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Rally for Peace Two junior opinion editors attended the peace rally in Washington, D.C., to express their feelings about the Iraq War. Opinion editor Willa Simmet talks about her experience among 100,000 people from across the world.

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New courses added to CFHS curriculum Ellen Wrede Staff Writer

Powering up for her action-filled day is senior Rhiannon Talbot. To get a glimpse at their Division I rating group events, the speech team will be hosting a festival in the auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

Speech team ends group season with top ratings Kellie Petersen Staff Writer

The CFHS speech team picked up four Division I ratings on Saturday, Jan. 22, as students from several area high schools gathered at Union High School in LaPorte City for the district large group speech contest. CFHS had 44 students participate in a wide variety of speech events, ranging from reader’s theater to pantomime. “I actually thought it went really well, our whole group pulled together and we did really well on stage,” sophomore Michelle Redinbaugh said. Redinbaugh, who participated in the one act play event and is a first-year speech team participant, said she had a lot of fun and would definitely continue with speech. “Speech is really fun. It is really fun to see all of the events,” sophomore Alicia Palas said. Palas participated in the television news and improvisation events. The improv event, which included Palas and sophomore Rhys Talbot, was one of four of the CFHS events to receive a Division I rating. This Division I rating allows the group to advance to the state large group speech contest that will be held on Feb. 3. The other three events to receive a Division I rating were musical theater performing the act of “Merrily We Roll Along,” which included seniors Collin Tagtow and Rhiannon Talbot, sophomores Rhys Talbot and Sam Lilja and freshman Riley Martin; ensemble acting with “The Taming of the Shrew,” which included senior Spencer Collins and junior Elle Frodsham; and ensemble acting performing “Harvey,” which included junior Nicky Singh and sophomore Jasmine Singh. “Overall, I think it went really well,” speech coach Rebecca Kauten said about large group speech contest. “The judging was a lot more difficult than in

past years, but we are just going to have to work harder. Getting to State will really mean something,” Kauten said. Speech team coach and Peet speech teacher Deb Eschweiler also felt judging was strict, but she said she was still pleased with the performance of the entire team. “I’m proud of each and every student that participated in large group events,” Eschweiler said. Of all of the events CFHS participated in, everyone received either a Division I or II rating. “I’m really pleased with our performances. I feel it’s a really competitive contest with tough judging, so I’m pleased that we earned four Division Is,” Eschweiler said. With large group speech season coming to an end, individual speech season is just beginning. Individuals begin this week with casting for the events occurring the week after. “ I love individuals, they’re amazing,” senior speech participant Justine Celoni said. “When you go to individuals at districts, you get to see individual people doing what they like to do,” Celoni said. Some individual events include solo improv, public address, interpretive poetry/prose and spontaneous speaking. The district contest for individual speech will be held March 3, while State will be on March 17. The individual events are often not as long as group events and offer more opportunities for the use of original material. Eschweiler said that individual events take as much work and commitment as the large group events. Students are encouraged to participate in individual speech even if they were not involved in large group speech. “Individual competition really allows you to hone your own communication skills,” Eschweiler said.

The times are changing. Next year at Cedar Falls High School, several new classes will be implemented into the curriculum. Public speaking, one of the two new classes in the English department is to be taught by English and drama teacher Michelle Rathe. “The course is going to give you all the kinds of basic skills. Not only using the speech and the voice itself, but in creating persuasive and informative kinds of speeches,” Rathe said. “It’ll be very good just for speaking in general, but also good for going into the work place and the work world.” This is a one-semester course worth one English credit. Also new to the English department is broadcast journalism. Instructed by journalism teacher Brian Winkel, students will earn one elective credit and one English credit in this two-semester class. Students will use the newest audio/video editing software to create audio podcasts, video podcasts and video segments that will be placed on the Tiger Hi-Line website, and also aired on the community access channel. “In addition to the many computer and technical skills the students will learn, they will really get to home in on communication too as they find themselves digging into their stories, writing their scripts and recording their segments,” Winkel said. Changes are also taking place in the industrial technology department with many new course

names. “We want to be able to provide experiences and teach students about technology in computer aided design that is as close to the real world as possible. These changes reflect what is happening in the real world,” Industrial technology department head Troy Becker said. Drafting I is perhaps the most affected class with its name changing as well as some of the course work. Next year it will be known as 3D animation and design, and it will be utilizing new software and implementing an animation project. Other changing courses in this area are introduction to electronics, which will be henceforth called introduction to robotics and electronics because of a more heavily emphasized robotics course. Mechanical drafting is changing its name to engineering drawing and design with more emphasis put on engineering studies, and architectural drafting is changing to architectural drawing and design. In the science and math wings, the A-B-C level courses are upgrading to new names. For example, biology A will now become honors biology, biology B will become biology, and biology C will become fundamentals of biology “Putting the letters A, B and C doesn’t really explain the meaning of the course and how the different levels are geared toward helping the motivation of the students in terms of what they want to go into. It will kind of help differentiate between the different classes,” science department chair Lynn Griffin said. Another change in the science department is a dual credit opportunity with Hawkeye Community College in honors physics.

Curriculum Changes

Public Speaking

One semester course offered to grades 10, 11 and 12 In this class, students are given the opportunity to create different types of oral presentations for numerous types of audiences, and express their knowledge through writing, reading, and speaking assignments. This class reinforces the techniques, principles, and practice of productive oral communication.

Broadcast Journalism

Full year course offered to grades 10, 11 and 12 In Broadcast Journalism, students will use newsworthy stories to generate broadcast features for the high school website and the local cable access channel. Throughout the year, students will make podcasts, video features stories and anchor live broadcasts. This class sharpens communication skills while producing new broadcasts every year.

HCC Introduction to Health Careers (HCC Dual Credit)

One semester course offered to grades 11 and 12 This new course is offered to allow students to look into numerous health careers and professions. Intro to Health Careers will also provide students with the opportunity to become certified in CPR, First Aid, Mandatory Reporter Training for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse and Blood Bone Pathogen Training.

HCC Physics I & II (HCC Dual Credit)

Full year course offered to grades 11 and 12 This new course replaces the previous Physics A and covers the laws of physics; kinematics; dynamics; force; linear and rotational motion; fluids; sound; electricity; magnetism; light and optics; and quantum and nuclear physics. Physics I and II will also involve students in class projects and participation in the Physics Olympics.


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Our View RAMP program boosts ITEDS after just one semester of effort With the increasing emphasis on standardized testing, many students could benefit from a course designed to help them improve these scores. Since the creation of the Reading and Math Program (RAMP) earlier this year, such a course exists. The program, which has an enrollment of 15 students and five teachers, has already helped facilitate many positive changes worthy of recognition. Of the 15 students, 12 have shown improvement in their reading scores by an average of 24.7 percentile points. Fourteen of the 15 students improved their math scores by an average of 21.8 points, and nine of the students in RAMP showed an average improvement of 27.9 percentile points in science, though it was not a main emphasis of the program. While the number of proficient scores has increased significantly in every subject, some of RAMP’s benefits are also evident on a more abstract level. According to Principal Rich Powers, many students enrolled in this program have developed a more “positive attitude about their ability to be successful.” This is easy to understand considering the support the students are provided with. CFHS teachers Tracy Johns, Troy Slater, Rich Strike, Diane Flaherty and Susan Considine deserve recognition for their involvement in this program. These five teachers have all played a role in creating a program that not only helps students develop long-term skills, but provides them with the necessary support to apply them.

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Junior joins thousands in DC march calling for immediate end to Iraq War Willa Simmet Opinion Editor

Here we are, three teenagers from Iowa, in the heart of an estimated 100,000 people who have come from across the country to call for an end to the war in Iraq. I look behind me, across a sea of signs and into the eyes of a young Latino girl with long flowing brown hair, wearing a hat that says, “pas ahora” which translates to “peace now.” We smile and my eyes take me to the Washington Monument, sticking straight out of the ground as voices cheering for peace bounce off it. It’s midmorning and the sun is shining down on the crowd of people stretching in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. I look next to me and see a women holding a wooden stick with a line of attached paper cranes. Her head is bowed as if in prayer, as if she is trying to absorb and remember each sight, sound and smell. Twelve-year-old Moriah Arnold from Massachusetts excites the crowd of anxious people who are holding signs that say things like “give peace a chance” and “save a tree, remove a bush”. The child stands on the stage calling our nation’s leaders liars and asking Congress to do something about this unnecessary war that makes us look like a bully to the rest of the world. Along with Arnold, celebrities, lawmakers and representatives from organizations such as United for Peace and Justice, organizer of the rally, each take their turn revving the crowd before we make our way to the streets. Brenda Hervet of Sioux City, a member of Military Families Speak Out, said her stepson Michael was seriously injured in Iraq and is recovering in Germany. Because of the troop surge, he will have to return to Iraq. She said the most supportive thing Congress could do for her son is not fund the war. “Not one more dime, not one more day,” Hervet shouted. Ra’ed Jarrar, an Iraqi citizen and project director for Global Exchange Iraq, said Iraqis want their country back. “We want the occupation to end now,” Jarrar said. “We don’t need someone from overseas to protect us. We know how to rule our country ourselves.

We want the troops to go home.” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. “We need a war on poverty at home, not a war on religion in Iraq. It’s time to build. It’s Standing among 100,000 people at the national peace rally time to heal.” organized by United Peace and Justice are opinion editors A group Andrea Huber and Willa Simmet. of young people from Ohio come rushing up military. “I feel like my carrying my to us, commenting on how much they buddies with me from the battlefield, love our signs which said things like, the ones wounded, the ones neglected “An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole by our society,” he said about the World Blind,” and “You Can Bomb sculpture he carried during the protest. the World into Pieces, but You Can’t Finally it is our turn to surround the Bomb the World into Peace.” We share Capitol. Women in long, flowing skirts our thoughts, trying to express ev- and men dressed in colorful clothes erything we are feeling about the day beat on drums, upside down buckets in a few short sentence. We discuss and cooking pots. A couple in front how awesome all of this is, to be sur- of me dances as the street is filled with rounded by so many people who un- echoes of words for peace. derstand things the way we understand Several men and women on stilts them. It’s as if we have all migrated to are cheered on by other protesters. A some sort of homeland. This unity is young girl has climbed a tree and is what grabbed me and filled me with so leading a cheer. As she perches there much joy. in her pink pants and curly hair, she During the 22-hour bus ride to screams, “What do we want.” Her Washington, I met John Paul Horn- father and several others from down beck, a 25-year-old artist from Iowa below call back at her, “Peace!” City. He dressed like up George Bush, “When do we want it?” including a mask. He and a friend car“Now,” they holler back. ried a sculpture he made of the World After the march my friends and I Trade Center during the march. The collapse, smiling, on the grass in front Twin Towers were made of chicken of the Washington Monument. We roll wire and covered with little plastic sol- down Capitol Hill, and after becoming diers. His hat was covered with plastic firmly planted again, discuss the pursoldiers too. pose of the march. We want Congress When he found out I was a high to pass H.R. 508, the Bring the Troops school student, he was so taken aback Home and Iraqi Restoration Act. that he spent several hours telling me The bill would bring the troops about his art and feelings on the war. home in six months and provide ecoHis father, a Vietnam veteran, has suf- nomic aid and a framework for stability fered ever since from post traumatic in Iraq. stress. Growing up in a family affected I think Leslie Cagan, national coorby the Vietnam War has shaped his art dinator for United For Peace and Juswork, which is influenced by combat tice, said it best: “We are all ages, come photography. from all walks of life and all regions The news media is no longer able of the country, rural and urban.We are to show these images, but Hornbeck united in our determination to bring believes people need to see the horror the troops home now and attend to the of war that soldiers experience. desperately neglected problems here in Hornbeck spent four years in the our country.”


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Women’s basketball team falls to #10 Iowa City High, six seniors honored on senior night with victory over Dubuque Hempstead Josh Betts Sports Editor

Coming into last week with an 8-7 record, the Cedar Falls Women’s Basketball team looked to build some momentum heading into the homestretch of the season, but the task would be a tall one, playing at #10 Iowa City High and hosting Dubuque Hempstead. Tuesday, the Tigers traveled to Iowa City to face the #10 Little Hawks of Iowa City High, but the Tigers came up on the short end of a 61-40 score. CFHS head coach Dan List talked about his team’s effort against the Little Hawks. “It was a much closer game than the final score indicated,” List said. “We just didn’t execute well offensively in the second half.” One bright spot for the Tigers was the return of junior guard Caitlin Hagarty to the lineup after missing six games with an injury. “It’s nice to be able to get back to our original starters and roles on the team,” List said. The Tigers trailed by just six points (31-25) at halfime, but were outscored 30-15 in the second half.

Another bright spot for the Tigers in defeat was the Tigers out rebounded City High 38-27. “It’s nice we crashed the boards well,” List said. “We just couldn’t finish off our offensive rebounds.” In defeat, the Tigers were led by their two starting post players, with Caitlin Blau scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Abby Mohlis scoring eight points and adding 12 rebounds. “We competed fairly well in the post area,” List said. “(We just) couldn’t get our perimeter shots to fall.” City High and all scorers were led by Iowa signee junior Kelly Krei’s 24 points and 11 rebounds. Krei is averaging 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season in conference play. “She’s very talented,” List said of Krei. “She can hit from outside, and has good post moves.” The Tigers shot just 30.8 percent on 12-39 shooting, and 14-31 from the line for 45.2 percent. City High shot 41.8% percent on 23-55 shooting; the Little Hawks shot a blistering 70 percent from the line on 14-20 shooting. Friday night, the Tigers hosted Dubuque Hempstead. On a night when the six Tiger seniors (Alyssa Heller,

Abby Long, Abby Mohlis, Kristi Klatt, Blau and Jordan Galles), were recognized for their time and effort given to the Tiger basketball program, the Tigers rolled over Hempstead by a 6931 score. Hempstead averages just 35.5 points per game and is shooting just 29 percent from the field this season. “We kind of always consider it the senior’s team,” List said. “It’s a very important night to them. You want them feeling good about themselves and the team, and they all got significant playing time.” List talked about his team’s overall play against Hempstead Friday. “I thought our defensive intensity picked up quite a bit,” List said. “Our offensive execution improved (as well).” The Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead on the Mustangs at the 4:24 mark of the first quarter. The Tigers never trailed in the game. The Mustangs would take a full timeout at the 2:02 mark of the first quarter, with the Tigers leading 13-3. Ashley Callahan would add two free throws for Hempstead at the 1:14 mark of the first quarter to make it 16-5 Tigers. Callahan’s free throws would end an approximately three minute scoring

drought for the Mustangs. Klatt would add a bucket for the Tigers just before the horn at the 3.2 second mark to make it 20-5 Tigers after one quarter. In the second quarter at the 5:16 mark, Hempstead’s Kelly Jones would hit a trey to make it 24-10 Tigers. The Tigers would go on a 17-0 run throughout the rest of the second quarter into the early third quarter. The run would be stopped at the 7:06 mark of the third quarter, as Callahan hit a bucket for the Mustangs. “The first run (17-0 run in second quarter) was more important than the second run,” List said. The 17-0 second quarter run put the game out of reach for the Mustangs, and would give the Tigers a 39-10 halftime lead. At the 3:46 mark of the third quarter, the Mustangs would begin a run of their own, as Callahan hit a 15-foot jumper to make it 47-20 Tigers. That run would last until the end of the third quarter, as Molly Kleusner hit her second of two treys to make it 47-28. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers would outscore the Mustangs 22-3 to seal the victory on senior night. Blau and freshman Laura Johnson

Tiger grapplers place fifth at Urbandale Invite Katy Schult Sports Editor

As the Cedar Falls wrestling team nears the state meet in Des Moines Feb. 21-24, the team has been performing well. With four meets left before districts, and five left before State, the team prepares for both, looking for a performance like last year. At State last year, the Tigers had four members compete, including junior Kevin Hancock (103), senior Dan Twito (135), senior Taylor Morris (152) and senior Tyler Parker (275). Both Twito and Parker placed at the state tournament: Twito placed third and Parker placed fourth. Acording to Cedar Valley Preps, one of the Tiger wrestlers was named a Prep to Watch: junior Kevin Hancock, with 12 pins and 16 wins this season. At the wrestling meet last Saturday in Urbandale, the fifth ranked Tiger

team placed fifth over all, with a total of 114.5 points. Two of the Cedar Fall wrestlers placed second at the tournament. Sophomore Michael Kelly at 130 pounds and senior Taylor Morris at 140 pounds. Kelly was defeated in the championship round 13-0, and Morris was defeated in a 3-2 decision in the championship round. Junior Jesse Froehner, junior Kevin Hancock and senior Dan Twito all had third place finishes. Froehner defeated his opponent 10-8, Hancock had pinned his opponent in 1:28. Twito defeated his opponent 3-2. Senior Tyler Parker placed fifth at the tournament. Parker defeated his opponent 8-5. As the season nears the end, the Tiger team looks to sending a few wrestlers to the state meet. Be sure to watch for the results of the upcoming meet at Linn Mar on Feb. 1.

led all scorers with 12 points apiece. List talked about the addition of Johnson. “Laura brings us more perimeter shooting,” List said. “She has lots of basketball sense. We are looking for more good things from her in the future.” Hempstead was led by Callahan with eight points. Kluesner and Jones added six points apiece. The Tigers played host to Class 3A Waverly Shell-Rock last night in a non-conference tilt, and travel to East High Friday to face the #12 Trojans of Waterloo East inside Fred J. Miller Gymnasium. List talked about the keys to defeat the Trojans Friday night. “We can’t get dominated on the boards,” List said. “We can not let (Mikayla) Sims (the MVC leader in scoring 24.7 PPG, 13.0 RPG in MVC play) or (El Sara) Greer (11.3 PPG, MVC best 13.2 RPG in conference play) have great nights. We need to shoot with confidence, and make our shots.” Following last night’s game, the Tigers have four regular season games left.

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Men’s Basketball (8-6) defeated #7 IC High 78-61 lost to Dubuque Hempstead 68-57 Next Up: #3 Waterloo East 2/2 (Home at 6:00 p.m.) Women’s Basketball (9-8, 6-8 in MVC) fell to #8 IC High 61-40 beat Dubuque Hempstead 69-31 hosted Waverly-Shell Rock last night Next Up: #12 Waterloo East 2/2 (Away at 6 p.m.)

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At the home wrestling meet against Dubuque Hempstead last Thursday, Jan. 25, junior Kevin Hancock makes his move. So far this season Hancock has 12 pins and 16 wins. Last year, he competed at the state tournament. On the Cedar Valley Preps webpage, Hancock was named a Prep to Watch last week. As the season’s end comes closer, Hancock and the team ready with only four meets left before the district meet on Feb. 17 and the state meet on Feb. 21-24 in Des Moines.

Wrestling (14-9 in team duals) placed 5th at Urbandale Invite Next Up: Linn-Mar 2/1 (Away at 6:15 p.m.) Women’s Bowling Next Up: Dubuque Hempstead 2/2 (Away at 3:45 p.m.) Men’s Swimming Next Up: Districts 2/10 (Away at 12:30 p.m.)


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Struggling with Warning Signs ...

If you are concerned about a friend, note these signals

-Excessive concern about weight -Leaving for the bathroom after meals -Claiming to be “fat” when overweight is not a reality -Frequent weighing -Strange food-related behavior (i.e. playing with food, cutting it into small pieces) -Excessive exercising -Feeling out of control -Depressive moods -Weight Phobia: intense fear of gaining weight, or becoming fat even though underweight.

Student shares experiences with overcoming anorexia

What to do ...

Reflections. Many adolescents feel appalled at the face that stares back at them in a mirror. Yet what is truly appalling lies beneath the skin: a grievous desire to weigh less, despite being already underweight. Over the past 30 years, the number of women suffering from the effects of eating disorders has doubled to at least five million. Sophomore Honor Heindl shares her experience with anorexia. “Comparing myself to others consumed my mind at age 13,” Heindl said. “I felt fat and saw an ugly reflection in the mirror. Without even realizing what was happening, I started eating less.” Heindl’s disorder continued to worsen. “Setting incredibly high standards, I’d work out for hours in addition to the sports I was in, weighing myself constantly to see how much weight I had dropped,” Heindl said. “I even counted the calories in a stick of gum.” In a University of Minnesota study, girls who frequently read magazine articles about

If someone you know may have an eating disorder Learn as much as you can about eating disorders. Discriminating between facts and myths can help you reason against any inaccurate ideas that your friend might use as excuses. Information can be found in the library, from the nurse or councilors, or at the National Eating Disorders Association’s website. www/nationaleatingdisorde rs.org. Confront your friend honestly. Ignoring the matter will not help. Be caring but firm. Do not gang up on them, but meet with them one-onone at a time when you will not be rushed or overheard. Remember that your friend needs as much support and understanding as possible. Tell someone else if necessary. It may seem difficult to know when, if at all, to seek outside help, but do not wait until the situation becomes life threatening.

What not to do ...

Don’t oversimplify. Avoid comparing eating disorders to alcoholism or a drug addiction or saying that all they have to do is think better about themselves. Don’t imply that one eating disorder is worse than another. Eating disorders may not be as apparent as others. Those who suffer from bulimia nervosa may often be at a “normal weight.” That does not mean the situation is somehow less serious than anorexia nervosa.

Kirstin Riggs Editor-in-Chief

Don’t be judgmental. Your friend does not need to know your opinion of eating disorders. They need you by their side to help them. Advice and warning signs adapted from Remuda Ranch website at www.remudaranch.com/eating_disorders.

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weight loss and dieting were more likely to engage in unhealthy weightcontrol behaviors. “Magazines and movies have portrayed a standard where being able to see your entire rib cage without sucking in is considered to be beautiful,” Heindl said. Alarming photos of celebrities who are too small to fit into a size 0 model what many women take to be an ideal body type. Recently, the horrifying reality of this lifestyle has become public with the death of 21-year-old Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston due to anorexia. But magazine covers continue to feature headlines such as “Lose 10 Pounds by Spring,” or “Peel Off a Few Pounds” or “Lose Your Belly Flab—Fast!” A few years down the road of recovery, Heindl has changed from this viewpoint. “Everybody’s got his or her own look and shape, and I know that sounds way cliché, but it’s true. There’s not one person I can think of who doesn’t have any beauty.” Heindl said she hopes to help others struggling with similar situations. “I know what it feels like to hate the way you look and no matter how bad you starve yourself or over-exercise, it’s still not enough. “Being a perfectionist, I felt so alone because I was afraid to talk to anyone about my problem and show the world how weak and vulnerable I really was,” Heindl said. “Having an eating disorder scares you to death, but there’s so many ways you can get help.”

CFHS nurse Suzanne Gettman meets with students who come to her with concerns about eating disorders. Students also seek help from the school counselors. “We want to be a resource for them,” Gettman said, “a place where they can go for advice, information and education.” When students come for help with their eating disorder, Gettman helps them monitor their weight and emotions on a weekly basis. “I’ll have them keep a journal of everything they eat and the emotions that follow. Then when we meet we will identify things they do well and look at what they could do better,” Gettman said. This accountability may help students get back on track physically but eating disorders usually permeate deeper than the skin. Gettman will often suggest counseling or a support group. “It’s not a problem that will go away overnight,” Gettman said. Friends, family members and teachers who notice signs of an eating disorder in a loved one should get help. Warning signs such as excessive concern about weight, leaving for the bathroom after meals, claiming to be “fat” when overweight is not a reality, frequent weighing or strange food-related behavior (i.e. playing with food, cutting it into small pieces) should be signs. Seeking help for a friend could save their life. “Having someone to talk to about it makes all the difference in the world,” Heindl said. “Without my friends, I don’t think I’d have ever gotten back to normal.”


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