos Police provide names of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting He spoke Monday at the Republican National Convention and credits Trump for forming a school safety commission that issued dozens of recommendations designed to make schools safer.RELATED | Everything to know about the 2020 Republican National ConventionPollack blames a culture of leniency that failed to hold the gunman accountable for many transgressions that occurred before the shooting, which killed 17 people. He says gun control laws didn't fail his daughter, but people did.Pollack blames the school for ignoring those warning signs. He also says "far-left Democrats" implemented a policy designed to reduce school...
    Judy Sheindlin says she will eat a contract on national TV if it can be produced after she was hit with a lawsuit over CBS' $95 million purchase of her Judge Judy TV show's library rights. The fiery TV judge and CBS are being sued by Rebel Entertainment Partners after they claimed they cheated them out of profits when Sheindlin bought and then later sold her show's library rights. Rebel, a talent agency, says it is a profit participant of the show and is entitled to five percent of all profits. Earlier this year, Rebel quietly settled a similar lawsuit against CBS and Sheindlin, who makes $47 million a year, over her salary. The new lawsuit, which is just the latest in the long-running legal saga, is centered on the sale of the Judge Judy library, which Sheindlin allegedly bought in 2015 and then sold back to CBS for a...
    NEW YORK -- TikTok's U.S. manager released a video statement Saturday, saying "we're not planning on going anywhere," alluding to President Donald Trump's threat of a ban."I'm also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we're bringing into this country over the next three years," Vanessa Pappas said. A message to the TikTok community. pic.twitter.com/UD3TR2HfEf— TikTok (@tiktok_us) August 1, 2020This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns.Trump's comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China's ByteDance to sell TikTok. There were also reports Friday that software giant Microsoft is in talks to buy the app."As far as...
    Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood for the national anthem before Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first NBA player to do so rather than kneel in protest of racism since the league's season restarted at Disney World on Thursday night. Isaac, a 22-year-old African American, has not had the chance to explain his reasoning yet as the Nets-Magic game is currently ongoing. Not only did Isaac stand for the anthem, but he declined to wear a Black Lives Matter warmup t-shirt as all the other players did during the pre-game demonstration. As was the case before Thursday's games, players, coaches, and referees all took a knee and locked arms before Friday's Magic-Nets game with the obvious exception of Isaac. Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood for the national anthem before Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first NBA player to do so rather than...
    NBA Hall of Famer and television commentator Charles Barkley urged viewers during a broadcast not to demonize players who choose to stand for the national anthem. “The thing is, listen, the national anthem means different things to different people,” Barkley said during Thursday night’s broadcast of the first NBA game since March, when operations were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm glad these guys are all unified, but if people don't kneel, they're not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear." He added: “I'm glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn't want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.” Charles Barkley on anthem kneeling "If people don't kneel they're not a bad person" pic.twitter.com/qeZfjHTUZ4— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 30, 2020 All players on the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz chose to kneel during...
    Prior to the NBA’s restart on Thursday, TNT analyst Charles Barkley spoke his mind about players and coaches kneeling for the national anthem. As expected, players from both the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, as well as coaches and referees, all took a knee in unison during a taped rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner”, and once it was over, the television broadcast went back to the "Inside the NBA" pregame show. Barkley said it was okay if players decided not to kneel as well. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS, UTAH JAZZ PLAYERS KNEEL DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO LEAGUE'S RESTART “The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people,” Barkley said. "I'm glad these guys are all unified, but if people don't kneel, they're not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear." “I'm glad they had unity, but if we have a guy that doesn't...
    Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Sports fans who were miffed by MLB players kneeling before the national anthem should probably mentally prepare themselves for Thursday evening. If that “political” gesture for Black Lives Matter turned viewers off, the NBA is about to remind people why “sports as an escape” is no longer an acceptable coping mechanism. ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Marc J. Spears already reported the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans plan to kneel together around the “Black Lives Matter” lettering painted on the court during the national anthem of the NBA’s official restart on Thursday, but this act of solidarity was predictable, almost expected, for anyone who’s followed America’s most progressive sports league over the last four months. Despite some recent misinformation...
    The New Orleans Pelicans an Utah Jazz will reportedly kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem when the league restarts its pandemic-interrupted season on Thursday; and despite a longstanding rule against the practice, NBA commissioner Adam Silver appears open to the idea.    'I respect peaceful protest,' Silver told ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday. 'I'm not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night and we'll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times.'   Protests have erupted across the country since the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody during a violent arrest on May 25. The protests against racial injustice have grown increasingly popular among athletes, many of whom have refused to stand for the national anthem.   ESPN's Malika Andrews cited sources Tuesday night saying that the Jazz and Pelicans players are working...
    Naseeruddin Shah, one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema… sorry, let’s scratch that… World Cinema, is turning a glorious 70 on July 20, 2020. Here’s News Brig wishing the actor par excellence Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, while also wishing that he appear in  more films. The artificiality of Bollywood cinema these days would only be reduced if actors like Shah appears in more films. Naseeruddin Shah Pens a Moving Tribute to Late Actor Irrfan Khan, Says ‘He Greatly Envied His Acting Chops’. Naseeruddin Shah, a product of the National School of Drama, is the kind of performer for whom any genre, any role matters less, when he has this innate ability to shine in any of the characters. He could be a tragic figure, he could be a masala hero, he could be a scenery-chewing villain and he could be bumbling comedian. Shah could do justice...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, the campaign's second of the coronavirus era following one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month that failed to draw the crowds his advisers predicted. The campaign's announcement on Sunday of the planned rally comes at the end of a holiday weekend that saw the Republican reaffirm his vow to defeat what he called the "radical left," as polls show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Trump's campaign said the rally would be held at 8 p.m. at Portsmouth International Airport and, in a nod to a national rise in coronavirus cases, would provide hand sanitizer and face masks. "We look forward to so many freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America," Hogan Gidley, Trump 2020 national press secretary, said in a statement. New Hampshire...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Despite a surge in coronavirus cases in Florida, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is promising a "full arena" for the Republican National Convention in August. Appearing on "Fox & Friends Weekend," the former state GOP chair said Saturday that any health protocols that are deemed necessary will be in place. REPUBLICANS PICK JACKSONVILLE AS ALTERNATIVE CONVENTION SITE "We were able to demonstrate the ability to put together and put on an event in a safe, responsible way as we emerge from COVID-19," he said. "We were responsible during the pandemic. We ... flattened the curve pretty quickly over time. Our hospitalizations are low." "We’re not going to operate out of fear. We are going to operate out of data, science, and get people back to work in a responsible way. And that's what this convention is," Curry said. But the pandemic is far from over. JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL - APRIL 17: People crowded the beaches...
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