D.C.’s Mayor Mourned Covid’s Unequal Toll. Her Sister Is the Latest Victim.

As the number of coronavirus deaths in the city reached 1,000 this week, three-fourths of the dead were Black.

#black-people, #bowser-mercia, #bowser-muriel-e, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #washington-state

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On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’

The danger of avalanche is high in parts of the Cascade Mountains and areas farther south, the Northwest Avalanche Center said.

#avalanches, #cascade-mountains, #idaho, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #rain, #washington-state, #western-states-us

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Woman, 90, Walked Six Miles in the Snow for a Vaccine

Frances Goldman had struggled for weeks to book a coronavirus vaccination in Seattle. So when she got a Sunday appointment, she didn’t intend to miss it — even if it meant braving the elements alone.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #goldman-frances-h-1930, #seattle-wash, #shortages, #snow-and-snowstorms, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Oregon Is Vaccinating Teachers. It Might Not Be Enough to Reopen Schools.

Oregon is a case study in how Pacific Coast cities are lagging the country in resuming in-person teaching.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brown-kate-1960, #california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #oregon, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Scenes From a Record-Setting Winter Storm

The coast-to-coast storm brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures as well as prompted rolling blackouts.

#dallas-tex, #mississippi, #ohio, #oklahoma, #photography, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #washington-state, #winter-season

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A Plan to Keep Extremists Out of the GOP

Putting country before party would be easier if we changed electoral systems.

#cheney-liz, #democratic-party, #impeachment, #republican-party, #washington-state

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Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inslee-jay, #microsoft-corp, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

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Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

#beaches, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-state-relations-us, #global-warming, #levees-and-dams, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #population, #puget-sound, #salmon, #united-states, #washington-state, #water

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Congress Did Not Finish Certifying the Election Results. What Happens Next?

A mob of protesters interrupted certification of the 2020 electoral votes, injecting uncertainty into what happens next in the largely procedural action.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-1876, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-state

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A Year of Watching Earthly Beauty Burn

From orbit, satellites send tragic evidence of climate change’s destructive power. This film covers 10 days, Sept. 7-16, 2020, a period of intense fires activity in North and South America.

#air-pollution, #amazon-jungle, #anxiety-and-stress, #australia, #brazil, #california, #canada, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #china, #colombia, #colorado-state-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #european-union, #fires-and-firefighters, #floods, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #international-space-station, #marshall-tex, #new-zealand, #north-america, #oregon, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #sacramento-calif, #seasons-and-months, #stanford-university, #texas, #united-states, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Arizona Man Who Conspired to Threaten Journalists Gets 16 Months in Prison

Johnny Roman Garza, 21, working with a neo-Nazi group, researched home addresses for potential targets and put up a threatening poster at the home of a journalist, prosecutors said.

#anti-semitism, #black-people, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #garza-johnny-roman, #jews-and-judaism, #neo-nazi-groups, #sentences-criminal, #washington-state

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‘How Did We Not Know?’ Gun Owners Confront a Suicide Epidemic

The toll of self-inflicted gun deaths has led to an unusual alliance between suicide-prevention advocates and gun-rights proponents.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brady-campaign-to-prevent-gun-violence, #depression-mental, #firearms, #gun-control, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-rifle-assn, #national-shooting-sports-foundation, #recession-and-depression, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #spokane-wash, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #washington-state, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Scientists Destroyed a Nest of Murder Hornets. Here’s What They Learned.

Officials vacuumed the country’s first nest of so-called murder hornets last month in Washington State. The invasive insects could multiply and kill native bee populations, endangering crops and ecosystems.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #united-states, #washington-state

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What to wear when you’re battling giant, venomous hornets

What to wear when you’re battling giant, venomous hornets

Enlarge (credit: Washington State Department of Agriculture)

By now you’ve surely seen the pictures: A dozen humanoid forms encased in full-body, white nylon suits are working on scaffolding at the base of a saran-wrapped tree by the red glow of headlamps, one of them raising a plexiglass vacuum tube between its blue-gloved hands in triumph. Inside, 85 wasps, each the size of a human thumb, are piled against one another in cold-induced slumber. No, these weren’t scenes from the next great biothreat thriller. Over the weekend, Washington State Department of Agriculture workers took out the first Asian giant hornet nest found in the United States.

Come to think of it, it was sort of a biothreat thriller. A bit anticlimactic, perhaps. But it had great costumes.

The enormous honeybee-beheading predator, nicknamed the “murder hornet,” was first discovered in Whatcom County late last year. Since then, state entomologists have been working nonstop to track the invasive insect, using traps and radio transmitters in the hope of locating their nests and eradicating them before they can gain a foothold in the Pacific Northwest. But taking out a nest is dangerous work. With a 6-millimeter, automatically-reloading stinger, the hornet can inject massive amounts of venom into its victims. It can also spray that venom from a distance. In Japan, they kill about 50 people every year.

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#entomology, #murder-hornets, #science, #uncategorized, #washington-state, #wasps

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The Field: The Specter of Political Violence

The election anxieties of Americans across the political spectrum are visible in an alarming place: gun sales figures.

#firearms, #gun-control, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #seattle-wash, #washington-state

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Murder Hornet Nest, First in U.S., Is Found in Washington State

Officials said they planned to destroy the nest in Blaine, Wash., on Saturday before the voracious Asian giant hornets could multiply and lay waste to bees.

#blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

#boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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In My Mountain Town, We’re Preparing for Dark Times

As the contagion spreads, we look ahead to winter and wonder whom we can safely pull close.

#autumn-season, #seasons-and-months, #washington-state

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How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist in Portland

New accounts from the scene raise questions about whether Michael Reinoehl, suspected of killing a far-right Trump supporter, pulled out a gun before officers fatally shot him.

#danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #fugitives, #patriot-prayer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #united-states-marshals-service, #washington-state

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‘Straight to Gunshots’: How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist

New accounts from the scene raise questions about whether Michael Reinoehl, suspected of killing a far-right Trump supporter, pulled out a gun before officers fatally shot him.

#danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #fugitives, #patriot-prayer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #united-states-marshals-service, #washington-state

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Washington State Officials Hunt for Colony of ‘Murder Hornets’

The search has taken on particular urgency as the Asian giant hornets are about to enter their “slaughter phase,” during which they kill bees by decapitating them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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A Coronavirus Infection Complicates Portland-Area Firefighting Efforts

A fire incident management team went into temporarily isolation this week in Washington State after a member of a resupply crew tested positive for the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #quarantines, #washington-state, #wildfires

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A Governor Bestowed Apples on Wildfire Victims. The Maggots Were Unintended.

Gov. Jay Inslee apologized for transporting the pest to maggot-free counties in Washington, which produces about 70 percent of the nation’s apples. After the discovery, the hunt was on.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #insects, #inslee-jay, #washington-state, #wildfires

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

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Wildfires and Hurricane Sally: How to Help

With fires on the West Coast and floods on the Gulf Coast, relief organizations are providing meals and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#alabama, #american-red-cross, #california, #charity-navigator, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi, #oregon, #philanthropy, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed confidence that Washington State could contain its fires, and offered help to Oregon, but warned that the air was still at “historically polluted levels.”

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Foul Air From West Coast Wildfires Spreads Across the Continent

Smoke from the wildfires in the West was spotted high in the skies over Washington, D.C. Firefighters continued to battle blazes that were still spreading.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

#atlantic-the-magazine, #axios-media-inc, #boston-mass, #boston-college, #california, #california-state-university, #children-and-childhood, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #florida-state-university, #football-college, #georgia, #los-angeles-calif, #maine, #massachusetts, #michigan-state-university, #new-york-city, #oregon, #rochester-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #university-of-kansas, #university-of-michigan, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #washington-state, #wuhan-china, #yglesias-matthew

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As Wildfires Burn Out of Control, the West Coast Faces the Unimaginable

Firefighters across California and Oregon are bracing for stronger winds that could partly clear the air — but also fan the flames of uncontrolled blazes.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

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17 Dead and Dozens Missing in Vast Western Wildfires

In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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A Line of Fire South of Portland and a Yearslong Recovery Ahead

Firefighters continued to battle blazes along the West Coast that have now charred nearly five million acres. At least 15 people are dead, with dozens still missing.

#arson, #california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: 500,000 Under Evacuation Orders in Oregon

The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Oregon, California and Washington State: Live Wildfires Updates

As wildfires raged up and down the West Coast, officials said one of the most damaging fires in Oregon may have been deliberately set.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Why California, Oregon and Washington State Are Searching for Help to Battle Fires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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States Are in Desperate Search for Help Battling Record Wildfires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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The Wildfires in Photos

Fires continued to blaze up and down the West Coast, destroying neighborhoods and forcing mass evacuations as firefighters struggled to contain them.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Out-of-Control Blazes Add to Vast Destruction

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with growing fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Bring New Devastation Across the West

A record 2.5 million acres have burned in California, while entire communities in Oregon and Washington were largely wiped out.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #malden-wash, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Orca That Carried Dead Calf for 17 Days Gives Birth Again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

#marine-biology, #strait-of-juan-de-fuca, #washington-state, #whales-and-whaling

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What We Know About the Death of Michael Forest Reinoehl, the Portland Shooting Suspect

The suspect, Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was killed by law enforcement agents just five days after the deadly shooting of a right-wing protester.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-forest-d-2020, #rittenhouse-kyle, #seattle-wash, #washington-state

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

#antibodies, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #church-george-m, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #do-it-yourself, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #science-and-technology, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #your-feed-healthcare

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Convicted of Sex Crimes, but With No Victims

An online sting operation to catch child predators snared hundreds of men. What were they really guilty of?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #crime-and-criminals, #human-trafficking, #operation-underground-railroad, #sex-crimes, #washington-state

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Washington Police Officer Charged With Murdering Man Outside Grocery Store

Officer Jeffrey Nelson of the Auburn Police Department was charged under a new state law that makes it easier to hold the police accountable for the unjustified use of deadly force, prosecutors said.

#king-county-wash, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nelson-jeffrey, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sarey-jesse, #satterberg-dan, #washington-state

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Saving Jobs by Sharing Them, With Government Help

Longstanding but little-used state programs, with a recent dose of federal aid, prevent layoffs by putting workers on part-time duty in a downturn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #michigan, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #washington-state

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The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks

Every single one needs to be picked by hand — even in a pandemic. Seasonal workers say they may be essential, but they feel disposable.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cherries, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #washington-state

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Lost Teenager Found After Spending 9 Days in Washington State Forest

After Gia Fuda, 18, ran out of gas in rural Washington, a search for her lasted more than a week in rugged mountains.

#fuda-gia, #missing-persons, #rescues, #washington-state

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Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data

Statistical gaps can make it difficult to properly allocate public resources to Native Americans. When that’s the case, one leader said, “tribal nations have an effective death sentence.”

#arizona, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #washington-state, #yakama-indian-reservation-wash

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #kansas, #louisiana, #seeds, #virginia, #washington-state

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