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[html]If, in 1999, you had asked me to guess which American Pie actor probably wouldn’t appear in a sad, sad retread 11 years later because they had better things to do, my answer wouldn’t have been Alyson Hannigan. But against her better judgement the How I Met Your Mother star is back, along with all your old friends: Jason Biggs! Tara Reid! Shannon Elizabeth, finally freed from the collapsed bunker beneath Maxim Magazine’s publishing office!

JERK-OFF JOKES, AHOY! 



I’m pretty sure that kid-getting-hit-by-a-sock-filled-with-come joke was used in the last Meet the Parents movie, but nice effort, American Splooge Whoops 2012

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It's been a while since baseball meant much north of the border this late in the season. After all, nearly 20 years has passed since the Toronto Blue Jays claimed their first of back-to-back World Series trophies.

So what's left for Canadian baseball fans to do but savour snippets of success from Canucks in the game? Lately, there have been a few.

Like these ...

Yesterday, B.C.'s Brett Lawrie hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Jays to a 1-0 win to open a four-game set at Rogers Centre with the Boston Red Sox. Lawrie took a 1-1 offering from pitcher Dan Wheeler into the second deck in left-centre for the victory.

On Saturday, Milwaukee's George Kottaras became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season. The Scarborough, Ont. native got things rolling with a solo homer in the fourth inning off Astros pitcher Bud Norris, tripled in the sixth, hit an RBI single in the seventh and capped the 8-2 victory off with a double in the ninth.

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As a nation, we let loose our collective belts and chowed down in celebration of Thanksgiving. And in another annual ritual, many of us are now vowing to eat healthy and get back on the exercise bandwagon before winter’s chill sets in and the lure of the couch grows too strong.

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For Falone, she suggests switching to whole grains like brown rice and quinoa (nutrient rich, higher fibre), incorporating some lemon and citrus (adds freshness), reducing the amount of fat used in food prep (forget deep fried) and substituting pureed beans to sauces and stews which thicken while also adding protein and fibre (makes you feel fuller).

“I think the key is to keep it simple but also to make sure you’re always using a variety of flavours and textures, which will be more satisfying,” says Falone, who also has a healthy supply of fresh herbs on hand.

And in terms of preparation, the easier the better, she adds.  If you can whip something up in under 30 minutes, you’ll be less likely to snack beforehand or overindulge by the time dinner’s ready.

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Win your own Black & Decker Distinctions kitchen  – a Digital Rice Cooker, Infrared Countertop Oven with Rotisserie and SkilLite Searing Skillet!

 

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roman Rice Pilaf

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each dried oregano leaves, salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) parboiled long grain white rice
1  onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup (75 mL) golden raisins
1/4 cup (50 mL) pitted green olives, thinly sliced
2 tbsp (30 mL)  finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced and divided
3 cups (750 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) honey
3 cups (750 mL) baby spinach or arugula leaves
1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest
Shaved Parmesan cheese
Toasted pine nuts

Preheat the Black & Decker Distinctions® Digital Rice Cooker to sear as per manufacture’s directions. Combine oregano with salt and pepper; sprinkle all over the chicken. Brown the chicken, in batches, for 2 minutes per side or until golden. Transfer to the steamer basket and set aside.

Place the rice, onion, raisins, olives, tomatoes and half the garlic in the unit. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until well combined. Stir in the broth. Position the steamer basket in place and top with the lid.

Adjust the unit’s setting to white rice. Cook for 15 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice with the honey and remaining garlic; brush all over chicken. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken and cook rice for an additional 5 minutes or until tender. Stir the spinach and lemon zest into the rice until well combined and spinach is slightly wilted. Unplug the unit to stop the cooking.

Meanwhile, cut the chicken into large chunks. Transfer the rice to a larger serving platter and arrange chicken over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Makes 4 servings.

 

Open-Faced Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Sandwiches

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Toss sliced onions, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the veggies until tender; remove from unit. Adjust the setting to toast. Toast 4 ciabatta bun halves until lightly browned. Adjust the setting to broil. Top each bun with roasted veggies, drizzle with homemade or prepared pesto and sprinkle with goat cheese or feta. Place sandwiches in the unit and toast until cheese is gooey. Serve immediately.


Braised Asian Pork Chops with Bok Choy

Preheat skillet. Brown boneless pork loin chops on both sides. Drain excess fat. Add thinly sliced onion, red pepper and carrots. Pour in your favourite homemade or low-sodium prepared stir-fry sauce. Cover and bring to a boil. Adjust setting to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add baby bok choy and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with sliced green onion and sesame seeds. Serve over steamed rice or noodles.

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[html] Ongoing salary negotiations between Fox executives and the six main voice actors on The Simpsons – who have been asked to take a significant pay cut – may not be as important to the show’s future as first believed. As plans for an all-Simpsons network (seriously) and more lucrative syndication deals come to fruition, an executive has revealed to The Wrap that the current 23rd season (!) will likely be the last.

THANK. GOD.

That is all.

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The world was not shocked when Hank Williams Jr took the time last week to go on Fox News and clumsily declare US president Barack Obama analagous to Hitler, in a golf metaphor that confused me more than the nickname 'Bocephus' does. His words prompted ABC Sports to remove his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” from the opening of their football games for the moment.

When questioned, Williams' son, psychobilly artist Hank III declared that the only musician worth a lick in terms of political views is Jello Biafra. I would agree, but only if we bought the slightly shrill Jello a pitch-shifting voicebox to talk through. In a terrible, terrible piece of counter-publicity, Williams has released a song called "Keep The Change", which critiques Fox And Friends while claiming his right to keep his 'gun and Christian name' while calling the USA the “United Socialist States Of America.” Why not? I personally think the USA started looking communist when they legalised the well-known Russian sport known as ice hockey.



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[html] Feist - “How Come You Never Go There” (Live On Late Show, originally from Metals, out now)



Kid Koala - “Cardboard Stars Sea Shells” (From Space Cadet, out October 25)



Dum Dum Girls - “Bedroom Eyes” (From Only in Dreams, out now)



Theophilus London - “I Stand Alone” (From Timez Are Weird These Days, out now)



Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Ffunny Ffriends” (From S/T, out now) 





Explosions in the Sky - “Last Known Surroundings” (From Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, out now - read our fresh interview with the band here)



HUMANS - “The End” (Short film/Single)

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Drake's new album Take Care drops October 24th, but in the meantime the superstar has released a video for his new track "Headlines" which shows off his Toronto pride, featuring the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre prodominently.

Having recently been awarded the Allan Slaight Award at Canada's Walk of Fame this month is shaping up to be another big one for the rap icon.

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October 2, 2011: It's 10 degrees and grey. Rain is coming down like tears during Sophie's Choice. Even the friskiest of canines refuses to venture far from the warmth of the family room fire.

Not a day for a picnic.

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Hardly a naysayer in sight, wool-donning Torontonians queued up for cornbread from Jamie Kennedy, Cassoulet from Auberge Du Pommier and mulled wine from Harbord Room

With steamed pork buns developed through a dreamy collaboration between Cumbrae's  and Splendido, fresh cut prosciutto from the Healthy Butcher and even chopped salad with shredded pork, Picnic '11 proved that pig is still fashionable.

Despite the overly sated throng chanting "long live pork belly," non-meat eaters were still welcome, even, dare I say it, quite content. From ceviche to stuffed peppers to fresh ravioli with sweet potato and squash, animal loving locavores passed nary a judgement on mustachioed dudes filling there maws with lamb pastrami on tiny toasts.

All in good fun and all for a good cause, Picnic '11 was a grand success. Cheers to the small guy.

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It was a boffo blast of box-office business this weekend, with Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ruling the roost and taking in $42 million dollars in its first weekend — a nice parallel to the $42 I took in this weekend.

Second place belonged to the return of The Muppets, everybody's favourite bipolar objects.

Third place went to the film Happy Feet 2. The overpowering dominion of these films for babies has made me realise that moviegoers are controlled by our children, and if not by them, by the child inside all of us. Which maybe explains why I bring a sippy cup when I see I a film.


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IOL is reporting that South African artist and DJ Leon Botha has died, at the age of 26. Born and raised in Cape Town, Botha suffered from a genetic condition known as progeria, in which symptoms of aging occur rapidly at a very young age. Progeria is extremely rare, and Botha was one of the oldest known survivors in the world.

Though he was an accomplished painter with no formal training, Botha was perhaps best known for his musical work, under the name DJ Solarize, and association with rap group Die Antwoord. He appeared in their 2010 video for “Enter the Ninja”, viewable below.

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Veteran character actor and eternal badass Charles Napier has passed away at the age of 75, from causes currently undisclosed.

If you went to the movies or watched TV regularly in the past 40 years, chances are you saw Napier more than once. Usually cast as a no-nonsense authority figure type, Napier’s film career began under the watch of B-movie king Russ Meyer; he appeared in Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), The Seven Minutes (1971), and Supervixens (1975). 

He went on to appear in The Blues Brothers (1980), Rambo II (1985), Austin Powers (1997) and just about everything directed by Jonathan Demme, including perhaps his most memorable supporting role as a guard taken down by Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Napier was also a constant TV fixture, with guest spots on the original Star Trek series, a main role in the cult Jon Lovitz show The Critic, a recurring character on The Simpsons (as, natch, Springfield’s surly prison warden) and his last credited part on FX’s Archer.

 


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The 14th Annual Canada's Walk of Fame rolled out the red carpet in the streets of Toronto for a star studded evening of celebrating six more Canadian icons including Russell Peters, Mordecai Richler, Sandra Oh, Daniel Nestor, Burton Cummings, and Dr. Roberta Bondar.  TORO was there for the celebrations to bring you these star studded photos.

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Canadian comedian Russell Peters arrives with his wife Monica Diaz and their newborn daughter Crystianna Maria Peters.

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Howie Mandell, 2009 Walk of Fame inductee adresses the crowd before hosting the 2011 Walk of Fame celebrations

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Singer Chantal Kreviazuk with Our Lady Peace singer husband Raine Maida

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Legendary singer/songwriter Burton Cummings

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Actress Sandra Oh best known for her role as Dr. Christina Yan on ABC's Grey's Anatomy

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Sandra Oh with her mother on the 2011 Canada's Walk of Fame red carpet

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Daniel Nestor, recognized as the third most decorated doubles champion in tennis history, winning multiple titles over the span of his epic career. He's also the only player in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the year-end Masters Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal in doubles at least once.

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Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist and first Canadian female astronaut in space.

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Florence Isabel Wood and her son Noah accept Canadian author Mordecai Richler's award posthumously

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"A Song For Canada" competition winner 19-year-old Calum Graham joins Chantal, Raine, and red carpet host Rick Campanelli to talk about the honour of being part of the awards and the kick-off of his career after winning the competition.

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Canadian singer Suzie McNeil performs  to kick off the show on the Canada's Walk of Fame red carpet in Toronto, October 1, 2011

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Canada's Walk of Fame inducted six Canadian icons in Toronto yesterday and TORO was there to catch all the action. The full 14th annual Awards Broadcast celebration airs Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global and Slice but we have an exclusive peek at the performances and inductees!

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Drake is honoured with the Allan Slaight Award, presented to a young Canadian making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy. The award includes a $10,000 honourarium which Drake has donated to Dixon Hall — a community-based service that aims to create opportunities for people of all ages to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives in low-income neighbourhoods of Toronto.

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Chantal Kreviazuk performs "I Am Here (A Song For Canada)" alongside Raine Maida, Stephan Moccio, Calum Graham, backed by the Global Village orchestra and members of the Bach Children's Chorus.

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Canada's Walk of Fame host Howie Mandel appears in his bright red jacket before a pigeon emerges from the inside of his coat.

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Comedian Russell Peters

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The legendary Burton Cummings

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Actress Sandra Oh best known for her role as Dr. Christina Yan on ABC's Grey's Anatomy

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Actor Eric McCormack performs a Burton Cummings tune before introducing the inductee

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Eric McCormack pulls out all the stops

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Host Howie Mandell took to the streets to find a random Canadian.  Enter Bob, who Howie threw to the spotlight as dancers surround him for a dancing tribute to Canada.

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Tennis player Daniel Nestor

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Florence Isabel Wood and her son Noah accept Canadian author Mordecai Richler's award posthumously

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Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist and first Canadian female astronaut in space.

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Sandra Oh, Roberta Bondar, and Florence Isabel Wood pose for TORO's cameras backstage after the show.

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We've borrowed this one from the Bitter Leaf Fan blog.

If you're a Toronto sports fan, you should appreciate this. If you're not a Toronto sports fan, you can laugh smugly.

This is the Toronto sports media story generator, a perfect tool for any rookie reporter on the beat for any or all of the Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors and Argonauts. We notice Toronto FC hasn't yet merited inclusion.

Long-suffering sports fans of Toronto, many of whom have never had much to celebrate, will recognize the nuances and patterns here from what they've followed in the media over these torturous past few years.

But in defence of sports writers, the seasons for them can feel much longer than they do for fans, asking the same questions over and over to [insert coach's name here] and [insert star player to move on to a winning team here] as the season drags on and whatever promise was shown yields to disappointment.

Perhaps that's why Toronto sports fans have come to love heart and hustle — at least it's something to celebrate.

 

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Things are lining up for Major League Baseball's run to the World Series.

The Boston Red Sox blew a one-run lead in the ninth to fall 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles while the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from down 7-0 in the eighth inning to the Yankees for an 8-7 victory, securing the American League wild card berth. The Rays' Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run over the left field wall to push his team into the postseason.

For the Red Sox, the loss was part of an epic collapse that saw them go 7-20 in the month of September.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals sealed their playoff fate, earning the wild card berth with a dominant 8-0 win over the Houston Astros. Former Blue Jay Chris Carpenter tossed nine shutout innings to secure the victory.

In the AL, the Yankees will host the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers welcome the Rays. On the NL side, St. Louis and the Phillies square off again while the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[html] Just thought we’d let you know that on Thursday, September 22 (that’s TOMORROW! Get your plaid shirts ironed and your jeans tightened now) will see the fourth edition of “Nice Friends,” a friendly gathering of indie rock bands at Toronto venue The Piston. The lineup includes spooky folkies The Morals...



...Garage rockers Dilly Dally...

  Pretty, Pretty Pictures by Dilly Dally

...cerebral indie pop group and TORO Garage Band alumni The Box Tiger...



...and a “Special guest/friend appearance.” Who could it be? I’m just going to assume they’re talking about me. Doors at nine.

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[html]After a busy few years on the scene Toronto indie rockers and TORO Garage Band alumni Hands & Teeth have finally announced their debut album: Hunting Season will drop January 17, following up on the band’s 2010 EP/mini-album Enjoy Your Lifestyle. Check out a full tracklist, truly cool cover art, title track stream and tour dates below.

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1. It’s All Coming Back
2. All That Was
3. Le Petit Voleur
4. Sound of Hamilton
5. Missing
6. Parallel States
7. Hunting Season
8. Song 8
9. Radio






"Hunting Season":



Dates:

Nov. 30 @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (w/ White Rabbits)
Jan. 6 @ APK Live, London (w/ Dinosaur Bones, Teenage Kicks)
Jan. 13 @ The Phog Lounge, Windsor
Jan. 14 @ Mansion House,  St. Catharines  (w/ Teenage Kicks)
Jan. 21 @ Casbah Lounge, Hamilton
Jan. 27 @ The Mansion, Kingston (w/ The Love Machine)

Live @ TORO:

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[html]This week in the TORO Playlist Drake drops his best recent single, Lamb of God provide a read-along video for their fans, and Montreal's Grimes kicks off the new year of music.

Drake – “The Motto” (From Take Care, out now)



Alekesam – “It’s Not You, It’s Here” (Single)



Youth Lagoon – “July” (From The Year of Hibernation, out now)

Jet Life – “1st Place” (From Jet World Order, out now)



Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking” (Lyric version) (From Resolution, out January 24)

 



Scissor Sisters – “Shady Love” (Single)



Grimes – “Genesis” (From Visions, out February 21)

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Saskatoon duo We Were Lovers are about to hit the road for a North American tour this fall in anticipation of their debut album due out Spring 2012. In the meantime you can hear their latest single "We've Got It" for FREE! Get it HERE.

If you missed them perform "Summer Life" exclusively on TORO's Garage Band, check it out below before catching them live in your area at one of their upcoming tour dates:

OCT. 06 - WINNIPEG, MB @ THE PYRAMID
OCT. 07 - THUNDER BAY, ON @  THE OFFICE
OCT. 08 - SAULT STE MARIE, ON @ TBA
OCT. 09 - SUDBURY, ON @ TOWNEHOUSE TAVERN
OCT. 10 - TORONTO, ON @ HORSESHOE TAVERN
OCT. 11 - TORONTO, ON @ RANCHO RELAXO
OCT. 12 - PETERBOROUGH, ON @ THE SPILL
OCT. 13 - KINGSTON, ON @ THE MANSION
OCT. 14 - OTTAWA, ON @ LIVE LOUNGE
OCT. 15 - MONTREAL, QC @  CFC
OCT. 18 - MONCTON, NB @ TBA
OCT. 19 - CHARLOTTETOWN, PE @ TBA
OCT. 20 - HALIFAX, NS - HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION @ THE SEAHORSE 11:30 PM
OCT. 22 - FREDERICTON, NB @ THE CELLAR
OCT. 24 - PORTLAND, ME - TBA
OCT. 25 - BOSTON, MA @ TBA
OCT. 26 - HAMDEN, CT @ THE SPACE
OCT. 27 - NEW YORK, NY @ TBA
OCT. 28 - NEW YORK, NY @ PIANOS
OCT. 29 - PHILADELPHIA, PA @ DANGER DANGER GALLERY
OCT. 31 - PITTSBURGH, PA @ BELVEDERES
NOV. 02 - DETROIT, MI @ TBA
NOV. 03 - TOLEDO, OH @ THE O TAVERN
NOV. 04 - CHICAGO, IL @ TBA
NOV. 05 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ TBA

 

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[html] David Fincher has wrung enough half-baked anticipation out of a story you’ve probably already read or seen acted out in full by a Swedish cast. Now the full trailer for the American Girl With the Dragon Tattoo complete with actual dialogue: 





Cool? I guess. There’s a lot of fake Swedish accents in there while some participants (Christopher Plummer) are clearly too old for that gimmicky shit. Otherwise it somehow makes this story of horrible murder in the dead of Scandinavian winter seem colder than it already is. Neat trick.

 

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