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NEWS RELEASE: Wilmington City Council Swears in 1st District Council Member Vincent M. White

Friday, February 3, 2023 Wilmington City Council Swears in 1st District Council Member Vincent M. White Vincent M. White replaces the late Councilwoman Linda M. Gray. Vincent M. White serves as 1st District Council Member beginning February 2, 2023. His term expires in December 2024. Photo by Saquan Stimpson of WITN22. WILMINGTON, DE – Vincent M. White, a former […]

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IMAC and State Leaders to Address Police Brutality following the Murder of Tyre Nichols

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 IMAC and State Leaders to Address Police Brutality following the Murder of Tyre Nichols A press conference will be held today at 11 a.m. in Peter Spencer Plaza. President Trippi Congo issued a statement this morning expressing his thoughts following the murder of Tyre Nichols and encourages members of the community to attend […]

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council to hold Committee of the Whole Meeting for 1st District Vacancy

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 City Council to hold Committee of the Whole Meeting for 1st District Vacancy Three (3) qualified candidates will be interviewed to fill the seat that was left vacant by the late Council Member Linda Gray. Wilmington, DE – On November 14, 2022, the late Council Member Linda Gray unexpectedly passed away. This led […]

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Announces Names of First District Qualified Candidates

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 City Council Announces Names of First District Qualified Candidates Four (4) candidates have qualified to fill the seat as verified by the Department of Elections. Wilmington – On November 14, 2022, the late former Council Member Linda Gray passed away. This led to the First District Councilmanic position being vacated, effective November […]

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NEWS RELEASE: Dr. Debra Mason Named Coordinator of the City’s Community Public Safety Initiative

Dr. Debra Mason Named Coordinator of the City’s Community Public Safety Initiative The selection completes another phase of the 2022 report from the Community Based Public Safety Collective, which will remain under contract to the City for 2023 to assist with community violence intervention and reduction efforts.   In early 2022, the Wilmington City Council […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter January 4, 2023

January 5 Wilmington City Council Recap           Numerous individuals and organizations are recognized in the Council Chambers during Wilmington City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the Louis L. Redding City County Building in Wilmington, DE.  Recognitions included the Parking Coalition Group, Wilmington Cities and Counties Fees and Fines Justice Team, […]

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City Council Continues the Process of Filling District 1 Vacancy

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 City Council Continues the Process of Filling District 1 Vacancy Residents of the 1st District interested in filling the vacancy have until January 6, 2023, to apply. The Wilmington City Council is soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the City’s 1st District to consider filling […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter December 9, 2022

2022-2025 Strategic Plan of the Wilmington City Council is Adopted During the regular meeting of Wilmington City Council on December 1, 2022, the council adopted its 2022-2025 Strategic Plan of the Wilmington City Council. The Plan serves as a guiding document for Council’s legislative, policy, and financial decision-making, as well as a template for engagement with the […]

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City Council Begins The Process Of Filling District 1 Vacancy

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 City Council Begins The Process Of Filling District 1 Vacancy Residents interested in filling the vacancy have until January 6, 2023, to apply. WILMINGTON – The Wilmington City Council is now soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party of the City’s 1st District to consider filling the seat that […]

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Wilmington City Council Swears in At-Large Council Member Latisha Bracy

Thursday, December 1, 2022 Wilmington City Council Swears in At-Large Council Member Latisha Bracy Latisha Bracy replaces the late former Councilwoman Loretta Walsh. Latisha Bracy serves as Council Member At-Large beginning December 1, 2022. Her term expires in December 2024. Photo by Saquan Stimpson of WITN22. WILMINGTON – Latisha Bracy, a seasoned government and community relations professional […]

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Wilmington City Council Recommends Latisha Bracy for Vacant At-Large Council Seat

Monday, November 28, 2022 Wilmington City Council Recommends Latisha Bracy for Vacant At-Large Council SeatThe Committee of the Whole will propose the resolution for a vote by the full body of the council on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Latisha Bracy stands before the Committee of the Whole of Wilmington City Council in Council Chambers on Monday, November 28, 2022. […]

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Statement from Wilmington City Council on the passing of the late Councilwoman Linda Gray

Wilmington City Council is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Council Member Linda Gray. Councilwoman Gray died on Monday November 14, 2022 at 6:30PM. She served for over 30 years as a Probation/Parole Officer, supervised offenders, was a certified Gambling Addiction Counselor, and she presided over various court proceedings as a Magistrate judge.  She […]

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City Council Announces Names of At-Large Qualified Candidates to fill Vacancy

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 City Council Announces Names of At-Large Qualified Candidates Sixteen (16) candidates have qualified to fill the seat as verified by the Department of Elections. Wilmington – On September 27, 2022, the late City Council Member At-Large Loretta Walsh announced her resignation from Wilmington City Council, and pursuant to the City Charter, the […]

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Statement on the passing of Council Member Linda Gray by Mayor Purzycki

Tuesday, November 15, 2022   Mayor Purzycki Issues Statement Regarding the Passing of Wilmington City Council Member Linda Gray   “Wilmington is again mourning the loss of a public servant. Linda Gray, who served as the City Council Member for the people of the 1st District, passed away last night. Her husband, Harold, announced her […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter November 10, 2022

Upcoming Open-Door Session with President Congo   Wilmington City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, II, is inviting members of the public to speak with him during his next Open-Door Session scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, from 4pm to 6pm. The Open Door Session will be held at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French […]

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President Congo Releases 22-Month Report

President Congo Releases 22-Month Report The report highlights many positive achievements obtained during the 108th Session of the Wilmington City Council   Message From President Ernest “Trippi” Congo II: As the President of the Wilmington City Council, it is my honor to serve the residents of Wilmington, working alongside the Mayor and the City Council […]

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Statement on the Passing of former City Council Member At-Large Loretta Walsh

News and Information From the Wilmington City Council Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Statement on the Passing of former City Council Member At-Large Loretta Walsh Loretta Walsh served seven terms on City Council as an At-Large Council Member and served her eighth term from January 6, 2021, to October 6, 2022. She served on Wilmington City Council […]

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Wilmington City Council appoints new Chief of Staff during Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2022 Wilmington City Council appoints new Chief of Staff during Regular Meeting Wilmington, DE – City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo II made the motion to appoint Mona A. Parikh, Esq. as City Council’s Chief of Staff on Thursday, October 20, 2022, during Wilmington City Council’s regular meeting. Through a resolution sponsored by President […]

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Council Member James Spadola Aims to Raise Awareness about a Recent Assault and Robbery to one of Wilmington’s Longtime Business Owner

News and Information From At-Large Council Member James Spadola Press Alert  Monday, October 3, 2022 Council Member James Spadola Aims to Raise Awareness about a Recent Assault and Robbery to one of Wilmington’s Longtime Business OwnerA Press Conference will be held on October 5, 2022, with Council Member Maria Cabrera, Philadelphia Council Member Helen Gym, and […]

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At-Large City Council Member Loretta Walsh Announces Resignation

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 At-Large City Council Member Loretta Walsh Announces Resignation Council to fill Vacancy in December 2022 Loretta Walsh served seven terms on City Council as an At-Large Council Member and started her eighth term on January 6, 2021. She served on Wilmington City Council from 1985 to 1997. She was re-elected in 2004 and […]

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Former At-Large Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon’s official Viewing and Home Going Announcement

  This is Rysheema Dixon’s official viewing and Home Going Announcement. Her family, friends and team would like to thank you for all your support and prayers during this sensitive and difficult time. Thank you to the community and her colleagues for the love and desire to keep her legacy alive. To send cards, and Flowers […]

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Statement on the Passing of former City Council Member At-Large Rysheema Dixon

Friday, September 16, 2022 Statement on the Passing of former City Council Member At-Large Rysheema Dixon Rysheema Dixon served as Council Member At-Large from January 2017 to January 2022. Photo Courtesy of Saquan Stimpson, Digital Media & Web Content Coordinator for WITN22. Wilmington, DE – The City of Wilmington is mourning the loss of former City Council Member Rysheema Dixon. Wilmington […]

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3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver Encourages Members of the Public to attend an “Eminent Domain” Information Event on June 22 at the Wilmington PAL

Press Alert  Wednesday, June 22, 2022 3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver Encourages Members of the Public to attend an “Eminent Domain” Information Event on June 22 at the Wilmington PAL  On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver, in partnership with City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, State Representatives, and Community Activists will hold an […]

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2nd District Council Member Shané Darby Aims to Develop a Landlord Engagement Strategy

Press Alert  Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2nd District Council Member Shané Darby Aims to Develop a Landlord Engagement Strategy Council Member Darby partners with the National League of Cities and Stanford Legal Design Lab as a participant in their Landlord Engagement Lab. Wilmington, DE – Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more individuals and families have experienced […]

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Proposed Changes are Coming to Wilmington’s Charter

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo sponsored legislation to amend the Wilmington City Charter during City Council’s regular meeting.President Congo’s proposed city charter amendments have three main components:Agenda #0191 – Res. 22-038 passed with an 8-Yeas and 5-absent vote. This Resolution initiates a proposed amendment to Wilmington City Charter Section 2-103 lowering the minimum age requirement of those […]

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Wilmington City Council Approves the City’s FY2023 Budget

Thursday, May 19, 2022 Wilmington City Council Approves the City’s FY2023 Budget The approved budget includes a 6.0% Property Tax increase and a 5% Water Sewer rate increase for City residents Mayor Mike Purzycki presented the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget to Council on March 17, 2022, which included a 7.5% Property Tax rate increase and a 5% Water Sewer […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter May 10, 2022

Upcoming Council Meetings Join us for our upcoming City Council and Committee meetings in May 2022. You can participate in several ways: on our Facebook page here, on WITN22 YouTube page here, online at WITN22.org, on TV by tuning in to Comcast Channel 22, or via Zoom. Citizens wishing to be heard on issues are encouraged to voice their […]

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Wilmington City Council participates in Youth In City Government Day

On May 5, 2022, members of the Wilmington City Council participated in this year’s Youth In City GovernmentProgram virtually and in person in Council Chambers located in the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 N. French Street in Wilmington, DE.Sponsored by The Department of Parks & Recreation and the Division of Youth and Families, with collaboration […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter April 8, 2022

FY 2023 City Council Budget Hearings Continue Wilmington City Council’s 2023 fiscal year budget hearings are well into this year’s virtual hearings on Mayor Mike Purzycki’s proposed budget. To date, eight department hearings have been conducted to examine the mayor’s plans for the coming fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2022. Next week, on April 13, 2022, […]

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Delaware Press Association announces eleven awards for Wilmington City Council Members, Council Staff, and WITN-22 Staff

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Wilmington City Council Members, Council Staff, and WITN-22 Staff win Top Honors from Delaware Press Association Delaware Press Association announces eleven awards for Wilmington City Council Members, Council Staff, and WITN-22 Staff. Delaware Press Association (DPA) recently announced that several staff members of Wilmington City Council and WITN-22, the City’s government television station, […]

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Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address and Budget Hearings Newsletter

Mayor Mike Purzycki to propose a Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Budget and Water/Sewer Budget during the Annual State of the City Address   Mayor Mike Purzycki will deliver the FY 2023 Budget proposal and present the Annual State of the City Address to Wilmington City Council on March 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. during City Council’s next virtual regular […]

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Wilmington’s 2nd District receives DART Bus Stop Improvements

Monday, March 7, 2022 Wilmington’s 2nd District receives DART Bus Stop Improvements Councilwoman Shané Darby works with DART to install new bus shelters. Wilmington City Councilwoman Shané Darby of the 2nd District initiated a comprehensive effort to update and improve bus stops in Wilmington’s 2nd District in order to encourage bus ridership and use of public transportation. […]

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Wilmington City Council Swears in At-Large Council Member Albert Mills

Thursday, March 3, 2022 Wilmington City Council Swears in At-Large Council Member Albert MillsAlbert Mills replaces former Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon. WILMINGTON – Albert Mills, a native of Wilmington and lifelong resident of the city, is the new At-Large Council Member of the City of Wilmington. By a vote of 10-yes (President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, 2nd District Council […]

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Wilmington City Council Recommends Albert Mills for Vacant At-Large Council Seat

Friday, February 25, 2022 Wilmington City Council Recommends Albert Mills for Vacant At-Large Council Seat The Committee of the Whole will propose the resolution for a vote by the full body of council on Thursday, March 3, 2022. WILMINGTON – Albert Mills, a native of Wilmington and lifelong resident of the City who lives in the […]

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Wilmington City Council approves a Down-payment and Settlement Assistance Program

  Thursday, February 17, 2022 Wilmington City Council approves Substitute No.1 to Ordinance 21-056 to Create a Down-payment and Settlement Assistance Program The Wilmington First Start Home Ownership Down Payment and Settlement Assistance Program, a municipal loan program that will provide eligible homebuyers with loans of up to $15,000 to assist with down payment or settlement […]

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3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver sponsors “Local Minority Contractors Meeting”

Press Alert  Monday, February 14, 2022 3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver sponsors “Local Minority Contractors Meeting” in Partnership with DelDOT and several City Departments On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Council Member Zanthia Oliver (3rd District), in partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and City departments that include Licenses and Inspections, Real Estate […]

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City Council Announces Names of At-Large Qualified Candidates

  Thursday, February 10, 2022 City Council Announces Names of At-Large Qualified Candidates Nineteen (19) candidates have qualified to fill the seat as verified by the Department of Elections. Wilmington – On January 6, 2022, City Council Member At-Large Rysheema Dixon announced her resignation from Wilmington City Council, and pursuant to the City Charter, the current City Council was […]

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From the Desk of City Council President Ernest Trippi Congo

Wilmington City Council President seeks transparent practices and accountability from Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy The Wilmington Police Department (WPD) Chief Robert J. Tracy has demonstrated resistance and a pattern of failure to provide information when requested, including any ideas to increase communication, transparency, diversity and police reform. Wilmington City Council President Congo is requesting transparency practices that support public […]

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Wilmington City Council Recap | January 20, 2022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 City Council Recap: Wilmington City Council approves a Resolution of No Confidence in Chief Robert J. Tracy and the Wilmington Police Department Practices Wilmington – During their regular city council meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022, council members presented their opinions on various matters connected to a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter January 7, 2022

Council Approves Redistricting Ordinance 21-060 to Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code Wilmington City Council approved an ordnance that amends Chapter 2 of the City Code to Redistrict the Councilmanic Districts of the City of Wilmington. This process included redrawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected to accommodate population changes from the previous […]

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At-Large City Council Member Rysheema Dixon Announces Resignation

At-Large City Council Member Rysheema Dixon Announces Resignation Council to fill Vacancy in early 2022 Rysheema Dixon served as Council Member At-Large from January 2017 to January 2022. Photo Courtesy of Saquan Stimpson, WITN22. Wilmington, DE – City Councilmember At-Large Rysheema Dixon publicly announced her resignation from Wilmington City Council during the body’s regular meeting on Thursday, January […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter December 17, 2021

Redistricting Ordinance 21-060 gets voted out of Committee On Thursday, December 16, 2021, City Council’s Redistricting Committee voted the Report (Redistricting Ordinance to Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code to Redistrict the Councilmanic Districts of the City of Wilmington Pursuant to Section 2-102 of the Wilmington City Charter) out of committee which can be read here and the […]

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Wilmington City Council Recap | December 9, 2021

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, December 9, 2021 City Council Recap: Wilmington City Council Introduces an Ordinance to Redistrict the Councilmanic Districts and approves American Rescue Plan Act Funds Wilmington – Tonight, during Wilmington City Council’s last regular meeting of the year, council members presented their opinions on various matters connected to redistricting the city’s eight councilmanic districts and […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter December 3, 2021

Upcoming Redistricting Committee Meeting will include a Draft Ordinance On Monday, December 6, 2021, City Council’s Redistricting Committee will meet for an official map proposal and public hearing to discuss new legislative district maps that reflect how local populations have changed over the past 10 years, based on U.S. Census data. For the first time, prisoners […]

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New Law Counts Incarcerated Persons at their last known Home Addresses for Redistricting

Wilmington City Council approved a new ordnance that amends Chapter 2 of the City Code to require City Council and its Redistricting Committee to count incarcerated individuals in the City of Wilmington as residents of their last known addresses when new legislative district lines are drawn for redistricting purposes. Council voted 11-0 (2 absent) to […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter November 5, 2021

Wilmington City Council is accepting Redistricting Maps/Proposals from the Public for consideration Did you know that drawing new boundaries for Wilmington’s eight districts is not a process only reserved for City Council’s Redistricting Committee? You can be a part of the process too. Wilmington City Council is encouraging members of the public to provide any […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter November 1, 2021

Wilmington City Council holds Third Redistricting Committee/Public Hearing meeting The Wilmington City Council Redistricting Committee met for the third time on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to discuss the Committee’s Progress, to review and consider maps and redistricting proposals, to hear public comments, to request a motion for recommendation of Redistricting Committee to Council, and to discuss legislative […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter October 1, 2021

Council Members join Sister Theresa Marie Elitz in building dedication The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s celebrated and dedicated their new Amanecer Counseling & Resource Center building at 301 N. Van Buren Street in Wilmington, DE, to Sister Theresa Marie Elitz with a ceremony on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The ceremony highlighted speeches from City Council […]

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Wilmington City Council President’s call for transparency and urgency has gone unanswered from Wilmington’s Police Department

News and Information From the Wilmington City Council Press Alert Friday, October 1, 2021 Wilmington City Council President’s call for transparency and urgency has gone unanswered from Wilmington’s Police Department Transparency goes a long way in building trust between communities and our police officials. Now it is more important than ever. Wilmington, DE – On […]

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Wilmington City Council Newsletter September 24, 2021

  #OneCouncil team joins AIDS Walk Delaware Wilmington City Council had their second “One Council” community event on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Brandywine Park during this year’s 35th annual AIDS Walk Delaware. The event raised over $115,000 to support case management services, free HIV testing, HIV-specific mental health counseling, education and prevention programs, housing services and so […]

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