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Archive for April 22nd, 2013

Madigan, IDES crack down on unemployment fraud

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
Attorney General Charges Five for Illegally Collecting $159,000 in Unemployment Benefits
 

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced indictments of five Chicago area defendants, alleging they defrauded the state when they collected more than $159,000 in unemployment benefits even though they were employed.

 The sweep was the result of investigations by IDES and the Attorney General’s office that discovered the defendants were repeatedly certifying they were unemployed in order to collect weekly benefits in spite of already being employed.

 “Unemployment insurance is meant to help people who truly need assistance as they search for work,” Madigan said. “But week after week, sometimes for years at a time, these individuals claimed they were unemployed and needed financial assistance when in fact they were simultaneously collecting a paycheck at work.”

 “The indictments show our commitment to fighting waste, fraud and abuse goes deeper than words,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Gaming the system hurts workers, hurts employers and hurts our economy. Stealing money from those who play by the rules will not be tolerated.”

 Madigan filed charges of theft of government property, a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison, and state benefits fraud and wire fraud, Class 3 felonies punishable by two to five years in prison, against the five defendants.

 In each case, the defendant falsely verified they were unemployed through the IDES phone or online verification system to access taxpayer-funded assistance during their supposed unemployment. Investigations by the department and Madigan’s office revealed the defendants were, in fact, employed and should not have received benefits or the level of benefits they claimed.

 Fraudulent claims made by the defendants spanned from 2009 through 2012. Prosecutors charged five defendants in Cook County, alleging:

  • Barbara Gary, 53, of Chicago; collected more than $26,000 in fraudulent benefits;
  • Ron Gilmore, 50, of Chicago, collected more than $28,000 in fraudulent benefits;
  • Carl Huff, 44, of Chicago; collected more than $49,000 in fraudulent benefits;
  • James Jones, 48, of Chicago, collected more than $23,000 in fraudulent benefits;
  • Eunice Tinger, 36, of Calumet City; collected more than $31,000 in fraudulent benefits. 

The indictments followed an announcement in 2012 of a partnership between Madigan’s office and IDES to provide two assistant attorneys general to investigate and prosecute unemployment benefits fraud. Madigan said these attorneys have provided critical support to the state’s efforts to recoup taxpayer dollars obtained by fraud and criminal conduct.

Assistant Attorneys General Robin Murphy and John Walz are handling the cases for Madigan’s Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit.

Prosecutors secure 40-year sentence for defendant charged with co-offender’s murder

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

A man charged with murder after his co-offender was shot and killed during a 2011 botched armored truck robbery on Chicago’s West Side was sentenced to 40 years in prison today, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Robert Carey, 52, of Chicago, had previously been convicted by a jury of First Degree Murder in connection with the January 2011 attempted armed robbery in which Carey’s co-defendant was shot and killed by an armored truck driver outside of a West Side store. 

According to prosecutors, on January 28, 2011, near Chicago and Homan streets, the defendant and his co-offender, Jimmy Townsend, approached an armed guard as the guard was carrying a bag of cash from a Dollar Store to an armored car parked nearby. 

Townsend approached the guard and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and Carey approached the guard from the rear armed with a .22 caliber handgun.  The guard shot and killed co-offender Townsend at which time Carey struggled with the guard attempting to gain custody of the money bag.  The guard’s partner then shot and wounded Carey in the leg and head. 

Cook County Judge Matthew Coghlan sentenced Carey to the 40 year prison sentence during a hearing today at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Scott Clark and Kelly Coakley of the Felony Trial Division for their work on the case.

Families rally to stop evictions by Wells Fargo eight months after Attorney General’s settlement

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – After unsuccessful attempts to get Wells Fargo to accept his offer to repurchase his home, Aaron Vaughn will lead a rally outside the Northside offices of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage company. A single father from Chicago, Mr. Vaughn has repeatedly sought to negotiate an agreement that would keep his family in their home, but has been unable to get a response to his numerous letters and phone calls. These failed efforts also include attempts to get assistance from the $125 million settlement agreement between Wells Fargo and the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Reached in July 2012, the settlement is supposed to provide restitution.

A Rally and Press Conference will be held today, April 22, at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 511 W. North Ave, Chicago, at 11 a.m.

Vaughn, a resident of Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, lost his job in 2010 and found himself in an “underwater” mortgage, where he owed more on his home than it was actually worth. Over the past three years, he has tried to avail himself of various options that would prevent his family from getting evicted, from a loan modification to a short sale, but none have been successful. Following the sale of his home, Vaughn is currently employed and has made numerous offers to repurchase the home, but has received no response from the bank.

“I probably would not have lost my home to foreclosure if I had not been pressured into a mortgage with an inflated property value and a predatory interest rate,” explained Vaughn. “Now my family finds itself facing the possibility of being put out of our home, in spite of what we have tried to do to avoid an eviction.” 

Eight months ago, the IL Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice settled a suit brought against Wells Fargo over allegations that the company systematically steered borrowers of color like Mr. Vaughn into subprime mortgages more frequently than their white counterparts and charged borrowers of color more money for their mortgages than their white counterparts. Although millions of dollars from this settlement were supposed to go towards providing restitution and assistance to families like the Vaughns, they have seen little help. Instead, it seems like Wells Fargo has continued to treat these families as it has in the past.

Other local families facing eviction by Wells Fargo will join the Vaughn family at this picket and press conference include a disabled homeowner from the Chatham area, an elderly family facing eviction from the home their landlord lost to foreclosure, and a  widow from the Joliet area.

State’s Attorney reminds residents to beware of home repair fraud schemes

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

A Note from Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney

 

April showers may bring May flowers, but they are already bringing severe storms and flooding to our region, which can leave homeowners in need of repairs from wind or water damage.  If you have had the unfortunate experience of flooding in your basement or other storm damage, you may need to hire a contractor or company to provide professional repairs, cleanup or assistance. 

Before you contact any potential contractor, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible to find out exactly what your policy covers and the documentation that will be required to complete repairs.  Here are some other tips to keep in mind when looking for a contractor or company:

  • Thoroughly document the damage before hiring someone.  Make detailed lists of items and take pictures and/or video if possible.

 

  • Don’t be rushed or pressured to sign a contract. Make temporary repairs if needed — board up windows or put a tarp over a leaking roof  — to give yourself time to get estimates before hiring someone. 

 

  • Be wary of someone going door-to-door offering to make repairs, offering low prices if you “act now.”

 

  • Get multiple estimates from different contractors to compare prices, materials and work to be done.

 

  • Ask questions about the repair, including time frame to complete and materials.  If your questions aren’t answered to your satisfaction, ask again or contact another company.

 

  • Ask for references and check them out.

 

  • Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured.  Get the license number and check with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to verify the license is in good standing.  Have an insurance certificate issued in your name and get a copy of the surety bond.  Also make sure the company carries workman’s compensation insurance.

 

  • Make sure the contractor gets all necessary permits and that the person who is doing the work is the same one that pulled the permit.

 

  • Once you have a work proposal, have your insurance company approve it to ensure the repairs are needed and the money will be available under your policy.

 

  • Be sure that you read and understand the entire contract before signing it.  Make sure any promises or guarantees made during discussions with the contractor are in the contract.  Check the contract’s Notice of Cancellation clause (typically 3 days) and make sure it expressly states where notice should be sent and by what specific date.  Never sign a contract with blank spaces.

 

  • Do not turn your entire insurance check over to the contractor or pay in full prior to the work being completed.  The standard schedule of payment is 1/3 before the work starts (down payment), 1/3 at the half way point in work (which should be spelled out in the contract) and the final 1/3 when the work is completed to the homeowner’s satisfaction.

 

  • Check the company’s rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website:  www.bbb.org.  Don’t rely too heavily on the rating; check to see if the company has any complaints and how they were resolved.

 

  • Read the pamphlet, “Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights,” before hiring a contractor.  All home repair contractors are required by law to provide you with this pamphlet before asking you to sign a contract over $500.

Finally, follow your instincts.  If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you feel pressured or uncomfortable with the contractor or company, contact another.  This is your home, most likely your largest investment, and it should be your decision on who performs the work on it.

If you have concerns or think you may have been scammed, contact the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Unit at (312) 603-8700.

Simon applauds Senate committee for passage of taxpayer receipt bill

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement after the Senate Revenue Committee’s unanimous passage of Senate Bill 337, which will increase transparency in government spending. Lt. Governor Simon recently announced plans for the income tax receipt, in order to illustrate where taxpayer money goes and how it fits into the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.

 “When you pay your credit card bill, you receive a statement detailing how your money was spent over the course of the month. Taxpayers should be able to see how their money is spent on state programs and services, such as education, pensions and prisons,” Simon said. “I would like to thank Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) for her leadership and the Senate’s Revenue Committee for passing this legislation, and I am committed to giving taxpayers the tools they need to learn more about government spending.”

Simon’s office is working with the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) to design an income tax receipt, which will be introduced before the start of the next tax filing season in January and made available annually. The taxpayer receipt will be produced for the roughly 500,000 residents who file online for free, and those who file by other means will be able to access a webpage. This transparency initiative comes at no cost to the taxpayer.

Click here to view a sample receipt for a taxpayer who pays $1,000 in income taxes to the state.

Groundbreaking study reveals the impact of race and gender on well-educated African-American expectant mothers

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — While many medical researchers and social theorists have most often focused on the plight of underclass black women, three notable researchers have turned their attention to the impact of racial and gender stressors on African-American expectant mothers who present the image of the “American dream” by virtue of their educational, professional and economic attainment.

The results of this pioneering, three-year study, “Contextualized Stress, Global Stress, and Depression in Well-Educated, Pregnant, African-American Women,” published by Fleda Mask Jackson, Ph.D., Diane L. Rowley, M.D., M.P.H., and Tracy Curry Owens, Ph.D., reveal that the shroud of blackness and the mantle of gender are no less impactful on the psyche of middle- and upper-class African-American women, despite the prestige and security associated with university degrees, corner offices and money in the bank. The findings suggest that well-educated, pregnant, African-American women are as disproportionately at risk for adverse birth outcomes as their less fortunate “sisters,” and that the depression linked to their stress has been established as a significant contributor to poor birth outcomes. The research was supported by generous funding from the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The 101 women who collaborated in the study were recruited from private practice ob-gyn offices and categorized on the basis of the demographic variables of relationship status, the presence of other children and annual household income. Age was divided into two categories: 20 to 29 and 30 years and older. Education categories included non-college educated (having no college degree) and college-educated (having graduated from a 4-year college). Relationship variables were separated by partner status: married, partnered and non-partnered. Participants also indicated if they had other children under 18 years of age, or no children. Employment variables were divided into currently employed (full- or part-time job), or unemployed. Lastly, annual household income was divided into three categories: $10,000 to $30,000, $31,000 to $50,000, and above $51,000.

The majority of the subjects were college educated, employed, and married or partnered. A cross-sectional study was then conducted utilizing the Jackson, Hogue, Phillips Contextualized Stress Measure (JHP), a measurement of racial and gendered stress, and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), an assessment of global stress, to detect their associations and predictions for depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II). The results indicated that 35% of the women had high levels of contextualized stress, 40% reported high levels of global stress, and 23% were deemed to be depressed.

Race and gender matter in the lives of African-American women. Their significance provides the context for how these women experience stress in the places where they live, work, and go about their daily lives. This study further demonstrates the level to which these experiences are inextricably linked to race, gender, and class inequities. While expectant mothers of all persuasions are driven to contemplate the role of parenting, pregnant African-American women also bear the additional and horrendous burden of considering the world into which their children will be born – a world that offers little black and brown babies fewer opportunities for growth and development and greater opportunities to confront the evils of prejudice, bigotry, discrimination and racial profiling.

The evidence appears to be indisputable – that African-American women from all socioeconomic backgrounds experience higher rates of poor pregnancy outcomes, preterm births, small-for-gestational- age babies, and infant mortality than women from other racial and ethnic groups who are less educated, unemployed, and uninsured. The link between the stress experienced by African American women and depression has implications for postpartum depression and depression across the life course.

What is most important about this newest research is that its findings issue a clarion call to health care professionals and local communities about the importance of being responsive to the unique individual and environmental-level stressors that jeopardize the health of an entire community – the expectant mothers, unborn babies, and families of all African-American women, regardless of their educational, professional, social or economic standing.

About FLEDA MASK JACKSON, Ph. D., Principal Investigator
Scholar, educator and activist, Fleda Mask Jackson, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the national research firm and think tank MAJAICA, LLC, and the leader and creator of Save 100 Babies, a cross-sector network devoted to a social determinants approach to eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes. Dr. Jackson currently serves as a senior fellow at the National Center for Health Behavioral Change, Urban Medial Institute, Morgan State University. Her most recent affiliations also include professorships at the Rollins School of Public Health and the Women’s Studies Program, Emory University.

A highly regarded lecturer and guest speaker, Dr. Jackson is an alumna of Spelman College with an M.S. in human development and family ecology from the University of Illinois, where she published her thesis on “Socialization Practices Related to Racial Identity Among Black Middle-Class Mothers,” and her doctoral dissertation, “The Role of The Black Church in the Socialization and Education of Black Children.” With academic preparation in education, psychology, and anthropology, Dr. Jackson has been working with public health departments, private physicians and social agencies across the country to bring attention to the importance of addressing stress and depression in the ways they are experienced by African-American women and toward developing remedies for closing the racial gap in birth outcomes.

Dr. Jackson has served as a consultant and advisor for a wide range of organizations that include the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Center for Excellence in Women’s Health, Harvard University Medical School; Ford Foundation (SisterSong); Rhea and Lawton Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, University of South Florida; and Children’s Defense Fund. Dr. Jackson currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Health Disparities for the director of the Centers for Disease Control, and recently has been approved by the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

portoluz Kick-off Gala Season Opener with a Special International Concert

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble with Nirmalya Roy, Subrota Bhattacharya and Indrajit Banerjee 

A spectacular group of musicians traveling to Lakeside from India launch the 5th season of the critically acclaimed  Jazz on a Summer’s Day series presented by portoluz at the historic Lakeside Inn.  

On Sunday April 28th, portoluz will kick off this years monthly concert series with the award winning Flat Earth Ensemble.  The gala concert ticket price will additionally feature a sampling of Indian delicacies and an opportunity to meet the artists.  

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble’s musical mission is to incorporate the charismatic dance and folk music of Haque’s Punjabi roots in India and Pakistan with the traditions of American jazz and funk. Utilizing the finest players from opposite sides of the world, Flat Earth Ensemble molds the sounds of different worlds into a dynamic, contemporary sound. The result is music that reverberates from the tubes of guitar amplifiers to the streets of Mumbai. 

portoluz’ JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble

Sunday, April 28th , 5 p.m. est/ Michigan time 

At the Lakeside Inn 15251 Lakeshore Road  

$25, tickets available at the door  

For more information: portoluz@gmail.com  

About the featured artists 

FAREED HAQUEis a modern guitar virtuoso whose records show off his roots in classical music along with his interest in several styles of jazz. Raised in Chicago, Haque traveled extensively as a youth with his parents, who were from Pakistan and Chile; the influence of different countries’ folk music can be heard in his playing. He studied jazz at North Texas State University and classical music at Northwestern University in Chicago. Haque made two records with Paquito D’Rivera, and played with Tito Puente, Toots Thielemans, and Von Freeman, among others. He made his debut as a leader for Sting’s short-lived Pangaea label (1988), and went on to record several sets for Blue Note; toured with Joe Zawinul; and performed with Straight Ahead, Joey Calderazzo, Renee Rosnes, and Dianne Reeves, among others.  

 NIRMALYA ROY is an inspirational vocalist whose passion in music was recognized at early age. He has been classically trained by Prof. Sunirmal Bhattacharya from Bishwa Bharati University and later in Khayal by the late Govinda Prasad Debnath, a disciple of Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri. Later Nirmalya came under the guidance of Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, a renowned vocalist of Vishnupur Gharana.

SUBROTA BHATTACHARYA A tabla player of note on the Indian classical music scenario, Subrata is amazingly talented and his accomplishments and achievements in the field of percussion music have earned him name and enviable fame. Subrata is one of the leading tabla players in India today. Few tabla players have enjoyed such instant recognition and acclaim among concert audiences. As an accompanist of choice of some of the most renowned classical exponents, he exhibits his command over the tabla and his comprehension of the intricacies of the notes and sounds of classical music.

Sitarist INDRAJIT BANERJEE is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music. Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar). He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit’s training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of this training developed a strong foundation for Indrajit’s music, and creative individuality. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity.

15th Anniversary Child Care Business Expo Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center to be Held June 1

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The 15th Anniversary Child Care Business Expo, presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. The 15th Anniversary event brings together child care providers, experts and advocates to celebrate and accelerate the industry.

Themed “Gear Up for Growth: Marketing and Money Strategies that Work for Your Child Care Business,” and presented in Spanish and English, the Child Care Business Expo is a full day of real life solutions to current business challenges. Child care entrepreneurs will learn from peers and top leaders in the business side of child care. The Expo is the only event of its kind—providing everything for child care entrepreneurs to grow from the ground up or expand their established businesses.

Highlights of the Expo include the annualApplause Awards Breakfast, featuring awardees including Peg Dunne Pavelec, owner of Little Inspirations and Fast Track Award winner; Teresa Gomez, owner of Wonderland Home Day Care and Wonderland Day Care Center and Unsung Hero Award winner; Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Friend of Child Care Award winner; and Arabel Alva Rosales, president and CEO of AAR & Assocs., LTD. and Child Care Champion Award winner. Kimberlee Burt, owner of A Child’s Space, and Patty Kryscha of Southwest Airlines will serve as Expo Co-Chairs and will welcome attendees at the breakfast.

The Gear Up for Growth Luncheon will highlight a dynamic conversation with child care experts, including representatives from Illinois Action for Children, discussing the future of child care in Illinois. An Exhibit Hall with over 60 booths featuring insurance vendors, bankers, child care associations, state regulatory agencies for the industry, representatives in women’s health and wellness, educational products and curriculum vendors and PowerCorners featuring interactive sessions will provide valuable resources in one convenient place. Closing out the 15th Anniversary Expo will be a reception, bringing together attendees to network and celebrate the WBDC’s 15th Anniversary of supporting the child care industry.

Deluxe Corporation Foundation and Robert R. McCormick Foundation are Premier Sponsors of the 15th Anniversary Child Care Business Expo. The Expo is also supported by Citi, Discover, J&J Exhibitors Service, Southwest Airlines, The Turner Construction Company Foundation and Walgreens. Media sponsors include Hoy, Lawndale News, LaRaza, myhabanero.com, NBC5, Negocios Now, Radio Cosmos, Telemundo, WVON Radio and Neighborhood Parents Network.

The cost to attend, including breakfast and lunch, is $35 prior to May 15. For more information and to register online, please visit www.WBDC.org or call 312-853-3477, ext. 290.

Award-Winning Author Darryl James brings his hit stage play “Love in a Day” to D.C. for non-profit’s Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Gala

Posted by Newsroom On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Capitol Hill Supportive Services (CHSS) presents a special Washington, DC showing of “Love In A Day,” as a part of the organization’s Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Gala. CHSS, along with Tenacious Productions and award-winning author Darryl James will present an evening of art, music and theater with the hit stage play “Love In A Day” in Washington, DC on May 17 at 7pm and again on May 18 at 4pm. 

Capitol Hill Supportive Services Program, Inc., (CHSSP) has a proud 20 year history of providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Their programs and residential home are located in the historic Capitol Hill area.

The Overall Mission Of Capitol Hill Supportive Services Program, Inc. (CHSSP) Is To Enhance Opportunities And Experiences That Encourage Decision-Making And Independence For Individuals With Development Disabilities.

The Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Gala will introduce the program to the Greater Washington, DC area, while also delivering an evening of high quality entertainment to board members, supporters and the general public. All ticket sales benefit this powerful community organization!

“Love In A Day” is a story of love in the age of troubled relationships and is a powerful presentation of people in love holding on to love through daunting challenges. If you believe in love, you will believe stronger, but you will believe. Each couple in the play is seeking to rebuild their relationship on a relationship retreat lead by a relationship coach and his assistant, working through their difficulties to find love. The atmosphere, the discussion and the vibes spark chemistry as each person falls in love in a day.

The play is written and directed by Darryl James, an award-winning author (“LA Riots…Revolution”), lecturer, syndicated columnist and the publisher of Tenacious Books, a boutique publishing house for self-publishing authors. James has lectured for the National Council of Negro Women, the National Urban League, The Black American Law Students Association (BALSA) and the NAACP, in addition to radio stations, colleges and universities across the nation. As a relationship coach, James has provided relationship insight for Ebony Magazine, the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women.

The production will continue to create fundraising opportunities for community organizations.

For more information, contact CHSS at (202) 543-4212 or visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001hrAhI7txt8O662cMCNmJDhEzNu-MwXDcm1vCKDWSSjLv6NYTm3OQ8peMPPiirvgpgX5cCI6btbYJxGsBpgB5sezRl5eJA23JhLzYxY5oImJWyOMcAIyG_g==, and/or http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001hrAhI7txt8P4MPXnlzoVZiRxFEa3ge4iYV37qfps-7_2df18yPa13I4VUPfeOPvGa1GQBwnx6YpK-7KfdefMppSKQFmQwy-AbhzpINvbuv0=.

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