Monday, July 27, 2015         

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Handover of registry didn’t inspire confidence

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2015
It is disappointing that the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission handed over such an unorganized registry of more than 100,000 people who could form the voting base for a Native Hawaiian government.

HECO’s ‘firm power’ not always so firm

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2015
This is supposed to be an old-school operation, right? The coal-fired generating plant that Hawaiian Electric Co. depends on is a conventional facility that should supply power reliably.

Criticism aside, they’re masterful

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 24, 2015
Perhaps Gary Arseneau has never lived in a far-flung place like Hawaii. The Florida artist has complained that the Honolulu Museum of Art’s exhibit of the sculptures of the French master Auguste Rodin comprised a set of “forgeries.”

Data on medical marijuana not too much to ask

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
No doubt, the state government has always excelled at making things more complicated than they need to be. That’s been the complaint from some doctors who are steeling themselves for an onslaught of requests for medical marijuana prescriptions.

Don’t muzzle ethics officials

By Star-Advertiser staff
The Honolulu Ethics Commission should revoke its misguided new media policy and leave it at that. The policy, only a month old, muzzles the commission’s executive director and effectively prevents him from explaining the commission’s advisory opinions.

Locally owned supermarket returns to Ala Moana

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2015
Foodland Super Market Ltd. was an original tenant of Ala Moana Center and its departure last December from Hawaii’s largest shopping mall was much lamented.

AARP wants us to care more about caregivers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2015
AARP Hawaii is pointing to an estimate showing the work of family caregivers to be worth $2.1 billion in 2013.

Hee’s company has wrong vision?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2015
Those willing to dismiss the story about Albert Hee’s conviction on tax fraud charges as a merely interesting page from the annals of corruption, remember: This is your money, too.

Solar plane can brighten learning

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2015
After a historic flight from Japan to Hawaii, the Solar Impulse 2’s crew is recharging its batteries, figuratively, while the solar plane does the same, literally.

It will always be the Gold Bond Building

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2015
There's no denying that refurbishment of the 677 Ala Moana building vastly improves its appearance. We'll have to see how the $14 million renovation investment made by its owner, Redico, pays off. So far, that part looks good, too, with an uptick in tenant occupancy.

Transgender rights recognized

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2015
The tide seems to have turned in favor of those advocating for transgender rights, as well as for equality regardless of sexual orientation, and this has been a banner week. Nationally the military is moving on a study about lifting the ban on transgender members of the service.

Hawaii resists Big Tobacco in favor of health

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2015
So often Hawaii is seen as bringing up the rear in asserting a policy shift, but this time it’s the Californians who are lagging.

Kudos to EMS for successful pilot project

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2015
Let's all agree that efficiency in government is a good thing. Thus, we heartily applaud the city Emergency Services Department for its successful pilot project: converting to 12-hour work shifts that yielded a $700,000 drop in overtime costs last fiscal year.

Mauna Kea 'incidents' don't look good

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2015
A variety of incidents documented by rangers atop Mauna Kea belie protesters' claims of respectful and peaceful opposition to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Horner turns in education gavel

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2015
The goal of Hawaii’s educational policymakers should be to improve the public schools so much that they become the first choice of middle-class parents who so often now scrape by to pay their children’s tuition at private schools.

Ron Bright, a magnet for arts education

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
There are countless teachers whose students remember them as personal heroes, but few left the imprint of Ron Bright’s years in education.

Takes lot of green to live green

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 8, 2015
Let's face it: Most of us will never have the resources it takes to buy a solar-power storage battery at today's prices and go "off the grid," as entrepreneur Henk Rogers does.

Kaiser expands to Kauai, with a tether to Oahu

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 7, 2015
It's a consequence of the population increase on Kauai that Kaiser Permanente is, at long last, opening its first clinic on the Garden Island, come January.

Solar aircraft inspires, like Hawaii's voyagers

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 6, 2015
It was fitting that Nainoa Thompson welcomed a pioneering Swiss pilot to Hawaii on Friday, climbing up to the cockpit to greet Andre Borschberg, who in flying the Solar Impulse 2 from Japan had completed the longest and most dangerous leg of the solar-powered global journey.

Arrive early to see Kailua's fireworks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2015
Everyone loves their nearest Fourth of July fireworks show, but Kailuans have always been particularly proud of their beachside exhibition.

Foregoing surfing might be worth it

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 3, 2015
For keiki o ka aina, sea and sand are a big part of life in Hawaii. Just ask Barack Obama and Marcus Mariota. • It’s a given in the airline industry that leisure travelers are especially sensitive to fluctuations in ticket prices.

Justice for goat farmers remains elusive

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2015
In this case, the wheels of justice turned so slowly that they simply ground to a halt. And that’s unfortunate for the owners of the Kahuku Goats farm. • It’s only been a day since the plastic bag ban has been in effect on Oahu, the last island to adopt that environmental policy, though in a somewhat softened form.

Good program loses good coach

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
The Positive Coaching Alliance is no namby-pamby organization where every player gets a trophy and the scoreboard doesn't count at all.

Police shield can't cover up bad-cop behavior

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 30, 2015
Once again, the power of video has given the public a rare, needed glimpse into misconduct by police.

Marine life gets in on the fun of being tracked

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2015
Marine biologists, using lightweight, miniaturized electronic tags and satellite telemetry, can track the movements of a single fish, from birth to maturity, over vast expanses of ocean.

So the rocks were just 'found' there, eh?

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2015
It is not in Gov. David Ige's low-key nature to make bold pronouncements, but in the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff, the state needs the firm tone he finally took on Friday.

Lions set to prowl streets of Waikiki

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2015
The largest convention in Hawaii this year starts today and it should be a roaring good time for the 20,000 or so people from around the world. • There are a lot of reasons to cut Hawaii slack whenever the critique of its inhospitable business climate becomes a news item.

Hawaii students take it to the next level

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2015
Best of luck to the Hawaii students competing in Canada this week in a contest that will test their marine-based science and engineering skills.

Go easy on how to boost EV sales

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2015
Just because the sale of electric vehicles is falling below targets, it seems state energy officials are doing just that. They're considering rebates as part of an incentive plan to lure new EV buyers.

A good decision for public health and our youth

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2015
It's refreshing to see Hawaii lead the way on an important public-health initiative that more cities and states are likely to adopt in the coming years.

Sea cucumbers seem to need a friend right now

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2015
Reports of mass harvesting of sea cucumbers off Oahu and Maui triggered alarm bells among conservationists and state officials, and for good reason.

Church massacre was racist terrorism

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2015
The massacre of nine black people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., was more than a hate crime; it was a case of domestic terrorism.

City offices head on down the road

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2015
First came Honolulu Hale — the original City Hall — then Kapolei Hale, the city’s government hub in the Second City out west. • Ride-sharing, van pools, telecommuting and staggered work hours to mitigate traffic are not new ideas.

Current compromise plan is best for Natatorium

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
The longer a well-founded, long-standing and controversial plan to raze most of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium is delayed, the more the project will cost. • Monday's Kapahulu gas-line break that kept flames shooting 20 feet into the air for hours was a mesmerizing yet terrifying scene.

Kudos to Hirono for honoring Talia

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2015
It's encouraging to see U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono pick up the cause of "Talia's Law" before Congress, named after 5-year-old Talia Williams, who was killed July 2005 after months of horrendous torture by her father and stepmother while he was stationed at Schofield Barracks.

Cracking down on ill-defined B&Bs

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2015
Good luck to Kauai County as it takes firm strides against a problem that has certainly confounded the City and County of Honolulu: bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) and transient vacation rentals.

Monsanto attempts to modify its reputation

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2015
Justified or not, the giant GMO-growing seed and herbicide company Monsanto has so far been unable to prevent its name from becoming synonymous with corporate greed and environmental recklessness.

Water board uneasy about fuel tanks

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2015
The Honolulu Board of Water Supply is justifiably assertive in its message to customers that the Navy's aging, underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill poses a serious threat to Oahu's supply of safe drinking water.

Kudos for keeping Kondo on the job

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 12, 2015
There’s cautious optimism about the state Ethics Commission’s decision to keep its executive director, Les Kondo. • Multiracial adults in the United State tend to consider their mixed ethnicity an advantage in life, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

You may need a new carry-on bag

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2015
It was inevitable: The airline industry now has turned its baleful gaze to your carry-on luggage. • For state workers enjoying Kamehameha Day off today, do take the time to reflect on the monarch who united the islands under one kingdom.

Hole had a whole different origin

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2015
It's a great relief that it wasn't a bullet hole, after all, that damaged the door of the Subaru Observatory on Mauna Kea, as was feared over the weekend.

Maui takes solid step toward ocean safety

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 9, 2015
Kudos to government officials on Maui who recently put together an ocean-safety brochure for visitors to the island.

Court puts barrier before state's Laniakea plan

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 8, 2015
A state judge on Thursday ordered the state to remove concrete barriers that prevented vehicles from parking on the mauka side of Kamehameha Highway

Keeping up with the healthy Joneses

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 6, 2015
Once upon a time you had to go to small, hard-to-find "health food" stores to buy things like yogurt, bean sprouts, non-dairy milks and vegetarian hot dogs.

Hawaii ranked No. 1 for "most unaffordable to rent"

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 5, 2015
Hawaii has earned the pinnacle position on many lists through the years, but nobody longs to be No. 1 on the “most unaffordable to rent” roster, and yet here we are. • It was nice to see Cameron Crowe respond constructively Tuesday to one of the criticisms he had received about his new movie, “Aloha.”

Homeless sit out feuding at Honolulu Hale

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2015
The City Council on Wednesday overrode Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto of a further-expanded sit-lie ban on public sidewalks. • You can use words to broadcast your jubilation to the world, or you can show it. The graduates of Kahuku High School decided to make a show.

Non-English tests get 5-year lease

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 3, 2015
It's a relief to hear that the state and an immigrant advocacy group have reached a settlement to make driver's licensing exams available in non-English versions for at least the next five years.

Solar Impulse 2 shows what's possible

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 2, 2015
Does anyone doubt that it's possible to build an airplane, powered only by the sun, that can circumnavigate the globe?

HCDA decision reflects long-run view

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 1, 2015
Some might wonder why the Hawaii Community Development Authority nixed Howard Hughes Corp.’s proposal to build 375 rental apartments in its planned 424-unit tower in Kakaako called 988 Halekauwila.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 30, 2015
Head’s up, everybody. Specifically, today at 7:47 p.m. and on Monday 10 minutes earlier at 7:37 p.m.

Off the News: Marriage equality; Patsy Mink

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 29, 2015
The Hawaii Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's Marriage Equality Act. • The creation of a special fund for the upkeep of one well-used Oahu park has predictably inspired a City Council bill that would do the same for another.

Off the News: Hurricane season

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015
Be prepared. That's the motto of the Boy Scouts, as it should be for all of us. Hurricane season officially starts June 1, and through its duration, ending Nov. 30, it's a good call to make sure our homes are secure and our larders properly stocked.

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 27, 2015
No good deed goes unpunished? • Is there an app for avoiding tickets?

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 26, 2015
Tax department keeps taxpayers waiting • Lost baggage more than inconvenient

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 25, 2015
Keeping lid on tuition increases a wise move • Protect our ocean: Check those pipes for leaks

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 23, 2015
Given how much we in Hawaii love our raw fish, it's concerning to hear that at least 53 people across nine states have come down with salmonella poisoning likely linked to raw tuna.

Off the News: Campaign finance laws; Waimanalo Bay

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 22, 2015
Any time strides are made or upheld to allow the public to "follow the money" on political campaign donations, they should be hailed. • The general mainland ignorance of Waimanalo Bay and its splendors have made for a blissful beach experience for those who know the secret.

Off the News: Sex-trafficking; Airbag recall

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2015
Gov. David Ige should sign into law the sex-trafficking bill unanimously approved by the Legislature. • The Japanese auto supplier Takata is not having a good week. The next several years likely won't be so hot, either.

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 20, 2015
Doi had success in and out of politics • Looking better at Convention Center

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 19, 2015
A tough year for the HART board, too • Tragic Osprey accident hits close to home

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2015
The people who use Central Oahu Regional Park — and there are many — are elated by the enactment of a bill that creates a dedicated fund for user fees charged at the park.

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 16, 2015
Kudos to Neighborhood Board voters • Helping others sometimes problematic

Not getting Obama library actually has some benefits

By Richard Borreca
Carl Sandburg dubbed Chicago the "city of big shoulders" back in 1916, and today, it is still the city of big clout. Barack Obama may have spent his early years here, but he learned his political moves in Chicago, so it makes perfect sense that Chicago anchors the historic Obama presidential legacy and library.

Off the News: Not being No. 1; ZipMobile

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 15, 2015
It took a catastrophe elsewhere to dislodge Hawaii as having the highest-priced gasoline in the nation. • Things happen in threes, they often say. Let it not be so with the ZipMobile.

Off the News: Ethics committee; Hawaii talent

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 14, 2015
The Hawaii County Board of Ethics deferred a complaint about Mayor Bill Kenoi's spending that even Kenoi's own lawyer characterized as misuse. • While much of the NFL Draft spotlight rightly went to Mariota, let's give a shout-out to Joey Iosefa, who's also seeing his pro dream coming true.

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 13, 2015
Donating blood still a good choice • Police deserve our appreciation

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 12, 2015
We just have to wonder what's being said — muttered, possibly — in the board rooms of Hawaii Pacific Health these days.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2015
Far be it for us to knock the state for trying to catch tax cheats — but the growing discontent among residents awaiting their tax refunds is palpable. Stories abound about folks who filed in February still waiting for their refunds today, nearly mid-May.

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 9, 2015
Near-death experience can change you • One more time for dancing bears

Off the News: Senate leadership; Movie theaters

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 8, 2015
In an unusual move, the 25-member body couldn't wait until the Legislature's Thursday adjournment so, two days prior, it ousted Sen. Donna Mercado Kim. • Hawaii is the first state to pass a statute which ensures that most movie theaters exhibit captions on at least two weekly showings of a movie.

Off the News: Birth certificates; Board elections

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 7, 2015
Transgender people need identifying documents that reflect how they present themselves to the world. • Oahu voters have until May 15 to cast digital ballots in Neighborhood Board elections.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 6, 2015
Appropriate home for AJA artifacts • Someone should act on Kenoi

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 5, 2015
Last week's decision by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to rescind its support of the Thirty Meter Telescope went down as a clear win for opponents of the project.

Off the News: Tourism authority needs lesson in marketing

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 4, 2015
For any group, it's not every day that the president of the state Senate drops in. Further, if she drops in with a warning, it's serious.

Off the News: A good day to be a good sport

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 2, 2015
Let's hope the weather's not particularly inviting because it would be a good Saturday to just stay inside and watch all the great sports programming on TV.

Off the News: Turtle Bay; Eran Ganot

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 1, 2015
Prospects for preserving a lot of open space at Turtle Bay have brightened, with the governor announcing that a new deal was struck Thursday. • Lately, it seems UH keeps getting itself mired in contracts for its high-priced hires, shelling out more money than it's worth to make folks go away.

Off the News: Island Air; Marcus Mariota

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2015
The fits and starts at Island Air under billionaire Larry Ellison's management may be more a timing issue than a death knell for interisland airline competition. • The countdown clock's ticking away and the suspense is building: Where's he going, and how high in the draft?

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2015
How's about a consolation prize? • Good luck to Case on running DLNR

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2015
Hawaii lawmakers have made strides for public health by approving a bill that raises the smoking age to 21 statewide, for all forms of tobacco and electronic smoking devices.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2015
Third time for Deedy is definitely not a charm • Another star in Saint Louis School's constellation

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2015
Consultants sure spend our money fast &bulll; Another reason Hawaii is wonderful

Off the News: Puna students; Immunizations

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2015
It was quite the logistical feat last fall when some 1,700 students and 300 staffers were abruptly upended from seven schools in lower Puna, due to threat from approaching lava. • Another major study has confirmed what legitimate researchers have been saying for years: Childhood immunizations do not cause autism.

Off the News: Cheaper airfare

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2015
Remember trickle-down economics? It looks like the savings from lowered fuel prices have finally trickled down to airline customers, including the Hawaii-bound travelers.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2015
In government, ‘sunset' is illusive • Parking at zoo a bargain for now

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 21, 2015
Gov. David Ige is known for a low-key style, but his announcement regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope was so understated that observers are left wondering how he actually feels about the astronomy project atop Mauna Kea.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2015
Sometimes if you want something done …• HART board members on track for their close-ups

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 18, 2015
Wow, Wie is playing really well • Bankoh banks on future customers

Off the News: Maunalua Bay; State nurses

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2015
Concerns about commercial activity in Maunalua Bay and conflicts among various users have prompted action by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. • It's excellent news that the unionized nurses working for the state-run hospitals have ratified their contract.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2015
It's offensive to pretend to need a service animal • Your chance to help shape DOE school calendar

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2015
AG takes a look at Billy Kenoi • Today's the day to file tax forms

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 14, 2015
On social media, stars against the telescope • Lawmakers float the idea of another ferry system

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2015
The injuries suffered by two groundskeepers at the Army's Makua Military Reservation last Monday raise anew difficult questions about the long-term impacts of live-fire military training.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2015
In June 2011, the state raised expectations high on a long-overdue information technology overhaul when it appointed its first "state chief information officer."

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2015
Things are looking a little sunnier in the solar power world these days. Not only did Hawaiian Electric Co. clear nearly 2,000 photovoltaic rooftop solar systems from its approvals backlog in March, but NextEra Energy is putting out some positive messaging about rooftop solar, too.

Off the News: School lunch

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 9, 2015
The breakfasts and lunches served at Hawaii's public schools are about the biggest bargains in town, even with prices rising. The hike that takes effect next school year will raise the price of breakfast 10 cents.

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 8, 2015
Ige has good case for Suzanne Case • He ran out of second chances

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 7, 2015
Online images reveal homeless behaving badly • Fleets of rented bikes poised to roam the streets

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 5, 2015
TMT protest, and arrests, exemplify aloha • It doesn't hurt to dream, but don't forget reality

Off the News

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 4, 2015
Mayor Caldwell makes a good call • HART director also makes a good call

Off the News: Marine life; ZipMobile

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 3, 2015
It seems reasonable that the U.S. Navy should be able to meet its defense goals while avoiding areas teeming with marine life. • The state Department of Transportation Highways Division's mismanagement of the ZipMobile breakdown left motorists gridlocked well into Tuesday night.

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