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Saturday, September 11, 2021

White House clarifies USPS workers will be subject to vaccine mandate

"...US Postal Service workers will have to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly after President Biden mandated the shot for federal workers..."    


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

How will the Oct. 1 slowdown by U.S. Postal Service impact your mail delivery time?

"...Earlier this year, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unrolled the postal services’ 10-year-plan which includes changing its standard timeframe for delivering first-class letters, flat envelopes, and periodicals from a one-to-three-day window to a one-to-five-day window..."    


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Saturday, August 7, 2021

DeJoy maintains financial ties to former company as USPS awards it new $120 million contract

"...XPO Logistics pays DeJoy and family businesses at least $2.1 million annually to lease four office buildings in North Carolina..."    


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U.S. Postal Service finalizes plan to slow some mail deliveries/

"...The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Friday finalized a plan effective Oct. 1 to slow down some first-class mail deliveries as part of efforts to cut red ink. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposed..."    


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Ashes in the mail: Covid changes the logistics of death

"...“I don’t want to send someone I knew all my life through the mail,” said Stan Reese. The Huntsville, Alabama, resident is starting a business to personally collect ashes for others and then hand-carry them to scenic places, where they will be scattered — on video if requested. He knows that relatives are not always physically able to fly or drive long distances to get a loved one’s ashes, and that quarantine guidelines and potential exposure to COVID makes others reluctant. He said his service will help families avoid having “the last time they see their loved one be when they put a stamp on them.”..."    


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How to file a claim in the $2.67B Blue Cross Blue Shield class action settlement

"...If you are a Blue Cross Blue Shield customer, you may have gotten a letter in the mail recently about a historic multi-billion dollar class-action lawsuit. Some BCBS customers may be entitled to a chunk of that settlement, which is part of a long running anti-trust suit. The suit claims that BCBS violated anti-trust laws by creating non-compete agreements within its individual plans, limiting competition in the health insurance section..."    


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USPS to consolidate 18 facilities, increasing concerns over mail delays

"...The 18 mail processing centers that are being consolidated are located throughout the country, including plants in Erie, Pennsylvania; Wausau, Wisconsin; Huntsville, Alabama; Gainesville, Florida; Newburgh, New York; Paducah, Kentucky; and Seattle, according to the American Postal Workers Union, or APWU. The APWU said mail previously directed to those plants will be redirected to other facilities. In a statement to NBC News, the USPS said it is "looking to repurpose" the centers being consolidated..."    


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Monday, April 12, 2021

Amazon Is Developing A Spy Comedy Based On The US Postal Service

"...the film will follow a young man (Fowler) who discovers that his recently killed mailwoman mother was actually a covert operative in Americas most unexpected secret agency, the United States Postal Service..."    


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USPS Criticism of Unauthorized Sneaker Turns the Tables on Nike

"...First unveiled in early March, the Nike Air Force 1 USPS appears to draw direct inspiration from the shipping service well-known Priority Mail boxes, down to its blank white canvas and patriotic red and blue accents. The sneaker, USPS notes, is neither licensed nor otherwise authorized by the U.S. Postal Service. The agency said it had made repeated attempts to work with Nike. This is an unfortunate situation where a large brand such as Nike, which aggressively protects its own intellectual property, has chosen to leverage another brand for its own gain, the USPS said..."    


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(Video) Women accused of attacking U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Flint


"...Federal and local investigations are under way after two women allegedly attacked a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Flint on Thursday. The alleged attack happened on Floyd McCree Drive between the River Village and Schafer Square apartment complexes. The Flint Police Department is investigating along with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service..."    


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Postal Service Clerk Craft (APWU) Prepares for National Negotiations

"...The APWU will begin negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in June. The current CBA is set to expire on September 20, 2021. As such, the Clerk Craft officers have begun preparing for negotiations on issues..."    


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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Lawmaker demands U.S. Postal Service turn over vehicle contract

"...The chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday demanded the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) release a contract it awarded to Oshkosh Corp that could be worth $6 billion to build up to 165,000 next-generation delivery vehicles..."    


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Thursday, March 4, 2021

USPS offers early retirements to non-union employees in agency reorganization

"...To avoid a reduction in force, the Postal Service is offering voluntary early retirements to most eligible non-bargaining unit employees at its headquarters, as well as at area and district offices. The Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) goes into effect April 30, and doesn’t come with any monetary incentive. USPS employees who take advantage of the offer would essentially benefit by being able to tap into their retirement funds early...."    


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Postal union says it’s more than winter weather and COVID-19 to blame for recent mail delays

"...something else is broken in the system,” she said. The local American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said this issue is, in fact, bigger than just weather or the pandemic...ones said under the new postmaster, hundreds of sorting machines were removed from facilities across the country. “We just don’t have the ability to process it in a timely manner,” he said. “What happened in June or July didn’t fix the problem, it created it..."    


USPS says winter weather to blame for recent mail delays in Indy, local union says it’s more than that This Article is From: fox59.com
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mail delays wreaking havoc with bill-paying

"...The U.S. Postal Service is finding it hard to deliver mail on time — and that’s having a financial impact and causing inconvenience for many. From social media to complaints to the Better Business Bureau, postal patrons are telling horror stories of bills that don’t arrive, payments that never show up, Christmas cards languishing in faraway places and packages making peculiar, circuitous routes home. “The slowdown is a national issue..."    


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Monday, February 15, 2021

APWU Annnounces COLA Increase

"...In accordance with the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 20 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective February 27, 2021. The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated March 19, 2021 (Pay Period 06-2021).The value of the COLA for full-time employees in each step and grade will increase by $416.00 annually, and the hourly rates for part-time employees will be adjusted accordingly. The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases. This is the fifth cost-of-living increase under the 2018 contract. The COLAs received so far during the 2018 National Agreement will total $1,414.00 per year. Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but have several general wage increases under the 2018 contract. The next increase is effective on May 22, 2021 when PSE’s will receive another 20-cent raise. Click here for updated pay scales...."    


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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Postal Service Delays Causing Late Bills

"...Some people say they are still facing such extreme delays with their mail and getting hit with late fees on bills that were paid weeks in advance. Rosalyn Christopher of Belle Vernon says despite being very meticulous with her bills, it happened to her twice over the last month..."    


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

'Star Wars' stamps are coming this spring to the U.S. Postal Service

"...The droids featured in this pane of 20 stamps are ..."    


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Several Postal Service price changes will take effect Sunday, Jan. 24

"...Here are the current and new retail prices: • First-Class Mail letters ..."    


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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Man gets 16 years in federal prison for shooting postal worker in Elk Grove Village

"...Ruebusch, 25, allegedly came up to a mail carrier inside their unmarked vehicle, tapped on the window and fired shots from a handgun as the carrier drove away, prosecutors said. The mail carrier was wounded but survived..."    


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Sunday, January 10, 2021

8 postal workers robbed at gunpoint

"...Federal investigators say letter carriers across the country have been robbed at gunpoint, but the number of cases in Albuquerque is extremely high and alarming. "Between mid-October and this week there have been a reported eight armed robberies of letter carriers," said Postal Inspector..."    


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Monday, December 7, 2020

Biden Can’t Fire Postmaster General

"...Biden won’t have the power to usher in a replacement. Only the Postal Service Board of Governors, which oversees USPS, can hire and fire the postmaster general. The president, instead, nominates people to the Board of Governors, and the Senate confirms them..."    


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Friday, November 27, 2020

PMG DeJoy announces second USPS reorganization

"...According to the statement, “These organizational changes will not initiate a reduction-in-force.” The statement also said that the hiring freeze announced in August will continue. The last paragraph indicates that more changes are to come: “Further organizational modifications are expected to continue..."    


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Monday, November 16, 2020

How Much Do Postal Workers Get Paid When They Retire?

"...As an example of USPS retirement under CSRS, a postal worker with a high-3 average of around $60,000 and 20 years of service earns...FERS also uses the high-3 average, paying 1 to 1.1 percent of the high-3 average salary for each year of service. Under FERS, a postal worker with a high-3 average of around $60,000 and 20 years of service earns..."    


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Supplement Paid to FERS Retirees Until Hitting 62

"...Who is eligible for the SRS? The SRS is paid to FERS employees who retire on an immediate, unreduced annuity before reaching age 62, when they become eligible for Social Security benefits—if you retire at 62 or above, you are immediately eligible and thus no SRS will be paid—and ends when they reach that age..."    


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Friday, September 18, 2020

Judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail delivery

"...Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Wash., said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction against the USPS sought by 14 states ..."    


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Postal Service Workers: POGO Seeks Insider Information [Project On Government Oversight (POGO)]

"...Allegations about which POGO seeks information:

Decisions that impact the mail-in voting process
Reduction in service standards
Removal of postal sorting machines
Politicization of management
Management decisions designed to deliberately slow mail processing and delivery
Reduction of overtime or reduction of hours..."    


Note: Please take a minute to read the following before making a disclosure, and realize that reporting wrongdoing can pose challenges and come with restrictions, but it is possible to fight wrongdoing from within without sacrificing one's career. Also, if you are unaware of your rights to raise concerns, see POGO’s resources for federal employees
This Article is From: Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Video shows USPS mail being dumped in a California parking lot

"...Gonzalez said the person seen on surveillance video tossing the bags of mail out of a Budget rental truck was a contractor and after watching the surveillance tape..."    


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Postal Service police block Florida congresswoman from touring USPS plants

"...“The disrespect of a Congress member who sits on the Oversight and Reform Committee that is protecting the post office and they’re denying her coming in,” said Nick Mosezar, the president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 318 who helped plan Wasserman Schultz’s visit. “Unbelievable.”..."    


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

First day of issue for 400th anniversary Plymouth stamp planned for Sept. 17

"...Entitled “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” the commemorative stamp features original art by Greg Harlin and was designed Greg Breeding. According to the USPS, it conveys “a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ long journey to an unfamiliar world.” Since 2013, McKay, Plymouth 400 and Plymouth Rock Stamp Club have worked to convince the Postal Service to include stamps recognizing the founding of Plymouth by English settlers in 1620..."    


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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Violating Hatch Act Leads to 120-Day Suspension

"...It’s that time again: National elections are coming in November. For the federal workforce, this means that the number of employees found in violation of the Hatch Act will go up. Enthusiasm for a candidate or an issue will overcome individuals who never saw, never read about, or do not remember the periodic announcements issued regarding the Hatch Act and the impact it can have on a federal employee..."    


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Internal USPS Documents Show Proof of ‘Steep Declines and Increasing Delays,' NY Rep Says

"...The documents released Saturday are said to be part of a "PMG Briefing," a presentation prepared directly for the Postmaster General just last week. According to the internal report, significant dips in on-time delivery have been recorded by the Postal Service since the start of July but had been steady for several months prior. Maloney says DeJoy did not admit to "sweeping delays and reductions in service caused by his actions and detailed in these new documents." She says the documents contradict representatives on the other side of the aisle that claimed there were "no delays" in mail delivery and "no data" to prove the delays were real..."    


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Alabama experiences some mail, package delays...

"...“Most times, it may be a week to ten days late,” said Richard McBee. “It’s inconsistent and then a lot of times, I get people’s mail that’s not mine.” McBee says the issues are getting worse..."    


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Sen. Coons finds dismantled letter-handling machinery left out in rain at New Castle (Delaware) Mail Processing & Distribution Facility

"..."Right behind me is a sophisticated barcode sorter; this is the sort of automated mail handling equipment that U.S. Post Master General Louis DeJoy has had removed," Coons said Thursday. "This was just removed from this facility Sunday night (August 16, 2020) and put outside, so it's been here for days in the rain. I think it's important that the postmaster general has said he is going to put the brakes on any further changes to service delivery standards to the equipment or handling of mail, but this is physical proof that reversing those changes is going to be expensive and difficult because this equipment isn't serviceable again."..."    


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

DeJoy Earned Millions From Company With Financial Ties to Postal Service

"...Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has come under fire for his continuing financial ties to a company that does business with the Postal Service, received $1.2 million to $7 million in income last year from that firm, according to financial disclosure forms..."    


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Sunday, August 9, 2020

USPS seeks early retirements for non-union postal employees, management hiring freeze

"...USPS said these changes won’t lead to a reduction in force, and that “there are no immediate impacts to USPS employees,” but the agency will request Voluntary Early Retirement Authority from the Office of Personnel Management for employees not represented by a collective bargaining agreement..."    


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Postal Service overhauls leadership as Democrats press for investigation of mail delays

"...Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive..."    


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1929 Ford Model A mail truck at Port of Camas-Washougal's Wheels and Wings event

"...Camas resident Pete Durbin stands next to his 1929 Ford Model A mail truck, which will be entered into the Port of Camas-Washougal's Wheels and Wings event, to be held Aug. 24 at Grove Field. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)..."    


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

USPS plans for hiring freezes, early retirements as it continues to lose billions of dollars

"...organizational modifications include a management hiring freeze to “prepare for future changes” and a request for voluntary early retirement authority from the Office of Personnel Management. That authority allows an agency to temporarily lower the age and years of service requirements for retirement, with the goal of encouraging more employees that are on the cusp of retirement to make that transition..."    


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Saturday, July 25, 2020

No Mail For Weeks: Is Postal Service 'Falling Apart' in Chicago?

"...an angry lady offered everyone within earshot her spot-on take on the state of the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago. "They don't deliver your f------ mail. Then you come here to get the f------ mail, and they won't give you no f------ mail. It don't make no m------------ sense," she said before storming out the door..."    


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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hunt for Alabama postal worker's murderer continues

"...Harrelson, a Dadeville resident, was found shot to death Friday, Oct. 2 around 6:15pm while on the grounds of the Camp Hill post office. A suspect and motive are, as of yet, still unknown. Postal Inspector Tony Robinson tells..."    


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Postal Service: Face coverings, social distancing required

"...Face coverings must be worn in all areas, including conference rooms, hallways, stairways and anywhere other people are present..."    


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Vermont man installs mailbox that stores letters for fathers who've passed away

"...Deep inside Geprags Park in Hinesburg, Vermont, there's a mystery mailbox that stores letters dedicated to fathers who've passed away. On this week's "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets the man who installed this timeless portal in an effort to continue his bond with his father, even in the..."    


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Embrace Your Inner Postal Worker In Lake, An Upcoming Adventure Game

"...The game sees you take control of a postal worker in 1986 Providence Oaks, Oregon. "You take on the role of 40-something Meredith Weiss, who returns to her beautiful hometown Providence Oaks in Oregon," Gamious writes on Steam. "She exchanges her busy career job to temporary fill in for her dad, a mail carrier."..."    


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Sunday, June 7, 2020

USPS board nominees see no ‘easy answers,’ but common ground for postal reform

"...Donald Lee Moak, a former Delta Airlines pilot and former president of the Air Line Pilots Association, and Bill Zollars, the former chairman of the logistics company YRC Worldwide, told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee that setting a long-term business plan and redefining the Postal Service’s universal service obligation to deliver mail six days a week rank among their top priorities if confirmed..."    


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Save the Post Office ad and Danny Glover spot hit the airwaves

"...Postal workers and the fight to save the Postal Service hit the airwaves in two important new radio spots. A new radio ad, which focuses on the threat the USPS, was launched today by the American Postal Workers Union. ..."    


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Postal Service controversy? COVID-19? Nothing can stop this letter carrier

"...James Daniels, 59, on his mail delivery route. Before the start of his shift, James Daniels taped the latest note of gratitude to workstation No. 31. In the nearly 16 years he's delivered mail, the letter carrier has received hundreds of notes of appreciation. But over the last couple of months, as the world changed around him, so did their tone..."    


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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Postal Service, Denver health department still at odds over if distribution center had COVID-19 outbreak

Denver health officials says an employee who tested positive has died. A USPS spokesman calls that a rumor

"...The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment sent a letter to the postal service on May 20, ordering it to close a large distribution center at 7550 E. 53rd Place for disinfecting. USPS refused to comply with the order, saying the city hadn’t taken the facility’s efforts to prevent the new virus’ spread into account. Denver health officials argued that USPS had refused to allow its inspectors access to ensure the facility was safe, forcing them to order its closure..."    


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What Comes Out of Your FERS Pension?

"...many people overestimate what they will actually receive in retirement. Did you know that there are 6 main reductions to your pension in retirement that can dramatically affect how much you think you need in retirement?..."    


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Monday, June 1, 2020

Postal Service Offers Reward in 5 Paintball Attacks on Carriers in DC, Maryland

"...A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and convictions of people who've been shooting mail carriers with paintball guns. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service reports that the mail carriers were attacked on Saturday in at least five incidents in Washington and Maryland. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Michael Martel said several carriers suffered minor injuries ..."    


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Postal Service accounts for 60 of 126 Federal Agency COVID-19 Deaths

"...U.S. Postal Service: The mailing agency has seen 60 postal workers die from symptoms related to COVID-19. About 2,400 have tested positive for coronavirus-related disease while a whopping 17,000—or 3% of the USPS workforce—have been sent home on quarantine. ..."    


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Mail carriers say the USPS is making it hard to take sick leave in the coronavirus pandemic, contrary to its public claims

"...Despite the United States Postal Service's assurances that employees will be allowed "liberal" sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic, mail carriers say their bosses are making it incredibly difficult for them to take time off. Business Insider spoke..."    


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Contracted COVID-19? Postal Service Now Applying a Non-Test Method to Return to Work in Most Cases

Postal Services says the safety of their employees comes first.

"...For your information, per the CDC, options for decisions about return-to-work for individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 include a test-based strategy or a non-test based strategy. The USPS is currently applying the non-test based strategy in the majority of cases..."    


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