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The 50 restaurants in Jersey City that matter, ranked worst to best
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The 50 restaurants in Jersey City that matter, ranked worst to best


Posted on: 4/19 5:24
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Jersey City school board member alleges shenanigans regarding new teacher contract
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Jersey City school board member alleges shenanigans regarding new teacher contract

JERSEY CITY — The proposed new contract for Jersey City’s public school teachers has led to dramatic allegations from a school board member who said he was purposely left out of the negotiations over the new deal.

Matt Schapiro, who has a hostile relationship with local teachers union officials, is accusing the board of acting illegally and unethically by approving the terms of the new contract even though most board members have conflicts that Schapiro said should have barred them from reviewing the deal, which teachers ratified on Tuesday.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... new-teacher-contract.html


Posted on: 4/19 5:19
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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Jersey City Together calls on Fulop to show ‘political courage’ on Bayfront project


Posted on: 4/16 1:50
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Trump is ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants into sanctuary cities. New Jersey has several.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering releasing “illegal immigrants” in Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border — just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed.

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only," Trump tweeted. He added that, "The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy - so this should make them very happy!"

https://www.nj.com/news/2019/04/trump- ... w-jersey-has-several.html


Posted on: 4/13 2:14
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Re: HBO series based on Philip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ to film in JC
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HBO series based on Roth’s ‘Plot Against America’ filmed in Jersey City with Winona Ryder and John Turturro. Next up: Newark.

Production on the latest screen adaptation of a Philip Roth novel — HBO’s miniseries “The Plot Against America” — came to Jersey City on Wednesday.

Series stars Winona Ryder and John Turturro filmed at Temple Beth-El, a reform synagogue on Kennedy Boulevard, as vintage cars lined the street for the series, which is set in the 1940s. Inside, series showrunner David Simon posed for a photo with the actors that he shared on Twitter.

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2019/ ... simon-next-up-newark.html


Posted on: 4/13 2:11
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Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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Should inmates be allowed to vote?

Cunningham legislation would void an 1844 law

State Sen. Sandra Cunningham sought support from the Jersey City municipal council at the March 27 meeting for a bill she and state Sen. Ronald Rice Sr. are sponsoring that would allow New Jersey prison inmates, parolees, and those on probation — as many as 94,000 people — to vote.

State election laws prohibit inmates as well as those on probation and parole from voting. Cunningham believes these people are being disenfranchised. The bill she is sponsoring would allow them to register to vote, as part of an effort to rehabilitate them and prepare them for return to society.

While most European countries allow inmates to vote, in America only Maine and Vermont do. Voting rules are regulated by each state, not the federal government.

https://hudsonreporter.com/2019/04/10/ ... mates-be-allowed-to-vote/


Posted on: 4/10 20:01
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LeFrak sells Newport office tower to iStar Financial
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LeFrak sells Newport office tower to iStar Financial

The company that built the first new neighborhood on Jersey City’s industrial Lackawanna waterfront is selling a tower there for $160 million.

LeFrak is selling 570 Washington Boulevard, a 380,000 s/f office property in the Newport development to iStar Financial, TRD first reported last week.

The multinational securities company Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation occupies the entire office portion of the building as its headquarters, subleasing the space from J.P. Morgan Chase, which relocated to LeFrak’s 545 Washington Blvd. in 2015.

https://rew-online.com/2019/04/lefrak- ... tower-to-istar-financial/


Posted on: 4/10 19:58
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Re: Critics target Jersey City over outside law firm
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Jersey City council members told in June of investigation into leaked voicemail

JERSEY CITY — A city attorney told City Council members last year that there was an external investigation into a recording that was at the center of contract-steering allegations during the 2017 mayoral race, sources with knowledge of the matter told The Jersey Journal.

Council members were briefed about the investigation during a closed-door meeting in June, the sources said. The council met for the closed caucus on June 11 to discuss the city’s contract with law firm Arleo & Donohue, a firm the city hired in 2014 for a Port Authority-related matter.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... nto-leaked-voicemail.html


Posted on: 4/10 3:35
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Jersey City property sells for $16.75 million
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Jersey City property sells for $16.75 million

The hottest real estate market in Jersey City isn’t Downtown, but it is near the waterfront and it does offer great views of New York City.

A 6-acre industrial property with 135,000 square feet of warehouse space on Caven Point Avenue was sold for $16.75 million last month — two months after it was purchased for $11.5 million, property records show.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... lls-for-1675-million.html


Posted on: 4/10 3:24
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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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Man guilty of dumping his toddler daughter’s body in suitcase along train tracks

Nearly one year after the remains of a 23-month-old girl were found in a suitcase along a set of train tracks in Jersey City, the toddler’s father has been convicted of a grisly crime that could land him in prison for up to two decades.

Travis Plummer, 38, was found guilty Tuesday of the unlawful concealment of human remains following a week-long trial in Hudson County Superior Court. It took a jury less than a day to convict Plummer, who will face between 10 to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced next month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/man- ... e-along-train-tracks.html


Posted on: 4/10 3:10
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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Deal in works to resurrect off-duty jobs for Jersey City cops

Jersey City and its police unions may soon reach a deal that would allow for the return of off-duty jobs for cops.

The two sides have been negotiating for months, ever since the two unions filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court in January seeking a return of off-duty gigs. Mayor Steve Fulop slashed all those jobs that month, citing a string of now ex-cops who admitted in federal court that the program was at the center of a no-show jobs and bribery conspiracy.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/deal ... for-jersey-city-cops.html


Posted on: 4/10 3:01
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Jersey City police officer stole $600 from man during stop, authorities say
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Jersey City police officer stole $600 from man during stop, authorities say

A Jersey City police officer has been indicted on charges he stole $600 from a city man during a stop more than a year ago.

Denzel Suitt, who joined the department in 2015, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, a third-degree offense, and official misconduct, a second-degree offense.

Authorities say that on March 25, 2018, Suitt was on duty and conducted a stop of a man who has been convicted at least nine times since 1993. According to the indictment, Suitt took $600 from the man.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... stop-authorities-say.html


Posted on: 4/5 21:54
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Jersey City to become First in the State to Require Illuminated, Identifiable Signage for all Ridesh
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Jersey City to become First in the State to Require Illuminated, Identifiable Signage for all Rideshare Vehicles


Posted on: 4/5 21:48
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Re: Chinese Company in Talks to Buy Jersey City Site:
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Jersey City's 99 Hudson Soars As USA's Third Tallest Condominium

There’s a lot of hype about Hudson Yards, the recently opened complex that spawned a new Manhattan neighborhood. Rightfully so. It’s a game changer.

But the Hudson has two sides—New York and New Jersey. So far, there’s little fanfare about that other luxury tower, 99 Hudson—a 79-story condominium in Jersey City, directly across from the World Trade Center. It’s yet another prodigious example that Hudson River real estate is booming.

Soaring 900 feet, the in-progress skyscraper is billed as the tallest building in New Jersey and the “third tallest condominium” in the United States—in the class of Manhattan’s architectural icons. Such claims are virtually always disputed, but there’s no doubt it stands out on the Hudson’s other side. And judging by initial imagery, sometimes New Jersey views are better than New York City views.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflam ... condominium/#4302f4666690


Posted on: 4/1 19:35
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Re: Man dies 2 weeks after being stabbed; charges upgraded to murder (Academy and Summit)
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Jersey City woman faces 30 years in prison after guilty plea in fatal stabbing

JERSEY CITY — A woman who was facing murder charges for stabbing a man in the face and chest has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and faces up to 30 years in prison, authorities said.

Lateefah Rabb, 36, was initially charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges stemming from an incident in October 2017, when she stabbed Carl Salisbury in an apartment on Academy Street — once on the left side of his face, twice in the back and three times in the chest.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... ea-in-fatal-stabbing.html


Posted on: 4/1 19:30
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Re: Jersey City 2020 Census
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Jersey City kicks off campaign to get every resident counted in 2020 census

Jersey City officials, claiming millions in federal funding is on the line, kicked off its countdown to the start of the 2020 U.S. Census Monday morning by unveiling a census message board outside City Hall.

The “I Count Because ...” chalkboard gives people a write why the census is important to them. The answers included “because Ward F matters” and “because we need great libraries” and “because JC’s bigger than Newark.”

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/jers ... unted-in-2020-census.html


Posted on: 4/1 19:27
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Public should not expect legal opinions at JC council meetings
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Public should not expect legal opinions at JC council meetings

Jersey City Assistant City Attorney Norma Garcia told the Jersey City Council at the March 27 meeting that the city’s legal counsel will no longer answer legal questions raised by the public during council meetings.

Garcia said it was the job of her department to write ordinances and resolutions, but not to defend or to offer opinions about their content.

This announcement came near the end of the public meeting when many members of the public had left. But the declaration raised concerns among at least four council people about the legal department’s unwillingness to respond to the public’s questions.

https://hudsonreporter.com/2019/03/29/ ... s-at-jc-council-meetings/


Posted on: 3/30 2:53
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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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A giant food hall is set to open in one of N.J.'s hottest neighborhoods

A food hall featuring 13 different vendors is set to open next week in one of fastest-growing corners of Jersey City.

Inside the 30,000-square foot main atrium of Harborside, a 4.3 million square-foot office complex set along the Hudson River with views of Manhattan, there will be fast-casual dining options ranging from lobster rolls to Neopolitan pizza to Korean barbecue.

The food hall, dubbed District Kitchen, will open March 25, according to their website.

https://www.nj.com/food/2019/03/a-gian ... ottest-neighborhoods.html


Posted on: 3/22 15:52
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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More than 600 Jersey City school district employees would be laid off under initial BOE budget

JERSEY CITY — More than 600 school district employees would be laid off and residents’ school tax would increase by 10 percent under a proposed budget that was sent to the county for approval Wednesday night.

The Board of Education, facing a $120 million budget shortfall and “draconian” reductions to state aid, presented a preliminary budget that — if adopted in May — would see 450 instructional staff positions, including teachers and teacher’s aides, and 260 central administration and non-instructional staff positions eliminated throughout the district.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/more ... eliminary-boe-budget.html


Posted on: 3/21 14:32
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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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New York City’s Food Hall Trend Migrates to the Suburbs and Beyond

Food halls are opening in locales well outside Manhattan and Brooklyn

In recent years, Manhattan and Brooklyn real-estate developers and culinary professionals have embraced the food hall, the dining concept that offers a gourmet take on the food courts of suburban malls.

Now, in a twist on the trend, food halls are opening in locales well outside those two boroughs, including in the suburbs.

Bell Market bowed last year in a historic Holmdel, N.J., building, with offerings that include wood-fired pizza and sushi hand rolls. Queens Crossing, a mixed-use project in Flushing, introduced an Asian-themed food hall in 2016, building upon what was previously a modest array of dining options at the development.

Food halls are planned everywhere from the South Bronx to another location in Flushing. And in Jersey City, N.J., an ambitious 12,750-square-foot hall, District Kitchen, is set to open March 25 at Harborside, the waterfront office development.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york- ... bs-and-beyond-11553009829


Posted on: 3/20 16:36
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‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting

The Jersey City Board of Education will hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to determine how to plug a $120 million hole in the 2019/2020 budget.

The nine-member school board that presides over the 30,000-student district will vote on an interim budget for next school year and send it to the county superintendent for approval.

The district is set to lose $27 million in state aid next year, more than what was originally anticipated when the city enacted a payroll tax to help offset the state funding cuts. But the Jersey City Public Schools are also expected to lose about $6.5 million in state funding because an increase in enrollment in local charter schools, Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas said.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/mass ... sey-city-boe-meeting.html


Posted on: 3/20 16:33
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Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union
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Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union pact

JERSEY CITY — The school board voted Thursday to allow its members who were supported by the local teachers union to vote on the new union contract, which could be finalized later this year.

The approved measure is known as the doctrine of necessity, which is invoked when a quorum of the board has conflicts of interest that prevent it from voting on a specific matter. Absent Thursday’s action, only four board members would be able to vote on the teachers union contract because the other five have conflicts. The contract expires in June.

Thursday’s measure was approved with little discussion by a 7-1 vote, with Matt Schapiro voting no. He is one of the non-conflicted members.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/jers ... -teachers-union-pact.html


Posted on: 3/10 15:22
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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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Only in Hudson County? 2 school superintendents getting paid $200K+ to sit at home

Hudson County has 10 school superintendents right now and two of them are getting paid six-figure salaries for not working.

Jersey City’s superintendent, Marcia V. Lyles, who was dismissed by Jersey City’s school board in January but is still getting paid her $231,000 salary, plus benefits. The board can’t fire her without getting the state involved, so it is keeping her on the payroll until her contract expires … in June 2020.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/only ... -200k-to-sit-at-home.html


Posted on: 3/9 2:55
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Re: For third time since July, a Jersey City school board member resigns
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Jersey City school board appoints another new member

The Jersey City Board of Education appointed its newest member Thursday, one week after Luis F. Fernandez Jr. announced his resignation from the nine-member panel.

During a special meeting at School 26, former Board of Education employee Gevonder Dupree was tapped to fill the seat vacated by Fernandez. The board voted 7-1 in favor of her appointment, with Matthew Schapiro as the lone dissenting vote.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/jers ... s-another-new-member.html


Posted on: 3/9 2:49
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Jersey City council wants passage of Liberty State Park Protection Act
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Jersey City council wants passage of Liberty State Park Protection Act

JERSEY CITY — The City Council is urging state lawmakers to pass the Liberty State Park Protection Act, a bill aimed at halting private development at the 1,200-acre state park located in Jersey City.

The nine-member body unanimously approved a resolution at its Wednesday meeting asking the state Legislature to pass the bill (A-4903), an act applauded by longtime park advocate Sam Pesin. Pesin has spent decades fighting plans to add commercial ventures to the park.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/02/jers ... -park-protection-act.html


Posted on: 3/2 15:20
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For third time since July, a Jersey City school board member resigns
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For third time since July, a Jersey City school board member resigns

JERSEY CITY — Another Jersey City school board member has quit the board early, becoming the third resignation from the nine-member body since July.

Luis F. Fernandez Jr., who was elected to the board in 2016 and had 10 months left on his term, resigned effective immediately in a letter he emailed to board members Thursday morning.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/02/for- ... board-member-resigns.html


Posted on: 3/2 15:14
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Re: Jersey City school board member subject of ethics complaint
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Testimony ends in ethics hearing for Jersey City school board VP

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City’s school board vice president, Lorenzo Richardson, testified at an administrative law hearing Friday morning that he believed he was acting properly when he filed a legal complaint against district officials in 2016.

Richardson testified he thought he had the authorization of the then-board president, Vidya Gangadin, and then-board counsel, Ramon Rivera, when he filed the complaint against them. State ethics laws bar board members from taking actions against their boards.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/test ... city-school-board-vp.html


Posted on: 3/2 15:09
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The new $480M Wittpenn Bridge construction is a year behind. Why? It’s complicated.
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The new $480M Wittpenn Bridge construction is a year behind. Why? It’s complicated.

Lift bridges -- those hulking steel spans that have a center section that rises and lowers to let boat traffic pass -- are complicated structures. A new one being built in Hudson County is so complex, it is off its original construction schedule by at least a year.

The new Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge was originally scheduled to open to traffic this year. Instead, the lift section of the bridge that was supposed to be hoisted in place last year is still sitting on a barge, waiting. And officials project it won’t be open to traffic until 2020.

https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/03/the ... -why-its-complicated.html


Posted on: 3/2 15:02
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Re: Jersey City Approves New Contract for Police Benevolent Association Through 2025 Impacting Nearly 70
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Jersey City council approves new cop contract

JERSEY CITY — A new contract with the city’s roughly 700 police officers received nearly unanimous approval by the City Council last week, ending one dispute between the Fulop administration and the city’s police force.

The contract comes nearly two years early — the previous pact between the city and the Jersey City Police Officer Benevolent Association was set to expire in December 2020. But the Jersey City POBA was challenging the older agreement in court, an appeal the union has agreed to end with approval of the new contract.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/02/jers ... ves-new-cop-contract.html


Posted on: 2/25 15:25
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Pay hike for Jersey City public safety director puts him in $200K club
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Pay hike for Jersey City public safety director puts him in $200K club

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea joined a very exclusive club this year when he became one of three city workers to make more than $200,000.

Shea’s pay received a 2.5 percent boost to $200,200 for 2019, making him the third highest paid person on the city’s payroll. Only Police Chief Mike Kelly and Fire Chief Steve McGill make more, at $213,454 each.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/02/pay- ... uts-him-in-200k-club.html


Posted on: 2/25 15:19
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