Vulfpeck Dances With Jack Stratton’s Mother In Wild L.A. Performance

first_imgLoad remaining images You don’t have to listen to Vulfpeck’s records or even hear their sound live to understand that there’s something special about this band—though either would be more than worthwhile. The audience, in its reaction to the music and interactions with the artists on stage, will tell you all you need to know about where this funky outfit from the University of Michigan is headed.The Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles was packed to the gills on a Thursday night, long before Vulfpeck took the stage at the 600-seat venue. They were treated to a splendid opener from LA native Joey Dosik to get things started.Dosik pulled a second tour of duty as a spot vocalist/keyboardist/sax man during Vulfpeck’s mind-bending, hip-swinging set.The group took great but worthwhile pains to put on an interactive show for a crowd that lead singer/drummer/guitarist Theo Katzman suspected was crawling with “industry” people. Time again, Katzman tested the audience’s musical acumen with a slew of call-and-response exercises.He scatted, and the crowd scatted back. When he needed a “G” for “Back Pocket,” folks in attendance gave it to him in perfect pitch. Then, when he wanted more backup for the chorus, he split the audience into thirds, assigned each a harmony part and transformed the paying public into participants in a makeshift chorale—and a beautiful one at that.Katzman and company took a similar tack to “Christmas in LA”, which they introduced with the sad news that this would be the band’s last show in town for a while. But rather than be glum about it, Vulfpeck once again whipped their fans into a three-part harmonic frenzy, enough to transport the Teragram Ballroom to some far-off tent revival.The band pulled plenty of other tricks, too. There was a spoken-word crowd chorale for “I Know Where to Go,” a dance lesson from Alice Stratton, the mother of Vulfpeck singer/keyboardist/drummer extraordinaire Jack Stratton; and cameos for the soulful vocals of Antwaun Stanley on “Funky Duck” and covers of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”As it happens, the crowd didn’t need any added encouragement to chime in at any moment. They repeated every word of every vocal track and reliably reproduced almost every note of the band’s instrumentals. Even Joe Dart’s face-melting bass jams, Woody Goss’ key tickling and Cory Wong’s guest work on guitar got their proper respect from the congregation.And for good reason. Vulfpeck proved to be nothing if not a collection of superbly talented—and, at least for Stratton and Katzman, versatile—musicians. Together, they put on a performance that deserved every ounce of pseudo-religious fervor that rose from the floor in front of them. What a show!Check out a full gallery of images, courtesy of Brandon Weil, below.last_img read more

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Local bishop speaks at Saint Mary’s about being authentically Catholic

first_imgKevin Rhoades, bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, addressed students, members of Belles for Life, faculty and members of the South Bend community Wednesday at Saint Mary’s in a lecture entitled “To Be Authentically Catholic is to be Pro-Life.” The talk was part of a series presented by Belles for Life, a student organization that “promotes the culture of life on campus, especially the life of the unborn,” senior Bonita Murphy, the group’s treasurer, said. In the past, individuals such as Lisa Marino, who led a discussion about authentic womanhood, have come to speak and give different perspectives on different topics. Margaret Cicchiello | The Observer Belles for Life Treasurer Bonita Murphy, right, poses with bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend Kevin Rhoades. Rhoades lectured Wednesday at Saint Mary’s about the pro-life movement.“Everyone is welcome to come and listen,” Murphy said.Senior Morgan Chicester, president of Belles for Life, said the event presented a chance for the community to explore how to best protect life.“We have the opportunity to learn about how faith and justice can empower us to fight for the value and dignity of all human life,” Chichester said.In his remarks, Rhoades said contemporary political divisions have manifested themselves in debates within the Church.“There’s a terrible split that has taken place among some in the Church, a division between so-called ‘pro-life’ and ‘social justice’ Catholics,” Rhoades said. “This is a false dichotomy. The cultural and political polarization in our society has creeped into the Church. I can’t think of a saint of the Church who was not passionately committed to the love of the poor and needy and also to the love and protection of the unborn. We can’t be ‘either-or’ Catholics. One of the great strengths of Catholicism is that we are ‘both-and.’”Rhoades defined “pro-life” as a commitment to protecting human life in a variety of ways.“We believe in the sacred value and dignity of every human life, at every stage of life,” he said. He went on to emphasize the importance of combating social and pro-life issues such as euthanasia, abortion, deportation, subhuman living conditions and human trafficking. He quoted “Gaudium et spes”, saying these “infamies … poison human society … and are a supreme dishonor to the Creator.”During the question and answer portion of his presentation, Bishop Rhoades described the large refugee service in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese. He recounted how, in the past, they resettled about 300 refugees a year and how that number has decreased by approximately half since Donald Trump became president. He described how a couple thousand Burmese refugees have been resettled in this diocese and how he has learned from them and from his work on the board of Catholic Relief Services. He said he thinks being “pro-life” includes standing up for these refugees.“What they went through; that persecution in their own country, and then waiting for some nation to welcome them, I’m so happy when we can do that in the United States. It really deeply saddens me that we have these families and these children …who are displaced,” he said. “There are people whose lives are in danger [and] I feel that we as a nation have a moral obligation to be open to refugees. I think it is a pro-life issue; it is a matter of life or death for some of them. And I think we need to be a lot more generous.”A key part of the human experience is showing love in a selfless way, Rhoades said.“We’re only truly fulfilled as human beings through self-giving love,” he said.Murphy, who organized the event, was happy that so many were able to attend. “By inviting Bishop Rhoades to speak at Saint Mary’s, Belles for Life has incorporated all of Saint Mary’s core values: learning, community, faith and spirituality and justice,” Murphy said. ”The talk supports learning by expanding one’s knowledge through strengthening one’s viewpoint or gaining a better understanding of a differing one. The talk strengthens community by bringing members of Saint Mary’s to a respectful, welcoming conversation. Bishop Kevin Rhoades has had longstanding commitment to the pro-life movement on a national level and is well versed in speaking in a way that honors the college’s Catholic foundation. Belles for Life, dedicated to pursuing justice and protecting the right to life of the unborn, is honored to host him in our fall 2019 speaker series.”Tags: bishop kevin rhoades, Pro-life, Refugees, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Six Things We Learned From Lea Michele’s Book Brunette Ambition

first_img 1. Bad skin made her ‘nearly suicidal’ Michele may have been a Broadway star during her teen years, but she still got zits like the rest of us. “I’ve been on Accutane twice,” she admits. “In fact, you know those kids who become nearly suicidal about their acne? I’ve walked that fine line.” The star got so desperate, she once used black eyeliner to turn 16 pimples into beauty marks a la Sex and the City. Star Files 6. Cory Monteith helped edit the book Michele says some very sweet things about her late boyfriend, Glee star Cory Monteith, in the pages of Brunette Ambition. “To Cory, I’m so happy to know that you got to read this book,” she writes in the acknowledgements. “Thank you for all your notes. I promise I made every single one. I love you.” 3. Jonathan Groff had skin cancer Speaking of BFFs, Michele writes heaps about her Glee and Spring Awakening co-star—but the most surprising tidbit she reveals is that he was diagnosed with skin cancer. “His doctor told him that if it had gone unchecked, he could have been dead within a few months,” she writes. “The cancer was removed and he’s OK now, but he made me promise to have my moles checked.” Hear that, guys? Call your dermatologist. 4. Her toughest Glee scene involved pasta Nope, it wasn’t belting “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” It wasn’t pouring her heart out while singing Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” It wasn’t even the tearful tribute to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith. Her toughest Glee scene involved shoving her face into a lunch tray full of fettuccine Alfredo. “I know it’s theoretically not hard, but it really was the most disgusting thing in the entire world,” she explains. 5. Idina Menzel didn’t make the cut Michele lists her top five favorite Glee guest stars of all time: Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jonathan Groff. Wait, Lea, aren’t you forgetting someone? You know, your on-screen birth mother?! Lea Michelecenter_img 2. She almost peed on the president Yep, right before singing for President Obama, Michele got tickle-attacked by her bestie Jonathan Groff, causing her to pee her pants. “I assure you, I showered,” Michele writes. “But 30 short minutes later, I was in front of the president.” In a word, ew. Lea Michele isn’t only a Glee star and Broadway babe—on May 20, she officially becomes a published author. Her new book, Brunette Ambition, is part how-to guide, part photo scrapbook and part memoir, so you can now eat, sleep and condition your hair just like the Spring Awakening alum. Although we don’t envision ourselves making her recipe for shaved radicchio, parmesan and truffle whole-wheat pizza with a sunny-side-up egg and quinoa pasta anytime soon, we did learn a few important lessons from Michele’s book. Check out our cheat sheet! Jonathan Groff Idina Menzel View Commentslast_img read more

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Spring Into Beer: Pairing Local Seasonal Beers with Food

first_imgYes, the flowers are blooming and trees are budding, but here’s what’s really important about spring: your local breweries are pumping out tasty seasonal brews. We’ve sorted through the field of spring beers and found eight exciting seasonal releases and suggested a local food that pairs well with each beer. Eat, drink, and get dirty.Nooner IPASierra Nevada • Mills River, N.C. This March, Sierra Nevada is releasing a variety pack with four different IPA’s in a variety 12 pack. You’ll probably recognize the Torpedo, Sierra Nevada’s popular IPA, but you’ll find three new beers in the pack, the Snow Wit White IPA, Blindfold Black IPA, and the Nooner Session IPA, which has a lighter body and lower alcohol by volume than your typical IPA, but is still loaded with citrus and grapefruit flavor from the whole-cone American hops. Lighter IPA’s go great with grilled asparagus and mushrooms from local farmers.Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse AleTerrapin Beer Company • Athens, Ga.Terrapin’s spring seasonal hits the shelves in April, and Terrapin, which is known for its fun-loving experimentation, pays homage to its home state by dropping 10 pounds of peaches per barrel into this wheat beer. It’s an easy-drinking, slightly sweet, slightly tart beer that explodes with peach notes. Douse a salad of fresh greens with a vinegar based dressing to cut through the sweetness of the Peach Farmhouse.Gruffmeister MaibockFoothills Brewing • Winston-Salem, N.C.The maibock is a traditional German spring beer, known for its malty-sweet character and (typically) high alcohol content. Gruffmeister doesn’t disappoint with big hits of malt in this deep, golden beer that has been classified as “dangerous,” because it’s incredibly easy to drink, but has a wicked ABV of 8.5 percent. Can’t wait for May? Foothills has introduced an IPA of the month club, promising a different fresh, experimental IPA every month. Find the March IPA at the brewpub or in big bomber bottles. Maibocks work well with seafood. May we suggest a big bowl of shrimp and grits?Double IPAHi-Wire Brewing • Asheville, N.C.Everyone loves an IPA in the spring, and brewers are typically happy to accommodate. Hi-Wire, one of Asheville’s newest breweries, is falling all over themselves to deliver that fresh hop goodness in their new, seasonal Double IPA. You can expect soaring IBU’s and an ABV that nears the 10 percent mark. This is a serious beer for serious hop-heads. Bitter, citrusy Double IPAs pair well with smoked beef and sharp cheeses.El Hefe Speaks!DC Brau • Washington, D.C. El Hefe is a traditional German-style hefeweizen that’s become one of D.C.’s most welcome seasonal’s, thanks to DC Brau’s flawless execution of the beloved hefe style. It’s a hazy beer, with light notes of banana and a crisp, carbonated finish that screams for warm weather and a sunny patio. It’s easy on the hops and relatively sessionable at 5.3 percent, so it goes down easy on a warm day after a long run or ride. Look for it this spring in cans and 22-ounce bombers. Hefeweizens go hand in hand with light food (salads, chicken, seafood) and soft, rich cheeses.UberPilsBlue Mountain Brewery • Afton, Va. Take your standard pilsner (light, crisp, easy drinking) and crank it up to 11, and you get UberPils, an imperial pilsner with 7.5 percent ABV and an unexpected, but welcome, 40 IBU’s. You’ll find plenty of malt backbone followed by a bit of fruity citrus from the hops. This is the pilsner for people who think pilsners are for pansies. Look for it on draft and in big, 750ml bottles in March and April. It’s hard to find a food that doesn’t pair well with a pilsner, but bratwurst is the classic coupling. You’re in luck, Blue Mountain has a restaurant with a killer local bratwurst that’s boiled in its own lager, sandwiched in a locally-baked bun and topped with kraut and ale mustard.Chin MusicCenter of the Universe Brewing • Ashland, Va. This Vienna-style amber lager pays homage to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a double-A minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. It’s a session beer, malty but crisp, with a low ABV (4.5 percent), made for warm weather and long days. Center of the Universe (COTU) is a young, but growing brewery—the Richmond Squirrels served their Ray Ray’s Pale Ale last season. The beer launches March 1 on draft and in cans. Ambers pair well with salty snacks and grilled meat. In other words, most of the food you’ll find at a baseball game.  Little Red RooStarrStarr Hill • Crozet, Va. Most breweries lean toward IPA’s and hefe’s when the weather turns warm, but Starr Hill is going the other direction by bringing us their dense and delicious Little Red RooStarr coffee cream stout beginning March 1. You’ll get everything you want from a milk stout—notes of chocolate, caramel, and a strong malty backbone that’s balanced by locally roasted coffee. Find it in 22-ounce bombers. Coffee stouts are great with dessert, particularly chocolate.last_img read more

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Q&A with Rashid Clifton

first_imgOne of the South’s best whitewater paddlers discusses being a black boater in the Blue RidgeIt all started with a summer job right out of high school. Rashid Edwards was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., and his first job after graduation was at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. At the end of his first summer, he was invited to paddle the Upper Green River with some other guides. “Seeing a wild river in the mountains, the feeling of remoteness, it was life-changing,” says Clifton.BRO talked with the 24-year-old paddler about his favorite rivers, most memorable paddling adventures, and his experiences as a black boater in the Blue Ridge.What are your favorite paddling spots in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic?Linville Gorge is pretty incredible. It’s been called the Grand Canyon of the East. It’s just a beautiful old canyon to explore and appreciate. The Green River is also an amazing place. The river gets much deserved hype, but the surrounding wildlands host trails and access for all types of recreation. Wilson Creek, Tallulah, and the Cheoah are also pretty spectacular.What’s been your best outdoor moment?I paddled the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon last spring. It was just incredible unplugging from everything for two weeks. No phone. No internet. Just your thoughts and the wilderness. I had never taken myself for a desert person. Now I appreciate how much life is hiding in those seemingly barren landscapes.What’s been your toughest outdoor moment?Green Race 2016 was a huge low and high for me. I had been rehabbing a shoulder injury and was finally feeling like my shoulder was stable. The race started, and I had great lines till exiting Go Left. I ended up rolling to the right and caught a rock with my arm. My shoulder dislocated. I swam, rescued my boat, and tried to get back in the mindset to race. But I couldn’t even pull the skirt back on my boat. I was crushed. I had worked so hard to race, but I couldn’t finish. Still, there was a huge outpouring of support from the community afterward, from friends and strangers. Folks were offering advice and helping to get me back out on the water. It really was heartwarming.Do socioeconomically disadvantaged groups have a tougher time engaging in adventure sports like paddling? To be totally real, when you’re a minority in this country, you grow up with a certain set of street smarts or rules. Your parents are going to teach you survival skills and things to do and not do. A non-minority child may not grow up with that. A white suburban family wouldn’t think to tell their kids not to do this or that. They just haven’t experienced that historical discrimination.  For example, you don’t go running around the backwoods of North Carolina all loud, proud, and cavalier if you are a minority. That’s just asking for trouble. We have a different perception and experience with the established culture and its rules.How do you feel about diversity in the outdoors and the conversation surrounding it?A few years ago, I was paddling with a friend on the Upper Gauley. He brought his friend who happened to be another black man. He said, “I’ve never seen another black guy on the river. To see someone like me on the river is amazing.” That’s been the experience for me as well. When I see another black person, or someone that’s not your typical kayaker, it’s pretty exciting to see that fresh face. While it may not be an issue for someone who’s already in these sports, the view coming from a minority standpoint is that it is refreshing to see other people that look like you getting into the sport. It makes it feel more inclusive. That is important for comfort.Why are there so few African Americans in outdoor sports?There are definitely issues like access and socioeconomic reasons. But there are also more nuanced reasons.For example, perhaps we don’t see black women in the water because it’s very difficult to maintain your hair if you have traditional African American hair, and you are trying to meet beauty standards that males don’t necessarily feel pressured to ascribe to. If I was a woman a few years back and had to ascribe to that standard, I wouldn’t be a kayaker.In a lot of minority communities, people don’t have the time and money to get themselves or their family into these activities. You can get into basketball, football, and sports like that for much cheaper across the board. A lot of outdoor activities require a larger time and monetary investment. To ignore that and shun those people and not help them into this community is just pretending like those people don’t want to be a part of this. It is the opposite of what the outdoor community should be: welcoming.last_img read more

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Clara Rojas says She Has “Forgiven” Ingrid Betancourt for Her Kidnapping

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2009 SANTIAGO, April 12, 2009 (AFP) – Clara Rojas, former hostage of FARC Colombian guerrillas, said that she has “forgiven” her fellow-in-captivity, former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, for her kidnapping, after releasing “Cautiva” (Captive), a book which recounts the six years she spent in the jungle. “Of course, I have forgiven Ingrid. The sense of my book is turning a page. Now I hope to start other projects that will allow me to forget,” Rojas told the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio in an interview published on Sunday. Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas were abducted on February 23, 2002 while traveling to campaign for the first presidential election in the Colombian region of San Vicente del Caguan, a dangerous area due to the presence of guerrillas. “My mistake, if it existed, occurred that same day. I should have been firm with her (Betancourt), although it would have not been easy. I should have told her that I would not go, to see if she had the guts to go alone,” said Rojas. During captivity, Bentancourt and Rojas drifted apart because of “situations that are not explainable. I myself cannot understand them. There was not a discrete situation, but various things that added up,” said the former hostage. Clara Rojas said that after two escape attempts during the first month of captivity, she and Betancourt started to blame each other. The punishment after the second failed attempt – they were discovered due to Ingrid’s cries when she was attacked by wasps – was chaining. “I never made personal claims of any kind. But, of course, there are pains that you carry in your soul,” said Rojas, who has only seen Ingrid Betancourt twice after she was released by the guerrillas in July 2008. Meanwhile, Rojas was released in January 2008 along with former Colombian congresswoman Consuelo González de Perdomo, as a gesture by the FARC toward Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. During her captivity, Rojas gave birth to a boy – Emmanuel – fathered by one of her captors. He was separated from his mother when he was eight months old by insurgents and given to a peasant. Upon her release, Rojas was reunited with her son, and both currently live in Bogotá.last_img read more

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Colombian police seize 2 tons of marijuana

first_imgBy Dialogo June 27, 2012 CALI, Colombia — Police in Colombia seized on June 26 2 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck loaded with apples, authorities said. An anonymous tip led authorities to stop the truck on the Pan American highway in an area near the municipality of Bugalagrande, in the outskirts of Cali, department of Valle del Cauca. Police found 2,000 packages with the drugs inside 40 sacks buried under the apples, authorities added. The driver, who was not identified by police, was arrested. According to preliminary investigations the drugs were destined for Medellín, in the department of Antioquia, from where they would be sent to a seaside area in Urabá, also in Antioquia, to be finally sent to the Caribbean. Police believe the ruthless drug gang “Los Rastrojos” is behind the illicit cargo. [Elpais.com.co (Colombia), 27/06/2012; Colmundoradio.com.co (Colombia), 27/06/2012]last_img read more

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Special Military Group Increases Measures Against Narcotrafficking at the Brazil-Bolivia Border

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 06, 2020 Between January and July 2020, the Special Border Group (GEFRON, in Portuguese), a specialized troop of the Brazilian Military Police from Mato Grosso state, tasked with securing a more than 900-kilometer border between Brazil and Bolivia, seized 6.8 tons of drugs, nearly twice the 3.6 tons seized during the same period in 2019.Between January and July 2020, GEFRON has seized 6.8 tons of drugs at the Brazil-Bolivia border, an amount higher to the 3.6 tons seized during the same period in 2019. (Photo: Mato Grosso State Secretariat of the Interior)GEFRON was created in 2002 to strengthen security operations along the state borders and to reduce illegal activities in the region. Drug trafficking, contraband, car theft, and burglary are some of the main crimes that GEFRON fights through prevention and repression operations.“This year [2020], GEFRON has significantly increased its productivity compared to 2019, representing a lot of progress, particularly in relation to a 50 percent increase in the number of vehicles recovered that were on their way to Bolivia. As far as drug seizures are concerned, we have seized over 6.5 tons of marijuana, and cocaine and its by-products, which is an increase of more than 87 percent compared to 2019,” said Lieutenant Colonel Fábio Ricas, GEFRON commander.According to the officer, another key factor in the success of the operations was the inclusion of  Mato Grosso state in Operation Horus, which the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Interior carry out to fight organized crime, corruption, and violent crime along the country’s border. This inclusion allows for more financial resources, an increase in personnel, intelligence sharing and training, and greater operational success.last_img read more

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Your digital branch

first_imgSuccessful websites have morphed into profitable digital branches, using marketing automation to drive conversions. “Design your site for lead generation, to track buyer behavior,” suggests James Robert Lay, founder and CEO of Digital Growth Institute, Houston. “Don’t make it a glorified brochure. Instead, use relevant content for greater conversions. Examine product position; don’t focus solely on features but think how the consumer thinks and buys. Beware of cognitive overload as well; replace heavy text with bullets or graphics.”And consider your website as a place where business begins.“This is such a crucial point to grasp,” says Alexander Kesler founder and president of inSegment, Inc., Boston. “CUs can be all over the place when it comes to website design. For success, focus on the basics: design your site with proper SEO and keywords. Understand how to position your site within the competitive landscape. How will it drive traffic in your service area? How will you convert this traffic into sales?” Optimizing your site should also increase your existing members’ share-of-wallet more effectively than any physical branch. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Communication is key to attracting small businesses

first_imgSmall businesses that use community-based financial institutions are typically more loyal—and exhibit higher levels of satisfaction—than those that use larger national banks, according to Raddon Research Insights data. While many small businesses that use community-based institutions are likely to recommend their institution to others, mega-banks still dominate the small business market. Communication of capabilities is one way community banks and credit unions can help boost future market share.Word of Mouth PotentialRaddon recently surveyed 1,200 small businesses and found that those using a community bank or a credit union as their primary financial institution are more likely to remain with their institution when compared to their big bank counterparts. When presented with a 10-point scale to rank the likelihood of recommending their primary financial institution to family members or friends, 60 percent of small business owners that utilize a community bank selected “9” or “10”—indicating they are a promoter of their bank—and only 18 percent selected less than “7”—indicating they are a detractor. This gives community banks an overall “promoter” score of 37 among small business customers. Small businesses that use a credit union had an even higher percentage of promoters, resulting in a promoter score of 49. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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