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Saturday, May 7, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 7, 2022

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Hazards and Tropical Weather
Macon Calendar
Local and StateNews
Russo-UKrainian War Updates
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
Science and Technology
Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)
On This Day
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Showers remain over portions of the area today behind a departing low pressure system. Cooler and drier high pressure returns on Sunday and remains in place through mid week with moderating temperatures. Moisture and precipitation chances return by the end of the work week as a low pressure system moves on shore along the Southeastern coast.


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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Monday Night

Franklin Area


Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.


A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.


Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s.

Highlands Plateau


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog between 10am and noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


A chance of showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog before midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the north wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm windss in the early evening increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.


Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 40s.

Otto and South Central Macon County


A 30 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.


Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Nantahala Area


A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph by midevening.


Sunny, with highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s.

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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight. There may be debris in the roadways or low-hanging utility lines, so please use caution on seondary roads today.

As of 4am, Duke Energy reports 404 of their customers are without electrical service, most of them along the Old Murphy Road and Wayah Road. Restoration in that area is expected to be completed by 6 pm today and everyone else in the 16 other outage locations in the county by 11:30pm tonight.

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24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green .

Fire and Smoke Map

Local Air Monitor


Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (5.3 out of 12) today with Birch, Maple, and Hickory being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (8.13 out of 12).

Record Weather Events for May 7th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Highlands in 1898
Greatest Rainfall 4.30 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

Record weather events for March in Macon County

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of May Data available from 1873 to 2018 Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-20-1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 05-02-1963
Greatest Rainfall 5.97 inches in Highlands on 05-30-2018
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on 05-07-1992

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993

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Macon Calendar
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Saturday, May 7th

Franklin Garden Club Yard Sale
Garden Club plant sale Sat. May 7th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Rankin Square Garden downtown Franklin. Lots of plants so come early for the best selections. We are selling Hydrangeas, Irises, Daylilies, Campanula, Bee Balm, Bergenia, Love in a Mist, Columbine, Hostas, Crocosmia, Astilbe, Cannas, Spiderwort, Shasta Daisies, Liriope and lots more.
10am to 4pm at FROG Quarters
573 E Main Street in Franklin

Macon County Academic Auction and End of School Year Extravaganza

10AM - 3PM
South Macon Elementary School
We are back! Come out for our 33rd annual academic auction. We will have a live auction, with a real auctioneer, to auction fantastic donated items from local merchants as well as theme baskets that our local schools have put together for the auction. There will also be the always popular mini-raffles as well as 50/50 raffle. We will have musical performances, a karate exhibition, outdoor games, food and tons of FUN.

Monday, May 9th

Franklin Town Council - Special Called Meeting at 6pm

Lower level of the town hall at 95 East Main Street

1. Call to Order- Mayor Jack Horton
2. Public Session
3. New Business
A.) Revaluation Presentation – Abby Braswell, Macon County Tax Administrator
4. Old Business
A.) Budget Overview and Comments and Direction from Council
5. Closed Session
A.) Enter into Closed Session under NC General Statute § 143-318.11(a)(5) to discuss acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease – Angel Medical Center
6. Adjourn

Tuesday, May 10th

Macon County Board of Commissioners - May 2022 Regular Meeting
6pm on the Third Floor (Enter through the rear of the Courthouse)

Friday, May 13th

Annual Law Enforcement Memorial
Friday May 13th, 2022 12:00PM
Franklin, NC. Town Square
Please join us in honoring these fallen heroes.

Wednesday, May 18th

Vaya Health Class - Bipolar Disorder and Extreme Mood Variation – Is There Stability?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

Please register for this in-person VAYA Health class at or call the library 828-524-3600.

Whether you are the caregiver of someone with bipolar disorder or an individual living with the inability to maintain a consistent mood, feeling 'stable' is often an infrequent reality. This class examines features and symptoms of the different types of the disorder. It also addresses causes, risk factors, and, most importantly, treatment. Specific focus is placed on the impact for the geriatric population.

This is a free event facilitated by the Vaya Health GERO team. CEU’s are provided through NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you're not able to attend this event, or you'd like to see what else they have to offer, feel free to visit to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health.

Friday, May 20th

Questions about Mental Health? with NAMI Appalachian South
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room

NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness) representatives will be showing films and answering questions about mental health and local resources.

Please visit our Mental Wellness display of books, films, and information about local mental health resources.

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Local and State News

• Storms bring hail, downed trees and power outages to WNC [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Tribe To Invest $75 Million In Sevier County ‘Themed Spectacle’ [Smoky Mountain News]

• ‘Goofball’ chimp Nori who won hearts at North Carolina Zoo is euthanized at age 11 [Raleigh News and Observer]

• Oath Keeper from NC pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy [WTVD-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn gave cousin $141K in campaign and taxpayer funds, records show [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - April 2022 Regular Meeting [Macon Media]

• Interactive map: average date of last spring freeze across the United States []

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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)

• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 06 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF]

US first lady Jill Biden arrives in Romania, will meet with Ukrainian refugees | WION News

Russia Enters Azovstal, Mariupol, Combat Footage (FNN Live) | Funker530

Q and A: Let’s Talk! | Operator Starsky


• The above tweet thread in [Threadreader]

• VPN use skyrockets in Russia during Ukraine invasion [Al Jazeera]

• How ‘Babushka Z’ became the unlikely icon of Russian propaganda [France 24]

• Putin to send 'doomsday' warning to West at Russia's WW2 victory parade [Yahoo! News]

• Ukraine war: Russia must withdraw to pre-invasion position for a deal - Zelensky [BBC News]

• Mass Graves in Ukraine Reveal Mounting Death Toll [Wall Street Journal]

• One Village at a Time: The Grinding Artillery War in Ukraine [New York Times]

News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• Biden wants intelligence to stop leaking about data sharing with Ukraine – media [Russia Today]

• Poland up in arms to invade Ukraine to fight for its historical lands [Pravda ]

• Russia presents at UN vast evidence of crimes by Ukrainian military [TASS Russian News Agency]

The Ukraine War From Russia's Perspective

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National and World News Roundup

• Challenge over Marjorie Taylor Greene's eligibility fails [Yahoo! News]

• Labor market hot streak continues as US adds 428,000 jobs [Courthouse News Service]

• One of Ahmaud Arbery's killers had 16 phone calls with DA before arrest, court filings say [CNN]

• Dade Resident Accuses Georgia State Senate Candidate of Bullying; Files Formal Complaint Asking Commissioners For Help [The Mountain-Valley Independent]

• At Least 22 Killed in Explosion at Historic Hotel in Cuban Capital Havana [WTVJ-TV (Miami, FL)]

Roe v Wade Opinion Leak (Read the Draft Opinion for Yourself)

Read the leaked your at Google Drive or below:

Eye on the Fourth Estate

Global National: May 6, 2022 | Canadians contend with record-high gas prices

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - May 6th, 2022

PBS NewsHour Full Episode May 6th, 2022

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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]

• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:31pm CEST, 6 May 2022, there have been 513,955,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,249,700 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 May 2022, a total of 11,562,157,794 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:31pm CEST, 6 May 2022, there have been 80,854,843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 989,435 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 29 April 2022, a total of 567,051,147 vaccine doses have been administered.

How to make a pandemic prevention system

• Kids get limited COVID protection from world’s most popular vaccines [Nature]

• Comparative effectiveness over time of the mRNA-1273 (Moderna) vaccine and the BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine [Nature]

• Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York [New York Times]

• Does US really have world's highest Covid death toll? [BBC News]

• White House documents detail a looming squeeze on Covid-19 boosters [STAT]

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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Oat and soy milks are planet friendly, but not as nutritious as cow milk [Science News]

• U.S. offers $15 mln reward for information on Conti ransomware group [Reuters]

• Federal Court Orders ‘All’ ISPs to Block Film-Piracy Websites — Setting An Interesting Precedent for the Music Industry [Digital Music News]

• Amazon Abruptly Fires Senior Managers Tied to Unionized Warehouse [New York TimesE]

• Nvidia pays $5.5 million for allegedly hiding how many gaming GPUs were sold to crypto miners [The Verge]

• Free, legally available series/movies on YouTube in a Netlflix-like interface [Lamplight TV]

Podcasts and Long Form Videos
Anything from educational, entertainment, history, current events and technology

Space DOES NOT Expand Everywhere | PBS Space Time

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Return to Earth

SpaceX launches rocket with Starlink satellites

Level1 News May 6 2022: Rest In Peace Hatsune Miku

Back Up Culture - DTNS 4270 | Daily Tech News Show

The Bronze Age Collapse: The End of an Era } Into the Shadows

Why 70% of Spain is Empty

1 MILLION FPS - The Slow Mo Guys

Is There Such a Thing as an Anti-War Video Game?

An astrophysicist's TOP 5 targets for JWST

James Webb Telescope Updates: Calibrated and Cooled Down! Here's What's Next

Mister Rogers Artifacts, Ketchup Museum and Smoking Robot at Heinz History Center -

Temuujin , in Le Mont Saint - Michel , France

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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Foreign Fighters - From Finland to Ukraine - Into Context | TimeGhost History

Russia Ukraine conflict: Will Western weapons decide the war? | Channel 4 News

Speculations about Putin's announcements at Russia's victory day | DW News

NATO Military Spending Amid the Ukraine War, Explained

What is the cost of the energy war between Russia and Europe? | Counting the Cost

Ukraine War: Russian reservists being contacted

Capturing Mariupol is ‘symbolic’ to Russia: Military analyst l ABC News

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On This Day

May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 238 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events

Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)

351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out after his arrival at Antioch.
558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses, twenty years after its construction. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
1274 – In France, the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
1487 – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
1544 – The Burning of Edinburgh by an English army is the first action of the Rough Wooing.
1664 – Inaugural celebrations begin at Louis XIV of France's new Palace of Versailles.
1685 – Battle of Vrtijeljka between rebels and Ottoman forces.
1697 – Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced in the 18th century by the current Royal Palace.
1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
1763 – Pontiac's War begins with Pontiac's attempt to seize Fort Detroit from the British.
1794 – French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: A French force attempting to dislodge a small British garrison on the Îles Saint-Marcouf is repulsed with heavy losses.
1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
1832 – Greece's independence is recognized by the Treaty of London.
1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1864 – American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
1864 – The world's oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and Australia.
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1915 – World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many former pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
1915 – The Republic of China accedes to 13 of the 21 Demands, extending the Empire of Japan's control over Manchuria and the Chinese economy.
1920 – Kyiv Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kyiv only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.
1920 – Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.
1930 – The 7.1 Mw  Salmas earthquake shakes northwestern Iran and southeastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to three-thousand people were killed.
1931 – The stand-off between criminal Francis Crowley and 300 members of the New York Police Department takes place in his fifth-floor apartment on West 91st Street, New York City.
1937 – Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces.
1940 – World War II: The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
1942 – World War II: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Imperial Japanese Navy light aircraft carrier Shōhō; the battle marks the first time in naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
1945 – World War II: Last German U-boat attack of the war, two freighters are sunk off the Firth of Forth, Scotland.
1945 – World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded.
1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
1954 – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Viet Minh victory (the battle began on March 13).
1960 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
1975 - Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
1982 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
1984 - $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
1992 – Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
1992 – Space Shuttle program: The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.
1992 – Three employees at a McDonald's Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first "fast-food murder" in Canada.
1994 – Edvard Munch's painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
1997 - Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
1999 – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
1999 – Kosovo War: Three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft apparently inadvertently bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.
1999 – In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.
2002 – An EgyptAir Boeing 737-500 crashes on approach to Tunis–Carthage International Airport, killing 14 people.
2002 – A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
2004 – American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
2007 - Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank
2008 - Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation
2012 - Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia
2013 - 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
2013 - 20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
2014 - Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine
2015 - British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister
2015 - Underwater explorers discover a silver ingot of Captain William Kidd's treasure near Madagascar
2017 - Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen
2018 - Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years
2018 - Oliver North announced as the new President of the US National Rifle Association
2020 - US Father and son arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, after video of the killing surfaces
2020 - US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million or 20% of the workforce, vs two months ago unemployment 3.5%, a 50-year low
2021 - Ransomware attack on US Colonial pipeline by the DarkSide criminal group stops supply to half of east coast

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Published at 6:30am on Saturday, May 07, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins

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