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Akron Zoo announces $17 million expansion

Channel 10 news - 14 hours 19 min ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Akron Zoo in Ohio has announced a $17 million expansion plan that includes a new exhibit featuring lions and tigers.

Zoo officials say the Pride of Africa area will open in May 2019, and the Wild Asia area will open in summer 2020.

The zoo will also expand its train ride and add a new splash pad.

The expansion is taking place on 3 undeveloped acres of land that the zoo acquired several years ago from the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Zoo President and CEO Doug Piekarz says the two wildlife areas will be the zoo's "largest expansion to date."

Zoo officials say they will pay for the project with $11 million raised from a tax levy. The rest of the project will be funded through donations.

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Bucking trend, Ohio moved fast to use federal opioid money

Channel 10 news - 14 hours 28 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio didn't hesitate to spend the first round of federal funding targeting the country's opioid crisis, unlike other states that also expanded Medicaid under the national health care law, records show.

State officials spent $19 million, or about 73 percent, of the money it received last year as part of the two-year, nearly $1 billion 21st Century Cures Act grant program, according to an analysis of state's spending by The Associated Press.

That's in contrast to other states that used the money to expand Medicaid, which reported spending less of their allocations than states that didn't expand the health insurance program to poor, childless adults, the AP analysis found.

For example, every state that did not expand Medicaid allocated at least 58.8 percent of its funding to treatment services. Seven of the states that did expand Medicaid dedicated less to treatment.

In Ohio, the state's Mental Health and Addiction Services agency says the state used Cures Act dollars to fill gaps in the state's response to the opioid crisis not covered by Medicaid expansion.

Among the state spending:

— Added quick response teams around Ohio that follow up with surviving overdose victims to help them enter treatment programs.

— Expanded the "PAX Good Behavior Game," an anti-drug abuse curriculum for schoolchildren, across the state.

— Funded programs to train doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in using medication-assisted treatment to battle addiction.

Ohio used the grant money this way because of an established base of existing health care programs, said Dr. Mark Hurst, director of the state's Mental Health and Addiction Services agency.

"This has just been a real boon to us," Hurst said. "It's something that's been really helpful in augmenting what's already been in place."

In total, $479,074,220 was allocated to 55 states and territories (including D.C., Puerto Rico, Palau, Northern Marianas and American Samoa) to spend over the first year of the grant, the AP review found.

The grant money from Congress is part of the two-year, nearly $1 billion 21st Century Cures Act grant program, which also includes a second year of funding that has already been allocated to states.

Ohio received $26 million for each of the two years of the grant program.

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Finding the perfect fit: Ways to get around 'tween' costume challenges

Channel 10 news - 14 hours 36 min ago

COLUMBUS - With Halloween being next week, it's now crunch time when it comes to finding costumes for your kids. But some parents struggle when it comes to finding a costume that is age appropriate and that fits. That challenge is especially difficult if your child has outgrown kids sizes, but hasn't yet grown into adult ones.

Pam Hickman is the manager at Costume Holiday House on Bethel Road.

"There's only a couple of years between you're too tall for the kids' stuff, but not quite tall enough for the adult stuff."

She says costume companies simply don't supply costumes to fit that "tween" age group. The gap between kid and adult costumes can be quite pronounced especially when it comes to boys.

"Your standard is like a 42 or 44 jacket size, so that would be like a large t-shirt. So if you have a 12-year old that maybe wears a small men's size, you're still in between that range."

Hickman says you can get around the sizing challenges by getting creative.

"They're kind of usually mixing and matching and kind-of doing a zombie pirate or a glammed up skeleton... something like that. So it's usually a hybrid."

Hickman also suggests pinning adult costumes to make them less revealing for your teenager. You can also add things like leggings, tights, camisoles, and sweaters to make them more age appropriate.

Hickman also encourages everyone to try costumes on because she says they don't always fit the way they look in the picture on the package.

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Celebration of Neil Armstrong's moon walk starts in hometown

Channel 10 news - 14 hours 47 min ago

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hometown of the first man to walk on the moon has begun a months-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's achievement.

The Wapakoneta native stepped onto the moon July 20, 1969. Cleveland.com reports an official with the Auglaize and Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau says a community-wide celebration began last week in Armstrong's western Ohio hometown.

The bureau's executive director says the observance kicked off with a red-carpet preview showing of "First Man." The film recounts Armstrong's role in the space race.

Wapakoneta isn't in the movie, but community leaders hope the publicity will attract people to the town of about 9,800.

Officials say several dozen bus tours prompted by the anniversary already are scheduled to stop in the town beginning in the spring.

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GOP fight over leadership after November vote to be messy

Channel 10 news - 15 hours 10 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Win or lose in the race for the majority, House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election, with the party lacking a clear heir apparent to take the place of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

President Donald Trump has signaled he'd be happy with next-in-line Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader, a longtime ally whom the president calls "My Kevin."

But Trump is also saying kind words about the No. 3 Republican, GOP Whip Steve Scalise, whom he calls the "legend from Louisiana." Scalise survived life-threatening injuries after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice in 2017.

And there's a third lawmaker in the mix: conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who is waging a longshot bid to take the gavel. Trump appeared with Jordan at an Ohio rally in the summer and beamed when the crowd started chanting, "Speaker of the House!"

"There's going to be a contest, for sure," said GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a veteran of leadership battles who said he's never seen anything like the "high drama" that's about to unfold. "Usually the election settles all the issues. This one won't."

Polls are seesawing in the final weeks before the election, creating suspense about whether Democrats will regain control of the House for the first time since 2010. Yet it's almost certain that the often unruly House GOP contingent will be smaller next year. Republicans hope to hold the majority, but fully expect to lose some seats.

The election is likely to produce a more conservative, pro-Trump Republican lineup in the House, as most of the GOP incumbents at risk of losing hail from moderate-leaning districts and suburbs. Their defeat would probably concentrate more power in the hands of the House Freedom Caucus and its libertarian-leaning allies in rural, traditionally Republican states who doubt McCarthy's conservative bona fides. Those lawmakers blocked the Californian's rise when he first reached for the speaker's gavel three years ago.

Conservatives say the House majority is at risk in large part because Republicans didn't stand fully behind Trump. They fault their own side for failing to repeal "Obamacare," build a wall along the border with Mexico and keep other campaign promises. If there's a GOP wipeout on Election Day, Republicans will probably be eager to boot the current GOP leadership, which could give rise to Scalise or even Jordan's unorthodox bid.

In public, none of the leaders-in-waiting likes to talk about the struggle to come. Their goal, they say, is to keep the House majority. But behind the scenes all three are all dialing up colleagues and racing around the country spending their time — and campaign cash — to salvage the GOP's hold on the House.

"It's going to be close, but I still think we keep the majority," McCarthy told The Associated Press on Wednesday in between campaign stops.

McCarthy, who is traveling to a dozen states for two dozen lawmakers in October and shoveled $24 million in donations to candidates and campaign committees, convened an all-hands-on-deck conference call, urging colleagues to put campaign money into a team effort to protect the majority.

The upbeat mood after that call Wednesday was a turnaround from the gloom of a few weeks ago when polls indicated Democrats were favored to take over the House, with even safe seats in Trump-won districts in Pennsylvania and Iowa at risk. Republicans are sensing an uptick, thanks to Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, and a newly energized electorate awakened to the stakes of the midterm. As McCarthy puts it, "This is an election about jobs versus the mobs."

Scalise technically isn't even running for a promotion — officially, he backs McCarthy for speaker — but he's indicated he would be available to step in if McCarthy falls short.

While boarding a plane after campaigning in Michigan, Scalise said that while the GOP ranks may be smaller and tighter after the election, the outcome "brings everybody closer." He was dashing off to support the GOP candidate in an open seat in South Carolina. Rather than embolden challenges to the leadership, the election could knit the House GOP closer together behind Trump's agenda, he said.

"Everybody needs to be all in," Scalise told AP. "We're not fighting to keep this majority to be at odds with each other. We want to get some things done."

As the majority whip these past few years, he said, "my job has been to build those coalitions."

Perhaps most unusual has been Jordan's longshot bid. Taking a page from Trump's playbook, Jordan has eschewed the normal path, opting for an outside campaign that's drumming up support from conservative groups and media-friendly allies.

Jordan is a regular on Fox News, pushing the House GOP's investigation of the Justice Department's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Alongside Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the Freedom Caucus who is also campaigning for colleagues, he is positioning the group for influence in the House.

None of the top three is without baggage. Jordan faces accusations that he didn't do enough as a young assistant Ohio State University wrestling coach to halt alleged sexual misconduct by the team doctor. Jordan forcefully denies those accusations. Scalise has had to answer questions about his appearance years ago before a community group with ties to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

To be sure, Democrats have their own struggles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to return as speaker if Democrats win a House majority; many in her party want new leadership.

Republicans have been here before, in a chaotic period after conservatives forced John Boehner into early retirement in 2015, then denied McCarthy the votes to move into the top spot. Ryan was recruited to fill the leadership vacuum.

To shore up his conservative flank, McCarthy has pivoted closer to conservatives and is championing their issues, including legislation to pay for Trump's $25 billion border wall.

If Republicans retain the GOP majority, Cole said he would be hard pressed to see Republicans walking away from McCarthy after all he's doing to keep the party in power.

But if Republicans lose big, especially in the late-breaking California races, McCarthy's clout could diminish. The population of suburban Orange County, a longtime GOP stronghold, is shifting like the rest of the state.

"They said it was impossible for the House Freedom Caucus to oust Boehner," said Noah Wall, a vice president at FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group that is rallying for Jordan. "We don't claim there's anything but a longshot, but we see several paths."

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Mahomes torches Bengals for 4 TDs as Chiefs roll, 45-10

Channel 10 news - 18 hours 14 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns, Kareem Hunt finished with three scores and the Kansas City Chiefs rebounded from their first loss by throttling the Cincinnati Bengals 45-10 on Sunday night.

Mahomes was 28 of 39 with his only big mistake an underthrown interception, though the Chiefs (6-1) were already so far ahead of Cincinnati (4-3) by that point it didn't really matter.

Mahomes spread the wealth, too, connecting with eight targets. Tyreek had seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, and Demetrius Harris had the other scoring grab for Kansas City.

The Bengals' Andy Dalton was held to just 148 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception by the NFL's worst defense. Joe Mixon managed 50 yards rushing on 13 carries.

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Audio postcard: Sailing Lake Champlain in the last autumn glory

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
If you're careful and keep an eye on the weather, late autumn can be a gorgeous time to get out on the water. Brian Mann went sailing on Lake Champlain and sent an audio postcard.
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Those fallen leaves - blessing, or curse?

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
If it's a matter of raking and disposal, the thick fall of leaves from your maples or oaks can be a real headache. But gardeners can turn that work to real advantage, as mulch and compost. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy has lots of advice to turn the curse of those deciduous leftovers into a blessing for the gardens.
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Bridges complete in scenic Adirondack area

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) New York state has finished work on three replacement bridges in a scenic area of the Adirondack Mountains.
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Capitol Watch: Local prosecutors sue over misconduct panel

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
David Klepper, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In New York state government news, district attorneys are challenging a new law creating a commission on prosecutorial misconduct.
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Attorney: teen accused in Black Brook murder being charged as an adult

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
A 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a man to death near Plattsburgh appeared in court on Friday. Hunter Welch allegedly killed Michael Zindler in the town of Black Brook on October 11. State Police say Zindler was stabbed in the chest, but they haven’t released further details about what allegedly happened. According to Welch's defense attorney, Matthew Favro, the teen is being charged as an adult because of the severity of the allegations.
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Chuck Kelly, iconic Ogdensburg newspaperman, dies at 83

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
One of the North Country’s most influential and vocal newspapermen has died. Chuck Kelly worked at the Ogdensburg Journal for more than 50 years. He was 83.
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North Country at Work: behind the scenes with the caretakers of Upper Saint Regis

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 22:00
Caretaking for summer homes and camps has been a way for people to make a living in the Adirondack North Country for well over 100 years, and Upper Saint Regis Lake in the northeastern Adirondacks is home to some of the oldest, biggest, most Gilded-Age camps around. The lake’s residents arrive here each summer from all around the country to spend time at "camp" - multi-million dollar, water-access only properties nestled behind walls of pine. They require a lot of upkeep, and that’s where the job of caretaker comes in.
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TWiT 689: Nobody Expects the Scooter Inquisition

This week in tech - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 21:16
  • Cognative hacking with scale and co-ordination.
  • Will the newest iPad have 2 connectors?
  • Should keynotes for product lanches go away?
  • Some speculation about what to expect from the upcoming Apple event.
  • Morgan on Twitter and his thoughts on Google+.
  • Google in the EU and something that isn't getting as much press.
  • The discussion continues around Bloomberg's article and Tim Cook's demand for a retraction.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Dan Patterson, Seth Weintraub, and Greg Ferro

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-tech


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Person in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 21:04

COLUMBUS -- A person is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in south Columbus Sunday night, according to police.

The crash happened in the 3700 block of South High Street at about 10:38 p.m.

The person was taken to Grant Medical Center. The vehicle remained on scene.

South High Street, northbound, is closed in the area.

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Members of the Save the Crew movement celebrate milestones

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 21:01

The one-year anniversary of the Save the Crew movement was marked by celebration for both the accomplishments of the group and a recent announcement made by the owners of an Ohio sports team.

It’s been a year since the grassroots movement dedicated to keeping the Columbus Crew SC in the namesake city gained traction.

The 2017 announcement by Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt is what started it all.

The investor/operator said he wanted to relocate the team to Austin, Texas, news that didn’t sit well with diehard fans of the Gold and Black.

“Getting everybody to come together and raise their voices is something that’s really incredible,” Save the Crew member David Foust said.

The group started its campaign with a bang, holding a rally on the steps of City Hall. Groups of supporters spoke at city council meetings across central Ohio, volunteers built models and renderings of new stadiums and the group drove the message via social media.

The relentless effort gained more than 12,000 pledges to purchase season tickets.

The group celebrated a milestone in mid-October when it was announced Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of a group trying to buy the Columbus Crew and keep the MLS team in the city.

“If you ask anybody on the leadership team, we’ve always believed the team was going to stay," Foust said.

Foust says the work of this group is far from over. The deal is not complete, and he said the group will continue fighting until the ink on the contract is dry.

“Until we know everything is still squared away, we are going to continue to work and make sure the city fights for this team and the team stays here.”

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Warren took DNA test to help rebuild "trust in government"

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:46

NEW YORK — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday that she changed her mind recently and took a DNA test proving her heritage because Americans' trust in government is "at an all-time low" and she wanted to help rebuild it by being transparent.

The incumbent Massachusetts senator spoke at her second debate against Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl in the U.S. Senate race.

She was asked by a moderator why she had said, in March, that no DNA test was needed to prove she had some Native American heritage. She said she ultimately took the test, reporting the result last week that showed a relative six to 10 generations ago was Native American.

Ultimately, she said, she took a DNA test because she believes one way to rebuild trust in government is by posting her full family history online "so anybody can take a look. ... I believe one way that we try to rebuild confidence is through transparency."

Diehl shot back that the issue "is not about Sen. Warren's ancestry, it's about integrity in my mind, and I don't care whether you think you benefited or not from that claim, it's the fact that you tried to benefit from that claim that I think bothers a lot of people and it's something you haven't been able to put to rest since the 2012 campaign," when she first mentioned having Native American heritage that led President Donald Trump to start mocking her by calling her "Pocahontas."

He added, "I don't care what percentage she claims to be Native American; I just care that I'm 100 percent for Massachusetts and will be working for the people of this state."

On Sunday, the two candidates also touched on the subjects of climate change, gun safety, health care and racism, with generally opposing views they have exchanged in the past. But a rather surprising topic on which they agreed was the legalization of marijuana, with both supporting the right of states to legalize it.

"I think this is a states' rights issue," Diehl said, adding that he is referring to medical and recreational marijuana.

Warren has backed a federal bill that asks the government to cede to a state once it legalizes marijuana.

Warren, 69, is running for her second six-year term in the Senate and is a potential 2020 candidate for president. She has been a frequent critic of Trump.

Diehl, 49, co-chaired President Donald Trump's 2016 Massachusetts presidential campaign.

Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai is also on the ballot for the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

The debate, the second between Warren and Diehl in three days, was sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium in the studios of WGBY-TV in Springfield and moderated by WGBY's Carrie Saldo.

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Pedestrian struck and killed in northwest Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:08

COLUMBUS -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in northwest Columbus Sunday evening, according to Columbus police.

The call came into police a few minutes before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Highland Drive and Olentangy River Road.

Police say the victim died at 9:16 p.m.

Olentangy River Road is closed southbound from Garrett Drive to Highland Drive.

The vehicle that struck the victim stayed on scene, police.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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Parsons resigning from CBS board for health reasons

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 19:14

CBS Corp. says that Richard Parsons, its interim chairman, has resigned from its board because of illness.

The media company named Strauss Zelnick, another media industry leader, as his replacement.

CBS named Parsons interim chairman in September as it tried to reshape itself following the ouster of its longtime chief Les Moonves.

Parsons said in a statement Sunday that he was already dealing with multiple myeloma when he joined the board, but "unanticipated complications have created additional new challenges" and that his doctors have advised he cut back on his commitments to ensure recovery.

His successor, Zelnick, currently serves as CEO and chairman of interactive entertainment company Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

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AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale

Channel 10 news - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 17:22

LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity.

His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist's possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world's most iconic wheelchairs and a script from "The Simpsons."

The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer Christie's features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, some of his many awards, and scientific papers such as "Spectrum of Wormholes" and "Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse."

Thomas Venning, head of Christies' books and manuscripts department, said the papers "trace the development of his thought — this brilliant, electrifying intelligence."

"You can see each advance as he produced it and introduced it to the scientific community," Venning said.

Of course, Hawking's fame rests only partly on his scientific status as the cosmologist who put black holes on the map.

Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, he survived for decades, dying in March at 76.

The auction includes one of five existing copies of Hawking's 1965 Cambridge University Ph.D. thesis, "Properties of Expanding Universes," which carries an estimated price of 100,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds ($130,000 to $195,000).

Venning said the thesis, signed by Hawking in handwriting made shaky by his illness, is both a key document in the physicist's scientific evolution and a glimpse into his personal story.

"He was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) just as he arrived in Cambridge to begin his Ph.D. studies," Venning said. "He gave up his studies for a time because he was so despondent.

The thesis "was the fruit of him reapplying himself to his scientific work," Venning said, and Hawking "kept it beside him for the rest of his life."

The disease eventually left Hawking almost completely paralyzed. He communicated through a voice-generating computer and moved in a series of high-tech wheelchairs. One is included in the sale, with an estimated price of 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds ($13,000 to $19,500). Proceeds from its sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Venning said the wheelchair became a symbol not just of disability but of Hawking's "puckish sense of humor." He once ran over Prince Charles' toes — and reportedly joked that he wished he had done the same to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — and appeared in a "Monty Python" skit running down fellow physicist Brian Cox.

Venning said Hawking "very much thought of himself as a scientist first and a popular communicator second," but accepted and even enjoyed his celebrity status. He appeared several times on animated comedy show "The Simpsons" and kept a figurine of himself from the show in his office.

The sale includes a script from one of Hawking's "Simpson's" appearances, a copy of his best-seller "A Brief History of Time" signed with a thumbprint and a personalized bomber jacket that he wore in a documentary.

Hawking's daughter Lucy said the sale gave "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items."

Hawking's children hope to preserve his scientific archive for the nation. Christie's is handling negotiations to hand it over to British authorities in lieu of inheritance tax.

The items — part of a science sale that includes papers by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein — will be on display in London for several days from Oct. 30. The auction is open for bids between Oct. 31 and Nov. 8.

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