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HHS Acting Regional Director and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Dr. James Galloway to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Health Care Reform Law in Illinois

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V Acting Regional Director and Assistant Surgeon General James Galloway to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the new Affordable Care Act at the Jesus Name Apostolic Church Jesus Name Apostolic Church, 208 Lake Street, Waukegan IL.

Dr. Galloway will be speaking briefly during services to congregation, in addition to addressing Media interviews and a Question and Answer Session.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Campaign for Better Health Care’s Faith Caucus, Jesus Name Apostolic Church, and Family First Center of Lake County.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, Illinois residents have more freedom and control over their health care choices, according to the Campaign for Better Health Care’s Faith Caucus. The new protections include:

  • 753,000 children in Illinois will no longer be denied a new policy based on a pre-existing condition;
  • 720,000 Illinois residents now have the freedom from worrying about losing their insurance;
  • 140,203 Illinois seniors received relief when they reached the prescription drug coverage gap called the “donut hole;”
  • 50,900 eligible young adults in Illinois are now allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26th birthday.

Illinois Republican Party Pat Brady’s statement on One-Year Anniversary of “ObamaCare” passage

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the passage of ObamaCare by the U.S. Congress:

 

“One year after the passage of ObamaCare, a majority of Americans still oppose the legislation and in fact favor repeal of the law.  President Obama and the then-controlled Democrat Congress pushed through the legislation without the support of the American public, and the past year has done nothing to change the minds of Americans, despite a major public relations effort from the White House.  The problem for them is, the facts don’t lie.

 

“Health care costs have not been reduced, and in fact are on the rise for the consumer.  Also, national healthcare spending is now projected to rise by almost 10 percent by 2014, up from the projected 6.6 percent projection before the legislation was passed.  Insurance premiums are on the rise – and coupled with out-of-pocket costs they are expected to increase by 12.4 percent in 2011.  The legislation is responsible for over $570 billion in tax hikes, and will add over $500 billion to our national debt.

 

“So I ask President Obama and the Democrats in Congress: How has this legislation benefited Americans?  It is no wonder that Democrat Congressmen across America were voted out of office last November.  Here in Illinois, 5 new Republican congressmen were elected to office, and all of them ran against ObamaCare.

 

“ObamaCare wasn’t popular when it was proposed, when it passed, or one year later.  It has also proven to be bad for the patient, bad for the provider, and very bad for the economy. It is a prime example of President Obama overreaching and pushing through his agenda against the will of the American public.”

 

Newark anti-violence Town Hall Meeting scheduled for April 8th

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Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — In response to violence in the township of Irvington, NJ, community leaders have organized a much needed community forum. They are calling on 10,000 concerned citizens to come and participate in a massive anti-violence town hall meeting. This event is being organized and hosted by the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition.

The event will be moderated by Kiss F.M.’s Open Line talk show host, James Mtume. Special guests include the Honorable Wayne Smith of Irvington, NJ and Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz – Executive Director of Black Lawyers for Justice / National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party.

The anti-violence town hall meeting will discuss, analyze, and offer solutions to the pandemic of violence plaguing the township of Irvington, NJ and in Black and Brown America.

For more information, contact: NAVC at 908-956-3523 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Newark-Anti-Violence-Coaltion/187817488230
WHO: Newark Anti-Violence Coalition

WHAT: Discuss analyze, and offer solutions to the pandemic of violence plaguing the Township of Irvington, NJ and, Black and Brown America!

WHEN: Friday, April 8th, 2011, 6:00pm – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Christian Pentecostal Church, 105 Harrison Place, Irvington, New Jersey (On the Corner of Clinton Ave and Harrison Place)

WHY: Black on Black Violence: Are We On the Verge Of Self-Genocide (Self-Destruction)?
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition Mission Statement:
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition is a community-based organization composed of many community leaders, community organizations, and concerned citizens committed to stopping the pandemic disease of violence plaguing Afrikan American and Latino American communities in the city of Newark, NJ and throughout the tri-state area! We tirelessly organize and challenge the people, the block, the streets, the schools, the clergy, and elected officials one mind at a time to fight violence of any kind!
Those who would like to join, support, or volunteer, should contact:
Bashir Akinyele at (908) 956-3523 or bashir.akinyele@gmail.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Newark-Anti-Violence-Coaltion/187817488230

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/IOFFILM

Illinois and the Korean War, April 1951

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        The State of Illinois is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War by supplying information each month about the state’s involvement in the conflict. 
 
        The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Korean Memorial Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are sponsoring “Illinois Remembers the Forgotten War” along with media partners the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  For more information, visit www.Illinois-History.gov or www.veterans.illinois.gov.
 
    Illinoisans killed in action in Korea, April 1951
By county of residence
(Source:  U.S. Department of Defense records)
 
Cass            PFC Robert F. Johnston, Army, April 12.
                PFC Virgil L. Knowles, Army, April 24.
 
Champaign       Cpl. Arthur Ligon, Army, April 11.
 
Cook            Cpl. Tito Angarano, Army, April 11.
                Cpl. Charles J. Bedore, Army, April 25.
                PFC Robert A. Bell, Army, April 14.
                Pvt. Lee Bluit, Army, April 21.
                Pvt. Glen D. Bogard, Army, April 28.
                Cpl. Herbert F. Bonas, Army, April 4.
                SFC Norbert A. Brzycki, Army, April 23.
                Cpl. Stephen Drochowski, Army, April 6.
                1st Lt. Raymond C. Drury, Jr., Army, April 12.
                SFC William J. Flynn, Army, April 10.
                PFC Charles F. Freeman, Army, April 11.
                PFC William A. Gibson, Army, April 24.
                Pvt. William C. Goetz, Army, April 29.
                Cpl. William J. Hemskey, Army, April 15.
                PFC Leo Henry, Jr., Army, April 23.
                PFC Robert H. Hilgenberg, Marines, April 23.
                Pvt. Richard Jankowski, Army, April 23.
                Cpl. Byron Kacheris, Army, April 26.
                PFC Robert Kolasinski, Army, April 9.
                Cpl. Michael Misovic, Jr., Marines, April 23.
                Cpl. Robert J.M. Murphy, Army, April 8.
                PFC Joseph C. Ratti, Army, April 30.
                Pvt. Humberto Romero, Army, April 25.
                PFC Roger W. Smith, Army, April 8.
                Sgt. Edmund W. Suhren, Army, April 18.
                Cpl. George H. Thomas, Marines, April 17.
                PFC Henry C. Tilden, Army, April 4.
                PFC Wilbur E. Waldon, Army, April 22.
 
Crawford        PFC William A. Morris, Army, April 22.
 
Douglas Pvt. Herman L. Jacobs, Army, April 22.
 
DuPage  PFC Antoni M. Pawlik, Army, April 26.
 
Franklin        Cpl. Thomas E. Rotramel, Army, April 4.
 
Greene          PFC Eldon E. Fox, Army, April 23.
 
Henry           Cpl. John J. Sawickis, Army, April 30.
 
Jackson 1st Lt. Donald R. Allmon, Army, April 5.
 
Knox            Pvt. Duane E. Mahnesmith, Army, April 12.
 
LaSalle         Pvt. Floyd V. Knutson, Army, April 25.
 
Lawrence        PFC Leslie R. Heath, Army, April 23.
 
Marion          PFC Daniel Donaldson, Army, April 12.
 
Massac  PFC Oreall L. Allen, Army, April 23.
 
McDonough       SFC Robert R. Hillyer, Army, April 18.
                Pvt. Claire Martin, Army, April 25.
 
Morgan  Sgt. Robert L. McManus, Army, April 25.
 
Peoria          Cpl. Kenneth R. Jackson, Army, April 5.
                PFC John E. Purple, Jr., Army, April 9.
 
Pulaski         SFC James Maxwell, Army, April 25.
 
Saline          1st Lt. James L. Frazier, Marines, April 30.
 
Tazewell        PFC Richard E. Morrissey, Marines, April 23.
 
Vermilion       1st Lt. Orville J. Lipscomb, Marines, April 25.
 
White           Sgt. Floyd C. Sweatt, Army, April 7.
 
Winnebago       Cpl. Byron B. Daer, Army, April 25.    
                PFC Clifford F. Pratt, Army, April 23.         
 
Key events during the Korean War
April 1951
 
        April 1951 began with U.S. Army units at the 38th Parallel and the war once again being fought in North Korea.  But the fighting at the front was often a sideshow to the political feud that had been simmering for several months and which boiled over in April.
        General Douglas MacArthur, commander of all United Nations troops in Korea, found it difficult to accept the new war strategy of President Harry Truman – a strategy of containment and attrition rather than one of rolling back communism and liberating all of Korea.  MacArthur publicly criticized the new strategy by the Democratic President, but the final straw occurred when the General sent a letter to Republican Congressman Joseph Martin of Massachusetts advocating the use of Chinese Nationalist forces to expand the war.  The letter was read aloud in Congress on April 5.  A furious President Truman relieved MacArthur of his command on April 11 and replaced him with General Matthew Ridgway.  Lieutenant General James VanFleet took over Ridgway’s duties as commander of the 8th Army.
        MacArthur was a popular figure with the American people because of his leadership during World War II and the early stages of the Korean War.  Truman’s popularity, on the other hand, was at a low point as a result of the heavy casualty figures from the Korean War and a host of domestic troubles.  The newly-unemployed MacArthur returned to a hero’s welcome in the United States and addressed a joint session of Congress on April 19, taking part in the legislative debate on the war.  MacArthur, when asked of his future plans, made the famous statement, “I now close my military career and just fade away.”  Indeed, MacArthur did gradually fade from public view, and was never again to command an army.
        The real war raged on during April.  United Nations forces launched Operation Rugged on April 5 and continued to push the Communist armies farther north.  In the war’s first major aerial duel, more than 40 Communist fighter jets (piloted by Soviets) attacked a United States bomber formation on April 12, with 11 Communist fighters and two U.S. bombers shot down. 
History was poised to repeat itself again in Korea, as the initiative in the war suddenly changed on April 22.  Communist forces launched the largest attack of the war on that date using 250,000 soldiers, who smashed through United Nations troops along a forty-mile front in a drive toward Seoul.  Chinese and North Korean divisions pushed U.N. forces back about 35 miles but were finally halted just short of their goal of recapturing the South Korean capital.  Tales of extreme heroism filtered out of the battle, including the valiant hilltop defense by the British Gloucester Regiment, which suffered 80 percent casualties in the process.  By April 30 the determined infantry resistance and the wall of steel put down by United Nations artillery and the Far East Air Force stopped the “human wave” attacks.  Time magazine, when interviewing an American officer who fought in the battle, quoted him as saying the enemy was “spending people the way we spend ammunition.”        
Although United Nations forces had suffered heavy losses and gave up territory they had regained just days before, the Communist Spring Offensive, as it became known, was considered a U.N. victory because Seoul had not been captured and the Communist forces had suffered an astounding 70,000 casualties.     
 
Illinois Korean War Memorial
 
The Illinois Korean War Memorial is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, the same cemetery that contains the Lincoln Tomb.  Oak Ridge is the nation’s second most visited burial ground behind only Arlington National Cemetery.
        Dedicated on June 16, 1996, the memorial consists of a 12-foot-tall bronze bell mounted on a granite base.  At the circumference of the base are four niches, each with a larger-than-life figure representing a branch of the armed services.  Inscribed on the base are the 1,754 names of Illinoisans killed in Korea.
        The Illinois Korean War Memorial is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and may be visited daily free of charge. 
 
Korean War Veterans Oral History Project
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
 
        The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Oral History Program offers “Veterans Remember,” a collection of interviews with Illinois residents about their wartime experiences, at the Library’s website,  www.alplm.org/oral_history/home.html.  The interviews concern the experiences of Illinois veterans who fought in several conflicts, including the Korean War, as well as the experiences of those on the home front.  Visitors to the website can listen to or watch the interviews in their entirety.  Several of the interviews have transcripts, and most have still images as well.
Website visitors will need a computer capable of playing MP3 audio files or MPG compressed video files in order to listen to the interviews.  The transcripts and still images are also accessible.  Volunteers conducted and edited many of the interviews and developed the transcripts that accompany them.   
 
Korean War National Museum
 
        The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War with a new Board of Directors, new professional staff, and a renewed focus on getting a world-class museum built now, in the lifetime of the Korean War veterans.  Recent news media reports outlined a proposal of the KWNM to obtain 7,000 square feet of prime space on Navy Pier in Chicago for a state-of-the-art, world-class museum where visitors could come to honor and learn about the service and sacrifices of the Americans, South Koreans and their UN Allies in the “forgotten victory.”  Those plans are continuing to be developed, and the KWNM hopes to be able to share some exciting news soon.  Meanwhile, the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, located at 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  The KWNM welcomes donations of photographs, documents, diaries, and artifacts of those who served in the Korean War. To learn more about the KWNM, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.kwnm.org or look for the Museum Facebook.
 
Korean War Booklet
 
        The Illinois Korean Memorial Association, an all-volunteer organization, has published a booklet, A Brief History of the Korean War, copies of which have been provided free of charge to public libraries, high schools and junior high schools in Illinois.  Individuals may obtain a copy by sending a $10 check or money order to:  Illinois Korean Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8554, Springfield, IL  62791. 
        Tax deductible donations are welcome.  One hundred percent of all donations go to the book project and to the upkeep of the Illinois Korean War Memorial. 
 

Goodman Theatre concludes its season with the World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Razor-Sharp new comedy, Chinglish, directed by Leigh Silverman, June 18-24

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Chicago’s Silk Roaf Theatre Project also presents Hwang’s Yellow Face, directed by Steve Scott, June 14-July 17 at the Historic Temple Building, produced in association with the Goodman

 

Chicago, IL – Chicago enjoys a David Henry Hwang spring fling with two productions of the Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright’s work: the world-premiere of Chinglish directed by Leigh Silverman, June 18 –

July 24 (Opening Night is June 27) at Goodman Theatre; and Silk Road Theatre Project’s Chicago premiere of Yellow Face directed by Steve Scott, June 14 – July 17 (Opening Night is June 18) at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, produced in association with the Goodman.

Tickets for both Chinglish ($25-73) and Yellow Face ($24 for previews, $34 for regular run) are now on sale and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone: 312.443.3800. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have my two most recent full-length plays, Chinglish and Yellow Face, playing around the corner from one another at two extraordinary theaters in Chicago, America’s most vital theater city,” said Playwright David Henry Hwang. “Mayor Daley called Chicago ‘the most China-friendly city in the United States;’ at this moment, it certainly feels like the American city most friendly to this Chinese American playwright.”

In Chinglish, directed by Leigh Silverman, American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to seal a new deal, but finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn’t understand—and is more complex than he ever could have imagined. Leigh Silverman, who “has carved a niche for herself working with new plays” (The New York Times), directs this side-splitting world premiere about the joys and difficulties of intercontinental communication that is performed in both English and Mandarin (with English surtitles). The Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor of Chinglish and PricewaterhouseCoopers is the Corporate Sponsor Partner. Chinglish is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation’s New American Plays Award. Yellow Face, directed by Steve Scott, is a revealing backstage comedy and memoir which chronicles Hwang’s struggle to define racial identity in the mixed-up melting pot of contemporary America. Part fact, part fiction, Yellow Face explores the pitfalls and promise of the politically correct. Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott directs. Production support for Yellow Face is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and ComEd.

David Henry Hwang’s plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony Award nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Award nomination) and Bondage. He wrote the libretti for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (revival, 2002 Tony Award nomination) and Disney’s Tarzan.

In opera, his libretti include four works with composer Philip Glass: The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Sound and Beauty (seen in Chicago at the Court Theatre), and the upcoming Icarus at the Edge of Time; as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 “World Premiere of the Year”) and Howard Shore’s The Fly. Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate and Possession (co-author), and co-wrote the song “Solo” with Prince. He sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, and served by appointment of President Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

About Yellow Face (June 14 – July 17, 2011) and Silk Road Theatre Project

Previews of Yellow Face are June 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30pm and June 17 at 8pm; Opening Night is Saturday, June 18 at 4pm at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, and the regular run continues through July 17. Curtain times are Tuesdays+, Wednesdays++, and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm and Sundays at 4pm. (+The only Tuesday performance is first preview, June 14. ++There will be no Wednesday performances on June 21 and 28.)

Silk Road Theatre Project (SRTP) showcases playwrights of Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean backgrounds whose works address themes relevant to the peoples of the Silk Road and their Diaspora communities. Through the mediums of theater, video, education and advocacy, SRTP aims to deepen and expand representation in American culture.

About Chinglish (June 18 – July 24, 2011) and Goodman Theatre Previews of Chinglish are June 18 – 26; Opening Night is Monday, June 27 at 7pm at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, and the regular run continues through July 24. Curtain times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm (no performances June 21 and 28 and July 3, 5 and 17), Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm (no matinees June 18, 23, 25 and July 2 and 21).

Tickets can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 North Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. For Chinglish only—Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 rear mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; not available by telephone; a valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets; limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Gift Certificates (recipients choose the production, date and time) are available in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

Currently on stage is God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, directed by Rick Snyder (through April 10). Upcoming productions in the 2010/2011 Season include: El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, directed by Cecilie Keenan (world premiere, March 26 – April 24); Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jessica Thebus (world premiere Goodman commission, April 30 – June 5). Just announced—the 2011/2012 Season: Red by John Logan, directed by Robert Falls (September/October 2011); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November/December 2011); Race by

David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January/February 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February/March 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March/April 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June/July 2012).

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new downtown facility, welcoming nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Ahmed Khan, South Asian Community Leader and former Aldermanic candidate, endorses Alderman Berny Stone for re-election

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Chicago, IL – Ahmed Khan, a South Asian community leader who ran for
Alderman of the 50th ward during the February election, has endorsed
Alderman Berny Stone for re-election.  Khan’s endorsement is providing
the Stone campaign with excellent momentum as early voting begins in
the run-off election.

“I am proud to endorse Alderman Berny Stone,” said Khan.  “Berny has
been a friend of the South Asian community for many years.  He is
committed to our economic progress.  He was influential in bringing
Small Business Improvement Fund dollars to Devon Avenue businesses and
he understands the social and economic challenges our community
faces.”

“Even when the Alderman and I were competitors during the February
election, I respected the experience and wisdom that he brought to the
Chicago City Council,” said Khan. “I feel confident that, working
together, we can reinvigorate the beauty and vitality of the 50th
ward.  The Alderman is easily accessible and approachable — and a
great helper and a problem solver.”

“I am honored to have Ahmed Khan’s support” said Alderman Stone. “He
is a vibrant, energetic community leader who has a great future in
politics.  He ran a strong campaign and brought excellent ideas to our
public debate about the future of the 50th ward.  I look forward to
working with him in the future”

Alderman Stone won the largest number of votes in the first round of
balloting on February 22nd and is currently garnering support for the
April 5th run-off election.

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