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Kamala Harris Surges to Democratic Nomination with Unprecedented Support From Former Rivals

Vice President Kamala Harris is making waves as she strides confidently toward the 2024 Democratic nomination. With a cascade of endorsements from potential rivals, influential lawmakers, governors, and powerful labor and advocacy groups, the stage is set for a formidable campaign against Donald J. Trump.

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Eat All You Want: 13 Foods That'll Never Tip the Scale

Maintaining a healthy weight is a goal for many of us, but it doesn't have to mean giving up tasty treats or enduring flavorless meals. Contrary to popular belief, several foods are both satisfying and won't tip the scale in the wrong direction. Dive into these delectable options and enjoy guilt-free eating while promoting a balanced lifestyle.

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Democratic Leaders Rally Behind Vice President Harris to Challenge Donald Trump

United Front: Unwavering Support for VP Harris from Coast to Coast

In a historic show of unity, more than 150 elected officials have rallied behind Vice President Kamala Harris, echoing President Biden’s endorsement and solidifying her position as the Democratic nominee for the 2024 presidential race. This unprecedented wave of support comes from all corners of the nation, transcending the typical partisan lines and highlighting the collective determination to thwart Donald Trump’s re-election bid.

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Twisters: A Cinematic Tornado of Thrills!

If You Feel It – Chase It!

When it comes to influential films in the world of climate research and weather reporting, few can hold a candle to "Twister," Jan de Bont’s epic action movie that has spawned a sequel blowing through theaters this weekend.

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Texas Southern University Receives Transformative $5 Million Gift – Propels Endowment Beyond $100 Million

Texas Southern University (TSU) has reached a remarkable milestone, securing a $5 million donation that propels it into the elite club of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) with endowments exceeding $100 million. This significant contribution marks a pivotal moment in TSU's history as it approaches its centennial, fortifying the university’s resilience, impact, and adaptability in a dynamic global landscape.

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Cadillac Reveals the Stunning 2025 Escalade: Elevating Luxury and Technology

Cadillac has unveiled the 2025 Escalade, bringing a thoughtfully refreshed interior and exterior to its iconic and best-selling luxury full-size SUV. This new model elevates the standard of full-size SUV luxury with bold American craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, and remarkable performance.

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Precinct One Opens Cooling Centers for Water and Food Distribution

As the summer heat intensifies, Harris County Precinct One has taken proactive measures to support our community by opening several cooling centers and distribution sites. These centers offer vital resources, including water and food distribution, ensuring the well-being of all residents during this extreme heat advisory.

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Biden Administration Sees Major Success as Border Arrests Decline Sharply

President Joe Biden's reelection campaign has received a significant boost with the release of new data showing a dramatic decrease in border arrests. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), arrests for illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico plummeted by 29% in June, marking the lowest monthly level of the Biden administration. The total number of arrests in June was 83,536, down from 117,901 in May, representing the lowest tally since January 2021.

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Gladiator II Trailer Breaks Records: Paramount’s Most Viewed Trailer Ever with Over 180-Million Views

In an unprecedented surge of excitement, the official trailer for Paramount’s Gladiator II has shattered records, becoming the studio's most viewed trailer ever with over 180 million views in its first 48 hours. This milestone eclipses the previous record set by Top Gun: Maverick, which amassed 75 million views within the same timeframe.

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Tesla Robotaxi Unveiling Delayed: A Closer Look

In a recent turn of events, Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will be delaying its much-anticipated Robotaxi unveiling. Initially scheduled for August 8, 2024, the event is now expected to take place in October 2024. This delay, reported by Bloomberg and later confirmed by Musk on X (formerly Twitter), has sparked significant interest and speculation among Tesla enthusiasts and investors alike.

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Behind the Rituals: Understanding the Complexity of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is far more than a penchant for cleanliness or a preference for organization—it’s a complex mental health condition that affects millions worldwide. Defined by the presence of obsessions—unwanted, intrusive thoughts—and compulsions—repetitive behaviors performed to alleviate anxiety—OCD can significantly impact daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.

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Message of Beryl Storm Resources From Councilmember Dr. Leticia Plummer:

I hope this message finds you well. Considering the recent impact of Hurricane Beryl, our City and the Greater Houston area have faced significant challenges. Many neighborhoods are still dealing with power outages and a need for essential resources, and some homes have suffered substantial damage. Be assured that the City of Houston, in collaboration with our dedicated partners at the county, state, and federal levels, is actively working to assist those in need. Our efforts include:

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Biden's Enhanced Relief Brings Hope to Hurricane Beryl Survivors in Harris County

In a significant move to bolster the recovery efforts following the devastating impact of Hurricane Beryl, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has amended the Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. This amendment, signed on July 12, 2024, authorizes additional federal assistance aimed at helping individuals and families jumpstart their recovery process in the wake of the hurricane that ravaged parts of Texas from July 5-9, 2024.

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An Unforgettable Evening of Magic and Entertainment with Harry Maurer and Guest Magicians from Around the Country

Teaming with Margaritaville Lake Resort in Lake Conroe, MagicNight Productions is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated "Magic at Margaritaville" show, open to the public every Saturday night this summer!

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Ice Cube’s BIG3 Basketball League Expands with a New Team in Houston

Houston, a city renowned for its rich sports culture and passionate fans, is set to welcome an exciting addition to its roster of professional teams. The BIG3 basketball league, founded by Hip-Hop icon Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, is expanding to Houston, bringing its unique brand of 3-on-3 basketball to the Lone Star State.

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Biden's Statement on June Jobs Report Highlights Record Job Growth

President Joe Biden's recent address to the nation celebrated the significant milestone of adding 206,000 jobs in June, pushing the total to a historic 15.7 million jobs created during his administration. This achievement marks a significant recovery and progress for American families and the broader economy.

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Tesla Model Y: The Ultimate American-Made Car – Leading with Superior Quality

In the realm of American-made vehicles, Tesla's Model Y isn't just American made—it proudly stands as the #1 most American-made car you can drive. This accolade comes from the 2024 Cars.com American-Made Index, reaffirming Tesla's commitment to quality and innovation in the American automotive industry.

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Devil in a Cerulean Blue Dress: A 'Devil Wears Prada' Sequel in the Works

Gird your loins, fashion enthusiasts! The highly anticipated sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada" is reportedly in development, promising to bring back the iconic Miranda Priestly as she navigates the ever-evolving world of magazine publishing in the post-aughts era.

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Unforgettable Evening of Magic and Entertainment with Harry Maurer and Guest Magicians

MagicNight Productions partners with Margaritaville Lake Resort in Lake Conroe to present "Magic at Margaritaville," a thrilling Saturday night show this summer featuring renowned magician Harry Maurer and special guest magicians from across the country.

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Mayor Whitmire Appoints Vonn Tran as New Director of Planning and Development Department

Mayor John Whitmire has appointed Vonn Tran as Houston's new Director of the Planning and Development Department, pending city council confirmation on July 17. With over 20 years in commercial real estate, Tran's leadership and expertise in Special Districts are poised to enhance urban development and community preservation efforts across the city.

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The Worst Decisions from the United States Supreme Court in 2024

As Americans celebrated their independence, the Supreme Court's MAGA-influenced majority issued rulings favoring corporate interests, weakening regulatory authority, and elevating presidential powers, posing significant risks to public health and democratic governance.

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Modern Heart and Vascular Institute Unveils State-of-the-Art Cardiovascular Center in TMC

Modern Heart and Vascular Institute opens a state-of-the-art cardiovascular center in Texas Medical Center, staffed by a team of renowned specialists, offering advanced diagnostic, preventative care, and comprehensive cardiovascular services to enhance healthcare accessibility for the Houston community.

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Paris 2024: A Grand Finale Celebrating Athletic Excellence and Unity

As the Paris 2024 Olympic Games conclude on August 11, the Closing Ceremony, directed by Thomas Jolly, will celebrate athletic achievements and emotions on a grand 2,800 m² platform at Stade de France, featuring performances, traditional elements, and a message of reflection and celebration.

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Ice Cube’s BIG3 Basketball League Expands with a New Team in Houston

Houston welcomes the BIG3 basketball league, founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, as energy executives Eric Mullins and Milton Carroll purchase rights to the third location-based franchise, marking the league's shift to a city-based model and promising an electrifying sports experience for the city.

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Houston Unites: Congressman Green and Congresswoman Garcia Lead Emergency Aid Post-Beryl

In response to Hurricane Beryl's devastating impact, Congressman Al Green and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia secured a Federal Emergency Disaster Declaration from President Biden, ensuring essential funding for Houston's recovery and highlighting the community's resilience and their commitment to aiding affected constituents.

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H-E-B Summer of Sharing Brings Relief to Conroe Families

On June 29, 2024, the H-E-B Summer of Sharing tour made a significant stop in Conroe, Texas, co-hosting a much-needed drive-thru feeding event in collaboration with the Conroe Independent School District and Montgomery County Food Bank. The event took place at the Woodforest Bank Stadium and was designed to provide essential food supplies to families across Conroe and Montgomery County.

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These Ultra-Processed Foods May Shorten Your Life, National Cancer Institute Study Says

Eating higher levels of ultra-processed foods may shorten lifespans by more than 10%, according to a new, unpublished study of over 500,000 people whom researchers followed for nearly three decades. The risk went up to 15% for men and 14% for women once the data was adjusted, said study lead author Erikka Loftfield, an investigator at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

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H-E-B Opens New Store in Mansfield, Expands Presence in Tarrant County

H-E-B continues its impressive expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area with the grand opening of its latest store in Mansfield, Tarrant County. This 128,000-square-foot facility marks the sixth H-E-B location in the Metroplex, joining recently opened stores in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, and Alliance, along with a new Joe V’s Smart Shop in Dallas.

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Tyler Perry and 50 Cent Join Forces: A Collaboration of Vision and Success

In an exciting development for the entertainment industry, rapper-actor 50 Cent has found a new mentor in the iconic filmmaker Tyler Perry. The dynamic duo recently connected at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, marking the beginning of what promises to be a powerful collaboration.

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KIDPENDENCE DAY: A Spectacular Celebration at Children’s Museum Houston

Join us for a star-spangled celebration as Children’s Museum Houston throws a dazzling Kidpendence Day annual event on Thursday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m. This year, we’re pulling out all the stops to honor America’s 248th birthday with an unforgettable “Summer Escape.” Gather your family and friends to experience a day brimming with exhilarating activities, spectacular shows, and patriotic fun suitable for all ages. For tickets, click here: https://www.cmhouston.org/events/kidpendence-day

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HCC Chancellor Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher Hosts Consular Corps of Houston and Unites to Expand Student Opportunities

In a momentous gathering at the Houston Community College (HCC) System office auditorium, Chancellor Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher hosted the esteemed Consular Corps of Houston Luncheon. This event marked a significant step towards enhancing educational and economic opportunities for international students in Houston's diverse community.

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Bronny James Joins Lakers and Dad: A Historic NBA Milestone for the James Family

The anticipation has culminated in a historic moment. Bronny James, the eldest son of NBA superstar LeBron James, has found his place in the NBA, joining his father on the Los Angeles Lakers. Bronny James, one of the most closely watched amateur basketball players of the past decade, was selected 55th overall in the 2024 NBA Draft by the Lakers. This significant milestone follows a challenging year filled with speculation and questions about his potential to play professionally after experiencing a cardiac arrest.

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2024 Houston Ski Jammers - Summertime Social

The Houston Ski Jammers recently hosted a vibrant summertime social event at Aspire Post Oak, bringing together members and enthusiasts to plan for the upcoming 2025 Annual National Brotherhood of Snowsports (NBS) Ski Summit. The event featured delicious food prepared by Chef Etchane Towers and included a warm welcoming statement by Andrea Yowman, President of the Houston Ski Jammers Black Ski Club. The summit is set to take place in Keystone, Colorado, from February 22 to March 1, 2025, promising a week of exhilarating winter sports and activities aimed at promoting diversity in Snowsports.

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Project 2025: A Threat to Democracy and Social Justice

Project 2025, unveiled by conservative think tanks, is being hailed by its proponents as a roadmap to restore America's greatness. However, beneath its veneer of patriotic rhetoric lies a stark reality: a blueprint that could undermine democracy, erode social justice, and deepen socio-economic divides. As we delve into the specifics, it becomes clear that Project 2025 poses significant threats to the principles of equality and fairness that underpin American society.

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NBS Chooses Keystone Resort for 2025 Summit: A Celebration of Inclusion and Winter Sports

The National Brotherhood of Snowsports (NBS) has announced Keystone Resort as the distinguished host for its 2025 Annual Ski Summit, marking a milestone in their commitment to fostering diversity in winter sports. Partnering with Vail Resorts, NBS will gather 58 member clubs and thousands of supporters worldwide from February 22 to March 1, 2025, for a week-long celebration of skiing, snowboarding, and community empowerment.

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JJ Redick Officially Named New Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have made an exciting announcement, officially naming JJ Redick as the franchise’s next head coach. Redick, who becomes the 29th head coach in the history of the Lakers and the 25th in the Los Angeles era, will be introduced at a press conference scheduled for Monday, June 24, at 1:30 p.m. PT. Fans can catch the live event on Spectrum SportsNet or the Lakers' YouTube channel.

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Remembering DeAndre Jones: A Call for Mental Health Awareness

In a heartbreaking announcement, legendary boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. shared that his son, DeAndre Jones, tragically passed away by suicide on Saturday at the age of 32. This devastating news has prompted Jones to emphasize the importance of mental health and the need for support during difficult times.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ida M. Lewis Ashford of Anahuac, Texas

Ida M. Lewis Ashford, born on October 12, 1930, in Double Bayou, Anahuac, Texas, was the second child of Mr. Robert Lewis and Mrs. Inez Lewis. Her passion for education and commitment to fostering learning in others left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered. Ida's life was a testament to the power of education and the positive impact a dedicated teacher can have on their community.

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Biden-Harris Campaign 2024 Commits $1.5 Million Advertising Buy with the Black Press of America

The Biden-Harris Campaign has made a significant move in securing support from Black voters by committing to a $1.5 million advertising buy with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). This partnership, which highlights the importance of the Black Press of America, aims to amplify the campaign’s message across the nation. The announcement was made at the NNPA’s 2024 Annual National Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 19-22, 2024.

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The Dire Consequences of a Terminally Corrupt and Authoritarian Federal Government for America

In today's rapidly evolving political landscape, it's crucial to understand the potential consequences of a terminally corrupt and authoritarian federal government. Such a government could erode the very foundations of American democracy, leading to a loss of individual freedoms, pervasive injustice, and widespread societal unrest. The new political satire book, No Common Sense: Donald J. Trump and the Big Bad Government by Lucy Furr, provides a thought-provoking and humorous exploration of these themes, offering a modern perspective on the dangers of unchecked governmental power.

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Director Shalanda Baker Leaves a Legacy of Justice and Equality for All and Opens the Door for Those Who Follow

Since the inaugural day of the Biden-Harris Administration, my mission has been clear: to revolutionize the energy system, ensuring it benefits all Americans. Over the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of expanding and transforming a once-obscure office into a beacon of hope and progress—the Office of Energy Justice and Equity. As its Director, and as the Secretarial Advisor on Equity, I have dedicated myself to highlighting energy injustices and championing a vision for a just transition to clean energy. My journey began not only as a scholar and policy enthusiast with a deep commitment to energy justice but also as someone who has personally experienced the legacy of energy and environmental injustice across generations. This dual perspective has driven my work and passion in this role.

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Gary Guidry: Pioneering Excellence in Global Music Promotions

As the CEO of the Black Promoters Collective (BPC), Gary Guidry stands at the forefront of a transformative movement in the music industry. With a career spanning 26 years, beginning with street promotions in college, Guidry has cultivated a legacy of innovation and community engagement.

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KTSU Welcomes Legendary Broadcaster Uncle Funky Larry Jones

KTSU 90.9 FM, known for its rich legacy in community-focused broadcasting, proudly announces the addition of the legendary Lawrence “Funky Larry” Jones, affectionately known as “Uncle Funky,” to its esteemed lineup. With a remarkable broadcasting career spanning over five decades, including more than 30 years in Houston, Uncle Funky brings his iconic voice, extensive experience, and profound community connections to KTSU.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Comcast NBCUniversal’s Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

From August 2023 through August 2024, Comcast NBCUniversal is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking multimedia initiative, Voices of the Civil Rights Movement. This platform honors the monumental Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s by chronicling the lives and experiences of over 200 leaders, activists, innovators, and trailblazers whose courage and determination fundamentally altered the course of American history.

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Monique Franklin Appointed Interim Director for Fort Bend County Library System

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has officially announced the appointment of Monique Franklin as the Interim Director of the Fort Bend County Library System. Franklin's extensive experience and unwavering dedication to library services position her as a prime candidate to lead the library system during this transitional period.

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Doja Cat Shines in the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Festival Presented by Capital One Lineup in Las Vegas

Music enthusiasts, get ready! The 2024 iHeartRadio Music Festival is set to dazzle fans with an incredible lineup featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Presented by Capital One, this two-day music extravaganza will take place on September 20 and 21 at the iconic T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Invitation: Join Judson Robinson, III and Houston Area Urban League for the Advancing Equity Luncheon

The Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) cordially invites you to our Advancing Equity Luncheon on Fri- day, June 21, 2024. This prestigious event celebrates over five decades of HAUL’s un- wavering commitment to fostering a diverse, well-educated workforce and advocating for equity in Houston.

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Union Pacific's Soil Sampling in Houston’s Fifth Ward: A Critical Examination

Union Pacific, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the City of Houston, and Harris County, has embarked on a comprehensive soil sampling initiative in Houston’s Fifth Ward. While this extensive testing aims to demonstrate Union Pacific's commitment to community health and environmental responsibility, a critical review raises questions about the true impact and transparency of these efforts.

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Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big (Even Before the Pandemic) That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years

The “King of Debt” promised to reduce the national debt — then his tax cuts made it surge. Add in the pandemic, and he oversaw the third-biggest deficit increase of any president.

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MENTAL HEALTH: Unveiling Trauma-Informed HR: Transforming Workplace Wellness with Tiffany Mensah

Tiffany Mensah, a Certified Trauma Support Specialist and Executive Director of D.O.V.E.S. Network®, recently delivered a transformative webcast at HR.com’s Future of Employee Well-being Virtual Event. Her session, titled "Trauma-Informed HR: The Key to Unlocking Your Team’s Full Potential," which took place on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and provided attendees with invaluable strategies to enhance workplace wellness. This virtual event catered to HR professionals, organizational development experts, and employee wellness advocates, and offered the chance to earn HRCI/SHRM credit validation.

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