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Obituaries - July 25, 2014

Obituaries - July 25, 2014


John W. Brennan, after 58 years living, studying, working and raising a large fa...

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City Living – July 25, 2014

City Living – July 25, 2014

Mariachi Festival

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Corona Market construction begins

2 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara city hall has hired a construction company to build foundations for the new Corona Market even though councilors have yet to approve a design for the building.

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Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

9 DAYS AGO
Parque Metropolitano to open jumbo-size canine playground

The Parque Metropolitano on the western outskirts of the Guadalajara metro area is to allocate a sizable chunk of its grounds as a dedicated playground for dogs.

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Thieves hold up bank in Chapala’s Coppel store

2 DAYS AGO

Two armed men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after holding up the bank branch located inside Chapala’s Coppel department store on Wednesday, July 23.

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Chapala Tequila Fest set for next weekend

2 DAYS AGO

The second annual Festival del Tequila is scheduled to run Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3 at Chapala’s waterfront Malecon.

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Prosecutors allow kids’ home principal to walk free

2 DAYS AGO
Prosecutors allow kids’ home principal to walk free

Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, the 79-year-old director of the Gran Familia children’s shelter in Zamora, Michoacan, will not face prosecution over allegations that minors were routinely mistreated at the facility she has operated for more than 50 years.

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Flu season coming, children's shelter abuse accusation and other briefs

9 DAYS AGO

SSJ to get jump on flu jab season

The flu season takes a respite during the spring and summer months but state health authorities are warning the public not to drop their guard against the possibility of influenza infection.

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Long-distance phone charges to be scrapped in Jan. 2015

9 DAYS AGO

President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed into law a major overhaul of the regulations governing Mexico’s telecommunications sector that he expects to bring down telephone charges, widen Internet access and generate greater competition amongst radio and television broadcasters.

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Legislator submits progressive ‘pot’ bill

9 DAYS AGO
Legislator submits progressive ‘pot’ bill

Citizens in all 125 of Jalisco’s municipalities are to be polled on whether they believe marijuana use should be decriminalized.

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Vallarta may get pet friendly beach

23 DAYS AGO

Red Parque Caninos, which has pioneered the opening of two parks in Guadalajara designed exclusively for dogs, has focused its eyes on Puerto Vallarta, where it hopes to create a “pet friendly” beach.

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Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

1 MONTHS AGO
Five-day Vallarta Pride festival focuses on fun & great entertainment

Puerto Vallarta basked in a grand celebration of diversity as the city played host to some 8,000 tourists and locals for the colorful Second Annual Vallarta Pride 2014.

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New import forms for boaters on the horizon

2 DAYS AGO

Revamped import permits for boaters entering Mexico will soon be unveiled in Mexico.

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Mexican artist shows cycle sculptures in New York

5 DAYS AGO
Mexican artist shows cycle sculptures in New York

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are getting a close up view of 122 "bicycle sculptures" created by 82-year-old Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 24, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,199.01 an increase of 189.78 points from Thursday, July 17, 2013.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 17, 2014

9 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,009.23 an increase of 322.78 points from Thursday, July 10, 2013.

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Obituaries - July 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - July 25, 2014


John W. Brennan, after 58 years living, studying, working and raising a large family in Mexico, died in a Guadalajara hospital July 21 at the age of 85 from complications due to an infection ten days after having heart surgery. 

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Obituary – July 5, 2014

5 DAYS AGO
Obituary – July 5, 2014

Barbara Culp Prince passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on June 29 at the age of 66.

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Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

9 DAYS AGO
Lakeside ripe for extreme sports

Ground conditions should be perfect on Sunday, July 20 for off-road vehicle enthusiasts (right) who will mix it up Chapala’s Festival de Lodo mud-bogging free-for-all to be held at the lake’s edge on the northeast outskirts of town, starting at 11 a.m.

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World Cup euphoria melts away

23 DAYS AGO

Mexican and U.S. soccer fans suffered heartache this week after both teams made dignified exits from the 2014 World Cup round of 16. 

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Expat Living

Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

16 DAYS AGO
Watermelon seed spitting king relinquishes his crown

The ouster of the 2013 Watermelon Seed Spitting Champion of Western Mexico was a highlight of this year’s July Fourth picnic at St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Guadalajara.

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Frozen in time

1 MONTH AGO
Frozen in time

Sharp-eyed visitors to downtown Guadalajara may notice that the hands of the clock sitting above the main balcony of the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) in the Plaza de Armas do not move. In fact, the clock has not been telling Tapatios the time since January 30, 1915. 

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City Living – July 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
City Living – July 25, 2014

Mariachi Festival

Organizers of the upcoming International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara have announced dates for the traditional series of gala concerts at the Degollado Theater.

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City Living - July 18, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 18, 2014

New U.S. franchises open

The Cheesecake Factory opened its first restaurant in Mexico in Galerias Mall last week and Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz was there to cut the ribbon. The restaurant offers more than 200 different dishes.

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Chapala Rotary Club pushing forward with community projects

2 DAYS AGO
Chapala Rotary Club pushing forward with community projects

Rotary International expanded into Chapala when District 4150 approved Club 86070, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Chapala, on June 30. The new group’s 32 charter members (which includes 15 former Rotarians) join the global association of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.

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Lake Chapala Society launches new programs

2 DAYS AGO
Lake Chapala Society launches new programs

Of the new programs being unveiled by the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) the most valuable may be Experimenta Mexico, a new multi-cultural series of programs for both Mexicans and expats.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 25, 2014

First Kayak Paddle

Maria Isabel Restaurant at Morelos 1 in Ajijic is sponsoring the First Annual Kayak Paddle to celebrate the third anniversary of the Lake Chapala Kayak Club on Sunday, July 27.

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Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 18, 2014

LCS & Mountain Race

Ajijic’s annual international Chupinaya footrace (a half marathon) leaves from the town plaza and continues through the mountains above the village on Sunday, July 20.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

3 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

4 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - July 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - July 25, 2014

Jazz, blues

Argentinean duo Facundo Guevara (piano) and Hernan Rios (percussion and vocals) play jazz and blues.

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Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2014

UDG Ballet Folklorico

Summer season of famed Universidad de Guadalajara Ballet Folklorico troupe is on.

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Students express gratitude to Viva for help in kickstarting their careers

2 DAYS AGO
Students express gratitude to Viva for help in kickstarting their careers

Open to the public, Viva la Musica’s annual scholarship auditions take place on August 14 at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium.

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Diverse music showcased in Viva Summer Series concert

2 DAYS AGO
Diverse music showcased in Viva Summer Series concert

On Sunday July 20, Viva la Musica’s concert at the Auditorio featured student baritone Cesar Becerra accompanied by Timothy G. Ruff Welch on piano.

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Ribera arts review – July 25, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Ribera arts review – July 25, 2014

Residency program

Need some cultural stimulation? The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writer’s Residency Program in Chapala currently has three residents who are planning to share their talents with the community on Saturday, July 26, 5 p.m. at the Chapala’s Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center (old train s...

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Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Ribera arts review - July 18, 2014

Viva la Musica

On Sunday July 20, 4 p.m. Viva la Musica will present bass baritone Cesar Becerra at the Auditorio de la Ribera, performing a range of operatic music, accompanied by Tim G. Welsh on piano. Tickets are available at the door for 200 pesos.

 

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At the Movies: The Devil's Violinist and Heaven is for real

2 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: The Devil's Violinist and Heaven is for real

The Devil’s Violinist

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

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Oldies playing at Ex-Convento

9 DAYS AGO

The Videosala at Guadalajara’s Ex-Convento del Carmen (Juarez 638) is showing a batch of U.S. oldies, plus some more recent  movies, over  the next few weeks.  Check out this list. For more information call (33) 3587-7825. Cost 40 pesos.

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Columns

ISPs ask Netflix, Hulu & co. for help in escaping financial hole

16 DAYS AGO

During the period of the economic boom that followed World War II many people were extremely optimistic about the possible peacetime uses for nuclear energy.

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Comcast’s one million hotspots: the chilling, unsettling truth

23 DAYS AGO

Recently this column looked at some of the circumstances related to “You don’t need to know.”  For security reason there are indeed some things the consumer and internet user does not have any real need to know.

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Contributions flow when call goes out

2 DAYS AGO
Contributions flow when call goes out

Those of us at the Reporter were grateful and delighted to learn that an article about desperate needs of the people in the fishing village of San Juan Tecomatlan encouraged Lakesiders to make significant donations.

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Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

9 DAYS AGO
Rain brings relief to some, stress to less fortunate

Rain, glorious rain. Most of the days are sunny and warm and the deluges of rain fall mostly in the evenings and nights.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements

9 DAYS AGO
Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements


With major changes in Mexican law that began in 2012 and 2013, people coming from outside Mexico to work here are finding it necessary to do more advance planning than in the past.

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Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

16 DAYS AGO
Expats united in a common cause: expanding their social network

The place: the huge terrace of a hotel in Guadalajara’s Providencia neighborhood.

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

4 MONTHS AGO
Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

An airline’s load factor – the percentage of seats sold on a particular flight –  would seem to be a mathematical calculation of scant relevance to most fliers. 

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Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

10 MONTHS AGO
Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

The International Development Bank (IDB) is prepared to inject new funds into the Tequila Trail (Ruta del Tequila) next year to permit further growth in two more Jalisco municipalities.

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World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

9 DAYS AGO
World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

An absorbing episode of BBC Radio Four’s “Food Programme” featuring British-born Mexican food guru Diana Kennedy, which aired on June 29, is available as a podcast.

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Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

9 DAYS AGO
Armando’s Hideaway: quirky decor, signature steak dishes & reminiscences

In times that seem to keep the population trotting in order to barely keep up with changes, it’s a refreshing treat to visit a restaurant that has maintained the same menu and high levels of excellent service, presentation, and flavor for decades.

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Former Reporter staffer pens novella

2 DAYS AGO
Former Reporter staffer pens novella

“The Hostages of Veracruz” is a romantic thriller set in Mexico written by former Guadalajara Reporter staffer (1996-2001) Grady Miller.

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Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

2 MONTHS AGO
Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

16 DAYS AGO

In a recent interview Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen offered advice on how area residents can plan avoid insurance and hospital payment problems by carefully planning for an eventual illness or hospitalization.

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Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

23 DAYS AGO
Patients’s rights: local lawyer provides a brief primer

A recent discussion reinforced the wisdom of an old adage, “Learning about living in Mexico is like peeling an onion. Just when you think you are done, you realize there’s another layer.”

 

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Guadalajara hit by 'narco-blockades' following federal police operation

For the second time this year, armed criminals laid siege to Guadalajara on Saturday,  August 25, burning buses and blocking streets around the outskirts of the city and surrounding areas of Jalisco.

The violence was provoked by a federal police raid on a Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) hideout in the municipality of Tonaya, about 100 kilometers south-west of Guadalajara, early Saturday afternoon.

Federal agents shot dead six suspected gang members and the CJNG responded by setting up 28 “narcobloqueos” across the state. Media reports suggested that the cartel’s leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho,” had been arrested but federal police later denied this was the case.

Immediately after the shootout, the CJNG seized at least 35 vehicles, setting most of them alight to block seven roads in the metropolitan area and another 15 roads in other parts of Jalisco. One innocent bystander was killed in the process.

Another five “narco-blockades” were reported in the neighboring state of Colima, while there were six more blockades in Jalisco in the early hours of Sunday morning. Marines then arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman later on Sunday.

After much confusion, the federal Public Security Agency (SSP) revealed on Sunday that the raid in Tonaya had been the catalyst for the weekend of chaos. The operation involved five Black Hawk helicopters and one Mi-17, in which federal agents were transported to the town of Amacuautitlan.

There they exchanged fire with six gunmen, killing all of them. Three agents were wounded and taken to a hospital in Guadalajara, none of whom are in a serious condition.

In the operation the police seized four rocket launchers, four AK-47 assault rifles, two M-60 machine guns, a shotgun, an R-15 rifle, two 9mm pistols, 15 fragmentation grenades, 113 magazines and 900 rounds of ammunition. The SSP said the ensuing blockades were aimed at preventing further action from the authorities.

It was a heavy, humid afternoon in Guadalajara and as news of disturbances filtered in the streets became eerily quiet, aside from an array of police vehicles rumbling across the city and the occasional helicopter circling overhead.

From around 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. seven blockades were reported across the metropolitan zone: two on the Periferico beltway at the Lopez Mateos and Mariano Otero intersections, two in Tlajomulco on the highway to Chapala, two on the highway to Zapotlanejo and one in Buenavista on the highway to Morelia.

The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJEJ) confirmed one death: that of 22-year-old Eugenio Gonzalez Paz, who was hit by a stray bullet when gunmen seized three vehicles in the latter blockade.

Another 15 blockades took place across Jalisco, with incidents confirmed in Puerto Vallarta, Ciudad Guzman, Poncitlan, Jamay, Tuxcueca, Tizapan el Alto and Union de Tula. Different media reports also placed blockades in Tepatitlan de Morelos, San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, El Grullo, Tonila, Capilla de Guadalupe, La Barca and Zapotlan del Rey. Meanwhile in Colima, three more blockades were reported in Ameria and two in Tecoman.

Six more blockades were reported early Sunday morning in Jalisco. Between 3.10 and 5.10 a.m., burning vehicles were left on the Chapala highway, near the junction with the road from Santa Rosa to La Barca; in Ayotlan, on the road to Atotonilco El Alto; in Zapotlan del Rey on the highway to Morelia; on the road from Tototlan to Atotonilco El Alto; and in Ocotlan and Jamay on the Santa Rosa-La Barca highway.

Later on Sunday Marines arrested four suspected CJNG members in Ciudad Guzman. They were identified as Raul Sosa Jimenez, alias “El Bufalo,” the suspected head of a cell of assassins; Guillermo Alberto Ramirez Mundo, alias “El Wily;” Jose Antonio Reyes Mundo, alias “El Tres P;” and Maria Nelida Flores Reyes, alias “La Gorda.”

A Marine spokesperson revealed they seized five assault rifles, five handguns, magazines and cartridges, police clothing and badges, military insignia, two vehicles, communications equipment and about 1.2 kilos of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

Three more suspected members of the CJNG were arrested on Monday in the municipality of La Barca just east of Lake Chapala, accused of involvement in Saturday’s blockades.

The suspects were identified as Jose Antonio Aviña Guajardo, 24; Juan Pablo Arellano Fernandez, 20; and Ernesto Vasquez Estrada, 22. They were found in possession of four 19-litre containers full of gasoline.

The CJNG carried out a similar wave of blockades in and around Guadalajara in March, following the arrest of leader Erick Valencia Salazar at his home in Zapopan. Allied with the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, the CJNG is believed to be locked in a turf war with La Resistencia and its notorious allies Los Zetas, for control of Jalisco.

Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez was receiving a prize in Italy when the blockades took place on Saturday, having apparently left the state without prior notice. Upon returning to Mexico, he held a cabinet meeting on security at the Casa Jalisco on Sunday.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) state President Juan Carlos Guerrero Fausto criticized Gonzalez for his unexplained absence, noting that “if it were not for these unfortunate incidents, neither the citizens, nor the media, nor local government entities would have even realized that the governor had left the country.”

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