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Congressional Black Caucus Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

“Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and became one of the worst natural disasters in American history.  Today, we reflect on the more than 1,800 individuals whose lives were lost and the millions of people whose lives were forever changed.  We remember the many valuable lessons that our country learned during the storm’s aftermath and the importance of never forgetting the less fortunate among us.  Since that time there has been an unprecedented growth in the areas hardest hit by the storm and today with Hurricane Katrina on our minds, the Congressional Black Caucus offers our thoughts and prayers to all who lost loved ones ten years ago and are still working to rebuild impacted communities.  We remain committed to our work to bringing jobs and growth back to the Gulf Coast until there is a complete recovery.”

Prudential Financial and Who’s Who Publishing Company Partner to Launch Titans of Industry: A Wealth and Wisdom Speakers Series

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Six-city tour to highlight African-American business powerhouses

Who's Who Publishing Presents Titans of Industry presented by Prudential Financial

Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — Real Times Media subsidiary, Whos Who Publishing Company, the premier platform for celebrating African American achievement, today announced that it has partnered with Prudential Financial, Inc. to launch Titans of Industry: A Wealth and Wisdom Speakers Series. Geared towards the growing affluent African American professional market, the moderated panel discussions will be comprised of some of the countrys top African American leaders from a variety of industries and will focus on pathways to professional success, attaining and maintaining financial security, and creating sustainable generational wealth.

With a proven commitment to financial education initiatives within the African American community and their signature series research on multicultural markets, Prudential makes the perfect partner for the Titans of Industry Wealth and Wisdom Series, said Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer of Real Times Media. The learnings Prudential brings to the table will have an immeasurable impact on the quality of content well deliver through these powerful panels.

The tour kicks off in Detroit in September and will include stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. through 2016.

Prudential is always seeking to deepen our relationships in the communities we serve. We believe one of the most important first steps, is to start the conversation, said Mammen Verghis, vice president, Multicultural Marketing for Prudential. The Titans of Industry Wealth and Wisdom Series is an important forum to share information that helps power the ambitions of people who are looking to create a healthy financial future for themselves and their loved ones., In addition to the live tour stops, a Titans of Industry web series will live online at www.thetitansexperience.com. In addition to content from the panel discussions, the online destination will highlight a variety of financial education tools and research as well as other lifestyle information focused on travel, technology and family for affluent professionals.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2015, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudentials diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudentials iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.
Founded in 1989, Whos Who Publishing Company is the premier platform for celebrating African American achievement. Whos Who is a part of the Real Times Media family of companies which also includes the nations largest African American-owned and operated news organization and RTM Digital Studios, an archival image licensing arm which is home to historical photos, articles and other artifacts from the past 100 years of African American history.

Photo Caption: Who’s Who Publishing Presents Titans of Industry presented by Prudential Financial.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Teams With Verizon Wireless to Present Funding for Chicago Organizations Combating Domestic Violence

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently joined official from Verizon Wireless to discuss efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help award $35,000 in grant funding to two Chicago-based organizations promoting domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. State’s Attorney Alvarez and Verizon Regional President Brian Pascoe presented the grant funding to the ChicagoMetropolitan Battered Women’s Network and Chicago Says No More, a new domestic violence advocacy organization at the Verizon Wireless Destination Store on north Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  The grants are being provided through Verizon’s Hopeline program, which collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and chargers and refurbishes them with the proceeds going to fund domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations. Verizon also donates wireless phones through the Hopeline Program todomestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors. The $25,000 grant to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network will help support an enhanced domestic violence response project involving the 14th Chicago Police Department District, the Chicago Department of Family Support Services and the Cook County State's Attorney. The $10,000 grant to Chicago Says No More will focus on education, awareness, and efforts to engage Chicago area residents to take a personal pledge to address the devastating pervasiveness of domestic violence and its impact on families and children.

Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend in All Metro Areas

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Modest Job Growth Still Uneven Across State

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

CHICAGO, IL – July was the seventeenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the fifteenth time in the last sixteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2015 with July 2014.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros. The largest increases were seen in: Danville (+2.1 percent, +600), Champaign-Urbana (+2.0 percent, +2,000), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.6 percent or +56,200).  Decreases were seen in: Quad Cities (-1.9 percent, -3,600), Peoria (-1.1 percent, -1,900), and Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (11 of 14), Professional and Business Services (nine of 14), Wholesale Trade (eight of 14), Retail Trade (eight of 14) Education and Health Services (eight of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14).

“The year-over-year statewide unemployment rate has declined from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent and continues to fall in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, we are still concerned that the long-term unemployed are still having difficulty finding jobs while there were 205,700 on-line job postings by Illinois employers in July.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.9 percent in July 2015 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010.  Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in July and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.  The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area July 2015 July 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington 4.7% 6.0%

-1.3

Carbondale-Marion 6.0% 7.3% -1.3
Champaign-Urbana 5.0% 6.6% -1.6
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 6.1% 7.4%

-1.3

Danville 6.7% 8.8%

-2.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 5.1% 6.3%

-1.2

Decatur 7.2% 8.8%

-1.6

Elgin 5.2% 6.8%

-1.6

Kankakee 6.2% 8.0%

-1.8

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 4.9% 6.3%

-1.4

Peoria 6.2% 7.3%

-1.1

Rockford 7.1% 8.4%

-1.3

Springfield 4.9% 6.1%

-1.2

St. Louis (IL-Section) 5.8% 7.5%

-1.7

Illinois Statewide 5.9% 7.3%

-1.4

* Data subject to revision.

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2015

Metropolitan Area

July
2015*
July
2014**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA 93,100 92,600 500
Carbondale-Marion MSA 52,600 53,100 -500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

104,500 102,500 2,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div. 3,655,500 3,599,300 56,200

Danville MSA

29,600

29,000 600
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA 182,300

185,900

-3,600

Decatur MSA 50,600 51,000 -400

Elgin Metro Division

255,300 252,300 3,000

Kankakee MSA

44,400 44,100 300

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

Respiratory Illness at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy

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Quincy, IL – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced eight confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home – Quincy.  There have been no known deaths related to this outbreak. IDVA and IDPH are working closely with the Adams County Health Department to identify and mitigate possible sources of the Legionella bacteria.

“Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the residents remains our highest priority.  We will work with local, regional, and state partners to find and eliminate any potential source locations causing these illnesses, and work with residents, families, and staff to ensure we meet their needs.”

Legionella bacteria grow in areas of warm water.  In order to be infected with the bacteria, a person must inhale contaminated water vapor.  Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted person-to-person.  Common water sources include decorative fountains, hot tubs, shower areas, and cooling towers.

“Legionnaires’ disease can be a dangerous illness, especially in older adults who have weaker immune systems,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “While there can be numerous causes of respiratory illness, we will continue to work with our public health partners and local healthcare providers to quickly identify residents who may have Legionnaires’ disease and get them treatment as soon as possible.”

Test results are currently pending for other residents.

“We are grateful to all the agencies who are working with us at the Home,” said Cathy Houston, Director of Nursing at IVH-Q.  “Our approach, along with providing residents, families, and the Homes staff with education and better hygienic practices, is helping to reduce the spread of respiratory illness in general. We are employing established infectious disease control protocols, and operating to help safeguard our residents.”

For more information about Legionnaires’ disease, please visit the IDPH resource page:

http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/legionellosis

Governor Rauner Requests SBA Assistance for Grundy, Iroquois Counties

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Declaration would help people and businesses affected by summer storms with low-interest, long-term loans to help with recovery

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner submitted a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people and businesses in Grundy and Iroquois counties recover from tornadoes, floods and severe storms that occurred in June and July. If approved, the SBA declaration would enable affected people and businesses in Grundy and Iroquois counties, as well as counties contiguous to both, to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

The request comes after assessments of damages to homes and businesses were conducted earlier this month in seven counties by teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the SBA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local officials to see if the state could qualify for federal assistance.

The assessments found a total of 297 homes in the seven counties were destroyed or sustained major damage from several storms over the six-week period. About 1,400 other homes sustained less severe damage during the same time period. A high percentage of the damaged homes had insurance.

Federal, state and local officials from 23 counties also met to gather documentation of storm-related expenses incurred by local governments to determine if the state and affected counties could meet federal thresholds for federal assistance. For the state that threshold, which is based on the state’s population of 12.8 million, is nearly $18.1 million, while each county would need to meet a threshold of $3.56 times the county’s population. Both thresholds must be met.

The total eligible costs from the 23 counties for several weather incidents during a six-week period totaled just over $15 million.

“We left no stone unturned in our efforts to seek federal assistance for both people and local governments,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “If approved, the SBA assistance could be a tremendous help to many people who are working to repair or replace their homes or businesses.”

Women In Jazz Festival Offers Three Electrifying Shows Nov. 19-21 at Evanston’s Nichols Concert Hall

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Dee Dee Bridgewater

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its sixth annual Jazz Festival, this year pointing the spotlight on women in jazz. Performances include the Anat Cohen Quartet November 19, Chicago’s own Tammy McCann with Music Institute jazz faculty November 20, and Dee Dee Bridgewater paying tribute to Billie Holiday November 21, all at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Anat Cohen Quartet
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association for eight consecutive years, the Israeli

clarinetist and tenor sax player has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation since arriving in New York in 1999. She is an established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. Tammy McCann Strings Attached

Tammy McCann

Friday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago’s own Tammy McCann performs a joyful concert of jazz standards and the premiere of arrangements for jazz quartet and strings, performing with musicians from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program. Merging classical vocal technique and gospel aesthetic with jazz to create a sound that is completely her own, McCann explores new approaches to standards while remaining traditionally creative. McCann has performed with such luminaries as Ramsey Lewis and Les McCann and toured as a “Raelette” with the great Ray Charles, with sold-out shows in some of the top jazz venues in America. Dee Dee Bridgewater

Anat Cohen

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Three-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performs a powerful tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of her birth, joined by musicians from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program. She made her phenomenal New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time, led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Her early career included concerts and recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, and Roland Kirk. She received a Tony for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her tour de force portrayal of Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s Lady Day in London. Performing roles in Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz, and the musical Cabaret (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles), she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer. Additional Festival activities Film screening: Lady Be Good – Instrumental Women in Jazz
Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m.,
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
The documentary film Lady Be Good – Instrumental Women in Jazz focuses on the contributions of American women instrumentalists in jazz, capturing their lost stories with rare photos, previously unseen film and television footage, and provocative interviews with Marian McPartland, Peggy Gilbert, Quincy Jones, and many more. The filmmaker, Kay D. Ray, will be present for a talk-back immediately following the screening. Tickets are available at wilmettetheatre.com. High School Invitational

Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Nichols Concert Hall

The Music Institute offers high school jazz ensembles the opportunity to perform and participate in master classes. Each ensemble will perform and receive advanced coaching from the Music Institute artist faculty, as well as guest artists from the Festival. Jazz bands from Chicago High School for the Arts, Lane Tech, New Trier, Evanston, and others are expected to perform. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Billy Strayhorn Piano Competition
November 19–21, Nichols Concert Hall
As part of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration, Music Institute piano students will compete to perform Strayhorn compositions. Winners will receive a cash prize and perform the Strayhorn works on each night of the Festival.

Music Institute of Chicago The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

The Music Institute’s 2015–16 Faculty and Guest Artist Concert Series at Nichols Concert Hall continues with two concerts celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, one in March and the other, featuring alumni Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Lipman, May 14.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz performances take place November 19–21 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets for each concert are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available at musicinst.org/faculty-guest-artist-series or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change. For more information, visit musicinst.org.

It’s Time to Stand Up to the NRA: Sign The Petition

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“Thoughts and prayers” or real action to stop gun violence?

Tell Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham:

“Your ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the families and friends of victims of gun violence are not enough when your hearts and votes are with the National Rifle Association. It’s time to put your constituents before the NRA.”

Add your name:

Sign the petition â–º

It’s happened again. A tragic shooting, this time horrifically broadcast live on the news. And just like after every mass shooting, right-wing politicians, who have no intention of doing anything to make people safer in the face of gun violence, were quick to offer their prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham are all staunch National Rifle Association supporters. When they tweet that they are “heartbroken” and that their “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims’ families, it doesn’t mean much because when they vote on gun laws, their hearts are with the NRA.

Tell Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham: Your “thoughts and prayers” are not enough when your hearts and votes are with the NRA. Click here to sign the petition.

Read their tweets in the wake of this latest gun tragedy:

Tweet from Ted Cruz: All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of @WDBJ7’s Alison and Adam.
Tweet from Marco Rubio: Saddened by the deadly shooting in Virginia this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.
Tweet from Lindsay Graham: My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and #WDBJ7.  Absolutely heartbreaking.

Now consider how all three senators have helped block common sense gun laws including universal background checks and a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.

There’s one reason why Congress consistently fails to take real action on gun violence: the National Rifle Association. The NRA has a chokehold on Congress that keeps most bills about gun control from even coming to the floor for a vote. Politicians beholden to, or afraid of, the NRA are willing to turn their backs on their constituents when it comes time to implement reasonable limits and controls on guns. But you can count on them for a “heartbroken” tweet about their “thoughts and prayers” when a tragic shooting makes the national news.

Tell Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham: Your tweets about your “thoughts and prayers” mean little when you consistently vote with the NRA. Click the link below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/NRA_PushBack?t=9&akid=15436.6338158.h_LHi9

If you’re on Twitter there is something you can do in addition to signing the petition:

Tweet at Sen. Ted Cruz: .@tedcruz “Thoughts and prayers” for victims of gun violence not enough when you vote with the @NRA via @CREDOMobile

Tweet at Sen. Marco Rubio: .@marcorubio “Thoughts and prayers” for victims of gun violence not enough when you vote with the @NRA via @CREDOMobile

Tweet at Sen. Lindsey Graham: .@LindseyGrahamSC “Thoughts and prayers” for victims of gun violence not enough when you vote with the @NRA via @CREDOMobile

Thanks for standing up to politicians who put the NRA before our citizenry.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Congressional Black Caucus Mourns Passing of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.

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CBC Chairman Butterfield’s Statement on the Passing of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.:

“While we mourn the loss of United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., we also celebrate his over three decades of honorable, inspired and courageous service to our country.  From the harrowing skies of Korea and Vietnam, Lieutenant General Petersen flew over 300 combat missions with great courage, honor and distinction and logged over 4,000 flight hours on a variety of tactical fighter and attack aircraft by the end of his military career.

“From his humble beginnings in Topeka, Kansas, Lieutenant General Petersen endured the humiliations of segregation, gaining strength and a resolute character along the way, to become the Marine Corps’ first African American aviator in 1952 and ultimately becoming the first African American Marine Corps general officer in 1979 when he attained the rank of Brigadier General.  The country is forever indebted and grateful to Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., for his more than thirty years of dedicated service to the protection of our great nation.

“We offer our condolences to Lieutenant General Petersen’s wife, Alicia, his children and the entire Petersen family during this time of grief.”

Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Madigan: IDOC Worker Arrested on Charges of Fraud, Official Misconduct

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) parole agent was arrested on charges of fraud and official misconduct for allegedly falsifying parolee case management reports.

Stanley Orndorff, 47, of Danville, was charged today in Champaign County Circuit Court on one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Wire Fraud, both class 3 felonies. If convicted, he faces up to five years in the IDOC.

Madigan alleged that Orndorff, currently on administrative leave from his job as senior parole agent with the IDOC, falsified parolee case management reports to indicate he was performing his required job duties when he was not. Madigan said an IDOC investigation revealed that on multiple occasions in 2015, Orndorff submitted parolee management reports claiming he was holding in-person meetings with parolees. However, GPS data from his state-issued vehicle and parolee interviews show he was spending most work days at locations not related to his casework.

“As a parole officer, the defendant is responsible for monitoring individuals and ensuring they comply with the law,” said Madigan. “By failing to do his job, he potentially put communities at risk.”

Orndorff posted bond set at $50,000, and his next court appearance is set for Sept. 4.

Assistant Attorney General Jonas Harger and Associate Director Louis J. Dolce are handling the case for Madigan’s Public Integrity Bureau. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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