Day: June 12, 2017


‘Tear down this wall’: Reagan’s Berlin wall speech, 30 years later – SLIDESHOW: 30th anniversary of President Reagan's 'Tear down this wall' speech

Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan stood at the Berlin Wall and publicly demanded of Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev: “Tear down this wall.”

Two years later, the heavily guarded wall that had divided Germany for 28 years — and kept East Germans virtual prisoners of Russian socialism — was dismantled. Germany was on the road to reunion and an icon of Marxism gone.

On June 12, 1987, some 20,000 cheered the American president’s speech challenging Gorbachev to deliver on his avowed commitment to international peace and progressive policies. His challenge was heard around the world: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

East Germany’s Communist government claimed it built the wall primarily to keep enemies out, but between 1949 and 1961 more than 2 million had escaped the police state. The wall — erected virtually overnight in August 1961 – cut that hemorrhage to a trickle.


Still, a few were able to breach the barrier even as some 140 lost their lives trying to escape to freedom in West Germany.

This wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith. It cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.

– President Ronald Reagan

Reagan, a persistent and eloquent condemner of communism, turned a visit to West Berlin into a defining moment in history with one of his most memorable orations.

“This wall will fall,” Reagan said. “For it cannot withstand faith. It cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.”

And so it was that in 1989 the East German government opened the border. Germans went wild, taking to the wall with hammers and singing and dancing by it.

By defeating communism, Ronald Reagan ended one of history’s most violent centuries and opened the door to the possibility that…democracy might become available to more of the people who wanted it.

– The Economist, 2004

“How did he do it, those puzzled intellectuals still ask?” an essay in the Economist, referring to Reagan, asked. “By being primarily American: nonchalant, ever-hopeful, tough as an old boot when necessary.”

“By defeating communism, Ronald Reagan ended one of history’s most violent centuries and opened the door to the possibility that for at least a few decades ahead, war, though it can never be abolished, would be a smaller horror than in the past, and democracy might become available to more of the people who wanted it,” the essay said. “In his foreign policy, at any rate, he turned out to be one of the two or three most effective American presidents of the 20th century.”

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New York illegal immigrant with possible MS-13 ties stands trial in break-in, sex assault

An illegal immigrant from El Salvador — who police say could be tied to the murderous MS-13 gang — is standing trial this week for allegedly breaking into a home on Long Island, N.Y., and sexually assaulting a young woman there.

Marvin Siciliano-Nunez’s testimony is scheduled to continue in the Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverside, N.Y., according to

Siciliano-Nunez, 20, was accused of breaking into a home in the affluent town of Southampton and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl who lived there, in August of last year.


Siciliano-Nunez reportedly threatened the young woman with a baseball bat if she did not perform the sex act. The victim testified last week in court that she got out of the situation by telling Siciliano-Nunez that she needed to let the dogs out and was able to escape when he allowed her. She said she ran outside with no clothes on as he chased her with the bat.

The suspect has been charged with seven felonies, which include two counts of first-degree burglary with the use of a weapon and one count of first-degree attempted rape by forcible compulsion. 

Siciliano-Nunez was charged along with four others in May 2016 following a double stabbing near a bar in the Hamptons Bay, police said. Police said he could have ties to MS-13 because of his heritage, according to Patch. The gang has been responsible for a string of recent grisly killings in the area, investigators have said.

Officer Lee Pulliam reportedly wrote in a form eight hours after Siciliano-Nunez’s arrest stating that the suspect was under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the time of his arrest. That apparently contradicted a statement Pulliam made at a previous trial when he said Siciliano-Nunez was calm and showed no sign of being under the influence of alcohol.

The day before the alleged assault, Siciliano-Nunez was hospitalized for intoxication. He was released shortly before the home invasion reportedly occurred.


Siciliano-Nunez’s lawyers requested a mistrial last Thursday over Pulliam’s statements, but Judge Peter H. Mayer turned down the request the next day.

Two Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeants confirmed that Siciliano-Nunez did not seem intoxicated during his arrest. 

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Lawsuit: Ghost teachers cost school district more than $500,000

A recent lawsuit filed in Berks County Court aims to end a Pennsylvania school district’s practice of paying full-time officers of teachers unions with taxpayer dollars.

An Oklahoma City-based nonprofit group called Americans for Fair Treatment filed the lawsuit against the Reading School District with the help of the Fairness Center in Harrisburg. The lawsuit charges that since 2011, more than $500,000 in tax funds have been used to pay for “ghost teachers,” or those who are paid as if they had jobs in public classrooms but are actually employed by the Reading Education Association.

The plaintiffs are seeking the return of the funds, including more than $400,000 in salaries, about $50,000 in pension contributions and about $73,000 in health benefits.  They allege the funds were illegally funneled to officers of the union local.

“It’s clear that the Public School Code does not provide authority for this …” Karin Sweigart, deputy general counsel for the Fairness Center, told “At the end of the day, teachers should be paid to teach.”

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) has received a copy of the complaint and is now reviewing it, according to PSEA spokesman Wythe Keever. 

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John Flannery named Chairman and CEO of GE – 3 things to know about GE's new CEO

General Electric said Jeff Immelt would retire as chief executive and would be replaced by John Flannery, the head of GE healthcare, ending a years-long succession plan.

Immelt, 61, will remain chairman through his retirement on Dec. 31. Flannery will take over as CEO, effective Aug. 1 and chairman following Immelt’s departure.

The company’s shares were up 3.6 percent in premarket trading.

Jeff Immelt, who took over from Jack Welch in 2001, has been credited with steering the company through the financial crisis, which nearly toppled the maker of jet engines, wind turbines and locomotives.

Immelt also oversaw the restructuring of the GE Capital unit and shifted the conglomerate’s focus from finance to manufacturing.

Flannery, 55, who is currently president and CEO of GE Healthcare, joined GE Capital about three decades ago. He has led GE’s equity business in Latin America and the overall GE Capital business for Argentina and Chile.

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Flannery has led the turnaround of the healthcare business, increasing organic revenue by 5 percent and margins by 100 basis points in 2016, GE said.

GE said Kieran Murphy, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, will replace Flannery.

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(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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Selena flashes all again

Wardrobe whoopsies: On purpose, or an accident?

Sometimes stars want to cringe with embarrassment. Other times, they just want attention.”>Fox News

Selena Gomez: By accident

Selena Gomez suffered her second wardrobe malfunction in less than one week. Unlike last week when she donned a sheer dress with no bra (see the next slide), this time the pop star flashed her breasts by accident. Click here for more pics of the wardrobe whoops.



Selena Gomez: On purpose



Bella Hadid: By accident

As Bella Hadid bent down to pick up a photographer’s battery, she accidentally revealed her underwear on the red carpet. The model brushed the awkward moment off and luckily had her dad, Mohammed Hadid, to lean on for support. Click here for more pics of Hadid on



Emily Ratajkowski: By accident

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Stella Maxwell

Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell stepped out in a revealing wrap dress while in London. It took Miley Cyrus’ rumored ex a little while to realize the wind had blown her dress open…



Lake Bell

Lake Bell had a Marilyn Monroe moment on the red carpet when a big gust of wing blew up the fringes on her dress to reveal her underwear. Talk about embarrassing! Click here for more wardrobe malfunctions.

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Kris Jenner

The Kardashian momager showed off a little too much when she stepped out to dinner with her boyfriend Corey Gamble. Jenner clearly forgot her bra at home and suffered a wardrobe malfunction in her peek-a-boo dress



Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn showed off her wardrobe malfunction on Instagram. The professional athlete shared a picture of herself at the gym with a few holes in her workout pants. She wrote, “When you get to the gym and your trainer starts laughing at you because your dog ate your pants…literally.” Click here for more pictures of the star on



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Melanie Griffith

Is this a case of bad lighting or a case of over-sharing? We can’t be too sure, but Griffith’s dress left little to the imagination. 

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Petra Nemcova

The model took a big fashion risk and donned a sheer jumpsuit at the Chopard party during the Cannes Film Festival sans bra. It’s unclear whether she intended to show off her bare chest or if it was an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. Star sightings: Celebrities at Cannes 2016



Khloe Kardashian

Well, hello! Khloe Kardashian showed off a bit more than she was bargaining for when she attended a Beyoncé concert. The reality star donned a skin-tight black bodysuit and no underwear. When the paparazzi’s flashing cameras set off, the bodysuit became completely sheer and revealed the star’s booty. Click here for more pics of Kardashian on



Alessandra Ambrosio: Oops!



Sharna Burgess: On accident

The ‘DWTS’ star’s top fell down at the end of a performance with Antonio Brown, so ABC had to cut away until she dealt with the situation. She gave her malfunction a “10,” but the judges gave the dance “8s”.



Hailey Baldwin: On purpose



Jennifer Garner: By accident

Jennifer Garner shared an embarrassing moment on the red carper with there “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” co-star Steve Carell. The mom-of-three accidentally revealed a pair of nude Spanx under her LBD. Click here for more celebrity wardrobe malfunctions.



Sofia Vergara: On accident



Nicki Minaj: The jury is out

Nicki Minaj held her dress together as she performed “Bang Bang” during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, 2014. She said it was an accident. TMZ reported that it was all staged.



Lily Allen: Whoops!

The British singer made the same faux pas in the same silver jumpsuit last month when she opened for Miley Cyrus on her “Bangerz” Tour. Allen, 29, displayed more than she intended in the shiny outfit with a low-cut neckline. Click here for more from



Rihanna: On purpose

Rihanna walked down the red carpet in the most talked-about dress at the CFDA Fashion Awards. A sheer layer of mesh-like, Swarovski crystals-covered material separated her birthday suit from the rest of the world. Rihanna’s known for pushing the fashion envelope, but did she go too far this time?



Miley Cyrus: Whoops

For once, it seems Miley Cyrus didn’t intentionally expose herself on camera. The outrageous and always scantily-clad Cyrus only meant to open her shirt to reveal her toned abs and black bra, but ended up posting a nip slip on Instagram.



Ashley Tisdale: Whoops

Tisdale only meant to show off her toned legs but ended up exposing herself to the paparazzi. The 28-year-old might want to try a slightly longer miniskirt next time. For more pictures of the bride-to-be (fiance is musician Christopher French) visit



Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum: On Purpose

What better way to command the attention of your much younger boy toy boyfriend than walking around half naked?

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Miley Cyrus: On purpose (again)

Miley celebrated Flashback Friday by posting a topless photo of herself getting her now signature pixie cut. While Cyrus had plenty of clothed photos to post of herself, the selfie-obsessed singer chose one which she knew would get lots of attention. Mission accomplished Miley. Click here for more outrageous Miley moments.



Joanna Krupa: An accident

“Real Housewives of Miami” star Joanna Krupa isn’t shy when it comes to showing off her body, but the blonde beauty revealed on Twitter that her dress was “ruined” when she attended an event and flashbulbs made it see-through. We don’t doubt that Krupa has staged the occasional  wardrobe slip up, but this one seems like a genuine mistake. Click here for more sexy pics of Krupa from ET Online. (Wenn)



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: On purpose



Sharon Stone: On purpose



Kendall Jenner: On purpose again

The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” 18, definitely knew what she was doing when she ditched her bra to strut her stuff down the Marc Jacobs runway during New York Fashion Week. (AP)



Carmen Electra: On purpose

Come on, wearing no bra when you know your dress is see through? Aren’t you better than that, Carmen Electra? Oh, you once dated Dennis Rodman? Maybe not.

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Britney Spears: An accident

While performing in Las Vegas, Britney nearly lost her entire ensemble when her sequin leotard popped open during her dance routine. Once of her backup dancers re-zipped Brit as she danced through the wardrobe whoops. 


Click here for more on Britney from ET


Lindsay Lohan: On purpose

Apparently Lindsay’s latest rehab stint didn’t address her need to over-share on social media. The actress posted this revealing pic, clearly a non-accidental wardrobe malfunction. 



Brooklyn Decker: An accident



Nina Agdal: An accident

Sure, Agdal wore a white evening gown into the sea, so when things went awry, it was not surprising, but we do think it filing up with water like that was not exactly what she or the photographers anticipated. So score one for kind of an accident!

See 31 more pics of Nina in the water at RumorFix.



Candice Swanepoel: An Accident

Model Candice Swanepoel was walking the catwalk in Brazil, when her sheer top slipped and showed too much. Ever the professional, Candice just kept strutting down the runway. The show must go on! 



Stephanie Seymour: An accident

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Kate Moss: On purpose

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Tina Fey: By accident


Pamela Anderson: On purpose

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Nabilla Benattia: On purpose



Miranda Kerr: On purpose

Orlando Bloom’s wife decided to leave her bra at home when she headed to watch the U.S. Open. Apparently a nationally televised tennis event is not an occasion for undergarments?

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Paula Patton: By accident

Paula showed off more than she bargained for at the “Two Guns” premiere in New York.

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Ashley Greene: On purpose



Toni Braxton: By accident 

Braxton’s dress fell down during a dance routine with an audience member at one of her concerts. Luckily a fan noticed and gave her his blazer to cover up with for the remainder of the song.



Jennifer Aniston: On purpose

Aniston opted not to wear anything underneath her tight T-shirt on the set of “Squirrels to the Nuts” in New York. 

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The Bella Twins: By accident

The WWE’s Brie Bella had a wardrobe malfunction during a taping of “Total Divas” on “WWE Raw.” She later tweeted: “I apologize 4 my wardrobe malfunction I’m embarrassed & it looks as though the humidity made my tape come off You’ll never see that again! B.”

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Gerard Butler: By accident 

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Lady Gaga: On purpose


Courtney Stodden: On purpose

In an outfit  like this, it’s hard to believe Courtney Stodden’s slip was really an accident. The 18-year-old showed too much in her black mesh “dress” (if you can even call it that). 


Click here for more Stodden pics from ET.


Miley Cyrus: By accident

Though Miley loves to show a lot of skin, we think this one time her wardrobe malfunction was not on purpose. 

What is it about underwear that celebrities detest so much?

Check out more photos of Miley on RumorFix.




Rita Ora: By accident



Selena Gomez: By accident 

Former Disney star Selena Gomez had a totally accidental slip up during a concert in Boston. After her skirt showed too much, Selena held on to it for the remainder of the performance. 

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Reese Witherspoon: By accident


Mariah Carey: By accident 

Mariah Carey’s live wardrobe malfunction while performing on “Good Morning America” was definitely not on purpose. 



John Travolta: By accident



Eva Longoria: By accident


Jessica Alba: On purpose



Anne Hathaway: By accident


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That's not his shoe. Gross!

Sir Patrick Stewart has boldly gone were no one has gone before.

While taking part in the festivities at the Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday, the “Star Trek” star took a sip of champagne from third-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo’s shoe.

Stewart was on the podium interviewing the top three drivers when Ricciardo took a celebratory slug of bubbly from his racing boot. The Australian Red Bull driver then asked if Stewart would like some, to which he replied “I’d love some, yea, yea, come on,” to cheers from the crowd.

And he didn’t hold back, taking a good five-second chug from the no-doubt sweaty Puma.

It sure was a switch from the tea, Earl Grey, hot, that Stewart’s Captain Picard enjoyed on many, many occasions.

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Texas woman granted clemency by Obama last year is back in prison

A Texas drug dealer is back in prison a year after she was granted clemency by President Obama.

Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week for violation the terms of her supervised release, according to the Department of Justice. Prosecutors say she committed five separate violations of those terms.

“This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a productive member of society and has wasted it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato said in a statement. “She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions.”


After a drug dealing conviction, Richardson, who had a lengthy rap sheet, was sentenced to life in prison in June 2006. But she was released from prison last July after Obama commuted her sentence. Obama granted clemency to 1,715 people — many of them drug offenders — during his eight years in office. 

On July 28, she was a free woman.

But $60 worth of laundry detergent landed her back in jail in April. She was caught stealing the detergent in Pasadena, Calif. and planned to sell it to buy drugs, her attorney told the Houston Chronicle.

Mark Anthony Diaz told the newspaper that his client’s problems stem from her ongoing crack addiction.

Prosecutors say among other conditions Richardson violated are staying in contact with a probation officer and failing to report that she had moved.


The nonprofit that took up Richardson’s cause to receive clemency last year said the system has failed her once again. Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders, or CAN-DO, said in a statement released Sunday that Richardson was not given proper support after her release from prison.

“It will be easy for some to point a finger at Carol and justify their support of harsh mandatory sentences as a necessity to keep people locked up, when we feel Carol’s current situation is proof that we desperately need to overhaul our current drug policy that treats addiction as a criminal issue, rather than a medical issue,” the group said in a statement. “Imagine locking up an alcoholic for life simply because they suffer from a disease that science claims is often genetic.”

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Kansas church's vandalism brings pastor to tears

A pastor in Kansas City, Kan., said he knew his church had been vandalized — but what he saw led him to break down in tears.

Pastor Bryan Mann of the Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church got the call from his head deacon on Sunday morning, alerting him to the overnight vandalism. Upon seeing the destruction, Mann said, “I expected it to be bad, but not to this degree.”

Toilets were broken and water was running across the floor, pews were overturned, a keyboard was destroyed, and a glass panel had been broken to enter the church. The alarm system never alerted the police because the door was not opened. 

He said about the damage, “this is God’s house and to do the type of things that have been done here, and I’ve seen it before, but to take hours to do this type of damage, police say this didn’t happen in 15 minutes or an hour; it took hours, even with multiple people. Who would have that much anger, and that much disregard?”


Mann said he wanted those responsible to be caught.  

The church’s food pantry, which serves more than 100 families monthly was destroyed as well.

“When I walked in I actually just broke down in tears, because just to know the dedication they give, and the people it impacts, and to look at how it was trashed, it just brought tears to my eyes,” Mann says. He has been a pastor at the church for about a year.

Mann says they are assessing the damage and working with insurance, but that the act of vandalism just motivates them to do more good to outweigh the evil.


“I don’t have anger toward them, you just pray for them,”Mann said. “It’s going to rally the church to be better, and to engage even more.”

The church is collecting donations of food and personal hygiene items.

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Che Guevara was sent 'to die in Bolivia' by Cuban leadership, retired general says

Retired Bolivian Gen. Gary Prado Salmon, who in October 1967 captured Ernesto “Che” Guevara, said that the leadership of the Cuban communist party sent the iconic Argentine-Cuban guerrilla leader “to die in Bolivia” because they didn’t want to put up with him any longer.

In an interview with EFE in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Prado defended that hypothesis, which will be in the prologue of the new edition of his book “La Guerrilla Inmolada,” which analyzes Guevara’s downfall while serving with a guerrilla group in Bolivia almost 50 years ago.

“After so many years, what has come out is that ultimately they sent Che here to die. They rid themselves of him. That is the reality. (Fidel) Castro rid himself of (Che). Not only because he wanted to, but because the Cuban communist party leadership could not stand him any longer because of his character and his way of being impulsive,” Prado said.

A captain at the time, Prado on Oct. 8, 1967, commanded the army patrol that wounded and captured Che in southeastern Bolivia.

Prado turned him over to his superiors, who the next day executed him in the nearby town of La Higuera.

The fourth Bolivian edition of the book, which first came out in 1987, analyzes the guerrilla experience in Bolivia and will be released in the coming days.


The hypothesis about Cuba’s abandonment of Guevara and his differences with Castro regarding relations with the USSR and the Soviet model have sparked controversy and have been rejected by Havana and Che’s family.

The Bolivian Rangers, including Prado, were trained by the US Green Berets who were dispatched to Bolivia to prepare the local troops for the fight against the guerrillas.


Prado, who has been in a wheelchair since being accidentally shot by another officer in 1981, said that the book has given him great satisfaction because it’s been released in Argentine, US and Italian editions, as well as two editions in Spain.

But he says that “In my life, I did more important things than capture Che Guevara.”

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Evander Holyfield gives his thoughts on joining Boxing Hall of Fame

Boxing legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield said Monday his induction this weekend into the International Boxing Hall of Fame was a special honor—and he has his mother to thank.

“It’s amazing to find you are the best,” he said during a “Fox & Friends” interview. “I remember a time I wanted to be the best but I didn’t know what the best was.”

Holyfield, 54, said he wanted to quit boxing when he was 11 but his momom Annie wouldn’t let him.

He was ready to toss in the towel after losing two fights to another boy, Cecil Collins.

“I said I’ll quit,” Holyfield said on the show. “My momma said, ‘I didn’t raise a quitter.’ You couldn’t quit.”


“I go back and he beat me again,” he said of Cecil. “I tried to quit quietly and my momma found out that. I lost again. (She) told me go back. And I won the third time.”

Holyfield’s impressive career spanned more than three decades and included a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight titles, and two memorable fights against Mike Tyson and another against Riddick Bowe.


He was 44-10-2 as a pro with 29 knockouts.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame is in Canastota in upstate New York.

Holyfield was greeted with a standing ovation at Sunday’s induction ceremony.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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