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January 2017

02/01/17

Three "Most Romantic" restaurants in South Sound

After more than 10 million restaurant reviews were vetted by restaurant reservation site OpenTable, the results are in, and three of the country’s most romantic restaurants is in the South Sound.

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02/01/17

Oly-Tumwater group to present local business history

Curious about the history of business in Tumwater? Thanks to the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Thursday, Feb. 16 is your lucky day.

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02/01/17

Thurston industrial real estate market strong to end 2016

A recent recap of Thurston County’s industrial market from area real estate firm Kidder Mathews shows an active 2016 in terms of development, which should segue into a positive 2017.

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02/01/17

Seattle-Tacoma among metros with improved jobless rate

The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area was one of more than 200 metro areas across the country where unemployment was lower in December 2016 than in the same month one year prior, according to new numbers released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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01/31/17

Pierce County office market has strong 2016 Q4

According to real estate firm Kidder Mathews, the Pierce County office market closed out 2016 with the strongest quarter in five years, with 160,672 square feet of market absorption during the three-month period.

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01/31/17

Realtors Association shows support of affordable housing legislation

With the home market booming, the Washington Realtors Association has voiced its support of SB 5254 — a measure introduced in this year’s state legislative session to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing due to low housing inventory and a steep increase in homes prices.

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01/31/17

H&M to open at South Hill Mall later this year

International fashion retailer H&M has announced a Puyallup store, set to open at South Hill Mall in fall 2017.

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01/31/17

Boeing to give $95K Goodwill for veteran services

Boeing will present $95,000 to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region at the organization’s JBLM Networking and Hiring Event tomorrow, ensuring that more such events will be held through 2017.

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01/30/17

State AG, businesses challenge Trump immigration order

Count the state’s Attorney General among those hitting the front lines against Donald Trump’s immigration executive order — and he’s got some high-powered business allies.

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01/30/17

Lacey consulting firm adds two new offices

SCJ Alliance is expanding both directions along the I-5 corridor.

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01/30/17

Last chance for state Obamacare sign-up

Only one day remains for Washingtonians to buy 2017 health insurance coverage through the state's Exchange marketplace.

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01/30/17

New bankruptcy judge in Tacoma

A long-time attorney practicing in business law and bankruptcy matters, who graduated from UPS Law School, will begin serving in Tacoma's federal courthouse on Wednesday.

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01/27/17

Milgard nets design distinction for third straight year

Milgard Windows & Doors has been recognized with a Best of Houzz award in the Design category for the third consecutive year — the only window brand on the home remodeling website to do so.

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01/27/17

Tacoma home care firm a 'Leader in Excellence'

Sound Options in Tacoma has been named a Leader In Excellence award winner in the 2017 Best of Home Care awards.

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01/27/17

Federal Way light rail route selected

Light rail to Federal Way is one step closer to reality, as Sound Transit today announced that the route and alignment for the extension has been selected.

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01/27/17

Puyallup's Absher Construction recognized

Puyallup’s Absher Construction Company has been recognized at the ICF Builder Awards for its work at the Pierce County Readiness Center.

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01/26/17

WHA celebrates five years of DineNW radio program

When the then-Washington Restaurant Association first launched the show in September 2011, it was the first restaurant association in the country to host a radio program on a privately owned station.

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01/26/17

Tacoma Art Museum names interim executive director

With Stephanie Stebich departing Tacoma for the Smithsonian, Tacoma Art Museum has announced a succession plan, with Mark Holcomb stepping in as interim executive director.

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01/26/17

Record net income in Q4, 2016 for Columbia Bank

Tacoma-based Columbia Bank has announced a record fourth quarter net income of $30.7 million, one of several superlatives on the bank’s Q4 results report.

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01/26/17

Heritage CEO touts bank's loan growth in 2016 Q4

Heritage Financial Corporation has reported a net income of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter, contributing to a 2016 CEO Brian Vance touted as "an overall positive year of performance."

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01/25/17

Spaceworks-backed startup to host art events

New Tacoma startup Lettuce 253 will be holding a series of live art-making events to showcase the work and skills of local creatives.

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01/25/17

Four of state's biggest truck bottlenecks are in South Sound

The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the 100 most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America, and the South Sound is dubiously well-represented.

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01/24/17

New state GDP estimate released

The government's statistics prove what you see on local streets: the South Sound and Washington state economy continue to grow.

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01/24/17

State senator headed to Trump team

GOP leadership in the state Senate seems assured, even after today's resignation by Sen. Brian Dansel to take a new position with the federal Department of Agriculture.

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01/24/17

2016 closed with more jobs, fewer jobless

South Sound counties and the whole state finished out 2016 with more people working and fewer counted as unemployed, according to a report out today.

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01/24/17

TAM losing its leader to D.C.

Tacoma Art Museum leader Stephanie Stebich will be heading across the country to 'the other Washington' by April to join the Smithsonian institution.

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01/24/17

Chamber recognizes leaders

Local business and community leaders in greater Shelton recognized special examples of volunteerism and engagement at the Chamber's annual meeting.

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01/23/17

Tax filings open today, per IRS

Federal tax collectors and processors began running individual tax returns on schedule, according to an announcement today. And this year's deadlines are later than the normal April 15th date.

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01/23/17

Big income gain for Timberland

Strong loan performance and a slight rise of interest rates combined for a good gain in earnings for Timberland Bancorp to end calendar year 2016.

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01/23/17

More are ‘on the way’

With its regional economy leading the nation in many respects, the South Sound claimed two spots on U-Haul's Top 25 Growth Cities through 2016.

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01/23/17

‘Earn it, Keep it and Grow it’

A new program focused on helping lower income families move forward with jobs, money managing and access to services will kick off in Tacoma on Tuesday.

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01/23/17

Vintage venue, legislative leader honored

The most unique lodging establishment in Lewis County and a local leader in the legislature earned honors from the Chamber of Commerce recently.

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01/20/17

Gig Harbor property tops for 2016

With residential rbrokers reporting a strong market in 2016, one waterfront home in Gig Harbor tops the list for the highest selling price reported in South Sound by Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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01/20/17

Retail sales growth in South Sound

Retail sales continued to climb in the South Sound as the marketplace recovered from the recession. Pierce County shows the 9th-fastest growth rate among the state's 39 counties.

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01/20/17

Ferry crew members honored

Crew members who saved the life of their state ferry captain on Christmas Eve received special awards today, and the stricken co-worker was there to join in presentation.

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01/20/17

New partner in Olympia firm

With one partner serving in the state legislature, an Olympia business has added a new shareholder.

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01/20/17

‘Mature’ residential neighborhoods

Prospective home buyers will likely find continuing tight supply of available properties in this new year, according to analysis by brokers.

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01/19/17

Washington employment ends 2016 strong

Washington’s unemployment rate dropped for the fifth month in a row, hitting a new low of 5.2 percent in December.

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01/19/17

Ground broken for Tacoma cold storage facility

Ground has been broken for Tacoma Automated Coldstore, a Pierce County cold storage facility that, upon completion, will be one of the largest such structures in the country.

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01/19/17

Kent clean tech startup selected for Wells Fargo incubator

Transformative Wave, a Kent company specializing in energy-saving HVAC retrofitting, is among the companies selected by Wells Fargo across the nation to participate in a $10 million clean technology startup program.

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01/19/17

State considers tourism marketing program

Washington is currently the only state in the country without a statewide tourism marketing program, but it may not be for long.

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01/18/17

EPA releases local fines report

Six South Sound businesses are on the list of 67 violators cited by the EPA for third quarter last year. Five of them drew relatively minor fines for compliance infractions.

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01/18/17

Costs of living up slightly

Inflation not much of a worry from 2016 results, as the annual rise in Consumer Price Index as calculated by the federal government was 0.3 percent in December.

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01/18/17

Water partnership group honored

A regional cooperation for managing water supplies serving Central and South Puget Sound communities earned a national award for its work.

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01/18/17

Christmas sales were ‘merry’

Our most recent holiday gift-giving and dining out season increased by twice from the year before, U.S. Census Bureau reports today.

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01/17/17

Thurston First Bank CEO retires

Following the successful merger of his Thurston First Bank into a Tacoma financial institution, CEO Jim Haley has announced his retirement.

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01/17/17

Emergency Food Network adds to leadership

Emergency Food Network in Lakewood has added Michelle Douglas as its new deputy director.

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01/17/17

New executive director at Wesley Homes Lea Hill

Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services has added Greg Byrge as the new executive director for Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn.

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01/17/17

U-Haul adds Puget Sound Motorcycles to roster

U-Haul Company of Washington has added another Lakewood presence with the addition of Puget Sound Motorcycles as a neighborhood dealer.

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01/17/17

Seattle Southside tourism group announces five-year plan

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority has completed its five-year strategic plan, designed to attract more visitors to the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines.

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01/16/17

From SSBiz: January optimism abounds

The beginnings of every new calendar brings forth positive thoughts on what lies ahead, and our Content Manager Arnie Aurellano knows how to stay 'true to course.'

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01/16/17

Building products prices firm at year's end

The costs of construction measured by prices of input products ended 2016 up slightly more than 2 percent, largely due to rising costs for anything petroleum based.

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01/16/17

New leaders for Mason County healthcare

With the new year comes new leadership at many local organizations, like the governing board for Shelton's Public Hospital District No. 1.

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Motel fire this morning in Olympia

01/16/17

Motel fire this morning in Olympia

Two units in one building at an east Olympia motel were damaged this morning by fire of an unknown origin.

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01/16/17

Jobless benefits claims still a slog

Customer service personnel at the state's unemployment benefits agency say progress is being made to get a new online processing system working well.

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01/13/17

Amazon will hire 100k more by 2018

The world's largest retailer will get even bigger in the next year-and-a-half, as Amazon plans to hire 100,000 additional employees over 18 months.

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01/13/17

Absher begins work at Northgate

The latest phase of light rail transit expansion in King County will be built by a South Sound construction firm. Ground-breaking was today at Northgate.

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01/13/17

More honors to UPS

Measuring student success and learning to the test, a new compilation of liberal arts colleges includes Puget Sound in Tacoma at No. 59.

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01/13/17

Group Health sale approved

Healthcare cooperative members will be trading in their cards for new Kaiser credentials soon, following approval today for the sale of Group Health.

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01/13/17

New auto giant coming to Puyallup

The South (and north) Sound will have new competition for used car sales by March, as CarMax opens its two newest dealer lots. Hiring is underway now.

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01/12/17

New industrial building coming to Kent

CenterPoint, an industrial real estate firm based in Oak Brook, Ill., plans to start construction in early February on a 223,800-square-foot industrial building on 11.9 acres of land at 26600 72nd Ave. S. in Kent, providing future tenants with easy access to Highway 167 and 277th Street.

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01/12/17

Tacoma law firm opens new motorcycle division

Tacoma injury law firm Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel has announced the opening of a new division catering specifically to motorcycle law.

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01/12/17

CPTC chooses Loveday as president

The Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees has unanimously chosen to remove the interim tag from the school’s president, Dr. Joyce Loveday.

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01/12/17

New restaurant at Olympia's Governor Hotel

The Governor Hotel in Olympia has a new bar and lounge: The Governor’s Cellar.

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01/11/17

The Hub at Puyallup opens this week

Tacoma's Harmon Brewing will add to its South Sound footprint this week with the opening of its newest Hub Restaurant, located in Puyallup's South Hill.

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01/11/17

Rent keeps climbing in South Sound

Average rents in the South Sound during 2016's fourth quarter climbed $16 to $1,111 per month and $1.29 per foot.

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01/11/17

State tax collections above target

With the state's economy continuing to be strong, tax collections sent to Olympia are trending above their projected rates, according to a report today in the capital.

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01/11/17

Pierce economy still pointed up

Two economists presented positive pictures for the new year both locally and nationally at a Tacoma forecast breakfast today.

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01/10/17

Columbia Bank acquires Pacific Continental

Columbia Bank has announced today its purchase of Eugene, Ore.-based Pacific Continental Bank, a transaction valued at approximately $644.1 million.

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01/10/17

South Sound apartment market continues showing strength

The South Sound apartment market is sustaining its recent robust tenor, with the Pierce-Thurston-Kitsap region outperforming metro Seattle for the third straight quarter.

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01/10/17

People on the Move

The new year is beginning with some significant changes in leadership at organizations associated with the South Sound.

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01/10/17

State health exchange sign-ups soaring

Even as the future of Obamacare is being debated in the nation's capital, Washington state residents in growing numbers are using its framework to buy their health and dental insurance.

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01/09/17

Inaugural ball another showcase for Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College will continue its tradition of participating in the Governor’s Inaugural Ball this year, with the culinary arts program preparing hors d’oeuvres for Wednesday’s event.

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01/09/17

WorkSource Pierce Job Center opens Thursday

A new job center in Pierce County is opening this week, aiming to maintain the county’s recent trend of decreasing unemployment.

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01/09/17

Port of Tacoma unloading largest load of vehicles ever today

The Glovis Composer, a roll-on/roll-off vessel carrying a shipment of 4,818 vehicles, is berthing today at the Port of Tacoma’s Terminal 7, marking the largest single-vessel auto discharge in the facility’s history.

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01/06/17

Tacoma Link ridership up in November

According to recently released numbers from Sound Transit, Tacoma Link ridership increased in November by 6,000 — or 8.4 percent — compared to November 2015.

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01/06/17

Construction industry lost jobs in December

National construction employment declined by 3,000 net jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in December, according to analysis from the Associated Builders and Contractors.

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01/06/17

Columbia Bank winter drive raises more than $200K

Columbia Bank has announced that $209,335.96 and 8,140 items were raised for 54 local homeless shelters across the Northwest during its second annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive.

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01/05/17

Still looking for 250 new hires

With fewer individuals available and qualified to be hired, a South Sound insurance company is holding another job fair next week.

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01/05/17

Dozen years enough for UTC commissioner

One-third of the leadership for state supervision of private utilities and firms engaged in transportation will be replaced early this year.

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01/05/17

Progress in unemployment payments

The introduction of a new on-line process for claiming jobless benefits did not go smoothly, but state officials report the bugs are being worked out.

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01/05/17

Home prices up double digits

Prices for homes listed for sale in Pierce and Thurston counties at the end of 2016 were almost 12 percent higher that comparable listings one year earlier.

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01/05/17

December real estate report familiar

Ever tightening inventory of available homes for sale meant December's real estate activity was about 'more chasing fewer.'

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01/04/17

MultiCare exec appointed to TCC board

Lois Bernstein, chief community executive at MultiCare Health System, has been appointed to the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Jay Inslee.

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01/04/17

PacMtn CEO joins Federal Reserve Bank's Seattle board

Cheryl Fambles, CEO of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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01/04/17

Online labor demand increases in December

Online labor demand in December increased month to month both nationally and in the state of Washington, according to numbers from business research association The Conference Board.

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01/04/17

Construction unemployment rate down in Washington

November construction unemployment rates were down in 38 states — including Washington — on a year-over-year basis.

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01/03/17

Migration study has Washington near top of list

A migration study by national moving company Atlas Van Lines has found that Washington continues to be near the top in the country when it comes to people migrating into the state.

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01/03/17

Tacoma shipyard company expands in Bay Area

Tacoma’s Puglia Engineering, Inc., a ship repair company that currently operates a pair of shipyards in Washington, is adding to its footprint with the acquisition of BAE Systems’ San Francisco Ship Repair business.

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01/03/17

Seattle firm to turn Tacoma's Washington Building into apartments

Seattle real estate investment firm Unico Properties has purchased the Washington Building in downtown Tacoma, with plans to turn the historic structure into apartments.

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