By BARBARA ORTUTAY Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving. More than a quarter of the texting drivers believed they "can easily do several things at once, even while driving." The telephone survey of 1,004 U.S. adults was released Wednesday by AT&T Inc. as part of an anti-texting-and-driving campaign. AT&T designed the survey with David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and a professor at the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine. The survey came as AT&T expanded availability of a free app that silences text message alerts and activates automatically when a person is moving 15 miles per hour or faster. (Passengers can turn it off.) The DriveMode app is coming to iPhones after being previously available on Android and BlackBerry phones for AT&T users only. The iPhone version will be available to customers of competing carriers as well, but some functions will work only on AT&T devices. The study in May was of cellphone owners ages 16 to 65 who drive almost every day and text at least once a day. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Researchers conducted surveys with people on their cellphones, and it's possible those who would have picked up on a landline might have different attitudes. Greenfield said the survey is the latest to show a discrepancy between people's attitudes and behaviors. It found a broad range of reasons why drivers text. Forty-three percent of the texting drivers said they want to "stay connected" to friends, family and work. Nearly a third did it out of habit. Among other reasons for texting and driving: — Twenty-eight percent said they are worried about missing out of something important if they don't check their phones right away. — More than a quarter believes that their driving performance is not affected by texting, and just as many people said they believe that others expect them to respond to texts "right away." — Just 6 percent answered that they are "addicted to texting," although 14 percent admitted that they are "anxious" if they don't respond to a text right away, and 17 percent feel "a sense of satisfaction" when they can read or respond to a text message. Reggie Shaw was 19 in 2006 when he caused a car accident while texting, killing two people. Today, he speaks out against texting and driving. "It's something I struggle with every day," he said. "I know that I need to go out and talk to others about it. I don't want others to make the same mistake I did." Shaw does not remember what he was texting about right before the accident. Back then, he said, "being on my phone when I drove was something I did all the time. It was just driving to me. I guess you'd call it ignorance but I never understood that it was dangerous. How could me being on the phone cause a car accident?" Today, his phone is off when he's driving. Never in the past eight years since the accident, he says, has he gotten a phone call or text message that was so important that it couldn't wait until he stopped the car. Greenfield, who studies the effects of digital technology on the brain, likes to call smartphones "the world's smallest slot machines" because they affect the brain in similar ways that gambling or drugs can. Dopamine levels increase as you anticipate messages, and that leads to higher levels of pleasure. Getting desirable messages can increase dopamine levels further. While all distractions can be dangerous, much of the focus has been on texting and driving, Greenfield said, because "it's ongoing and because there is an anticipatory aspect to it." Greenfield said people should not use their phone at all while driving, but acknowledges that this might not be realistic. Apps, public education and laws that ban texting and driving, he said, will all help change people's behavior, just as anti-drunken-driving laws and public education campaigns have reduced drunken driving over the past few decades. 2014-11-05 06:03:09 GMT
Study: Roller Coaster Injuries Not As Prevalent As Bouncy Castle Injuries March 23, 2014, 04:15:00PM. By Heidi Turner Denver, CO: Although it may seem like thrill rides and roller coasters are the rides that would most commonly result in theme park accidents, it may in fact be the less adrenaline-pumping attractions that result in the most injury. Amusement park accidents get a lot of media coverage, but a recent study suggests that it is the bouncy castles that result in the most injuries. Meanwhile, trampoline parks are falling under scrutiny after reports emerged of serious injuries sustained in trampoline accidents. Amusement park lawsuits have been filed concerning some trampoline parks. A study conducted by researchers at Ryerson University in Canada suggests that more children are injured on inflatable attractions, such as bouncy castles, than on amusement park rides. According to a press release that accompanied the study, a 2010 report issued by the National Safety Council found that the risk of being injured on an amusement park ride is four in a million, and of those four, fewer than one percent are hospitalized for a night. To conduct the study, researchers gathered information from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), reviewing hospital emergency room injury reports linked to amusement rides. Lead researcher Kathryn Woodcock found that 42 percent of the injuries reported were linked to inflatable bounce attractions and 20 percent were linked to roller coasters. Carousel-related injuries and bumper car-related injuries were third and fourth on the list. Researchers noted, however, that in one-third of the 13,000 injuries included in the report, no specific ride was linked to the injury. Owners of trampoline parks, becoming increasingly popular, might want to take note of that study. Lawsuits have been filed against various trampoline parks - attractions that focus on bouncing on trampolines - alleging park visitors were seriously harmed due to problems at the park. One such lawsuit was filed against a trampoline park in Houston, after a 16-year-old fell through a rip in the trampoline canvas, striking his head on the concrete below. According to Fox News (2/18/14), the teen sustained skull fractures, seizures and bleeding on the brain. His family says that although he survived, he has suffered long-term injury, including no longer being in honors classes. Meanwhile, an investigation by 9 News (2/20/14) in Denver, found paramedics were sent to trampoline parks in the area dozens of times in the past three years. Injuries reported included fractures, concussions and neck injuries. Trampoline parks are currently for the most part unregulated, although officials in some states are reportedly investigating enforcement of the parks.
Some Amusement Park Accidents Have Little to Do with the Rides October 15, 2014, 08:00:00AM. By Gordon Gibb Upper Marlboro, MD: In most cases an amusement park accident or incident involves a mechanical problem with a ride or other attraction through mechanical breakdown, poor maintenance procedures or operator error. Newer riders are increasingly sophisticated, and faster. Some Amusement Park Accidents Have Little to Do with the RidesHowever, a fact of amusement park life that is not often mentioned is park security - especially when there are targeted events that draw specific demographics and clientele in large numbers. In the story we are about to tell you, a horrific theme park accident had nothing to do with the rides, but everything to do with crowd control and security. As reported by The Washington Post (Washington Post Blogs 9/29/14), Six Flags America, located in Maryland, hosted what is billed as “Fright Fest,” a themed weekend targeting teens and young adults during the lead-up to Halloween. This year, on September 27, it has been reported that a massive fight broke out amongst attendees at the event. According to The Washington Post, two juveniles were transported to the hospital with what were described at the time as “non-life threatening injuries.” However, one of the boys, who is 15 years old and not identified, was found to have suffered a fractured skull, amongst other injuries. He worsened in the hospital and his situation became dire. Doctors reportedly placed the teen in a medically induced coma in order to minimize brain stimulation, and on September 29, according to the report, doctors had planned to remove part of the boy’s skull in an effort to relieve swelling in his brain. Zina Pierre was identified as a spokesperson for the injured teen’s family and characterized injuries to the teen as a random act. It is not known if the family has considered an amusement park lawsuit on behalf of their injured son. A spokesperson at Six Flags America characterized the situation as isolated. “The safety and security of our guests is always our number one priority,” Six Flags officials said in a statement published in The Washington Post. “The unacceptable events that took place Saturday evening represent an isolated incident.” There is a suggestion, however, that the amusement park accident involving the injured teens might have been prevented had the event been canceled in advance. There are reports the fights may have been planned in advance, according to various postings on Twitter that referenced “fight night” at Six Flags, or making references about people “planning to fight at six flags.” Others on Twitter denounced the plans to brawl: “people still gonna fight at six flags,” someone tweeted on the day of the incident. Another wrote, “If You Fight At Six Flags, Your Childish.” (sic) “I hope nobody don’t fight at six flags, but I already gotta feeling they are,” tweeted yet another. (sic) The scene was described as chaotic. Injuries were random acts. Critics liken the event to a rave that can attract multitudes of people - so many in fact that police have a hard time controlling unruly crowds. An eyewitness to the amusement park melee, Dianne McNair, described the scene in The Washington Post report as chaotic as she arrived to pick up her 15-year-old grandson. McNair noted there were about 20 police cars surrounding the area. She described swarms of random altercations on a grassy knoll outside of the park perimeter. When one swarm was broken up by police, a new swarm formed and fighting resumed. “[The fighting] was popping up in so many places like a firestorm,” McNair said, in comments published in the report. The eyewitness said that when the second scrum was broken up, she saw a girl lying on the ground, unconscious and limp. As for the injured teen with the fractured skull, family spokesperson Pierre noted that “he was hit blindly by the perpetrators and he was staggering trying to get up and someone else came along to finish the deed,” Pierre said. An update from The Washington Post on October 3 described the injured teen as progressing well following surgery. Officials at Six Flags America noted it had beefed up security and moved the visitor pick-up and drop-off points in time for the second weekend of Fright Fest, the annual lead-up to Halloween. There have been no reports of subsequent brawls. However, officials at Six Flags America said on September 29 that they had no intention of canceling the event that appeals to young people and fans of All’s Hallowed Eve each year. Theme Park accidents tend to increase on holidays and long weekends, such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Theme Parks like to tag onto holidays as a way to attract larger numbers of patrons to the park. Halloween is one such occasion. However, beyond theme park accidents involving the rides and attractions themselves - that sometimes result in amusement park deaths - are the events that can sometimes occur when large groups of a single demographic gather. Six Flags America has opted to increase security to prevent a further occurrence, but appears to have no plans to cancel the annual event. The report also noted that fighting took place outside the perimeter of the park, potentially providing an escape for liability for Six Flags. Plaintiffs in an amusement park lawsuit might argue that the fighting, regardless of where it occurred, might not have been mitigated had Six Flags not “invited” the potential for random scuffles by holding the event in the first place…
Arlington, TX: It was three years ago that an army veteran who had previously lost both legs while serving his country in Iraq was strapped into a roller coaster in Upstate New York. The man was not wearing his prosthetic legs, but attraction supervisors permitted him to ride anyway. Tragically, the absence of his legs meant he was unable to remain in his seat while the ride was in motion and he fell 150 feet to his death in a horrific Amusement Park Accident. Where Is the Federal Oversight to Prevent Theme Park Accidents? Whether patrons are not properly vetted for suitability for the ride by staff - or the ride itself is fraught with risk - the fact remains that federal oversight of, specifically, roller coaster safety ended in 1981. That was 33 years ago, long before most of the current, push-the-envelope thrill rides were ever conceived and built. The New York Times (7/27/14) reports that the Consumer Product Safety Administration (CPSA) only regulates portable rides that tour around and migrate with traveling shows to various county fairs. Instead, fixed-site rides are regulated by each state - and oversight is inconsistent amongst the various states. Fixed-site rides, in some cases, can be inspected by building departments, for example, that normally oversee building codes and labor issues. Little wonder Theme Park Accidents are continuing. According to data released by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), about 300 million people paid a visit to the roughly 400 amusement parks that exist in the US in 2011 - the same year the US Army veteran and amputee fell to his death. Those patrons, in sum, took in about 1.7 billion rides. The Association insists that Americans have a greater chance of becoming injured in a car, or struck by lightning, than sustaining an injury from an amusement park ride. The IAAPA pegs the risk at about one in 24 million. But that doesn’t placate critics calling for more oversight. “Roller coasters that hurtle riders at extreme speeds along precipitous drops should not be exempt from federal safety oversight,” said Senator Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in comments published in the New York Times. “A baby stroller is subject to tougher federal regulation than a roller coaster carrying a child in excess of 100 miles per hour. This is a mistake.” There are various issues at play that appear to create a perfect storm for amusement park safety, or lack thereof. Thrill rides have become much faster and steeper in the 33 years since federal regulation ended in 1981. Over that same time frame, body size has evolved. Americans are, generally, becoming more obese. A tragic amusement park death preceded by an ominous comment. The late Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona, who fell to her death last summer, had commented that the T-shaped lap bar designed to hold her in place during the pending ride on the Texas Giant roller coaster at Arlington, was not fitting properly and didn’t appear to be fully secure, according to witnesses that talked to a local TV news crew following the horrific theme park accident. The Texas Giant is a good example of the modern-day thrill rides that patrons increasingly seek. It rises 14 stories in one section. Ayala-Gaona tipped the scales at over 200 pounds. Was the Texas Giant roller coaster car designed, optimally, for someone with a lower weight and different body type? Such speculation may come out in the discovery phase of an Amusement Park lawsuit. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Ayala-Gaona was thrown from her seat while the ride was in motion - unable to be held in place by the T-bar restraint that allegedly was not secure - and the woman fell to her death. A spokesperson for an association representing amusement parks notes that in their view, increased federal oversight would do little to make rides any safer, with “no evidence federal oversight would improve on the already excellent safety record of the industry.” Colleen Mangone cited a report, released last year by the association, which indicates injuries from theme park accidents have been relatively unchanged over the past 10 years or so. However, critics suggest that such a report is flawed because it is based on self-reported data by association members. Those parks with the worst safety records could - and did - simply opt out of the survey. Meanwhile, a study also released in 2013 by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that more than 93,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for amusement park injuries over a 20-year period ending in 2010. The researchers estimate a child is hospitalized once every three days each summer from an amusement park injury. Federal oversight ended in 1981 The New York Times observes that some parks have specially designed seats for amputees or patrons with a larger girth. But not all do - and again, there is no federal, uniform oversight. Other parks use sample seats for a patron to try before determining suitability for a ride. But again, not all parks have this. And weight restrictions are interpretive, given that a 200-pound patron at 6' 1" has a much less pronounced girth than someone with that same weight spread over a smaller frame, say, 5' 5" or even 5' 0". While parks will attempt to improve safety, they also put a heated focus on developing the next thrill ride that will draw patrons to their park v. a competitor. Jim Seay, identified as president of Premier Rides, noted that new technology has improved safety. “Parks in general know they need to provide something new for their guests every year,” he said, in comments published in the New York Times. In the meantime, amusement park deaths and theme park accidents will continue. The New York Times reports that last month about two dozen patrons were stranded in midair for hours after a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain was partially derailed due to a fallen tree branch. And last summer, the same day that Ayala-Gaona fell to her death in Arlington, a boat at the Cedar Point Shoot the Rapids water ride in Sandusky, Ohio, rolled backward and flipped over. At least six patrons were injured. Such water park injuries can certainly bring an amusement park lawsuit.
Philadelphia, PA: A denied disability claim has resulted in a $22 million settlement in a bad faith insurance lawsuit filed against Allstate Insurance. The settlement is reported to be the largest ever in Pennsylvania. Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Results in Million SettlementAccording to The Times-Tribune (9/30/14), the original lawsuit was filed by Patrick Hennessy, who suffered severe injuries in a car accident. Court documents note that Hennessy had originally been in a car driven by Ryan Caruso when Caruso’s car rear-ended a car at a traffic light driven by Bruce Reikow. Caruso’s car stalled and Hennessy moved to push it out of traffic when a car driven by Shawn Robertson struck them. Hennessy required a leg amputation and filed a claim against Allstate, the company that insured Caruso’s car. Shawn Robertson, the driver of the vehicle that hit Hennessy, was not insured. Hennessy filed suit in state court but offered to settle with Allstate for the policy limit of $250,000. Allstate refused the offer, so Hennessy went to trial against Caruso and Robertson. The jury awarded Hennessy more than $19 million, finding Caruso 40 percent responsible and Robertson 55 percent. Caruso assigned his rights against Allstate to Hennessy. According to court documents, Allstate refused to pay the judgment, so Hennessy filed another suit. The suit named Allstate employees and agents Kevin Broadhead, Paul Fraver, John Russell and Henry Ricci, III. Allstate argued that Hennessy fraudulently joined the company’s Pennsylvania employees in the case, to defeat diversity of citizenship, but the judge ruled that the claims against the company’s Pennsylvania employees were neither insubstantial nor frivolous, noting that joinder is fraudulent when there is no reasonable basis supporting the claim against joint defendants. Specifically, Judge Stengel wrote that the lawsuit alleged Mr. Ricci fraudulently represented to the Caruso family that Allstate’s internal policies were consistent with its “Good Hands” advertising campaign, leading the Caruso family to purchase the policy. “Mr. Broadhead, Mr. Russell, and Mr. Fraver are alleged to have sent several misleading letters to the plaintiff’s attorneys insisting that Allstate was continuing to conduct an investigation of the claims, when, in fact, the letters were actively concealing that Allstate was not investigating the claims at all,” Judge Stengel wrote. “Further, Mr. Broadhead had also not informed the Caruso family that the plaintiff would have accepted the policy limit of $250,000 as settlement of the entire case on the eve of trial.” That failure to notify Caruso was deemed unfair because Caruso was later found liable for damages greater than the $250,000 initially offered as a settlement amount. The second suit was settled for $22 million. The Times-Tribune notes that the $22 million is 88 times what Allstate would have paid if it had initially approved Hennessy’s claim. The lawsuit is Patrick Hennessy vs. Allstate Insurance Co., et al., case number 13-6549.
Philadelphia, PA: A practice that has reportedly been used repeatedly in Philadelphia has resulted in a $490,000 settlement with a man who suffered a neck injury as a result of the practice. The plaintiff reportedly suffered a broken neck as a result of an altercation with an off-duty police officer. “Nickel Ride” Results in 0,000 SettlementAccording to the Inquirer (9/25/14), James McKenna had a confrontation with an off-duty policy officer at a bar. McKenna was arrested at the bar on simple assault charges and driven in a police van while handcuffed but otherwise not restrained. McKenna alleges the ride was abusive and caused him to move around the van violently enough to break his neck. As a result of that broken neck, McKenna says he grew faint in his prison cell, hitting his head against the bars. The officers reportedly said that McKenna injured himself by hitting his head against the bars in his cell. When McKenna was taken to the hospital, however, officers told medical staff that McKenna's injury was the result of the ride to the hospital. According to the Inquirer, Philadelphia has a history of “nickel rides,” rides in police vehicles that are purposely erratic, as a way of punishing criminals without the police actually touching the criminal. There have been reports of serious injuries - including paralysis - as a result of these rides. More than 10 years ago, the vehicles were pulled and outfitted with restraining belts, but those have since been replaced by grab belts that prisoners hold on to, meaning those incapable of holding on - due to illness, physical injury or intoxication - could be at risk of injury. McKenna reportedly suffered three broken neck vertebrae and two ruptured discs requiring hospitalization and surgery, including nerve decompression, discectomy and spinal fusion. Although he is not paralyzed, McKenna says he still has limited mobility in his neck and suffers weakness and numbness in his arms. According to his lawsuit, he was not put in a seatbelt in the police van and was driven in such a way that he fell to the vehicle’s floor four times. According to The Legal Intelligencer (09/30/14), McKenna was initially taken to the police station and he asked to go to a hospital, but officers refused and instead took him to a holding cell, where he became faint and hit his head. Despite repeatedly requesting medical attention, none was provided until his forehead was cut, McKenna alleged. McKenna’s medical treatment so far has reportedly cost around $375,000 and he could require ongoing pain management. At trial, McKenna was found not guilty of simple assault. Some lawsuits filed against the police linked to the so-called nickel rides have resulted in awards to plaintiffs, including one that resulted in $1.2 million to a man who was paralyzed from the incident, according to the Inquirer (12/9/13).
Los Angeles, CA: Uninsured patients who visit ER rooms are reportedly being hit with hospital emergency room overcharges, meaning they are paying far more for medical care and services than other patients are. Barry Kramer, of the Law Office of Barry Kramer, says uninsured patients do not have someone negotiating a discounted rate for services, and as a result end up being charged much more for hospital services than those services are worth. Kramer says he has seen clients who have had bills of between $5,000 and $10,000 for only a few hours stay in a hospital emergency room, often with little or no benefit. Those clients were unable to pay their bills and sought his help. Attorney: Hospital ER Overcharges “Unfair”“Hospital ERs provide a common contract that everyone signs, but which doesn’t set out the specific charges,” Kramer says. “So an uninsured patient, even if he asks, has no idea of what his charges will ultimately turn out to be. He doesn’t find out the bad news until he leaves the hospital.” According to Kramer, “Hospitals invariably claim that everyone is charged the same, which is simply untrue. Only uninsured patients are required to pay the hospital’s gross charges. Literally everyone else gets huge discounts.” The problem has been particularly unfair to uninsured patients who are capable of paying their inflated bill, but faced with the choice of paying an unreasonable and inflated bill or confronting the hospital’s collection department and ruining their credit. Many of these patients found themselves uninsured either because they recently lost their job or were in the process of changing insurers, or simply felt the insurance costs were too high. For such patients, paying an unreasonably hefty hospital bill did not help their financial situation, but they were forced to do so because they could not afford to defend a lawsuit or have their hospital bill go to collections. What they paid, unfortunately, was often up to five times the amount that other patients paid for similar services. “We are looking for patients who are uninsured, received an undiscounted bill from a hospital, and paid all or most of that bill,” Kramer says. “For example, a patient might have cut his finger, waited two hours in the emergency room, received 10 minutes of treatment, and then been hit with an inflated bill of $1,200. If the patient begrudgingly paid the bill rather than face a legal battle or collections, he would be entitled to a refund to the extent of the overcharges.” For people confronted with a hospital overcharge, an individual lawsuit is rarely feasible, given the costs and complexity of filing such a suit. Furthermore, few individuals have any understanding of hospital billing practices, which are largely hidden from the public. Thus, the cost of a lawsuit and access to billing information is more easily handled in a class-action suit. READ MORE EMERGENCY ROOM CHARGES LEGAL NEWS Predatory ER Overcharges and Hospital Overbilling Has to Stop “I’d Rather Pay an Attorney Than the Hospital for ER Overcharges” Hounded by Swedish Medical Center for ER Overcharges Payment Uninsured patients who have received care at a major hospital’s emergency room in the past three years and have paid all or most of their bill may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the hospital. “There is a limited group that ends up damaged or injured by these Charge Description Master billing practices,” Kramer says. “The bottom line is that emergency room billing for uninsured is based on an unconscionable rate structure, which insured patients, Medicare patients and Medicaid patients don’t have to pay. “Even the hospital contracts signed in an emergency room setting are deceptive, since they never explain the fact that an uninsured will be required to pay far more than others for the same services. It's a tainted system, and it works unfairly. Unlike other patients, uninsured patients have no rate structure agreed on in advance, and only after uninsured leave the hospital do they get hit with an exorbitant bill.”
In an effort to reduce accidents that killed 150 bicyclists throughout California in 2012 and injured nearly 5,000 more in Los Angeles County alone, California lawmakers have enacted a law requiring motorists to stay at least three feet away while passing bicyclists. The law, which took effect on Tuesday, puts California among two dozen states that have enacted such buffer zones. It imposes a $35 fine on violators, which can be increased to $220 if an accident occurs while a vehicle is within the three-foot prohibited area, reports the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.). Police will rely on visual observation to determine whether a driver is in violation of the law. Previously, drivers were required to maintain a safe distance from bicycles, but what constituted a safe distance wasn’t defined, NBC Bay Area reported last year. Bicylists in California are required to follow the same traffic laws as cars, the Times says, including stopping at red lights and stop signs. They are allowed to use a full traffic lane.
A 20-year-old woman accused of surfing Facebook while she was driving at 85 mph on a North Dakota highway earlier this year has been charged with negligent homicide after a fatal rear-end accident. Abby Sletten was en route from Fargo to Grand Forks on Interstate 29 on the afternoon of May 27 when she passed a witness who was traveling at 80 mph. Meanwhile, the witness later told authorities, he could see another vehicle farther ahead braking and signalling an unauthorized U-turn, according to CNN and the Star Tribune. Sletten allegedly never braked before plowing into the SUV in her Ford Escape. An 89-year-old passenger in the SUV died at the scene; her granddaughter and great-grandddaughter survived. Police got a warrant and searched Sletten’s cellphone and say that she had been texting while driving and viewing photos on a mobile Facebook app at the time of the fatal crash. Ordinarily, such cases of distracted driving are difficult to prove unless the alleged perpetrator’s cellphone can be searched, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told CNN. State law there prohibits texting while driving. Sletten appeared Wednesday in Trail County District Court where bail was set at $5,000. Her lawyer, Bruce Quick, declined to comment. If you, your loved ones or friends have been injured by someone Facebooking while driving contact The Kashar Law Firm.
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