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Arizona man accused of cashing dead mom’s benefits after burying her in backyard

A 97-year-old woman who died in December was buried by her son in her backyard — all because he wanted to keep cashing her monthly benefit checks, Arizona authorities said.

Leonie Shannon’s body was unearthed Wednesday in San Tan Valley pursuant to a search warrant, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Daniel Shannon, 66, was charged with fraud and improper disposal of his mother’s body, the news release said.

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“Our detectives did a great job on this case, and in bringing Mr. Daniels to justice,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “These types of cases are especially troublesome when the crimes involve family members.”

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Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66, (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office )

Detectives were tipped off to the alleged scheme by a person who was concerned the mother hadn’t been seen in some time, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

Shannon initially said the woman wandered off and never returned, but then allegedly admitted she passed away on Dec. 21, according to the station.

MOLDOVAN MAN ACCUSED OF FAKING OWN DEATH FOR $2M INSURANCE PAYOUT PLEADS GUILTY IN MINNESOTA COURT

The sheriff’s office says Shannon decided not to report her death and bury her in the backyard so he could continue to cash the checks she was drawing from Social Security and the Veterans Administration, the station reported.

Shannon allegedly told detectives he needed to keep getting the benefit money in order to help pay for a patent on his invention, the news release said.

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The sheriff’s office offered no information on the invention.

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Arizona man accused of cashing dead mom’s benefits after burying her in backyard

A 97-year-old woman who died in December was buried by her son in her backyard — all because he wanted to keep cashing her monthly benefit checks, Arizona authorities said.

Leonie Shannon’s body was unearthed Wednesday in San Tan Valley pursuant to a search warrant, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Daniel Shannon, 66, was charged with fraud and improper disposal of his mother’s body, the news release said.

MAINE MAN USED UNSUSPECTING FATHER AS GETAWAY DRIVER FOR BANK ROBBERY, POLICE SAY

“Our detectives did a great job on this case, and in bringing Mr. Daniels to justice,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “These types of cases are especially troublesome when the crimes involve family members.”

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Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66, (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office )

Detectives were tipped off to the alleged scheme by a person who was concerned the mother hadn’t been seen in some time, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

Shannon initially said the woman wandered off and never returned, but then allegedly admitted she passed away on Dec. 21, according to the station.

MOLDOVAN MAN ACCUSED OF FAKING OWN DEATH FOR $2M INSURANCE PAYOUT PLEADS GUILTY IN MINNESOTA COURT

The sheriff’s office says Shannon decided not to report her death and bury her in the backyard so he could continue to cash the checks she was drawing from Social Security and the Veterans Administration, the station reported.

Shannon allegedly told detectives he needed to keep getting the benefit money in order to help pay for a patent on his invention, the news release said.

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The sheriff’s office offered no information on the invention.

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Massive 800-pound alligator named ‘Mighty Mike’ arrives at Arizona aquarium

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An 800-pound alligator named “Mighty Mike” is calling an Arizona aquarium his new home, making him what some believe is the largest gator outside Florida.

The 14-foot long reptile arrived at the OdySea Aquarium near Scottsdale on Monday, and he will make his debut to visitors on Friday, according to a post on Instagram from the aquarium.

HUGE 3-LEGGED ALLIGATOR HOBBLES ACROSS FLORIDA GOLF COURSE, APPEARS AT WOMAN’S HOME

Mighty Mike — who was captured in 2000 — will spend a year at the aquarium as an “ambassador” for alligators, teaching visitors about the shrinking habitats of the reptiles, according to AZ Central.

“We want people to be excited to see him,” Dave Peranteau, OdySea’s director of animal care and conservation, told the outlet. “But we also want to raise awareness of the importance of conservation, that animals like Mike will continue to exist only if we take measures that ensure their survival.”

Mighty Mike was transported to OdySea in an 11-foot wooden crate stored in the back of a van with his handler Bruce Shwedick, AZ Central reported. Their 2,200-mile road trip took them five days from the Florida-based alligator farm called Gatorama.

The alligator and Shwedick have traveled thousands of miles to talk about gator conservation at parks, aquariums and zoos, according to the outlet, ever since Shwedick rescued Mike from being euthanized.

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The outlet reported that in 2000, Mighty Mike refused to leave a boat ramp around Lake Talquin near Tallahassee, Fla., so Shwedick decided to adopt the massive reptile. Shwedick eventually went on to co-found the Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida, according to the outlet.

Though they have a long friendship — Shwedick even told AZ Central his voice calms Mighty Mike — the alligator handler knows to stay careful.

“If he were ever to get a grip on my thumb, he could drag me one step at a time, very slowly, underwater. And there would be nothing I could do,” he said.

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Rural border city of Yuma in emergency humanitarian crisis with surge of migrants

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YUMA, Ariz. — A rural border city in Arizona sees no end in sight to the surge of migrants and families crossing the border into their community.

Yuma mayor Douglas Nicholls issued a proclamation of emergency at the border in April, declaring a “humanitarian crisis” that is still affecting the community.

“This is a federal issue,” Nicholls said. “This is not a local issue. So, it needs a federal level response. We’ve had 2,500 people come through our shelter system. In a community of 100,000 people, that’s a large number that comes through a shelter system in a little over a month (April – May 2019). So, with that number, that volume, it’s a national issue. It’s not just Yuma’s issue.”

YUMA, ARIZONA MAYOR DECLARES EMERGENCY OVER MIGRANT SITUATION

It’s put a strain on the Yuma Food Bank, which has turned into a migrant donation center.

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There were four volunteers at the Yuma Food Bank on Wednesday to sort through the donations for the migrants. (Fox News)

“Our primary mission is to get food out into the community,” Shara Whitehead, Yuma Food Bank president and CEO, said. “This other part of it is problematic for us…it has definitely added a different level of stress to us. This time of the year, we’re going into summer and that is a time when there is a higher level of unemployment. So, we have natural, reoccurring issues that occur at this time of the year that put more stress on our food bank to have enough food to be able to provide for those needs. Then you couple that with the humanitarian effort with the migrants and it has just become a very big burden.”

They’ve received around 90,000 pounds worth of clothing, food, hygiene and baby product donations the past two months but with few volunteers to help sort through it all.

OVER 100K ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS APPREHENDED OR TURNED AWAY IN APRIL, CBP REVEALS

“As a rural community we’re looking to try to make sure that we meet all the needs of our community,” Whitehead said. “But, with this we don’t know when this is stopping and it’s almost like it’s another mission statement. We’re hoping that our congressmen can work through this so that it does have an end because it’s hard for us. We can’t keep this up.”

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“This is a federal issue,” Nicholls said. “This is not a local issue. So, it needs a federal level response.” (Fox News)

Maria Ramirez, her sister, niece and niece’s friend were the only volunteers on Wednesday to sort through the donations for the migrants.

“To me, it doesn’t matter who is getting the benefit,” Ramirez said. “As long as it helps someone, that’s all that matters to me. If the community gets some help, too, or the migrants get the help, it doesn’t matter to me, they’re just people.”

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“To me, it doesn’t matter who is getting the benefit,” Ramirez said. “As long as it helps someone, that’s all that matters to me. If the community gets some help, too, or the migrants get the help, it doesn’t matter to me, they’re just people.” (Fox News)

But Whitehead said this has been “highly emotional” with families in the community they’re already serving, as she said they are a community of veterans that need additional resources that the “government can better provide for them.”

“Yes, it could be going to those in need in our community right now but we’re focusing on those that are passing through our community and we want to facilitate that to get them out of here,” Whitehead said.

Terry Wood is an Air Force veteran who has lived in Yuma since 1956. Wood said the situation is getting to be a disaster.

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Terry Wood is an Air Force veteran who’s lived in Yuma since 1956. Wood said the situation is getting to be a disaster. (Fox News)

“Naturally, they (the migrants) need some help,” Wood said. “There’s no doubt about that. And so do some of the veterans. So, you’ve got to take one way or the other. I mean, you can’t do (an) equal amount for each one. You’ve just got to figure out which one needs the most…there’s a lot of people that need help in Yuma and the migrants coming through, something has got to be done about it.”

And because the migrants are on-the-go, it adds to a different kind of issue for Whitehead, as the food they donate to them needs to be mobile, where migrants can eat it without having to cook if travelling to their destination.

So far this fiscal year, there has already been over 40,000 illegal migrant arrests according to Yuma Border Patrol, which is almost double the total of all of the fiscal year 2018. In FY 2018, there were over 26,000 illegal migrant arrests with around 20,000 being families and unaccompanied children. And in comparison, in 2017 there were 12,867 illegal migrant arrests, with around 10,000 of those being families and unaccompanied children.

Yuma Border Patrol agent Jose Gaibay said they need more manpower to deal with the “large influx”. Agent Gaibay said even though they do background checks, they don’t have criminal history in their country of origin so they rely on what the migrants are telling them. They have concerns with some migrants abusing the US immigration system—that they’ve found criminals bringing kids over, hoping to get released into the community.

Agent Gaibay said the problem is getting worse. Their detention centers are over capacity, so for the past month-and-a-half, migrants have been sent to a make-shift shelter at an old Salvation Army thrift store in Yuma. But, at a capacity of 200, they are now over-capacity.

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“…The mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” Salvation Army’s territorial commissioner of the USA western territory, Kenneth G. Hodder, said. (Fox News)

Salvation Army’s territorial commissioner of the USA western territory, Kenneth G. Hodder, said it’s an honor to help. He also said that “at this point, we don’t know how long this will be” and that monetary donations will help them as they are being strained in paying for the cost of transportation for the migrants, food, and utilities and costs for operating the shelter.

“There are lots of issues associated with this crisis but for us, the most significant issue is the people who are involved,” Hodder said. “The ordinary individuals who are simply looking for help…the mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Mayor Nicholls met with President Trump in DC last week and said Trump requested over $4 billion from Congress for humanitarian issues along the border a day after they met.

“The community responds in two different ways,” Nicholls said. “There’s people that want to help. They want to make sure that the humanitarian needs of these people are taken care of. And so they volunteer, they provide resources. The other response is generally people that are concerned, usually not happy with the current immigration system. And so that aggression is understandable. But we look to channel that towards those that can make the decision—the people in Congress.”

That’s been a common theme from those in Yuma—that the nation’s eyes should be on this humanitarian crisis at the border—and that they need help from the government.

“The Democrats and the Republicans have got to come to a compromise but there just doesn’t seem like they want to, especially the Democrats,” Wood said. I don’t know what can be done but something’s got to be done, really. Because you got migrants down there, hundreds, thousands of them and somebody’s got to take care of them…the United States…Mexico doesn’t seem like they care.”

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“We stand here ready to serve,” Whitehead said. “We just need to have our federal government act in a manner that is more towards those that are here in the community, all the time that are in need and not those that are in transit throughout the community,” Whitehead said.

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Poet buys out Phoenix Mercury’s upper level for home opener in hopes of sellout

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A poet is set on helping the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury sellout its home opener later this month.

Christopher Owens, also known as spoken-word poet Truth B. Told, purchased the entire 7,000-seat upper level at the Talking Stick Resort Arena for the team’s season opener May 31 against the Las Vegas Aces. He hopes the arena sells out for the nationally televised game.

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“I was always raised to believe if your dreams don’t scare the s—t out of you, they’re not big enough,” he told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday. “When I had this dream, my heart skipped a couple of beats. I’m literally dedicating this month to selling these tickets. If I do, it’s going to be something memorable.”

Though the Mercury have one of the highest attendances in the league, the newspaper noted they have only sold out one home game.

Owens, a Phoenix transplant, believes the Mercury’s fan base should be larger.

“I first got into women’s sports with Tennessee and Connecticut, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” Owens told the Arizona Republic. “I’ve never understood the disparity [between men’s and women’s basketball attendance], but the tide seems to be turning. I want Phoenix to give the Mercury the sellout they deserve.”

Owens is selling the tickets between $2 and $5 through his company Culture Phx. He’s also looking for sponsors to buy ticket packages.

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The Mercury have won three WNBA titles, but none since 2014. The team’s roster includes the legendary Diana Taurasi, five-time All-Star Brittney Griner and 11-year veteran Essence Carson.

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WATCH: Border Patrol agents perform helicopter rescue of illegal immigrant stranded on Diablo Peak

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U.S. Border Patrol agents were sent to Diablo Peak in California to rescue a stranded illegal immigrant from Mexico who was in need of help on the mountain.

The agency sent a helicopter to look for the man after learning around midnight Tuesday that the man needed help. The name of the injured man hasn’t been disclosed.

ILLEGAL ALIENS RESCUED FROM FREEZING, SNOWY MOUNTAIN BY ARIZONA BORDER PATROL

The man, who appeared to be in the U.S. illegally, reportedly called 911 to report that he got injured and was “unable to walk further,” officials told Tucson, Ariz.’s KVOA television.

It took nearly five hours for the agents to find the man stranded on the mountain, which peaks at 3,848 feet high and takes nearly seven hours to climb.

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According to Arizona newspaper the Sahuarita Sun, after locating the man, the agents determined that he had to be airlifted because of his injuries.

A couple of hours later, the man was in a hospital and was to be processed through the U.S. immigration system, officials said.

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John McCain’s dog drowned after head got stuck in pipe, Cindy McCain says

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John McCain’s dog, who died last month in Arizona, drowned after getting his head stuck in a pipe, the late senator’s wife recently revealed.

Burma, McCain’s beloved sidekick, died on the family’s property near Sedona, Cindy McCain said. When news of the dog’s death was publicized last month, she described it as a “freak” incident.

FLASHBACK: MCCAIN FAMILY SAYS JOHN’S BELOVED DOG PASSED AWAY IN ‘TRAGIC ACCIDENT’

“It’s weird — she had never done this before — she ran into a pipe,” Cindy McCain told The Arizona Republic. “You know, we have a series of ponds on our property … and she ran into the pipe and she got stuck.”

She added that Burma “drowned, and eventually, her body came out the other end of the pipe.”

“It’s devastating. She was John’s dog, period, and so what makes me feel better is I know she’s with him now,” she said of Burma.

Meghan McCain, daughter of the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and current co-host of ABC’s “The View,” wrote on Instagram that the dog “was absolutely and truly devoted to him.”

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“She would never leave his side, followed him around every single step when he would walk around our ranch, slept by his side every night and we always said Chesapeake bay retrievers were the most affectionate breed of dogs,” she continued.

McCain spent the last year of his life with the beloved Chesapeake Bay retriever. He died in August after a battle with brain cancer.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona mom found guilty of starving her 3-year-old son to death and storing his body in a toy chest

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An Arizona mother accused of starving her 3-year-old son to death and storing his body in a toy chest has been found guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse.

Raquel Barreras, 44, of Tuscon, was convicted on Friday, KGUN-TV reported.

According to the media outlet, prosecutors said Barreras and her husband Martin starved their son Roman and didn’t allow anyone to feed him.

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Barreras pleaded guilty to the crime and her lawyer said she was a drug addict who was struggling financially.

In opening statements, her defense pushed back on claims she murdered her son and said Roman was a “medically compromised” child, according to The Mirror.

The Tucson couple was arrested in March 2014 after human remains believed to be those of their son were found in a plastic toy chest in the backyard of a home where the family had been living.

According to Tucson police, the remains were discovered by a landlord who was cleaning the home as the family was in the process of moving out.

It’s believed Roman died sometime between the spring of 2013 and January 2014 and, the Mirror reported, according to an autopsy report, he died from starvation and neglect.

The couple has four other children.

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In 2014, Authorities said that their three youngest children, who were minors, were turned over to Child Protective Services (CPS).

Police said the other children did not appear to have any signs of abuse, but the children reportedly did not attend school regularly.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said the family had previous contact with CPS and the agency had taken the children away before but returned them to the parents.

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(Tucson Police Department)

In fact, The Arizona Department of Child Safety reportedly removed Roman and three of his older siblings from his parents after his birth in July 2010 due to drug exposure.

However, a year later, Roman was back with his father, who has also been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled for trial in August.

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Barreras is expected to be sentenced on July 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Assistant claimed Arizona hoops coach Sean Miller ‘bought’ star player for $10G per month

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An assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona told a recruiter for a professional sports agent in June 2017 that Wildcats head coach Sean Miller had “bought” the services of star center Deandre Ayton for $10,000 per month.

The phone call was recorded by investigators and was played in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday during the bribery trial of the recruiter, Christian Dawkins, and another man, former amateur coach Mel Corde. Both men are accused of funneling money from apparel giant Adidas to the families of prominent recruits to get them to attend colleges sponsored by the company.

Yahoo Sports said Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson and Dawkins were discussing the possibility of recruiting Ayton to sign with Dawkins’ sports management firm when Richardson asked, “You know what he [Miller] bought per month?” When Dawkins indicated he didn’t know, Richardson answered, “I told you, 10.”

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Sean Miller has coached Arizona men’s basketball since 2009 (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

“He’s putting up some real money for them [expletive deleted],” Dawkins responded.

Miller, who led the men’s hoops program at Xavier University for five seasons before becoming head coach at Arizona in 2009, has denied violating any NCAA rules. He and LSU head coach Will Wade had been subpoenaed to testify in the ongoing trial, but U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled last month that the pair were not relevant to the bribery case against Dawkins and Corde.

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Deandre Ayton was drafted by the Suns with the first overall pick in 2018 (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

A spokesman for the Arizona men’s basketball program did not immediately return requests for comment.

In February 2017, Miller received a contract extension that pays him a base salary of roughly $2.6 million per year.

Ayton played for one season at Arizona, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats finished the year with a record of 27-8 and were knocked out of the 2018 NCAA tourney in the first round by Buffalo. The following June, the Phoenix Suns tapped Ayton with the first overall pick in the NBA draft.

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Richardson is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty in January to a charge of bribery conspiracy. Prosecutors said Richardson accepted $20,000 from agents in exchange for convincing players he coached to hire those agents to represent them. Three other former college basketball assistants have pleaded guilty to similar charges: Chuck Person at Auburn University; Tony Bland at USC; and Lamont Evans, who coached at South Carolina and Oklahoma State.

For his part, Dawkins has denied allegations that he paid a $2,500 bribe to Evans, claiming that the money was meant to pay expenses for the family of South Carolina basketball player P.J. Dozier. Dawkins has argued that it wouldn’t make sense to bribe coaches because they don’t have enough influence over players’ business decisions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mother says daughter was bitten more than 25 times at Arizona daycare

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An Arizona mother is demanding answers after she said her 15-month-old daughter came home from a daycare facility with multiple bite marks on her body.

Alice Martin says her daughter was fussier than usual after a day at Tucson’s Creative Beginnings Preschool about two months ago.

When Martin went to give her a bath later, she noticed the child’s back and shoulders were covered with what appeared to be bite marks.

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“At first, I was like, ‘Are those really bite marks?’” Martin told KOLD News 13. “And then, my brain kinda stopped thinking and I started crying. There’s over 25-plus, it’s hard to tell. 25 would be the minimum that the police officer and I discussed.”

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The Arizona Department of Health Services released a statement to Fox News: “The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is investigating the incident at Creative Beginnings Daycare and working with law enforcement. The investigation is not completed and ADHS cannot comment on pending investigations.”

Martin told KOLD News 13 she is worried that if no action is taken, then what happened to her daughter could happen to another child.

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“It’s been two months with, as far as I know, no repercussions, and there’s very unlikely to be any for the daycare,” Martin said.

Creative Beginnings Preschool declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.

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