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The Starkville Dispatch eEdition 9-23-13

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Weather
 Addison Jones
Kindergarten, Annunciation 
High
85
Low 
62
Mostly sunny 
Full forecast on page 2A.
Five Questions
1
According to slogans, what candy “Makes Mouths Happy” and is “FunYou Can Eat”?
2
Who began singing with collegeriend Bobby Hatfeld in 1962?
3
In 2005, who became the frstproessional goler to win the sameevent — the Mizuno Classic — in fveconsecutive years?
4
What playwright took the title
Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? 
rom grafti heonce saw written in soap on the mirroro a Greenwich Village bar?
5
In Carlo Collodi’s novel, whom doesPinocchio angrily kill with a mallet atthe beginning o the book?
 
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Classifeds
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Comics
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Obituaries
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Opinions
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LocaL FoLks
Dr. Susanne Cunningham
practices at Curtis Optometry Clinic in Columbus.
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Possum Town Storytelling Festi-val:
Internationally known storytellersLen Cabral, Carmen Agra Deedy andKuniko Yamamoto weave words intomagic at the second annual PossumTown Storytelling Festival presentedby the Columbus Arts Council. Pro-grams or all ages will be presentedat the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501Main St., in Columbus. Ask about thestorytelling and origami workshops.For inormation, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit columbus-arts.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
 
Table Talk:
Dr. Kendall Dunkelburg,Mississippi University or Womenproessor o English, previews thespeakers at the 25th annual EudoraWelty Writers’ Symposium (Oct. 24-26). Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. andsocialize; iced tea provided. Or joinriends rom noon-1 p.m. or the pro-gram. For more inormation, contactthe library at 662-329-5300.
 Thursday, Sept. 26
 
History and Traditions of SECFootball:
This undraiser or theMississippi State Wesley Foundationeatures SEC historian Dr. Mark Wind-ham rom 6-8:30 p.m. at the FirstUnited Methodist Church. Food andellowship is 6-7 p.m.; Dr. Windham’spresentation is 7-8:30 p.m. Ticketsare $25, available through Sept. 18at the FUMC ofce and Wesley boardmembers. Call 662-323-1778 ormore inormation.
Win $2,550!
Play CASHWORDS, See page 5A
BY NATHAN GREGORY 
ngregory@cdispatch.com
On the eve o breaking ground on their new plant in Clay County, Yokohama TireCompany made another statement o com-mitment to the Golden Triangle area. The global tire manuacturing giant announced plans to give $250,000 each toMississippi State University and East Mis-sissippi Community College Sunday.On hand or the announcement werenewly-named YTC Mississippi president  Tadahuru Yamamoto, MSU president MarkKeenum, EMCC president Rick Young, Yokohama Rubber Company president Hi-komitsu Noji and Mississippi governor PhilBryant. The ocial ground-breaking ceremony, which was not open to the public, was heldat 9:30 a.m. today. Yamamoto said he hopes the git will as-sist the two institutions o higher learningin developing workorce training programsthat would be instrumental in helping YTCMississippi and other Golden Triangle area industry orward.
Yokohama gives $250K to both MSU, EMCC
AP Photo/Andre Penner
In this Sept. 16,2013, photo,Enio Guarnieriwipes the VWemblem o his1972 Volkswa-gen van, in SaoPaulo, Brazil.Guarnieri, whokeeps his blueand white vanor Kombi in hiscluttered garage,bought the vehi-cle a year ago tostoke childhoodmemories.
Long, strange trip endingfor Volkswagen’s hippie van
 THE AssOciATEd PREss
SAO PAULO — It carried hippiesthrough the 1960s, hauled surers insearch o killer waves during endlesssummers and serves as a workhorseacross the developing world, but thelong, strange trip o the Volkswagen vanis ending.Brazil is the last place in the world stillproducing the iconic vehicle, or “bus” asit’s known by acionados, but VW saysproduction will end Dec. 31. Saety reg-
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President o Yokohama Rub-ber Company Hikomitsu Noji,let, and Missis-sippi GovernorPhil Bryantpose or photosduring the Yoko-hama Communi-ty Giting NewsConerence atthe Ritz Theaterin downtownWest Point onSunday.
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Highest honors
William Browning/Dispatch Sta 
Columbus resident Joseph R. Johnson sits on the back porch o his East Columbus home Friday morning. Johnson is a veterano World War II and will receive the French Legion o Honor Tuesday.
Columbus resident to receiveFrench Legion of Honor
BY WiLLiAM BROWNiNG
wbrowning@cdispatch.com
O
n the 640-acre Alabama arm hegrew up on, 16-year-old Joseph R. Johnson told his ather he wantedto join the Army ater World War II brokeout.Being underage, Johnson neededhis ather’s signature to go o to war.His ather didn’t like that idea. Johnsonpersisted.“We had a world to save,” he said last  week. “I we let Hitler alone he wouldtake over the world.”His ather nally relented and his youngest son went o to war. On June 6,1944, Johnson took part in the Invasiono Normandy in France. Thousands diedon that beach, but the Allies won thebattle and, roughly a year later, the war.“You’re looking at a miracle,” Johnsonsaid while talking about the battle. “AndI’d do it again.” Today, he’s an 88-year-old Columbus resident living on Lehmberg Road.On Tuesday, he will re-ceive the French Legion o Honor during a ceremony in Jackson. The distinctionrecognizes contributionsand acts o bravery. It isFrance’s highest military honor.In all, 11 Mississippi residents willreceive the honor Tuesday.
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Starkville seessecond-bestJuly on recordin sales taxreceipts
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BY cARL sMiTH
csmith@cdispatch.com
Starkville collected $441,240.29in non-2 percent sales tax receipts or  July, a gure which represents thesecond-best July on record or thecity.Sales tax returns or the calen-dar year continue to track closely to 2012’s pace. The city is averag-ing $462,780.52 monthly in generalreturns this calendar year, a g-ure close to last year’s average o $470,133.21. July’s total also represents a new high or the current scal year, a timerame that spans rom October 2012 to Sept. 30. So ar in FY 2013,Starkville has distributed about $5.72million in sales taxes. That gureeclipses FY 2012’s total distributionby about $154,000. The city is cur-rently outpacing its FY 2012 monthly average by about $14,000. Although the month’s non-2 per-cent receipts refect summer growthin the city’s economy, it also rep-resents the second-lowest grossingmonth or this calendar year. Only  January saw less sales tax income($430,732), while July’s mark rep-resents $1,000 slide rom June, the
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Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle
Almanac DataNational WeatherLake LevelsRiver StagesSun and MoonSolunar table
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Columbus Sunday 
High/low ..................................... 80°/54°Normal high/low ......................... 85°/61°Record high ............................ 97° (1978)Record low .............................. 44° (1953)Sunday ............................................ 0.00"Month to date ................................. 3.67"Normal month to date ...................... 2.61"Year to date .................................. 49.08"Normal year to date ....................... 40.48"
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Atlanta 76 65 c 73 66 tBoston 66 51 s 67 54 sChicago 73 56 s 73 53 sDallas 90 65 s 92 67 sHonolulu 88 73 pc 89 72 pcJacksonville 84 71 t 83 70 tMemphis 82 67 c 85 66 pc
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Mostly sunny, warmand humidAberdeen Dam 188' 164.21' +0.71'Stennis Dam 166' 138.21' +0.71'Bevill Dam 136' 136.32' -0.07'Amory 20' 11.85' +0.41'Bigbee 14' 5.88' +2.19'Columbus 15' 5.45' +0.81'Fulton 20' 11.46' +4.09'Tupelo 21' 3.00' +1.80'
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Sunrise ..... 6:43 a.m.Sunset ...... 6:49 p.m.Moonrise ... 9:34 p.m.Moonset .. 10:48 a.m.
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Major ..... 4:26 a.m.Minor ... 10:38 a.m.Major ..... 4:51 p.m.Minor ... 11:03 p.m.Major ..... 5:19 a.m.Minor ... 11:32 a.m.Major ..... 5:44 p.m.Minor ... 11:56 p.m.
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Nashville 76 63 t 80 62 cOrlando 86 74 r 85 73 tPhiladelphia 73 53 s 75 56 sPhoenix 97 72 s 97 71 sRaleigh 77 56 s 78 59 pcSalt Lake City 82 53 s 64 44 tSeattle 62 48 sh 63 46 pc
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Say What?
“This is totally irresponsible, completely juvenile and,as I called it, legislative arson. It’s just destructive.”
 
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking aboutRepublican opposition to a sweeping health care overhaulas an excuse or a government shutdown.
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‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘ModernFamily’ crowned at Emmys
By LyNN ELBER 
 P Television Writer 
LOS ANGELES —“Breaking Bad,” the brutal,drug-ueled saga o an ev-eryman’s ambition turnedevil, captured its rst best drama Emmy Award onSunday, denying the onlineseries “House o Cards” a history-making honor.“I did not see this com-ing,” said “Breaking Bad”creator Vince Gilligan,tipping his hat to Netfix’spolitical thriller “House o Cards,” the rst digital con-tender or top Emmy hon-ors. Attention and acclaim or the AMC cable channel’s“Breaking Bad” has built as it nears the end o itsve-season run next Sun-day, with the nal eight-ep-isode arc eligible or next  year’s Emmys.“Moder n Family” won itsourth consecutive trophy or top comedy series eventhough its ot-honored cast  was shut out this time. Je Daniels won theEmmy or best drama seriesactor or his portrayal o anidealistic TV anchormanin “The Newsroom,” withClaire Danes capturing topactress honors or her trou-bled CIA agent in “Home-land.”Daniels noted that he’dalso received an age 50-plusacting honor rom AARP, which represents the inter-ests o older Americans.“With all due respect tothe AARP, this is even bet-ter,” Daniels said.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Vince Gilligan, center, and the cast and crew o “Break-ing Bad” accept the award or outstanding drama seriesat the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre inLos Angeles on Sunday.
By LyNN ELBER 
 AP Television Writer 
LOS ANGELES — Theexclusion o Jack Klug-man roman Emmy  Awards trib-ute that in-cludes Cory Monteith isan insult to the memory o the late TV veteran andthree-time Emmy win-ner who starred in “TheOdd Couple” and “Quin-cy M.E.,” Klugman’s sonsays.“I think it’s criminal,” said Adam Klugman in aninterview with The Asso-ciated Press. “My dad wasat the inception o televi-sion and helped build it inthe early days.”Ceremony producersannounced this weekthat ve individual sa-lutes would be includedon Sunday night’s Emmy show in addition to thetraditional “in memoriam”segment that groups to-gether industry members who died in the past year.Besides Monteith, the“Glee” star who died in July o a heroin and drugoverdose, those to behonored include “The So-pranos” star James Gan-dolni; Jean Stapleton o “All in the Family”; come-dian and actor Jonathan Winters; and “Family  Ties” producer Gary Da- vid Goldberg.Monteith, who was 31 when he died, is by ar the youngest o the group. Allthe others are Emmy win-ners, while he had yet tobe nominated in his ab-breviated career.Emmy nominees whodied last year and won’t be accorded separatetributes include Larry Hagman o “Dallas” andCharles Durning o “Eve-ning Shade.”Hagman, Durningand Klugman will be in-cluded in the group re-membrance, an academy spokesman said Friday. The ceremony at theNokia Theatre in Los An-geles airs at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on CBS.“It’s an insult and it re-ally seems typical o this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short at-tention span and pandersto only a very narrow demographic” o youngadults, Adam Klugmansaid.
 Actor deserves individual Emmy tribute, son says
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‘i d’ m  s gdspgg b C, b  ws kd w d w  emms d ws  sf-dcd gd.’
Adam Klugman, son of actor Jack Klugman
By CAROLyN THOMPSON
The Associated Press
BEMUS POINT, N.Y. — In-creasingly popular bathroom wipespr e-moistened towelettes that are oten advertised as fushable— are being blamed or creatingclogs and backups in sewer sys-tems around the nation. Wastewater authorities say  wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled fushable ar-en’t breaking down as they coursethrough the sewer system. That’scosting some municipalities mil-lions o dollars to dispatch crewsto unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery. The problem got so bad in this western New York community this summer that sewer ocialsset up traps — basket strainersin sections o pipe leading to anot-clogged pump — to gure out  which households the wipes werecoming rom. They mailed lettersand then pleaded in person or res-idents to stop fushing them.“W e could walk right up, knockon the door and say, ‘Listen, thisproblem is coming right rom your house,’” said Tom Walsh, senior project coordinator at South &Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts, which was dispatchingcrews at least once a week to clear a grinder pump that would seize uptrying to shred the brous wipes. The National Association o Clean Water Agencies, which rep-resents 300 wastewater agencies,says it has been hearing com-plaints about wipes rom sewer systems big and small or about thelast our years.
Popular bathroom wipesblamed for sewer clogs
AP Photo/ City of Vancouver
In this Aug. 16, 2013, photo provided by the City o Vancouver, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Frank Dickposes with ushable wipes that made it through a test to see i they would break down, at the Westside Wast-erwater Treatment Plant in Vancouver, Wa. Various bathroom wipes were specially dyed and then sent throughthe sewer system, but instead o dissolving, most wound up intact.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez
In this photograph taken, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Middlesex, N.J., thelabel that indicates wipes should not be ushed in a toilet is seen on abox next to baby wipes at the ofce o Rob Villee, executive director o the Plainfeld Area Regional Sewer Authority in New Jersey.
 
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By PHILIP ELLIOTT 
The Associated Press
 WASHINGTON Even be-ore a budget deadline arrives,leaders rom both parties areblaming each other — and someRepublicans are criticizing their own — or a government shut-down many are treating as inev-itable. The top Democrat in theHouse says Republicans are“legislative arsonists” whoare using their opposition to a sweeping health care overhaulas an excuse to close govern-ment’s doors. A leading tea party antagonist in the Senatecounters that conservativesshould use any tool availableto stop the Aordable Care Act rom taking hold. President BillClinton’s labor secretary saysthe GOP is willing “to risk theentire system o government toget your way,” while the Housespeaker who oversaw the last government shutdown urgedellow Republicans to remember “this is not a dictatorship.” The unyielding political pos-turing on Sunday comes one week beore Congress reachesan Oct. 1 deadline to dodge any interruptions in government services. While work continueson a temporary spending bill,a potentially more devastatingseparate deadline looms a ew  weeks later when the govern-ment could run out o money topay its bills.“This is totally irresponsi-ble, completely juvenile and, asI called it, legislative arson. It’s just destructive,” House Demo-cratic Leader Nancy Pelosi saidin an inter  view that aired Sun-day. The Republican-led House onFriday approved legislation de-signed to wipe out the 3-year-oldhealth care law that President Barack Obama has vowed topreserve. But the House’s move was more a political win than a measure likely to be implement-ed. Across the Capitol, SenateDemocratic Leader Harry Reidsaid he would keep the healthlaw intact despite Republicans’attempts, in his words, “to takean entire law hostage simply to appease the tea party anar-chists.”One o those tea party agi-tators, Sen. Ted Cruz o Texas,showed little sign on Sunday that he cared about the uphill climbto make good on his pledge toderail the health care law over Obama’s guaranteed veto.“I believe we should stand our ground,” said Cruz, who already  was trying to blame Obama andhis Democratic allies i the gov-ernment shuts down.Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Mis-souri Democrat, said Cruz’seorts were destructive andsel-serving as Cruz eyes a  White House campaign.“I cannot believe that they are going to throw a tantrumand throw the American peopleand our economic recovery un-der the bus,” she said.“This is about running or president with Ted Cruz. Thisisn’t about meaningul states-manship,” she added later.
Blame already being cast over budget fght
Wrangling over the budget comes as lawmakers consider separatelegislation that would let the United States avoid a rst-ever deaulton its debt obligations
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during anews conference with conservative Congressional Republicans atthe Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Cruz and Leestand as the Senate’s dynamic duo for conservatives, crusadingagainst President Barack Obama’s health care law while infuriatingmany congressional Republicans with a tactic they consider futile,self-serving and detrimental to the party’s political hopes in 2014.
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 ABERDEEN For-mer Ecru police ocer ody Mac Rock o Ponto-toc has been sentenced toone year in prison on twocivil rights violations.U.S. District JudgeSharion Aycock sentencedRock this past week inU.S. District Court in Ab-erdeen.Rock was accused o depriving two motoristso their civil rights in 2008by demanding money inexchange or destroyingtrac tickets. The indictment saidsuch action deprives a person o his or her consti-tutional rights or protec-tion against unreasonablesearches and seizures. The U.S. attorney’s o-ce also says Rock must complete 100 hours com-munity service.Rock was ordered to re-port to prison by Nov. 18.
Ex-Ecru police ofcer sentenced
Man was accused o demanding cashin exchange or destroying tickets
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PURVIS — A pair o es-caped inmates who killeda 95-year-old woman havebeen sentenced to lie inprison without parole.Lamar County Circuit Court Judge Tony Mozin-go sentenced 23-year-oldames Robert Martin and27-year-old David EdwardBass Friday ater the twopleaded guilty to capitalmurder in the 2012 deatho Ada Smith.Smith was ound deadOct. 21 in her home near Purvis, bound to a chair with orange shoestringsand stabbed in the throat.“You both are cowardsand you do not deservethe (sentence) you will re-ceive,” Laura Taylor, oneo Smith’s 21 grandchil-dren, said in court Friday.“Neither o you are menbecause no man wouldtake the lie o an old lady,tying her up with shoe-string and then stabbingher in the neck.”Investigators said themen stabbed Smith in part because she “wouldn’t stop talking about Jesus.”“She was trying to talkto you about the Lord,”Mozingo said in part.Prosecutors had threat-ened to seek the deathpenalty in a trial that hadbeen set or Dec. 9 beorethe men agreed to pleadguilty. The pair had alsobeen charged with bur-glary and intent to commit burglary.Both suspects walkedo the Mississippi Depart-ment o Corrections’ For-rest County Community  Work Center the day be-ore they killed Smith, hid-ing out in another houseovernight beore breakinginto Smith’s home. Martinhad been a ve-year sen-tence or a grand larceny conviction rom MonroeCounty. Bass was servinga seven-year sentence or ve burglary convictionsrom Lee County. The men stole Smith’scar, which authorities later ound stashed in a swampy area near Slidell, La. U.S.Marshalls arrested bothmen at a bar on BourbonStreet in New Orleans.
Pair get lie in killing o 95-year-old
‘Neither o you are men because noman would take the lie o an old lady,tying her up with shoestring and thenstabbing her in the neck.’
Laura Taylor, one of the victim’s grandchildren
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NATCHEZ — NatchezRegional Medical Center  will seek a “stalking horsebid in which a potential buy-er makes an initial oer toset the foor or an auction.Hospital ocials tell TheNatchez Democrat that three health care providershave agreed to participate.“We are hopeul that  within a matter o weeks we will have identieda stalking horse,” saidHealthcare Management Partners Director ClareMoylan.Healthcare Manage-ment Partners was hiredby Adams County in July to help negotiate the sale o the county-owned NRMC. The three potentialbidders have been givenaccess to proprietary inor-mation about the hospital’snances, employees andoutlook or coming years.In the stalking horseprocess, HMP will negoti-ate a selling price with oneo the interested parties.Once that price and any stipulations are decided,the agreement with thestalking horse becomes thebase bid or the hospital’ssale.I no one outbids thestalking horse, the hospi-tal is automatically sold tothe stalking horse, which would have provided thecounty with a security toensure the sale.
Natchez hospital looks or bidder
Hospital seeking initial oer to setthe foor or an auction
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 JACKSON The na-tional Association o Zoos& Aquariums has pulled itsaccreditation rom the only Mississippi zoo which heldit, because o nancial insta-bility. The Jackson Zoo, whichkeeps 773 animals on 30acres next to LivingstonPark in west Jackson, willkeep provisional accredita-tion during an appeal pro-cess that ends in March,The Clarion-Ledger report-ed. The problem is thaewer and ewer people arecoming to see the zoo’sanimals and its interactiveexhibits, educational pro-grams and indoor and out-door activities. Attendancehas dropped rom a peako 192,000 to 117,000 last  year. Ticket sales last yeabrought $850,275, less thanone-quarter o the zoo’sbudget. Six years earlier,tickets brought in nearly $1.2 million, two-thirds o allrevenue. As a result, the zoo now relies more heavily on gov-ernment subsidies to stay afoat. It got more than $2.2million combined — about two-thirds o its $3.5 millionbudget — last year alonerom the state and the city. The zoo itsel is well runbut its location is one o themore “challenged” amongthe roughly 220 AZA-accred-ited zoos in North America,said national zoo consultant Rick Biddle o Philadelphia,Pa.-based Schultz & Wil-liams.“You are just under onemile rom 220 to the zoo,and that’s a rough one mile,”said Biddle, who is helpingthe Jackson Zoo examineits options. “It needs to bemore engaging and welcom-ing; it needs to have a senseo arrival. I you see no signsor all you see is the bumpy road, then you are starting your experience wrong.” The zoo’s executive di-rector, Beth Po, said many people tell her “I used tocome all the time but my neighbor’s araid to come”or “I never go to west Jack-son. I’m araid to go to thezoo.”Zoo ocials ace hardchoices: Closing the park,cutting its collection, reno- vating and adding new ex-hibits in hopes o drawingbigger crowds, or relocat-ing.Closure is a worst-casescenario. “That would be a tragedy or this city and thestate,” said board member Eric Stracener.
Financial instability puts JacksonZoo’s accreditation on the line
Ticket sales last year only coveredone-quarter o budget

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