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Event Photography Handbook

by William B. Folsom James P. Goodridge

From parades, sporting events, and black-tie galas to political rallies, product-release parties, and anniversary celebrations, this is the definitive guide to event photography. With the recent advent of relatively inexpensive digital cameras, consumers are becoming increasingly proficient at capturing important moments on their own. In order to save their business and stay in front of the curve, professional photographers must proactively build their businesses by initiating new contacts, selecting the best equipment for each job, and enhancing their marketing and promotional skills. Detailed information on how to be successful before, during, and after the event#151;including proper professional etiquette, lighting and posing options, and snapping unobtrusive action shots#151;is included as well advice on working with both the images and client after a job.

Mark of the Devil

by William Kerr

Navy Special Warfare officer Matt Berkeley is on a new hunt. Under the seas off the coast of Florida, in a corpse-filled German U-boat, he finds a document lost for more than half a century, which leads him to the vaults of the German National Archives, an elderly widow and her horrifying memories of the Auschwitz death camp, and ultimately to the submarine's most guarded secret#151;a revelation that could forever disgrace the Catholic Church in the eyes of the world. Each mind-shattering twist plunges Berkeley further into a conspiracy littered with lies, betrayal, death, and the discovery of a single gold ingot bearing the mark of the devil.

A Lost Touch of Paradise

by Amy Tolnitch

For the first time in his life, Lugh MacKeir, Laird of Tunvegan, finds himself in a battle he cannot win. His precious daughter is dying of the same illness that claimed his wife. The Isle of Parraba is a whispered legend, a place rumored to be ruled by a sorceress, an isle no one can reach. Yet, legend speaks of a powerful healer as well. Lugh MacKeir, desperate, determines to find Parraba and face its mysterious ruler. Losobal is the Lady of Parraba, mystical and magical, a woman apart from the world around her. Drawn to something familiar in Lugh's child, however, she reluctantly agrees to help her in exchange for Lugh clearing the blocked entrance to a very special cave. But the child's illness defies Losobal's skill, and Lugh's task proves more of a challenge than he anticipated. In the end, the secret to saving Lugh's daughter lies in Iosobal's ability to open her heart to a brash warrior who has invaded her tranquil sanctuary. She must find the courage to end her isolation, and the wise innocence of a child must lead them all to a lost touch of paradise.

Be Heard Now!

by Lee Glickstein

As followers of Lee Glickstein's popular seminars attest, effective public speaking isn't the result of being over-prepared or having a slick delivery. It's actually a creative, interactive process relying on the speaker's natural presence and willingness to be "in the moment." Now Glickstein shares his dramatically successful "transformational speaking" approach, showing that the key to successful public speaking lies in spiritual principles that emphasize self-realization and authenticity. Be Heard Now! teaches you how to:Heal your "inner speaker" and overcome your fear of exposureProject a genuine, personal presence to enhance your overall performanceDevelop a keen awareness of the audience and benefit from their responseUse humor and vulnerability to captivate your listenersApply four essential components to write a successful speechWith Glickstein's compassionate, realistic approach, Be Heard Now! can help anyone become a confident, jitter-free public speaker whose ideas flow freely and persuasively.From the Hardcover edition.

The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide

by Erin Gruwell The Freedom Writers

Designed for educators by the teacher who nurtured and created the Freedom Writers, this standards-based teachers' guide includes innovative teaching techniques that will engage, empower, and enlighten.In response to thousands of letters and e-mails from teachers across the country who learned about Erin Gruwell and her amazing students in The Freedom Writers Diary, Erin Gruwell and a team of teacher experts have written The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide, a book that will encourage teachers and students to expand the walls of their classrooms and think outside the box.Here Gruwell goes in-depth and shares her unconventional but highly successful educational strategies and techniques (all 150 of her students who had been deemed "un-teachable" graduated from Wilson High School): from her very successful "toast for change" (an exercise in which Gruwell exhorted her students to leave the past behind and start fresh) to writing exercises that focus on the importance of journal writing, vocabulary, and more.In an easy-to-use format with black-and-white illustrations, this teachers' guide will become the essential go-to manual for teachers who want to make a difference in their pupils' lives and create students who will make a difference.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious—and Perplexing—City

by David Lebovitz

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France. From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with--and even understand--this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city. When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134-euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that in Paris appearances and image mean everything. The more than fifty original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau with Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, Chocolate-Coconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, Lemon-Glazed Madeleines, and Mocha-Creme Fraiche Cake, will have readers running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

Go Green, Live Rich

by David Bach Hillary Rosner

Let David Bach show you a whole new way to prosper--by going greenInternationally renowned financial expert and bestselling author David Bach has always urged readers to put their financial lives in line with their values. But what if your values are a cleaner and greener earth? Most people think that "going green" is an expensive choice they can't afford. Bach is here to say that you can have both: a life in line with your green values and a million dollars in the bank. Go Green, Live Richoutlines fifty ways to make your life, your home, your shopping, and your finances greener--and get rich trying. From driving the right car to making your home energy smart, Bach offers ways to improve the environment while you spend less, save more, earn more, and pay fewer taxes. Best of all, he shows you exactly how to take advantage of the "green wave" in personal finance without the difficult work of evaluating individual stocks. What's more, he will get you thinking about a green business of your own so you can help the world along as it is changing for the better. David Bach is on a mission to teach the world that you can live a great life by living a green life. WithGo Green, Live Rich, you can live in line with your eco-values on the road to financial freedom.

Ten Years Younger

by Steven Masley

How would you like to look and feel ten years younger in just ten weeks time? Studies show that Americans on the whole are aging faster than ever with conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease occurring increasingly earlier on in life--along with everyday age indicators like wrinkles and love handles. Now, Dr. Steven Masley, former medical director of the prestigious Pritikin Longevity Center® and a pioneer in anti-aging medicine, delivers a breakthrough plan to turn back the clock, inside an...

Look at My Striped Shirt!

by The Phat Phree

Target. Observe. Ridicule.You run into them every day--the striped-shirt guy, the karaoke master, the dude with a pencil-thin beard, the guy who won't shut up about his fantasy football team--characters who annoy, irritate, and incense us all. Based on the wildly popular essay on ThePhatPhree.com by Mike Polk, this book is a look inside the heads of the most infuriating douchebags on Earth. It's the best of ThePhatPhree.com plus more than fifty all-new, hilarious pieces written by some of your favorite writers from this site.Everyone's (Least) Favorite, The Striped-Shirt Guy ...I will valet tonight! I will treat the valet with contempt and make sure that he knows that I am superior to him. I will tell him, "Take it easy on the brakes, champ"! When I do not hook up with a girl at the club, I will say that the place is "full of skanks" and wait in line at another bar, only to strike out again!Your "Cool" High School Teacher ...Here are some things I allow in my class that other teachers don't: eating, drinking,swearing, dancing, smoking, fighting, cell phones, Texas hold 'em, iPods, andsex. Like my Goo Goo Dolls tee? Anyone else here down with the Dolls? No? Meeither. I'm just wearing it as a goof.The Guy with Amazing Taste in Music ...Personally, I haven't listened to the radio in fifteen years. If you have ever heard a bandon the radio, then I can assure you, I am not a fan. I stopped listening to American music about ten years ago.

The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit

by Lois Beckwith

This caustically funny Webster's of the workplace cuts to the true meaning of the inane argot spouted in cubicles and conference rooms across the land. At a price even an intern can afford and in a handy paperback format that won't weigh down your messenger bag or briefcase, The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit is a hilarious guide to the smoke-screen terms and passive-aggressive phrases we traffic in every day. Each entry begins with a straight definition followed by a series of alternative meanings that are, of course, what is really meant.Take, for example, the widely used, seemingly innocuous term brainstorming:1. to generate ideas as a group in an accepting environment and in a free-form manner2. a supposedly relaxed forum in which no idea is a bad idea - that is, until you generate a bad idea and are met with uncomfortable silence/looks that suggest you are retarded or really uncool/the feeling that you are about to be firedBeyond deciphering corporate commonplaces, you'll learn the PC term for secret Santa (Holiday Harry); why the Blackberry is "most commonly referred to as a 'Crackberry' due to its highly addictive nature"; and that when a co-worker says "Have a good night", they really mean: "this meaningless, seemingly interminable exchange of small talk is now over. I am no longer speaking to you, and will now flee this awkward social situation. Don't even think of asking which way I'm walking."Just remember to read this only at COB (close of business) to avoid being busted (caught idling by your boss).From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blow Him Away

by Marcy Michaels Marie Desalle

Keep him begging for more . . . It's nothing to be ashamed of. When it comes to performing oral sex, most people fall somewhere between fumbling and clueless. But now, inBlow Him Awayyou'll find practical, easy-to-master techniques that will give you the confidence and skills you need to become an expert in the delicate art of fellatio. Inside you'll find: * Exercises to whip your tongue, lips, and jaw into shape so you can perform with exquisite control. * An anatomy class you need to pass. * Sensual kisses to get you both ready for the main event. * No-nonsense instructions for how to perform sensational oral sex, blow-by-blow. * Advice on how to keep your mind from spoiling your head. * Advanced techniques to wake up the neighbors. * Positions that will make his knees melt. ReadBlow Him Awayalone or with the companion edition,The Lowdown on Going Down, for knee-buckling oral sex--every time. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pounding the Pavement

by Jennifer van der kwast

A laugh-out-loud debut novel about the minefield that is unemployment, the pursuit of the ultimate career, and the annoying habit of falling in love at inconvenient times. Sarah Pelletier is unemployed and in a very bad mood. Her film company has tanked--right before Christmas, no less--leaving her with one lousy swivel chair and a lifetime supply of paper clips. Her headhunter is a fool who can't pronounce her name; her irritatingly gorgeous roommate's idea of a fun time is to drag her to pink-slip parties; and, to top it all off, her last twelve bucks are trapped in a Metro Card. Something has got to give.So begins one smart twentysomething's quest for the right job in New York City. After extricating herself from a morass of self-pity strewn with candy bar wrappers and wine bottles, Sarah turns to the all-important task of padding her résumé--while artfully dodging her parents' attempts to bribe her into law school. Of course, padding your résumé puts you in jeopardy of being construed as over-qualified. In which case you might try unpadding your résumé, which then puts you in danger of being labeled inexperienced. Which leaves you with the option of stalking your ex-boss in the hope that she'll drag you along in her ascent to greatness in another company. Unless she stabs you in the back first. Meanwhile, when a temp job saddles her with a massive crush on a Brooklyn-dwelling dreamboat named Jake, Sarah's already full plate is crowded with lust, jealousy, and mild obsession, just when she's trying to be professional. This hilarious first novel from a confident new voice in women's fiction offers a pitch-perfect take on the dignity-whittling survival game of job hunting--starring a lovably neurotic heroine whose problems ring refreshingly true.

Stepmother Love

by Sally Collins

Ten inspiring stories from the frontline of parenting, including Sara Leonardi-McGrathStepmothers have a bad rap. Who gave Snow White the poisonous apple? Who enslaved Cinderella? Given that one in four Australian families are 'blended', it's time to throw out the wicked stepmother image and give people a genuine account of what it's like to walk in her shoes.Stepmother Love tells the stories of ten women who have chosen to take on the challenge of making a positive contribution to the lives of their stepchildren. There are no white picket fences or rose-coloured glasses, but there are many enriching insights into these families' journeys to find happiness. This groundbreaking book reveals how these women overcame grief, hostility and even disinterest to build loving, long-term, trusting relationships with their stepchildren.There are millions of stepmothers working hard on their family relationships and Stepmother Love is an inspiring collection of stories that will uplift, help and support any woman who is doing the toughest parenting gig of all - as well as acknowledge their tough role and the courage it takes to make it work. Most importantly, Stepmother Love celebrates the commitment they show in the day-to-day care of stepchildren of all ages as an act of love.Sally Collins is the proud stepmother of two wonderful young women and set up her popular website www.stepmotherlove.com to share stories, tips and support. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and their young children.

Sinister Intent

by Karen M. Davis

For eight years Lexie Rogers has been a uniform cop in Sydney's red light district, Kings Cross. Having survived a violent knife attack, she's seen it all - and far more than most cops her age. Now she's back at work as the newest member of the Bondi Junction Detective's Office and ready to start again. One of her first jobs is to execute a search warrant at a bikie clubhouse, one of the two local gangs in Sydney's eastern suburbs. What she uncovers begins a chilling investigation into a vicious world where loyalty is deadly and unwavering and can't be bought . . . Or can it? Lexie forms an unlikely alliance with one of the bikies as he realises his family is in danger. But what neither of them knows is that Lexie is the one who's in too deep. She knows too much. As the stakes become personal it seems the unsung bond she has with a big bad bikie could be the one thing that could save her life.

Simmering Season

by Jenn J. Mcleod

Back in Calingarry Crossing to sell the family pub, Maggie Lindeman has no idea a perfect storm is heading her way until her past and present collide with the unexpected.Maggie once had a crush on Dan Ireland, now a work-weary police crash investigator, still hell-bent on punishing himself for his misspent youth. Dan has ample reason for not going home to Calingarry Crossing for the school reunion, but one very good reason why he should.Maggie is dealing with a restless seventeen-year-old son, a father with dementia, a fame-obsessed musician husband, a dwindling bank account and a country pub that just won't sell.The last thing she needs is a surprise houseguest for the summer. Fiona Bailey-Blair, daughter of an old friend and spoilt with everything but the truth, whips up a maelstrom of gossip when she blows into town.This storm season, when a school reunion brings home more than memories, Maggie Lindeman will discover there's no keeping a lid on some secrets.a lid on some secrets.

The Ultimate Soup Cookbook

by Editors of Reader's Digest

There is nothing more enjoyable or adaptable than soup. It can be prepared hot or cold-eaten before, after, between, or as a meal-and served with almost anything. The Ultimate Soup Cookbook is the definitive collection of recipes for soup lovers everywhere. Featuring over 900 recipes that include specially selected soups-ranging from hearty chowders and stews to creamy vegetarian soups and chilies-plus dozens of recipes for breads, biscuits, rolls, salads, quesadillas, and more, this cookbook provides just the right soup or stew for any occasion. Looking to take the chill off a cold winter's night? Try a Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Soup or a Beef-Vegetable Soup. For a sweltering summer evening choose from refreshing coolers like Artichokes and Tomato Soup or Carrot Soup with Dill. For an impressive dinner-party starter try Asparagus Soup or Shrimp and Fennel Bisque. If time is short, you'll find hundreds of sure-to-please 30- minutes-or-less soups such as One-Pot Chili, ready in 20 minutes; Quick Vegetable-Beef Soup, ready in 30 minutes; and Stir-Fried Pork Soup, which takes just 10 minutes to prepare. The Ultimate Soup Cookbook provides you with simple step-by-step- instruction for each recipe, plus icons that make it simple to select just the right recipe-including Easy: 10 minutes to prepare; Quick: Ready to eat in 30 minutes; One-Dish: Contains protein, vegetables, and good carbohydrates for a complete meal; Healthy: High in nutrients, low in bad fats and empty carbohydrates; and Slow Cooker: Easy to adapt for slow cookers by cutting down on liquids. From simple starters to hearty soups that work as filling meals, here are soup recipes that you're sure to use again and again. They're easy to make, and most can be prepared with ingredients found in your local supermarket.

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

by Roberta Temes

How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers' workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 - 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 - 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 - 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 - 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 - 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 - 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick "clear communication" lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today's society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life's passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.

Laughter Still Is the Best Medicine

by Editors of Reader's Digest

This hilarious collection offers up some of the funniest moments that get us through our day, in the form of jokes, gags and cartoons that will have readers laughing out loud. Editors have mined the Reader's Digest archives to bring readers Laughter the Best Medicine, All-Time Faves, a collection of the most hilarious jokes and anecdotes we've come across over the years. As you turn the pages of our newest collection, you'll realize once againthat laughter is always the best medicine. "Did you hear the one about the hitchhiker who never got anywhere? He'd get up early to avoid traffic." --Chuck Welch, Houston, TX "When my husband was a home builder, his thumb ended up on the business end of a sledgehammer, and our three-year-old daughter, Kiana, was eager to tell the entire world. When her caregiver asked how the accident had happened, Kiana shook her head sadly and said, "You know, sometimes at work, my daddy just gets hammered." --Stasia Uhlmann, Rocky Mountain House, Canada "After one of my students acted up, I took him to our school psychiatrist, who asked if he had ADHD. "No," said the boy. "I just have a normal TV." -Matthew Hughes, Fort Collins, CO "I've been told that when you meet the right person, you know immediately. How come when you meet the wrong person, it takes a year and a half?" --Comedian Phil Hanley

What They Did For Love

by Editors of Reader's Digest

A powerful collection of stories that is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching as writers offer stories of love in its many forms set against the challenges of modern life. Over the years Reader's Digest has published stories of couples, families, friends, and even strangers that touch the heartstrings and show ordinary people reaching out and reaching deep within in the name of love. In "To Mend Her Husband's Heart," you'll meet a woman so desperate to keep her husband of thirty-eight years alive, she researches medical literature and finds an experimental gene therapy that just may save his life. In an excerpt from "Rewrites," Neil Simon tells the heart-wrenching story of his first wife's battle with cancer and how, when he felt helpless to save her, he bought her the dream house by a lake they had imagined they would enjoy together in their twilight years. You'll read inspiring marriage proposals from everyday people, stories of love lost and found, and famous love letters that speak to the incredible and lasting power of true love. You'll meet Joe Hagan in "Red Dad, Blue Son," who puts his love for his father above his closely held political beliefs; and a mom, Lynn Schnurnberger, ("The Power of Tatoos") who goes to great lengths, including getting a tattoo, to stay connected with her teenage daughter. In "A Bagful of Dimes," best-selling author Anne Lamott explains why she makes her son go to church with her. The power of love and forgiveness in friendship is portrayed in the story of Jacquelyn Mitchard and her lifelong friend who repair a falling out in "Friends Interrupted." The loving bond between human and animal is depicted in the story of Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman ("Semper Fi") who risks his life to save a dog from a warzone. Finally, in "Dear Superman," you'll r

Angelslayer: The Winnowing War

by K. Michael Wright

Set amidst an eerie and distant future, this novel tells the story of Etlantis#151;the mother city built in the shadows of Mt. Arom#151;and the possible end of the world. Believing in their right to rule the planet, the people of Etlantis sent ships to hunt the Western Seas. In them were the Nephilim#151;sons of Angels who had become addicted to human flesh and blood through the curse of Enoch. In the wake of their terror, the earth's human population has neared extinction. Unless the survivors can band together to destroy the monsters that ravaged their home, the end is all but certain Featuring an imaginative range of characters and concepts, this is a harrowing vision of the line between heaven and earth.

Broken Wing

by Judith James

Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.

Chernobyl Murders

by Michael Beres

In a western Ukraine wine cellar in 1985, Chernobyl engineer Mihaly Horvath discloses the unnecessary risks associated with the power plant to his brother, Kiev Militia detective Lazlo. Spawned by a desire to protect his family, Lazlo investigates-irritating his superiors, drawing the attention of a CIA operative, raising the hackles of an old KGB major, and ultimately discovering his brother's secret affair with a Chernobyl technician, Juli Popovics. After the explosion, the Ukraine is not only blanketed with deadly radiation, but also becomes a killing ground involving pre-perestroika factions in disarray, a Soviet government on its last legs, and madmen hungry for power. With a poisoned environment at their backs and a killer snapping at their heels, Lazlo and Juli flee for their lives-and their love-in this engrossing political thriller.

Cry of Sorrow

by Holly Taylor

The Coranians have won the war, and Kymru is defeated. For Havgan, however, the victory is not complete. Cadair Idris, the hall of the High Kings, remains closed to him. To gain entrance, he must locate the Four Treasures#151;the Stone, the Spear, the Cauldron, and the Sword#151;and bring them to the Guardian of the Doors. Only then can he proclaim himself High King of Kymru. But the Treasures were hidden long ago. In order to save Kymru, Gwydion the Dreamer must locate a long-forgotten song and the clues it contains before Havgan does. Following the dictates of the song, he persuades Rhiannon, her daughter Gwenhwyvar, and his nephew Arthur to set out with him on the dangerous quest. Dogged by Havgan's soldiers, they must hurry to find the artifacts. Soon, distrust and fear complicate their already difficult journey, and one of them must risk life and limb on the next move in their deadly game.

Fire at Midnight

by Lisa Marie Wilkinson

Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum in London after discovering that her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor, with a gang of criminals, uses French privateer Sebastien Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. When Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer's smuggling activities, Falconer vows revenge on the girl. Gripping suspense and romance play out in front of numerous historical details, including a violent storm that devastated England in 1703 and swept the Eddystone Lighthouse into the sea.

Frovtunes' Kiss

by Lisa Manuel

Practical, country-bred Moira Hughes must fight for the family fortune she believes her stepfather's heir has unlawfully withheld from her. Graham Foster, treasure hunter and Egyptian antiquities expert, returns to London to claim his barony only to find himself accused of foul play by Moira and her family. Finally coming to a wary truce, Graham agrees to help Moira find her lost fortune, and together they follow a trail of fraud, deceit, and murder that leads them through the streets of London#151;and into each other's arms.

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