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Cook-County-public-health-chief-fired

  Cook County public health chief fired

Dr. Terry Mason—Cook County's public health chief, and a key player in the coordination of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic—has been fired, The Chicago Tribune reported. "[April 3] … will be Dr. Terry Mason's last ...


Lakeview-Pantry-local-groups-address-COVID-19-restaurant-layoffs-hunger

  Lakeview Pantry, local groups address COVID-19 restaurant layoffs, hunger

CHICAGO — April 3, 2020 — Lakeview Pantry, Chicago's largest food pantry, has partnered with the Lavin Family Foundation and Cubs Charities to address food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. #FeeditForward, created by ...


No-word-yet-on-Chicago-Pride-Parade-global-online-celebration-planned

  No word yet on Chicago Pride Parade, "global" online celebration planned

As city officials and others craft an effective response to the coronavirus pandemic, decisions about various LGBT Pride events in June still loom. Whichever decisions City officials and event organizers reach will have serious implications, both ...


Democratic-National-Convention-now-in-August

  Democratic National Convention now in August

In a letter to the media, The Democratic National Convention (DNC) media logistics team announced that the 2020 event will be held the week of Aug. 17 in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus pandemic. The DNC ...


All-in-Illinois-launched-to-reinforce-message-to-stay-home

  'All in Illinois' launched to reinforce message to stay home

Gov. JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort April 2 called "All in Illinois" to reinforce the state's core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: Stay at home and stay safe. All in Illinois ...


FDA-loosens-restrictions-on-gay-men-who-donate-blood

  FDA loosens restrictions on gay men who donate blood

On April 2, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would loosen some of the restrictions that have blocked gay men from donating blood, ABC News reported. The FDA is changing the recommended deferral period ...


Open-Letter-to-Cook-County-on-COVID-19-Cook-County-jail-decarceration

  Open Letter to Cook County on COVID-19, Cook County jail decarceration

UPDATE Correction: A previous version of this message was sent out in error without including the Chicago Community Bond Fund, a primary author of the letter. Across the world, the impact of the coronavirus and ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Bradshaw-Wish-Yoga-in-the-age-of-COVID-19-

  IN THE LIFE Bradshaw Wish: Yoga in the age of COVID-19

Bradshaw Wish is a yoga instructor with quite a following. However, dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for everyone, including those involved in the health/fitness/wellness field. When asked how the social-distancing guidelines ( which ...


Gay-sign-language-interpreter-on-press-conferences-LGBTQs

  Gay sign-language interpreter on press conferences, LGBTQs

As a child, Michael Spencer Albert never knew how important his hands would be one day as an interpreter for the deaf community. He was born in Edgewater Hospital and grew up in Skokie. In college, ...


Advocates-LGBTQs-face-additional-complications-in-pandemic

  Advocates: LGBTQs face additional complications in pandemic

Members of the LGBT community face additional healthcare challenges as they contend with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, according to national LGBTQ-health advocates and officials speaking in a March 25 webinar. Those challenges are especially pronounced for ...


Windy-City-Times-April-1-2020-issue-now-in-news-boxes-and-open-locations

  Windy City Times April 1, 2020 issue now in news boxes and open locations

Windy City Times statement: Windy City Times is distributing this edition via our wonderful delivery crew, but only to open locations around the city, and our boxes. It is also available as a PDF download on ...


International-Prides-coming-together-for-June-27-event-amid-COVID-19-cancellations

  International Prides coming together for June 27 event amid COVID-19 cancellations

Pride organizations around the world have come together to organize a "Global Pride" event on Saturday, June 27, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations that have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 ...


About-Face-Theatres-Wonka-Ball-and-Laced-production-postponed-

  About Face Theatre's Wonka Ball and Laced production postponed

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CHICAGO ( April 1, 2020 )— About Face Theatre today announced the postponement of its annual benefit gala and its planned production of LACED, which was set to begin performances on May 13. WONKA BALL: SILVER ...


Over-65M-LGBT-adults-to-get-1200-payout-under-coronavirus-stimulus-bill

  Over 6.5M LGBT adults to get $1,200 payout under coronavirus stimulus bill

More than 6.4 million single LGBT adults and 324,000 same-sex couples will receive the full direct payout under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ( CARES Act ), according to a new analysis by ...


WORLD-Singapore-ruling-athlete-comes-out-Canadian-gym-owner-UK-Black-Pride

  WORLD Singapore ruling, athlete comes out, Canadian gym owner, UK Black Pride

Singapore's highest court upheld a law that criminalizes sex between men, dismissing three separate appeals that argued that the legislation was unconstitutional, Reuters reported. The ruling came after challenges last year to the colonial-era gay sex ...


Restaurants-COVID-19-responses-tips-and-developments

  Restaurants: COVID-19 responses, tips and developments

With Illinois pretty much under lockdown through at least April 30, restaurants are doing what they can to help others—but it's also about people supporting culinary spots as well: —James Beard Award-winning Prairie Grass Chef Sarah ...


Brave-Space-Alliance-Trans-Liberation-Collective-begin-COVID-19-Trans-Relief-Fund

  Brave Space Alliance, Trans Liberation Collective begin COVID-19 Trans Relief Fund

CHICAGO — On the International Trans Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to the celebration and liberation of the trans community worldwide, two of Chicago's leading trans organizations have collaborated to announce a Trans Relief Fund ...


Courts-stand-up-for-womens-reproductive-rights-during-Coronavirus-Pandemic

  Courts stand up for women's reproductive rights during Coronavirus Pandemic

Multistate coalition formed to ensure abortion remains "Essential" service

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after a federal judge ensured that women in the State of Texas and those all over the country can continue to access ...


Pritzker-extends-states-stay-at-home-order-through-April-30

  Pritzker extends state's stay-at-home order through April 30

Building on the state's efforts to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois and following consultation with experts in Illinois and across the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a 30-day ...


COVID-19-Agencies-offering-services-resources-during-pandemic

  COVID-19 Agencies offering services, resources during pandemic

AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted have partnered on a helpline for persons with HIV/AIDS who need assistance with rent and/or utilities. Call 844-HUB-4040. Brave Space Alliance ( BSA ) announced March 15 that ...


Most-Cook-County-cases-postponed-video-appearances-ordered

  Most Cook County cases postponed; video appearances ordered

Citing COVID-19-related concerns, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County through Monday, May 18. The order also expands ...


COVID-19-Forest-preserves-being-monitored-for-overcrowding

  COVID-19 Forest preserves being monitored for overcrowding

The Forest Preserves of Cook County remain open, but specific locations have been closed that do not allow visitors to follow social distancing and other public health guidelines for COVID-19. At a March 29 press conference ...


COVID-19-closed-churches-and-LGBTQ-Catholics

  COVID-19, closed churches and LGBTQ Catholics

BY FRANCIS DEBERNARDO

Is anyone anywhere around the globe thinking about anything other than COVID-19, the coronavirus that has paralyzed almost all human activity? I imagine that very few are. The cloud of the virus hangs over everything from ...


COVID-19-AFC-gala-moved-to-Nov-21

  COVID-19 AFC gala moved to Nov. 21

Because of coronavirus-related concerns, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is postponing its 35th-anniversary gala until Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 6-11 p.m. In a statement, AFC President/CEO John ...


Chicagoan-alleges-anti-trans-bias-against-Orangetheory-location

  Chicagoan alleges anti-trans bias against Orangetheory location

Following two years of repeated requests to address alleged anti-trans discrimination at Orangetheory Fitness Chicago-Edgewater, non-binary Chicagoan Jes Scheinpflug posted about their experiences on their blog to raise awareness about the issue. However, the company has ...


International-AIDS-Conference-to-go-digital

  International AIDS Conference to go digital

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference ( AIDS 2020 ), to be held July 6-10, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. An announcement from AIDS 2020 International ...


Pride-at-Work-on-COVID-19-working-people-AAPIs

  Pride at Work on COVID-19, working people, AAPIs

Statement from Pride at Work: We know this is a very concerning time for everyone right now, and we are reaching out to provide important information pertinent to LGBTQ workers. Many of you are on the ...


Coalition-of-states-fighting-Texas-on-blocking-abortions-during-pandemic

  Coalition of states fighting Texas on blocking abortions during pandemic

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that she will be building and leading a multistate coalition of attorneys general from around the country to ensure women nationwide can continue to have ...


Fundraisers-online-for-workers-sidelined-by-Chicago-bar-closings

  Fundraisers online for workers sidelined by Chicago bar closings

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker has ordered the closing of all bars and restaurants for dine-in business through April 7, 2020. This is a necessary action to stem to transmission of ...


COVID-19-Ramirez-Rosa-urges-undocumented-locals-to-apply-for-housing-help

  COVID-19 Ramirez-Rosa urges undocumented locals to apply for housing help

Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ) issued a press release urging undocumented Chicagoans to apply for the city's COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant. The grant, announced March 27 by the Department of Housing and Mayor ...


COVID-19-LGBT-Chicagoans-weather-pandemics-economic-storm

  COVID-19: LGBT Chicagoans weather pandemic's economic storm

Millions of U.S. residents will face uncertain financial futures as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. Nearly 3.3 million people filed new unemployment claims the week of March 23, while economic activity has ground to a virtual halt ...


COVID-19-Chicago-lakefront-trails-closed-to-public

  COVID-19 Chicago lakefront, trails closed to public

Chicago aldermen have noted to their constituents that their access to public places has been curtailed. Starting March 26, all of Chicago's lakefront with its adjoining parks will be closed to the public until further notice. ...


Raven-Theatre-postpones-world-premiere-of-Eden-Prairie-1971-due-to-COVID-19

  Raven Theatre postpones world premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971 due to COVID-19

CHICAGO ( March 25, 2020 ) — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven Theatre today announced it will postpone its upcoming world premiere of Mat Smart's Eden Prairie, 1971, directed by Henry Wishcamper, originally scheduled ...


COVID-19-Quigley-Larsen-urge-FDA-to-allow-healthy-gay-bi-men-to-donate-blood

  COVID-19 Quigley, Larsen urge FDA to allow healthy gay, bi men to donate blood

U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ) and Rick Larsen ( D-Washington ) urged the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to overturn the FDA's guidance on blood donation by men who have sex with ...


Federal-REAL-ID-deadline-extended-to-Oct-1-2021

  Federal REAL ID deadline extended to Oct. 1, 2021

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) has extended the federal REAL ID deadline an additional year to Oct. 1, 2021. DHS cited the COVID-19 pandemic ...


Gay-ex-NBA-player-Jason-Collins-tests-positive-for-coronavirus

  Gay ex-NBA player Jason Collins tests positive for coronavirus

Jason Collins—a former NBA player who became, in 2014, the first openly gay player to play in the league—said that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, USA Today noted. "I believe I got it while ...


AFC-head-details-coronavirus-response-

  AFC head details coronavirus response

AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is among the Chicago agencies that have mobilized an aggressive response to the coronavirus crisis. AFC President and CEO John Peller, who has led the agency since 2014, discussed ...


Broadway-in-Chicago-updates-changes-in-show-schedules

  Broadway in Chicago updates changes in show schedules

(Chicago, March 24, 2020) The safety and health of our patrons, staff and theatrical companies is our top priority. In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) here is an update of the shows that are ...


Police-fire-officials-joint-Dept-Public-Health-work-to-protect-first-responder

  Police, fire officials joint Dept. Public Health work to protect first responder

CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck and Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Richard Ford II today joined Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady to announce the latest efforts to keep ...


Poisoned-A-Snow-White-Rock-Musical-postponed

  Poisoned: A Snow White Rock Musical postponed

Statement from Michael Galloway of Pan's Flute Productions: In an effort to do our part in mitigating the spread of Covid-19, we made the hardest, and yet the best, decision to postpone our Production of Poisoned: ...


Cook-County-distributes-masks-gloves-to-area-first-responders

  Cook County distributes masks, gloves to area first responders

As area first responders experience a shortage of potentially life-saving coronavirus supplies, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security ( EMRS ) distributed more than 33,600 ...


Gov-Pritzker-announces-statewide-stay-at-home-order-for-COVID-19-containment

  Gov. Pritzker announces statewide stay at home order for COVID-19 containment

Chicago — Following the advice of leading public health experts around the globe, Governor JB Pritzker announced today has signed a statewide stay at home order, aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing ...


Vital-Bridges-resumes-food-deliveries

  Vital Bridges resumes food deliveries

Vital Bridges, which had delivered meals to Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS but ceased deliveries last year, resumed those deliveries March 21, according to activist Lori Cannon, who is program coordinator at the Vital Bridges North Side ...


Chief-judge-weighs-in-on-bail-reviews-during-COVID-19-epidemic

  Chief judge weighs in on bail reviews during COVID-19 epidemic

The Circuit Court of Cook County, under the direction of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, has taken a series of actions since March 13 to ensure that the court operates to hear all emergency matters, including ...


IML-postponed-due-to-coronavirus

  IML postponed due to coronavirus

Organizers of the annual International Mr. Leather ( IML ) celebration announced the morning of March 19 that the annual event—normally held each Memorial Day weekend—has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 IML ...


Lightfoot-City-Hall-closed-to-public

  Lightfoot: City Hall closed to public

As part of an effort to ensure the health and safety of Chicago's residents and City employees, and to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced City Hall will not ...


CMSA-events-shut-down-through-May-9

  CMSA events shut down through May 9

Because of COVID-19-related concerns, The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) is expanding its suspending all game play, team practices and social events through at least May 9, GoPride.com noted. "We are following the CDC ...


Autonomous-Tenants-Union-coalition-of-Chicago-groups-demand-rent-mortgage-freeze

  Autonomous Tenants Union, coalition of Chicago groups demand rent, mortgage freeze

CHICAGO — As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, making an indefinite period of social distancing vital for containing the outbreak, millions of Americans have, or will soon, lose their jobs. Because of this, instead of ...


COVID-19-Planned-Parenthood-consolidating-centers

  COVID-19 Planned Parenthood consolidating centers

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) is taking proactive steps to protect its patients and staff. Beginning Monday, March 23, all PPIL services will be temporarily ...


HHS-not-enforcing-anti-discrimination-rules-LGBTQ-advocacy-groups-sue-

  HHS not enforcing anti-discrimination rules, LGBTQ advocacy groups sue

Homeless LGBTQ youth, elders, foster children at risk in pandemic

New York, NY — Today, three organizations serving vulnerable populations — Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE — sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its unlawful November 2019 announcement that it ...


Tree-House-Humane-Society-promotes-cat-co-workers-good-company-for-work-at-homers-

  Tree House Humane Society promotes cat co-workers, good company for work-at-homers

CHICAGO, IL - The Coronavirus crisis has necessitated more people begin working from home than ever before. Social distancing can be isolating, but having a pet in the home can provide loving company to help pass ...


Telephone-Town-Hall-on-pandemic-with-Cong-Schakowsky-and-experts-March-20

  Telephone Town Hall on pandemic with Cong. Schakowsky and experts, March 20

U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky presents a Telephone Town Hall discussion on the coronavirus pandemic with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former U.S. FDA Commissioner; Dr. Robert Murphy, Exective Director Northwestern University's Institute for Global Health and Terry Mason, ...


Milwaukee-PrideFest-postponed

  Milwaukee PrideFest postponed

Organizers of PrideFest, Wisconsin's largest LGBTQ+ event, announced that it will postpone its 2020 edition, originally scheduled for June 4-7 at the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds, OnMilwaukee.com noted. Wes Shaver, president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc., ...


Beautiful-City-Project-online-funder-March-19-

  Beautiful City Project online funder March 19

The Beautiful City Project will host a concert on its Facebook and Instagram accounts on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. The organization will be raising money for Season of Concern ( ...


NQAPIA-denounces-racist-attacks-stemming-from-COVID-19-fears

  NQAPIA denounces racist attacks stemming from COVID-19 fears

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) issued a statement denouncing "racist attacks, discrimination, and blatant xenophobia that has occurred in light of COVID-19 CoronaVirus." NQAPIA said, "While the coronavirus poses a very ...


Chicago-Symphony-events-canceled

  Chicago Symphony events canceled

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that all CSOA-presented concerts at Symphony Center scheduled through at least the next 30 days (starting March 12) are canceled in an effort to limit community transmission of COVID-19. ...


LGBT-nightclubs-prepare-for-weeks-long-closings

  LGBT nightclubs prepare for weeks-long closings

Chicago-area nightclubs and restaurants, along with all food-and-beverage hospitality businesses in Illinois, received the order from state authorities the afternoon of March 15 to cease operations at the close of business the following day. The mandate ...


WORLD-Non-binary-ruling-Qantas-grounded-trans-actor-conversion-therapy

  WORLD Non-binary ruling, Qantas grounded, trans actor, conversion therapy

A British court ruled out adding a third option on passports for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, Openly News reported. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour ...


NATIONAL-Curriculum-law-NY-trans-rule-Andrew-Gillum-LGBT-Health-Week-COVID-19

  NATIONAL Curriculum law, N.Y. trans rule, Andrew Gillum, LGBT Health Week, COVID-19

The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina's 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement, according to a joint statement from Campaign for ...


Windy-City-Times-serving-since-1985-seeking-community-support-

  Windy City Times, serving since 1985, seeking community support

Newest issue available by PDF, in news boxes and in businesses that remain open

Windy City Times is distributing this edition via our wonderful delivery crew, but only to open locations around the city, and our boxes. It is also available as a PDF download on the top right of ...


Stop-comparing-coronavirus-to-early-HIV-AIDS-Just-stop

  Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop.

People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early ...


Sister-Sheila-Lyne-dies-at-83

  Sister Sheila Lyne dies at 83

Sister Sheila Lyne—a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy for 67 years who led Chicago's Mercy Hospital as president and CEO for decades, and also served as commissioner of public health for Chicago from 1991 ...


Gerber-Hart-will-be-closed-to-the-public-until-March-31

  Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31

In support of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31. Upcoming programs will be postponed or canceled: The March 25 Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars film ...


COVID-19-guidelines-regarding-people-experiencing-homelessness

  COVID-19 guidelines regarding people experiencing homelessness

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released recommendations for state and local governmental response to COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness. The coalition urges the City of Chicago to immediately identify government resources ( city, county, state, ...


Howard-Brown-Health-implementing-social-distancing-practices

  Howard Brown Health implementing social distancing practices

In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) and in the interest of patient and staff safety, Howard Brown Health is implementing service changes and new procedures. NOTE: If you ...


Drivers-facilities-closed-through-March-31

  Drivers' facilities closed through March 31

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus, and the health and safety recommendations by experts endorsing social ...


Chicago-businesses-groups-undertake-COVID-19-preparations

  Chicago businesses, groups undertake COVID-19 preparations

As Windy City Times neared its deadline, organizations and businesses within Chicago's LGBT community were readying to cope with measures undertaken by state and local authorities to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. Gov. JB Pritzker ...


Brave-Space-Alliance-announces-online-programming-Crisis-Pantry-in-response-to-COVID-19-

  Brave Space Alliance announces online programming, Crisis Pantry in response to COVID-19

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance today announced a new slate of online and mutual aid programming in response to the threat of COVID-19, and the accompanying lack of critical supplies for the community. The South Side ...


Chicago-area-theaters-respond-to-health-crisis

  Chicago area theaters respond to health crisis

NOTE: The following information was accurate as of March 14. In a fluid and rapidly changing environment, new information is arriving daily, so check the websites of individual theater companies and venues. All of Chicago's larger ...


Chicago-and-state-issue-new-coronavirus-guidelines

  Chicago and state issue new coronavirus guidelines

Following CDC guidance and recommendations by local public health experts, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago issued new guidance to residents to prevent further spread of coronavirus ( COVID-19 ), as of March ...


Test-Positive-Aware-Network-on-HIV-and-coronavirus

  Test Positive Aware Network on HIV and coronavirus

A statement from TPAN: I want to tell you how much your support and advocacy mean to us at TPAN. Your faith and support are especially critical at this time. As news surrounding COVID-19 continues to ...


Broadway-In-Chicago-suspends-shows

  Broadway In Chicago suspends shows

In response to the rapidly evolving news about COVID-19 ( coronavirus ), Broadway In Chicago is cancelling or rescheduling the following performances: —The Bachelor: Live on Stage ( Cadillac Palace Theatre ) has been rescheduled for ...


Shedd-closed-through-March-29

  Shedd closed through March 29

In response to public policy regarding COVID-19, Shedd Aquarium will be closed to the public through Sunday, March 29. As of March 13, there has been no known incidence of the coronavirus within the Shedd community. ...


Cirque-du-Soleil-cancels-Alegria-which-was-set-for-June

  Cirque du Soleil cancels 'Alegria,' which was set for June

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the World Health Organization as well as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of social distancing, Cirque du Soleil will not be performing its show Alegria, ...


Black-Ensemble-Theater-cancels-performances

  Black Ensemble Theater cancels performances

A statement from Black Ensemble Theater: Based upon the recent guidance from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago, Black Ensemble Theatre will suspend performances of THE HEALING (formerly titled Legends: A Civil Rights ...







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