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New science course to study environment data Class created by School of Information Sciences to offer diverse real-life experiences Kristian Smith Student Life Editor UT students now have the opportunity to enroll in a new course offered by the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information. The course, entitled Environmental Information Science, will be a combination of concepts from evironmental science and information science. “We will explore the intersection of environmental and information sciences by investigating the role of information and technology in environmental science,” Miriam Davis, instructor for the course, said. Davis said that these two areas are becoming intersected now more than ever before. She said the intersection mainly has to do with collecting and analyzing large amounts of data. “Environmental scientists now need information science skills that they might not have needed 20 years ago,” she said. “And information scientists are interacting with other scientists more and more.” Davis said the class will also focus on the challenges that everyone, not just scientists, face when it comes to dealing with data about the environment. “We will investigate the challenges scientists, information science professionals, policy makers and citizens face in gathering, communicating, using, interpreting, storing and sharing information and data about our environment, as well as the role of technology and data intensive science in solving environmental problems,” she said. Students will learn about a broad range of topics in the course. “This course recognizes that overarching issues such as global climate change require widespread access to datasets of all kinds to support interdisciplinary approaches and big-picture solutions,” Karen McClanahan, lecturer in the School of Information Sciences, said. “Students will learn how to manage scientific data in ways that maximize their ability to be

sites, and they will create a data management plan, data set and summary of the data that will all be included in a portfolio. Davis said there will also be many guest speakers throughout the semester. “They are all professionals (in information science or environmental science) that are on the cutting-edge of their field,” she said. “They will talk about their work and how the intersection of environmental and information science applies to their jobs.” Though this course does focus on information and environmental science, Davis said the course is for everyone. “(It is for) anyone interested in environmental information, technology, science, or anyone interested in being a more educated consumer,” she said. Suzie Allard, associate professor in Information Science, spearheaded the design of the course. She said this course can be valuable to any student. “All people need to have a good knowledge of how scientists use data,” she said. “A lot of things in our daily lives have to do with science, whether it’s how scientists are saving forests or predicting the weather.” Davis said this course has a lot of support from the faculty of the School of Information Sciences. “There is a cohort of people in the School of Information Sciences and the Center for Information and Communication Studies who are interested in this field,” she said. “There are three major projects going on that deal with the intersection of environmental and information science, and we are developing a nexis of expertise and ongoing research (in this field).” Photo illustration courtesy of Hillary McDaniels • The Daily Beacon Davis said these projects created an interest and Davis said the School of Information Sciences hopes to incor- awareness of the field. She said that the school puts an “emphasis on the education porate the course into the Information Studies and Technology minor offered by the school. This minor is also open to any stu- of the next generation,” and the new course could further that goal. dent in any major. “(This course) will be a real opportunity to provide a unique Along with no prerequisites, Davis said the course has no educational experience,” she said. required textbook or exams. The course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from “The biggest project will be an Environmental Data Project,” she said. “Students will get hands-on experience 3:40-4:55 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Davis said there is still space available in the course. going through the steps a scientist would go through with manFor more information about the course, contact Miriam aging data.” She said students will collect environmental data from web- Davis at 974-7814 or miriams@utk.edu. shared and communicated to researchers from all kinds of fields.” The class is open to all students in any major, and there are no required prerequisites to enroll in the course. As of now, the class, labeled IS495, would be an elective, but

‘Abortion clause’ creates controversy Associated Press NASHVILLE — A Christian legal group has filed a complaint against Vanderbilt University Medical Center over a clause in a nursing residency application form regarding the care of women having abortions. The Alliance Defense Fund claims that Vanderbilt is violating a federal law that states recipients of federal funds cannot require someone to perform or assist in abortions if it violates his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions. The group filed the complaint on behalf of an unnamed Mississippi woman applying to the program and objects to the wording in application materials for Vanderbilt’s summer 2011 nurse residency program. The group filed the complaint with the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. But Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser told The Tennessean newspaper that the form only requires applicants to know they may be asked to care for patients who have had or are seeking abortions and does not mean residents will be required to participate in the actual procedure. The wording on the application asks applicants for the nursing program’s women’s health track to sign an acknowledgment stating, “I am aware that I may be providing nursing care for women who are having” procedures including terminations of pregnancy. The application states that if the person cannot provide care to women in this event, “we encourage you to apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals.” David French, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, called it morally reprehensible. “How can you justify asking any medical provider to participate in something they believe to be the unjustified killing of another human being?” The Alliance Defense Fund is a conservative Christian group whose founders include James Dobson from Focus on the Family. But the medical center’s Howser said the acknowledgment isn’t suggesting that residents with objections to abortions will be required to participate in the procedure. “If you choose to participate (in the nurse residency program), you will be around patients who have had or are seeking terminations, and you may be asked to care for them,” Howser said. “It does not say that you are required to participate in performing or in the performance of terminations.” Howser also noted that Vanderbilt has a policy that exempts employees, including nursing residents, from participating in activities because of religious or ethical beliefs or other associated reasons. French suggested that Vanderbilt make that policy part of its application materials. “You can’t create a better way to screen out pro-life applicants if you try,” French said of the application wording. “That violates the (federal law) regardless of whatever policy they might have.” Matthew DeMaria• The Daily Beacon But legal experts say Vanderbilt appears to be on solid ground. “To the extent that Vanderbilt is correct in saying they don’t make anybody partici- Tori Lamp dives during a meet against UVA on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Lady Vols won pate in abortions, it doesn’t look like they violate that law,” said University of Tennessee 166.5-132.5, and the men closed out a close contest with late meet wins to prevail law professor Jeffrey Hirsch, who specializes in labor and employment law. 156-144.


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Crime Log Jan. 2 Around midnight, a UTPD officer stopped a maroon 2003 Chevrolet Impala that ran a red light turning right onto Todd Helton Drive from Volunteer Boulevard. The driver, a male UT student, was issued Knoxville city ordinance citations for disregarding a red light, reckless driving and for having an open container of alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. He was also issued misdemeanor citations for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jan. 5

A male UT student reported a theft that occurred in Room 110 of the Claxton Education Building sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Jan. 11 A male student reported an incident of assault that occurred on the east side of Morrill Hall near the walkway steps around 3 a.m. There was a female witness, also a student, yet no description was given for the unknown suspect.

Jan. 3

A student reported that her wallet was stolen from her dorm room in Humes Hall sometime between 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 10.

A UT staff member reported an incident of vandalism that occurred in the Kingston Pike building loading dock sometime between 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 3. The victim stated that three vehicles had been hit by rocks.

At approximately 11:09 p.m., a UTPD officer responded to a report of a male student who had passed out on the Melrose Hall loading dock. The officer arrested the suspect for public intoxication after finding him in the Hess Hall courtyard.

Jan. 4

A student reported that she had been receiving unwanted text messages between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. The known suspect is apparently related to the victim, though the report did not distinguish a specific relationship.

A staff member reported a theft that occurred in the Dougherty Engineering Building near the rear loading dock outside the machine room sometime between 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 4.

— Compiled by Robbie Hargett Compiled from a media log provided to the Daily Beacon by the Universty of Tennessee Police Department. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. People with names similar or identical to those listed may not be those identified in reports.

1128: Pope recognizes Knights Templar

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A student kicks a snowman while walking down the pedestrian walkway on Monday. The university kept its doors open for the first day of classes as only bits of snow remain from the week’s earlier winter weather.

On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God. Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its self-imposed mission was to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land during the Crusades, the series of military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in Palestine. The Templars took their name from the location of their headquarters, at Jerusalem's Temple Mount. For a while, the Templars had only nine members, mostly due to their rigid rules. In addition to having noble birth, the knights were required to take strict vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. In 1127, new promotional efforts convinced many more noblemen to join the order, gradually increasing its size and influence. — This Day in History is courtesy of history.com


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Lack of research apparent in vegetarianism editorial I am writing in response to former columnist Amien Essif ’s Nov. 22 column about vegetarianism. It is apparent that he has spent more time watching PETA and HSUS videos than doing his own research before writing about agriculture and America’s food production. Writing as a product of a multi-generational east Tennessee beef cattle farm, I understand that many people in today’s convenience-first society may not have had the opportunities to even visit a working farm. Animals are our livelihood, and the farms that he labels are “factory farms” and are more than likely family-owned farms, seeing as how 98 percent of farms in America are owned by families. Also, it is absurd to write that there is “mass suffering” happening on farms. Farmers and ranchers, just like you, expect every ounce of our food to be healthy, affordable and most importantly, safe. That is why we go to great lengths to care for our animals. Not only is it the right thing to do, but animals that are threatened or sick simply will not produce as well as healthy animals. It simply does not make economic sense to mistreat animals on a farm, just as it doesn’t make sense for a crop farmer to mistreat the land he farms. Plain and simple, it is nobody’s decision but your own to eat the way you choose. But before you attempt to degrade the integrity of farmers and ranchers across the country, do some unbiased research either at a local farm or by talking to people that have been there firsthand. B.J. DeLozier junior in agricultural leadership, education and communication bdelozi3@utk.edu

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Hope necessary for political climate Immut abl y Right by

Treston Wheat

Gender column fails to support claims I am a new reader to the Daily Beacon and focus more on the editorials for a first-year studies class. Because of this, my interest has grown. But I was thoroughly disappointed in Yasha Sadagopan’s Oct. 14 column entitled, “Both sexes find difficulty in communication.” First, the title was misleading. My first thought was that it was probably going to be an article with deeper insight on the issue and possible solutions of communication, but to my dismay, it wasn’t. Granted, Sadagopan does use an example about a couple in an argument, but it doesn’t really buttress the idea that in that instance there was a difficulty in communication. Couples have misunderstandings all the time. She does explain in detail how females, in general, say one thing and mean another. However, I felt like the article could not persuade me into seeing the difficulties males have in communicating with one another or with members of the opposite sex. Secondly, her example with the guy she dated was, permit me to say, “Bollocks.” (I betray my place of origin). Apparently she got the dregs of the cup — 12 years in college. This example could not be more biased. She made a good point of droning on about his flaws in etiquette, hygiene, etc., but I couldn’t really see how he failed to communicate with you. Allow me to digress: What, exactly, did you expect? I think your future columns should be much more thought out and should include examples to support the ideas trying to be conveyed. Sydney Eric-Bakare sophomore in logistics sericbak@utk.edu

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I recently had a conversation with my friend where he could not understand why I am obsessed with watching the news. He believes that it is all negative, and for the most part he is right. However, I would argue that although there is a lot of negativity and maliciousness, there is plenty of hope in the world and history to counteract all of it. So, I would like to ask: do you have hope? Hope is relatively essential to politics, because without it, everything would seem futile. Think of the problems America faces today: insurmountable debt, over a trilliondollar deficit, unemployment above 9 percent, international terrorism spreading, high energy prices, one out of eight Americans living in poverty, high number of undocumented workers, trade deficits with China, nuclear proliferation, health-care expenditures, rises in drug cartels on the Mexican border, and declining global influence. These are only a few of the problems facing the country. They do not even deal with state or local issues, or issues of other countries. However, one should stop focusing on all the melancholy and tribulation. Instead, look at the hope the world offers. To show that, historically, one should have hope, I first turn the reader’s attention to two dates: 1948 and 1964. On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel came into existence. It defeated the Arabs in a war that no one thought the Jews could win. The Israelis fought against Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and a few substate actors. Now, whether one believes that Israel has a right to exist or not, one must admit that this was extraordinary. A country less than a year old soundly defeated established military institutions. In Israel’s subsequent 62-year history, it has expanded its territory and protected its population, and it has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of over $200 billion. Tennessee, which has a comparable population, has a GSP (Gross State Product) of about $240 billion. The State of Israel has come a long way in a short amount of time. The other date the reader should know is July 2, 1964.

This is a date everyone should learn because it is the day the American government enacted the Civil Rights Act, which eliminated de jure segregation of races. African slaves brought to America and their children probably never believed they would achieve institutional equality with their white masters — or that even one day a nonwhite person could lead the country. Yet, on that day in the mid-‘60s, the entire course of black history in America changed for the better. Few could have thought that there was redemption from America’s founding sin of slavery. The other thing that gave me more hope than anything was a conference I attended during New Year’s. The conference was Passion, a gathering of 22,000 collegeaged Christians coming together to worship. Yet, for them worship is not just liturgical. As the man running it said, “Worship is justice.” During the four days I attended the conference, it raised a total of over $1 million for causes across the world. These causes include surgeries to help those with hydrocephalus in Uganda, feeding children in the slums of South Africa, giving small business loans in Afghanistan, building wells for clean water in India, and stopping sex trafficking in the Philippines. Think about that for a moment: college students came together and made a real, measurable impact on the world. States and regular people have the power to change the world for the better. No, it will not always be some rosy picture of nigh perfect tranquility, but there are several options available that show we should have hope for the future of our communities and our country. There is a certain optimism needed because of the overwhelming despair that looking at the world can cause. In the 112th Congress, the Republicans control the House of Representatives, and the Democrats control the Senate and the Presidency. We should not look at this as a torn government that cannot come together and craft appropriate policy for the problems America faces. Rather, we should look at it with hope. Both sides will have to compromise if they want to achieve anything. All of us should encourage our representatives to seek solutions and keep hope in our country. A need exists for compromises and solutions, and I believe they can and will happen. The first thing that we need, though, is to have hope. —Treston Wheat is a senior in political science and history. He can be reached at twheat@utk.edu.

Tragedy appears to spur opportunism Off the Deep End by

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What is it about the human condition that inspires people to take advantage of the pain and suffering of others? Is it simply an offshoot of schadenfreude? Is it greed? Is it a personal lust for fame and glory? Whatever the case may be, recent examples, however nauseating, are numerous. Think back to the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11. T-shirts, mugs, license plates, bumper stickers, commemorative ‘what-nots’, stuffed animals, and a litany of other materials flooded the market, all bearing an American flag, the Twin Towers, a bald eagle, and/or the terms “We Shall Never Forget” or “United We Stand.” That wasn’t someone doing his or her patriotic duty; that was a crafty set of individuals who saw a market made up of a nation of people who, in their grief, were jumping at the chance to purchase every star-spangled piece of crap they could get their hands on. While a nation mourned over the loss of life to a surprise attack and geared up for war, someone was getting rich, and, for once, it wasn’t arms manufacturers (although they’d eventually make a bundle, too). The shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech University, the devastation done in the Gulf States by Hurricane Katrina, the death of Michael Jackson, and a slew of other examples also spring to mind as examples of individuals utilizing moments of notable tragedy to make a dollar. Irrespective of the grief of those directly affected by the events in question, people sold memorabilia and media outlets profited greatly from endless coverage of the events. All of the aforementioned examples largely only take fiscal benefits in mind, but opportunistic individuals can piggy-back atrocities in a number of different ways, namely using the affected as unknowing martyrs for their particular causes. Filmmakers, activists, and politicians are notorious for utilizing these events for political or publicity gains. Rudolph Giuliani is a prominent example. After being heralded as a column of strength and resiliency after the Sept. 11 attacks, the former mayor of New

York City rode that notoriety and fame to a career as a member on executive boards, a regular on the speech and lecture circuit, and even a candidate for the American presidency. Along the way, he’s namedropped “9/11” like it was going out of style. Unfortunately for all of us, 2011 has started off with yet another tragedy that will no doubt be harnessed by opportunistic people to further partisan agendas. Last week, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (DAriz.) was, along with six others, seriously injured while six additional individuals were killed when a lone gunman walked into a grocery store where Giffords was speaking and proceeded to open fire. The story understandably caught the country’s collective attention, and, as was the case with the Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood shooters, the public scrambled to find out who Jared Lee Loughner was and what his motives were. In only a few short days after the event, reports have surfaced that indicate that partisan groups have tried to frame the shootings as an act committed by a left-wing nutjob, a right-wing lune and a gun-toting whacko with serious mental problems. Whatever the case may be with Loughner (he appears to have tendencies in all of the aforementioned categories), it is regrettable to see that the brutal attack on Congresswoman Giffords and the others who were killed or injured on that day is already being spun and woven into threads that could be used to attack different parties, groups and individuals. Liberals and Democrats are already trying to use it as a way to force conservatives, Republicans and the Tea Party to tone down their rhetoric and slow the advance of a newly empowered right-wing. Some groups on the right are portraying the would-be assassin as a leftist terrorist in order to further their causes. At this rate, I have little doubt that anti-gun groups will leap on this and use Giffords as a martyr (despite her defense of gun rights) only to be shortly followed by gun nuts like the NRA who’ll say something along the lines of, “No one would have died if everyone was carrying a gun.” My point? Just leave these events alone. Understand that these tragedies are catastrophic events that will forever alter the lives of those affected. Don’t spin them, don’t bend the facts for political or fiscal gain, and do not make martyrs out of those who may not have believed in your cause. If only a sense of morality were as cheap as a “United We Stand” T-shirt… — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science and history. He can be reached at dmullin5@utk.edu.


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N. J. band creates unique folk sound Railroad Earth combines variety of instruments, releases sixth studio album

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Chassidy Doane Staff Writer Railroad Earth, a New Jersey-based band, is making their way to Knoxville to visit the Bijou Theater on Thursday. The band, which sounds like a mixture of Wilco with more of an acoustic and bluegrass mixture, has been together for over ten years now, but the band’s members never imagined in the beginning that they would make it so far. John Skehan, Railroad Earth’s mandolin player, says that they were all working in the Garden State’s music scene and eventually they formed the band. The group is comprised of John, Todd Sheaffer, Andy Goessling, Tim Carbone, Carey Harmon, and the most recent edition to the band, bassist Andrew Altman (from Florida). Railroad Earth has had six albums released since forming in 2001, the most recent being their self-titled album, which came out in October of 2010. The album also debuted on the Billboard Top 200, with the number eight position on the same publication’s list of Folk albums. When asked about the kind of music the band is famous for playing, Skehan replied, “It’s a hybrid of every style of American roots music. There’s something very earthy and far reaching about Todd (the lead singer/songwriter)’s style of writing.” The band is comprised of banjos, mandolins, fiddles and acoustic guitar to make up their folk sound.

Even though the band has strong ties to New Jersey, they only get to play in and around the area twice a year. The rest of their time is spent traveling across the U.S., playing in every state with the exception of Hawaii. The band has little trouble finding new material as most of their songs are written by frontman Todd Sheaffer. However, some songs start off as an idea by a band member and grow from there as the rest of the band provides their own input. Skehan says that the band’s musical influences include everything from Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead, and even Indian classical music. It’s not hard to tell that the band is one of a kind with a unique array of sounds and unmistakable lyrics. For their concerts, Railroad Earth tries to do something new for every show in order to keep things from becoming too repetitive. Some nights, the musicians will play a set list of songs while other shows will depend on what the audience wants to hear. The group’s fans play a big part in keeping them going. When asked about what advice to give for aspiring musicians, Skehan quotes Frank Zappa in saying, “take each and every opportunity you have to play.” Skehan also adds, “Go out and develop your craft…stretch yourself as much as you can.” This “ blue-grass” band will perform on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are only $19.50 and available online or at the box office.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

UT hoops must turn around lackluster year Colin Skinner Assistant Sports Editor

In case you have been hiding under a rock since Dec. 11, here’s one thing you’ve missed on Rocky Top: one of the hottest college basketball teams in America, the onceseventh-ranked Tennessee hoops team, complete a 180-degree turn overnight. And this was with Bruce Pearl still at the helm. The suspension of Pearl for eight games by the SEC, which has been described as “drama on Rocky Top” by almost every ESPN college basketball analyst for the past four months, has now been overshadowed by the dismal record the Vols have mustered since the fall semester let out for UT students: 3-6. Opening the SEC regular season with two losses hasn’t helped much, either. Signs of a looming letdown were apparent earlier in the year when the Vols had close games against teams of much lesser talent, like Belmont, Missouri State and VirginiaCommonwealth. It seemed as though Tennessee was content with playing to the caliber of the competition as long as they got the win. At least their defense and sputtering offense at times displayed this mantra. But soon enough, wins against No. 7 Villanova and No. 3 Pittsburgh put this doubt to rest. The Vols were now 7-0, and it seemed as though the momentum gained thus far would catapult the team through the trials that lay ahead with Pearl’s suspension and many smaller schools to toy with until the buzzer sounded and put another close win in the record books. Now we know, this was never the case. Beginning Dec. 14, Tennessee hit a three-game slide, falling to the defending Summit League champion Oakland at home, then dropping a one-point decision to Charlotte in North Carolina totaling just 48 points for the game. After that, the stunned Big Orange Matthew DeMaria • The Daily Beacon came home to lose yet another one-point decision to USC. At least Lane Kiffin had no part in this ordeal. Cameron Tatum rests after taking a hard foul going to the basket against USC on Fortune favors the bold, which certainly described Belmont in its second game Friday, Dec. 21. The game, a 65-64 loss, marked a low point in UT’s early season, as against UT this season, but it wasn’t bold enough to squeak out a win in Knoxville two the Vols dropped three straight games against unranked opponents. days before Christmas. The Vols won this one-point decision 66-65, their third nailbiter in a row and their first win since Pittsburgh. The next two games included the same Tennessee performance, as the Vols barely defeated Tennessee-Martin 68-62, a team coming off a 100-40 loss against Ohio State, and then had a double-digit loss to Charleston on New Year’s Eve. By this junction in the season, the Volunteers were very much out of the top 25 rankings and were just about forgotten in any March Madness talk, which has no bearing this early in the season anyway. Still, fans were now belittled and bewildered, and UT had yet to lose its head coach to suspension. The win against No. 19 Memphis, considered by many as the in-state little brother to Tennessee, was just what the doctor ordered. UT crushed the Tigers on the boards and in about every possible statistical category in a 104-84 blowout. The SEC regular season would begin three days after the rout, and things looked up for assistant coach and current UT interim head coach Tony Jones, taking over for Pearl for the next eight SEC conference games. If only Tennessee could always play ranked teams. Then came the loss to Arkansas at Arkansas. Then came the loss at home to Florida in overtime. In every season, there comes a time in when the identity of the team is found if each member of the team rallies around a few leaders or coaches, gets on board and never looks back. If there is ever the right time for a divination this season for this team, the time is now. As forward Scotty Hopson tweeted yesterday afternoon, the day after the Florida loss, “look on the bright side can’t go nowhere but UP from here!” Simply put, well put. — Colin Skinner is a junior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at cskinne3@utk.edu.

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