Saturday, September 10, 2016

Country Music Countdown, News, & Sports...Saturday...September 10, 2016


COUNTRY CHART Weekend of September 10-11:

1 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
3 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
4 DAN & SHAY From The Ground Up
5 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls *
6 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
7 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
10 KENNY CHESNEY w/P!nk Setting The World On Fire
11 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
12 LoCASH I Know Somebody
13 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
15 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory
16 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
17 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
19 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
20 JON PARDI Head Over Boots


New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land

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Can a tax break keep New Mexico’s struggling farmers from selling out?


Louis Romero has been through two knee replacements, a heart attack and a bout with cancer. At 73, he's not up for farm chores any more.
Romero and his wife, Emily, live on 5 acres just north of Taos, New Mexico, that were once part of a larger family farm. Emily and her three sisters inherited the land from their dad, who worked as a school bus driver mornings and afternoons and dedicated the rest of his time to the farm.
“I have such an emotional tie to this land,” Emily Romero says, tears welling up behind her wire-frame glasses as she recalls endless hours spent shucking peas and churning butter.
The Romeros continued to run cattle on their property until they were forced to sell the herd during a drought a decade ago. Their kids have shown no interest in working the land. Some can't even stand the smell of fresh manure. As a result, the land has sat idle for years.

For the Romeros and other families, state tax law makes idling land an expensive proposition. Because the family's property was once used for agriculture, it was one of about 6,000 parcels that enjoyed a longtime property tax break. But in 2013, the county began cracking down. The assessor's office hired a team to inspect fields and irrigation ditches, property by property, for signs of farming activity. By the end of 2015, they found that more than half of the 1,000 parcels inspected were not in production.
When an old family loses ag status, the county adjusts their property value and corresponding tax to the market rate, which has been inflated by a wave of affluent retirees and second homeowners. The result for many landowners has been a sudden and often astronomical spike in taxes. For example, in the desirable Des Montes area — which is now home to notable property owners like actress Julia Roberts and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld —one parcel that lost ag status saw its yearly tax go from $576 a year to over $3,000. On average, properties that lost ag status in 2014 saw their tax bills go up 143-fold.
As the reassessment continues, many locals fear that jacking up taxes on arable land will force longtime owners off their land. If that land, once sold, is subsequently developed rather than farmed, it could spell the end of a centuries-old farming tradition that's at the center of the region's cultural identity.
“We are, with one tax policy, fragmenting Northern New Mexico's traditional communities,” says Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance, a Santa Fe-based conservation group.
The trend isn't unique to New Mexico. Across the West, old farm and ranch owners have been pushed out as development overtakes rural areas. But some states have taken steps to protect farmland — even unproductive properties —from development. Whether New Mexico can learn from other Western states and adopt a similar strategy may determine the fate of families like the Romeros — and the future of agriculture in Taos County.
It's undeniable that agriculture in Taos County is nowhere as vibrant as it once was. But for those who hope to see a widespread resurgence, the protection of agricultural land for future use is a top priority.
In 2015, Allison co-authored a report with Colorado State University that compared tax law across the Intermountain West. The report concluded that offering tax incentives for preserving open space — not just active farms —could lead to more sustainable agriculture and prevent the kind of tax crisis facing Taoseños.
“The greatest threat to agriculture right now is the loss of land to development,” Allison says, noting that it's not only the real estate but the water rights that are being sold off piecemeal. “By creating an open space option, we hold some of that land in reserve for future generations of farmers.”
For inspiration, some in northern New Mexico are looking to states like Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Washington, which all have some kind of open space protection written into their tax laws. Allison points to Washington, which passed a law in 1970 that gave a tax break not just to active farms, but to parcels of open space as well. Under the Open Space Taxation Act, an owner makes a formal application with their county commission or town council asking for an open space classification. Inspectors grade a property using 25 separate categories that include attributes like aquifer protection, wildlife habitat, and allowing public access.
If approved, the land can be valued as low as land that meets the standards of active agricultural land — sometimes just $1 an acre. The owner must agree to keep the land undeveloped for at least 10 years, or face back taxes and an additional penalty.
Bill Bernstein oversees the open space program for Washington's King County, which includes Seattle and more rural areas to the east. Bernstein says he's seeing a wave of aging farmers looking to the open space program as a way to hang on to their land in the face of mounting pressure to develop or sell out.
“It's a fallback that gives some flexibility for these multi-generational owners,” says Bernstein. He adds that it's not uncommon for a farm to go out of production and enter the open space program, then resume operations when another family member steps in or a new owner takes over. Farm advocates and conservationists in Taos think that model would work well in New Mexico. “It would give people some breathing room,” says Kristina Ortez de Jones, executive director of the Taos Land Trust and member of a local group that's trying to revive the county's agriculture. “We need that tool in a community like ours, which is so poor but has really high property values.”
To protect local agricultural acres, Lesli Allison of the Western LandownersAlliance is proposing the “ New Mexico Land and Resource Reserve” that would create a new tax category for open space around the state. Although they haven't decided on firm numbers yet, Allison says taxes for open space properties would be higher than taxes for active farms, but significantly lower than market rate. Qualifying properties must also have agricultural water rights, or have been designated as agricultural within the last three years. Owners would be required to maintain existing irrigation infrastructure and keep the land free of noxious weeds. If a property were pulled out of the program for development, the owner would pay a penalty.
If and when such a bill is introduced, it's likely to be controversial. Allison says the most common critique is that giving fallow farmland a tax break is akin to offering complacent landowners a free ride. There are also worries that developers could find loopholes to shelter themselves from higher taxes.


Tucker Beathard on the Real American Heroes

Talks About Paint Ball With Navy SEALs and New Music 
Rising artist Tucker Beathard and his band have a motto for the road: “This is what we quit school for.”
After high school, the self-taught musician was offered a baseball scholarship from Middle Tennessee State University, but he turned it down to pursue music full time.
“School just wasn’t my thing,” Beathard admitted while chewing the fat and some Bubblicious gum during our “They’ve got a great music program, though.”
With his debut single “Rock On” inside the Top 10 and climbing, it looks like taking the risk of not going to college has paid off for the former high school athlete. He has spent the summer on tour with Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser and Cam, and his inaugural headlining trek — the Rock On College Tour — starts Oct. 13 in Champaign, Illinois with Aubrie Sellers. Starting Dec. 3, he will be across the pond for the second time this year for three shows in Dublin, London and Glasgow.
 Additionally, the lyrics on his first six-song EP Fight Like Hell, out Oct. 7, show that the recording artist is a deep thinker, and the rhythmic finger pickin’ throughout the music sticks in the brain upon first listen. He co-wrote all of the songs and played both drums and lead guitar on the collection. Four of the tracks were co-written with his hit-making father, Casey Beathard, who is among the songwriters behind Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” “The Boys of Fall” and Darius Rucker’s “Come Back Song.” While getting to know the younger Beathard on a rare day back home in Nashville, he revealed his first few years touring the country in a 15-passenger van was quite the education.
“We’ve got a shotgun seat [at life] at 3 a.m.,” he said, “trying to keep the bass player awake while he’s driving and just soaking up the big Montana sky. It’s one of the coolest things.”
  What has been your favorite summer memory on tour with Dierks Bentley?
Beathard: It’s always fun because he always brings out people at the end of the show for his closing song “Drunk on a Plane.” Anyone who is backstage is free to run out onstage. It’s always cool.
Recently in Virginia, we got to play paint ball against Navy SEALs. I don’t get starstruck, but SEALs are the exception for me. They are the world’s most bad-ass people. If they heard me saying this they’d be like, “Dude, shut up.” They are the most normal and humble guys.
Did you get creamed?
We actually held our own. It was the Somewhere on a Beach crew against all the SEALs. I think we might have even won all the games we played. One of the SEALs broke his leg. We were in the middle of playing and then we heard somebody screaming. The refs were like, “Everybody stop!” I thought, “What the heck could have possibly happened that’s making one of them scream like that?” He snapped his ankle pretty good. But that same night, he came and rocked out at the show.
Playing 200 dates a year, I’m sure you have no downtime. But what do you like to do? Laundry and Netflix?
Laundry. Definitely. I like playing sports and hanging out with friends.
What guitarists do you love and who do you hope fans will discover listening to your music?
I’ve always loved ‘70s rock, I mean, not just ‘70s rock. But ‘70s rock was so riff-driven like Joe Walsh’s guitar riff on “Life’s Been Good.” That’s such a cool lick. Then I like Kings of Leon a lot. I think their guitar parts are so cool because they’re really simple, but they’re melodic and it’s good.
How do you take care of your mind as a creative person? What feeds you?
Really anything. I don’t necessarily know where my song ideas they come from, but I like reading quotes and poems and stuff like that. You’re just always trying to keep your radar on for something that happens, or a feeling that you felt from a situation. Where ever you get emotion from, jot it down. When you look back for a song, you’d see this idea or this line you had, and it can at least trigger that emotion again and you can write about it. 


Garth Brooks Rocks Ryman Headlining Debut

Premieres New Trisha Yearwood Duet “Whiskey to Wine” 
Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Garth Brooks was met with thunderous applause as he stepped into the spotlight for his headlining debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday (Sept. 9).
Long curtains hung behind his back to hide his longtime band who stood ready and waiting to lay into two hours of live hits and then some at the Mother Church of Country Music. The historic performance was taped for a future television special and served as the first live broadcast on SiriusXM’s new Garth Channel 55.
“Welcome to the Ryman Auditorium,” he said as he greeted a packed congregation of passionate Brooks fans hollering in their pews. “It’s going to be a great night tonight. This is what it’s all about. The thought has been what is going to be the first song that was played tonight. Let me let you inside my head so you can know what I’m thinking.”
That’s when the Country Music Hall of Famer and 2016 CMA entertainer of the year nominee started working the stage like a reverend while he delivered a medley of country classics, including Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning,” Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Randy Travis‘ “I Told You So.”
“I can’t believe I’m going to get to do this in this house,” he said before settling into a breathtaking full-length cover of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Throughout the show, moments like the 10-minute opening number showcased Brooks at his best as he made eye contact with every person in the room while he sang.
If he wanted to, he probably could have called out most of the people in the balcony by name. Including his longtime manager Bob Doyle, all around the aisles of invited guests rocking out were colleagues he has worked with since he first arrived in Music City decades ago. Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Nashville’s Charles Esten were also spotted in the audience, which at times sang louder than the band playing onstage.
The crowd went into a frenzy when the curtain dropped and the familiar opening notes of “Friends in Low Places” on an acoustic guitar rang out in the hall. Then the hits kept coming as he lit into “Rodeo,” “Two of a Kind (Workin’ on a Full House)” and “The River.” The fellowship felt from fan to fan as they sang in unison could be described as nothing short of a religious experience.
“I tell ya what,” he said. “Your voices are sounding fantastic!”
The Ryman felt more and more like home by the time Brooks got to “Two Piña Coladas,” “Unanswered Prayers” and “That Summer.” Sweat started to bleed through his button-down shirt when he wrapped a sinister “Thunder Rolls.”
Next came his favorite part of the show as his band left the stage. “People get ready,” he said, “let’s do a song that includes Ms. Trisha Yearwood.” Looking beautiful in curve-hugging black jeans, ankle boots, a leather jacket and a silver top, his wife and soulmate joined him onstage for their hit duet “In Another’s Eyes.”
“We were talking about the greats that have played here,” he said of his wife, “I’m going to put you in the top five female voices of all time.” Then he asked her to sing “Walkaway Joe,” her breakout ballad about a 17-year-old girl who falls for a guy who was born to be a leaver.
The drama continued as Yearwood stayed onstage for the world premiere of the new duet “Whiskey to Wine,” which is expected on a new album due out this fall. Finishing face-to-face, their vocals melded seamlessly as they sang of a divorced couple who find their love again after meeting at a party.
“Papa Loved Mama,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “The Dance” marked the finale of the Sirius XM broadcast and left the audience in an uproar. The sounds of hands beating on pews thundering throughout the room called Brooks and his band back onstage for an encore starting with “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).”
While the players took another breather, Brooks went one-on-one again with his audience for acoustic performances of “Anonymous,” “Every Time That It Rains” and “In Lonesome Dove,” the latter of which was a request from one of his daughters.
“You can bust your butt all over the world, but if you could only impress your children,” he said, “that’s the only thing that matters.”
Then he brought the house down with the closing barn burners “Longneck Bottle,” “Shameless” and “Standing Outside the Fire.”
There were several standing ovations throughout the night. But the first went to a group of seven U.S. Marines who were met with applause as they took their seats in the balcony 30 minutes before show time. As the sun set on downtown Nashville, a line of fans had wrapped around the block all the way to the Legends honky-tonk on Lower Broadway to get into the show.
Brooks’ World tour with Yearwood picks up with three nights in Anaheim, California, starting Sept. 16. 


Behind-the-Scenes of Nashville With Charles Esten

Deacon Takes Fans Backstage on Facebook Live 
 Nashville started filming its fifth season this week, and #Nashies around the world let out a collective scream of joy.
We’ve started to see a lot of behind-the-scenes action via the show’s new official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, but the die hard fans always want more. Can you blame them?!
 Good thing pleasing the Nashville fans is Charles Esten‘s specialty.
Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, treated fans to three exclusive glimpses into his first days back on set via Facebook live.
In the first video, published on Tuesday (Sept. 6), the actor walked fans around the show’s sound stages while talking about how excited he was to be back. 
 The following day, the Whose Line Is It Anyway? alum brought fans into the hair and makeup trailer and introduced them to Sandy, the woman behind the “Deaconing” that occurs when Esten becomes his character.
 Later on Wednesday, the “This Town Is Ours” singer was joined by fellow cast-mate Clare Bowen, who plays his on-screen niece Scarlett O’Connor. The two are also currently on tour together.
 Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes action from the set of Nashville, and chat with your fellow Nashies using #NashvilleCMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Nashville Season 5 premieres Jan. 5 on CMT


Carrie Underwood’s Tomboy Years

Nine Years of Softball vs. Singing 
 Carrie Underwood played softball for nine years.

Let that sink in a little.

The always-glamorous girly girl everyone knows and loves was a bit of a tomboy before her singing career started to take off.
“We played slow pitch in the summer. I played fast-pitch for a little bit in high school,” she says in a new story from People, “but I ended up having to quit the team because I kept missing practices due to my singing. I think I made the right choice! But I’m so glad I got those years playing.”
She admits that she wishes she could have found the time to play longer.
“Everyone reaches a point in their life where they have to choose,” she said, “like I did, but if things are just kind of hard, that’s another thing that might be in our society now is the urge to quit.”
Underwood added that she wasn’t necessarily an awesome athlete, but that she learned a lot of a lot of life lessons from the sport.
“There was such camaraderie,” she said, “all the lessons we learned — it was great to be able to learn how to win together, learn how to lose together, learn how to support each other and play up each other’s strengths and help each other. It just seemed like a really great thing to be involved in, giving some confidence to young ladies at a really important time in their lives.”
Fast forward a decade or so, and now Underwood says that running around after her toddler Isaiah and running around on stage are her sports. And from the looks of things, that kind of work out is definitely working out.


Loretta Lynn Schedules Surgery After Fall

Postpones Three September Shows 
 Loretta Lynn has postponed three September shows following a fall that affected her Sept. 3 concert at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
A message on her website says her injuries are not serious and she is scheduled to undergo minor surgery. Doctors have advised her to stay off the road until she makes a full recovery.
The dates postponed until further notice are Friday (Sept. 9) in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, Saturday (Sept. 10) in Newell, West Virginia and a set at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, Tennessee on Sept. 17.
Fans are encouraged to visit her website for updates on the rescheduled events. The next shows on her tour schedule are two nights at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas on Sept. 23.
The country legend released her first album in 10 years titled Full Circle on March 4 six weeks before her 84th birthday on April 14. Her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and family friend John Carter Cash produced the 14-song collection, which opens with the first song she ever wrote, “Whispering Sea” and closes with the Willie Nelson duet, “Lay Me Down.”


  • What: Sprint Cup circuit
  • Where: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
  • When: Sep 10, 2016, 7:43 PM
  • Race Length: 300.00

DriverCarQualifying Speed
1 Toyota122.344
2 Chevrolet122.288
3 Toyota122.244
4 Chevrolet122.189
5 Chevrolet122.144
6 Toyota122.045
7 Chevrolet122.045
8 Chevrolet121.638
9 Toyota121.457
10 Chevrolet120.951
11 Chevrolet120.827
12 Ford120.579
13 Toyota122.272
14 Chevrolet122.249
15 Chevrolet122.045
16 Chevrolet122.017
17 Ford121.924
18 Ford121.770
19 Chevrolet121.556
20 Ford121.529
21 Toyota121.310
22 Ford120.654
23 Ford120.401
24 Chevrolet120.321
25 Toyota122.299
26 Chevrolet122.294
27 Chevrolet122.288
28 Ford122.266
29 Chevrolet122.161
30 Chevrolet122.078
31 Ford121.957
32 Ford121.935
33 Chevrolet121.781
34 Chevrolet121.775
35 Ford121.540
36 Chevrolet121.250
37 Chevrolet121.245
38 Chevrolet120.924
39 Toyota120.208
40 Ford120.182
41 Chevrolet119.899

                                                                                                                "Our Cheerleader"


TBT Where Are They Now: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team Edition

Life Beyond the Football Field 
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders holds a roster of not only beautiful women, but also women who parlayed their football fame into careers beyond the field.
Let’s take a look at a handful of throwbacks. Bet you didn’t know Demi Lovato‘s mom was a DCC cheerleader …

  1. Abigail Klein. You may know her from CSI, Transformers: Age of Extinction and That’s My Boy.

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  2. Dianna Hart. She gave birth to one of the most beautiful voices in the world, Demi Lovato.

    Dianna Hart cameo
  3. Jenni Croft. Remember when we all hated Bachelor Brad Womack for dumping her and the other contestant at the end of Season 11?

    Jenni 2002
  4. Jill Marie Jones. She starred in Girlfriends and Sleepy Hollow.

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  5. Kristin Adams (Holt). She was an American Idol Semi-Finalist on Season 1. She also hosted G4’s Cheat and Poker Night on GSN.

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  6. Melissa Rycroft. We all know her from the show, but she was also on The Bachelor and DWTS and was named People Magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful People.

  7. Starr Spangler. She killed it on The Amazing Race and won!

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  8. Haley and Emily Ferguson. These DCC hopefuls went on to look for love on The Bachelor with Ben Higgins and Bachelor in Paradise.

Catch new episodes every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For bonus clips and more, visit and download the CMT App. Join the conversation on the show’s Facebook page and follow @CMT using #DCCMakingTheTeam on Twitter and Instagram.

Broncos prevail in Super Bowl rematch as Cam Newton, Panthers come up short


DENVER — There has only been one game played in this NFL season and already we know so much.
Trevor Siemian is pretty good. Cam Newton is great. C.J. Anderson is a $6 million value.
Peyton Manning, John Elway and Terrell Davis are retired but can still stir a sellout crowd.
The Denver Broncos, behind Siemian’s solid starting debut and Anderson’s nose for the end zone, rallied to defeat Newton and the Carolina Panthers, 21-20, on a warm Thursday night to open the season at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
"It was fun, it was good to play a whole game,'' said  Siemian, who  completed 18 of 26 for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his first "whole" game since his senior season at Northwestern in 2014. "I'm learning, too, still.''
The Broncos had to survive a 50-yard field goal attempt by Carolina’s Graham Gano, whose kick sailed wide left with 4 seconds remaining. Gano had made the 50-yard field goal moments before, but after Broncos coach Gary Kubiak called a time out. When Gano made his first kick, he hit the right upright and it bounced in. After a high snap, he may have overcorrected when he missed left with the kick for keeps.
The Broncos trailed, 17-7, entering the fourth quarter. Two Anderson touchdowns gave Denver the lead. Denver’s defense then had to overcome a questionable hands to the face penalty called on cornerback Chris Harris Jr. that turned a fourth-and-21 incompletion into a fresh set of downs for Netwon.
"All I did was try to jam him — I think he knocked my hand up and I probably grazed his mask when he knocked my hand up," Harris said. "I never grabbed his face mask.''
After reaching the Broncos’ 32, Gano came on for the make-or-break kick. He broke.
"What do they call it, the ball don't lie,'' Harris said, laughing, referring to a basketball term when a player misses a free throw on a foul that shouldn't have been called.
The first game of 2016 was nothing like the final game of the 2015 season. The Broncos were down most of the game largely because they had committed three turnovers to none by the Panthers.

In Super Bowl 50, Carolina was doomed by turnovers and was thwacked by the Broncos, 24-10.
But over the years, no matter how bad the Broncos have looked through three quarters, they always have a chance so long as the game is played at 5,280 feet above sea level and there is a fourth quarter left to play.
Anderson was the offensive hero. His first touchdown was a 25-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass from Siemian. It was the first touchdown pass of Siemian’s career. On the play, Carolina put on a ferocious rush. Once Siemian got it to Anderson, there was little question Carolina's defense was caught.
"I knew it was a big play if I could get it him,'' Siemian said.
Following an interception by Harris that gave his offense the ball at the Carolina 27, Siemian and Anderson combined to finish off the short-field drive. It was Anderson, with a little help from a push by left tackle Russell Okung and pull by fullback Andy Janovich, who converted a fourth down and half-yard situation at the Carolina 1 ½ yard line. Anderson later plunged in from the 1 yard line to give the Broncos their first lead with 9:30 remaining.
Siemian played well for a guy who had never played an NFL game before. He completed 18 of 26 for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions and took two sacks when a more seasoned quarterback might have thrown it away.
Still, against a stout Carolina defense, it was an impressive win.


8:30PM ETNBC --
1:00PM ETFOX ATL -0.5 -- 48.0
1:00PM ETCBS BAL -2.5 -- 44.5
1:00PM ETFOX HOU -5.5 -- 43.5
1:00PM ETFOX GB -3.0 -- 48.0
1:00PM ETCBS KC -3.5 -- 44.5
1:00PM ETFOX NO -0.5 -- 51.5
1:00PM ETCBS CIN -0.5 -- 41.5
1:00PM ETCBS PHI -3.0 -- 41.0
1:00PM ETFOX MIN -2.5 -- 40.0
4:05PM ETCBS SEA -11.5 -- 44.5
4:25PM ETFOX PK 46.0
4:25PM ETFOX IND -2.0 -- 51.0
8:30PM ETNBC ARI -7.5 -- 45.0
7:10PM ETESPN PIT -2.5 -- 50.0
10:20PM ETESPN LA -0.5 -- 42.5


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