New York man arrested after stealing $180,000 worth of valuables from cemetery

Louis Peduto 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with theft related charges after being caught stealing thousands of dollars worth of valuables from a New York cemetery, according to a statement by the New York Police Department.

Bronx Police arrested the man accused of plundering tens of thousands of dollars in bronze mausoleums from the cemetery.

The incidents occurred over five days at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Throgs Neck section.
Authorities say the suspect, 56-year-old Louis Peduto, specifically targeted mausoleums, taking door handles, vents and nameplates netting him as much as $180,000.

"We have identified a suspect this weekend," Safety Director Matt Horacio, said. "The suspect actually ran from security guards and dropped a bag of burglary tools that were inside a bag. The security guards also took photos of the suspect. The photos, the tools and all the other evidence were handed over to the New York Police Department,” he added.

Peduto was arrested on Tuesday night. It is unclear whether he was working alone or with others.
Police said that there has been a lack of security at the cemetery and the thefts went unnoticed until Monday.

Visitors were visibly upset that someone could steal from the dead and there were also new concerns about how to keep the site secure.

More than 4,000 people are buried in St. Raymond’s each year, the majority are Catholics.

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Former firefighter charged with making bogus police calls

911 call 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with making false police calls related charges after he was caught calling in bogus emergency incidents, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

The State Police of Luzerne County charged a Nanticoke man they said was caught on surveillance camera making three false emergency calls to 911 in three months.

Officials in the office of a district judge in Nanticoke said that Lee Beatty was charged with creating false alarms and endangering rescuers.

An employee and a resident of Nanticoke Villa said that the 50-year-old man lives at the personal care facility.
The fire chief at the Plymouth Township Fire Station and Rescue said that Beatty was a former volunteer, but would not say when or why he left the department.

Police accused Beatty of using a pay phone outside a convenience store near the fire department to make the bogus calls.
According to investigators, Beatty called 911 and said there was a pileup on Route 11, reported that a car had crashed into the Susquehanna River and told dispatchers that a van was on fire outside a restaurant near West Nanticoke.

Authorities said that firefighters found nothing happening when responded to the three calls and volunteers put themselves at risk when they spent hours in boats in the search of a submerged car.

Boy, 7, suspended from school after half eaten pop-tart looked like gun

Josh Welch 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A little boy was suspended from school after his half eaten pop-tart appeared to be shaped like a gun, according to press reports in Maryland.

The student in Baltimore was suspended during breakfast.

7-year-old Josh Welch was eating a pop-tart in school. A teacher saw the pastry and said that she thought it looked like it was shaping up into a weapon.

The teacher also said she heard Welch saying: "bang bang", as he held it.
That was enough to get him suspended.

Welch said that his teacher has it all wrong. "It was already shaped like a rectangle when I took it out from the box and I kept biting off from the top. It had the shape of a gun, but it was not," the boy said.
Welch said that he was trying to shape the pop-tart into a mountain but was stopped by the teacher.

The school sent a letter at the end of the day to parents explaining what happened and why they thought it was a threat, saying: "A student who uses food to make a gesture is inappropriate.”
Welch was suspended for two days.

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15 miners fired after dancing Harlem Shake inside gold mine

Dancing miners in Australia 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) The bosses of more than a dozen miners were not amused by their employees recent Harlem Shake video they uploaded to the internet showing them dancing inside a gold mine, according to press reports in the United States.

Up to 15 miners were fired from their high paying jobs in a gold mine in Australia, after a "Harlem Shake" performance was considered a safety hazard, a local newspaper reported Monday.

A YouTube video shows eight miners using safety equipment while performing the dance at Agnew gold mine last week. The West Australian newspaper quoted a dismissed worker who declined to give his name as saying that up to 15 people were laid off, including some who saw the performance, but did not participate.

The mine’s owners considered this a safety issue and a violation of their core values ​​of safety, integrity and excellence, according to a dismissal letter cited by the newspaper.

The letter also noted that the miners will not be allowed to be subcontracted by the company anywhere in the country and the world.
It is not clear in the video what the safety issues were. The dancing miners wore helmets, but five were shirtless.

The dismissed worker told the newspaper that the shirts were taken off so that the company name should not appeared in the video.
The newspaper said that the miners who lost their jobs earned more than $100,000 per year.
The anonymous worker who spoke to the newspaper said that the miners were just having a little fun.

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Woman arrested in hit and run accident of Nachman and Raizy Glauber

NYPD car 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Police have arrested a woman who is the owner of the BMW, which caused the tragic accident which killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber.

29-year-old Takia Walker, was arrested after her car was involved in the hit and run accident. Walker owned the BMW which was involved in the fatal accident, but she was not driving, according to police.

Walker, who lives in the Bronx, was not in the car at the time of the accident. She was arrested on charges of insurance fraud. She is accused of allowing a third party who was not listed on her car insurance policy to drive her car.

So far, Walker has not given up the driver’s name and authorities are still looking for the driver.

Isaac Abraham, a spokesperson for the Satmar community released a statement warning the driver to turn him/herself in to police.
“Turn yourself in to police before we find you!” Abraham said.

The Williamsburg Brooklyn community is determined to get justice for the three innocent lives taken by the hit and run driver.

The livery cab driver, 32-year-old Pedro Nunez survived the crash.

"The only reason someone fleeing the scene of a crime is because they have done something wrong," Fernando Mateo, President of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, said.

We will never know if drugs or alcohol was involved in the fatal accident since the driver and the passenger of the BMW fled the scene.

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Baby of accident victims Nachman and Raizy Glauber dies in hospital

Nachman and Raizy Glauber 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) In a very sad turn of events, the baby of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, couple killed in a hit and run accident was pronounced dead at the hospital this morning.

Satmar community spokesperson, Isaac Abraham, confirmed that the baby delivered after his parents Nachman and Raizy Glauber were killed in a Brooklyn hit-and-run accident has died. “The baby died around 5:30 Monday morning,” Abraham said.

A shocking tragedy hit the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, after the young couple was killed on their way to the hospital to give birth to their first child, according to press reports in Brooklyn, New York.

The young Orthodox Jewish couple on the way to a hospital to have their first child died in a car crash early Sunday, but their son survived and was transferred to the hospital, leaving the family hopeful that he will survive, thereby providing a measure of comfort to the family after their tremendous loss.

To the heartbreak of the family, friends and community the baby did not survive, leaving everyone brokenhearted once again.

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Delta Airlines unveils new shower to cure jet lag

Delta Airlines airplane 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Delta Airlines is optimistic about their new technology, which they claim cures jet lag.

The “Photon Shower” washes away jet lag as you “bathe” in the blue light, according to press reports.

This new technology offers hope to those suffering from jet lag, worldwide. Delta Airlines put the new Photon Shower on display in Long Beach, California.

Jet lag symptoms occur because the body gets out of schedule. The shower will help the body adjust. The shower uses light to change the biological clock of long-distance travelers.

The shower was designed with the help of Dr. Russell Foster of Oxford University, who is a professor of neurology specializing in the effects of light on the biological clock.

The light emitted by the shower mimics the effects of daylight, thereby functioning as a therapeutic energy booster to passengers with jet lag.

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Man who vandalized Jewish graves gets off with no jail time

Robert Moulden 
By: Shifra Unger

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of hate crime related charges after being caught vandalizing Jewish gravestones with swastikas, according to court proceedings in New Zealand.

The Jewish community of Auckland, said that the gravestones which were vandalized in the Symonds Street cemetery will never be fully restored.

Robert Moulden was sentenced yesterday to 320 hours of community service, nine months supervision and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine in order to pay for damages.
The Auckland Jewish Council chairman, Geoff Levy, respects the judge's decision.

However, he said that the shadow of Nazi symbols painted on the tombs will remain because the stones is so old and the spray paint has sunk in.
He said that Jews will face the scars of seeing this every time they set foot in the cemetery.

Dozens of British college students disrupt speech of Israeli ambassador

Alon Roth-Snir (center) 
By: Shifra Unger

An Israeli ambassador who attempted to give a speech at a British university couldnt get a word through as he was shouted down by dozens of British students, according to press reports in Israel.

Protests against Israel on college campuses are growing rapidly, according to press reports. Dozens of students last week disrupted a speech by Israel's deputy ambassador in Britain, Alon Roth-Snir, at the University of Essex.

A speech which was scheduled to be given by Daniel Taub, the British ambassador, was also canceled at the University of Northern Ireland, for fear of riots.

Roth-Snir’s speech was scheduled after the invitation of the University of Essex Middle East club. But before the deputy ambassador began to speak, dozens of pro-Palestinian students began shouting in the conference room where the speech was to take place. They were eventually expelled by security personnel.

However, as Roth-Snir began speaking, about 30 students began shouting against Israel, calling it a criminal apartheid state and prevented the Israeli officer to get a word out.

Students ignored requests from staff and other students to allow the speech to continue. However, some pro-Palestinian students argued that Israel's position must be heard, even if they disagreed with it.

After numerous requests from several students for the speech to go ahead, the college moved Roth-Snir and some of the students into another room, but dozens of demonstrators violently banged on the doors and windows, and threatened to force their way inside. Authorities at the university, who feared chaos, decided to cancel the speech.

Palestinian car thief dressed as a religious Jew arrested

Car thief 
By: David Ross

A Palestinian man was arrested and charged with car theft related charges after stealing several cars while dressed as a religious Jew, according to court proceedings in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A police unit in northern Tel Aviv arrested a car thief wearing a yarmulke during the weekend. The man's disguise had worked and he did not raise any suspicions in some neighborhoods of Ramat Aviv until stealing one particular car and tried to get the engine started.

The incident took place during the night between Thursday and Friday, after police received a complaint of two car thefts in the neighborhood of Ramat Aviv. Detectives from the northern Tel Aviv police station traced down the stolen cars to a parking lot and waited there until the thief came back for the cars.

Suddenly, police saw a young man dressed with a yarmulke coming to the parking lot and got into one of the stolen cars. The surprised detectives quickly approached him, assuming he was a religious Jew.

However, it soon became clear to the police that the head covering was simply an attempt to blend in in the neighborhood. The thief was identified by police as a 30-year-old Palestinian man.

The Tel Aviv Magistrate Court extended his detention pending the completion of the police investigation.

Egypt hit with new locust plague as Jews prepare for Passover

Locusts hit Egypt 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Just ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, Egypt is suffering a second coming of the plague, according to press reports in Israel.

Israel is on alert as swarms of destructive locust insects descended into neighboring Egypt, before the Passover holiday.
The Israel Ministry of Agriculture established a hotline on Monday and is asking of Israelis to be vigilant in reporting sightings of locusts to prevent an outbreak.

Locusts have a devastating effect on crop agriculture.
Swarms of locusts that descended to Egypt, is raising fears it could spread to neighboring Israel.

The locusts alert is being issued just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, which tells the biblical story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. According to the Bible, a plague of locusts was one of the 10 plagues that God struck the Egyptians after enslaving and abusing the Jews.

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Company introduces pay at stores with your fingertip

Lviv market 
By: Sarah Weiss

(scroll down fro video) A company has unveiled a pay by fingertip system where you don’t need to carry cash or credit cards, as all you will need is your fingertip.

A South Dakota college campus, cafe and convenience store, have recently began testing fingerprint technology, which allows students to purchase goods with their fingerprint.

Four teachers and fifty students have registered to be part of the pay by finger program. They all provided their name, date of birth, address, bank details and their student ID. Their fingerprints were also scanned.

Klaas Zwart is the brain behind the idea. He is the owner of Hanscan Identity Management in Spain, which developed the pay by finger technology. His colleague, Al Maas, patented the technology in the U.S. and launched the company called Nexus USA.

Maas believes that people will love the idea.
“We could become an “empty-pocket” society, where you don’t have to carry your keys, cash, credit cards, nothing. You just have to use one finger,” Mass said.

Maas said that the technology is highly secure and hacking proof because each finger scan produces a unique series of numbers that cannot be replicated.

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City in Ukraine using Jewish tombstones as construction material

Lviv market 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A city in Ukraine has been using Jewish tombstones as construction material, according to a Jewish activist in the city of Lviv.

The Jewish community in the Ukrainian city of Lviv has held a protest after hundreds of graves were still used as building materials of city roads and the central market.

Nearly a third of the population of the western city of Ukraine, some 140,000 people, were Jewish in the years before the outbreak of World War Two. Virtually all of them died in the Holocaust and almost all synagogues and cemeteries were destroyed by the Nazis, or when the Red Army captured Lviv in 1944.

Modern Lviv only retains some traces of its Jewish past. In the postwar years the Soviet authorities used the gravestones to pave roads and for reconstruction of buildings destroyed during the war.

Meilach Shochat, the head of a religious Non Governmental Agency in Lviv, said that the tombstones are very important to the Jewish community.

"You can see stones with Hebrew writings. Every stone is telling a story of the life of the person it was written for," Meilach Shochat said.

Jewish tombstones or their fragments can be seen in the foundation of the old roads of Lviv and in the framework of the paving of the city market. Shochat said that the stones under the Lviv market are still sacred.

"Every day there is a desecration of graves here. Many people approach us. We have many letters supporting the request for removal of the stones from this market," Shochat added.

Outside of Lviv, in the city of Dobromyl, one resident said that his yard is full of fragments from Jewish tombstones. He said that he would only be happy if the Jewish stones found a real home.

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Airplane full of people do the Harlem Shake during flight

Harlem Shake during flight 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A group of teenagers decided to do the Harlem Shake dance on board a flight, thousands of feet above the Grand Canyon, in Arizona.

College students were on a Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado Springs, to San Diego, California. They wanted to do the Harlem Shake amid the flight. The got permission from flight attendants to do so.

Although most of the passengers seemed to be having a good time, aviation officials were not amused and they are investigating the airline due to security concerns.

"If we find any evidence of a Federal Aviation regulations violation, then we would pursue it," FAA spokesperson, Allen Kenitzer, said.

Frontier Airlines defended its decision to allow university students to dance on board the flight. "All safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off," Frontier Airlines spokesperson, Kate O'Malley, said.

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Terrorists arrested in Turkey after planning to attack synagogues and churches

Detained Al Qaeda terrorists 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Several men were arrested and charged with terrorism related charges after they planned to attack religious targets, specifically Jewish synagogues and Christian churches, according to police reports in Turkey.

11 members of Al Qaeda have been arrested in Istanbul, after a raid by special forces of Turkey, according to reports in a local Turkish newspaper.

The terrorists allegedly planned attacks against the U.S. embassy in Turkey, and a number of synagogues and churches around the country.

Some 22 kilos of explosives, five firearms and five handguns were captured during the raid on the terrorists.
There was no word if police plan to launch a thorough investigation.

Last month, the U.S. embassy in Ankara, was attacked. The explosion killed a security guard at the embassy and left one visitor wounded.

The leader of the subversive operation, Shanli Ecevit, who was a member of the Marxist terrorist group, Turkish People’s Liberation Party-Front, was also killed by police.

Israeli fashion designer unveils clothing line at London Catwalk Fashion Show

Showing off work of Israeli fashion designer 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Many designers dream of making it to the London Catwalk to show off their line of clothing.

For many, it is just a dream, but for one talented Israeli fashion designer his dream became a reality.
This was the second year in a row for the Fyodor Golan company, to showcase their clothing line with beautiful models at the London Catwalk Fashion Show.

With celebrity clients like Lady Gaga, and Nelly Furtado, Fyodor Golan, is fast becoming the hot item in the world of British fashion.

You can take a look at his latest collection in the video below.

Fashion designers Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, met and fell in love. They are now life partners as well as business partners.

Israeli born Golan studied at the Istituto Marangoni in London, while Fyodor studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, before moving to London where they met.

Fyodor had worked for Japanese designer Issey Miyake. He was also taught by the famous late British designer Alexander McQueen.

The two won the prestigious London Design Competition two years ago.
For some couples, being partners in life and in business can be complex, but Fyodor and Golan, said they would not have it any other way.

"It can be quite difficult, but I cannot really imagine us any other way," Frydman said.

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Groupon fires its founder and CEO after business slumps

Andrew Mason 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) After a string of disappointments as a public company, Groupon, pulled the plug on its founder and CEO, saying in a statement that the leader has stepped aside for someone from the outside, according to press reports in the United States.

Now, that Groupon has fired its founder and CEO, the main question is whether the underlying business, the online shopping deals, is promising enough to reverse the decline in the stock price, declining revenue growth and declining interest from consumers.

Groupon’s Andrew Mason was fired last week, a day after the company reported a disappointing quarter amid concerns that people are getting tired of restaurant, spa and Botox deals that Groupon built its business on.

In a note to staff, the Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, admitted that he failed in this part of the business and said that the company's employees deserve the outside world to give them a second chance.

The dismissal of Mason has been fairly widely expected given the results of the company and the surprise was how long it took.
But a new CEO may not be sufficient to address all the problems plaguing Groupon.

"The question is whether this as a business model that can last for the long term," an analyst, said. "Groupon’s business is easy to replicate and is under pressure. The issue is where the company goes from here. Obviously something is not working," the analyst added.

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American Idol winner arrested for drug smuggling

Martha Heredia 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) An extremely popular American Idol winner was arrested and charged with drug smuggling related charges after being caught smuggling drugs, according to police reports in the Dominican Republic.

The winner of the television talent show "American Idol," who was once loved by thousands of people in her native Dominican Republic, was charged with drug trafficking after police found heroin stuffed inside her heel shoes, authorities said Thursday.

Martha Heredia was arrested Wednesday night as she was about to board a plane to New York, Frank Duran, director of the Santiago Bureau of National Drug Control, said.

He said that police found 2.9 pounds of heroin in the heels of three pairs of shoes inside her suitcase. The police also ordered Heredia to undergo X-ray tests in order to determine if she had any drugs hidden inside her body. Police said the x-ray tests did not find any drugs hidden inside her body.

Duran said police are questioning Heredia to determine if she was working as a mule for a drug trafficking organization.
If convicted, she could face more than 10 years in prison.

The 22-year-old had become a star in the Dominican Republic after winning the final American Idol contest in 2009. The show, which lasted three years, was a Spanish version of the popular American Idol.

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2 firefighters arrested after abusing boy as sex slave

Firefighter arrested for child sex slavery 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) 2 firefighters were arrested and charged with child sexual abuse related charges after abusing a boy as a sex slave, according to court proceedings Vermont.

Vermont state police have charged the two men with ties to Connecticut in a case of alleged child sexual assault that occurred over several years involving a victim who said he was wrapped in cellophane and suffered from being subject to other aggravated sexual assaults.

State police charged 39-year-old Frank Meyer, of West Haven, Connecticut, and 42-year-old Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, Vermont, with aggravated sexual assault and for engaging in child sex slavery. A local Connecticut newspaper reported that Meyer was a West Haven Fire Department captain and Bartolotta was a former firefighter in West Haven.

Authorities said that a 25-year-old man stepped up with the allegations last month, saying that the sexual attacks began when he was just 12-years-old and continued up until last year. The attacks allegedly occurred in Ludlow and Cavendish.
Both men pleaded not guilty and are being held on $50,000 bond.

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Florida boy suspended from school after disarming gunman

School principal who suspended student for disarming gunman 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A boy was punished after saving a school from another mass shooting, according to press reports in Florida.

The 16-year-old Florida high school student said that he was suspended for three days after fighting off a gunman threatening to shoot other students.

The student, who is attending Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, tackled the 15-year-old suspect on a school bus after he allegedly pointed the gun at another student.

"I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," the student, who asked not to be identified, said.
According to the notice that the student received the next day, he was suspended for his part in an incident in which a weapon was present, according to a local television news station.

The boy's mother said that her son was suspended because he refused to cooperate with the investigation, adding that he was scared.
The suspected gunman was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, the report said.

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At least 7 injured after large fight breaks out at Arizona prison

Prison cell 
By: Moses Gold

A large fight broke out inside a U.S. prison that left several injured in hospitals, according press reports in Arizona.

The prison complex in Arizona is currently on lockdown after a fight broke out among the 400 inmates.

An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesperson, Bill Lamoreaux, said that prison officials were able to quickly stop the fight that broke out at 9:45 am Sunday at the Whetstone Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.

Two prison staff members were slightly injured, while five other prisoners were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.
The prison is investigating the cause of the fight.

About 1,250 prisoners are housed in the Whetstone Unit. No prison inmates in the seven other units were involved in the fight.

Boy fakes his kidnapping to prevent parents teachers meeting

Tied up illustration 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A little boy in Spain faked his own kidnapping in order to prevent his parents from attending a school teachers parents meeting, according to police reports in Spain.

The Spanish schoolboy, who was identified by police as an 11-year-old, faked his own kidnapping in an attempt to prevent his parents from attending a meeting with his teachers.

The boy, who has not been identified by name, sent a text message to his father on Monday afternoon saying he had been kidnapped on a street in his hometown of Limia Xinzo in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia.

When his father called his son's mobile phone, the young boy, who was talking quietly told him how he had been nabbed by a man and was placed in a blue seat.

The father, who is a police officer in the Galician town of Xinzo of Limia, immediately issued a nationwide alert and the Civil Guard quickly erected barricades across the province. Even the police in Portugal were notified just in case the alleged kidnappers fled across the border.

Meanwhile, the local press called for information and the public's help to find the boy.
But within two hours, the child was found hiding in an empty apartment belonging to the family, after his father could not find his bunch of keys at their usual place.

The boy explained that he had come up with the elaborate scheme in order to stop his parents from talking to his teacher in a meeting scheduled for that afternoon for fear that they will get angry over his recent bad grades.

"The Civil Guard attributed it to a childish prank that had something to do with the situation of children in school," a report in the local newspaper, said.

"It seems that the parents were supposed to meet with the teacher of the class in the afternoon, something the boy wanted to prevent," a police spokesperson, said.

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