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Effort to save injured bald eagle fails

MONROE — A bald eagle was found injured on the side of U.S. 2 east of Monroe around 10:30 a.m. Friday and died about an hour later.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News

Crow magnum

As thousands darken the sky, researchers descend on Bothell

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News

33 rescued circus lions airlifted to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.It was...

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Kenya burns 105 tons of ivory tusks to protest poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Weasel knocks out world’s largest atom smasher

GENEVA — It’s one of the physics world’s most complex machines, and it has been immobilized — temporarily — by a weasel.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Off the Wire

Put theirs in a doggie bag

 While their best friends sniff around, customers line up Wednesday at a food truck in the parking lot outside Builders Exchange of Washington, where Dawn Ford, of The Seattle Barkery, sells dog and human treats. Most of the early customers work at Builders Exchange, whose...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Herald says farewell to leader of newsroom family

Last month I marked my 35th anniversary at The Herald. This column isn't my goodbye — not yet.How anyone stays with one employer that long is a blend of gratifying work and resilience. Do your job and care about it. Get along with people. As for bad bosses — and...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Arlington kids plant trees for Arbor DayAbout 120 fourth-graders from Pioneer Elementary School helped celebrate Arbor Day by planting native trees and shrubs April 18 and 19 at the Country Charm Park and Conservation Area in Arlington. The kids...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Reiko Matsumoto, who wrote about her internment as a child, dies at 86

Reiko Matsumoto, a Japanese American who was interned as an enemy alien during World War II and later was a Fairfax County School teacher and author of children’s books, died March 12 at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. She was 86.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Nation & World

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

Idaho official: Kobe Bryant’s remarks help save potato truck

EAGLE, Idaho — Kobe Bryant’s recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Off the Wire

Solar-plane pilots say cross-ocean trip also was a test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

Man treated for rabid bat bite in Oregon

ALBANY, Ore. — A man is undergoing treatment after being bitten by a bat carrying the state’s first confirmed case of rabies this year.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest

Ed and Betty Morrow anchor efforts to preserve Everett history

Ed and Betty, thank you.Former Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel delivered that simple but heartfelt message to a packed banquet room at the Everett Yacht...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Discovery sheds light on powerful female pharaoh

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn't just keep the "throne" warm for her stepson to come of age. She became a pharaoh in her own right, and in doing so, became one of ancient Egypt's first female rulers. While there...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

100 years of ingenuity

The Boeing Century: Some innovations were lucrative, but others ...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Local News

Polly just needed someone who understood

EVERETT — Polly eventually came down, but it took a handful of granola and someone who could speak her language.The parrot escaped from her home in downtown Everett earlier this week. On Wednesday morning, she was perched in the trees outside the Wall Street Building,...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Local News

Face time with queen, princes completes Obamas’ royal visit

LONDON — President Barack Obama plunged into a whirlwind of royal socializing Friday that began over a birthday lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and ended at a dinner hosted by the trio of young royals who represent the future of the British monarchy.Obama, accompanied by...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World


Wow! That's a lot of grocery bagsStudents in the Builders Club at Port Susan Middle School recently collected 5,500 plastic grocery bags from donors in the Stanwood and Camano Island communities. The bags were then given to Maria Breznau for the...

Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News

Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

SEATTLE — Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego to finish rehabilitation.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest

Flood of tributes for Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday

WINDSOR, England — Fate unexpectedly made her queen. Duty and endurance have made her an institution and an icon.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Second woman in infantry

Snohomish’s Loren Ross, 17, grew up in a family of military men

Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News

AP finds SKorea covered up mass abuse, killing of ‘vagrants’

BUSAN, South Korea — Three decades ago, a policeman tortured Choi Seung-woo over a piece of bread he found in the boy’s schoolbag.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World

State to spray over Tacoma, Seattle to kill gypsy moths

OLYMPIA — State agriculture officials are spraying parts of Tacoma and Seattle this week to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest

New dinosaur theory: 50 million years of whimpering, then a bang

What killed the dinosaurs? It’s a question scientists are still trying to answer, and the case isn’t going to be closed anytime soon. But a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides a new twist: According to the new research, dinosaurs may have been on a...

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World

Violins and veggies

Tiny busker from Camano Island promotes animal welfare

Date: 04/19/2016 | The Chat

Oregon wildlife officials monitoring bats for deadly fungus

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wildlife officials in Oregon say they are keeping a close eye on bats this spring after reports of a deadly fungal strain in Washington.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

Marathon bombing survivor will run using prosthetic leg

BOSTON — Adrianne Haslet heard all the talk about taking back Boylston Street in the years after the Boston Marathon bombings.Her mind was 26.2 miles away.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

Community Calendar


Date: 04/18/2016 | Local News


A New York cop opts for life in a slower lane, in Sultan

Date: 04/18/2016 | Local News

We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so

WASHINGTON — This is the season of lies.We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Long-living Sumatran tiger euthanized at Honolulu Zoo

HONOLULU — Officials say a female Sumatran tiger at the Honolulu Zoo that is thought to be the longest-living one in captivity has been euthanized at age 25.Djelita, who turned 25 on March 26, was euthanized Sunday after showing signs of decline, The Honolulu Advertiser reported.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

'Sawdust Empire'

Everett Massacre brought to life again

Date: 04/17/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

In Diana’s footsteps, British royals visit Taj Mahal

AGRA, India — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invoked nostalgia Saturday as they sat and smiled for photos on the same marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal where Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, had posed alone for a memorable 1992 photo.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Pet-friendly offices can cause complications

WASHINGTON — There's Lily, the chief executive's dog, who clocks in 60 hours a week in a corner office; Miles, a 9-pound charmer who recently received a company award; and Harriet, a springer spaniel mix who almost always falls asleep in meetings.For years, all three...

Date: 04/16/2016 | Business Wire

Teens arrested for throwing chicken in bonfire, sheriff says

Two juveniles were arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly dousing a chicken with gasoline and throwing it in a bonfire on Camano Island, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

London’s V&A Museum reveals a brief history of underwear

LONDON — Think of it as Victoria's (and Albert's) secret. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion's layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in "Undressed," an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear.It's a...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World

Right place, right time

Teacher’s quick action helps save student who couldn’t breathe

Date: 04/15/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Sleepwalking nun faces DUI charge

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A Philadelphia nun facing drunken driving charges said she had a sedative and doesn’t remember crashing her car into a New Jersey building.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Off the Wire

Longview considers squirrel for official city mascot

LONGVIEW — Longview is considering making the squirrel the city’s official mascot as the furry creatures are already at the center of an annual summer festival.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest

Arthur Anderson gave voice to Lucky the Leprechaun

NEW YORK — The actor who gave a sprightly voice to cereal mascot Lucky the Leprechaun in TV commercials for three decades has died in New York. Arthur Anderson was 93.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

Emerging Leaders 2016

Meet a new generation making a mark in business

Date: 04/14/2016 | Business

Smoking jacket created from cloth cigar bands

Fabrics were expensive in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Recycling was important and every scrap of fabric left from a sewing project was saved to make a quilt or even a "coat of many colors." But not many thrifty housewives saved the cloth bands that held bundles of...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Home and Garden

Octopus slips out of tank, escapes down drain to ocean

Inky the octopus didn't even try to cover his tracks.By the time the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.Inky had said see ya to his tank-mate, slipped...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Nation & World

Seattle food truck now caters to canines

SEATTLE — Stand on any block around lunchtime near’s downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Business Wire

Travel Oregon is advertising in The Onion. Seriously

PORTLAND, Ore. — Travel Oregon’s latest advertising campaign is in The Onion, but you should take it seriously.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest

California transplant asks Oregonians to pay for his return

PORTLAND, Ore. — Daniel Bullington is challenging Oregonians who complain about Californian transplants to put their money where their mouths are.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest

Saved by a snack food

Kristine Moore thought it was a bit of chip stuck in her throat

Date: 04/13/2016 | Local News

Navy flyer describes spotting island castaways

HONOLULU — It took several approaches and a smoke marker to convince three Pacific island castaways that a U.S. Navy crew had spotted their “help” sign three days after going missing at sea, a Navy officer in charge of the rescue said late Monday.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Nation & World

Police arrest man in hanging, sexual assault of dog

THURSTON COUNTY — A man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault and hanging of a dog in Thurston County.The Olympian reported that James Leroy Evans appeared in court Monday on one count of animal cruelty. Evans was arrested in Saturday in Grays Harbor County.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Northwest

Music producer David Gest dies in London at 62

LONDON — David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.Gest’s friend Imad Handi confirmed his death, remembering Gest as “a natural star and a genuine celebrity.”

Date: 04/12/2016 | Life

Possible lost Caravaggio painting found in attic in France

PARIS — A 400-year-old picture that might have been painted by Italian master Caravaggio has been found in an attic in southern France.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Nation & World

Today in history

Today is Monday, April 11, the 102nd day of 2016. There are 264 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On April 11, 1966, Frank Sinatra recorded the song “Strangers in the Night” for his label, Reprise Records.On this date:

Date: 04/11/2016 | Life

I-5 railroad bridge to nowhere part of Tulalip trail plan

My partner in crime and loyal Street Smarts reader, Herald copy editor Bill Pedigo, asked about the

Date: 04/10/2016 | Street Smarts

Writing on the wall

Autistic boy can't speak, but he loves his words

Date: 04/10/2016 | Local News

Hotline connects you with a random Swede

"Calling Sweden, you will soon be connected to a random Swede."Those are the first words one hears when dialing the "Swedish Number," a new hotline created to connect callers with local residents. A few flat tones later and the caller is patched...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Off the Wire

Complaint filed over death of elephant in Oklahoma City Zoo

OKLAHOMA CITY — An animal advocacy group in Seattle has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner’s over the death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Northwest

Today in history

Today is Friday, April 8, the 99th day of 2016. There are 267 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Life


Painting honors firefighting legacyLake Stevens Fire received a special painting from Grace Marshall Hamby at a March commissioner meeting. Marshall Hamby thanked Lake Stevens Fire and Firefighter Local 3235 for their dedicated support...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News

Chris Pratt rules, but there are other local celebrity dream dates

Our latest poll at was inspired by actor Chris Pratt’s fundraiser for the Boys &...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Web Monkey

His Saturdays are booked

Terrace student among those to be honored for library work

Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News

State lawmakers don Alaska Native garments to honor culture

JUNEAU, Alaska — Every Friday during the Alaska legislative session, a growing group of state lawmakers trades suit coats and sweater sets for a loose-fitting traditional Alaska Native garment commonly called a kuspuk.

Date: 04/07/2016 | Northwest

Report: Seattle firm kept goats, sheep in unsafe conditions

SEATTLE — A federal inspection of a Seattle medical research firm has found that dozens of goats and sheep used for medical research suffered severe health issues from being kept in dirty, unsafe conditions.

Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest

Hunters kill enormous 800-pound alligator that was feasting on farm cattle

Two Florida hunters said they bagged a nearly 800-pound alligator that had been feasting on their farm cattle.

Date: 04/06/2016 | Nation & World

Rare Sumatran rhino dies just weeks after being discovered

A rare Sumatran rhinoceros has died in Indonesia, less than a month after its discovery and capture were hailed as an enormous conservation success for a species long believed to be extinct in the region. The female rhino died from a leg infection, Indonesian environment officials told Agence...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Nation & World

Scratching the surface with cat spay-neuter clinic director

Jason Thompson, 34, is executive director at Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, a Lynnwood clinic that provides low cost spay and neuter services. The clinic,4001 198th St. SW, recently altered its 100,000th cat, a year-old female Siamese mix...

Date: 04/05/2016 | The Chat

Snohomish County fire chief retires from ‘very fulfilling job’

EVERETT — There used to be a lot more fire departments in south Snohomish County.Ed Widdis always believed that fewer departments would mean fewer chiefs, fewer political boundaries and better service for the public. He spent decades working toward that sometimes-controversial goal.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Local News

Crow war chief who walked ‘in 2 worlds’ dies at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. — Joseph Medicine Crow walked in “two worlds” — white and Native American — and made his mark on each.

Date: 04/04/2016 | Nation & World

Boat crew sees rare orca attack on gray whales in Puget Sound

Crews from the Pacific Whale Watch Association witnessed a rarely-seen attack by a pod of orcas on gray whales in Puget Sound near Everett this past Saturday. 

Date: 04/04/2016 | Explore NW

Today in history

Today is Monday, April 4, the 95th day of 2016. There are 271 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Date: 04/04/2016 | Life

Super Kid

Sequoia senior has confidence in 'figuring things out'

Date: 04/04/2016 | Local News

Maxim’s plus-size cover model is getting backlash from plus-size fans

When 28-year-old brunette bombshell Ashley Graham made history in February as the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, not everyone was thrilled: A handful of critics, including former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs, condemned the choice to put a...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Entertainment

Bonnie Raitt’s ‘rebirth’ continues with new album

Bonnie Raitt has great taste in songs, and a voice that brings those songs — and the artists who wrote them — to a new level of appreciation. Over a four-decade career, she’s offered definitive versions of tunes by the likes of John Prine (“Angel from Montgomery”), Richard Thompson (“Dimming of the...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Entertainment

3 endangered leopard cubs born at Tacoma zoo

TACOMA — Officials say a clouded leopard has given birth to three healthy cubs at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.Zoo officials say the birth of the cubs is a crucial step in increasing the number of the animals, which are endangered.

Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest

No joke. April Fools’ Day has been banned in China

No joke. April Fools’ Day has been banned in China.The ancient tradition of hoaxing and playing practical jokes on the first day of April has fallen victim to China’s crackdown. Like democracy and free speech, it is a Western concept that simply isn’t welcome here.

Date: 04/02/2016 | Nation & World

'The uncommon common man': Dwayne Lane remembered

Tom Lane stood before an overflow crowd at his father's funeral Mass. After all the prayers, songs and tributes, he ended Wednesday's sad occasion with a canny laugh line.Imagining his dad's entry to heaven, he invoked words St. Peter might say at the pearly gates:...

Date: 04/01/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Army of volunteers helps restore historic Civil War cemetery

CHALMETTE, La. — College students on spring break joined hundreds of other volunteers at a cemetery dating to the Civil War, realigning hundreds of tilted headstones and scrubbing grime from thousands more. Some mark the graves of Union soldiers, others are from later eras.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Nation & World

Today in history

Today is Thursday, March 31, the 91st day of 2016. There are 275 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing during a televised address that he would not seek re-election.

Date: 03/31/2016 | Life

Elton John sued by off-duty officer

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles police captain has sued Elton John, claiming he was repeatedly groped by the singer while he was working off-duty on the Grammy winner’s security detail.

Date: 03/30/2016 | Nation & World

Today in history

Today is Wednesday, March 30, the 90th day of 2016. There are 276 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 03/30/2016 | Life

Rare leopard with kidney disease euthanized at Oregon zoo

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon zoo officials say a rare leopard was euthanized at the zoo in Portland after a decline due to her advanced age.Zoo officials said the Amur leopard named Kia died Tuesday.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest

Endangered Puget Sound orcas to get personal health records

SEATTLE — The endangered killer whales that spend time off Washington state are among the most closely studied wildlife, and the research on them is expected to get even more in-depth.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest

53 Iditarod sled dogs, 4 mushers camping on Nisqually tribal land

THURSTON COUNTY — Fifty-three sled dogs and four mushers who competed in the Iditarod in Alaska are now camping on Nisqually tribal land in Washington state.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest

Oregon AG: Wolf delisting bill likely moots case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two weeks after the signing of new legislation that upholds in state law the delisting of the gray wolf as endangered, Oregon’s top attorney has now launched an effort to end wolf advocates’ lawsuit once and for all.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest

Firehouse pioneer

Retiring Clearview battalion chief reflects on 33 years

Date: 03/29/2016 | Local News

Today in history

Today is Tuesday, March 29, the 89th day of 2016. There are 277 days left in the year.Today’s highlights:

Date: 03/29/2016 | Life

Remembering Love Israel

Patriarch of Arlington's 1980s counterculture commune dies

Date: 03/29/2016 | Local News

’Watcher’ house goes back on the market as lawsuit continues

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A New Jersey home supposedly stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer who goes by “The Watcher” is back on the market.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Nation & World

Today in History

Today is Monday, March 28, the 88th day of 2016. There are 278 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On March 28, 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.On this date:

Date: 03/28/2016 | Life

His fish stories are true

Bob Heirman has a treasure trove of articles, records and more

Date: 03/28/2016 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (8 new photos)

Date: 03/28/2016 | Fur & Feathers

Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Town in rural southern Nevada up for sale for $8 million

CAL-NEV-ARI, Nev. — Buying your own town is as easy as buying 500 acres of vacant land located just 70 miles south of Las Vegas from the founder of a place called Cal-Nev-Ari.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

HONOLULU — Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Pushy parents create mess at Easter egg hunts

What’s supposed to be a cherished Easter tradition turned into a mess after pushy parents caused a scene at egg hunts over the weekend.Saturday’s event at the visitor center of candy company Pez in Orange, Connecticut, drew hundreds of people, some of whom ignored the rules.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Enduring workhorse

The Boeing Century: Top-selling 737 was almost cancelled

Date: 03/27/2016 | Local News

The astonishing longevity of the Boeing 737

The Boeing 737 has been a key product for half of the company's existence, and a lot has happened in the 50 years since Boeing began designing the seminal single-aisle jetliner. The newest iteration, the 737 MAX, flew for the first time in January. Here's a 737 timeline, with historical...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Local News

2 Indiana bakeries feud over 4-sided doughnuts

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Two Indiana bakeries share a love for four-sided doughnuts but one of them believes there is room for only one square doughnut-maker.

Date: 03/26/2016 | Nation & World

North America’s oldest orangutan born in zoo dies in Seattle

SEATTLE — Woodland Park Zoo officials say North America’s oldest orangutan born in a zoo has died after struggling with respiratory problems.

Date: 03/25/2016 | Northwest

Bail set at $50,000 for man who spent a day in Seattle tree

SEATTLE — A man who perched near the top of an 80-foot sequoia tree in downtown Seattle for a day was ordered held on $50,000 bail.Cody Lee Miller, 28, was arrested on suspicion of mischief. A judge set the bail amount Friday, a day after Miller declined to appear in court.

Date: 03/25/2016 | Northwest

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