October 2012 Archives

Two Apple executives leave in company shakeup

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Apple vice president, Scott Forstall and Apple's head of retail operations, John Browett were fired by the company Monday, in an effort to "make the company's divisions work more harmoniously together," said The New York Times' Bits.

Scott Forstall, who is known as one of Apple's key figures in the death of Steve Jobs, currently in charge of Apple's operation system, iOS, will advise CEO Tim Cook until his depart next year, according to CNN. In regard to Browett, Apple will be launching a search for a replacement. For now, Browett's work will be divvied up by other Apple employees.

Forstall was considered the best replacement for Apple's CEO position after Steve Jobs' death last year. After Cook was named CEO, Forstall was thought to be next in line. With his work behind the iPhone and iPad, Forstall had great experience operating the iOS systems, which attributes to 70 percent of the company's revenue.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook looks to the future in a statement published by CNN Monday, "We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple's history," Cook said. "The amazing products that we've introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services."

Forstall's departure from Apple came as a surprise to many employees, however, most were content with the decision. "This was better than the Giants winning the World Series," an anonymous employee said. "People are really excited." According to New York Times' Bits, Forstall and other Apple executives began to disagree after Forstall "insert[ed] himself into product development that went beyond his role at the company."

Browett's departure, however, did not come as a surprise. After Apple had to publicly apologize for Browett's plan to cut staff in Apple stores, it was obvious Browett didn't work well with the company. Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company, also claimed "he was never convinced that Mr. Browett was a good choice to join Apple."

Gopher athletes shave heads for cancer

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Over 100 University of Minnesota student-athletes and coaches shaved their heads Monday at the Gibsun-Nagurski Football Complex to raise money for pediatric cancer research, according to GopherSports.

The inspirational idea was created by Connor Cosgrove, a wide receiver for the Minnesota Gophers Football team, who is currently battling leukemia. While going through chemotherapy, Cosgrove witnessed young girls having to shave their heads as a result of the disease and wanted to contribute in some way.

Originally, Cosgrove's plan was to recruit a mere 20-30 football players, according to Fox Sports North. However, by the end of the day Monday, 110 student-athletes and coaches had contributed to the cause by shedding their locks.

"I don't even know half the people who have come through here to shave their heads, and I think that is a testament to the bond that this community has and the bonds that continue to be built through this event," Cosgrove said to Fox Sports North.

Men were not the only ones getting a buzz Monday. Among the participating 110, Mia Tabberson, a senior setter for the Gophers Volleyball team also shaved her long, brown hair. Tabberson was also able to raise $10,000 individually leading up to her haircut at 3 p.m. Monday. By Monday evening, $25,000 was raised for pediatric cancer research at St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Mike Rallis, senior linebacker for the Gopher Football team who had not gotten a haircut in over four years, played a large role in recruiting football players for the event. A public service announcement was broadcast during Saturday's Football game vs. Purdue, encouraging students to donate. Rallis finally had his head shaved Monday after Head Coach, Jerry Kill helped pitch in.

Fans interested in donating to St. Baldrick's Foundation can do so online here.

67 lives claimed by Hurricane Sandy

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As Hurricane Sandy rips through Northeast America, 67 lives have been claimed in addition to "765,000 in seven states with no electricity," says CNN.

Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm threatening over 50 millions lives is speeding toward New York City Monday. According to CBS News, Sandy is a category 1 hurricane, with maximum winds at 90 mph.

Before the storm's landfall in New York, Sandy's high winds had knocked power out of half a million Americans in several states mid-Monday. Hurricane Sandy has claimed 67 lives already, with 51 of those deaths in Haiti.

In the United States, Hurricane Sandy has caused "schools to shut down, businesses shuttered and mass transit suspended," CNN said. Of all seven states out of electricity, New York and New Jersey have been facing the most outages. In addition to rain, 2 to 3 feet of snow is forecast in parts of West Virginia, according to CBS News.

President Barack Obama made a statement Monday warning Americans on the severity of the storm, "Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don't delay, don't pause, don't question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm."

Surfer, 39, dies after shark attack in California

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A man was killed Tuesday by a shark attack that occurred off the coast of an Air Force base in Southern California, according to CNN.

The man, 39-year-old Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. was surfing Tuesday morning when he was bit in the upper torso by a shark, according to ABC News.

For the past few months, shark sightings along the California coast have become extremely frequent. However, deaths by shark attack are rare, with only 2-3 fatal shark attacks per year, out of an average of 65.

Solorio was surfing with three other friends, one of which swam over to Solorio after the attack and pulled him from the water to receive first aid. But it was too late - he was pronounced dead at the scene, ABC News said.

Though the incident occurred off the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Solorio had no affiliation with the military base. As a safety precaution, all beaches along the base's coastline will be closed for "at least" 72 hours, Col. Nina Armagno said.

The type of shark that killed Solorio has not yet been identified, but there appeared to bite marks on Solorio's surf board, authorities said.

In September, a 14-foot Great White shark was spotted around 65 miles from Surf Beach. Santa Barbara Harbor took precautions by posting warning signs for surfers.

Solorio will be missed by his friends and family. "He was a really good surfer," friend Nathan Winkles told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara.

Anaylsis of Multimedia Content in News - USA Today & CNN

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USA Today's website is inundated with multimedia content. It's nearly impossible to find a full article on its homepage due to all of the photos and videos that it posts daily.

As a print publication, it has an enormous reach, as millions of Americans have it delivered to their door each day. USA Today's website seems to act as a complement to its print publication. Its webpage is almost too difficult to navigate due to its extreme usage of graphics and videos, however, it works in their favor.

As consumers, we enjoy viewing our news in many different ways; in the newspaper, on TV, on Twitter, on an online news publication's website, on Facebook or Instagram. We are constantly changing the way we see news and that is why USA Today's website works well with consumers.

A specific example is the article that describes how the body of a 12-year-old was found in a recycling bin. Though there are no words, USA Today uses their website as a way to broadcast their news and keep the audience engaged.

CNN.com uses a different strategy for their integration of multimedia into news stories. For a similar story about the 12-year-old from New Jersey, CNN's only use of multimedia is a photograph of the girl and the rest is the article.

The writing in CNN's article uses the inverted pyramid and a very straightforward format. Though they do not use a video, I believe CNN's is also effective because some readers may not have time to watch a video but do have time to skim an article. The photograph adds a face to the heartbreaking story, as well.

MSP-Paris service to launch by Air France in '13

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Air France announced Tuesday that they will begin nonstop flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris beginning May 2013, according to the Star Tribune.

This service, to begin May 21, 2013, is the first-ever service by Air France in the Twin Cities, said Brian Peters, assistant director of air service business development for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

However, the service will only be offered seasonally, with the option to buy tickets five days a week from May 21 to June 16 and daily June 17 to Sept. 1, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, "The carrier will use Airbus A340s to service the route. The plane seats 275, including 30 in business seating and 21 in premium economy."

The joint venture between Air France and Delta Air Lines marks the Twin Cities as the 11th Air France destination in the United States. Currently, Delta provides daily, year-around service between the Cities and Paris.

In regards to the new venture, Alexandre de Juniac, Air France chairman and CEO said, "Air France is offering its customers greater choice and additional flight opportunities alongside existing services operated by KLM and Delta."

The Air France Minneapolis to Paris flights will depart at 8 p.m. and arrive at 11:35 a.m. the next day.

Australian zookeeper crushed by elephant is 'stable'

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Australian zookeeper, Lucy Melo, is in 'stable' condition after being pinned by elephant calf Friday, according to CNN.

The 2-year-old elephant calf named Pathi Harn, thai for 'miracle,' pinned Melo to a post around 11:30 a.m. Friday when Melo was teaching the elephants how to wash, according to Global Post.

After two other zookeepers helped get the elephant off of her, Melo was rushed to Royal North Short Hospital where she had a cardiac arrest for five minutes.

Because it is unclear why Pathi Harn charged Melo, the Taronga Zoo in Sydney has launched an investigation to discover a possible reason. According to Global Post, the elephant calf may have been testing the authority of Melo.

"Our focus continues to be on the wellbeing of the keeper and supporting her fellow keepers," Taronga Zoo director and chief executive Cameron Kerr said.

While Melo, 40, remains in the hospital recovering, Pathi Harn, also known as Mr. Shuffles for his walking style, is back on show for zoo visitors.

Tonight marks the final Presidential debate between Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who are currently neck-and-neck in the race. To conclude the debates, foreign policy will be the main concentration, according to the Star Tribune.

Both candidates were out of sight this weekend, using it as an opportunity to prepare for tonight's debate. With just over two weeks left until election night, it's clear both candidates are taking this final opportunity to speak their mind very seriously.

The third Presidential debate will take place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. for a duration of 90 minutes. In this time, moderator Bob Schieffer plans to ask questions on foreign policy that reflect "how dangerous the world is in which we live," according to the Star Tribune.

Specific topics in foreign policy that are predicted to be covered are Libya, specifically the Benghazi Attack; Nuclear Weapons in Iran, Israel, Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; Syria: the Humanitarian Crisis; China: Currency Manipulation and Outsourcing; and lastly, Defense Spending, according to an article by ABC News.

According to the Star Tribune, a poll by The Pew Research Center's in October found that 47 percent of Americans favored Obama to make 'wise decisions about foreign policy,' while 43 percent preferred Romney.

Tonight's could possibly sway the opinions of voters, however, with more than 4 million Americans who have already voted, every minute of this final debate is crucial for undecided voters.

With more than 4 million Americans who have already voted, every minute of tonight's final debate will be crucial for both candidates and undecided voters.

After being arrested for shoplifting at Macy's, a Maple Grove mom could now possibly face 25 years in prison for child endangerment, second-degree drug sale, motor vehicle theft and giving a false name to police, according to the Star Tribune.

Rebecca Rachelle Hill, 37, was with her 12-year-old daughter at the Mall of America on October 14 when they were caught shoplifting at Macy's. Hill gave a false name to police, stating that she was from California. Police told Hill and her daughter that the name did not exist and ran her fingerprints to find her true indentity, according to Kare 11.

When investigators reached the daughter's father, he stated that the 12-year-old girl had been going through withdrawl, from the heroin and marijuana supplied by her mother, Hill. The juvenile was "sick and depressed, and reported cutting herself on her wrists and thights," Kare 11 stated.

Hill admitted to buying heroin for herself and her daughter, smoking at least three times a day for several weeks. Hill added that she and her daughter were homeless and slept in a vehicle stolen from her aunt.

The stolen vehicle was parked in the Mall of America parking lot, where police found "brand new clothing, a marijuana pipe, an aluminum vial with visual burn marks and the odor of heroin and other drug paraphernalia," Star Tribune stated.

Hill remains in the Hennepin County jail with three criminal cases pending against her. If found guilty, Hill could possibly face a 25-year prison sentence.

Day care sex abuse: often committed by other kids

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The Star Tribune is investigating the increase of sexual abuse cases found in Minnesota - with 65 more reported cases since 2007.

Star Tribune reports that most cases were committed by other children at the day care, not their caretakers.

Specifically, Star Tribune states cases such as one in December 2009, where "the teenage son of a St. Cloud provider was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl who napped in his room."

In February 2011, a "Chaska provider lost her license after her 15-year-old son was accused of sexually assaulting a preschool girl while they were alone in a playroom."

In more than 80 cases since 2007, day cares with reported sexual abuse were forced to either shut down their day care or suspend the operator's license.

"We know enough to know we have to do something about it," said Department of Human Services Inspector General Jerry Kerber. "Supervision [failure] leads to not only sexual abuse, but children wandering away -- serious injuries that children are experiencing in the homes.''

Minnesota requires criminal background checks on anyone 13 years or older who resides in the homes of these day cares, yet a failure in assessing these background checks might be the reason these abuses cases are increasing.

Day care sexual abuse is also committed by adults, such as the husband of the day care owner in Moorhead, Minn. who admitted to sexually abusing two young girls and now faces 12 years in prison, according to WDAY6.

To report sexual abuse, call 911 or the county's child protection agency in which the abuse was committed.

Brookfield shooting leaves 3 dead and 4 wounded

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Radcliffe Haughton of Black Deer, Wis. has been identified as the suspected shooter at a Brookfield, Wis. spa Sunday, according to Huffington Post.

The shooting, which occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, took place at Azana Day Spa in Brookfield, Wis., near Brookfield Center Mall. Haughton is the husband of an Azana Day Spa employee.

When Haughton entered the salon wearing a backpack and holding a handgun, an employee asked if he was going to rob the salon. Haughton then opened fire, killing three and wounding four, according to CNN.

The four wounded victims are currently being treated. According to Beth Strohbusch of Froedtert Hospital, none are in critical condition.

Haughton is still at large. He is driving a 2003 black Mazda Protege and is a 6'1" African-American male.

In the CNN article titled "California parents act heroically when gunman fires upon family, killing two," the author, Michael Martinez, summarizes the important events by first including them in his lede, "A father and mother showed heroism when a gunman opened fired inside their California home before dawn Saturday, but two members of the family couldn't overcome their wounds, Inglewood police said."

Martinez then goes on to re-hash the incident by first explaining how the mother ran from the house, carrying one son who was shot in both legs, and then explained how the father used his body as a shield to protect his three other children and died in his heroic efforts. Martinez adds that an 8-year-old boy was the only one uninjured.

Martinez explains how the suspect was thought to live behind the victims' house, which was set afire. He lists the ages of the parents and gives information from the police, explaining the suspect's appearance.

By ordering the emotional part of the story first, Martinez attracts the reader immediately. By using "heroic" in his headline, readers will want to read more - how this act was heroic. Martinez uses an inverted pyramid format to reveal less important information later on in the article. Martinez's way of writing is very effective because it describes exactly what occurred, yet is sure to capture the audience's attention with his focus on the parents.

If Martinez were to write this article differently, he could have reversed the information. He could have given the casualty information first and led into the emotional part, yet I believe his way of doing the opposite is effective, as a reader.

President Obama wins second Presidential Debate

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After the first Presidential debate had been won by Governor Romney, Slate and Huffington Post both agree that the second debate was won by President Obama.

According to Huffington Post, "Romney was able to unambiguously win the first debate because Obama so clearly lost." However, by touching on issues such as Libya, contraception access and pay equity, Obama won with his clear points.

As Romney tried to argue Obama's points, Huffington Post claims that Romney "fumbled the facts."

Slate agrees with Huffington Post's opinions. "It was pretty even--both candidates had good moments and bad ones--but Obama seems to be getting the edge for two simple reasons: He bested his previous performance and appeared to come out on top on a heated exchange about Libya."

In comparison to the first debate, Huffington Post and Slate both saw drastic changes. "Obama seemed to be a different person from Denver while Romney somehow 'failed to match the dominance of his first debate, seeming peevish at Obama's interruptions and appealing to debate moderator Candy Crowley for equal time,' Time's Alex Altman, said.

Though conservatives believe Obama didn't reverse Romney's momentum, the debate won by Obama will cause Romney to make a great comeback.

17 killed in Baghdad bombings and shootings

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A consistent string of bombs and shootings in Baghdad, near a revered Shiite shrine, killed 17 Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

Within minutes of each other, the bombings, 500 meters from a shrine, intended to intimate Iraq's Shiites, but instead killed 11 and wounded 35.

The bombings also damaged local shops and buildings, which were especially busy today, with the Eid al-Adha holiday coming up in a week.

Ahmed Naseer, an owner of a stationary shop, claimed that when he came out of his store, he saw "burning carts and merchant stalls, and children crying and women screaming out of fear. The whole place was full of panic," Naseer said.

According to WSBTV, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol early Saturday, killing two policemen and wounding another. The policeman shot worked with the State Identity Directorate.

Later, near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint where they killed three officers.

In eastern Baghdad, gunmen also killed a prison official in a drive-by-shooting.
Saturday marks Iraq's deadliest day since Sept.30, where 26 died from blasts that hit Shiite neighborhoods as well as Iraqi security forces.

Trevor Mbakwe, forward for the Minnesota Gophers Basketball team, was in Miami Friday for his DUI court conviction he received in September.

Mbakwe, who was to face jail time, instead received additional probation and community service, according to ESPN.

Ed Griffith, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade state attorney's office claimed that "Judge Fernandez determined that the defendant (Trevor Mbakwe) was not a danger to the community," and therefore would not need to face jail time.

Instead, Judge Fernandez orders that Mbakwe have his probation extended by two years, perform 20 hours of community service a month and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times per week.

Mbakwe has been granted his 6th year of eligibility to play for the Gophers and is more than thankful for the opportunity.

Mbakwe apologized on his Twitter page Friday for his recent negative publicity, stating, "You don't understand how bad I feel for letting all my supporters down. I will do everything I can to gain your trust again. I have made plenty of mistakes but I have learned from each one."

Analysis: Gary Collins, Host of Miss America Dies at 74

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In the New York Times article titled "Gary Collins, Host of Miss America Pageant, Dies at 74," author Marc Santora uses Collins' career as a performer as his focal point.

Santora writes in a chronological fashion, highlighting specific accomplishments in Collins' career, from the beginning of his career. Instead of dwelling on Collins' death and writing in a somber tone, Santora makes sure the reader focuses on Collins' accomplishments.

In the story, Santora uses one source - an interview from The Los Angeles Times in 1989 - where Collins described why he was not suited for a tabloid talk-show format. By using one source, Santora shows that Collins was a popular figure who had a lot of famous performances and did not need to attribute anyone.

The one source used is also presented at the end, which may be intentional so that the reader will continue to think about Collins' accomplishments in his lifetime after the article is over.

The information does not come from any specific person, but it is possible the dates used come from an unattributed source. The reporter uses a link to direct the reader back to the interview, which I believe is effective because readers need not search for the article if they're interested in reading it.

Gopher Football Coach, Jerry Kill, was released from the hospital early Sunday after suffering from a seizure following the homecoming football game Saturday.

Kill, who has suffered seizures before, will return to work Monday, as the seizure was "far less severe than the one that occurred 13 months ago," according to the Star Tribune.

University physician, Dr. Pat Smith stated Sunday that Kill has been treated and is "in excellent health," according to Fox News.

There has been no comment yet whether Kill will coach the next game versus University of Wisconsin-Madison, but he has never missed a game due to his condition before.

Kill stated that his only concern right now is for his staff and team to prepare for the Wisconsin game Saturday.

Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has used a slogan from "Friday Night Lights" TV series as part of his campaign, but is now receiving criticism from the popular show's creator.

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," is the slogan Romney has adopted as his campaign's motto until Peter Berg, writer for Friday Night Lights, asked him to stop on Friday, according to The New York Times.

"Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed we portrayed in our series," Berg said in a letter to Romney. "The only relevant comparison I see between your campaign and 'Friday Night Lights' is in the character of Buddy Garrity - who turned his back on American car manufacturers, selling imported cars from Japan."

"Friday Night Lights," a television show about a high school football team in Texas features the slogan in relation to their football season. Romney began using the slogan after a sign displaying the slogan was shown on his waiting area at the presidential debate.

When Berg saw this, he wrote to Romney accusing him of plagiarism by displaying it on his posters, Facebook page and in speeches, stating that he was not "thrilled" by this decision, according to USA TODAY.

Romney has yet to respond to Berg's request.

9 killed in Afghanistan suicide bomb

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9 are dead in Kandahar, Afghanistan after suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at an intelligence office, according to the Huffington Post.

Included in the 9 killed are four Afghan intelligence officers, a coalition service member and a civilian employee working for the coalition.

Spokesman Qari Yousef claimed in a text message to reporters that the Taliban is to be named responsible for the attack because they were targeting international forces operating in Afghanistan.

Violence has spiked in southern Afghanistan, according to Dawn.com, with a roadside bomb occurring earlier Saturday, as well as a 12-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl who were injured Friday after stepping on a bomb.

Two men killed in car accident, alcohol involved


Early Sunday morning, a car carrying three passengers went off a north-central Minnesota road and into Lake Mille Lacs, killing the driver and passenger, is suspected to be caused by alcohol, according to the Star Tribune.

Andrew Nickboine, 37, was driving the 1995 Chevrolet Corsica, heading north on Timber Trail Road, around 15 miles northwest of Onamia, according to Duluth News Tribune.

When the car crossed over Hwy. 169, the car rolled into Lake Mille Lacs, killing Nickboine, and the passenger, 42-year old, Ronald Dorr.

According to the patrol, alcohol was detected in all three passengers. Dorr and Morrison were both wearing seat belts, however, Nickboine was not.

The third passenger, 32-year-old Keegan Morrison, was sitting in the backseat, and was taken to the hospital with noncritical injuries.

Parents of Accent shooter speak out

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36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger shot six people at his workplace, Accent Signage Systems, on Sept. 27 before turning the gun on himself. His parents, Chuck and Carolyn, sat down with the Star Tribune to discuss their tumultuous relationship with Andrew, his lifestyle and why schizophrenia might have been to blame.

As a teenager, Andrew began to spiral out of control as he constantly abused drugs and alcohol. When his parents put a halt to the chaos, they kicked him out in a snowstorm, leaving him no other place to stay than treatment.
After leaving treatment, Andrew purchased an apartment for himself but remained hostile toward his parents and loved ones.

Constantly paranoid, Andrew pushed people away, including a girlfriend, whom he accused of cheating on him with his best friend. At the time, his parents suspected depression was the cause.

Andrew began working at Accent Signage Systems in 1999, where he learned how to engrave and work hard. He also began to take class at Minneapolis Community & Technical College where he took a few classes and got good grades. However, when Andrew suspected other students didn't like him, he quit school.

Falling into what Andrew's parents suspect was schizophrenia, he became incredibly paranoid and delusional. He tried to seek help in his parents, explaining that he thought the government was watching him. When they denied his delusions, Andrew cut off contact with his family altogether.

As Andrew began to arrive late to work and have constant outbursts, his boss, Rahamim, decided on Sept. 27 to let Andrew go. When he did, Andrew said, "Oh really," and began to fire from his pistol. According to the Huffington Post, he continued to fire around the workplace before turning the gun on himself.

His parents, shocked with the news, stated, "I feared suicide, but I never, never imagined these murders. That was not our child. It was a stranger."

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