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The search for Roanoke's new city manager has been narrowed down to two- -both OUTSIDE candidates.

That's the top story on NEWS 7.
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Flood waters in Franklin begin to recede even as Virginia gets more rain. NEWS 7's intrepid storm reporter Ellen Qualls files a report for us.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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In sports, NASCAR Live host Eli Gold is in Salem tonight, we will hear from him, A Cavalier offers a few thoughts on Clemson to the Hokies,
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[VO-NAT]
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and Tech continues to prepare for the Tigers as Michael Vick hopes to put his best foot forward Thursday night.
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Showers will taper off this evening and the passing cold front will keep things chilly on Wednesday. [COMM-O-ID]
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[SUPER=@Robin1][City-Manager]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:31:48]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Manager Search]


Roanoke City Council is closing in on its choice for a new city manager, but the effort is raising new questions.


A meeting over the weekend eliminated Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie as a top choice, and left some council members unhappy with the process.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Newsroom]


Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the search and the latest complaints.
[Live=Joe full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Joe1;]


Keith, this process started with great promise... and more than 140 applications, but as council zeroes in on its top choice, the strain is showing.
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[IN Q=A meeting on Saturday]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Roanoke City Council; :23]
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :42]
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[OUT Q=and that didn't happen.]


((A meeting on Saturday caused the latest rift... With Mayor David Bowers in the hospital following emergency eye surgery, and Linda Wyatt absent because of a previous commitment... the five remaining members of council narrowed their search to a pair of finalists that does NOT include acting city manager Jim Ritchie.
Council member Jim Trout says they needed to move forward, or risk losing top candidates.
[SOT 01:38:24]
[IN Q=When you have outstanding]

((WHEN YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING CANDIDATES ESPECIALLY TWO, THEY'VE ALSO GOT APPLICATIONS ELSEWHERE. IF ROANOKE DID NOT SHOW A STRONG INTEREST THEY WOULD WANT TO KNOW.))
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But council member Linda Wyatt says such an important decision should have the input of all council members, especially the mayor.
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[IN Q=I had no problem with them]

((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THEM GOING AHEAD WITH THE INTERVIEWS, IF THAT'S WHAT THEY FELT THEY HAD TO DO, BUT CERTAINLY I THINK ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION OF WHO FINALISTS WERE AND WERE NOT GOING TO BE. AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
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[OUT Q=that didn't happen.]))
[Live=Joe Full/Newsroom]


Mayor Bowers, who was a strong supporter of Jim Ritchie's application, was unavailable for comment today.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Joe/Newsroom]


The top two candidates are municipal officials, one here in Virginia, the second in another southeastern state... one a man, and one we're told is a woman. And Keith The city's consultant is now arranging for both to visit Roanoke and hold more discussions with members of council.


[Griffin]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-35 1:03:50]
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Danville is also looking for a new city manager, even as its last one, Ray Griffin, Junior, may get a new job tonight.
Aldermen of Kingsport, Tennessee will vote this evening on whether to hire Griffin as their new City Manager.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/July;]


Danville's City Council fired Griffin in July. He worked there for seven years.
Griffin would be taking a pay cut to go to Kingsport. He made nearly 108-thousand dollars a year in Danville. The Kingsport job offers about 17-thousand less.
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[Radford-Death]


[ANCHOR=keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-29 1:07:45]
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The death of a professor who taught math at Radford University has created concern on campus.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


56- year old Roxie Novak died last week from a meningitis- like infection.
And while the disease is contagious, Doctor Jody Hershey is hoping to put some fears to rest.
He says the chances of contracting the disease are low because the infection can only be spread through close/intimate contact.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Her students]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: HER STUDENTS ARE NOT AT RISK, THE CLASSROOM SITUATION IS A CASUAL SITUATION, HER SON, WHO LIVED IN THE SAME HOUSE WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WE HAD TO GIVE SOME ANTIBIOTICS TO BECAUSE HE WAS IN THAT CLOSE PROLONGED CONTACT WITH HERE IN A SITUATION WHERE HE MAY HAVE SHARED A GLASS WITH HER, EATING UTENSILS OR KISS HER.))
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[OUT Q=kiss her.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hershey says he knows of no other cases in the New River Valley.
He says concern apparently mounted when a news magazine did a story last week on meningitis .. and a student died off-campus, over the weekend, from an unrelated illness.
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[Measles]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-28 1:25:42]
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A Bedford County man's trip to Africa has apparently triggered a rare outbreak of measles in central Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
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So far nine people, including the man's three children have been infected with the disease.
No new cases have been reported in several days, but measles has an incubation period of anywhere from seven to 18 days.
Health officials say it's important that everyone keep their vaccinations updated.
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[SOT 21:01:06]
[IN Q=Measles is a]

((DR. JOANNA HARRIS/CENTRAL VA HEALTH DISTRICT: MEASLES IS A DANGEROUS DISEASE, IT'S NOT A DISEASE THAT YOU TAKE LIGHTLY, AND PEOPLE CAN GET VERY SICK WITH IT, AND IT CAN GO ON AND AFFECT VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AND OLDER PEOPLE PARTICULARLY, AND DEVELOP MEASLES PNEUMONIA AND MEASLES ENCEPHALITIS AND IT CAN BE FATAL.))
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[OUT Q=can be fatal.]
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[VO-NAT]


Harris says people born before 1957 probably have already developed an immunity to the disease.
If you're not sure whether you've had the vaccination, you can get a free shot at the health department in Bedford and Lynchburg.
Less than 100 cases of measles were reported in the U-S last year. Just two of those were in Virginia.

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[Bedford-Student]


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A student at Jefferson Forest High School has been suspended for carrying a gun on a school bus.
The sheriff's office says the student showed the small-caliber gun to another student this morning.
He's being held at the Lynchburg Detention Home, and will face charges of having a gun on school property.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-45 10:31]
[GRAPHIC=Hurricane Floyd Aftermath]


The historic high water is now only part of the problem in Franklin.
Virginia's hardest hit city is watching Hurricane Floyd's waters slowly recede -- but a host of other problems mount.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Canadian Geese prompt a proposed noise ordinance, though it's not the geese making the noise. Details are still ahead on News 7 at 6.
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[TAPE#=99-32 1:02:36]
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Safety]


Another accident slowed traffic on Interstate-81 today.
This time, nobody was hurt.
But it's latest in a series of wrecks.
And it has drivers wondering: Just how dangerous is this highway?
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]


Scott Goldberg spent the afternoon with a driving instructor and has tips for drivers -- what they can do to stay safe.
[Live=Scott Full/Microwave]
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Keith, this can be a dangerous highway .... In fact, public officials have called it one of the deadliest highways in Virginia.
They've also told us that improvements to 81 will take years to finish.
That's why those who consider themselves experts on the road will tell you, now more than ever, you have to be alert when you're behind the wheel.
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((GABE SAKER/SAKER'S DRIVING SCHOOL: PEOPLE NEED TO DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT, THEY NEED TO KEEP TWO TO THREE SECONDS DRIVING DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM AND THE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THEM...))
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[OUT Q=FRONT OF THEM]


Take it from an expert.
Gabe Saker's been training drivers for 14 years.
He hasn't been pulled over since he was a teen-ager.
And he knows what drivers need to do so accidents like this one in Montgomery County don't turn deadly.
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[SOT 1:41]
[IN Q=TWO TO THREE]

((GABE SAKER: HE'D PASS THAT GREEN SIGN, I'D COUNT ONE THOUSAND-ONE, ONE-THOUSAND TWO .. SO I'M TWO AND A HALF SECONDS FROM THAT VEHICLE. THAT'S A GOOD DISTANCE. ))
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Always looking ahead helps you steer clear of existing hazards and stop you from creating new ones.
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((SAKERS: NOW THIS TRUCK'S GETTING ON OVER HERE, I KNOW HE'S GONNA BE MOVING SLOWER BECAUSE WE'RE GOING UPHILL, SO I'M GOING TO MOVE OVER, CHECK MY MIRROR AND SHOULDER AND PASS HIM. ))
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((SAKERS: JUST THINK OF A TRUCK AS A MINI-TRAIN. THEY CAN'T STOP QUICKLY AND THEY CAN'T ACCELERATE QUICKLY.))
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[OUT Q=ACCELERATE QUICKLY]


And Saker knows what every driver should: Most accidents happen in bad weather.
So if it's coming down, you should be slowing down.
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[IN Q=and follow]

((SAKER: AND FOLLOW THE TRACKS OF THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU. BECAUSE IF YOU FOLLOW THE TRACKS OF THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU, THEY'VE WIPED WATER OFF THE ROAD AND THERE'S GOING TO BE LESS WATER ON THE ROAD WHERE YOU WOULD HYDROPLANE.))
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Saker and any other road expert would agree: The best way to take some danger off I-81 is to take your safety into your own hands...
Because small improvements are on the way.
But the big one ... widening the highway to as many as 10 lanes in place ... is still 20 years away.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave]


Keith.[Missing-Prisoner]


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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-34 52:08]
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An escaped prisoner was apprehended today in a Clifton Forge auto parts store.
Anthony Lee Belcher was first spotted by a grocery store manager who recognized him from the description released by police.
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Belcher escaped from the Augusta Correctional Center Friday.
He'd been serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, grand larceny, assault, attempted flight and escape.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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When police approached Belcher in the auto parts store, he gave them a phony name. Once they found a newspaper article in his pocket about his escape, Belcher said he'd tell them his real name in exchange for a soda and a package of

crackers.[Stocks]


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Stocks took a nose dive today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow fell from the opening bell, closing DOWN 225 points. NASDAQ sank 65.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-31 1:11:54]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco]


Hurricane Floyd has been bad news for North Carolina... but it may mean some good news for Virginia farmers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


The storm caused damage to tobacco crops in North Carolina ... and closed down tobacco auctions in Danville and all of Southeast Virginia for the week.
Experts say that loss COULD mean Virginia farmers can look forward to better prices for their tobacco.
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[IN Q=We're real sorry for what's taking]

((JOHN GIBSON/FARM SERVICE AGENCY: WE'RE REAL SORRY FOR WHAT'S TAKING PLACE FOR GROWERS IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA, BUT IT COULD BE A PLUS FOR US AS FAR AS DEMAND FOR OUR COMMODITY. WE'RE JUST GETTING OUR BEST TOBACCO OUT OF THE BARN AND GETTING THAT CURED PRODUCT TO THE MARKET. ))
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[OUT Q=that cured product to the market.]
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[VO-NAT]


Farmers say that tobacco has commanded unusually low prices on the auction floor this year.
The tobacco market is expected to re-open in Southside next week.
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[Noise-Ordinance]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-33 1:22:16]
[GRAPHIC=Fowl Foul?]


Recent efforts to scare away messy geese may now lead Franklin County may outlaw loud noise.
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[SOT]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./July 29;]


The Smith Mountain Lake resort community Bernard's Landing bought a propane cannon to scare away geese.
Managers say they haven't used it in weeks.
But a couple of residents complain the cannon is too loud.
Franklin County supervisors plan to survey Bernard's Landing residents and act on the majority's wishes.
They say the county doesn't have a noise ordinance, because they are hard to enforce.
But the county attorney says a law could specifically target the cannon.
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[Sports tease]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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Mike Stevens will have the latest on the Virginia Tech Hokies as they prepare for the Tigers, Bristol Motor Speedway takes action against a fan,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-]


and a fan favorite, NASCAR Live host Eli Gold is in Salem Tonight, words from him in sports.

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[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-53 320tc]
[GRAPHIC=TECH FOOTBALL]


The Hokies and Tigers are getting closer to their Thursday night battle under the light at Lane Stadium.
And Mike Stevens says quarterback Michael Vick is getting closer to being back to his old self.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Will Start Against Clemson; :18]
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[S-UVA]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-44 1:19:38]
[GRAPHIC=UVa football]


The Virginia Cavaliers are on the road this weekend against Bringham Young. And while the Wahoos and the Hokies own one of the biggest rivalries around
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Saturday; :00]


Virginia linebacker Shannon Taylor, who was recruited by both schools, had some constructive thoughts for Tech as the Hokies get ready for Clemson, a team that beat UVa in convincing fashion two weeks ago.
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[SOT]
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((SHANNON TAYLOR/UVA SECOND LEADING TACKLER:))
[SUPER=01-Shannon Taylor/UVa Second Leading Tackler; :00]
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[S-Gold]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-51]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]


Eli Gold, the voice of NASCAR Live for the past 10 years, is in Salem tonight for his weekly show.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Gold will broadcast from WSLC Radio from seven to eight. He called the Winston Cup race from New Hampshire over the weekend and watched Joe Nemechek win his first Cup race.
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[IN Q="i]
[SUPER=01-Eli Gold/NASCAR Live Host; :00]
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[OUT Q=emotional]
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[VO-NAT]

Gold has interesting ties to the valley that include honey moons and hockey. He was the voice of the Roanoke Rebels hockey team in the late 70's.
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[S-Bristol]


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[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
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Bristol speedway is cracking down on ticket scalpers.
Speedway officials have canceled a man's season tickets after seeing his Internet offer to sell them to the highest bidder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bristol; :00]


This isn't the first time the track has canceled a ticket purchase.
Last season, officials pulled 90 tickets to each of the two major Winston Cup events when they found a buyer was scalping them on the Internet.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Alternative rock is back on local radio.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Tonya/Newsroom]


Tonya Flory is in our newsroom with details.
[Live=Tonya full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Tonya1]


Keith, last weekend Z-101 dumped its modern rock format...
Station officials said while
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[VO-NAT]

listener support was great, advertisers just weren't buying.
But as of 5 o'clock today - radio dial surfers once again came across the sounds of alternative rock on Z- 101.
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[Double Boxes=Keith & Tonya/Newsroom]


So what's up?
We'll have some answers tonight, on News 7 at 11.

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