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AUGUSTA The Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Aiken Alumnae, Lake Oconee Area Alumnae, Thomson Alumnae, Eta Theta (Paine College), and MU XI - Georgia Regents University continue to celebrate 100 hundred years of Distinguished Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. The Centennial Celebration in Augusta, Georgia is in honor of the 23rd National President, Dr. Louise A. Rice, who is a resident of Augusta. As a part of this celebration, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will hold its Centennial Gala at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:30pm - Midnight. Tickets are $35.00 and attire is formal.

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The Savannah Rapids Pavilion is located at 3300 Evans to Lock Road, Martinez, GA. The celebration in Augusta will culminate Parade and Torch Ceremony on May 4, 2013. A special Torch Ceremony will be held at 10am with the parade line up at 8:00am on Mill Street behind C.T. Walker Magnet School. Venders will be located at 339 Laney-Walker Blvd. Delta Sigma Theta is one of the nation’s largest sororities. The torch was first lit on January 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, and is being passed from city to city in the United States, Japan, and Bermuda. There are 22 cities along the tour, which represents the 22 founders of the sorority. The tour concludes in

Washington, D.C. in July during the organization’s national convention. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to the advancement of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the AfricanAmerican community. Among the well-known members of the sorority are former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, CNN News Anchor Soledad O’Brien, the late congresswomen Barbara Jordan of Texas and Shirley Chisholm of New York, entertainer Lena Horne and the founder of Bethune-Cookman College, Mary McLeod Bethune.


Dr. Louise A. Rice is the Immediate Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), Inc., having served for four years as chief executive of the premier national service organization comprised of predominantly African-American women who are college-educated professionals residing throughout the United States and several foreign countries. As president, Dr. Rice embarked upon fulfilling the Sorority’s mission by employing the theme: “One Mission, One Sisterhood: Empowering Communities through Committed Service” during both the 2004-2006 and 2006-2008 biennium. Dr. Rice established a Health Task Force to work in collaboration with Delta’s National Program Planning and Development Committee to determine the most effectual plan of action to improve health among African-American families. In April 2006, the Sorority held Summit VI: “Health Issues that Impact Women of African Descent” in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Health care professionals shared their expertise in the research and treatment of chronic diseases which disproportionately affect African-Americans. Under Dr. Rice’s leadership, the Sorority established the Delta Hurricane Katrina Relief Task Force to facilitate the needs of Gulf Coast residents affected by the national disaster. Before the completion of Dr. Rice’s term of office in July 2008, $180,000 was designated for “Eyes on Our Youth” scholarships for male and female students at Bennett College, Tuskegee, and Paine College.

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Dr. Louise A. Rice: committed to service URBAN PRO WEEKLY: This year marks the 100th year since the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was founded. Can you put that accomplishment in context for our readers — especially for those who may not be familiar with what the organization does? DR. LOUISE RICE: As Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates her centennial anniversary, having been founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC on January 13, 1913, we do so with a great sense of gratitude and pride. Our Founders, 22 young, bright, college educated women, envisioned an organization dedicated to service, altruism, and excellence. They were committed to improving the lives of people in the communities where they lived, and one of their first acts of public service involved their participat-

ing in the Suffragette March for Women’s Rights in Washington, DC in March 1913, along with and in support of white women who were seeking the right to vote. The only Black organization to participate in the march, they knew that the vote would not be extended to them at that time but, even so, they willingly demonstrated their support for women’s suffrage. This year, in a salute to and in celebration of the achievement of voting rights for women, the leadership of Delta Sigma Theta requested and received the permit from the Washington, DC government to reenact the Women’s Suffrage March on its 100th anniversary in March 2013, during Delta’s centennial celebration. Out of the vision of Delta’s 22 Founders, the 24 women who have served as National President of the Sorority, and the more than 275,000 women who have joined our ranks

worldwide, the Sorority continues to implement community service programs in over 1,000 communities throughout the world, focusing on our Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educat ion a l D evelopment, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. UPW: You have held national offices in the organization — including the presidency — what were some of the most important things you learned when viewing service from a national standpoint versus operating on the local level? DR. RICE: From a national perspective, having served as the Sorority’s Southern Regional Continued on next page

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Dr. Louise Rice from page 3 Director, National Secretary, Chair of the National Leadership Academy, National First Vice President/Chair of Scholarship and Standards, and the 23rd National President, I grew substantially over the years in knowledge, awareness, and experience. Early on, it became clear to me that much more can be accomplished if one leads by example. Painting the picture and advocating are necessary and good, but being the example of that vision and advocacy is more effective in terms of commitment and accomplishment. Simply put, one must ‘back the talk with the walk’. Service on the national level allows a greater impact, an opportunity to set wheels in motion, to involve more people in the empowerment process, and to be able to transform more lives. Greater networking opportunities and, thus, greater opportunities to improve one’s well-being are available at the national level. UPW: We know that political awareness and involvement have been cornerstones of the organization’s mission. You were president in 2008, the year that President Obama was elected president. What do you recall about that campaign and your role as president of the Deltas? DR. RICE: During the campaign leading up to President Obama’s election in 2008, I was in my second two-year term as National President. Though the Sorority does not engage in political campaigns or endorsements, we are very passionate about people being aware of the issues and involved in the political process. As president, I supported an agenda which required chapters throughout the nation to sponsor regularly voter registration drives and political forums. These forums

were designed to enlighten community constituents about the issues and to allow them an opportunity to meet the candidates with the goal of enabling them to become aware of who the candidates were and where they stood on the issues impacting citizens’ lives. In no way did we suggest for whom they should vote but, rather that they must use their political power by voting intelligently. UPW: What is the Centennial Torch Tour and how is it that Augusta was selected to be one of the cities involved in that celebration? DR. RICE: The Centennial Torch Tour is symbolic of the organization’s commitment globally to Sisterhood, Scholarship, and community service. The Tour began on January 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California after the Sorority’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and will visit 22 cities in commemoration of our 22 Founders. The 22 cities were selected based on the residency of our five current National Officers, the eight living Past National Presidents – now seven as one passed in January 2013, and eight other cities of national and historical significance. Among the latter are Little Rock, Arkansas in memory of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who integrated schools there; Greensboro, North Carolina where the ‘Sitin-demonstrations’ began; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where the bombings occurred. In recognition of our international chapters, the Torch Tour also includes Tokyo, Japan and Bermuda which are two of our fourteen international chapters. UPW: We in the CSRA are well aware of your accomplishments in

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Police check points are ostensibly set up for making the roads safer, but increasingly they have come under attack from the public for possible violations of constitutional rights. The law is unclear on what is proper police behavior and allowable public response.

Citizens use social media to “bust” police at check points Edited by UrbanProWeekly Staff If you live in Richmond County, then you or someone you know has been caught up in Operation Rolling Thunder, the state-mandated “safety-check”, that has been setting up and stopping motorists for weeks in the Augusta area. Although the police are supposed to notify the public in advance when and where the check points are located, that is hardly ever done and citizens who resent that oversight have begun to take matters into their own hands (or smart phones) by posting times and locations of the check points in real time as they discover them being set up. Facebook sites such as “Operation Rolling Thunder Spotline” warn other citizens of unusual amounts

of police activity at given locations and share links with others about their civil rights in the face of police stops. The recent arrest of a motorist who attempted to evade a check point sparked a lively debate on Facebook about citizens’ rights and police “heavy-handedness.” Last week James Eades was arrested when he refused to roll his window “all the way down” after being stopped by police. He was arrested and had to post $1700 bond to gain his freedom. Civil libertarians have always been wary of police check points because they create situations where untrained or overzealous law enforcement officers have been accused of denying motorists their constitutional rights to be free from unneccessary search and seizure.

In Georgia . . . DUI road blocks cannot be set up any time, any place. There are conditions that must be met. In Georgia, DUI roadblocks must be publicized in advance. Typically, newspapers, news stations, and police websites will notify the public about the upcoming roadblock a week before it is conducted and they must also be visible to oncoming drivers. Flashing lights, warning signs, marked police cars, and uniformed officers can make them visible. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court declared that sobriety checkpoints did not violate citizen’s Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. Each state has adopted

Folks have good reasons for wanting to avoid police check points (See sidebar “Thunder May Lead to Rain.”) Civil rights professionals have detected a disturbing trend as a result of “routine” traffic stops. The federal government is funding state governments to assist in their deportation of undocumented aliens. So if you are latino and you get caught up at a check point, you may be in for a rough time regardless of whether you have done anything wrong and regardless of whether or not you were in the driver’s seat. Drivers are often unaware that the police must behave in a certain fashion in these situations and a motorist can “control” the situation if he or she has a bit of courage and is armed with the facts.

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laws of their own regarding sobriety checkpoints. If you are stopped in Georgia, you are required to provide identifying information such as your name, address, driver’s license, and registration. By law, you do not have to say anything and you don’t have to submit to a field sobriety test. Most police officers will not tell you this. There are certain guidelines that Georgia law enforcement must follow to ensure that checkpoints do not qualify as unreasonable search and seizure. Each state uses its own specific guidelines. The following guidelines are offered by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration

about sobriety checkpoints: *They must be part of an ongoing program to deter drunk driving. *There must be established procedures for how to properly operate a Georgia sobriety or DUI (driving under the influence) checkpoint. *The selection of checkpoints must be done in the interest of public safety and chosen for a specific objective (i.e. an unusual number of drunk driving accidents in that area) *Drivers should be warned of an upcoming checkpoint. *The public should be aggressively informed of sobriety checkpoints with ample warning so they can avoid them completely.

by Concerned Citizen [The writer of this piece said, “I don’t think I should have my name attached to it, as I don’t want to get harassed by the Po-po...”] The Georgia governor’s “Operation Thunder” traffic task force may be getting impaired drivers off the road – but there is also a possibility that the hefty fines for minor traffic violations could create unintended consequences for the poor. Imagine the following scenario: a motorist (let’s call him Joe Blue-Collar) is driving home after a long day on the job. Following his usual route, he sees flashing blue lights and barricades that instruct him that a “road check” is in place up ahead. Unknown to him, a tail-light is burned out and his windows are tinted too dark. Several hundred dollars’ worth of citations are doled out, just for being in the There is no wrong place at the wrong time. doubt that Our “Joe” faces the there are daunting task of trying to borrow money to pay citizens in the fines or trying to pick Richmond up extra shifts on the job. County who Neither solution is available. Unable to pay, Joe’s will face license is suspended. Now, he must decide whether difficult to risk driving on a susfinancial pended license or losing job. Joe takes the risk, decisions as his is arrested one night and a result of consequentially loses his job. And his downward “Operation spiral continues. With no income, Joe faces incarThunder.” ceration as fines and court costs pile up. Meanwhile, another motorist (let’s call him Billy Riches) is stopped at a road block and arrested for DUI. Since Billy has plenty of money, he hires the best attorney, pays his fines, and complies with all court costs and fees. Billy is back on the road in no time. A few thousand dollars in fines and legal fees is chump change to “Billy Riches”, yet a few hundred dollars is a jail sentence for “Joe BlueCollar”. The inequality of the ability to pay for traffic fines became a catalyst for several European countries to re-think their approach to enforcement of motorist laws. Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland are some of the countries that implement income-based traffic fines. Some American lawmakers are beginning to stop ignoring the plight of the poor when it comes to traffic fines. In March 2013, Washington State passed a bipartisan bill in the House that offers a payment plan to citizens who are too poor to pay traffic fines all at once. The effect is to stop the downward spiral in the legal system which can eventually result in jail time. Michael J. Steinberg, director of Michigan’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement to The Detroit News, “Pay-orstay sentences are no choice for the poor. They translate to rich people writing a check and going home and poor people going to jail. It’s a modern-day debtor’s prison. This two-tiered system of justice is shameful, it’s a waste of resources, it is unconstitutional, and it must be changed.” There is no doubt that there are citizens in Richmond County who will face difficult financial decisions as a result of “Operation Thunder”. To some, it is a minor inconvenience. To others, it is making a choice between buying needed medicines or diapers, or paying a traffic fine for a minor traffic infraction to avoid suspension of their licenses.

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(Above) High school student athletes compete in track and field events at Grovetown High School during the GHSA Class 5A Sectional Track Meet held on Saturday. Hosted by Greenbrier High School, the meet drew top athletes from 36 schools from across Georgia to compete in field and running events. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

A runner (L) from North Atlanta High School grimaces in pain before she collapses on the track at the finish line during track and field events at Grovetown High School. The GHSA Class 5A Sectional Track Meet held on Saturday. Hosted by Greenbrier High School, the meet drew top athletes from 36 schools from across Georgia to compete in field and running events. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

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High school student athletes compete in track and field events at Grovetown High School during the GHSA Class 5A Sectional Track Meet held on Saturday. Hosted by Greenbrier High School, the meet drew top athletes from 36 schools from across Georgia to compete in field and running events. Photo by Vincent Hobbs


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ARTSPACE EVENT: Guests attend a reception for Artspace, a non-profit real estate developer for the arts, during the launch of an online survey which will help determine the need for space for artists in the CSRA. On Wednesday (Apr. 24) Dozens of artists were drawn to the event, which was held at the Old Academy of Richmond County. Artspace launched the online survey to receive input on location, studio space sizes, affordability, designs and amenities for the facility in Augusta. Photos by Vincent Hobbs


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Governor Nathan Deal to give address during the Paine College 131st Commencement Convocation Dr. George C. Bradley recently announced that Paine College had reached another milestone in its 131st year of existence. “For the first time in history a sitting governor will give the address to the graduating class,” said Bradley. “Governor John Nathan Deal will bring the keynote address to the Class of 2013 on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.” The Commencement Convocation will also return to the campus and will take place inside the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex located at 1255

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Jessica Washington (R), a student at Paine College and member of the AKA sorority, makes a handprint on a white sheet during the 17th Annual “Take Back The Night” rally held on the GRU Summerville campus to bring awareness to sexual assault and its victims. The sheet with handprints is symbolic of the many different victims of sexual assault. The rally included guest speakers, informational displays, and a candlelight march across campus. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

Brianna Saulsbury, a freshman at GRU, makes a handprint on a white sheet during the 17th Annual “Take back The Night” rally held on the Summerville campus to bring awareness to sexual assault and its victims. The sheet with handprints is symbolic of the many different victims of sexual assault. The rally included guest speakers, informational displays, and a candlelight march across campus. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

Superior Court Judge Sheryl B. Jolly speaks to people attending the 17th Annual “Take Back The Night” rally held on the GRU Summerville campus to bring awareness to sexual assault and its victims. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

T-shirts are displayed on clotheslines stretching around Maxwell Theater during the 17th Annual “Take back The Night” rally held on the GRU Summerville campus to bring awareness to sexual assault and its victims. The handmade t-shirts are part of the “Clothesline Project”, which is a visible display that bears witness to survivors and their experiences. The rally included guest speakers, informational displays, and a candlelight march across campus. Photo by Vincent Hobbs

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Artists who are “on the grind” showcasing and selling their work to the creative community have a challenge ahead of them. Many artists deal with the internal conflict of wanting to create only for themselves and then turn around and convince the buying public that their art is something they need to purchase. Poets and spoken word artists often produce poetry books that tell of their life, struggle and triumph but publishers won’t pick their work to sell at major bookstores because that type of product “doesn’t move” like a literary work of fiction, self-help or biography. The challenge to overcome is: How do I make my art relevant to others in order to get support? The answer is: Just Give them ONE Good Reason!! Sure, you poured your heart and soul into your artwork or performance. YOU understand each and every word and you feel very strongly about the emotions you portrayed in your piece. That’s important. What some artists forget is the other component of making yourself and your work something

that garners attention from the public. You have to connect and be relatable to the pulse of your buying audience. After creating your art it helps to step away from it and look at it objectively. If your art was heard on stage, seen on a bookshelf, or viewed in an art gallery… what would make someone else pay attention to it? Giving your audience a good reason to support you is relevant even when it comes to producing quality events. Let’s say you put on an entertainment showcase. Open mics are great for inspiration but think about how many more people would support the show if each ticket sale benefitted a local charity or maybe if a well-known performer from out of town was booked for the show as a feature artist. Your poems in your poetry collection are wonderful reading but how about adding artwork in the book to go along with the poems or short introductions explaining how each poem connects with the reader’s emotions and life experiences? By giving the buying public good reasons to linger a little longer with your art, you

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to your show, buy your painting, or snap my fingers to your poem then buy your Cd or book….but first, give me ONE good reason why I should!

Notice to Lower Income Families Augusta Housing Authority This notice is to advise that effective Tuesday, April 9, 2013 the Augusta Housing Authority will open the waiting list for the Project Based Voucher Programs for The Legacy at Walton Oaks and Maxwell House Apartments. The waiting list for the Public Housing Program is open. The waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Moderate Rehabilitation Program is currently closed. The Augusta Housing Authority will accept updated information from persons who have previously applied for the Section 8, Moderate Rehabilitation, Project Based and Public Housing Programs. Walton Communities provides a quality living environment in a “Breathe Easy, Smoke Free Community” for low income adults ages 55 and up. Special rental assistance will be provided with respect to 26 of the 75 apartment homes through the project based vouchers provided by the Augusta Housing Authority. Applications for the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program for The Legacy at Walton Oaks will be accepted by applying in person at the Augusta Housing Authority located at 1435 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia between the hours of 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and completing an on-line application at The Legacy at Walton Oaks will access a $14 application fee to process your application. Eligible applicants will be placed on the site-based waiting list and will be ranked by date and time. Maxwell House, LLC provides 44 1-bedroom units of permanent supportive housing at Maxwell House Apartments. The Project Based Vouchers are used to provide rental assistance for 44 extremely low to lower income families. Maxwell House, LLC offers quality affordable housing while providing essential supportive services to assist special needs families to move successfully from dependency to self-sufficiency. Applications for the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program for Maxwell House Apartments will be accepted by contacting Maxwell House Apartments at (706) 724-1927 and completing an on-line application at www.augustapha. org. Walk-in customers wanting to apply will not be seen during the open application period.

Author and motivational speaker Becky L. Olson will be bringing her brand of hope and encouragement to Augustans on May 16, AUGUSTA The 13th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. At Be My Guest Events & Catering, 4216 Washington Road in Evans. This year’s featured speaker, a threetime breast cancer survivor, professional speaker and published author, Becky L. Olson. “I’m looking forward to coming back to Augusta to bring hope and encouragement with a little humor to women,” said Olson. Twenty vendors, continental breakfast, lunch, health and wellness seminar, entrepreneurship seminar, Zumba session, keynote speaker, and door prizes are what women can expect at this all day conference. Advance registration

only is $55. Limited sponsorship and vendor tables are available. Gold sponsor is Augusta VAHFCU. Our diverse list of Vendors include Mary Kay Cosmetics; HIH Creations; Innovative Workplace; Straight Forward Recruiting; Old Dais Jewelry; Herbal Health; The LIFE Institute; Avon cosmetics; C is for CupCakes, Cookies, Candy and Cake; Polished Stone; Occasions Boutique; DoTerra Independent Dist r ibutor; A mer iGroup Real Solutions; and ItWorks Global Body Wraps and Herbal Supplements. To register or become a sponsor or vendor or purchase a Corporate Table, please call 706.619.4176. The conference is hosted by The HBA Group, Intl.

This notice is also to advise that effective May 8, 2013 at 6:00p.m., the Augusta Housing Authority will close the waiting lists for the Project Based Voucher Programs for The Legacy at Walton Oaks and Maxwell House Apartments. The Augusta Housing Authority does not discriminate in admission or access to its federally assisted programs. Any potentially eligible individual who has a visual or hearing impairment will be provided with information necessary to understand and participate in the Augusta Housing Authority’s programs. Richard Arfman has been designated as the responsible employee to coordinate the Augusta Housing Authority’s efforts to comply with the nondiscrimination based on handicap regulations.

Equal Housing Opportunity The Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georgia By: Jacob Oglesby, Executive Director Mission Statement: To promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.

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AUGUSTA The Augusta Branch NAACP held its 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday, April 5, at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center. An audience of over 450 people in attendance to hear keynote speaker, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II deliver a message of empowerment and call for more community involvement and civic engagement on significant issues. Braylen Ahmad Smith, a first grade student attending Blue Ridge Elementary School and member of the Augusta Branch NAACP Youth Council, gave a rousing rendition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top Speech.” For his success in the classroom and on the athletic field, the Augusta Branch NAACP presented him with “A Man On A Mission Award.” Braylen is on the “A” honor roll at his a school. The program included greeters such as Congressman John Barrow, Robert Brown of American Family Insurance, Rev. Melvin Ivey of the Augusta Baptist Ministers Conference, and Margaret

Ellis of Capitol City Bank. Tim McCoy, a reporter at WJF News Channel 6 served as the Emcee and music was provided by Female Vocalist Chavonne Broddie. First Vice President Johnnie Ball, Jr. gave the welcome. Augusta Branch First Lady Susie M. Smith was presented a dozen of roses for her support of the branch initiatives and programs from her husband Dr. Smith. Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Probate Judge Harry James, III and Solicitor General Kellie Keener-McIntyre received standing ovations upon receiving the NAACP’s highest honor, “The Drum Major For Justice” Awards for winning their successful historic elections during the General Elections. Perry Broadcasting received the Community Service Sponsorship Award. Augusta Branch Life Membership Awards were presented to the Augusta Baptist Ministers Conference; Dr. Elicia B. Elam; Missouri Banks-Harris; Betty L. Frazier and Junior Life Member Lauren Johnson. Dr. Charles Smith presented the President’s Award to Lizzie Wilhite; Deacon Johnnie Ball, Jr., Shirlene Ball;

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