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Newcomer Silcox claims victory over McDonald in Republican Primary race BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

A Sandy Springs newcomer claimed victory in the primary battle for a state House seat that sets long-time Republican leaders against one another. Deborah Silcox collected about 57 percent of the vote in early returns in the Republican Primary on May 24, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. See NEWCOMER on page 12

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Atlanta city officials are proposing transferring ownership of the Bobby Jones Golf Course to the state of Georgia. The proposal immediately drew criticism from supporters of the golf course. “I believe this is giving up valuable city parkland,” said Anthony Smith of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course. “It doesn’t need to be done.” Councilmembers C.T. Martin and Kwan-

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MARTA: Sales tax boost would fund big Buckhead projects

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Buckhead could receive some major, long-awaited transit projects—including a new Armour Yard station, and the BeltLine and Clifton Corridor train lines— if Atlanta voters approve an additional half-percent MARTA sales tax, according to the transit agency’s wish list. MARTA is already funded partly by a 1 percent sales tax, or SPLOST, in DeKalb and Fulton counties that continues through the year 2057. This year, state legislation allowed city of Atlanta voters to decide on raising that sales tax by up to a half-percent, only within the city and only for MARTA projects largely within city limits. The tax boost, which also could include another half-percent increase for road projects, could appear on the November ballot either this year or in 2017, though officials are pushing for this fall. That tax boost could raise an additional $2.5 billion, according to MARTA. That could help fund many long-planned projects in coming decades, such as building light rail circling the city on the BeltLine. As part of the eventual SPLOST ballot question, the city needs to draw up a list of projects. MARTA is working on a project list that it has presented to At-

lanta City Council and is vetting in public meetings. The current list, provided by MARTA, includes several big rail and bus projects in Buckhead: • A new Armour Yard rail station on the Gold and Red Lines. Armour Yard, at Piedmont Road and I-85, currently has a MARTA maintenance facility. • BeltLine light rail. Buckhead’s segment of the BeltLine would run between Armour Yard and I-75 along Peachtree Creek, the Shepherd Center and Piedmont Hospital. • Clifton Corridor light rail. This new line would run from Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center Gold/Red Line station to the Blue Line’s Avondale station through the Emory University area. • Arterial rapid transit bus on Peachtree Street and Peachtree Road. “Arterial rapid transit” means a bus that runs especially frequently and with priority at signals and in lines. The Peachtree route would run through

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head border. MARTA and the city were slated to hold public meetings this week, including one at Buckhead’s Passion City Church, about the proposed list of transit and road projects. Two more public meetings are coming up: June 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Rosel Fann Recreation Center, 365 Cleveland Ave. S.E. on the Southside, and June 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Helene Mills Senior Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. N.E. in the Old Fourth Ward.

MARTA intends to submit a draft project list to the City Council by May 31 and hopes for a council vote approving it by June 20. If that happens, the tax-boost question would be forwarded to the Fulton County Commission for review and possible placement on the November ballot.

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was an analysis of 20 alternative transit systems—including a monorail recently proposed again in Perimeter—for potential campus use during the Olympics. His 127-page thesis shows the many complex factors involved—from cost to safety to urban planning—and the unhappy fate of even some viable options. Schreiber said that one of his favorites was Brazilian company Aeromovel’s monorail propelled by compressed air. He recalled it being pitched to a Perimeter business group in the 1990s. “Perimeter looked at it, but Perimeter didn’t do anything,” he said. And the company is “inactive currently in the United States,” according to Aeromovel’s Steven Ivins. Three companies are among those making alternative transit pitches:

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Wayne Sisco has looked out over the empty rooftops of Perimeter Center’s parking garages and seen the future. The Sandy Springs resident envisions a web of gondolas—something like enclosed ski-lift chairs—riding garagemounted cables to connect commuters to MARTA stations and corporate headquarters. He calls them “urban ropeways” or “SkyWays,” and he figures some of those corporations might enjoy branding them as well as commuting on them. “Instead of rounded gondolas, you could have [them shaped like] a UPS truck,” Sisco said. “You could have fun with it. Not silly, outrageous fun, but provocative fun. Flying cars—how cool would that be?” Sisco is one of many entrepreneurs attracted by traffic-choked Perimeter Center’s recent alternative transportation talk. In just six months jokes about Brookhaven and Sandy Springs monorails have turned into a Perimeter Center Improvement Districts’ study about reserving alternative transit right of way and eventually issuing a request for proposals. From Marietta to Massachusetts, companies are coming out of the woodwork to pitch alternative transit ideas. Some are dusting off plans dating to the 1980s construction boom and 1996 Summer Olympics; others are trying to break new ground. One thing the proposals—

Sisco, a real estate broker and contractor, said he started thinking about Perimeter Center transportation in the 1980s, when he was director of construction at Sandy Springs’ Palisades office park. But inspiration struck recently when he looked at an aerial map and saw acres of empty roof decks on parking garages. “It’s what I call a last frontier,” he said. At first, he considered pitching solar panels, but then realized parking garages would make great pre-built transit stations. He proposes two gondola systems. One is an X-shaped network centered on Perimeter Mall and branching out to the Concourse Center, Ravinia, Terraces and Cox office buildings. The other runs along Ga. 400 between the North Springs MARTA station and the future Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Sandy Springs. Sisco is trying to start a company—it’s currently not incorporated and has no financial backers—he calls Central Perimeter Plus. The gondolas are the main plan; the “plus” adds inflatable domes for sports leagues to play on the parking decks and new charter schools along the lines. Sisco says his system would be cheap to build, but doesn’t have solid cost estimates and acknowledges that “nobody’s really doing this in America.” He has contacted the city of Sandy Springs and

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BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net A “Sandy Springs Tech Village” workspace to help technology start-up companies may be created by the city and the local Chamber of Commerce. “How do you think [the digital currency exchange] BitCoin came around? How do you think [alternative taxi broker] Uber came around?” said Tom Mahaffey, president and CEO of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, who is spearheading the plan. “I need somewhere in Sandy Springs [for such a facility]…We’re going to miss it if we don’t do it.” What Mahaffey has in mind is a popular trend: shared workspaces where tech entrepreneurs can rent desks, meet investors, attend seminars and possibly launch new companies. He’s borrowing the name from Atlanta Tech Village, a giant, privately run workspace in Buckhead. But a more direct inspiration is the Alpharetta Innovation Center, created with funding by that city but now run by a nonprofit. The Alpharetta center opened last August and “has already graduated its first start-up company from the ranks,” said Alpharetta Economic Development Director Peter Tokar III. That company is Basecamp Networks, a Wi-Fi network and agriculture-related apps business. Tokar said the center originated as a suggestion from the Alpharetta Technology Commission, a city-created advisory group that later became a nonprofit. A City Hall move eventually allowed the city to offer 8,500 square feet of free space and funded a $30,000 build-out for the Innovation Center, which is now run by the Technology Commission, Tokar said. Besides startup business programs, it also hosts coding camps for children, he said. Mahaffey proposes a local workspace managed and operated by the Sandy Springs Chamber with city funding assisting only with the build-out costs, after which it would be “selffunding” through space rental. Mahaffey is eyeing a 3,500-squarefoot space in the Northpark Town Center towers at Abernathy and PeachtreeDunwoody roads. He estimates costs to get the facility running there at $50,000 to $60,000. He said he’s had early talks with Northpark landlord Cousins Properties and city officials, including City Council member Gabriel Sterling and city Economic Development Director Andrea Hall, and is now working on a business plan to formally submit soon Continued on page 9

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Alternative transit businesses pitch projects for Perimeter Continued from page 4 such companies as Mercedes-Benz—even hand-delivering proposals in a wooden box “symbolizing their parking deck”— but hasn’t had any takers. He’s now focused on pitching gondolas in Atlanta. “We could have transit on the BeltLine in six months,” he said.

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test model of his train and acknowledged that “nobody’s built this before, so there’s no history.” However, Owen is convinced he has good cost estimates from his informal group of engineers and suppliers for a Pe-

Marietta engineer Bill Owen recently tossed his “HighRoad” monorail plan into the local transit ring by securing a seat on a May 13 Perimeter Business Alliance panel discusWAYNE SISCO sion. But that was far Wayne Sisco, a real estate broker and contractor, from his first Perimeter proposes a web of gondolas to connect commuters to pitch. MARTA stations and corporate headquarters. To see He put his monorail a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. idea together in 1985, pitching a region-wide system with a rimeter Center loop. In an interview, he branch running across the top-end Pesaid the plan is a 12-mile monorail looprimeter and along Ga. 400 and I-75. His ing through the business district and the Owen Transit Group has proposed other Pill Hill medical center. sub-systems, too, like a Downtown AtlanThe 140-passenger cars could reach ta loop. top speeds of 80 mph. He estimated conThe HighRoad was among the systems struction costs at $25 million per mile, Schreiber reviewed—unfavorably—at or $300 million total, which he claimed Georgia Tech, finding its side-mounted could be covered by bonds and fares with cars to be an operations problem. Owen no tax dollars. His projected fare would said his design has changed since then be 50 cents a mile. Among cost savings: and can work efficiently. an automated, driver-less system, and At the business alliance discussion, offices and maintenance facilities built Owen displayed a small scale model of into the stations. two monorail cars. But he has no actual


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cludes Zagster systems in Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Town Center Community Improvement District. The system uses bikes locked onto racks at a network of stations. A lockbox on each bike is opened via a code the rider receives by app or text message. A credit card is required, but there’s ZAGSTER no deposit, and the rental fee is set Zagster, a bike-share company, has sent in consultation with the commua proposal to Sandy Springs. nity. Zagster enters cities as a public-private partnership where the Zagster bike share city pays for the bikes and gets roughly The Perimeter Center cities’ plan to re95 percent of the revenue, with Zagster serve mass transit right of way is part of handling everything else. Alpharetta’s a definite plan to build multi-use pedescost to set up a Zagster system was about trian and bicycle paths. That’s something $22,000, a city spokesperson said. bike “share”—rental—companies could “The message we really have for comuse, and one called Zagster has already munities like Sandy Springs is, look at all sent a proposal to Sandy Springs. the options that are out there” for bike Massachusetts-based Zagster operates share, said Zagster’s Nate Taber. He said about 120 bike share systems, with about the company’s “focus is not about selling 15 of those in cities and the rest on unior pushing a particular type of technoloversity or corporate campuses. That ingy” but in serving the community.

Chamber promotes ‘Tech Village’ to boost startups in Sandy Springs Continued from page 5 to the City Council and the city Development Authority. “It’s something I’d like to have done by the end of the year,” he said. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun and Cousins senior vice president Bill Hollett declined comment pending a formal submission of a plan or signed deal, and Sterling did not respond to questions. Why a Chamber-run tech workspace instead of bringing in one of the pri-

vate companies that offer such services? Mahaffey said he’s gotten several requests from tech developers, and “nobody else in Sandy Springs was doing it.” The workspace chain Roam does operate in Sandy Springs, though it calls the Perimeter Pointe mall location its “Dunwoody” branch. Roam is a Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber member and located near the Northpark site. Roam did not respond to questions.

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Graduation speeches Graduation speeches come in all shapes and sizes. Some call for action while others praise introspection. One can be funny while another is somber. These annual speeches can be inspiring or forgettable, sincere or snarky, hip or square. In short, they can be just about anything a graduation speaker can be. One thing that graduation speeches usually have in common is that they offer students some kind of advice, even if it’s only not to take advice too seriously. What are graduation speakers talking about this year? Here’s a sampling of quotations from speeches delivered to 2016 high school graduates during their commencement ceremonies. There’s a little something for everyone.

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Valedictorian, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School “We come from a range of backgrounds and a diversity of mindsets. Yet we have learned to understand and empathize with others, even when their opinions differ from our own. If you sit in on any planning meeting at school, you will find members of this class effectively collaborating and compromising to plan everything from Homecoming to Senior Skip Day. (Not that that exists.) Members of this class have traveled across the country and across the globe together, learning more about each other and themselves along the way. I think it is safe to say that because of these interactions and the ways in which we have helped each other to grow, we are not the same people that entered the upper school as wide-eyed freshman 1,369 days ago. If nothing else, we are a little bit taller and get in trouble for not shaving a lot more.”

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Valedictorian, Riverwood International Charter School “Outside of the classroom, learning to get along with such a diverse group of people is the staple part of the Riverwood experience that I cherish most. The laughs, roasts and tears we genuinely shared with each other regardless of the color of our skin, who we worship, or how much money we have - will forever be embedded in our memories and form who we are. In many ways these life experiences are more valuable than the piece of paper we are about to receive.”

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Producer and writer, “The Simpsons” Featured speaker at Pace Academy’s graduation “Having a good sense of humor doesn’t mean laughing at jokes you agree with; it means laughing at things you don’t agree with. And most importantly, it means laughing at yourself. If you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter, I hope that you can still laugh at Hillary Clinton jokes. And if you’re a Donald Trump supporter… well, you probably have a good sense of humor already. ‘The Simpsons’ has taught people to laugh at things that used to shock and offend them. It’s taught them that the more you open your mind, the more you’re going to learn and the more fun you’re going to have. So I hope that’s the advice you can take with you when you head to far-off colleges like Emory. Doctors tell you that laughter is good for your heart, and books like the Bible tell you that laughter is good for your soul. So to the Class of 2016, I wish you all a long life of love, of learning and especially of laughter.” BH


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StoryCorps project seeks to collect stories reflecting Hispanic and African-American experiences ones.’” This year, StoryCorps has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to collect stories from the more than 2,000 full-time employees who responded to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. StoryCorps seeks to archive the personal connection each specialist had to Ebola, with less emphasis on recording scientific research. All interviewees are encouraged to

sign the general release form so that their stories can be shared on the radio. StoryCorps’ partnership with public radio station WABE allows the broadcasts. “We tell people your chance of getting on the radio is not very high,” Horowtiz said. “Less than 1 percent of all stories go on NPR, with a bit higher going on locally. But I guarantee that if you sign the general release form you will be in multiple archives around the country.”

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BY GRACE HUSETH Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, believes everyone has a unique story and that we should live on in stories long after we are gone. Today, StoryCorps records oral histories from everyday people thoroughout America. The national project continues in Atlanta with a special StoryBooth recording studio at the Atlanta History Center to preserve stories from our great city. “The StoryCorps process is simply a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other who talk about something that’s important to them,” said Daniel Horowitz, regional manager of StoryCorps Atlanta. The recording studio is inside the library at the Atlanta History Center with dim lighting and books to muffle the sound. “We try to get the recording studio to feel like it’s late at night around the kitchen table. It’s a time and space where you have nothing else going on, you are not going to be interrupted, and you can have that kind of conversation,” Horowitz said.

Horowitz said StoryCorps has many different methods to record stories in addition to the StoryBooth. StoryCorps Atlanta set up field recording days to collect stories from specific communities in Atlanta and have a StoryCorps app for personal recording. With these resources, StoryCorps can capture conversations that reflect all of Atlanta. “We think about what the archive needs. The archive has to be reflective of a community, so half of our interviews need to come from community outreach,” Horowitz said. Out of the 600-plus interviews recorded at the booth each year, a great majority are from community outreach. One of StoryCorps’ goals for 2016 is to engage the refugee community and continue the “Historias” and “Griot” initiatives, collecting Hispanic and African-American experiences. “A big piece of outreach is talking to folks and convincing them that the story they have is worth other people’s time,” Horowitz commented. “Once they are convinced, they are happy to share. It’s usually the folks who say, ‘I didn’t do anything,’ that are the really interesting

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City Council considers transferring Bobby Jones course to state Continued from page 1

Atlanta is considering transferring the Bobby Jones Golf Course to the state.

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za Hall, on behalf of the city administration, introduced legislation at Atlanta City Council that would transfer the historic Buckhead landmark and the city’s portion of the World of Coca-Cola property to state ownership, City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean said. A second piece of legislation would transfer state-owned property near Underground Atlanta to the city, said Adrean, who represents District 8, which includes Atlanta Memorial Park. “As you know, conversations have been ongoing around this matter for some time,” Adrean wrote in an email to constituents. “The introduction of this legislation … comes before many of us believed the conversation regarding the future ownership of Bobby Jones was resolved.” The state has agreed to invest $50 million in the golf course, Adrean said, and would grant an easement restricting use of the property to recreation and golf in the future. “I just want to make sure for future generations that it’s always a public facility,” she said. Plans include renovating the cityowned course named for the iconic Atlanta golfer and the addition of golf facilities for younger players, and keeping the historic clubhouse, she said. The legislation says the state would lease the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center back to the city for $1 a year for 50 years, would preserve and maintain the historic clubhouse, and would provide public access to the tennis and golf facili-

ties, which could include a parking garage, golf museum and park. “The most important thing to me is that we preserve that green space,” Adrean said during a telephone interview May 17. “I would prefer it remain a city park, but the state has resources we don’t have.” The proposal does not include transfer of the “passive” portion of Atlanta Memorial Park, she said. Adrean said public meetings to discuss the proposal should be scheduled soon. Previous meetings held by the city to discuss proposals to renovate the park have drawn overflow crowds to the golf course’s clubhouse. Golfers have sharply criticized plans by the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and the city to redesign the layout into a nine-hole course rather than an 18-hole one. Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy officials issued a statement about the transfer of the course to the state that said they are waiting to hear from officials about their plans. The statement said the conservancy “is seeking to fully understand more about this pending legislation and potential beneficial impact to the park. In light of the recent announcement, we welcome the opportunity to fully engage with the state of Georgia to better understand this possible development.” Adrean also said she wanted to hear state officials outline plans for the golf course. “Stay tuned,” she said. Smith said state officials may want to incorporate the Buckhead course into a “Bobby Jones Golf Trail” that links other Georgia courses in an effort to attract golfing tourists. He also worried the state would reduce the length of the course “as a way for Georgia Tech and Georgia State to end up with driving ranges.” “I think Bobby Jones certainly is worth more than this parking deck and the World of Coca-Cola,” Smith said.

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R ESU LTS FR O M THE M AY 2 4 P R I M A RY GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 52 Republican Primary Graham McDonald 2,061 48% Deborah Silcox 2,212 52% Fulton County Education SPLOST Yes 52,828 77% No 15,671 23% * As reported by the Georgia Secretary of State on May 25

Newcomer Silcox claims win in Republican Primary race Continued from page 1 She appeared poised to defeat former Sandy Springs City Councilman Graham McDonald in the Republican Primary race in House District 52. “This is all surreal to me,” Silcox said Election Night. “It really is.” The district covers portions of both Buckhead and Sandy Springs, and previously had been held for 16 years by Republican Rep. Joe Wilkinson, who supported Silcox, as did several prominent local Republicans. Wilkinson originally filed to run for reelection, but then dropped out, saying he had been “blindsided” by McDonald’s decision to file for the office. Wilkinson said the former councilman’s campaign was part of a “plot” involving several prominent Sandy Springs officials, including Mayor Rusty Paul, to replace Wilkinson. “They saw this as an opportunity to circumvent the electoral process by urging me to qualify to run again and then withdraw at the last minute and allow their

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candidate of choice to step into office unopposed,” Wilkinson said in a statement shortly after announcing his resignation. “I flatly rejected this proposal. Yet they went ahead with their plot and, at the last minute, qualified their chosen candidate McDonald. Their intention was to then pressure me to step aside with false claims that I have not been focusing on the needs of Sandy Springs.” Paul denied there had been any “grand plot” to replace Wilkinson with McDonald. “I am sad on a personal level that it has reached this point,” Paul said at the time. “It was as a friend I tried to be frank and candid about my concerns, in hopes he would go out to the appreciation and universal thanks from the community that he deserves.” Silcox said she did not think the divisions would create a permanent rift in the Republican establishment. She said she thought she won because of the campaign she waged. “I worked day and night at this,” she said. What’s next? “I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve never done this before. We’ll see.”

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The Brookhaven Bucks baseball team returns in June for a new season. The Bucks, composed of members of college baseball teams, compete in the Sunbelt League, which has teams in Georgia and Alabama. The Bucks play their home games at Oglethorpe University. The team started in 2011, according to its webpage. “We’re ready for another great season of Bucks baseball,” Bucks Owner and General Manager Brad Dickison said in a press release. “The field at Oglethorpe looks great and we’re planning some great events and promotions for fans of all ages.” The Sunbelt League season starts June 4 and ends with the league championship series July 30 through-August 3, the team said. The Bucks’ opener starts at 1:35 p.m. June 4, the teams’ webpage says. For more information: brookhavenbucks.com or facebook.com/brookhavenFor more information: brookhavenbucks. com or facebook.com/brookhavenbucks. For information about the Sunbelt League: sunbeltleague.com.

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BY CLARE S. RICHIE Kate Atwood is showcasing metro Atlanta to the world in an attempt to attract and retain the next generation of top talent. She joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber last September to lead the new ChooseATL initiative. “Come to Atlanta, hustle, and people will help you make your mark,” she urges. This is not just Atwood’s message; it’s her story, too. At age 23, she moved to Atlanta from Charlottesville, Va., and made her mark quickly by founding the nonprofit Kate’s Club. Millennials, born in the early 1980s to early 2000s, are now the largest cohort in the workforce. Atwood’s job is to tell young people and young influencers that Atlanta is a hub for tech start-ups, that Georgia is ranked among the top three states for film and entertainment production, and that it boasts a “cool factor” with the AtlantaBeltLine, Ponce City Market, a thriving arts scene and more. To begin however, “you need to meet people where they are, and evolve their perceptions,” Atwood explained.“Outside of Atlanta, we have a lot of work to do to become millennials’ top choice to start a career and build a life.” So, her plan includes actions at events like “South by Southwest” in Austin, Texas, one of the world’s largest gatherings of film, music and tech. Her team also will look for talent at colleges and universities in Atlanta and in 10 key markets around the United States. ChooseATL is also building a presence using digital and social media. This October, ChooseATL will host its second Ultimate Job Interview Contest – an “Apprentice” meets “Shark Tank” experience with landing your first job in Atlanta as the prize. This year, the goal is for 1,000 contestants to submit a 90-second video about BH

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how to make a mark in Atlanta. The top 10 vote getters, as determined by social media, then will create a five-minute pitch on why they should be hired. It culminates with three finalists, who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlanta to interview with executives. They also receive two days of VIP treatment throughout the city. In her personal life, Atwood leads by example. A few years ago she teamed up with April Trigg on Living by Giving (livingbygiving.com), which shares stories meant to inspire others to seek their charitable path. “I feel so grateful that at a young age I was able to tap into how powerful giving can be in my own life – I want to help others know that power, and give them permission to seek the giving that gives back the most to them,” Atwood said. She’s referring to Kate’s Club, which she founded in 2014, which helps children face the loss of a parent or sibling. “I didn’t talk about my mom’s death for seven years,” said Atwood, who was 12 years old when her mother passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. At 19, as a counselor at a bereavement camp in Virginia, Atwood shared her story with 200 campers. Later, a camper told her about losing both parents. “This is bigger than me,” she said she realized. “When tragedy happens at a young age, you try to understand why.” Atwood discovered her “why” was to help kids grieve and show them how to move forward. At 24, she started the club, to provide a place for grieving children to have fun, develop friendships and learn to cope with their loss. “From the beginning, I wanted Kate’s Club to be this inviting and warm place where young survivors of grief can feel more alive, less alone and begin to believe in their dreams again in spite of tragic loss,” she said.

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ALADDIN KIDS Wednesday, June 8, 3 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents the musical, “Aladdin KIDS.” When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Additional performance at 7 p.m. Donations at the door support performing arts at the church. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for information.

SUMMER SING Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. Join Choral Guild of Atlanta for their annual Summer Sing. All voice parts are invited. Atlanta composer and musician Curtis Bryant is guest clinician. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To learn more, email: info@ cgatl.org or call 404-223-6362.

Monday, June 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Teens, learn how social media can be a powerful tool in marketing and promoting businesses. Continues through Friday, June 17. Geared for ages 13-18. Free and open to the public. Registration required by calling 770-880-6722 or emailing: info@cometothearts.com. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

MAGIC TIME! Tuesday, June 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get bedazzled by magician Keith Karnok while enjoying puppets, ventriloquism and tricks, all reinforcing the importance of reading. Free. Open to the community. Suitable for ages 3 and up. No registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-303-6130.

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Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Capitol City Opera presents, “A Seussome Twosome,” a kid-friendly musical with bright costumes and zany characters, based upon stories by Theodor Geisel. Free. The public is invited. Open to the first 100 participants. Appropriate for ages pre-K to 5th grade. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Learn more by calling 770-512-4640.

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Wednesday, June 1, 12-2 p.m. Start your summer with a bang! The Buckhead Branch Library hosts its summer reading program. Enjoy games, storytelling, food and fun. Free and open to everyone. Appropriate for all ages. In the Large Meeting Room, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. To learn more, e-mail: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-814-3500.

Wednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Turtle Tours,” an educational series for children ages 2-5, continues. In this program, join museum mascots Spring and Sandy as “they count collections.” Free; no reservations required. All are welcome. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For details, email: information@heritagesandysprings.org, call 404-851-9111 or visit: heritagesandysprings.org.

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Friday, June 3, 2-3 p.m. Join a local nutrition expert who presents healthy and nourishWednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Come ing food choices. Free. All are welcome. Sugwatch Adam Boehmer as he performs his gested audiences: high school and middle mind-boggling feats and tricks! For ages 3 and school youth. Sandy Springs Branch Library, up. Free. Open to all. No registration required. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Call 404-303-6130 SUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT or email: comments@co.fulton. calendar@ReporterNewspapers.net ga.us.


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YUMMY CUPCAKES Wednesday, June 8, 3-4:30 p.m. Cupcake decorating presented by professional cake decorator and sugar artist Sari McIntyre. Registration begins May 31. Free. The public is invited. For tweens, ages 10-12. Available to the first 15 participants. Call 404-848-7140 or visit the Brookhaven Branch Library to register. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

LITTLE DIGGERS Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. Kids plant seeds in a container they construct out of recycled soda bottles, then decorate and take it home. Learn about planting and watching seeds grow. Free. Best suited for ages 6-10 and accompanying adult. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-851-9111 or email: information@heritagesandysprings.org for details.

LET’S LEARN! MONEY GUSH Wednesday, June 1, 6-7 p.m. Participants learn how taxes, fees and losses affect their nest egg. Free. For adult audiences. Open to the public. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-303-6130 with questions. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

IPHONE & IPAD BASICS Friday, June 3, 10-11 a.m. Let a certified Apple trainer guide you through the basics of your iPhone or iPad. Learn tips and tricks for a more efficient experience. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us to learn more.

JEWELRY MAKING Tuesday, June 7, 3-4 p.m. Join other adults for this interactive workshop and learn to craft handmade bracelets. Participants must have basic knowledge of beading. Materials provided. Free. All are welcome. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us for details.

FUN FOR ALL DOGS GALORE Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come out to the 2nd annual “Bark in the Park,” featuring music, dog-trick demonstrations, vendors, pet adoptions, food trucks and beverages. Free. The community is welcome to attend. Note: All dogs must be on a leash. Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-637-0512 or email: philip.mitchell@ brookhavenga.gov for details.

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-3p.m. Enjoy the 17th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Fun for all ages, with activities such as: butterfly encounters, costume parade, live entertainment, plant sale, food trucks, crafts and face painting. $12 general public; $8 members; free for children under 2. Continues June 5, 12-5 p.m. Learn more by calling 770-992-2055 ext. 254 or visiting: chattnaturecenter.org. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075.

PADDLEBOARDING Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. High Country Outfitters brings “Stand Up for the Hooch,” paddleboard racing to the Chattahoochee River. Two- and 6-mile courses; free kids’ race for ages 6-12. Cash prizes for the 6-mile race. Event benefits Sandy Springs scholarship program for those ages 4-17. 2-mile, $60; 6-mile, $75; free for spectators. Visit standupforthehooch.itsyourrace.com or call 404-9772523 for details and registration. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350.

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High school graduation season returns this month. Proud parents, brothers and sisters and other family members are packing auditoriums and stadiums across Reporter Newspapers communities to clap and cheer as local schools confer hard-earned diplomas and special honors on hundreds of new graduates.

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Jennifer Russ Valedictorian

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Chamblee Charter High School

Aomeng Cui Valedictorian

Mutasem Shopon Valedictorian

Parul Rai Valedictorian

Cross Keys High School

Mati Alemayehu Salutatorian

Dunwoody High School

Joseph Lee Salutatorian

William Epperson Valedictorian

Sarah Corning Salutatorian

Agnele Sewa Salutatorian

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Greyson Burnett Salutatorian

The Lovett School

Charlotte Lee Valedictorian

David Nguyen Valedictorian

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Caroline Kish Salutatorian

Pashali Anvarov Salutatorian

Lauren Bohling Valedictorian

Sarah Verlander Salutatorian

Marist School

Nicholas Isaf Valedictorian

Christian McKittrick Salutatorian

Courtney Peters Salutatorian


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During many graduation ceremonies, a few students are singled out to be honored for achieving the highest academic standing among their classmates. They are the valedictorians and salutatorians for their schools. Here is a gallery of photographs of the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2016 at high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The schools provided the students’ names and photographs or made arrangements to have their photographs taken.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Derek Liu Valedictorian

North Atlanta High School

Anjana Anandkumar Salutatorian

Lydia Zemmali Valedictorian

Pace Academy

Andrew Wu Valedictorian

North Springs Charter High School

Bethany Bell Salutatorian

Riverwood International Charter School

Johnny Reece Salutatorian

Pascal Acree Valedictorian

Abigail Szabo Salutatorian

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Kyle Andrew Weil Salutatorian

Weber School

Avi Botwinick Valedictorian

Sanjay John Valedictorian

Edward Jackson Valedictorian

Anna Marie Jones Salutatorian

The Westminster Schools

Jessica Bachner Salutatorian

Charlotte Folinus Valedictorian

Pranav Rekapalli Valedictorian

Ariana Mao Salutatorian

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Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: Good friends and a supportive family with whom I can share war stories and download without having to keep it all together, “wisdom literature” to refer back to from time to time (I’ve rediscovered Palm-

integrity as a teacher and a willingness to be vulnerable with your kids—to treat them as partners, nay co-equals, in learning. Content knowledge, technique—that’s all secondary. Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: Honest wondering, naked curiosity, the courage to think out loud without fear of constantly being assessed for what they say, think and do, sincere commitment and ownership of their own learning, a thirst

A: A few. I’m quite fond of the StarPower simulation. Incredibly versatile. And I’m a big fan of the Harkness method, though I do it differently each time. I also have a few readings that have become canon in my classes: Illich’s “To Hell with Good Intentions,” anything by Pico Iyer or Mark Twain, excerpts from David Brook’s “The Road to Character,” (a recent addition) that highlight the distinction between resume values and eulogy values, MLK Jr.’s “Drum Major’s Instinct” sermon (the whole thing) and Cornell West’s “You Are Loved.”

Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I’ve always loved being a student and had some very good teachers in high school and college who inspired me with their energy, creativity and genuine love for teaching. I saw teaching as a way to stay connected to the subject matter that interested me and spark the same conversations with younger kids that drew me in all those years ago. My first year was terrible, and many times I wondered, “Am I really any good at this?” But, in the midst of the hard, long days, I caught glimpses of what teaching could be and I hung on to that. Q: Has the appeal changed? A: Yes, it’s like a taste for something that matures, at least it’s been like that for me after a decade. I no longer get excited about planning the “perfect lesson” (did I ever?) or even about the content. I still love learning new things, reading, staying on top of my field, but the best interactions I have in the classroom these days are those “off script” moments that come when you dare greatly to wonder (and wander) into open space by letting students drive discussions. It takes a certain comfort level with discomfort, a facilitator’s gift honed over time, and a strong sense of your identity and integrity as an educator to embrace those moments and see them for the real learning opportunities they represent. That’s what appeals to me now.

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er’s “The Courage to Teach,” and it’s a wholly different read than it was for me in college), knowing that, even if not especially when things get hard, I am in my element, to borrow a phrase from Ken Robinson. Those things. And let’s be honest, there’s a reason God invented bourbon.

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Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: A strong sense of your own identity and

Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?

Q: How do you engage your students? A: I’m a nerd. It runs the gamut: stories, accents, costuming, role-play, film, music, debates, competitions. I also feed them, a lot … really it can vary.

Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: No tricks. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: Beyond anything else, I want my students to experience my teaching as love embodied in pedagogy.

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Federal authorities continue investigating the cause of fiery crash that killed a pilot performing in front of a large crowd attending the annual air show at DeKalbPeachtree Airport. The pilot, identified as Greg Connell of Greg Connell Airshows of Trenton, S.C., died in the crash on May 14. An experienced air show performer, Connell was taking part in an aerobatics performance with a second airplane when his custom-built biplane struck the ground and burst into flames in a grassy area between the airport’s two runways. “He was on a pass,” Chris Encinas of Chamblee said as he and his family departed the show moments after witnessing the crash. “I saw his tail wiggle like he was a little out of control, and then black smoke.” In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board said video from witnesses showed Connell’s airplane pulled into a loop, then, as it descended, “the wings rocked back and forth as the [other plane] approached from the opposite direction. Immediately prior to ground impact, [Connell’s plane] appeared to begin a level-off maneuver.” Police and fire safety officers quickly cleared the crowd after the crash. Airport General Manager Mario Evans said the crash was the first in the 30year history of the airport’s “Good Neighbor Day” Open House, held annually at the DeKalb County-owned airport located on Clairmont Road, near Brookhaven and Chamblee. The airport lowered its flags to half-staff to honor Connell after the accident.

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Top, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport lowered its flags to half-staff to honor pilot Greg Connell, who crashed and died while performing at the airport’s annual “Good Neighbor Day” on May 14, above.

The DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s “Good Neighbor Day,” an annual open house, drew scores of spectators on May 14. Crowds witnessed aerobatics, got up close and personal with vintage aircraft, and had opportunities to hop aboard. Top, Jacob Clark, center, helps “direct” a plane during the show. Middle left, Vincent Pan, left, covers his ears as a plane does a trick above him while his dad, Yong, takes it all in. Middle right, Vince Gorelik finds a shady spot. Bottom left, aerobatics were on full display. Bottom right, Ben Singer explains the cockpit’s controls.

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From Atlanta police reports dated May 5 through May 14. The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY „„1700 block of Marietta Blvd. NW – On

May 5, in the evening, a woman said she was working the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant when a woman ordered some food and pulled up to the window. The customer then jumped through the window and stole her phone. „„2000 block of Howell Mill Rd. – On

May 6, during the day at a commercial bank, a woman said a man entered, approached her counter, and slid her a piece of paper. The note read, “I need 50s and 100s, and there is a bomb in the trash can.” The woman said she pressed the button that allowed her to access the cash drawer multiple times, but after the fourth attempt, the suspect walked out of the location. Surveillance cameras were reviewed and checked at multiple businesses near the location that may have captured a glimpse of the suspect. The note was taken by the Crime Scene Unit for processing. „„2000 block of Bolton Rd. NW – On May

8, in the evening, a man said he parked at a gas station when he was approached by two men. He said that the men pointed a pistol at him and demanded that he give them his keys. The suspects then got into the vehicle and fled in the direction of Bolton Road, headed toward Hollywood Road. No tag or VIN information was provided on scene by the victim as the vehicle was the property of a dealership. „„1800 block of Ridgeway Ave. NW – On

May 9, during the day, a man said that he was exercising in the park when two men grabbed his Swiss Army bag and fled. He said he chased after them and one of the men pointed a black gun at him and said, “I will shoot you.” The man then stopped pursuit and the suspects got into a black sedan and fled. A MacBook Pro, iPhone and recording equipment were inside the backpack. „„Piedmont

Road/Rockledge Rd. NE – On May 11, in the morning at a bar/ nightclub, a man said that while he was parked, a vehicle blocked his car. An unarmed man approached, opened the car door and demanded that the man relinquish his possessions. A diamond necklace, diamond earrings, wallet, Presidential Rolex, cross necklace and gold Rolex watch were taken. BH

„„800 block of Holmes St. – On May 14,

in the morning, a woman said she was walking home from work when someone approached, pointed a black handgun at her head and demanded her belongings. She handed over her brown bag with rainbow straps, HTC cellphone, and white wallet with miscellaneous debit/credit cards. The robber fled in the direction of Howell Mill Road.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT „„500 block of Amsterdam Ave. – On

May 6, in the morning at a restaurant, witnesses reported that a man attacked a woman in a parking lot, when another man who tried to break up the fight was knocked to the ground. „„1800 block of Piedmont Ave. NE – On

May 8, in the evening, a man said he was driving his vehicle when a bullet came through the windshield and struck him in the head. Originally the victim said he was at Piedmont Road and Cheshire Bridge Road near the Midtown Bowl. He then also said that he was near 10th Street when the incident occurred. Crime scene responded to process the vehicle and collect evidence. „„2500 block of Piedmont Rd. NE – On

May 9, in the evening, a man said he parked his vehicle in the parking lot of a retail store. He said that when he returned he saw a man inside his vehicle searching through the compartments. He said he yelled at the man, who then jumped down from the truck and got into a blue sedan. The victim said that he ran toward the suspect, at which point the suspect pointed a black handgun at him. The victim then stopped pursuit as the suspect fled the scene. Latent fingerprints were recovered from the interior/exterior of the vehicle and turned in for analysis. Taken from the vehicle was $450 in cash. „„3600 block of Habersham Rd. NE – On

May 11, in the evening, a man said he was in an argument with his partner. The man said they had recently moved in together. He said that during the argument, his partner grabbed a knife and cut him on the right knee, left shin and back of the head. The suspect was not found on the scene during the time of the report. The victim’s blue jeans were collected as evidence.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY „„400 block of Lindbergh Pl. NE – On

May 2, in the evening, a man said he saw a man and woman exit a neighbor’s apartment through the balcony. They were carrying a flat screen TV and fled in a white Chevrolet Impala. The man said the couple pointed a gun at him. A

flat screen TV, iMac computer and two MacBook Airs were taken. „„1800 block of Defoor Ave. NW – On

May 3, in the morning, the front door of an apartment was damaged. A window of the property was unlocked. Two laptops and a drone were taken. „„1700 block of Northi-

side Dr. NW – The front door to an apartment was damaged. A PS3, PS3 games, Toshiba laptop and Asus notebook were taken. „„3000

„„2200 block of Peachtree Park Dr. NE

– On May 9 in the day, the front door of an apartment was pried open. A BlueRay player, MacBook Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air 2 and pearl bracelet were stolen „„3800 block of Land O Lakes Dr. NE

– On May 9, in the evening, someone entered a house through the back window. Pillowcases, an iPad mini, iPad Pro, iMac, Kindle fire, Bose Stereo speaker, iTrack Solo and iTrack Studio were stolen from the location.

block of Brookwood Valley Cir. NE – On May 3, during the day, a Beretta 22 handgun and miscellaneous jewelry were stolen.

„„ 2500 block of Edwards Dr. NW – On May 11, in the evening, a house was broken into and two flat-screen Vizio TVs were stolen.

„„400 block of Northside Cir. NW – On

„„4000 block of Conway Valley Rd. NW

May 4, in the evening, an apartment window was broken by having a rock thrown through it. A 60-inch Smart TV, PS4, MacBook Pro and Toshiba laptop were stolen. „„100 block of 26th St. NW – On May 4,

during the day, a window to an apartment was shattered to gain entry. Miscellaneous jewelry was stolen.. „„4200 block of Rickenbacker Way NE –

On May 4, at an unknown time, someone forced entry into a house through the dog door. A 55-inch Samsung TV, 50inch TV, ASIS black laptop computer and two iPads were taken. „„1400 block of Peachtree Park Dr. NE

– On May 5, in the evening, someone broke into an apartment. A GoPro recording device and Apple MacBook Air were stolen. „„2572 Lenox Rd. NE – On May 5, during

the day, the front door of an apartment was damaged and the deadbolt pried open. Stolen was $10,000 in cash. „„400 block of Armour Dr. NE – On May

6, in the morning, a man returned to his apartment and found the door handle forced. When he walked into his apartment, he saw a man and woman inside, covering their faces. The woman fled the apartment. The apartment resident said he and the other man were involved in a scuffle. He said he pushed the suspect and that the suspect punched him in the face. The suspect then fled with a duffle bag containing four pairs of Giuseppe shoes, two MacBook Airs, six watches, a jewelry box, $2,000 cash and a Nextbook tablet.

– On May 12, in the evening, a man said his house had been burglarized while he was gone. He said all windows and doors were locked and secured. A Dell laptop, MacBook Pro and iPad were stolen. The man said that the patio and garage doors were both open when he came home. „„2500 block of Forrest Ave. NW – On

May 13 in the evening, the rear window of a house was broken to gain entry. A 55-inch JVC TV was stolen. The victim said that his rear door was open when he returned home, likely the point of exit. „„1000 block of Huff Rd. NW – On May

14, in the evening, a woman said she left her apartment, and locked and secured her front door. She said when she returned, the door was closed but unlocked. She saw that the contents of her drawer, where money was kept, were strewn across the counter and that her jewelry was missing. She said $200 cash, a 14-karat gold necklace, a 14-karat gold bracelet and a pair of gold earrings were missing. She said that her brother and a friend in the Navy were the only people who have access to her apartment and that they must have known where she stored her money. „„2200 block of Peachtree Rd. NW – A

woman said a drawer had gone missing from her jewelry box. She said that the drawer contained several miscellaneous items ranging from watches to necklaces, etc. She last placed the drawer on a chair in her closet. She said that she normally locks the closet door but failed to on the day in question.


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