Proposed dog ordinances in the city of Roanoke had some residents sounding off at a public hearing last night.
And a Florida man confesses to the brutal murder and burial of his six- year- old daughter.
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Roanoke City is going to change the rules for dog owners.
Speakers at a public hearing last night said some of the proposed changes go go far.
And some are badly needed.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Duane Howard/Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Gray/Resident; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jill Wright/Kennel Club Member; :39]
[SUPER=01-Lee Fitzgerald/Kennel Club Member; :56]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Fisher-Poff/Search And Rescue Dog Owner; 1:08]
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(( There was resounding support for a pooper scooper law... Charles and Nancy Ayline live across from Raleigh Court park
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((CHARLES AYLINE/RESIDENT; KIDS PLAY THERE, OUR LITTLE LEAGUE PRACTICES THERE, AND DOGS POOP THERE. OUR PARKS SHOULD NOT BE TOILETS FOR DOGS.))
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((PHYLLIS GRAY/RESIDENT; I WOULD BE GLAD TO BE LIKE A VIGILANTE AND GO AFTER THESE PEOPLE, I'LL CALL YOU.))
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But other amendments concerned these dog owners... one limits a household to four dogs, and ONLY if all are sterilized.
[IN Q=I've noticed]
((JILL WRIGHT/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; I'VE NOTICED NOWHERE IN HERE THAT'S YOU'VE MENTIONED A GRANDFATHER CLAUSE, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TELLING SOMEBODY THEY CAN ONLY HAVE SO MANY CHILDREN.))
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And sterilized dogs can't participate in competition... Dog shows bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area.
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((LEE FITZGERALD/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; WOULDN'T THAT BE A GRAND THING TO RUN OUT OF TOWN, IF THE PEOPLE CANNOT HAVE DOGS HERE IN ROANOKE))
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And a mandatory leash law could make some types of training illegal.
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((MICHELLE FISHER-POFF/SEARCH & RESCUE DOG OWNER; PART OF WHAT GOES INTO TRAINING SEARCH DOGS IS TRAINING OFF-LEASH, IN PARKS AND SCHOOLS;))
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City officials say they need this kind of input... the amendments are still being fine-tuned.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))[Missing-Girl]
Florida authorities say a man confessed to murdering his little girl in a "fit of rage".
24- year- old Richard Adams is charged with the fatal beating of his six-year- old daughter Kayla McKean.
Authorities found the body of a girl matching Kayla's description buried in a field about 30 miles from her father's home.
Volunteers from neighboring areas spent all weekend searching for Kayla, who'd been reported missing since Thanksgiving.
When they discovered what had happened to her, they were shocked and angry.
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((THEY SHOULD LET US DO TO HIM WHAT HE DID TO THAT CHILD. LET US HAVE HIM RIGHT HERE.))
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Adams will be arraigned on murder charges today.
His wife, the girl's stepmother led investigators to her shallow grave yesterday.
She'll be charged with improper disposal of a body, a misdemeanor.
Legal experts, as well as convicted perjurers will testify today before the House Judiciary commitee about what is and is NOT perjury.
But the impeachment inquiry itself may be expanding beyond that.
Mark Knoller has more.
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It was a winning night for Quebec's pro- independence government, with the re- election of Premier Lucien Bouchard.
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But the victory was NOT as sweet as it could have been, with Bouchard's party winning only 43- percent of the popular vote.
That means a secession referendum won't likely happen any time soon.
Bouchard says he'll call a referendum on independence whenever he feels the separatist side can win.
While his party retained its big majority in the legislature, it was narrowly out- voted by its ANTI-separatist rival, the Quebec Liberal Party.
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In sports, the Deacons dominate the Keydets, and the Hokies are headed to Nashville.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
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The governor's commission on mental health has finished its study of the state's mental health system.
The commission's report was released yesterday and calls for tighter controls on the directors and employees of state-run hospitals-- like Western State in Staunton.
The report also recommends additional funding for community projects for the mentally retarded, a pilot program to bring psychiatrists to underserved areas and a program to provide house calls for mental patients living at home.
The report now goes to Governor Gilmore.
Millions of women take the estrogen drug (Prem-a-rin) Premarin, but one Craig County woman wants it off the market.
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Tera Houston is protesting the drug made from the urine of pregnant mares.
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She says the process for collecting the estrogen from the horses is inhumane.
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((TERA HOUSTON/SILVER SPRING EQUINE RESCUE: I DON'T THINK A LOT OF THEM GET EXERCISE WHEN THEY'RE IN THE COLLECTION BARNS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEM IN VERY NARROW STALLS AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY'RE TIED UP AND STANDING ON CONCRETE WHICH IS REALLY BAD FOR THEIR LEGS.))
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Now Houston is on a crusade to save (Prem-a-rin) Premarin mares and their foals through her horse rescue farm in New Castle.
The makers of (Prem-a-rin) Premarin say the PMU ranches are highly regulated and the horses used in the production of the drugs are cared for and treated well.
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In medical news, researchers have differing opinions on increased breast cancer screening.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in today's health check.
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(( GOOD MORNING.
MAMMOGRAMS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO DETECT BREAST CANCER--
DOCTORS ARE NOW RECOMMENDING THAT CERTAIN WOMEN UNDERGO REGULAR
ULTRASOUND EXAMS AS WELL.
ALTHOUGH MAMMOGRAMS ARE HIGHLY-RELIABLE IN MOST CASES...
A NEW YORK STUDY FOUND THAT THE IMAGES ONLY DETECTED 56-PERCENT OF
CANCEROUS GROWTHS IN WOMEN WITH VERY DENSE BREASTS.
HOWEVER, THE TUMORS WERE SPOTTED BY ULTRASOUND'S HIGH-FREQUENCY
BUT SOME RESEARCHERS FEAR THAT REGULAR USE OF ULTRASOUND COULD RESULT
IN MANY NEEDLESS BIOPSIES.
THAT'S BECAUSE THE TECHNIQUE OFTEN REVEALS MASSES THAT ARE NOT
A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT DIABETES COULD BE EVEN MORE OF A THREAT TO AN
ACCORDING TO A REPORT RELEASED IN THE JOURNAL, NATURE MEDICINE....
PREGNANT WOMEN WITH DIABETES HAVE A MUCH GREATER CHANCE OF EARLY
MISCARRIAGES.. OR DELIVERING BABIES WITH BIRTH DEFECTS.
WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT MANY WOMEN DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY'RE DIABETIC.
DOCTORS ARE URGING THESE WOMEN TO MAKE SURE THEIR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
ARE UNDER CONTROL... AND TO HAVE THEIR PREGNANCIES CLOSELY MONITORED BY
YET ANOTHER STUDY SUGGESTS THAT A DIET RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
CAN PREVENT DISEASES.
RESEARCHERS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO ATE
MORE THAN NINE SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES A DAY.. INCREASED THE
LEVEL OF ANTI-OXIDANTS IN THEIR BLOOD.
ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY NEUTRALIZE MOLECULES THAT
DAMAGE CELLS AND CAUSE DISEASE.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
The Roanoke county police chief has fired the officer who pepper sprayed a 77-year- old woman.
The incident happened last month, when the elderly woman's vehicle was facing the wrong direction on a busy road.
A small Michigan community is reeling after an 18-year-old man murdered five people, including four of his relatives.
The prosecutor called it one of the most brutal crime scenes he's ever seen.
And the President Clinton impeachment inquiry may be expanding.
A spokesman says House Judiciary Committee Republicans want to subpoena secret memos about alleged fundraising violations by the President in the 19-96 campaign.
And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, December first.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
A spokesman for Republicans on the House Judiciary Commitee confirms the impeachment investigation might expand.
Sources say the Republicans want to subpoena secret justice department memos about alleged Presidential fundraising irregularities during the 19-96 campaign.
But a law professor at Harvard University says any expansion of the committee's investigation is a waste of time.
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((ALAN DERSHOWITZ/HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR: IT'S AN END GAME STRATEGY. THEY WANT TO LEAVE NO STONE UNCOVERED
AND THEY'RE JUST STRETCHING AND PULLING AND TUGGING AND SENDING OUT NETS
IN THE HOPES THE FISHING EXPEDITION WOULD BRING IN SOMETHING. BUT IT'S
OVER-- FOR THE PURPOSES FOR DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S GOING TO BE
OTHER IMPEACHABLE GROUNDS.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Dershowitz/Harvard Law Professor;]
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Later today, the House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from conficted perjurers and legal experts on the definition of perjury.
A sleepy Michigan community is shaken after an 18- year- old's murder spree that killed five people, including four members of his own family.
Drew Levinson has more on the story.
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[SUPER=03-Dalton Township, MI; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Tague/Muskegon Co. Prosecutor; :34]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:21]
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((THE PROSECUTOR CALLED IT ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL CRIME SCENES HE'D EVER SEEN. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THIS HOME AROUND MIDNIGHT SUNDAY WHEN THE PARENTS OF 19 YEAR OLD APRIL BOSS WENT TO LOOK FOR THEIR DAUGHTER.
POLICE FOUND THE BODY OF 50 YEAR OLD STEVEN PRIVACKY LYING IN THE
DRIVEWAY. INSIDE THE HOUSE THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF HIS WIFE LINDA, HIS 78-YEAR OLD FATHER JOHN, THEIR 19 YEAR OLD SON JEDEDIAH AND HIS
GIRLFRIEND APRIL BOSS.
18 YEAR OLD SETH PRIVACKY IS IN POLICE CUSTODY, SUSPECTED OF KILLING HIS MOTHER, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, BROTHER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND.
SOT: TONY TAGUE, MUSKEGON COUNTY PROSECUTOR
THEY RECIEVED A TIP, WENT TO THAT LOCATION AND HE WAS FOUND HIDING IN A
LOCKED BARM. THE OFFICERS TOLD HIM TO TURN HIMSELF IN AND HE DID SO."
ANOTHER 18-YEAR-OLD, A CLASSMATE OF PRIVACKY'S, WAS APPREHENDED
OVERNIGHT, WHEN POLICE FOUND HIM RUNNING OUT OF THE WOODS A FEW HUNDRED
FEET FROM THE PRIVACKY HOME.
SOT: TONY TAGUE, MUSKEGON COUNTY PROSECUTOR
WE HAVE BOTH MEN WHO I BELIEVE ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS IN CUSTODY. I
BELIEVE THAT WE WILL HAVE STARONG CASES, WE'LL TIE IT TOGETHER AND
DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT OCCURRED AT THIS RESIDENCE."
SOME OF THE VICTIMS HAD GUNSHOT WOUNDS, THOUGH NO WEAPON WAS FOUND AT
THE CRIME SCENE. INVESTIGATORS THINK THAT THE KILLINGS MAY HAVE BEGUN
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND WERE STRETCHED OUT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, THE
VICTIMS POSSIBLY FORCED TO STAY IN THE HOUSE AS EACH WAS MURDERED
LEVINSON STANDUP CLOSE: INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO SAID TO BE QUESTIONING A
POSSIBLE WITNESS WHO MAY NOT HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE SLAYINGS, BUT MAY
HAVE HELPED MOVE SOME OF THE BODIES. AUTOPSIES ON ALL FIVE VICTIMS ARE
BEING PERFORMED. POLICE HAVEN'T YET OFFERED A MOTIVE FOR THE MULTIPLE
MURDER. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, DALTON TOWNSHIP,MICHIGAN))
The Roanoke County police officer who made headlines for using pepper spray on a 77-year-old grandmother was fired yesterday.
As Scott Goldberg reports, county police said getting rid of Metcalf was the best way to resolve a bad situation.
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[SUPER=01-Chief Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police; :35]
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((Goldie Akers said she didn't do anything wrong earlier this month when she was checking her mail.
But she was sitting in her car, facing the wrong way on a busy road.
And when Officer Russell Metcalf approached her, she didn't answer his questions.
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((HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE? NO. IT WAS DANGEROUS. BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE AND HE SHOULD HAVE.))
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What Russel did was follow Akers back up her driveway, where he sprayed pepper spray in the 77-year-old's face.
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The County's police chief said it was an isolated incident.
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((LAVINDER: WE'D LIKE FOR ALL THE CITIZENS TO KNOW WE WANT TO PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE AND WE'LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO PROVIDE THAT SERIVCE.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: METCALF'S LAWYER SAID THIS ISN'T OVER AND THAT METCALF WILL APPEAL HIS TERMINATION. GOLDIE AKERS LAWYER SAID BASED ON WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, FIRING METCALF WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))
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More light is being shed on a pepper spray incident in Roanoke City.
The medical examiner's report says a man who died in the custody of Roanoke police overdosed on cocaine.
Derek Poindexter was pepper sprayed by officers in October after refusing to spit an object out of his mouth.
The police thought he was chewing crack cocaine.
A medical examiner's report shows Poindexter had a high concentration of cocaine in his blood when he died.
But according to officials, a report on mouth swab samples has not been returned.
Poindexter's relatives say they're dissatisfied with the results and will request a follow-up investigation.
A former Wythe County school teacher will spend 15-years in prison for having sex with a former student.
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According to testimony, the girl was just 13-years old when she and 35-year old Michael Blevins began their relationship at Rural Retreat high school.
Blevins' attorneys had hoped their client would receive a seven year term...
That is the sentence Blevins is expected to receive in Smyth and Montgomery Counties as part of a plea agreement.
But Judge Colin Campbell opted for 15-years saying Blevins breached what is supposed to be confidence between a parent and teacher.
The F-B-I is investigating a Wytheville-based group of archeologists.
The Reed Creek Archeological society is supected of digging up Indian burial sites for artifacts and jewelry.
The society's been under investigation for two years, but it was not revealed until an afidavit was unsealed in Roanoke federal court yesterday.
The document was filed so federal agents could seach the home of the Society's president-- Larry Price-- who allegedly headed the excavations.
Price's lawyer said his client never profited from digs and shared his findings.
No charges have been filed.
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Authorities say dry weather and a woman burning trash are responsible for a forest fire that scorched several acres on an Amherst County mountaintop.
Crews were called to this home on Wares Gap Road around 2:30 yesterday.
The homeowner said she only turned her back for a moment when sparks from the trash barrel had ignited nearby woods.
The fire gutted three outbuildings and blackened about five acres of woods before crews could bring it under control.
A helicopter was called in from another forest fire in Nelson County to help extinguish the blaze.
Global Warming is causing some worries for Virginia Farmers -- not because of the changing climate, but because of changing policies.
At the Virginia Farm Bureau convention yesterday
in Roanoke, State Climatologist Pat Michaels warned that constant news stories about severe weather are fueling increased legislation.
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((DAN RATHER/CBS NEWS: EL NINO IS STILL CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE AND PROPERTY...))
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Michaels warned farmers yesterday that the United States government is close to ratifying an international treaty that would raise fuel prices in the United States.
[IN Q=if our price]
((PAT MICHAELS/VA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: IF OUR PRICE OF ENERGY IS RAISED, THEN IT COSTS MORE FOR THE FARMER TO PRODUCE SOMETHING HERE THAN IT DOES IN OTHER NATIONS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE TREATY DOES NOT TAKE EFFECT. ))
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Michaels is a well known Climatologist known for his view that Global Warming isn't really a big problem.
A merger between the nation's two largest oil comapnies is expected to be announced later this morning.
The Washington Post is reporting the deal between Exxon and Mobil is estimated to be worth 60 to 80 BILLION dollars.
Analysts say as many as 20-thousand jobs could be cut from the new company's combined work force.
Mobil is based in Northern Virginia.
Virginia lawmakers must decide between two competing plans for school construction.
A commission run by state lawmakers is pushing for a history-making 600- million dollars in state aid to go for construction and repair.
But yesterday, Governor Jim Gilmore's commission voted to back HIS plan.
[IN Q=School construction]
((WILBERT BRYANT/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IS ONLY ONE OF THE MANY VARIABLES IN THE EQUATION. GOVERNOR GILMORE HAS PUT FORTH A PLAN.))
[SUPER=01-Wilbert Bryant/Virginia Secretary of Education; ]
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Halifax County's Superintendent served on the Governor's commission-- and was a little put off by the politics involved.
[IN Q=The survey]
((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: THE SURVEY THAT THEY DID WITH ALL THE SUPERINTEDENTS ACROSS THE STATE TENDED TO PIT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AGAINST SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. AND WE NEED BOTH.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Halifax Co. Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=we need both.]
Expect how lottery profits are spent to be a big deal in the 1999 General Assembly.
Education leaders in Southside Virginia are teaming up to tackle issues like the drop out rate and low test scores.
They've formed a group called "Dan River Region Vision"-- which covers Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County North Carolina.
Officials announced today that they've received a 46-thousand dollar grant from a private foundation that will help them accomplish their goals.
Those goals include improving education and economic development.
[IN Q=In order to do that]
((CARLYLE RAMSEY/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE'VE GOT TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY HAVE TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND OF COURSE THEY HAVE TO BE THE ONES TO STEP FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-Carlyle Ramsey/Danville Community College;]
[OUT Q=to step forward.]
"Dan River Region Vision" will hold eight neighborhood meetings next year to get ideas on how to accomplish its goals.
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In sports, the Cavs and Hokies renew last weekend's rivalry in front of a record crowd.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[OUT Q=good day everybody.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Roanoke city's plans for increased restrictions on dogs met with mixed reviews at a public hearing last night.
Most speakers at last night's public hearing approved of tougher pooper scooper rules, but many were concerned about restricting the number of dogs per household and increased leash laws.
City officials say they're still fine-tuning the amendments and welcome any input.
State mental hospitals need tighter controls on directors and employees.
That's the finding of the governor's mental health commission.
The commission's report was released yesterday.
It also calls for more psychiatric programs in underserved areas and for mental patients living at home.
The Roanoke County police officer who used pepper spray on a 77 year old woman has been fired.
Russell Metcalf was fired yesterday.
His lawyer says he'll appeal the move.
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