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WALB News Archives, August, 2011

Monday 8/1/2011
$5,000 reward offered in Valdosta murder case
11-year old Tifton girl in need of Kidney transplant
22 nabbed in Moultrie reverse sting crack bust
Albany Liquor Store urges voters, "Vote No to Sunday Sales"
APD needs your help to catch man who robbed Arby's restaurant
Arby's robbed
Bell rings, are Dougherty Co. students in class?
Beware of internet and phone scams
Car wreck stops U.S. 19 traffic
County Commission approves redistricting
Daniel Nichols commits to UGA
Ft. Gaines man charged with killing his mother
GA Peanut Comm. moves into the future
Knights working on repeat
Lee County's Davis hopes to score big in AGT voting
Leesburg Post 182 wins state title
Motorcycle helmet needed in sentencing
Murder trial begins in Randolph County
No cause found for a fire at a Doncaster Drive home
Phoebe puts on a centennial celebration
School bells ring for Dougherty County
School targeted by vandals gets makeover
South Georgians worry over meeting debt deadline
T'ville begins 2011-12 school year
Time to Step Up at Lowndes
Turner sheriff steps down
Valdosta man on trial for murdering two men
WALB employee calls 911, reporting house fire
Wildcats loaded but concerned


Tuesday 8/2/2011
Albany's court docket crowded
Alert witness helps put burglary suspects in jail
ASA-Delta travelers will get tax refund
Blazers place 8 on GSC preseason team
Boys & Girls Clubs battle bullying
Coaches work to keep players safe in heat
Eagles have new leader
Ford to recall 1.1 million trucks
Furniture stores work to save lives
Get-in-school campaign works!
Leaders want input on new district lines
Lee Co. garbage fees in judge's hands
New Albany terminal work at a standstill
New info: Valdosta bank robbed
Power restored in Valdosta
Senate approves U. S. debt package
Some restaurants thrive on student business
Taylor Davis mania sweeps South Ga.
UGA loses top party spot... to who?
Valdosta bank bandits on the run
When can city cars be driven?
Wildcats need skill and experience
Young athlete dies (with superintendent's message)
Young Bearcats want to avoid cellar repeat




Wednesday 8/3/2011
80-year-old man robbed after threesome
AFD works fire in intense heat
Albany Church air conditioners stripped
Albany's Marine base is reaches out to contractors
Blue Devils relying on what they do best
Bulldogs reloading for 2011
Crisp County jailer arrested in sex sting
Digging Deeper: GHSA responds to extreme heat and practices
Economics blamed for blood center closing
Family reacts to Fitzgerald football player's death
Fans cheer on America's Got Talent contestant
Firefighters keep cool in heat
Fitzgerald mourns loss of young football player
Heat advisory puts outside workers on alert
Jurors find a Valdosta man guilty of two murders
Lowndes teen wins big at horse competition
Maskless robber gets busted
Pawn shop offering reward in burglary investigation
Phoebe Sumter nurse surprised by visit from son
Police make murder arrest in beating death
Red Cross to close Albany Blood Donation Center
Report of body in Lee County dumpster false alarm
 Road project will help Leesburg school traffic
 Surveillance photos released after bank robbery
Valwood has big hopes in 2011
VPD looks for white get-away car
Westwood pitcher wants to play at Georgia Southern
When heat rises, crime can too




Thursday  8/4/2011
A terrible day for the stock market
ADICA has big plans for downtown development
ADICA has big plans for old downtown building
Albany transitional housing shelter awarded grant
Albany's Marine base networks with south Georgia contractors
Body identified from Berrien Co. truck fire
Burned Berrien Co. body identified
Coffee hoping offense will lead team to wins

Deal announces $1M grant, Complete College Georgia Initiative

Digging Deeper: Garbage needs to go
Dogs quarantine for rabies in Colquitt Co.
Don't leave your pet in hot vehicle
Farmers battle bugs with airborne weapons
FBI issues lookout for Valdosta bank robbers
Ga. schools association commissions heat study
GM booms in second quarter
Gunman reported on campus of Virginia Tech
Land,Ruff Riders impress at Nationals
Lee County Pizza Hut is opening Monday
Patriots take experience into 2011 season
Plato's pulls in the people
Reid: Compromise in hand to reopen FAA
Scammers target people in Cook County
Shoppers pack Plato's Closet store
Stay hydrated if working outside
T'ville Main Street receives accreditation
Tiftarea confident about core group
Two Albany men indicted for gang shooting
Two Lowndes men arrested on drug charges
Two men accused of running a meth lab
Who let the Dawgz out??
Woman scammed by international fraudster



Friday  8/5/2011
3 sent to hospital in Lee County crash
Campbell takes over Cougars
Children left alone
Commissioners concerned if WG&L has paid city correct amount
Conditioned Bulldogs ready for season
Downtown comedy show gets big laughs
Employee Robbed outside bank
FAA deal is good news for Albany airport project
Father charged after leaving kids in motel room
Georgia apparently misusing money meant for drivers education
HeritageBank CEO receives top honor
High utility bills a headache this summer
Lee County crash injures three
Leesburg's Luke Bryan will be in national spotlight next week
Man arrested for stealing newspaper
New HeritageBank to open in Lee Co.
New photos released of bank robbers
New software may improve paving system
One arrested in armed robbery in Heritage Bank's parking lot

Packers turn to defense
Pawn shops versus traveling gold buyers
Some Lee County garbage bills get paid
South Georgians have mixed emotions on economy
State awarded $1M college completion grant
Stock Market hits major low Thursday
Thomas Co. goes back to school Monday
Tifton police warn of car break-ins
Tornadoes lean on defense



Saturday 8/6/2011
Back to business at Clinch County
Cook frying up region title repeat
Doctors use intense heat to treat cancer
Downtown Sylvester gathers for Night Out
Lee County Democrats are gearing up for 2012 election
Walter Phelps memory lives on
Washington ready to lead Jackets




Sunday 8/7/2011
Burglars hinder business reopening
CASA dances the night away for fundraiser
Old Terrell High School Burns
Trojans look to turn things around



Monday 8/8/2011
$35K taken in convenience store burglary
11 hour stand off leads to arrest
Albany airport construction waiting on FAA
Albany Police Wreck
Albany State opens football camp
Albany State University freshman get crime prevention tips
Armed robbery suspects on the run
Black bear crosses Homerville highway
Blazers kick off camp
Camilla ethanol plant catches fire
Camilla Winn-Dixie employees, tied up and robbed
Child left on school bus returns home safely
Committee looks at horse racing in GA
Cowboy wants to use ranch for good cause
CRCT state investigators in Albany for schools investigation
Dawson saddened by loss of high school
Deputies make marijuana arrest in small town
Dougherty Co. crime rate drops
Four arrested on drug warrants
Girls Inc. of Albany recognized at White House
Homeless man arrested for killing another
Homeless man charged with murdering another homeless man
Manhunt for siblings continues
Price of crude oil hits year low
S&P downgrades credit ratings linked to debt
SCA opens new fieldhouse
School board votes on SPLOST and redistricting
Stolen air conditioners: inconvenience for one doctor's office
Street named after Tifton WWII veteran
Three confirmed dead in massive pile up
Trailer splits in half after train wreck
Two APD officers suffer minor injuries in crash



Tuesday 8/9/2011
3 killed in fiery eight vehicle pileup in Irwin Co.
Ailing stock market helps 401k investors
Archbold offers breakthrough lung cancer treatment
Blazers have new QB candidates
Deal: July revenue numbers up 7.3%
Defense never rests at Cairo
Delegation hears Vets' concerns
Dontravius Thomas at first death penalty hearing
DOT: Slow down and be careful in construction zones
Energy experts discuss renewable energy
H&R Block hosts career fair
Harris gets two life sentences
Investigation begins into former Terrell High building fire
Jordan Harris sentenced to 2 life terms
LARC worries about cuts in funding
Luke Bryan's new CD sells out at local stores
Sheriff: Sibling fugitives are extremely dangerous
SPD wants you to see surveillance video
State investigators begin Terrell fire probe
T'ville High School unveils new softball field
Terrell Academy goes back to air
Thieves kill power to break in
Two Special Operations Aviation soldiers die in helicopter training accident
UGA's Jones cleared to play
West Nile Virus case confirmed
Whatley calls CRCT news conference
Whatley takes responsibility if there's cheating on CRCT's
Whatley talks about CRCT interview


Wednesday 8/10/2011
A/C thieves strike in Moultrie
APD Americorps cadets host neighborhood watch
Bank-robbing siblings caught in Colorado
Berrien EMA director fired
Bio-coal plant to be constructed in Cordele
Breaking News: Lineman dies working on electric line
Brighter days ahead at Pelham?
Carroll has Pelham buzzing
Couple says escaped snake belongs to son
Digging Deeper: I-pads and digital tablets in schools
Dog quarantined as officials sort out bite charge
Dooly Co. K-9 units assist in armed robbery
Fallen Georgia Power lineman a father of 4
Huge python reported on loose in Albany
Lee Code Enforcement could soon pack heat
Manhunt for Dougherty siblings end
Military father spreads word about organ donation
New freshman say goodbye to parents
SGA looking to stay above the rest
Thieves hit newspaper stands hard
Thomas Co. forming new voting districts
You can help fight cancer
You can now recycle even more
Zenon could return punts for Jackets


Thursday 8/11/2011
17 charges racked up in meth bust
2020 Georgia pushes for balanced approach to state budget
Albany man hits lotto
Albany man is lifetime honorary member of GA Sheriff Association
Baconton Charter ready for season two
Blazers ready for contact
Bobcats ready to get back in playoffs
Church to feed Albany
Colorado sheriff issues report on Dougherty siblings
Counterfeit ring busted in Cordele
Digging Deeper: Crime Stoppers
Dinner at DTown starts with pizza pie
Dougherty gang makes first court appearance
Find the Mascot
Former Auburn QB talks Tiger football
Governor froze gas tax, now legislature's turn
Hello pounds; bye bye lover
Hospital donates A/C to doctor's office: staff awaits repair
Joyner ready to lead ASU offense
Lowndes game warden urges safety
Mother convinces her son to turn himself in
Possible ADDU lawsuit settlement close
Redistricting will mean loss of reps for Albany, S. GA
Settlement reached in ADDU death
Thomas Co. prepares for the worst
Two historic Valdosta homes face demolition
WALB helps you find a job
Will Valdosta voters get to decide school consolidation?
Winery armed robbers surveillance video released



Friday 8/12/2011
152 marijuana plants seized in Colquitt Co. raid
A barking good time at Riverfront's Yappy Hour
ADDU raids Dollar Inn
Albany High looking for improvement
Busy traffic on first day of school in Lee County
Camilla Police need your help to find armed robbers
Digging Deeper: GA credit rating among best in nation, why?
First Apostolic Church helps with Feed the Children food drive
Former Terrell school fire ruled arson
Four Lee Co. teens charged with breaking and entering
Heat wave hurts corn crops across the nation
Hispanic student enrollment drops in Colquitt Co.
Investigators search for missing man: home found ransacked
Jail bookings for August 5 - August 11
Look to the sky for annual meteor shower
Medical sites rate south GA hospitals, some poorly
New rules for Challenge Cup
Open Forum held Thursday for Veterans
Rams offense off to good start
Redistricting plan pits veteran lawmakers against each other
Restaurant Inspections Aug 5 - 11, 2011
Students move in to Albany colleges
The House that Hope Built ready for sale
Turner County returns experience
VSU soccer ready to go


Saturday 8/13/2011
Big roadblock on Liberty Expressway have six arrested
Calhoun playing more "iron man" ball in 2011
Owner of 14 dogs has neighbors complaining
Woman charged for stabbing female multiple times



Sunday 8/14/2011
Berrien High moving forward with familiar face
Broadaway finishes 3rd at Price Cutter Championship
Cordele elementary school fire ruled Arson
Double car burglaries in prestigious neighborhood
FSU addresses SEC rumors at fan day
GHSA to address heat related policies
Noles roll over Emerald Coast, move to 9-0
Rep. Fullerton breaks down new redistricting impact
Vacant buildings become latest target in A/C thefts


Monday 8/15/2011
ABAC students return to class
'Big Spring' may take drastic measures for water
Albany airport officials vote to move construction if possible
Albany gateways are getting a facelift
Albany mayoral candidates address the issues
Auto zone smash and grab
Congressman Kingston listens to Tea Party concerns
Copper thieves in Douglas
Darton College reaches new generation of students
Deceased football player's family to speak
Doctor's office still without A/C after thieves stripped copper wire
Dougherty gang's extradition to GA could take a while
Drivers enjoy current gas price trend
Ethics board clears Valdosta's mayor
Irwin County follows Camden way
Leaders discuss car heat danger in Ga.
Lee County ready to reach their potential
Mortgage interest rates near record lows
New Berrien coach making subtle changes
Obama job approval dips to lowest yet
Police warn neighbors of A/C bandits on the prowl
Rams, Blazers crack top 20
S.R. 122 gets ditch and shoulder work in Lowndes/Lanier counties
Students help children in Africa
Winn-Dixie, Publix, Kroger included in beef recall



Tuesday 8/16/2011
2011 Cancer Care Grants available
Athlete's parents speak out on his death
Blame the weather for bugs?
City to accept any FAA Grant
Clinch starts year at #1
Congressman hears concerns from Lowndes Co. businesses
Copper thieves hit Albany school and construction site
D.A. shuts down five internet cafes
Darton Lady Cavs add to talented lineup
Decatur Co. Fire Stations host drag race
Eagles still getting ready for season
Falsely arrested man settles with City
Former Bainbridge cop sentenced
Former R-C basketball coach passes
Jackets ready to rebuild in 2011
Jon Howard runs for re-election
Lowndes schools announce teacher of the year
Moratorium passed on Internet Cafes
Proposed cat ordinance scrapped
Sherwood holds Breakfast Bash
South Georgia prosecutors conclude successful week
Tifton gas station catches fire
Tough new law scares away migrant workers
Wreck sets gas pump afire





Wednesday 8/17/2011
Albany Rescue Mission requests food donations
Bugs coming home in kids backpacks
Businesses are recovering from drought
Community stands behind Marine Corps Band
Darton cross country gets new coach
Donation of rebar means Field of Flags ceremony will go on
Foliage may be blamed for wreck
FSU's Greene working hard
Georgia ranks high in children poverty
Help to the rescue mission
HOPE changes hurt student truckers
Is your water contaminated?
Just too hot to practice?
Lowndes bridge opens after two years
Miller County returns to the spread
More Ga. H. S. seniors take ACT
Ocilla woman killed in crash
Paramedics become patients after crash
Phoebe hosts blood drive
SGMC has new program for stroke patients
South Georgia doctor says PeachCare will hurt business
Superintendent reacts to allegations surrounding player's death
Two car wreck in south Albany
Worth County sticking to the basics
Wreck a result of plant overgrowth?




Thursday 8/18/2011
AC thefts boost insurance rates
After Albany ban, state starts Internet cafe probe
Albany python search goes on
Arrest made in pawn shop burglary
Brick won't break window
City fixes dangerous intersection
Community reacts to MCLB layoffs
Digging Deeper: Job losses at Maintenance Center Albany
District Attorney considering death penalty in child murder
Edwards adds CRCT investigators to staff
Experienced Seminole feeling sense of urgency
Girl's shooting leads to arrests
Gun in book bag falls, Albany, Ga. child shot
Indie film series coming to T'ville
Irrigation systems saves peanuts
Kids like healthier school lunches
Knights, Eagles ready to tee it up
MCLB Albany job losses will worsen
MCLB historical data
Panthers ready for next step
Phoebe files appellate court request
Postell announces to run for re-election
Postell clarifies questionable remark
R.E.A.C.H. helps students achieve healthcare goals
State CRCT Investigators appointed special assistant D.A.'s
T'ville man tased after sibling dispute
VSU welcomes new faculty
VSU's Schraeder making name for himself


Friday 8/19/2011
Albany gang roundup targets Crips leaders
Albany swept for gang members
Bank of America to cut 3,500 jobs
Bench dedicated to 6 year old Norman Park girl
Bill Cosby event attracts thousands of fans
D. A. studies internet Cafe issue
Digging Deeper: Pensions move of a move to 401K
Dougherty Co. Jail Bookings (Aug, 19, 2011)
Economic officials respond to Maintenance Center jobs cuts
Lee County Commissioners meet to solve radio issues
Marine receives a special gift
Meeting to crack down crime on Highland Avenue
Megan's House receives a gift
Military pension cuts proposed, Veterans fight
Price of gold continues to rise
Steven Clawson puts on hometown show
Students react to Bill Cosby
UPDATE: Arrest made in ASU student shooting
UPDATE: Deputies arrest dirt bike burglary suspects



Saturday 8/20/2011
Armed Robbery at gas station marks third in three years
Family Empowerment center helps all ages
Handicapped fan unable to enter Cosby show
Lady Rams volleyball team trying to overcome early injuries
New Downtown website launched
One person dies in two car accident
Phoebe opens Black and Blue Clinic
Poker run benefits siblings injured in car accident
Police looking for repeat burglary suspect
Rams looking for big things from WR Tubbs
Search and rescue team starts Explorers program
Vigil held in honor fallen Brookwood student


Sunday 8/21/2011
Burglaries bring up corner store safety
GSP investigates deadly car crash
Shots fired at Westover gas station robbery
Steel cages may protect AC theft
Trouble in the ASU back field





Monday 8/22/2011
Albany firefighter injured battling house fire
Albany gang indictment unsealed
Albany Tech starts new semester system
ASO leaders meet to discuss director
ASU shooting victim ID'ed
Beware of energy audit scammers
Brother of Columbine victim speaks in Albany
City leaders react to double amputee incident

Digging Deeper: infectious diseases

Early morning house fire in east Albany

Forsyth artist wins Ga. license plate contest

Gas drops again, but still almost 1$ higher than 2010

Giant Jumbo Bucks pays off

Hit-and-run trial starts
Kingston losing Lowndes, Moody AFB to redistricting
Law designed to protect delicate baby brains
MLK monument part of D C. landscape
Old Haverty's Building to get new tenant
Raiders banking on experience

Restaurants suffer in economy
Teachers get big surprise for bright ideas

The dog ate my diamonds... Really!
Thomasville PD wants Darius Jackson

Thrush Aircraft increasing production
Unemployed Valdosta man wins lottery
Valdosta man wins a mega $250,000!
We need to be prepared for Irene




Tuesday 8/23/2011
1108 marijuana plants discovered
APD looks for more cop-shooters
Argument escalates, SWAT responds

Arrests made in gunfire on APD officer

ASU loses power when semi collides with utility pole

Burned historic home gets repairs
Coffee loses QB for season
Colquitt deputies say they have bomb threat caller

Community gives opinions of proposed career academy

Darton makes agreement with Macon State
Decatur Co. Health Department switches to four day week
Digging deeper: New Congressional District Maps
Early County's Williams ready for Boise
Earthquake felt along Eastern Seaboard
Ex sheriff used deputies to supply him with marijuana
Greenwave want to roll on to next level

Jones ready to lead GT offense

Lowndes deputies charge man with terrorist threats

Man dies in crash
Marietta kicks off a re-election campaign
Moultrie schools evacuate due to bomb threat

Schools need to have crisis plan
Shots fired at Albany Police Officer
Sugar daddies have a new place to call home
Thomasville PD searching for Jamal Bryant

UPDATE: Arrest made in Colquitt Co. bomb threat
VSU has state of the art planetarium
Weaker peanut crop expected this year
Woman may have spotted escaped python



Wednesday 8/24/2011
4 down and 3 to go in cop shooting
AAP issues heat guide for athletes
Albany commission approves Reverse 911, Internet cafe moratorium
Another suspect accused of shooting at cop is arrested
Be smart on how you donate
City approves terminal bid & reverse 911
D.A. calls for community help against gangs
Darton soccer ready for big expectations
Digging Deeper: Drugs got past MCLB checkpoint

Eagles want to repeat
Five Albany men charged in shooting at cop
GA woman keeps up with quake on Facebook
Gangsters appear in court
Grady Co. SO installs new sex offender system
iPads coming to Dougherty County classrooms
Kingston could keep Moody AFB in his district
Marine drug sweep catches 9
MCLB Albany raided for drugs
Police need your help finding this man
Roofing company fire could be arson
Second man arrested with bomb scare
Skirt the final straw for Coffee senior
Suspected ammo thief arrested
Tech colleges sign agreement with Mercer
Three injured in West Dougherty County crash
Zenon changes numbers at Georgia Tech



Thursday 8/25/2011
ASU honors Mayor Willie Adams
Bowers: Enough cheating evidence to prosecute
Chief Proctor: APD officers threatened
Civic groups pick up after littering smokers
CRIMESTOPPERS calls dramatically increased
Cupcakes: The lost art
D.A. appreciates Grady Co. law enforcement
Digging Deeper: Storm preps despite no threat of rain
Doctor's office finally has AC
Dougherty Co. Jail Bookings
Ex-Anchorage director arrested

Final MCLB suspect surrenders
Fire displaces Albany family
Food bank is hurricane ready

GSW soccer continues to improve
Hurricane Irene hits home for Albany Mission Change
Leesburg man electrocuted on the job

Lumber company ramps up pole production
Metro Albany's unemployment rate unchanged
Naylor woman killed in Lowndes wreck

Patriots have momentum to start season
Safety top priority for Plant Farley
T'ville parents work to cure childhood cancer
Tift County man in surgery after hit and run
UPDATE: Unattended stove fire kills three dogs
Westwood wins shootout over SGA
Where is Rolando?
Woman killed instantly in head-on collision



Friday  8/26/2011
Albany gets new wing restaurant
Albany man convicted of vehicular homicide
Albany non-profit needs donations to help hurricane victims
Albany Red Cross vehicle departs for hurricane service
Albany storm drain lids targeted by metal thieves
Albany Symphony suspends director
APD Car Show rolls in Saturday
ASU campus grows again
Chemo drugs are in short supply
Civic Center preps for Ricky Smiley show
Convicted felon plans to run for city commission
Digging Deeper: past storm damage cost SWGA millions
Firefighters on standby for hurricane
Five people injured in boating accident
Gas prices rise as Irene nears coast

Food for T,, , thought - Aug 18 - 25, 2011
Health dept. ready for hurricane
Irene has So. GA resources at the ready

Man in critical condition after crash
Mayor surrenders at Lowndes Co. Jail
Mission Change has needs lists for Hurricane Irene victims
Pastor turns former liquor store into church
Phoebe can transfer more patients
Randolph County discusses raising property tax
Sherwood sees "Courageous" at the Fox
Students celebrate reading through music
The good ol' days
TPD wants to keep your kids safe
Valdosta mayor enters guilty plea
Yet another church suffers AC loss



Saturday 8/27/2011
Albany new home for ABA basketball team
Edwards launches campaign despite difficult past
Flint flotilla benefits humane society
Fullerton discusses redistricting
GSW hoops to play FSU
Indians cruise past Dougherty, move to 1-0
Pastor warns other churches: take precautions


Sunday 8/28/2011
Gas station burglar caught in the act
Man murdered at Albany club: Police search for shooter
Noles' playoff game ends in brawl, rescheduled
Police arrest seventh suspect in officer-involved shooting



Monday 8/29/2011
Albany Chamber wins national award
AmeriCorps cadets graduate
ASU to host "Rams Rally"
Broadaway continues to move up Nationwide money list
College competition tightens
Diamond dog stays humble
Digging Deeper: Redistricting
Economy affects college decisions
Election qualifying begins
FBI issues lookout for former NBA player
Hit-and-run driver sought in Worth Co.
Nashville farmer renovates $100 building
Need a GA motorcycle license?
Police search for scooter thieves
Respected business woman recovers from hit-and-run
Terrell sheriff reports to jail
Terrell Sheriff serves contempt sentence in Albany




Tuesday  8/30/2011
18 suspected burglars nabbed in Americus
Alcohol poisoning puts teen in coma
City of Thomasville provides post-Irene resources
Colquitt Co. man dies en route to work
Could Albany create ties to a city in China?
Digging Deeper: Oakview and Riverside flooding remembered

Elder abuse murder lands mother & daughter in jail
Farmer's crops thrive in drought
FEMA reservist waits for call
Flu vaccine will soon be available

Flu vaccines offered for $25
Gayle, Minchew hope to succeed Mayor Fretti
GBI will examine Albany skull
Girls Inc. honors "Committee of 100"

Gold prices climb to unprecedented levels
Housing market still in rough shape
Hubbard qualifies to run for mayor

Human skull discovered in south Albany
Knights get week to improve
McCoy will vie for Ward 4
Officers turn in badges after gunfire
Rams expect tough opener in Macon
School systems oppose consolidation
So. Georgians' Facebook pages copied for scam
Tractor theft caught on tape, reward offered
Valdosta mayor resigns his post
Walmart fight leads to stabbing




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