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DHL donates Wilmington airpark On Jan. 19 international shipping company DHL announced its decision to donate the Wilmington airpark to the city of Wilmington

“I do.” “I don’t” “I don’t know!” Story p. 8-9

America remembers MLK and the battle for equality Story p. 11

Boys basketball continues to shoot through season Story p. 14

Everything anyone ever wanted to know about choosing chapstick Story p. 16

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tion of the airpark economic crisis,” Olin said. became more preAlong with the donation of the airpark, cise, DHL initiated DHL has recently provided $75 million discussions rela- to ABX Air for the funding of a benefit tive to the ultimate plan for Wilmington’s DHL dedicated disposition,” John pilots. Limbert, Clinton Others in attendance were Gov. Ted County Port Au- Stirckland, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, Conthority chairman, gressman Mike Turner, County Commissaid. sioner Randy Riley and numerous other According to public officials. Limbert, over the Strickland feels that with job loss in last eight months the thousands and an unemployment rate many factors were of nearly 15%, Wilmington was significonsidered when cantly affected by the recent economic dealing with this recession. transition of own“I was sitting here thinking about this ership. The com- community and the fact that it represents plexities of the perhaps the epicenter of the economic property and the downturn that has occurred throughout fiscal responsibil- the world and especially within our ity were among country and within our state,” Strickland these factors. said. The transition Gov. Strickland also stressed the imof ownership was portance of the donation in not only the highlighted by the city’s, but the state’s road to economic mention of eco- recovery and prospective job developnomic recovery ment. and the possibility “It truly would be hard to overstate the of incoming busi- importance of the airpark in the lives of nesses. so many thousands of Ohioans. It was “Our work is one of the largest single employers in just beginning, the entire state of Ohio, representing photos/zach mccune e c o n o m i c r e - the largest employer for residents of six DHL rep. Jon Olin speaks on Jan. 19 addressing the covery may now different Ohio counties…Moreover this donation of the Wilmington airpark. commence and we great facility has long been a part of the have a fantastic asset to attract new em- fabric of this community,” Strickland ployers…We have received inquiries from said. Zach McCune a range of companies who have may have editor-in-chief an interest in relocating to the airpark. This would not be happening withNearly two years ago international out local control shipping company DHL announced its and ownership…” plans to end operations at its hub in Limbert said in the Wilmington, Ohio leaving thousands announcement. jobless and the town in an economic General Coundownturn. sel for DHL, Jon In the wake of the pullout, the town’s Olin, was present public officials and an economic task on behalf of the force have been working toward an shipping company agreement with DHL to donate the to announce the facility to the city of Wilmington for donation and adredevelopment and prospective job opdress the compaportunities ny’s sentiments. Recently, the international shipping “Ending operacompany announced its donation of the tions in Wilmington airpark to Wilmington at a press conwas a very painference at Wilmington College’s Kelly ful decision…We Center on Jan. 19. have not been very Negotiations regarding the airpark photos/zach mccune Wilmington airpark remains vacant after public about our have been on the table since the spring sentiments, however the thousands of layoffs made since 2008. of 2009, but until the recent weeks, the I can assure you at agreement was not finalized. all times we’ve been mindful of the broad “In May of this year as the resolu-


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Wilmington citizen survies earthquake Christi Dimbath and 57 other women were trapped in Haiti after the earthquake Katie Brewer news editor

On Jan. 12 a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, injuring and killing thousands of people. Shortly after, the Wilmington Church of Christ learned their former Senior Minister’s Wife, Christi Dimbath, along with 57 other women were at a women’s retreat in Grand Goave, Haiti. The women returned home on Jan. 16 and only one was injured. Peggy Wilson was reported to have several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and had to be air lifted by the Navy. Gretchen DeVoe, Co-Founder of Lifeline, remained in Haiti to coordinate the relief effort. “A group of 58 ladies were in Haiti on the annual women’s trip to distribute Christmas gifts to children,” Dimbath, Lifeline Christian Mission labor-link director, said, “These were gifts sent by their sponsors.” According to www.lifeline. org, The Lifeline Christian Mission started during 1980 in Haiti with a goal to work with people spiritually and physically and to keep Christ at the center of all ministries. “Lifeline provides: food and clothing pantries, dental and eye clinics, Christian schools and churches, vocational training, and emergency relief,” Dimbath said. “Because these ministries were in place, we were able to hand

out clothing & food and give limited treatment to some victims immediately after the earthquake.” According to Dimbath, experiencing the earthquake was very frightening and dangerous. “I was in my bedroom at the time. Things started to rattle and fall. The next thing I knew I was sitting

caused by the earthquake in Grande Goave, Haiti. “Most two and three story buildings pancaked to the ground. Most all buildings in Grand Goave were either destroyed or received damage to varying degrees,” Dimbath said. “There were many injuries. We also learned of many deaths.”

The Navy helicopter that rescued Peggy Wilson. on the floor clear across the room,” Dimbath said. “The aftershocks were almost constant. Some were so strong, you couldn’t stand up. We continued to feel the aftershocks until we left the country.” Much damage and destruction were

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According to Dimbath, Bob and Gretchen DeVoe along with the Lifeline Christian Mission stateside staff are, “working diligently to get medical supplies, food, doctors, construction material, etc. into Haiti.” “Two doctors arrived on Saturday

and began treating victims of the earthquake. We have food on hand which is being distributed to the city of Grand Goave,” Dimbath said. “Plans are underway to help the victims rebuild their homes.” Before Dimbath and the other 57 ladies left Haiti on Jan. 16, they experienced many obstacles. “All commercial flights were halted in and out of Haiti. We tried to get private planes, helicopters or a boat to get us but to none were available,” Dimbath said. “As a last resort, we loaded the ladies on an old school bus and a pickup truck and drove to the airport in Port au Prince.” They were able to send seven ladies on a private plane that had brought in some doctors. The rest of the ladies were evacuated in an Air Force C-130 plane. They were taken to Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. To find out how you can help the people of Haiti, go to www.lifeline.org. They are accepting financial donations as well as food and clothing. “People are dying senseless deaths because of lack of medical supplies and doctors,” Dimbath said. “It is critical that they receive food, water and medical supplies as soon as possible. Please help in any way you can.”

Winter formal rules and date are finalized Katie Brewer news editor

“Twinkly lights, bubbles, fun special surprise stuff, white and blue, just think chill,” John Williams, student council adviser, said. “Like chilly, burr. It’ll be warm, but that’s what Winter Formal will be this year.” Winter Formal will be in the auditeria at WHS from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Satyrday, Feb. 6. This year there will be a new DJ who will accept requests. “Yes, more slow songs. That was one of the things that I talked about when I sat down and had about an hour long meeting with the DJ,” Williams said. “I told him some of our concerns and he told me it was not a problem.” The date of the dance has been changed around a couple times, but it is now set. “Yes I know there’s a big contingency now because a lot of stuff got rescheduled the weekend that we’re

going to have it,” Williams said. “If appropriate. “I’m not saying a tux, but a dress we show up with two hundred kids there that are all farm kids, then we’re shirt, a button down shirt, and a tie is not too much going to listen to ask for from a ‘[She Thinks] My “If we show up with two to boy,” Williams Tractor’s Sexy,’ said. “Girls, you all night long hundred kids there that are can wear a shirt and have a great all farm kids, then we’re go- and a tie too for time.” all I care. That is This year there better than a dress are a few new ing to listen to my tractor’s that is cut down to rules about dress sexy all night long and have your belly button code and dance where if you move etiquette. a great time.” wrong everything “So everyJohn Williams falls out.” body is like, oh To enforce these no, there’s new student council adviser rules, a female adrules…its so ministrator will inthings don’t look spect girls’ outfits and a male adminisskanky,” Williams said. According to Williams, boys must trator will inspect boys’ outfits. According to Williams, as far as wear button down shirts and ties and girls must wear dresses that are school dancing goes “if it is inappropriate,

you are grinding on one another, bent over past 90 degrees, you will please be asked to stop.” “Another thing about dress code is that you cannot wear sunglasses at the dance,” Williams said. “You can wear them to the dance, just not at the dance. You can have them on your forehead, but just not on your face.” According to Williams, students really loved the Glow theme of last years’ winter formal, so they have a lot to accomplish this year. “It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be a good time. We’ve got a lot to accomplish, because everybody loved glow last year,” Williams said. “So we’ve got a lot to live up to from winter formal from last year, and I really think we’re going to accomplish that.”


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Elementary schools honor Martin Luther King news editor

Every February, Americans are edu- “help the children realize that inside cated about and celebrate the lives and they are both the same, like the people accomplishments of African Ameri- of the world,” the Kindergarten teachcans during Black History Month. El- ers said. ementary students are greatly educated Next, half of the class receives a about Martin Luther King Jr. and other snack while the other half does not. African Americans. They discuss their feelings and “dis“Educating students about important cover that it is important to treat all people in history is important because people equally.” it shows the chilFinally, red “I believe it is very impordren where we stickers are came from as a placed on half society,” Lin- tant for the youth in our school of the classes’ da Mead, East hands and blue End Elementary to be educated about black his- s t i c k e r s a r e principal, said.” tory month. They always complaced on the Teaching about other half while Martin Luther ment on the fact that they can’t the students sit King Jr. is imin a circle with portant because believe things were such then. Legos in the the work he did middle. The is still impacting They almost always say “that’s students with a us today.” red sticker are Every teacher not fair!”” first allowed to designs their own Jennifer Evans play with all methods of teachthe Legos for Holmes Elementary Kindergarten teacher a few minutes, ing students during Black History then the stuMonth, such as having students write dents with a blue sticker are allowed their own “I Have a Dream,” speech, to play with only the green Legos, reading literature about famous African “teaching the students of fairness and Americans, and performing discrimi- equality.” native exercises that show students “I believe it is very important for how society used to be. the youth in our school to be educated According to the Kindergarten about black history,” Jennifer Evans, teachers at Holmes Elementary, they a Holmes Elementary Kindergarten perform three main activities. teacher, said.”They always comment First, the students take part in an egg on the fact that they can’t believe things activity. They compare a brown egg were such then. They almost always and a white egg in a Venn diagram, say “that’s not fair!”” then crack both eggs into a bowl to According to Lisa Haines, a language

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arts teacher at Denver Place Elemen- Motown movement. “I believe educating elementary stutary, “I lived during the period of time where there was segregation and I think dents in these areas listed is so importhat students should know that there tant. It helps to teach children about our were periods of time in history that American history, and how music aided people have been treated differently in developing our culture,” Gilmore said. “I believe for reasons my music educasuch as coltion classes play or, religion, an integral part and gender. of helping young We have to people to underremember stand their socithat we are ety, their country, all here on and the beliefs earth and we that helped to deall can make velop their way a difference of life.” in the world Each indino matter vidual grade at what, as all three WCS long as we elementaries has strive for their own curthat.” riculum when it Denver comes to Black Place EleHistory Month, mentary and but all the stuEast End dents are educatElementary ed in some level music teachabout African er Jeanie G i l m o r e MLK Jr. giving a speech at a church. photo/www.nps.gov American history every year. does a vari“Black History month is important ety of activities with her students that involve African American culture and because I feel too many kids don’t know much about the contributions heritage. They discuss Kwanzaa, learn about of African American leaders in this Spirituals sung by slaves, sing songs country from the past and present,” about Martin Luther King and discuss East End Elementary 2nd grade teacher how these things led to pop music Thad Inwood said. “It is also important styles. This year, Gilmore would like to teach about the mistakes of the past to incorporate new things such as the so they aren’t repeated in the future.”

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It is better to sacrifice an animal than sacrifice a human

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First off, animal mistreatment and cruelty is wrong and in no ways defensible, but sometimes the services of animals are needed and human’s efficiency rightfully becomes more important than animal well being. For these reasons animal testing is not mistreatment, but a necessary part of keeping products on the market safe. Animal testing has been a controversial issue that has been debated on many ethical terms for years. Many animal right groups protest that animal testing is a horrible act of killing, but unless they are willing to give up many needed products in their everyday lives then they have no room to protest. According to www.animalport.com vaccines for diseases including rabies, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and tuberculosis were helped developed from animal testing. Many other vaccines, antibiotics, HIV drugs and cancer treatments are also to thank for animal testing. If one doesn’t like animal testing, one shouldn’t wear makeup, take any medication, and never have any type of surgery because animals are used to test many of these procedures. People who feel that animal testing is wrong should just go and sign themselves up for the lab testing because if it’s so wrong, then do something about it. Or at least don’t use the products. If someone says they’re against animal testing but wearing makeup as they say this then it must not be as important issue to them as they thought. Without animal testing life would not be practical, people wouldn’t have their cosmetic products Another reason why people should

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stop acting as though animal testing is the worst criminal act ever is the fact that humans are more important than animals. Humans have more of a purpose in life, even if they don’t always fulfill it. People against animal testing can rest assured that animals do not feel any pain due to animal treatment laws set up by the government. If they do happen to die during the tests they usually don’t feel any pain and experience a quick death. Animals are given a reason for their lives by being a part of the animal testing’s. If they weren’t used for the lab procedures then they would be hunted down and killed anyway. Take a moment t o think about animal testing. One who finds themselves not quite comfortable with it should consider how many products they own that w e r e tested on animals. Most household

products are tested on animals, and without these needed animals for safety testing, they might not even exist. Only about 2,700,000 animals are tested on each year so if one thinks about the amount of makeup or medications used by each person annually then animal testing becomes clear that it is needed and well worth it.

Picture this: It’s a cold lab, white walls, animals in cages as far as the eye can see. A small rabbit is pulled from its cage and secured to a table, where its eyes are then pinned open and its eyelashes are slathered in mascara. The rabbit writhes in pain, tries futilely to blink and, in absolute abbit agony, the rabbit aks its back breaks in an attempt to free itself. All for what? To determine that this mascara isn’t safe for

humans? Go Good ing, scientists. scientist Yep, real geniuses geniuse going, ht th right there. When it all boils down, anima animal testing just isn’t ethical. It isn’t even science. It’s torture. don’ Maybe some people out there don’t know what animal testin testing entails. It starts with a product and end ends with a death. Th The animals are eutha euthanized after bein being tested on, if they even survive th the testing. Some may

condone animal testing by claiming that animals feel no pain, or minimal pain, before being euthanized. Not only is this statement impossible to prove, but also highly unlikely due to the nature of the tests. Don’t believe yet? Keep reading. Two types of animal testing are especially cruel. One, which was

mentioned above, is called the Draize test. In this test, “caustic substances are placed in the eyes of conscious rabbits to evaluate damage to sensitive eye tissues,” according to www.idausa. org, a website on cosmetic testing on animals. The other of these two torture, er, test methods is the Lethal Dosage (LD) test. The name is an explanation in it itself. The sole purpose of the LD test is to see how much of a poisonous substance must be used to kill a given number of subjects. In this test, the animals, or subjects are “forced to ingest poisonous substances (through stomach tubes, vapor spray inhalers or injection) until half of them die. Common reactions to LD tests include convulsions, vomiting, paralysis and bleeding from the eyes, nnose, and mouth,” according to www.idausa.org. Ethical? N Not by a long shot. Necessary? Not at all. Another rather interesting facet of animal testing is the uselessness of some tests. Humans aren’t mice, check the encyclopedia. There are differences between man and rodent, believe it or not. According to buzzle.com, “83% of substances are metabolized differently by animals and humans.” So this means what? Oh, the medicine worked pretty well on the mouse, but it might cause humans to drop dead. Where’s the logic in testing it on an animal when the results aren’t even applicable to humans? In all honesty, animal testing isn’t necessary. Animals don’t have to die for that mascara to stay on the shelves. Still want to wear that makeup? Guess what? There are dozens of cosmetic companies that have banned animal testing or produce organic products, Mary Kay among them. It’s not hard to find makeup that hasn’t cost thousands of animals their lives, quite simple in fact. Not only can one buy all of their beauty products cruelty free, but also household products. Seventh Generation is a ‘green’ company that produces cleaning and personal hygiene products without the use of animal testing. So there are no excuses now. Next time, think not only of the price of that lipstick in dollars, but also in lives. graphics/madison law


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(which is insanely complicated to use anyway) available. It lessens students’ available resources and diminishes the possible dimensions and scope of the

aforementioned paper. If students wish to check on college applications, responses, and general scholarship information, they must wait until they get home to access their Gmail, or Yahoo Mail. We understand that the school e-mail is set up just for that purpose, but when asked to supply an e-mail address on a college letter, we generally use our private e-mail… where it’s free of all the clutter and annoying mass e-mails in our student webmail. It’s not out of the ordinary to find a site blocked that holds no harmful information or images, but is blocked merely because the topic is somewhat ‘sensitive’ or harmless private e-mail that could be beneficial to the students’ education and future. This is why we, the staff of Wilmington High school’s student run newspaper the hurricane, feel that the server blocks are excessive and constricting for students and should be loosened.

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and etcetera). They keep students from distractions. However, when asked to write an article about the Columbine shootings, abortion or the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks, it really is a shame to only have Wikipedia and the school-approved encyclopedia

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While attempting research on Christianity on a school computer, the staff of Wilmington High School’s student run newspaper the hurricane, ran a typical search. Much to our dismay, we weren’t even able to run a search on this topic, instead we were shown the lovely, but not very informative, server block page. Sure, the server blocks some rather inappropriate pages, but it also gets in the way of student research. The censorship has been taken so far ‘the line’ is a little dot in the distance. How are students supposed to do research for any sort of topic if every page is blocked for inane reasons? Are they really protecting our innocent eyes or has the censorship gone too far? Of course, there are pages that are meant to be blocked, pages that truly are inappropriate for school or just inappropriate in general. Some blocks are for the teacher’s convenience (ie. Youtube, Facebook,

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The naked truth about full body scans Madison Law

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Full Body Scans It is not surprising after the slew of terror threats and attacks in recent years that security has increased tenfold, especially in airports. The tighter restrictions for carry-on luggage and passenger searches make sense when confronted with the fact that lax airport security was one of the factors that lead to the deaths of 2,973 people on Sept. 11. However, recently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to adopt a new airport screening process called ‘whole-body imaging. These scanners use “state-of-the-art advanced imaging technologies that can detect a wide range of threats to transportation security in a matter of seconds at airports,” according to the TSA’s official website. The scanners beam millimeter wave radio frequency energy to bounce off

varying points on the body simultaneously to create an instantaneous 3D image of the body. The scanners detect metallic and even nonmetallic items on a person. Currently the scanners are being implemented as an alternative to what some people consider ‘highly invasive’ patdowns and are completely optional at this point. Sounds like an easy and effective way to keep dangerous

items and people out of the air. Though the scanners have been proven to successfully aid in quick and efficient airport security, the images create a bare image of the passenger in high resolution, showing the complete outline of the body. There are national privacy advocates who call the machines an invasion of privacy which hinder the passenger’s rights. One such agency is the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) founded in 1994 to “focus public attention

on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy,” according to EPIC’s official website EPIC’s argument against the scanners falls on paranoid questions and petty reasoning. For instance, one privacy measure that the scanners provide is the inability to save the images to a hard-drive at all. Every scan of a passenger is automatically deleted and non-retrievable, according to the TSA. EPIC counters this assurance with the argument that “these images are not necessarily temporary - screeners can save the body images to the system’s hard disk or floppy disk for subsequent viewing,” according to www.epic.org. This line of ‘what-if,’ scenarios continues on for several paragraphs, offering no solid counter-argument. They then go on to say that, “If this is true, then is the trade off in passenger privacy worth the effort to deter terrorists?” It would be interesting to see someone representing EPIC try to sell that point to the widow whose husband died as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

MySpace, lowering esteem since 2003 Letter to the Editor Jessica Maus features editor

Dying is a fact of life. It will eventually happen to everyone. Though it is unfortunate when anyone dies, it is even more unfortunate when an adolescent dies. For example, Megan Meier. According to the Megan Meier official foundation, Meier was a cheerful 13 year old girl and a member of a very popular social networking site, Myspace. Meier met a boy, his name, Josh Evans. Eventually they became friends, until one day he decided to end the friendship. Steven Pokin of meganmeierfoundation.org posted what Evans had said to Meier that day when telling the story of Meier’s death: “I don’t know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I’ve heard that you are not very nice to your friends.” The messages didn’t stop there. Soon after, other members of Myspace were posting bulletins saying obscure

things about Meier, which in turn led to Meier taking her own life, the website said. This kind of bullying is not uncommon. It’s sad when someone makes another person’s life so intolerable that they turn to suicide. There has never been any clear reason of why anyone

“Bullying is not okay, bullying based on shallow assumptions is even worse.” Jessica maus features editor

would want to bully another individual. Just because someone does not have the new trendy clothes, a nice house, car, or look the nicest doesn’t mean they should be bullied. No one knows the full story behind everyone’s life. Bullying is not okay,

bullying based on shallow assumptions is even worse. Bullying based on judgment is not okay. Just because someone looks different doesn’t give anyone the right to make that person’s life miserable. It’s annoying to see someone bullying another individual for whatever reason. One wonders why someone would want to bully another individual. Are they self conscious about themselves? Does it make them feel better to put other individuals down? That doesn’t matter. It’s cruel and not necessary at all. Who knows what that individual is feeling? They may be contemplating suicide, thinking it is the only way to get the bullying to stop. When an individual commits suicide, everyone in that individual’s life is affected. Megan Meier took her life because the cyber bullying she was a victim of was unbearable. Is saying a snide comment about someone or to someone really worth it? One may never know what that comment may lead to.

Dear Editor, I would like to address a subject to the paper that is a deep concern of mine. I feel people can be very judgmental of others, especially of those who are handicapped or have a disability. Just because someone looks different, has different beliefs, or does something differently, does not mean that they should be judged. How good of a friend someone is to you and their personality should be what matters. When one is judged by how they look, what they believe in or how they communicate, it can be very hurtful and really affect them in a negative way. When people judge others they only know a small part of a person’s life. All people should be treated equally. Everyone has a right to a social life, to education, to love and be able to have trustworthy people in their life. Thank you, Maryssa Houser graphics/madison law


january 29, 2010 Red Roses

Pink Roses Yellow Chrysanthemum The Yellow Chrysanthemum symbolizes unrequited love. The name comes from the Greek word “Chrys” meaning golden. If you are looking to get into someone’s good graces this Valentine’s Day, you can be sure that you will be in the clear with this “golden” emblem.

Peonies embody Romance. Their full, lush pink bloom represents the purity in love. Send these to someone you hold close to your heart.

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If you’re considsidur ering sending your friends flowers on ith V. Day, stick with wers. pink or yellow flowers. nify These colors signify ppifriendship, happiration ration. ness and admiration.

Orange Roses If you’ve just begun a new relationship and were considering sending a bouquet of red up until now, don’t fear. Orange roses send the message “I’m excited about you.” Send these bright, unmistakeable flowers along with a bag of Reese’s Cups to show your enthusiasm about your new fling.

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If you are deciding ng what flowers to send your long-time sweetheart, remember that red flowers symbolize passionate love, respectt and sincere admiration. Beware of red roses gif you don’t feel strongly about that person as they can send a very wrong message.

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There are an estimated 1.3 million babies born out of wedlock in the U.S. annually.

clined steadily to 3 . 5 in the last four years according to NCHS’s National Vital Statistics Report. The reportt also Th l mentioned ti nedd that among women, divorce rates ates were highest at 15-19 years of age and among men at 20-24 years of age. To Laura Demetrician, an n Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (IMFT), this istt (I (IMFT) MFT), th thi is statistic is not surprising. She feels that a part of teenagers

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“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” These are the simple words that make up one of the oldest vows in existence. Marriage has been practiced since Biblical times, and was considered one of the strongest and most important vows anyone could make. Though nowadays divorce has become more common, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that since the mid 1980’s, the divorce rate in the United States has steadily declined. In their Advance Report of Final Divorce Statistics, the NCHS says 1979 and y that the ppeak occurred in 1980, with 5.3 divorce s per 1,000 population. It decreased to about 4.7 in the early ‘90’s and h a s

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thing tthat I would say is to have reasonable expectations.” expect One thing that Demetrician believes hapwith young couples is that they always pens w that marriage is going to be great. “That feel th chemistry is always gonna be great, and chemi maybe they won’t ever argue very much,” Demetrician said. “Find reasonable expectaDemet tions aand when times are tough, know that that’s part of a normal relationship.” She also feels that co-habituating, or Sh living together without marriage is, “really damaging to relationships….but having sex damag young also, it just complicates things so much, and when we’re in a sexual relationship, in the early part of the relationship, our brain is not working to really be thinking about that person,” Demetrician said. “My personal belief is to wait and have sex when person you’re married.” Both Charlton and Demetrician feel Bo marriage has changed from the past that m today. to toda “Last five to ten years, I think a lot of kids “La waiting a little longer,” Charlton said. are wa today’s times, both the woman and the “In tod man nneed to get some training. Most households have two working adults in it.” “You know, 50 years ago, marriage was for security, and for raising a family, and now, marriage is for love and fulfillment,” Demetrician said. “I think we take it less seriously, but that there’s a much higher expectation of happiness.”

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All the right notes to success Junior Kyle Phelps dreams of being a video game designer and musician

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but he still has some bad memories. “Possibly a bad memory would be when my brother got taller than me,” Phelps said. “It’s was a bad moment, a very bad moment, lots of tension.” Phelps has two younger brothers, Kevin and Adam. “One is ten and one is fifteen I think. They’re really cool,” Phelps said. “My “Music has been the brother Kevin is in wrestling and Adam is playing basketball right now.” biggest influence in my Phelps mother, Madeleine, is from Africa and his father, Rick, is from life.” Pennsylvania. Kyle Phelps “I’m from Africa too,” Phelps said. junior “I don’t remember too much about living in Africa because I was only like two or three. I have pictures though photo/steve reed Mitchell Dooley, Kylie Holmes, Galen Tipton and Matt Moore all gather around Kyle “A good memory would be when I and it seemed like fun.” got my first guitar. I was pretty stoked for a humorous picture about that,” Phelps said. “It’s an Epiphone SG. I got the black one, but I couldn’t find the red one which is what I really wanted. When it comes to role models Phelps said he only has one, Alexi Laiho who is the lead guitarist and vocalist in Phelps favorite band, Children of Bodom. “Alexi Laiho is my favorite guitarist ever, so I guess I kind of followed in his footsteps and wanted to play guitar,” Phelps said. Phelps considers himself a social person and likes to hang out with friends, play video games, and listen to music just like any other teen. “My friends, I would say, [are] kind of geeky,” Phelps said. “We like to play video games a lot, but most of them play music like me and so we just like to hang out.” Since he was a child, Phelps has had a few career and college choices for later on in his life. “I want to be a musician and be in a band someday, a metal band. Possibly, I’m not sure yet, but I want to be a video game designer as well,” Phelps said. “I might go to DeVry or some AI institute somewhere, possibly in Pittsburgh.” In school Phelps maintains A’s and B’s, and his favorite class is advanced video production. “In advanced video production you get to be artist and express your feelings and thoughts,” Phelps said. “It also helps with me wanting to become a video game designer when I get older.” Phelps said that his family influences him a lot because they support him with anything even if “it’s weird or stupid,” “Music has had the biggest influence in my life,” Junior Kyle Phelps said. “It drives everything I do.” At age sixteen, Phelps has only been playing guitar for about a year, but it’s become his favorite activity and talent because he picked it up so quickly.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of thousands on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington D.C

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“We reveal stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.” This is mission of The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in Cincinnati Ohio. Throughout all of February, Black History Month is recognized across the United States. During this time the nation remembers important African American figures that made significant differences for the African American communities across t h e c o u n t r y. Whether it be participating in peaceful protest or leading a civil rights

lief, he and many other members of the Montgomery, Alabama black community, boycotted the public transportation system of buses. The boycott lasted 382 days. During those 382 days King’s home was bombed; he received personal abuse and was arrested. According to nobelprize.org, King was arrested at least twenty times and was assaulted at least four times. “On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals,” a g a i n s t the website said. This would not be the last time the oppression. One man who spoke out, Dr. Martin Luther “Our lives begin to end King Jr., believed that the day we become silent through civil disobedience and peaceful protest, about the things that equality could be obtained. “Our lives begin to end the matter.” day we become silent about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the things that matter,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist said. This quote, like many others by Dr. King is very famous. King country would hear about King taking was an advocate a stand for his beliefs. Later, King led for equality. He be- another massive protest. His next one, giving black’s the right to lieved in commuvote. This protest nities not plagued caught the attenby segregation. To tion of the entire promote his be-

movement, these figures spoke for equality. For fewer than fifteen dollars an individual can experience and learn about black history at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. One can learn about the history of African Americans, their struggle for equality, and the people who spoke out

world. This up in Washwhere King ful protest his “I Have speech. On Auin front of Memorial, for 17 minhis dreams across the “I have o n e d a y, bama, with racists, with having his with the terposition cation; one there in Alblack boys girls will be hands with boys and as sisters ers,” King T h e one man for what in: being of the year being the man to Nobel but most equality.

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Wrestling strives for FAVC title Wrestlers going for the FAVC title for the third year in a row Mercedes Welsch assist. sports editor

Hitting the mats, and getting their fight on; the wrestling team has started their season off with a record of 3-3 in dual meets and placed about the middle of the pack in both tournaments they have entered. The team had a rough start to the season due to illnesses and injured athletes. “The team has overcome some illness and injuries and should be full of strength,” head coach Jeff Wieder-

hold said. Knowing the team had a rough start to the season, there is still a positive energy making its way to the team. “We expect to be at the top of the rest of the tournaments we enter. Most of our meets will be with Division I competition. If we can stay healthy we expect to be one of the top three teams in each tournament,” Wiederhold said.

When going to meets, there are many key wrestlers, he said. “Nick Christen and Chris Cowman are rejoining the team after injuries. Isaac Bray and Michael Burge lead the team in victories,” Wiederhold said. The next wrestling match for the team is the FAVC tournament here at Wilmington on Feb 13. “We expect to challenge for the title,” Weiderhold said. photos/ jessica maus

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editor-in-chief Battling through numerous injuries, the WHS girl’s basketball team has worked through the pain with a record of 8-6. “Well, we’d like to have 14 wins and no losses, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” varsity coach Butch Hooper said. “We’ve been really troubled with a lot of injuries. So it’s been trying, but it’s also given us the chance to play some other people.” Senior Gabriella Brown agrees. “We’re a little low on players, like we were at the beginning of the season anyway. So that’s been quite a problem,” Brown said. “So we had to go to our JV; to step up for us.” Among the injured players are Caitlin Craycraft, Tori Crowe, Jessica Rice and Amina Affini. Sophomore Amina Affini feels that her injury has been a significant obstacle to overcome. “My shoulder injury, and just trying to rehab and work through all the pain,”

Affini said. “I’m still like working out to try to not lose any of my skills or anything.” Hooper feels that with the number of injuries in the season it would be hard to win the league but, “we’re gonna try to finish strong though, and hopefully if we can stay healthy we’ll finish strong and maybe we can have a good run during the tournament,” Hooper said. One of Brown’s goals for the season is to stay healthy and do well in the tournament. “Since I’ve been in high school we haven’t made it past the first round so hopefully we’ll do that,” Brown said. Hooper feels that despite obstacles and hardships, the girls get along as a team and are close as friends. “They get along great, they’re good students, we never have to worry about bad characters that sort of thing. We’re really blessed in that we got a good group of kids,” Hooper said. “What

we’re trying to do is just to get better eve r y d a y. Whether w e ’ r e playing or whether we’re practicing.” The WHS girls basketball team plays Wednesday at Loveland and has a home game Saturday against Kings.

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From high school to the NFL coaches, some coaches may be thinking of leaving their team mid-season through. Personally, what the right thing for them to do is to finish out how many years they’ve committed to, and maybe add more years of coaching if they are really committed to the team. When they make a promise to be the coach of a team they should stick with their decision and be a coach. The hard work, sweat and dedication that a coach puts in should tell a lot to a team and leaving the team is like leaving their family. They become a family after working together as a team, and taking the time to be a good coach. As a coach there needs to be creativity and dedication. Everyone needs dedication for the sport, they need heart to coach and heart to play, and love for the team, as a team. It is wrong to leave a team without a coach when they’ve already worked with the team and gave them everything a coach could give. Being the coach means they need to have a lot of responsibility and respect for the game. As the announcers would say, “let the players play, the coach’s coach, the referee’s ref and let the fans be fans.” Its understandable if a coach gets laid off, decides to retire, or just gets fired. But to leave the team mid-season through is not the right thing to do. The team depended on them to be the coach and to be there for them when they want to be good. When the coach gives up, the team will give up, so coaches should at least try to stay for the athlete’s sake and maybe their own. Be a coach and never give up on the team.

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Swimmers ready for FAVC’s Jenna Henry so it’s not unnatural for me to wake up at 6:45 in the morning and be at the pool.” Houston said. She is recuperating from shoulder surgery right now, only swimming in meets, no practices. “The muscles were so loose that it caused a partial tear in my rotator cuff,” Houston said. She returns for surgery again in February after championships. Quallen, who was just as excited about breaking the records and being successful in his meet said, “It’s pretty exciting and setting all three of the records was really exciting especially since they have been around for a while.” So far this season, the girls are 6-0 and the boys are 4-2. This year, the girls’ team was moved to Division I. “It’s a whole different ballgame...and a little scary,” Hopf said with a laugh. “I’m still excited about what is to come with the boys who are still Division II,” he said. “The only downfall of the season,” junior Heather Macella said, “is that I can’t shave my legs.”

Galen Tipton swims backstroke at his meet on Dec. 22.

staff writer So far so good is how head swimming coach Mitch Hopf describes this year’s swim team. “We still have a lot of swimming to do,” Hopf said about the season. “They really surprised me in the middle of the season. But I’m really excited about FAVC’s which are Feb. 6.” This past weekend, Jan. 16 and 17, the team sent three of its members to finals in Classics, one of their biggest meets of the season. Freshman Josh Quallen, a member of the boys swim team, set three school records, finishing second in the 200 IM (Individual Medley), first in the 100 butterfly, third in the 200 freestyle, and third in the 200 butterfly. Junior Rachael Lewis and senior Hannah Houston, members of the girls swim team also made it to finals. Lewis finished ninth in the 50 freestyle and first in the 100 IM while Houston finished seventh in the 50 backstroke. Houston, a new face in the Wilmington High School community since she was home schooled, said she was really excited about doing so well in the meet. “I’ve been swimming for 14 years

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Traditions Changed New rules start to break traditions; compromises could be made Megan Phillips sports editor

The main spot light shining on the team, the music blaring as the crowd screams, the smoke machine expanding in the tunnel as the boys run out in excitement. This is what spectators would have found last year at all home varsity boy’s basketball games. This year a change has been made; no more lights, no more music, maybe not even a tunnel. “It’s fun for the fans and the atmosphere. Sometimes it can motivate your opponent. It certainly doesn’t put points on the board.” Mike Nozska, varsity head coach said. Although this is true, the lights, music, and tunnel excite the crowd and the team. “I think all these things, lights, tunnel, etc. add a little excitement for both the players and the spectators. The tricky part is trying to coordinate all that to not use up too much time, so the contest can start on time, and not take away from the opponent’s pre-game warm up as well.” Athletic Director Mike Wallace said. “The music is a different issue in that there is so much inappropriate music floating around, that our athletic department has taken the stance that we will not accept music.” Wallace said. The real question is: Is it worth eliminating this portion of the game if it ultimately affects the morale of the team? Why eliminate music if alternatives to the inappropriate music could be substituted? Is the time spent pumping up the crowd and the team better spent otherwise? There is an alternative: compromise. Using music with no words would eliminate any problems with inappropriateness. On behalf of the tunnel, who does it really bother? It gets the team and spectators pumped up. No harm done. As for the lights, they’re sweet, yet again, no harm is being done.

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Bowling their way through a great rest of the season, the girls and boys teams both have good records. The boys’ record is 6-1 in the FAVC and overall they are 8-5, and for the girls’ record is 7-0 in the FAVC and overall they are 8-5. “With 2 matches against Turpin next week, we will lock up the FAVC championship. The girls are having a good year and continue to improve. We hope to do well enough in the Feb. 20 sectional meet to qualify for districts. Brittany Camp is currently the top bowler in the Cardinal Division,” Head Coach John Gray said. The boys’ team get a rematch with the first place team Walnut hills. “With 2 matches against third place

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Nyles Williams goes up for a shot against Dunbar on Sat. Dec. 19

Varsity basketball on the ball for winning FAVC Neil Vance contributing writer

The boy’s basketball team currently has a FAVC record of 5-0, and has won the county tournament for the fifth year in row. “We are in first place in the FAVC and have won the county tournament for the fifth straight year,” Coach Noszka said. As the season continues the team still finds areas in which they can improve to help ensure they end with a good record. “We need to become a more consistent basketball team first,” Noszka said.

With the season drawing closer and closer to an end the basketball team strives to beat out the other teams for a title. “We have the ingredients to make a run at another district title and a mike noszka state title but the competition is fierce,” Noszka said. varsity head basketball Coach The next game is tonight against Amelia High School at home. As of Jan. 22, Amelia had a record of 0-6.

“We have the ingredients to make a run at another district title and a stat title but the competition is fierce.”

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Kindle comes to town and shows up ol’ paper Once upon a time, people handwrote everything. Then there was the printing press. In ye olde days people wrote letters to communicate with the outside world. Then along came telephones, which evolved into those clunky rotary phones, then turned into clunky cellular devices and finally transformed into tiny cell phones that almost every teen has nowadays. Another great invention is now upon us, and it is called the Kindle. The Kindle, for those that aren’t aware of its awesome powers, is a small device, about the size of a paperback book, only much thinner and about as heavy. What is so special about this hunk of metal? It can hold up to 1,500 books. This alone is a fantastic feat. Add in that one can buy books, wirelessly, no contract, anywhere in the U.S. and the fact that the books available are often cheaper than even paperbacks and you have a miracle. For those diehard readers the Kindle is a dream come true. Anywhere, anytime, I can have my entire library with me. I don’t have to dig though dusty

shelves, or bog down my purse with half a dozen books like I used to, I can simply pull out a single device and have any book I want with me. For those that like to make notes in the margins, highlight favorite

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sections or bookmark pages, the Kindle can do that. It even has a special folder that records all of the notations made on the Kindle so the reader can look through their highlights, comments, and bookmarks. There are some that would say they simply couldn’t get used to not being able to just flip open to a certain spot. And I agree, it is difficult

to acclimate to. But there is a very satisfying replacement. The search feature. All one must do is type in a keyword and it will search the entire book and produce a list of all of the places that word is used, with the sentence it is used in. Just follow the link and that hard-to-find spot has been discovered. Try doing that with a paperback. Owning a Kindle doesn’t mean that I will never buy real books again. In fact, I’ve recently purchased quite a few. Books are not obsolete; they are just more accessible now in alternative forms.

Who says Battle Studies should be top 40 D Libby Wetterhan entertainment editor

Oh, john Mayer, what have you done? John Mayer’s latest album “Battle Studies” really puts his name to shame. His past albums, encompassing soulful, more heart-felt ballads, now have this new monstrosity of a record to--much to their embarassment-- sit next to on the shelves of entertainment stores everywhere. If I owned a record store, I wouldn’t order a solitary copy of “Battle Studies”. This new album just does not compare to the more varied and complex ideas that Mayer used to convey in his older records. “Battles Studies” centers on one, very over-played theme, lost love. The album includes the titles, “All We Ever Do Is Say

Goodbye”, “Heartbreak Warfare”,”Half nicely breaks up the mundane of every of My Heart” and “Perfectly Lonely”. other song you hear. Obviously he Please John Mayer, don’t bore me. was suffering from writers block when constructing songs for this record. Where is the witty higher-level “Deserving of a solid thinking that we all knew and loved? Though the lack of content is the D--for dissappointment. most devastating blow to the album, Libby Wetterhan Mayer’s singing also lacks. You can feel the loss of passion with every Entertainment Ediotr word that he breathes into your ear. Overall, deserving of a solMost often, the reason why people i d D - - f o r d i s a p p o i n t m e n t . Yes, the music is still catchy, and just are so drawn to Mayer’s older albums was due to the fact that they like with lady Gaga’s musical travesties, have that crucial element of surprise; I still begrudgingly find myself singing when you hear a song centering on along. But hear this, Mayer, no one politics or fundamental beliefs, it will be inspired by your D-list album.

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ChapStick, not for chapped lips at all

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It’s a pretty normal story. Little Miss Susie Q steps out the front door to leave for school. The sun hasn’t quite risen yet and it’s bitterly cold. It’s that first morning of the year where the temperature hovers right around freezing and just stays there. Miss Susie Q notices that the wind is blowing fiercely as she stumbles out to her car. Miss Susie Q doesn’t know it yet, but she forgot one very important thing

walked out when she w door. And it that doo when was only o her lips were dry, wer cracked and ann o y ingly painful she that sh remembered what it was. Her lip balm. N o w, M i s s Susie Q might not S be real, but every person has had the horrible sensation of chapped lips. And what do they do? They speed off to the nearest convenience store and ponder at the stand filled with multitudes of lip balms. But which one will instantly get rid of the stinging, desert feeling of chapped lips? It’s a question that has many answers. For instance, each human being is different with a very different set of lips. It is logical to assume that one lip balm will not work for all. Out of the thousands of lip balms manufactured, four notable brands are ChapStick, Burt’s Bees, Carmex and Nivea. Score: 3/10

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ably the most well-known brand, and seems to be one of the worst. It rolls on thick, plastic-like and waxy and after 20 minutes it needs to be re-applied. Not to mention the taste is highly distracting for all of the time ChapStick does remain on, and doesn’t cool wind-burnt

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lips at all. It is crucial not to be fooled by its relative cheapness, or bright, friendly colors and delicious-sounding flavors.

Score: 6/10 The Burt’s Bees brand has been steadily gaining popularity as a lip balm which offers, “earth friendly natural personal care for the greater good,” according to the Burt’s Bees official website. This lip balm rolls on thinly and feels refreshingly light on the lips with a strong cooling peppermint bite to it. Though it lasts longer than the generic ChapStick, after an hour or so, it begins to feel a bit waxy. It also had the unfortunate side-effect of making lips feel even is prob- more parched after it was washed off.

Score: 8/10 Carmex should be considered as the hard-core industrial lip balm. For those whose lips bleed, peel and generally defy all other means of moisturizing. Carmex smells strongly and doesn’t stop smelling strongly. But the effects don’t lie. Carmex can heal even the worst case of chapped lips. It feels smooth and protective, lasting for hours with a cold, menthol feeling. The only downsides of Carmex are the fact that it’s a pain to wear over lipstick (it just wipes the lipstick off) and its overbearing medicinal odor. Score: 10/10 Nivea probably has some of the best brands of moisturizers available. Their lip balm is no different. While it does not do as much as Carmex for seriously chapped lips, it works great for those normal folks who feel the annoying sting every winter. It rolls on light and airy and doesn’t have a strong odor. The tube is gigantic which makes it easy to find and easy to put on, and it absorbs into the skin and actually heals rather than just simply laying on the lips like plastic-wrap. So to recap…don’t buy ChapStick at all, Burt’s Bees is fine if you keep re-applying hourly for the rest of your life, Carmex is the industrial lip balm for those who crave instant relief and love the smell of menthol and Nivea is just right for any non-serious case of chapped lips. There you have it, Miss Susie Q.

overshadows local renters

Patrick Blouin Contributing Writer

Throughout the 2009 year, the United States saw a exponential decrease in the economy. This affected school funding, gas prices, city funding, and much more. Many people are now looking to the larger corporations for support in these tough economic times, and they are finding comfort in knowing that they can always rely on the small comforts in life. One thing that most people are not paying much attention to is the fact that these large corporations are taking the business

a w a y from the local business es who are dependent on local patronage. One look into Clinton County’s small, locally owned busin e s s e s i s F i r s t C h o i c e Vi d e o . First Choice Video is a locally owned business that has seen an exponential decrease in sales since the Redbox and Netflix movies.

“Sales have definitely decreased in the past year, but not enough to make us go out of business”, Jen Andorffer, the owner of First Choice Video said. The advertisement is what makes the Redboxes and Netflix movies so appealing to the public. “People are looking to what they think to be the better deal,” Andorffer said. “When the better deal is ours. We sell a rented movie for five days for three something, and the Redboxes

sell for a dollar a day. Our price ends up averaging to less than a dollar a day. The public is just going to see the lower price and go for it.” The Clinton County public is famous for sticking with their towns and holding on. “We aren’t as weak as the media makes us out to be. We still even have many regulars who try to keep us in business on their own,” Andorffer said. Even though the sales have decreased, the local business-owners are still holding on. The “Buy Local” campaign is having a large impact on these businesses, also. The Buy Local key chain gets customers many perks, such as discounts at restaurants and fast food. For example, at The General Denver, showing the waiter the key chain will get one a free beverage. Supporting the locally owned businesses can get one much more than corporately owned businesses in the long run.


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