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Run with the Heroes 5k to honor fallen heroes

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:17

The 11th Run with the Heroes 5K is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8 a.m. The event, which will be held at Camp Mabry (2200 W. 35th St), honors fallen heroes from fire, EMS and police agencies and their families, in addition to those who protect and serve the Austin-area communities. This year’s honoree is Officer Ken Copeland of the San Marcos Police Department.
 
“The Run with the Heroes run/walk offers our community and first responders with a unique opportunity to lace up our running and walking shoes in memory of fallen heroes while supporting Central Texas Special Olympians. These exceptional athletes are an inspiration to all who wear a uniform for the dedication, grit and heart they show both in competition and in the way they live their lives each day.” said Brian Manley, APD Chief of Police. 

Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate in this wonderful event.  Sign-up is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Austin/RWTH. Proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Texas. Run with the Heroes is hosted by the Austin Police Department. 

APD Region 2 District Representatives, Office of Community Liaison & Univision host En Su Comunidad

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:15

On Friday, October 12, 2018, the Austin Police Department Region 2 District Representatives, Office of Community Liaison and Univision will host En Su Comunidad. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
 
En Su Comunidad is a free, family resources fair that APD hosts with Univision at least three times a year. For this event, APD collaborated with Dobie Middle School and Austin Voices. The goal of this event is to build relationships between APD and the Hispanic Community. We want this community to enjoy a day with their families and have the opportunity learn more about the organizations and resources offered.
 
The following is the list of organizations that will attend:

  1. Consulate General of Mexico
  2. Department of Labor / Wage and Hour Division
  3. Latino Health Care
  4. READ – Rundberg Educational Advanced District
  5. Austin Voices for Education and Youth
  6. APD – Office of Community Liaison
  7. APD - Auto Theft Unit
  8. APD – Region 2 District Representatives
  9. APD – Alarm Administration
  10. Safe Alliance
  11. Be The Match
  12. U.S. Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  13. Refugee Services of Texas  – STEP (Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program)

Parking for the event is in the lot off Teasdale Terrace St., next to the tennis courts.


 
For more information about the event, contact Office of Community Liaison Sadot Azzua at 512-974-4461 or sadot.azzua@austintexas.gov.

Hostage Taker Fatally Shot by Portland Police

Officer.com - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:08
An officer with the Portland police tactical squad fatally shot a 30-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a Southeast Portland motel room, holding his girlfriend hostage at knifepoint Wednesday morning.
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RI State Police Task Force Charges Providence Man with Possession of More Than 400 Marijuana Plants, 8 Pounds of Dried Marijuana and a Loaded .22 Semi-automatic Handgun

State - RI Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:00
Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force today arrested a Providence resident for allegedly possessing...
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5 doctors, pharmacist busted for allegedly flooding NYC with millions of pain pills

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:53

By Graham Rayman New York Daily News

NEW YORK CITY — Five doctors and a pharmacist are accused of cynically flooding the city with millions of painkillers, leading to multiple overdoses and several deaths, authorities said Thursday.

Two of the doctors, Dante Cubangbang, 50, and John Gargan, 62, along with three employees, allegedly sold more than 6 million pills out of their Queens pain relief office — the most by far of any doctor’s office in the state. The pills — many of them oxycodone or other opioids — were then sold on the street for about $30 apiece. They reaped $5.7 million in cash profits, which they then shared among themselves, authorities say.

Carl Anderson, a 57-year-old Staten Island doctor, and an associate, Arthur Grande, 53, are accused of selling pills out of an office that opened at 2 a.m., and often attracted crowds that triggered 911 calls for noise. The waiting room grew so crowded that his “patients,” some with fresh needle marks, routinely bribed office staff to put them at the head of the line, according to prosecutors.

Two of Anderson’s own employees died of overdoses, but Anderson kept prescribing the lethal stuff, prosecutors say. In the end, he had written prescriptions for more than 900,000 pills.

Drug dealers from around the Northeast would come to the city to buy from the twisted doctors, authorities say. Some would use “crew chiefs” to recruit people to pretend to be in pain in order to get more prescriptions. Many of the medical visits lasted no more than a few minutes and involved no actual medical inspection.

Medicare and Medicaid paid out millions for the illicit prescriptions.

“These doctors and other health professionals should have been the first line of defense against opioid abuse, but as alleged in today’s charges, instead of caring for their patients, they were drug dealers in white coats,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “They hid behind their medical licenses to sell addictive, dangerous narcotics. It’s horrendous. I’m outraged by it.”

Berman noted that 49,068 people died of overdoses in the United States in 2017 — or 134 people a day, leading to a decline in average life expectancy for Americans. The city Department of Health has said more than 1,500 people fatally overdosed just in the city last year.

“Our entire country is suffering through an opioid abuse crisis, and we need to do everything we can to save as many lives as possible,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, hailing the arrests.

Anthony Pietropinto, an 80-year-old Manhattan psychiatrist, is accused of writing thousands of unnecessary painkiller prescriptions after hours for $50 to $100 a pop. He would tell patients to avoid filling them at large chain pharmacies to avoid law-enforcement attention, prosecutors say. He often put the cash from these transactions into a wad of money in his socks.

Prosecutors said he kept writing the prescription to people who were visibly high, and that he knew of at least one patient who died of an overdose.

Dr. Nkanga Nkanga, 65, another Staten Island doctor, wrote thousands of needless prescriptions for more than $500,000 worth of pills without even an examination, prosecutors allege.

And Nadem Sayegh, 64, who had offices in the Bronx and Westchester County, allegedly conspired with a second person, writing prescriptions for 50,000 pills to that person using variations of the name and relatives’ names. In exchange, he was given cash, expensive dinners, high-end whisky, cruises and an all-expense paid trip to Puerto Rico, according to authorities.

Sayegh also ordered medical equipment and had it shipped to his office, then resold it or sent it overseas for profit, authorities charge.

Marc Klein, a 47-year-old pharmacist in White Plains, filled prescriptions and falsified reports to state authorities, prosecutors say. In return, he got free meals and at least one all-expenses-paid vacation to Atlantic City. At one point, he referred to himself as a “licensed drug dealer because Oxy pays the bills around here,” according to authorities.

All 10 people suspects were arrested between late Wednesday and early Thursday and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. They each face up to 20 years in prison.

Berman declined to discuss the role of manufacturers and distributors in pumping the pills into cities and towns helping to fuel the epidemic. “I can’t go into any ongoing investigations by our office,” he said. “But we take very seriously everyone who is in the distribution chain for these highly addictive drugs.”

©2018 New York Daily News


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Teen faces adult charges in killing of police K-9 named Fang

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:49

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida authorities say a teenager is facing adult charges in an armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang.

The Florida Times-Union reports the State Attorney's Office filed upgraded charges Thursday against the 17-year-old boy. The charges include killing a police dog, possession of a firearm, aggravated fleeing, armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping with a firearm.

An arrest report says the teen got into a car at a gas station and held the driver at gunpoint. It says he later ordered the driver and her passenger out and drove off.

Authorities tracked the car's GPS system and remotely shut the engine off. Officers say the youth ran with K-9 Officer Matt Herrera and the 3-year-old German shepherd in pursuit.

They say the teen then fatally wounded Fang.


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Illinois Deputy Nominated for HAIX Hero of the Month

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:28

Cook County (IL) Sheriff's Deputy Joe Fiorentino has been nominated for HAIX Hero of the Month for October.

A 21-year veteran of law enforcement, Fiorentino is a martial arts expert who promotes health and education in the community. He volunteers to help fellow law enforcement officers, children, adults, and even seniors learn to defend themselves. He has taught an eight-week self-defense class for the staff and teachers at a local elementary school. Teaching that self-defense is not just about punching and kicking, Fiorentino (who has written "Winning Edge" articles for POLICE) stresses verbal skills, confidence, and self-awareness in his classes. He has been awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

To vote for Deputy Fiorentino as HAIX Hero of the Month for October, give him a "like" on the POLICE Magazine Facebook page.

Two more law enforcement officers will be nominated in October for HAIX Hero of the Month. The winner will be the officer receiving the most "likes." The winner will be named on the final Monday of October and will receive a pair of boots from HAIX.

Do you know of a deserving law enforcement hero? Nominate them today for HAIX Hero of the Month! Submit their nomination here.

 

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Judge: No insanity defense for man charged in police attack

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:27

Associated Press

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A judge has ruled that a man charged in a deadly shooting at a Maryland police station is not qualified to pursue an insanity defense.

The Washington Post reports the ruling by a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge did acknowledge that 25-year-old Michael Deandre Ford has serious mental-health issues. Ford's attorney, Antoini M. Jones, said at Thursday's hearing that doctors assessed Ford but determined his challenges stemming from childhood are not enough for a possible legal finding of "not criminally responsible."

Ford is accused of attacking a county police station in 2016. Undercover narcotics detective 28-year-old Jacai Colson had responded to the gunfire and was fatally shot by another officer.

Ford is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and other offenses. Trial is scheduled to start Oct. 22.


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Chicago Police Board Clears Officer in Fatal Shooting

Officer.com - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:56
A divided Chicago Police Board voted 5-3 Thursday night to clear an officer of all wrongdoing in fatally shooting a teen in the back of the head during a foot chase nearly six years ago.
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Virginia Cop-Killer Sentenced

Officer.com - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:42
Travis Ball killed a Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter on May 26, 2017.
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Training School Teachers and Administrators to Respond to Active Killers

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:30

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Two recent news items demonstrate precisely how starkly different school administrators can be when it comes to their attitudes regarding police.

The two items appeared in our headlines within a week of each other, and they could not have had more different reactions from police and the public alike.

Here's a brief review of recent events.

First, the Good News...

In the first item, Julie Kraemer—a school superintendent in Illinois—became a certified and sworn law enforcement officer so she could carry a concealed weapon at school in order to respond to an active shooter.

Kraemer began her training earlier this year because her school district didn't have funding to hire a full-time school resource officer, and she wanted to protect the kids in her school in the event of an attack.

"If somebody comes in to try to hurt my kids, we have something other than a stapler to throw at them," the 51-year-old educator said.

"We're no longer a soft target," she said.

Julie Kraemer is a shining example of the kind of people—people with truly remarkable character and wisdom—we need to have in American schools.

Now, the Bad News…

Meanwhile, another school administrator should probably be fired for what he did—or more accurately, didn't do.

Torrey Hampton—Principal of the Forest Hill High School in Mississippi—failed to stop a disturbing display by that school's marching band in which his students imitated the murder of police officers.

Images depicting the murder of police officers caused widespread outrage—with the "performance" coming just days after two Brookhaven police officers were killed in the line of duty responding to a shots-fired call.

Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox said in a statement on Facebook, "The halftime performance conducted by the Forest Hill Band at our Brookhaven High School home football game last night was inappropriate, irresponsible, and insensitive to say the least. It was a horrific display of disrespect demonstrated toward our local law enforcement, our students and families in attendance of the game, and all citizens of Brookhaven. It is disturbing that the Forest Hill routine has been performed previously with no repercussions to faculty members or administrators, especially given the fact weapons were involved. Even though the weapons were obviously toy guns, it is still a serious violation of school policy."

Knowingly allowing this kind of violent imagery to occur is unconscionable, but let's say—just for the sake of argument—that Principal Hampton had no knowledge that his students were performing this "halftime routine" on a weekly basis.

That makes him woefully ignorant of important facts about events at his school.

In either case—whether it was willful indifference or professional incompetence—Principal Hampton should be removed from his position.

Focusing on the Positive

I don't want to linger too long on Forest Hills High or their reprehensible "halftime show"—purposely hanging onto negative feelings of anger and outrage is unhealthy and unproductive.

I want instead to focus on the positive—singing the praises of Superintendent Kraemer—and restating my argument that teachers should be allowed to arm themselves in schools.

I have contended for years that a small number of teachers in America should be allowed to carry concealed on campus—on a handful of important conditions.

1. These people must be volunteers. This not an assignment to be handed out. These individuals must be self-selected.

2. They must undergo law enforcement training—not just in firearms, but in the law as it relates to lethal force, and basic police tactics for "running to the sound of the guns" in a way that's less likely to get them killed.

3. They must qualify to law enforcement standards. This includes the psych evaluation as well as their proficiency with their chosen weapon. They must requalify at the same intervals as the officers working for the police agency that trained them.

4. They must be known to area law enforcement as being "a good guy with a gun" and not the active shooter causing the mayhem. At a minimum, a photograph and a description—a cell pnone number would also be a good idea—must be on file with the 911 call center that can then transmit that important information via mobile phone and/or MDT to responding units.

5. They must be completely unknown to the students as having a weapon—this must be the most closely guarded secret on campus. We don't want the 275-pound starting left tackle for the football team figuring out that he can easily gain access to a gun by jumping 145-pound "Miss Smith" as she emerges from the teacher's lounge. We also don't want the active shooter knowing that the abovementioned "Miss Smith" is armed, making her the very first target.

This list would likely ensure that the one person at the school well-suited to adding the responsibility of carrying a firearm on campus is the only one who would be permitted to do so.

Basic Training for Every Teacher

Very few people who get into teaching have the mental, emotional, psychological, or physical fortitude to use deadly force when under imminent threat—most are more likely to cower in fear and perish under fire.

For example, I wouldn't trust Principal Hampton of Forest Hills High to carry a loaded stapler, much less a loaded gun.

SIDEBAR: Yes, I know I said I was going to let go of that issue. I'm trying—really, I am—but I'm still pretty pissed off about it. If you're as angry as me, you can send him an email.

Yeah, I did that research for you, gentle reader.

You can thank me later.

However, I believe that every teacher should receive some level of active shooter response training.

I was speaking earlier this week with my friend Mitch Broulette—the school resource officer I mentioned in this column a couple of weeks ago.

Mitch was telling me about an amazing program he created to train teachers and administrators simple and effective tactics they can use to escape from harm in the event of an attack on the school.

Based on the ALICE model—Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate—Mitch has instructed nearly two thousand civilians in unarmed active shooter response.

After our discussion, Mitch and I were walking through the vast common space at the school, and we stopped to survey the space.

He motioned his arm in a sweeping fashion.

I'm paraphrasing here, but essentially he said, "If we get a call of a shooter near the principal's office, everyone here in this area just has to run."

Mitch gestured behind us, indicating that the principal's office is a good long way away from that location—there would be plenty of time for teachers and students to escape danger.

"We'll come find you," Mitch said. "We've got helicopters and dogs and drones. We'll find you. Just get out and get to safety up in those hills."

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman says in his training seminars that every school in the nation conducts two or three fire drills per year, despite the fact that not one single child has died from a school fire anywhere in North America in well over a half a century.

At a very minimum, I'd like to see every school in America have the kind of preparedness training for teachers like that's provided by Officer Mitch Broulette in California.

I'd also like see more educators like Superintendent Julie Kraemer in Illinois—people willing to commit to the training necessary to stand in the stead of an SRO who cannot be there because of budget constraints.

Officer Mitch Broulette and Superintendent Julie Kraemer are two true heroes with one unified goal—keeping our kids safe at school.

Thank you—both of you—for everything you do.

 

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Search crews look for the dead and the living in Florida

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:25

By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington Associated Press

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael's aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 11 across the South.

The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans for setting up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.

Search teams continued to pick their way through the ruins of Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Wednesday with devastating 155 mph (249 kph) winds.

State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.

State emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible some of those unaccounted for haven't been able to contact friends or family to let them know they are safe.

Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still "do not know enough" about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.

"We are not completely done. We are still getting down there," the governor added.

Emergency officials said they had done an initial "hasty search" of 80 percent of the stricken area, looking for the living or the dead.

Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said he expects to see the death toll rise.

"We still haven't gotten into the hardest-hit areas," he said, adding with frustration: "Very few people live to tell what it's like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson."

Long expressed worry that people have suffered "hurricane amnesia."

"When state and local officials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out," he said.

Officials, meanwhile, set up distribution centers outside big stores such as Wal-Mart and Publix to pass out food and water to victims. Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because some roads had yet to be cleared.

The deaths were spread throughout the storm's vast path, from Florida to Virginia, where at least four people drowned in flooding caused by Michael's rainy remnants.

On the Panhandle, Tyndall Air Force Base "took a beating," so much so that Col. Brian Laidlaw told the 3,600 men and women stationed on the base not to come back. Many of the 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated.

A small "ride-out" team that hunkered down as the hurricane's eyewall passed directly overhead ventured out to find nearly every building severely damaged, many a complete loss. The elementary school, the flight line, the marina and the runways were devastated.


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National Law Enforcement Museum opens its doors

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:17

By Chuck Biedka The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.

WASHINGTON — The National Law Enforcement Museum will open this Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The museum is adjacent to the national police memorial wall honoring officers, troopers and agents who have died in the line of duty, including Lower Burrell Patrolman Derek Kotecki and New Kensington Patrolman Brian Shaw, and many others from Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

The museum is at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building at Judicial Square and 444 E Street, NW. It’s near most of the district and federal courts.

The museum is described as a “walk in the shoes experience” for visitors. For example, they will be able to try handling simulated emergency calls in a 9-1-1 Emergency Ops exhibit, review evidence and see if you can crack the crime in “Take the Case,” and test your decision-making skills in the training simulator, according to spokesman Steve Groeninge.

Also on display is the U.S. Park Police Eagle One helicopter used to rescue airplane crash survivors from the Potomac River.

The museum describes the many professions collectively under the umbrella as “law enforcement officer.”

It has guides who can answer questions about police issues and address “the grassroots efforts to strengthen relationships between police and the communities they serve,” Groeninger said.

The exhibit, entitled Five Communities, will provide visitors a look at specific programs developed in Cleveland, Dallas, Chicago, Somerville, Mass. and Charleston, S.C.

At Friday’s grand opening, remarks will be given by National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund leadership, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey and others.

A video message from former President George W. Bush will also be shown.

©2018 The Valley News-Dispatch


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Burglars underestimate neighborhood watch and NYSP K9

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:49
On October 10, 2018, Troopers stationed out of SP Amity arrested Terry L. Kendall, 28 of Jamestown, NY for Burglary 2nd Degree (C Felony) and Kenneth E. Kendall, 49 of Jamestown, NY for Burglary 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.

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Missing woman from Greene in need of medication

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:48
New York State Police at Norwich are looking for the public’s help in locating a 43-year-old woman from Greene who is in need of medication. 

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Grand Larceny Arrest

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:35
Stolen unemployment insurance benefits
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Grand Larceny Arrest

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:34
Stolen unemployment insurance benefits
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Forensic Genealogy Could Find 60 Percent of White Americans

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:16
NewsRoughly 60 percent of Americans of European ancestry — including at-large killers responsible for unsolved cold cases — can be identified by forensic genealogy using the scope of current public DNA databases, according to a new study. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
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Slip-up Leads to Charges for Arizona Forensic Medical Examiner

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:01
NewsWords come back to haunt you, especially when uttered in court. It started with a fraction of an inch: A well-known Arizona forensic medical examiner misstated the size of a bullet hole in a 1996 trial.Contributed Author: Michael Kiefer, Arizona RepublicTopics: Medical Examiner
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Washington State Ends 'Racially Biased' Death Penalty

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:52
NewsWashington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment.Contributed Author: Rachel La Corte and Gene Johnson, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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