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More laws are not the answer By Leah Libresco


efore I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly. Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns. I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. Mass shootings were too rare in Australia for their absence after the buyback program to be clear evidence of progress. And in both Australia and Britain, the gun


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restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths. When I looked at the other oft-praised policies, I found out that no gun owner walks into the store to buy an “assault weapon.� It’s an invented classification that includes any semi-automatic that has two or more features, such as a bayonet mount, a rocket-propelled grenadelauncher mount, a folding stock or a pistol grip. But guns are modular, and any hobbyist can easily add these features at home, just as if they were snapping together Legos. As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless. As my co-workers and I kept looking at the data, it seemed less and less clear that one broad gun-control restriction could make a big difference. Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them. I GUNS, continued on Page 8


‘THE STRAY’ HIGHLIGHTS UPS AND DOWNS OF FAMILY Star Michael Cassidy discusses what drew him to the film By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

In theaters from writer/director Mitch Davis and KEB Entertainment is the story of a family who doesn’t know they need “The Stray.� Christian (Connor Corum) is a young boy who is having a hard time connecting with his busy father Mitch (Michael Cassidy). Mom Michelle (Sarah Lancaster) just wants everyone to be happy but isn’t happy with how much Mitch is working. When Christian is bullied at school, out of nowhere a dog comes to his rescue and follows him home. The little boy names him Pluto, where all dogs come from according to Christian, and the family embraces him. When Mitch becomes so distracted that he almost loses their youngest daughter — it is time for the family to make some changes. Moving to a small town in Colorado, Mitch is back to writing again but his relationship with son Christian isn’t any bet-

ter. He decides the best thing to do is gather up a few neighbor boys and take them all out camping with Christian. The one thing is that the rest of the family wants Pluto to stay with them! Their first night camping there is a snowstorm and Pluto seems edgy. A bolt of lightning comes out of nowhere as Mitch and the boys are struck. When the boys wake up they realize that Mitch hasn’t and Christian prays for his Dad to wake up and when he does they all realize what has happened to Pluto. It’s a mysterious friendship created with faith! I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Cassidy who portrays Mitch Davis about the film and his thoughts about making such a touching and heartwarming family film. Jeri Jacquin: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today Michael. Michael Cassidy: Of course Jeri, I appreciate you taking time as well. JJ: Tell me how you got involved with “The Stray?� MC: Mitch Davis picked me when I was with my family. To this day I don’t know what of mine he had seen that made me a good choice to play him. I am grateful that he did though. JJ: Had you read the script before he picked you out? MC: I read the script before I talked to


Actor Michael Cassidy says his newest film, “The Stray,� is a “cool experience� for the family.

him. I was sent the script when offered the lead for the film. I gave it a read and responded immediately to it. I mean I backpack with my child, at the time we had a dog as well who passed shortly after the film was made and I am a father as well. So there were a lot of levels that I really related to. I talked to Mitch the next day after reading the script and we totally hit it off. I have so much respect for who he is as a man and a filmmaker. JJ: I was going to ask you what drew you to “The Stray� but I think it was, well, everything! MC: Absolutely, it was shot in a beautiful part of the world too. I like Mitch very much; I liked the script and the theme of the story. I was really impressed by Mitch because this is his story. JJ: The family sense of it is big. It’s really hard to find films that the entire family can go see together. Listening to you say that you’re a dad and love animals, it’s an instant draw.

MC: Yes, I haven’t done a lot of things that I can take my kids to so this is a very unique opportunity for my wife and me to take the kids to the theater this weekend. It’s going to be a cool experience and I plan to enjoy it with my family. JJ: Did you think about what people will take away from watching “The Stray?� MC: Yes, I think at the heart of it the movie is about how hard it is to be a person in a family — a husband, wife or a child and even a dog. At the same time how powerful it is to love your family and what a gift it is even when it’s difficult. JJ: Is there anything particular about the film that touched you most of all? MC: When I read the script before I filmed it and knew Mitch, I was touched. I related to the character in that he’s working all the time and it’s not working for him. I like to see characters that make mistakes. When we were making the movie I THE STRAY, continued on Page 12

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Former Dodgers GM gives inside look

By Corey Libow FanSided

By Elise Cooper MilitaryPress

“The Big Chair� by the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ned Colletti, allows baseball fans to understand the nuances of putting together a team: What goes into team chemistry, farm system versus free agency and how to handle a younger player. His professional life has been connected to baseball as he worked for the front office with his childhood team the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants and ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The firsthand experiences, a behind-the-scenes look, as told by Colletti is a great read for any baseball fan. Elise Cooper: Why did you write the book? Ned Colletti: I wanted to illustrate the different dynamics of my jobs and used specific examples so people can understand what happened. I started this project to clear out my thoughts, almost like a journal. I wanted to put my life’s work on paper for my children and grandchil-


EC: Since the Chicago Cubs was your childhood team and they were playing the LA Dodgers who you were GM for in the championship game, which did you root for? NC: It was 100 to zero I was rooting for the Dodgers. Yet, an hour after the Cubs won the pennant, I went back rooting for the Cubs. Ironically, I worked for all these teams that were in the NL post-season. I had feelings and attachments for all these three teams: Cubs, Giants and Dodgers. It was also my final game as a Dodger GM. It was not lost on me that I grew up in Wrigley Field and was an executive with the other ball clubs they had to beat to win. EC: In the book, you commented how important the scouts are. Please comment. NC: Scouting is so vital to any organization, and it is the lifeblood. They help with acquiring players and developing them. I had to learn how to scout a scout. How do the scouts evaluate, are they an easy grader or a tough one; do they like everybody or nobody; are they more attuned to older pitching or younger pitching; and do they take into consideration if a hitter is using an aluminum or wood bat. They set the tone, the DNA of the team. EC: Please explain how important chemistry is for a team. NC: You always hope anyone who is acquired will fit in with the team. It doesn’t matter if it is someone you acquire late in the season, during the winter or during the draft. Sometimes it is done to change the culture of the team. It is one of the litmus tests for how good a franchise will be. I think it really develops when teams early in a season have come back wins, or walk-off wins. This is what brings people together. The job is not like fantasy base-

Finally, the NBA is back! After a summer dominated by politics and controversy, the NBA’s preseason has arrived and the Golden State Warriors are gearing up for another season as defending champions. Once again, they are the favorites to win the title. After a delightful romp through the playoffs, they brought back all of their core pieces. Steve Kerr is on pace to be one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Their star players all complement each other perfectly, fueled by arguably the most valuable player in the league. A strong crop of young players mix with intriguing new signings to fill out the bench. Even with the preseason officially in progress, the Dubs still act like they’re on vacation. The Warriors are huge celebrities in Shanghai, where they played two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yet all of this preseason fun belies the fact that the Golden State Warriors are staring down their hardest season yet. Going to the finals four years in a row is not easy. Doing so by getting past a Western Conference that’s upgraded almost every team makes it even more difficult. If the Warriors want to repeat as champs, it will require a level of focus worthy of a dynasty. The Warriors have thankfully not been susceptible to the drama that plagues other super-teams. The organization has prioritized a selfless culture that doesn’t inhibit new players from fitting in. However, four years is a long time to be a title contender. This is around the time when players start wanting more: more shots, more money, more of anything. Will Andre Iguodala’s contract negotiations loom over the rest of the bench? What about Javale McGee’s desire for a bigger role? Will Klay Thompson and Draymond Green stay satiated with their smaller roles, knowing that they will be free agents soon? These are vital questions that Steve Kerr and Steph Curry will have to manage. This doesn’t even mention the wear and tear of being a dynasty. Steph, Klay, Draymond and the rest of the team have experienced the full playoff ringer three years in a row. All of those extra miles add up — especially for the older veterans like Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. The Warriors will have to manage the physical and mental attrition during the regular season. They need to stay engaged during the season but also stay primed and healthy for the postseason. Even without dealing with the tolls of

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Ned Colletti, former general manager of the Dodgers, discusses team chemistry, controversies and his long career in his new book, “The Big Chair.�

dren. But then a friend introduced me to an agent who wanted to know if I would even write a book. I sent him the first five chapters, he asked for the others, and the rest is history.



The UFC’s new interim lightweight champ is willing to let Conor McGregor avoid a confrontation by vacating share of the title, but he’d rather deliver an asswhooping to entertain the masses. “What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate,� Tony Ferguson told MMAjunkie Radio. “That dude’s got like less than a month. I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more then ready for December. He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it. “What sounds better than 10 consecutive? Eleven, and it’s got Conor’s name written all over that mother(expletive). You guys heard my post-speech. There’s nowhere for him to run, man. He’s got me to deal with, and I’m going to expose that dude.� Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, claimed his share of the belt with an impressive win over a very tough Kevin Lee at this past weekend’s UFC 216 event. It was Ferguson’s 10th consecutive victory.

Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson says he’s eager to meet Connor McGregor in the octagon.

Meanwhile, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) — ranked No. 1 — originally claimed the undisputed belt at this past November’s UFC 205 but hasn’t entered the octagon since, instead taking a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather this past August. There’s debate about McGregor’s next move, since a trilogy fight with rival Nate Diaz would obviously be a huge pay-per-


view event, but UFC President Dana White insisted that wasn’t the current plan, instead pointing to a unification fight with Ferguson as the fight that “has to happen.� Ferguson agrees, insisting marketability is no way to decide a championship fight. “It’s not about the money fight,� Ferguson said. “It’s about the pride fight, and

this dude’s going to be sitting on the sidelines if he doesn’t want to fight. “I don’t think he wants that grubby little belt to be in my hands because I’ll enjoy it, and I will defend it. That dude hasn’t defended that belt one time — not one time. I will probably defend my interim belt more times than that dude would ever defend that belt.� McGregor has stated he’d like to fight at the UFC’s year-end show on Dec. 30, but if that’s to happen, the promotion will need to make arrangements fairly quickly. Ferguson said he’s going to take a few days off for vacation but keep himself in shape and prepared for that very opportunity. Unless McGregor wants to streamline the whole process and just rid himself of the belt. “I already told him one time: Just set it down and walk away and nobody will get hurt. But also in every reality, we want the fans to have the fight, and I think the fans deserve it, straight up, because he’s the next one in line, and Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is not there. He’s out of line. He’s not even in the picture. “So Conor, you need to either (expletive) defend or vacate. You need to get your (expletive) together and come fight me, straight up.�

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seven years of military rule. t The “Rumble in the Jungle� takes place Oct. 30 in Zaire, where Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman to regain the Heavyweight title. t The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico sends an interstellar radio message toward the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules on Nov. 16. The message will reach the cluster around the year 27,000. t The U.N. General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status Nov. 22.

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t The U.S. begins Daylight Savings Time on Jan. 6, nearly four months early in response to an ongoing energy crisis. t The F-16 Fighting Falcon makes its first flight Jan. 20 at Edwards Air Force Base.

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t The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps heiress Patty Hearst outside her apartment Feb. 4 in Berkeley. t People magazine publishes its first issue March 4, featuring Mia Farrow on the cover. t After 23 years on television, Lucille Ball airs the series finally of “Here’s Lucy� on March 18, ending her weekly television appearances. t A massive tornado outbreak kills 319 in the central United States April 3 and 4, known as the “1974 Super Outbreak.� In total, 148 tornadoes hit 13 states and Canada. t Stephen King publishes his first novel, “Carrie,� on April 5. t Hank Aaron becomes the all-time MLB home fun leader with his 715th on April 8. t The House Judiciary Committee opens formal impeachment hearings against President Nixon on May 9. The committee would adopt three articles of impeachment in July. t The Cleveland Indians stage an ill-advised Ten Cent Beer Night on June 4. Cleveland is forced to forfeit to the visiting Texas Rangers after


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their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections. Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts. Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

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couldn’t even answer my most desperate question: If I had a friend who had guns in his home and a history of suicide attempts, was there anything I could do that would help? However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence. Far more people were killed in these ways than in mass-shooting incidents, but few of the popularly floated policies were tailored to serve them. By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news. Instead, I found the most hope in more Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newsnarrowly tailored interventions. Poten- writer at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site. tial suicide victims, women menaced by She is the author of “Arriving at Amen.�


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A man walks into the front door of a bar. He is obviously drunk and staggers up to the bar, seats himself on a stool and, with a belch, asks the bartender for a drink. The bartender politely informs the man that it appears he has already had plenty to drink and that he could not be served additional liquor. The bartender offers to call a cab for him. The drunk is briefly surprised, then softly scoffs, grumbles, climbs down from the bar stool and staggers out the front door. A few minutes later, the same drunk stumbles in the side door of the bar. He wobbles up to the bar and hollers for a drink. The bartender comes over and — still politely if not more firmly — refuses service to the man and again offers to call a cab. The drunk looks at the bartender for a moment angrily, curses, and shows himself out the side door, all the while grumbling and shaking his head.

A few minutes later, the same drunk bursts in through the back door of the bar. He plops himself up on a bar stool, gathers his wits and belligerently orders a drink. The bartender comes over and emphatically reminds the man that he is drunk and will be served no drinks. He then tells him that he can either call a cab or the police immediately. The surprised drunk looks at the bartender and in hopeless anguish cries, “Man! How many bars do you work at?�

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Dirty magazines

Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, A Marine husband called home to tell his wife he would be late — again. He went on to say that dirty magazines had been discovered in the platoon’s quarters and they had to discipline the whole squad. She launched into a tirade, arguing that many men had pictures hanging in their quarters at their previous post, so his new platoon should not be penalized for something so trivial. The husband calmly listened to my gripes and then explained, “Dirty magazines: the clips from their rifles had not been cleaned.�

Tough recipe

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ball where you sit at a table and pick names to put a team together, which is the fun part. EC: Baseball is a team sport? NC: It is a hard sport for everyone. There are only 21 off days in a 163 game schedule with most of the off days travel ones. A player is with the same group of people day in and day out from April 1 to Oct. 1. There are maybe five days where you don’t see a teammate. It is not like in football that mostly plays on Sundays or basketball that plays two to three times a week. The baseball season exposes greatness, weakness and injuries. EC: What happened with the Dodgers when they had that August losing streak? NC: I do not think the winning streak for the Dodgers was derailed by anyone brought to the team, such as Curtis Granderson and Adrian Gonzalez. It was almost impossible to maintain the pace of the winning streak. The last time it was done was in 1906 and 1912. It is natural to take your foot off the gas for a minute when you have such a tremendous lead after three months of historic play. It just took them awhile to get it back. They are back in the dance, but now have to figure out how to win more games than in the past. EC: You discuss in the book the controversy of manager Don Mattingly with his young player Yasiel Puig. Can you compare the current Dodger manager Dave Roberts to Don Mattingly? NC: Both were first-year managers that are very hard working with a great understanding of the game. Mattingly does not platoon like Roberts, who puts in different players in different positions. Regarding Puig, the timing was very important. The decision to send him to Triple A was a vital one. It wasn’t time to do it earlier. Puig had lost his focus. By sending him down, it showed him that accountPress storage pg horiz_02-16.pdf ability is Military needed. He iswesta 1-4proud player.

Sending him down and the trade rumors showed him he needed to get his game in order. Both were a wake-up call. I also think that Roberts deciding to hit him eighth helped him. Suddenly the expectation is that anything he did was a bonus. Now they have a Gold Glove right fielder hitting 25 home runs and 70 RBIs. EC: A very interesting piece in the book was the discussion of how the LA Dodgers went into bankruptcy. Please explain. NC: It was a very unique experience, to say the least. Joe Torre and Don Mattingly were managers and I was the GM. We all figured out we had nothing to do with this. We figured out what we had control over and then focused on it in a positive way. The rest we had to let go.

WARRIORS Continued from Page 4

previous years, the Golden State Warriors are going to face their toughest competition ever. The Dubs have been the best team in the league three years running — even when they were assimilating Kevin Durant last year, they remained a cut above their competition. That’s all changed. There will be no more waltzing into easy victories behind a Splash Brothers three-point barrage. The Western Conference is an ocean teeming with sharks and piranhas. Almost every team has gotten better this offseason, and all sites are locked on the Warriors. The Houston Rockets solved their main issues by adding another ball handler in Chris Paul and increasing their defensive versatility to match their three point firepower. Oklahoma City has given reigning MVP Russell Westbrook terrifying co-stars in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The San Antonio Spurs remain the Spurs; the same team that went toe to toe with the Warriors last Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard left with an injury. 1 2/12/2016 11:00:10 AM

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It was a drumbeat every day that we could never get away from and knew we could not change one thing. What we focused on was how to make the team a little better, something we had an impact on. I did not spin my wheels, become fearful or become angry because I knew it was a waste of time. EC: What do you want readers to get out of the book? NC: It is OK to dream big. Keep standing at the door until someone opens it, be persistent and never give up. Working in baseball has been a deep passion for me. It has never left me for a day. I think of myself as blessed for what I was able to do, make a living watching baseball. Baseball and myself are joined at the hip. That’s just the top tier! The rest of the conference contains sneaky threats and young gunners. Every night will be a game against the athletic Timberwolves, or the passing virtuosity of the Denver Nuggets, or the defensive behemoths in Utah or Memphis. Even the bad teams are scary! If they take a breath, they’ll see the pass-happy, mini-showtime Los Angeles Lakers or the young, freakishly athletic Phoenix Suns. The Warriors don’t need to worry — they are the best team in the league still, by a good margin. Now is the time for what Coach Kerr calls “appropriate fear.� Being a dynasty requires more than greatness. A dynasty requires leadership, patience, and a culture that can weather the storms of time and attrition. The Warriors have their biggest challenge awaiting them, but also their best opportunity to cement themselves as one of the great teams of all time. I have a feeling that they’ll pull it off. The Warriors have their biggest challenge awaiting them, but also their best opportunity to cement themselves as one of the great teams of all time. I have a feeling that they’ll pull it off.

THE STRAY Continued from Page 2

had some pretty powerful and emotional experiences around the dog storyline. To be honest, the dog didn’t register with me when I read the script but eventually Shiloh, that’s the dog who plays Pluto in the movie, played intensely in my life because of my own dog. JJ: You know, W.C. Fields says about “kids and animals� and you got both, how was that for you? MC: I really liked working with Conor (who plays Christian Davis) very much. I connected to him and felt more like he was a peer on so many levels. We were in those woods getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, chasing the dog and carrying those backpacks together. I saw an actor that was in the same challenging work environment as me and I didn’t expect that. No matter how challenging the elements are, I knew there was a guy who shared the same name as my character and had it way harder than me. I said that to Mitch, I told him it was going to be weird to be him while he’s on the set. It was a fun experience that we shared. JJ: Usually people who portray other people don’t have that person right there next to them. That had to be strange. MC: I was very upfront with Mitch when we talked about the film saying that I am not you and I have to do what makes sense to me. He was amazing! It was my biggest concern going in that he might whisper “I don’t do things like that� but he never did that. He even said, “Look man, this is the story that happened to me and my family and you are here because you are going to do a good job telling that story.� He trusted me totally and it was very comfortable. JJ: Do you think “The Stray� being based on a true story was something else that drew you to make the film? MC: Oh yes definitely! I have been in electrical storms and had so many shared experiences with Mitch that it was just grace that my experiences in those elements were different than him. I totally connected to the elements in the exact same way as he did in his life and did it as a storyteller to be able to bring it all to the screen. I so appreciate Michael Cassidy talking with us today about “The Stray.� The film brings Mitch Davis’ story to the screen as Michael Cassidy tells the story of family, friendship and love. “The Stray� is a film about faith, hope, love, family and healing. The Davis family is like so many of us in that we all get so busy with life that we truly forget to live. In this case, it takes the arrival of a beautiful dog to bring everything into focus. This is an amazing family film that can be shared with many walks of life with a sense of unity and strength that we all can relate to. In the end — one dog can change everything!

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