The Trussville Tribune http://www.trussvilletribune.com All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:15:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.10 Friday’s homicide is Birmingham’s 32nd of the year http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/birmingham-police-are-investigating-the-citys-32nd-homicide-of-the-year/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/birmingham-police-are-investigating-the-citys-32nd-homicide-of-the-year/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:15:36 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30755 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM –On Friday, around 7:40 p.m, officers from the West Precinct responded to the 6200 block of Handy Avenue on two people shot, according to a statement by Sergeant Bryan Shelton. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body and a second more »

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BIRMINGHAM –On Friday, around 7:40 p.m, officers from the West Precinct responded to the 6200 block of Handy Avenue on two people shot, according to a statement by Sergeant Bryan Shelton.

Upon arrival, officers observed the victim lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body and a second person who had also been shot.

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The victim was treated at the scene and transported to UAB hospital where he later died from his injuries. That victim has been identified as 35-year-old Ronald Billingsly of Birmingham. 

The homicide is the city’s 32nd of 2016.

 The second person shot was transported to UAB West by private vehicle.

Detectives learned both men got into an argument and started shooting at each other over an incident that started a couple of days ago involving the victim and his girlfriend. Apparently, the victim’s girlfriend brother was retaliating against the victim for shooting at his sister.

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Hewitt-Trussville vs Hoover start time moved up to 12:30 p.m. Saturday http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/hewitt-trussville-vs-hoover-start-time-moved-up-to-1230-p-m-saturday/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/hewitt-trussville-vs-hoover-start-time-moved-up-to-1230-p-m-saturday/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:13:01 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30745 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports HOOVER –The Huskies and Bucs will resume Game 1 of their playoff series on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  The game was scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. before school officials made the decision to move the starting time up by a half hour. When the game was suspended, Hewitt-Trussville more »

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HOOVER –The Huskies and Bucs will resume Game 1 of their playoff series on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  The game was scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. before school officials made the decision to move the starting time up by a half hour.

When the game was suspended, Hewitt-Trussville held an 18-2 lead 4½ innings over the Bucs, and forced the home team to burn through four pitchers in the contest. The Huskies were just three outs away from securing the win in Game 1 before the suspension.

 

Following the completion of Game 1, the two teams will then play Game 2 of the series.

The other area team in the playoffs, Clay-Chalkville, saw its 6A series at Walker washed out. The Cougars and Vikings will play a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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A letter from your new editor (Hey dad! This one’s for you!) http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/a-letter-from-your-new-editor-hey-dad-this-ones-for-you/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/a-letter-from-your-new-editor-hey-dad-this-ones-for-you/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30715 By Megan Miller Would you believe me if I said this is the most shocked and eager I’ve ever been at the same time? From the first day of high school or even college, to every dance competition or recital I ever performed in, to the first time seeing my name in print, taking the more »

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By Megan Miller

Would you believe me if I said this is the most shocked and eager I’ve ever been at the same time?

Megan.MillerHeadshotFrom the first day of high school or even college, to every dance competition or recital I ever performed in, to the first time seeing my name in print, taking the leap into this position is definitely a fresh and exciting feeling for me.

I remember being told by friends, family, anyone who thought it appropriate to form an opinion about the direction of my life, that I was crazy to pursue a college degree in journalism. “News is a dying industry!” is what they’d offer, even though they knew nothing of the news world I had come to know and love. My own father (hi dad!) told me that if I wanted a journalism degree that was fine, but I needed to be prepared to go to trade school after I’d gotten my bachelor’s degree, so I could do something “practical.” But as the new managing editor of an incredible and thriving community newspaper, I’m making sure I’m getting the last laugh in this scenario.

I decided I wanted to be a journalist in high school. The trajectory of that decision was quite random, admittedly—I saw that the high school I was going to offered a journalism class and thought that sounded like a fun elective, and from that seemingly random choice my freshman year of high school, my career path clicked into place and I haven’t ever wavered in that decision.

I took a huge leap of faith applying for this position, telling myself from the moment I pressed send on that email that I couldn’t or wouldn’t get this job, that my age would likely rule me out on principle alone. But just like I took a chance pursing my degree in journalism, the folks at the Trussville Tribune took a chance on putting me in this position, a chance I’m thrilled they’ve taken.

I am elated to be here, getting back to my roots of editorial content production. The stress, pressure and thrill of breaking news is always exhilarating, but nothing compared to the excitement I feel when I get to tell stories. From stories of the young underdog on the tee ball team, to those pouring their hearts and souls into serving their community and beyond, I know in my heart of hearts those are the stories you, our readers, crave to read, and I intend to make it my mission to tell those for you. Thanks for having me, Trussville—I’m glad to be here!

 

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UPDATED: Thunderstorms likely for Saturday afternoon, evening http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/thunderstorms-likely-for-saturday/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/30/thunderstorms-likely-for-saturday/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:52:32 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30742 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE –According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, more afternoon and evening thunderstorms are likely for Saturday. Storms could include, high winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. The threat area is generally a line west of Selma to Alabaster to Moody to Sardis City. more »

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TRUSSVILLE –According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, more afternoon and evening thunderstorms are likely for Saturday.

Storms could include, high winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. The threat area is generally a line west of Selma to Alabaster to Moody to Sardis City.

This system is pushing storms out well ahead of the main front.

“The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has the western half of Alabama in the standard slight risk for severe weather today with damaging wind the biggest threat but isolated tornadoes will also be possible,” Brian Peters of AlabamaWX reported.

For the afternoon, there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Trussville area, mainly after 5 p.m., with rain chances climbing through the afternoon and into Saturday evening, according to NWS-Birmingham.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Saturday night, mainly before 9 p.m. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Severe thunderstorms on Friday produced high winds, heavy rains and significant cloud to ground lightning, which ignited fires at several homes and apartment building in the metro area.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1111 AM CDT SAT APR 30 2016

ALZ011>015-017>050-011915-
MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-CHEROKEE-
CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-TALLADEGA-
CLAY-RANDOLPH-SUMTER-GREENE-HALE-PERRY-BIBB-CHILTON-COOSA-TALLAPOOSA-
CHAMBERS-MARENGO-DALLAS-AUTAUGA-LOWNDES-ELMORE-MONTGOMERY-MACON-
BULLOCK-LEE-RUSSELL-PIKE-BARBOUR-
1111 AM CDT SAT APR 30 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

.DAY ONE...OUTLOOK THROUGH TONIGHT.

A FEW SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING...MAINLY BETWEEN 3PM AND 8PM. THE THREAT
AREA IS GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FROM SELMA TO ALABASTER TO MOODY
TO SARDIS CITY. THE PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE
WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. THE STORMS WILL ALSO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL
AND FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. A BRIEF TORNADO CANNOT BE
RULED OUT.

 

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Hewitt-Trussville vs Hoover game suspended with Huskies leading 18-2 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/hewitt-trussville-vs-hoover-game-suspended-huskies-leading-18-2/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/hewitt-trussville-vs-hoover-game-suspended-huskies-leading-18-2/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:58:12 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30735 By Chris Yow HOOVER –Game 1 of Hewitt-Trussville’s first round playoff series at Hoover was suspended following a lightning delay on Friday. The Huskies and Bucs will finish the 7A baseball opener on Saturday at 1 p.m.  When the game was suspended, Hewitt-Trussville held an 18-2 lead 4½ innings over the Bucs, and forced the more »

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By Chris Yow

HOOVER –Game 1 of Hewitt-Trussville’s first round playoff series at Hoover was suspended following a lightning delay on Friday. The Huskies and Bucs will finish the 7A baseball opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

When the game was suspended, Hewitt-Trussville held an 18-2 lead 4½ innings over the Bucs, and forced the home team to burn through four pitchers in the contest. The Huskies were just three outs away from securing the win in Game 1 before the suspension.

Hewitt-Trussville’s bats exploded in the first inning of the game, and never cooled off. The Huskies also got a gem from starting pitcher Carson Skipper. 

Hewitt fans traveled well to Hoover to support the Huskies. Photo by Chris Yow

Hewitt fans traveled well to Hoover to support the Huskies.
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Through five innings, every hitter in the Huskies’ lineup crossed the plate at least once. Ed Johnson led the way at the plate, going 4-for-4 with six RBIs, including a solo home run to lead off the second inning. He was a triple away from hitting for the cycle in the game.

Johnson was joined by several teammates who helped plate multiple runs in the game. Tyler Tolbert went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Jamison Stennis was 3-for-4 in the game. He singled twice in the first inning, driving in all three of his RBIs in the opening frame.

Others who drove in a run were Justin Booker, Cameron Moore and Josh Morgan, and Skipper added an RBI as well.

The Huskies added one run in the third inning, three runs in the fourth and exploded again for four runs in the fifth inning before the flash of lightening stalled the contest.

On the hill, Skipper gave up two earned runs on two hits and struck out three Bucs hitters. Because he is the pitcher of record, he will be allowed to continue to pitch tomorrow in the continued game.

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The game will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. Following the completion of Game 1, the two teams will then play Game 2 of the series.

The other area team in the playoffs, Clay-Chalkville, saw its 6A series at Walker washed out. The Cougars and Vikings will play a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Lightning ignites fires, 17,000 without power http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/lightning-ignites-fires/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/lightning-ignites-fires/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:29:49 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30732 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports Storms that passed through the metro area triggered a severe thunderstorm warnings and brought damage throughout the area. Alabama Power reports 17,000 in the Birmingham area are without power. Lightning strikes are believed to have ignited fires in homes and apartments in Leeds, Gardendale, and Alabaster.

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Storms that passed through the metro area triggered a severe thunderstorm warnings and brought damage throughout the area.

Alabama Power reports 17,000 in the Birmingham area are without power.

Lightning strikes are believed to have ignited fires in homes and apartments in Leeds, Gardendale, and Alabaster.

NortheastWeatherWx ‏@NEWeatherWx  You don't see this everyday. A house fire started from a lightning strike in Gardendale, Alabama. (@Smeadows72)

NortheastWeatherWx ‏@NEWeatherWx
You don’t see this everyday. A house fire started from a lightning strike in Gardendale, Alabama. (@Smeadows72)

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UPDATED: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Jefferson County http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/severe-thunderstorm-warning-issued-for-jefferson-county/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/severe-thunderstorm-warning-issued-for-jefferson-county/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:54:52 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30727 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE –A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Jefferson County by the National Weather Service in Birmingham until 6:45 p.m. on Friday. This includes the cities of Trussville, Clay and Pinson. Severe Thunderstorm Warning SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 623 PM CDT FRI APR 29 more »

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TRUSSVILLE –A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Jefferson County by the National Weather Service in Birmingham until 6:45 p.m. on Friday. This includes the cities of Trussville, Clay and Pinson.

04_29_2016_5pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
623 PM CDT FRI APR 29 2016

ALC073-292345-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.W.0035.000000T0000Z-160429T2345Z/
JEFFERSON AL-
623 PM CDT FRI APR 29 2016

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 645 PM CDT
FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY...

AT 623 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR PINSON TO NEAR TANNEHILL IRONWORKS STATE PARK...
MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
         ROOFS...SIDING...AND TREES.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BIRMINGHAM...HOOVER...VESTAVIA HILLS...BESSEMER...HOMEWOOD...MOUNTAIN
BROOK...TRUSSVILLE...HUEYTOWN...GARDENDALE...IRONDALE...LEEDS...FAIRFIELD...
FULTONDALE...CENTER POINT...PLEASANT GROVE...CLAY...PINSON...TARRANT...
MIDFIELD AND ADAMSVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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LAT...LON 3377 8665 3376 8654 3347 8660 3347 8667
      3325 8698 3325 8706 3328 8707 3331 8716
      3342 8725 3345 8730 3349 8721 3358 8697
      3376 8685 3384 8676 3384 8675
TIME...MOT...LOC 2323Z 285DEG 35KT 3373 8669 3329 8702

HAIL...1.00IN
WIND...60MPH

 

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Trussville Police Department hosting drug drop on Saturday http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/trussville-police-department-hosting-drug-drop-on-saturday/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/trussville-police-department-hosting-drug-drop-on-saturday/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:40:24 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30724 By Megan Miller TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department is hosting a drug drop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Officers will be available outside of City Hall to dispose of any unwanted, unused or expired drugs or medications. Officers will be in front of the court entrance to ensure all drugs are properly disposed of.

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By Megan Miller

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Police Department is hosting a drug drop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers will be available outside of City Hall to dispose of any unwanted, unused or expired drugs or medications. Officers will be in front of the court entrance to ensure all drugs are properly disposed of.

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Marsh weighs in on Alabama’s historic tax credits http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/marsh-weighs-in-on-alabamas-historic-tax-credits/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/marsh-weighs-in-on-alabamas-historic-tax-credits/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:28:02 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30721 By Megan Miller and Scott Buttram MONTGOMERY –A few state media outlets have been relentless in calling for an extension of Alabama’s historic tax credits over the last several days. The credits, put in place in 2013, give tax breaks to developers restoring historic buildings. The credits are set to expire this year, barring a more »

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MONTGOMERY –A few state media outlets have been relentless in calling for an extension of Alabama’s historic tax credits over the last several days. The credits, put in place in 2013, give tax breaks to developers restoring historic buildings.

Lyric Theatre via wikicommons

Lyric Theatre via wikicommons

The credits are set to expire this year, barring a last minute extension by the state legislature, which seems unlikely.

Senator Del Marsh has taken the brunt of the heat from what appears to be an organized effort among some in the media to push for the tax credit extension. In response, the senator listed several reasons for caution before renewing or extending the credits.

One of Marsh’s primary concerns is allowing the free market to work on its own and he questioned the value of some historic properties without the tax credits.

Marsh questioned whether developers receiving tax credits were getting an unfair advantage over other developers. He also expressed concern for inflated property values of historic property and wondered if the tax credits had created a cottage industry.

“I think these prices are inflated because of these tax credits, and in essence the free market should dictate what the property should really sell for, but the tax credits are destroying the free market,” said Marsh.

Some of the projects that qualify for the 25 percent state credit also qualify for a federal credit of 20 percent, giving the developer a project subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of 45 percent.

Additionally, Marsh said some of the qualifying developers have sold their tax credits to other developers.

The Alabama Department of Revenue confirmed that 60 percent of those who have filed claims for the credit are selling them.

“In my opinion, what’s happening is this is a cottage industry that’s been created through these tax credits,” Marsh said.

When the tax credits are used, there is also concern that it may hurt an already ailing general fund. At this time, Marsh estimates the state Medicaid budget has a $100 million shortfall, with costs rising each year.

“Historically, Medicaid has increased every year, and we’ve tried to get Medicaid under control and we’ll continue to try to get it under control,” said Marsh.

If the general fund faces an annual shortfall due to rising Medicaid costs, any tax credits claimed will deepen the financial hole for the state.

Marsh has had his own personal experience with historical tax credits. Marsh and his wife restored the Victoria Inn in Anniston, and chose not to take any state or federal tax credits for their restoration efforts.

Marsh approached the City of Anniston, promising to spend no less than $1.5 million to restore the hotel, and also that he would ensure the hotel stayed open for a minimum of 10 years. Marsh said he and his wife even purposefully didn’t include a restaurant in the hotel, because he wanted Anniston’s economy to benefit from the presence of the hotel.

“We want the restaurants in Anniston to benefit from people staying in our hotel,” said Marsh. “It’s part of our program and business plan to get people downtown, spending money.”

Marsh said the City of Anniston had issued request for proposals for the historic properties, but his was the only plan offered. Ultimately, the city paid for the property and handed it over to a developer, a plan Marsh said could work anywhere in Alabama.

Marsh has consulted with the Alabama Revenue Department, saying he “point blank” asked them what the benefit of the tax credits was to the state, and they responded saying there was no tangible benefit to the state.

Several have pointed to a study commissioned by the Alabama Historical Commission that said the state would recoup the tax credits and eventually show a profit, but the study is based on speculative information, Marsh said.

“They can’t substantiate their own survey,” said Marsh. “I have a commitment for revenue to put a third party on board to give us a true analysis of this thing.”

At this time, however, Marsh said his highest priority is to determine how best to use Alabama taxpayer dollars, and what will “give the most bang for our buck.”

“I’m not picking at the historical tax credit,” said Marsh. “My obligation to this state is if we give any credits anywhere, that it’s a net gain to this state through job creation or otherwise.”

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Senior with dementia found after going missing http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/senior-with-dementia-found-after-going-missing/ http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2016/04/29/senior-with-dementia-found-after-going-missing/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:37:43 +0000 http://www.trussvilletribune.com/?p=30717 By Megan Miller, Editor ETOWAH COUNTY — UPDATE: James has been found and returned safely to his family. ORIGINAL: The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is searching for missing senior, James Thomas James. James, 77, suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing dark blue jogging pants, a white shirt, white shoes, and was carrying a more »

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By Megan Miller, Editor

ETOWAH COUNTY — UPDATE: James has been found and returned safely to his family.

ORIGINAL: The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is searching for missing senior, James Thomas James.

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James, 77, suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing dark blue jogging pants, a white shirt, white shoes, and was carrying a yellow bag. He was last seen in Gallant around 9 a.m. on Friday.

James has been known to accept rides from strangers passing by. If anyone has information regarding his whereabouts, contact the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office at 256-546-2825.

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