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Disarmament: NGOs Seek Treaty to Hunt Lethal Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A coalition of human rights and peace activists is urging the United Nations to adopt a legally binding 'marking and tracing system' to track small arms from the factory to the user."

"The coalition ... says that while weapons and ammunition often carry basic serial numbers, there is no worldwide system to record this information -- thereby rendering it useless as a tool to identify, locate and trace illegal arms shipments."

"The resistance by governments to a global system for tracking arms transfers has meant that 'it is nearly impossible to prosecute people or hold governments accountable for illegally selling arms and breaking U.N. arms embargoes', says the report, titled 'Tracing Lethal Tools' and released Monday." ...
 

Thwarting A Would Be Abductor Or Attacker
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"Women want to know how to fight back from attackers more than ever. Part of the urgency is the surveillance video recently released from a Texas Wal-Mart that shows a woman being kidnapped in the parking lot and later found murdered."

"A self-defense expert shows News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright some basic moves anyone can use to protect themselves."

"People see the Texas video and wonder what they would do if it happened to them, could they get away, would they know what to do in that moment of terror." ...
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Submitter's Note: The safest way to defend yourself from an assault is with a gun.
 

Violence Prevention Specialist Offers Help
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"It's the kind of surveillance video that leaves many shaking their heads and wondering why. It happened on January 20th in Tyler, Texas. Wal-Mart employee Megan Holden was walking to her truck after getting off work. In the distance of the parking lot you can see a shadowy figure running towards Megan as she unlocks the driver's side door. ..."

"... [Tina Tarin, a violence prevention specialist at the University of Arizona] says first and foremost women need to be aware of their surroundings. Secondly, woman should always have an escort or walk in a group when in a parking lot at night. Tarin says women should also have their keys out; not only they can be used for self-defense but women won't be wasting time by looking for them in the dark. ..." ...
 

Gun Control: Explaining The Brady Campaign Report Card
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Each year, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence publishes a 'report card' rating each state in the country according to their 'gun violence prevention laws.' They must not be very pleased with the direction of this country, as the national average was halfway between a 'C' and a 'D.' ('A' being the highest grade.) In order to understand the Brady Campaign’s perspective, one must examine the relationships between state legislative environments and the Brady grading system." ...
 

United States Special Operations Command Announces Award for The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) to FN Herstal
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"The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) today announced that it has awarded the contract for the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) to FN Herstal. The USSOCOM awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract after conducting a full and open competition throughout ten months beginning in January 2004. The program will provide the first 21st century modular assault rifle designed and built from the ground up for the finest fighting forces in the world. The SCAR will be made in the United States. The $634K (FY05) contract is set to begin immediately and will be managed by USSOCOM." ...
 

UK: England has worst crime rate in world
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"England and Wales have the highest crime rate among the world's leading economies, according to a new report by the United Nations."

"The survey, which is likely to prove embarrassing to David Blunkett, the Home Secretary. shows that people are more likely to be mugged, burgled, robbed or assaulted here than in America, Germany, Russia, South Africa or any other of the world's 20 largest nations. Only the Dominican Republic, New Zealand and Finland have higher crime rates than England and Wales."

"According to the comparison of international crime statistics produced by the UN's Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, England and Wales had 9,766 crimes for every 100,000 people in the year 2000. America had 8,517, South Africa 7,997, Germany 7,621 and Russia 2,022." ...
 

LA: Two men shoot each other during attempted Bossier City robbery [Translation: Armed Man Shoots Armed Robber]
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"Two men apparently shot each other after an attempted robbery gone bad Saturday night, according to Bossier City police. ..." ...

"'An investigation by detectives ... determined the shootings happened after one of the victims attempted to rob the other while the two sat in a car parked in the street,' Natale said."

"Kirk Jackson ... reportedly attempted to rob Corey White ... at gunpoint, Natale said."

"White reportedly had his own gun and shot Jackson in both legs, Natale said. Jackson returned fire, striking White in the chest." ...

"Police intend to charge Jackson with attempted first-degree murder, Natale said, adding that White was not charged because he appeared to be acting in self-defense."
 

OH: Disgruntled employee didn't need CHL to threaten former boss
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"The Dayton Daily News is reporting that a Square D employee who had been fired returned to work armed with a loaded .22 revolver and pointed it in the chest of his former boss on January 14." ...

"The story concludes by reporting that sheriff's deputies found Buck in his driveway and the weapon in his house. He was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle."

"What this story (and nearly every other one the mainstream media publishes when such incidents occur) doesn't mention is that Buck didn't need (and didn't have) an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) in order to threaten his former boss and co-worker in this manner." ...
 

NV: Fallon woman found murdered [despite being 'protected' by a restraining order]
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"A Fallon woman who was murdered in the garage of her modest city home Sunday told others before her death that her ex-boyfriend threatened to shoot her one week ago."

"Donna Petro, 43, was found dead in her home ... She had been shot in the head with a small caliber weapon, said Fallon Police Chief Russ Brooks. He said from the way the victim was dressed it appeared she had been home for awhile. Police believe the murder happened between 5-11p.m." ...

"Petro obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Julian Wayne Oceguera, last Tuesday after a domestic violence incident that allegedly happened Jan. 16. In her statement asking for the order, Petro claimed Oceguera struck her in the face before threatening her." ...
 

TX: Boy charged with bringing pistol to school
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"A 13-year-old McAdams Junior High School student faces a felony charge after students told school officials about a boy who showed a pistol in gym class Monday morning."

"The eighth-grade student, who faces a charge of possession of a firearm in a weapon-free zone, was in the county’s juvenile detention center Monday, with a detention hearing set for today."

"Two students approached school police officer Pam Mitchell and a school administrator at lunch Monday, shortly before noon. The children said a boy in their gym class had shown off a pistol earlier that day."

"School district spokeswoman Angela Alksne praised the students for coming forward." ...
 

MT: Man shot by deputy had pointed pistol at officer [follow-up]
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"A man who was fatally wounded by a deputy here Saturday was shot after he raised a pistol at another officer following a tense standoff, an official said Sunday."

"Flathead County Undersheriff Chuck Curry said initial news reports suggesting the man may have been unarmed when he was killed Saturday outside his home were incorrect."

"The incident began when police got a call about a domestic disturbance at an area home Saturday afternoon. Curry said deputies arrived to find the 56-year-old suspect ... armed with a rifle and holding his wife against her will in their home." ...

"Some initial reports compiled immediately after the shooting, including those carried by the Associated Press, did not mention the man had a handgun." ...
 

LA: Auditors Explain Why the Department Can't Account for Missing Drug Money
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"The results of the legislative audit into the Opelousas Police Department have officially been released to the public and city officials."

"The audit's findings show upwards of $200,000 have been misused by Chief Larry Caillier and former Major Ronnie Trahan." ...

"TV 10 reveals more about the investigation and why auditors say the department can't account for missing drug money and weapons."

"According to the audit's findings, the Opelousas Police Department cannot account for almost $45,000. Money that is used by OPD officers for undercover drug buys."

"Not only is the money missing, but auditors say the department has no procedures in place to keep track of the funds." ...
 

LA: Opelousas police audit criticized
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"An attorney for the police chief is attacking an audit, scheduled for release today, that is expected to be highly critical of the police department and Chief Larry Caillier."

"'This audit, from the outset, was designed to be a political lynching of Chief Larry Caillier,' attorney Elbert Guillory said." ...

"While Guillory has yet to see the final audit report, he argues most of the irregularities can be easily explained."

"He said much of the allegedly missing equipment -- such as 44 pistols -- is not really missing."

"'It has been a past practice for retiring officers to take their assigned weapons into retirement since they would continue to be auxiliary officers,' Guillory said. 'That practice has stopped.'" ...
 

FL: Plaintiffs Claim Excessive Force During Elian Raid
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"A civil trial is under way in the case of more than a dozen people who say federal agents used excessive force during the raid to remove Elian Gonzalez from a Miami home."

"Maria Riera, the first to testify, said Monday that she clutched her chest and thought she was dying when a federal agent used tear gas."

"Riera is one of 13 people seeking up to $250,000 in damages on claims that federal agents used unnecessary excessive force during the April 2000 raid, leaving them injured and emotionally distraught."

"'I was stopped by a gentleman on my left approaching me with a shotgun,' said Riera, who lived across the street from the home of Elian's uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez. ..."

"Riera said a black-garbed agent wearing a mask ordered her to 'stand back' or he would shoot, adding a word of profanity. She said she complied, but a second agent approached with a gas gun as she stood in her driveway and left her in a gray cloud of tear gas." ...
 

NY: Bloomberg's Misfire: Blaming Gun Makers [letters]
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"Mayor Bloomberg misfired recently when he signed a bill permitting crime victims to sue law-abiding, out-of-state gun makers unless they change their lawful sales and distribution practices by adopting the city's so-called "code of conduct" ("Mike Opens Fire on Gun Makers," Jan. 19)."

"The law is an unconstitutional attempt to regulate interstate commerce, something only Congress can do."

"There already is a 'code of conduct' for the firearm industry. It's called the Gun Control Act." ...

"Lawrence Keane
General Counsel
National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc." ...

"Is New York prepared to hold knife makers, automobile makers, fertilizer makers, tool makers, etc., responsible for the misuse of their products?" ...

"Doug Denehie
Ocean Springs, Miss." ...
 

AZ: DEA agent charged in firing weapon into the air here
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"A special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is on administrative leave charged with felony endangerment after a sheriff's deputy arrested him Saturday, claiming the agent shot a pistol into the air."

"Special Agent Christopher Thompson, 36, was arrested about 10:20 p.m. near North Swan and East River roads when a deputy on patrol saw him walking, allegedly shooting a pistol into the air more than once as the deputy drove by, Pima County Sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Dawn Barkman said."

"Thompson was freed Sunday from Pima County Jail after posting bond on $15,000 bail, a records clerk said." ...
 

CA: Guard Accused Of Smuggling Drugs, Phones To Inmates
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"A correctional officer at Centinela State Prison has been arrested on charges that he conspired to smuggle narcotics and cell phones to inmates."

"Daniel Jones Jr. was arrested on Jan. 15 following a six-month investigation into the operation, Imperial County District Attorney's Office investigator Michael Capeci said."

"Jones and his girlfriend, Leslie Saldana, are suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to smuggle marijuana, cocaine and phones into the prison, which houses men convicted of felonies."

"The investigation began when authorities discovered inmates were sending large payments, often thousands of dollars, from their trust accounts to Saldana and Jones' ex-girlfriend, Capeci said." ...
 

FL: Court ruling on sentencing may help convicted officer
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"A former Charlotte County sheriff’s detective is among thousands of convicted felons who have a chance for reduced prison sentences because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision."

"Wyatt Olen Henderson was sentenced in federal court last year to more than seven years in prison for using excessive force and lying about it to federal agents. The former corporal has been free on bail while his case remains on appeal."

"Henderson pistol-whipped a teenage marijuana dealer in May 2002, breaking the teen’s jaw after a car chase in Port Charlotte. The deputy then lied about it to federal investigators, a jury in Fort Myers decided after 13 hours of deliberation over three days." ...
 

VA: State police reviewing use of high-powered semiautomatic rifles [aka assault rifles]
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"Virginia State Police say they will review training for the semiautomatic rifles used in a shooting that left a murder suspect dead and sent as many as 30 bullets into an occupied home."

"Colonel Steven Flaherty, state police superintendent, said today that a work group will 'look for lessons learned' following the October 24th incident in Colonial Heights."

"When murder suspect Bruce Thompson tried to enter an occupied house, four state troopers and a local police officer shot and killed him after he drove toward a barricade. Bullets struck the home with three people inside, including an infant. No one in the home was injured, but the owner said the house was hit between 20 and 30 times."

"Police determined later that Thompson did NOT have a weapon." ...
 

MD: Legislators Submit Bill To Repeal Ballistics Law
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"Maryland lawmakers yesterday submitted a measure to repeal a state law requiring state police to collect ballistics information on every handgun sold in the state."

"The bill -- sponsored by Dels. Joan Cadden (D-Anne Arundel), Norman H. Conway (D-Wicomico) and Michael D. Smigiel Sr. (R-Cecil) -- would nullify a landmark measure passed in 2000 that requires handgun manufacturers to test-fire all handguns sold in Maryland and send the spent shell casings to the state police. The police file the shell's ballistics markings in a database, which officers can use to match shell casings found at crime scenes." ...
 

South Africa: Another city cop in gun horror
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"In the third incident of its kind in three weeks, a policeman has shot his 21-year-old policewoman girlfriend four times before turning the gun on himself."

"Charlotte Moeng is in a critical condition in hospital. Her boyfriend, Constable M T Lesotho, died in the shooting at Three Anchor Bay at about 11pm on Saturday."

"The tragedy follows the shooting deaths of a policeman and his wife in Brown's Farm a week ago, and a policeman and his girlfriend in Brown's Farm on New Year's Day."

"Psychologists say this spate of cases is an indication of the stress and suppressed anger felt by the country's crime-fighters." ...
 

Jamaica: The trial of the century
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"The court case about the infamous shoot-out that occurred in March 2001 has finally begun after four years of going through the court system."

"The deaths of the Braeton 7, which has sparked controversy since its inception, is essentially about the deaths of seven young men, all under the age of 21, and whether the six policemen involved acted in self-defence or whether these young men were murdered." ...

"There are contrasting stories about the events of that early morning in March. Some claim that a shoot-out is what occurred, and as a result, the fact that the young men died is not the fault of the police present at the scene. Others claim that even though the young men possessed guns and were firing at the police officers, they soon surrendered, but this was to no avail as they were then murdered." ...
 

India: Cop Shoots Self [fifth story on page]
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A 24-year-old police constable, Sajan Dasu Vaghurmekar, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle near the All India Radio transmitter centre, Bambolim, on January 24 morning. A suicide note found in his trousers stated that he was taking the drastic step since he was disillusioned with lire and that nobody should be held responsible for his death. He also stated that all his property should go to his mother, and in the event of her death, to his uncle Tulshidas Naik.
 

NH: State gets poor gun-safety rating
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"New Hampshire was given a 'D-' for its ability to protect families from gun violence by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March."

"However, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Michael O’Neil ... could help change that, a representative of the New Hampshire chapter of the Million Mom March said." ...

"The legislation amends existing state law in order to prohibit any form of possession or sale of a firearm or other weapon in a Safe School Zone. That zone involves both school property and school buses, and current law defines a firearm for purposes the Safe School Zones as any weapon with a barrel less than 16 inches long and excludes antique pistols and gun canes from the Prohibition era." ...
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Submitter's Note: More 'feel-good' legislation which completely ignores the recent studies showing no evidence that laws like these reduce crime.
 

ID: Gun Show Visits Idaho Falls
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"Local gun dealers and collectors were out looking for a good trade this weekend."

"Now in its 12th year, the Idaho Falls Gun Show was just the place to sell, trade or buy guns this weekend."

"Gun dealers and collectors from all around the West came to the annual Idaho Falls Gun Show in hopes of bargaining and showing off their latest collections."

"Steve Snider, the gun show organizer, says, 'Right here we have a total of probably about 50 dealers ...'"

"Among the items up for grabs are antique fire arms dating as far back as the 1800s."

"Dave Bohrer, a collector and trader, says, 'I have Winchesters and Colts and I have one 1863 Spencer rifle that was actually used in the Civil War.'" ...
 

OH: 'Reform the reform'; Ask legislators to make Ohio CCW user-friendly
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"The fight to restore Ohioans' right to self-defense was not an easy one. Many important provisions were left out, and many more harmful provisions were inserted, in order to get a law."

"Calls to 'reform the reform' began almost immediately after passage of the law last year, and with nearly ten months of experience putting the new law into practice, the need for improvements to this law has been clearly demonstrated."

"Now that members of the 126th General Assembly are settled in, and now that they have received their committee assignments, it is time for citizens to begin sharing their thoughts with legislators on where changes need to be made." ...
 

OH: Rapist uses Beacon Journal to lure victim
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"This wasn't supposed to happen."

"Time and again, when told that publishing lists of gun owners (CHL-holders) would provide criminals lists of homes from which to steal guns, the media responded by saying that criminals just weren't smart enough to utilize the newspaper to premeditate their crimes or select their targets."

"The Akron Beacon Journal has called it a 'flimsy presumption', and Gannett News Columbus Bureau Chief Jim Siegel said warnings about the dangers of publishing the list of CHL-holders 'elevate these criminals to a level of sophistication they very likely do not possess...' Even Attorney General Jim Petro called such a scenario 'a stretch'."

"Right..."

"Last month, criminals used the Cleveland Plain Dealer to pre-plan an armed robbery. This time, a man used the Akron Beacon Journal to pre-plan a rape." ...
 

SD: Business takes aim at area sportsmen
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"Spearfish gunsmith Matt Strickland and his 20-year-old son, Aaron, recently opened an all-around sportsman's store located in O'Neill Plaza."

"Spearfish Gunsmithing opened Jan. 6 and according to the Stricklands, business has almost tripled overnight. Everything from firearms and knives to fishing and archery equipment is sold in the store."

"'We sell loaded ammunition and re-loading ammunition as well,' Matt Strickland said."

"The most profitable side of Strickland's family business isn't the retail, it's his talent to build and repair guns. With more than $95,000 in equipment, he is one of the only gunsmiths in South Dakota that can work on almost every type of firearm." ...
 

PA: Plea made for hunting changes -- Casey Burns asks Game Commission to bar rifle use in Valley
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"Less than two months after a hunter's stray bullet critically wounded her, Casey Burns on Monday pleaded with state Game Commission officials to eliminate rifle use among Lehigh Valley deer hunters." ...

"Although commissioners were receptive to the concerns expressed by Burns and her family, they said they aren't sure making the Lehigh Valley a shotgun-only area will improve safety. That's largely due to a recently completed commission report that compiled data from all known instances of property damage resulting from errant shots from 1997 to 2003."

"... While only one in eight deer hunters uses a shotgun, that one person was responsible for one in every four cases of property damage, the commission said." ...
 

UK: Homeowners demand right to tackle burglars
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"A majority of Londoners want the right to use 'unreasonable' force against burglars, a survey reveals today."

"The findings highlight the concern among the public about the threat of break-ins, and their increasing frustration with the ability of the criminal justice system to defend them."

"Home Secretary Charles Clarke has refused to change the law, to prevent prosecution of homeowners who retaliate against burglars unless it is in the most extreme circumstances."

"But an Evening Standard poll found a surprisingly high number of people - 11 per cent - say they keep a knife at home in case an intruder breaks in, while a quarter keep a heavy object nearby. One per cent of Londoners questioned even claimed they kept a gun at home to defend themselves."

"The vast majority, 85 per cent, would be prepared to use at least one of these weapons when confronted with a stranger in their home." ...
 

Indonesia: Weapons trial starts for millionaire sailor
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"HE arrived in a prison truck handcuffed to another Australian facing an equally dire predicament and crammed in with 10 other accused criminals." ...

"Yesterday, in a three-page indictment, prosecutor Putu Indriati outlined the case against the Sydney to Hobart and Admiralty Cup sailor."

"Ms Indriati alleged that Packer had intentionally failed to fulfill an obligation as captain of the Lissa to declare the existence of the weapons and that the guns and ammunition were 'hidden' in the boat." ...

"After court yesterday Ms Indriati said there was 'no possibility' that Packer would be treated as a trafficker of weapons." ...
 

UK: Building society raid
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"Cashiers were left shaken after a man entered a building society office and threatened staff with a black handgun."

"The armed robber who was wearing a black woollen hat confronted staff at the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society at Station Road, Hoveton."

"The robbery took place at about 11am and the offender, who was in his mid 30s and about 5ft 10ins tall, made off with an undisclosed sum of cash."

"Two female cashiers were left shaken but unhurt after the incident and CCTV footage is being studied to try and identify the man."

"Anna Guthrie, PR manager for Norwich and Peterborough, said the branch reopened in the afternoon and staff would be offered counselling." ...
 

UK: Milkman shot in the face by gang
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"A MILKMAN was shot in the face by young thugs with an airgun while he was out on his round."

"The pellet - fired from pointblank range - lodged in his cheek. He faces surgery to remove it."

"It happened while the milkman, who asked not to be named, was sorting out crates on his float in Calverly Road, Cheadle, Stockport, in the early hours."

"Five thugs - believed to be aged between 15 and 16 - produced the pistol and fired without warning, leaving him shocked and covered in blood."

"The youths ran off and the milkman, a former soldier, managed to drive back to his depot where he called the police."

"Doctors at Stepping Hill Hospital hope to remove the pellet when the swelling is reduced." ...
 

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