• Terry Bradshaw to speak at Big Brothers Big Sisters dinner

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw will speak at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana’s annual Gourmet Dinner this May.
    The 45th annual dinner will be held Tuesday, May 8 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne. The event is an annual fundraiser that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs and efforts of creating one-to-one mentoring matches for the youth in our community.
    More than 800 community leaders an
  • Animal welfare group objects to bill to designate state dog

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A national animal welfare organization says it opposes a proposal to make the Labrador retriever the state dog of Ohio, arguing the bill will entice puppy mills to produce them in large numbers.
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jeffery Rezabek of Clayton. The Columbus Dispatch reports that PETA says it believes the measure should be amended to include mutts or shelter dogs.
    Rezabek previously said h
  • Wintry weather makes for icy commute for many

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Motorists on the first full day of spring were greeted to slick roads in some areas of northeast Indiana.
    Multiple crashes were reported as a result of snow that fell on roadways mainly to the south of Fort Wayne.
    On Airport Expressway in Fort Wayne west of Branstrator Road, two vehicles were involved in a crash after one of them crossed over into oncoming traffic.
    Three people were taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
    The weather conditions also forced delays and clos
  • Jury rules insanity in stabbing death of 6-year-old boy

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky jury has recommended a 20-year sentence for an Indiana dialysis nurse convicted of assaulting a man and two children but found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of the children’s 6-year-old brother.
    News outlets report the Fayette County jury recommended the sentence Tuesday for 34-year-old Ronald Exantus. He was also found not guilty by reason of insanity on a burglary charge Monday.
    Exantus’ defense team didn’t dispute th
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  • Reports: Suspected Austin bomber dead after officer-involved shooting

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN/WANE) – The suspected Austin bomber is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 35, three law enforcement sources confirm to KXAN’s Sally Hernandez. KXAN is a sister station to WANE-TV in Austin, Texas.
    The shooting happened on Interstate 35 in Round Rock near Old Settlers Boulevard around 2 a.m. CDT Wednesday.
    A law enforcement source said the suspected bomber blew up a device inside a vehicle. Police activity has centered in the parking lot
  • Police: Suspect in Austin bombing attacks blows himself up

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks in Austin that have killed two people and injured four others this month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the city police said early Wednesday.
    Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located him at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. They were waiting for ballistic vehicles
  • Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a series of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin over the past few weeks blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him. Authorities warned of concern that more explosives might still be out there.
    Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. They were waiting for ba
  • Superhero party to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana and Gigi’s Playhouse are throwing a big celebration for World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday.
    March 21 or 3-21 signifies the three copies of the 21st chromosome which is a genetic occurrence common in people with Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down syndrome.
    Wednesday, DSANI and Gigi’s are throwing a superhero themed party to celebrate the disorder and raise awareness. The event starts at 5 p.m. a
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  • Spring nor’easter targets Northeast with heavy snow, winds

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region.
    Airlines canceled flights and schools canceled classes ahead of the fourth major storm in three weeks.
    “It’s ridiculous,” Bob Burkhard of Toms River, New Jersey, said on Tuesday near the beach at Seaside Park. “First day of spring and we’re getting another snowstorm.”
    Westmont High School stu
  • Hot dog chili sauce recalled due to mislabeling

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee company has issued a recall of Southgate Hot Dog Chili Sauce distributed in 13 states due to mislabeling.
    Vietti Foods in Nashville said it is recalling approximately 200 cases of 15-ounce cans of the chili sauce, UPC 0 71846 95242 6, LOT # P642 M1217 70026, marked on the bottom of the can.
    Vietti said some of the cans may contain dumplings with chicken, which contains egg and wheat not listed on the label, and could cause a serious or life-threatening r
  • Documents: Major design change changed bridge cost, schedule

    MIAMI (AP) — Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.
    Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public-records request show that the Florida Department of Transportation in October 2016 advised Florida International University and its contractors to move one of the bridge’s main support s
  • Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm’s CEO suspended

    LONDON (AP) — The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.
    Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavory services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.
    Channel 4 News broadcast c
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  • Council approves public art program

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  City councilmen voted 6 to 3 Tuesday night to approve the formation of a public art program and commission.
    It would require businesses that receive government tax breaks to contribute to a public art fund that would give out private grants and donations.
    Thirteen volunteers would oversee the program, which is designed enhance the community by installing public art in various locations.
    The proposal will go to a final vote next week.
  • Trine’s Dawson named All-American

    ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University junior women’s basketball player Brandi Dawson (Garrett, Ind./Garrett) continues to add to her post-season accolades this season with her second career D3hoops.com All-American recognition.
    Dawson earned second-team All-American honors and has now garnered All-American status in back-to-back seasons.  She was a third-team pick last year.
    Dawson played in all 30 games, and started 29, and led the team in scoring with a 14.6 points per game ave
  • Blackmon Jr. learning on the fly as a rookie

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – James Blackmon Jr.’s first season has a professional has been quite a learning experience for the Fort Wayne native and former I.U. standout.
    Blackmon began his first year in professional hoops as a member of the Delaware 87ers – the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. However, in late January Blackmon was part of a trade that sent him to the Wisconsin Herd, the G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks.
    Blackmon has thrived since the trade,
  • Lawmakers discuss raising age limit for buying a firearm

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)- Debates over gun rights and restrictions are playing out across the country. Some states are moving to raise the age limit to purchase a firearm to 21.State Senator, Ed Melton, a Democrat from Merrillville, said, “I think it’s a step in the right direction. Of course that’s not going to address all of the gun policies that need to be addressed as a state.”
    In recent weeks, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Walmart, Dick’s Spo
  • Colts add free agent Slauson to bolster offensive line

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent center/guard Matt Slauson.
    Slauson, 6-5, 315 pounds, has started 108-of-111 career games at center and guard in his time with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (2016-17), Chicago Bears (2013-15) and New York Jets (2009-2012). He has also started all three postseason contests he has participated in. Slauson was originally selected by the Jets in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Nebraska.
  • Thompson returns to Komets, Larraza headed to AHL

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets announced today that forward Garrett Thompson has been released from his AHL PTO with the Iowa Wild and will return to the Fort Wayne lineup.  Thompson was on his first call-up of the season to the AHL and appeared in two games during his stay with Iowa.
    Also, forward Zac Larraza has been recalled to the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL.  Larraza started the season with the Roadrunners appearing in three games (1g) before his assignment to Fort Wayne. L
  • Help Wanted: Spring Job Fairs announced

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Several job fairs will be hosted throughout Northeast Indiana this Spring.
    INHelpWanted.com, a division of KPC Media Group Inc., is sponsoring a series of Spring Job Fairs to connect employers with job seekers.
    Employers will be recruiting full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers.
    Details and locations:
    Fort WayneFriday, March 23, 10 AM – 3 PMAllen County Public Library Downtown900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne
    Columbia CityWednesday, March 28, 3 – 7 P
  • Fair pay activist Ledbetter to speak at IPFW

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Women’s equality activist Lilly Ledbetter will discuss her life and legacy in a talk at IPFW Monday night.
    Ledbetter will share her fight for women’s equality in her 7:30 p.m. talk, “Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight at Goodyear and Beyond.” Ledbetter is the final of four speakers to visit as part of the 23rd season of the Omnibus Lecture Series at IPFW.
    A long-time supervisor at Goodyear, Ledbetter brought an Equal Employment Opportunity Commissi
  • Fair pay activist Ledbetter speaks at IPFW

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Lilly Ledbetter wrapped up the year’s Omnibus Lecture Series at IPFW Tuesday night. She famously sued her employer after she found out she was making thousands less than her male counter parts.
    Her case made it to the Supreme Court, and a law was named after her, but she said this story isn’t just hers. It’s for everyone who has been affected by unequal pay.
    “Early on I might get in a cab and the cab driver would say ‘You’re the fair pa
  • Drumroll please: It’s Sir Ringo as ex-Beatle knighted

    LONDON (AP) — Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise. Either way, it’s a fitting honor for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition.
    The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William Tuesday. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event.
    He said the honor “means a lot”. It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE aw
  • Fort Wayne golf courses set to open

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Celebrate spring with a round of golf! Foster, Shoaff and McMillen Park Golf Courses will open for the season on Monday, March 26.
    When inclement weather occurs, courses may close for a short period, or for the day, depending upon the severity of the weather. To check on course availability, or to schedule tee times, call the golf course where you plan to play:
    Foster Park Golf Course: 427-6735McMillen Park Golf Course: 427-6710Shoaff Park Golf Course: 427-6745
    Season ti
  • Marion man dies in Wabash County crash

    WABASH CO., Ind (WANE) A pickup truck driver died after hitting a car nearly head-on outside LaFontaine in southern Wabash County at 9:30 p.m. Monday.
    Indiana State Police said Danny Drabenstot, 59, was driving a 1988 Chevrolet pickup on westbound on SR 218 near CR 600 E when he crossed the center line, striking another vehicle It’s unclear why the truck went over the line.
    The crash caused the Chevy to go off road and came to a rest on the passenger side. The other vehicle stopped in the
  • Fort Wayne singer wins ‘Voice’ battle

    Video courtesy The Voice via YouTube
    LOS ANGELES (WANE) Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle advanced to the knockout round of “The Voice” Monday night.
    Coach Alicia Keys selected Christiana over teammate Shana Halligan in the battle round of NBC’s singing competition. The two combined to sing Kings of Leon’s hit “Use Somebody.”
    .@ChristianaD took this round!  RETWEET to congratulate her for staying strong on #TeamAlicia! #VoiceBattles pic.twitter.com/
  • Indiana education official against plan to arm teachers

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top education official in Indiana is opposing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that arming teachers would be an effective way to prevent mass shootings in schools.
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said Monday she believes “there are more risks than reward” to having teachers carrying loaded handguns in classrooms. But the Republican says she supports Indiana’s current policy that allows police to carry firearms i
  • Caught on Camera Car Rescue

    Good Samaritans in Pennsylvania jumped into action to save a man trapped under his car. A vehicle flipped after it hit several cars in a parking lot. A police dashcam was rolling as people flipped the car over and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire.
  • Minneapolis officer charged in shooting of Australian woman

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July was booked into jail Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
    Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, on July 15 minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Damond’s death drew international
  • Michigan, Ohio see rise in immigrant arrests, deportations

    DETROIT (AP) — A newspaper review of federal records has found that the number of immigrants arrested or deported by federal agents in Michigan and Ohio has risen in the past year as President Donald Trump’s administration has increased immigration enforcement.
    The Detroit Free Press reviewed data from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol. The review found that the agencies each saw about a 50 percent increase in deportations and arrests from 2016 t
  • Replacement of high school ISTEP exam delayed another year

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s high school sophomores likely will take the much-maligned ISTEP standardized exams for two more years even as it’s being replaced for younger students.
    State education officials are preparing a new test starting in spring 2019 for elementary and middle-school students named ILEARN, or Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Readiness Network.
    The Indianapolis Star reports a bill approved by the General Assembly delays until spring 2022 a switch to test
  • Pet of the Week: 3/20/18

    Oreo is a 1 year old spayed female, black and white Domestic Mediumhair cat. This pet has been at the shelter since March 15, 2018.
    If you are interested in learning more about how to adopt this week’s pet, click here.
  • Indiana House member picked for state utility commission

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House utility committee chairman will be leaving the Legislature for a seat on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that oversees most of the state’s electricity and natural gas companies.
    Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb picked GOP Rep. David Ober of Albion as his choice to join the five-member commission. Ober was among the three finalists selected by a committee to fill the vacancy from former commission chairman Jim Atterholt’s January retir
  • Teen arrested after hitting trooper’s squad car

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) An 18 year-old Wolcottville driver was arrested early Tuesday morning after he struck an Indiana State Police squad car on US 20 near County 200 E in LaGrange County.
    According to Indiana State Police, at approximately 12:15 a.m., Trooper Daniel Burkey was traveling westbound on US 20 near State Road 9 in LaGrange when he witnessed a 2008 Infiniti traveling erratically in the eastbound lanes.
    By the time Burkey activated his emergency lights and was able to safely tu
  • Family of woman killed by crossbow 20 years ago still seeking justice

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Twenty years ago Tuesday, Lisa Bower was found dead in her Huntington apartment. There was a crossbow arrow through her chest.
    Police never found enough evidence to take the case to the prosecutor’s office. The case has since gone cold.
    Huntington County Prosecutor, Amy Richison, was the deputy prosecutor at the time of the homicide. She said then that she thought Bower may have known her assailant.
    Her body was fully clothed and was not bound or restrained.
  • Sheriff: 1 student dead, 2 wounded in Maryland high school

    GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenager wounded a girl and a boy inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before an armed school resource officer was able to intervene, and each of them fired one more round as the shooter was fatally wounded, a sheriff said.
    St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said the student with the handgun was declared dead at a hospital, and the other two students were in critical condition. He said the officer was not harmed.
    Cameron said authorities were still inv
  • Prosecutors: Don’t overturn Amish leader’s hair-cutting case

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his sentence overturned using arguments already rejected in court.
    An attorney for 72-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. says Mullet’s previous lawyer made mistakes during trial and in prior appeals.
    In a Monday court filing, prosecutors say there were no errors that amounted to Mullet’s rights to due process being violated, and a judge s
  • Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Daybreak Tuesday revealed widespread damage after a night of violent weather in the Deep South, with a college campus shattered by an apparent tornado and thousands of buildings and vehicles battered by hail as large as baseballs.
    The area around Jacksonville State University was among the hardest hit as storms swept across the South, part of a large system that prompted tornado warnings Monday in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
    Using couch cushions for protecti
  • Man, woman arrested, child found after drug investigation

    KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A man and woman were arrested during what police described as a “drug related incident” at a mobile home northeast of Warsaw Monday morning.
    Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, Kosciusko County detectives went to a home at 3699 North 175 East Lot 63 along with Child Protective Services to check on the welfare of a child there. Police said the home was the subject of “drug allegations.”
    At the home, police found 29-year-old Traci Craig of Warsaw, who was
  • Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar, Jay Leno among Foellinger summer shows

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Rockers Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent will join powerhouse performers like Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and comedian Jay Leno on the Foellinger Theatre’s summer concert series this year.
    The Fort Wayne Parks Department on Tuesday announced an 18-night schedule that includes Gene Simmons, REO Speedwagon and The Beach Boys along with cover bands Elton John tribute Dogs of Society and Hotel California, among others.
    Here are the scheduled shows:
    May 4 – Gene Simmon
  • Investigators suspect FedEx bomb is tied to Austin bombings

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A package bomb that authorities believe is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings exploded early Tuesday inside of a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries.
    FBI agent Michelle Lee said the explosion happened at around 1 a.m. at a FedEx facility in Schertz, which is just northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Austin. One worker was treated for minor injuries and released, according to
  • Driver, child injured after car rolls in northwest Allen County

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a driver to lose control of her car Tuesday morning, causing it to roll on Hillegas Road in northwest Allen County.
    Witnesses told police the driver was headed south when the Saturn she was driving started to fishtail at around 8 a.m. The car then crossed over the east side of the road, hit a ditch and then rolled near Stalf Court.
    The driver and a child were taken to a hospital for treatment.It’s not clear how seri
  • Butler man escapes from car before it’s hit by train

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A Butler man escaped being injured when his car was struck by a train Monday in rural DeKalb County.
    According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Kline, 37, was driving his 2000 Ford Contour west on U.S. 6 when he turned south onto CR 53.
    The car left the west side of the road and became stuck on railroad tracks.Kline was able to get out of the vehicle before it was hit by an east bound train.
    No other information was provided.
  • Car crashes into DeKalb County creek, driver arrested

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)A Kendallville man was arrested after crashing the car he was driving into a creek early Monday morning in DeKalb County.
    According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent to the 5100 block of CR 427 on reports of a vehicle that had gone down an embankment.
    When officers arrived they found a black 2005 Hyundai Accent in a creek beneath the bridge.The driver, James A. Scott, 41, and his passenger, Heather Bonham, 37, of Fort Wayne were both ta
  • Motorcyclist crashes after hitting gravel in DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A Garrett man complained of side and neck pain after he crashed his Harley Davidson motorcycle Monday afternoon on CR 27 in DeKalb County.
    Charles V. Stansell, 49, told police he was headed south in the 3500 block of CR 27 when he lost control after hitting loose gravel on a curve.
    According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, the motorcycle went off the west side of the road and down an embankment into some shrubs.Stansell was taken to a hospital for trea
  • Deputies: Teacher leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana

    DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida elementary school teacher left a 4-year-old child alone while she went to buy marijuana.
    A Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release says 26-year old Marsha Dolce was arrested Saturday and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession.
    Deputies responded to a Davenport apartment complex Saturday morning and found a 4-year-old child crying outside wearing only a T-shirt and underwear. Dolce, who teaches fourth grade at Laurel Elem
  • Scandal-hit Weinstein Co. files for bankruptcy protection

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm, the latest twist in its efforts to survive the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down co-founder Harvey Weinstein, shook Hollywood and triggered a movement that spread out to convulse other industries.
    The company also announced it was releasing any victims of or witnesses to Weinstein’s alleged misconduct from non-disclosure agreements preventing t
  • Johnson County to install 3 permanent flood barriers

    FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana county is planning to install three permanent gates that can be used to close roads that frequently flood to prevent drivers from going into floodwaters.
    Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Col. Randy Werden told the Daily Journal that his department has few options to make sure drivers stay out of floodwaters.
    Werden said sections of County Road 250S, County Road 400S and Greensburg Road are all trouble spots during and after heavy
  • New bridge to take northern Indiana trail over state highway

    KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Work installing a new $2 million pedestrian bridge for a northern Indiana recreation trail will temporarily close part of a state highway in Kokomo.
    The bridge over Indiana 931 on the city’s north side will connect the Nickel Plate Trail to downtown Kokomo. The Kokomo Tribune reports crews were set to divert traffic from the highway on Tuesday so two cranes can set the nearly 200-foot-long bridge in place.
    City Engineer Carey Stranahan says the span will
  • Indianapolis paramedics see ODs from bug spray-laced drugs

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Emergency responders in Indianapolis have been treating people who’ve overdosed on drugs or substances laced with bug spray.
    Indianapolis firefighter Scott Lebherz says some people searching for a greater high have been spraying heavy-duty insect spray on marijuana, tobacco and even banana leaves, and then smoking or ingesting it.
    Lebherz tells The Indianapolis Star users enter a 45-minute high that leaves them nearly catatonic.
    He says considering what
  • USF splits double header with Grace

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Under a sunny sky the Saint Francis Cougars split a double header with the Grace Lancers Monday afternoon at the ASH Centre.
    USF won the first game 4-0 before falling 4-2 in game two.
    USF is scheduled to host Huntington at the ASH Centre at 3 p.m. tomorrow but that game may be moved to Wednesday.

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