claims adverse possession on 3

claims adverse possession on 3

First there was the Boca squatter, the 20 something called Loki Boy who fancied himself the Norse god of mischief.

Now there the not so fanciful Jason Friedman, a father of three, who moved into a 3,400 square foot pool home in the Acreage claiming rights through the antiquated Florida law called adverse possession.

Friedman, 37, filed his adverse possession claim with the county on May 14 but had moved his family into the home on May 1. He changed the locks, cleaned up the pool, paid to have fencing put on the property and posted a note: the home had been taken under Florida statute 95.18. All said, he claims to have put about $8,000 into the home.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff deputy wasn having it. Friedman was arrested on the same day he filed the claim on charges of residential burglary, theft under $300, tampering with a victim and resisting arrest without violence.

The home in the 12000 block of 54th Street North is in foreclosure.

is not something I would ever recommend someone doing, said Friedman attorney Robert Norvell about adverse possession. legislature had created that ability for someone to take property, however, in a residential setting with a home, it is fraught with peril. to a sheriff office report, the owner of the house, Devon Anderson, found out about the infiltration from neighbors and went to the home to confront Friedman. Anderson said he felt sorry for Friedman because of his three children.

Anderson agreed to meet with Friedman, who offered him $10,000 to sign a quit claim deed to him. Anderson refused and later called the sheriff office. Palm Beach County Property records show the last purchase of the home was for $373,000 in 2009.

of our furniture and possessions are in the property, we sent in an adverse possession form notarized and filled out to the county tax appraisers office and we called the office several times to confirm the steps that we were taking were correct, Friedman said to his attorney in an email. posted no trespassing signs, told all neighbors on the block what we had done and posted the adverse possession form in the window for anyone to see. enforcement has been less lenient recently of adverse possession claims. Years ago, when the foreclosure crisis was relatively new and people were first testing the waters of the law, officers were reluctant to make arrests, saying the cases were civil in nature and needed to be handled in court.

The adverse possession law was created hundreds of years ago when hand scrawled property records could be lost or damaged. Allowing for adverse possession kept land in productive use when ownership was unclear, or, for example, the owner died with no heirs.

If the person claiming adverse possession stays in the home for seven years, paying taxes and caring for the property, he or she can take permanent ownership.

Norvell said Friedman had seen Loki Boy Boca Raton mansion takeover and thought it was a valid idea. Andre de Paula Barbosa, AKA Loki Boy, was booted from the property after only a few months when Boca Raton Police seized the home and removed his belongings.

thought he was doing the right thing in that he found the property abandoned and contacted the lender. No one wanted to work with him, Norvell said. was under the impression that once he was in the home, the lender would have to deal with him. He didn know (Anderson) was going to come and flip out on him. Follow This Story >
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claims activist tried to embarrass paper with false Moore accusation

claims activist tried to embarrass paper with false Moore accusation

A woman falsely told The Washington Post that she had been sexually abused as a teenager by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore as part of a coordinated effort by a right wing group to embarrass the paper, the Post reported Monday.

The woman, Jaime T. Phillips, told Post reporters “in a series of interviews over two weeks” that a sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 resulted in her having an abortion at age 15. The paper said it did not publish the story “based on her unsubstantiated account” in which it found inconsistencies.

On Monday morning, reporters from the Post saw Phillips enter the Project Veritas office in New York. Project Veritas is an organization that tries to discredit the news media and liberal groups through undercover “sting” operations. Using video which is often selectively edited Project Veritas claims to expose media bias and hidden left wing agendas.

More: Trump has no plans to campaign for Roy Moore, White House says

The organization’s techniques have been attacked by critics as deceptive and unethical. Project Veritas’ founder, James O’Keefe, pleaded guilty in 2010 to entering federal property under false pretenses, a misdemeanor, after being arrested in a plan to access former Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s office. “I be using my skills as a researcher and fact checker to help our movement. I was laid off from my mortgage job a few months ago and came across the opportunity to change my career path.”

When asked about the GoFundMe page last week, Phillips told the Post it was in reference to a job with the Daily Caller that ended up falling through. But Paul Conner, the executive editor of the Daily Caller, said no one there had interviewed anyone named Jaime Phillips.

Phillips ended the interview shortly after being asked about the GoFundMe page, which the Post said was taken down that night.

In a video posted Monday on Project Veritas’ website, O’Keefe said the Post was “spending a ton of time and money trying to turn the tables on Project Veritas, talking about an imagined sting.”

According to O’Keefe,
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the Post invented the story about Phillips because it was “afraid” of an upcoming video from a Project Veritas investigation into the newspaper.

O’Keefe posted the first video from the investigation Monday. O’Keefe claims the video shows proof of liberal bias at the Post based on undercover videos of conversations with two people: Dan Lamothe, a reporter on national security, and Joey Marburger, director of product at the Post. But the video fails to deliver any damning footage.

As evidence of bias at the Post, the video highlights a statement from Lamothe in which he says he is sometimes surprised by the paper’s strong editorial stances against President Trump and a comment that the paper gets criticism for too much Trump coverage.

The video also shows a clip of Marburger saying Jeff Bezos, the paper’s owner, pushed for the Post’s new motto, “Democracy dies in darkness” as well as a clip of Marburger saying the Post would lose a lot of traffic without Trump.

The Post broke the story about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, and many of the former Alabama judge’s supporters have attacked the newspaper in response.

Two weeks ago a pastor in Alabama reportedly received a robocall from someone claiming to be a Post reporter named Bernie Bernstein offering $5,000 to $7,000 for “damaging” information about Moore. The Post said there is no such reporter at the paper and that it has a strict policy against paying sources. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, Nov. 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Ala. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. Attorney General by President Trump. Moore will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election on December 12. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, Nov. 16, 2017 in Birmingham,
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Ala. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. Attorney General by President Trump. Moore will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election on December 12.

City preps to defend against Machinery Row lawsuit

City preps to defend against Machinery Row lawsuit

RACINE The Racine City Attorney’s Office is preparing to defend employees and current and former officials against allegations in a federal lawsuit related to a development project once called Machinery Row.

The lawsuit was filed at the end of December by property owners who claim they had to move their businesses as a result of the riverfront development proposal. Machinery Row was the name for a proposed $65 million commercial and residential project for a 20 acre area north of Water Street and east of Marquette Street. In January, City Attorney Scott Letteney began the process of obtaining permission for his office to defend against the lawsuit.

“It is routine for my office to represent current and former employees and officials who are sued for actions alleged to have been taken pursuant to their City duties,” Letteney said in an email.

Racine’s Finance and Personnel Committee recommended approval of Letteney’s request at its Jan. 22 meeting. meeting Tuesday.

Suit seeks compensation, damages

The plaintiffs in the suit are: Richard Olson, Racine Indoor Motocross, Marquette Warehouse, Marquette Distribution Center,
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Urban Sustainable Aquaponics, Riverside Business Center, Sam Azarian Sons Marina, Azar and Azarian Wrecking.

They asked for a jury trial and seek compensation for their property, relocation benefits and damages. The plaintiffs also want the defendants to produce a relocation plan for the Machinery Row site.

Court records indicate the defendants have until Feb. 28 to respond to the complaint. The deadline represents a stipulated agreement between the parties in the case, dated Jan. 29.

A separate suit was also filed in Racine County Circuit Court regarding expenses related to Machinery Row. In that case, Patrick Fagan seeks compensation for costs he alleges to have incurred as a tenant displaced for the development. The summons and complaint in that case were filed on Dec. 20.

“It is routine for my office to represent current and former employees and officials who are sued for actions alleged to have been taken pursuant to their City duties.” Scott Letteney
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City passes bag ban

City passes bag ban

The City Council’s final vote on the plastic bag ban came down to 10 council members voting yes, one voting no and three abstaining. One council member was absent.

The bill sparked the most passionate discussion on the chamber floor.

“This process has definitely cheated the public of the opportunity to vet the issue. We are not allowed to switch and bate,” said Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, who is against the ban.

“You’ve got to get rid of these plastic bags that live eternally, apparently,” said bill supporter Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has said she would veto the plastic bag ban, saying it was changed drastically last week. The bill started as a 5 cent charge for plastic bags in the city, but council members said they amended it to a ban because of what they called an anti tax sentiment shown by voters in the general election.

“We took testimony on the bill. We heard people in favor of the bill. We heard people for a 5 cent tax, a 10 cent tax, a 25 cent tax, a plastic bag ban. We’ve heard it all, and based up on that we made a decision,” said Councilman Jim Kraft.

“I don’t care what they talked about during the hearing. They did not propose the changes during that process. They did not allow a public process after the change was proposed,” the mayor said. “They could have talked about Timbuktu, for all I care. Until you make that proposal, put it before the counsel and give people an opportunity to talk about it, it’s not transparent, it’s not open and it’s not right.”

Rawlings Blake said she’s afraid the ban will drive businesses away from areas that already have too many food deserts.

Industry says ban would cut jobs, increase grocery costs

The City Council said the issue is about litter. Grocers said it’s going to cost consumers more, and bag manufacturers worry about jobs.

Advance Polybag, in Elkridge, employs 180 people, including production supervisor Marcelo Vonifaz, who has worked with the company for eight years.

“It’s a very good company. They take care of their employees; we have good paying jobs,” Vonifaz said.

There’s concern those jobs could be in jeopardy if a plastic bag ban takes effect in Baltimore City.

“What’s going to happen is some jobs are going to be lost,” Vonifaz said.

Mark Daniels, the chairman of the American Bag Alliance, said there are 30,800 jobs in the United States that manufacture and recycle plastic bags. Not only does a ban threaten those jobs, but he said a ban penalizes the consumer because it costs grocers more to supply paper bags, and the cost gets pushed on to consumers.

“It costs a large grocery store about $60,000 to $90,000 a store. All of that cost is going to be transferred to the consumer,” Daniels said.

He said smaller convenience type stores will see about a $5,000 cost increase.

“For a family of five, that could go up anywhere from $50 to $60 a year in higher grocery costs,” Daniels said.

Bill Ebeck, director of sales for Advance Polybag, said there’s a better way.

“If lawmakers are going to address this issue, they should focus on litter prevention and recycling education efforts,” Ebeck said.

Council bill mandating police body cameras passes

The council also passed a police officer body camera bill at its meeting Monday night, 13 1. Spector was the sole no vote.

The body camera bill would require police officers to wear audio and video recording devices while on duty. It was proposed after police involved shootings sparked a lot of discussion about the issue.

But Rawlings Blake said she would veto the bill. The city’s Legal Department has said that the legislation is illegal, and the mayor has raised concerns. She said while she supports the measure in principle, the current bill does not address privacy rights and data retention, and she has a lot of concerns about the way it’s written.

“I don’t want to have to send things back to them for them to get their job right, but when they don’t get it right, I have to be the chief executor for our city, and I can’t sign legislation that I think is sending the wrong message to our citizens,” Rawlings Blake said.
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City of Penticton

City of Penticton

Penticton, from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” or more accurately, “a place where people live year round.” For over 7,000 years, Penticton has been home to the Syilx First Peoples, who were instrumental in helping the first European fur traders travel through the Okanagan in the early 1800s.

A young Irish immigrant named Thomas Ellis took the meaning of snpintktn to heart and in 1865 became the first European to settle in Penticton. Becoming one of the province’s most successful cattle ranchers, Ellis acquired territory that stretched from Naramata all the way south to the American border. When he retired in 1892, Ellis sold off a large portion of his property to developers who laid out a small townsite at the foot of Okanagan Lake. Penticton had been born.

Development in the early years was slow and things only began to really pick up in 1905, when the South Okanagan Land Company subdivided another large section of the Ellis holdings. The original townsite, which lay mostly to the east of Penticton Creek, was linked up to the new one by Smith Street (later renamed Front Street), which was the heart of the small town in its earliest days. By 1908, with a population of six hundred, Penticton was incorporated and growth continued at a faster pace than ever.

Due to the difficulties of land travel due to the rugged local terrain, early transportation in and out of Penticton was primarily by water on Okanagan Lake, which runs from Vernon in the north to its southern tip at Penticton. Sicamous. Although not the first, the Sicamous was the largest and most famous sternwheeler to grace Okanagan Lake. Known as the “Queen of the Lake,” she was built in Port Harbor, Ontario and assembled at Okanagan Landing for her maiden voyage on July 1st, 1914. Many local servicemen heading for the First World War began their journey aboard the Sicamous. With her passenger service discontinued in 1935, the Sicamous worked for two seasons hauling freight before being retired completely. In 1949, the City of Penticton purchased the ship from the Canadian Pacific Railway in order to preserve this important relic of the age of the lake steamships.

In 1910 an announcement was made that Penticton would serve as the headquarters for the new Kettle Valley Railway,
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the rail line that would finally link the transportation of the coast to the wealth of the Kootenays. This decision secured Penticton’s economic future; the arrival of the railway brought many jobs and the town’s population more than doubled by the time the line was finished. The railway also provided fast and efficient transportation for local products, greatly boosting the burgeoning orchard industry by opening up distant markets to high quality Okanagan fruit. The KVR also allowed tourists to visit an area that had long been isolated from the rest of the province, enabling Penticton to become a tourist destination.

Following the end of the Second World War, Penticton entered into a golden age of growth and prosperity. A flood of returning veterans led to a post war population boom and in 1948 Penticton was incorporated as a city. The 1950s and 1960s were busy decades of construction and large infrastructure projects. The channelization of the Okanagan River and numerous construction projects including a new city hall, a community arts building, and Penticton’s first major shopping centre changed the face of the young city forever. In March 1955 the city achieved international fame when the Penticton Vees hockey team brought home the World Cup after defeating the Soviet Union 5 0.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2010, Penticton continues to change: old neighborhoods are being revitalized as the charm of small town life returns to downtown; the new South Okanagan Events Centre brings conventions, sporting events, and performances of all kinds; and, most significantly, the growth of the local wine industry is rapidly turning Penticton into a top destination for wine tourism. The city now has a population of approximately 33,000 and continues to grow. Yet in spite of all this change, at heart Penticton remains the same. It is still the perfect place for an affordable family vacation, where parents and children together can relax on the beach, float down the river channel, or spend a day picking fruit at local orchards. It is still a place of breath taking scenery, beautiful weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities.

Whether you’re looking for a beach where you can go for a swim and work on your tan, a mountain trail where you can ride a bike while taking in the view, or a patio where you can sip wine after a relaxing game of golf, Penticton has something for you,
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come for a visit and stay forever.

City of North Vancouver

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City has long history of gourmet coffee

City has long history of gourmet coffee

As coffee bars continue to expand and show no sign of waning in popularity, for older Baltimoreans, the mention of Starbuck’s or Gloria Jean’s Gourmet Coffee, for instance, must inevitably recall memories of the Smith Punch Base Coffee and Tea Co. Kenny Co., two former hallowed and cherished local purveyors of the heavenly bean. Kenny Co. Kenny, who arrived in Baltimore in 1872 and opened a coffee, tea and sugar store at Lexington and Greene streets. Kenny Co. closed its retail stores in 1934 and then became a strictly wholesale operation. In 1940, the company was taken over by Consolidated Food Corp. of Chicago, which closed its local headquarters. Kenny Co. was the Smith Punch Base Coffee and Tea Co., the third black owned business in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. It was established in 1906 by Deaver Y. Smith Sr.

Until his death in 1975, Smith operated the 15 foot wide store at 1411 Pennsylvania Ave. the way he had for the preceding 65 years, with much of the store’s original equipment and well worn counters. An old pendulum clock on the wall marked in measured beats the passing of the years.

Smith’s only concessions to modernity were a neon sign in the window with an illuminated cup of coffee advertising “Rich Cup,” a blend that he sold, a delivery truck and 1930s era white porcelain lighting fixtures suspended from the ceiling.

In the early years, Smith roasted the coffee beans that he delivered to Baltimore’s revered Waters Catering Co. and restaurants between Baltimore and Annapolis by horse drawn wagon. He later switched to a red panel truck that his son, Deaver Y. Smith Jr., who worked in the business, drove for years. Electric motors were eventually brought in to power the grinders.

Shoppers entering Smith’s narrow store were instantly surrounded by the aroma of sassafras, spices,
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peppers red and black and rich coffee beans from South America and Africa that he dispensed from ancient teakwood coffee bins painted red and shelves lined with tea canisters.

Signs on the wall advertised “Ceiling Prices” for “Good Coffee” at 25 cents a pound; “Special Coffee” for 35 cents a pound; “Genuine Java Mocha” at 48 cents a pound and three ounce packages of “Orange Pekoe Tea” for 20 cents.

“His basic business was, and still is, special blends of tea and coffee,” said a 1961 Sunday Sun Magazine article.

“He buys different varieties of coffee beans unroasted, from a New York broker. Four degrees of roasting light, medium, dark and very dark are possible in his oven. Different mixtures of these coffees and roasts give him an infinite variety of possibilities.”

Smith also sold his favorite blend of tea, a mixture of “rolled green gunpowder tea for a mild background, some black Formosa for piquancy, a bit of leaf green Hyssop and a touch of black leaf Ceylon for other flavor characteristics,” observed the newspaper.

One charming anachronism that dated to 1906 was a wall mounted gooseneck telephone over which Smith conducted much of his business.

In the 1950s when the area was being converted to dial phones, Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Co. workmen offered to give him a modern instrument.”Put a dial on it if you must, but leave it there,” he told them. And the mighty C complied with his wishes.

Smith also helped finance the Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Ave., a mecca for black entertainers until it was torn down in 1971.

Reflecting on his business and life, he told The Sunday Sun Magazine in 1961, “It’s done a good job for me. Why change it?”

The Pennsylvania Ave. store closed in 1979 and moved to Orem Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, where it is operated today by the founder’s grandson,
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Albert Smith Jr.

City Council considers plastic bag surcharge

City Council considers plastic bag surcharge

“They charge you for everything now,” said shopper Cheryl Sheffield. “It’s not right, but what are you going to do? You need to carry your groceries home.”A lot of customers choose to carry their purchase out by hand to avoid a five cent fee.”I think the bag tax stinks, honestly. Why tax us for grocery bags when we are paying for the food and stuff to put in the bag?” said Baltimore resident Ronald Lewis.That may become the reality in Baltimore City after a bill to implement plastic bag fees was voted out of committee on Wednesday and sent to the full council. It imposes a five cent surcharge on plastic bags at supermarkets and other shops. The idea is to reduce litter while raising money to clean up city parks and the Inner Harbor.”I think that it’s a lot; however, I think it’s good because it helps us to recycle, and then it will get me to get my recycle bag out of the trunk of my car,” said city resident Claudette Gadsden Hrobak.Some discount grocery stores like Save a Lot have charged for plastic bags for years 10 cents for large bags and 3 cents for small ones.”People haven’t been refusing to go there?” 11 News reporter George Lettis asked resident Marnetta Baker. She replied, “No, and it’s cheap there, so people go there.”The company uses the bag fees to pump up its profits.The proposed legislation says retailers would keep about a penny of the 5 cent fee. The rest would go to the city about $1.5 million in the first year, according to a city estimate.In the past, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said she’d sign a bag fee bill. This week, she qualified that a bit, saying her support ultimately depends on the final language. She seemed lukewarm about raising more fees on residents.”I will always have concerns about imposing more taxes and fees. I had to do a significant amount of that to climb out of the great recession, so I’m always cautious about that,” Rawlings Blake said.The measure goes before the full council for a vote Monday. Sponsor James Kraft is confident it will pass.Vaping ban also being consideredThe City Council is also considering a bill that would ban vaping in most public places, including playgrounds and inside public buildings. The legislation is making its way through City Hall as electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity but remain largely unregulated.The proposal would make exceptions for vape shops and bars and restaurants that allow E cigarettes.If it passes, Baltimore would join other big cities like Boston and New York, which have already banned E cigarettes in places where regular cigarettes aren’t allowed.
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cigarette smoke may cause DNA damage and cancer

cigarette smoke may cause DNA damage and cancer

The battery driven devices, which deliver an instant nicotine “hit” without burning tobacco, have been widely promoted as a safer alternative to cigarettes.

But findings from a new study suggest they are far from harmless and could pose a serious health risk.

In laboratory tests, mice exposed to e cigarette smoke had higher levels of DNA damage in the heart, lungs and bladder than those breathing normal filtered air.

DNA repair systems, which protect against cancer, were also impaired in the animals cells.

The US team led by Dr Moon shong Tang,
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from New York University School of Medicine, warn that “vapers” may be increasing their risk of life threatening conditions.

Reporting their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers wrote: “We propose that ECS (e cigarette smoke) is carcinogenic and that e cig smokers have a higher risk than non smokers to develop lung and bladder cancer and heart diseases.”

Similar results were seen when cultured human lung and bladder cells were exposed to nicotine and nicotine derivatives.

The cells were more likely to mutate or undergo tumour triggering changes than non exposed cells.

While tobacco smoke contains a host of potentially dangerous chemicals, e cigarette vapour consists only of nicotine and some relatively harmless organic solvents.

Recent studies have shown that e cigarette smokers have 97% less of a lung carcinogen known as NNAL in their bodies than tobacco smokers. That is similar to the level seen in people on nicotine replacement therapy.

They pointed out that e cigarettes were rapidly gaining popularity, especially among young people who regard them as harmless.

“It is important to note that many of these e cig smokers (who) have taken up the e cig smoking habit are not necessarily doing it for the purpose of quitting TS (tobacco smoking), rather, it is because they are assuming that e cig smoking is safe,
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” the scientists wrote.

cigarette burns are on the rise

cigarette burns are on the rise

“They all told me basically the same thing,” he explained. Along with colleagues, he compiled a detailed report about the three patients he treated, concluding that lithium ion battery failure likely caused the injuries.

“These cases are among the first recognizing thermal injuries sustained from the lithium ion batteries contained in electronic cigarettes, which means there’s a need for increased awareness of the safety hazards associated with e cigarettes,” Vercruysse explained.

E cigarettes have already been banned from airplanes, US Navy vessels and some counties.

Last year, a Delta Airlines flight was delayed after an e cigarette ignited inside a passenger’s carry on bag. Earlier this month, the Navy barred the devices from ships, submarines, boats and aircraft.

Eighty percent of e cigarette explosions take place while the device is charging, according to FEMA.

“I think in general, the public thinks that e cigarettes are somehow better for you than tobacco cigarettes,” Vercruysse said. “But they still deliver nicotine, which isn’t good for you, and this particular product has a defect where the battery can malfunction.”
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