A child is stabbed in Danville tonight-
Safety wins out over scenery in Craig County.
((THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST TIME IN ROANOKE..))
[OUT Q=IN Roanoke, cheering.]
A peak at the Shania Twain concert.
And a crash nearby backs up traffic on 581.
News 7 is next.
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A stabbing in Danville tonight sends an 8-year-old boy to the hospital.
Emergency personnel are trying to stabilize the child, who police say was stabbed at Cedarwood Apartments on Ferry Road.
A suspect IS in custody in connection with the stabbing.
Authorities are still investigating the crime scene.
A cell phone tower will soon sit on a Craig County mountain-side overlooking New Castle.
The Board of Supervisors approved the controversial project tonight.
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Eric Earnhart is in the Newsroom with details.
Jean it's a battle of beauty verses the benefits of cell phone service. The cell phone company's first proposed tower site aroused so much opposition, tonight they went to the board with plan B.
[IN Q=For Ohio Cellular]
[SUPER=01-James Creekmore/Phone Company Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Jane Echols Johnston/Resident;]
[SUPER=04-February 1, 1996]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Anderson/Resident;]
[OUT Q=enter the 20th century]
(( For Ohio Cellular, plan B is Aps Knob... the actually tower site would be 700 feet below the surroundint mountain-tops... enough they say, to protect the scenic skyline.
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[IN Q=we;re below the]
((JAMES CREEKMORE/ATTORNEY FOR PHONE COMPANY; WE'RE BELOW THE 200 FOOT LEVEL, ADN WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE IN A FLIGHT PATTERN SO WE WON;T HAVE TO LIGHT THAT TOWER, SO AT NIGHT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO KNOW IT'S THERE.))
[OUT Q=know it's there]
Most of the audience opposed the tower... some see it as a foot in the door that would certainly lead to more uncontrolled electronic construction.
Others fear it will damage the beauty they've fought to preserve.
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[IN Q=why are we working]
((JANE ECHOLS/RESIDENT; WHY ARE WE WORKING HARD TO MAKE OUR TOWN BEAUTIFUL WHEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO RUIN IT IS LOOK UP THE MOUNTAIN AND SEE THIS 190 FOOT TOWER.))
[OUT Q=190 foot tower]
But as some residents invoked images of the County's scenic beauty... others brought up this image... the 1996 fire that killed two small children.
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[IN Q=those children's ]
((DR. BILL ANDERSON/RESIDENT; THOSE CHILREN'S GRANDMOTHER SAW THAT FIRE FROM HER CAR, ONE OR TWO MINUTES MIGHT HAVE MEANT WHETHER OR NOT THOSE CHILDREN LIVED OR DIED.))
[OUT Q=lived or died]
In the end the board voted unanimously to approve the permit... with one saying it's time for Craig County to finally enter the 20th century.))
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A 32-year old Henry County woman was found dead this morning in the Fairy Stone Section of Patrick County.
Police say Kathy Jones (Guy-zler) Guisler was more than likely murdered at the site.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but officials say her neck may have been slashed.
An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow in Roanoke.
No arrests have been made, but an investigation is underway.
Two Roanoke police officers who pepper sprayed a man will return to duty tomorrow.
Officers M-L Pendleton and R-A Johnson arrested Derek Poindexter for possession of crack cocaine last month.
They say they thought Poindexter was chewing more crack, so they pepper sprayed him.
Poindexter later died.
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Virginia has executed its 12-th death row inmate this year.
Kenneth Wilson died by lethal injection tonight for the 1993 rape and murder of a neighbor in Newport News.
He also slashed the necks of her 12-year-old daughter along with a teenaged friend.
Both girls survived the attack.
Governor Gilmore refused to intervene in tonight's execution, saying there has never been any question as to Wilson's guilt.
For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency has filed CRIMINAL charges against a municipal agency in Virginia that's supposed to treat waste water.
The HENRY County Public Service Authority is prepared to admit dumping illegal levels of waste water into the Smith River.
The P-S-A will plead guilty along with two former managers.
It'll cost the P-S-A a total of one million dollars.
[IN Q=But of the]
((BUT OF THE $1 MILLION, 1/10TH IS A FINE. 9/1OTHS IS GOING TO PROJECTS DESIGNED TO GO BACK TO THE HENRY COUNTY AREA TO BENEFIT THE CITIZENS OF HENRY COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Harrell/EPA Attorney]
[OUT Q=Henry County.]
P-S-A Manager Sid Clower said the Authority's debt will be refinanced at a lower interest rate.
So the county can pay the fine and full-fill the terms of the plea agreement without raising sewer and water rates to county residents.
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Americans now have a voice to go with the face of Monica Lewinsky.
Lewinsky laughs, cries and pours her heart out to Linda Tripp on tapes released today-
Jonathan Freed has more.
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Spokesperson;]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/CBS News;]
[out Q= JF, Washington]
(( Chances are you've already heard enough about the Monica Lewinsky
scandal. But when it comes to Lewinsky herself, technically, you
haven't heard anything at all.
That is, until now.
THE FIRST TIME I EVER LOOKED INTO HIS
EYES CLOSE UP AND WAS WITH HIM ALONE, I SAW SOMEBODY TOTALLY DIFFERENT
I HAD EXPECTED TO SEE. AND THAT'S THE PERSON I FELL IN LOVE WITH.
MEDIA RECEIVING TAPES.
The infamous secret tape recordings that Linda Tripp made of her
one-time friend have finally been made public...edited by the House
It was these tapes that helped encourage Independent Counsel,
Starr to investigate the affair.
The recordings show that the Tripp-Lewinsky relationship covered a
spectrum of emotion.
TAPES/LEWINSKY SOBBING AND TRIPP: LINDA, I CAN'T TAKE
ANYMORE...(I KNOW I KNOW)...I JUST CAN'T. I JUST CAN'T...(OH MY
GOD)...IT'S JUST TOO...IT'S TOO MUCH FOR ONE PERSON...(OH, IT IS
MUCH FOR ONE PERSON. YES IT IS).
In this case, they discussed one of the subjects that's threatening
TAPES/TRIPP: HEY LOOK, MONICA, WE ALREADY KNOW THAT
YOU'RE GONNA LIE UNDER OATH. WE ALSO KNOW THAT I WANT OUT OF THIS
BIG TIME. I MEAN, HOW ELSE IS THIS GOING TO GO? IF I HAVE TO
TESTIFY...IF I AM FORCED TO BE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAY, SO
THEREFORE, IT'S A CONFLICT RIGHT THERE.
At the White House, they were downplaying the release of the
JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: EVERYBODY KNOWS
WHAT'S ON THESE TAPES...EVERYONE HAS SEEN ALL THE INFORMATION THEY'LL SEE
ON THIS STORY. MY GUESS IS THAT MOST PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY WON'T
BE PAYING ATTENTION.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS
THEMSELVES GET STARTED ON THURSDAY...WHEN KENNETH STARR WILL BE THE
WITNESS. IT WILL ALSO BE THE FIRST TIME THAT STARR IS QUESTIONED
BY THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
A shopping plaza promising jobs and profits is on its way into Franklin County.
Tonight, supervisors rezoned a chunk of land to make way for the project.
But it will crumble unless the town and county quit haggling over sewer service.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Walker/Developer; :23]
[SUPER=01-Keith Holland/Rocky Mount Town Manager; :52]
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(( Picture a sprawling 20-acre shopping center here, complete with a super Kroger, movie theater and restaurants.
Plugging 300 jobs into Franklin County.
Franklin County supervisors rezoned the land for business -- with no public opposition.
Only hitch is, this strip of Route 40 East of Rocky Mount has no sewer service.
((BILL WALKER/DEVELOPER: BASICALLY THE BOTTOM LINE IS NO SEWER, NO PROJECT. WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THE SEWER FOR THE END USERS TO COME.))
[OUT Q=USERS TO COME]
The town of Rocky Mount supplies all utilities.
But this land's in the county so the town can name its price.
Wendy's bought some land here but was charged 125-thousand-dollars for sewer service.
Their plot's still empty.
And Rocky Mount's Kroger would close if the new one opens.
[IN Q=The town]
((KEITH HOLLAND/TOWN MANAGER: THE TOWN LOSES EVERYTHING. WE LOSE OUR BUSINESS LICENSE, WE LOSE OUR MEALS TAX. WE LOSE ALL FORMS OF REVENUE IN EXCHANGE FOR ONLY GAINING A SEWER CUSTOMER. ...
IF THE TOWN DECIDED TO EXTEND SEWER LINES DOWN 40 EAST, ALL WE'D REALLY GAIN IS A WATER OR SEWER CUSTOMER.))
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[IN Q=The town]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE TOWN AND THE COUNTY SAY THEY ARE NEGOTIATING OVER SEWER SERVICE ON ROUTE 40 EAST. BUT THEY WILL NOT SAY WHETHER THEY PLAN TO SETTLE IN TIME TO MILK KROGER'S PROFITS. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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The first round of testing is complete, and the numbers are disappointing.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell begins our series on the Standards of Learning, with a closer look at Grade Expectations.
Jean, The Standards of Learning aren't new, but the testing is.. and we're just beginning to feel their impact in the classroom.
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[SUPER=01-Sharon Kidd/Parent; :10]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Sydney Vail; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-JoAnn Carter/Retired Ohio Teacher; 1:20]
[OUT Q=more on that tomorrow.]
((The third graders in Cub Scout Pack 410 know about the standards of learning
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[IN Q=I think they're going to be]
((CHRISTOPHER KIDD: I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG TEST.))
[OUT Q=a really big test.]
And so do their parents...
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[IN Q=I think for the kids]
((SHARON KIDD: I THINK FOR THE KIDS, THEY SEEM OBLIVIOUS TO IT, IN THE THIRD GRADE AT LEAST, BUT FOR ME AS A PARENT, YES I'M VERY APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE TEST.))
[OUT Q=apprehensive about the test.]
The State Board of Education adopted the standards in 1995 to insure that students are taught the basics, and to provide a yardstick by which student, teacher and school performance can be measured.
But the testing is just beginning. And that has left many people wondering what it's all about.
[NAT SOT OF FAMILY AT MALL]
[IN Q=Look at the punctuation]
((LOOK AT THE PUNCTUATION. OH THE PUNCTUATION. IT TAKES TWO OF US TO GET THIS ONE RIGHT.))
[OUT Q=get this one right.]
Charlene and Sydney Vail and their three children were shopping at Valley View Mall recently when we asked them to take a short test of sample questions provided by the Virginia Department of Education.
[IN Q=Oh, I hate math]
((OH I HATE MATH!))
[OUT Q=I hate math.]
While the standards of learning are considered minimum requirements, many of the questions aren't easy.
[IN Q=I would say for the average kid]
((DR. SYDNEY VAIL: I WOULD SAY FOR THE AVERAGE KID MAYBE JUST MAYBE, FOR THE MORE ACCELERATED KID SURE.))
[OUT Q=more accelerated kid, sure.]
And the most important questions may not be answered for several years, until we can measure the full effect on students, teachers, and the public school curriculum.
[IN Q=I was teaching to the test only.]
((JOANN CARTER/RETIRED OHIO TEACHER: I WAS TEACHING TO THE TEST ONLY, UNDER STRICT RULES, YES. AND IT BECOMES A COMPETITIVE THING BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATORS. MY SCHOOL DISTRICT DID BETTER THAN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE'RE GOING TO BEAT THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO MATTER HOW WE HAVE TO DO IT.))
[OUT Q=no matter how we have to do it.]
More on that tomorrow!))
The Vails did well, but no one who took our test of sample questions answered all of them correctly. The state isn't releasing the actual test, Jean...
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But if you'd like to take a closer look at the sample questions, visit our website... www. wdbj7.com. You can link to the Department of Education through our Webwatch page.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come--
Plus, an area lawmaker is pushing for changes in the state's capital punishment law. Details just ahead.
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[OUT Q=...News 7 sports]
((Hey Jean time to take it to the hoop tonight as we check on the season opener for Radford U.
Plus, we'll have the highlights of four of tonight's girls regional quarterfinal games.
Also, GW Danville hosted the number two boy's team in the nation. And the Tueday night Tech report is on the way, as well only on News 7 sports.))
A three car accident on 5-81 sent three people to the hospital and backed up traffic for several miles tonight.
It happened around seven near the 10th Street bridge.
State police say traffic had come to a stand still when the driver of one car rammed the vehicle in front of it, pushing it into another car.
None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
State police say traffic was heavier than usual because of the Shania Twain concert.
No word yet on whether charges will be filed.
A second big tax cut proposal in his first year at the helm.
This week's Time Magazine touts Governor Jim Gilmore as a candidate for chairmanship of the NATIONAL Republican party.
Today, Gilmore and Republican lawmakers unveiled their version of a two-cent cut on the tax you pay at the grocery store.
Shawsville Democrat Madison Marye put the food tax cut on the radar screen last year.
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[IN Q=I think]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: I THINK LAST YEAR IT WAS PROPOSED SOME BY WELL MEANING INDIVIDUALS AND SOME BY THOSE WHO WANTED TO DERAIL THE CAR TAX. WE NOW SEE THAT WE CAN DO BOTH.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ANYBODY CAN COME FORWARD AND JUST SAY THAT THEY WANT TO PUT FORWARD AN IDEA. BUT THE CHALLENGE OF STATESMANSHIP AND GOVERNANCE IS TO ACTUALLY PUT FORWARD A RESPONSIBLE IDEA THAT CAN BE PUT INTO PLACE.))
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: BUT THE IDEAS ARE GOOD. I APPLAUD THE GOVERNOR FOR TAKING THESE ISSUES ON. THE DEVIL WILL BE IN THE DETAILS.))
[OUT Q=hope so.]
Also in today's budget proposal, more money for local law enforcement, and a plan to ensure all lottery profits go to education.
The case of a black man who was burned and beheaded in Grayson County has prompted one area lawmaker to push for changes in the state's capital punishment law.
Lynchburg state senator Steve Newman says anyone who decapitates or dismembers their victim should be eligible for the death penalty.
[IN Q=But I think]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: BUT I THINK WHEN YOU REACH THAT LEVEL OF GRUESOMENESS WHERE YOU ARE CUTTING OFF BODY PARTS, IT RISES TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF EVIL THAN THOSE PEOPLE THAT JUST KILL, EVEN WITH PREMEDITATION.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00]
[OUT Q=even with premeditation.]
In 1996, Newman helped push a bill through that made serial killing a capital offense.
Virginia already has twelve other offenses punishable by death.
Still to come, it's time to bring down the house.
That's exactly what country sensation Shania Twain did for a sell-out crowd tonight in Roanoke.
Highlights coming up.
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Thousands of Shania Twain fans headed to the Roanoke Civic Center tonight-
((CHEERING.... ALRIGHT WELL, IF YOU GUYS KNOW THIS SONG, SING ALONG... MUSIC NAT SOUND.))
[OUT Q=nat sound.]
Twain's hits have made it not only on the country charts but the pop charts-
She's known for the songs The Woman in Me, Whose bed have your boots been under and You're still the one.
[IN Q=Still the one.]
((STILL THE ONE....... GOODNIGHT.))
[OUT Q=KISS GOODNIGHT.]
The Canadian born singer performed to a sold out crowd-
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Big news for the Hokies as the Tech women beat sixth ranked Duek in Durham 72-to-70 to stay unbeaten on the season.
Katie O'Connor and Kim Seaver led the way last night with 14 a piece.
And while the Tech women were playing, Bobby Hussey was playing around at the Roanoke Valley sports club meeting last night.
The Tech men's coach was the featured speaker and he also had time to check up with former Hokie boss Charlie Moir.
The Hokies play East Tennessee State tomorrow.
We start the bouncing ball of highlights inside the Dedmon Dome in Radford for the Highlanders open the season against a Concord team that stunned them last season.
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The Highlanders had a healthy crowd on hand last night to watch them deliver the payback punch.
Concord gets one early as Fleming graduate, Sterling Tate throws down the slam for the Mountain Lions.
But Radford would keep the pressure on all night long. Ryan Everett drives all the way to the hoop and dishes to Jamar Betz, who brings down the house with the baseline jam.
Everett would keep it later in the first half and from the top of the key he drills the three pointer.
Then Ryan Charles converts the Jon Belt pass into a layin. It's no contest as RU wins it by 44.
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The ball bounces to high school hoops and the Region Three Basketball Tournament at Northside High School.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Northside vs Heritage;]
Jim Robinson's Lady Vikings were playing on their home court but the Seminole Champions, Heritage, seemed to have the upper hand especially in the first half.
The Pioneers took the early lead has Tekita Butler snags the rebound, lets the shot fly and it's two points for Heritage.
The Vikings Kris McMilliam drives to the hoop only to be met by the out-stretched arms of Rebekah Packer who gets the easy block.
But Northside battles back and pulls out the win in this tight game, 49-to-44.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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The second match up of the night pitted the Appomattox Raiders against the Gretna Hawks.
Gretna's Twyla Irvin tries to keep the Hawks in the game and throws one up for a score.
Appomattox gets the ball to Brittany Pennix off the inbounds pass, Pennix near the foul line gets the bucket.
The Raiders with the rebound on the other end, the outlet pass gets to Heather Williams and she finishes it for Appomattox and the Raiders win it 65-to-49.
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In Region-C action last night the quarterfinals were layed at various sights.
One of those was Shawsville where
[SUPER=03-Shawsville/Galax vs. Shawsville; :00]
the Lady Maroon Tide came to town looking to earn a little respect for the Mountain Empire district against mighty Shawnees.
And they made believers out of quite a few folks as Catherine Cockerham finds Katherine Whartenby in the lane. She scores and Galax has a 36-to-23 lead in the 3rd.
Shortly before the end of the quarter, Megan Forster goes coast to coast for the Shawnees and get the layin.
In the fourth, she takes the dish on the long downcourt pass and steps up to hit the long jumper to cut the lead to 11.
But Galax was the real deal last night as the Tide
rolls to the 52-to-37 win over Shawsville to advance to the regional semi-finals tomorrow night.
The Mountain Empire skunked the Three Rivers last night as Ft. Chiswell beat Glenvar 56-to-51 behind Kelly Reynolds 18.
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In New Castle, Pioneer coach of the year John Looney had the Rockets poised to beat John Battle.
District player of the year Gina Guthrie slices and dices the "D" and gets the pretty assist for Craig early.
[SUPER=33-John Battle/51/Craig Co./49;] But John Battle is able survive the trip from Bristol and pull out a 51-to-49
win to advance to the semi-finals.
Northwood won the other Region C game beating Covington 63-to-28.
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The boy's court was alos full last night. As GW Danville hosted the number two ranked high school team in the nation in Durham's Mt. Zion Christian.
[SUPER=03-Danville/Mt.Zion vs.GW Danville; :00]
The defending state champs proudly took the court looking to show the visitors what southside hoops is all about.
And GW's Anthony Wiles will drive up the middle and feed Charlie Martin for the jumper from the outside for the Eagles.
Mt. Zion would answer that with Kenny Booker's throwdown in the paint. Oh yeah. the boys from Durham have arrived.
The packed house liked that, but the fans got to see much more as Marcus Williams put an exclamation into the hardwood, as well.
But GW wasn't fazed by the jamfest. Jerian
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Younger gets a duece of his own. GW leads at the half but Mt Zion wins 64-to-61.
We'll turn our attention to the Hokies when we come back from commercial break.
And see how Frank Beamer and his boys hope to bounce back against Rutgers this Saturday.
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The Virginia Tech football team knows having 8 wins by the end of this coming weekend will go a long way toward determining its postseason destination.
Steve Mason has more on Hokies with Rutgers on deck.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :16]
[SUPER=01-Angelo Harrison/Va. Tech Receiver; :46]
[SUPER=03-Piscataway, NJ/Last Year; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Lambo/Va. Tech Right Tackle; 1:17]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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And this Saturday afternoon we will be have the Tennessee-Kentucky game for you here on WDBJ-7. The pregame show gets underway at three.
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