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Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

Local KSN News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:35

LONDON (AP) — Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze.

In a case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors described their initial confusion when the previously healthy man turned up in the emergency room of a Leicester hospital, complaining of swallowing difficulties and “a popping sensation” in his swollen neck.

The 34-year-old patient told them his problems started after he tried to stop a forceful sneeze by pinching his nose and closing his mouth. He eventually lost his voice and spent a week in the hospital.

“When you sneeze, air comes out of you at about 150 miles per hour,” said Dr. Anthony Aymat, director for ear, nose and throat services at London’s University Hospital Lewisham, who was not involved in the case. “If you retain all that pressure, it could do a lot of damage and you could end up like the Michelin Man with air trapped in your body.”

While examining the sneeze-averse patient, doctors in Leicester heard “crackling in the neck” down to his ribcage, a sign that air bubbles had seeped into his chest. Worried about infection and other possible complications, they admitted him to the hospital, gave him a feeding tube and administered antibiotics, according to details published in BMJ Case Reports.

Dr. Zi Yang Jiang, a head and neck surgeon at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, said he sees one or two cases arising from repressed sneezes each year, making them an “exceedingly rare” occurrence.

Jiang said it was bizarre that a single sneeze could generate enough force to cause the kind of physical damage that usually results from trauma, such as a gunshot wound to the neck. A collapsed lung is among the problems that retaining the air from an imminent sneeze can cause, he said.

“The whole point of sneezing is to get something out of your body, like viruses and bacteria, so if you stop that, those may end up in the wrong part of the body,” he said. Jiang said in most cases, the excess air is later absorbed by the body.

The English patient made a full recovery and was advised to avoid plugging his nose while sneezing in the future. Doctors recommend letting sneezes rip into a tissue instead.

“The safest thing to do — although it’s not socially acceptable — is just to sneeze loud,” Aymat said.

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Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Local KSN News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:30

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.

The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark, foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The children, ages 2 to 29, “appeared to be malnourished and very dirty,” according to a press release announcing Sunday’s arrest of the parents. “The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.”

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, each were held on $9 million bail and could face charges including torture and child endangerment.

It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys.

State Department of Education records show the family home has the same address as Sandcastle Day School, where David Turpin is listed as principal. In the 2016-17 school year it had an enrollment of six with one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades.

Neighbors said they were stunned by the arrests. Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, heard about the case from a friend.

“I had no idea this was going on,” he told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside. “I didn’t know there were kids in the house.”

Other neighbors described the family as intensely private.

A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins’ front yard. Perkins said he complimented them on it.

“They didn’t say a word,” he said.

The Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, The New York Times reported. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed.

Their bankruptcy lawyer, Ivan Trahan, told the Times he never met the children but the couple “spoke about them highly.”

“We remember them as a very nice couple,” Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often.

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One person injured in Wichita apartment fire

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:39

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was injured in an apartment fire in northeast Wichita Monday night. The fire occurred at the Brickstone At Woodlawn Apartments in the 2300 block of N. Woodlawn.

A Sedgwick County emergency dispatch supervisor told KSN firefighters were dispatched to an apartment in the complex after a caller reported a cooking fire. A short time later, Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene after firefighters reported one person was injured in the fire.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital with serious burns.

Fire officials did not give a damage estimate to the apartment and its contents.

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West Wichita food store robbed by man with pepper spray

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:28

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A west Wichita convenience store was robbed late Monday morning. The robbery occurred at the H Food Mart in the 100 block of W. 21st Street about 111:20 a.m.

Photo of a robbery suspect who robbed the H Food Mart in West 21st St. North on January 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy Wichita Police Dept.)

Wichita Police said in an email when officers arrived on the scene a store employee reported an unknown man entered the store and pepper-sprayed her. The robber took her purse and cigarettes from the businesses before fleeing the scene.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County at 316-292-1111.  All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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Dangerous cold bears down on Wichita

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:41

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –  The wind chills will dip into the negatives tonight, something that can prove to be a health hazard for anyone who is outside.

Which is why health officials are making sure people are taking this kind of weather seriously.

“It is very important that if you are going to be outside for any length of time that, especially your extremities, your toes and your fingers, that we are keeping those covered with warm, dry coverings,” said Amy Gunderson, a Registered Nurse with Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit.

Gunderson says the cold, frigid temperatures we’ve had so far this year have already proved to harmful.

“We are worried about the frost bite this year, we’ve seen 13 cases so far this year, generally we see two to three in a season,” said Gunderson.

While many people are choosing not to venture out in the cold, others are braving the frigid temps to make sure everyone is out of harms way.

Officer Nate Schweithale with the Wichita Police Departments Homeless Outreach Team was making sure there was nobody trying take shelter outside.

“We are trying to make sure we make it a priority to contact all the homeless out here, get them connected to the shelters, it is pretty dangerous when it gets this cold,” said Ofc. Schweithale.

Garland Edgerton, the Executive Director of Interfaith Ministries says kept their winter emergency shelter open all day for those who needed a bed and place to keep warm.

“We had 90 people last night, obviously most of them have decided to stay in today,” said Edgerton.

Knowing the cold can turn dangerous for anyone who is outside for any length of time.

“It saves lives, it’s quite frankly if we were not open, a large number of these folks would not have a place to go,” said Edgerton.

With the morning temperatures expected to be hovering around the zero mark wind chills well below freezing, many school district officials have made the decision to cancel class for tomorrow.

USD 259 here in Wichita has decided to close school for tomorrow because of the weather.

KSN spoke with Susan Arensman, a spokesperson for USD 259.

She says when deciding whether to stay open or close, they monitor the weather conditions.

Arensman says wind chill is one of the many factors they look at with winter weather conditions.

 

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Family on shooting victim: “He’s a very nice, generous person.”

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:59

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sunday evening we told you about the 26-year-old man who was shot while on a ladder taking down Christmas decorations.

This afternoon Wichita Police say a suspect is now in custody.

It happened in the 3800 of East Cessna, which is near Pawnee and Hillside.

Elvin Alvarez says the man shot last night is his wife’s niece’s husband, Ever Chavez.

He says he wasn’t there when he was shot, but rushed to the home after he heard about what happened.

Elvin Alvarez says he visited Ever Chavez just before we started this interview.

His son stayed with us to translate what his dad could say about Sunday night.

“The victim, he saw the guy pointing the gun at him so he started going down the ladder, really quickly,” said Elvin Alvarez, Wichita.

This, he says, is when Ever was shot. He says Ever didn’t know the suspect, and described his family member as a person who doesn’t get into trouble.

“He’s an excellent person, he’s a very nice, generous person,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez says Ever and his wife are expecting a child, and he is a step father as well.

Wichita Police say a second victim, a 50-year-old man, was almost hit when a bullet hit the door next to him.

Neighbors say they were shocked by what happened.

“Two cop in one car, you know they drive by that’s it, last night surprised me ambulance and police,” said Sang Sengvilay, Wichita.

Alvarez says he’s thankful it wasn’t a different outcome that night.

“Thank god that nothing else happened to him because it would have been a big, big bad thing for our family,” said Alvarez.

The suspect in custody is a 29-year-old man and police say he was found close by to the home, in the 3800 block of East Cessna.

Police say they’re still investigating the incident.

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Family on shooting victim: “He’s a very nice, generous person.”

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:47

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sunday evening we told you about the 26-year-old man who was shot while on a ladder taking down Christmas decorations.

This afternoon Wichita Police say a suspect is now in custody.

It happened in the 3800 of East Cessna, which is near Pawnee and Hillside.

Elvin Alvarez says the man shot last night is his wife’s niece’s husband, Ever Chavez.

He says he wasn’t there when he was shot, but rushed to the home after he heard about what happened.

Elvin Alvarez says he visited Ever Chavez just before we started this interview.

His son stayed with us to translate what his dad could say about Sunday night.

“The victim, he saw the guy pointing the gun at him so he started going down the ladder, really quickly,” said Elvin Alvarez, Wichita.

This, he says, is when Ever was shot. He says Ever didn’t know the suspect, and described his family member as a person who doesn’t get into trouble.

“He’s an excellent person, he’s a very nice, generous person,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez says Ever and his wife are expecting a child, and he is a step father as well.

Wichita Police say a second victim, a 50-year-old man, was almost hit when a bullet hit the door next to him.

Neighbors say they were shocked by what happened.

“Two cop in one car, you know they drive by that’s it, last night surprised me ambulance and police,” said Sang Sengvilay, Wichita.

Alvarez says he’s thankful it wasn’t a different outcome that night.

“Thank god that nothing else happened to him because it would have been a big, big bad thing for our family,” said Alvarez.

The suspect in custody is a 29-year-old man and police say he was found close by to the home, in the 3800 block of East Cessna.

Police say they’re still investigating the incident.

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Wichita kids spend their snow day helping others

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:09

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – 10-year-old Hunter Fershing and his best bud Chris Ibbetson are shoveling snow for their neighbors today.

“Yea, the community just does so much for me so I wanted to give back,” said Hunter Fershing.

Both Fershing and Ibbetson say they are braving the snow for free today and their neighbors have definitely appreciated their efforts.

“When we did that house, that nice lady actually offered us McDonald’s and offered to pay but we said no thank you,” said Fershing.

It was a no to the money but a strong yes for the McDonald’s. The boys say this isn’t their first time shoveling snow but today seemed like a great day to put their snow skills to the test.

“So we’ve done this house, this house, this house and now we’re starting on this one,” explained Fershing.

So far the boys have shoveled snow and cleaned driveways for 10 homes in their neighborhood.

“We both like helping people so this just seemed like a good idea.”

Both boys were happy to announce that they received a few bucks from a neighbor that refused to let them work for free.

“They paid us five dollar bills and we’re like so happy about that. We weren’t expecting to get paid. We just thought this would be a good idea the community.”

The boys say they hope to be able to help their neighbors shovel snow throughout the winter.

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Slow going on Wichita streets

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:42

Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) – Slow down and take it easy, or you may end up in the ditch. Or worse.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported more than three dozen accidents by 11:00 a.m. and troopers were all out on the roads taking reports and helping stranded motorists.

And at the Wichita Driving School, the owner said bad weather is the perfect teaching tool.

“Keep in mind, these conditions are not good, and you have to drive accordingly,” says Mike Johnson, Owner of the Wichita Driving School. “But then somebody goes by about 55 miles and hour and you’re going about 30? That’s really bad. You’ve got to watch out for those folks. You want to make sure you slow down, increase your following distance, change lanes at a gentle pace. You want to brake early and gently. You don’t want to have anything sudden happen.”

As students learn, experienced drivers out in the weather  say, yes, keeping it slow has kept them out of an accident.

“Well, I slid once. Pulling out of the parking lot, there was a lot of ice, it was completely frozen over,” says Marquita. “But, yeah, just don’t panic when you slide.”

Troopers working accidents have been warning people since the weather got cold, a little slower can make all the difference between being late or not being somewhere at all because of an accident.

“When it does get cold weather, the roads are going to get slick, obviously,” said Trooper George Downs with the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We do want to make sure they are slowing down, taking more time, not following so close. So do make sure you increase the distance from the person in front of you.”

Downs says the roads that have cleared during the day, some will freeze again. And, if you are in an accident that requires medical help, do not hesitate to call 911.

“Speeds are a big thing as well,” said Downs. “Just keep that in mind.”

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Firefighters battling massive hotel fire in Lawrence

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:35

Video courtesy KSHB-TV

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNW) – Fire fighters are battling a massive hotel fire in Lawrence.

The fire is at the America’s Best Value Inn on McDonald Drive, about a mile and a half north of the KU campus. Firefighters have been on the scene since shortly before noon.

Initial crews could not get the fire under control and more trucks and crews arrived, but they had to back out and fight the blaze from outside of the building.

Fire officials also cleared people away in case the building collapsed. Parts of the building have collapsed.

So far, we have not heard of any injuries. We will keep monitoring the situation and bring you any updates as needed.

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3 injured in building fire in SW Wichita

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:06

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Three people are injured after a building fire in southwest Wichita.

According to Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow, two people were treated on the scene for minor injuries and one other person was taken to the hospital in fair condition.

The back of the building. (Photo courtesy KSN News)

The fire was at Fleet Maintenance, a full-service repair shop.

Chief Snow said employees inside the building heard a boom and then saw a fireball. She said the employees self-evacuated.

An employee who was inside at the time said he heard a strange noise moments before the explosion. He said everyone was in a panic.

“I heard a little bit of air hissing and I heard people yelling and when I went to open the door is when something inside pretty much exploded,” said Jadon Allen, an employee at Fleet Maintenance. “And when I went outside of the shop I could feel the heat over my head and when I turned around it was pretty much engulfed the whole ceiling.”

When fire crews arrived on the scene they were able to know the fire out fairly quickly.

KSN has a crew on the scene and updates will be provided as new details become available.

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Road to the Olympics: Ice dancing pair says being siblings is a key to their success

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:00

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (NEXSTAR) — Ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani are two-time U.S. champions, Olympians and medalists on the national level.

They’re also siblings, a factor they consider key to their success.

“The bond that we have with each other, combined with the trust we have for our coaches really makes for a pretty potent combination,” said Alex Shibutani. “It gives us that confidence that we have when we take the ice.”

The two began skating as children, and paired up to ice dance competitively in 2004.

“From the first year that we started ice dancing together, we just showed up and had fun and won a medal and that’s something we’ve sort of continued throughout our career,” Alex said. “I think that our calling is definitely on the ice.”

For the past ten years, the siblings have trained in Michigan. Although they spend plenty of time on the road, they have no plans to change their home base.

“We have an amazing training environment,” Maia said. “It’s a great place for us to develop our very best work.”

The Shibutanis competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but didn’t medal.

“We learned so much and we were very inspired,” Maia said. “Since then, our skating has gotten so much better, and we’re really looking forward to our second Olympics.”

This time, their sights are set higher.

“We’re definitely working to be the best team in the world,” Alex said. “I think that if we can become the best team that we can possibly be, we’re very capable of achieving our goals.”

The siblings are also very active on social media, something they feel benefits their sport.

“I think that it’s a great opportunity this season to expose people to our sport,” Alex said. “We really love what we do, and to be able to share that with as many people as possible is a really important part of being champions and being members of this Olympic community.”

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Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:24

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain.

Glenford Turner, of Bridgeport, sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week.

According to court papers, Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013.

Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body.

Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the instrument, and his lawyer, Joel Faxon, says doctors confirmed it was the same scalpel.

Faxon calls it “an incomprehensible level of incompetence.”

The VA did not immediately return messages Monday.

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Interview: Night of Awareness

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:02

(KSNW) – Hayley Fields, organizer for the Night of Awareness, stops by KSN to tell us about an upcoming event that aims to educate the community about human tracking and help local victims.

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Heroic hound saves family from fire

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:56

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) – A Missouri family says their dog is a hero for waking them up during a house fire before the smoke detector alarmed.

It happened in South County early Sunday morning, around 2 a.m., when the Beaudreau family’s black lab, River, would not stop barking and nudging her owners.

“I’m thinking, ‘What a pain in the butt. What’s wrong with you dog?'” said owner Laura Beaudreau.

But she is glad she listened. After the dog could not be appeased with food or time outside, Beaudreau and her husband, Matt, got up to start looking for what was wrong.

When she opened the door to the garage, what she found was terrifying. Flames and black smoke and immediately slammed the door.

They rushed to get their two boys from the basement and their daughter from her room and left their burning home with what they could grab.

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Overland Park police investigate hoax call after false report of a barricaded shooter

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:27

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KSHB) – Overland Park police are investigating after a hoax call sent them to a home on West 131st Street Monday morning.

Police initially called it a barricaded subject situation. Overland Park police said someone called them and said they had shot a relative and would shoot police if they showed up.

The tactical response team was called in to make contact with the suspected shooter.

41 Action News crews on the scene reported seeing the road blocked off, guarded by two officers with long guns.

While police still thought this was an active situation, they were asking everyone in the neighborhood to stay in their houses.

Police Spokesperson John Lacy said later that the call appeared to be a hoax and police would be investigating it as such.

Police said no one had been shot, contrary to what the caller said.

Police said a father and two of his sons were inside the home at the time.

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Dog that killed 3-year-old Oklahoma girl had only been in home for 2 weeks

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:14

DUNCAN, Okla. (KFOR) – A young Oklahoma girl was killed in a dog attack over the weekend.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, a 3-year-old girl was attacked by a dog at her Duncan home.

When officers arrived on scene, the medium-sized bulldog mix-breed dog ran from the area.

Later, when officers found the dog, police say the dog came towards the officers and was shot and killed.

The dog was a family pet, KSWO reports.  It had only been in the home for two weeks, officials said.

Sadly, the girl did not survive her injuries.

She was rushed to a local hospital where she died.

Her identity has not yet been released.

Witnesses are still being interviewed to determine what led up to the attack.

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Officials: Chicago O’Hare airport travelers may have been exposed to measles

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:53

CHICAGO (WFLA) — People traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week may have been exposed to the measles.

A passenger who arrived on an international flight Wednesday morning had a contagious case of measles, according to health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has contacted the people who sat next to the infected passenger on the flight. But officials say anyone who was in the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday may have been exposed to the disease.

Travelers who were not at O’Hare that day are not at risk, but some say they are still worried.

“I’m definitely very concerned,” one traveler said. “I would be very worried if that was the case and I was here. Especially being a new parent with this being our first daughter so it’s even more scary. But in general, absolutely terrified.”

Health officials are stressing the fact that the risk of infection is low, especially for individuals who are vaccinated against measles.

Anyone infected with the disease may see symptoms as late as January 31, they say. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery red eyes.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:46

LONDON (AP) – Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died. She was 46.

Publicist Lindsey Holmes says O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.

Holmes says the singer’s family is “devastated” by the news.

The Limerick band became international stars in the 1990s with hits including “Zombie” and “Linger.”

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Stabbing in Seward Co. leaves 1 man injured, suspect in custody

Local KSN News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:32

LIBERAL, Kan. (KSNW) – A Liberal man is recovering while another man is behind bars following a stabbing in Seward County Saturday night.

According to Liberal Police Captain Patrick McClurg, the stabbing happened around 8:41 p,m in the 700 block of N. Grant. McClurg said the victim, a 29-year-old man, reported getting into an argument with his 21-year-old roommate when he was attacked with a knife.

The victim sustained at least one stab wound and multiple defensive wounds. He was taken to Southwest Medical Center with non life threatening injuries.

Investigators were able to identify several witnesses of the attack and the evidence at the scene and the witness statement were consistent with the victim’s account.

The suspect was found at a home in the 200 block of W. 6th Street and taken into custody without incident. He has been booked into Seward County Jail for attempted first-degree murder, criminal threat and criminal damage to property.

The investigation is ongoing.

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