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Man's best friend or animal's best friend...you decide The relationship between Mike Anderson and dog, Bailey, can be compared to that of a parent and child because of the bond they share. It doesn't matter that she has for legs instead of two. The fact that she barks instead of speaking makes no difference to him. Bailey is a 14-month-old black labrador retriever who VOHHSVHDWVSOD\VKXQWVDQGJRHVĂ€VKLQJZLWKKHUPDVter, and â€œdad,â€? Anderson. But her main love is hunting, according to Anderson. â€œShe's a natural,â€? said Anderson. â€œShe was eager for her training, sometimes ahead of the timeframe I had set up.â€? Anderson is journaling all of Bailey's accomplishments just as a proud â€œpapaâ€? would do. He keeps track of her training and her retrievals as well as stories about their time together so that the memories are clear in years to come. Anderson began Bailey's obedience training at 12 ZHHNV ROG DQG VKRUWO\ WKHUHDIWHU %DLOH\ ZDV LQ D Ă€HOG retrieving doves. At 9 months old Bailey hunted in her Ă€UVWGXFNDQGJHHVHVHDVRQDQGZDVYHU\VXFFHVVIXO6KH UDFNHGXSUHWULHYDOVIRUKHUĂ€UVWVHDVRQ This year Bailey has 72 retrievals with no losses so far this hunting season. Labradors are described as very loving, kind and compassionate to their master and Anderson agrees.
â€œShe loves attention,â€? said Anderson. â€œI'm happy to give it to her by spending time with her, training her and in return I get her undying love and complete devotion.â€? Labradors are competitive dogs in nature but fun-loving as well. Bailey enjoys hunting but Anderson says she strives to please him in her retrievals. â€œWe make a great team when we hunt,â€? said Anderson. â€œWith her sense of smell and my hand directions, we will not lose a bird.â€? Bailey's obedience training comes into play when she and Anderson visit hunting camps belonging to friends. â€œShe's always welcomed into the camps by my friends,â€? said Anderson. â€œShe is a well-behaved dog and they recognize that. They place a pallet for her beside my bed.â€? With the parent/child bond comes a second nature in knowing what that child, or in this case dog, needs when they need it. â€œI can tell that she is hungry when she comes into the room and just sits and looks at me,â€? said Anderson. â€œWhen she wants to play, she will sit in front of me and make a kind of lunging move. It's funny, but I know what she wants immediately.â€? Anderson says that Bailey is like his child. But not his Ă€UVWFKLOG7KHĂ€UVWZDV6DGLHD\HOORZODEZKRZDV$Q-
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Man's best Friend continued fom Page 4 derson's constant companion and who he still misses today. â€œHer collar and tags hang from my rearview mirror in my truck,â€? said Anderson. â€œI WDNHWKHPGRZQDQGSODFHWKHPLQP\VKRWEDJRQWKHĂ€UVWGD\RIKXQWLQJVHDVRQHDFK year. It makes me feel closer to her.â€? A consummate animal lover Anderson also speaks of T-Man, a stray cur dog he picked up along the side of Hwy. 10. T-Man weighed just 11 pounds when Anderson found him. T-Man ate, and ate, and ate and gained weight to become a healthy and happy dog. Unfortunately, T-Man developed cancer in his spleen and had to be euthanized. Scrappy is still another stray dog that Anderson rescued from the side of a road. To this day Scrappy and Bailey play together in Anderson's back yard. â€œYou only get out of them what you put in,â€? said Anderson. â€œYou give them love and you get it back tenfold.â€? When asked to sum up his feelings about his pets/children Anderson described them as a â€œshort-term friend that you know you will outlive but you can never show enough gratitude.â€? Becky Hilliard ~ St. Francisville Editor
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My first gobbler In April, a hunting buddy of mine took me the day before. I sat down on a nice, me hunting on his beautiful property newly fallen tree with huge oaks standcalled Outback. I told him I finally want- ing in front and all around me. At sunrise of the first day of the trip, ed to turkey hunt by myself, and going I heard a gobalone, I thought, bler just down would make the ridge from me really learn me. I got my how. slate call out I already had and called softa slate call and ly to him. He knew how to answered, and use it someI beckoned to what. I also had him again. We gotten a locator e x c h a n g e d call for finding about five more gobblers. calls. Four very S o m e o n e skilled turkey had told me hunters, all that when the friend of mine, gobbler quit a c c o m p a n i e d answering, that us to this little meant he was farm east of close and lookNatchez. ing for the hen. These men Sure enough, were a little the bird soon afraid that I stepped out on might get hurt the road near on my first turme and moved key hunt alone. right behind the Ha! Ha! big oak directly It only took in front of me! me two mornAnd there he ings to get my stood. gobbler! I could see My hunting his beard on buddy posted Photo submitted one side of the one guy on a Cathy Munson with her first turkey. tree and the tail ridge just a ways feathers fanning up and down on the from me...probably to baby-sit. I eagerly walked in the early morning other side of tree. The gobbler stayed there for about darkness to the spot my friend showed
a minute. I didn't how to get him to take a step. Then, as quickly as he had appeared, he stepped back into the woods and was gone. I was so excited! When we returned to the camp, everyone asked me how the hunt had gone. The guys offered me tips and tricks on how to make him move. My good hunting buddy told me the big bird would be back tomorrow. The next morning, I was put out again at the same location. This time I moved to where I had more cover but not with a tree blocking my view. Sure enough, I heard that familiar gobble and he was much closer than the day before. I answered him, and he returned with a gobble about five more times. Then he went silent. I put my Browning 12-gauge shotgun up on my knee, ready to move, left or right, if needed. Suddenly, he stepped out and right in front of me this time! He was looking down the road and
didn't see me. I aimed the bead of my gun right on his neck and pulled the trigger. He hit the ground with lots of flopping. I sat there, excited but stunned, and thought I should run to him and throw him over my shoulder like they do on TV; but he was so heavy, his spurs hurt my hands. I ended up carrying him with one hand. Everyone had heard my shot and was excited to see me even though I was the only hunter to get a gobbler on this three-day hunting trip. I really had a wonderful time and I absolutely love the early morning woods. All the guys hugged me and were so happy for me. My first turkey's beard was 10.5 inches long and the spurs were one inch long and curved.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
Fishing from a kidâ€™s point of view Itâ€™s called Sportsmanâ€™s Paradise, but Louisiana sporting activities are for more than just men, or adults for that matter. Boys and girls of all ages enjoy a wide variety of the outdoor activities in the southern region, but there is one thing that sticks out more than anything else in coastal La. - fishing! Shiann Walker, an eighth grader at Oak Forest Academy, can recall going crab fishing at as young an age as four years old. Often fishing with her father, grandfather and â€œUncle Buck,â€? Shiann proudly recalled the time that she was around seven or eight years old and she caught the largest fish. According to Shiann and her family, the fish was about five feet long and weighed around 35 pounds. Needless to say, Shiann was overjoyed. â€œI was really excited! I was jumping up and down in the boat. I almost started crying,â€? exclaimed the young Ms. Walker. While she admitted that she enjoyed seeing the fish and â€œseeing how pretty they are,â€? Shiannâ€™s true joy came in spending time with family. Likewise, eleven year old Abby Wilcox of Tickfaw expressed how enjoyable it is, â€œgoing with the family. Itâ€™s
a lot more fun when you have people to go with.â€? Family fishing is certainly a good time together, but as Abby shared that her first time reeling in a fish was sisters Nyomie and Makayla Miller can tell you, fish are right after Hurricane Katrina. While in the area of Venice, not all that are out in the waters. she took a pole, and with no more than bits of bread for Nyomie and Makayla, ages ten and six respectively, bait, she got her very first catch. have seen a small alligator as well as a few turtles while fishing with their parents in a small private pond near Kentwood. Of course, they also caught each other on occasion by crossing their lines and getting tangled, but that is often a part of fishing with family or friends. The Miller girls mostly caught small perch, but on one outing, Nyomie happened to snag a catfish. â€œIt almost brought me in the water,â€? said Nyomie. Whether it has been with uncles, grandparents, friends or anyone else, the recurring theme among the kids is about who they fish with. Although some people make a career out of pulling in the bounty of the sea, for younger enthusiasts and families seeking recreation, itâ€™s not always about the catch of the day as much as it is about the time spent with loved ones. So, even though they may or may not bring in Abby divulged that her favorite part of fishing is actu- the greatest haul, there is certainly something touching ally watching the rest of her family fish and helping them about fishing from a kidâ€™s point of view. John Howell ~ Amite Tangi Digest net their catch as it gets close.
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Are you ready for some hog hunting? The weather is getting cooler, the pups are getting rowdy, and the hogs are getting restless. It must be that time again - feral hog season! Friday, October 1 marks the official start of feral hog hunting season in the state of Louisiana. Though feral hogs are considered to be a nuisance and can be killed at any point, the official start of the killing and trapping season will bring sport and excitement to all hog hunters. Throughout the year, there are only certain ways that these nuisance hogs can be killed. But, inside the safety of the season, anything goes! Avid hog hunters have explained that there are many different ways to hunt or trap a hog. In fact, some ways donâ€™t involve killing at all! Hunters traditionally use rifles or other long guns against the wild boars. Some, however, enjoy the sport of trapping. These local farmers or hunters will put out 4x8 cages with trap doors and bait them with corn, melons, rice bran, or other sweet things. The creative hunters have even used powdered Jello mixed in with their corn. For the hunters who use dogs to hunt, they will use a smaller boar to train their up-andcoming pups to the scent and action of hunting a wild hog. These hunters train plot hounds or currs, but itâ€™s to the hunterâ€™s discretion as to what he or she wants to use for tracking. The hounds and currs are called â€œbay dogsâ€?. These dogs are the first to catch the hog scent and track them down. Typically, they will run the hogs until it gets tired. Once the dogs get the boar bayed, the hunters will send in the â€œcatch dogâ€? - usually pit bulls. The catch dog gets a hold of the boarâ€™s ear, typically, that way they avoid the danger of the tusks. The best bite when hunting with dogs is the ear. Many different hunters have said hunting with dogs makes the sport much more exciting. â€œThe hog is never going to stop in the open field,â€? one hunter said, â€œtheyâ€™re going to get up in the brush and trees. That makes looking for it more fun!â€? Others prefer the straight hunt. Essentially, hunters put bait out, put their stands up, and sit and wait for the hogs to come to them. These hunters sit in early morning hours or late evening hours. They typically put their stands around mud holes or where they have spotted mud rubbed on trees. These are signs that hogs have been close-by. So, the season begins in a few days and hunters will have until February 28, 2011 to
have all the fun they want with hunting feral hogs. As always, hunters should practice strict safety protocol when using firearms and hunting dogs. Alissa Cannon ~ Amite Tangi Digest
Photo submitted NOW THATâ€™S A HOG! Slade Priest from Centreville, Miss. could say he had a successful hog hunting trip recently! This 400 pound feral hog went down after being pinned by Priestâ€™s catch-dog, the late â€œAceâ€?, and shot with a .270 caliber rifle. This hunt took place in southwest Mississippi.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
In Southeast Louisiana, hunting is practically a rite of passage, but what do you do after catching whatever game you have been tracking? There is so much preparation and so many specific ways to cut the meat, you would have to be a butcher to know the best way of handling it. Luckily, Angelo and Nancy Mannino of Mama Manninoâ€™s Meat Market and White Tail Butcher Shop in Independence have services that benefit hunters in more ways than one. While the deer meat that is cut and sold in the store for general purchase is farm-raised (due to regulations prohibiting the sale of wild game), hunters can still bring in their quarry. Mama Manninoâ€™s cuts and processes whatever type of meat is brought in to them, and they return all of the final product to the one who brought it in. The personal attention and custom ordering options make Mama Manninoâ€™s a true gem to the avid huntsman, but Mama Manninoâ€™s also has products that everyone planning a hunting trip should stock up on beforehand. From various food baits and feeders to deer stands, Angelo and Nancy Mannino are prepared to make this deer season a great one! According to Angelo, deer really love anything sweet, which is why the shop offers baits like the sweet potato product â€œTater â€˜n a Jugâ€? along with peanut butter and molasses goods. â€œLast year, we did about 12,000 deer, and we hope to do as well this year,â€? says Angelo Mannino. But deer is not the only item on the agenda at Mama Manninoâ€™s. Just naming a few, Angelo mentioned rabbit, goat, alligator, elk, bufallo, bear and wild hog have all been brought in to be worked on by the skilled hands at Mama Manninoâ€™s. Remember, the game might be out in the woods, but every hunt requires plenty of things beforehand and lots of work afterwards. With that in mind, Mama Manninoâ€™s is the before and after stop for hunting needs. Just follow the signs on Ragusa Road in Independence or give them a call at 985-8782022. John Howell ~ Amite Tangi Digest
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Behind the scenes with Tony's Seafood A trip through Tony’s Seafood is a tantalizing assault on the senses. Bins filled with bright red crawfish and seasoned orange shrimp capture the palates of hungry shoppers eagerly awaiting a taste. The mouthwatering aroma of fresh cooked seafood wafts through the air. The place is packed, people are everywhere, and business is booming with the sound of Louisiana culture. This is the Tony's most customers experience. Tony Pizzolato opened Tony’s Seafood in 1972. What started in 1959 as a small produce business has since grown into the largest seafood market in the Gulf South. While few people ever venture beyond the employees-only double doors, Tony’s Seafood granted the Zachary Plainsman an all access, behind-the-scenes pass into the intricate detail work involved in seafood preparation. Much labor precedes the appealing, colorful displays of prepped and ready products. The preparation involved in moving crabs from pan to plate is a detailed process. Whether it's the store's signature fried crabfingers or its creamy crabmeat au gratin, Tony's blue crabs all start out in
the cooler. Boxes of live crabs are stacked high and stored in a refrigerated room before being cooked. When it's time for the crabs to be cooked, the boxes are moved to the wash tank, a large conveyor belt where crabs are cleaned and sorted. The crabs are placed onto the machine, sprayed with a watery mist and then dropped into a pool of water for cleaning. Once the crabs move onto the actual conveyor belt, workers on either side stand ready with small, wooden bats in hand, discarding any dead crabs. Sometimes the loss is significant. Live crabs that pass inspection fall into an empty, industrial sized pot covered with small holes for cooking. The pot is rolled into the boiling area where the crabs are lifted for a giant ice bath. Keeping them in ice water for 15 to 20 minutes makes the crabs dormant and prevents their claws from coming off. After finishing the process with a turn in the boiling and then seasoning pots, the crabs make their ultimate debut in the store for consumer use. Tony's shrimp and fish procurement process is equally interesting. Different
shrimp vendors, hoping to catch a sale, send in their best samples. The shrimp are weighed and counted to insure they meet Tony's count criteria, the number of shrimp in a pound. The lesser the number, the larger the shrimp. Each vendor's shrimp sample is then labeled and placed into a separate basket for visual inspection. Shrimp that make it through visual inspection are boiled and checked to see how well they peel. Last, but not least, is the taste test, assuring that the shrimp have a delicious flavor. Shrimp that pass the entire quality control process are bought for marketing at Tony's Seafood. Tony's live catfish come from various catfish ponds in Mississippi where they're grain fed. They are delivered to the store as needed, typically once a week. The fish are corralled into a seine net, which is lifted by a tractor and dumped into the top of a specially modified trailer made up of insulated tanks. These tanks are maintained at a temperature of around 55 degrees in order to keep the catfish cold. When the catfish are transported for delivery, Tony’s is notified an hour before
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Bowhunting Almost any hunter will tell you, especially if they both rifle and bowhunt, that bowhunting presents more of a challenge. The sport of bowhunting requires the hunter and prey to be within a closer distance to each other, than the distance offered by a rifle. Whether itâ€™s a gun you choose to take your
prey or a bow and arrow, both require practice, skill, patience and lots of luck. In contrast to a rifle hunter, who may shoot effectively from ranges in excess of 600 yards;
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Bucky Smith, of Bogalusa, a bow hunter for five years, says, â€œBowhunting is more exciting than rifle hunting because you're closer to the animal.â€? Smith uses a Pearson Dagger bow with a pendulum sight. Draw weight: 75- 78 lbs. Rusty Smith, of Bogalusa, has been bowhunting for five years. He shoots with a Mathews Legacy bow that has pendulum sight and has a draw weight of 72 lbs. Smith calls bowhunting "a real challenge."
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LDWF announces return to normal fishing activity east of the Mississippi
On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, has ordered an emergency reopening of all fishing in 559 square miles of state waters east of the Mississippi River previously closed due to the BP oil spill. With Thursday's action 92 percent of state waters are open. Commercial fishing has reopened to the harvest of finfish, crabs and shrimp in all state waters east of the Mississippi River north of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude. The openings also include the recreational harvest of shrimp and crabs. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these openings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the fish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption. State inside waters in the Mississippi River delta south of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and adjacent state outside waters south of 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude westward to the western shore of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and portions of state waters in the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins will remain closed to commercial fishing until further notice. While LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure the safety of Louisiana's seafood, these openings do not include the harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by DHH.
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Tony's continued from Page 11 the truck arrives and a section of the parking lot is blocked off. An extended metal connector links the truck to a round pipe. Water and catfish flow out of the truck, through the pipe and into two concrete lanes inside the Tonyâ€™s store. The catfish, held in tanks until the time of purchase, are then cleaned and dressed according to each customerâ€™s request. Tony's Seafood Market and Deli is located at 5215 Plank Road in Baton Rouge. It is open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit the store's website at www.tonyseafood.com. Hannah Catchings ~ Zachary Plainsman/ZacharyToday.com
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Bowhunting From page 12
shoot effectively from ranges in excess of 600 yards; archers usually restrict shots from 2.5 yards to 42 yards. Of course, this distance depends upon a personâ€™s ability, the target animal, the bow strength, arrow, angle of the hunter to the animal, and weather conditions Most bows used for hunting have a draw weight of 40 pounds of force or more. The draw weight depends on each hunterâ€™s personal strength. This is enough to hunt all but the very largest of game. Arrows Arrows with mass more than 900 grains penetrate better in large animals so this might be the bow hunterâ€™s choice when hunting these animals. Field tips are used for practicing, contests or target shooting. Broadhead tips, or Thunderheads, are used when actual game hunting. Louisiana law prohibits the use of arrows that are poisoned or drugged, as well as arrows with an explosive element. Hunting
with a bow that has less than a 30-pound pull or that is fitted with a laser, infrared, electric or night vision sight is also illegal. Target An archer aims for the vitals, or the six inch "kill zone", around the vital organs of the deer, hog or targeted prey. Less than three out of every 10 archers kill a deer of either sex in any given season. Many bowhunters even struggle to tag a whitetail every three or four years. A realistic assessment of a hunter's archery skills and plenty of practice vastly improves a person's chance of connecting with that big buck or doe when opportunity knocks. Season Most bow hunters begin target practicing weeks before the official start of archery season, which begins Friday, Oct. 1 in the northeastern part of Louisiana and ends Jan. 31, 2011. This includes East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Livingtson and St. Helena parishes. Stacy Gill ~ Zachary Plainsman/ ZacharyToday.com
Joel Smith (married to Sandi), of Smithland in Weyanoke, is a lover of nature, animals and the sports of hunting and fishing. He and his family enjoy hunting and fishing on over 1,000 private acres of prime hunting land in West Feliciana. A bow, rifle and blackpowder hunter, Smith takes great pride in passing on good hunting traditions to his family and friends. â€œThe difference between rifle and bowhunting: when you see the deer and youâ€™re rifle hunting, the hunt is over. When you see the deer and youâ€™re bow hunting, the hunt has just begun.â€?
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COLT-ACTION! These two .22 caliber pistols can be used in hunting game. The Colt Woodsman automatic, left, has a 10-shot clip and the Colt Revolver, at right, has a six inch barrel and is a 6-shot.
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Louisiana now allows primitive single shot rifles for hunting in addition to muzzleloaders. The criteria: a single shot, breech loading, metallic cartridge rifle with metallic cartridges loaded with either black powder or modern smokeless powder. Other rifles allowed are a .38 caliber or larger of a kind/type manufactured prior to 1900, and replicas, reproductions or re-introductions of that type of rifle having an exposed hammer. Some ammunition types, from left: a .44 mag, 45-70 (used in the primitive weapon rifles), .22 caliber, a 20 gauge shotgun and a 30-06. (30-06 ammo closely resembles bullets used in 270 rifles.)
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Walkin' in the Woods
BUCKS, BABIES AND DOES, OH MY! This family of deer was caught Sept. 8 at 6:32 a.m. TABLE FOR ONE? These two beautiful bucks seem to be asking the rabbit, at left, if heâ€™d like to share in a little evening snack on Aug. 3 at 7:26 p.m.
WE ARE FAMILY! These three does and their fawns look they are a close-knit family out for a morning corn feeding on Sept. 5 at 6:51 a.m.
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Oyster industry takes hit According to several local seafood businesses, the oyster industry took the biggest hit from the Gulf oil disaster. â€œThe only product that we havenâ€™t been able to secure is oysters,â€? said Steve Leblanc, general manager at Tonyâ€™s Seafood in Baton Rouge. â€œ[Itâ€™s] not necessarily because of the actual oil, but thereâ€™s a lot of freshwater that went into some of the oyster beds.â€? Oysters also received the biggest price increase. Before the spill, a gallon of oysters cost around $46.99. Now vendors are Randy Davis, a resident of St. Francisville, recently harvested this Boone & Crockett paying anywhere from $60 - $70 said Black Bear during a hunting trip. The bear was killed Sept. 7 in Eagle Lake, Maine. His Dana Tucker, owner of Tuckerâ€™s Seafood trip was a 60th birthday gift from his wife, Ruthie. The weapon used to harvest the Market and Deli in Zachary. In comparison, large crabs jumped from $26.99 to bear was a Knight KP-1 .45/70. Congratulations Randy!
$36.99 for a dozen, and head on shrimp went from $5.99 a pound to $7.99. Although Tucker is still selling a few oysters, sheâ€™s not selling many. â€œWe cook them in the kitchen, but we donâ€™t sell them raw,â€? said Tucker, who had to stop using some of her regular oyster vendors because she just wasnâ€™t ordering enough to make it worth the trip. â€œWeâ€™re surviving and all, but weâ€™ll just be glad when everything comes to an end,â€? Tucker added. Leblanc hopes to resume selling oysters at Tonyâ€™s by the latter part of the year. Hannah Catchings ~ Zachary Plainsman News
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