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Re: Can one pay JC property taxes online?
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If you click on your account number (on the left of the screen), your account information will appear. It seems you can only pay online if an amount is showing as due. Next to the amount due will be a link that prompts you to pay online.

I paid my taxes via credit card here - and got a nice membership point bonus on my credit card (for a small convenience fee).

Good luck!

Posted on: 2008/7/19 10:11

Re: Older Jersey City Pics
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I have recently seen some amazing, very old postcards for sale on Ebay that feature photographs of Jersey City.

There are a few listed now from the turn-of-the-century: ... le=jersey+city&category0=

Posted on: 2008/6/11 21:28

Re: Horn Honking at the Bergen Avenue and Harrison Avenue Post Office
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You might want to try complaining at the corporate level (see USPS numbers below). Or try your local freeholder or council person. If you're that upset, it seems like someone should do something to remedy the situation - and you're probably not the only one impacted by the noise.

Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)

Automated information is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week

Customer Service representatives are available as follows:
o Monday thru Friday: 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time to 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

o Saturday: 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time to 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

o Sundays and Holidays: Closed

Posted on: 2008/6/7 14:13

Re: Maniac drivers who speed through crosswalks (and stop signs)
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Throwing a tennis ball in front of a car because you perceive it to be speeding is irresponsible and reckless. Your actions could cause a great deal more harm than "teaching a lesson" to a driver. Call the cops and let them handle the speeders.

Posted on: 2008/5/21 9:35

Sharpton NYC Protests Planned for Wednesday
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Newsday article

People protesting the acquittal of detectives in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell will gather Wednesday near six transit choke points around New York City before leading a march and "pray-in" organizers anticipate will lead to some arrests, the Rev. Al Sharpton said yesterday.

Speaking at the "House of Justice," headquarters for his National Action Network on 145th Street in Harlem, Sharpton said the civil disobedience will continue weekly, and produce a "citywide shutdown" to press for a civil rights prosecution.

"If you're not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you're going to have to lock up the innocent," he said.

The meeting places will be 125th Street and Third Avenue; Park Avenue and 34th Street; 60th Street and Third Avenue; One Police Plaza; Varick and Houston streets; and in Brooklyn at House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, 415 Atlantic Ave. Protesters will meet at 3 p.m., Sharpton said.

"Where we're going, those that know won't say, and those who'll say don't know," Sharpton said.

"All they'll know is why we're going," he added. "And we're going because the world must see that we're in a climate where the justice system in this state will lock up folks who'll be nonviolent and pray, but will not lock up police."

Several of the locations are near transportation pressure points, including the Triborough Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge, the Queens Midtown Tunnel on the East Side and the Holland Tunnel on the West Side - reminiscent of locations targeted by Sharpton and supporters in protests during the so-called "Days of Rage" nearly two decades ago, and again in 1999 after the police killing of Amadou Diallo.

On April 25, Queens State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Cooperman cleared three detectives - Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper - in the shooting of Bell and two of his friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, outside a Jamaica, Queens, strip club on Nov. 25, 2006.

Prosecutors failed, the judge said, to undercut the officers' claims that they fired a 50-shot barrage in self-defense against Bell, who was unarmed. Within hours, the Department of Justice said the Eastern District U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn and the FBI would be conducting an "independent review into the facts and circumstances" in the Bell case to see whether a federal civil rights prosecution was warranted.

In April 1999, Sharpton led protests of the killing of Diallo, 23, an unarmed West African immigrant hit 19 times in a fusillade of 41 bullets by four officers in the Bronx.

Then, about 7,000 protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan and held a rally at One Police Plaza to speak against police brutality. The protests were peaceful, though Sharpton and others - including Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem), actress Susan Sarandon and activist Jesse Jackson - were arrested.

"The vigils and demonstrations related to the Bell case to date have not been violent," said Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne. "We have no reason expect otherwise now. The police department, as it is on any day, is prepared for any contingency."

Police could not confirm yesterday if organizers had applied for permits for the planned protests.

Posted on: 2008/5/4 9:08

Re: Unrelated Heights Crimes: Heroin addict beaten bloody; Deli robbery fails; & Swordplay cut short
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heights wrote:
This is what happens when you have mixed income neighborhoods.

What on earth does that mean? What neighborhood isn't "mixed income?"

Posted on: 2008/4/23 14:08

Re: Epps' pay would climb to $275G in 3 years
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Don't forget also he pulls down another $49,000 per year as our state assemblyman - which requires him to be in Trenton at least two days a week (according to a news report I read).

So he double dips New Jersey for two salaries and two pensions.

Posted on: 2008/4/14 15:55

Re: Graffiti - Downtown
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Home away from home ... wgraff.php?artist_id=9010 is a NY based website that "taggers" display their "work" on. The link above shows vandalism by "CEAZE" - a grafitti name I see a lot of in JC. Scroll down and you'll see his/her work on a PATH train overpass.

If you click on the GRAFF section of the website and search by the tagger's ID, you'll see familiar sites all over JC. I've noticed a big increase in grafitti in North Bergen, too - and they're usually completely on top of getting rid of this stuff.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 14:04

Re: Steve Fulop: Jersey City daycares should promote lead testing
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While acknowledging that abnormal lead levels in children can be a serious issue (particularly in JC with the amount of older homes), I don't understand why this has to be a legislated issue.

Lead testing is a standard part of well-baby visits - something I've been hearing about since the day my child has been born. If you receive state-funded insurance, you receive reminders about the importance of lead testing as part of your child's annual exams.

I'm getting more and more concerned with the government's increasing role in mandating what they perceive I need to do to keep my children healthy.

If Fulop wanted to take on a health issue that is widespread and impacting our local youth - try obesity. And then tell me why I cannot find a safe and clean park in JC to take my kids to - or why decent, well-staffed recreational options are so difficult to find.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 11:06

Re: DMV Question
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I have had infinitely better luck and better service at the DMV in Bayonne. It's a straight shot on JFK Blvd toward Bayonne - about a 15 minute ride from Journal Square. They have parking, the lines are shorter, and the folks there are way nicer than the Summit Ave DMV.

If you have to use the DMV for anything these days, make sure you bring every conceivable form of ID you have because they ask for everything (my birth certificate, my social security card, my marriage license, a passport and a proof of residence address (utility bill) was needed to renew my license and adjust the name to my married name). Geez.

There are a few for-pay parking lots on Summit/Sip Ave near the DMV in JC. I think the cheapest is across from the Burger King. You can also have some luck parking on Magnolia for free and walking about three blocks to DMV.

Posted on: 2008/4/3 20:35

Re: Downtown: NJCU Professor, Leonardo Zayas arrested in Internet sex sting with 14-year-old girl.
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Zayas is being prosecuted by Bergen County. I wonder if Jersey City P.D. has an internet sex crime division?

Anyone know?

Posted on: 2008/4/1 14:52

Re: American Can/ Canco Lofts
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St. Johns is about three blocks away from Canco - if you're walking straight up St. Pauls Avenue (which Canco borders).

Canco is closer to the street and the traffic noise from Tonnelle Ave - Charlotte Circle, depending upon where your unit is located. There is also a railroad in back of Canco with active train traffic.

St. Johns seems to be a bit more isolated and quieter. I take my kids to the little playground they have on-site. Their pond garden is also pretty when in-season.

Brunswick Towers is on 75 Liberty Avenue (a block away from Canco) - nice condos with an indoor pool, fitness center, concierge, green spaces, pet friendly, indoor parking, etc. There are some exceptional deals right now in this building vs. what they were selling for a few years ago. I think some are noted on Craigslist.

Posted on: 2008/3/25 17:33

Re: The Cliffs - great new rental complex
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I absolutely adore some folks on this list - a user posts accurate information and advice and is labeled a "Debby Downer."

Here's the news - yes, actual JJ news reports from the area (Ogden Avenue/Franklin Avenue) directly in back of this complex. And this is only the stuff that made it to the newspapers and JC List:

1. Teen punches man, takes cell phone
Jersey Journal - Monday, March 10, 2008

A Jersey City man was punched in the face during a cell phone robbery Friday night, police reports said.

A 29-year-old man told police that he was walking home from a tavern at Palisade Avenue and Ferry Street and was headed to his home on Ogden Avenue at 11:51 p.m., when five juveniles surrounded him near Franklin Street, reports said.

One of them, who was wearing a red-hooded sweat shirt said, "Give me what you got," before hitting him in the face. The group then fled with his $225 cell phone, reports said.

Anyone with information should contact the confidential tip line at 201-547-JAIL.


2. Jersey City Heights man mugged by 3 on Ogden Ave. near Congress just after 2 a.m.

Jersey Journal - Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Jersey City Heights man was beaten during a robbery early Sunday morning, police reports said.

Police were called to Ogden Avenue just after 2 a.m. on the report that a 27-year-old man was mugged near his home near Congress Street, reports said.

The victim said he was walking on the street when a man jumped out of a car and attacked him.


3. Attacked, purse stolen

Jersey Journal -- Saturday, September 22, 2007

A robber put a choke hold on a Jersey City woman as she entered her Heights home and made off with her purse late Thursday, officials said.

The woman told police that just before 11 p.m., she entered the lobby of her building on Ogden Avenue near Cuneo Place, and the man grabbed her from behind and put his arm around her throat, reports said.

He took her purse, which had about $400 in it, and laid her down on the floor before running away south on Ogden and west on Ferry Street, where he hopped a fence into a backyard, reports said.

Detective John Carroll later found a ski mask and black shirt in the yard, reports said.

4. Nab 6 teens after robbery in Hoboken, chase in Heights

Friday, November 23, 2007

Five Hoboken teens and one from Weehawken were busted on robbery charges after chasing three men from the Ninth Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station and stealing a hat and coat from one, officials said.

At about 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday Jersey City police arrested a 16-year-old 11th Street boy and 17-year-old Jackson Street boy; Julius Latimer, 18, of Harrison Avenue, Stephen Rhome, 18, of Marshall Drive, and Deeon Walker, 20, of Eighth Street, reports said. Also arrested was Matthew Dembroe, 18, of Chestnut Street in Weehawken, reports said.

All were charged with robbery and Walker was additionally charged with resisting arrest, reports said.

Cops at Ogden Avenue and Bowers Street in Jersey City saw Walker running up the block wearing a ski mask with one of the three men chasing him, cops said. The victim told the cops he had been robbed. The cops chased Walker and arrested him, reports said, adding that the Sherman Place victim gave detailed descriptions of the other five robbers and their car.

The officers drove around with the victim, spotted the car at Griffith and Ogden, and ordered the five to get out and arrested them, reports said.


5. I've been noticing an increased amount of new graffiti in the heights around ogden avenue lately that says the following:

Crip Hill
Crip Tower

Anything we can do about this? I don't feel that I want to let it continue without have the police do something.

Is this a lost cause?

Posted on: 2006/8/19 17:28 – JC LIST

Posted on: 2008/3/19 19:30

Re: The Cliffs - great new rental complex
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I really don't mean to put a damper on your enthusiasm, but you may want to consider a few things before you pack so quickly:

1. Ask about the remediation plan for the site. What toxic substances used to be on that building site, and how did the developer clear them out?

2. Hang out and do a personal impact study on the industrial site across the street from you. Is there dust, noise, truck traffic going to impact your quality of life? I believe it is a recycling plant of some sort - used to be when I lived nearby, but maybe that has changed.

3. Despite the incredible renderings on their site,, that building is extremely close to the very busy roadway that is next to the light rail. (Noise, car fumes, patient JC/Hoboken drivers who use their horns ever so sparingly - and I jest) etc.

4. What security offerings do they have? The serpentine road in back of your site (that looks like it may not be there anymore?) that connected Hoboken to JC Heights has been the site of at least one murder and a few stabbings. There is gang activity in that area, too - it's just two blocks from the lovely Franklin Avenue section of the Heights.

I wish you luck - and good luck to the developer, too. It was nice to see that old brick facade finally brought back to life. I hope they can make it work.

Posted on: 2008/3/19 18:20

Re: JCFD!!! is awesome!
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I've always been impressed with the JCFD. We had a flood in our basement when we lived in the Heights. It was during a huge spring rain - everyone on the street got hit. They responded to our call for help in a flash, helped make sure our home was safe from electrical fire, and really were great. I think they're a good bunch, too.

Posted on: 2008/2/29 23:25

Gifted Children in JC Public Schools?
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I know a local family who currently home schools their first grader. He is advanced for his age in math and reading skills. They are considering enrolling him in a JC public school. Is there a local gifted and talented program for advanced second graders? They heard that because JC is an Abbott district, the gifted programs don't start until the fourth grade. They are concerned that their son will flounder if he's not challenged in an academically appropriate environment.

Does anyone have experience with a "gifted" child in the public school system in Jersey City (other than in LCCC which is impossible to get into)?

Thanks for your input.

Posted on: 2008/2/15 19:34

Jersey City Public School Report Card
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Provides a good overview of public school performance within New Jersey. The above link reviews language art, math, and science scores in Hudson County schools.

Check out the scores of Jersey City schools.

Posted on: 2008/2/14 17:19

Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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Great job JCPD - thank you!

Now - how about the prosecuter stepping up to the plate? With 21 prior arrests - and the violent nature of this home invasion - isn't it time to put this guy away for a long time?

And for those in the know - how realistic is it to think the individuals responsible for this will get a lengthy jail sentence?

Posted on: 2008/2/9 8:21

Re: Christ Hospital???
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I think as a mom, my number one issue in choosing hospitals to have my children was finding the facility that was best equipped if something went wrong during my delivery. Dr. Manny Alvarez is the head of OB GYN at Hackensack and his team is outstanding. My son was a preemie - and their NICU was great. I had a nice private room, lots of support, and exceptional care. It's about a 25 to 30 minute ride from JC.

Posted on: 2008/2/6 23:27

Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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A bit of an update:

1. My friend did not know her attackers. Yes, the attack was brazen and violent. The family is lovely - this has hit home way too close. If this can happen to them, it can happen to any one of us (as all random violence can).

2. There may be a connection to a man ringing doorbells in the area around 11pm and asking for "donations." Other homes were approached by this man - he may have had others with him.

Another woman reported being followed by a man that matched his same description around 4pm that same day as she walked her dog (same general vicinity). The police have this information.

3. In my friend's case, the men rang her doorbell and when she didn't answer (because she didn't know the individuals at her door), they kicked the door down to gain entry into her home.

If you have any information to add, or if you saw something suspicious that day that may be connected, you are urged to contact the police.

Posted on: 2008/2/2 16:14

Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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Our friends were victims of a violent home invasion last night in the Coles & Monmouth area. The robbers kicked the door in to the home, attacked and brutally beat our friend, a mother of two, and attempted to attack her young daughter. The house was ransacked.

Police are investigating.

Posted on: 2008/2/1 13:07

Re: Professional Makeup
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Thanks to JClist, I found Jillian - and hired her to do makeup for a headshot. She was awesome. Prompt, professional, and creative. Her prices were very reasonable compared with a typical NYC headshot makeup artist. Most importantly, the results were great.

I highly recommend her.

Posted on: 2008/1/30 10:44

Re: To call the cops or not????
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When I lived in the Heights, there was a teenage girl who was involved with a gang member near my street. She was about 16 or so. I found her crying outside of my house one very hot day holding her newborn. Her boyfriend had smacked her around then kicked her out of the house. I was warned by neighbors not to get involved because of the gang affiliation.

A few weeks later in the middle of the night, she came to my door hysterical - her boyfriend had beat her up again. I called 911 and explained to the dispatcher that I needed the cops to come help this young girl. The dispatcher actually told me, "If her boyfriend hit her, she needs to help herself." She said this in such a nasty and judgemental way, I was shocked. I actually had to BEG to get a cop to come to my home to help a teenage mother who was getting the crap beat out of her on a regular basis.

Another time, a drugged out, disheveled woman tried to break into my house at 2:00 am. She stood on my porch, explaining to cops that the house was hers. Then she switched her story and told the cops she had just been raped. They basically told her to "get lost," which she did quickly enough. As she was leaving, I heard one of the cops say, "Who would want to rape her?"

So I hesitate now for sure to get involved. Will the cops come? Will I have to beg a dispatcher to get a cop to come? What will the cops attitude be? It's completely in the back of my mind.

Posted on: 2008/1/29 0:44

Re: Greenville: Burglar takes $11G, jewelry - victim said he suspected a former tenant of the buildi
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I feel so much safer today knowing that I have only a jar of loose change and a $29 Timex.

Posted on: 2008/1/19 12:24

Re: Heights: 'Heavy' fire damages Central Avenue Bagels & free book exchange
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Sam, the owner of the bagel shop, is an all-around good guy who brings a lot to Central Avenue. He is a true advocate for literacy - his free bookshelves were very popular. Great bagles, too! I wish him well and I hope he builds his new store very soon!

Posted on: 2008/1/16 10:54

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My favorite is seeing the light-rail conductors chatting away as they're whizzing past've got to wonder!

Posted on: 2008/1/5 17:34

Re: Employment for Felons/ex convicts
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This is a great resource to start for job information for felons. You'll find answers about your bonding questions, too:

In Jersey City, the unemployment and job training office is located on Summit Avenue in Journal Square (same building as DMV). I would recommend starting there as they actively work to place individuals in gainful employment.

There is also a workforce development office across from the Grove Street PATH station. The county parole office is also located on Summit Avenue, at the corner of Rt. 139. The Jersey City Public Library main branch has a great literacy program run by United Way. I believe they also have computer training and job readying programs. Might be worth checking out. If any of your contacts are women, Women Rising of Jersey City might be able to help you get these individuals on the right road.

In terms of locating your various NJ representatives, try here:

Good luck - and thank you for your efforts to help make our communities a bit safer.

Posted on: 2008/1/1 19:57

Re: Willie Flood hires son twice for $50G-plus ( Yes, that son )
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Under cloud of controversy, Jersey City Councilwoman Willie Flood's son resigns as her aide
by The Jersey Journal
Monday December 31, 2007, 10:23 AM

A little more than a week after his dash from TV reporter Arnold Diaz and his "Shame, Shame, Shame" camera at City Hall in Jersey City, Phillip Flood II has resigned as an aide to his mother, Councilwoman-at-Large Willie Flood.

The younger Flood has been at the center of controversy over a marijuana arrest in February and a fine he paid for what the state said was unemployment insurance fraud.

In a letter submitted to City Clerk Robert Byrne dated Friday, Flood II wrote: "Out of concern for my mother, and apparently to avoid any additional burden in her effort to accomplish the task for the people in her capacity as councilperson-at-large, I hereby resign from my position as her aide effective immediately."

Flood II was also hired by his mother - in her capacity as Hudson County Register - as a data processing systems programmer for the county.

Posted on: 2007/12/31 11:29

Re: DMV Question
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When I first moved to Jersey City, a service station wanted to charge me $75 for an inspection fee to get my NJ sticker. I then discovered the state's drive-through inspection station in Secaucus where they look at your car for free. Thought I'd pass that along - you never have to pay to get your inspection sticker!

Posted on: 2007/12/12 23:17

Re: NJ School Kids Forced to Have FOUR New Immunizations
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My, my, my, this is timely...

Merck Recalls Children's Meningitis Vaccine, CDC Says

By Justin Blum and Beth Jinks

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Merck & Co. recalled 1.2 million doses of a childhood vaccine against pneumonia and meningitis after manufacturing equipment was found to be contaminated.

None of the vaccine was found to be contaminated and there were no reports of injuries, U.S. health officials said in a conference call today.

The recall affects Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine, or Hib, said Mark Feinberg, vice president of medical affairs and policy for Merck vaccines, by telephone today. The company hasn't identified any contaminated vaccines, Feinberg said. About 14 million doses are used in the U.S. each year, health officials said.

``This is not a health-threatening situation in the short run, but it is an inconvenience,'' said Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the conference call.

Sanofi-Aventis SA makes a similar vaccine, and Gerberding's agency will work with the French drugmaker on increasing its production. The U.S. is ``confident'' that than be done, said Anne Schuchat, director of immunization programs at the centers.

``We do expect there to be a shortage in terms of a mismatch between supply and demand,'' she said. ``The extent of that is what we're trying to sort out.''

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More than 28 million doses of the vaccine have been sold in the U.S. over more than 15 years, according to Merck's Web site. Infections with the Hib bacteria lead to about 386,000 deaths each year, mainly children younger than 5 years old, according to the World Health Organization.

A bacterium called bacillus cereus, associated with food poisoning, was found on some equipment used to make the vaccine at Merck's plant in West Point, Pennsylvania, Feinberg said.

Merck said it may take as long as a year to resolve the manufacturing problems at the plant and resume production.

Merck rose to $59.90 in extended trading. Earlier it fell 68 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $59.72 in regular New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

To contact the reporters on this story: Beth Jinks in New York at ; Justin Blum in Washington at .

Last Updated: December 12, 2007 17:46 EST

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