1 hour ago

We get more LOW marks for development and expansion!

With all the headlines about what a great job Chicago is doing...look at our ranking! Even po dunk little places are doing better! Even Detroit!

Perspective is important when winding through the spinn city hall throws out there.

source below

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-economy-by-metro-area-ranked-san-francisco-seattle-austin-2018-4?amp%3Butm_medium=referral

    The economies of the 40 biggest US cities, ranked from worst to best
    The US economy varies in its biggest cities. Metro areas such as San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and San Jose have particularly strong economies; Cleveland, Virginia Beach, and Providence are much weaker. That's according to our ranking, which ranks metro areas by taking into account their unemployment rate, average weekly wage, job growth rate, GDP per capita, and GDP growth rate.
    http://www.businessinsider.com

Jun 22

Updated 3 hours ago

Link to Police Directives

Follow this link. you can find a treasure trove of police services you never dreamed of let alone knew exist. No more whining about not getting service. Quote the directive

http://directives.chicagopolice.org/directives/

    Chicago Police Department Directives System
    http://directives.chicagopolice.org
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did u achieve anything Gabe? What was it?

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We went to the Directrive page again. We found a TREASURE TROVE of police forms that are supposed to be used to help us. Look under FORMS hyperlink. Ask the Superintendent and Gen Counsel to get the form up and running. do a foia and you can see if the form was used at all!

9 hours ago

33 hours ago

  • Welcome to the 21st Century!

    Ms. S. is asking for $663.38:
    I need the 5th generation iPad to learn how to effectively use Apple's apps that I will, in turn, teach my students how to use as an Apple Teacher.
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

THANKS 2 Rat Patrol!

We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we...

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We did our spring RAT PATROL walk on Good Friday in the 6-8 block area we focus on cleaning up. They were pleasantly surprised at how much better this area is! We had a very low RAT HOLE COUNT. It is the lowest ever. A couple seniors came out of their house and thanked RAT PATROL.

It has taken quite a few years to get rats under control. Josie Cruze has helped us for about 5 years and now we have very few rats!

it is an effort involving: 1. Baiting, 2. Getting Garbage cans. #. Replacing damaged cans. 4. having Safer clean alleys, streets, parkways, vacant lots. 5. Getting weed spray.6. getting forestry to pick up branches. 7. getting flydup0ed tires, construction debris, trees, etc removed.

We now are at the point where we need CPd to issue citations for can theft, can rummaging, littering, using COMMUNITY CONCERNS and CITY SERVICES directive to continually have Beat and Patrol cars order the city service we need as well as gang/drug issues.

Everyone said this clean up could never be done. WELL...it is done!

  • gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on...

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    gpblight: Great information. We are in the 1500 West blocks of Van Buren, Jackson, Adams and Monroe. We are on Adams which is part of the Jackson Blvd Historic District. Lots of old row-houses with Salvation Army's vacant facility on Monroe, vacant Church of the Epiphany and Chase House on Ashland and a new industrial tear-down at Adams and Laflin. Lots of reasons for the rat population to grow.

    I will study your details over the weekend, put together a plan and enlist the help of our wonderful neighbors and the new developers of the vacant buildings who are probably dying to figure out ways to be a good neighbor..

    Thank you so much.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times...

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    Yikes! Tear downs always scatter the rat population as they look for a new home.

    This is actually pretty easy. It just takes setting up the steps, executing the steps, and rotely doing the same over and over and over.

    This year I may only have to walk 3 times instead of 8 times. IF we can keep the stuff off the ground and alleys clean.

    We were a REAL MESS with 550 active holes on half a block, once upon a time.

    Post the steps you did. What happened. It is always good to SHARE steps that work.

6 days ago

If you see overtime abuse REPORT IT!

THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral...

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THANK U Inspector General for exposing bad practices at the Police Department. Reform has started but because of anti reformers there is a HUGE struggle within the department itself.

Please find a way for WHISTLEBLOWERS to help you.

We all can help the IG keep us safer by holding a department ACCOUNTABLE as 5 regulatory agency reports say they need.

THANK U INSPECTOR GENERAL. Readers THINK on how bad practices are keeping your neighborhood dangerous and report abuses. The Inspectorgeneral homepage has a place to report and make positive suggestions.

Our Superintendent is doing more than any other in this effort. We need to support him in ways that are meaningful. He gets reports. Reports may not be true. It is up to us to tell him the truth. It is our new civic duty in a place like chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-overtime-ig-report-20171004-story.html

    Chicago police overtime monitored loosely and ripe for abuse, report finds
    The Chicago Police Department has failed to closely monitor its massive spending on officer overtime - a combined $575 million over the last six years - or take measures to prevent officers from abusing the system, an investigation by the city's watchdog concluded.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

6 days ago

who is interested in signing up with States Attorney Prosecutor?

The States Attorney Office is interested in making a MAP of public and private Camera addresses. Would u be willing to sign up for this list?

the purpose is to get evidence for crimes in HIGH CRIME areas like ours.

It could help with Prosecutions

Apr 18

Apr 15

Apr 13

Updated Apr 13

    Amazon delivers a $1B check to video doorbell maker Ring
    Amazon is expanding its presence in the smart home market. The e-commerce giant announced Thursday it has officially closed the deal to buy the home security device company Ring. It's a reported $1 billion acquisition, making it one of Amazon's biggest purchases. Ring, founded in 2013, has more than three million users.
    https://www.cbsnews.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I have spoken to several on our block who are INTERESTED! I spoke to some technology people in the city. They are interested.

    Hot diggity dog.

Apr 13

    City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018 PRESS CONTACT: Natalie A. Kuriata, (773) 478-8417 City of Chicago Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety Releases Initiated Projects List The Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety (Public Safety) is announcing its first list of initiated projects related to police and police accountability functions and operations in the City of Chicago.
    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org

Apr 13

Feb 10 2017

Updated Apr 11

Shot spotter strategy! Will it help?

The sound of gunshot will dispatch police who have the special celphomes. Technology is good. Lets see if if this strategy works. POD cameras were/are not widly used as a tool.

Source is from link below

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/news/12302593/chicago-police-deploy-gunshot-detection-technology-to-curb-shootings

    Chicago police deploy gunshot detection technology to curb shootings
    Jan. 28--Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department commanders on Friday touted advances in technology that could help officers pinpoint gunfire instantly, part of their newest efforts to combat gun violence plaguing the city.
    http://www.securityinfowatch.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We had semi automatic fire last week end. We did NOT get police response in seconds.

    Sometimes shots are not counted at all.

Mar 19 2017

Updated Apr 11

What???? No city services ordered or completed in ward 28 ?????

Can this be true???? If it is!!!! Who is to blame????? The ward is a trainwreck

http://chicagoworksforyou.com/ward/28/#/

Checkout chicagoworksforyou.com for your,ward.

    Ward 28
    The citywide dashboard with ward-by-ward views of service delivery in Chicago.
    http://chicagoworksforyou.com
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He...

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    The commissioner did not die. Robert Meyers in charge of lights died. He was a remarkable civil servant and the job pressure may have killed him. Many who work extremely hard can work themselves to death. People with his kind of dedication are the real heroes on Chicago government. He was humble and even tempered. He would bristtle if I told,him stories like yours,and deny defects in the system. He was loyal to the union and his people.

    Foia service requests for alley lights using the range of addresses on your block. See what the real status of where your service requests went. If u see that requests were marked"completed" and they were not; send to the commissiomer Rebekah Scheinfeld and IG Josepj Ferguson.

    The object is to hold workers responsible when they falsify work orders. Falsifying work orders means turning on a time sheet saying you did work when in fact you did not. People who have been playing this game for decades have gotten away with their cheating and fraud because WE do not report them to the proper authorities.

    You know the best way to get city service is to ask the mayor and commissiomer. Why didn't u do this?

    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org
    Rebekah.scheinfeld@cityofchicago.org

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results....

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    We are trying to get the 11th District to follow (3) Directives given to me by Gen Csl of CPD. Riding for 6 months with an Area North CAPS co coordinator the (3) Directives were not followedto the letter.

    We requested Organized Crime fill in forms and got better results. They are now too busy to do it.

    We will now have clusters of people fill in 21-235 forms and submit them directly to the Superintendent, the responding department, and Dept of Information Technology.

    We expect having heads of Departments track orders that can be foia'd will help improve city service requests.

    There is some kind of conventional wisdom that needs to change. We PAY civil servants who are on our streets, sidewalks, etc hour by hour. YET instead of them ordering service we need or supervisors or Aldermen ordering what we need THE RESPONSIBILITY IS SHIFTED TO US.

    MANAGEMENT needs to hold their staff ACCOUNTABLE. CAPs is Directed to turn in service requests and does not in any meaningful way in ghettos. Instead city employees push their responsibility on to citizens. Citizens give up when they call time and time again and do not get service. The IG needs to follow the order trails and punish slackers.

    It is great you are able to get city service! We are getting pretty good service in a 6-8 block test area but it is a daily email paper trail.

Mar 28 2017

Updated Apr 11

New CPD Strategic Decision Strategies to fight crime

Lets see if things get better. Jonathan seems to be sincere. Can he get better results? Technology used effectively can bring wusmtum leaps,in,oroductivity. GOOD LUCK we need a guy like u desperately.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=54-z8_s9Nbc

    Chicago Police Department Highlights New Technology
    This video is a brief introduction of the new Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC) and the shot-spotter technology helping Chicago Police Officers combat crime.
    https://www.youtube.com/
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Today CPD got 10Mil for more sdsc rooms. THANKS to the billionaire who donated.
    The problem is, in the camera room people at 11 do not get police service even when they call 911. What is that about?

    News does not match reality on the street. Keeping people honest is difficult indeed!

Jun 17

Updated Apr 11

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Oh, forgot to say Do not use the app. It has a 30-40% error rate in Google addressing. It is HORRIBLE and will result in union people coming out to a wrong address.

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CAPs has a form 21-235. they are supposed to use it to Register and Monitor
    1. Community Concerns 2. City services.

    If it doesn't work at your Beat meeting; fill out the form, send it to the Superintendent and ask he get it done.

Apr 11

Apr 11

  • Listening to Stories!

    Mrs. Cipriani is asking for $586.66:
    My students need a listening center with storage for independent reading!
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

Apr 10

Apr 09

ATTORNEY GENERAL holds neighborhood meetings on Police

Here is a list of evenings where the ATTORNEY GENERAL will hold evening meetings.

If you have an interest in what we are ENTITLED TO please attend

http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/upcoming-dates/

    Upcoming Dates
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is partnering with community organizations to hold a number of Consent Decree Community Roundtables. These roundtables will include a brief overview of the consent decree process followed by small group discussions to ensure all interested Chicago residents have a meaningful opportunity to provide input.
    http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org

Apr 09

Apr 06

Apr 06

April: ATN

...7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are for people with drinking problems or AA...

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org.

Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to www.ourladyofpompeii.org. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

...hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available...

This article has 38 other Chicago locations (Show)

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Food...

...to Taste fundraiser on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ovation, 2324 W. Fulton St. The evening will honor the Rev. Tom Hurley of Old St. Patrick’s Church as...

...art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 1945 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 738-8000...

Chicago Hope Academy will host its eighth annual Hoops for Hope three-on-three basketball tournament on Thursday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Quest MultiSport, 2641 W. Harrison St. Chicago Hope is located at 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to chicagohopeacademy.org.

Chicago Hope Academy will host its eighth annual Hoops for Hope three-on-three basketball tournament on Thursday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Quest MultiSport, 2641 W. Harrison St. Chicago Hope is located at 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to chicagohopeacademy.org.

The Chicago Latino Film Festival will run Thursday through Thursday, April 5 through 19, at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Log on to ChicagoLatinoFilmFestival.org.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. hosts adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs. Log on to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Chicago-Womens-Park-and-Gardens.   

...Great Futures Gala on Friday, April 20, at 6 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St. The honorees are Andrew and Lynn Kopon of Kopon Airdo, LLC; George and Betty Lombard...

De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.

First Trinity Chicago Lutheran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers accept donations on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 643 W. 31st St. Call (312) 842-7390.

The Fulton Market Neighborhood Run 5k to 1k will be held Sunday, April 15, at 9 a.m. There will be an after-race party at Federales, 180 N. Morgan St. Log on to 5kto1k.com.

...on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kehoe Designs, 2555 S. Leavitt St. Tickets are $40. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres...

Greater West Town Partnership, 500 N. Sacramento Blvd., offers job placement and training programs in wood products manufacturing and shipping and receiving. Call (312) 563-9570.

Instituto College now is offering an associate’s degree in nursing. The college is at 2520 S. Western Ave. Call (773) 890-0055.

...an adult. The next session is Monday, April 9, at Old St. Mary’s Parish, 1500 S. Michigan Ave. Those interested may contact landings@osm.com or phone (312) 922-3444 for more information...

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.

The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit www.mercy-chicago.org or call (312) 567-2000.

Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., invites children and their parents or caregivers to gather the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. for a free Storytime early childhood music class. Next date is April 9.

The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.

Open Books and Laugh, Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m., is a night of standup comedy supporting Open Books’ reading and writing program. The event is at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Open Books is at 651 W. Lake St. and 905 W. 19th St. Call (312) 243-9776.

Open Books and Laugh, Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m., is a night of standup comedy supporting Open Books’ reading and writing program. The event is at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Open Books is at 651 W. Lake St. and 905 W. 19th St. Call (312) 243-9776.

Open Books and Laugh, Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m., is a night of standup comedy supporting Open Books’ reading and writing program. The event is at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Open Books is at 651 W. Lake St. and 905 W. 19th St. Call (312) 243-9776.

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Call (773) 523-3917.

The Plant, a facility home to farm and food-producing businesses, hosts an indoor farmers market at 1400 W. 46th St. the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go on tours of the Plant at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For information, log on to PlantChicago.org/

Prismatica is a free, temporary public art installation in Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., featuring 25 six-foot pivoting prisms resembling giant kaleidoscopes. The art will be on display until Sunday, April 15. Call (312) 595-5073.

Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan

Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts will host a musical performance on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa.

...Both screenings and the workshop will be held at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. Log on to https://www.rush.edu/rush-generations...

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, offers family counseling including pre-marriage classes and marriage counseling. The soup kitchen welcomes gifts of cups, paper products, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.

...and Story on Sunday April 15, at 3 p.m. at the church, located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, the program will feature organist John...

The South Loop Neighbors will host a Clean and Green on Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. in Printers Row Park, 632 S. Dearborn St.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., through Sunday, July 29, is hosting the exhibition Pushing the Limits, selections from the UIMA...

...vanguard of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Ferguson, MO, through the School of Theatre & Music at 1044 W. Harrison St. from Friday through Saturday, April 13 through 21. Call (312) 996-2939 or log on...

The Fulton Market Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. at Blue Plate at 1362 W. Fulton St. Attend the post event at noon, at Fulton Market Emporium. Email rod@wcachicago.org or call (312) 504-1884.

The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922.

Frances Xavier Warde School, 751 N. State St., will host a Children at the Crossroads Foundation scholarship dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel...

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette Chicago, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email info@gazettechicago.com.

    Gazette Chicago " April: ATN
    April 5, 2018 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are for people with drinking problems or AA members only, and not for family members.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Apr 01

Apr 01

  • Become a Reader!

    Mrs. Cipriani is asking for $438.61:
    My students need hands-on reading center activities and leveled readers!
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

Mar 31

Mar 31

Mar 30

Mar 30

  • Help Us READ!

    Ms. JEAN is asking for $627.65:
    My students need library books that are cultural relevant to them. I have selected many books that feature black and brown protagonist. I have also included sets of traditional books like the Harry Potter series.
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

Mar 27

Mar 26

Updated Mar 26

Here is the Justice Department report on Chicago Police

There are 164 pages. Pg 14&15 and 134-39 talk about CAPS failures. The Fderal Civil Rights Department wrote this report about Chicago Police problems. It has a nice index. Pick what you like tor ead by topic.

https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/file/925771/download

    https://www.justice.gov
  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Superintendent Johnson is attempting to revamp CAPS and make it a viable department..

    If you have suggestions email: Eddie.Johnson@chicagopolice.org

    His new Caps Chief is Dwayne.Betts@chicagopolice.org. Talk to him too.

    If you get good results please post here.

Mar 25

Mar 23

Mar 22

Drug dealers in full swing and destroying your block?

Use this Anonymous tip line to submit info. Am getting calls to help get cameras operable. Turns out they are operable but Police do not dispatch from SDSC camera surveillance. All complaints are coming from residents in District 11 Controlled camera room. 6 so far.

The latest said that CPD revealed their identity to the dealers We don't need more dead or shot people on our blocks.,

The City has this special tip line for those who are afraid of...

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Use this Anonymous tip line to submit info. Am getting calls to help get cameras operable. Turns out they are operable but Police do not dispatch from SDSC camera surveillance. All complaints are coming from residents in District 11 Controlled camera room. 6 so far.

The latest said that CPD revealed their identity to the dealers We don't need more dead or shot people on our blocks.,

The City has this special tip line for those who are afraid of drug dealers. it also features a reward.

Go to town. Report crime tips. Post if you got good results. We need to see if this is a real tool or a tinkertoy.

Print and give to everyone you know who needs it.,

https://home.chicagopolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TXT2TIP-Brochure-2017.pdf

    https://home.chicagopolice.org

Mar 22

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