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The Daily Tar Heel for March 20, 2013

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Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Volume 121, Issue 13
O∞cials continue trash talks
dth/kathleen doyle
Chapel Hill will soon begin transporting its solid waste to Durham in preparation for the June closure of the Orange County Landfill.
By Gayatri Surendranathan
Senior Writer
 Within the next few weeks, Chapel Hill’ssolid waste will no longer be in RogersRoad’s backyard. As the June closure of the OrangeCounty Landfill approaches, the town ispreparing to ship its waste to the Durham Waste Industries transfer station.But the transition will come at a cost —almost $700,000 more annually.The landfill was built in the historically  black and low-income Rogers Road neigh- borhood in 1972 with the promise that it would close after 10 years.Now, after decades of complaints fromRogers Road residents about the negativeeffects of the landfill, local officials are tak-ing the next, temporary step toward a solid waste solution.
A Chapel Hll transfer staton?
Chapel Hill already spends $3.5 mil-lion annually on collecting and disposinggarbage.The extra $700,000 cost would gotoward buying new, better trucks andthe cost of gas, as the Durham WasteIndustries transfer station is further away than the Rogers Road landfill for most of the town.Chapel Hill Town Council member Jim Ward said the extra cost would likely beshouldered by taxpayers.“We don’t know yet if the extra money isavailable in the existing budget or if it willrequire a tax increase,” Ward said. “We’recurrently in the process of doing researchto sort out those issues.Both Ward and Chapel Hill TownCouncil member Lee Storrow emphasizedthe temporary nature of the plan.“This will be what we do for the next threeor four years as we decide what the bestoption is moving forward,” Storrow said.He said the town is considering collabo-rating with Carrboro to build a transfer sta-tion in Chapel Hill. According to consultants’ estimates,a Chapel Hill-Carrboro transfer station would cost about $2.8 million to build.“There’s community interest in thatplan, and a few months ago council mem- bers visited a transfer station in Asheboro because they produce about the sameamount of waste that we do,” Storrow said.
A landfill’s June closure hasgovernments calculating costs.
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Leimenstoll vetoes funding bill
Feb. 25 —
The bill passed favorablythrough Student Congress’ rules and judi-ciary committee. 
March 5 —
The bill passed by the fullStudent Congress with a close vote of 17-16. 
March 19 —
Student Body PresidentWill Leimenstoll vetoed the bill.
 Alumnus to lead probe in Russia 
 The dissertation, entitled “Learning to benobles,” can be seen at bit.ly/Y2a9yt.
Tar Heelsshift focus to next win
By Kelly Parsons
Senior Writer
The North Carolina men’s basketball teammight have let its third straight ACC Tournamentchampionship game slip through its fingers Sunday, but the Tar Heels didn’t have time to sulk at theGreensboro Coliseum. They had the next step inmind.The team rushed back to Chapel Hill followingthe 87-77 loss and made it to coach Roy Williams’house in time to watch the NCAA Tournamentselection show, during which it learned of UNC’s No.8 seed in the South region.“I don’t mind telling you, I was stunned,” Williamssaid about his reaction Tuesday. “When I saw theNorth Carolina in the number eight, I was stunned.Then it took me a couple seconds to say, ‘Hey, that’sus. That’s not somebody else, that’s us.’”The seed, which is tied for North Carolina’s lowestever, means the Tar Heels (24-10) will open tourna-ment play Friday in Kansas City, Mo., against ninth-
By Jordan Bailey
Staff Writer
Student Body President Will Leimenstoll vetoed Tuesday a controversial bill aboutammunition funding, saying it was passed without substantial debate.The bill, which was passed 17-16 inStudent Congress earlier this month, wouldhave made it more difficult for studentorganizations to receive money for ammu-nition. Members of the Tar Heel Rifle andPistol Club said the bill unfairly targetedtheir organization.Leimenstoll said the bill was voted onprematurely after a motion was granted to vote without debate — denying attendeesthe opportunity to voice their opinions.“My reason was not because I think thatstudent fees should go toward ammuni-tion,” he said. “I decided to veto becauseI didn’t feel that everyone who wanted tohave a say in the matter had the opportu-nity to have their voice heard.”Leimenstoll said members of the TarHeel Rifle and Pistol Club, as well as peoplefrom the shooting range the organizationuses in Raleigh, attended the meeting withplans to participate in the debate.There will be a vote to override the vetoat the full Student Congress meeting next week, but per the Student Code, there will be no discussion before the vote. Austin Root, author and sponsor of the bill, said he doesn’t think the two-thirdsmajority to override the veto will be reached.But he said he is planning to file a motion at next Tuesday’s meeting to recon-sider the bill. If approved, the bill would bepresented again at that meeting, and dis-cussion would be allowed.Root, along with several other members of Student Congress, has filed two related com-plaints with Student Congress’ ethics com-mittee against Speaker Pro Tempore ConnorBrady. The complaints were discussed at thecommittee’s meeting Tuesday night.One complaint claimed that Brady, who was presiding at the meeting when the bill was passed, mishandled the procedure of the meeting by allowing a majority vote,instead of the required two-thirds vote, toend debate on the bill, Root said.But Brady said neither he nor the 35representatives in the room, including Rootand the parliamentarian, knew that he was
dth file/kevin hu
P.J. Hairston had 28 points in the Tar Heels’ 87-77 lossto Miami in Sunday’s ACC Tournament championship.
acting improperly at the time.“Rep. Root felt that he could tarnish my reputation and try to save a bill that heknew would be vetoed,” Brady said.“Ultimately I think it’s trumped-upcharges that I look forward to defendingmyself on,” he said before the meeting.The complaint was dismissed at the eth-ics committee meeting Tuesday.Root said the second complaint regardsa private conversation that he and Brady had on Facebook in October.He said Brady shared that discussion withpersons outside of the conversation, and
By Kendra Benner
Staff Writer
 A UNC graduate will help lead a pla-giarism investigation in his native Russia that could target top officials — includingPresident Vladimir Putin.In February, RussianPrime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announcedthe investigation of academic dishonesty inRussian higher educa-tion, which will be led by Igor Fedyukin.Fedyukin, a UNC doc-toral graduate, startedserving as Russia’s deputy minister of education andscience in June 2012.Plagiarism has beena widespread problemin Russia since theSoviet Union fell in the 1990s, said DonaldRaleigh, a UNC professor of Russian his-tory. The probe is the first of its kind inRussian history, Raleigh said.In Russia, Ph.D. candidates often pay ghost writers to complete their disserta-tions or copy previously published work,and Russian public officials largely ignorethe practice, Raleigh said.Fedyukin came to UNC in the late 1990sand earned his Ph.D. in history in 2009. Hecould not be reached for comment. When Fedyukin graduated and returnedto Russia, he sought to share new ideasfrom the U.S. with his colleagues andencourage higher standards in Russianacademia, said Jay Smith, a UNC history professor who helped review Fedyukin’sdissertation along with Raleigh.“I think that, like many people who study abroad, Igor saw himself as someone whocould bridge two worlds,” he said. “Theidea was that he would put his AmericanPh.D. to use in Russia and help reform thecountry.”Before Medvedev announced the inves-tigation, Fedyukin and other academicshad conducted a review of dissertations at a Moscow university, Raleigh said.They found numerous instances of pla-giarism, illuminating the size of the prob-lem, he said.“What’s behind what Igor is doing isreally to improve Russia’s academic stand-ing,” Raleigh said. “That’s his job, to shakethings up, to make things better.”The academic probe raises the question
A UNC graduate was selected toinvestigate possible plagiarism.
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No. 8 UNC will take on No. 9 Villanovain game one of the NCAA Tournament.
of whether Putin will be formally accusedof plagiarism. A 2006 Brookings Institution reportfound that more than 16 pages of Putin’sdissertation were copied from a Russiantranslation of an American business text- book — but it remains to be seen whetherthe investigation will implicate Putin.“It’s a common pattern in Russian politi-cal culture to announce campaigns againstcorruption, but the problem is so deeply rooted with high-level officials that areinvolved, and there are low-level scapegoats who feel the brunt of the campaign,” saidJeff Jones, an associate history professor atUNC-Greensboro who also helped review Fedyukin’s dissertation.Regardless of who is targeted, those whoknow Fedyukin said he will likely use thetalents he cultivated at UNC to continue tocause a stir in Russian academia.“He’s likely to get some political push- back,” Smith said. “But he’s articulate, he’sstrong-willed — he’ll survive the turmoil.”
Contact the desk editor at state@dailytarheel.com.
Igor Fedyukin
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The veto on the ammunitionbill will be revisited next week.
Bemoan the grossness of theeighth floor of Davis all you want, but atleast the goings-on up there don’t involvetwo teenagers getting it on in the open while another teenager records a video ona Samsung Galaxy (an important detail).Three Florida teens were caught this week doing the above. Lovely.
“Adults would be more than sixtimes more likely to engage in problemdrinking … if they did not attend college.”— Penn State researchers found thatenrollment might prevent future drinkingproblems for some demographics. Every college student is now free to misinterpretthis as an endorsement of Jell-O shots.
andemonium! Lululemon, the designer workout clothingmaker (because cheap sweats are for plebeians) has made a shocking announcement: A recent batch of black yoga pants was made too sheer. (And, as we all can all figure out, down- ward dog plus see-through pants might compromise the serenity of yoga.)Because 17 percent of the pants were affected, a recall was in order, andnow — horror of horrors — there may just be a yoga pants shortage.Everywhere, people are fainting at the news: that girl at the SRC who dresses up for workouts but never really works out and, especially,unoriginal bros who send in kvetches about the virtues of yoga pants.Hang in there, you guys. We can make it through this together.
End o the world as we know it
From staf and wire reports
Someone broke andentered vehicles at 1083Burning Tree Drive at 5:27 p.m. Monday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person stole bubblegum, valued at $5, FruitRoll-Ups, valued at $10, anda Polaroid digital camera, valued at $150, reports state.
Someone heard gunshotsat 2701 Homestead Road at11:18 p.m. Monday, accordingto Chapel Hill police reports.
Someone broke andentered a vehicle at 140 BPW Club Road between 6:30p.m. Thursday and 11:47 a.m.Friday, according to Carrboropolice reports.The victim said the back right window of his Jeep was broken. No items weremissing, reports state.
Someone damaged prop-erty at 104 N.C. Highway 54 at9:40 a.m. Friday, according toCarrboro police reports.The victim said he lockedthe rear door to the buildingat 9 p.m. Thursday. When hecame to unlock the same reardoor at 9 a.m Friday, the key  would not work, reports state.The victim said he noticeda sticker that said “24hr doorrepair” and believes someonetampered with the lock andthen put the sticker on thedoor, reports state.
Someone stole a walletat 1401 W. Main St. between1:55 p.m. and 2:10 p.m.Saturday, according toCarrboro police reports.
Someone damagedproperty at 101 Cobb St. at3:30 p.m. Saturday, accordingto Carrboro police reports. A window on the westside of the residence was broken. Most of the glassfrom the window was outside,suggesting it had been brokenfrom the inside, reports state.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
puzzle playtime
icki Dodson and her 17-month-old daugh-ter Ansley complete a colorful flowerpuzzle on Tuesday afternoon at the KidzuChildren’s Museum on West Franklin Street. Themuseum is open Tuesday through Sunday.
dth/justin pryor
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10 .m. to 5 p.m.
Studet Uio
caotte O’Nea oken odand u eoane:
a or-mer member o the Kss CityBlck Pther Prty, “Mm C”itertes zz, blues d ospelito her music d poetry, witharic d hip-hop bets.
4 p.m.
ackld art Museum
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Thismoth’s hosts: the grduteSchool, the Prepri Iter-tiol Techi assisttsProrm, d the grdute dProessiol Studet federtio.
5 p.m.
EspressOsis, fedExglobl Eductio Ceter
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 Freshmen and sophomores are
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4 p.m.
Hes Hll
Kut En eoane:
jzz voclist Elli perorms iChpel Hill. Studet tickets dsile tickets strt t $10.
7:30 p.m.
Memoril Hll
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also eturiRdr’s Clows o Sedtio. alles. $8 to $10.
Doors ope 8:30 p.m.,show beis 9 p.m.
Locl 506
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COMMUnIty CaLEndar
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 The pop roup is oied by Cs-sis Ore. all es. $8 to $9.
Doors ope 8:30 p.m.,show beis 9 p.m.
Locl 506
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7 p.m.
Vrsity Thetre
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 By studying as an exchange student at one of UNC’s many partner universities abroad,you’ll earn credit towards your UNC degree while having an experience of a lifetime!
  Applications are still being accepted for many Fall 2013 programs in England and Australia. Applications for most Spring 2014 programs open on July 1 and are due in September.
 For program details and to apply, visit http://studyabroad.unc.edu
By McKenzie Coey
Staff Writer
 Visual artist, musician and poetCharlotte O’Neal, also known as “Mama C,” will perform a spoken-word andmusic performance today, channelingmemories of the time she spent on twocontinents as a human rights activist.The performer left her hometown of Kansas City for Tanzania at age 19, afterher husband, Pete O’Neal, was exiled because of his role in the city’s BlacPanther Party.“Brother Pete’s exile could have beensomething of a hell for both him and us but it turned into a blessing,” she said,reflecting on her home in Tanzania.She refers to everyone as brother orsister — a sign of respect and equality.Mama C was also a member of KansasCity’s Black Panther Party in the late1960s and early 1970s before she and herhusband left for Tanzania.She has since been committed tosocial issues, said Joanne Hershfield,chairwoman of UNC’s women’s and gen-der studies department.Hershfield directed and produced a documentary called “Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
City brief
Chapel Hill police, UNC Department of PublicSafety hold prescription drop-off event today
People with outdated and unused medications willhave the chance to safely dispose of them today atUniversity Mall. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the ChapelHill Police Department and UNC Department of PublicSafety will host a disposal event in the mall’s parking lotat 201 S. Estes Drive.Police will accept both prescription and over-the-counter medications in solid and liquid forms.
Campus brief
Commencement Information Day will be inthe Great Hall today for graduating seniors
 A number of campus departments and groups will bein the Great Hall of the Student Union today from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide information to seniors graduat-ing in May.Information will be available to help seniors completepre-graduation activities, including purchasing caps andgowns and donating to the senior class gift.
— From staff and wire reports
By Meredith Burns
Staff Writer
The Republican Party is feeling pressure after itsnational committee released a critical self-analysis of November’s election losses Monday — and UNC’s con-servative leaders support the modifications, which aimto broaden the party’s appeal.The report’s authors found the party to be perceivedas largely out of touch with the public and called for a more modern message for the party in federal elections.“It pretty much says we need to be a more open andinclusive party,” said Peter McClelland, who was electedchairman of the UNC College Republicans Monday.The party needs to include more voters who share thesame values of fiscal conservatism and limited govern-ment, but might have different stances on social issues,foreign policy and immigration, he said.“They need to have that spot at the table. Even if the whole party does not shift, they need to have a spot atthe table,” McClelland said. “We need to play on the sim-ilarities we do have with others instead of saying, ‘We’redifferent, we’re not going to change, and we’re not goingto let you in because of that.’”One focus of the report is the youth vote. Last year,Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost voters younger than 30 by 5 million votes.Lauren Friedmann, a math and economics doublemajor, said she sees a gap between the Republican Party and her college peers, especially with social issues likegay marriage and access to contraception.“There seems to be a great disconnect between theircurrent beliefs and messages, and what we’ve been feel-ing and pushing for,” she said.One way to persuade more people to vote Republican— especially youth — is for the party to embrace the lib-ertarian ideals of protecting civil liberties and maintain-ing free markets, said Everett Lozzi, a senior and statechairman of Young Americans for Liberty.Steven Greene, political science professor at N.C.State University, said he thinks reaching out to moregroups is a smart move for the party.“They are going to be the ones who move into posi-tions of political power,” he said. “They need to bringmore voters in and convince everyone they’re not justthe party of angry, old, white men.”Peter Vogel, president of the UNC Young Democrats,said that, though the report lacks calls for substantivepolicy changes, the party should broaden its scope.“It’s good for the country when both parties competefor these voting blocks because electoral competitionensures that each party will tailor their polices to win votes,” Vogel said.Greene said the Republican message will take time tochange and will only come when the party’s survival isthreatened.“Reports don’t change things — elections do.”
Contact the desk editor at state@dailytarheel.com.
The party’s national committee wants tomake changes to appeal to more voters.
11 percent
from class of 2012 this time last year
17 percent
from class of 2013
48 percent
participation goal for class of 2013
desired gift for class of 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Great Hall of the StudentUnionBuy announcements, class rings, frames,caps and gowns, and more.
GOP aimsto improveinclusivity
By Mary Frances Buoyer
Staff Writer
The class of 2013 is on the right track to overcome its predecessor’s fundraisingshortcomings, senior class organizers said.Simon Scholl, chairman of the seniorcampaign, said this year’s campaign is ontrack to meet the goal set by the class of 2011 — which had the highest ever partici-pation of students donating — heading intotoday’s Commencement Information Day.The class of 2012 fell short of its goal of 48 percent.This year’s senior campaign hasexceeded last year’s participation, with17 percent of seniors contributing to thesenior class gift so far, in comparison withlast year’s 11 percent at this time.Campaign leaders have made their goal48 percent participation with an averagegift of $20.13.“I am confident that we’ll meet the48 percent goal and hope we can even be the first class to break 50 percentparticipation,” Scholl said.Senior Class President Tim Palmer saidhe is hoping to make the event a milestonein fundraising for the senior class gift.“All of our senior marshals will be
dth/katie Bailey
Charlotte O’Neal, known as “Mama C,” will perform spoken-word and music with African cultural influences at the Ackland today.
MaMa sees artistry
4 p.m. today
Ackland Art Museum
present collecting gifts to the campaignand we are hoping a large number of seniors will decide to donate,” he said.Scholl said his team hopes to finish upthe month similar to the class of 2011, which went into April with 25 percentparticipation.He said once they reach 25 percent,they only need 800 more seniors toparticipate to meet their goal.Senior Class Vice President Nora Chan said she believes the success of thecampaign is attributed to an increase infundraising events.“These events have served as benchmarks for our fundraising,” she said.Scholl said the most successful event was “Beat Duke Week.The campaign established a competition with Duke to see whichsenior class could capture the highestpercentage of students giving to thecampaign before the second basketballgame against Duke.“We found the event to be very successful and we collected a little over200 gifts in four collection days in thePit,” Scholl said.Scholl said campaign leaders arenot discouraged by the campaign’sshortcomings of 2012.Palmer said this year’s goal was sethigh to encourage a culture of giving back among seniors.“I think it’s important to give becauseUNC’s continued success benefits every graduate, and Carolina’s standing is a reflection on all Tar Heels,” he said.
Contact the desk editor at university@dailytarheel.com.
The class of 2013 may set afundraising milestone.
Hershfield said the film is abouthow Mama C expresses African culturethrough art.The two were introduced two yearsago at a meeting in Raleigh at whichMama C was the speaker.“I was so inspired by her story that Idecided I wanted to make a film abouther,” said Hershfield, who traveled toTanzania in 2011 to shoot the film.Mama C’s performance will touch onsubjects about women, such as African- American women coming to terms with who they are, Hershfield said.“A lot of her poems and music she writes really address issues that per-tain to women in terms of identity andhealth,Hershfield said.Mama C said her work exhibits influ-ences of the blues, jazz and gospel thatKansas City was famous for during herchildhood.She said she has always been an artis-tic person.“I’m inspired by just about everything,”she said. “Whether it is a dream, whetherit’s the wind, or whether it’s a wrinkle inmy cloth.”Her husband, Pete O’Neal, foundedTanzania’s United African AllianceCommunity Center in 1991 to promoteties between Tanzanian and Americancultures.The couple also created the Leadersof Tomorrow Children’s Home, which isunder the umbrella of the community center. They currently provide care for22 children between the ages of 5 and15.Hershfield presented a screeningof her documentary on Tuesday nightat the Sonja Haynes Stone Center forBlack Culture and History, and O’Nealattended, said Joshua Miller, a Ph.D.candidate who assisted Hershfield inplanning the screening and today’s per-formance.Mama C said she thinks everyone isan artist.“All you need to do is open up yoursoul, let it all run out, and try to keep up with it,” she said.
Contact the desk editor at arts@dailytarheel.com.
Seils wins Carrboro seat, but turnout disappoints
 Artist, activist to give spoken-word performance
By Jenny Surane
Assistant City Editor
Damon Seils is the newestmember of the Carrboro Board of  Aldermen after Tuesday’s specialelection drew 261 voters — a 1.7 per-cent turnout.Seils ran uncontested in Tuesday’selection, which cost the town about$11,000. Workers at the polls said they  were disappointed with Tuesday’s voter turnout, but they expected it.Poll worker Helen Figueroa, who worked at the north Carrboro pre-cinct, said her precinct usually seesabout 30 percent of voters in non-presidential elections.But this week’s special electiondrew just more than 1 percent of  voters to the precinct.“I don’t think there was enoughadvertising in this particular elec-tion,” Figueroa said.“In general, we have good voterturnout, but with only one candidateit’s different,” she said.Tracy Reams, director of theOrange County Board of Elections,said Tuesday’s election was the firstof its kind, so it’s difficult to deter-mine the cause of low voter turnout.“We’ve never had an election where there was only one contestand only one candidate running,”she said. “We don’t have any electionthat we can compare this to.”Jake Gardner, who has worked atthe north Carrboro precinct since1980, said Tuesday’s election wasthe lowest voter turnout he hadever seen.Gardner said he thought the factthat Seils ran uncontested led many eligible voters to stay home.“You wouldn’t have expected any-thing different,” he said.Gardner said he feels the specialelection might not have been the best option for an uncontested race.“The issue here is not who is run-ning but rather if this is a necessary situation or not,” he said. “There’s a fair amount of money involved.”Tuesday’s election could be thelast of its kind for Carrboro.Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orangeand a former Carrboro mayor, hasintroduced a bill to the N.C. General Assembly that would give the boardalternatives, such as appointments,to fill future vacancies.Seils received 88 percent of the vote Tuesday, with write-in votesaccounting for the remaining 12percent.Seils said despite the fact that heran uncontested he took the electionseriously.He said he spent just less than$1,000 on campaign materials and went door-to-door in almost every neighborhood in Carrboro to talk topeople about his platform.Seils said he is eager to start histerm as alderman.“The first thing I’m going to wantto do is get appointed to committeesalong the lines of the issues I careabout,” he said.Seils celebrated his victory atthe Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboroafter the polls closed at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday.“I’m ready to hit the ground run-ning,” he said.
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 Tuesday’s special election drew onlyabout 1.7 percent of eligible voters.
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Only 261 people voted inthe election, 1.7 percentof Carrboro voters.

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