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“Be Part of The Good News” The Community Press is to promote the progress and growth of schools, cities, agencies, organizations and people. EDCOUCH • ELSA • LA VILLA • MONTE ALTO • DONNA • WESLACO • MERCEDES • ALAMO • PROGRESO

Synthetic Marijuana Hidalgo County recently televised a press conference focused on Synthetic Marijuana becoming an EPIDEMIC. By early July, poison control centers in the U.S. tallied 4,377 reports of people suffering the effects of synthetic marijuana, compared to 3,682 in all of last year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The effects that result from the use of this drug are beyond what our youth can even begin to comprehend. Some of these effects include psychotic episodes, increased heart rate, vomiting, seizures, uncontrollable body movements, strokes, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, severe lung reactions, chemical burns in the organs, and even death. These are only a few of the effects that are being reported, there are so many more that are not accounted for. According to the 2014 Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use, synthetic marijuana first use in Texas was reported to be 13.5 and in region 11 it was 13.6. Regarding lifetime use of synthetic marijuana, 7.6 percent of students in region 11 had ever used synthetic marijuana and 5.7 had ever used in the State sample. This is the first year of administration that synthetic marijuana is being tracked locally through the TSS. It is crucial for us to spread the word on the dangers of this drug and educate our friends, family and peers before it becomes even more of an epidemic. Visit to find more statistics and information for Region 11.

City of Edinburg considering comprehensive ban on smoking By DAVID A. DÍAZ

ities to restaurants, retail stores, and sports arenas.

A proposed ban on smoking in public facilities and most privately-owned businesses could soon become law in Edinburg, with city leaders confident such an action would help economic development as well as improve public health, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Mayor and Edinburg City Council, during their regular meeting held at Edinburg City Hall, held a public hearing on a plan by the city to change the existing city ordinance in order to prohibit smoking in government buildings, as well as in at least 21 types of businesses, ranging from bars, motion picture theaters, and childcare and adult daycare facil-

The measure, which still faces final action by the Mayor and City Council to make it official, is scheduled for the Tuesday, December 1, 2015 regular city council meeting. If approved, as currently worded, the proposed ordinance would carry up to a $2,000 fine upon conviction for what would be classified as a misdemeanor crime. However, the proposed ban would not affect smoking in a person’s residence, outdoor seating areas of a restaurant that are designated as smoking areas, private clubs which are not businesses, and would allow hotels and motels to set aside up to 25 percent of their rooms for smokers. See EDINBURG pg. 8

STISD And Campuses Rank Among The Best In The State And Nation

MERCEDES – For the second year in a row, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) and five of its campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in

the Niche Best K-12 Schools lists. Released this week, the 2016 K-12 Schools lists grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers. This is the second year in a row that Niche included the district and the five established STISD campuses See STISD pg. 8

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Victims of Crime Program Practice Sharing is Caring

Betty Meza, VOC Project Coordinator and Yvonne Lopez, Friendship of Women Coordinator

The Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone Corporation (RGVEZC) — Victims of Crime (RGVEZCVOC) program not only provides See CRIME pg. 8

Texas Veterans + Family Alliance “A New and Innovative Program to Care for our Veterans” by State Senator Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa

As a Vietnam Veteran for the United States Marine Corps, I understand the difficult sacrifices that military men and women and their families endure on a daily basis, and the challenges they face when they return home. I was honored to serve my country in time of war just as I am now honored to serve the people of Texas as a State Senator where I am able to work to improve health and mental services for our Veterans. One of the highest priorities that members of the Texas Legislature have is our obligation to our service members, veterans, and their families. More than 1.7 million veterans live in Texas and we must work to meet their needs. As a veteran and the Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, I am particuSee HINOJOSA pg. 8

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NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars program Marina de la Fuente, a junior at La Villa Early College High School recently got accepted to NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars program. The HAS program is an interactive, online learning experience that culminates in an all-expenses-paid, weeklong visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Over the course of this year, Marina will train for this mission by learning about the past, present and future of space exploration online. If selected, Marina will be invited to put the training to use at NASA, where she will get guidance from scientists and engineers as she works with students from across the state to complete hands-on design challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

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“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” - David Thomas

We were all taught to help others when we were young. It is a value that parents and teachers have been sharing for ages. Yet, sometimes we get so focused on our own world that we don’t always go out of our way to help others— we just have too much on our minds and too much on our plates. This past couple of weeks, through events in my community, and social media, I have seen so many wonderful people give a helping hand. I would like to Thank the Edcouch-Elsa High School staff and other individuals that participated in the 2nd Annual feast of sharing. Thank you for distributing turkey plates to the Delta Area community. I am very proud to see compassionate actions and values towards the community. The Delta area community is grateful for your kindness.

About the Editor Rina Diane Castillo is an Edcouch-Elsa Alumni, class of 2002. Graduate of The University of Texas Pan American with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Marketing. She is the owner of The Community Press and is currently in Public office in the City of Edcouch, Alderwoman PL. 2. Rina believes in giving back to her community and is also involved in the Edcouch-Elsa Rotary club.

Attention All Basketball Players.!!! Get Your Teams Ready For Our 1st Annual City Of Elsa Men’s 18 And Over Basketball League. - $ 200.00 Entry Fee Money Order Payable To The City Of Elsa. ... - 10 Players Per Team. - Games Will Be Played After 6. - Monday And Wednesday At Carlos Truan Gymnasium. - Two 20 Minute Periods. - Teams Will Pay Referees. - League Starts December 7, 2015 - 10 Games Plus End Of Season Tournament.

Please Come By City Hall And Register Your Team Ask For Louie Segura Or Victor Hernandez. Deadline Will Be December 4, 2015. Phone 956-262-2128 Cell Phone 956-756-1802. Via Victor Hernandez

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Edcouch-Elsa’s Krysta Martinez Signs With UTRGV

Edcouch-Elsa senior distance runner Krysta Martinez signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for UTRGV. “I was very excited,” Martinez said. “This is something I’ve always wanted. I’ve always thought about running in college. I know it will be tougher competition, but I’m ready to work hard.”

Accelerated Reader Millionaire

John F. Kennedy has its 1st Accelerated Reader Millionaire. Abel Cruz reached millionaire status and joined our Millionaire Club on October 30, 2015 with 1,115,622. This is Abel’s second year to reach Millionaire Status. Abel is an avid reader. Abel has read some of the following books: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Titan’s Curse. Abel has also maintained a high average of 98%. Congratulations Abel on a Job Well Done.

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Strong Second Half Fuels E-E in Win By: JOHN CANNON

(MCALLEN) – Down by nine going into the fourth, the Edcouch-Elsa Yellowjackets needed to put together their best quarter of the entire contest. The Jackets were able to answer the call as they were able to produce their best quarter of the game, thus outscoring the Bulldogs 32-16 in the fourth and secured a huge 7973 win. “Simply put, our kids played hard and never quit,” said Edcouch-Elsa head basketball coach Robert Capello. “We were able to convert on some big shots in the second half and the hustle was there as well.” McAllen High was red hot in the first half and went into the locker room with a 43-28 lead. The Bulldogs increased their lead But the Jackets turned the tables to 22-points at one point in the and completely took the Bulldogs third as it appeared they were in out of their game while outscoring complete cruise control. them the rest of the way.

Jesse Granados led the charge for 22. Sergio Ortega led the Bulldogs the Jackets as he scored a game in scoring with 21 on the night. high 29 points while his teammate Marco Aguinaga contributed with

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Accelerated Reader Millionaire

Gilbert Ramirez is a fifth grader and has already read 1,023,827 words. He is the first millionaire at Truman Price. Besides being an avid reader, Gilbert is also president of the Price Student Council and is a good role model for the other students to emulate.

Students helping families

Julian S. Adame Elementary raised 1,681 cans for those families that are struggling to keep food on their table this Thanksgiving holidays. Student Council members helped collect the cans from each classroom.

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Anti-Bully Drawing Contest Winner

Anti-Bully Drawing Contest Winner

District Elementary winner Aimee Morales. She is a student at Salazar Elementary.

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EDINBURG from page 1.

No one spoke against the proposed smoking ban during the public hearing, with almost two dozen area residents showing up in favor of the smoking ban. If approved in its current form, the proposed ban would be in line with recent federal government report that smoke-free laws do not hurt restaurant and bar businesses, said Mark Iglesias, President of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members. “In partnership with the Mayor and Edinburg City Council, the EEDC Board of Directors and staff take very seriously our roles

in improving the quality-of-life in our community, such as having helped bring a University of Texas medical school to our community, to protecting the public health while promoting the prosperity of our businesses,” said Iglesias. “One of the largest studies by the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that smoking bans benefit the public and businesses.” The CDC is one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established by Congress as an independent, nonprofit organization, the CDC Foundation connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with private-sector organizations and individuals to build public health programs that make our world healthier and safer. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has provided $450 million to support CDC’s work, launched more than 750 programs around the world and built a network of individu-

als and organizations committed to supporting CDC and public health. Mayor García emphasized the smoking ban is being considered because it is the duty of the Mayor and City Council, to protect the health, safety, welfare, and wellbeing of its citizens. “Numerous studies have found that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution, and that breathing secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) is a cause of disease in healthy nonsmokers, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, lung cancer,” the mayor said, citing information provided by city staff. The National Cancer Institute determined in 1999 that secondhand smoke is responsible for the early deaths of approximately 53,000 Americans annually, he added. “City staff has met with representatives of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society and has discussed with other cities in our region, includ-

ing Brownsville, Harlingen, and Brownsville, and elsewhere in Texas,” Mayor García said. “After review of the (smoking ban) studies and discussions as noted, the City of Edinburg finds that smoking tobacco is a form of air pollution, is a danger to health, and is a material public nuisance.” Agustín García, Jr., EEDC’s Executive Director, praised the Mayor and City Council for always considering high profile issues in the best interests of the public and of local businesses. “The quality-of-life of a city such is important in order to keep local businesses and bring in new businesses, because the public health resources and public health policies of a community are as important to businesses and their employees as are education, transportation, and public safety when deciding to expand, relocate, or set up a new firm in Edinburg,” the EEDC Executive Director said.

a horrific homicide/murder. After enduring several instances of family violence her daughter made the decision to end the relationship once and for all. Unfortunately her daughter was murdered. Ms. Ratliff now cares for her granddaughter who lives with the memory and loss of her mother. “I just want to give back and send a message to vic-

tims of domestic violence that they are not alone” said Daisy Ratliff. Every year the RGVEZC gives 100 Christmas bags to 100 local head start children in Hidalgo County and will expand this project to Willacy County, due to the lack of jobs, hurting families and rise of violent acts being committed. The RGV Victims of Crime program current-

ly serves Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr counties. Additional 2015-2017 funding will expand the program(s) to Jim Hogg, Zapata, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells and Kleberg for a true South Texas Regional program. If you or someone you know is a victim of a violent crime, call the VOC Program at 956/4243276. Help is just a phone call away.

be matched by local and private funds to provide $40 million in mental health support for veterans and their families. This program is unique as it will allow the state to partner with the private sector to tailor mental health programs that will meet the specific treatment needs of each community. Texas Veterans + Family Alliance will begin with a pilot phase funded by $1 million in state appropriations, with a match of $1 million in local and private funds. The program will focus on com-

munity collaborations to address gaps in mental health services for veterans and their families. The Health and Human Services Commission will select projects to be funded by the pilot grant program through a competitive statewide request-for-proposal (RFP) process, with decisions on successful applicants being made in early 2016. Texas is partnering with a pilot program administrator, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, who will work with organizations to identify matching funds for the

pilot project. Access to efficient and effective mental health care is critical for all Texans, but we owe a unique debt to our veterans and their families, particularly those who have served and sacrificed for us in combat. Texas Veterans + Family Alliance is a bold initiative to address mental health needs in our local communities. I encourage you to learn more at www.texasstateofmind. org/tvfa.

CRIME from page 1.

services to Victims of Crimes in the Rio Grande Valley but also gives back to needy families. The Victims of Crime Support Homicide/Murder Survivors group made goody bags to give to Friendship of Women, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for domestic violence victims. Mrs. Daisy Ratliff tragically lost her daughter to HINOJOSA from page 1.

larly proud of the 84th Legislature’s support for mental health services for veterans. Senate Bill 55, which I co-authored, creates the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance. This new and innovative program will support community mental health programs by providing access to the services and treatment veterans and military families need, when they need them. The Texas Legislature appropriated $20 million to fund the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance program. These appropriations will

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101 South Broadway, Elsa TX 956-262-1304 STISD from page 1. within these rankings. This year, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg ranked 5th in the state and 15th in the nation in the Best Public Middle Schools list, and the campus received an A+ overall Niche grade. All four STISD high schools ranked among the top in the state in the 100 Best Public High Schools in Texas. The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 2nd in the state and 15th in the nation and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 35th in the state and received an A+, while South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 41st in the state and received an A+, and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) ranked 65th and received an A. At the district level, STISD was ranked 4th out of 100 in the Best School Districts in Texas list and 43rd out of 100 in the nation, and it received an A+ overall Niche grade. Other notable 2016 Niche rankings for the district and campuses include:

• College Readiness: Science Academy ranked 99th in the nation; • Districts with Best Academics in America: STISD ranked 140th; • Middle Schools with Best Academics in America: STPA ranked 77th in the nation and 16th in the state; • Middle Schools with Best Teachers in America: STPA ranked 80th in the nation and 1st in the state; • Best Magnet Schools in Texas: Medical Academy ranked 9th; • Best Facilities in America: STISD ranked 56th in the nation and 4th in the state; • Best Administration in America: STISD ranked 52nd in the nation and 3rd in the state; and • Best Teachers in America: STISD ranked 8th in the nation and 1st in TX. According to the company website, niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. they offer unique insight into more than 120,000 k-12 schools. students and parents can explore millions of reviews and rankings and compare educational outcomes across schools and districts.

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Former Democratic county chairwoman expected to announce bid for Congress by Carlos Sanchez A former chairwoman with the county Democratic Party hopes to make history by becoming the first Latina from Texas elected to Congress. Commercial real estate broker Dolly Elizondo, of Mission, is expected on Thursday to announce that she will be seeking the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-McAllen, who announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election after ten terms in office. “I understand the challenges women, men, and families in the 15th District face day in and day out because I’ve lived them myself,” Elizondo said in a news release. “I know what it’s like to have to pay your way through college, to not have health insurance, or to face the burden of student loan debt. I also understand the challenges of starting and growing a successful small business while raising a family as a single parent. “I am a firm believer that ordinary people such as myself need to participate in government,” she continued. “While we have struggled, have had to work hard and fight for resources, we’ve been able to overcome those obstacles and succeed. Now it is our responsibility to get involved and advocate for others.” Elizondo becomes the third Democrat and fifth candidate seeking the seat, which extends from Hidalgo

County to Seguin, northeast of San Antonio. Her campaign is casting Elizondo’s candidacy as potentially historic because, if victorious, she would become the first Hispanic woman from Texas elected to Congress. Overall, only seven women from Texas have been elected to the House and one woman, Kay Baily Hutchison, has been elected to the Senate. By emphasizing the potentially historic nature of this election, Elizondo hopes to draw on quick support from some outside forces such as Emily’s List and the Texas Latina List, two groups whose mission is to elect women and Hispanic women into office. In 2014, the Washington, D.C.-based Emily’s List contributed more than $60 million to candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. The Texas Latina List, based in Fort Worth, is much smaller in scale, but has already indicated that it is interested in helping a viable Latina candidate get elected to Congress. Such support, particularly financial support, is expected to play a significant factor in a race that will essentially be decided in this Democratic stronghold in March, when the primary occurs on Super Tuesday. Establishment Democrats in Hidalgo County have expressed concern that the field of candidates for such an important seat is weak so far. With less than two weeks before the

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Nominations for Gifted & Talented

Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District is seeking students in our district who learn rapidly, work well with older children and adults, are highly creative and can work independently on in-depth projects. Nominations for the Gifted and Talented Education Program are being accepted for the KINDERGARTEN children at Jorge Rolando Gutierrez Early Childhood Development Center at this time, please call your child’s school to obtain and complete a form. Nominations and testing will take place during the months of January and February, 2016. Parents you may also call any of the Gifted and Talented teachers from the district if you have additional questions. Early Childhood Center Santiago Garcia Elementary Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary John F. Kennedy Elementary Ruben Rodriguez Elementary

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state’s filing deadline to appear on the March 1 primary ballot, a scramble continues to find a Democratic candidate for Congress who is suitable to party leaders. Two men have already filed in the Democratic primary – Edinburg lawyer Juan “Sonny” Palacios and McAllen lawyer Vicente Gonzalez. And two Republicans have announced their candidacy for that office – former Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal and Edinburg School Board trustee Xavier Salinas. Paul Williams, a Mission police officer, had briefly announced his intention to run as a Democrat, but later dropped out of the race, citing personal reasons. None of the Democrats so far have emerged as candidates who are suit-

able to many members of the Democratic establishment, several sources have said, and a series of meetings have been held to try to find what one participant of those meetings called “a standout candidate.” “There’s a sense that we really don’t have someone who stands out in terms of experience or involvement in the community,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity so that he could speak frankly about what has happened in the closed door meetings. Two other men – both members of the Texas Legislature – have become front-runners as establishment candidates, but neither has filed or announced an intention to run at the federal level. One is state Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-Mission, and the other is Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco. Both men have already filed to run for the legislative seats they currently hold, but both are actively considering the congressional seat, several sources have said. Neither returned calls. “The hesitation is the lack of money,” one source said. “They’ve got to get a feel for those who can raise money.” During his 2014 re-election, Hinojosa spent $466,000 on his campaign as an incumbent. Candidates must also calculate the cost of having a home in the district, as well as some place to live while working in Washington, D.C.

Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D. Solicita

Nombramientos para alumnos dotados y talentosos

El distrito escolar de Edcouch-Elsa está solicitando estudiantes que aprenden rápidamente, trabajan con niños mayores y adultos, que son sumamente creativos y pueden trabajar independiente en proyectos de profundidad. Los nombramientos para el programa dotado y talentoso se están aceptando para los niños SOLAMENTE de la Escuela Jorge Rolando Gutiérrez, favor de llamar a la plantel de su hijo(a) para obtener y llenar el formulario de nominación. Los nombramientos y las pruebas tomaran acabo durante los meses de enero y febrero de 2016. Padres también pueden llamar a plantel de cualquiera de las escuelas primarias si tiene preguntas adicionales. Early Childhood Center Santiago Garcia Elementary Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary John F. Kennedy Elementary Ruben Rodriguez Elementary

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The Family of Mrs. Maria A Cantu Acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy Mr. L. Guerra & Staff We the entire Cantu family would like to thank all of you for your love, compassion & being so sensitive as we had to go through such a difficult time in our lives May God Bless you & reward you in his very special way. Keep up the Awesome work.

Monte Alto, Texas…..Rodrigo M. Reyna went home to our heavenly Father on Thursday, November 05, 2015. He now joins his loving wife Ramona Gomez Reyna. Rodrigo was born in Arcabuz, Tamps, Mexico to Manuel T. and Maria D. Gonzalez Reyna. He is preceded in death by parents, wife Ramona Gomez Reyna, son Jose Reyna, parents, grandson Nicholas Reyna and brothers Rosendo, Raul, Roberto and Romeo Reyna. He is survived by Sons Steven (Dahlia) Reyna, Samuel (Rosario) Reyna, Daniel (Leticia) Reyna, Daughters Mamie A. (Roy) Borrego, Angie (Santos) Garza, Linda (David) Routh, Sara E. Davila, Daughter-in-law Minerva Reyna, brother Roel and sisters Rosa and Raquel Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Victor Reyna, Daniel Reyna Jr., Aaron Jacob Villalpando, Isaiah Davila, Stevan ray Reyna and Freddy Borrego. Visitation for Rodrigo was held Friday, November 06, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with a Prayer service. Funeral Mass for Rodrigo was held Saturday, November 07, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Monte Alto, Texas. Interment followed to Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Arrangements were under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Elsa.

Edcouch, Texas…..Rodolfo Granados went home to our heavenly Father on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Rodolfo was born in Salamanca Guanajuato, Mexico to Nicolas and Maria Escota Granados. He is preceded in death by parents, daughter Maria Alicia Granados and by his siblings. He is survived by wife Angelita De La Cruz Granados, sons Raul Granados, Manuel Granados, Daniel Granados, Jose Granados, Rodolfo Granados and Antonio Lira, daughters Oralia Perez, Esmeralda Hernandez and 17 grandchildren. Visitation for Rodolfo was held Monday, November 16, 2015. No further services were scheduled Mr. Granados was cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Elsa.

Love you, in Christ Cantu Family

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