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IL GOP Chairman calls on Gov. Quinn to veto Democratic Congressional Remap

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Governor publicly said at least 3 times that redistricting needs to be fair – Brady


Chicago, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady called on Governor Pat Quinn to veto the Democratic Congressional redistricting proposal that has passed the Illinois State Senate and House.

“Governor Quinn claims to be an independent reformer,” said Brady. “Now is the time for him to prove that.”

Brady noted that Quinn on several occasions has made at least three public statements condemning Illinois’ redistricting procedures:

“I just think the best way to have redistricting is to set up competitive districts that are not gerrymandered to make sure the people have the best representatives. Too often this is an exercise of protecting incumbents of both parties. I don’t think that’s healthy. I’ve always felt that redistricting has been way too political in our state, by both parties. So if I’m governor I’m going to try and be the person who makes sure we do it right for the people and not for the politicians.” -Gov. Quinn – Chicago Tribune – April 29, 2010

“I believe in competition, so I want competitive districts. I think the process should be open.” – Gov. Quinn – Chicago Tribune – Nov. 6, 2010

“It is important that the remapping and redistricting lines be done in a fair way. And that’s what this law is all about: to make sure there are hearings and all kinds of fairness because how you draw the lines of districts and wards and maps in Illinois makes a great deal of difference to the success of our democracy. I do, as governor, intend to emphasize to the members of the General Assembly that openness and fairness is the order of the day. The procedure of redistricting is always very emotional and controversial. I think it is important that it be done fairly. That’s my only objective – fairness. I think if it is done openly that enhances fairness – so people feel that it’s an honest and fair process.” – Gov. Quinn – WBEZ Radio – March 7, 2011

“I truly hope that Governor Quinn remembers his words and proves that he’s a Governor for all of Illinois – not just the Democratic Party of Illinois,” said Brady.

Bill cracking down on repeat meth offenders moves to Governor’s Desk

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Springfield, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan praised the General Assembly for passing a bill to continue the decade-long battle against the methamphetamine scourge. If signed by Gov. Quinn, House Bill 1908 will require offenders who re-enter society after a meth-related conviction to have a doctor’s prescription in order to purchase or possess any product containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of meth. The bill received unanimous concurrence in the Senate.


“I want to make it as difficult as possible for offenders to obtain the ingredients they need to manufacture meth,” said Attorney General Madigan. “Law enforcement needs this added tool to protect our communities from the devastating effects of meth.”


Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), a tireless worker with the Attorney General on meth issues, sponsored the legislation that passed unanimously in the House of Representatives last month.


“I am honored to once again assist Attorney General Madigan in this latest initiative to fight meth in southern Illinois and throughout the state,” Rep. Bradley said. “The unanimous vote in our chamber last month proves that we are serious about this issue.”


“As a former prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the havoc meth can visit upon a community as it tears at the very fiber of families and individuals who will commit almost any crime to feed their addiction,” said Senate sponsor Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton).


The legislation focuses on individuals convicted of meth-related offenses who often continue to use and cook meth. In recent years, police report that so-called “small batch” cooks increasingly are obtaining the ingredients to manufacture just enough meth for their use or to make a quick sale.


In addition to requiring a prescription to purchase or possess any product containing pseudoephedrine, offenders will be prohibited from purchasing or possessing any product containing ammonium nitrate, another key ingredient in meth production. The bill also mandates the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to issue a parole violation if an offender is again charged with a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act or the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act. The bill would also require IDOC to provide written notice to the Illinois State Police, local state’s attorneys and sheriffs of the pending release or discharge of any person convicted on meth charges.


Since taking office in 2003, Attorney General Madigan is the recognized leader in working with the General Assembly to enact laws that require stricter purchasing regulations of products containing pseudoephedrine and creating meth-specific offenses that law enforcement agencies statewide have used to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Jesse White Awards Penny Severns Summer Literacy Grants to 38 Public Libraries

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Springfield, IL — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy grants to 38 Illinois public libraries to provide important literacy services this summer.

 “My dear friend the late State Senator Penny Severns believed as I do that every citizen of this state should have access to quality literacy programs that promote lifetime learning and help them achieve their utmost potential,” said White. “These grants have helped thousands of parents and children with limited literacy skills, and I am pleased that the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library Literacy Office can once again make them available.” 

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Program is intended to improve the basic reading, math, writing and/or language skills of parents and children during the summer months when many educational programs may be closed. Services include reading programs and interactive, reciprocal learning experiences that parents and children participate in together. A total of $169,668.00 was awarded and distributed among 38 public libraries.

 A list of libraries receiving grants:

 FY11 Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Programs

Alpha by city


The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Program aims at improving reading, math, or English language skills of low literate and limited English proficient parents and children during the summer.  Services include reading enrichment and interactive, reciprocal learning experiences that parents and children participate in together.  38 public libraries were awarded a total award of $169,668.00.


City                                Library                                                                              Award

Augusta                           Greater West Central Public Library District                         $3,982.00

Aurora                             Aurora Public Library                                                          $4,800.00

Bellwood                         Bellwood Public Library                                                       $3,000.00

Benton                             Benton Public Library District                                              $4,800.00

Berwyn                           Berwyn Public Library                                                         $4,775.00

Biggsville                         Henderson County Public Library District                             $4,800.00

Cahokia                           Cahokia Public Library District                                             $4,500.00

Carbondale                      Carbondale Public Library                                                    $4,320.00

Carthage                          Carthage Public Library District                                           $4,800.00

Chester                            Chester Public Library                                                         $4,800.00

Colchester                       Colchester District Library                                                   $3,982.00

Collinsville                        Mississippi Valley Library District                                        $4,800.00

Decatur                           Decatur Public Library                                                        $4,800.00

DeKalb                            DeKalb Public Library                                                         $4,800.00

Elkhart                             Elkhart Public Library District                                              $4,800.00

Fairmont City                   Mississippi Valley Library District                                        $4,800.00

Fulton                              Schmaling Memorial Public Library District                           $4,757.00

Glen Ellyn                        Glen Ellyn Public Library                                                     $2,443.00

Harrisburg                       Harrisburg Public Library District                                         $4,800.00

Herrin                              Herrin City Library                                                              $4,793.00

Homer Glen                     Homer Township Public Library District                               $4,800.00

Joliet                                Joliet Public Library                                                             $4,800.00

Littleton                           Greater West Central Public Library District                         $3,982.00

Marion                             Marion Carnegie Library                                                      $4,800.00

McLeansboro                   McCoy Memorial Library                                                    $4,250.00

Moline                             Moline Public Library                                                          $4,741.00

Monmouth                       Warren County Public Library District                                  $4,800.00

Mount Prospect                Mount Prospect Public Library                                             $4,800.00

Peoria                              Peoria Public Library                                                           $4,800.00

Plainfield                          Plainfield Public Library District                                           $2,060.00

Robbins                           William Leonard Public Library District                                $4,800.00

Robinson                          Robinson Public Library District                                           $3,568.00

Saint Elmo                       St. Elmo Public Library District                                            $4,800.00

Skokie                             Skokie Public Library                                                           $4,800.00

Venice                             Venice Public Library                                                          $4,125.00

Villa Park                        Villa Park Public Library                                                      $4,790.00

West Frankfort                 West Frankfort Public Library                                              $4,800.00

Wheeling                         Indian Trails Public Library District                                      $4,800.00



Lt. Gov. Simon to U.S. Reps: Protect Rock Island Arsenal, join new Defense Communities Caucus

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 Caucus to be unified voice for defense communities nationwide supporting millions of military and civilian personnel


 CARBONDALE – With a major mission at the Rock Island Arsenal under threat, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is recruiting Congressmen to help keep Illinois military bases open and active in the Quad Cities and across the state.


Simon sent letters to 10 U.S. Representatives from Illinois on Friday inviting them to join the new House Defense Communities Caucus in Washington D.C. before any more Illinois bases are closed or consolidated. The latest threat is to the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center at the Rock Island Arsenal, which the Army Materiel Command is reportedly considering for closure.

“The health and wealth of many communities in Illinois hinge on the future of our military bases,” Simon said. “We must use every tool at our disposal to keep our installations active and to make sure the voices of our troops, their families and defense communities are heard.”

As Lt. Governor, Simon serves as the chairperson of the state’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee. One of the committee’s responsibilities is to coordinate communication among local, state and federal officials regarding the future of military bases in the state.

Simon said the Defense Communities Caucus will act as a unified, bipartisan voice for communities nationwide with active, closed or closing military installations. It could help pave the way for partnerships among the private, public and military sectors that could create jobs or save federal tax dollars and help Illinois prepare for and prevent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) or other downsizing.

The Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center in Rock Island is a unique U.S. Army facility which manufactures artillery, armor, small arms, and mobile maintenance kits for use on the front lines. It has produced almost every howitzer in the Army inventory and since 2003 has produced half of all armor for Army tactical wheeled vehicles. Veterans make up more than half of the center’s 1,700-member workforce.

Simon sent letters to members of Congress whose districts include active or inactive military installations: Judy Biggert, Jerry Costello, Danny Davis, Robert Dold, Timothy Johnson, Adam Kinzinger, Donald Manzullo, Robert Schilling, Aaron Schock and Joe Walsh.

President Obama endorses Kirk Visa Waiver Bill

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Chicago, IL – U.S.  Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced that President Obama has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Visa Waiver Bill he introduced alongside Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) last month.

“President Obama’s announcement is a major success for the citizens of Poland and America,” said Senator Kirk. “I look forward to passing this legislation in the Senate and a quick signature from the President.”

On March 7, 2011, Senator Kirk and Senator Mikulski joined Congressman Quigley in spearheading the introduction of the Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act in the Senate and House (S.497/H.R. 959), which aims to update and modernize VWP requirements, ultimately making Poland and other U.S. allies eligible to participate in VWP.

The Secure Traveler and Counterterrorism Partnership Act would require applicant countries to maintain an average non-immigrant VISA overstay rate not greater than 3 percent while giving the Secretary of Homeland Security flexibility to waive this requirement in cases where a country’s participation does not pose a threat to law enforcement, security or immigration laws and that country is cooperating fully with the U.S. in fighting terrorism.

In addition, the Mikulski-Kirk bill would authorize the Secretary to place a member country on probation if their overstay rate exceeds 3 percent, sending a strong message to current program members that the United States is serious about ensuring the VWP is a strong component of our security.

For more information on the Mikulski-Kirk bill click here.

Message to the Class of 2011

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To Be Equal#22

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League


One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the chance to speak to young people, especially college students at graduation time.  This year, I was honored to be the commencement speaker at both Xavier University in New Orleans and Howard University in Washington, DC, two of the most historic and outstanding HBCU’s in the nation.  I want to take this opportunity to congratulate college graduates everywhere and to share with you some of what I said at the two commencements:

Class of 2011, the world that you face is a world in the throes of change and transformation. From the growing economic power of India and China, to the presence of a black man in the White House, this nation has come a long way since college students like you joined the Freedom Riders to change the American South. As you look toward the horizon and see the many valleys, hilltops and mountains that you will traverse throughout your life, I would like to ask you to keep three E’s in mind:
The first E is Excellence. Whether we are talking about Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, or Thurgood Marshall, we are witnesses to lives that have committed to excellence. I want to see the graduates of 2011 accelerate themselves and their lives through an absolute commitment to being the best you can be in everything that you do. Whatever profession you choose, commit to be the best.
The second E is Equality. You must work for a more just and equitable America. An America which will not tolerate deep poverty amidst great prosperity. A nation which does not tolerate almost 40 percent of its young black children not finishing high school on time each year. We cannot be comfortable when the great recession has cost millions of people their jobs and millions of people their homes. Like the Freedom Riders of 50 years ago, like the students that challenged the Vietnam War or those who marched against Apartheid, you must have the courage to commit to work for social and economic equality for all.
The third E is expectations. A nation which expects failure will fail. A people that accepts second place, will remain in second place. You are living proof, today, that a child who grows up anywhere is a child who can succeed.  Whether you grew up uptown or downtown, with two parents or one, whether you grew up with prosperity or poverty, hold fast to the highest expectations. As a great writer once wrote, “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know and you are the one who will decide where to go.”

Class of 2011, choose wisely.  That is your mission, this is your moment. Congratulations. Good luck and Godspeed.




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Clements/O’Hare Honor Veterans for Memorial Day – O’Hare Seeks Benefit Cards for Vets

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o'hare and clementsLife-long friends, George O’Hare (left) and Father George Clements called on all Americans to honor veterans this Memorial Day. O’Hare seeks national veterans benefit card program


By Chinta Strausberg


Father George Clements Saturday said all Americans should be forever grateful for those soldiers who made it possible for us to have a Memorial Day.

“We should be grateful to them also for all of the benefits that we get from being in this country,” said Clements.

“And, we have to be mindful of the sacrifices that both blacks and whites made in the military to enable us to be living this way, “ said Clements who is not taking life for granted in America.

Clements is appreciative of the blood that has been spilled in so many wars and mindful of broken families who have suffered the brunt of these sustained military conflicts.

He will be joined by his life long friend, George O’Hare, a U.S. Navy veteran, Monday’s Memorial Day, May 31, 2011, where he will give the invocation at the Lawrence Pucci Wedgwood Society of Chicago & Co-Sponsor Chicago Cultural Mile Association’s 14th annual ceremony and dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m., in Grant Park at 9th and Michigan Avenue.

Reached at home, O’Hare said to all veterans, “Thank you, thank you for what you have done for our nation, for our country. They have to know that they are wanted.

“Veterans today are being short-changed on the benefits they deserve,” he said. “We as a nation of leaders have not made it clear to them that they have specific benefits and give them a checklist so they can see who to call to get those benefits,” O’Hare said.

“And, those who do go to the veterans facilities are told to come back which results in some veterans just giving up,” O’Hare said. The American Legions veterans know where to go, but other veterans who get sick go to our veteran’s hospitals and they are told to come back over and over again.” O’Hare said that is not right and no way to treat our veterans who risked their lives for this country.

“I want every man and woman veterans to have a card to spell out what their rights are and phone numbers for those benefits.  I am a veteran and I don’t know where to go but thank God I have insurance as a retired Sears employee. I pay for my insurance full price. Thank God I can afford to pay for that because most veterans can’t.”

O’Hare said he would like the federal government to issue these benefit cards to very veteran. “This card should state the benefits and where to call to get more information.” On the card, O’Hare also wants the phone number of the Veterans Affairs Department along with an 800 number if veterans don’t get callbacks or results from federally run veterans facilities.

To the women and men who have love ones in the military, I say to you thank you for giving our soldiers the confidence and love they need to make it through every day. We can only imagine what they are going through in Iraq and Afghanistan. We can only imagine their running and ducking bullets and driving through some heavy firepower, and we don’t know what they are thinking about coming back home.

But, we all can pray for their safe return and to give thanks to all of them for putting their lives on the line for America. God bless our soldiers, and I pray for their safe return.

I also agree with O’Hare that this nation must do better by our returning veterans. They should never want for a home, a house or adequate health care, and no veterans should ever be homeless.

I too will be speaking at Monday’s event. I’ll be talking about my cousin, Pfc. Milton Lee Olive III who at 18 was the first African American to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. On October 22, 2011, Olive, whom we called “Skipper,” saw a live grenade, placed it on his stomach allowing it to explode. He saved the lives of four comrades two of whom are living today and all either have grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

America must step up to the plate when it comes to its treatment of veterans who are seduced to join the military but forgotten once they come home.

If Skipper were alive, I know he would be out front demanding equality for all veterans just like he did as a teenager when he ran away from home and joined the Mississippi Voter Registration campaign. His father found him and gave him three choices: go back to school, get a job or join the military.

Skipper is not here, but if, as Mr. O’Hare says, our veterans facilities are not providing adequate health care to our veterans, then why not privatize these facilities so health care will always be available to them? We all must fight for fairness for veterans many of whom, like Skipper, paid the ultimate price…their life.

Remember and respect all veterans and give thanks to them on Memorial Day.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

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Anger grows in South Korea over U.S. dumping of Agent Orange

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(From New America Media)

By Peter Schurmann and Jin Kim


In 2006, a film about U.S. military scientists dumping chemicals into Seoul’s waterways took South Korea by storm. Based on actual events, “The Host” broke box office records across the country, a slapstick horror about an oversized monster that emerges from the depths of the Han River to terrorize the city.

Powerless to stand in the way of their more powerful partner, South Koreans resorted to comedy then, laughing at the toxic creature of American making. But with revelations emerging last week that United
States Forces in Korea (USFK) buried large amounts of hazardous chemicals, including the defoliant Agent Orange, Koreans’ sense of humor and trust may be wearing thin.

“As a former soldier with the South Korean army, I understand the need to maintain American forces in the country,” says Dong Hwan Kim, who still serves with the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) reserves. A native of Bucheon, a satellite city 20 km outside of Seoul and home to Camp Mercer, where U.S. forces are said to have buried the chemicals, Kim say she now feels “a sense of betrayal” and wonders if he will ever again be able to trust Seoul’s most important ally.

Washington has maintained some 30,000 soldiers in South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War, primarily as defense against North Korea.

Reuters news service noted yesterday that Seoul had launched a second investigation into the allegations surrounding USFK activities at Camp Mercer, near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. The move came after South Korean media uncovered statements made a
decade ago by a former U.S. soldier on the American website for former U.S. service members, Korean War Project, that “every imaginable chemical” had been buried at the camp between 1963 and 1964.

Last week, three American ex-servicemen admitted to burying Agent Orange at Camp Carroll near the city of Daegu, 300 km southeast of Seoul, leading to a joint USFK-Korea investigation.

On Monday, USFK confirmed that Agent Orange, widely used during the Vietnam War and later to clear foliage around the DMZ dividing the two Koreas, was buried at the camp but that it was later removed. Soil samples taken years later revealed trace amounts of dioxin, a key ingredient in
Agent Orange, USFK officials said.

Agent Orange has been cited for numerous health problems, including cancer, asthma, and birth defects. U.S. veterans, including those who served in Korea, have long sought treatment for related illnesses from the Veterans Administration, which just recently increased to 16 the number of
diagnoses recognized as being related to the herbicide.

While no definitive links have been made to health issues stemming from the USFK activities, one major broadcaster reported on Tuesday that Daegu, South Korea’s third-largest city, had the nation’s highest infant mortality rate at almost six per 1,000 births from 2007 to 2009. According
to one local television station that is part of the larger Seoul Broadcasting Station, Daegu is also high on the list of congenital birth defects, raising questions over the possible connection to chemical contaminants found in the soil.

South Korea’s official news agency Yonhap, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that ROKA forces enlisted civilian help in spreading toxic agents “by hand” near the demilitarized zone throughout the 1970s. One villager told reporters that he has suffered from asthma ever since, but has been consistently denied restitution from the state.

A USFK spokeswoman on Wednesday attempted to distance the U.S. military from the growing scandal, saying that as part of the existing Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between the two countries, conditions at Camp Mercer in Bucheon became Seoul’s responsibility once the base
was returned to ROKA in 1993.

According to the agreement, the U.S. cannot be held liable for conditions at any installation once it has been returned and accepted by South Korea. That has many in this country angered at the perceived callousness of the United States and at Seoul’s failure to inspect the bases prior to accepting them.

For now, Seoul says it will not seek to renegotiate the terms of SOFA, though both sides insist they consider the issue “very serious.” Such statements may not be enough, however, to placate concerns among South Koreans.

A recent editorial in the national daily, Kyunghyang Sinmun, says the United States must be held accountable for its actions. “It was the U.S. military that sullied this rich land… Just because the U.S. military has received the right to use some of this land as bases does not mean they’ve been granted even the freedom to pollute it.”

South Korea’s tech-savvy youth, who figured prominently in anti-U.S. demonstrations in 2002 and again in 2008, have been abuzz on social networking sites.

One Twitter user, who goes by the name Sun-A, wrote, “I was born and raised in Bucheon… do I need to be concerned?” Another who tweets under the name bokme41 asks, “Is there anywhere to live without worry in this U.S. host nation?”

New book reveals the “other side” of another Black historical Icon

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The annotated republication of Du Bois‘ “Darkwater” suggests he was anything but conservative

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — As critics debate Manning Marable’s recent reinterpretation of Malcolm X, an Atlanta-based publishing company plans to reveal the “real” W. E. B. Du Bois – who was not the conservative many made him out to be.

This month, Two Horizons Press plans to introduce the world to a Du Bois that protested capitalism, championed women’s rights, prayed for the end of Western rule, and who would eventually quit the NAACP and left the U.S. to live in Africa, when it republishes an annotated edition of Du Bois’s Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil.

This new book promises readers a reinterpretation of the man who pioneered the idea of the “color-line” dividing Black and white America. His 1909 Souls of Black Folk is a classic in the canon of American sociology for its perceptive – but careful – treatment of race and society. “Du Bois was brilliant, but I don’t think he was a revolutionary like Malcolm… or a Pan-African like [his contemporary Marcus] Garvey,” says Justin Johnson, an Atlanta college student studying Sociology at Morehouse College.

The republication of Darkwater promises to rewrite that history, offering an extended introduction explaining Du Bois’s transformation, the context in which Darkwater was written, and the reason it was nearly written out of history. “Darkwater is a masterpiece which boldly displays Du Bois’ intellectual evolution and provides rich insights into race, not just as a local but also a global phenomenon,” says R. L’Heureux Lewis, a professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York – CUNY, and author of the book’s introduction. “This book is needed, because the transformation of the Black community will ultimately lie in its ability to know its past in order to carve its path forward.”

Lewis and colleagues also spent countless hours researching and writing annotations to make the text accessible for casual readers and students. The current edition contains 17 pages of endnotes, as well as dozens of rare photographs of Du Bois with personalities ranging from Mao Tse Tung to Paul Robeson.

Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil is scheduled to be released on June 19th. The date marks the commemoration of Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, the day in 1865 when emancipated slaves in Texas learned of their freedom.
Visit www.DarkwaterDubois.com for more info about the release of Darkwater: Voices within the Veil, Annotated Edition.

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