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Diana “Ali” Martinez of Los Fresnos High School and Susana Saldivar of Lopez-Riggins Elementary were named Los Fresnos CISD Teachers of the

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the Year. Both will now be nominated as district representatives to the Region I Teacher of the Year. The district Paraprofessionals of the Year

a n d M a n u a l Tr a d e s Employees of the Year were also be announced at the banquet. Fifteen Los Fresnos CISD retirees were recognized, as

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Kaitlyn Torres Eyes Medical Career Kaitlyn Anne-Cheri Torres knows her high school band days are almost over, and has her sights on something much bigger – becoming a physician. The Los Fresnos High School Top 10 student got a taste of the world of a cardiologist when she shadowed physician Dr. Roberto Robles last summer. Her dreams of becoming a doctor were solidified. “When I was little, I would like to play doctor,” Kaitlyn said. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. After shadowing Dr. Robles, I have my mind set on becoming a cardiologist.” Kaitlyn accompanied her grandmother to a visit with Robles last summer. When her grandmother told the physician about her grandmother, Robles invited Kaitlyn to do

rounds with him one Saturday. “He must have liked me, because he invited me to shadow him for two weeks,” Kaitlyn said. “I went on runs with him when he was on call. During the day, I would go to the Brownsville Heart Clinic. I even got to witness a cardiac catheterization in the hospital.” Several people in Kaitlyn’s family, including her grandparents

want to do that for other people. If I can save a grandparent for a little kid, that would make my day. I would love to do something like that.” Kaitlyn has also been inspired by her mother Kathryn Torres a phlebotomist, whom she called “the biggest person in my life.” She had musical interests as well, playing the flute at Resaca Middle

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well as employees who reached 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Secondary Teachers of the Year were: Diana “Ali” Martinez, Los Fresnos High School Chrissy Clements, Career, College and Technical Academy (CCTA) George A. Hernandez, Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Marie Pechacek, Los Fresnos United Martha Warburton, Liberty Memorial Middle School Maggie Bolado, Resaca Middle School Judith Kennedy, Los Cuates Middle School. Elementary Teachers of the Year were: Brenda Rebolloso, Las Yescas Elementary Rosa G. Garcia, Laureles Elementary S u s a n n a S a l d i v a r, Ph.D., Lopez-Riggins Elementary Elizabeth De La Cruz, Los Fresnos Elementary Yolanda Noyola, Olmito Elementary Linda Garza, PalmerLaakso Elementary Christie McManus, Rancho Verde Elementary Beverly Ashford, Dora Romero Elementary Melissa Shafer, Villareal Elementary Past Los Fresnos CISD Teachers of the Year include: 2013: Beatrice Carlos, CCTA, and Shelby Crouch, Rancho Verde Elementary 2012: Heidi Gomez, Secondary; Darcy Boles, Elementary 2011: Gina Hesterberg, Secondary; Maria Isabel Martinez, Elementary 2010: Priscilla Lynette Molilna, Secondary; Laura Treviño, Elementary 2009: Mariela A. Garza, Secondary; Jane Gonzalez, Elementary 2008: Marietta Richardson, Secondary; Aracely Sanchez, Elementary


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Because your Health Matters Fitness at the Los Fresnos Memorial Park has been a hit! We’ve had women, men, and children of all ages, and fitness levels join our Mon-Fri group classes. We’ve even had new mothers and their babies join us. I’d like to introduce you to three pretty remarkable women in the Community. Maybelin Ramirez is a first time mother, to her beautiful daughter 6 month old Mia. May was very active prior to becoming pregnant. She ran, weight lifted, took fitness classes and worked in personal training. When May learned she was pregnant and with the approval of her doctor May continued doing all of the exercises she did prior to becoming pregnant in moderation. Since having Mia, May has said, “it’s not always easy to squeeze in my exercise time, especially when Mia is sick or has kept me up through the night.” May is doing a fantastic job at balancing being a new mother and taking care of herself and her personal goals. Shortly after having Mia, May trained and participated in a half marathon. May’s motivation to keep fit and healthy as a new mother sets a great example for her daughter and the community. Nora Cantu is a mother of three, her daughters are Yasmin 9, Alexis 6 and her youngest is 2 1/2 month old Samantha. Nora ran track for four years in high school and has been active ever since. Nora said, “I have three girls and they keep me very active. I find time for my fitness and I involve my daughters in it too. I love taking Samantha with me to workout at the park.” Nora has been a huge motivation in our classes she’s very hard working and supportive of others. Nora is also one of several ladies who have attended every class offered at the park. Nora’s commitment to her health is obvious and contagious. She set’s a wonderful example for her daughters and the community. Last but not least is Mayra Verduzco, Mayra is a mother of two, Roberto is 6 and Adrian is 3. Mayra began her fitness journey four years ago after having her first son. Like many women Mayra had gained weight due to her pregnancy and didn’t feel good about the way she looked. She became depressed and fed up with her weight being 185lbs. Mayra said, “With the support of my husband and my Zumba workout I was able to lose weight and become confident again with the way I looked.” Three months after having her second son Mayra began working out again. She involved her son in her workout by holding him while she danced. Mayra said, “At times it’s difficult balancing your time being a wife and mother. I’ve taught my children the importance of mommy having her time to work out, just as much as it’s important for them to have their time to go watch a new movie. The 30 min workouts at the park are awesome because it’s fun for the both of us.” Mayra has been a motivation to our classes she works very hard and is extremely supportive of everyone. Mayra is a Zumba instructor at Los Fresnos Fitness Gym and Port Isabel Fitness Gym. Mayra has been kind enough to offer to drop in to teach the occasional Friday Zumba class at the park. May and Mia on the left, Nora in the middle, her daughter Samantha on the bottom right, Mayra on the right and her son Adrian in the middle Thank you ladies for setting such a great example to our community by living active lifestyles and most importantly teaching your children the importance of keeping fit and healthy. For more information on our class schedule, upcoming events, health and wellness support or to schedule a group screening please contact me Christine De La Rosa @ 956-407-3348 or email me at Cdelarosa@ citylf.usPlease Like us on Facebook https:// www.facebook.com/citylf or visit us on the web at www.citylf.us Christine De La Rosa Community Health Worker

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School. “I had a lot of fun for three years, and in high school, I told myself ‘why not another four years.’ I have learned so much from the band directors at the high school.” Kaitlyn’s focus was on the marching band, which she called “the best experience ever. Marching band is the best. There’s nothing better than playing your heart out at the football games every week.” Although band was fun, her focus was maintaining good grades to be ranked in the top 1 percent of her class. It wasn’t always that way. “When I was little, I didn’t like coming to school,” Kaitlyn said. “I would hold on to the door of the car because I didn’t want to go.” In stepped Ms. Sharon Sato, longtime kindergarten teacher at Los Fresnos Elementary School. “Ms. Sato pulled me out of the car and took me into her classroom. I loved it so much. She opened the door to education. She taught me everything, and I have loved school ever since

because of her class. She has inspired me to become everything I am today.” Kaitlyn started getting focused on grades in middle school, and has been ranked among the top 10 students every year since sixth grade. I’ve been working really hard to keep up with my grades. I wouldn’t take back a single night that I spent up late studying because it’s paying off now.” Kaitlyn has decided to attend The University of Texas-Pan American, where she has received the Presidential Scholarship, the highest honor by the school. She is receiving other scholarships as well. “It’s a big relief to my mom, to not have to worry about paying for my college.” Her advice for other students: “If you’re determined to do something, it’s going to be hard. But if you make up your mind that you want to do something with your life, you should keep fulfilling it. There will be bumps in the road.  In the long run, everything will be one straight paved road.”

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Los Fresnos High School girls’ basketball coach Kim Edquist was the recipient of the 2013-2014 TABC Dean Weese Outstanding Coach Award for Class 5A schools. There was one finalist from each of the four regions and she was chosen as the recipient. A Celebration with fellow coaches and student-athletes was held on Tuesday, May 20, to recognize her for this outstanding achievement.

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Annual Campaign against heat-related illnesses launched ‘Water. Rest. Shade.’ and acclimatization are critical in preventing heat illness and fatalities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the launch of its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA’s campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards. Workers at particular risk are those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation. “Heat-related illnesses can be fatal, and employers are responsible for keeping workers safe,� said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Employers can take a few easy steps to save lives, including scheduling frequent water breaks, providing shade and allowing ample time to rest.� Thousands of employees become sick

each year and many die from working in the heat. In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heatrelated worker illnesses. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest as heat rash or heat cramps, but can quickly escalate to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if simple preventative measures are not followed. Heat illness disproportionately affects those who have not built up a tolerance to heat (acclimatization), and it is especially dangerous for new and temporary workers. “Acclimatization is a physical change that the body undergoes to build tolerance to heat, and it is a critical part of preventing heat illnesses and fatalities,� said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Over the past three years, lack of acclimatization was the

cause in 74 percent of heat-related citations issued. Employers have a responsibility to provide workplaces that are safe from recognized hazards, including outdoor heat.� Last year, OSHA issued 11 heat-related citations. In some of these cases, the employer and staffing agency were cited because they involved temporary workers. In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training, also available in both English and Spanish. Additionally, a Web page provides information and resources on heat illness – including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency – for workers and employers. The page is available at: http://www.osha.gov/ SLTC/heatillness/index.html. OSHA also has released a free application

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The top academic students at Los Fresnos High School were recognized at the Student Academic Achievement Banquet Tuesday at the Brownsville Events Center. More than 200 sophomores, juniors and seniors received various awards with their parents or other relatives at their side. They received their awards from principal Ronnie Rodriguez, together with Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar and members of the Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees. But the highlight of the evening was the presenta-

tion of the Golden Apple Awards by the LFHS administration. Six students were chosen by Rodriguez and the other five members of his administrative team. Administrators and their Golden Apple recipients included: l Principal Ronnie Rodriguez: Shanti Israni l Dean of Instruction Esmeralda Longoria: Melissa Sandoval l Assistant Principal Mary Esther Alvarez: Lori Espinoza l Assistant Principal Justin Stumbaugh: Nora Cordova

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Laureles Park 33685 FM 803 San Benito, Texas 78566

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Iglesia Bautista Capernaum 9216 Palmito Street Olmito, Texas 78575

June 9 thru July 31, 2014 (Monday thru Thursday)

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Iglesia Bautista De La Comunidad 7542 Beddoes St. Olmito, Texas 78575

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Boys & Girls Club 900 North Arroyo Blvd Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

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For more information about the program contact the Los Fresnos CISD Child Nutrition Services (956) 254-5055 The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is informing residents about the upcoming hurricane season and advising individuals to begin preparing now for any possible storms. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. “One of the best defenses against the destructive – and potentially deadly – power of a hurricane or tropical storm is early and adequate preparation, and Texans should start taking precautions now for the 2014 hurricane season,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Although residents living along the Texas coast are the most vulnerable, storms can disrupt and endanger the lives of residents throughout the state.” All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Because the strongest winds in a hurricane are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a storm to affect conditions over land even if landfall does not occur. Hurricanes can cause

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Los Fresnos CISD Patrocina Comidas Gratis en el Verano Programa para Niños Este verano Los Servicios de Nutrición del Distrito escolar de Los Fresnos proporcionaran almuerzo y comidas gratis a cualquier niño de la comunidad menor de 18 años, independientemente de su raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, discapacidad, o religión. Se proveerán las comidas en los siguientes lugares. Los Fresnos Elementary Junio 9 – Julio 3, 2014 32602 State Hwy 100 (Lunes – Jueves) Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

Desayuno Comida

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Resaca Middle School 33422 FM 1575 Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

Junio 9 – Julio 3, 2014 (Lunes – Jueves)

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Los Cuates MS 32477 State Hwy 100 Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

Junio 9 – Julio 3, 2014 (Lunes – Jueves)

Desayuno Comida

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Laureles Elementary 31393 FM 2893 San Benito, Texas 78566

Junio 9 – Julio 3, 2014 (Lunes – Jueves)

Desayuno Comida

7:30 am – 8:30 am 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

Junio 16 - Junio 26, 2014 (Lunes - Jueves)

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Iglesia Bautista Junio 9 – Junio 31, 2014 Desayuno 294274 Strong St. (Lunes – Jueves) Comida Lozano, Texas 78568 Laureles Park Junio 9 - Julio 31, 2014 33685 FM 803 (Lunes - Jueves) Comida San Benito, Texas 78566

9:15 am – 9:45 am 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Iglesia Bautista Capernaum 9216 Palmito Street Olmito, Texas 78575

Junio 9 – Julio 31, 2014 (Lunes – Jueves)

Desayuno Comida

8:45 am – 9:15 pm 12:00 am – 12:30 pm

Iglesia Bautista De La Comunidad 7542 Beddoes Street Olmito, Texas 78575

Junio 9 - Julio 31, 2014 (Lunes – Jueves)

Desayuno Comida

8:45 am – 9:15 am 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Iglesia Bautista Nazaret 31958 Camino del Rey San Benito, Texas 78586

Junio 9 - Julio 31, 2014 (Lunes - Jueves)

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Boys & Girls Club 900 North Arroyo Blvd. Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

Junio 9 - Julio 31, 2014 (Lunes - Jueves)

Desayuno Comida

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Los Fresnos High School 907 North Arroyo Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

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El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en inglés “USDA”) prohíbe la discriminación contra sus clientes, empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, religión, represalias y, según corresponda, convicciones políticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientación sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia pública, o información genética protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicarán a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales). Si desea presentar una queja por discriminación del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminación del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en http://www.ascr.usda. gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o llame al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. También puede escribir una carta con toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíenos su formulario de queja completo o carta por correo postal a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, por fax al (202) 690-7442 o por correo electrónico a program.intake@usda. gov. Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas, o con discapacidad del habla pueden contactar al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmisión) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en español). El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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feature story by Bill Keltner

Courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife

Citizens Forum Hears the Latest on the River ‘Progress, but Alerts Remain in Place’ It was a generally optimistic message about the river that the guests at the annual USIBWC Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum heard from guest speakers on the program. This year’s report was presented at the Texas A & M Research and Extention Center in Weslaco. The two main concerns of attendees and the staff were water control in the lower Rio Grande Valley and the progress on the levee rehabilitation projects before the arrival of the summer hurricane season. Leslie Grijalva, Environmental Protection Specialist, USIBWC Texas Clean Rivers Program, gave a reassuring, but cautious analysis of the various troubles along the river from Falcon Dam to the mouth of the Rio Grande. The speaker described what happens to the data continuously collected from the TCEQ (Texas Continuous Water Quality monitoring stations.) They feed information about industrial waste, bacteria, agricultural pollutants, municipal water discharges, surface water with its fecal matter, and mercury in fish. “We have all of that at tolerable limits,

but added that the current data does not show increasing impairment in the lower stretches of the river.” She next addressed the recent mysterious fish kill that occurred in the Rio Salado some 8 to 90 kilometers upstream on the Mexican side. “As of this date, the USIBWC has not received any adverse reports downstream--no colors, odors or wildlife affected.” she said. “Based on that,” she continued, “there is no indication of any significant or immediate threat to Rio Grande residents. It is believed by many that the Mexican Pemex facility is responsible--but they deny it.” The five-year Texas A & M report shows continued concern about chemical pollution by toluene and benzene, and the recent low oxygen count. “We still don’t know the reason, but we are wrestling with the problem.” The program continued with a report by Ramon F. Navarro, Civil Engineer USIBWC about the Lower Rio Grande Valley Rehabilitation Projects in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. He defined the already finished

Photo by Bill Keltner Texas A & M Research Center at Weslaco levee construction projects and a few more that will be completed in 2015. Navarro reported that 250 miles of levee construction projects have already been completed earlier than the contracts called for. There are three more stretches that will be finished by the end of this year, or by early 2015. He added that the FEMA

system does not own or operate the levee system, but regularly inspects to make sure that the levees are up to accreditation. The levee system must meet a 1% annual chance of a major flood. The well-attended program concluded with questions from the audience concerning their annual

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water woes--some that can only be resolved by more participation by the U.S Government and their Mexican counterparts. Arrangements are being made for the

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Ask Our Dentists Q: I have Medicaid dental insurance for my kids. Medicaid recently went thru some big changes and now there are MCO companies managing two Medicaid insurance plans. My kids are enrolled with one of these plans. We were assigned to a main dental provider that I did not select and am unfamiliar with. I would rather switch to another dentist. However, the dentist office we are assigned to tells me that I cannot change. Is this true? This just doesn’t seem right. I’m so confused.

ANSWERED by DR. ADAM LALONDE: You are wise to question this. YOU HAVE A CHOICE in who your dentist is. When the Medicaid system underwent these recent changes, a Main Dental Home Provider (dentist) was automatically and randomly selected for all those insured who hadn’t already selected one prior to the change. Many of our patients have commented that they were assigned to an unfamiliar dentist so you are not alone. The process to switch is quite simple. There should be a toll free ‘Member Advocate’ phone number listed on your ID card. You need to call your MCO Company to request a new Dental Home Provider. Only an authorized parent can make this change. You will need to provide them with the new dentist’s information and the switch is completed after this phone call. That’s it! This switch should only need to be made once. If you find that you’ve been switched again without your authorization, immediately call your MCO to report this unauthorized change. It is your right to choose! Your Main Dental Home Provider will oversee your child’s overall dental care and dental visits may begin as early as six months of age.

LFHS Lit Crit Team Wins State Championship! The Los Fresnos High School “Lit Critters” reached the ultimate goal that every team strives for – a state championship. The LFHS Literary Criticism team won its division at the UIL Academics State Meet Tuesday in Austin. The team took the stage clad in blue stockings, a tribute to the famed feminine literary circle of the 19th century.

Team members (pictured, left to right) Victoria Cavazos, Brianna Garcia, Morgan Clark, and Whitney Ortiz were ecstatic to receive their awards. Los Fresnos finished with 222 psoints, four points ahead of runner-up Katy Seven Lakes High School. Keller High School finished third with 200 points, while Arlington High was fourth with 197, and Klein High

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intimidating reading list, is no easy monster to tame. “I’m proud to have been part of such a great team,” said Cavazos, the only senior on the team. “The girls are amazing; we’re all very supportive of each other, which is essential for a difficult event like Lit Crit.” Sponsors Jane Gonzalez, Marie Pechacek, and master coordinator Jan Lester are excited to see their time and effort come to fruition, and are excitedly anticipating next season. The team won the UIL regional championship at The University of Texas at San Antonio May 2-3 to qualify for state. LFHS advanced to state in 2013 and finished second. Cavazos and Garcia were members of that team. Garcia also won the individual regional competition in Lit Crit, while Cavazos also qualified for state in Headline Writing, where she placed fifth.

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