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Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

January 28, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

Senator Richard H. Black (R- Loudoun and Prince William Counties) was able to successfully pass Senate Bill 971 through the Senate Education and Health Committee by a vote of 10 – 4 with one abstention. SB 971 was introduced by Senator Black on behalf of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association in an effort to fight Lyme disease in Virginia.

According to the CDC, as of 2011, Lyme disease has now become the sixth fastest growing disease in the United States. Although Lyme has been reported throughout Virginia, the heaviest concentration is in Northwestern Virginia, hitting residents in Senator Black’s senate district particularly hard. … Continue Reading

Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today called on the Obama Administration to use existing funds to improve the nation’s background check system and to create a national center for campus public safety.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf, chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, said improvements to the background check system that were included in Wolf’s House-passed FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill could be funded through existing funding in the 2012 continuing resolution. … Continue Reading

Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following his first vote as a senator. Kaine voted in favor of the compromise reached to reform the filibuster:

“I was honored tonight to cast my first vote as the Commonwealth’s newest U.S. Senator and I’m pleased it comes in favor of a measure to reduce some of the gridlock that has frustrated all Virginians. The Senate has been in desperate need of filibuster reform and today’s compromise will make it more difficult for a vocal few to block common sense legislation for political gain. While I have long supported a talking filibuster, I believe these reforms will help the Senate function in a more transparent and expeditious way.”

Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”

January 6, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”
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Governor: “Everyone knows a teacher who’s stayed after school to support students; who’s buying their own supplies; who’s grading homework until 10, 11, or 12 at night then getting up early to put together the next day’s lesson plan. This is amazing dedication. We must do more to recognize and appreciate these professionals.”

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed 2013 The Year of the Teacher in Virginia. The Year of the Teacher is part of Governor McDonnell’s ALL STUDENTS initiative. The Year will feature programs and special recognition of teachers in Virginia. Information will be updated regularly at www.ALLSTUDENTS.Virginia.Gov. … Continue Reading

Senator-Elect Kaine Releases Statement on Fiscal Cliff Agreement

January 2, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator-Elect Kaine Releases Statement on Fiscal Cliff Agreement
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Senator-elect Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement on the fiscal cliff agreement passed by the House and Senate:

“I’m pleased that the House and Senate have acted in a bipartisan and cooperative fashion to pass this important legislation to protect the middle class and avert a short-term fiscal crisis. This bill is far from perfect, and it’s time Congress stops kicking the can down the road on a long-term solution to our fiscal problems. But it’s an encouraging sign that Congress can put partisanship aside for the good of our economy and the American people. Much work remains to be done and I look forward to tackling our ongoing budget issues after I’m sworn in on Thursday.”

Since late 2011, Senator-elect Kaine has consistently promoted a similar compromise to the Senate bill on the Bush tax cuts, calling for the tax cuts to expire on income above $500,000 per year as part of a balanced approach of spending cuts, economic growth and increased revenue to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order.

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

December 21, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and Council Members David S. Butler, Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Katie Sheldon Hammler on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony.

Kristen C. Umstattd will be sworn in for her sixth two-year term as the Mayor of Leesburg. Mayor Umstattd was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 1992 and was re-elected to Council in 1996 and 2000. She was named Vice Mayor in 2000 and first elected Mayor in 2002. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mayor Umstattd has been a Leesburg resident since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mayor Umstattd and her husband, Charles Moss, have a joint law practice in the Town of Leesburg. Their daughter, Kendrick, is a sophomore at Loudoun County High School. … Continue Reading

Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy

December 14, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy
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Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding today’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.

“Words fail to express the profound sadness I feel for the families of those who were lost and those who will carry the scars of this tragedy. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Like all Virginians, Anne and I offer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to the community of Newtown.”

Three Other Assessor’s Office Issues

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Three Other Assessor’s Office Issues
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In addition to the job status of real property assessors, documentation included in the public hearing item regarding the transfer of the assessment function to the Commissioner of Revenue raised three further issues.

The existing county ordinance and state law mandate that the County Assessor meet certain education and skills criteria. The new ordinance removes the county’s professional certification requirement, while, according to a 2008 memorandum prepared by Commissioner of Revenue Bob Wertz, the state-mandated education and skill requirements do not apply to a Commissioner of Revenue serving as the County Assessor. … Continue Reading

An Elected Assessor?

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on An Elected Assessor?
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BOS Poised To Give New Powers To The Commissioner of Revenue

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Should political appointees have any job protections? The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on two such items at its December 5 business meeting: An amendment to the county’s ordinances replacing a non-elected, professionally certified real estate appraiser known as the county assessor with the elected commissioner of revenue and a revision of employment policies for board aides. Based on public comments and off-the-record conversations, the board appears poised to send the public a very contradictory answer to this question.

A story published by The Blue Ridge Leader last month pointed out that a proposal to shift the real property assessment function to the commissioner of revenue’s office would transform the assessors from county employees into at-will political appointees. Under a Memorandum of Understanding between Loudoun County and the commissioner of revenue, they would lose protection from county grievance policies. According to former and current employees of the county, such a change might leave assessors without protection from political pressure to reduce property assessments. This could subject them to similar pressures faced by board aides, the subject of an on-going investigation. … Continue Reading

Delgaudio Investigation Handed Off To Special Prosecutor

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Delgaudio Investigation Handed Off To Special Prosecutor
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During a hastily called town hall meeting on November 20, Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York took personal responsibility for withholding the package of documents he had received from former Eugene Delgaudio staff aide Donna Mateer in March. Describing himself as “a rehabilitated carpenter” who had entered politics, York said that he “owed the citizens an apology” for failing to turn over the package to Arlington County Commonweath’s Attorney Theo Stamos, who is now heading an investigation into Mateer’s allegations of improper fundraising for Delgaudio’s political campaigns. Still, York maintained that Stamos bears responsibility as well.

“My simple mind simply thought that somebody making probably … over a hundred thousand dollar salary would have gotten the complaint and picked up the phone and called Donna … But that simply, clearly didn’t happen,” York told the crowd of about sixty people who had assembled to ask him questions about the topic of their choice. The majority of speakers expressed concern about York’s leadership in his handling of the Delgaudio affair. Allegations about the supervisor came to light in a Washington Post article published in late September. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Robert “Bobby” Zoldos II, Mayor of Lovettsville

December 5, 2012 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on An Interview with Robert “Bobby” Zoldos II, Mayor of Lovettsville
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Robert J “Bobby” Zoldos II began his first term as Mayor of Lovettsville this past spring; he served four terms on Town Council prior to his current position. His day job- Firefighter for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue- has placed him on international missions of mercy to earthquake and other disaster areas- as Task Force Leader on Virginia Task Force One (commonly known as the Urban Search and Rescue Squad). Robert Zoldos has had a couple of very good mentors in public service: his father- Robert Zoldos Sr- has served as Leesburg Town Councilman (and Firefighter), and previous Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker- who served 20 years as Mayor and 10 years on Council.

Tim Jon: Your predecessor- Elaine Walker- led the Town for many years and certainly left her stamp on local government; what’s your vision for Lovettsville’s future- and how much of a shift in direction do you see?
Robert Zoldos II: Our vision for Lovettsville is a small-town environment while providing for more of the needs of the town. We feel those needs take place in four categories: Transportation, Economic Development, Education, and Participation in Government. We don’t believe that you will see a shift in direction as much as an increase in speed and engagement in new methods. … Continue Reading

Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance
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In October, the Board of Supervisors issued fiscal guidance to the School Board to prepare its FY 14 budget at a level that would be lower than the current FY 13 budget, despite the fact that over 2,500 new students will enter the system, two new elementary schools will open, and contributions to the Virginia Retirement System must increase significantly to repay temporary reductions taken by Governor McDonnell during the economic crisis of 2009. The guidance was issued without any discussions with the School Board or School Administration with regard to consequences. Supervisors claimed that the school system is rife with inefficiencies and a bloated administration that can absorb significant reductions without harming the actual education of the county’s children. Yet, not one Supervisor offered a definition of “efficiency” such that an objective evaluation of that claim can be accomplished. In my opinion, the Supervisors are wrong. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – November

December 5, 2012 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – November
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Purcellville Board of Architectural Review – November 20, 2012

Topic: Discussion on proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments

The Purcellville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) recommended delaying action on the proposed project known as the Catoctin Creek Apartments until the property is rezoned to a zoning district that allows apartments, and the applicant resubmits to the BAR for approval. (Note: The property is located near the corner of Hatcher and Hirst, near Taco Bell and the medical offices. Up until late October 2012, the property was reported as zoned Transition X. The property is now identified as zoned CM–1. The photo below shows the kind of development that is typically found in this zoning district. At the Old Dominion Valley HOA annual meeting in November [a residential neighborhood that overlooks this area], attorney and developer Mark Nelis, representing the developer of the proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments, held up an ariel image of an auto body shop, the implication being that if the apartments were not approved Dominion Valley residents might have a more industrial use as their neighbor. In fact, the CM–1 district has many uses, including the below photo of an office building, which is quite compatible with the current neighboring buildings.) … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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