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The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Obituaries

HeadlineHeadline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: April 04, 1990
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 07B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Mrs. Louis D. Thomas, 89, of Pine Tree Villa Nursing Home, died there Monday.
She was the former Elsie Burger, a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and Willis Stewart Chapter 343 of Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors: a son, John L. Thomas; two daughters, Charlotte Gibson of Marshall, Mo., and Margaret
Westerman; and five grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Visitation from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy: Multiple Sclerosis Society chapters in Louisville or Columbia, Mo.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: May 07, 1990
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 05B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: GUTHRIE -- Billy J.
Westerman, 51, died Saturday in Clarksville, Tenn. His wife, Margaret, survives. Funeral, 10 a.m.
Monday, Cook-Webb Funeral Home.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: June 20, 1990
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Robert T.
Westerman, 83, died Tuesday at his home.
He was a retired employee of the old Louisville Textile Co., where he worked for 46 years, and a retired salesman for Booker-Price Co.
Survivors: his wife, the former Ruby Smith; two sons, James E.
Westerman of Corydon, Ind., and Robert E. Westerman; five grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Arch L. Heady Hikes Point Funeral Home, 4109 Taylorsville Road, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.
Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy: Crusade for Children.

Headline: WOMAN, 95, DIES AS FIRE HITS HOUSE IN PRP
Publication Date: September 20, 1990
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 05C
Subjects: SAFETY; ACCIDENTS; ELDERLY; WOMEN; HOUSES; DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: About 40 firefighters from the Pleasure Ridge Park volunteer department found the house engulfed in flames when they arrived at
11:29 p.m., Lt. Col. Phil Kaufman said.
Westerman was alone in the house, he said.
Kaufman said the fire apparently began in the kitchen. It is still under investigation.
Westerman was the former Anna L. Burch, a native of New Haven, Ky. Survivors include four sons, Edward Westerman of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mike Westerman of Edwards, Calif., and Charles and Donald Westerman; a brother, John Burch; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Highway, with burial in St. Andrews Cemetery.
Visitation at Keenan's Funeral Home, 4724 Dixie Highway, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Mass of the Air.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: January 21, 1991
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 03B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Mrs. Russell Spencer, 92, formerly of Shively, died Saturday at French Lick (Ind.) Medco Center.
She was the former Frances
Westerman and a member of Chapel Park Baptist Church.
Survivors: three sons, Kenneth Spencer of Terre Haute, Ind., Irvin Spencer of Brandenburg and Norbert Spencer; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday, W. G. Hardy Shively Funeral Home, 4101 Dixie Highway. Burial: Louisville Memorial Gardens West.
Visitation: 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: November 24, 1991
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 10B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Hallie G.
Westerman, 70, died Saturday at 5102 Stewart Drive.
She was the former Hallie Blankenship, a native of West Virginia and a retired employee of Bishop David and Holy Cross High schools.
Survivors: a son, William Joe
Westerman; a daughter, Rita Ann Lueken; two brothers, Wesley Blankenship of Florida and Harrison Blankenship of Tennessee; a sister, Pearl Hallstead of Cleveland; and four grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Highway. Burial: St. Andrew Cemetery. Visitation: 4-9 p.m. Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Monday and after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: November 25, 1991
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 03B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: William Russell West, 80, died Saturday at Summerfield Manor Nursing Home.
He was a native of Bethpage, Tenn., a retired welder supervisor for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., and a member of Shively Baptist Church and Shively Masonic Lodge 951.
Survivors: his wife, the former Freeda Brown; two daughters, Doreen West Cromis of Naperville, Ill., and Martine West Carpenter of Middletown; three sisters, Anna Bertha Whitson of Portland, Tenn., Vernie Keith of Gallatin, Tenn., and Bessie Fulxs; and four grandchildren.
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway. Burial: Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Memorial gifts: Hospice of Louisville.
The funeral for Hallie G.
Westerman, 70, will be at 10 a.m.
Tuesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Highway. Burial: St.
Andrew Cemetery. Visitation: Keenan's Funeral Home, 4724 Dixie Highway, noon-9 p.m. Monday, after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. She died Saturday.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: July 03, 1992
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: RADCLIFF -- Ira J.
Westerman, 77, died here Thursday. His wife, Waleska, survives. Funeral, 10 a.m. Saturday, Radcliff United Methodist Church. Visitation at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home, after 6 p.m. Friday.
REGINA -- The funeral for Marie Justice, 69 will be at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Morris Funeral Home in Millard. She died Wednesday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: August 16, 1992
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 08B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Anna Gentry
Westerman, 82, of 2529 Six Mile Lane, died Saturday at Humana Hospital-Suburban.
She was a retired employee of Time-Life Co., a member of Jeffersontown Baptist Church and past president of Highland Ladies' Auxiliary American Legion Post 201.
Survivors: a stepson, J. Robert
Westerman; a sister, Nancy G.
Waldrop; and a niece, Nancy C. Hood, who cared for her.
Funeral, 1 p.m. Monday, Ratterman's Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road. Burial: Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Sunday and after 11 a.m. Monday.
The funeral for Kathy D. Wiley-Williams, 30, of 2213 Thurman Drive, who died Thursday in an automobile accident, will be 1 p.m.
Tuesday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Green Meadows Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be noon-9 p.m. Monday at A. D. Porter & Sons,
1300 W. Chestnut St., and at the church after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
She was an employee of United Parcel Service.
Survivors: her husband, Edward Williams; a son, Kristopher Williams; her parents; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wiley; two sisters, Patria Ann Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Bonnie J. Massington of Radcliff.
Catherine Randolph Williams, died Saturday at Treyton Oaks Towers.
She was a native of Gallatin, Tenn.; a former teacher for Nashville Public Schools; a retired teacher for the old Louisville Public Schools; a member of the NAACP, Urban League and Louisville Fund for the Arts; and a former member of Falls City Medical Auxiliary.
She was a Methodist.
Survivors: her friends, Minnie and Charles London, who cared for her.
Funeral: 7 p.m. Monday, W. P. Porter Mortuary, 2611 Virginia Ave. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn. Visitation: 6-7 p.m. Monday.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: September 03, 1992
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: HOPKINSVILLE -- Lloyd
Westerman, 42, died here Wednesday. His wife, Sandra, survives. Funeral, 2 p.m. Friday, Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home. Visitation after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: January 13, 1993
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 06B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Carl E. "Bud"
Westerman, 81, Crescent Hill, died Tuesday at St.
Anthony Medical Center.
He was a retired gardener for Churchill Downs; a former employee of American Tobacco Co., where he had worked 24 years; an Army veteran of World War II; and a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the board of directors of Camp Cedar Brook near Lanesville, Ind.
Survivors: a brother, Edward L.
Westerman; and a sister, Elnora Howell of Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Neurath & Underwood Funeral Home,
725 E. Market St. Burial: Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation: 1-4 and
6-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial gifts: Camp Cedar Brook, in care of his church.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: March 26, 1993
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 07B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: OWENSBORO -- Myrtie M.
Westerman, 83, died here Tuesday.
Funeral, 2 p.m. Friday, Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home. Visitation after 9 a.m. Friday.

Headline: SOUTHERN INDIANA DEATHS
Publication Date: May 26, 1993
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: BORDEN -- Lee Everett Hibbs, 78, of Ind. 60, died Monday at Community Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky.
He was a retired employee of American Standard Corp. in Louisville.
Survivors: three brothers, George
Westerman of Corydon, Ky., and Thomas G. and John H. Westerman, both of Henderson; and four sisters, Wanda Fergerson of Union, Mo., and Joyce Clement, Opal Lee and Mary Westerman, all of Henderson.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Benton-Glunt Funeral Home, Henderson. Graveside service: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sellersburg Cemetery, Sellersburg.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: February 02, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 06B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Hattie R. Carpenter, 97, Charles P. Moorman Home for Women, died there Monday.
She was the former Hattie Rucker, a native of Shelby County and a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church.
Survivors: two daughters, Sara
Westerman and Helen Funk; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home,
1201 E. Oak St. Burial: Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Visitation: 2-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial gifts: Charles P. Moorman Home for Women or the church.

Headline: SOUTHERN INDIANA DEATHS
Publication Date: February 14, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 03B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: NORTH VERNON -- Hubert J. "Hoot" Fry, 65, died Saturday at his home.
He was a retired Jennings County High School teacher.
Survivors: his wife, the former Marie Hummel; six daughters, Catharine Carnes of Cincinnati, Bridget Moeller of Flower Mound, Texas, Margaret Tipps and Ruth Fry, both of Houston, Texas, Barbara Pruitt of Fairland and Jennifer King of Bloomington; two sons, George Fry of Fostoria, Ohio, and Daniel Fry of Advance; a brother, Patrick Fry of Vernon; a sister, Alma Riggs; and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Diekhoff, Vance & Fisher Funeral Home.
Burial: Vernon Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Monday. Memorial gifts: Project Share at St. Mary's Catholic Church or American Diabetes Association.
NORTH VERNON -- The funeral for Charles Jeffrey Helm, 34, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial: Vernon Cemetery. Visitation: Dove & Sharp Funeral Home, 4-8 p.m. Monday.
He died Saturday from injuries received in an automobile accident.
He was an employee of Eckrich Meats in Greensburg and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors: his wife, the former Melissa Lane; a daughter, Carrie Helm of Greenwood; his parents, Charles and Evelyn Helm; three brothers, Steven, John and Tony Helm; and two sisters, Judy Howe and Susan
Westerman.
Memorial gifts: Helm family trust in care of the funeral home.

Headline: KENTUKCY DEATHS
Publication Date: February 20, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 07B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: HOPKINSVILLE -- Sandra Rogers
Westerman, 44, died Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Arrangements: Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: February 21, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: HOPKINSVILLE -- Cynthia Johnson, 24, died here Saturday.
Arrangements: Babbage Funeral Home.
HOPKINSVILLE -- The funeral for Sandra Rogers
Westerman, 44, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church.
Visitation at Fuqua- Hinton Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Monday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: March 07, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Edward A. Wiser, 93, died Saturday at Baptist Hospital East.
He was a Jefferson County school bus driver for 30 years.
Survivors: his wife, the former Pauline Mitchell; a daughter, Mrs. Charles B.
Westerman; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church,
512 Breckenridge Lane. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday and after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Memorial gifts: Mass of the Air.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: September 21, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Eugene Vincent Gaskill, 66, died Tuesday at his home.
He was a retired warehouseman for the Naval Ordnance Station and an Army and Navy veteran.
Survivors: five sons, Chris and Paul Gaskill, both of Bowling Green, Mark Gaskill of Corydon, Ind., and Richard and Jimmy Gaskill; three daughters, Terri Dennison, Delana Owens and Patricia Dennison; three brothers, James Gaskill of Shepherdsville and Robert and Tommy Gaskill; five sisters, Nancy Zimmerman of Florida, Mary Allman of Ohio, Grace Graves, Dixie
Westerman and Frances Gaskill; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday, St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Highway. Burial: Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation: Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday.

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: January 17, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: ELKTON -- Michael David
Westerman, 19, died Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. His wife, Hannah, survives. Funeral, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Latham Funeral Home. Visitation after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

HeadlineHeadline: REBEL FLAGS, FIERY CROSSES RAISE TENSION AFTER SLAYING
Publication Date: January 19, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 01B
Subjects: MANNERS AND CUSTOMS; MALES; DEATHS; CRIME; MINORITIES; WEAPONS; DEMONSTRATIONS; FLAGS; RACE; ORGANIZATIONS; LAW ENFORCEMENT
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: The flag-waving during the procession and three cross burnings in the preceding 24 hours have exposed racial tensions among the roughly 1,400 residents of Guthrie, which is on the Tennessee border.
About 40 percent of the residents are African American, and many literally live across the railroad tracks from where most whites live.
The FBI has sent an agent to the county to investigate possible civil- rights violations stemming from the cross burnings. And Kentucky State Police have sent in extra troopers to help local police patrol the area.
"We really don't know who's doing this," Guthrie Police Chief Robert Whittlesey said. "But we are going to step up our patrol activities until we don't feel we need to anymore."
Guthrie has been tense since the weekend murder of
Westerman and another cross burning on Sunday. Police said that incident was apparently meant as a protest against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Police suspect that members of a motorcycle club in adjoining Montgomery County, Tenn., burned the cross. Club members held a barbecue Sunday, which was publicized by a flier circulated in both states. Police said the flier used an obscenity to denigrate King and stated in part, "Thank God for James Earl Ray," King's assassin. The Confederate flag is a particularly potent symbol in Todd County. The county was the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and the county schools' athletic teams are called the Rebels; they use a Confederate soldier as their mascot. Although the flag is seen by many white residents as a sign of pride, it has been a source of frustration and animosity within the black community, which sees it as a symbol of slavery and racism. "The majority of the blacks believe all the trappings of the Confederate flag have racial overtones," said Stanley Russell, a black community leader. "Rightly or wrongly, people react to that flag. And people in this community seem to want to use the Confederate flag to incite you to some sort of adverse reaction." Russell and other black residents have been meeting with school officials to try to change the teams' nickname and mascot. "I think we can work this out to everyone's liking," said Glenda Bell, chairwoman of the Todd County school board. "Then we can get to the real business at hand -- educating our children." The flag-waving procession yesterday afternoon annoyed some black residents of Guthrie. "It bothers me a little," Walter Henderson said. "It doesn't scare me. But I hate to see something like this here." But others didn't mind. Clarence Johnson, a leader of the black community, said: "I can overlook the flag. It's just something blowing in the wind. The rebel flag has always been here as long as I've been living, and it will be here when I leave." Authorities said some of Westerman's family apparently encouraged friends to decorate their cars with the Confederate flags as a way to honor him. The caravan was escorted by county police as it left Elkton and passed through Trenton, where Westerman's family lives. A rocking chair on the family's front porch had been tipped over to symbolize Westerman's death. As the procession passed, some people waved from their doorsteps; others stood at the roadside and pumped their fists in the air. Whittlesey said police suspect outsiders burned the crosses Tuesday and yesterday as a way to stir up animosity among blacks and whites. "If there are any racial problems, they are coming from outside," he said. One cross was burned in the police chief's integrated neighborhood in Guthrie at 1:30 a.m. yesterday -- in front of the home of the teen who allegedly fired the gun that kill Westerman. Two others were burned along U.S. 41, one in Guthrie at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, the other across the state line at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Most whites and blacks who were interviewed said race relations have been good. But they acknowledge that recent events point to the need for both races to hold a meeting to discuss racial issues candidly. Black residents met last night at a church to plead for calm. Their plea came one day after Westerman's parents begged their white friends to allow authorities to handle their son's murder. "Right now all the blacks and whites need to get together and resolve this before somebody else gets hurt," said Johnson, who said he is related to one of the four youths charged with Westerman's murder. The four are to be arraigned today on charges of first-degree murder. Johnson said he and his wife, Norma, were among the few blacks who attended Westerman's wake Tuesday night. He said his family has known the Westermans for years. He has worked with the victim's grandfather and father. "The family said they didn't have any hard feelings about it or toward the families involved," Johnson said. "And his father said he wants to sit down and talk to me about this. Right now, the community needs to come together."

Headline: KENTUCKY DEATHS
Publication Date: February 15, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: GUTHRIE -- Ivy Pearl
Westerman, 68, died Monday in Ashland City. Funeral, 2 p.m. Thursday, Tiny Town Baptist Church.
Visitation at Cook-Webb Funeral Home after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: April 24, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 04B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Ola B. Wansor, 68, of South Louisville, died Sunday at Parkway Medical Center.
She was the former Ola Kustis and a Catholic.
Survivors: her husband, Harold V. Wansor; a daughter, Debbie Robinson; four sisters, Frances Puckett, Shirley Purtilar, Geraldine Wooten and Jo Anne Fogle; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nunnelley Funeral Home, 4327 Taylor Blvd. Burial: Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Mary Mildred "Dolly"
Westerman died Sunday at St. Matthews Manor Nursing Home.
She was the former Mary Mildred Arnold.
Survivors: two daughters, Connie Emmerich of Cincinnati and Cherie
Westerman; a brother, Thomas Arnold of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Connie Stivers; and two grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Road. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: Ratterman's,
3711 Lexington Road, 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Memorial gifts: charity.

Headline: LOUISVILLE AREA DEATHS
Publication Date: April 28, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Page: 07B
Subjects: DEATHS
Region: Kentucky
Obituary: Eugene B. Tucker Sr., 80, formerly of Louisville, died Thursday in Panama City, Fla.
He was a retired salesman for Selig Chemical Industries and a Protestant.
Survivors: his wife, the former Alice Morat; a son, Eugene Tucker Jr. of Panama City Beach, Fla.; a sister, Virginia Westerman of Starlight Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Panama City. Arrangements: Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Panama City.

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