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Car hits SF bus stop, seriously inj...

Car hits SF bus stop, seriously injuring woman

A car ran into a woman at a bus stop on Mission Street in San Francisco and she suffered life-threatening injuries.
Former church worker arrested for c...

Former church worker arrested for credit card fraud

A former church worker who says she was fired because she wouldn't submit to forced sex is now charged with credit card fraud.
Mechanic cashes in on SF's high rea...

Mechanic cashes in on SF's high real estate market

Mission District mechanic sold his building for millions in the midst of San Francisco's soaring real estate market.
Dog stabbed to death in San Francis...

Dog stabbed to death in San Francisco's Mission District

A dog was fatally stabbed in an attack by two men in the Mission District early Friday morning.
San Francisco marks 108th anniversa...

San Francisco marks 108th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake

There was a new remembrance today to add to the 108th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.
Ross, Padres beat Cain and Giants 2...

Ross, Padres beat Cain and Giants 2-1

The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.

SFGate

Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Are...

Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Area

Critics of a regional plan to encourage development and growth in areas with easy access to mass transit filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday. The petitioner, a group called Bay Area Citizens that says the plan will hurt their property values, is being represented in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento conservative organization. The lawsuit alleges that Plan Bay Area violates the California Environmental Quality Act by omitting alternatives to its plan to steer 77 percent of future growth near "priority development areas," including places like Mission Bay in San Francisco, Oakland's Jack London Square and downtown San Rafael, Walnut Creek and Fairfield.
AC Transit, union proposals move cl...

AC Transit, union proposals move closer

AC Transit officials said Tuesday night they were "very close" to finalizing contract negotiations with employees, but East Bay commuters still have no assurance of a ride to work Wednesday. AC Transit also wants workers to begin paying a portion of their health-care premiums. A bus operator's base salary is $55,000, but health and other benefits bring total compensation to about $103,000, Johnson said.
Car found, but Oakland woman still ...

Car found, but Oakland woman still missing

A car belonging to a missing Oakland woman has been found, but her whereabouts remain unknown, police said Tuesday. Coke is an African American woman, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, with a medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.
Truck topples pole, injuring 4 S.F....

Truck topples pole, injuring 4 S.F. girls

Four girls walking together in San Francisco's Mission District were injured when a big rig hit a traffic signal pole and knocked it into the group, police said. The girls, whose ages range from 9 to 14, were with an adult relative about 7:15 p.m. Monday when the truck tried to turn right from 24th Street onto South Van Ness, said Officer Tracy Turner, a police spokeswoman.
Governor faces rough ride in ending...

Governor faces rough ride in ending BART strife

BART management and union leaders, locked in a lengthy contract dispute that resulted in a 4 1/2-day strike in July, are set to present their cases Wednesday to a board of inquiry. The three-member board, appointed by the governor when he intervened at the request of BART management to avert a midnight strike deadline on Sunday, has one week to present him with a written report outlining the facts in the dispute, which has been characterized by heated accusations from both sides, including charges of foot-dragging and bargaining in bad faith. "Really, the goal of the board of inquiry is to present the facts to the governor," said Susan Gard, a spokeswoman for San Francisco's Human Resources Department, whose director, Micki Callahan, was tapped for the new investigatory board. Cooling-off periodThe law is silent on how long the governor can take to review the report, and Brown's spokesman said ideally a contract resolution would come before Sunday. After reviewing the report, Brown can direct state Attorney General Kamala Harris to ask a judge to order a cooling-off period, which the court must do if it determines that a strike "will significantly disrupt public transportation services and will endanger the public's health, safety and welfare," as Brown stated in a Sunday letter to key negotiators. Last month's BART strike plunged the Bay Area into a morass of congestion and cost the region an estimated $73 million a day in lost worker productivity because employees couldn't get to their jobs, according to the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy group. In 1997, Gov. Pete Wilson named three retired judges, while Brown has now opted for one of his senior advisers, Jacob Appelsmith, to head a board that has a mix of labor, contract negotiation and mediation experience in Callahan and Robert Balgenorth, president emeritus of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. BART is offering smaller raises than the unions are seeking, and the transit agency wants workers to begin paying into their pension fund and contribute more toward health care costs. Previously worked for State Mediation and Conciliation Service for 10 years and was supervisor of conciliation from 2000-05, and weathered labor strife with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Served as special assistant to the attorney general and led California Bureau of Gaming Control, 2008-11, where he negotiated gambling contracts with American Indian tribes.
AC Transit union ready to strike We...

AC Transit union ready to strike Wednesday

Tens of thousands of East Bay bus riders could soon find their commutes upended after AC Transit workers gave notice on Monday that they were prepared to strike on Wednesday in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations. In a letter delivered to the transit agency's Board of Directors as it met in Oakland, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents 1,625 bus operators and mechanics, said they intended to go on strike 12:01 a.m. Wednesday unless their demands are met by then, said Clarence Johnson, an AC Transit spokesman. When BART seemed on the verge of shutting down again this week, before Gov. Jerry Brown intervened and called off the strike for at least seven days, AC Transit touted itself as a transportation alternative.

CBS5

Marin County Girl?s Pet Chickens Ru...

Marin County Girl?s Pet Chickens Running A-Fowl Of Suing Neighbors

Raine Matthes and ChickenA Marin County family is being sued by their homeowners? association over the chickens living in their backyard. Meanwhile the 9-year-old girl who owns them is not giving them up without a fight.
Brentwood Armed Robbers Strike 5 Ti...

Brentwood Armed Robbers Strike 5 Times In Less Than 90 Minutes

According to authorities, two teens were robbed on their way home from this McDonalds in Brentwood on April 17, 2014. Police said there were four other armed robberies that took place within a two-hour span that evening. (CBS)Police in Brentwood said they are searching for a group of young men who are suspected of committing five armed robberies in a span of less than an hour-and-a-half Thursday night.
Cal Scientists Go Underground To Mo...

Cal Scientists Go Underground To Monitor Hayward Fault Heartbeat

Lawson AditWith a network of sensors spread across the UC Berkeley campus, scientists are hoping to get a clear picture -- and sounds -- of the Hayward Fault's next big move.
San Jose State Task Force Issues Re...

San Jose State Task Force Issues Recommendations Over Alleged Hate Crimes In Dorm

The campus of San Jose State University (SJSU)A committee formed at San Jose State University after a black student said his white roommates racially harassed and tortured him has issued a set of recommendations to the school on how it can improve safety and diversity on campus.
A?s Come Out Swinging To Beat Astro...

A?s Come Out Swinging To Beat Astros 11-3

Yoenis Cespedes, Alberto CallaspoAlberto Callaspo hit a 3-run homer and the Oakland A's went deep 4 times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
Padres Beat Cain And Giants 2-1

Padres Beat Cain And Giants 2-1

Brandon Belt, Jedd GyorkoTyson Ross held the Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.

KRON4

Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police...

Update: Two Slain Santa Cruz Police Officers Were Veteran Detectives

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) -- The citizens of Santa Cruz are mourning the murders of two veteran police detectives who were shot and killed while conducting an investigation at a home on Branciforte Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The 35-year old alleged shooter, Jeremy Goulet, was also shot and killed minutes after the initial attack, investigators say.

"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."

The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.

"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.

When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.

Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.

Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.

Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.

Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.

Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.

(Copyright 2013, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit ...

Woman Cyclist Dies in San Jose Hit and Run Collision

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run collision in San  Jose early Tuesday morning, officers said.
     
Shortly after 1 a.m., police received a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bellevue Avenue.
     
Upon arrival, police determined that a vehicle had struck a woman and the driver had fled before police arrived on scene.
     
The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries at 1:50 a.m., police said.
     
Preliminary police investigation into the incident revealed that the victim was crossing the street when a dark-colored vehicle struck her.  The vehicle did not stop and continued southbound on Monterey Road, police said.
     
Neither the driver nor the vehicle has been located and the incident remains under investigation, according to police.
     
The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, police said.
     
Anyone with information regarding the incident or about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact local authorities.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of...

UPDATE: Coast Guard Says Reports of Family Abandoning Boat Off Central Coast May Be a Hoax

(BCN) The U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search for a man, woman and two children who reportedly abandoned ship off the coast of Monterey County on Sunday afternoon saying that the report could have been a hoax.

The search was suspended at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard boats and aircraft had been scouring the waters about 65 miles off the Monterey coast since about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, when the family made a distress call to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

The caller said he was on a boat, possibly named "Charmblow," with his wife, their 4-year-old son and the boy's young cousin.

The man told the Coast Guard that the vessel's electronics system was failing, and then said over a choppy radio connection that the family had decided to abandon ship, according to the Coast Guard.

Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said it is not clear how many life rafts the family had with them, but that there was no life raft. In the last dispatch from the boat at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the man said the family was trying to string together a cooler and a life ring to cling to.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said there have been no missing-persons reports that would help identify the family.

Lutz said the Coast Guard has checked local marinas for information about a boat named "Charmblow" or something similar, to no avail.

However, although the search has been called off, the Coast Guard is still treating the incident as a legitimate distress call, Lutz said.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
San Francisco Symphony Oboist Colla...

San Francisco Symphony Oboist Collapses During Performance

SAN FRANCISCO -- A longtime oboist with the San Francisco Symphony remains hospitalized Monday after collapsing on stage Saturday night during a  performance at Davies Symphony Hall, a symphony spokesman said.
     
William Bennett, 56, the principal oboist, was performing Richard  Strauss' Oboe Concerto during an 8 p.m. performance at the hall, located at  201 Van Ness Ave., when he fell to the stage, spokesman Oliver Theil said.
     
The show was stopped and he was taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, Theil said.
     
He was still at the hospital this morning and was listed in guarded condition, according to Theil.
     
"We all think the world of Bill, and our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family," Theil said.
     
Bennett has been a member of the symphony since 1979 and has been  the principal oboist since 1987.
     
There has been an outpouring of support for Bennett over social media, including by the New York Philharmonic, which sent well wishes in a  tweet this morning.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Oakland Couple Feared Missing on So...

Oakland Couple Feared Missing on South America Bike Trip

(BCN) -- Family members and friends are worried about an Oakland couple who may have disappeared during a bike trip in South America last month.

Garrett Hand, 25, and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, left on their bike trip in late November, and at the end of January all communication stopped, Hand's sister Larkin McGowan said today.

She said there has been no financial activity on the couple's bank accounts or credit cards since Jan. 25.

"That's the big alarm," said McGowan, who lives in Concord.

The couple, who McGowan described as avid bicyclists and well-traveled, have been documenting their trip online. Social media posts dropped off around the same time the financial activity stopped, she said.

The last post on Neal's Facebook was on Jan. 23, when the pair arrived in Cusco, Peru.

Hand, a commercial fisherman in the Bay Area, posted in Spanish on his Facebook page from Cusco on Jan. 25 that the next stop of the trip would be Pucallpa, Peru, if the couple could find a bus.

Neal, who is in her 20s and works at the Pedaler Bike Shop in El Sobrante, had been in touch with her coworkers through the end of January, shop mechanic Mark Lindgren said.

The shop has pooled together a $3,000 reward for any information that will help locate the couple.

Lindgren said Neal had taken time off work for the trip, and that regular customers and colleagues are concerned.

Donations for the couple's families can be made at any Mechanics Bank by mentioning Hand or Neal, Lindgren said.

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, posted an emergency message warning of a potential kidnapping threat in the Cusco area.

"The Embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area," the message reads.

The threat is listed as credible through the end of February.

McGowan said the families are working with the U.S. Embassy and local authorities.

Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)
Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homi...

Third Suspect in 2010 San Jose Homicide Arrested

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A third suspect in a 2010 homicide in San Jose is in custody after being arrested Friday afternoon as he was on his way to court, police said.
      
Carlos Ruiz Paz, 21, a San Jose resident, was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. as he was en route to an unrelated court case, police said.
      
The victim, 22-year-old Jose Antonio Vega Calderon, was found stabbed and shot at the corner of Willard Avenue and San Carlos Street at about 9:30 p.m. on April 21, 2010, police said.
      
He was taken to a hospital, where he died later that night.
     
The killing was later determined to be gang-related, according to police.
      
Jose Torres, 22, and Alvaro Ochoa, 22, were identified as suspects and arrested in connection with the murder. They have been in custody since their 2010 arrests, police said.

(Copyright 2013, Bay City News, All rights reserved.)

KTVU

Indian man ate gold to get through ...

Indian man ate gold to get through customs

?For a couple of days, an Indian businessman was sitting on gold, albeit a little unusually and painfully. 

The 63-year-old businessman swallowed 12 small gold bars, weighing nearly 1 pound, in an attempt to smuggle the precious metal past Indian customs. The Guardian reports the man checked himself into a hospital after a few days of vomiting and trouble defecating, according to his doctor. After a three-hour surgery doctors called "tedious," the nearly $16,000 worth of gold was safely removed from the man's stomach and promptly confiscated by the police. (Via The Guardian)

The man's doctor at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital says it was one of his strangest operations. "I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable." (Via BBC)

Believe it or not, gobbling gold isn't unheard of in south Asia. Because India imports the most gold in the world, its 15 percent import tax on the metal is one of the highest and spurs many to go "bottoms up" with their bars. (Via YouTube / Periodic Videos)

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The hike has caused gold imports to plummet nearly 90 percent in the past year. But the element remains popular for Indians of all areas and classes, according to the BBC.

"Shops sell it from north to south India. The rich buy it more, but even those people who generally struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs don't hesitate to buy it whenever they possibly can."

And smuggling is on the rise, due to the tax increase. In September, two Sri Lankan men were caught with several kilograms of gold biscuits concealed in their rectums before a flight to India. It was the most gold Sri Lankan officials had ever found in a human body, according to source.

The Air Intelligence Unit at a Mumbai airport says concealing gold bars inside the body can lead to infections, pain and rashes.

CHP officer hit standing outside ve...

CHP officer hit standing outside vehicle along 101

Officers are looking for a silver sedan missing its driver’s side rear-view mirror after the driver allegedly hit a CHP officer on Highway 101 in San Jose Friday night.

Officials say two officers had made a traffic stop along northbound Highway 101 near the McKee Road exit when the driver of the silver sedan crossed the median, to take the exit, and hit one of the officers before driving off.

The officer was taken by ambulance from the scene but CHP officials say his injuries were minor.

Officials say they found the driver's side rear-view mirror at the scene of the crash.

Sliver of good news comes for droug...

Sliver of good news comes for drought-stricken farmers

It's a sliver of good news for drought stricken farms and cities.

Thanks to the rain and snow from February and March storms, the California Department of Water Resources announced Friday that it would increase water allocations for State Water Project deliveries from zero to five percent.

In the Tri-Valley, an area that relies heavily on state water, officials said while the increase is a good thing, the extra water won't be available until September, meaning mandatory water conservation will continue for folks in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin.

"Obviously we were excited to hear some good news for a change. That's the first time this year the allotment has gone up. But there's some tempered enthusiasm," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton.

Continuing conservation efforts across the board is critical, he said.

"I think we're concerned with how people will react to that and say, well things are getting better so I don't have to conserve," said Daniel Smith, Director of Public Works Operations in Pleasanton. "If it's dry again next year, and we don't get much water, we're going to be in a much worse situation."

At Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, workers said they've seen a steady stream of customers in recent days, panicking about the mandatory 25 percent cut to water use announced earlier this week for the Zone 7 Water Agency area.

"It was really important to us to allay their fears, and let them know yes, we can make everything work. We can preserve our existing landscape, and we can investment," said Jacquie Williams-Courtright, nursery owner.

She said she's been advising her customers to switch from spray and timed watering systems to drip systems and hand watering so there's less waste. Workers also recommend drought-resistant plants.

"I think mulch is probably one of the number one things people can do. We're calling it the miracle of mulch. Three inches equals a 30-percent savings of water," said Williams-Courtright. "It insulates the moisture in. It keeps it from evaporating out."

Santa Clara Valley Water District also gets water from the state. A spokesperson issued a statement, saying that the increase didn't change its water supply outlook for the year.

"We still need people to reduce their water use by 20 percent in order to make sure that we have sufficient groundwater reserves if this unprecedented drought continues into 2015," the statement said.

Beloved teacher found dead on Mt. T...

Beloved teacher found dead on Mt. Tamalpais

The second women found dead in less than a week on Mt. Tamalpais has been identified as a 50-year-old beloved Oakland teacher.

The area’s pristine and peaceful beauty lures hikers, but just one day after the discovery of Marie Christine Sanner, many are wary of their surroundings.

"I'm scared," said one woman who was hiking Friday evening.

She and others say they are extra cautious, not convinced that it's a coincidence that two female hikers have died in recent days.

"I kept looking over my shoulder. I kept checking out each person who came," said one hiker who says she comes to the area up to three times a week.

One man who asked KTVU not to identify him says around 9:45 Wednesday night, he saw a woman matching Sanner's description standing by a green Honda Civic with a man and a German Shepherd.

Authorities have confirmed that the Honda Civic belongs to Sanner and she had her dog with her.  

Shortly after, the witness says he saw the man and the woman walk up the trail when it was completely dark.

Investigators say they are still sorting out exactly what happened.

"Those parties separated from one another and she decided to return to her car here in the parking lot and he decided to continue hiking up the mountain. Sometime after that, the accident happened," said Lt. Doug Pittman with Marin County Sheriff's department.

"I was really sad she was alone when she passed away," said Celia Pascual, who used to work alongside Sanner at Hawthorne Elementary School as teachers in Oakland.

Pascual's son was also a student of Sanner.

Sanner had been teaching kindergarten at Think College Now, a public school, in East Oakland

She was a dedicated and loving teacher by all accounts.

Sanner has kindergartners waiting for her return from spring break on Monday.

"The impact that has on children when their teacher is gone - is huge," said Pascual.

"Everybody loved her, everybody loved Marie Sanner. She loved the outdoors she loved people she was great with parents," said David Silver, founder of Think College Now elementary school.

Sanner's family tells KTVU she's dedicated her life to caring for underprivileged children and had a great love of animals.

Marin County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy on Sanner is scheduled for Monday.

Crash sends 2 to hospital with seri...

Crash sends 2 to hospital with serious injuries

Two people were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening after an accident involving several cars and a woman in a wheel-chair.

The crash happened on Silver Avenue and Mission Street in San Francisco around 9:40 p.m. Friday.

A worker at a Taco Bell near the crash says the woman in the wheelchair was pinned underneath one of the vehicles.

One car also crushed into a bus shelter.

Police say Muni service in the area has been affected.

NBA Playoffs will start without Cra...

NBA Playoffs will start without Craig Sager

The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but one of the flashiest people in and around the NBA will be notably absent from the coverage. 

NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is reportedly battling leukemia and began treatment Friday. (Via YouTube / Foot Locker)

Sager's son, Craig Sager, Jr., broke the news on Twitter saying his father will undergo three to four weeks of acute leukemia treatment. 

A writer for Deadspin notes if the timeline of Sager's treatment and the younger Sager's follow-up tweets are any indication, the questionably dressed veteran sports reporter will miss the NBA playoffs this season. 

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Sager is probably best known to sports fans and athletic novices alike as the man with the eclectic wardrobe. And over the years, he's taken some serious flack for his sartorial selections. (Via Bleacher Report)

But Sager's resume is long and storied — he's worked for CNN and TBS, worked the 1990 World Cup and several Olympic Games. (Via Flickr / Keith Allison)

On his show Thursday night, Keith Olbermann said it's all of that hard work — not the outfits — that makes Sager such an powerful presence. 

"Craig Sager has worked, has worked from any angle and worked hard all the damn time. Leukemia picked the wrong opponent." (Via ESPN / "Olbermann")

Sager's son responded to the deluge of messages of support on his Twitter feed, saying he and his father will be watching basketball together during the playoffs while brainstorming some new outfits. 

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