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Sunday, July 26, 2015

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

"...On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution...."    


This Article is From: constitutioncenter.org
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Service deteriorates as feds dismantle Postal Service

Service deteriorates as feds dismantle USPS

"...USPS administration decided unilaterally to change delivery standards and at the same time close many of the large processing centers in the best postal service in the world...."    


This Article is From: www.thetimesherald.com
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another good bill introduced to save the USPS but will it result in legislation?

Senators Introduce Rural Postal Bill

"...The Rural Postal Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) on July 9, aims to improve mail service by restoring stronger service standards and placing a two-year moratorium on the closure of additional mail processing plants. It also would make the requirement for six-day mail delivery..."    


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bernie Sanders wants to help save the Postal Service and your future

Sanders courting postal worker endorsement

"...Bernie Sanders has been an outspoken champion of postal customers, postal workers and the public Postal Service — demanding expanded services for all Americans, an end to mail delays, and an end to the closure of postal facilities,” Dimondstein said in a statement...."    


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bernie Sanders is unquestionably a friend of postal workers

Hillary Clinton to huddle privately with top labor leaders

"...“It’s a meet and greet, he’s an important candidate,” Dimondstein said of Bernie Sanders. “He’s not in the pocket of the corporations, and wants corporate money out of politics. We hope to hear from him, to go into some of what his platform and program is, and how it relates to working folks. I have not officially endorsed Bernie, but I’m happy to be a co-host so he can meet with other labor leaders.” He said he is expecting a group of between 30 and 40 labor leaders to attend..."    


This Article is From: www.politico.com
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Was Aspen Postal Worker Planning to Go Postal?

Was Postal Worker Mauro Pennini Planning to Go Postal?

"..Specifically, Pennini was told not to contact, stalk, harass or injure any member of this trio — but on June 8, he sent one of them a text message anyhow. Shortly thereafter, Pennini was arrested by members of the Aspen Police Department at the post office, located at a benign sounding address: 235 Puppy Smith Street..."    


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Police: Aspen mail sorter had pistol at post office

Police: Aspen mail sorter had pistol at post office

"...(Officer Kirk) Wheatley opened the pack and observed a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun in the pocket,” the report says. “Wheatley later confirmed the pistol to be fully loaded with 14 rounds of live ammunition, was accompanied with 28 additional rounds of ammunition, two sets of handcuffs, three folding knives and one multi-tool.” Pennini is out of jail on bond..."    


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Landrith: U.S. Postal Service standards keep declining

Landrith: U.S. Postal Service standards keep declining

"...Recently, a bipartisan group of senators, including Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, met with Postmaster General Megan Brennan to discuss a long list of Postal Service complaints. At the top of the list was lagging delivery times that are continuing to get worse. As part of the evaluation process, Peters and the group maintain that declining postal standards and the consolidation of mail processing facilities is negatively impacting rural communities across their states..."    


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Update: Florida postal worker who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol

Gyrocopter pilot says no plea deal if prosecutors insist on long prison term

"...The Florida postal worker who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol this spring said Monday that he opposes any plea deal with prosecutors that requires a prison term of “several years,” saying his actions were a “pure act of civil disobedience.”..."    


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

House Appropriations Committee Approval of Amendment to Restore Postal Service Standards an 'Important Step Forward'

House Appropriations Committee Approval of Amendment to Restore Postal Service Standards an 'Important Step Forward'

"...Today’s vote by the House Appropriations Committee to approve an amendment to restore postal service standards is an important step forward for postal employees and our customers – large and small. The bipartisan vote was 26-23. Postal workers have been fighting the drastic cuts in service that USPS management implemented unilaterally..."    


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

"...the plea agreement states that because Galapo has accepted responsibility for her actions and saved the government the time and expense of a trial by pleading guilty, probation will be recommended to the judge..."    


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Postal Service needs to be more transparent about plant closures, IG says

USPS needs to be more transparent about plant closures, IG says

"...Guidelines don't include a time frame for implementing the consolidation of any given mail processing facility that's on the chopping block. Because of that, any feasibility study that was done to determine if the facility should be closed could be outdated by the time USPS actually starts the closing process...."    


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Attempted delivery of letters urging campaign finance reform may cost man his job

Doug Hughes: Postal Service Firing Me, but Letters Will Get to Congress (Updated)

"...“He alleges a “coordinated effort at the top to really nail me,” despite the lack of property damage, injury or intent to do either with his protest. The letters Hughes carried may still reach Congress, with the help of a 70-year-old man named Joe Lane. Beginning on June 10, the Connecticut-based thriller writer will walk the halls of Capitol office buildings hand-delivering Hughes’ letters to members of Congress. ... urgent need to reform our campaign finance laws. ..."    


This Article is From: rollcall.com
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Postal Service announces that consolidation activities will resume in 2016

Mail processing plant consolidations to resume in 2016

"...The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards. The planned consolidation activities will resume in 2016..."    


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Friday, May 29, 2015

Postal Service Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security From Workers

USPS Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security

2015 APWU Contract Negotiations
How does the Postal Service reward workers?
"...05/28/2015 - Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The USPS scuttled any prospect of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, despite the fact that progress had been made on many non-economic issues, President Mark Dimondstein reported. “Management’s economic demands and proposed changes to the workforce structure were completely unacceptable,” he said...."    

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Common Sense Prevails As Postal Service Mail Processing Plant Closures and Consolidations Put On Hold

Nearly all remaining closures and consolidations put on hold

"...With the exception of the Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC, the USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined. ..."    


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Monday, May 25, 2015

USPS plan to replace LLV fleet "all at once" makes no sense

USPS Plan to Replace Entire Truck Fleet at Once Under Fire

"...The USPS "also chose to not refurbish the vehicles, which would have cost about $3.5 billion." The latter option would have added as much as 15 years to the life of the vehicles...."    


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Postal Service and workers' representatives too far apart on wages and benefits to reach contract negotiation

Contract Talks Extended One Week to Focus on Economic Package

"...Postal Management scuttled the prospect of reaching a deal before the deadline by insisting on a permanent, new lower pay scale and reduced benefits for future career employees as well as givebacks in pay and benefits for current career workers..."    


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The mail has been slowing down, and in some cases, by a lot

New USPS service performance reports show significant delays in delivering the mail

"...The Postal Service has released its service performance reports for the second quarter of the fiscal year, January 1 to March 31, 2015. They show that it's not just your imagination — the mail has been slowing down, and in some cases, by a lot. The reports can be found on the..."    


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

America's mail processing facilities still being closed in spite of outrage

Congressional Delegation "Outraged" USPS To Close Stamford, Wallingford Facilities Early

"..."We remain committed both to reversing this decision, preventing further closures, and to ensuring that Connecticut residents do not experience delays in mail delivery," the statement reads...."    


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Confusion over plan for Petaluma mail facility

Confusion over plan for Petaluma mail facility

"...“We will not be closing that facility this year,” said Ruiz. “The center will still be used for all incoming mail to Petaluma, as well as all parcels. No jobs will be lost.” ..."    


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Union discovers irregularities in postal employees "ring times"

USPS investigating happenings at Arsenal branch post office

"...Tony Boyd, president of the union's local chapter said he knows two postal employees are on administrative leave after he and a union steward brought irregularities in postal employees "ring times" to the attention of the local postmaster and regional director...."    


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Complement Managers Make Contact, Union Calls Foul

When Complement Managers Make Contact, Union Calls Foul

"...Everything from the bogus figures in the reports – that haven’t changed since they were first issued two to three (some four) years ago – is wrong. The numbers weren’t correct then, and couldn’t possibly be correct now. The misrepresented findings are clearly “rationalized.”

Management is using AMPs to rationalize their actions, with little basis in fact. They are moving equipment, knowing there is no place to reassign all of the impacted employees. Postal workers are constantly bombarded with realigned schedules and tour changes.

A few years back, management decided to practically eliminate Tour 2 in most plants, and forced employees on standby time, so work could be saved for the evening. Now, we have “four walls,” 24-hour clock, and employees are being moved back on Tour 2 with plans to work around the clock. Go figure...."    


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Postal Service lack of customer service angers tax filers

Dayton tax filers upset USPS didn’t stay open

"...there was no one available to cancel their return so that it is postmarked on April 15. According to one witness, some people were ringing a bell and banging on the counter at the customer service desk. ..."    


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Mailman is an American Patriot: Doug Hughes' "Freedom Flight" spotlights Corruption in Washington DC that has has robbed the US citizens of a representative government that is our birthright.

Secret Service Well Aware of Doug Hughes "Freedom Flight"

He Was Visited By Secret Service Agents About His Plan Last Year
"...Hughes wrote about the planned gyrocopter flight on his website, The Democracy Club:
'Let me say first – this is a non-violent demonstration. I have no intention of hurting anyone – I have taken every precaution to prevent any injury to anyone, including me. There is no way I can prevent over-reaction by the authorities, but I have given them as much information and advance warning as my fuel supply allows. When I took off, I was over an hour away from the no-fly zone.

The demonstration is about restoring democracy. Corruption in Washington DC has robbed the US citizens of the representative government that is our birthright. Polls show that the public is aware of the problem and VERY concerned, but they are largely uninformed that there is a solution and there are organizations prepared to make reform a reality'
..."    

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Why a Small Amount of USPS Packages May Have Been Delayed

Why Your USPS Packages May Have Been Delayed

"...A spokesperson for the USPS Southern Area provided the following response to our inquiry about the OIG audit report on the Dallas, TX MTESC: "You asked whether shippers or other customers should know anything about this matter. I would like to stress that this was a localized event, limited to the Dallas MTESC, and is not representative of the country as a whole. ..."    


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Postal Service in North Dakota rarely met national service standards in recent years

Audit shows U.S. Postal Service couldn't keep up with Bakken boom

"...Postal Service compensation, established through union negotiations, is not always competitive..."    


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Birmingham, AL: Two men identifying themselves as postal workers attack and rob woman

Woman held at gunpoint during home invasion

"...Police say the men identified themselves as postal workers. After the victim opened her front door, the men reportedly forced their way into the apartment. That's when one of two men threw the woman to the ground and pointed a gun at her. ..."    


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martín Ramírez honored with U.S. Postal Service stamps

U.S. Postal Service releases Limited Edition Forever stamps featuring work of Mexican artist Martín Ramírez

Martín Ramírez Stamps
U.S. Postal Service image
"...The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the work of Mexican artist Martín Ramírez by placing five of his drawings and collages on Limited Edition Forever stamps..."    

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "Mailbox Access Rule" Defined

Mailbox Access Rule

A federal statute that restricts mailboxes to properly paid U.S. Mail. In 1934, Congress enacted a law known as the “mailbox restriction” that prohibits anyone from placing mailable matter without postage into any mailbox.    


Glossary of Postal Terms. Publication 32. United States Postal Service. July 2013. Web. 24 March 2015.
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Epic fail of postal management, universal service and America's vital postal infrastructure continues

Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG

"...From top to bottom, the management culture of the Postal Service is seriously problematic, and it has rightly come in for significant criticism. I’ve discussed the issue in several posts, here and here, and there are no end of articles about the subject, like this one by Jess Stoner that details the abuses that everyday postal workers encounter from local managers. Steven Musacco's "Beyond Going Postal: Shifting from Workplace Tragedies and Toxic Work Environments to a Safe and Healthy Organization describes the long history of a failing postal management culture..."    


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cyanide laced envelope thwarted from White House delivery

Envelope sent to white house tests positive for cyanide

"... According to the Secret Services, an envelope sent to the White House has been tested positive for cyanide. ..."    


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Closure of Pocatello Mail Processing Center Concerns Residents

Mayor Holds 11th Hour Town Hall to Reverse USPS Plant Closure
"... There is still a little time before the Flandro Drive Processing Plant closes for good. Mayor Blad listed the phone numbers and addresses that residents can call or write to appeal to them to change the post office’s mind.

Postal Board of Governors:
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260
Phone: 202-268-4800

Postmaster General:
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260
Phone: 202-268-4264

President of the United States:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414 ..."
   

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Federal Express Corp. top-ranked contractor of the U.S. Postal Service

Salmon Cos. No. 3 On List of Top USPS Contractors

"... Salmon Cos. of North Little Rock, the mail hauler long known as Pat Salmon & Sons, was the third-largest contractor ..."    


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hidden spy camera found at Golden Post Office

Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

"...Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ..."    


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Friday, March 6, 2015

We need Congress to stop cuts to service, closures and consolidation of processing facilities and restore the overnight service standard

America needs Congress to act now for real reform of Postal Service

"...What America needs is real postal reform and we need Congress to act now. We need Congress to stop cuts to service, closures and consolidation of processing facilities and restore the overnight service standard. Congress must repeal the mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits and return pension over-payments back to the USPS. Reform must include maintaining six-day delivery as well as home delivery. Postal reform must preserve the collective-bargaining process. Collective-bargaining has been in effect since the creation of USPS and ensures good, working-class jobs that support thousands of American workers and their families. ..."    


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Constitution and The Post Office

A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service

"... The Articles of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution, also made it clear that the government “shall also have the sole and exclusive right and power of … establishing or regulating post offices from one State to another, throughout all the United States, and exacting such postage on the papers passing through the same as may be requisite to defray the expenses of the said office.” ..."    


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Roanoke Mail Processing to move, but some jobs to remain out of necessity

About 200 US Postal Service jobs moving from Roanoke to Greensboro

"...will affect 105 clerks, 70 mail handlers and 25 maintenance workers. Some employees will remain in Roanoke, where packages and express and priority mail will still be handled...."    


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disposable Camera Captures Its Own Trip Across the United States

Disposable Camera Captures Its Own Trip Across the United States

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"...Five years ago, web designer Matthew McVickar decided to give one lucky disposable camera a free vacation, sending it through the mail from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Honolulu, Hawaii with the instructions “Take a photo before you pass it on!”. When he got the camera back, there were seven photographs taken by various workers in the United States Postal Service that show the cameras journey (and the inner workings of the USPS!). ..."    

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Photos: Disposable Camera Sent Via Postal Service Provides Pictures During Travels

Disposable Camera Sent Via Snail Mail

Photo courtesy of uncustomary.org
Photo courtesy of uncustomary.org
"... sent a disposable camera through the mail in a way that allowed postal workers to document its journey. I decided I would finally do it myself, and fashioned a camera to some cardboard with tape and the appropriate cut outs. I sent it out to my friend Olivia in Chicago and waited. ..."    

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Redding mail processing plant scheduled to close April 18

Amendment to keep mail processing centers open fails

"...The Redding plant, whose date keeps getting pushed back, is now scheduled to close April 18...."    


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Postal Service Mail Sorting to be removed from Erie mail processing facility but facility will remain open

Postal Service moves to close Erie mail-sorting facility

"...The building will remain open, housing garage facilities, bulk mail receiving and a retail postal location. What's changing is that most of the sorting would be moved to Pittsburgh or Rochester, N.Y., Kelly said. ..."    


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage since yesterday

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage — hackers not involved

"...Delancey said the outage is not the result of a cyber attack. She could not immediately provide details on the hardware installation that triggered the problems. The Postal Service fell victim to a cyber attack last year..."    


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Mail sorting to end at toledo facility, but will still need truck drivers, mail handlers, retail clerks, and custodial staff

U.S. Postal Service will end sorting operation in Toledo

"...Delivery trucks will then run to Toledo’s main post office, Mr. Van Allen said, and from there the mail will be transferred into other trucks for local delivery as occurred before. Toledo’s main post office will still need truck drivers, mail handlers, retail clerks, and custodial staff, he said. ..."    


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Who says the Postal Service is Broke: New vehicle contract could be worth $5 billion+

Postal Service Seeks to Retire the Old Mail Truck

"...The proposal is for some 180,000 “next-generation delivery vehicles,” which would over time replace the 163,000 right-hand-drive, light-duty mail-delivery trucks now in use. The service says the trucks would ideally cost between $25,000 and $35,000. ..."    


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

"...'They take care of the customer. They are two of the most pleasant people I ever met. They greet everybody. They're friendly and very knowledgeable. If they don't know the answer, they go get it. They don't leave a customer upset. They take care of the problems. I don't have to worry about the window with those two and Judy Hooper and Paul Russomanno.' ..."    


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Major U.S. utility company, found that 91 percent of customers choose to receive their statements by mail

Can the Postal Service cling to hope that people still want paper bills?

"...“Research shows that consumers value the physical mail-piece as a record-keeping tool and reminder to pay,” the report said. “In general, customers value having options for bill delivery and payment.” ..."    


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Help Please: Young 'Bubby Everson' wants mail while dealing with health issues

Boy facing health issues wants birthday mail

Bubby Everson wants mail
..."What Bubby Everson really wants is mail. People across the country are starting to deliver, according to dad Thomas Everson....If you'd like to send Bubby a letter, the address is: Bubby Everson, P.O. Box 1142 Graham, WA 98338..."    

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Turning point in relations between federal unions and the GOP?

End of 40 years of war in sight?

"... Over the past four decades, many feds have come to see Republicans as anti-government, anti-bureaucrats out to get them, and you can see why. On the other hand, it seems that Democratic politicians have realized they have a permanent hall pass with many feds, and most unions. They can support sequestration and three years of a pay freeze then ..."    


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