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  1. STEVEN VAN METRE: Boomers are again 'hitting the road' in retirement
  2. 'First Look': First News for July 23
  3. 'First Look': First News for July 23
  4. LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth
  5. LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth
  6. Expert in Tupac trial testifies dentist’s work ‘meticulous’
  7. State places restrictions on full-contact prep football practices
  8. Spray parks likely victim of state water crackdown
  9. Violent, serious crime down 9 percent over 2013
  10. Violent, serious crime down 9 percent over 2013
  11. GET strike continues; board takes no action on union contract proposal
  12. GET strike continues; board takes no action on union contract proposal
  13. Driver faces 23 years in prison in DUI crash that killed 18-year-old Breana Webb
  14. Driver faces 23 years in prison in DUI crash that killed 18-year-old Breana Webb
  15. 'First Look': Walk to bring awareness to valley fever
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  1. Mike Griffith

    @stubblebuzz @zewing Fade aways because it won't last long. Sorry.

    14 minutes ago via Twitter
  2. Louis Amestoy

    RT @stubblebuzz: A minor league pro football team is coming to Bakersfield to play a spring schedule. Team needs a name. My entries: Black …

    14 minutes ago via Twitter
  3. Teen motorist leads police on chase, crashes into tree

    A teen driver in a vehicle with marijuana and $4,000 in cash led police on a short chase Tuesday evening before crashing into a tree.

    16 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  4. Zach Ewing

    RT @stubblebuzz: A minor league pro football team is coming to Bakersfield to play a spring schedule. Team needs a name. My entries: Black …

    16 minutes ago via Twitter
  5. Zach Ewing

    RT @LouisAmestoy: Spring football in Bakersfield? Sounds delightful. Here's @zewing report http://t.co/rw1zpVa0tE

    19 minutes ago via Twitter
  6. LEON KOLANKIEWICZ: Many share blame in creating America’s immigration storm

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies.

    23 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  7. Robert Price

    A minor league pro football team is coming to Bakersfield to play a spring schedule. Team needs a name. My entries: Black Gold or Bucks.

    24 minutes ago via Twitter
  8. Robert Price

    NFL minor league pro football team is coming to Bakersfield to play a spring schedule. Team needs a name. My entries: Black Gold or Bucks.

    25 minutes ago via Twitter
  9. The Bakersfield Californian

    An evening on the bike path. Photos by Californian photographer Casey Christie. http://on.fb.me/1pGv8PS

    27 minutes ago via Facebook
  10. Robert Price

    I've got world fatigue. Wars, tragedies, scandal, Selena's bikini party. Thank god NFL training camps are opening this week.

    28 minutes ago via Twitter
  11. Bakersfield Opinion

    CARTOON: Here's today's political cartoon by artist Joe Heller. http://t.co/SleZSsE29y

    31 minutes ago via Twitter
  12. The Bakersfield Californian

    We know personal fireworks are a topic of great debate in this community. But what about when they land on a house and burn it? http://bit.ly/1ufDR28

    33 minutes ago via Facebook
  13. Seven cats rescued from apartment fire

    Firefighters rescued seven cats from an apartment fire in Shafter Tuesday evening.

    33 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  14. FIRST LOOK: BBQ on the Ranch

    FIRST LOOK: BBQ on the Ranch From: bakotube Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 09:38 More in Entertainment

    49 minutes ago via YouTube
  15. The Bakersfield Californian

    This story is trending on bakersfield.com this Wednesday morning. http://bit.ly/1r8aklq

    51 minutes ago via Facebook
  16. The Bakersfield Californian

    Here's your five-day forecast for Bakersfield. http://on.fb.me/1r8ahGk

    55 minutes ago via Facebook
  17. STEVEN VAN METRE: Boomers are again 'hitting the road' in retirement

    Summer vacations can give people itchy feet. That's what happened to my clients, who I will call Pete and Carol.

    59 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  18. TCM shakes up schedule for James Garner marathon

    They don't make them like James Garner anymore, and Turner Classic Movies knows it.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  19. FIRST LOOK: Scott in 60

    FIRST LOOK: Scott in 60 July 23, 2014: On this edition of "Scott in "60," Scott Cox talks about Gilligan's Island.

    about 1 hour ago via YouTube
  20. FIRST LOOK: First News

    FIRST LOOK: First News July 23, 2014: Michael Hopper delivers the First News of the day on "First Look with Scott Cox.

    about 1 hour ago via YouTube
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    STEVEN VAN METRE: Boomers are again 'hitting the road' in retirement

    Summer vacations can give people itchy feet. That's what happened to my clients, who I will call Pete and Carol. High school sweethearts, the couple enjoyed long, successful careers -- Pete as a teacher; Carol as a registered nurse. They raised four kids, who now are grown and raising families of their own. With...

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    'First Look': First News for July 23

    Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: SPRAY PARKS LIKELY VICTIM OF STATE WATER CRACKDOWN: Complying with a state crackdown on water wasters will likely require closing Bakersfield's nine spray parks Aug. 1 and upgrading to a Stage 3 drought condition, city water board members are expected to...

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    LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth

    Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July popping off all those super-fun fireworks. So sad it’s over so soon, huh? Well, not for Beth Kurtz it’s not. Not by a long shot. Some nameless, faceless moron’s inane need to see something go “boom” burned up Kurtz’s Campus Park house the night of July Fourth.Now Kurtz and...

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    Expert in Tupac trial testifies dentist’s work ‘meticulous’

    LOS ANGELES — An expert testifying in an administrative hearing on the question of revoking or suspending Bakersfield dentist Dr. Robert Tupac’s dental license said Tuesday there were many plausible explanations for why two patients suffered severe complications after Tupac gave them dental implants. The Dental Board...

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    Spray parks likely victim of state water crackdown

    Complying with a state crackdown on water wasters will likely require closing Bakersfield’s nine spray parks Aug. 1 and upgrading to a Stage 3 drought condition, city water board members are expected to learn Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it looks like the state regulations and our water contingency plan (are) sort of...

  3. Supervisors OK plan to spend $30 million in tax, carryover money

    Kern County supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan Tuesday for spending some $31.4 million in savings from last year’s budget and bumped-up property valuations. County departments saved $25.2 million in the 2013-2014 fiscal year that ended on June 30, something they’re “carrying over” to this year. And county...

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    Worth noting in business: Tejon buys out development partner

    Tejon Ranch Co. has paid $70 million in cash to acquire full ownership of Tejon Mountain Village LLC, the 26,000-acre resort-style residential community it has been developing near Lebec with Arizona-based DMB Associates Inc. The move to buy DMB's interest in the fully entitled project reflects the Lebec company's...

  2. Kern's jobless rate rose slightly in June

    Kern County's unemployment rate held nearly steady in June, increasing slightly to a seasonally unadjusted 10.2 percent, despite the addition of some 3,500 farm jobs, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday. The department said Kern lost a total of about 1,000 non-farm jobs after taking into...

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    State allows two oil field injection wells to resume operation

    State oil regulators announced Friday they have lifted emergency shutdown orders on two of the 11 Kern County injection wells closed last week out of concern they may have contaminated protected groundwater. One of the wells allowed to resume operation belongs to Longbow LLC, and the other is owned by Pace...

  1. Dignity settles with government over drug probe

    Dignity Health has agreed to pay the federal government $1.55 million to settle claims it mishandled controlled substances at its hospitals and clinics. Dignity is California's largest hospital provider and the country's fifth largest health system. In Bakersfield, it operates Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and Mercy...

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    More retail: New shops at River Walk open in February

    Just weeks before the grand opening of a massive new outlet mall at the base of the Grapevine, real estate developer Castle & Cooke has announced a slew of new tenants at its Shops at River Walk and Gosford Village shopping centers. The company confirmed rumors that a 35,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack is set to open...

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    Outlets at Tejon prepares for a big opening

    If it seems like there's a lot of work to be done in the three weeks before the Outlets at Tejon opens to the public, be patient: It's no small task knocking the socks off a quarter million people. And that's exactly what the project's developers intend to do on opening weekend, Aug. 8-10. Headlined by factory...

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    LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth

    Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July popping off all those super-fun fireworks. So sad it’s over so soon, huh? Well, not for Beth Kurtz it’s not. Not by a long shot. Some nameless, faceless moron’s inane need to see something go “boom” burned up Kurtz’s Campus Park house the night of July Fourth.Now Kurtz and...

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    LOIS HENRY: On water issues, 1 vote each isn’t always fairest

    There’s so much going on with groundwater, it’s a whirlwind! OK, a whirlwind you can’t see and probably haven’t heard of, but a whirlwind nonetheless. It’s no secret that Californians have been abusing our aquifers for more than a generation. Mother Nature has, so far, bailed us out with a few wet years between...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    PLEDGE: Kati Hartnett McKeown, who works in the district office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, noted this as she was driving with her 6-year-old son: "Jake just said the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag flying on a pole by a building as we were driving past and he included ... 'and you may be seated.' We had to explain that...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Here's a thought, McFarland: hire police with clean records

    Help wanted: Looking for a person to be police chief in a small northern city in Kern County. Pay not all that great, but excellent career opportunity. Serious inquiries only. If interested, contact McFarland City Manager John Wooner. Yes, the city of McFarland is looking for a new police chief -- again. The last...

  2. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local golfers finish fifth and seventh at the SCGA Amateur

    Local golfers Manav Shah and Pete Fernadez, Jr. finished in fifth and seventh place respectivelyat the SCGA Amateur Championship this past weekend on the Rancho Santa Fe golf course. Shah, a Centennial grad now playing at UCLA, shot rounds of 71-70-73-71 to finish at 3-under-par 285 and that earned him the fifth and...

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    HERB BENHAM: It's any porch in a storm for disloyal outdoor cats

    Our cat disappeared recently. Vanished. Left, as if she had met with a better offer. Blueberry is a porch cat, her world consisting of a green rocking chair, a flat cat scratcher, a soft bed, and a four-foot high porch wall from which to survey the goings- on in the street and sidewalk. She was named Blueberry...

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    Local report: New pro football league places team in Bakersfield

    Professional football is coming back to Bakersfield. The Professional Football Showcase, a new league that will play its first season in the spring, has given a franchise to Bakersfield that likely will play its games at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium. The league, run by former Canadien Football League coach...

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    State places restrictions on full-contact prep football practices

    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules. Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the...

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    Power Hour recap: KCRP Spec Mod drivers Dalton, Coffey join show

    It was a jam-packed Bako Motorsports Power Hour on Tuesday with four guests in studio. Spec Mod drivers Chris Dalton and Jim Coffey joined Steven Blakesley to talk about racing on the Kern County Raceway Park half-mile oval. Dalton, the defending series champion, started the season with five straight wins and is 12...

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    Polanco, Walker lift Pirates over Dodgers 12-7

    PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Polanco, hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games, smacked a bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth to put...

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    Schoop homer, Hardy doubles pace Orioles against Angels

    ANAHEIM -- Miguel Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Gonzalez (5-5) allowed two runs and three hits in 72/3 innings, including a two-run homer in...

  3. Blaze rattled by Quakes' offense

    The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes scored six sixth-inning runs on the way to a 10-4 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze on Monday at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Sebastian Elizalde had a three-run homer for Bakersfield. Blaze starter Drew Cisco was charged with seven earned runs in 5-1/3 innings. Rancho Cucamonga ripped 14 hits off...

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  1. TCM shakes up schedule for James Garner marathon

    They don't make them like James Garner anymore, and Turner Classic Movies knows it. Which is why the basic cable channel will pre-empt its schedule to pay tribute to the late actor on Monday with the following festival of films: 3 a.m.: "Toward the Unknown" 5: a.m.: "Shoot-out at Medicine Bend" 6:30 a.m.: "Grand Prix"...

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    The Dish with Pete Tittl: The grain with the net gain

    A trendy new grain has emerged to challenge quinoa. It’s called Freekah, and it’s actually an ancient grain being brought back to be used in soups, salads, stews or other places where rice and quinoa are usually found. The grain, available in grocery stores around the country and online at amazon.com and www...

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    PETE TITTL: Great burgers, yes — and so much more

    Eureka! is the kind of restaurant that can be quite torturous after too many visits, kind of like 24th Street Cafe. They put new things on the menu. You try them. You love them. You have new favorites on the next visit, and after a half dozen of these experiences, you try the patience of your server past the limits...

  1. Nibbles & Bits: Mammoth craft brew is just peachy

    As the 19th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza draws near at the end of July, so does the release of this year's new, limited-availability craft beer. Along with the four-day festival, which includes more than 80 craft breweries and performances from more than 20 popular bands, the Mammoth Brewing...

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    Love pop culture? It's your summer

    In a summer of transformers, guardians of the galaxy and outlanders, people have their pick of larger-than-life stories, many of which started on the page. Barnes & Noble has launched its own adventure with a Get Pop Cultured event, kicking off this weekend with giveaways, a costume contest and acoustic concert by...

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    Nibbles & Bits: Hungry? Let's go to BC

    Bakersfield College is making an interesting pitch -- thought up by marketing students? -- for dining at the Renegade Room over the summer. The restaurant, run by the culinary department, under the tutelage of chef Suzanne Durst, is serving dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays "that will warm your heart...

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  1. Contraception already provided

    Regarding a recent letter ("Employers should grant workers same freedoms," July 21): The writer states that the Hobby Lobby ruling restricts contraceptives. This is not true. Hobby Lobby has always provided 16 forms of contraceptives. The other four forms of contraceptives, Hobby Lobby believes, would be providing...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Russia displays barbarism after airliner tragedy

    The destruction of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine may not have been intended by Russia or the militants it has supported and armed. But their behavior since the downing of the plane has been a lesson in barbarity and morally contemptible statecraft. While its proxies, commanded by some of its own citizens, did...

  3. Jury award was rare exception

    The recent jury award to an employee of a local water district ("Jury awards Taft woman $360K for trauma suffered in incident," July 19) flies in the face of a long-standing rule in workers' compensation: the "exclusive remedy" rule. The California Labor Code is very clear (Section 3602): "... the right to recover...

  1. Whoever shot down the plane must face justice

    If the ground crew that shot down the civilian Malaysian airliner realized later they had made a terrible mistake, then they should come forward, admit it and stand for the consequences. They could be charged with a war crime and tried by an international tribunal. That's what a civilized society can rightfully expect...

  2. Whatever plan PG&E has, we're going to pay for it

    For some time now, I have been watching -- with mild interest and milder, not-insensitive, dark humor -- the attempts of PG&E to demolish the old power house on Coffee Road. The first attempt consisted of setting off a bunch of dynamite charges inside a 99-percent steel beam structure. I guess the plan was to vaporize...

  3. Many influences besides Bible

    Regarding Don Clark's article on the roots of America, I must respectfully disagree ("Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger," July 17). According to Clark, we are to believe that the Bible and the God of the Bible are the only true foundation of the Founding Fathers and the U.S. The complete opposite is true. This...

More Opinion
  1. Suspected car thief leads police on chase

    A suspected car thief was nearly struck by oncoming traffic after she ran across 24th Street in a failed effort to avoid arrest Tuesday evening. Sarah Brown, 27, was arrested on suspicion of crimes including grand theft auto and resisting arrest, police said. Officer Jared Diederich was on patrol at 7:42 p.m. when his...

  2. Teen motorist leads police on chase, crashes into tree

    A teen driver in a vehicle with marijuana and $4,000 in cash led police on a short chase Tuesday evening before crashing into a tree. The 17-year-old male driver and two juvenile passengers, a 14-year-old girl and 17-year-old male, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to an area hospital. Bakersfield police said...

  3. Seven cats rescued from apartment fire

    Firefighters rescued seven cats from an apartment fire in Shafter Tuesday evening. Four other cats died in the blaze. The cause of the 7:04 p.m. fire in the 600 block of Kern Street remains under investigation, Kern County firefighters said. Fire crews forced the door to the apartment extinguished the blaze within 10...

  1. Oildale fire causes $80,000 in damage to home

    A Tuesday afternoon fire in Oildale caused $80,000 damage. The fire in the two-story home started around 5:10 p.m. in the 200 block of McCord Avenue, according to a news release from the Kern County Fire Department. The fire was contained within 15 minutes. The cause remains under investigation.

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    GET strike continues; board takes no action on union contract proposal

    Golden Empire Transit District’s board of directors failed Tuesday to make a decision on the union’s new proposed contract, dashing any hope of ending the seven-day bus strike. The terms of the proposed contract were not disclosed. The GET board met for about two hours in executive session. GET spokeswoman Gina...

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    Kern River drowning victim's body found

    The body of a 19-year-old Bakersfield man who drowned Sunday in the Kern River was found Tuesday morning. Alfonso Bajo Tellez had been jumping off a rock about 20 to 30 feet above the river with friends when he resurfaced and appeared to be unconscious. His friends were unable to reach him before the current carried...

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Editors' picks from the last week

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    LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth

    Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July popping off all those super-fun fireworks. So sad it’s over so soon, huh? Well, not for Beth Kurtz it’s not. Not by a long shot. Some nameless, faceless moron’s inane need to see something go “boom” burned up Kurtz’s Campus Park house the night of July Fourth.Now Kurtz and...

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    Spray parks likely victim of state water crackdown

    Complying with a state crackdown on water wasters will likely require closing Bakersfield’s nine spray parks Aug. 1 and upgrading to a Stage 3 drought condition, city water board members are expected to learn Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it looks like the state regulations and our water contingency plan (are) sort of...

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    Violent, serious crime down 9 percent over 2013

    Part 1 crimes in Bakersfield -- serious, violent offenses against people and property -- declined 9 percent compared to this time in 2013, according to mid-year statistics released by the Bakersfield Police Department. Data comparing the first six months of 2013 to the same period in 2014 shows double-digit declines...

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    DENTAL DANGERS: Local dentist's invisible complaint file underscores dental board's shortcomings

    Over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist’s shoddy work left them with issues varying from bone loss and excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth or other problems. Some have stated it would take thousands of dollars and multiple corrective procedures to fix the damage they allege the...

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    PETE TITTL: Great burgers, yes — and so much more

    Eureka! is the kind of restaurant that can be quite torturous after too many visits, kind of like 24th Street Cafe. They put new things on the menu. You try them. You love them. You have new favorites on the next visit, and after a half dozen of these experiences, you try the patience of your server past the limits...

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    Local report: New pro football league places team in Bakersfield

    Professional football is coming back to Bakersfield. The Professional Football Showcase, a new league that will play its first season in the spring, has given a franchise to Bakersfield that likely will play its games at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium. The league, run by former Canadien Football League coach...

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  1. Teen motorist leads police on chase, crashes into tree

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    Firefighters rescued seven cats from an apartment fire in Shafter Tuesday evening.

  3. Oildale fire causes $80,000 in damage to home

    A Tuesday afternoon fire in Oildale caused $80,000 damage.

  4. GET strike continues; board takes no action on union contract proposal

    Golden Empire Transit District’s board of directors failed Tuesday to make a decision on the union’s new proposed contract, dashing any hope of ending the seven-day bus strike.

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