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Archive for February 14th, 2013

A Valentine’s Gift of love that keeps on giving 16 years later

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It’s one of the fond pinnacles of my many years of marriage

By Juanita Bratcher

 

I’ve been somewhat of a pack-rat most of my adult life after getting my own place to live, but only with those things that I cherish and treasure and have no intentions of getting rid of right away…maybe never. They fit right into what I call precious, specific categories – they either have informational or personal value to me and something – more likely than not – that I would want to revisit, take another peep at and refresh my memory once again somewhere down the road.

These are things that passed my way at one time of another that I feel personal about or a personal attachment to. Or they’re things that I treasured at the moment, wanted to take them into my future, with no intentions of getting rid of them, if at all possible.

Many of these things I usually run across when I’m into some major house cleaning, others I know exactly where they are and at times revisit, re-examine and re-evaluate them as to their immediate relevance. You know, do I still need or want them? Is it time to get rid of them because of their waning usage and of needing the space for something else? We all make these evaluations from time to time.

I admit that I have a knack of wanting to hold on to certain things in the way of information or memories of “feel good moments” – souvenirs and the likes…memorabilia, that I accumulated mostly during my professional career as a Journalist/ news reporter/ author/ publisher.

I still hold on to the press identification tag I received when attending a press conference with Britain’s Prince Charles when he was in Chicago years ago, an autographed book from former President Jimmy Carter at his press conference in Chicago where he released his new book. I have pictures with entertainment personalities when they visited the historical newspaper, the Chicago Defender, where I worked as an investigative news reporter. I have a paper plate that was autographed by Harold Washington, the first Black mayor of Chicago, when attending a social event. I was assigned to the campaign trail of Washington. I have hundreds of articles that I wrote during my college days when seeking a degree in Journalism and in the starting years of my professional career as an investigative news reporter, which has now been some 37 plus years. And the list goes on.

But there’s nothing more dear to my heart than the empty Valentine’s box (now without candy) stored in my closet that was the last Valentine’s gift presented to me by my late husband, Neal A. Bratcher, Sr. in 1997, that I preserved, along with several artificial roses inside of a glass cage (a large souvenir) and a Valentine’s card.

I remember Neal always being in a happy and pleasant mood on Valentine’s Day. He was like clockwork – always showering me with a card, flowers and candy on that special lovers’ day. On Valentine’s Day 1997, for the first time, Neal gave me a large souvenir with artificial flowers encased in oak wood and glass. This was the first year he gave artificial flowers. In past years, Neal always brought fresh flowers with card and candy. Perhaps it was fate that he deviated from the norm and brought artificial flowers instead, because fresh flowers would not have survived even for several days. I am happy he made that decision.

I am by no means trying to live  in the past, even though I’m cherishing those loving memories from the past and cherishing a caring and loving husband who made me happy in life, an excellent father to our four children and a very civic-minded person who reached out to others.

In a book of poems I wrote and released in 1994, “I Cry For a People; In Their Struggle for Justice & Equality” one of the poems was written expressly for my husband, Neal. The title of the poem is “That Twinkle in Your Eyes”, which follows:

 

“That Twinkle in Your Eyes”

                   By Juanita Bratcher

 

I’ve looked in your eyes

For many, many years

Sometimes I saw smiles

Other times I saw tears

Sometimes I found anger

And yes, there was sadness

Oftentimes there was joy and untold gladness

But that twinkle in your eyes was always there

A symbol of the love we will always share

In your eyes I’ve seen grief

Other times they were bright

Sometimes there were mixed signals

Other times sheer delight

Sometimes there was patience

And impatience too

Your eyes said it all

About your feelings and you

But that twinkle in your eyes was always there

A symbol of the love we will always share

Your eyes said it all

Whether they were clear or red

There was something about them

And the secrecy they shed

Sometimes they sent a message

So concrete in thrust

And with the bat of the eyes

The message could instantly adjust

But that twinkle in your eyes was always there

It was a symbol of the love we will always share

When Neal read the poem he was elated. After his death in 1997, the lyrics were turned into a record. It was beyond my wildest imagination. And I wished that Neal was here to hear the song. But the card, artificial flowers, the empty candy box and the song – written by me – are memories that will be a part of my life forever.

Great memories are made of this. They will always hold a special place in my heart…even in death.

Here are some of my favorite love songs: You can hear them all on Youtube.com.

Love Will Conquer All – Lionel Ritchie

Have I Told You Lately That I love you? – Rod Stewart

Neither One of Us – Gladys Knight

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

You Are So Beautiful To Me – Joe Cocker

Happy Valentine’s Day to all; and may you always have a “genuine everlasting love” in your relationships and marriages.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 37 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

ILGOP Rolls Out Growth & Opportunity Project

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Republican Party is pleased to announce the initial rollout of the ILGOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project.  The project will be an in depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 election cycle efforts of the ILGOP as the Party moves forward with developing a framework for Republican victories in 2014 and beyond.

“What we are doing at the ILGOP mirrors a similar initiative by the Republican National Committee launched a few weeks ago and discussed at the RNC Winter Meeting in Charlotte that I attended,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.  “We can’t move forward and build a statewide strategy for success in 2014 without hearing directly from our grassroots activists who make up our party and do the heavy lifting each election cycle.”

State Central Committeeman and Stark County GOP Chairman Mike Bigger will Chair the project.  Bigger will deliver initial findings of the committee by the April 13th State Central Committee meeting in Chicago.

Republicans across Illinois can take part in this project by visiting www.WeAreIllinois.org/Growth to learn more and offer their recommendations on what their Party can do better as we head into 2014.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s response on Meeting with Families Affected by Gun Violence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a statement after meeting with families affected by gun violence:

“Today, I sat down with Illinois families who lost loved ones due to senseless gun violence.  I asked Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of 15-year-old Hadiya who was shot and killed by gang gunfire in Chicago, for permission to name anti-illegal gun trafficking legislation after her daughter.  I reiterated that one of my top priorities this year is to pass legislation that will dry up the supply of illegal weapons to dangerous drug gangs who are committing these senseless acts of violence.  For Hadiya and thousands of other victims of gun violence, we must break through the typical Washington process and actually get something done that will save lives.”   

BACKGROUND:

Senator Kirk, along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are the lead co-sponsors of S. 179, which would, for the first time, make gun trafficking a federal crime and end straw purchases of illegal weapons which will dry up their supply to dangerous drug gangs. For more information regarding S. 179, click here.

Community Media Leaders, Illinois Comptroller Topinka Discuss Finances, Outreach

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CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently met with representatives from community news media organizations to discuss state finances and identify ways that they can work together to serve residents.

Specifically, Topinka met with more than twenty community news reporters, editors, and Consulate leaders to discuss ways in how the state can better serve and communicate with ethnic communities. Topinka also highlighted The Ledger, an online financial portal of state government, and financial initiatives in her office like Take Charge Illinois outreach programs, that are available to provide assistance.

“Ethnic, neighborhood, and specialized media outlets play a critical role in educating the public because of the amount of trust invested in them from the individual communities they serve,” Topinka said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – what is important is that communication from your state government is accessible, and we are able to meet the needs of our residents.”

Also included in the meeting were  Juanita Bratcher and Pamela McMillan, representatives from CopyLine Magazine.

“CopyLine Magazine plays a critical role in educating the public because of the amount of trust invested in them from the African-American community,” Topinka said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – what is important is that communication from your state government is accessible.”

Topinka plans to hold similar meetings in the coming months. For more information on any of the programs from the State Comptroller’s Office, visit illinoiscomptroller.com/

Photo Caption: State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka opening up discussion at the Community Media Reception.

Photo by: Teresa J. Potasiak

Man sentenced to 75 years for murder of high school classmate

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A suburban man was sentenced to 75 years in prison  for sexually assaulting and killing a 15-year-old honor student and classmate and later dumping her body in a wooded area in the south suburbs in 2008, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Timothy Easley, 24, of Sauk Village, was convicted by a jury in January of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault for sexually assaulting and strangling honor student  Brashai Griffin, and then leaving her body in a creek in a secluded area in south suburban Sauk Village.  Both Easley and the victim attended Bloom Trail High School.

According to prosecutors, on April 2, 2008 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim left her home in Sauk Village to meet the defendant.  Earlier that day, the victim told other students at Bloom Trail that she was planning to meet Easley that night.  When the victim’s mother came home around 10:30 p.m., she contacted police because her daughter was not home.  Police and local search teams looked for the 15-year-old victim for almost 48 hours.

On April 4, 2008, investigators discovered a body in a wooded area near 223rd Street and Torrence Avenue in Sauk Village.  The body, found submerged in water, was later identified as the victim, Brashai Griffin.  An autopsy revealed that the victim had been strangled and sexually assaulted and the death was ruled a homicide.  DNA taken from the victim during the autopsy was later matched to the defendant’s DNA.

Cook County Judge Luciano Panici imposed the 75 year sentence during a court appearance today at the Markham Courthouse.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicholas D’Angelo and Torrie Corbin for handling this case.  She also thanked the Sauk Village Police Department for their assistance.

Bob Johnson, Tracey Edmonds – New Channel, Alright TV announces Lineup of New Faith-Friendly and Family-Oriented Digital Programming

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Issa Rae, Deion Sanders, AJ Johnson, DeRay Davis, and Cheryl Jackson Headline Original Productions


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Robert L. Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies and Tracey E. Edmonds, President and CEO of Alright TV, announced the new programming slate of upcoming family oriented and faith-friendly content developed for the channel created in collaboration with YouTube. Alright TV will launch on Easter Sunday, March 31st and will appeal to the aspirational and inspirational goals of consumers of all ages with buzz-worthy comedies, talk, reality, music, and online streaming of Sunday church services from around the country.

“I am very excited about the launch of Alright TV and the broad array of diversified producer-generated content that has been produced and made available through the channel,” said Johnson. “Tracey is an award-winning producer and I am confident that viewers will enjoy the new digital series that she and her team have developed featuring well known artists and personalities from the faith-based, reality, sports and entertainment industries. Alright TV’s content and collaboration with YouTube represents the spectrum of new and exciting opportunities for consumers and advertisers,” he concluded.

“Alright TV is a groundbreaking channel that will revolutionize faith friendly content viewing and will feature premiere talent along with rising stars,” said Edmonds. “There has been, and for some time, a lack of availability of faith-based, family friendly programming on television. Alright TV, in collaboration with YouTube’s global platform, fills this gap by making the genre available to everyone.” She continued, “We have incredible talent on board and are excited to present our viewers with new digital series that offer the best in feel-good, value based entertainment that will both inspire and motivate. I look forward to continuing to work with YouTube and our outstanding creative team of writers that have produced quality entertainment for the channel, ultimately creating a lineup of some of the best digital offerings that consumers will enjoy.”

Upcoming Alright TV premieres include:

* Issa Rae, the creative mind behind the ground-breaking Internet sensation Awkward Black Girl, brings us The Choir, a comedic series about the personal, spiritual and often controversial dynamics of a revered church choir.

* NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders debuts two new inspirational reality series. In Sports Dads, Sanders comes to the rescue to counsel families of sports-obsessed parents pushing their children too hard. He will also produce and star in Truth, an inspirational show that will uplift and motivate viewers to put a more positive outlook into practice.

* Take Action, produced by 1820 Productions features Cheryl “Action” Jackson transforming the lives of families in need. Facing hard hitting economic struggles that have impacted the lives of families from around the country, Jackson and her team bring hope and joy to families in need by blessing them with gifts that help with everyday family living.

* Written by Vanessa Middleton, former co-executive producer of The Cosby Show, Walk This Way is a comedy sketch series in which parishioners seek advice from their pastor for some of the most unusual problems. Series stars Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire).

* Ms. Right and Mr. Right are two webisode series that explore dating from both the male and female perspectives. Ms. Right stars DeRay Davis of 21 Jump Street and Jumping the Broom and Mr. Right stars Kali Hawk of Couples Retreat and New Girl both on the search for love through a series of blind dates with the most undesirable candidates in hopes of finding their respective Mr. and Ms. Right.

* YouTube’s popular comedy trio, The Playmakers – Kevin Fredericks, Jason Fredericks, and Anthony Davis bring faith-friendly comedy with hilarious takes on some of the most recognizable church related topics.

* The No-Budget Gourmet, Bravo’s Top Chef alum and from the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Chef Brian Hill teaches America how to eat well and spend less on meals that will impress. Chef Brian is joined by special comedy guests each episode.

* Dr. James Meschino headlines Pure Health, an in-depth look at the natural ways to approach health and living.

* Dormtainment features You Tube’s super popular 6-man Atlanta comedy sketch troop who deliver laugh out loud webisodes on the trials and tribulations of college and young adult life.

* Celebrity lifestylist AJ Johnson shows viewers how to attain a better mind, body and soul in The AJ ZONE.

* Preach On, Teach On, an amateur blog series where rising inspirational speakers offer words of encouragement and inspiration that empowers.

* Vurch will live-stream weekly church services and sermons of pastors from around the country. With its innovative platform and national database of devotional and worship churches, Vurch features some of today’s foremost spiritual leaders such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and Apostle Frederick K. C. Price.

* Powerful inspirational, theme-based messages will be featured with Message from the Masters, a collection of teachings from pastors of various ministries and well known inspirational speakers.

* In addition to live-streaming weekly broadcasts of devotional and worship services, Alright TV will feature an array of powerful inspirational messages, gospel and Christian-themed musical videos on demand and ministries from well-known speakers and spiritual leaders.

About The RLJ Companies:
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information visit: www.rljcompanies.com.

About Our Stories Films, LLC:
Our Stories Films is the first African American owned film production studio that produces theatrical motion pictures that showcase the talents of African Americans on both sides of the camera and in the creative process. Founded in 2006, Our Stories Films is headquartered in Hollywood, CA, and targets underserved, urban audiences within the family and urban comedy genre with a production budget of $5M–$7M per film. In May 2011, Our Stories Films in collaboration with TriStar, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, produced and released Jumping the Broom, which debuted as the number one comedy during the opening box office weekend. For additional information please visit: www.ourstoriesfilms.com.

About Alright TV:
Alright TV is a groundbreaking digital channel that will revolutionize faith friendly content viewing. Featuring premiere talent along with rising stars, Alright TV offers the best in feel-good, value based entertainment which will inspire and motivate. Alright TV brings buzz-worthy comedies, talk, reality, music, and the streaming of national Sunday church services. Developed by Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and Tracey E. Edmonds, President and COO of Our Stories Films, Alright TV is a digital collaboration with YouTube that includes an array of online productions and entertainment. For more about Alright TV visit: www.youtube.com/alrighttv or www.alrighttv.com.

Photo Caption: Tracey E. Edmonds, President & CEO of Alright TV

Hip Hop Duo refuses to Dumb Down Music to gain mass appeal

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Da’ Wiz and Rello Hill Prove that hard-hitting Hip Hop beats and conceptual lyrics can co-exist without sacrificing creativity for mainstream audiences

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Producer Da’ Wiz and rapper Rello Hill aren’t interested in following popular trends or jumping on the latest rap bandwagon. Their latest release “Autumns Equinox” is proof of that. Rello who was one of the top 3 finalists in the 2012 National MC Search, sticks to the time tested tradition of riding hard-hitting Boom Bap beats with imaginative, thought provoking lyrics for Hip Hop fans everywhere craving authentic rap music. What makes this project different from other indie releases is that it accurately captures the classic sound of mid 90’s East Coast rap while still sounding current.

“Autumns Equinox” is a conceptual EP which touches on themes such as death, rebirth and the constant struggle between good and evil. The album’s title is symbolic and represents the overall vibe of the project. Rello says, “Autumn is the season when things die in order to eventually be reborn. It’s an on-going cycle. An equinox happens twice a year and it’s when night and day are the same length. Again, it’s an on-going cycle. The album explores a variety of topics but what connects them all is this constant ebb and flow that we all experience in life. With that said, the beats bang and if you’re not into lyrics, you’ll still get that good old Hip Hop sound!”

Producer Da’ Wiz manages to keep the album as soulful as it is introspective with his use of hard drums and melodic 70’s samples. “Take Me Away” ft. vocalist Joy Shackleford on the hook gives Rello a nostalgic backdrop to a story about self doubt, criticism and triumph over obstacles. “Who Are You” ft. Frank the Phresh starts off with an excerpt of a Malcolm X speech which sets the tone as Rello and his partner in rhyme trade verses about the challenges of developing a healthy identity in such a crazy world. In true Hip Hop fashion and to balance out the album’s heavier themes, tracks like “Eloquent” and “Work” display Rello’s witty wordplay and battle ready skills.

Rello concludes, “I put my life into this project and tried to show various aspects of what makes me who I am without sugar coating anything. I think Hip Hop heads worldwide who are thirsty for classic rap will be pleased with the results!”

Download “Autumns Equinox” at www.RelloHill.com. Catch a glimpse of Rello Hill and Da’ Wiz here. Connect with Rello Hill on @RelloHill and at Facebook.com/pages/Rello-Hill/133325523408429. Connect with Da’ Wiz on @DaWizology and at Facebook.com/dawizbeats.

 

“Make Love, Not War” Boomers Now the Valentine Generation

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“Make Love, Not War” Boomers Now the Valentine Generation

 Providence Journal/New America Media

By Rita Watson

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–Consider the reality of healthy aging, sexually active seniors and octogenarian lovers challenging the rules of decorum. The “Make Love Not War” flower children of the ’60s are taking the slogan seriously.

While many young people shudder at the thought of grandparents having sex, it is taking place in a wide range of settings, including single and married seniors living independently in the community to those in nursing homes.

In addition to the Hugh Hefners of the world, looking for Playboy bunnies and Barbies, there is a serious group of men and women looking for mature love and engaging in age-appropriate sex.

Sex Predicts Happiness

Increased sexual activity is a strong predictor for happiness, according to the data analysis of the General Social Survey, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Happiness increases with frequency of sex, even among those over 65, according to Adrienne Jackson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Florida A& M University. She spearheaded a study presented at a recent Gerontological Society of America session titled “Love in Cyberspace: Dating and Sexuality.’’

But here is a downside. Dating originating in cyberspace among the over-50 group and those embracing life to the fullest by engaging in consensual sex may be putting themselves in harm’s way.

Last summer a report in the British Medical Journal noted that some 80 percent of men and women ages 50 to 90 are sexually active. However, many in this group seem to feel that they are immune from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The incidence of STDs in this age group has more than doubled over the past 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported an alarming increase, particularly in states heavily populated by the retired set.

One of the most comprehensive surveys of sexual behavior among older adults showed that 73 percent of those 57-64 had sex during the past year, as had 53 percent of those 65-74 and 26 percent of those 75-85.

This research was from a study of sexuality and health among older U.S. adults as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 headed by Edward O. Laumann. A distinguished professor and dean at the University of Chicago, he is an analyst for the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior, a survey of 27,500 men and women 40 to 80 in 29 countries.

In talking with Professor Laumann regarding infidelity statistics, he pointed out a perplexing issue. Is it considered infidelity when one partner has no recollection of his or her spouse?

We saw a well-reported case of this with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her husband. She retired from the bench because of his worsening dementia. Then her son revealed that when they went to visit him at the nursing home, he was holding hands with another woman — his new love.

Intimacy and Fulfilllent

Gayle Appel Doll, director of Kansas State University’s Center for Aging, has written Sexuality and Long-Term Care (Health Professions Press paperback, 2011). It is a sensitive look at sexuality issues, staff attitudes and family influences.

The book, which also addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents in long-term-care facilities, includes questionnaires that might help this population and the baby boomers.

With or without sexual intimacy, healthy aging can be embraced, according to psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne. She noted that in her research on long-term fulfillment in midlife adults, published in her book, The Search for Fulfillment (Ballentine Books, 2010) she identified a developmental pathway from college to the 50s calls “the triumphant trail.”

A University of Massachusetts, Amherst, professor, Whitbourne noted, “The men and women who managed to cope most successfully with adversity had, when they were in college, more optimistic personalities than their peers. Their scores were high on [pioneering psychologist] Erik Erikson’s theory of trust, meaning that they had faith in their environment and felt that the world was a good place.”

We often read of the search for the fountain of youth. Perhaps the ’60s flower children have found it through a positive attitude spiced with gratitude, laughter and a healthy dose of loving sex.

Rita Watson, who has a master’s degree in public health, is a regular Journal contributor and MetLife Foundation Journalist in Aging Fellow through the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media. Copyright 2013 Rita Watson/ All Rights Reserved

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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