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Gorsuch hearing puts spotlight on medical aid in dying

Gorsuch hearing puts spotlight on medical aid in dyingAs Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faces a Senate confirmation vote, a 2006 book he authored arguing against assisted suicide and euthanasia is receiving renewed attention, and so is the related, although distinct, practice of medical aid in dying. The husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who ended her own life with medication in 2014 after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, says Gorsuch would alter his views if he saw the reality of the practice. “The experience that I went through … if Neil Gorsuch or anyone in his position had seen firsthand what medical aid in dying is, he would probably have a much different opinion,” Dan Diaz said in an interview with Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:01:00 GMT

Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.

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Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearing

Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearingDuring a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.


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last updated: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:24:00 -0400

Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearing

Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearingDuring a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.


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last updated: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:41 -0400

Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearing

Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearingDuring a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.


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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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last updated: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:08:55 +0000

NBA Players Don't Party Like They Used To
"It's absolutely true that you get at least two hours more sleep getting laid on the road today versus 15 years ago," says one former All-Star.

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Four dead, at least 20 injured in UK parliament 'terrorist' attack
LONDON (Reuters) - Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack".

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Apparently the Cleveland Cavaliers Are Trolling Everyone in the NBA With PB&J’s
Petty champs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a recent history of trolling, led by the master of this delicate craft, LeBron James.

The internet noticed when James wore hats and shirts that appeared to have fun with the Warriors loss after the Cavs took the 2016 NBA Finals. (He eventually explained at least one wardrobe choice was coincidental.) But later last year, there was James’ annual Halloween party where King James had tombstone cookies for the Warriors players Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The most recent development from the team, however, might just be the most unusual yet.

Tucked neatly into ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes’ in-depth look into why the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the NBA’s secret weapon of choice is a brief but pertinent anecdote about how the Cavs use even a simple PB&J as an opportunity to let rivals know exactly how they feel about them.

According to Baxter, the Cavs offer about a dozen Smucker’s prepackaged “Uncrustables” PB&Js to their opponents — the “Uncrustable” being a processed, once-frozen and sugary snack that players looking to play at their best should probably avoid.

The Cleveland players feast on “20 artisanal PB&J’s prior to tip-off, with homemade grape and raspberry jelly, as well as almond butter-and-banana and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches,” a move that Baxter calls a form of “asymmetric nutritional warfare.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers, 2016 NBA champions and trollers extraordinaire.

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Jeffrey Who? Ina Garten and Stephen Colbert Make Unexpectedly Great BFFs
They're the Twitter duo we didn't know we needed.

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten is generally known for her impeccable taste, cooking acumen, and loving relationship with her husband, Jeffrey. But now, there’s a new man in her life: comedian Stephen Colbert.

Colbert tweeted cheekily at Garten multiple times recently, clearly seeking an invite to one of her flawless dinners. And Garten has finally responded with gracious good humor, even inviting him to cook with her. Looks like Colbert’s about to hit culinary gold.

In her response, Garten photoshopped Colbert’s face over that of her husband on the cover of her cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey. Now, it’s Cooking for Stephen, and apparently recipe highlights include delectably naughty treats like Twinkie French toast with Waffle House gravy. (As it turns out, the new title was actually Colbert’s idea.)

Garten’s fans are already clamoring to taste this unexpected—but very exciting—collaboration, even though it will most likely never make it to fruition.

Maybe Colbert is just feeling jealous—and not only of Jeffrey. Just this fall, Garten went on rival late-night host Seth Meyers’s show and did a cooking demonstration for him, too.

 

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Watch Rupert Grint Mock His Lookalike Ed Sheeran in the Best Way Possible
Will the real Ed Sheeran please stand up?

It’s been a running joke for years that singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and actor Rupert Grint bear an uncanny resemblance. So while Sheeran dominates radio waves and Grint makes his acting comeback with TV series Snatch, the two are battling it out to be the public’s favorite British ginger celebrity—especially because they get mixed up all the time.

In the latest round of this famous doppelgänger smackdown, Grint made an appearance on MTV’s “After Hours”—as Sheeran. In the comedic skit, however, Grint realizes he can’t go through with the “charade” of being Ed Sheeran any longer.

“The truth is, Ed isn’t real. My name is Rupert Grint,” he confesses to shocked “fans.” “After Potter, all I wanted to do was stretch myself. Create some real magic. So I created a character. He’d have the voice of an angel, and possibly wispy facial hair… I called him Ed. Ed Sheeran. Such a weird name,” Grint muses.

“Was any of it real? What about the adorable klutziness, or the cat photos? That had to be real!” the host asks.

“I hate cats! All of them! Mine, Taylor’s,” Grint dismisses. Then he drops the final blow: “Ed is no more.” It’s all very meta—which Sheeran (yes, the real Sheeran) noticed.

“Rupert you lad,” he tweeted, posting the satirical video to his own social media feed. This is a cheeky rivalry we can get behind.

 

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As Neil Gorsuch Avoided Tough Questions, Senators Turned on Each Other
Neil Gorsuch proved to be adept enough at evading difficult questions that the senators at his confirmation hearing started training their fire on each other. As President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faced his second day of questions on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee spent quite a bit of time blaming…

Neil Gorsuch proved to be adept enough at evading difficult questions that the senators at his confirmation hearing started training their fire on each other.

As President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faced his second day of questions on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee spent quite a bit of time blaming each other for hard-edged partisanship on the committee and in the Senate as a whole.

Each party was trying to spin the story about the upcoming vote on Gorsuch’s nomination: Republicans said Democrats are being biased against a mainstream and qualified nominee, while Democrats said Republicans are hypocrites after refusing to hold a hearing for President Obama’s nominee for the same seat, Merrick Garland.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina came out hardest against his Democratic colleagues first, using the opening minutes of his time to decry the increasing divisiveness in judicial nominations.

If we’re going to vote against a nominee because they won’t tell us the things that we want to hear about issues important to us, then the whole nominating process has become a joke,” Graham said, referencing how Gorsuch has declined to comment on specific cases. “I think politics has changed. And I think it has changed in a fashion that we should all be ashamed of as senators.”

Other Republicans said that Gorsuch’s qualifications show that Democrats’ opposition to him means they’re the unreasonable party.

“Why anybody in this body would vote against you I’ll never understand,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah told Gorsuch. “Admittedly you’re of a different political persuasion perhaps than some of my friends on the other side, but I’ve supported people who are totally different than my beliefs.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cried foul at what he called insincerity on the part of the Democrats over their criticism of Trump’s attacks on judges, noting that they had raised questions about the role of dark money in groups supporting Grouch’s nomination, among other lines of attack.

“These are serious attacks, many of them impugn your integrity directly,” Cruz said. “My colleagues the Democrats have a right to engage in whatever attacks they choose. But it’s a little rich for them to be maligning a sitting federal judge and at the same time giving speeches about how unacceptable it is for anyone to criticize a federal judge.”

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse echoed Cruz’s criticism, saying what some Democrats have been saying about Gorsuch is “reckless” and imploring Democrats to not split in a party-line vote on his confirmation.

“If [people] see something like Republicans voted one way and Democrats voted another way, and they have echoing in their ears the sounds of people saying that you [Gorsuch] are some sort of a shill for big business and the American people should be scared of you, we will have done in this body something to further erode the public trust,” he said.

The Democrats on the committee responded by saying the Republicans are the ones guilty of hypocrisy. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who Graham called out by name for holding Gorsuch to a different standard than past Democratic nominees, invoked Garland.

“[Graham] pointed out that President Obama nominated two Supreme Court justices. I think the record should show that President Obama nominated three Supreme Court justices, one of whom was Merrick Garland,” Leahy said. “The Republican Party ignored the Constitution, did not allow him to have his vote, did not allow him to come before this body. … The first time in the history of the United States the Senate refused to hold hearing, refused to have a vote.”

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken furthered the Garland argument by rejecting what Gorsuch himself has claimed during his hearing: the idea that judges aren’t political. “You said earlier there’s no Democratic judges, there are no Republican judges,” Franken said. “If that’s the case, what was Merrick Garland about? That’s what it was about.”

“You clearly understand that our political system has a great impact on the courts,” Sen. Mazie Hirono echoed later. “If not, we could have Judge Garland before us, not you.”

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Republicans for the softball questions they’ve been lobbing at Gorsuch and not thoroughly vetting a nominee by a president of their own party.

“My Republican colleagues assumed the elemental courtroom strategy of never asking a question that will hurt their witness and made every effort to humanize you so we know your love of fly fishing and rodeos and family,” Durbin said. “So the Democrats on the committee have asked you for answers to hard questions and tried to peel back your professional and carefully-guarded persona so that we might understand whether there’s any chance there’s a beating heart or an independent streak in Donald Trump’s most important decision of his nascent presidency.”

Members of the judiciary committee also pursued substantive lines of questioning alongside their political clashes. In one particularly rich exchange, Durbin questioned Gorsuch about a decision he had made about an autistic child’s education that was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court this morning. And many continued, unsuccessfully, to try to establish Gorsuch’s views on hot button topics like abortion, same-sex marriage and money in politics.

Still, as he looked up at the lawmakers sniping on the dais, Gorsuch said that he feels confident in the Senate.

“I know in our civic culture today there’s a great pessimism about our government,” he said. “I don’t share that. I think this body still works.”

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Solange Knowles: ‘I Am a Proud Black Feminist and Womanist’
"I'm extremely proud of the work that's being done"

Solange Knowles has never been shy about standing up for what she believes in and her latest interview is no exception.

As the cover star of BUST‘s latest issue, the A Seat at the Table singer opened up in her interview about what feminism means to her in this day and age.

“I am a proud black feminist and womanist and I’m extremely proud of the work that’s being done,” she said. I’m a feminist who wants not only to hear the term intersectionality, but actually feel it, and see the evolution of what intersectional feminism can actually achieve. I want women’s rights to be equally honored, and uplifted, and heard…but I want to see us fighting the fight for all women — women of color, our LGBTQ sisters, our Muslim sisters. I want to see millions of us marching out there for our rights, and I want to see us out there marching for the rights of women like Dajerria Becton, who was body slammed by a cop while she was in her swimsuit for simply existing as a young, vocal, black girl. I think we are inching closer and closer there, and for that, I am very proud.”

Solange also shared that growing up in a household filled with strong women was instrumental in developing this worldview.

“I grew up in a house with five women,” she said. “My mother, my sister B [Beyoncé], Kelly actually moved in with us when I was five. And my other — I also consider [her] my sister, but she’s actually my first cousin, Angie — she moved in with us when I was 13. So this household was all women’s work. Literally. And there was absolutely nothing that couldn’t be done between us. My father was super smart and brilliant and instilled many wonderful qualities in us, but my other was really the heart and soul of the family.”

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Tony Hawk Got Accidentally Trolled in Airport Security
The legendary skateboarder experienced an amusing moment of mistaken identity.

Legendary pro skateboarder Tony Hawk is a pretty big deal: he’s the breakout star of the rebel sport, putting it on the national map and campaigning for its mainstream acceptance. He’s also amassed a true empire thanks to his classic skating video games, all of which feature his face and voice prominently.

But apparently his distinctive name rings more bells than his face, as he learned recently while trying to pass through airport security. According to a tweet posted from Hawk himself while he was in Anchorage, AK, he had a pretty hilarious encounter with a TSA agent who may have recognized the famous brand—but failed to identify the man himself, standing right in front of her with his carry-on.

People were quick to sympathize with Hawk, respecting the ironic problem of fame when it doesn’t get recognized.

But others feel it’s not totally the TSA agent’s fault.

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Watch Ryan Reynolds Make Fun of Himself About Green Lantern With Stephen Colbert
Reynolds admits that the Green Lantern might just have dumb superpowers

Ryan Reynolds knows plenty of people didn’t love his 2011 movie Green Lantern—and he just might agree.

Reynolds stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday night to ponder some of life’s biggest questions with Stephen Colbert for the segment known as “Big Questions with Even Bigger Stars”. They pondered the nature of the universe, what cats dream about (“Defenseless humans that taste like tuna,” quipped Colbert), and the meaning of Life (that’s Reynolds’s new movie, not life itself),

Eventually things turned to the most important questions, like what super powers they would like to have. Colbert was quick to answer, “I’d like to have a super-cool alien high-tech ring and it’s green and it has a lantern on it and I can use my imagination to make anything out of green light.”

“Wow. That’s a really dumb superpower,” said Reynolds, and Colbert agreed. For his part, Reynolds would prefer to be able to have something Colbert called “courage bladder.”

Watch below.

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British Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood Tried to Save Officer Stabbed in London Attack
He can be seen giving CPR in photos

British foreign minister Tobias Ellwood tried to save the police officer who was fatally stabbed outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

A blood-spattered Ellwood, who serves as the UK Minister for the Middle East and whose brother died in the 2002 terror attack in Bali, can be seen performing CPR on the officer in some photos of the incident. The officer’s identity has not yet been released.

Ellwood’s actions were praised on social media as photos from the scene began to emerge:

Four people, including the police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, died in the incident. Police said at least 20 people were injured.

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How to Watch 2,917 Web TV Shows in One Place
Stareable is an online guide to the new world of web TV

Ajay Kishore had a job in finance, analyzing tech stocks and not particularly loving it, when he was drawn to a TimeOut New York article about the 50 “best and funniest Web series.” Fifty! Out of what expanding universe? he wondered. Kishore already loved shows like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Between Two Ferns, but the list gave him a sense of what he was missing. Web TV, unlike the mainstream stuff that arrives through your cable box, is a whole new realm of mainly free, episodic programs that come streaming into your device through the internet. If you can find them.

That was inspiration enough for Kishore, then 30, to quit his job and launch his own business to help viewers discover what’s out there. “There was something irresistible about exploring it and seeing what I could make of it.”

What he made was Stareable, which launched in June 2016 as an online guide to the new world of web TV. Today it provides a well-sorted compendium of 2,917 (and counting) internet shows, reviewed by its readers and contributors. The site offers 36 categories to browse, from mystery to sports to LGBT, plus what’s trending, recommendations for individual viewers and a “surprise me” button.

Stareable arrives as a new industry takes shape around web TV, which now has its own festivals and programs like the Streamy Awards. Stareable is hosting its own inaugural screening series in Dumbo on Mon., March 27, featuring episodes from internet shows including Killing it and Rare Birds of Fashion.

The Fast Rise of Web TV

How did internet TV get so prolific so fast? Kishore cites several technological breakthroughs: “Faster internet speeds, portable devices that allow you to consume video everywhere, and digital production costs dropping 90%,” he says. At the same time, “the rise of social networks empowered users to create and share, when historically they just expected to consume.’” Brooklyn’s BRIC, the arts organization, has made a big push into web TV, currently listing 19 shows on its BRIC TV site.

Typically much quirkier than mainstream stuff, web TV is now growing up and diversifying. “Historically there was a frequent focus on young, urban, childless adults with roommates and unsatisfying jobs, often because that’s who was making them,” says Kishore. “Similarly, a disproportionate number of them focused on comedy, because it relies on strength of writing rather than production costs. But we’re starting to see more in other genres­–horror, sci-fi, dramas, romance–and other settings and character types. Because web series bypass Hollywood’s narrow lens, they often tackle much more diverse and under-represented voices and communities.”

Web shows have tended to be shorter than mainstream programs and geared toward the 15-to-30 age group, but the content has been growing more substantial. “Episode lengths are definitely getting longer, says Kishore. “A couple years ago, the average length of a video on YouTube was under five minutes. It’s creeping higher. A stat that I find staggering: the average mobile YouTube experience is 40 minutes long. And YouTube is pushing creators to create longer content because they know the audience appetite is there.”

How He Got Started

Kishore, a Maryland native, says that his parents repeatedly warned him that TV was going to “rot my brain.” He went on to study economics and electrical engineering at Yale, then spent a decade in finance. He launched Stareable with help from friends-and-family funding, setting up shop in Dumbo’s Made in New York Media Center, a city-affiliated startup incubator. (The Bridge operates out of the same co-working space.) As the site evolves, he’s working towards raising a seed round of new capital to pay for enhancements. “We’re currently working on improving our Netflix-style recommendation engine, which learns as you watch and review shows so we can help you discover great new content.”

In the nearly two years since Kishore had his breakthrough idea, he and his small team have learned a few valuable lessons about building something from scratch. Among them: “We do something at most team meetings, which is an airing of grievances,” says Kishore. “It’s meant to keep the lines of communication open and encourage honest and open feedback. We’ve had good ideas come out of these. I’m a big fan of candor in the workplace.”

Stareable maintains a dialog with video-makers as well, aiming to foster a community around web TV. Videos on the site show how you can make your own web series. Then, once you’ve wrapped, you can check the handy calendar for entering the internet-TV festivals like Dublin’s DubWebFest. Stareable has created a blog as an industry resource, along with several weekly newsletters.

What should Brooklynites watch? Stareable covers quite a few shows that might have special, local appeal. Kishore, who calls himself “Chief Stare-Master,” recommends a few favorites: Brooklynification, Shugs and Fats, The Show about the Show and High Maintenance, which moved from web TV to HBO. Stareable offers a daily pick, which this week included Brooklyn Sound, a faux-documentary series about a legendary music studio. One 10-minute episode features a hillbilly-hipster band called Josiah and the Teeth, some of whose members are missing theirs. The earnest sound engineer in a knit cap testifies that “some of the all-time best albums were recorded here,” displaying a series of LP covers. “Oh, Julianne Lorne, Osteoporosis. It’s beautiful. This is actually my mom’s copy. I’m never giving it back.” As for Kishore’s own parents and his new career? “I think they’ve since come to terms with it, but I’m not sure.”

Steve Koepp is the editor of The Bridge. Previously, he was editorial director of Time Inc. Books, executive editor of Fortune and deputy managing editor of TIME.

This article originally appeared on TheBridgeBK.com

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Toast to Your Enemies With These New Game of Thrones Wines
“Everything’s better with some wine in the belly"

It’s a rare episode of Game of Thrones that doesn’t feature at least one character sipping — or chugging — some wine. So to celebrate the most popular drink in the Seven Kingdoms, HBO has released a line inspired by the medieval fantasy series.

Created by California winemaker Bob Cabral, the three Thrones varieties — Red Blend, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon — are crafted to embody “the strength of the characters and the terrain of their kingdoms.”

And, of course, each type goes best with a different Westerosi occasion. While the Red Blend is intended for Small Council sessions and the Chardonnay heralds the arrival of spring, the Cabernet Sauvignon is the one worthy of the Iron Throne.

We guess that means it’s the favorite of the resident queen of wine drinking herself, Cersei Lannister.

Game of Thrones wine is available for online purchase here.

 

 

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