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December 2016

12/30/16

Unemployment benefits website gets facelift

The Employment Security Department is launching new online services for unemployment claimants and employers on Jan. 3.

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12/30/16

Nisqually Tribe to give $841K in funding

More than 100 area agencies and organizations will receive $841,000 in funding from the 2017 Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable and Local Government Program.

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12/30/16

Sustainable design milestone for REI warehouse

Continuing the Kent-based co-op’s commitment to sustainable operations, REI’s newest distribution center is the first distribution center in the United States to both achieve LEED Platinum certification and be a net zero energy building.

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12/29/16

Jobless rates mostly down in November

Thurston County bucked the larger trend toward lower unemployment in November 2016 than the same month one year earlier.

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12/29/16

Non-profits gain wheels from IT

Getting a "second run around the track," former Vanpool vehicles are being awarded to nonprofit groups in Thurston County to keep their programs rolling.

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12/29/16

Higher wages coming next week

Thanks to Washington voters, the lowest paid workers in the state will be earning a bit more in the new year.

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12/29/16

Insurance professional recognized

An insurance agency operator in Lacey and Yelm has been honored by Thurston County's real estate networking group with its annual award.

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12/29/16

Health insurance fraud brings lock-up

Fraudulent use of employer-paid health insurance coverage has brought jail time to a South Sound postal worker.

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12/28/16

Funding for 19 Tacoma arts projects

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $50,000 of funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2017 public outreach projects.

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12/28/16

US, Global inhabitants growing

Thanks to more births than deaths over a given time period, the American population is growing by less than 1 percent a year. Add in a net international migration to the U.S., however, and it means an ever-growing number of Americans.

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12/28/16

Group Health sale moves toward decision

Within a month, there likely will be a decision from state regulators over the proposed purchase of Group Health Cooperative by a California operator. A final hearing will be held next week.

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12/28/16

Continuing strength seen for ’17 homes

Real estate brokers in the South Sound and nearby communities are predicting a continuing strong market for home sellers and many eager buyers going into the new year.

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12/27/16

U.S. consumers could end year with $80 million in credit card debt

After an expensive holiday shopping season, U.S. consumers are expected to end 2016 with $80 billion more credit card debt than they started with, according to the most recent study from financial analytics site WalletHub.

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12/27/16

Top score earned by FW facility

State inspectors could find no substantial problems, when they conducted a recent visit to Federal Way and Village Green Retirement campus.

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12/27/16

Olympia brewery coming to Pt. Ruston

A longtime Olympia mini-brewery will open a location this summer alongside Commencement Bay at Point Ruston.

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12/27/16

Top financials for local PUD

Financial reporting acumen at Shelton public utility district is again award-winning, according to an association of government accounting professionals.

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12/23/16

Holiday weekend schedules

Happy Holidays ! is the seasonal greeting, with much of the region's business world and government offices closing today until next Tuesday.

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12/23/16

Award-winning customer service by state

A contingent of state tax service agents in South King County has earned selection as the best field office in the Washington Department of Revenue.

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12/23/16

Personal income trend in Q3

Measuring yearly gains in Personal Income for Washingtonians brings encouraging results, according to federal statistics released today.

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12/23/16

Bank of the Pacific corp. raises dividend

A strong financial performance in the past fiscal year has prompted directors of the parent to Bank of the Pacific to raise its cash dividend.

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12/23/16

Today is deadline for Jan. 1 insurance

'There is no tomorrow' for health insurance coverage that will cover you on New Year's Day 2017. The state marketplace Exchange notes that tonight at midnight is your last chance to find a plan to be effective January 1st.

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12/22/16

More accounting recognition for Metro Parks Tacoma

A nonprofit professional association of government finance professionals has again awarded Metro Parks Tacoma its certificate of excellence in financial reporting.

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12/22/16

Sound Transit inks loan agreement for light rail

Sound Transit and the U.S. Department of Transportation today executed a $1.99 billion credit agreement under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, spanning four light rail projects including the link extension from SeaTac to Federal Way.

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12/22/16

Overstock.com call center to add 150 jobs to Satsop

Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners have approved the lease of the Flex Tech building at Satsop Business Park to e-retailer Overstock.com, a move set to bring 150 jobs to the area by spring 2017.

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12/21/16

Lincoln District revitalization to begin in March

The City of Tacoma has gone out to bid for Phase 1 of the Lincoln District Revitalization Project, which will include work on streetscape improvements and underground utilities.

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12/21/16

Ramp construction for new Tacoma hotel in January

Work to prepare the property for the new Greater Tacoma Convention Center hotel is now scheduled to begin in January.

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12/21/16

Local businessman, others to be honored by St. Martin’s

Graduates of Saint Martin's University and its associated high school are being honored as Distinguished Alumni early next year. Included are a prominent Tumwater civic and business leader, along with Federal Way's Chief of Police.

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12/21/16

Shelton utility ex-HQ to mental health

A former utility district admin building in Shelton will become a treatment center for mental health and substance abuse.

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12/21/16

WA biz climate report card slips

Washington's business climate isn't a lot worse now than it was a year ago, but other states are doing more to improve their situation, so the leading state in the region is slipping in comparison to the other 49 in the nation.

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12/20/16

Five WA metros among top November housing markets

Washington housing markets continue to dominate the top of real estate valuation firm Pro Teck’s strongest statistical areas for residential real estate.

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12/20/16

Medical imaging firms complete merger

A pair of Tacoma-based medical imaging providers, TRA Medical Imaging and Medical Imaging Northwest, have announced today that the merger between the two companies is complete.

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12/20/16

National advocacy post for Lacey deputy mayor

Lacey Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt can add another title to her nameplate: vice chair of the National League of Cities’ 2017 Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources federal advocacy committee.

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12/20/16

November jobless rates flat year over year

Washington state’s Employment Security Department released county employment data today, with minimal year-over-year movement in unemployment rates in the South Sound.

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12/19/16

SCORE: Small business banking challenges

The average small business in American earns only $7 profit per day. It is evident that financing a small business remains a challenge for many entrepreneurs and smaller banks are the more likely source of needed capital and operating loans, according to a SCORE study.

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12/19/16

Medical waste handling fine settled

A processor medical wastes located in Morton has agreed to pay $14,400 to settle a state enforcement fine and contribute to support training videos for hospital staffs, pharmacies, veterinarians, and other medical professionals.

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12/19/16

Bank, THA student savings efforts honored

A local community bank is partnering with family housing providers to create a program where children can learn the habit of saving for their future.

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12/19/16

Tacoma government payables to cloud

Technology tools often promise efficiencies, after the learning cycle is complete, and companies that sell to or contract with City of Tacoma will have a new access route beginning now and into the new year.

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12/19/16

Forest fun brings cash to hospital mission

A traditional holiday season fund-raiser in the Capital City area brought more than half a million to support hospital charity care and missions.

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12/16/16

South Sound upgrades among Sound Transit changes

Sound Transit’s board of directors today approved a number of service changes for 2017, including longer buses to its busiest routes in Pierce County.

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12/16/16

Federal Way exec named to Humana regional leadership

National insurance firm Humana Inc. has promoted Catherine Field, based out of its Federal Way office, to president and Intermountain Region market leader for senior products.

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12/16/16

University of Puget Sound a 'Best College Value'

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named University of Puget Sound among the nation’s Top 300 Best College Values.

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12/16/16

Kent invests in commerce, parks in 2017-18

Over the coming year, City of Kent will be spending on commercial corridor and city parks, according to the biennial budget approved by the city council.

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12/15/16

Washington Healthplanfinder sign-ups increase

Since the start of open enrollment on Nov. 1, more than 160,000 individuals and families have already signed up for qualified health plans through Washington Healthplanfinder.

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12/15/16

Muckleshoot first casino to add virtual reality

Muckleshoot Casino has bet on the next trend in entertainment technology.

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12/15/16

Tacoma Community College president resigns

Tacoma Community College President Sheila Ruhland has resigned, effective Jan. 13, 2017.

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12/15/16

FW council: No moratorium on development at Weyerhaueser

The Federal Way City Council voted down a potential moratorium on development at the former Weyerhaeuser campus after a closed-door meeting on Wednesday evening.

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12/14/16

Inslee’s state budget would hit biz

Higher taxes on one of the largest segments of businesses in Washington, and on investors and manufacturers are the source of increased spending proposed by Governor Inslee over the next two years.

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12/14/16

Median Household Income data by county

While enjoying a robust jobs market, portions of the South Sound are still falling behind in household income estimates, according to data from the government.

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12/14/16

Starter home affordability sees big decline in Tacoma

Much has already been made of the housing market of late, and today, real estate listing site Trulia revealed another tidbit: Tacoma has seen the nation’s largest decrease in starter home affordability in the last year.

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12/14/16

Small biz owners see bright future

With their belief that a new president will bring better times to the U.S. economy, small business owners reported dramatically higher optimism rates after the election of Donald Trump, according to a new survey.

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12/14/16

More jobs in Nov. bring lower jobless rate

The November unemployment rate in Washington hit the lowest point since June 2008 -- before the Great Recession started.

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12/13/16

MetroParks names Sylvia executive director

MetroParks Tacoma’s board of commissioners has voted to remove the interim tag from Executive Director Shon Sylvia, making his appointment to the post permanent effective Jan. 1.

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12/13/16

H&L in Lakewood begins construction on retail addition

Construction has begun at Lakewood’s H&L Produce, with the expansion to nearly double the store’s current space.

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12/13/16

Sound Transit bond sale to help fund light rail extensions

Sound Transit has executed the sale of $477 million in green bonds to help fund regional transit projects, including work to continue building more than 90 miles of voter-approved light rail extensions.

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12/13/16

2017 to be fastest real estate market ever?

If you thought 2016’s housing market was something, just wait until next year.

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12/12/16

Multicare's acquisition of Immediate Clinic finalized

MultiCare’s acquisition of Immediate Clinic Seattle closed yesterday, making the urgent care network officially part of the Tacoma-based health system.

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12/12/16

Concerns about growth of commercial, industrial construction

The consumer-led recovery should still fuel growth in construction spending and employment next year, though industry observers are not optimistic about the rate of that growth.

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12/12/16

Nancy LeMay to be honored with statewide award

Philanthropist Nancy LeMay will be honored as the Association of Washington Generals’ Washingtonian of the Year in an Olympia ceremony tomorrow.

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12/09/16

Tacoma city manager gets Dallas post

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax is headed back to the Lone Star State.

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12/09/16

Former military personnel in demand

A great resource to the region is quality potential employees as they complete their military service and leave their uniforms behind at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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12/09/16

State among least affordable for child care (again)

Washington, again, is among the least affordable states for child care in the United States.

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12/09/16

Lacey mayor has a new nat’l role

Pacific Northwest cities will have a representative on their national association's leadership council.

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12/09/16

Tacoma incubator looking for a home

A highly visible small business incubator in Tacoma is looking for a new home after being forced to sell its building, after being unable to qualify for refinancing of its mortgage.

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12/08/16

Best Western tabs former Tacoman Bichsel to head board

Former Tacoman Terry Bichsel has been elected board chair for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

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12/08/16

Former Simpson mill property to become warehouse complex

The site of the former Simpson sawmill in Tacoma finally sold after sitting on the market for 18 months, with the new owner planning a warehouse complex on the property.

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12/08/16

Conerly: Uncertainty, but expanding economy persists

Keynote speaker at the 5 County Regional Economic Forecast event today was noted regional economic forecaster Bill Conerly, Ph.D., and he predicted an expanding economy in 2017, with some uncertainty.

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12/08/16

Annual EDC forum brings five counties together

More than 350 South Sound business and community leaders joined in discussions today at Little Creek Conference Center for the annual 5 Counties EDC forum.

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12/07/16

Pierce among national Q2 leaders in employment gains

From June 2015 to June 2016, employment increased in the three South Sound counties monitored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency reported today.

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12/07/16

Avamere opens newest transitional care facility

The Avamere Family of Companies is celebrating a new addition today with the grand opening of its newest facility, Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound.

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12/07/16

St. Joseph, nurses reach settlement on rest breaks

The Washington State Nurses Association and CHI Franciscan Health System have reached a settlement concerning meal and rest breaks, with the Tacoma-based health care company agreeing to provide $5 million in back pay to nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center.

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12/07/16

Graham excavating company fined by UTC

Multiple violations of Washington’s “call before you dig” law have a Pierce County excavator digging itself out of a financial hole.

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12/06/16

Olympia's Manning to head Puget Sound Partnership

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Jay Manning as chair of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council.

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12/06/16

New president for Tacoma's General Plastics

Tacoma-based General Plastics Manufacturing Company has marked its recent 75th anniversary with the announcement of a new president: Mitchell Johnson, who has been with the company since 2008.

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12/06/16

Sumner company (again) settles fine for vinegar spill

A Sumner food company has settled a fine with the Washington Department of Ecology for an incident that spilled 10,000 gallons of vinegar into the White River.

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12/06/16

Russell: Concerns about trade protectionism, untested "Trumponomics"

A new global market outlook, released from Seattle’s Russell Investments today, anticipates a challenging investment environment in 2017.

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12/06/16

Tacoma's new Cheesecake Factory open today

The Cheesecake Factory — Tacoma Mall’s newest anchor restaurant — opened today, just in time to accommodate diners packing the shopping complex during the busy holiday season.

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12/05/16

Former Pierce Transit exec Griffith to retire from ferry system

Former Pierce Transit chief executive Lynne Griffith, who has helmed Washington State Ferries since 2014, has announced she will retire from public service at the end of January.

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12/05/16

REI, Weyerhaeuser rated in HRC equality study

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation today released its 2017 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation. Twenty-three firms in Washington were evaluated, with two having South Sound ties.

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12/05/16

Tacoma, Goodwill, CPTC, EPA partner for training

The City of Tacoma, Clover Park Technical College and Goodwill are partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grant-funded training opportunities in 2017 and 2018.

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12/05/16

Housing market braces for activity, competition

Pending sales of homes hit an all-time high for the month of November, according to the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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12/05/16

From SSBiz: Is Facebook Canvas right for you?

Facebook has a new tool to help your business create attractive ads including video and pictures. If you have the time, while managing your business, you can do-it-yourself, and a marketing expert gives you some tips.

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12/02/16

Auburn to get two affordable housing complexes

Two complexes of affordable housing will be built in Auburn, with an assist from KeyBank’s Community Development Lending & Investing group.

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12/02/16

Bekins Northwest moving north to Pierce County

Bekins Northwest is moving, but not out of the South Sound.

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12/02/16

New home model is ‘award-winner’

A news homes community in Gig Harbor is now offering an award-winning deign in the 2,400 to 2,999 square feet size called an "entry-level" offering by Quadrant Homes.

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12/02/16

From SSBiz: ‘Age in Place’ market

A newly discovered area of residential real estate sales and development addresses some unique desires of senior residents, who may not wish to sell their "family home."

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12/01/16

Construction spending firm

Building activity across the nation continued through October on pace with September, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.

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12/01/16

State clarifies minimum wage rising in 2017

Washington state's wage-hour enforcement agency today reiterated that all adult workers must receive at least $11 per hour beginning January 1st. Mandatory sick leave does not take effect until the following year.

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12/01/16

Health insurance Exchange is ‘good’

An independent study has judged Washington's Health Insurance Exchange to be functioning well for the Individual coverage market.

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12/01/16

Texas firm will build PSE's Tacoma LNG

Puget Sound Energy has selected a Texas-based company to build its Tacoma LNG storage and fueling terminal.

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12/01/16

Two CHI Franciscan hospitals recognized

Two of CHI Franciscan’s hospitals have been named 2016-17 Consumer Choice Award winners by National Research Corporation.

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