West Seattle Blog... » Delridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle salmon: Help Puget Soundkeeper scout, and save, Longfellow Creek coho http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-salmon-help-puget-soundkeeper-scout-and-save-longfellow-creek-salmon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-salmon-help-puget-soundkeeper-scout-and-save-longfellow-creek-salmon/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:04:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292765

(Photos by Torin Record-Sand for WSB, unless otherwise credited)
Tomorrow morning, you’re invited to join Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for a walk along Longfellow Creek in North Delridge, as the group continues to investigate the health of local salmon. We got a preview by joining Kathryn Davis and Michelle Piñon from Soundkeeper on Wednesday as they were joined by Elissa Ostergaard, a creek steward from South King County.

As WSB readers had reported earlier this month, they say they’ve seen many coho in the creek. We didn’t see any live fish on Wednesday, perhaps because of the semi-long dry spell (now over), but we did learn what you can find out from a dead fish, once one was spotted:

First, Ostergaard pulled it out of the water:

Then it was measured – and finally, Kathryn looked inside:

That one spotted underwater just north of the “fishbone bridge” was believed to be a hatchery-bred female that had spawned – no eggs found inside. Soundkeeper is focusing on pre-spawning mortality, in hopes of supporting further work to clean up the creek and keep out toxic runoff that can kill a fish within hours of contact – read more about their work here. Two weeks earlier, Davis told us, they had done another spot survey, finding 10 dead salmon:

(Photo courtesy Puget Soundkeeper Alliance)
She told WSB, “Of the 8 females, 5 had died before spawning. It is too hard to tell with the males, although both still had milt in them.” Today’s rain could bring more salmon in from the creek’s “mouth” – a pipe opening on the Duwamish River – and/or it could surface more dead salmon that we didn’t see on Wednesday. Join the walk tomorrow at 10 am and you never know what you’ll see:

RSVP to michelle@pugetsoundkeeper.org if you see this in time – or just show up at Dragonfly Pavilion, which is at 28th SW and SW Dakota. And if you’re inspired to take better care of our waters …

tox-ick.org has simple advice on what you can do, personally, for starters. (You can also ask Soundkeeper about volunteering for a full-scale salmon watch on Longfellow next year.)

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Update: ‘Attempted child luring’ reported in school alert – what we’ve since found out http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/attempted-child-luring-reported-near-boren-building/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/attempted-child-luring-reported-near-boren-building/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:10:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292500 6:10 PM: Thanks to the Arbor Heights Elementary and K-5 STEM parents who forwarded this, which they said they’ve received from school staff via e-mail and robo-call this past hour or so:

There has been a report of an attempted child luring in the vicinity of our school. The vehicle is a black F-150 Ford pickup, driven by a heavy-set, older black male. The license of the truck is B060—. The police were notified, and the subject is a registered sex offender. The suspect has not been apprehended. Please be aware and talk with your children about keeping safe. More information to follow tomorrow.

That’s the entirety of the notice, at least in the version forwarded to us. STEM and AH are currently sharing the Boren Building at 5950 Delridge Way SW. We are checking with police, who will be at tonight’s Crime Prevention Council meeting (7 pm at the precinct, Delridge/Webster) if we don’t reach them sooner.

7:06 PM UPDATE: Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske has been looking into this for us. He finally found the incident report and says it happened yesterday – it was originally called in as a different type of incident, and while investigating that, they say, a child told them of being approached by the person described in the alert, so they are now looking for that person. (We only had a quick comment to speak with him before the WSCPC meeting – if we’re able to get any more info afterward, we’ll add.)

8:49 PM UPDATE: So far what we’ve found out, from covering the Crime Prevention Council meeting, is that this was reported yesterday afternoon and the report is categorized missing child/suspicious vehicle (again, the child is safe, and was not abducted or otherwise harmed, we’re told). The registered sex offender who is believed to be the suspect does not live in the West Seattle area. The report carries the address 26xx SW Kenyon, which is the Denny IMS vicinity, but short bits of info on police reports can carry the address from which an incident is reported instead of where it happened, so we’re still awaiting confirmation of where exactly the child was approached. (Added: 6900 block Delridge, per police)

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: We’re continuing to follow up with police and Seattle Public Schools. In comments, two STEM parents have shared this text of a followup message from their principal:

I received several inquiries about a school messenger sent out by Arbor Heights yesterday concerning an alleged child luring incident. The information contained in the message was shared by a parent, and we were not able to confirm several details after conferring with SPS security or the police, and so we were advised not to send an alert. Because of the questions, I am sending out an update of information we were able to confirm.
On Monday, November 17 the driver of a black Ford 150 truck with a roof rack was acting suspiciously while talking with a 7th grade Denny Scholar on his walk to school. The driver was reported as being a heavy set older African American male. The incident was reported to the police.
As always, communicate with your children regarding good safety practices.

9:09 AM: We’ve been talking with SPS spokesperson Stacy Howard over the past hour. She confirms that a local parent saw the suspicious vehicle, reported it to police, and then directly contacted schools. Howard says there is supposed to be a protocol for what steps are gone through to send a school-wide alert, and they are sending a reminder to school administrators about that today.

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Policing plan reviewed with precinct commander @ North Delridge Neighborhood Council http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/policing-plan-reviewed-with-precinct-commander-north-delridge-neighborhood-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/policing-plan-reviewed-with-precinct-commander-north-delridge-neighborhood-council/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:03:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291698 You’ve probably heard about the neighborhood-by-neighborhood policing plans that are a priority for the city’s new Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. At various neighborhood-council meetings since she came to Seattle, we’ve seen those plans take shape, and the most recent one was this past week’s monthly meeting of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council:

Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske sat down with the NDNC last Monday night to review the plan. One major zone of concern: The 5400 block of Delridge Way SW, “related to DESC building and Super 24 store.”

He said he had looked at stats regarding what’s going on for five blocks around:

DESC (COTTAGE GROVE COMMONS, 5444 DELRIDGE): Wilske said the building had drawn a notable number of calls, especially between June and September. Though that number is starting to “go back down,” Wilske said, “we’re spending a significant amount of time there.” The calls are mostly people “in crisis in one form or another,” so he will meet with DESC to see if there’s some way to cut down on number of times they’re going there or AMR (ambulance service) is going there.

Levi Dineson, the building manager since Cottage Grove Commons opened almost a year ago, happened to be across the table from him, and said he’s been working with the Community Police Team Officer for the sector to brainstorm ideas, such as, whether the on-site managers know about certain residents who seem to be calling police almost daily about cases that aren’t necessarily crimes or emergencies. “I don’t want to demonize anybody but if we can get people the services they need the first or second time we see them …” Capt. Wilske said, and Dineson agreed. (Later in the meeting, the topic of an on-duty nurse, something Cottage Grove Commons doesn’t have, arose; Dineson said it would be a matter of getting that funded somehow, which might require advocacy including statistics on how often Seattle Fire medics and AMR ambulance crews are responding to issues that a nurse might be able to handle.)

SUPER 24: Though anecdotally people complain about it, Capt. Wilske said he couldn’t find many calls to its address – seems clear “there’s an issue there” but hasn’t identified what exactly it is. “For the number of times I have heard it come up, I was surprised at how few calls there were.” Attendees told him about efforts in the area – such as the nearby alley – to improve things, and that while there are problems, they don’t always result in calls – “everybody’s used to a certain level of (BS), and they won’t call unless someone gets shot.”

Other areas discussed:

–Greg Davis Park: It’s now part of the policing plan and will be one of the stops for the emphasis patrol that’s going out to West Seattle parks a couple nights a week.

–Vehicle speeds: “Something I’ve heard about up and down Delridge” – he’s looking for grant funding to get a “traffic emphasis” on Delridge as was done a while back on 35th SW, since that “extensive traffic enforcement” made a difference. For Delridge, “speeds are up” and people will use center or bus lane as a passing lane, dangerous since “neither is set up as a passing lane.”

–Stairways: Safety problems and visibility problems – overgrown, unlit – were discussed. The stairways are city right of way – technically, extensions of, or connections between, streets – but some are poorly maintained. Capt. Wilske said frequent patrols might be too much of a stretch of resources but inspecting and maintaining them for CPTED “might be the better way to go.”

Also brought up: Food-truck parking on the Super 24 lot, which community members say has created more areas in which clandestine activity can happen out of view. … “Homelessness in general”; Wilske observed that “just ripping away people’s belongings doesn’t make them not homeless,” but they are especially concerned about risky behavior, such as one site where they’ve noticed somebody broke into a power cabinet – “that’s the kind of stuff that turns you to dust, and somebody’s going to get killed.” It was agreed, that the safety of people camping out was a big concern. Capt. Wilske said the smaller “encampments” here tended not to be places where people preyed on each other like bigger ones in the city (“the jungle,” for example).

Also, it was suggested that some people think there’s more crime than there actually is, so stats would be helpful. Capt. Wilske said he’ll do his best to get more information out. It was noted that not everything is reported – “you have to call, or we don’t get on the radar,” as NDNC’s Nancy Folsom put it.

One resident asked why he doesn’t see police going down his street. Police are on bike and foot patrols too, said Capt. Wilske. A traffic-safety discussion eventually erupted – and perhaps an education campaign, such as “you have to stop for pedestrians.”

Wrapping up the discussion with Capt. Wilske, NDNC’s Kirsten Smith, who has been point person on the policing plan, said it was good to have worked with him, and that NDNC hadn’t previously had much contact/collaboration with SPD.

ALSO DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING: Some wondered about the timeline for Delridge Grocery moving into the commercial space set aside for it in Cottage Grove Commons (the DG website says they’re hoping to open the store in spring/summer of next year) … Increasing Delridge development, especially on lots in “environmentally critical areas” previously seen as untouchable, was flagged as something to watch, particularly as it factors into area drainage trouble. … Time was spent looking ahead to Saturday’s Gathering of Neighbors (WSB coverage here), planned by a committee including newly elected NDNC co-chair Michael Taylor-Judd; the North Delridge Action Plan was scheduled for a city-led discussion.

NDNC meets second Mondays, 6:30 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and is online at ndnc.org.

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West Seattle weather: South Delridge loses a tree on a breezy night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-south-delridge-loses-a-tree-on-a-breezy-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-south-delridge-loses-a-tree-on-a-breezy-night/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:45:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291962

Thanks to Dillon for sharing that photo via Twitter – a tree down across Delridge about a block north of Roxbury. City crews were on the scene when we went by a little while ago, and looked as if they’d be finishing cleanup before long. Forecast calls for breezy conditions to continue – let us know of any weather trouble you spot, 206-293-6302, text/voice 24/7.

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Reader report: Words of gratitude for a West Seattle neighbor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reader-report-words-of-gratitude-for-a-west-seattle-neighbor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reader-report-words-of-gratitude-for-a-west-seattle-neighbor/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:09:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291629 A message like this might usually end up in the WSB Forums‘ Rant/Rave section, but it arrived in our inbox, and a Monday morning seemed like the time for some good news. From Kelly:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the woman who is currently raking leaves off the sidewalk (which is also the primary bike route in/out of our neighborhood) and the Delridge onramp to the bridge. That street flooded horribly earlier this week because of leaves in the storm grate and was dangerous. The water was almost over the sidewalk. My husband and I were driving by so I couldn’t thank her myself but I hope you’ll share my deep appreciation!


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West Seattle salmon update: Longfellow sightings; Fauntleroy visits http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-salmon-update-longfellow-sightings-fauntleroy-visits/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-salmon-update-longfellow-sightings-fauntleroy-visits/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:52:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290917 Coho season continues on 2 local creeks:

Thanks to Josh for sharing that quick clip of one of more than 20 salmon he spotted during a visit to Longfellow Creek: “There are a ton of fish near the bonefish bridge, and we recommend people check it out!” (It’s a short distance down the trail from the Dragonfly Pavilion area just south of 26th/Yancy.)

Meantime, from Fauntleroy Creek, Judy Pickens and Dennis Hinton report more than 90 human visitors during their three-hour “open creek” sessions Saturday and Sunday afternoons. No new coho sightings over the weekend, though, so the total remains at 19. But as Judy puts it, visits are worthwhile, fish or no fish, enabling visitors “to experience spawning season very close to home and to learn a lot about salmon and habitat protection.” (Find out ways you can make a difference, here.) Volunteers will continue their watch in Fauntleroy for at least another week.

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Noticed the line outside Skylark? It’s for video star Taylor Caniff http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/wondering-about-the-line-outside-skylark-its-for-video-star-taylor-caniff/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/wondering-about-the-line-outside-skylark-its-for-video-star-taylor-caniff/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:22:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290486

Thanks to Rachelle for calling us about an hour ago and asking what was up with the massive line outside The Skylark in North Delridge. Research ensued, and here’s what we know: An 18-year-old online-video star named Taylor Caniff is here to meet his fans. He’s famous mostly for clips on Vine (:06, endlessly looping) and YouTube. Samples in this YT compilation of some of his Vines:

According to this tweet (he has 1.5 million Twitter followers), he’s officially holding court for the next three hours:

And if the line we found around quarter till 5 is any evidence, he’ll be busy. Listen to the fans scream as his RV rolls up:

He lives in Indiana; an online bio says he’s been posting videos to YT since 2012, Vine since 2013.

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Utility-work alert: Pipe project ahead on 26th SW in North Delridge, including request for neighbors http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/utility-work-alert-pipe-project-ahead-on-26th-sw-in-north-delridge-including-request-for-neighbors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/utility-work-alert-pipe-project-ahead-on-26th-sw-in-north-delridge-including-request-for-neighbors/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:09:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288844

That map shows the location of a pipe project just announced by Seattle Public Utilities for a block and a half of the 26th SW greenway in North Delridge. It will affect people who drive, bike, and walk in that area, but it also comes with a request for those who live there: Don’t use outdoor water while the work is under way (indoor water, no problem, since it drains to a different part of the system). Here’s the full advisory, which neighbors should be getting if they haven’t received it already:

SPU says the work should start within the next two weeks.

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North Delridge Neighborhood Council: New officers; policing plan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/north-delridge-neighborhood-council-new-officers-policing-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/north-delridge-neighborhood-council-new-officers-policing-plan/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:16:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288639 Two notes from tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting:

NEW OFFICERS: After tonight’s elections, Jake Vanderplas and Michael Taylor-Judd are co-chairs, Nancy Folsom is co-secretary, Lisa Taylor-Whitley is beautification chair, Kirk Lauckner is outreach chair, Parie Hines is community design/land-use chair, and Taylor-Judd also serves as streets/pedestrian advocacy chair. That still leaves three open positions – co-secretary, treasurer, and public-safety chair.

POLICING PLAN: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske was a last-minute cancellation but the draft neighborhood-policing plan for North Delridge – one of at least half a dozen under development for local neighborhoods (as part of a process under way citywide right now) – was circulated, same one originally linked from the NDNC website last month:

If you’re interested in shaping the final plan, a neighborhood walking tour with Capt. Wilske was announced for 4 pm October 27th – please RSVP to Kirsten Smith, NDNC’s point person for the policing plan, so you’ll get info on the meeting point when it gets closer.

NDNC meets second Mondays, 6:30 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and is online at ndnc.org.

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Update: Delridge water-main break repairs under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/about-100-households-without-water-after-delridge-break/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/about-100-households-without-water-after-delridge-break/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:32:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287455

Thanks to Melissa for the tip: About 100 Delridge-area residences are without water while Seattle Public Utilities crews work on an 8-inch-pipe break. While the trucks we photographed are right by the Boren Building, home to two schools, SPU’s Ingrid Goodwin tells WSB that the building DOES have water. She adds that “the water has been throttled down. … Once the pipe is exposed, we’ll have a better idea about how long the repair will take. If it is a horizontal break, it could take all day (until 5 pm) to fix.” We’ll update this report when that information’s available.

2:32 PM: Update from Goodwin: “Water is back on for all customers and crews should have things wrapped up and be out of the street by 4 pm today. The cause of the break will be investigated by SPU.”

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Ready to ride? Denny teachers to lead bilingual community bike tour on Longfellow Creek Trail this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/ready-to-ride-denny-teachers-to-lead-bilingual-community-bike-tour-on-longfellow-creek-trail-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/ready-to-ride-denny-teachers-to-lead-bilingual-community-bike-tour-on-longfellow-creek-trail-this-saturday/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:33:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286891

Another quick look ahead to Saturday – this time to make sure you know about a community bicycle ride along the Longfellow Creek Trail, to be guided in Spanish and English by Denny International Middle School teachers Andrew Chase and Ben Evans. Its goal is “to connect students and their families to local ecology” – but everyone, whether connected to a local school or not, is welcome to be part of it. Above, the invitation in English; for the Spanish version, click here. Meet at 9 am Saturday (September 27th) at the baseball fields by Roxhill Elementary (30th/Roxbury).

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West Seattle schools: K-5 STEM, Arbor Heights volunteers work to make things ‘a lot’ safer http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-schools-k-5-stem-arbor-heights-volunteers-work-to-make-things-a-lot-safer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-schools-k-5-stem-arbor-heights-volunteers-work-to-make-things-a-lot-safer/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:14:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286379

(WSB photos)
Way back in January, when the Seattle Schools Traffic Safety Committee convened at the Boren Building, they heard K-5 STEM parents and staffers warn that existing safety challenges in and around the parking lot would only intensify when Arbor Heights Elementary moved in starting this fall. And it’s indeed been busy, to say the least – so this morning, volunteers gathered for a “parking-lot party” to fix what they could – a lot of painting, for example (top photo), and weeding/de-mossing.

Bigger issues remain to be solved, beyond the scope of a weekend work party – see our report on this past week’s Delridge District Council meeting for more on that – but progress is progress, one step (or paintbrush) at a time.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: North Delridge Tree Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-north-delridge-tree-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-north-delridge-tree-walk/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:58:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285555

(Photos by Holli Margell of Holli With An I Photography)
Do you take the trees in your neighborhood for granted? One way to shake that ennui – organize a Tree Walk. That’s what Patrick Baer did in North Delridge today, and about 30 people joined him, including photographer Holli Margell, who shared these photos. Above, that’s Patrick with the Heritage Cully River Birch. The walk started at Greg Davis Park, and the group heard about the park’s origins.

From left in that photo are Lisa Taylor-Whitney, Patrick Baer, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and Tanya Baer. The route included part of the Longfellow Creek Trail:

And a stop under the canopy of a Lawson Cypress:

Find out more about tree walks around the city and how to be a Tree Ambassador, by going here.

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‘Future of Aerospace’: Career expo for high-school students next Friday in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/future-of-aerospace-career-expo-for-high-school-students-next-friday-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/future-of-aerospace-career-expo-for-high-school-students-next-friday-in-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:39:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284869 Never too soon for high-school students to look ahead to what happens after their diplomas are in hand. Here’s one way: The “Future of Aerospace” career expo next Friday (September 12th) afternoon at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. From the announcement:

During FOA, students will able to learn about the following careers:

* Pilot – Commercial and Private
* Flight Attendant
* Flight Instructor
* Aircraft Design
* Aircraft Mechanic
* Aircraft Manufacturing
* Air Force Reserve Pilot
* Air Force Reserve Careers
* Aviation Business Management

Here’s the full announcement (PDF) explaining who’s involved, why, and what teens can learn with a visit to the expo, 3-5 pm Friday at Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW).

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West Seattle development: New commercial building on Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-development-new-commercial-building-on-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-development-new-commercial-building-on-delridge/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:25:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284829 Our daily check of city Department of Planning and Development records turns up a new project in a high-profile place: The lot at 5448 Delridge Way SW, between DESC’s Cottage Grove Commons and the Martin’s Way storefront. The site has long held a ramshackle 1927-built cottage. On Friday, its new owner applied to the city for permission to tear down the house and build a commercial building. Documents in the file carry the name of Dreamscapes, a local landscaping company whose owner bought the Delridge site a year ago, according to county records. The online file says the permit is for a 1-story “office” building with a pre-fab steel frame and four on-site parking spaces (the site is zoned for “neighborhood commercial” up to 40 feet high).

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