In Korea, a boot camp cure for web addiction

Young Koreans who are believed to be obsessed with the internet are being sent to a compound–part boot camp, part rehab center–for help with what many in the country consider a new and potentially deadly addiction. At the school, young men are drilled through military-style obstacle courses, led through group sessions, and even take part in therapeutic workshops on pottery and drumming. …

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College Board launches new educator web site

New York, NY – November 16, 2007 On Tuesday, the College Board rolled out a complete redesign of the education professionals section of its Web site, which is used by more than half a million educators each month. The redesigned site has new content and features to provide educators with quick and easy access to the tools, resources and information they need.

"College Board members told us the content on was extremely helpful, but it was just too difficult to find," said Hal Higginbotham, senior vice president of information services and chief information officer for the College Board. "The new site earned high praise in previews at our annual meeting last month."

During user testing, one of the most popular features was the customized home page. Educators can choose a professional role: teacher, counselor, administrator, recruitment and admissions staff, financial aid staff, or higher education faculty or administrator. The content presented is tailored to the role chosen. From any page within the professionals’ site, the reader can choose another home page with news and articles of interest to that particular area of interest.

Other new features include easy-to-use navigation buttons that guide readers from topic to topic, original content, and news and trends pertinent to education professionals. Among the topics covered on the new site are education policy and advocacy, membership, testing information, college guidance, K-12 services, higher education services, professional development, and data, reports and research. In the next few months, an enhanced calendar with testing and professional development dates will be added along with new community features that will enable educators and professionals to participate in message boards on issues important to them.

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The College Board: Connecting Students to College Success:The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.


Rural Irish school takes hi-tech route

A rural Irish primary school is teaching the world a lesson on how easy it can be to learn in the hi-tech classroom of the future. The 58-pupil, three-teacher Co Kilkenny School has won a global award from software giants Microsoft for innovation in the integration of technology into education. …

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MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) now “Mersive Enabled”

Lexington, KY – November 16, 2007 Mersive Technologies, an emerging display technology company that is redefining the ease with which ultra resolution, multi-projector displays can be designed, announced today that its Mersive SolTM Server is now fully supported in version 5.4 of MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG)TM, a state-of-the-art, real-time 3D computer image generator (IG). The "Mersive Enabled" VRSG will allow VRSG IG users to improve the visual quality of their displays while reducing ongoing maintenance expenses.

The Mersive Sol Server is a camera-based solution for automatically calibrating multi-projector display systems. Displays utilizing the Sol Server can be flat, n-gons, cylindrical or spherical. Complex display systems can be calibrated in as little as one minute per channel. A single

1-unit Mersive Sol Server can serve an unlimited number of VRSG channels in a display.

The VRSG 5.4 now receives parameters from the Mersive Sol Server and then uses the calibration solution to apply proper warping, blending, and color correction in the blend regions to images being generated by the IG. The solution, which broadens projection options available to customers, is agnostic to "downstream" projection.

"Higher resolution display requirements, achieved by clustering multiple projectors, are driving the need for the Mersive Sol Server solution," says Garth Smith, president of MetaVR. "Support for the Sol Server in VRSG 5.4 solves many existing display issues for our customers and enables a new generation of displays to emerge."

A combination of the MetaVR VRSG and the Mersive Sol Server was recently chosen by Lockheed Martin for the Prototype JTAC Training Rehearsal System (TRS), a series of dome simulators. A portable Interim JTAC TRS will be on display at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Fla., November 26 – 29. The Mersive Sol Server also will be demonstrated at I/ITSEC in the MetaVR booth (#1901).

A JTAC is the link between the Army and the Air Force when combat requires the aid of close air support. JTACs are expected to maintain situational awareness, know the supported unit’s plans, and validate and prosecute targets of opportunity. The I-JTAC TRS Proof-of-Concept Dome, built by Lockheed Martin, offers a high fidelity, realistic, fully immersive, real-time visual environment with sensor, simulator, and database correlation.

"We’re delighted to see seamless support for the Sol Server in the MetaVR VRSG image generator," says Randall Stevens, president/CEO of Mersive Technologies. "Support for Mersive’s innovative auto-calibration technology directly within the industry-leading Windows-based IG lets VRSG users create and deploy unprecedented display systems as witnessed by Lockheed’s JTAC program."

About Mersive Technologies

Mersive Technologies is a display technology company that redefines the ease with which ultra resolution, multi-projector displays can be designed, configured and maintained. A leader in the creation of ultra definition (UD) displays with resolutions greater than high definition (HD) devices, Mersive provides a cost-effective, true auto-calibration solution capable of merging any number of projectors into a seamless display of almost any size, shape and resolution. Technology once considered only practical for select high capital industries is now being made available by Mersive for a range of applications from simulation and training to museum displays and digital signage. Mersive is privately held and venture funded with additional grant support. Its clients include the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force as well as a number of museums and academic labs. For more information on Mersive’s ultra definition display technologies, please visit

About MetaVR

MetaVR, founded in 1997, develops game-quality PC commercial software for the simulation and training markets, featuring high-speed 3D visualization content and rapid creation of networked virtual worlds using real-world data. MetaVR’s real-time PC-based visual systems provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game-quality graphics. Users can build (with real-world photographic imagery, elevation data, and feature data) high-fidelity virtual worlds with our terrain generation applications, and render in real time, at 60Hz frame rates, the resulting virtual world with our real-time 3D visualization application, Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG)TM. MetaVR systems are used for applications such as urban operations training, unmanned aerial vehicles, manned flight simulators, environmental disaster management training, and prototyping the JTAC Virtual Trainer Dome. For more information, visit or send email to


STOPware’s New PassagePoint Global v10 redefines visitor management for the enterprise

San Jose, CA – November 16 , 2007 – STOPware, Inc., the industry leader in visitor management solutions, has released PassagePoint Global v10, the company’s latest and most comprehensive enterprise-level visitor management solution. The new software, shipping as of November 1st, represents a new generation in visitor management software (VMS). Now customers worldwide can enjoy the benefits of this solution offering integrated security, communications, badging, multi-language support, and advanced reporting, all in one package.

"To effectively function on the enterprise level, security products and technologies add value only if they can be seamlessly integrated to provide a comprehensive and robust solution," said Paul Terschuren, VP Sales and Marketing, STOPware. "Our new PassagePoint Global v10 delivers the features and interoperability required for centralized control over large integrated systems."

Extensive customization, integration and configuration capabilities in PassagePoint Global v10 make it easy to implement a visitor management solution either globally or locally, including the ability to control operations from a centralized location, customize screens and lists, and implement the solution in English, French, German, Japanese or Spanish, right out of the box. PassagePoint Global v10 also offers integration with IT infrastructure to link to any ODBC or LDAP directory systems, as well as the capability to create a directory of hosts, and link to active directory to leverage single sign on capabilities. To make the pre-registration process even more streamlined, PassagePoint Global v10 can be integrated with Microsoft Outlook calendars for sending vCal pre-registration appointments as well as with vCard software programs.

The software is compatible with most major access control manufacturers and can accommodate biometric scanners to allow repeat visitors to sign in by scanning their thumbprint. PassagePoint Mobile, a simple yet powerful handheld solution that allows a user to process visitors wirelessly anywhere, works with PassagePoint Global v10. The system can also use an ID scanner to speed up the registration process with the unique ability to send an email with the visitor’s photo to the host upon sign in. Customized mass notifications for informational or emergency purposes can be sent with just a few mouse clicks. With an extensive reporting tool, reporting on any visitor data can be quickly generated, emailed, exported or made into a PDF.

For more information visit, email or call (408) 367-0220.

About STOPware:

STOPware, Inc., a Brady Worldwide Company, is a software company specializing in visitor management security software. Since 1997, STOPware has pioneered the lobby security software marketplace with its flagship product, PassagePoint. STOPware markets PassagePoint to a wide range of customers, security dealers, integrators and consultants. Combining vast experience in visitor requirements, security, customer service, management requirements, IT standards and user experience, STOPware has set the standard with PassagePoint. In addition to world-class software, STOPware provides hardware, badge stock, installation and training services, technical support and custom engineered products and services.


ETS and Certiport announce collaboration plans for comprehensive digital skills solution

SALT LAKE CITY – November 13, 2007 – Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Certiport today announced an agreement to create a solution leveraging their assessment and certification programs around digital literacy and critical thinking with regard to information and communications technologies (ICTs). The two industry leaders expect the combined solution will help a wide variety of organizations hone the skills of current and prospective employees, creating a more capable and productive workforce.

Under the agreement, Certiport and ETS will take the first steps toward jointly marketing their flagship products-Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC"®) and ETS’s ICT LiteracyTM Workforce Assessment-to educational, government and corporate customers.

According to David Saedi, Certiport’s CEO, "ETS and Certiport recognize that education and workforce development organizations alike continue to grapple with the urgent issue of developing current and relevant technology literacy, and that, until now, this requirement has been compounded by the lack of a comprehensive, industry-supported solution."

"To date," said Saedi, "the non-aligned and partial remedies offered by multiple providers often complicate and even delay decision-making processes around this critical issue. The collaboration between ETS and Certiport is the first alignment between two key industry leaders in pursuit of a more standardized and unified solution for ICTs-one that will gauge the true measure of an individual’s level of digital literacy, analytical and critical capabilities as applied in work and learning environments."

"This is a breakthrough agreement for each organization," said Chuck Cascio, vice president of ETS’s Interactive Learning Division. "This agreement gives ETS the opportunity to partner with a world-class organization and obtain an established distribution channel for our ICT Literacy Workforce Assessment. It also allows us to bring our extensive core capabilities and creativity to this important initiative, adding another milestone to our broad-based education initiatives."

Bundled products resulting from this collaboration can develop and validate learners and employees’ basic computer hardware, software and Internet knowledge and skills using Certiport IC", and then measure their ability to apply critical thinking to use those skills in actual workplace situations using the ETS’s ICT Literacy Workforce Assessment.

About Certiport
Certiport prepares individuals with current and relevant digital skills and credentials for the competitive global workforce. These solutions are delivered by more than 12,000 Certiport Centers worldwide and include the official Microsoft® Office certification programs, Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, and Certiport Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC"®). For more information, visit .

About ETS
ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related service for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at .


Assistive and Learning Technology Conference brings together innovators, policymakers, researchers, and philanthropic organizations to advance learning opportunities for students with disabilities

Washington, DC – November 15, 2007 – According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 6.6 million youth-or 13.7% of students enrolled in public schools nationwide-are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (IDEA). To discuss the role of technology in advancing learning opportunities for students with disabilities, the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) is hosting a two-day conference, Bright Ideas. Real Solutions.

Taking place on November 15 and 16 at The Madison Hotel in Washington, DC, the conference comes at a critical juncture as the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is underway. Nationally renowned technology innovators, policymakers, researchers, the media, and senior representatives from the philanthropic community, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the NEC Foundation of America, will discuss the advancements and emerging trends in the assistive and learning technology field.

"Innovative technologies and new social media platforms, such as blogs, wikis, and social network Web sites, offer students with special needs a vehicle to communicate and engage with the world in ways that have not been possible to date," commented Tracy Gray, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Technology Innovation. "The wide spectrum of multimedia technologies breaks existing barriers and transforms access through new and exciting entry points for students with disabilities."

Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the NCTI conference focuses on increasing access and achieving results for students with disabilities. In addition, it will focus on the recent findings from the special education community, which are shedding light on best practices for the general education population. Conference topics will include:

Trends in Wireless and Portable Assistive Technology;

Speaking Out on the Effectiveness of Research Regarding Educational Technology;

Social Media: Where the Action Is; and

The Role of Public/Private Partnerships in Furthering Innovation.

Further, the TechMatrix (, a comprehensive online database that allows education consumers to conduct customized searches and learn more about the accessibility and existing research of learning tools for mathematics, reading, writing, and assistive technologies, will be officially unveiled at the conference. Video sessions and copies of conference materials will be available on the NCTI Web site following the conference.

About the National Center for Technology Innovation

The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) (, established in 2001, advances learning opportunities for all students, with a special focus on individuals with disabilities, by fostering technology innovation. Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, NCTI offers technical guidance to facilitate the growth and sustainability of assistive and learning tools. NCTI broadens and enriches the field by providing high quality resources and developing meaningful partnerships with innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and practitioners. The National Center for Technology Innovation is located at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC.

About the Technology Innovators Conference

Bright Ideas. Real Solutions., taking place on November 15 and November 16 at The Madison Hotel (1177 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC) seeks to enhance the national discussion of the advances, challenges, and next steps for the assistive and learning technology field serving students with special needs. More information regarding the conference is available at Conference registration is waived for members of the press.


Teachers warned about MySpace profiles

“Teachers, watch what you post online”: That, in effect, was the message the Ohio Education Association (OEA), the state’s largest teachers union, delivered to Ohio educators in a memo it sent last month.

The memo strongly discouraged teachers from using social-networking web sites such as MySpace and Facebook to create personal profiles or communicate with students.

“OEA advises members not to join [these sites], and for existing users to complete the steps involved in removing their profiles,” the memo said. “While this advice might seem extreme, the dangers of participating in these two sites outweigh the benefits.”

An investigation by the Columbus Dispatch into educator misconduct underscores the reasons for the union’s concern.

The newspaper’s recent probe has revealed questionable or inappropriate content on at least three MySpace profiles belonging to people who say they are Ohio teachers.

One says she’s an “aggressive freak in bed,” another says she has taken drugs and likes to party, and a third describes his mood as “dirty,” the Dispatch reported Nov. 10. The guy with the dirty mood, who claims to be a 35-year-old middle school math teacher in Cleveland, reportedly listed students among his MySpace friends.

The profiles could be the work of malicious pranksters, but the three examples appear legitimate, with all types of personal and professional information, including full resumes, the Dispatch reported.

If those three postings are from teachers, they’re inappropriate, said James Miller, director of the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education. Even worse, he said, “It does sound like something that could be ‘conduct unbecoming’.”

That’s a broadly defined violation of educator behavior that can result in license revocations, suspensions, and written reprimands.

Teachers need to review what they’re sharing online, Miller warned: “It’s their right to have it up. But I’d make sure it’s appropriate for my students to look at.”

The OEA sent its memo to teachers on Oct. 16, two days after the Dispatch launched its investigation. However, union officials said they had been planning the memo for months.

“The fact that a student can attempt to contact an OEA member who has a profile on these sites lends itself to the possible interpretation of an improper relationship,” the memo told teachers. “Because of the high standards placed on school employees and the risk of job and career loss, the OEA recommends avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.”

The union also worries that students will create “impostor” sites, pose as adults and engage in conversations with teachers, or use online communication to make allegations later against educators.

“[There are a] lot of potential problems of false allegations, false pages, postings that have absolutely nothing to do with the intention of the teachers,” said Rachelle Johnson, the union’s legal services director.

Anything posted on those sites can be used as evidence in disciplinary hearings by districts and the state Education Department, the union warns.

OEA says it drafted the memo without help from the National Education Association (NEA), the national organization of which it is a state affiliate. Attempts to reach the NEA were unsuccessful as of press time.


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The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall presents Citi Global Encounters

On Wednesday, December 5, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall will use Zankel Hall’s distance learning technology to connect 400 students in New York City with 500 students in Istanbul, Turkey, for an interactive musical experience and cross-cultural exchange. Turkish clarinetist Hüsnü ?enlendirici will travel to New York to perform with The New York Gypsy All-Stars, and the Claudia Quintet-led by percussionist John Hollenbeck-will travel to Istanbul for this dual, transatlantic concert broadcast live to high schools students in both cities. The high energy program will feature traditional Turkish music and jazz from the US, focusing on the musical elements they share, including an emphasis on syncopation, improvisation, and melodic ornamentation. There will also be opportunities for the students to ask questions of the musicians as well as their peers across the ocean.

This event will be the culmination of a cultural exchange intensive as part of this season’s Citi Global Encounters-a program for high school students that uses music as a window into global history and cultures. During the fall, eight classrooms in New York City and eight classrooms in Istanbul have been learning about each others’ day-to-day lives and music, directly linked through an online community. In addition to the Distance Learning Event, students from the eight classrooms in Istanbul will interact with the members of the Claudia Quintet in special workshop sessions in their schools, and Hüsnü ?enlendirici will connect with the larger New York community in a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert on December 6 at Drom (85 Avenue A).

The schools participating in this cultural exchange are:

  • In New York: Newtown High School (Elmhurst, Queens); Somers High School (Lincolndale, NY); Marble Hill High School for International Studies (Bronx, NY); High School for Law and Public Service (Manhattan, NY); Life Sciences Secondary School (Manhattan, NY); High School of Economics and Finance (Manhattan, NY); Company High School for Theatre Arts – 2 classrooms (Manhattan, NY)
  • In Istanbul: ?ehremini Anatolian High School; Terakki Schools; ?stanbul Atatürk Anatolian High School; Kad?köy Anatolian High School

The Distance Learning Event and surrounding activities make up the fall portion of this season’s Citi Global Encounters, a program of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Citi Global Encounters, now in its seventh year, integrates curricula concentrating on the music of different regions of the world into New York City high school music and social studies classrooms. In 2007-2008, this interdisciplinary program focuses on Turkey. Throughout the winter and spring, 2,200 students from 40 high schools throughout the city-including those involved in the cultural exchange intensive-will learn about the folk music traditions and culture of Turkey in preparation for final concerts in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall featuring Turkish singer, composer, and scholar of Turkish music and folklore, Latif Bolat. Past focus regions of Citi Global Encounters have included the Silk Road, South Africa, Brazil, India, the Caribbean, and Mali.

Artist Information

Hüsnü ?enlendirici was born in Bergama, a small town in Turkey’s Aegean region. He comes from a family deeply rooted in musical traditions and was playing the clarinet by the time he was five. During his four years at the Turkish Music State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University, ?enlendirici began playing with the famous Magnetic Band, a group put together by the master percussionist Okay Temiz, appearing in hundreds of festivals and becoming a musical ambassador of his country. He recorded and toured with the internationally known band Embrio and performed in festivals abroad with his father Ergun ?enlendirici’s sextet, Laco. ?enlendirici formed his current band, Laco Tayfa, and collaborated with the American ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials for the critically acclaimed album In the Buzbag and in concert performance. In an effort to bring Turkish music to a wider audience, Hüsnü ?enlendirici founded the quintet Hüsnü ?enlendirici and Friends. He has since performed in a number of concerts with both groups, both within and outside of Turkey, including EXPO-2001 in Germany, supported by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, a performance in New York’s Central Park during the 2002 Mayfest festival, and during the Istanbul Jazz Festival in July 2002, with his 35-member Laco Tayfa Big Band.

The New York Gypsy All-Stars showcases some of New York’s finest musicians and has performed with such world music icons as Hüsnü ?enlendirici and Bulgarian masters Ivo Popasov and Yuri Yunakov. The ensemble is made up of Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet; Seido Salifoski, darbuka; Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun; Panagiotis Andreu, bass; and Jordan Perlson, drums.

John Hollenbeck’s versatility as a percussionist and composer is revealed in a body of work that challenges countless boundaries. His performance career stretches far beyond jazz with performances of a variety of traditional musics from around the world, including klezmer performances with David Krakauer and Frank London, projects in Columbia with Antonio Arnedo, and in Argentina with Fernando Tarres. Headed by Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet is made up of Drew Gress (acoustic bass), Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor saxophone), Matt Moran (vibraphone/percussion), and Ted Reichman (accordion). In 2004, Hollenbeck and his Claudia Quintet appeared in prestigious festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, following the release of its second recording, I, Claudia, on Cuneiform Records to rave reviews. In 2005, Hollenbeck and the Claudia Quintet released Semi-formal on Cuneiform Records and in 2007, FOR, to critical acclaim.

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education programs, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible through creative musical interaction and inspiring lifelong learning. Educational programs are woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, with opportunities for preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professional musicians. With its access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, The Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and shape the evolution of music education itself. The Weill Music Institute annually serves over 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the United States, and around the world.

Programs of The Weill Music Institute include: Family Concerts at Carnegie Hall and free Neighborhood Concerts in all five boroughs, which bring music to thousands within the greater New York City community each year. School-based programs enable students at all levels to participate in curricula that are age-appropriate, interactive, and conform to New York City, state, and national education standards. Professional Training Workshops connect emerging young musicians with internationally renowned artists. The Academy-a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education-provides extensive performance opportunities and intensive music education training in an innovative new two-year fellowship for post-graduate musicians. The Weill Music Institute also brings its educational programs to national and international audiences, using web-based and distance-learning technology.

This program is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of State, The Tishman Fund for Education Through Technology, and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation in support of the Isaac Stern Education Legacy project.

Citi Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of Citi Global Encounters.

Citi Global Encounters is part of the Isaac Stern Education Legacy, a program supported by the U.S. Department of Education, and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Programs of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall are generously supported by the City of New York: Office of the Mayor, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council; and by the New York State Council on the Arts.


Web brings national parks closer to kids

Standing next to Jenny Lake, park ranger Diane McGee tells students about the plants and animals at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, reports the Associated Press. The children, however, can’t feel the crisp air or smell the sagebrush. They are hundreds, possibly thousands, of miles away, watching McGee by webcast. Even as experts blame 21st-century technology for declining interest in national parks, reports AP, the National Park Service has embraced electronic field trips, an increasingly popular teaching tool in schools nationwide … (Associated Press)

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