June 8th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Daryl Hall and John Oates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that the most successful duo in rock history has canceled its concert at Chase Field as a protest against Arizona's legislation to fight illegal immigration. USA Today reports that the performance had been scheduled to follow a game against the Dodgers on July 2.

Hall and Oates issued the following statement: "In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state."

USA Today: Hall and Oates cancel concert plans in response to Arizona immigration law

Hall and Oates website

Beth Holloway

The mother of missing high school graduate Natalee Holloway is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday for the opening of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

The nonprofit center will be located at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and will provide families of missing persons help with managing their crisis and to give students advice on traveling safely.

The center's website advises, "Please contact us for any of the following reasons: Did a loved one go missing and you aren't sure who to contact or how to proceed? Do you need help coordinating efforts of finding a missing loved one?"

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway during a 2005 class trip to Aruba. On Monday, he confessed to the killing last week of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in his Lima, Peru, hotel room, Peruvian government authorities said.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment: Natalee Holloway Resource Center

CNN: Van der Sloot confesses to murder, authorities say

Rabbi David F. Nesenoff

The Jewish religious leader and founder of the website rabbilive.com conducted the interview with legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas that led to her sudden retirement announcement on Monday.

Thomas, 89, was considered the dean of the White House press corps, as she was the longest-serving White House journalist, who covered administrations since 1960 for United Press International and the Hearst newspaper chain.

She came under fire late last week when a YouTube video surfaced, showing her interview with Nesenoff in which she said that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

Nesenoff said Monday, "This issue was anti-Semitism, within 24 hours over a million views, we find out that someone who's been reporting for 60 years, this is what she's about."

The rabbi said that Thomas still owes the Jewish community an apology.

"My initial reaction is she can retire from her job but she can't retire from her responsibility to apologize for her comments," Nesenoff said. "There's a difference between telling your opinion and giving someone the finger, which is what she did."

CNN: White House correspondent Thomas retires amid controversial comments

Adrian Lamo

The former computer hacker says he did his patriotic duty and led federal officials to the arrest of a 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst who allegedly leaking classified military information, the U.S. military announced Monday.

According to Wired.com, Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland, leaked the classified 2007 video of an American helicopter strike that killed several civilians in Baghdad, Iraq, to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.com, which posted the video in April.

Wired.com reported that Manning confessed to the leak in a series of online chats with Lamo. The former hacker, who said in Twitter posts that he turned Manning over to authorities, defended his actions on his Twitter page.

"I outed Brad Manning as an alleged leaker out of duty," Lamo wrote in one post.

"Hackers confide in me all the time. I'd go to prison before I'd betray their trust. I didn't get Manning arrested. He got himself arrested," Lamo wrote in a separate tweet.

CNN: Soldier accused of leaking classified info

Wired: U.S. intelligence analyst arrested in Wikileaks video probe


Stephen Strasburg

The first overall pick of the 2009 baseball draft makes his highly anticipated debut with the Washington Nationals at a sold-out game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The Washington Post reports that the pitcher's most significant achievement so far was winning four games for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs during the past four weeks. But the newspaper reports that Washington, which waited 33 seasons for the return of a baseball team and has gone to the World Series only twice in 71 seasons, now has high hopes.

Adding to the anticipation, the Nationals on Monday selected 17-year-old power-hitter Bryce Harper, this year's No. 1 draft pick.

Strasburg, 21, said, "It's something I've dreamed about my whole life. And now it's going to become a reality."

The right-hander signed with the Nationals for a contract reportedly worth more than $15.1 million.

Washington Post: Stephen Strasburg debuts for Nationals, with the baseball world watching

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 8, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • LM

      Do either of these guys live in AZ ? I think that anybody that dose not live there and have to put up with the problem should just mind there own business and let AZ handle this.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |

      Here is something intriguing. Hall and Oate are not heard from for 25 years. Then all of a sudden they come up with this great idea to boycott AZ over the ILLEGAL issue there. I bet you this has nothing to do with the new album they are pushing. Must be a calculated risk. I hope they can stand by their decision when those that buy CD's boycott their new album. I HERE AND NOW CALL FOR A BOYCOTT ON THE PURCHASE OF HALL AND OATES MUSIC FROM HERE ON OUT.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Them Mexican should go steal a country like we did! Wait...are they trying to steal this one? Oh well, turn about is fair play! Who are we to dictate who should come to this country when this country was acquired illegally!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkE

      Way to go hall & oates! we will stop this hatred. arizona is a lame state.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      "Arizona is a lame state".

      That's it? That's the extent of your opinion on it? That Arizona is "lame".

      Care to share your opinions on the Gulf Oil Spill? "Dude, that's like, totally bogus, cause there's oil, and it sucks".

      I weep for the future of this country.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • SethC

      Well Chase Field can return the two tickets it sold for this concert!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Swift

      Anyone who thinks that Arizona is on the wrong track does not have their facts straight. The law that was passed is the same law that numerous other states and the federal government have on their books today. Other states are preparing to pass the same law. And all your next door neighbors wish their state had the same law. Unfortunately the president does not seem to think that the will of the people and the law of the country should be enforced.

      Stop looking for the bad guys in Arizona’s residence and start looking at the inept leader in Washington. That’s where the problem is!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lando

      Hey Bubba,
      This country was not acquired illegally. Territories were purchased with money, considerations, and granted with a legal contract written on paper (The Louisiana Puchase is just one such example), which is why our borders are legally recognized throughout the world (except by Mexico). You think that illegal immigrants' behavior is just fine, and that this country was acquired illegally. WOW. Bubba is a good name for you. Moron is another good name for you.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • thekiffen

      Liberals don't see it that way, They want you to see everything their way and have a "Open Mind" about what they demand with out giving a thought to your privacy or rights, or politeness for that matter. Ask them to have a "Open Mind" to reality and watch the response you get. It time to cut these people off financially and vote with your dollars. If a store closes for May 1st don't ever go back, if they put up a sign supporting these hooligans, don't ever go back. It's really that simple.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMAN

      If I had to choose between Hall and Oates or the State of Arizona and the rights of its citizens to govern themselves, I choose Arizone

      June 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMAN

      If I had to choose between Hall and Oates or the State of Arizona and the rights of its citizens to govern themselves, I choose Arizona

      June 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Tom Swift

      I love how some people think that if they believe in a particular idea, that idea represents the "will of the people." The large numbers who disagree...well, apparently they're not "the people." It must be nice to have your finger on the pulse and know what "the people" want.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Swift

      Back at you. What a lame statement. One must believe in his convictions or what would be the point. Think about it… If you did not believe that your candidate for president would win why would you bother voting for him. On this subject let sit back and see what comes of it. My convictions say that the Arizona law will become law and all challenges against it will fail.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bearhll

      Arizona has the right to control it's own property. The Federal Government as it stands now, refuses to take responcibility to protect them. Most border states are overwelmed by whats happening. Changes are coming. Most people have had enough.
      One Nation Under God!
      Watch for it.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • nyminute

      Good grief, these clowns must be 100 by now. Not performing should be considered a benefit to the Az people. They weren't so hot in the 80's either. BTW, your CDs are on my list of the worst things in life

      June 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyrone Hoglegg

      Has anyone checked Oates's paperwork?

      June 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PETE B


      June 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia Macaulay

      What is wrong with these people??? Why can't a state enforce the law? Immigration is fine as long as it's done legally!

      June 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Who cares. What a couple of losers.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      "...this country was acquired illegally" – Bubba

      This is the kind of naive ignorance that is dooming the so called "enlightened" liberal left. Bubba, EVERY nation in the world is the result of some sort of conquest, and few if any peoples are the original inhabitants of where they currently dwell. Mexico itself is a country that was taken from the indigenous people, who also formed their empires by conquering their neighbors long before the "white devil" arrived from Spain. I'm not saying that this is a pattern we should strive to continue, but it's certainly one that isn't limited to the U.S. Do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and familiarize yourself with World History before forming your ill-conceived opinions.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Swift

      @James Awesome! Thank you.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Hey Lando! Ask the Cherokees how legal they feel our infestation was! You, my friend, are a moron. Keep reading your history books and continue to be blind to the truth!

      June 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reality Check

    Who cares? I mean have they read this law? Are they saying they are for breaking the law in general?
    Can someone let us know out here which laws we can break and which we laws we have to pay attention to? We sure would appreciate that...

    June 8, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Medina

      I'm a latino US citizen and don't like the idea of being profile just because the way I look. It is a fundamental civil right. If you don't have to prove your citizenship to the police, why should I? Most of latinos are up for securing our borders but those Illegal in the country need to be treated with dignity and respect. Not all the latinos are involved in crimes believe me. Most of the crime in the border is drug related and that is not going to stop if there is a huge demand up north.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • gdougo

      Could not agree more. I still cannot figure out how enforcing a law - and thereby cracking down on criminals should be considered wrong by rational people.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in AZ

      Read the law Jim. I am just as likely to be asked for my proof of residency as you are. You are being fed, and and buying into, a pack of lies designed to install fear and hatred. Do not be one of the sheep...

      June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Jim Medina: read the law before you become outraged. I actually sat down and read all 17 pages of it and cross referenced it to the statutes in existance that it references. This law does nothing but give state authorities jurisidiction to enforce federal law. There is no profiling taking place. The law simply gives state officers the ability to ask those who have already been detained for breaking a law to produce the immigration paperwork issued to them by the state department. This has no affect on US citizens. Further, federal law already requires those over 18 who are not citizens to carry their immigration ideifitfication with them at all times. Ayone who disagrees with this law is attacking the wrong group. Don't attack AZ but attack Washington

      June 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lando

      hey Jim...
      Us white folk have to prove our citizenship and provide identification all the time. Get a clue. And no one gives a crap that you're latino. Do you care that I am white? Obviously not. Just like you don't care about people from Mexico following our laws and honoring our borders. What other laws do you think Mexicans should be allowed to break? And if your sore about being profiled, well then, when Scandinavians start invading, we will look for blond haired, blue eyed whites. Until that happens, take you skirt off.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JAMES


    June 8, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Holcomb

      The boycot is working! We need immigration reform not fascist race profiling. Arizonz will get the message sooner or later.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • belliott

      Hall and Oates are misguided. Let them go live 20 miles from the border in Cochise county where my parents live and see what the real problem that exists.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Even if we have to broaden legal path to immigration later existing laws must be enforced. Nobody should jump ahead of the line and break the law whenever it's convenient. As long as we continue to tolerage or encourage law-breaking behaviors, people will continue to break the law. AZ got it right to start enforcing the law where federal government failed. Obama is setting a bad example by criticizing AZ's law; it's not his job.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |


      June 8, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • SethC

      Yeah leave us Arizona people to our own, who needs these by gones. We are holding up just fine. Beside, some ignorant people think this profiling, well NO, its the LAW!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Steve H,
      You are clearly in the minority. If you look at the polls anyway. AZ is doing the right thing here and that doesn't involve racial profiling. Unless you live in AZ mind your own business.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Reply to Steve Holcomb.....Well, I can tell you that Arizonans I know AREN'T really boo-hooing about the oldie groups who have decided to boycott us, or that LA from the broke-A** state of California is boycotting us (they are bankrupt anyway....I actually think it's a ploy to get out of their contracts they cannot afford anyway)...sorry dude....but you're theory that we are unhappy that a few are boycotting us is untrue....we are stronger than that out here! Heck, we all live through 120 degrees in the summertime, we can live through this BS.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brenda

    So Hall and Oates decides to hurt all for the thoughts of some – Maybe they should pack up and move to Mexico. Arizona is doing what they think is best for them right now – Maybe we should let our system work the way it is suppossed to. If you came here the way you sould thru our legal means you can stay, if not – you and your kids, etc can pack up and go back and do it right. Change your own Country if you do not like it – Many people fought to change ours over the years and didn't and don't still have a free ride.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Does anyone really care that Hall & Oates are cancelling?? I mean think of this as a blessing people. I support Arizona 100% ! Its about time thats all I have to say and bring it on all you complainers and whiners, this is America if you want to come here and better yourself fine I really do not think anyone has a problem with that...DO IT THE RIGHT WAY & LEGALLY!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John C

      You can be against ilegal immigration without being a racist. The people defending the racist law with stupid comments about immigration are missing the point. Yes it is a problem and yes we need to fix it. This law in AZ was a political stunt and a game to use everyones feeling on immigration for poltical election year gain, nothing more.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Brett, if you truely support fixing the ilegal immigratin problem then I would say to you "DO IT THE RIGHT WAY & LEGALLY!!!!!!!!!!!" The AZ was never intended to fix anything. THey don;t have the finances to begin to support it and anyway and they know that. This racist law was an election year stunt designed to get people emmotional about this issue as a election wedge issue. Yes lets fix teh problem and do it now, but lets do it right, without bein gracist, and not just for media spotlites.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Reply to John C....You keep saying we should "fix" illegal immigration but do it "right" however, you don't offer the "fix". What exactly is the right way to fix the immigration problem, and how long are we supposed to wait for the Federal Government to actually "fix" or enforce, at least, the existing laws? 20, 30 or 40 more years? I don't believe the AZ law was a stunt, but I do think it was done to wake up the Feds to the fact that we do have a problem in the border states, and Arizona has a 450,000 influx of illegals at this time, which it also cannot support.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kev

    I hope everyone boycots Hall & Oates.... This is BS that everyone is sticking up for the people destroying our American Dream! When reporters ask illegal immigrants why they want to be in America they say I want the American Dream and I want a job... Well guess what folks? They are stealing the American Dream away from us AMERICANS! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.... My God people.... Should we just say "Come 1 Come all?" I am not happy with my country anymore, I really am not! God Bless this world! In a time where we need God, the ACLU is taking it off of everything and anything it can get its hands on and the courts are letting them.... We need to take a stand or else there will be nothing left to save!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • xvan053

      Illegals found in the US should be conscripted into the Army and sent to Afghanistan. That would stem the flow into the US I would think.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Waffles

      Who are Hall & Oates anyway?

      June 8, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • markus

      "everyone is sticking up for the people destroying our American Dream!"

      you people still don't get it. No one is sticking up for illegal immigrants- to the contrary, they're sticking up for the citizens and parties here legally who will have to deal with profiling and harrassment because of this law. Get your head out of the sand.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Smarterthanu

      The american dream is a lie. It's as real as jesus christ and christianity. Get over it.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sarcasmo

    Dear Daryl and John,

    Did you know the federal government has the same law on the books? You should probably cancel all of your concerts and move to Antarctica.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • John C

      No that is called a right wing political talking point, or a lie for short. MY question to you is why do you keep listening to these people that tell you these lies over and over and over again? Five minutes of research on your own, outside teh Faux news, white wing party, would show you that they lied to you once more.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      John C. if there was no laws on immigration, why would we need border patrol agents to enforce them? You have been brainwashed by some liberal college professor that can't get a job in the real world.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bravo

    Hilarious…when will celebrities learn that when you get involved in political issues, you lose fans and potential customers from the opposing side of the stance your taking. In this case 70-80% of Americans. Considering they can’t have many fans as is, I highly doubt they could afford to lose this many….err any actually.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Unless they start recording their music in Spanish.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • John C

      70%-80% know that you made that up.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. mytictac

    Reality Check..I agree, as do thousands of other Americans. Right now there is a segment on facebook to join if you approve of AZ law. I have nothing against immigrants, however illegals are out of control and I'm darn sick and tired of paying for their upkeep. When they can get the 'cadillac' coverage in healthcare, compliments of New Yorks welfare system, and I have to pay $70.00 each time I see a doctor, there is something smelly about that!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave in Arizona

    Oh no, a washed up 80's band isn't going to perform what was a free concert after a Dbacks game. No one was going to that game anyways LOL.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. dino

    These guys pull this crap all the time. I was a music director at a prominent radio station in a great big city on the east coast for a good while. And H&O were always sending in ultimatums regarding their music. So we pulled every one of their tiny little songs off the air for about a year and no one ever even noticed they were gone. While every one of their record reps and label guys came in complaining and whining about it everyday. Don't worry Arizona. When they're totally broke, they'll be back! Oh Yea, Go Flyers!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Frag

      Dear Dino, alias Mr. anonymous. No radio station name, no city name, no guts. At least Hall and Oats say it in public.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    I will never again go to one of a Hall and Oates concert. How simple minded they both are. They both can go to Mexico. Good riddance, and WAY TO GO JAN BREWER!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • teri

      Anyone who criticizes this law hasn't READ the law. The only time your ID will be checked is when you break a law. Get a life.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Does anybody care?????And it shows the lack of inteligence they have.They obviously have not read the law, but have
    only listened to the media and Obama fools.THANK YOU ARIZONA!!!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Les Grossman

      This whole debate is tired. Americans are ignorant and small-minded.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Reply to Les Grosman....Where are you from Les, that you are so smart and big minded?

      June 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Schelin

    thank you again Arizona.......Hall & Oates are hs beens anyhow.never did care for their music aas it was.........I think Arizona has taken the right step but more needs to be done on border security along Texas-New Mexico – Arizona & Calif.....

    June 8, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Izzie

    Good for Hall and Oats! I support them completely. Know this people. There are more citizens against this type of discrimination than for it.Perhaps next people will start leaving arizona for better places to live throughout the states.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • mytictac

      I dont agree. First, the polls are proving that almost 80% of Americans support this law..and second, this is NOT discrimination, it is enforcing laws written to protect Americans. Calling it 'discrimination', simply makes it sound like the illegals should be allowed to do as they please!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Too

      Why do you think this is discrimination? The AZ law is no different than the exiting federal law except it allows local and state law enforcement agencies to enforce these laws instead of federal law enfocement agencies. If the federal law enforcement agencies were doing a better job, this law wouldn't be necessary. Those who are here illegally are criminals because they broke the law.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Marti

      You are one of the many idiots in denial. Look at the polls. In fact, look at these responses and tell me that supporters of SB1070 are in the minority. Of course if I were in jeopardy of losing my food stamps and free medical care, I'd be worried, too. Maybe you ought to consider packing up the burro and heading home, Izzie.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      There are more people against illegal immigration, that there are people for that too!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in AZ

      Izzy you are one of the sheep. Read the Bill!!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Well since the Arizona law mirrors the Federal Law, only it actually has language in it that prohibits racial profiling unlike the Fed law, maybe people who oppose it will move to Mexico or Cananda or some other country where they don't discriminate by having immigration laws....oh wait! There is no country I know of that doesn't have immigration laws. So maybe you guys will have to buy an island somewhere and start your own country, and then you can have all the open borders you want! That would be cool! Meanwhile, if you oppose this law, and you want to move away, then move somewhere other than the USA.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dennis

    More misguided washouts along with Carlos Santana and Willie Nelson who merely follow not lead.Thank you for not coming to the beautiful state of Arizona.You are past your prime and are not worth spending money to see.Maybe all of you should move to Los Angeles and create sanctuary homes for all these illegals.There are much better musicians too see than these idiots!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dinewithme

      Willie Nelson a "washout" or someone who "follows". You clearly have never heard "Red Headed Stranger".

      June 8, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
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