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Archive for July 27th, 2015

Prison Legal News Magazine Files Suit Demanding Information About Lucrative Prison Contracts

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IL Dept. of Corrections on the Hot Seat for Allegedly Refusing FOIA Requests

CHICAGO, IL – Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a lawsuit today in the Circuit Court of Cook County against the Illinois Dept. of Corrections (IDOC), alleging violations of the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  PLN, a monthly news publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues, is a project of the Human Rights Defense Center

On March 27, 2015, PLN filed public records requests seeking documents related to a number of services provided to Illinois state prisoners, including telephone, email, video visitation, money transfer, inmate package, commissary and other services, which are typically contracted to for-profit companies.

For example, the IDOC’s inmate phone services are provided by Securus Technologies. In fiscal year 2012, Securus paid $12.9 million in “commission” kickbacks to the IDOC as part of its monopoly contract with the state. The IDOC charges $3.55 for a 15-minute call made from a state prison – rates that are overwhelmingly paid by prisoners’ family members.

PLN sought copies of the contracts for various inmate services, as well as the amount of “commission” payments the IDOC has received from its contractors. In response, the IDOC aggregated the separate requests into one, and then stated the production of the documents would be unduly burdensome. They then ignored a follow-up response.

According to PLN’s suit, “… IDOC has denied PLN’s requests not because of the alleged burden but because IDOC knows that PLN will use the information to expose profiteering at the expense of the incarcerated and their families.” PLN referred to for-profit contracts that monetize prison services – even basic communication between prisoners and their families – as a “large and lucrative industry.” The contracts and commission data are being sought as part of the Human Rights Defense Center’s Stop Prison Profiteering campaign and its Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, www.phonejustice.org.

“Not only is the Illinois DOC colluding with hedge fund-owned telecommunications companies to monetize human contact among prisoners’ families, but they are actively obstructing efforts  by the media to report the nature and extent of this monetization,” said PLN editor Paul Wright. “Given the long history of corruption in Illinois contracting, transparency and openness should be welcomed by the prison system, not obstructed.”

“The Illinois FOIA makes clear that it is the right and duty of the public to monitor government to ensure it is being conducted in the public interest,” said attorney Matthew Topic of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law. “Rather than spend a few hours gathering and producing these records, IDOC makes the outrageous claim that the issue is not important enough to justify the alleged ‘burden’ of complying with the law.”

Noting that all of the requested documents “pertain to the receipt or use of public funds and therefore are per se non-exempt,” and claiming the IDOC has “willfully and intentionally violated” the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, PLN’s suit requests declaratory and injunctive relief, including production of the records, as well as civil penalties, attorneys’ fees and costs.

PLN is represented by attorney Matthew Topic with the Chicago law firm of Loevy & Loevy. The case is Prison Legal News v. Illinois Dept. of Corrections, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, County Department, Chancery Division, Case No. 2015-CH-11292.

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The Human Rights Defense Center, founded in 1990 and based in Lake Worth, Florida, is a

non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human rights in U.S. detention facilities. HRDC publishes Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly magazine that includes reports, reviews and analysis of court rulings and news related to prisoners’ rights and criminal justice issues. PLN has around 9,000 subscribers nationwide and operates a website (www.prisonlegalnews.org) that includes a comprehensive database of prison and jail-related articles, news reports, court rulings, verdicts, settlements and related documents.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Wright, Executive Director

Human Rights Defense Center

(561) 360-2523

pwright@prisonlegalnews.org

Matthew Topic, Attorney

Loevy & Loevy

312 North May St., Suite 100

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 243-5900

matt@loevy.com

Mitsubishi Plant in Normal, Illinois Closing

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Director Schultz Issues Statement

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz issued the following statement on the closing of the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois.

“I am saddened to see a company as large and pivotal as Mitsubishi close their doors in Illinois,” said Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz. “We will be taking the necessary steps on the ground to help with job training and placement for the workers. We desperately need to improve the business climate here in Illinois. We need to retain companies and jobs, not lose them.”

Pfleger says Sandra Bland was “hung first by racism”

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Sadden at her death

By Chinta Strausberg

Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said the controversy over whether Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman found dead in her Texas jail cell, was a suicide or not is not an issue with him because she was first “hung by racism.”

Father Pfleger was saddened over the funeral of Bland, who moved from Naperville, Illinois to Texas where she was going to start a new job at her alma mater. Her funeral was held at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, Illinois.

Bland was pulled over by a Texas police who accused her of improper lane change. The police cam shows the officer pulling out his Taser gun and threatening to “light” her up if she didn’t get out of the car. She was arrested and three-days later found hanging in her jail cell. Texas officials say she committed suicide.

“Yesterday morning I was very saddened because of the burial of Sandra Bland,” said Pfleger before preaching his sermon. “Sandra was here in this church when Common was here…took pictures with him and put it on her Facebook page saying what a tremendous time she had.”

As news of her death continue to top the news across the nation especially allegations that she committed suicide, Pfleger said, “That was really not the issue with me because she was first hung by racism. She was hung when she was pulled over and was abused verbally and dragged out of her car for changing lanes.

“I couldn’t help but think…that yesterday was the birthday of Emmett Till and here we are all those years later still watching our children killed. It’s a sad day for America,” said Pfleger.

Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago but was murdered on August 28, 1955 in Money, MS where he was visiting with his relatives. The husband and brother of a white female store clerk killed the 14-year-old youth because he whistled at his wife.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Senate Advances Kirk Legislation to Reauthorize and Reform Ex-Im Bank

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) applauded the Senate’s 67-26 vote to invoke cloture on his legislation to reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank. A vote on final passage of Kirk Amendment #2327 to the highway bill will be held tomorrow, Monday, July 27th.

“The Kirk-Heitkamp bill to keep the Ex-Im Bank open cleared a major hurdle today, and we are one step closer to keeping American jobs here in America and not lost to countries like China.”

BACKGROUND:

Senator Kirk and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) introduced the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act (S. 819) earlier this year. In a test vote on the bill in the form of a Kirk amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, 65 Senators supported reauthorizing Ex-Im, and Senator Kirk worked to get today’s vote in order to reauthorize the Bank, whose charter expired June 30th.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers are in support of the Kirk-Heitkamp legislation.

Nearly 90 percent of Ex-Im’s transactions each year directly benefit small businesses, and nationwide the bank supports more than 205,000 American jobs, including 47,000 in Illinois. The top Illinois companies supported by Ex-Im are The Boeing Company, CNH Industrial America and Caterpillar. The Export-Import Bank supports 244 Illinois businesses, such as Boeing, and operates with no cost to the taxpayer. In the past three years, the bank has returned nearly $3 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Kirk-Heitkamp bill would save taxpayers $2.3 billion.

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

“Twenty-five years ago the historic Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on the principle of inclusion and the premise of expanding access to equal opportunities for all.  As we mark this anniversary, we recommit our efforts to ensuring that every American has the opportunity to live independently and with dignity and has the opportunity to contribute to their communities and our country.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are proud of the progress our country has made since enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act and we vow to continue our work in Congress to advance equality for all Americans and remove obstacles that stand in the way of the American Dream.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted with bipartisan support to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

August/September Edition of Challenge News Magazine Ready for Release

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Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge/PCC Network, announced that the August/September 2015 Edition of The Challenge News Magazine will be available on Probation Challenge’s website, www.probationchallenge.org, August 1st, and a select amount of hard copies will also be available.

The August/September Edition features many articles that are perhaps not noted elsewhere and focuses on the needs of the least of these, Bailey noted.

In a press release, Bailey said the PCConnection Network seeks to penetrate the minds of Chicagoans with articles that go straight to the heart. “We trust that this non-for-profit effort will positively benefit the city as it relates to crime, drugs and violence…while addressing the political arena on the Fifth Floor of Chicago City Hall.”

Featured stories include:

* Former CTA Commissioner Howard Medley’s fight in federal court

* “Mine Eyes Have Seen God’s Miracles”

* History: Federal politicians convicted

* PCC Network into the streets of Chicago

*Satan demonic gift of music

*Thugs have been played

*Warring FLAKKA drug

*Blatant racism in new clothing

*Chicago policeman unjustifiable fired

*Paster Mitty Collier’s 74th Birthday Celebration

* ChiLites Marshall Thompson and other articles of interest

There are also other articles of interest for America’s youth in crime prevention, drugs and violence.

Contributing Editors and Reporters of the Probation Challenge/PCC Network August/September Edition are Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher and Rev. Harold E. Bailey.

For more information, contact Rev. Bailey at 773 978-3706.

First Ridin’ With Biden Ad Hits the Web

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Draft Biden 2016 has released its first digital advertisement highlighting a few of the many reasons people are urging the Vice President to consider a run for President. The release comes just one day before the group’s National Day of Action where gatherings throughout the country will be held to encourage the Vice President to enter the 2016 presidential race.

The video touches on a number of policy issues the Vice President has championed, including gay rights and the “It’s on Us” campaign. One supporter says, “An issue that Joe Biden really spoke out about since the beginning was gay rights. He was always for the LGBT community, and we’re very happy that we have a Vice President like Joe Biden to support the Supreme Court in their ruling.”

“He is right now a part of one of the most influential administrations this country has seen in recent history, and he’s a big reason for that success,” says another supporter.

https://youtu.be/G-BItOvXP48

Greenline Wheels and Active Transportation Alliance Partner to Enhance Bike Education and Encouragement

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Greenline Wheels management shifts to Active Trans

CHICAGO, IL— Greenline Wheels, founded in 2010 by a local family seeking to elevate the bike friendliness of the Oak Park/River Forest community, announced today that is has partnered with the Active Transportation Alliance in a management agreement to further advance its mission.

Beginning in August, 2015, the Active Transportation Alliance will assume day-to-day management of Greenline Wheels, with an eye toward increasing bike education, encouragement and safety programming beginning in 2016. The Greenline Wheels office will remain at 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park, but education programs will also be offered in nearby suburbs and the West Side of Chicago.

Active Transportation Alliance is non-profit organization that strives to create communities that are healthy, vibrant and environmentally friendly through better biking, walking and transit. Active Trans works throughout metropolitan Chicago, and it has more than 7000 members. In Oak Park, Greenline Wheels and Active Transportation Alliance have collaborated to advocate for better bike facilities and to deliver bike safety training at District 97 elementary schools through the “Kids on Wheels” program.

“Active Trans brings forth a strong history of experience and expertise to Greenline Wheels and to the Oak Park and River Forest communities,” said Mary Jo Shuler, founder of Greenline Wheels. “Our shared goals of elevating bicycle safety with designated bike routes, bike parking and education has resulted in successful collaborations, and I am excited that Greenline Wheels will benefit from the full time involvement of Active Trans in the coming years.”

“Active Transportation Alliance shares Green Line Wheel’s mission to encourage more and better bicycling, and we’re excited to continue the great work they’ve done over the past five years,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “This partnership gives Active Trans a foothold in the near west region to foster and support the growing popularity of bicycling.”

In addition to bike education programs, Greenline Wheels offers retail services, including bike rentals and tours, winter bicycle training, and merchandise sales from its Oak Park office. Retail services will continue in 2015 under the new management, and an advisory group will be formed to assess education programs and potential changes to the retail operations in 2016.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Aspire, Tracy McGrady and 2Chainz Connect to Launch New Black College Tour

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Power Collaboration Focuses on Building Awareness and Increasing Enrollment at Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Magic Johnson, Tracy McGrady and 2 Chainz

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – HBCU Direct, LLC (HD), a marketing collective specializing in HBCU relations, formed a multi-faceted partnership with ASPiRE, the television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, former NBA superstar Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady, and hip-hop celebrity 2Chainz to build awareness of HBCUs and increase overall enrollment. The first effort of the strategic alliance is the September 2015 launch of a 20-campus Hoops-N-Hip Hop® Tour reaching 100,000 Black college students.

The partnership provides a huge opportunity to use our voices to support the efforts of the nations 105 HBCUs to build awareness and attract talent,” said seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady. “HBCUs are a cornerstone of our community, having graduated some of the most notable African Americans across the spectrum including medicine, technology, the arts, sports and beyond. With more African Americans entering college today than ever before, it is imperative that we do all that we can to support HBCUs in every way as they continue to provide a high quality education.”

ASPiRE delivers enlightening, entertaining and positive programming to African Americans with a diverse slate, including live and encore HBCU football and basketball games featuring member schools of the CIAA and SIAC conferences.

Through this unique collaboration, ASPiRE will continue to capture the positive lifestyle on HBCU campuses and present the authentic and aspirational images from the HBCU experience to our viewing audience, said ASPiRE Senior Director of Business Affairs and Development Melissa Ingram. Providing positive programming for African Americans is at the core of who we are, and this partnership is an extension of that mission.

Members of 2Chainz label imprint, TRU University, will join the Hoops-N-Hip Hop tour as performers during the tour concert following each event. 2Chainz is an Alabama State University alum that deeply cares about the HBCU community stated David Leeks, co-owner of 2Chainz management company Street Execs. 2Chainz played collegiate basketball at ASU.

“This partnership perfectly aligns with our mission of servicing and creating positive awareness of HBCUs,” added Rod Chappell, CEO and Executive Director of HBCU Direct. Collectively, HBCUs need more support in marketing and awareness to increase revenues through enrollment and fundraising. The statistics regarding increased college enrollment for African American students are encouraging, and we have to do all that we can to make sure that HBCUs are strong benefactors of this increase. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported that among 2014 U.S. high school graduates, 70.9 percent of African American graduating high school seniors had enrolled in college by October, up from 59.3 percent college enrollment rate in 2013.

Through this partnership, the five-year-old HBCU Direct follows its mission of supporting the nation’s 100+ HBCUs through with partnerships to increase revenues and/or reduce expenses. For more information about HBCU Direct, visit www.hbcudirect.com.
ABOUT HOOPS-N-HIP HOP (HHH)
Initially tested in 2007, HHH is the merging of basketball and hip hop enthusiasts. The platform includes a social media community that allows for member expression with like-minded individuals. HHH Touring programs will launch on HBCU campuses and extend to China, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Africa.

ABOUT HBCU DIRECT (HD)
Founded in 2010, HBCU Direct is a private, Atlanta, GA-based company focused on connecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with corporate and government business opportunities. The company uses aggregation of HBCUs to drive additional revenues or reduced costs. The company has a specialized niche in driving workforce development and job creation for HBCU students and alumni. HBCU Direct is a member of the Multicultural Communications (MULTICOM) network.

ABOUT ASPIRE
ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in about 20 million homes in 22 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvASPiRE.

ABOUT TRACY MCGRADY
Tracy T-MAC McGrady is an American professional basketball player who last played for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Quindao Eagles (China). He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection and a two-time NBA scoring champion (2003-2004). Tracy is also managing partner with Rodney Woods in DiversityInPromotions and PlaybookInvestorsNetwork, members of the Multicultural Communications (MULTICOM) network.

ABOUT STREET EXECS
Street Execs Management is a boutique artist management and marketing firm whose clients include Grammy nominated artist 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Young Dolph, CAP 1, and DJ E Sudd. Founded by partners Allen Parks, Charlie Jabaley, Coach Tek, and David Leeks, the firm has an emphatic loyalty and dedication to assuring their clients succeed on all fronts. With this goal in mind, the company can handle nearly every facet of a clients project in-house.

Photo Caption: Magic Johnson, Tracy McGrady and 2Chainz


Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington Star in New “Blackbird”

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RLJ Entertainment and Urban Movie Channel Present Blackbird


Available on VOD and Digital July 28

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD August 4

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A heartfelt coming-of-age story EBONY Magazine

…the movie is sure to spark a lively post-film conversation Shadow and Act/Indiewire

The film evokes a lovely spirit in every capacity, from its performances to its look to Polks lyrical direction — Houston Chronicle


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com)
–BLACKBIRD, the provocative film acquired by RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) will be available on VOD and Digital on July 28, 2015 and Blu-ray and DVD on August 4, 2015.

BLACKBIRD (www.blackbirdthemovie.com) tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian who is hiding a secret inner struggle – the denial of being gay. Since his father (Isaiah Washington) left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother (MoNique) and is the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

Based on the same title novel by Larry Duplechan, the film, which released in theaters in April, is directed by Patrik-Ian Polk (Noahs Arc, The Skinny). The film stars Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique (Precious), Isaiah Washington (Greys Anatomy, Blue Caprice, The 100), Terrell Tilford (Single Ladies, Guiding Light), D. Woods (MTVs Danity Kane), Gary L. Gray (The Cosby Show, Bring It On: All Or Nothing), Torrey Laamar, Kevin Allesee, Nikki Jane and introduces breakthrough actor Julian Walker. Creating an emotional rollercoaster ride for viewers, this incredibly talented cast portrays the difficult journey into acceptance and love. The film is executive produced by Sidney Hicks and MoNique Hicks and produced by Keith Brown, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine and Isaiah Washington.

The Blu-ray and DVD includes never-before seen special features, including deleted scenes, audition footage, a behind the scenes featurette, and special music video by cast member, D. Woods.

View DVD Images: https://flic.kr/s/aHskg1MTHn

Watch Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/U3KEVWeHPg8
Blackbird
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Distributor: RLJ Entertainment
Release Date: August 4, 2015
DVD Cat#: TSB00243DVD
DVD UPC: 0014381002430
Blu-ray Cat#: TSB00271BD
Blu-ray UPC: 0014381002713
Rating: R
Year: 2014
Runtime: 99 Minutes
#WeAreBlackbird #BlackbirdDVD

ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres including feature films and urban with distinct content via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming. Through Acorn Productions, its UK production arm, RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyles War and is developing new programs. RLJE owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, AcaciaTV, and UMC – Urban Movie Channel, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers. For more information, please visit www.RLJEntertainment.com.

ABOUT UMC – URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL
UMC – Urban Movie Channel (urbanmoviechannel.com) launched in November 2014. UMC is a premium subscription-based streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment, Inc. and it is devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for African American and urban audiences, with plans to move into future development and production. New titles are added weekly in addition to the more than 150 titles in our UMC library, which include live stand-up performances featuring Academy Award ® winner Jamie Foxx and comedic rock star Kevin Hart; documentaries Dark Girls and I Aint Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac; feature films All Things Fall Apart starring Grammy Award ® winner 50 Cent and directed by Mario Van Peebles, The Last Fall starring budding superstars Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie, and The Colony starring Laurence Fishburne; and stage play productions including What My Husband Doesnt Know by David E. Talbert, who is described by Variety as the acknowledged kingpin of urban musicals. UMC is available on the Roku platform and subscribers can access UMC from their tablet, phone and laptop to watch movies from todays most recognizable talent available on demand and commercial-free. Please visit www.urbanmoviechannel.com.

Photo Caption: Blackbird available on DVD August 4th! Visit UrbanMovieChannel.com for more great films.


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