Our View

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

People don’t usually voluntarily turn themselves in for arrest

warrants that are more than 10 years old.

It’s a little different, however, when a person’s brother is

running for U.S. vice president.

Wesley Blake Edwards, brother to Democratic VP candidate John

Edwards, turned himself in Monday for a 10-year-old drunken driving

warrant stemming from a 1993 charge of driving under the influence,

careless driving and operating an uninsured vehicle in Aurora,

according to The Rocky Mountain News.

He voluntarily turned himself in five days before John Kerry and

John Edwards kick off a cross-country campaign trip Friday in

Aurora, where Kerry was born.

Convenient, isn’t it?

Actually, it was a pretty smart move by the Kerry campaign.

Although Wesley Edwards’ lawyer claims differently, the move was

likely an effort to avoid publicity of his client’s criminal

history later on when the campaign really heats up.

But what does that say about our society and our media?

Does it really matter what someone’s sibling did 10 years

ago?

It shouldn’t. It should matter what a presidential or vice

presidential candidate did in his or her past, but nearly everyone

has a brother or sister who has done something he or she

regrets.

The candidate should not be punished for his or her family’s

actions.

Candidates should be judged on their platforms, their ideals and

their experience, not whether their brother has unresolved legal

issues.

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CSU vs. CU student tickets decrease

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Evan M. Truesdale

CSU students have been allotted 1,000 tickets to this year’s CSU

vs. University of Colorado-Boulder football game.

This is a decrease from last year’s total of more than 7,000

student tickets.

The only way students can get tickets to this year’s CSU vs. CU

football game is if their name is selected in a lottery to be held

in the fall. Five hundred students will be selected and will be

able to purchase a maximum of two tickets at the $55 face value.

Officials have not yet decided how the lottery will operate.

“We did not want to make these tickets available to students

until everyone was back on campus, because we did not think that

would be equitable to those students not on campus,” Ozzello

said.

The game will be held in Boulder this year, rather than in

Denver, where it was played the past three years at Invesco Field

at Mile High.

“About seven or eight years ago CU and CSU agreed to play a

three-year series at Invesco Field, only if CSU would come to CU

for two straight years,” Ozzello said.

This is the first of those two years, after which the two teams

would not have to play each other again until 2008. That decision

stood until this summer, when directors of both CSU and CU

athletics announced that the teams would play in 2006 and would

continue to face each other until 2014.

When the two teams face off in 2006, it will be at Invesco

Field, with CSU playing as the home team. For every even-numbered

year until 2014 CSU will be the home team with the choice to play

at either Invesco Field or Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

All of CU’s home games will be played in Boulder.

Non-students had a chance to buy tickets to the Sept. 4 football

game on Friday. Faculty and alumni who donate at least $100

annually to CSU athletics, which makes them members of CSU’s Ram

Club, can purchase tickets that are not among the 1,000 reserved

for students.

These reserved tickets are the same price as those for students,

Ozzello said. He added that faculty and administration could

purchase tickets “only if they are Ram Club members.”

Any tickets not sold to Ram Club members will be offered to the

student body.

“There are no complementary tickets available,” Ozzello said.

“We are providing 300 tickets to the CSU band; the athletic

department is paying for each one of those.”

All schools that belong to the Big Twelve are contractually

obligated to make at least 1,200 tickets available to their

division rivals, David Plati, assistant athletic director for CU

said.

There was a little confusion surrounding the ticket distribution

game until this week.

Officials at the two universities differed on how many tickets

will be available to CSU this week.

On Friday, Plati said the contract was for 5,000 tickets.

CSU gave a different number of tickets on Friday.

“We have only been allotted only 4,000 tickets by the University

of Colorado,” said Gary Ozzello, senior associate athletic and

media relations’ director. “We are working hard and feel that we

will be successful in getting 1,000 more tickets.”

Ozzello then confirmed on Monday that CSU had acquired the 5,000

tickets it wanted for distribution.

Associated Students of CSU Vice President Ben Goldstein said

there would be a Ram Road Trip to the game, although the cost of

the trip is still unknown.

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Televistion adds to LSC landscape

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Sara Crocker

Since late June, students have noticed more than posters hanging

from the Lory Student Center’s walls.

A plasma television provided by University Network is running

advertisements and campus news on the student center’s first floor.

It has been there since the end of June and will remain a fixture

across from the University ID/Vending Office during the school

year.

“It’s a winning situation for us,” said Matthew Helmer, program

coordinator for Campus Activities.

Helmer said University Network contacted CSU about installing

the TV, and the company provided all the technology necessary to

run it. Helmer said CSU is one of eight other campuses to have this

service.

The “network” has a common rotation. Helmer said the university

gets about one minute of airtime for every four minutes of

programming.

“The rest of the time is advertising purchased by national

advertisers,” Helmer said.

Helmer said the university plans to use its allotted time to run

advertising for special events and stores within the student

center.

For now, there will only be one television, but Helmer said

there is always a chance of adding more.

Christine Voss, a junior speech communications major who works

at the University ID/Vending Office, has already noticed the

television’s impact.

“We had long lines during Preview,” Voss said. “It kept them

entertained.”

Voss said she thought the addition of the television was a good

idea.

“I think it could serve really good purposes for the university

because there’s so much traffic during the school year.”

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‘Phishing’ emails threaten personal security

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

While fly-fishing may be a popular sport, a new type of

“phishing” is becoming more and more popular on the Web.

According to www.antiphishing.org, the Web site of the

Anti-Phishing Work Group, “phishing attacks use ‘spoofed’ e-mails

and fraudulent Web sites designed to fool recipients into divulging

personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account

usernames and passwords, Social Security numbers, etc. By hijacking

the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers and credit

card companies, phishers are able to convince up to 5 percent of

recipients to respond to them.”

In the past month, accounts on the CSU lamar server have been

receiving e-mails claiming to be from U.S. Bank and Citibank

requesting personal information.

According to Sgt. Keith Turnery of the CSU Police Department,

the e-mails provided a false link and suggested to the reader his

or her personal account had been tapped into. When viewers entered

this page they were asked to enter personal account information.

With this information, anyone can log in and use an individual’s

account information.

“If you get any kind of e-mail that asks for any type of

sensitive information, it’s probably fraud,” Turney said. “Just

delete those e-mails.”

The APWG membership includes 400 members, more than 250

companies, eight of the top 10 national banks, four of the top five

U.S. Internet service providers, more than 100 technology vendors,

and law enforcement from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and

the United States.

According to Turney, because phishing has become a big issue,

banks do not send out mass e-mails requesting information.

Kevin Nolan, an IT specialist for Academic Computing and

Networking Services, believes phishing is becoming more and more

popular globally.

He suggests deleting any e-mails asking for personal information

right away and contacting the service when the e-mail appears to be

legitimate.

“People are social engineering in a way to get people to give

their information,” Nolan said.

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Collegian adviser promoted as Student Media director

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe

CSU Student Media felt a loss this past spring as Director Larry

Steward announced his retirement after leading the department for

nearly two decades.

The feeling of loss recently shifted to anticipation, however,

when Rocky Mountain Collegian Newsroom Adviser Jeff Browne was

named to replace Steward July 13.

Following Steward’s announcement, a search committee took

applications from more than 80 candidates from around the country

to fill the position. Browne was chosen for the position after the

candidates participated in open forums consisting of technical

journalism and university faculty, Student Media faculty, as well

as representatives from Campus Television, KCSU, the Collegian and

the Colorado High School Press Association, the four organizations

that make up Student Media.

Browne said working alongside Steward has given him a strong

appreciation for the job he will be undertaking.

“I’m a little bit humbled by knowing that Larry Steward spent 18

years and it’s now fallen to me to carry on that legacy,” he

said.

Browne’s experience with the Collegian and CSU made him a

contender for the position.

“Jeff is very familiar with the way Student Media currently

works with the university, which was to his advantage,” said Kim

Blumhardt, Student Media advertising manager and member of search

committee. “But he has good experience all around (including) good

experience in journalism.”

Browne has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University

of Nebraska, as well as a master’s in English education from the

University of Florida. His journalism experience includes serving

as a reporter and editor for three Florida daily newspapers during

the 1980s.

His background in education comes from nine years of teaching

journalism and English at Smokey Hill High School in Aurora. Browne

is in his sixth year with Student Media, serving as the Collegian

newsroom adviser and executive director of CHSPA.

Student Media employees reacted positively to Browne’s

appointment.

“I’m very pleased. He’s a easy-going person to work with,” said

Gayle Adams, business manager for Student Media. “He’s very

open.”

Browne has already expressed plans to further the success of

each Student Media branch.

Browne hopes to expand CTV resources to create more on-site

training for students. Part of this would include bringing in

industry professionals to act as “hands-off” advisers to

students.

Browne hopes to recruit CSU alumni in journalism to participate.

This will not only increase the end product, but also invigorate

alumni participation in the university, Browne said.

Browne has plans to make Student Media more interactive with its

audience as well. He hopes to incorporate CSU’s technological

resources to create more two-way communication, hoping Collegian

readers will contribute their opinions and ideas.

“The Collegian needs to think of itself as engaged in two-way

conversations with the readers,” Browne said. “(The Collegian)

needs to reach out to diverse audiences for contributions other

than just letters to the editor.”

Browne also hopes to expand the news programming on KCSU and

incorporate more original news-type stories into the

broadcasting.

“Since he’s worked at the Collegian for so long and around all

of us (at Student Media), he’s really easy-going,” said Mike

Santos, program director for KCSU. “All the advisers are really

(easy-going), which is why Student Media is so successful here, the

advisers are so good. I think Jeff will do a great job.”

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Green Beret speaks to community

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdale

Capt. Bob Diggs Jr. walked into the room at the Fort Collins

Senior Center, undistinguishable to others while his only mark of

office was his “combat infantry badge” medal worn on the collar of

his black suit.

Diggs said he is not what people expect when they meet him.

People expect a larger-than-life incarnation of Rambo.

“No, I’m like this” he said as he sagged his knees and let his

arms flop loosely to his sides during his multimedia presentation

Wednesday.

Diggs is a captain in the Colorado National Guard 19th group –

he is a Green Beret. As a National Guard soldier, Diggs’ usual

routine was remarkably similar to anyone else’s until July 2002,

when his unit was activated and sent to Afghanistan. There, his

unit of 12 men trained a battalion (roughly 700 men) of Northern

Alliance soldiers in tactics and marksmanship to prepare for what

they would face in Afghanistan.

These soldiers later became the first troops in the new Afghan

army.

However, he considers his most important victory to be the

opening and operation of a school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital,

after the fighting ended.

He spoke of how women were treated like livestock, and many

suffered beatings several times a day while they begged for their

families on Kabul’s streets. He also spoke of public executions

held in the Olympic Stadium and the frequent presumption of guilt

against the accused.

Diggs said he saw “a child dragging a brick on a string – that

was his toy.”

Afghanistan is the most heavily mined country in the world, with

6 million landmines spread throughout the country, Diggs said.

Diggs has traveled to 25 different countries and has officially

been deployed to seven different countries in Central America and

parts of southeastern Asia. He described Kabul as “the most

destroyed city I’ve ever seen.”

When Diggs began talking about the rebuilding of the school, he

showed pictures of a rundown two-room shack that the Taliban had

stripped of supplies, including the electrical wiring in the walls

and ceiling.

“(The Taliban) did a very good job of raising a generation of

illiterates; that was their goal,” Diggs said.

He painted a black square on the classroom walls to use as a

chalkboard when he taught English to the men on Wednesdays. Because

of Muslim law, students as well as teachers forbid gender mingling

in the classroom.

Diggs was openly emotional when he described the plight of a

little girl who was unwelcome as she tried to learn English by

listening to the men while looking through a window at the

classroom.

When he talked about saying farewell to the girl, Diggs took a

moment to stand at the side of the stage and collect himself before

continuing.

He said the little girl had thanked him “for bringing hope to

(her) country.”

Box: Diggs book; “Your Neighbor Went to War” will be available

September this year.

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Democracy’s Linchpin

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Jul 062004
 
Authors: Joe Marshall

The signs are all there: 2004 will be the most hotly contested

presidential election in U.S. history.

After all the money is spent, all the characters are smeared,

all the polls are closed and all the votes are counted, Americans

may likely witness the most stupefying product producible in an

election.

A tie vote.

Again.

The Electoral College, which by design gives a slight

statistical advantage to rural states, breaks the tie in favor of

George Bush. This is the point, however, where a far more serious

conflict rises to the surface: Will the losing majority of American

people again accept the outcome as legitimate?

What happens if they don’t?

What will happen if Kerry wins in the same fashion?

The possibility of this particular technicality deciding the

outcome of two consecutive elections is proof of the Electoral

College’s obsolescence in American politics. Originally crafted by

the framers without consideration of political parties, the rise of

partisan politics in the early years of the United States

necessitated the creation of an impromptu crutch to stabilize the

Electoral College, also known as the 12th Amendment.

In the years following the Civil War and after a few close

electoral votes, the Republicans in control of Congress (a faction

that would today be identified as liberal) decided to capitalize on

the support they enjoyed from populist farmers and other rural

constituents. Between 1889 and 1890, Congress granted statehood to

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and

Washington.

Technically these states lacked the minimum populations required

for statehood, but Republican control of Congress was so firm that

new laws altering the requirements for statehood were easily

ratified. Rural states, by virtue of their overrepresentation in

the Senate, now had an advantage in the Electoral College.

Over the next century there wasn’t an election close enough to

be swayed by the advantage given to small states (1960 was close

but not affected), and while everyone knew the election result of

2000 was a possibility, everyone just hoped it would never

happen.

Then it happened in 2000, and people just hoped it wouldn’t

happen again. Now its possible occurrence during a time of

unprecedented ideological division could pose a rather serious

threat to the American conception of freedom.

Some form of this scenario could easily be played out in the

months to come. The latest Gallup poll showed both tickets locked

in a statistical dead heat, as they have been since the beginning

of the year. Barring the development of a major internal scandal,

this race will be a dead heat up until election day, regardless of

what happens in Iraq, acts of terrorism or minor bump in the

economy.

John Kerry’s ability to campaign in stride with an incumbent

president is indicative of his sprawling support base. In terms of

financing, Kerry is doing the impossible.

Riding high on a flood of liberal opposition to Bush, Kerry has

raised more campaign money than any other presidential challenger

in history and more than any other campaign except Bush/Cheney ’04,

according to MSNBC. Furthermore, Kerry is currently outpacing Bush

and could easily pull ahead by summer’s end.

Kerry has raised the vast majority of his funding from online

donations composed of hundreds of thousands of individual

contributions totaling less than $1,000 each. This is the real

indicator of how deep and divided the American political landscape

has become; middle- and working-class people are donating whatever

they can afford. The token donation has become a simple avenue for

activism.

The addition of John Edwards to the Kerry ticket only serves to

tip the scales more toward the middle. While he will provide Kerry

with some badly needed congeniality, his role in the election will

likely be geared toward the tastes of the undecided woman voter.

Once again this race could easily boil down to a few counties in

one state.

So the race could again be decided by a technicality, and the

will of the majority may be usurped in favor of a corrupted and

archaic system of voting. The Electoral College, even though it was

created as protection by the forward-thinking Framers, just may be

our Constitution’s single tragic flaw.

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Spring Creek gardens offer classes, community

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Jul 062004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe

While Spring Creek Trail has been utilized by bikers, joggers

and other exercise enthusiasts for years, it is just now welcoming

another group of enthusiasts: gardeners.

Located at 2145 S. Centre Ave., just south of CSU, is a

community horticulture center known as The Gardens on Spring

Creek.

The gardens are on an 18-acre plot neighboring the Spring Creek.

The gardens officially opened on May 8 after 17 years of planning

and financial contributions from both public and private

contributors. The gardens recently received $200,000 from Greater

Outdoor Colorado, a group that finances natural Colorado

organizations through profits from the state lottery.

“(The gardens) are city owned and operated,” said Jim Clark,

director of the gardens. “But we have a lot of nonprofit support

and assistance from volunteers.”

The gardens were formed as a community-oriented establishment,

operating under the mission, “to enrich the lives of people and

foster environmental stewardship through horticulture.”

Satisfying this mission is a cornerstone in the daily operations

at the gardens.

“We like to not think of (the mission) as something you write

out and file on the shelf,” Clark said. “We try to live that out

and fulfill it with an environmental ethic.”

The gardens offer several opportunities to community members,

including volunteering positions, classes and horticulture

instruction, as well as providing a community for like-minded

people to share their hobby. Clark has been happy with the

community response.

“The response is not just in numbers, because we haven’t had a

lot of publicity,” Clark said. “More importantly people are

extremely enthusiastic and supportive.”

The gardens have already registered at least 150 volunteers,

Clark said.

While the gardens are still in developmental stages, they

currently offer “Health, Healing and Horticulture” classes and a

greenhouse with instructional services, as well as community garden

plots for purchase. The greenhouse is accessible to handicapped

citizens. It also serves as a facility to show Fort Collins

residents what types of plants they can successfully grow in their

own greenhouses.

Eventually the gardens will also take part in agricultural

restoration along the Spring Creek Trail.

Robyn Dolgin is the horticulture program specialist and oversees

many of the activities held at the gardens.

Dolgin said the gardens have been working in partnership with

many organizations around the community, including CSU and Front

Range Community College.

The gardens offer not only instructional services to the

community, but they also offer volunteer and internship positions

to students.

Future services will include a fruit and vegetable garden, a

lawn garden area for acoustic concerts and a children’s garden.

“We consider ourselves to be a community-oriented botanical

garden,” Dolgin said. “We’re not so focused on the end result as

much as we are on the process of community participation.”

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New Continuing Ed director views learning as ‘lifelong’ process

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Jul 062004
 
Authors: Kyle Endres

Students who attended afternoon and evening classes at the

University of Utah in the 1980s partly have Rick Simpson to

thank.

Simpson, CSU’s new director of Continuing Education, worked with

the vice president for academic affairs at Utah to convert the

university from a mostly morning-class-based university to one that

had more flexibility for working and/or married students.

“We were thinking that through continuing education we might

have some great success by opening up afternoon and evening

classes,” Simpson said. “When we initially opened up the afternoon

and evening courses, the students were thrilled.”

Simpson begins his position at CSU on Aug. 1. He has been the

associate dean for academic outreach and continuing education at

Utah since 1991.

The Continuing Education director position has been open for the

past several years, and two interim directors filled the position

during that time.

“It can be a little unsettling without permanent leadership and

now we have permanent leadership with Rick Simpson, and I think

that’s a positive,” said Provost/Academic Vice President Peter

Nicholls.

Nicholls said he believed CSU wanted to establish the direction

it wanted Continuing Education to go before it hired a permanent

director.

“(Simpson) definitely has strong leadership skills and he has

the personality that you want to get behind him and do stuff for

him,” said Michael Schoenly, network administrator for Continuing

Education.

Simpson visited campus Thursday and Friday to meet with the

Continuing Education staff and CSU administration members. He said

the challenge of the position, the university’s reputation and the

fact that he is from Colorado all played into his decision to

apply.

He also said he considers continuing education to be an

essential part of people’s lives long after they receive their

degrees.

“Continuing education is a process that engages people in

lifelong learning and continuous learning primarily for the reality

of adapting to change,” he said. “You don’t just come to Colorado

State University and spend four years and then stop learning or go

to graduate school and then stop learning. You essentially will be

involved in an educational process the rest of your life.”

Some of Simpson’s plans for the division include further

embedding CSU in its surrounding community and increasing programs

at the individual, organizational and community levels. He also

wants to look at expanding CSU’s presence in Colorado, possibly by

working with CSU Cooperative Extension, which already operates in

much of the state.

Continuing Education does have a campus in Denver, but Simpson

said he believes there are other parts of the state that could

benefit from Continuing Education locations, including Colorado

Springs.

“It seems like he wants to take us in a more diverse direction

than we have in the past, so it’s exciting,” said Bonnie Grantham,

marketing manager for Continuing Education.

Nicholls said Simpson’s experience, Utah track record,

management skills and personal skills all played a part in his

being offered the position.

“I think Rick is going to be very helpful to the deans and the

faculty in enabling them to mount successful programs at a

distance,” Nicholls said. “I think he has the management skill and

the personal skills to run this unit.”

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CSU study evaluates mad cow effects

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Jul 062004
 
Authors: Sara Crocker

Despite the positive case of mad cow disease in Washington last

December, only 22 percent of a surveyed population changed its

buying habits, according to a CSU study.

CSU Cooperative Extension conducted the study on mad cow

disease, also called Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, to find out

if the scare impacted consumer purchasing.

“It showed a lot of consumer confidence,” said Dawn Thilmany, a

Cooperative Extension economist who helped conduct the study.

The study indicated that even during the scare in Washington,

consumer confidence remained high. According to www.beef.org,

confidence increased one point – 88 to 89 percent – from September

2003 to January 2004.

But those who did change their buying habits went about it in

different ways. Half of these consumers bought less beef. Others

bought different cuts of meat, a different brand or purchased from

a different location. Consumers also bought beef based on a farm’s

production practices.

“We saw a lot of people switching to buy local or organic,”

Thilmany said.

She said it may be hard to see a direct correlation between mad

cow and an increase in organic and natural beef sales because this

is an area that is gaining more ground in the beef industry than in

the past.

Thilmany said she has changed her buying habits and instead buys

from local producers. But her change prompted by the December

case.

“I was doing it mostly to support local agriculture,” Thilmany

said.

She said there are consumers who are concerned with where their

meat comes from and how it is raised. Thilmany estimated about 25

percent of customers do want to know these details about their beef

purchases.

Despite high consumer confidence, the study also indicated that

people consider the testing of cattle for mad cow an extremely

important attribute when purchasing beef. The second most important

was price.

Because of the new precautions in place to protect against mad

cow disease, Thilmany does not think consumers should be wary of

beef.

“I think consumers are doing the right things,” she said. “I

think they should make purchases based on how concerned they

are.”

But students like Roger Bodah aren’t worried by the lone

incident of BSE.

“I don’t think I’d ever stop eating meat,” said the junior

construction management major. “I don’t like vegetables.”

Senior microbiology major Amber West echoed Bodah and was not

concerned about mad cow in Colorado.

“I know what it is but I’m really not worried about it here,”

West said. “It seemed pretty isolated in Washington.”

Both West and Thilmany said they thought it would take a number

of cases, particularly in a concentrated area, to erode consumer

confidence and change people’s eating habits.

“Hopefully that’s never gonna happen,” Thilmany said. “Here I

think we do catch these isolated cases.”

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