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Re: Dixon Mills resident robbed
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The 'fat-ass-bike' character must have a love-hate following on JCList. Characters like 'reggay' like to respond after 'fab' with a derogative reply everytime.
I don't mind the fat-ass-bike as a source of information and entertainment and he/she has weathered a lot of criticism, but has managed to ride those waves.

JCList has proven to be a good laugh, with all the internal bickering as the primary jell of this website.

Posted on: 2008/1/11 15:26

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An article I thought could be of interest.

If you phone and drive, you're also a bloody idiot
Eamonn Duff
January 6, 2008

USING a hands-free mobile phone behind the wheel could be more dangerous than drink driving, new research has shown.

Motorists under the influence of alcohol performed better than those driving while talking on a hand-held or hands-free phone, the study by Britain's Transport Research Laboratory found.

It also found that the risk of a crash was four times higher when the driver was on the phone.

The research has now prompted one of the world's biggest transport firms, FirstGroup, to last week ban all its 135,000 workers on bus and train services in Britain and North America from using mobile phones, including hands-free kits, while driving on company business.

The laboratory's Nick Reed said the latest research Conversations in cars: the relative hazards of mobile phones , showed that drivers revealed a significant impairment when making mobile phone calls while driving. "In some aspects of driving behaviour, speaking on a mobile phone is worse than being at the legal alcohol limit," he said. (The limit is 0.8 in Britain).

"The observed impairment was similar regardless of whether the call was made using a hand-held phone or using a hands-free kit."

Dr Reed said the results matched other studies showing that drivers had less control of their vehicle, and showed reduced awareness of their surroundings when making mobile phone calls. "This results in an accident risk that is four times greater and that persists for up to 10 minutes after the call has been completed," he said.

Part of the danger was that the person at the other end was not aware of how distracting the conversation could be, and was not aware of surrounding road conditions, Dr Reed said.

"Chatting to a passenger can be distracting, but its less so than having a mobile call. The passenger can see the traffic around you and can maybe pick up on your body language cues, then modify conversation accordingly."

In a 2002 study, the laboratory found that drivers on mobiles had slower reaction times and stopping times than those under the influence of drink. Drivers who were just over the British legal drink-driving limit stopped in an average distance of 35 metres. But drivers using hand-free mobile phones took 39 metres to stop.

The chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby, said there was no point calling for a blanket ban on mobile phones in cars until the "basic laws" surrounding hand-held phones were tightened.

"The offence for using a hand-held should become one of 'dangerous driving' instead of the current slap on the wrist," he said. "That includes the loss of 11 demerit points attached to the penalty, and confiscation of the phone ? it would stop the trend overnight."

Mr Scruby said while the issue remained a state jurisdiction, it was time the Federal Government took the lead.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was the first prime minister he had ever heard talking about driving safely at Christmas.

"His father was killed in a crash," he said.

"I would love to now see him and the Federal Government become more active in road safety, instead of handing it on to the states who are doing next to nothing."

Posted on: 2008/1/5 18:27

Re: Willie Flood hires son twice for $50G-plus ( Yes, that son )
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I am at a loss to rational thought, when a person that has been "charged with numerous drug offenses" be suddenly "downgraded to a disorderly persons offense".
Is this Jersey City justice, at it's best?

Posted on: 2007/11/28 15:01

POLICE : Accountability
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Just a brief background on my ex-boss.
She was a female - A first for the State
She was a high-ranking Officer from another State - Another first. The Chief Commissioner's position has always been an internal promotion for some-one.
She had no Local or State polictical ties.
She had no alliance with any local policing (internal) politics.
She did not like the lack of accountabilty and ethical standards of her police force and she was attacked by all sides (including the police union).

After reading this article it appears she is winning the war on police accountability and ethical standards.

Maybe the Jersey City Police Department could take note, because from what I have seen in the past 2 years living here, it doesn't look good.


Police to be tested for illicit drugs By: John Silvester
October 31, 2007

CHIEF Commissioner Christine Nixon will get sweeping new powers to drug-test Victoria's 11,000 police officers under legislation to be introduced in State Parliament today.

Under the law, police will be subject to routine testing for alcohol and drugs after critical incidents such as police shootings or high-speed chases that result in injuries.

The law will also give Ms Nixon unprecedented powers to order tests to protect the "good order or discipline of the force". This will open the door for possible targeted or random testing ? including whole squads or stations.

The Police Regulation Act Amendment Bill (2007) will give senior police power to order junior officers to undertake drug and alcohol tests if it is suspected they have come to work under the influence and unfit for duty.

It is believed the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department has already discovered evidence that some officers are using drugs and are involved in low-level trafficking.

In one case a police car was used to deliver pills to a group of off-duty police partying at an inner-suburban hotel.

Some senior police say they believe up to 10 per cent of young officers have dabbled with illicit substances. One policeman has died from an ecstasy overdose.

Senior officers want a system where police in high-risk areas, such as drug investigators, are regularly tested.

Police Minister Bob Cameron will introduce legislation in Parliament today to give Ms Nixon the powers, which she has been seeking for almost six years.

She met Mr Cameron early this year to discuss her concerns and recommended changes to the Police Regulations Act to support the new drug-testing powers. Mr Cameron promised to introduce the changes by the end of the year.

The Government has deliberately made the legislation broad in scope to enable Ms Nixon to increase drug testing if initial testing reveals a serious problem across the force.

Under the system, police who seek assistance will be offered an amnesty and receive treatment. Those caught through urine tests will face a Professional Standards Assessment Panel, which can recommend treatment, criminal charges and/or disciplinary action including dismissal.

The assessment panel will review the offender's employment history, the drugs used, whether he or she was affected while carrying out operational duties and if the drugs were "illegally obtained via work".

Under the welfare section of the new law, police health records will be protected as confidential to ensure they cannot be used against police who have or are receiving treatment for abuse problems.

NSW police have undergone drug testing for 10 years and this year increased the number or random tests to 2200.

Independent inquiries in NSW, Queensland and WA have found drug use by police is a serious problem that requires immediate action.

Another major change in the act will be to split the Office of Police Integrity from the Ombudsman's office. George Brouwer will retain his position as Ombudsman and a new OPI director with judicial experience will be appointed.

Posted on: 2007/10/30 15:21

Re: towing at shoprite?
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Are there any "conditions of entry" to that parking area at shoprite?

If there are no clearly erected signs, then your could argue your case in court to recover your monetary loss.

Posted on: 2007/10/16 16:03

Re: Are Cops drinking on duty in JC? you have to see this video!!!
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To my understanding every Police Officer in the U.S, requires to either have an officer or badge number, or name tag on display when wearing a uniform.

Digital technology has come along way with video imaging!

Posted on: 2007/10/16 15:54

Re: Are Cops drinking on duty in JC? you have to see this video!!!
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wow! This video (if a true account of Jersey City Police Officers) would see these Officers dismissed immediately in any other law enforcement agency. If they haven't been dismissed, then an open and public investigation should take place.
The public trust has be compromised, not only the officers should be investigated, but also the people and process to retain their services. Internal Affairs has a lot to answer for in my opinion, regardless if there was any internal politics at play.

Posted on: 2007/10/10 15:31

Re: MANZO: SEND IN GUARD -- Not solution to gangs, Healy says
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Stupid idea. It would portray Jersey City and New Jersey as a rogue state full of criminals.

I'd much rather see the police force have a similar program as the military do with the reservists. Reserve Police Officers working 1 night a week, 1 week-end per month and 2 weeks per year with their full time employment protected coupled with tax benefits. These Officers would be armed, trained and have the same powers as regular Police.

Posted on: 2007/8/28 14:37

Re: JCPD BLACK & BLUEHe called cops - they beat, cuffed him
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I am a strong advocate for random drug and alcohol testing of Police Officers. (I mooted this topic some time ago and was ?shot? down by some JClisters)
I believe it should be part of any internal investigation that involves officer misconduct and that everything should be transparent to protect the public?s trust.

I would like to suggest that this topic should end and that any remarks made be left for the court room. It would appear that some of you could and should act as character reference for this chap.

Posted on: 2007/8/24 23:01

Re: JCPD BLACK & BLUEHe called cops - they beat, cuffed him
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craige, that was my point.
It seems clear in your friends' mind, that these plain clothes officers didn't identify themselves well enough.
Defending oneself against an intruder is justifiable and it would be interesting to get the Police perspective on why your friend 'challenged' them. It would have to be an imaginative view or creative story to explain it, which still highlights the poor communication skills of the officers.

Do you know if the police officers produced their shields or had them hanging around their necks - does your friend recall seeing any police identification other then the questionable verbal tone and police reference?

You will find that plain clothes officers do have policies and procedures to follow when conducting themselves and when making their presence known to the public.

A freedom of information request might reveal what these are - there would be training manuals.

Posted on: 2007/8/24 17:22

Re: JCPD BLACK & BLUEHe called cops - they beat, cuffed him
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You only apply enough force to detain and handcuff a suspect. The black-eye, broken bones and other serious injuries exceeds the expected 'bumps and bruises' you would sustain. Basically, you wrestle a suspect not have a stand-up fist fight.

I also find it difficult to understand the point or motive of a person to be combative with police, if they are the one's who called for their assistance.

There seems to be a huge communication break down here and having said that, there is always two sides to a story.

Posted on: 2007/8/24 14:37

Re: Parking enforcement officer made up at least 100 tickets to cover for not working during his shi
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The City should instruct the Parking Authority to refund and not proceed with any tickets issued by this person - it would be the only fair and ethical thing to do!

This would be a good opportunity for Mr Fulop to intervene and make this recommendation - Residents could lobby him into action!

Posted on: 2007/8/21 14:22

Re: Downtown Jersey City Watch-Updates Thread
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That is THE best detailed observation and description of a person I have read.

Posted on: 2007/8/9 17:32

Re: Baby Einstein Day Care in the Heights
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Posted on: 2007/8/9 14:40

Re: my first JC parking ticket
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jc_insomniac wrote:

Yes. I've fought many a ticket in court. From what I've seen, even half-assed excuses get cases dismissed. My favorite one was from one middle-aged man who said, "Judge, I had to go upstairs to my apartment to pee, so I double parked on Westside Ave." Case dismissed.

In Melbourne Aust. a parking infringement would be dismissed if the vehicle was parked illegally due to a medical emergency or mechanical / safety failure of the vehicle.

I would often hear stories of nose bleeds to feeling faint to busted radiator hoses to have a Judge dismiss an infringement. Legislation was so written and open to interpretation, that the Judge had no alternative but to void the infringement.
I would assume that JC has similar legislation in place.

Posted on: 2007/7/18 1:00

Re: my first JC parking ticket
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Would it be possible under the 'freedom of information' to get the ruling and location of all similar infringements issued by the parking authority, whereby a Judge had given a ruling that an infringement issued be void due to the ambiguity or lack of clear markings or signs at that location?

Can I assume that the parking authority is present during these 'court cases' and would be fully aware that issuing a ticket at those locations would be deemed by the Judge as unenforceable until they were signed or marked correctly?

Since a Judge has set a clear message and basically set a precedent that anyone parking at those 'unenforceable' locations shouldn't be given a ticket, could one then have a counter claim against the parking authority for wasting your time, the court's time for not correcting the situation and knowingly and intentional issuing those infringements?

In concluding, wouldn't it be nice if this was researched and those that did pay for infringements wrongly issued, were reimbused by the parking authority!

Posted on: 2007/7/18 0:16

Re: Downtown: Lunchtime a 15-year-old Ferris High student beat a 52-year-old man with a brick, on a
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This City has no idea how to address this problem of juvenile crime and policing is not the answer, just a tool to hide the bigger issues. Does the City have a strategy to address this issue? if not, why not?

It would normally be a huge bonus and an investment 'plus' to purchase a property near a school - unfortunately in Jersey City this sort of proximity would devalue your property!

What ever happen to riding bikes and playing marbles at the age of 15?

Posted on: 2007/6/22 16:28

Re: Tenant numbers per apartment
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Thanks guys.........just what I was looking for.

Posted on: 2007/6/11 14:13

Tenant numbers per apartment
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My question is whether or not Jersey City or New Jersey, has legislation in place that covers how many occupants are allowed to live in a rented apartment?

As an example, is it permissible to have 4 adults living in an one bedroom apartment?

A legal or government link to such information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: 2007/6/10 22:06

Re: Vessel arrives here on trip to prove Vikings weren't 1st to cross ocean
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The vessel is in the water and all they need to do is install a mast and sails.
It sure does look like someone from Gilligan's Island. The vessel is moored at the Marina, just after the Marin Blvd Light-Rail station on the east side.

Well worth a trip with the kids to have a look.

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Posted on: 2007/6/9 11:03

Re: Mayor Healy credits cops for drop in crime
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Going by the messages and posts on JClist, Mayor Healy should also credit the community groups and even JClist for the reduction in crime.

If individuals are being more vigil with security (Private CCTV - Car and Home alarms) and working as a community to dissuade criminals to their area, then it should be acknowledged. I find JClist a positive tool to share tips and advice to counter or prevent criminal acts and anti-social behaviour.

Posted on: 2007/6/8 18:04

Re: Do we have a dog leash ordinance in JC?
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In response, I don?t know if this woman does have an accent as she didn?t respond but with attitude, via her body language (raised head, rolled eyes, looked away and changed her walking posture) walked off. All I can add is that she appears to be in her mid 20?s.

I do have to give her some credit, as she does exercise and walk her dog daily often 2-3 times a day. If she is making her way to Hamilton and Van Vorst parks then her dog is getting an excellent work-out. My experience with her has been along the waterfront near the corner of Dudley and Warren Streets.

Another observation I have noted that is equally important is that regardless of a dog being on lead, there is a section of our community that are quite intimidated by dogs. An ?expat? resident from India explained to me how they are generally apprehensive of dogs and that many in the Asians community are also ? it is manly the parents of these young executives that are most fearful. With this incite, I now make it a practice to ?heel? my dog as close as possible passing all approaching pedestrians.

Posted on: 2007/6/5 13:09

Re: Do we have a dog leash ordinance in JC?
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I'm also in the Paulus Hook area and have came across a similar person. Was she a blonde and approx. 5'7?

If so, she has total disregard for other dogs or owners and without hesitation allows her dog (pit-bull or not) to roam free and off lead. On numerous occasions I have had to drag / choke my dog away as she strolls around with her dog off lead and shield my son if we see them approach.

I have asked her politely to lead her dog, but it fell on deaf ears and she ignored my request.

If I experience her dog approach my son, dog or myself in a aggressive manner and not on lead, I will use such force to deter such an assault that could cause injury to the dog that could be permanent in a self defence scenario.

If someone knows who to call after hours to enforce these (off lead) regulations please speak up and post it here. I don't want to see anyone injured, including her dog, but enforcement is the key and people need to be prepared to report and lodge a complaint with the appropriate authority for them to act on.

I have taken a few discrete photos of her and her off lead dog, as my wife is not comfortable with that breed and believe that the behaviour of this person will result in an attack by her dog. This area I live in, has a high population of dogs and very small children and the mix could be tragic.

Posted on: 2007/6/4 23:37

Re: JFK BLVD: STOMPED BY 'PACK' -- 4 teens nabbed in Jersey City attack
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This link could answer some questions for those looking for answers that relates to kids and gangs.

Posted on: 2007/5/27 17:04

Re: Greenville: 4 wolf pack suspects released to parents
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Item (Title): Plight Deepens For Black Men, Studies Warn

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Source: The New York Times Date: March 20, 2006 Page: A1+


New studies by academics at Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, and other schools conclude that black men in the United States face a far more dire situation than is portrayed by common employment and education statistics, and their plight is getting worse, not better, as this ?huge pool of poorly educated individuals? becomes ever more disconnected from mainstream society.

The share of young black men in the United States without jobs ?has climbed relentlessly.? In 2000, 65% of black male high school dropouts in their 20s were jobless, that is, unable to find work, not seeking it, or incarcerated. By 2004, the share had grown to 72%, compared with 34% of white dropouts and 19% of Hispanics. Even when high school graduates were included, half the black men in their 20s were jobless in 2004, up from 46% in 2000.

In 1995, 16% of black men in their 20s who did not attend college were in jail or prison; by 2004, 21% were incarcerated. By their mid-30s, 60% of black men who had dropped out of school had been to prison. In the inner cities, more than half of all black males do not finish high school. Dropout rates for Hispanics are as bad or worse but are not associated with nearly as much unemployment or crime. Among black dropouts in their late 20s, more are in prison on a given day ? 34% ? than are working ? 30%.

Stricter enforcement of child support has been fairly successful, but the policy may leave young men feeling overwhelmed with debt and deter them from finding legal work, since a large share of their earnings could be seized. About half of all black men in their late 20s and early 30s who did not go to college are non-custodial fathers.

In response to these worsening factors, a growing number of social programs are placing as much importance on teaching life skills ? like parenting, conflict resolution, and character building ? as they are on teaching job skills.

Posted on: 2007/5/25 19:36

Re: Greenville: 4 wolf pack suspects released to parents
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One would think that these parents have no parenting skills to start off with, and this is a big mistake.
I just hope these 'rebels without a cause' don't commit any other acts of violence or crime, otherwise the city will have to open their cheque book and write off a lot of money.

Posted on: 2007/5/25 16:28

Re: Mayor's top aide makes mockery of the system
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From what I have read in the last 18 months living in Jersey City, (some of what I find hard to believe) the Council / City Hall would hate legislation similiar to this - I'm sure there must be a large number of disgruntled employees and victims of Council decisions that would be only too happy to 'expose' them with a monetary incentive.


Fraud whistleblowers could get cash rewards

Peter Walker and agencies
Thursday May 24, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Members of the public who inform on companies or individuals defrauding the government could get huge rewards under possible new laws outlined today.
The Home Office consultation paper on recovering more illegally-acquired assets also proposes other new measures making it easier to seize criminals' "bling", such as expensive jewellery and electrical goods like plasma screen televisions and laptop computers.

The paper describes a government aim to double the current amount of illicit assets seized every year to at least ?250m by 2009-10, a figure it calls a "staging post" towards an eventual annual target of ?1bn a year.

The most eye-catching new scheme is based on a US measure known as Qui Tam - the first words of a Latin phrase meaning "he who sues for the king as well as himself" - which allows anyone who becomes aware of a fraud to launch a legal claim on the government's behalf.
In successful cases, informants receive between 15% and 30% of seized assets.

The principle dates back to 1790 but has been far more widely used since a change to US law in 1986. Since then there have been more than 5,000 actions in which whistleblowers have received almost ?900m in awards, while recovering ?5.5bn for the state.

"It seems to have been successful in the US," said home office minister Vernon Coaker, introducing the consultation paper.

"We are asking is it applicable in this country, is it something that people would find acceptable and is there a workable model?"

The Home Office paper calls the US system "strikingly successful" but stresses that it comes from a "very different US historical, legal and cultural context", one currently alien to England and Wales, where it could be introduced.

The document, which is open to responses until November 23, also suggests a series of other changes to make it easier for criminals' assets to be taken from them.

One proposal would involve changing the law to allow police to seize high-value goods as soon as a suspect is charged and hold the items pending a trial, selling them in the event of a guilty verdict.

The paper also outlines the "radical option" of allowing the seizure of not only cash and cash substitutes but also so-called "lifestyle property" such as jewellery, plasma TVs and laptops to an equivalent sum

It notes: "While this would be a highly powerful tool against bad criminal role models, it would clearly increase the risk of human rights challenge."

The paper also proposes removing a current 12-year time limit applying to the Assets Recovery Agency's ability to confiscate property under civil recovery laws.

Earlier this year the ARA's former director, Jane Earl, admitted that the agency had been hampered by the time limit which meant it could not pursue some of its key targets.

The ARA was set up in 2003 and given powers to confiscate assets from crooks, even if they had not been convicted of a crime. If a criminal confiscation or civil recovery proved impossible, officials could land the law-breakers with a tax bill.

The agency was described as a "mess" earlier this year after the National Audit Office said it had cost ?65m to run but had seized only ?23m from crooks.

However, the agency's new annual report, published today, revealed that for the first time it had seized more money than it cost to run it in the past 12 months, ?15.9m against ?15.5m.

Posted on: 2007/5/24 13:56

Re: Gunfire on Newark Ave tonight
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After reading this article, Mr Murray needs to seek medical and psychiatric care immediately. If he is prepared to 'blow-up' with anger over double parking, how does he cope with other frustrating issues of life?
I am more concerned that he has a driver's licence, let alone a licence to sell guns.

Posted on: 2007/5/19 18:52

Re: Fulop: Cops should seize vehicles from drug buyers, johns
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Imagine similar legislation being passed in Jersey City?
The civil libertarians would be crying foul without understanding the full impact of what can go wrong.

It would be an eye-opener if individuals against such legislation, spent some time on a 'ride-along' with first responders (ambulance and police officers) to accidents when it is discovered the instigator was either drunk, effected by drugs or simply driving at excessive speed.

I still recall ALL the horror of such behaviour as a junior police officer, and the emotional empathy you share when you are required to knock on the door of a victims family.

I hope Mr. Fulop continues with his push for change. ... 169209.html?s_cid=rss_age

Posted on: 2007/5/13 11:44

Re: Website Policy & first person banned on
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Looking back, I do believe nondowntown had a motive and a premeditated objective while on JClist. His behaviour was calculating and argumentative towards a number of users, which concluded on the focused attention on webmaster.
Instead of just starting his own forum site, he made a good attempt to cause as much havoc as possible on this forum site and other JC / NJ sites.

I hope he finds what he is looking for but he was one self-absorbed individual.

Posted on: 2007/5/11 21:13

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