April 7th, 2017

Hartley: Getting a little squirrely about fake news – Aspen Times

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This week, I was so excited to write a column about one of the best things I’ve seen on Facebook in a while: “Woman arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend.” I’m not even sure what the crime would be for something like that, but it was accompanied by the greatest mug shot I’ve ever seen just awesomely stupid. I couldn’t believe how easy my job was going to be.

I practically had the column written in my mind the minute I saw the headline. I was going to go out and trap a bunch of squirrels and train them to be special operations forces. Then I was going to set them loose to kill all the world’s religious extremists. It was going to be a win-win. Best-case scenario, I was going to end terrorism; worst-case scenario, you’d have a few more cuddly attack squirrels at the park where your children play.

The story itself couldn’t have been any better. The squirrels had ambushed the guy on a number of occasions and managed to bite off two fingers and a testicle, and he only figured out his ex-girlfriend was orchestrating everything when he caught her lurking behind a tree during one of the attacks.

As I read on, though, I realized it seemed a little too perfect. The article was on a website that was clearly some kind of tabloid, and when I looked deeper into the story, I learned that all of it from the squirrels to the mug shot was fake.

I was crushed. I wanted so badly for the story to be true. Those are the kind of stories that keep me going and on which I’ve survived for the past nine years. But I am a respectable journalist, dadgum it, and when I learn that a story is fake, there is no way that I will use it as the basis for a column.

And so it goes with the nonexistent lady with the imaginary trained attack squirrels. I couldn’t possibly use it as a flimsy premise for a column now. That would be beneath me.

Yeah, right.

But my experience does bring up an important point about why fake news is such a problem, and why everyone, on all sides of all issues, needs to keep themselves better informed and bring a healthy dose of skepticism to everything they read or hear from a friend.

We’re all insecure. We all want so badly to think that we’re right about things. It’s important to our fragile egos. Thus, when we want to catch up on the news, we seek out sources whether it’s Brietbart or MSNBC that reinforce the things we already believe and make us feel better about ourselves.

I’m sure researchers have done studies proving that people are much more likely to believe fake news when they already agree with it. That’s just human nature. If you like what something is telling you, you’re not going to challenge it because you wouldn’t want to know it wasn’t true.

In my case, with the nutty lady and her squirrels, there’s no drastic consequence. I was just bummed to learn it wasn’t real. But when it comes to things that matter, like stories about our government and elected leaders, it can be a little dangerous to have people believing fake things. At the very least, it contributes mightily to the pathetic level of discourse that passes for our national conversation these days.

If you’re a regular reader of Fox News’ website or the Wall Street Journal, go to CNN or the New York Times every now and then to read some opposing viewpoints, and vice versa. Before you believe everything you read online and share it with your friends, check to make sure it’s true. Your friends will appreciate it.

There was a quote that a friend reposted on social media recently that perfectly sums up the problem I’m talking about: “Ah, April 1st: The only day of the year that people critically evaluate things they find on the Internet before accepting them as true.”

Just treat every day like April Fool’s Day and never accept things at face value, particularly if you agree wholeheartedly with them. I know that sounds cynical and pessimistic, but in this day and age, with so much untrue crap flying all around the Internet, you really need to be wary, or next thing you know, you’ll be believing that mentally challenged women can actually train squirrels to attack.

Todd Hartley taught chipmunks how to stuff acorns in their cheeks. Seriously; he was the guy. To read more or leave a comment, visit http://zerobudget.net.

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April 3rd, 2017

Squirrel Removal Experts In Westchester & NYC

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Squirrels in Westchester and NYC can be a big problem for your home or business. Regardless, 24 Hours Exterminators has an effective and efficient solution that will allow you to take back control of your property. With years of professional pest control under our belt, we know how to get the job done.

While other Westchester and NYC pest control companies may employ a wide spectrum approach to dealing with insects and animals, 24 Hours Exterminators knows that long-term eradication is built on a case-by-case basis and there is no single method that will get rid of different pest types. By dealing with the specific problem at hand rather than a generic treatment, you can finally say goodbye to everything from termites to squirrels.

To figure out what needs to be done, a 24 Hours Exterminators professional will make a free consultation visit to your property to discover not only what types of pests are present and how to treat them but also why they are choosing your location. In many cases, we’re able to identify and remove the breeding conditions or food sources that are making your property attractive to pests.

For a holistic pest control company in Westchester and NYC that gets rid of pests for good, call 24 Hours Exterminators at 914-862-0842.

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March 30th, 2017

Atlanta United at Seattle Sounders: What to Watch For – Dirty South Soccer (registration) (blog)

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Say what you want but the international break is the worst. Fans are filled with anxiety over whether or not their national teams will qualify for the World Cup while club team supporters are anxious about whether or not their teams star player will get injured in a game that doesnt affect league standings. If you were in the Venn diagram of Atlanta United and USMNT fans, you felt a mixture of elation with the 4 points the Stars and Stripes earned and dread as the Five Stripes lost their striker for 4-6 weeks with a quad strain.

To make matters worse, the army of intelligent squirrels that MLS bread to create the 2017 schedule has Atlanta facing off against Seattle on Friday night. This gives the team one less day to recover from international play and the rigors of intercontinental air travel.

How will lineup changes impact United?

Atlanta will most likely be playing without Miguel Almiron who played 135 minutes for Paraguay over two games and will be traveling to Seattle from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kenwyne Jones may also have limited availability after logging significant minutes in both of Trinidad and Tobagos games. While Carlos Carmona played just two minutes in the international break, he may also be held out since he missed most of practice over the last two weeks.

Julian Gressel has been put forward as a possible replacement for Almiron as central attacking midfielder moving up from his deeper #8 role he has played so far this season. Gressel scored 15 goals for Providence last year and has shown that he can link the defense with the attack, but he is not as strong on the ball as Almiron and will have to deal with Ozzie Alonso getting in the way of everything in midfield. How he plays will be crucial if Atlanta is going to get a point or steal a win in the match.

Further up the field in some ways this week isnt the worst timing for Josef to miss a game. He was unlikely to play a full 90 minutes even if he had been healthy if he had played in both games for Venezuela so Atlanta should have been preparing for his absence for this game anyway. That also means that the team has been preparing his replacement for the past two weeks in practice.

As far as replacing him, it seems likely that Yamil Asad will play as a false 9 and Jacob Peterson will move into his role on the left wing. Peterson and Asad have both had nearly two weeks of practice in these roles. That time will have been crucial for Peterson to build chemistry with Greg Garza since Atlanta has looked very dangerous when Atlanta breaks down the left side of the field with Asad starting there.

For Asad, it means that hes had two full weeks to practice rounding goalkeepers, defeating offside traps, and work on his diving headers.

Key Matchup: Atlantas backline vs. Whoever starts for Seattle up front

In the past two weeks Seattle has shown that it can punish disorganized defenses and will exploit midfields that allow them to find space to work when they counter. The Sounders found that space in the past two games and fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Montreal in the match before they battered the New York Red Bulls for a dominant 3-1 win.

In contrast to New York and Montreal, Atlanta has only allowed three goals this year. Of those, only one was from the run of play with the others being an own-goal and a penalty. In comparison, Montreal is notoriously spotty on defense and was prone to giving up late goals last year. For their part, New York is still working on a new system and badly failed to control the midfield against Seattle.

Atlanta will have the benefit of two more weeks of practice so that the defenders can continue to build fitness, chemistry, and communication skills. One more thing in Atlantas favor will be that the Sounders will likely have to rotate their squad. They had five players on international duty including Clint Dempsey who is still recovering from a heart condition, Jordan Morris who injured his ankle against New York, and Nico Lodeiro who will be traveling to Seattle from South America. Left back Joevin Jones, who also gets involved in the Sounders attack, may also be doubtful after playing two qualifiers for Trinidad and Tobago.

With the Sounders possibly missing their three headed attacking monster Atlanta should be able to contain the Seattle attack which may feature Will Bruin, who lost his starting spot in lowly Houston last season, at forward.

An opportunity to exploit Seattles backline

While Atlanta should have all four starting defenders on the field, the Rave Green may rotate their backline. As mentioned above, Joevin Jones may not play and if he does it will be his third game in seven days. Defensive anchor Roman Torres will most likely be on the bench as the center back played in both of Panamas World Cup qualifiers and may be suffering from a severe case of being served after Christian Pulisic set up Clint Dempsey for a goal.

Chad Marshall is a lock to start but is slow and may be paired with Tony Alfaro who played in six games for the Sounders last year and watched Atlanta score four goals on Seattle in the preseason. At right back, an out of position Cristian Roldan or versatile MLS newcomer Gustav Svensson could be options to fill out the defense.

The backline rotation presents Atlanta an opportunity to take advantage of players who have not played a game as a unit to this point in the season. Seattle will have been planning for this as well but their plan B defenders against Atlantas starters should be a matchup that favors United.

While coach Tata Martino noted that he expects a close up and down match, in a lot of ways the game shapes up well for United. There is never a good time to play Seattle but going against their B lineup is definitely more favorable than playing them at full strength. Atlanta will be happy with a point from the match but stealing another win on the road should not be out of the question this week.

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March 30th, 2017

Rehabilitated bobcat released into wilds of Wawayanda – New Jersey Herald

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VERNON Faced with an opening, the bobcat was cautious; curiosity, after all, is a trait of felines.

As he stood in the opening, he looked left: People!

On silent cats’ paws, he receded like the fog, into the depths and safety of the wooden transport case which had brought him Wednesday to Wawayanda State Park.

The wild spirit which kept him alive, and his rehabilitation team to “just know he’s going to do well,” then took over. He waited for maybe five minutes hunkered in the carrier.

When the young cat went for it, he bounded out of the opening, sprinted toward the safety of a rock ledge, slipped on the stone, then found safety by keeping the treeline between himself and those humans.

In seconds, he was over the brow of the hill, back into the woods.

Behind him, the humans applauded.

It was something of a “Born Free” moment.

A bobcat was born last spring and as a juvenile just striking out on his own last November, was struck by a car, nearly killing it.

He won’t know the amount of effort which went into saving his life; from the family that heard the screech of tires and found the young bobcat beside the road, calling animal control; to the skilled fingers of Wendy Ross, the orthopedic veterinary surgeon who used screws, wires and plates to put the pieces of his mangled leg back together; to the rehabilitation team at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Clinton that cared for him.

As the people who assembled for his release drifted away, Heather Freeman stood at the bottom of the hill, looking toward the crest over which the bobcat disappeared.

She is the wildlife care supervisor at Woodlands. The bobcat was under her care.

“We’re not supposed to get attached,” she explained after turning her back to the hillside. “But, you do care.”

Tracy Leaver, executive director at Woodlands also exclaimed that there’s no attachment, despite the sheen in her eyes as she described “the wild spirit” which had kept the bobcat alive, never a passive captive, but seeking to be released.

After the surgery, the post-operative care was a box, two-feet by four-feet.

“We couldn’t let him move around,” Leaver explained to the media gathered for the relatively rare event of releasing a bobcat back into the wild.

This particular bobcat — nicknamed “B.C.” (for bobcat, of course) — came at a good time for the state Division of Fish and Wildlife. It helps the division to celebrate its 125th anniversary; remind taxpayers that they can check-off a donation to wildlife on their income tax returns; and to generally acknowledge the many wildlife rehabilitators around the state.

And, yes, the state also sells personalized wildlife license plates.

It was a good way as well to talk about the state’s efforts in the recovery of an animal which is on the state endangered species list. The only land-based mammals on the list are the bobcat, Allegheny woodrat and the Indiana bat.

Leaver also used it for her own fund-raising plug.

“We don’t receive any federal or state funding,” she said. “All our efforts are funded through donations.”

Leaver said B.C. is the 29th bobcat the facility has rehabilitated with 27 of them now released back into the wild.

When he first came to the facility, “he was looking a little small, a little funky,” she explained. He was an estimated six or seven months old.

At his release, his estimated weight was about 12 pounds and when he fully matures, he’s likely to be about 25 pounds.

She said the process “is not an easy task, nor did it make him very happy.”

Leaver believes the little bobcat had the right attitude.

Giving him a voice she said: “I’m good. I’m going to get out of here. I’m going to do whatever it takes to survive.”

After time in the box, “we put him in a small room all his own,” she explained. “Then came a bigger room, still alone, but with things to do.”

It included ledges and boxes, places to climb and hide.

He was fed dead prey.

“But we could tell from the way he approached it, his mother had taught him well. He was a hunter,” she said.

Then came the outdoor enclosure where his natural secrecy took over.

“We sometimes couldn’t see him,” Leaver said. “We set up a series of trail cams as monitors.”

The secretive nature of bobcats makes even expert biologists unsure of just how many there are in the state, said DFW biologist Gretchen Fowles, who heads the state’s research efforts.

Once common in New Jersey, as they are across much of North America, development, farming, trapping and bounties cut their numbers to where some experts believe there were no wild bobcats left in the state by the middle of the 20th century.

In the late 1970s, DFW decided to reintroduce the bobcat and over the course of a half-dozen years brought in 24 bobcats captured in Maine.

“I’m not sure if they are back to what their numbers once were,” Fowles said, “but we believe it’s getting close.”

Through DNA analysis, she said it appears the current bobcats still retain much of their Down East ancestry, but there is enough of New York and Pennsylvania populations in them to be almost a “New Jersey bobcat population.”

A male bobcat will have an average territory of about 10 square miles — females a bit less — however they can be wanderers, she said.

Recently, a bobcat known to have been born in New Jersey was found more than 100 miles away in Pennsylvania.

Although B.C. was born just a year ago “by six months old, (when he was struck by the car) it’s in their nature to hunt,” said Leaver.

Fowles said bobcat young are weaned in 60-70 days and by 3-4 months old, are going farther and farther away from mom.

Most of the state’s bobcats are in the area west of Interstate 287 and north of Interstate 78. But they can also easily move north or west into New York or Pennsylvania.

Although bobcats historically would have lived in the Pinelands, the biologists said there are no reports of residents seeing them in central or southern parts of the state.

The bobcat’s natural prey are small mammals, such as rabbits, mice, squirrels and chipmunks and birds, insects and sometimes fish. Large bobcats have been known to take down a sick or injured deer, but a healthy deer can usually fight off an attack.

An adult male can be up to four feet long and two feet tall, and weigh 19 to 25 pounds. In northern New England and eastern Canada, adult males are larger ranging up to 50-60 pounds.

As to B.C.’s future?

“He was extremely lucky,” said Fowles of the quick response by the residents when they heard the car, and realized the bobcat was still alive.

She said he was not mobile and likely would have become one of the eight “roadkills” the division recovers in an average year.

However, young bobcats “are naive about things like cars. About 70 percent of those (roadkills) recovered are less than 2 years old.”

Leaver said she was optimistic about B.C.’s survival into adulthood.

“It was the wild spirit that I was most awed by,” she said. “There’s nothing you can do to tame down a bobcat.”

Bruce A. Scruton can also be contacted on Twitter: @brucescrutonNJH or by phone: 973-383-1224

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March 29th, 2017

DC Animal Watch – Washington Post

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These cases were handled by the Humane Rescue Alliance, which operates its shelters at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW and 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, call 202-576-6664 or 202-726-2556, or go to humanerescuealliance.org.

Sticky feathers: Eighth St. NE, 800 block, March 12. A report was received about a bird stuck in a glue trap inside a utility closet. An officer picked up the starling and took it to the shelter. The bird was removed from the glue trap and then transferred to City Wildlife for rehabilitation.

Temporary housing: Fifth St. NW, 1300 block, March 15. A man called about a squirrel nest on his balcony with babies in it. An officer found the mother squirrel nursing two pups. Because the animals were outside the home, the officer did not move the nest. Deterrents were discussed with the homeowner, who was told to wait until the pups have moved off before removing the nest.

Family secured: Ponds St. NE, 4400 block, March 19. A woman called about a family of cats in her garage. An officer captured the mother cat and her three nursing kittens and took them to the shelter. The mother cat will be put through the CatNiPP program and returned to the neighborhood. The kittens will be made available for adoption.

Adoptable pet: Oglethorpe St. NW, unit block, Feb. 1. An owner who lives in a small apartment surrendered a 10-month-old puppy to the shelter because the dog needed more space.

Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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March 26th, 2017

Squirrel Control, Squirrel Removal Syracuse New York

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Syracuse New York is home to the gray squirrel and Syracuse New York squirrel control problems stay fairly consistent with the beautiful weather and abundant food supply. If you have ever tried to use a squirrel trap, you probably have found that it is harder than you think. The squirrel just doesnt rush over to inspect the trap and run right in. It takes more than that to fool them. Squirrel control starts out like any control program with the right approach. If the squirrel in your attic is causing a problem, then cages will be set and the problem squirrels will be caught. After we solve your squirrel problems, the correct maintenance and prevention strategies need to be applied.

There is a squirrel repellant that does work in some circumstances. Ropel is one of the leading repellants and will help stop the chewing and damage caused by them. If you have a squirrel problem where the animal is chewing on your trees, Ropel is a great solution to control them. Always read the label when applying repellents. Squirrel removal from attics, soffits and even crawlspaces is something that happens fairly regularly. If they can find a place to get in, they will raise a family.Squirrel removal from squirrel traps will normally result in the relocation of them to another habitat. If you are able to do so legally, this is a great solution to this problem. A squirrel in the attic can do a tremendous amount of wiring damage in a very short time. You must protect your wires or a fire could result. The longer the squirrels are in the attic, the more damage will occur. Each year many homes catch fire because of chewed wiring.

Squirrel control will get rid of squirrels with either squirrel traps or through one way doors but scare tactic programs never work. Here once again, you can buy any type of electronic scare device, but long term, they will fail. It simply moves the squirrels to another part of the home or building. These are not an effective squirrel deterrent.

There is also no such thing as squirrel poison. In all states it is illegal to poison game animals. The poison peanuts you see are not meant for squirrels, but gophers. The squirrels will require trapping or other measure to control them. New York law does not allow you to poison squirrels. Squirrel problems will be most abundant during spring and fall of the year. The spring brings babies and fall brings babies and the tendency of them to come indoors to escape the cold. Squirrel removal is the only way to make your home or building safe and healthy again.

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March 26th, 2017

Squirrels – The New York Times

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Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.

By STEPH YIN

A reader hopes that the state will eventually ban these hunts.

A lawsuit filed by a squirrel aficionado claims there has not been a proper review of the events environmental effect.

By JESSE McKINLEY

What looks like nothing more than a clump of leaves is a complex, layered construction of twigs, leaves and vines.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Test your knowledge of this weeks health news.

By TOBY BILANOW

Genetic analyses of 25 squirrels in Britain showed that they were infected with M. leprae, a cause of leprosy in humans.

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Arent you glad you dont have to tell your little one that this is where babies come from?

By JOANNA KLEIN

They are like us and right there with us, our honored frenemies.

By AVI STEINBERG

Many common animals, plants and insects are not native to the environments in which they are now found. Take this quiz and learn more about the living things that surround you.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Dont fall victim to the repellent racket. Cut off their entry points.

By MALIA WOLLAN

How does an endangered species get out of danger? The Delmarva fox squirrel knows how.

By VICTORIA SHANNON

Squirrels do have color vision, but they cannot see the difference between the green leaves of summer and the red leaves of fall, researchers say.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A common sight in its East Coast home range, the mammal is versatile and easily finds homes in urban areas.

By DAVE TAFT

Stray squirrels, security breaches and, more commonly, technical glitches have caused exchanges around the world to halt.

Pacific Gas and Electricity blamed a squirrel for a power failure that struck 45,000 Bay Area residents last week. But the utilitys past transgressions have left many skeptical of that excuse.

By RONNIE COHEN

The hawk has perched outside a second-story window to hunt for gray squirrels, despite efforts by blue jays and crows to get it to leave.

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

My previous dog, a New Yorker like me, didnt hunt. Charlie, though, hes a Texan.

By PAMELA GWYN KRIPKE

Bill Adler first wrote about squirrels in 1988. Theyre still bedeviling him, and hes still writing about it.

By EVE M. KAHN

Questions about the bridle path along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, and feeding the squirrels in New Yorks parks.

Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.

By STEPH YIN

A reader hopes that the state will eventually ban these hunts.

A lawsuit filed by a squirrel aficionado claims there has not been a proper review of the events environmental effect.

By JESSE McKINLEY

What looks like nothing more than a clump of leaves is a complex, layered construction of twigs, leaves and vines.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Test your knowledge of this weeks health news.

By TOBY BILANOW

Genetic analyses of 25 squirrels in Britain showed that they were infected with M. leprae, a cause of leprosy in humans.

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Arent you glad you dont have to tell your little one that this is where babies come from?

By JOANNA KLEIN

They are like us and right there with us, our honored frenemies.

By AVI STEINBERG

Many common animals, plants and insects are not native to the environments in which they are now found. Take this quiz and learn more about the living things that surround you.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Dont fall victim to the repellent racket. Cut off their entry points.

By MALIA WOLLAN

How does an endangered species get out of danger? The Delmarva fox squirrel knows how.

By VICTORIA SHANNON

Squirrels do have color vision, but they cannot see the difference between the green leaves of summer and the red leaves of fall, researchers say.

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A common sight in its East Coast home range, the mammal is versatile and easily finds homes in urban areas.

By DAVE TAFT

Stray squirrels, security breaches and, more commonly, technical glitches have caused exchanges around the world to halt.

Pacific Gas and Electricity blamed a squirrel for a power failure that struck 45,000 Bay Area residents last week. But the utilitys past transgressions have left many skeptical of that excuse.

By RONNIE COHEN

The hawk has perched outside a second-story window to hunt for gray squirrels, despite efforts by blue jays and crows to get it to leave.

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

My previous dog, a New Yorker like me, didnt hunt. Charlie, though, hes a Texan.

By PAMELA GWYN KRIPKE

Bill Adler first wrote about squirrels in 1988. Theyre still bedeviling him, and hes still writing about it.

By EVE M. KAHN

Questions about the bridle path along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, and feeding the squirrels in New Yorks parks.

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March 23rd, 2017

What’s on TV this week? 03.23.17 through 03.29.17 – Greeley Tribune

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TODAY

5 p.m. on CBS 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament Regional Semifinals, also known as the Sweet 16, get underway on both CBS and TBS tonight. The West Regionals take place in San Jose, California while the Midwest Regionals will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. New York City and Memphis, Tennessee will host the Eastern and Southeastern Regionals, which begin on Friday. Winners advance to the Elite 8 (Regional Finals) on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.

7 p.m. on NBC Superstore

Mateo (Nico Santos) is eager to transfer to one of the signature stores in the Cloud 9 chain, but that will require resolution of his current status as an undocumented alien in the new episode “Mateo’s Last Day.” As Jonah and Cheyenne (Ben Feldman, Nichole Bloom) try to give Mateo legal advice, Amy (America Ferrera) comes to the rescue when Glenn (Mark McKinney) is tormented by an Internet troll. Elsewhere, Dina and Garrett (Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn) have a bone to pick with corporate.

7 p.m. on KDVR MasterChef

Former “Top Chef” champ Richard Blais is guest judge for the new episode “Junior Edition: Pie-Eyed,” which as the title suggests finds the Top 12 young chefs, working in four teams of three, cranking out as many pies as they can manage in 10 minutes. The winning team is safe from elimination in the big challenge, which tasks them with using a blow torch to make an appetizer, entree or dessert from ingredients in the show’s pantry.

7 p.m. on HIST Swamp People

As the most active season in the swamp reaches its competitive peak, Dwaine finally reaches his breaking point in a new episode aptly titled “Pressure’s On.” Elsewhere, Willie realizes he’s losing money, while Kristi goes hunting with her son and Glenn fulfills a lifelong dream.

7:30 p.m. on NBC Powerless

Determined to help the financially strapped Jackie (Christina Kirk), Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) is confounded to meet with resistance from the intended beneficiary of her generosity in the new episode “I’ma Friend You.” Van (Alan Tudyk) targets Teddy, Ron and Wendy (Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Jennie Pierson).

8 p.m. on KWGN Supernatural

Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) fails to include some critical information when she seeks help from Sam, Dean and Castiel (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins) in “Stuck in the Middle (With You).” The British Men of Letters turn out to be part of her mission, and they follow suit in exactly the way the others would have expected which likely would have made them abstain from assisting her. Richard Speight Jr. directed the tale. Another episode follows.

8 p.m. on USA Colony

Will, Katie and Broussard (Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Tory Kittles) all search for a way out of the colony in a new episode called “Lost Boy.” Meanwhile, Maddie (Amanda Righetti) gets some visitors in the Green Zone, while Bram (Alex Neustaedter) looks for closure. Peter Jacobson also stars.

8:01 p.m. on KDVR Kicking & Screaming

After an intense elimination, paranoia kicks into overdrive among the contestants, with each team fearing they’ll be sent home next. As they spend more time together in the jungle though, efforts to strike a productive team balance begin to give way as romances spark and tempers flare in the new episode “Going Coconuts.” Hannah Simone (“New Girl”) is host.

9 p.m. on NBC The Blacklist: Redemption

A new episode called “Borealis 301″ finds Tom and Mr. Solomon (Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi) going under cover on an international flight that they believe and, indeed, hope will be hijacked by ruthless thieves who steal highly classified material. Meanwhile, Howard (Terry O’Quinn) urges Tom to search for proof of a conspiracy that was orchestrated by Scottie (Famke Janssen).

11 p.m. on fX Baskets

This defiantly nutty and off-the-wall comedy series sends in the clowns as it rings down the curtain on Season 2 with a finale called “Circus.” As usual, we’re not entirely sure what to make of the episode summary, which advises that Christine (Louie Anderson) turns to Arby (for comfort, one assumes), after Chip (Zach Galifianakis) joins the Russians. Given current political events, we’re not going near that last part in terms of any conjecture.

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m. on DISN Tangled: The Series

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s hit 2010 computer-animated movie comedy in this new series adaptation, which follows their characters, along with several other new ones. In the first episode, Rapunzel and Cassandra (voice of Eden Espinoza), her tough-as-nails handmaiden, go to a wizard’s cottage to learn what has happened to Rapunzel’s hair. The voice ensemble also includes Julie Bowen, Clancy Brown, Paul F. Tompkins, Sean Hayes and Jeffrey Tambor.

6 p.m. on MAX Movie: Mechanic: Resurrection

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), a master assassin who faked his own death so he could escape his former line of work, is forced back into his old deadly game when he is coerced into killing an imprisoned African warlord, a human trafficker and an arms dealer. If he fails to deliver, a woman he loves is certain to die at the hands of an old enemy. Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Sam Hazeldine also star in this 2016 action thriller, a sequel to Statham’s 2011 hit “The Mechanic.”

7 p.m. on NBC Grimm

The dark prophecy appears to be nearing fulfillment when a sinister force arrives in Portland with its eyes set on Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) in the new episode “Zerstorrer Shrugged.” Trying to protect her, Nick (David Giuntoli), along with Captain Renard and Adalind (Sasha Roiz, Claire Coffee), returns to the scene of his first investigation as a Grimm. Meanwhile, Monroe, Eve and Rosalee (Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner) make a discovery that uncovers the origins of the mysterious stick.

7 p.m. on KDVR Rosewood

When a criminal lures Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) to the murder scene of a former tech millionaire, he forces Rosie to re-examine a case from his past, possibly discovering a new result in the process, in “Clavicle, Trauma & Closure.” Sam Huntington, Eric Winter and LaToya Luckett guest star; Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lorraine Toussaint and Eddie Cibrian also star.

8 p.m. on KWGN The Originals

After they are cured and awakened, the Mikaelson siblings and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set out to rescue Klaus (Joseph Morgan), an endeavor that likely will face deadly opposition from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), in the new episode “No Quarter.” Meanwhile, the effects of the Tunde Blade start to manifest themselves, causing Klaus’ darkest demons to materialize, and Vincent (Yusef Gatewood) investigates a haunting more sinister than he could imagine. Daniel Gillies also stars.

8 p.m. on ABC Shark Tank

Who doesn’t love puppies? Viewers find out if the Sharks do in this episode, since a San Francisco couple uses canines in their pitch for products designed for the animals’ use. A Boston woman advocates the use of algae as a nutritional health supplement. Las Vegas friends present the clothes they designed themselves to suit literally their athletic physiques. Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec are the Sharks here.

8 p.m. on SHOW Movie: Born to Be Blue

In the late 1960s, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) begins a romance with an actress (Carmen Ejogo) while trying to play himself in a film about his earlier, heroin-addicted years. Hawke and the film, which was written, produced and directed by Robert Budreau, got generally favorable reviews, although it’s fairly heavily fictionalized and only partly based on Baker’s life and career. Callum Keith Rennie, Stephen McHattie and Janet-Laine Green also star in this 2015 feature.

8:01 p.m. on KDVR Sleepy Hollow

Former series regular John Noble returns in a guest appearance as Henry Parrish, Ichabod’s (Tom Mison) son (don’t ask, it’s really complicated) in the new episode “Tomorrow,” wherein the team learns more about Lara (guest star Seychelle Gabriel) and gets a harrowing glimpse into the horrific dystopian world that will come to pass if Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) rises to power. Only these heroes stand in the way of the insane billionaire, but they may be too late. Janina Gavankar and Lyndie Greenwood also star.

9 p.m. on KWGN Reign

As Mary (Adelaide Kane) confronts potential political consequences to a marriage with Lord Darnley (Will Kemp), King Charles (Spencer MacPherson) vanishes, leaving Catherine to deal with the aftermath, in the new “Love & Death.” Elsewhere, Claude (Rose Williams) is presented with an interesting proposition, while Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) comes to the aid of Gideon (Ben Geurens). Craig Parker and Dan Jeannotte also star.

9 p.m. on KRMA Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

There’s certainly a lot to celebrate in the case of one of television history’s most popular talents not only her iconic roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and her eponymous 1970s sitcom, but also her tenure as a chief of one of the industry’s most revered and honored production companies. This tribute includes comments from Moore and many of her associates, plus a bounty of clips and expect to hear, “Ohhhh, Robbb!” (and Van Dyke, an interviewee here).

SATURDAY

4 p.m. on WTBS 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The first of four Regional Final games gets underway as the Elite 8 play in the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri and San Jose, California. The winners, of course, advance to the Final Four and will play one week from now in Glendale, Arizona. The other two teams will be decided on Sunday. Last year No.10 Syracuse pulled the upset against top-seeded Virginia to advance to the “Big Dance.”

6 p.m. on HBO Movie: Independence Day: Resurgence

Its title notwithstanding, this 2016 sequel to the 1996 blockbuster didn’t exactly trigger a resurgence of interest on the part of fans with its plot about those nasty extraterrestrials staging a lethal comeback on the 20th anniversary of their initial invasion. Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman head the international ensemble of the film, which earned back its production costs but fell far short of the worldwide gross racked up by the original.

6 p.m. on LIFE Movie: Stalker’s Prey

While celebrating her 18th birthday, Laura (Saxon Sharbino) has a close brush with death when Bruce (Mason Dye, “Flowers in the Attic”), a handsome college student, saves her from a shark attack that leaves her boyfriend dead. After Bruce becomes a local hero, he doesn’t respond well when his damsel in distress rebuffs his attempted courtship since she’s still mourning her deceased beau. Cynthia Gibb also stars in this 2017 thriller.

7 p.m. on CBS Ransom

While engrossed in playing a hot new smartphone game, a band of five teenagers is lured into a deadly trap in a presumably empty old structure in France in a new episode called “The Castle.” In short order Eric (Luke Roberts) and the other members on his team are summoned to negotiate the release of the captives. Camille Langer, Boyd Ferguson, Britta Meier, Simon Holman and Logan Smythe guest star. Sarah Green and Brandon Jay McLaren also star.

7 p.m. on KBDI Austin City Limits

Music lovers have had a friend in James Taylor for many, many years, and this episode showcases the veteran talent performing tunes both long-familiar and newer. “Fire and Rain” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and, of course, the Carole King-written “You’ve Got a Friend” are among classics on the roster, but the hour also draws selections from the recent “Before This World,” which was Taylor’s first album of original music in 13 years.

7 p.m. on NBC Movie: Despicable Me 2

This animated 2013 sequel was more than a raging success at the box office; It has a place in film history as one of the most profitable movies Universal Pictures ever has released. Steve Carell returns as the voice of the now-domesticated Gru, brought back into a life of excitement by the Anti-Villain League, which wants him to find the thief who made off with a dangerous serum. Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove also lend their voices again.

7 p.m. on SHOW Movie: American Jihad

Filmmakers Alison Ellwood and Sarah Dowland explore the troubling issue of homegrown Jihadism, focusing particularly on how young men are radicalized to commit violent acts of terrorism and what can be done to prevent it. The compelling new documentary includes the perspectives of former Jihadists and those deeply affected by this practice, and also looks at the impact of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen identified by the CIA as a leader of al-Qaeda and a resourceful recruiter of young Americans.

8:02 p.m. on LIFE Movie: Boyfriend Killer

After her son is killed in an apparent car accident, a heartbroken Sandra Cruz goes to gather his belongings and meets a woman at his apartment whom she is given to believe is his grieving girlfriend. The more the younger woman talks, however, the more holes become evident in her story, eventually forcing Sandra to wonder whether this girl played a role in her son’s death. Yancy Butler, Kate Mansi, Patrick Muldoon and Barbie Castro star in this 2017 thriller.

11:30 p.m. on KRMA Austin City Limits

Music lovers have had a friend in James Taylor for many, many years, and this episode showcases the veteran talent performing tunes both long-familiar and newer. “Fire and Rain” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and, of course, the Carole King-written “You’ve Got a Friend” are among classics on the roster, but the hour also draws selections from the recent “Before This World,” which was Taylor’s first album of original music in 13 years.

11:35 p.m. on ABC Movie: Over the Hedge

“Me likey cookie!” This computer-animated 2006 film is stolen by Steve Carell as the voice of Hammy, a hyper squirrel with an addiction to sugar and caffeine. The main plot revolves around a cunning raccoon (voice of Bruce Willis) who uses naive forest residents to steal food from humans to replenish the stash he took from a hungry bear (voice of Nick Nolte). Additional voices include Garry Shandling, Wanda Sykes and William Shatner.

SUNDAY

1:30 p.m. on KDVR NASCAR Racing

Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway is about to see its only Monster Energy Cup race of the season with the running of the Auto Club 400. Fontana’s D-shaped, two-mile oval with low banks has seen reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson win six races here since its inception in 1997, the most of any driver. He also has 13 top five finishes. Among the victories are three at this particular race.

6:30 p.m. on KDVR Bob’s Burgers

A new, hour-long presentation combines the episodes “Aquaticism” and “Ain’t Miss Debatin’,” with Jim Gaffigan, Keegan-Michael Key and Nick Kroll reprising their earlier guest voices. Tina (voice of John Roberts) leads a campaign to keep the local aquarium from shuttering, then she’s pursued to join the debate team. Louise and Gene (voices of Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman) support the making of a stop-motion movie about a certain subject.

7 p.m. on NBC Little Big Shots

“The Princess and the Hot Dog” may seem like a random title for this new episode, but it isn’t. One of the youngsters showcased by host Steve Harvey became a hit on the Internet by costuming herself as a frankfurter on Princess Day. (Well, of course. Who wouldn’t?) The other specially gifted children featured during the hour include the members of an acrobatic troupe, two singers, and two siblings from India who both play the piano.

7 p.m. on HBO Big Little Lies

A remorseful Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) frets that she has caused a lot of complications for Jane (Shailene Woodley), who has a confrontation with Renata (Laura Dern). Ed (Adam Scott) and Madeline have a candid conversation about the sad lack of passion in their marriage. Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) tells Nathan (James Tupper) about Abigail’s (Kathryn Newton) secret project in the new episode “Burning Love.”

7:30 p.m. on KDVR Making History

The reason for venturing to the 1990s is more personal than historical for the time travelers in the new episode “Chadwick’s Angels.” The mission is to allow Dan (Adam Pally) to complete his unfinished goal of consuming a huge ice cream sundae appropriately known as the “Bellybuster.” His plans hit a snag when he encounters a bully again. Vicki Lewis (“NewsRadio”) guest stars. Leighton Meester and Yassir Lester also star.

8 p.m. on CBS Madam Secretary

Enrico Colantoni (“Flashpoint,” “Veronica Mars”) guest stars in the new episode “Convergence,” playing the lawyer for a suspected CIA mole who may be connected to a weapons-smuggling operation. Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) fears larger, deadlier factions are involved, while the poaching of black rhinos in Namibia poses other concerns for her. Henry (Tim Daly) has new worries about his embedded agent. Michael Gaston and Michael Boatman also guest star.

8 p.m. on KRMA Movie: To Walk Invisible: The Bront Sisters

Some of literature’s all-time classics, including “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights,” are among the credits of the siblings whose relationships are dramatized in this new “Masterpiece” offering by writer-director Sally Wainwright. Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy respectively play Charlotte, Emily and Anne, whose conservative lives made the sensational content of their books (which they devised under male pseudonyms) surprising.

8 p.m. on ABC Time After Time

The Paris of the early 1900s reputedly was a magical place unless you happened to be H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) there, as is the case in the new episode “Picture Fades.” The chase continues around and through various French landmarks as Wells tries to prevent his nemesis from altering history. Genesis Rodriguez, Nicole Ari Parker, Will Chase and Jennifer Ferrin also star.

8 p.m. on NBC Chicago Justice

Though the death of a cancer-stricken policeman first is thought to be a suicide, Dawson and Nagel (Jon Seda, Joelle Carter) recognize it as a murder in the new episode “Dead Meat.” The case turns out to be connected to a longtime enemy of Stone (Philip Winchester), who must go to great lengths to see that justice is done. David Eigenberg guest stars in his “Chicago Fire” role. Carl Weathers and Monica Barbaro also star.

8 p.m. on KDVR Family Guy

If there’s one person Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) doesn’t expect to outperform him at fantasy baseball camp, it’s Lois (voice of Alex Borstein) but she does just that in the new episode “Peter’s Lost Youth.” Meg’s (voice of Mila Kunis) assignment to babysit Stewie (also voiced by MacFarlane) gets a lot more complicated when he runs away. Seth Green, Mike Henry and Patrick Warburton also are in the voice cast.

8 p.m. on HBO Girls

Elijah (Andrew Rannells) gets himself all psyched up to endure the stress of an open-call audition for a new Broadway musical, but the presence of an unexpected visitor totally throws him off his game in the new episode “The Bounce.” Elsewhere, a cash-strapped Marnie (Allison Williams) gets a wake-up call from an unlikely source when she tries to pawn a family heirloom, and Hannah (Lena Dunham) re-establishes a connection with Paul-Louis (Riz Ahmed).

8:30 p.m. on HBO Crashing

In a new episode called “Warm-Up,” a depressed Pete (Pete Holmes) feels trapped in a cycle of one step forward and two steps back as he finds himself homeless yet again and facing professional disappointment. Fortunately, pal Artie Lange offers him a guest spot on his podcast, and Sarah Silverman takes pity and invites him to crash with her collection of stray comics. She also helps him get a job as an audience “warm-up” comic.

9 p.m. on NBC Shades of Blue

Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) undertakes her own investigation of Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn), since Stahl (Warren Kole) is fiercely determined to bust the politician, in the new episode “Daddy’s Girl.” Wozniak’s (Ray Liotta) deep ties to Ayres are explained as a drug case forces him to revisit the circumstances of his daughter’s death. Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery also star.

11 p.m. on fX Feud: Bette and Joan

On the eve of its release, industry buzz on “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” is generally negative, so a dismayed Bette and Joan (Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange) brace themselves for an embarrassing flop in the new episode “More, or Less.” Weeks later, nerves once again are on edge in anticipation of the Academy Award nominations. Meanwhile, Pauline (Alison Wright) tries to overcome some gender barriers.

MONDAY

11 a.m. on ESPN MLB Preseason Baseball

The American League East division accounted for three teams in last year’s playoffs and two of them will get a look at each other today, when Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox visit Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles at their Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Florida. The Red Sox finished 2016 four games ahead of both the O’s and Toronto who were the AL wild card teams. Baseball’s regular season is just a week away.

6 p.m. on FREE Young & Hungry

Gabi and Josh (Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski) land a chance to dog-sit the spoiled-rotten pooch of a celebrity lifestyle guru, but this being a sitcom, you can bet that they make some boneheaded decisions in the new episode “Young & Kiki.” Elsewhere, Elliot (Rex Lee) isn’t able to deliver the VIP concert tickets he promised to Sofia and Yolanda (Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley), so he falls back on a desperate Plan B to deceive them.

6:31 p.m. on FREE Baby Daddy

In the new episode “Ben Rides a Unicorn,” Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) is convinced he has found a woman just as interested as he is in a no-strings hookup arrangement (which would make her the “unicorn” of the title), but Riley (Chelsea Kane) insists he’s kidding himself that such a set-up would ever work. Meanwhile, Danny (Derek Theler) winds up competing against an old friend who is a professional wrestler. Melissa Peterman also stars.

7 p.m. on KRMA Antiques Roadshow

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What’s on TV this week? 03.23.17 through 03.29.17 – Greeley Tribune

March 10th, 2017

Am I man or mouse? Depends on your viewpoint – McKnight’s Long Term Care News

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March 09, 2017

It’s shocking to realize the enduring power of the printed word. First I write a column about a giant, possibly rabid squirrel attacking innocent people in a Florida long-term care facility activity room, and next thing we know a 91-year-old resident in a New York assisted living facility stocks his fridge with hand grenades.

Word to deed. Cause to effect. Clearly, the hand grenades were intended to fight the growing threat of squirrels. I write people act. It’s a sobering responsibility.

Though in no way do I support or encourage the amassing of live munitions in a long-term care setting, I understand the blind fear that possibly drove his misguided decision. That’s because recently my home was invaded by ravenous mice.

The battle started at about 3 a.m. when I stumbled from bed to the kitchen in search of an insomnia-soothing snack. Opening an eye-level cupboard, I found myself face to face with a vicious, pointy-nosed fiend of undetermined size. He sat there frozen and staring, clearly as surprised as I was, and I did what any self-respecting coward would do quickly closed the door and went back to bed.

Being a compassionate Canadian, my ensuing fight against the Rodent Kingdom started the next morning with a commitment to life and non-aggression. But after live trapping and releasing four of the voracious little critters, or more likely the same mouse four times, I would gladly have pulled the pin on a grenade, had one been available in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator.

I’ll spare you the gruesome details and just say that eventually I won the battle after fighting them under the sink, in the pantry, on the counter-tops and vowing to never surrender. But it wasn’t easy or pretty, and next time I might just call that New York senior to see if he has any West Coast connections.

All of which brings us full circle back to the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a replacement bill that appears to have been written by a squirrel carrying a hand grenade. If only we could close the door on that monster and just go back to bed.

Things I Thinkis written by Gary Tetz, a national Silver Medalist and regional Gold Medal winner in the Association of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) awards program. He has amused, informed and sometimes befuddled long-term care readers worldwide since his debut with the former SNALF.com at the end of a previous century. He is a multimedia consultant for Consonus Healthcare Services in Portland, OR.

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March 8th, 2017

Toronto’s Crunchie-Stealing Squirrel Caught In …

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These squirrels are out of control.

A Toronto convenience store named Luke’s Grocery is asking Reddit for advice on how to curb its theft problem theft by squirrels, that is.

Jenny Kim, whose dad owns the store, told The Huffington Post Canada that they’ve lost about two boxes of chocolate bars (that’s 48 bars, if you’re counting) in less than a year.

Each time, a squirrel hurries into the store, grabs a bar and scurries out. And there is incriminating video of one squirrel fleeing with a Crunchie bar in its mouth. (Watch the footage above.)

“They’re just too fast,” Kim said, explaining that it’s hard to shoo them away before they get their claws on a sweet treat.

It’s a group of squirrels causing the problem, and the store owners are not quite sure how to stop them.

“When it’s warmer outside, we can’t keep the door closed,” Kim said. The store needs ventilation, and they can’t afford air conditioning, a screen door and other pricier fixes.

They’ve called animal services, and even mulled sprinkling chocolates with hot pepper flakes before deciding against it.

Reddit users chimed in with their own ideas some more helpful than others.

“Wrap them in banana peels. If it works for tulip bulbs it might work for chocolate bars,” was one suggestion.

Another offered to “make a donation to pay off the squirrels tab.”

All well-intentioned ideas, but none of them quite work. Kim is concerned they’ll start noticing a dent in their sales if the crime continues; they’re also worried about the animals’ health.

“It’s amusing to see them come in, but we hope it’ll stop.”

That’s right squirrels, leave the Crunchies for humans who also have poor taste in chocolate bars.

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