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Thousands of nonviolent federal prisoners eligible for early release under a promising Trump-era law remain locked up nearly four years later due to inadequate implementation, confusion and bureaucratic delays, prisoner advocacy groups, affected inmates and former federal prison officials say. The problem, advocates say: They are identifying inmates whose time credits aren’t getting applied, and in some cases, the inmates aren’t getting released as early as they should be. President Donald Trump, with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, by his side, signs the First Step Act on Dec. 21, 2018. In order to collect time credits for early release under the First Step Act, inmates must be at a “minimum” or “low” risk of re-offending and not have been convicted of certain serious crimes. She said she was given no guidance by the prison, other than being told in December 2019 that she was a minimum-risk offender eligible under the First Step Act.
Persons: Biden, Michael Carvajal, Carvajal, , Kevin Ring, it’s, aren’t, Courtney Curtis, Courtney Allen Curtis, Tim Bommel, hasn’t, “ I’ve, Curtis ’, , Walter Pavlo, Holly Harris, Donald Trump, Sen, Chuck Grassley, Jabin, they’ve, Department’s, Pavlo, ” Pavlo, Jim Felman, Merrick Garland, Dianthe Brooks, José, Alvarado Jr, Brooks, “ It’s, Alice Phillips, Phillips, hasn't, “ I’m Organizations: Trump, Justice, of Prisons, Department, NBC News, AP Curtis, Federal Correctional, Bureau of Prisons, Prisonology, Action Network, Washington, Getty, Justice Department, , Prisons, NBC, Danbury, Economic Locations: Missouri, Jefferson City, Elkton, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Danbury , Connecticut, Danbury
The publishing industry seems to think the two must go hand in hand for a book to be successful. When stories that don’t center on the negative experiences of people of color aren’t seen as valuable enough to share, it’s a disservice to the public. But when stories that don’t center on the negative experiences of people of color aren’t seen as valuable enough to share, it’s a disservice to the public. Misunderstandings, ignorance and alienation remain a foothold in society when white readers aren’t routinely exposed to the fact that people of color aren’t monolithic, and when people of color don’t see more names and narratives in print that represent the nuances of their lives. I began writing about my own life, hoping to connect with other individuals who felt as confused or lonely as I did.
Persons: who’d, I’ve, Raj Tawney, Tawney, I’d, would’ve, I’m, Deesha Philyaw, , Philyaw, – –, I’ll Organizations: Church Ladies, West Virginia University Press Locations: Puerto Rican, New York, Miami
Israel said on Sunday it would test a bullet that killed a Palestinian-American journalist to determine whether one of its soldiers shot her and said a U.S. observer would be present for the procedure that could deliver results within hours. The Palestinians, who on Saturday handed over the bullet to a U.S. security coordinator, said they had been assured that Israel would not take part in the ballistics. The test will be an Israeli test, with an American presence throughout,” said Israeli military spokesman Brigadier-General Ran Kochav. Israeli Deputy Internal Security Minister Yoav Segalovitz said Lapid had been involved in “managing the arrival and transfer of this bullet”. “It will take a few days to conduct a ballistic test, with several experts, to ensure that there is an unequivocal assessment,” Segalovitz told Army Radio.
Persons: Israel, Al, Shireen Abu Akleh, Joe Biden, Abu Akleh, , , Ran Kochav, ” Akram al, Khatib, ” Biden, Yair Lapid, Yoav Segalovitz, Lapid, ” Segalovitz Organizations: United, West Bank, U.S, Army Radio, Palestinian Authority, Embassy, Palestine, Internal Locations: Palestinian, American, U.S, Israel, Washington, United States, Al Jazeera, Israeli, , Jerusalem, Al
Collaborating with those of differing political ideologies isn’t just good for the health of our democracy. It’s also beneficial to a portfolio’s bottom line. This connection between investment performance and political diversity was discovered in a study by three finance professors: Vyacheslav Fos of Boston College, Elisabeth Kempf of the University of Chicago and Margarita Tsoutsoura of Washington University in St. Louis.
Persons: It’s, Vyacheslav Fos, Elisabeth Kempf, Margarita Tsoutsoura, St . Louis Organizations: Boston College, University of Chicago, Washington University Locations: St .
WASHINGTON — Gail Curley, the Supreme Court’s marshal, has written to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the top official in Montgomery County, just outside Washington, asking them both to enforce state and county laws that prohibit picketing at private homes. When the demonstrations began, after the draft Supreme Court abortion decision was leaked in May, Hogan said he was “deeply concerned” that hundreds of people were picketing outside the homes of some justices who live in his state. “This is exactly the kind of conduct that Maryland and Montgomery County laws prohibit.”In late June, the high court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion. The court’s marshal is ultimately in charge of court security and the Supreme Court’s own police force.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Gail Curley, Larry Hogan, Hogan, , ” Curley, Wade, Curley, Marc Elrich, , Brett Kavanaugh, Nicholas Roske Organizations: Maryland Gov, Republican, Locations: Montgomery County, Washington, Maryland, Montgomery, California
Median home prices rose above $400,000 for the first time in May. WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is weighing a move to trim mortgage costs for first-time and lower-income buyers, a bid to boost affordability when average home prices are at an all-time high. President Biden’s affordability push has so far largely focused on steps to ease constraints on the supply of new homes, a primary driver of a rapid run-up in home prices in recent years. Steps to ease costs on certain borrowers could help modestly but more meaningful steps to address affordability are likely to come only from increased supply, housing experts said.
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A Supreme Court case that will decide the power state legislatures wield over congressional and presidential elections could have far-reaching implications for American democracy, some voting rights experts said. The Supreme Court said Thursday it would take up a North Carolina case that centers on whether the state's Republican-led Legislature is the only entity that can set the rules for federal elections. The state Supreme Court said Republicans had "systematically" made it harder for Democrats to elect members of their choosing and barred the Legislature from using its preferred map. For example, in Michigan, an independent commission of citizens now draws the state’s redistricting maps instead of state legislators. If the Supreme Court were to endorse the independent state legislature doctrine wholeheartedly, all these commissions and procedures could be subject to legal challenges that could unravel their power over federal elections.
Persons: Donald Trump, Michael Waldman, , Waldman, Tom Wolf, Rick Pildes, Rick Hasen, Casey, John ] Roberts, Hasen Organizations: Republican, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University, North Carolina Republican, Court, Republicans, , New York University School of Law, Wade, University of California, Supreme Locations: North Carolina, U.S ., North, Michigan , Ohio, New York , Colorado , Missouri, Florida, Utah, Michigan, New York, Arizona, Roe, Irvine, Alaska , California, Washington, Maine, Alaska
Two Arizona state lawmakers who promoted former President Donald Trump's stolen election falsehoods have been issued subpoenas by the Justice Department as federal investigators ramp up their probe of the Jan. 6 insurrection. The subpoenas seek information related to the Justice Department's investigation into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Quintero told NBC News in an email Friday. "President Fann and Senator Townsend are fully cooperating in releasing whatever emails and text messages they are requesting," Quintero said. State Rep. Kelly Townsend speaks at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on May 8, 2019. Bob Christie / AP fileThe subpoenas were delivered the same day Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified before the congressional committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Karen Fann, Sen, Kelly Townsend —, Republicans —, Kim Quintero, Quintero, Fann, Townsend, Kelly Townsend, Bob Christie, Rusty Bowers, Bowers, Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Doug Ducey, Joe Biden’s, Giuliani, Biden Organizations: Justice Department, Republicans, FBI, Arizona Senate Republicans, NBC News, Washington D.C, State, Arizona Capitol, Capitol, Republican, Republican Gov, Democrats, GOP, Trump, Electoral, Arizona . Justice Locations: Arizona, Washington, Phoenix, Florida, Arizona’s, Maricopa
Former Judge Alex Kozinski, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal REUTERS/Paul Sakuma/POOLJuly 1 (Reuters) - A former California appeals court judge who retired in 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment is now representing former U.S. President Donald Trump in his legal battle with Twitter. John Coale, the lead lawyer on the Trump case, said Kozinski was brought on to help due to his experience with the 9th Circuit, and that no other changes are expected for the legal team. In 2019, Kozinski returned to the 9th Circuit representing the plaintiff in a lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement in the film "The Shape of Water." He was also on a team of lawyers in Los Angeles federal court that sued Paramount Pictures Corp last month for alleged copyright infringement over the blockbuster "Top Gun: Maverick."
Persons: Alex Kozinski, Paul Sakuma, Donald Trump, John Coale, Trump, Kozinski, District Judge James Donato, Trump's, Twitter, Jacqueline Thomsen, Mike Scarcella, Rebekah Mintzer, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: U.S, Circuit, Appeal REUTERS, Twitter, U.S . Capitol, 9th Circuit, Washington Post, Kozinski, Reuters, Paramount Pictures Corp, Paramount, Facebook, Google, District, Thomson Locations: California, United States, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Maryland
Bezos' yacht was too tall to pass underneath the bridge, but public outcry halted the plans. The company worried locals would vandalize the ship as it passed by, Dutch newspaper Trouw reported. The Dutch shipbuilder constructing Jeff Bezos' megayacht scrapped its request that a historic bridge be dismantled to accommodate the Amazon founder's vessel. It seems that Oceanco may have abandoned its plans to take apart the bridge following public outcry earlier this year. "As a result of the reports, shipyard employees feel threatened and the company fears vandalism," Trouw reported, according to a translation.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, isn't, Trouw, Oceanco, Guy Fleury, Rijnmond, Frances van Heijst, van Heijst, megayacht, Brad Stone's, Stone Organizations: Google, Amazon, Rotterdam —, Washington Post, Locals, Facebook Locations: Netherlands, Rotterdam, Dutch, Zwijndrecht
The Supreme Court's conservative wing eradicated the constitutional right to abortion — and Chief Justice John Roberts could not stop them. The chief justice, eclipsed by the majority, was powerless as his fellow conservatives overturned Roe, driving the court quickly to the right, court watchers told Insider. As chief justice, Roberts has tried to persuade members of the court to avoid such polarizing decisions to protect its reputation. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Julia Nikhinson-Pool/Getty ImagesThe chief justice's colleagues went on to dismiss his thinking and his preference to observe judicial restraint.
Persons: Roe, Wade, John Roberts, Roberts, , Dobbs, Amy Coney Barrett, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sidestepping Roberts, Carl Tobias, he's, Mark Kende, Sherry Colb, overruling Roe, Casey, Richard Pierce, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Barrett –, Julia Nikhinson, Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Barrett, He's, Glenn Cohen, George W, Bush, NICHOLAS KAMM, Radhika Rao, Rao, Keith Werhan, , Tobias Organizations: Jackson, Health Organization, University of Richmond, Drake University, Cornell Law School, George Washington University, Harvard Law School, Getty, University of California Hastings College of Law, Tulane University Locations: Mississippi
Under his leadership, the central bank unleashed a quick and creative response to an unprecedented economic crisis. By lifting rates, the central bank aims to slow Americans' spending and close the gap between supply and demand. Higher rates also slow economic growth, meaning companies will likely hire at a slower pace and issue smaller raises in the near future. Google searches for " recession " surged to record highs amid fears that the Fed's aggressive hiking plans could slow economic growth to a halt. The central bank took a gamble early in the pandemic, Nygaard said, allowing inflation to run hotter than usual in pursuit of a faster labor-market recovery.
Persons: Powell, Jerome Powell, Claudia Sahm, Kaleb Nygaard —, , Nygaard, Biden, Brian Deese, Sen, Chris Van Hollen, Jennifer Wells, would've Organizations: Republicans, New York Times, New York Times . New York Magazine, Times, Yale Program, Chicago Fed, Fed, National Economic Council, Bloomberg, Labor, Federal Reserve, Black Locations: New York Times ., Maryland, Washington, China
Some analysts now believe that the hikers’ detention was initiated by hard-liners within Iran’s fractious government who wished to block rapprochement with the West. In other words, the goal may have been not to win American concessions but to prevent them. The American hikers were released two years later, just as reformists ascended within Tehran. Those cases can blur with instances driven by authoritarian security services more motivated by paranoia or overzealousness than any geopolitical agenda. Cases might be resolved through high-level diplomacy simply because it is the only way to cut through those countries’ autocratic legal systems.
Persons: Organizations: Ukraine — Locations: Tehran, Washington, Moscow, Ukraine
Not having the right tire pressure can eat away at your vehicle's fuel efficiency. Cruise control is your friendWhen you find yourself on a long stretch of highway, O'Dell recommends taking advantage of your vehicle's cruise control feature rather than manually controlling the throttle with your foot. The less speed and the less throttle you're using, the better it's going to be for your savings. "The less speed and the less throttle you're using, the better it's going to be for your savings." "Ballpark, you can probably expect anywhere from 1% to 5% increase [in mileage] by using cruise control, but every little bit helps," he says.
Persons: Marc O'Dell, O'Dell Organizations: AAA, Ford, Chrysler, JustAnswer, CNBC, PSI, NASCAR Locations: California, Washington
Iranian-flagged tanker in Greece tugged to Piraeus port
  + stars: | 2022-07-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy transfers crude oil from the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (former Pegas), off the shore of Karystos, on the Island of Evia, Greece, May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Costas BaltasATHENS, July 2 (Reuters) - An Iranian-flagged tanker seized by Greece in April, part of whose cargo was confiscated by the United States, was being towed to the port of Piraeus on Saturday, Greek coast guard officials said, after Greek authorities approved its release. "It left Karystos at 06:30 am (0330 GMT) and is expected to reach Piraeus around 10:00 pm," one official said. Part of the ship's Iranian oil cargo had already been transferred to another ship, Ice Energy, which was hired by the United States and is moored off Piraeus port. In a U.S. court filing in May, which was previously sealed, the U.S. government said the Pegas had received a cargo of Iranian oil from an Iranian tanker via a ship transfer in Iranian waters.
Persons: Costas Baltas ATHENS, Lana, Lefteris Papadimas, Angeliki Koutantou, Renee Maltezou, Jonathan Saul, Jan Harvey Organizations: Liberian, Ice Energy, REUTERS, Register, Reuters, PSB, Washington, Guards, Force, Pegas, Thomson Locations: Karystos, Evia, Greece, Iranian, United States, Piraeus, Athens, Tehran, Iran, U.S, East Gulf, Russian, Moscow, Ukraine, Washington, London
Kellyanne Conway said Jared Kushner tried to "ice" her out after Trump won the 2016 election. Former White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway in a recent interview said that ex-White House senior advisor Jared Kushner tried to "ice" her out of the presidential transition after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Almost from the moment, Donald Trump won, Jared was trying to ice me out in transition, in the White House. I'm a mom of four kids at the time — 7, 8, 12, and 12 — four sucky ages for Mom to go into the White House," she added. During a May appearance on ABC's "The View," Conway poked at Kushner's oversight in the Trump White House.
Persons: Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Trump, Conway, Donald Trump, David Axelrod, Hillary Clinton, Jared, Axelrod, Obama, Mom, Kushner, quizzical Organizations: White House, Trump, Veterans, Big Tech, Trump White House Locations: Washington
Ron DeSantis previously announced a 3-day civics training program for teachers. Some teachers who attended say they're concerned the training is one-sided, The Washington Post reported. The training said it's a "misconception" that "the Founders desired strict separation of church and state." New civics education training for Florida teachers promotes inaccurate ideas about the separation of church and state, teachers told The Washington Post. According to the Post, the training included the phrase that it is a "misconception" that "the Founders desired strict separation of church and state."
Persons: Ron DeSantis, they're, FDOE, DeSantis, Richard Judd, Judd, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Barbara Segal, Segal, Anna Fusco, " Fusco Organizations: Florida Gov, Washington Post, Florida Department of Education, The Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale High School, Tampa Bay Times, Broward Teachers Union Locations: Florida, Washington Post . Florida, Broward County
WASHINGTON — The chief security officer of the Supreme Court has asked that Virginia and Maryland officials enforce laws that would prohibit protests outside the homes of justices after weeks of demonstrations favoring abortion rights. In four letters sent to Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland; Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia; Jeffrey McKay, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Marc Elrich, the Montgomery County executive, the Supreme Court marshal, Gail A. Curley, cited protests and “threatening activity” in her request. The court formally issued its opinion in late June.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Larry Hogan, Glenn Youngkin, Jeffrey McKay, Marc Elrich, Gail A, Curley, Roe, Wade Organizations: Gov, of Supervisors Locations: Virginia, Maryland, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Fairfax County, Montgomery County
The Power of Seeing Double
  + stars: | 2022-07-01 | by ( Peter Saenger | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
Pairs, reversed images and alter egos haunt “The Double,” a new exhibition opening July 10 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Starting around 1900, curator James Meyer says, many modern artists were drawn to the theme of doubling, some of them inspired by Freud’s insights on conflicting mental processes and by photographic techniques like double exposures. The avant-garde photographer Man Ray found that even a slight suggestion of doubling could be powerfully unsettling. The resulting portrait was blurred and seemed to have four eyes, suggesting a woman with clashing personas. To drive the point home, Man Ray also printed and exhibited a photographic negative of Casati, turning every white in the picture to black, and vice versa.
Persons: , James Meyer, Matisse, Warhol, Mondrian, Duchamp, Man Ray, Luisa Casati, Ray Organizations: National Gallery of Art Locations: Washington ,
There were six Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade last week. However, in the aftermath of the ruling, there has been an intense and particular focus on a different justice: Clarence Thomas. “I was a radical.”Thomas seems to have been put on this path by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. King had advanced a particularly optimistic view of white liberals and cross-racial advocacy. It should be noted that these eugenics initiatives were pushed heavily by white liberals of the time, also in the name of helping the marginalized and disadvantaged. Thomas has no trust in similar social justice rhetoric being deployed by abortion rights advocates today.
Persons: Roe, Wade, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Thomas ’, , Clarence ”, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s, , Uncle Tim ”, Black Republican Sen, Tim Scott’s, Joe Biden’s, Thomas, Scott, Tom ”, Corey Robin, Dobbs, Jackson, Malcolm X, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, , , ” Thomas, Martin Luther King Jr, King, Robin, Hillary Clinton, he’s, Clinton, “ It’s, I’ve, Thomas Sowell, Yasmin Nair, “ Clarence Thomas Organizations: Twitter, Republican, Black Republican, GOP, , Yorker, Communist Party, Black Panthers, Holy, Yale Law School, Yale Locations: Negros, Washington, Vietnam, America, Worcester,
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, gymnast Simone Biles and actor Denzel Washington are among this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. President Biden selected more than a dozen people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including gymnast Simone Biles , the late Apple Inc. leader Steve Jobs , actor Denzel Washington and the late Sen. John McCain . The awards, the country’s highest civilian honor, will be presented July 7 at the White House.
Persons: Steve Jobs, Simone Biles, Denzel Washington, Biden, Sen, John McCain Organizations: Apple, Apple Inc, White
He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition,” the message said. A source familiar with Hutchinson's deposition said the unnamed individual referred to as "a person" in the message was Meadows, Hutchinson's old boss. A spokesperson for Meadows said the former congressman, who's snubbed a subpoena to sit for an interview with the committee, denied meddling in Hutchinson’s testimony. “No one from Meadows’ camp, himself or otherwise, has ever attempted to intimidate or shape Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony to the committee,” the spokesperson said. The message to Hutchinson was one of two Cheney referred to during the hearing.
Persons: Cassidy Hutchinson, Mark Meadows, Hutchinson, Donald Trump, Liz Cheney, Cheney, Meadows, who's, , Trump, White, Pat Cipollone, Mike Pence, Pat, Mike, I’m, I’ll, , untruthfully Organizations: White House, NBC News, Politico, Secret Service, Trump Locations: Meadows, Meadows ’, Jan, Trump
It captures the reason Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell used extraordinary tactics to engineer the right's 6-3 majority, which is seen as the most conservative Supreme Court in nearly a century. Some are calling for passage of the Judiciary Act, which would add four seats to the Supreme Court. Biden, who opposes Supreme Court expansion, labeled the abortion ruling decision "destabilizing" and called for a filibuster exception to codify the right to end a pregnancy. His calculation has panned out, with scores of Democratic lawmakers saying they don't support Supreme Court expansion. "This is a radical, out-of-control Supreme Court.
Persons: WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, Roe, Wade, Mitch McConnell, Sen, Lindsey Graham, McConnell, Barack Obama, I’ve, , Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amy Coney Barrett, Ginsburg, , ” McConnell, institutionalists, Biden, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Scalia's, Donald Trump’s, Neil Gorsuch, Anthony Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell wagered, Barrett, Brian Fallon, Ketanji Brown Jackson, John Della Volpe Organizations: Supreme, Republican, Court, Committee, assail, Republicans, White, Liberal, Democratic Party, Democratic Locations: Kentucky, America
“I was there, daughter,” The Associated Press said he told her, referring to the trip he himself once made across the border. “There are no special trips.”She told him the smuggler would be making $15,000, the AP reported. The tragic deaths have stirred emotions in San Antonio, a city with a large Latino population that is mostly Mexican American. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio held a memorial Mass on Thursday evening at the historic San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio, founded in 1731. Eric Gay / APArchbishop Gustavo García-Siller, who presided at the Mass, called for immigration reform in his bilingual homily, The San Antonio Express-News reported.
Persons: Yazmín, she’d, , José Santos Bueso, Jaser Daniel Ortiz, Delmer Martinez, Bueso’s, Erik Rodríguez, Minor Cardona, , Roberto Quintero, Hector Zamorano Jr, Christian Martinez, Paola Martinez, Mary, Eric Gay, Gustavo García, Siller Organizations: Telemundo News, Associated Press, AP, Telemundo, Washington Post, Federal, American, Roman Catholic Archdiocese, San, San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio Express, NBC News, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Honduras, San Antonio, , El Progreso, Latin America, U.S, Guatemala, Mexico, San Fernando
There have been nearly 19% more shootings of police officers this year, compared to this time in 2021, a law enforcement advocacy group said Friday. Findings by the National Fraternal Order of Police are particularly disturbing in light of 2021 data on wounded officers is the highest in recent memory. The report counts 35 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers this year, which have resulted in 57 officers shot, 12 of whom were killed. The new FOP data also includes the slaying of two law enforcement officers in Kentucky on Thursday. “Make no mistake — we are experiencing a real crisis with the level of violence directed at law enforcement officers,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes said in a statement.
Persons: , Patrick Yoes, I’ve Organizations: National Fraternal, of Police, Fraternal Locations: Kentucky, Floyd, Allen , Kentucky
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