FSNE 2003
Newspaper Competition Winners

Below is the list of award winners in the 2003 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors' journalism competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 27 at the organization's annual convention in Ponte Vedra.

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June 27, 2003

Dear Florida Journalist:

One might say 2002 was the in-between year — the one wedged between 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

Huge news stories were, for the most part, absent in 2002, but that doesn’t mean the quality of work in Florida newspapers suffered. In fact, it gave newspapers a chance to show off what they do best — enterprise, investigative, explanatory and feature reporting. And, in Florida at least, the newspapers did not disappoint.

From investigations into the Department of Children and Families and who’s driving cabs in St. Augustine to bribery in Escambia County, journalists forced changes. Explanations of FCAT scores and new regulations educated readers. Feature stories, photographs, illustrations and graphics enlightened readers in so many ways.

This year’s four out-of-state judges were treated to entries in several new categories: Individual sports, features and business/news design categories; individual graphic and illustrations categories; special sections; body of work for photography, and sports columns. In addition, the contest accepted entries into a one-time category for 9/11 anniversary coverage.

Entries were strong across the board, and the judges left having tasted a small sample of the fantastic work being done in newsrooms across Florida.

This year we had more than 200 more entries than last year, a record 1,135 compared with 905 in 2002. It’s yet another testament to the outstanding work being published in Sunshine State newspapers.

Special thanks go out to this year’s judges and contest co-chair Donna Reed for judging the contest as war broke out in Iraq. Their dedication to their profession is noteworthy.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors 2003 competition, who are presented in this booklet. We applaud all the winners and participants.

Pat Yack
President
Lenore Devore
Contest chair
Donna Reed
Contest co-chair
 

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

The Tampa Tribune

Skyscraper Hit

The writing approach was notable because the reporters took a risk with their storytelling that clearly paid off.

Second Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Church in Turmoil

Third Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Haitian Voyage

2. Investigative

First Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Neglect & Death in DCF

An extraordinary combination of database and shoe-leather reporting that gets at some of the  causes of DCF's staggering failures.

Second Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Lost Children Easily Found

Third Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Fatal Fire — Flawed Justice

3. Explanatory

First Place

Debbie Salamone

Orlando Sentinel

Florida’s Water Crisis

A bold, earnest attempt to make a large, theoretical issue understandable to most people.

Second Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Cheating the Classroom

Third Place

Jenni Bergal

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Justice That Works

4. Features

First Place

Mary Jacoby

St. Petersburg Times

Domestic Terrorist

Big, but never boring. Detailed, but always fascinating.

Second Place

Jennifer Barrs

The Tampa Tribune

Married Priest

Third Place

Elinor Brecher

The Miami Herald

Friends for Life

5. Business

First Place

John Dorschner

The Miami Herald

Web Pharmacies

These stories begin to peck away at who is behind all those spam emails we get. His stories broke new ground, changed policies, forced state actions and brought about outcomes that helped citizens.

Second Place

Sarah Skidmore

The Florida Times-Union

Body of Work

Third Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Music Business Crisis

6. Sports

First Place

Gene Frenette

The Florida Times-Union

Body of Work

Handles the serious topics — malpractice and parenting — in a way that makes sports human, rather than superhuman.

Second Place

Hillard Grossman

Florida Today

Body of Work

Third Place

Martin Fennelly

The Tampa Tribune

Bill Johnson

7. Editorials

First Place

Timothy Dodson

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Crisis: Getting Nowhere Fast

Clear point of view, presented with the readers in mind, and a clear call to action.

8. Columns

First Place

Myriam Marquez

Orlando Sentinel

She successfully marries a biting wit with a high level of intellectual prowess.

Second Place

Frank Cerabino

The Palm Beach Post

Third Place

John J. Glisch

Florida Today

9. Sports Columns

First Place

Karen Crouse

The Palm Beach Post

By far, the clearest voice and most enjoyable to read. Crouse is someone we’d love to have a beer with.

Second Place

Mike Bianchi

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

Peter Kerasotis

Florida Today

10. Criticism

First Place

Eric Deggans

St. Petersburg Times

Television

Unlike too many critics today, Deggans is very clear about what he thinks and isn’t afraid of taking on the “popular” with wit rather than sarcasm.

Second Place

Beth Dunlop

The Miami Herald

Architecture

Third Place

Margaria Fichtner

The Miami Herald

Book Reviews

11. Headlines

First Place

Kevin Barnard

The Tampa Tribune

Body of Work

In a pun-driven category, these were refreshingly creative.

Second Place

Sharon Wynne

St. Petersburg Times

Body of Work

Third Place

David Breen

Orlando Sentinel

Body of Work

12. Page 1 Design

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The pages were executed well and displayed good news judgment.

Second Place

Tie: Shane Blatt

The Tampa Tribune

Tie: Staff

St. Petersburg Times

13. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Dan Wine and Dana Fasano

Orlando Sentinel

Mini Cooper

The main package is well-integrated nice photo choice and appropriate cutout.

14. Feature Page Design

First Place

Wesley Alden

Orlando Sentinel

Arturo Sandoval

The page takes its lead from the wise photo choice and follows through — keeping true to the tone. Very pretty.

Second Place

Kiely Agliano & Jeff Houck

The Tampa Tribune

Upside Down Frown

Third Place

Rebecca Vaughan

The Palm Beach Post

15. Sports Page Design

First Place

Barry Talley

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Skyscrapers

Great idea — blurbs on how-soon-we-forget big men are irresistable.

Honorable Mention

Robert McGinty

The Florida Times-Union

TPC

16. News Graphics

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Righting the Spiegel Grove

Clear, concise, easy-to-follow and well drawn.

Second Place

Jeff Goertzen

St. Petersburg Times

The Biggest Pest You’ll Ever See

Third Place

Jeff Goertzen

St. Petersburg Times

Struggle With Man

17. Illustrations

First Place

David O’Keefe

The Tampa Tribune

Jon Gruden

A distinctive style that separates it from the pack.

Second Place

Teresanne Cossetta

St. Petersburg Times

Soul Searching

Third Place

Jeff Goertzen

St. Petersburg Times

Taming the Math Monster

18. Spot News Photography

First Place

Jamie Francis

St. Petersburg Times

Bush, decisively

What a moment! An unguarded moment of satisfaction — maybe smugness — rarely seen in a politician and caught so well on film.

Second Place

Robert Mayer

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Funeral for Jawon

Third Place

Roberto Gonzalez

Orlando Sentinel

Flag Fracas

19. Feature Photography

First Place

Bill Serne

St. Petersburg Times

Walking to Paris

Beautiful moments captured because the photographer clearly invested time and heart to the project.

Second Place

Kathy Moore-Lengell

The Tampa Tribune

Too Old Too Soon

Third Place

Jamie Francis

St. Petersburg Times

The Deuces

20. Sports Photography

First Place

Rick Wilson

The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars vs. Texas

This photo captures both the moment something has happened — the touchdown catch — and the moment before something will happen — the player hitting the ground.

Second Place

Wilfredo Lee

The Associated Press

Third Place

Bruce R. Bennett

The Palm Beach Post

Toughman Competition

Honorable Mention

Cliff McBride & David Kadlubowski

The Tampa Tribune

21. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Jamie Francis

St. Petersburg Times

There’s this person, and then there’ s everyone else. A natural eye, amazing patience and impeccable timing.

Second Place

Lannis Waters

The Palm Beach Post

Third Place

Michael Stocker

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

22. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Football 2002

Extremely well planned and executed — a great idea that is pulled off through and through.

Second Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

The Deuces

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

The Dream

23. Special 9/11 Anniversary Coverage

First Place

Kiely Agliano

The Tampa Tribune

No Life Untouched

A beautiful concept. If it is possible for a 9/11 section to be subtle, yet effective, this is it.

 

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Division B

Newspapers with circulation between 40,000 and 125,000 daily.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Denes Husty III

The News-Press

3 Men Released After Perceived Terror Threat

This reads like several days’ work: The reporting is thorough, the writing is assured and the sweep provides rich context.

Second Place

Joe Callahan

Star-Banner

Amtrak Crash

Third Place

Cindy Swirko

The Gainesville Sun

Human parts

2. Investigative

First Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Escambia County Commission

This project used persistent reporting and lively writing to perform an outstanding public service.

Second Place

Ron Hurtibise & Audrey Parente

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Tough Love

Third Place

Scott Streater

Pensacola News Journal

Environmental Coverage

3. Explanatory

First Place

Kathleen Laufenberg

Tallahassee Democrat

Animals Destined for Death

This draws the reader in with affecting storytelling that doesn’t resort to pathos.

Second Place

Tom Bayles

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Access Denied

Third Place

Tie: Lisa Osburn & Jenny LaCoste

Pensacola News-Journal

Education in Black & White

Tie: Dinah Voyles Pulver & Ivona Lerman

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Toxic Puffer Fish in Indian River Lagoon

4. Features

First Place

Andrew Lyons

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

An American Tragedy

This feature is well reported and written with sensitivity and detail. A fast, emotionally provocative read.

Second Place

Sheila Ingram

Pensacola News Journal

Trust

Third Place

Kevin L. McQuaid

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Disparate Dreams

5. Business

First Place

Dick Hogan

The News-Press

Starlight Homes

These stories do an excellent job of providing people-focused business reporting relevant to the broader community.

Second Place

Thomas S. Brown

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Body of Work

Third Place

Christopher Cole

Bradenton Herald

Andersen Demise

6. Sports

First Place

Jack Corcoran

Tallahassee Democrat

Strong on the Inside

Reads much shorter than it is; evokes drama through detail and clarity rather than ostentation.

Second Place

Steve Ellis

Tallahassee Democrat

Body of Work

Third Place

Henry Frederick

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Lawsuit: “Monopoly” Justifies Splitting NASCAR

7. Editorials

First Place

Dave Schultz & Lonnie Brown

The Ledger

Appointed Superintendent of Schools

This series of editorials does an excellent job of presenting a clear and powerful case to readers.

Second Place

Jeff Lytle

Naples Daily News

Crime and Punishment?

Third Place

Carl Wernicke

Pensacola News Journal

SuperFund

8. Columns

First Place

Cary McMullen

The Ledger

Beliefs

McMullen’ s columns are concise, compelling and thought-provoking. A fast, memorable read.

Second Place

Mark Lane

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Footnotes

Third Place

Ron Cunningham

The Gainesville Sun

Honorable Mention

Pamela Hasterok

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

9. Sports Columns

First Place

Jim Smith

Bradenton Herald

Sunday Drive

Consistent voice and clear writing does what a columnist should — presents an opinion and gets out of the way.

Second Place

Roger Mooney

Bradenton Herald

10. Criticism

First Place

Bill Dean

The Ledger

Body of Work

All three reviews are knowledgeable and lively. A pleasure to read whether you agree with them or not. That is the real test.

Second Place

Drew Sterwald

The News-Press

Theater

Third Place

Jay Handelman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Theater

11. Headlines

First Place

Kelly Furnas

Tallahassee Democrat

Body of Work

Furnas demonstrates versatility and the ability to write solid, clever headlines on deadline.

Second Place

Kent C. Nichols

Tallahassee Democrat

Body of Work

12. Page 1 Design

First Place

Eric Strachan

Naples Daily News

Page design is sophisticated and tasteful. It does an excellent overall job of prioritizing news and guiding readers.

Second Place

Staff

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Third Place

Stephen Antley & DeWayne Wilson

The Ledger

13. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

Grown-up Cruising

This page takes chances that pay off: Reverse type, a sideways headline, a photo cutout, white space high in the package. Somehow it’ s compelling, inviting.

Second Place

Kelly Markowitz & Connie Hester-Moore

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Vanishing Wings

Third Place

Stephen Antley & Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

Faded Glory: The Rise and Fall of Grenelefe

14. Feature Page Design

First Place

Jean Fleetwood

The Gainesville Sun

The Living Trail

Combines disparate elements — some informative, some visual — in an inviting, elegant package.

Second Place

Jenna Lehtola

The Stuart News

Lather, Rinse, Return

Third Place

Staff

The Ledger

Booms & Busts

Honorable Mention

Merry Eccles

Bradenton Herald

Sarasota Film Festival

15. Sports Page Design

First Place

Merry Eccles

Bradenton Herald

Yankee Aura

This page incorporates sophisticated use of typeface and color in a well-organized page that keeps from crossing the line to too busy.

Second Place

Rob Mack & Ken Bradley

The Gainesville Sun

Sports Extra

Third Place

Ken Bradley

The Gainesville Sun

Perfect Ending

16. Graphics

First Place

John Roberge

Tallahassee Democrat

Blair Stone Road

It’s easy to follow, it’s full of information, it’s well organized and it shows what’s important to anyone who cares about the story.

Second Place

Brenda Schultheis

Star Banner

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Third Place

Ron Stallcup

Pensacola News Journal

Blues at the Beach

17. Illustration

First Place

Ron Borresen

Bradenton Herald

No Butts

Clever! Attractive. Communicates the focus of the cover story.

Second Place

Brenda Schultheis

Star Banner

Thrill Family

Third Place

John Roberge

Tallahassee Democrat

Wimpy Parents

18. Spot News Photography

First Place

Tiffany Tompkins

Bradenton Herald

Ciambrone

I gasped when I saw this: It’s sharp, beautiful and more dramatic than most photos of grief or flames or the aftermath of violence.

Second Place

Gary McCracken

Pensacola News Journal

Alex King Praying

Third Place

Tiffany Tompkins

Bradenton Herald

Chaotic Conclusion

19. Feature Photography

First Place

Michael Spooneybarger

Pensacola News Journal

Back-to-School Blues

Good feature photography should capture a thought-provoking, compelling or emotionally evocative moment. This does in a clear, simple way.

Second Place

Terry Allen Williams

The News-Press

Butterfly

Third Place

Marla Brose

The Gainesville Sun

Belly Flop

20. Sports Photography

First Place

Doug Finger

The Gainesville Sun

Flying Gator

Breathtaking. It leaps out at the viewer in every sense.

Second Place

Doug Finger

The Gainesville Sun

Steeplechase

Third Place

Karena Cawthon

Pensacola News Journal

Gymnast’s Leap

21. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Alan Youngblood

Star-Banner

This photographer demonstrates technical expertise, a creative eye and the ability to shoot photos with news value.

Second Place

Mike Ewen

Tallahassee Democrat

Third Place

Bruce Ackerman

Star-Banner

22. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ca’d’Zan

This section features interesting and informative content. Good photography and illustrations also help make this section truly special.

Second Place

Ken Bradley and Rob Mack

The Gainesville Sun

Basketball

Third Place

Staff

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

NASCAR 101: Inside & Out

23. Special 9/11 Anniversary Coverage

First Place

Tie: Staff

Naples Daily News

Brilliantly designed and well written with an emphasis on the stories of readers.

Tie: Staff

The News-Press

Distinctive cover. Reporting that connects the event to the local readership. Good writing throughout.

 

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

The Fort Pierce Tribune

Bus Crash

All of the elements of a breaking news story were in this package.

Second Place

Staff

Palatka Daily News

Train Derailed

Third Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

Tragedy Mars Festival

2. Investigative

First Place

Diane Rodgers

The St. Augustine Record

Fare Warning

Solid digging on a local issue that brought results.

Second Place

Mike Wright

Citrus County Chronicle

Lien Law Victims

Third Place

Ted Jackson

Boca Raton News

Loan Controversy

3. Explanatory

First Place

Wendy Victoria

Northwest Florida Daily News

School Retention

A clear and comprehensive look at an issue that touches so many of our lives.

Second Place

Marcia Lane

Palatka Daily News

Better Place Plan

Third Place

Diane Rodgers

The St. Augustine Record

Young Adults Flee County

Honorable Mention

Curt Hills

The Villages Daily Sun

Salaries in the Spotlight

4. Features

First Place

Elliott Jones

Press Journal

A Mother’ s Faith

The details and description made the story come alive. The writer obviously had spent a lot of time with the family.

Second Place

Nicole Berner

Press Journal

Controversial Faces

Third Place

Michael Reed

The St. Augustine Record

Home Sweet Home?

5. Business

First Place

Christi Stevens

Citrus County Chronicle

Shady Mobile Home Dealer

Good, hard business reporting.

Second Place

Chris Kauffmann

Press Journal

Body of Work

Third Place

Renee LePere

Charlotte Sun

Retiring from Retirement

6. Sports

First Place

Cal Powell

Northwest Florida Daily News

One of the Gang

Time spent with the baseball player was evident in the details. The writing was clear; narrative was strong.

Second Place

Pat McCann

The News Herald

In a Class by Himself

Third Place

Robert Cohn

Boca Raton News

Wrestling with Life

7. Editorials

First Place

Charlie Brennan

Citrus County Chronicle

Body of Work

Action-oriented and engaging.

Second Place

Larry D. Croom

The Villages Daily Sun

Body of Work

Third Place

John Hackworth

Charlotte Sun

Body of Work

Honorable Mention

Jim Baltzelle

The St. Augustine Record

Body of Work

8. Columns

First Place

Larry Reisman

Press Journal

Body of Work

Larry’ s columns range from touching to witty, well done and with purpose.

Second Place

Pat McCann

The News Herald

No Prisoners

Third Place

Jeffrey Willis

Northwest Florida Daily News

Body of Work

9. Sports Columns

First Place

Ron Seibel

Northwest Florida Daily News

Body of Work

Well-written, conversational and, thankfully, lacking sports cliches. Fresh.

Second Place

Jeff Bryan

Citrus County Chronicle

Body of Work

Third Place

Tim Kirby

Lake City Reporter

Cheap Seats

10. Criticism

First Place

Skip Sheffield

Boca Raton News

Movie Reviews

Skip brings each column full-circle, ending with his advice on the movies.

Second Place

J. Jeremy Dean

The Daily Commercial

Film Reviews

Third Place

Michael Fortuna

The Villages Daily Sun

Body of Work

11. Headlines

First Place

Cheryl Jacob

Citrus County Chronicle

Body of Work

Clever and to the point — a dynamic combination.

Second Place

Valerie Nienberg

The News Herald

Body of Work

Third Place

Vincent Safuto

Press Journal

Body of Work

12. Page 1 Design

First Place

Dennis Durkee

Press Journal

Clean, inviting — love all the points of entry.

Second Place

Derek Hembd

The St. Augustine Record

Third Place

Harry Lane & Andy Hall

Palatka Daily News

13. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Hope Akers

Northwest Florida Daily News

Nice-looking centerpiece includes a variety of elements to carry the page.

Second Place

Cheryl Jacob

Citrus County Chronicle

14. Feature Page Design

First Place

Matt Fry

The Villages Daily Sun

Clear, attractive page that makes good use of the left hand “Hot and Wow” elements.

Second Place

Heather Weinsheimer

The Villages Daily Sun

Travel & Leisure

Third Place

Robert Lane

The Fort Pierce Tribune

Spiderman

Honorable Mention

Angela Selph

Vero Beach Press Journal

Bamboo

15. Sports Page Design

First Place

Heather Weinsheimer

The Villages Daily Sun

Creative centerpiece surrounded by a clean-looking page made this work.

Second Place

Heather Weinsheimer & Burke Noel

The Villages Daily Sun

Third Place

Chuck Balnius

Press Journal

16. News Graphics

First Place

Robert Lane

The Fort Pierce Tribune

A New Sunrise

Clear, informative graphic that complements the story and gives readers descriptive details.

Second Place

Fred Nendza

The Villages Daily Sun

128th Run for the Roses

Third Place

Robert Lane

The Fort Pierce Tribune

Hard Landing

17. Illustration

First Place

Ken Maines

Northwest Florida Daily News

Bridezilla

Creative and bright, fitting the story perfectly.

Second Place

Madelyn Troyanek

Lake City Reporter

A Declaration for Students

Third Place

Angela Selph

Vero Beach Press Journal

What’ s on Oscar’ s Mind Tonight?

Honorable Mention

Fred Nendza

The Villages Daily Sun

Changing Faces of Golf

18. Spot News Photography

First Place

Alex Boerner

Press Journal

Truck Hits Bridge

Rarely does a spot news photograph capture both artistry and activity. This one did.

Second Place

Ted McLaren

Press Journal

House Just Broke Apart

Third Place

Ralph D. Priddy

The St. Augustine Record

20-Minute Mayhem

Honorable Mention

Mari Darr-Welch

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mother Comforted

19. Feature Photography

First Place

Madelyn Troyanek

Lake City Reporter

Sugary Sweet

The composition and detail make this package shine.

Second Place

Devon Ravine

Northwest Florida Daily News

The Cow Eyes Have It

Third Place

Mike McLoone

Charlotte Sun

All Dressed Up

Honorable Mention

Mari Darr-Welch

Northwest Florida Daily News

Walking a Tightrope

20. Sports Photography

First Place

Michael McLoone

Charlotte Sun

Cleared for Landing

A fun photograph that captures the moment. Sharp and action-packed.

Second Place

Dana Miserez

The News Herald

Running Start

Third Place

Mari Darr-Welch

Northwest Florida Daily News

Header

21. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Mari Darr-Welch

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mari shoots everything and makes it work, whether she’ s underwater or capturing grief on a face.

Second Place

Matt May

The St. Augustine Record

Third Place

Alex Boerner

Press Journal

Honorable Mention

Molly Bartels

Press Journal

22. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

Charlotte Sun

Football 2002

Nicely designed with good use of cutouts and local stories.

Second Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

Our Heroes

Third Place

Staff

Charlotte Sun

Golf: Summer 2002

23. Special 9/11 Anniversary Coverage

First Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

Moving Forward After 9/11

Strong packages in the daily paper and the special section hit home deeply.

Second Place

Staff

The News Herald

Rising From the Ashes

Third Place

Staff

Charlotte Sun

America Remembers

Honorable Mention

Staff

Lake City Reporter

America: After the Attacks

  

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Newspaper Online Site Division A

1st Place

Tampa Bay Online

“The Tampa Bay site is a standout in local coverage, with fresh content filed throughout the day. News and sports junkies can track breaking events by using the Newswire link near the top of the home page.”

2nd Place (tie)

OrlandoSentinel.com

Sun-Sentinel.com

Newspaper Online Site Division B

1st Place

naplesnews.com

“The Naples Daily News keep online readers well informed about southwest Florida... The distinctive logo and handsome design make this site a standout.”

2nd Place

HeraldTribune.com

3rd Place

TCPalm.com

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