September 7, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 42
Editor: Tom Willard
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Salt Lake City, UT
PRINCIPAL OF SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IN MILLCREEK RESIGNS, CHASTISING LEADERSHIP
Just one week into the new school year, Jill Radford has resigned as principal of Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Millcreek, citing differences with the superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. “If I hope to exact real and measurable change, I simply cannot continue to work for a superintendent who so blatantly demoralizes the efforts, dedication and passion of the faculty and staff at JMS,” Radford wrote in a letter after she announced her resignation. / The Salt Lake Tribune
TEACHER FOR DEAF SENTENCED FOR SEX WITH UNDERAGE GIRL HE MET ON THE INTERNET
A student teacher for the deaf was sentenced last Wednesday to one to three years in prison for engaging in sex with a 15-year-old Marcellus girl he met over the Internet. That sentence will be served at the same time as a 20-year sentence Micah S. Brown received the previous week in federal court for luring the girl into a sexually explicit relationship on the Internet. Brown, 31, had nothing to say in court as County Judge William Walsh sentenced him for third-degree criminal sexual act. / Syracuse Post-Standard
DEAF GIRL'S MOTHER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD, ALLEGES HARASSMENT
The mother of a deaf student filed a lawsuit against the Kanawha County Board of Education last week, asking a judge to temporarily prevent school officials from forcing her daughter to attend Capital High School amid allegations that an interpreter there had been harassing her. For at least the past two years, Regina M. Pine has been asking school officials to allow her daughter Ariel Depp, 16, to attend South Charleston High School, which lies next door to the family's home. But Ariel must attend Capital, as it is the only high school in the county equipped to teach hearing-impaired children. / The Charleston Gazette
BUS NEVER ARRIVES FOR DEAF STUDENTS
A couple of special needs students are supposed to catch the bus to school every day. But their parents said that’s not what’s happening. Fourteen-year-old Courtney Alladin was looking forward to the new school year at J.L. Long Middle School but he missed the first six days of class. “I was mad. It was six days,” he said. His mother Tracey Alladin said the bus never picked him up and she had no other way to get him to school. / MyFox Dallas
Des Moines, IA
IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AVOIDS BUDGET FIGHTS
The three public universities overseen by the Iowa Board of Regents must frequently fight to stave off budget cuts, but the regent's small School for the Deaf has managed to largely avoid reductions thanks to strong support from lawmakers and the community. Backing for the 141-year-old school on the outskirts of Council Bluffs comes despite a big per-student cost -- an average of $97,609 per child. Legislators appear to agree with students and others, who argue the school is worth the price. / Chicago Tribune
Cedar Rapids, IA
DRIVER BLINDED BY SUN HITS DEAF PEDESTRIAN IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Sunlight blinded a Cedar Rapids driver Monday, causing her to hit a pedestrian, police said. Police said a westbound PT Cruiser hit Duane Imoehl, 47, of Cedar Rapids, as he was crossing E Avenue NW. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Imoehl is deaf and did not see the vehicle before he crossed at the corner. He was not in a crosswalk. / The Gazette
VSDB WAITING FOR COMPUTERS
As students and teachers at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind close out the first week of school, they look forward to the day when the school will be fully equipped with computers again. Although it could be months before they see that. They have finally untangled themselves after eight years from the state's computer agency and its restrictions. But the school had to give back most of the computers it had been renting from the agency. And it can't yet buy enough to replace them all. / The News Leader
STATE SCRAPS INVESTIGATION OF SUITS AND A KEG FUNDRAISER
The state Human Rights Commission closed its investigation into the guy-centric fundraiser “Suits and a Keg” because it could not locate the woman who allegedly filed the complaint, its director said Thursday. A woman claiming to be deaf and breast-feeding a baby filed a complaint with the state on July 29, saying that organizers of the Aug. 12 event told her she and her infant could not attend the fundraiser, which featured whiskey, beer and cigars. But no record of the woman, a Rebecca Pulliam, could be found by The Columbian. / The Columbian
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North Kirklees, England
HISTORIC DEAF CENTER CLOSES
A support group for deaf people in North Kirklees has closed after 120 years. Dewsbury, Batley and Spenborough Centre for the Deaf has existed since 1891, when the group set up shop in St Hilda’s Church in Batley. It later moved to Dewsbury, and for the last 40 years the centre has been based in Oxford Road. However, numbers have fallen in recent years, so that now the group only has around 20 members. Chairman John Parker said numbers were too low to justify keeping such a large building for the group, so the premises were sold in May. / Dewsbury Reporter
JUST JACK HEADS UP SENCITY LONDON 2011 FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING
The line-up is now complete for Britain's first mega night for the deaf and hearing, Sencity London 2011 at the IndigO2 on October 8. Glastonbury V Festival star and Kylie Minogue collaborator Just Jack heads the bill with support from DJs Goldierocks, Dom Wood, Melectric and Portugal's Diogo Grillo. Finnish deaf rapper Signmark will also feature at an event intended to bring together the deaf and the hearing in a UK first. / Music-News.com
PIONEERING BLACKBURN RESTAURANT HELPING YOUNG DEAF PEOPLE
A pioneering Blackburn scheme which helps young deaf people find employment is celebrating after receiving a £60,000 ($96,000 US) lottery grant. The Courthouse restaurant has been given the money through the People’s Million Project. The restaurant is owned by the East Lancashire Deaf Society, which is now hoping to turn the V Fresh cafe, next door, into a training centre for young deaf people, focusing on catering and hospitality. / This Is Lancashire
JEAN SETS OUT TO SUPPORT DEAF HAIRDRESSERS
A hairdresser is challenging assumptions customers make about deaf people. Jean West is profoundly deaf and her first language is British Sign Language. She works as a freelance hairdresser around East Sussex and also at Giovanni’s Salon in London Road, Brighton. Now she has launched a website to offer support and advice to other deaf hairdressers. / The Argus
Toronto, ON, Canada
THIRTY APPLICATIONS FOR AN APARTMENT. NO REPLIES
I answered for-rent ads on various sites trying to make myself sound interesting and reliable. And by the way, I added at the end, I’m also deaf. Zero for 30. I didn’t get a single reply. Not one! When I removed the word “deaf” from my email, responses flowed in. Funny how one word can make such a big difference. / Toronto Star
See Also DEAF FEEL BURNED BY TENANT DISCRIMINATION: ADVOCATES / MetroNews Canada
DEAF AND DUMB MAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT
A deaf and dumb man was killed in a road accident after he was said to have suddenly grabbed the driver’s steering wheel, causing the van to lose control and plunging into a ditch before overturning several times and landing on its side. The accident occurred last Friday when the man was on his way to Bintangor to meet up with his girlfriend. According to a source close to the deceased, the deaf and dumb man was identified as Lau Gan Soon, 36. / Borneo Post
COMPLAINT OVER TREATMENT OF DEAF ATHLETE
When he competed in the Queensland track and field championships in August, Sekou Kanneh's speed assured him of a chance to shine at this month's national titles in Darwin. The 11-year-old Brisbane schoolboy, who can't hear the starter's gun at the beginning of a race, came second in both events. To allow him to obtain a fairer start, Deaf Sports Australia has asked School Sports Australia to supply Sekou with a visual prompt at the starting line. "But School Sports Australia has declined," said Brent Phillips, DSA president. / The Sydney Morning Herald
DEAF MUTE WAR VETERAN ROBBED NEAR CANBERRA
A deaf and mute war veteran has been robbed at knife-point and left stranded in bushland outside Canberra, police say. The 66-year-old veteran travelled from rural NSW to the nation's capital with another man "he believed to be his friend" to purchase a vehicle, a police spokesman said. The pair were driving in bushland on Saturday when the friend said they should pull over because he was lost. "It was at this stage that the victim was dragged out of the vehicle by his friend who placed a knife against his throat." / News.com.au
Bacolod City, Philippines
DEAF-MUTE INJURED IN STABBING
A deaf-mute was injured after he was stabbed for unknown reason by an unidentified suspect at Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Monday morning. Station 10 case investigator Police Officer 2 Kris Ian Cango identified the victim as Angelo Vinas, 33, of Barangay Banago, Bacolod. Cango said Vinas sustained two stab wounds in the lower back portion of his body after he was stabbed with an ice pick by an unidentified suspect. / Sun.Star
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF GROUP UPBEAT ON UPTOWN
Bloomfield is the center of Pittsburgh's Italian community, Oakland the city's academic hub and the South Side the nightclub district. Uptown's 46-year-old role as center of the city's deaf community may not be as well known, but that could change as the neighborhood strives for revitalization. "We want a better neighborhood," Cheryl Noschese, former president of the Pittsburgh Association for the Deaf, said Aug. 27 at the third annual Uptown street fair. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
DEAF MAN THANKS GOD FOR RESTORED HEARING AFTER EARTHQUAKE
Calling it a miracle, a 75-year-old veteran from Virginia has credited God and the powerful earthquake that shook much of the East Coast for helping to restore his hearing. "It was God's blessing," Robert Valderzak told ABC News. "It was a miracle for me." Valderzak had fallen and fractured his skull on June 19, Father's Day, and suffered severe hearing loss, according to doctors. His diagnosis changed, however, when the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, centered near Richmond, literally shook Valderzak out of his bed last week. / Christian Post
Overland Park, KS
DEAF CHURCH CREATES A FAITH COMMUNITY ALL ITS OWN
The sermon was so animated, it was as if it were being acted out in mime. Instead, it was a deaf preacher signing a sermon to a deaf congregation. One recent Sunday, about 65 members of Deaf Liberty Baptist Church in Overland Park watched attentively as Clark Corogenes preached in the place of pastor David Hanson, who was recuperating from surgery. On the side up front, Teresa White interpreted the sermon for the hearing members, who number about 10. / The Kansas City Star
SUBTITLE GLASSES FOR THE DEAF, FROM SONY
Surprisingly few cinemas make the effort to cater for the deaf and when they do, they tend to have screenings at less popular times. It would be a very rare occurrence for a deaf person to be able to enjoy a subtitled film on a very popular night of the week which more or less excludes them from the mainstream. It is therefore great news that Sony has announced their intention to develop glasses that function as a subtitle machine. / Gadget Wiki
SONIC BOMB ALARM CLOCK: WAKE UP OR GO DEAF
We feature quirky alarm clocks on almost a weekly basis. On the other hand, the creators of the Sonic Bomb alarm clock didn’t bother to think of unique ways of waking people up. They just went with pure power. / Technabob
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DEAF TEACHER TO TRAVEL TO KOREA
Communication can sometimes be a problem and it can be even more difficult if a person is deaf. Ladonna Snyder, of Olathe, is about to find out how deaf people from all over the world deal with communication issues during a trip of a lifetime. "I'm so excited," said Snyder. In just four days, Snyder will be heading to Korea. The Olathe resident and Kansas School for the Deaf instructor was recently selected to be a part of the DeafNation No Barriers program. / KCTV
JWI HONORS ALEXIS KASHAR
Jewish Women International (JWI) has selected Alexis Ander Kashar of Scarsdale, NY, civil rights attorney known for her trailblazing advocacy work on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing community, as a 2011 Women to Watch honoree. Kashar, the first deaf graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, has devoted her career to creating and improving access for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in the greater American society and education system. / JWI Newsroom
VIC CANEVER CHEVROLET HIRES DEAF SALESMAN
Vic Canever Chevrolet is excited to announce the newest addition to their staff, who not only is a seasoned salesman, but one that can closely fill the needs of the deaf community. Albert Smolinski, of Swartz Creek, has joined Vic Canever Chevrolet as part of their all-star sales force. Smolinski, 26, was born half deaf to deaf parents. / Patch.com
DEAF AND HEARING CONNECTION STORE CLOSING AFTER SALE
The Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay has announced that its thrift store, the Boutique, will close. Starting Monday shoppers can buy one clothing item and get one free. The sale will continue until all items are gone. / St. Petersburg Times
DEAF PEOPLE AS LIFEGUARDS
Can deaf people be lifeguards? The answer is both yes and no. Long ago, there was a celebrated deaf lifeguard, LeRoy Colombo. Today, deaf people can be lifeguards in some cases, and in other cases they cannot be lifeguards. In the case of the American Red Cross, deaf people can be lifeguards. In the case of the Young Men Christian's Association (YMCA), deaf people cannot be lifeguards. / About.com
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
'BIG BANG THEORY' SCOOP: 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' STAR WILL GUEST AS RAJ'S GIRLFRIEND
With his best friend altar-bound, Sheldon in the throes of a bizarre kinship with Amy Farrah Fowler, and Leonard juggling affection from two women, Raj has been the odd man out on The Big Bang Theory lately. Well, that might change. EW has learned Switched at Birth‘s Katie Leclerc will guest in the fourth episode of this season as a potential love interest for the love-challenged scientist. / EW.com
BOOK CHRONICLES HISTORY OF KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
One of the most impressive historical pictorial books about Kansas School for the Deaf and Olathe is being published by the Deaf Cultural Center next month. “Kansas School for the Deaf: A Pictorial History, 1861-2011” is a 288-page volume with more than 400 photographs and images that provides surreal snapshots of people and students at KSD and in Olathe through the decades. Sandra Kelly, the Deaf Cultural Center’s executive director and former community resource facilitator at KSD, is the author of the visual history. / The Kansas City Star
DEAF WOMAN DANCES TO TITLE
A silent solo earned a Mahoning Valley dancer and her partner top spots at a competition. Judy Hodak of Lordstown and her dance instructor, Travis Manero, won Top Solo at the Buckeye Ball on Aug. 14 in Independence, Ohio, after performing a rumba-style dance to no music. The performance, the Sound of Silence, was chosen to give spectators a sense of how Hodak lives. The 58-year-old dancer has been deaf since birth. / Youngstown Vindicator
See Also DEAF BALLROOM DANCER DANCES THROUGH DISABILITY / WFMJ
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YAO ADMITS TO BEING PARTIALLY DEAF
Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming revealed that he is partially deaf in his left ear, and has been so since he was eight years old. In a series of interviews, Yao talks with Graham Bensinger of Yahoo! Sports about several topics. The one thing that stood out, though, was Yao's description of the lack of hearing in his left ear. Yao spoke with Bensinger about how that has affected his game. The big man, who played in NBA arenas packed with people, said he had a hard time hearing when it was loud. / Sporting News
St. Augustine, FL
WOMEN'S MX RACER ASHLEY FIOLEK CLOSING IN ON SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Augustine racer Ashley Fiolek won her third event of the season on Saturday in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women's Motocross Championship. Fiolek finished her motos with a first and a second to take the overall win at Southwick, Mass. With two races left this season, Fiolek now leads the WMA series by 30 points over Jessica Patterson. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Fiolek, a former student at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, will clinch the points championship on Sept. 10 at Pala Raceway. / The St. Augustine Record
KNIGHTS TURN TO PAYNE
Duncan Payne once played for a college football program that hadn't had a winning season in more than a half century. So the challenges facing Seton Catholic's athletic department don't seem quite so daunting to him as they might to others. Payne was named the athletic director earlier this month and took over a department that has been hit hard been by falling enrollment. But facing challenges, sometimes seemingly insurmountable ones, is nothing new for Payne. The Peru native was born deaf and has fought to fit into the hearing world, including on the field and in the gym. / Press-Republican
FRANKS, ORIOLES START FAST
On the first play of the season, Derek Frank took the handoff and a new era of football was off and running for Maryland School of the Deaf. The Orioles return only six starters from last season's deaf national championship team. Frank, a senior running back and cornerback, happens to be one of them. "He's a very talented player. He can run, he can catch and he can throw," coach Andy Bonheyo said. / The Frederick News-Post
DEAF STUDENT KEVIN TRIPATHI PLAYES LINEBACKER FOR KEARNY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM
As three consecutive whistles blare to signal the end of practice, the Kearny High School football team hustles toward the 35-yard line and promptly takes a knee in front of head coach, Pete Llaneza. While the second year coach addresses his players, a special member of the Kearny staff stands beside him and reiterates the speech to one Kardinal in particular in sign language. / The Jersey Journal
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Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.
Teacher /Coordinator, William
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full -Time
Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education
Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience.
Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism.
Training and experience in instruction improvement
Effective communication skills to include ASL
Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers.
Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program.
Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center.
Maintain accurate records.
Send resume to Kelly Therieau
Deaf Vermonters Advocacy
Victim Advocate/community educator
Location: statewide Vermont
Time Base: 2 part-time positions
BA degree or equivalent experience
Fluency in American Sign Language
Work from a philosophy of empowerment
Ability to work with a diverse population
Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize
Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling
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TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Staffed in Baltimore, MD
Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for “Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator.”
Position summary: Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.
Preferred education, experience and skills:
· Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
· Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
· Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service
-- Senior Citizens Community
-- Hard of Hearing Community
· Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
· Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.
· Excellent presentations skills
· Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
· Maintain effective working relationships with Maryland Relay TAM office, non-profit and for profit partners, the public, state government and other agencies.
· Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
· Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.
Education and Experience:
· Completion of Associate or Bachelor’s Degree or comparable work experience. Direct work experience with a Telecommunications Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service preferred.
· Experience in public relations activities.
· Hold a valid driver’s license.
· Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
Interested individuals may apply online at: www.WorkForHamilton.com or contact our Corporate HR office at 800.821.1831 by September 15, 2011.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company benefits.
Knoxville Center of the Deaf
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Advocates has a few full-time 40 hr Direct Care Counselor and Awake Overnight positions opened in some of our Deaf programs. The Direct Care Counselor is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the clients, providing ongoing support, guidance and role modeling. He/she facilitates client improvement in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, community living skills and behavior. We are looking for people that have great interpersonal skills, are good with people and have experience working and communicating with people with disabilities. Qualities we look at include being helpful, energetic and willingness to work weekends.
Please send your resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information go to www.advocatesinc.org to visit our website.
Human Resources Generalist
Please note that fluency in America Sign Language (ASL) and extensive knowledge and experience with the deaf culture and community are critical for the ideal candidate for this role.
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Purple Communications is one of the nation's largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.
Brief Summary of Duties
The Human Resource Generalist is to provide employee’s relations advice and expertise to managers and employees,, administer select HR programs such as workers compensation, leaves of absence, benefits, , communication, and implementation of human resource activities for the company. They will provide advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and documentation. The Human Resources Generalist acts as a liaison between employees and internal and external customers. They will support the HR Manager in a variety of projects.
Areas of Responsibility:
1. Supports Human Resources department in all human resource activities to include employment, employee relations, benefits, training and development.
2. Provides advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and practices to employee and Management Teams.
3. Assist employees with individual employee relations issues; makes independent decisions to resolve situations.
4. Receives or initiates communication to and from managers, supervisors and employees about various HR functions. Documents, analyzes, and takes appropriate action based upon all available and relevant information under general direction of Human Resources Manager.
5. Undertakes special projects involving accumulations and compilations of data, research, and preparations of reports. Will involve researching current legal developments related to employee relations, update company policies, and implementation of revised practices.
6. Participate in the development of performance review documents and monitor completion. Research and analyze competencies as appropriate per job function.
7. Handles sensitive and confidential situations involving company personnel. Receives and accesses confidential personnel information from manual and computerized employee files. Must exercise discretion and confidentiality in dealing with personnel and applicant information.
8. Stays abreast of changing legislation impacting Human Resources functions, through information gained from seminars, printed regulations, reference books, and trade journals.
9. Strong understanding of workers compensation processes and laws.
10. Assist in researching, developing, and implementing human resources policies and procedures; maintains Employee Handbook, and various HR programs.
11. Promote employee involvement and excitement about business and culture.
12. Actively participates and leads training programs including new hire orientation.
13. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
· 4-7 years of successful experience in human resources. 2+ years in HR Generalist Role with a focus in employee relations.
· BA/BS desired.
· Knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines.
· Knowledge of federal and state employment laws; experience with multi-state locations law desired
· Knowledge and experience in employee health benefits.
· Must have in-depth knowledge of all major categories of employment relationship, including employee relations, safety and work environment, training, recruitment, statistical analysis, workers compensation and benefits.
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills
· Ability to effectively analyze data and provide recommendations.
· Computer Proficient using MS Office
Experience with the following is a plus: Knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture preferred.
Certificate Required: Professional in Human Resources (PHR) preferred.
Physical Requirements: Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
· Sitting, standing and walking (100%)
· Keyboarding (70%)
· Viewing computer monitor and videophone requiring close vision (70%)
· May be required to set up booths at events, requiring balance and lifting up to (50 pounds), and may lift or move boxes (up to 10 pounds)
Work Environment: Work is performed in a business office environment. Travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state is required.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job. Employees are expected to follow their supervisor’s instructions and to perform the tasks requested by their supervisors.
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