| February, 2015

Pompano Senior gets sixth ace

Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM

sports022615By Gary Curreri

Joe Patchen wouldn’t have it any other way.

The 88-year-old Pompano Beach man plays golf three times a week and doesn’t plan on stopping soon.

Patchen is still pretty good at his craft because he recently used his 6-iron and recorded his sixth hole-in-one on the Par-3, 134-yard 15th hole at the Pines Course at the Pompano Municipal Golf Course.

This one was nice because of the six hole-in-ones I have. This was only the second one that I saw go in the hole,” added Patchen, who was playing in a Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association tournament and picked up a second place finish with a net score of 67. “It bounced twice and went in. I was feeling good that day.”

Patchen, who plays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, said he enjoys both the camaraderie with the other golfers and the competition. He said he called his hole-in-one.

I was talking to my playing partner and said it was about time one of us got a hole-in-one and I did,” Patchen said. “It was exciting because we had just talked about it.”

Patchen began playing in New York when he was 12 and hasn’t stopped. His last hole-in-one came three years ago.

I have been caddying and playing golf,” Patchen said. “I play three days a week. I love golf because it is a challenge. Every single day is different. Every single shot is different. It is not the same thing day after day after day. I never know what is going to be happening that day.”

Patchen said his singular shot was a lucky one.

I think it’s luck,” Patchen said. “We all throw the whole ball at the hole and for it to go in that little hole, I think it is luck. When you figure how many years I have been playing, 76 years … I must have thrown a million shots at those holes and only got six of them.”

Patchen believes he has a lot of golf left. He idolizes Jack Nicklaus, who he said was the best golfer he ever saw.

I am going to keep going until I can’t play anymore,” Patchen said. “I look forward to it. I get up at 5 in the morning and have my coffee and breakfast, and go out and play golf. I just like the game. Now that I am retired, I play it a lot. I play in all kinds of weather, but I can be a little particular. If it is raining, I don’t go out. If it is cold, I don’t go out.”

Ely in Final Four

Blanche Ely’s boys’ basketball team will hope to end its season on a high note – a perfect one at that.

The Tigers remained undefeated at 26-0 and are ranked 6th nationally. Blanche Ely advanced to Thursday’s Class 7A state semifinal against North Port at the Lakeland Center with a 79-65 victory over Miami Central. A victory will mean a third state championship in four years. It would also mark the first undefeated season for the Tigers basketball program.

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FLICKS: Birdman, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks & DeliMan

Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


As a Florida State University Communications graduate, I took at least two classes in which Luis Bunuel’s films were examined. Working in cooperation with Spanish compatriot Salvador Dali, Brunuel surrealistic cinema inspired Mexican filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro González Iñárritu. After directing the depressing Biutiful (2010), it seems that Inarritu decided to examine some of his recurring philosophy theories from a comedic perspective.

With the absurdist visuals, over-the-top-ensemble-acting and the story about a backstage nervous breakdown, one can see why the Academy Awards chose Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), as the best motion picture of 2014. In a year in which the motion picture industry made most of their box office mojo from costumed superheroes like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Birdman allows industry insiders to assuage their guilt from reaping benefits from themes they don’t necessary believe in.

Years after being out of the spotlight from playing the superhero Birdman, actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) seeks to perform in something “relevant.” Thomson funds a Randall Carver short story What We Talk About when We Talk About Love on Broadway. The film focuses on the final three preview rehearsals leading up to opening night.

Backstage, we witness intense backstage drama. Riggan’s daughter Sam (Emma Stone) helps her Dad backstage and is a recovering drug addict. Newly-hired method actor Mike (Edward Norton) gives a brilliant performance, but is a backstage louse. Mike’s girlfriend Lesley (Naomi Watts) has been a journeyman actress who is getting to perform on Broadway for the first time. Under pressure, backstage and alone, Riggan begins hearing the voice from “Birdman,” his dormant superego.

People either love or hate Birdman. The crowd I saw this film with departed the theater in silence. Some people walked out of Birdman, claiming that this was the first motion picture they have walked out of in four decades. Birdman is truly one of the most unique motion pictures to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and will be an influence upon future releases for artistically inclined producers and directors.

As I write this column, the ABC Network is releasing their celebrity participants on Dancing with the Stars, which will preview Monday night. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opens this weekend and features Gena Rowlands as a South Florida senior citizen who makes an offbeat friendship with Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson), a gay dance instructor. This film explores the themes of intolerance and ageism, but also the spiritual redemption of dance.

My Dad would have turned 93 this weekend. One of my fondest memories was sharing a pastrami sandwich and coffee with him on Broadway 14 years ago. While Birdman retraces our steps on Broadway, the newly released DeliMan reminded me of how good that meal was, even though this documentary takes place in Houston.

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Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM


Feb. 3 A suspect entered TJ Maxx at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd. to exchange items. She then went to the bag department and stole two Michael Kors bags and exited the store without paying for them.

Feb. 9 A woman reported her car stolen from her driveway at 105 NW 7 Court.

Feb. 10 A motorcycle was stolen from 855 Tivoli Circle.

Feb. 10 A construction worker stole a table saw from a woman’s home at 829 NW 47 St.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Jan. 31 Conveyance burglary was reported at Enterprise Commerce Center, 1401 Green Rd., Deerfield Beach. A vehicle parked at Planet Air Sports was broken into overnight. Miscellaneous tools and a radio were stolen.

Feb. 4 Conveyance burglary took place at Starlight Cove, 701 & 733 NW 40 Terr., Deerfield Beach. Subject attempted to enter the vehicles parked at both locations. Car alarm was set off at the 701 location.


Feb. 4 Victim’s ex-boyfriend stole jewelry valued at $4,528 from the residence located at 4500 N. Federal Hwy. and pawned the items.

Feb. 4 Subject took mouthwash, Tylenol and other health products valued at $15.92 and left the store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for the items. He was apprehended outside.

Feb. 6 Someone scratched the passenger side door of the victim’s vehicle with an unknown object while it was parked at 2141 NE 41 St.

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Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM

RE: Townhouses pending on former Burial Ground

Dear Editor:

We have quite a situation in town.

It appears that we have a vacant lot sitting dormant as the site of a former cemetery.

From my perspective, there are two options.

The first is to reestablish the former cemetery. The second is to utilize that property to improve our city. Leaving it dormant, in my opinion, is not an option.

Since I have heard no real interest in the former, let me share a vision about the latter.

Studies conducted at the site to date have uncovered no evidence of existing human remains. The people interred at that cemetery lived before Civil Rights were established for all American citizens.

The story of the people buried there and perhaps moved to Pineview is, in fact, the history of our great city.

Let us research and celebrate these people. Many of their family members still live in town and are a part of our community.

As it stands now, if there are any people buried in that field, they are just about forgotten, lost to the injustice of history because of the way African- Americans were treated at that time.

I propose that we develop the site and, if any remains are uncovered, let us celebrate those people. Find out exactly who they are through DNA testing. Give them a proper resting place with new headstone markers. Tell their families so they can come and remember their forefathers. Put their life stories in the newspaper so that all of our citizens can learn about and celebrate our city’s family history together.

I see this as a real opportunity to uncover our city’s family roots. These people were treated as second-class citizens, relegated to their own cemetery, left with wooden headstones and boxes that rotted overtime, forgotten by all but the eldest of us.

Let us honor them, perhaps for the first time ever in their lives, as American citizens and founding members of Deerfield Beach, rather than second-class blacks.

All of these people died before Civil Rights were enacted.

Let us search for any remains as we develop the site and lay the new foundations. I’m sure there are able construction workers among the families of those who might be interred there. Let us ask that one or more of those family members be employed to help develop that site.

If any remains are found, let us hold a proper funeral in the city cemetery with as much pomp and circumstance as any funeral we have ever seen in this city.

Let us celebrate the lives of these people. Let our city leaders and all of our residents come and pay their respects to the forefathers of our city, hand in hand, as black and white children of Deerfield Beach, together.

Let us honor them as our American forefathers, rather than unidentified blacks sitting in an abandoned lot, as they are now.

Let us speak of them as Americans fully deserving of equality and worthy of honor, rather than as blacks in an abandoned field.

Honor them, as we improve this city together and lay the foundations for a new downtown district in that area.

Anthony Dispenziere

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM

DBICA meets

Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. (Date was changed)

Community Presbyterian Church (Briggs Hall) 1920 SE 4 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Deerfield Beach Island Community Association meets. Guest speaker: Lieutenant Darrel Stallings from Broward Sheriff Office to talk about Crime Watch for the Island. Election of 2015 Board of Directors and more.

St. Ambrose Carnival

Thursday, Feb. 26, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 1 to 8 p.m.

St. Ambrose Church & School 380 S. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Carnival games, rides, treats, live music, raffles and more. For more info., visit www.stambrosecarnival.com.

Grand openings

Thursday, Feb. 26, 5 to 8 p.m.

3500 block of E. Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL

Grand opening for Inesitas Colombian Bar and Restaurant, Jersey Dogs, Soul Relaxing and Planet Chic Boutique. Ribbon cutting with dignitaries. Free food and specials from merchants. Participate in scavenger hunt, win gift certificates. LIVE music by Bushwood. 954-786-7824.

Boca Raton Greenmarket

Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Royal Palm Place Southwest Parking Lot S. Federal Highway & SE Mizner Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33432

Free. New vendors in addition to old standbys offer everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods, fresh flowers, seafood, pasta, soap, doggie treats & more. Enjoy live music every Saturday. For more info., call 561-299-8684.

Celebration of Life

Saturday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m.

Cathedral Church of God 365 S. Dixie Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Celebrate 30 years of Ministry with Bishop Patrick L. Kelly. 954-427-0302.

6th annual Tea in the Garden

Saturday, Feb. 28, tours start at 3:35 p.m.

Parkway United Methodist Church 100 NE 44 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33308

English tea and pastries, explore tropical Food Forest, stroll Tiki-lit Garden paths, listen to LIVE music. Fundraiser by The Fruitful Field, which feeds the hungry and provides education and inspiration for youth. Purchase in advance — lawn seating, $20 per person, $10 for children ages 2 through 10. For more information, visit www.thefruitfulfield.org or call 954-247-1087.

HIV & AIDS Awareness

Saturday, Feb. 28 5 p.m. (HIV testing) 7 p.m. (play)

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 Martin Luther King Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Theatre of Creative Consciousness of the Arts presents “A Devastating Impact,” a play about a 19 year old college student and virgin who never did drugs or had a blood transfusion and yet ends up HIV positive. Tickets online. $20 adults, $10 children 13 and under. $5 seniors and students. First 50 to get testing get free ticket. For more info., call 786-879-4402 or visit www.tccaflorida.eventbrite.com.

Concordia Choir performs

Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach 2331 NE 26 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Hailing from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, this 75-voice a capella choir will visit Pompano as part of their 15- day tour of the Southeast U.S. Guest conductor: Michael Smith. Music ranges from Bach to Morten Lauridsen and includes spirituals and hymns, a cappella and accompanied works, and several selections by Eastern European composers. Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and available at www.ConcordiaTickets. com or at the door.

Paws for a Cause

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Vet services, pet grooming, homemade pet treats, pet clothing & accessories, adoption centers, pet photos, meet Canine for Companions service dogs, door prizes and raffles, and pet costume contest at 1 p.m. Benefits Canine for Companions for Independence in conjunction with Wounded Warriors. 954-804-5474.

8th Annual Pig Out

BBQ n’ Deerfield Beach

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hillsboro Blvd. & Intracoastal Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

BBQ competition for backyard & professional cookers –chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Music all day — Uproot Hootenanny, Steve Minotti, Jess Taylor and others, including student singing competition. Kids corner with face painting, bounce house and balloon artist, raffle items and vendors

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CLERGY CORNER: Black History inspiration

Posted on 26 February 2015 by LeslieM

There are some today who wonder why we need to observe and celebrate Black History, particularly when society has made such remarkable gains in acknowledging and embracing the worth of the Negro. “Slavery is a thing of the past,” they say. “Blacks can live anywhere, work and lead in any profession, and have access to everything needed to achieve the American Dream. We have even elected the first African American president in the history of this country. Why then,” they argue, “Should continual emphasis be given to the trials and triumphs of a people who have essentially seen the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream?”

In response, there are those who will readily point out that all is not as it may seem in American race relations. The past few years in particular have seen spotlighted accounts of injustice and prejudice in many areas of social interaction. Incidents of unarmed black men being killed in confrontations with police or armed white men has driven many to the streets in protest. In addition, the effects of 200 years of slavery, along with decades of segregation and Jim Crow laws in the South can still be seen in the psyche of some who struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. Many elders in the black community feel strongly that current generations of youth need to understand the cost of the freedoms and opportunities they now possess, and sometimes squander or take for granted.

Perhaps a more compelling reason is the same that motivates the Jews to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive in the public mindset: so that it may never happen again. History has proven, after all, that achievements and gains can be lost with the coming to power of a generation disconnected from its past.

I would add one more reason. There is something in all of us that responds positively to accounts of triumph over adversity, and progress in the face of tremendous odds. Those stories inspire and motivate us in our own unique journeys of life. Thus, we affirm Black History month celebrations.

Who could not be inspired by the achievement of Madam C.J. Walker? This entrepreneurial woman developed and sold hair care products which propelled her to become the first black female millionaire in this country. Frederick Douglass was a former slave who, mainly through self-effort, educated himself and became a prolific speaker, writer and leader of the abolitionist movement. Similarly, Booker T. Washington rose from slavery to become the most influential educator in the black community in his day. He argued for the education and self-reliance of the Negro as key to their betterment. Shirley Chisolm rode the wave of the civil rights movement to become the first African American female to serve in the U.S. congress in 1968.

There are numerous other stories of individuals whose lives have contributed to the development of our society and the betterment of all Americans. Thankfully, we have a month each year to review and benefit from the impact that they made. In the process, may all of us be equally inspired to make our own mark and leave a positive imprint for our generation and those yet to come.

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-427-0302.

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Chazz Palminteri at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Feb. 26

Posted on 19 February 2015 by JLusk


By Rachel Galvin

Actor/ playwright Chazz Palminteri will be bringing stories from his own life to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Pavilion stage in his one man show “A Bronx Tale” on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. You may have seen the 1993 movie directed by Robert De Niro telling a tale of a father who becomes worried when a local gangster, Sonny, befriends his son Cologero in the Bronx in the 1960s. Palminteri, born Cologero, who plays Sonny in the movie, plays all 18 characters without props or a costume change in the show.

Palminteri wanted to be an actor since he was 10 or 11 years old and has found huge success, being seen in TV shows, as well as films like “Bullets Over Broadway,” “The Usual Suspects” and “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” which he lists as some of his favorites, among others. But since 2007, he has also been touring with his show.

“In Broadway, there was a line of people waiting to see it again,” said Palminteri, who says it is a huge hit everywhere it goes.

He added, “My show is a great show. The characters are all archetypes. Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘…a movie can make you laugh, make you cry, scare you … if you do two out of three, you are doing really good. [With the show], I do all three. If you loved the movie, you will love the show even more.”

Asked what he hopes people will walk away with after seeing the show, he said, “I hope they go home and hug their kids [and learn] don’t waste your life. Seize the day. My father said the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

He added, “A lot of times, [the media] talks about the mafia. This is not about the mafia. This is about the butcher, the baker, about the working man, people like my dad, who was a bus driver, the fabric of the Italian American community.”

Palminteri was offered $1 million to step away from his script and he refused. He knew he had to be the one to do it.

“A lot of people talk about success,” he said. “You just have to do it.”

To find out more about his performance at the Seminole Casino, visit www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/entertainment.

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Ely remains unbeaten

Posted on 19 February 2015 by LeslieM

sports021915By Gary Curreri

So much for déjà vu. For the first half of Tuesday night’s regional semifinal game against Dwyer, it looked like history was going to repeat itself as the visiting Panthers took a 35-26 halftime advantage against the host Blanche Ely boys basketball team.

That was until Ely, ranked No. 7 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings, outscored the visitors 49-21 in the second half, including 26-11 in the fourth quarter, and roared to a 75-56 win in the Class 7A regional semifinal and advance to the regional final on Saturday against Miami Central.

The Tigers ran off 27 consecutive wins in the 2009- 2010 season before Dwyer ended the Tigers’ season with a 70-57 victory in the regional semifinal. It was something that Blanche Ely coach Melvin Randall didn’t let his team forget.

This was a personal game, very personal,” said Randall, whose team improved to 25-0 with the win. “I briefly mentioned it to them, but I didn’t have to use it as a motivational tool.”

Therrell Gosier led the way with a game-high 17 points, while LaQuincy Rideau and Diandre Wilson each had 16 points, and Javon Heastie added 12 points in the win for the Tigers, who are hoping to win its third state championship in four years.

The pressure feels like the Coach K situation of trying to win that 1,000th game,” said Randall, referring to Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, who recently became the first D-1 college coach to win 1,000 career games. Randall has compiled a 499-141 career coaching record and is in his 14th year at the school and 21st overall. “Knowing where we are and how high we are ranked … with a target on your back, you know it is going to get harder and harder, especially during the playoffs.”

My thing is I have to keep my kids very humble and focused, and also hungry,” Randall said. “With the exception of Cardinal Gibbons, we have been winning our games by double digits and we just have to take it gameby- game.”

Randall won state titles in 1997 with Deerfield (Class 5A) and his win in 1999 (Class 6A) came at the expense of his current school Ely, 77-69. After moving over to Ely, Randall won state titles in 2007 (Class 6A), 2012 (Class 7A) and 2013 (Class 7A).

We have to have a sense of urgency and also increase the level of intensity,” Randall said. “We’ll be fine.”

The Tigers finished 21-5 last season, including four losses to Boyd Anderson and once to Cardinal Gibbons in the Big 8. Blanche Ely lost in regional semifinal to Boyd Anderson last season, 61-54. Randall said it would be special to run the table for the school’s first undefeated season and a state title.

It is all these kids,” Randall said. “They are working hard and they are training. They are hungry and, as a result, they are getting these little benefits from these games that we are playing.

We can run the table,” he added. “I don’t think they realize they have already made history in being ranked as high as they are and I believe that is the highest ranking in the history of Broward County, if I am not mistaken. We still want to get to Lakeland, and we want to go undefeated. We can’t turn back.”

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Imitation Game & 50 Shades of Grey

Posted on 19 February 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


The Imitation Game premiered at the 2014 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and it had generated so much Oscar buzz from the European Film Festival circuit that festival director Gregory Von Hausch could not guarantee a seat for a critic’s screening.

In the summer of 2002, I reviewed an espionage movie titled Enigma, which featured Kate Winslet as a code breaker who helped to defeat the Nazis. It was an absorbing story, but the screenplay ignored an important historical character,

Professor Alan Turing. Played by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing is the central character of The Imitation Game.

The film opens in darkness with the sound of Morse code. We learn that Nazi U-boats have been sinking the British Navy and American conveys with ease. British spies have located the German “Enigma Machine,” but cannot decode Nazi transmissions.

Enter mathematician Alan Turing, a brilliant mind with poor social skills. Placing an ad in the British press, Turing assembles a team of code breakers by having them complete a complicated crossword puzzle. Among the most gifted code breakers is Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). History shows that the good guys won World War II, but the cost of victory destroyed one man’s soul. For those in love with analogue technology, espionage drama and group dynamics, then The Imitation Game is the film for you.

50 Shades of Grey is not a film for everybody; it is not a film that people will not admit to enjoying, but it is a film that people will secretly covet at home. At a critic’s screening last Wednesday night, the audience laughed, got intensely quiet during the more graphic scenes and moaned during the cliffhanger ending. This is more a tribute to Sam Taylor- Johnson’s skills as a director than E.L. James’ skills as a writer.

With an 85 million dollar opening weekend box office take, expect Universal to continue filming their 50 Shades of Grey trilogy for future Valentine’s Days.

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Posted on 19 February 2015 by LeslieM


Jan. 30 A man reported his cell phone stolen from 650 SW 3 Ave.

Feb. 3 A woman reported her vehicle stolen from 1617 SE 4 Court.

Feb. 3 A man was seen going through a box of tools at a business at 1208 S. Military Trail. When confronted, the man fl ed.

Feb. 4 A man was seen leaving a home he had burglarized at 601 SW 14 Court.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Jan. 30 Theft – Retail/ Shoplifting took place at Super Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The suspect was arrested after stealing DVD box sets and CDs valued at $101.45 from Target.

Jan. 31 Criminal mischief occurred in Deer Creek, at 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd. Unknown vehicle drove onto the 8th and 18th holes of Deer Creek Golf Course, causing at least $10,000 in damages. Evidence was collected from the scene and video is pending from a nearby community.

Jan. 31 Conveyance burglary was reported at Quiet Waters Elementary, 4150 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Automobile was broken into via the passenger front window. The victim’s wallet, containinng Social Security card, credit cards and $250 cash, was stolen.


Feb. 1 Someone tampered with the front lock of a residence at 2150 NE 42 Court. No entry was made.

Feb. 1 An officer stopped a subject for non-functioning lights at 4200 N. Federal Hwy. and the subject consented to a search. The officer observed the subject trying to conceal a syringe in his buttocks. The subject was found to have three syringes and drugs.

Feb. 2 A public works employee found toilet paper stuck to the walls and ceiling in a bathroom at 4521 NE 22 Ave. The damage was estimated at $50.

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