‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’, LAST TWILIGHT THURSDAY HIGHLIGHT
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Bashford Manor and Churchill Downs and Culture and Derby and Events and Flags4Vets and Food and Dining and Jack Daniel's and Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks and Louisville and Non-Profits and Sport and Stella Artois and Wildwood 12:25 pm
‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’, LAST TWILIGHT THURSDAY HIGHLIGHT
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Evening Will Celebrate Local Soldiers; Two Stakes Races
Louisville, Ky., – Break out your red, white and blue attire for the best party in town and celebrate July 4 weekend at “Downs After Dark” presented by Stella Artois and Jack Daniel’s. In addition to 11 thrilling night races, the evening will feature:
It’s all set for Saturday, July 2. Gates open at 5 p.m. – midnight. First race at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at www.churchilldowns.com; General Admission is $10; Reserved seating starts at $25
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BATS TO HOST JULY 3 FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA, PATRIOTIC HAT GIVEAWAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will return home from a seven-game road trip in the northeast to begin a seven-game homestand on Monday, June 27. The Bats will host the Buffalo Bisons for three games and the Gwinnett Braves for four.
Thursday, June 30 will be another “Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour” with $1 Bud and Bud Light from 5:30-7 p.m. on the Overlook Deck. Live music will be played by “Tony and the Tan Lines” until 6:25 p.m.
Saturday, a Bats Patriotic Hat will be given away to the first 2,000 paid admissions, presented by Visionworks. Pregame music will be played by DJ K Dogg from 5-5:40 on the Overlook Deck.
Sunday, the homestand will wrap up with the July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza that will go off after the completion of the game that begins at 6:45 p.m., sponsored by LG&E.
The Bats will play three games in Rochester this weekend beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. They finished the first half 36-36, three games back from the division leading Indianapolis Indians. Scott Schebler is hitting .410 in the month of June with six home runs and 16 RBI. Reds prospect Amir Garrett made his Triple-A debut June 22 and allowed one hit and three runs in five and two-thirds innings.
Homestand Highlights June 27-July 3
Monday, June 27 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm
· Margarita Monday: 10 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side. Presented by El Jimador.
· Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window. Max of four tickets may be purchased with each receipt.
· White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (valid Monday night or all day Tuesday).
Tuesday, June 28 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm
· $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi presented by Pepsi, Meijer, 100.5 MYfm & Courier-Journal.
· Baseball Bingo: Play for free during the game! Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card. Presented by Ponderosa & Meijer.
Wednesday, June 29 – Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons – 7:05 pm
· Republic Bank Customer Ticket Discount: Fans can buy a half price Field Reserved Ticket discount (up to four (4) people) when presenting their Republic Bank “banking card” at the Ticket Office window.
Thursday, June 30 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 7:05 pm
· Thirsty Thursday: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by Budweiser, iHeartRadio, Courier-Journal & Kentucky Lottery.
· Live Music on the Overlook Deck from the ‘Tony & the Tan Lines’ from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
· Koozie Giveaway (1st 1,000 fans). Presented by Etscorn Auto & Collision Centers.
Friday, July 1 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnet Braves – 7:05 pm
· Fireworks presented by Commonwealth Dodge
Saturday, July 2 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 6:05 pm
· Patriotic Hat Giveaway (1st 2,000 fans). Presented by Visionworks.
· Koozie Giveaway (1st 1,000 fans). Presented by Lucas Oil.
· Live Music on the Overlook Deck from the ‘DJ K-Dogg’ from 5:00-5:40 p.m.
· Backyard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets. Presented by Anheuser-Busch.
Sunday, July 3 – Louisville Bats vs. Gwinnett Braves – 6:45 pm
· July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza: Special postgame Independence Day Zambelli fireworks show.Presented by LG&E.
· Kids Inflatable FunZone: 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame pavilion presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.
The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.
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Business and Culture and Events and Food and Dining and Iroquois Park Amphitheater and Jennifer Rubenstein and LG&E and Louisville and Louisville Independent Business Alliance and Marianne Butler and Non-Profits and Real Estate and South Points Scenic Area 2:03 pm
Louisville, KY (June 27, 2016) – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the first ever South Points Buy Local Fair on Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 p.m. at the Iroquois Park Amphitheater. Presented by Louisville Gas and Electric Company, the fair will include a marketplace from local businesses, an international food court, artists and craftspeople, and community organizations, as well as craft beer and Louisville pure tap® to GO stations (you can BYOB – bring your own bottle – for water!). Admission and parking are free.
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Those drinks you see above were part of a festive evening spent at River House and the Levee, one of the city’s newest restaurants AND nightspots. Live music filled the spacious bar, even on a Wednesday night, and the band played a rousing rendition of one of my favorites — Standin’ on Shaky Ground. At dinner, I had the dish John Varanese recommended when he was on Rusty when the place opened — Grouper Cheeks. Perhaps the best single dish I’ve had in the ‘Ville in a long time.
Here’s news about the 3 podcasts I was involved in this week:
In Jtown: You might remember Judge Sadiqa Reynolds. Or you may remember her as one of Mayor Fischer’s department heads. But now Reynolds heads the Urban League, which is holding a Job Fair in Jtown June 29. She’s a great interview, as is Down Syndrome chief Diana Merzweiler, who appears on the show to talk about a big fundraiser.
On Rusty: You are gonna crack up when you hear Wil Heuser‘s impersonation of former Rusty guest Barbara Sexton Smith on the show. His new series, “Real Housewives of Louisville” also features friends of Rusty Angie Fenton and ex-WHAS anchor Melissa Swan. Also, I got to meet first-time author J. Patrick Redmond, whose new book “Some Go Hungry” is a page-turner about “God, gays, guns and green beans,” set in Indiana. It didn’t take long to read, and was a fascinating look at discrimination against gays from a very personal viewpoint.
On EatDrinkTalk: Our 7th episode features Steve Coomes interviews with Ole Restaurant Group chief Fernando Martinez and 502 Smokehouse owner Chris Williams. Plus, we get to talk about the Whisky Live event and a bunch of new content at the site — EatDrinkTalk.net.
In Rusty News: In LEO Weekly’s Summer Dining Guide, Larry Muhammad picks the Oxtails and Potatoes at Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen as his favorite local dish, while Erika Chavez-Graziano, the wonderful proprietor of Cellar Door Chocolates, likes the burgers at Grind. . . .The 40 Under 40 List of important people was announced this week. Mark Prussian of the Eye Care Institute and Mary Ellen Wiederwohl of Louisville Forward were among the judges. Winners included beer guy Trevor Cravens and Louisville City FC chief Amanda Duffy.
Other News: Hooray for Julie Denton! She was the only Metro Council member to vote against the new ordinance on short-term rentals, mainly Airbnb. Looks like homeowners who want to rent their homes, like me, will have to pay a registration fee. . . Don’t expect Jim Ramsey to exit quietly. Despite turning in a resignation letter, it was conditioned on the seating of a new board. This week, A.G. Andy Beshear fueled his feud with Gov. Matt Bevin by filing a suit saying the new Gov can’t do what he said he would do — replace the Board of Trustees. . . Together again? Chinanu Onuaku would become the 2nd former Cardinal to play for the Houston Rockets after he was drafted 37th overall in the NBA draft. Montrezl Harrell was picked by the Rockets last year. . . John Calipari provide a “faux apology” to Rick Pitino Thursday, saying his comments that were all about Pitino and the U of L sex scandal weren’t at all about that. “The stuff is blown up more than it should be, and if he took it wrong, I apologize.” Right. . . Civil War historians can start looking for a place to put that Confederate Statue at U of L after Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman ruled that U of L can move it. So get on with it. . . What would you do with $822 Million? Top priorities for the city’s new budget are road repairs and public safety. The Metro Council’s revisions cut money for tree planting and bike infrastructure. . .
ON Saturday I’ll be riding in the Bike MS event, starting my 25 miles at the Water Tower at 7:30 a.m. I’ll see you there.
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From the Kentucky Center’s website:
Louisville, Ky., – In military terms, a rally point is a place where scattered forces come together to carry on a mission. And that is exactly what Rally Point: Kentuckiana is doing; bringing our community together to rally around our heroes for one amazing night of entertainment to benefit three local veteran’s charities: Active Heroes, Where Opportunity Knox, and Coalition for the Homeless.
The event is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25. A reception and silent auction start at 6:30 p.m.
Entertainment for the Rally to Support Our Heroes Evening Event includes:
-Heather French Henry will sing the National Anthem
-Master of Ceremonies: Lee Woodruff, national news correspondent and co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant, chronicling the journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq.
-Greg Fischer: Louisville’s Mayor
-Derrek Herrera: motivational speaker and former Marine Special Operations Officer, who was paralyzed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.
-Jose Sarduy: comedian, Air Force Academy grad and veteran of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
-A special musical performance hosted by The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts “Arts in Healing” program
-Featured speaker, Woody Williams, last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from Iwo Jima
There is also a Veterans Resource Fair that directly connects Kentuckiana veterans with local employers and organizations. The mission is to improve the lives of veterans in three key areas: employment, housing and physical and mental health. The runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Flyover Film Festival Lands in Louisville July 24 – 29, 2016
The Louisville Film Society launches its 8th Annual Flyover Film Festival July 24 – 29 celebrating Kentucky and our rich heritage in filmmaking, past and present. Two documentaries that honor favorite native sons Wendell Berry (The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry) and Harry Caudill (Harry Caudill: A Man of Courage) open the five day event followed by Bear With Us starring Louisvillian and Walden Theatre alum Collin Smith, a Throw-Back-Thursday 35th Anniversary outdoor screening of Stripes, filmed here in Kentucky, and a mixed media finale on the Belvedere, Sound in Motion: Louisville Music On Stage & Screen, including mini-documentaries from both the Louisville Orchestra and WFPK interspersed with live music performance.
According to Stu Pollard, Chairman of the Louisville Film Society, “Each of these screenings is a Kentucky-connected project and is a testimony to our state’s legacy in promoting industry initiatives across the Commonwealth.”
The first three screenings of the festival comprise two Kentucky premieres and one World premiere and will be followed by Q&A’s with filmmakers from each of the films. The Sunday opening night documentary, The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, which is being co-presented by the Louisville Film Society with the Kentucky Center, premiered at SXSW in March to great reviews. Director Laura Dunn is excited to bring it to Flyover for its first Kentucky screening. “Wendell’s work has helped me to feel more at home in this world so bringing the film back to its true home, the place from which it springs, only makes good sense. We are excited to bring our kids back and reconnect with our very special friends and the inspiring landscapes of Kentucky.”
Monday night ticket holders will be the first ever to see Harry Caudill: A Man of Courage. A fiscally sponsored project of Louisville Film Society, Director Jerry Deaton is proud for the World Premiere to take place as part of Flyover. “I felt it was important that not only a Kentuckian, but that an eastern Kentuckian, make this film about Mr. Caudill. He dedicated his life to our Commonwealth, and I’m certain he would have been honored to know that the Speed Museum and Louisville Film Society are hosting the premiere of his film.”
The Kentucky premiere of Bear With Us will be held at Baxter Avenue Theaters on Tuesday night. Louisville native and actor Collin Smith believes the quirky comedy will resound with a local audience. “It’s such an honor to be bringing Bear With Us to my hometown and I can’t imagine a better audience to share it with than the Flyover Film Festival attendees. I truly feel like this weird and wonderful movie will resonate with the distinct sensibility of a Louisville audience.”
On Wednesday night Flyover Film Festival takes a break encouraging local cinephiles to head over to WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday but returns Thursday night for an outdoor 35th Anniversary Screening of Stripes at Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery. A second outdoor screening, Sound in Motion: Louisville Music on Stage & Screen, will bring the festival to a roaring close on Friday night on the Belvedere as part of the Family Night Film Series co-presented by Louisville Film Society and Kentucky Center. Live local music will be presented interspersed with short mini docs highlighting Louisville’s music scene. Attendees of this free event are invited to pack their own picnic, blanket and lawn chairs and come early to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Ohio River. A full service bar will be provided by the Kentucky Center. In the event of rain, both outdoor screenings will be held at alternate indoor location at event sites.
Two after parties with the opportunity to meet the filmmakers will be held as part of Flyover Film Festival. 21c Museum Hotel will hold a reception following The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry open to all attendees including VIPs, sponsors and pass holders; and The Back Door, located in Mid City Mall along with Baxter Avenue Theaters, will host a party following Bear With Us.
LFS Executive Director Soozie Eastman on the venue choices, “For this 8th Flyover Film Festival, we not only wanted to program films with Kentucky connections, but we partner once again with The Kentucky Center, Speed Cinema, Baxter Avenue Theaters and Copper & Kings to spread the events throughout the community and make the festival accessible for all to attend. Capping off the week with the free Sound in Motion event on the Belvedere, we have options for all ages and budgets. We encourage everyone to come out and support the filmmakers, Louisville Film Society and venues that help make this community continually grow the arts-rich landscape we know and love.”
The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, Kentucky Premiere, Sunday July 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bomhard Theater at Kentucky Center followed by a Q&A with Director Laura Dunn, Mary Berry, and Nick Offerman and an after-party at 21c Museum Hotel for ticket holders, VIPs, sponsors and pass holders.
Harry Caudill: A Man of Courage, World Premiere, Monday July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Speed Cinema followed by a Q&A with Director Jerry Deaton. Cash bar open at 6:30p.m.
Bear with Us, Kentucky Premiere, Tuesday July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Baxter Avenue Theaters followed by a Q&A with Director/Writer William Stribling, co-writer/producer Russ Nickel and actor Collin Smith and an after-party for all ticket holders at The Back Door.
Stripes, Thursday July 28 at Copper & Kings. Gates open at 8:00 p.m. with outdoor screening to start at approximately 8:45 p.m.*
Sound in Motion: Louisville Music on Stage & Screen, Friday July 29 on the Belvedere lawn presented as part of the free LFS/Kentucky Center Family Film Night Series. Gates open at 8p.m. Screening and music to start at approximately 8:30 p.m.*
* In the event of rain, there are indoor alternatives at this venue. Attendees encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics for screening.
As of this release date, the 2016 Flyover Film Festival is made possible by the following sponsors: Yum! Foundation, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Republic National Distributing Company, Rabbit Hole Distilleries, 21c Museum Hotel, The Back Door, Heyman Talent and Highland Cleaners. Additional sponsorships available.
More on the films:
THE SEER: A Portrait of Wendell Berry is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of Wendell Berry. Since its world premiere at SXSW in March, it has won the SXSW Documentary Feature Special Jury Award for Cinematography, the Nashville Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award; and was nominated for SXSW Documentary Feature Grand Jury Award and Montclair Film Festival Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature. Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell, Co-produced with Executive Producers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick and co-produced by Owsley Brown, Gill Holland, Elaine Musselman, and Nick Offerman,
Not rated, 83 minutes
Harry Caudill, A Man of Courage chronicles the life of author and social activist Harry M. Caudill of Whitesburg, Ky. In 1963, Caudill wrote, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, a book that would shine light on the desperate situation of impoverished eastern Kentuckians and help President Lyndon Johnson implement his War on Poverty program. Caudill’s work lead to the elimination of unfair mining practices, the regulation of strip mining activities, the preservation of the Lilly Cornett Woods and Bad Branch Falls, the initiation of the Coal Severance Tax and the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission among other things. Caudill was the voice of poor, disenfranchised eastern Kentuckians for more than three decades and has been recognized as one of Kentucky’s top six authors and one of the fifty most influential Kentuckians of all time.
Not rated, 60 minutes
Bear with Us is a modern farce about a vicious bear derailing a romantic marriage proposal. Starring Christy Carlson Romano, Mark Jude Sullivan and Louisvillian Collin Smith, this oddball comedy takes a close look at just how far we’ll go to preserve our relationships. Awards include Gasparilla International Film Festival Audience Award – Best Narrative Feature Film and Jury Award – Best Female Performance, Christy Carlson Romano; Hill Country Film Festival Best Feature Film and Audience Award.
Rated R, 94 minutes
Stripes, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, became an overnight hit comedy success and is one of the better-known films made in Kentucky with scenes filmed in Fort Knox, Louisville, Elizabethtown, Clermont and West Point. Starring Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis, this iconic blockbuster tells the story of two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs and decide to join the army for a bit of fun.
Rated R, 106 minutes
Sound in Motion: Louisville Music on Stage & Screen, is a mixed media presentation of live music interspersed with short mini-documentaries on local musicians created by the Louisville Orchestra and WFPK. Presented as the finale of the Flyover Film Festival and as part of the free LFS/Kentucky Center Family Film Series, all ages will enjoy this occasion to highlight our community’s own vibrant local music scene.
For more information on the 2016 Flyover Film Festival please visit www.louisvillefilmsociety.com/flyover2016
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SkillsUSA Students Donate Shoes to Local Organization to Save Lives with Safe Water
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Forecastle Festival to Offset Carbon Emissions with Clean Energy
Partnership signals major step to help combat climate change
Louisville, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — It takes tens of thousands of kWh of electricity to make Forecastle Festival rock and roll each year on the Louisville Waterfront. And again this year, a partnership with Arcadia Power will ensure the festival’s carbon footprint is smaller than ever.
Forecastle Festival will run on 100 percent pollution-free electricity through a partnership with national Clean Energy provider Arcadia Power. For every kWh of electricity used at Forecastle Festival, a kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free, renewable source – like wind or solar.
“We pride ourselves on being one of the most sustainable, ecologically focused events in the nation,” said Forecastle Founder and Captain, JK McKnight. “Forecastle Festival was built on the premise of environmental responsibility and for years we’ve worked to be as sustainable as possible through conservation our conservation work with the Forecastle Foundation and other non-profits, recycling, composting and the use biodiesel fuel.”
As an Arcadia Power Clean Energy Partner, Forecastle Festival meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership requirements, alongside national environmental thought leaders like Google and Whole Foods.
Forecastle remains the only major national festival partnership for Arcadia power’s offset program and is the only festival in the state to offset its energy usage with wind power.
“We love working with organizations that share the same values, and Forecastle Festival sets an example for everyone of how easy and affordable it is to choose clean energy,” said Arcadia Power co-founder, Kiran Bhatraju.
The Forecastle Festival has, since 2004, aimed to offer equal parts music, art and environmental activism. In addition to efforts on-site to reduce carbon emissions and limit landfill waste, the event contributes $1 from every ticket sold to the Forecastle Foundation, an affiliated 501(c)(3) non-profit with land-level conservation projects in Kentucky, Argentina and Indonesia.
The annual festival will be held July 15-17, 2016 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Weekend passes and daily tickets are still available at forecastlefest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
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Most of us know the legendary stories about Muhammad Ali and his hometown. How he grew up in the West End on Grand Avenue, had his bike stolen and was motivated to fight, that he won the Gold Medal at the Olympics and tossed it into the Ohio River due to racism. We know about his conversion to Islam, his objection to war and his famous quote that really fueled his political opponents — “I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.”
I loved the confidence and arrogance he brought to his sport, the poetry he used to taunt his opponents, the strategies (Rope-a-Dope) he used to win. These words may be the most wonderful lines ever put together by an athlete, or anyone — “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
As a teenager in the ’70s, I remember clearly the build-up for Ali fights, the way the world stopped to watch him, the way his press conferences provided entertainment for millions.
I remember the ugly locals who opposed changing the name of Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. I’ve watched the toll Parkinson’s took on him during the last 20 years, but I’ve also been in rooms that have suddenly grown silent and reverent when “The Champ” entered.
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Ali’s devotion to peace and love and kindness are his real legacy, as anyone who has toured the magnificent exhibits at the fantastic Ali Center will tell you.
But I didn’t really know much about Ali until I got the chance to do a Rusty Satellite interview with John Ramsey, who in 30 years became a confidant and friend, the guy Lonnie Ali called when she knew the end was near. As you’ll here in the piece, Ramsey flew from New York to Phoenix to say his good-byes, flew home with the Champ, and is the Ali family’s go-to for advice and help in arranging details for this week’s activities here.
On Wednesday, Ramsey squeezed me in before meeting members of the Ali family for a private meeting with the Louisville baseball team, a team “The Champ” loved to watch on the Internet. There are plenty more stories, plus some spot-on voice impressions, from Ramsey in this Rusty interview. Please take a moment to listen.
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