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District of DeBonis: January, 2012

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Internet gambling repeal is likely to move forward

Two key D.C. Council members say they will vote to repeal “iGaming.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:30 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 01/30/2012

DeEvening Links: Openings and closings

The culinary circle of life turns: Capital City Diner closes, and Ray’s the Steaks opens back up.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:18 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Internet gambling repeal to get initial vote

The D.C. Council’s finance and revenue committee will meet Wednesday to consider ending the program.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:13 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/30/2012

DeMorning Links: Peaceoholics boondoggle

The Washington Post explains how a $4.6 million city deal was “a spending free-for-all for developers and contractors.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 01/27/2012

DeEvening Links: The educated embezzler

Former ANC William C. Shelton spent $105.94 worth of taxpayer money at Syms.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:04 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Sign up for summer jobs soon, D.C. officials urge

The program does not begin until June 25, but enrollment is underway and will be limited.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  d.c. summer jobs, youth employment program

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Tim Day will run for Ward 5 seat after all

“I have to show there are honest, ethical people who ... will do the right things,” said Day, who helped expose Harry Thomas Jr.’s wrongdoing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/27/2012

DeMorning Links: iEndgaming

The D.C. Council took its most intensive look yet at the controversial Internet gambling program Thursday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 01/26/2012

DeEvening Links: Plotkin out

WTOP has sent political analyst Mark Plotkin packing after a decade.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:52 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/26/2012

D.C. nonprofit remains under investigation

The Children and Youth Investment Trust remains under investigation by “multiple law-enforcement authorities.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012

D.C. taxicab service garners low opinions, survey finds

Taxi riders take a remarkably dismal view of the District’s cab industry, with more than three-quarters rating service as “fair” or “poor.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC taxi cabs, taxi cabs

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/26/2012

DeMorning Links: School closings contemplated

Gray commissioned study recommends the possible closure of more than three dozen public schools, expanding charters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 01/25/2012

DeEvening Links: Vince Gray’s domestic policy

Gray didn’t attend the State of the Union address because he instead chose to attend his girlfriend’s birthday party.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Microsoft commits to D.C. training, education programs

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) joined a top company executive in announcing the “Digital Alliance” with the computing giant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:21 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/25/2012

DeMorning Links: FEMS firestorm

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department inched closer to a state of civil war Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012

DeEvening Links: Prostituesday

Kevin B. Chavous has yet to explain what exactly happened the night police say he negotiated oral sex for $20.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Taxi company shuttered in rare D.C. enforcement action

The D.C. Taxicab Commission ordered the Anacostia Cab Association to cease operations Monday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/24/2012

DeMorning Links: Good teachers in bad schools

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson backs D.C. Council chairman’s teacher retention program.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 01/23/2012

DeEvening Links: Watching the watchers

Today’s Supreme Court ruling on warrantless GPS tracking is rooted in events in the District.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:52 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Vincent Gray resurrects the citizen summit

Can a straight reprise of what worked for Anthony Williams work for Gray?

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:18 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Inspector General report on D.C. lottery contract: a reader’s guide

Investigation finds no illegality, but raises a lot of questions about the process.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/23/2012

DeMorning Links: Can business still lead?

Steven Pearlstein says it’s time for business to again take a lead role in regional strategizing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 01/20/2012

DeEvening Links: Thirteen is not enough

The race to replace Harry Thomas Jr. will indeed be crowded.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:44 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Arizona congressman seeks to ban some abortions in D.C.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is planning to introduce the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” next week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:49 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Marion Barry to undergo minor surgery

Barry’s office said he is undergoing “a minor surgical procedure” involving his urinary tract.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:04 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/20/2012

D.C. rat concerns spread to Baltimore County

Maryland Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R) is planning to introduce an “anti-rat trafficking bill.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Street photography regulations overhauled in vending update

The city’s long-existing but newly controversial rules governing street photography stand to be narrowed in the vending debate.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 01/20/2012

DeMorning Links: New rules for food trucks

The city has new street vending regulations — “a compromise in the bitter divide between brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:13 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Verizon Center sign proposal is being reworked

Monumental Sports and Entertainment has scaled back its plans to erect animated signs on its downtown arena.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Yvette Alexander accused of submitting faulty ballot petitions

A Ward 7 resident says Alexander should be ejected from the April 3 primary ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Mary Cheh feels the Rush Limbaugh-fueled rat backlash

The D.C. Council member released a sampling of rather coarse missives sent to her office.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Not all D.C. politicos drive luxury SUVs

Phil Mendelson buys a compact hatchback.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/19/2012

DeMorning Links: Vincible?

Could Marion Barry lose his reelection bid?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:39 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 01/18/2012

DeEvening Links: Unintended litigation?

Eleanor Holmes Norton said her insurance company is suing the city without her blessing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 01/18/2012

More on the D.C. corporate giving initiative

Explaining why the initiative wouldn’t ban union giving, and a council member explains why he’s not in support.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:08 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Paul Craney to leave D.C. GOP

The energetic head of the local Republican party is calling it quits after five years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/18/2012

DeMorning Links: The winterless winter

The Post’s Joel Achenbach investigates why our winter’s been so mild.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 01/17/2012

DeEvening Links: Crimestopperstopper

Watch Gonzaga’s Kris Jenkins show “Crimestopper” Carr who’s boss.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:16 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/17/2012

D.C. street signs start going mixed-case

New federal regulations mean the first design overhaul for District street signs in decades.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/17/2012

James Garvin, second alleged Harry Thomas accomplice, is charged

Garvin’s lawyer said Friday that a guilty plea is likely.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Ward 5 special election will indeed be May 15

Elections board begins process of filling seat vacated by Harry Thomas Jr.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Gray opposes medical marijuana facility cap

The mayor opposes council bill meant to address Ward 5 “oversaturation.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Initiative seeks to end corporate giving to D.C. campaigns

The “D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust” will file initiative papers Tuesday to curtail corporate influence in city politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 01/17/2012

DeMorning Links: ‘Half-baked’ reform

Post editorial takes aim at Kwame Brown’s college-applications-for-all bill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:48 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 01/16/2012

DeEvening Links: Happy MLK Day

The District’s King parade is back on MLK Avenue and back on MLK Day.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:14 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/16/2012

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh gets the Rush Limbaugh treatment

The influential radio host called Mary Cheh a “babe” during a segment on the city’s new animal control law.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/16/2012

DeMorning Links: Check It’s ‘Fashion Transformation’

The gay crew implicated in Chinatown crime tries to reinvent its reputation with a fashion show.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 01/13/2012

DeMorning Links: Better late than never

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) released the long-promised audit of his transition and inauguration fund Friday afternoon.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:47 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/13/2012

D.C. Council bills could complicate medical marijuana program

Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) want new curbs on marijuana businesses.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Tommy Wells defends his oversight of D.C. Trust

Key council member says he wasn’t asleep at the switch while Harry Thomas Jr. was stealing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Uber car impounded, driver ticketed in city sting

D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton played a role in the sting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 01/13/2012

DeMorning Links: Firebirds rise from the ashes

UDC’s basketball team is steamrolling its Division II competition.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:48 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 PM ET, 01/12/2012

DeEvening Links: A tragic day remembered

Friday is the 30th anniversary of the most disastrous day in recent District history.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Gray wants Occupy protesters removed from McPherson Square

Mayor cites health concerns in letter to Park Service director.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:50 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Vincent Orange proposes capping D.C. marijuana sites

Ward 5-focused proposal would allow only five cultivation centers and two dispensaries in any one ward.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:53 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/12/2012

What President Obama has done for us lately

Not a whole lot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Impending food truck crackdown?

Food truck operators say city officials are warning them they will face a barrage of tickets starting Friday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 01/12/2012

DeMorning Links: Surcharge city

One cab driver calls proposed cab rule changes tantamount to “genocide. . . a lethal injection to wipe us out.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:37 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 01/11/2012

DeEvening Links: Driver’s eye view

WTOP obtains startling in-bus videos of Metrobus accidents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:58 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Brown, colleagues move to prevent another Thomas affair

Kwame Brown has demanded top city officials devise a way to improve oversight of city funds handed to nonprofits.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:36 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 01/11/2012

D.C. recall: Nothing to see here

Why a recall effort aimed at top city officials isn’t worth the effort or the media coverage.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:49 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Uber car service runs afoul of D.C. Taxi Commission

Commission chairman

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:42 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/11/2012

William Shelton, former ANC chairman, charged with fraud

The former ANC 5B chair William Shelton is the latest city official to be charged by federal prosecutors.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:31 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 01/11/2012

DeMorning Links: A changed tune

Ward 5 candidate Delano Hunter says he’s no longer opposed to the District’s gay marriage law.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:34 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 01/10/2012

DeEvening Links: Keeping score

The D.C. Public Schools have debuted new online school “scorecards” featuring test scores, attendance, and disciplinary figures.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:44 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/10/2012

DeMorning Links: Here’s the outrage

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council members react — finally — to Harry Thomas’s crimes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 01/09/2012

DeEvening Links: Winter at last

It’s snowing. Try not to freak out too much.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:29 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Ward 5 special election likely to be May 15

Election board is likely to delay vote, deferring declaring vacancy till next week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2012

D.C. settles rabbi’s special-election lawsuit

Mayor Vincent C. Gray agrees to pursue a change in law that would allow more flexibility in special election scheduling.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 01/09/2012

DeMorning Links: Family matters

Harry Thomas Jr.’s prosecution is a family tragedy for Ward 5’s “Kennedy clan.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:49 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 01/06/2012

The Ward 5 special election contenders

What a dozen potential candidates have to say about their prospects.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:30 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/06/2012

DeMorning Links: Fewer camera tickets

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the number of photo enforcement tickets issued in D.C. declined dramatically in 2011.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 PM ET, 01/05/2012

DeEvening Links: He’ll be back?

After Harry Thomas Jr. pleads guilty in federal court tomorrow, is sentenced and serves his time, will we hear from him again?

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:41 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Harry Thomas Jr. charged: What happens next

Thomas need not leave office until he is jailed, but there are reasons he might want to resign sooner.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:48 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/05/2012

DeMorning Links: One more time

Marion Barry made his 11th District political run official Wednesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012

DeEvening Links: The end is nigh?

Harry Thomas Jr. is on the cusp of completing a plea deal that will send him to prison, sources tell the Post.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:45 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 01/04/2012

D.C. hunger strike ends; activism will continue

Adrian Parsons ended his hunger strike for D.C. democracy on Sunday, sipping coconut water outside the mayor’s residence.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:04 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/04/2012

No Santorum on D.C.’s Republican ballot

D.C. voters won’t get a chance to vote for Rick Santorum, Iowa’s surprise second-place finisher.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Lockridge library renaming is made final over last-ditch objection

The D.C. Council took a second and final vote Wednesday to name a new Ward 8 library after late activist William O. Lockridge.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012

DeMorning Links: Perspectives on American democracy

More Democrats cast votes in the District’s 2010 primary than Republicans who voted in last night’s Iowa caucuses.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 01/03/2012

DeEvening Links: Melody Record Shop to close

The Dupont Circle stalwart bids farewell later this winter.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:17 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Kevin B. Chavous pleads not guilty to solicitation charge, arrest details emerge

Chavous, accused of offering $20 for oral sex, said he was “looking forward to be able to tell my story” in court.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/03/2012

DeMorning Links: Vince’s new beginning?

A year after his inauguration, Mayor Vincent Gray moves to regain his political footing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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