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Illinois Home To 32 Hate Groups: Southern Poverty Law Center – CBS Chicago

August 14, 2017 6:10 PM By Jeremy Ross

(CBS) What is the state of hate in Illinois?

CBS 2s Jeremy Ross reports on where the Land of Lincoln ranks and what some are doing about it

Thirty-two hate groups call Illinois home, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group estimates there are 917 nationwide.

Lonnie Nasatir, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, says anti-Semitic incidents nationwide are up 86 percent for the first three months of this year, compared to last.

Illinois and Chicago mirror that increase, Nasatir says.

Though Illinois isnt the hotbed of hatred some other states are, prejudice has picked up over the last few years.

I think its getting worse. Theres no question theres an increase in hate participation, Nasatir says.

The ADL is also keeping an eye on campus hate. The group is seeing groups recruiting in schools across the nation including here in Illinois.

Jeremy Ross is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2. Jeremy joined the station in July 2014. He is an award-winning journalist, who came to CBS 2 from WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, he worked in Lansing, Mich. Jeremy, who is…

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Wilco release new single, All Lives, You Say?, benefitting the Southern Poverty Law Center: Stream – Consequence of Sound (blog)

Art can be a powerful ally in times of strife. After the violent demonstration by white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville this past weekend, many concerned citizens have been protesting, donating, and looking for other ways to combat bigotry. Well, heres another one to add to your slate. Wilco has just released a new benefit single, All Lives, You Say?, and all proceeds willbenefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The song can be downloaded from Wilcos Bandcamp page with a charitable contribution. Frontman Jeff Tweedy dedicated the song to the memory of his late father, Robert L. Tweedy.My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice, he said. He used to say If you know better, you can do better. America we know better. We can do better.

Its a straightforward acoustic number, with gentle strums underscoring electric flourishes and Tweedys melancholy murmur. A response to those who counter movements like Black Lives Matter by crying All Lives Matter, the song finds Tweedy observing the bigoted hordes.I can see you are afraid, he sings. Your skin, so thin, your heart has escaped / All lives, all lives, you say?

Stream the song below and pop over to Bandcamp to buy the single.

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Charlottesville Driver Who Killed One Rallied With Alt-Right … – Southern Poverty Law Center

The suspect was arrested nearby. Although far-right internet trolls initially claimed that the driver was an anti-Trump open borders Bernie Sanders supporter based on a mistaken identity dredged up from Reddit, James Alex Fields was later identified as the driver of the car. Fields is being held without bail on charges of second degree murder, one count of hit-and-run, attended failure to stop with injury and three counts of malicious wounding. He will be arraigned before a judge on Monday.

The crash followed violent conflicts between far-right demonstrators, Antifascist (AntiFa) protesters, and police that resulted in tear gas canisters detonating in the streets amid scores of arrests and hospitalizations.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before the event.

While speculation still surrounds Fields motives, available photography appears to show Fields present at the UTR event with members of Vanguard America, a racist right-wing organization that helped Kessler organize the event.

Fields with shield second from left.

The banner image of a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fields features the Othela rune, popular among Neo-Nazis and the far right.

Vanguard America is a group that has grown out of the previous existence of American Vanguard, following a split between its members in the past several months. American Vanguard grew out of the Iron March forum community, but also endured a serious split with the site and those faithful to it.

Before calling itself American Vanguard, the group called itself Reaction America.

In the past few months, much alleged violence has arisen from the Iron March community. Devon Arthurs was arrested for the alleged murder of two of his three roommates. The third, Brandon Russell, was later arrested on charges related to explosives. Russell has admitted to authorities that he was a member of AtomWaffen Division, a group that still calls Iron March its digital home base.Upon his arrest law enforcement found two rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, binoculars, and a skull mask in the vehicle that he and another man were traveling in.

The banner image of a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fields features the Othela rune, popular among Neo-Nazis and the far right (read more on symbols and flags used by far-right groups in Charlottesville).

As crowds began to disperse from the planned rally under threat of arrest, a large crowd composed of members of Anti-Racist Action, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter, AntiFa, and other counter-protest groups proceeded down Charlottesvilles densely packed 4th street before being mowed down from behind by the Challenger.

Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal,was killed.

UPDATE: Vanguard America has released a statement claiming that Fields was not an official member.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/11/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Political Research Associates: A guide to whos coming to the largest white nationalist rally in a decade.

Vice: Andrew Anglin tells neo-Nazi troll army, We have to be sexy at the big rally.

Politico: Trump administration is closing civil-rights cases at an increased rate.

Think Progress: White House adviser Gorka says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much.

Politifact: No, the Obama administration did not invent the term lone wolf, and there have been many non-Islamist terrorism plots.

Salon: Pro-Trump CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord fired after tweeting a Nazi salute.

BuzzFeed: We sent Alex Jones Infowars health supplements to a lab for analysis, and heres what they found.

Right Wing Watch: After years of conspiracy theories about Obama holding onto office, half of Republicans say theyd postpone 2020 vote for Trump.

Huffington Post: Breitbart editor triggered by Vogue cover with Jennifer Lawrence as the Statue of Liberty.

CNN: Trump Ag pick Sam Clovis stoked Birther conspiracies, called Eric Holder a racist black.

Oregonian: White-nationalist group sends cash donation to anti-immigration activists.

Bradenton Herald (FL): Self-proclaimed neo-Nazis charged with stealing cars and dealing meth.

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Trump’s terrorism adviser downplays white supremacist violence – Southern Poverty Law Center

Yet, yesterday, Trumps deputy assistant and counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, ridiculed the idea of lone-wolf terrorists and played down the threat of white supremacist violence.

Not surprisingly, Gorka made his comments on the Breitbart News Daily radio show. Under the leadership of President Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon, Breitbart became the platform for a new form of white supremacy called the alt-right.

It says something about Trump that Gorka and Bannon are members of his administration. And what it says is quite disturbing.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

New York Times: The alt-right finds a new enemy in Silicon Valley.

Washington Blade: Anti-LGBT hate groups are on the rise, with a big thanks to the Trump White House.

Right Wing Watch: Frank Gaffney warns that H.R. McMaster is staging nothing short of a coup detat against Trump.

The Verge: This years Jewish center bomb threats may have been part of a dark web threat-for-hire business.

Think Progress: Americas immigration ignorance threatens to push the economy into crisis.

Media Matters: White nationalist VDare hosting conference in Colorado featuring Breitbart columnist.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Court upholds child-porn conviction for militia leader from Minnesota.

Salon: Louisiana congressman helping lead GOP effort to limit the federal definition of gender.

Associated Press: Texas man who was convicted of James Byrds dragging death gets court review for his sentence.

Patch (Florida): White-supremacist propaganda found along with methamphetamine, guns, in search of home.

Raw Story: Racist grocery clerk in Montana fired after being caught on video profiling Native American couple.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/9/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Newsweek: Alt-right, Nazis and KKK to emerge from behind keyboards to form largest racist protest in decades.

Daily Courier (Charlottesville, VA): ACLU, Rutherford challenge citys decision to move site of Unite the Right.

Business Insider: ‘The most well-organized campaign in the history of the alt-right’ is targeting H.R. McMaster.

Think Progress: White House defends silence on mosque bombing, says it might have been faked by liberals.

New Yorker: The decades-long campaign to cut legal immigration gains ground in the Trump White House.

Esquire: Jeff Sessions Justice Department backs another assault on the right to vote.

Rewire: Sheriffs and anti-immigrant hate groups are teaming up nationwide to spout nativist claptrap.

Palm Beach Post (FL): Man fatally shot while defending gay friends from threatening slurs.

CNN: On average, nine mosques have been targeted every month this year so far.

Raw Story: Trump-supporting school board president in California panics about sex education turning kids gay.

Media Matters: Far right alternative-media figures think the Google Manifesto proves them right.

Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson says totally bogus Fox News scandals are part of a conspiracy to destroy the network.

The Guardian: The rise of the racist bots: How AI is learning all our worst impulses.

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Ayo, et al. v. Dunn, et al. – Southern Poverty Law Center

People awaiting trial before a criminal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released from jail even after they had paid their bail. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana to end the practice.

Even after they were released, people awaiting trial were threatened with re-arrest if they did not pay additional monthly fees to the company, Rehabilitation Home Incarceration, which provides pretrial supervision. The lawsuit describes how the company and its owner worked with East Baton Rouge Parish officials for at least three years to detain people awaiting trial and coerce payments. The company, its owner, Cleve Dunn Sr., and the parish are named as defendants.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 300 people were assigned to the company by 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy A. White. She often made these orders for indefinite periods of supervision without determining whether people were a flight risk or posed any danger. She did not assess their ability to pay the companys signup fee of $525 and its subsequent monthly fees and other charges.

One plaintiff, Kaiasha White (no relation to the judge), was forced to stay in jail for a month as she and her family struggled to pay both her bond and the companys signup fee. The jail would not release her until the company said its fee had been paid.

Henry Ayo, another plaintiff, was jailed for two months because he and his wife couldnt afford to pay his bond and the signup fee. After paying for his release, Ayo was informed by the company that he had to pay $225 a month while awaiting trial, or he could be arrested and jailed again. Ayo and his wife paid the company approximately $1,000. The only supervision he received was being required to make phone calls that often went unanswered.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/8/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Trace: Right-wing militias are now actively supporting some state and local pro-Trump politicians.

Washington Post: Minnesota mosque firebombing is deeper and scarier than previous threats.

Newsweek: Trumps failure to condemn Minnesota mosque attack stirs social-media anger.

Right Wing Watch: End-times prepper Pastor Jim Bakker was invited to the White House.

Think Progress: Why Christian nationalists love Trump, thanks to the undertow of authoritarianism.

The New Republic: The lefts supporting role in American hate theater.

This American Life: Fear and loathing in Homer and Rockville: How anti-immigrant fervor hits the oddest places.

Recode: Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech.

Raw Story: White nationalists melt down, whine that civil rights are being violated after Airbnb cancels accounts.

The Denver Post: Swastika, other anti-Semitic scrawls found at Colorado Springs synagogue.

The Forward: T-shirt company sells rainbow-swastika design as symbol of love and peace.

Metro Weekly (Washington, DC): Oklahoma gay man files civil-rights lawsuit after his home is burned to the ground.

OC Weekly (CA): Orange County GOP rejects alt-right figure Johnny Benitez over alleged anti-Semitism.

Detroit Free Press (MI): Recall effort targets Trump-loving Kasatka Village president for anti-Muslim posts.

Free Thought Now: Pro bono religious law firms are costing taxpayers millions and blaming everyone else.

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Illinois Home To 32 Hate Groups: Southern Poverty Law Center – CBS Chicago

August 14, 2017 6:10 PM By Jeremy Ross (CBS) What is the state of hate in Illinois? CBS 2s Jeremy Ross reports on where the Land of Lincoln ranks and what some are doing about it Thirty-two hate groups call Illinois home, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group estimates there are 917 nationwide. Lonnie Nasatir, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, says anti-Semitic incidents nationwide are up 86 percent for the first three months of this year, compared to last. Illinois and Chicago mirror that increase, Nasatir says. Though Illinois isnt the hotbed of hatred some other states are, prejudice has picked up over the last few years. I think its getting worse. Theres no question theres an increase in hate participation, Nasatir says. The ADL is also keeping an eye on campus hate. The group is seeing groups recruiting in schools across the nation including here in Illinois. Jeremy Ross is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2. Jeremy joined the station in July 2014. He is an award-winning journalist, who came to CBS 2 from WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, he worked in Lansing, Mich. Jeremy, who is… CBS 2 WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM 670 The Score Connect Mobile Advertise With Us Contest & Promotion Rules About Us Advertise Ad Choices Business Development Contact Only CBS CBS Radio Jobs CBS Television Jobs EEO Reports CBS Television Public File CBS Radio Public File

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Wilco release new single, All Lives, You Say?, benefitting the Southern Poverty Law Center: Stream – Consequence of Sound (blog)

Art can be a powerful ally in times of strife. After the violent demonstration by white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville this past weekend, many concerned citizens have been protesting, donating, and looking for other ways to combat bigotry. Well, heres another one to add to your slate. Wilco has just released a new benefit single, All Lives, You Say?, and all proceeds willbenefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. The song can be downloaded from Wilcos Bandcamp page with a charitable contribution. Frontman Jeff Tweedy dedicated the song to the memory of his late father, Robert L. Tweedy.My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice, he said. He used to say If you know better, you can do better. America we know better. We can do better. Its a straightforward acoustic number, with gentle strums underscoring electric flourishes and Tweedys melancholy murmur. A response to those who counter movements like Black Lives Matter by crying All Lives Matter, the song finds Tweedy observing the bigoted hordes.I can see you are afraid, he sings. Your skin, so thin, your heart has escaped / All lives, all lives, you say? Stream the song below and pop over to Bandcamp to buy the single. Previous Story Anya Taylor-Joy in talks to star in Nosferatu remake from The Witchs RobertEggers Next Story Event Horizon Made Dr. Grant Scary forEveryone

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The suspect was arrested nearby. Although far-right internet trolls initially claimed that the driver was an anti-Trump open borders Bernie Sanders supporter based on a mistaken identity dredged up from Reddit, James Alex Fields was later identified as the driver of the car. Fields is being held without bail on charges of second degree murder, one count of hit-and-run, attended failure to stop with injury and three counts of malicious wounding. He will be arraigned before a judge on Monday. The crash followed violent conflicts between far-right demonstrators, Antifascist (AntiFa) protesters, and police that resulted in tear gas canisters detonating in the streets amid scores of arrests and hospitalizations. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before the event. While speculation still surrounds Fields motives, available photography appears to show Fields present at the UTR event with members of Vanguard America, a racist right-wing organization that helped Kessler organize the event. Fields with shield second from left. The banner image of a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fields features the Othela rune, popular among Neo-Nazis and the far right. Vanguard America is a group that has grown out of the previous existence of American Vanguard, following a split between its members in the past several months. American Vanguard grew out of the Iron March forum community, but also endured a serious split with the site and those faithful to it. Before calling itself American Vanguard, the group called itself Reaction America. In the past few months, much alleged violence has arisen from the Iron March community. Devon Arthurs was arrested for the alleged murder of two of his three roommates. The third, Brandon Russell, was later arrested on charges related to explosives. Russell has admitted to authorities that he was a member of AtomWaffen Division, a group that still calls Iron March its digital home base.Upon his arrest law enforcement found two rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, binoculars, and a skull mask in the vehicle that he and another man were traveling in. The banner image of a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fields features the Othela rune, popular among Neo-Nazis and the far right (read more on symbols and flags used by far-right groups in Charlottesville). As crowds began to disperse from the planned rally under threat of arrest, a large crowd composed of members of Anti-Racist Action, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Black Lives Matter, AntiFa, and other counter-protest groups proceeded down Charlottesvilles densely packed 4th street before being mowed down from behind by the Challenger. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal,was killed. UPDATE: Vanguard America has released a statement claiming that Fields was not an official member.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/11/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Political Research Associates: A guide to whos coming to the largest white nationalist rally in a decade. Vice: Andrew Anglin tells neo-Nazi troll army, We have to be sexy at the big rally. Politico: Trump administration is closing civil-rights cases at an increased rate. Think Progress: White House adviser Gorka says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much. Politifact: No, the Obama administration did not invent the term lone wolf, and there have been many non-Islamist terrorism plots. Salon: Pro-Trump CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord fired after tweeting a Nazi salute. BuzzFeed: We sent Alex Jones Infowars health supplements to a lab for analysis, and heres what they found. Right Wing Watch: After years of conspiracy theories about Obama holding onto office, half of Republicans say theyd postpone 2020 vote for Trump. Huffington Post: Breitbart editor triggered by Vogue cover with Jennifer Lawrence as the Statue of Liberty. CNN: Trump Ag pick Sam Clovis stoked Birther conspiracies, called Eric Holder a racist black. Oregonian: White-nationalist group sends cash donation to anti-immigration activists. Bradenton Herald (FL): Self-proclaimed neo-Nazis charged with stealing cars and dealing meth.

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Yet, yesterday, Trumps deputy assistant and counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, ridiculed the idea of lone-wolf terrorists and played down the threat of white supremacist violence. Not surprisingly, Gorka made his comments on the Breitbart News Daily radio show. Under the leadership of President Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon, Breitbart became the platform for a new form of white supremacy called the alt-right. It says something about Trump that Gorka and Bannon are members of his administration. And what it says is quite disturbing.

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New York Times: The alt-right finds a new enemy in Silicon Valley. Washington Blade: Anti-LGBT hate groups are on the rise, with a big thanks to the Trump White House. Right Wing Watch: Frank Gaffney warns that H.R. McMaster is staging nothing short of a coup detat against Trump. The Verge: This years Jewish center bomb threats may have been part of a dark web threat-for-hire business. Think Progress: Americas immigration ignorance threatens to push the economy into crisis. Media Matters: White nationalist VDare hosting conference in Colorado featuring Breitbart columnist. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Court upholds child-porn conviction for militia leader from Minnesota. Salon: Louisiana congressman helping lead GOP effort to limit the federal definition of gender. Associated Press: Texas man who was convicted of James Byrds dragging death gets court review for his sentence. Patch (Florida): White-supremacist propaganda found along with methamphetamine, guns, in search of home. Raw Story: Racist grocery clerk in Montana fired after being caught on video profiling Native American couple.

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Newsweek: Alt-right, Nazis and KKK to emerge from behind keyboards to form largest racist protest in decades. Daily Courier (Charlottesville, VA): ACLU, Rutherford challenge citys decision to move site of Unite the Right. Business Insider: ‘The most well-organized campaign in the history of the alt-right’ is targeting H.R. McMaster. Think Progress: White House defends silence on mosque bombing, says it might have been faked by liberals. New Yorker: The decades-long campaign to cut legal immigration gains ground in the Trump White House. Esquire: Jeff Sessions Justice Department backs another assault on the right to vote. Rewire: Sheriffs and anti-immigrant hate groups are teaming up nationwide to spout nativist claptrap. Palm Beach Post (FL): Man fatally shot while defending gay friends from threatening slurs. CNN: On average, nine mosques have been targeted every month this year so far. Raw Story: Trump-supporting school board president in California panics about sex education turning kids gay. Media Matters: Far right alternative-media figures think the Google Manifesto proves them right. Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson says totally bogus Fox News scandals are part of a conspiracy to destroy the network. The Guardian: The rise of the racist bots: How AI is learning all our worst impulses.

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People awaiting trial before a criminal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released from jail even after they had paid their bail. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana to end the practice. Even after they were released, people awaiting trial were threatened with re-arrest if they did not pay additional monthly fees to the company, Rehabilitation Home Incarceration, which provides pretrial supervision. The lawsuit describes how the company and its owner worked with East Baton Rouge Parish officials for at least three years to detain people awaiting trial and coerce payments. The company, its owner, Cleve Dunn Sr., and the parish are named as defendants. In 2015 and 2016, more than 300 people were assigned to the company by 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy A. White. She often made these orders for indefinite periods of supervision without determining whether people were a flight risk or posed any danger. She did not assess their ability to pay the companys signup fee of $525 and its subsequent monthly fees and other charges. One plaintiff, Kaiasha White (no relation to the judge), was forced to stay in jail for a month as she and her family struggled to pay both her bond and the companys signup fee. The jail would not release her until the company said its fee had been paid. Henry Ayo, another plaintiff, was jailed for two months because he and his wife couldnt afford to pay his bond and the signup fee. After paying for his release, Ayo was informed by the company that he had to pay $225 a month while awaiting trial, or he could be arrested and jailed again. Ayo and his wife paid the company approximately $1,000. The only supervision he received was being required to make phone calls that often went unanswered.

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The Trace: Right-wing militias are now actively supporting some state and local pro-Trump politicians. Washington Post: Minnesota mosque firebombing is deeper and scarier than previous threats. Newsweek: Trumps failure to condemn Minnesota mosque attack stirs social-media anger. Right Wing Watch: End-times prepper Pastor Jim Bakker was invited to the White House. Think Progress: Why Christian nationalists love Trump, thanks to the undertow of authoritarianism. The New Republic: The lefts supporting role in American hate theater. This American Life: Fear and loathing in Homer and Rockville: How anti-immigrant fervor hits the oddest places. Recode: Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech. Raw Story: White nationalists melt down, whine that civil rights are being violated after Airbnb cancels accounts. The Denver Post: Swastika, other anti-Semitic scrawls found at Colorado Springs synagogue. The Forward: T-shirt company sells rainbow-swastika design as symbol of love and peace. Metro Weekly (Washington, DC): Oklahoma gay man files civil-rights lawsuit after his home is burned to the ground. OC Weekly (CA): Orange County GOP rejects alt-right figure Johnny Benitez over alleged anti-Semitism. Detroit Free Press (MI): Recall effort targets Trump-loving Kasatka Village president for anti-Muslim posts. Free Thought Now: Pro bono religious law firms are costing taxpayers millions and blaming everyone else.

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