Rhett Miller
American musician
Rhett Miller
Stewart Ransom Miller II, better-known as Rhett Miller is the lead singer of the alternative country band Old 97's and a successful solo musician. He graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas, a private boys' school in Dallas in 1989 and briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College on a creative writing scholarship before dropping out to pursue a music career.
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Rhett Miller On World Cafe
NPR - almost 2 years
The Old 97's singer performs stripped-down songs from his new solo album, The Traveler. » E-Mail This
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Retailers vow not to sell Rolling Stone issue as critics blast decision to put accused Boston bomber on cover
Fox News - over 3 years
At least five retailers with deep ties to New England will not sell the Rolling Stone magazine featuring an unsmiling, scruffy Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. The picture, which accompanies a story titled "Jahar's World," shows the 19-year-old accused murderer with his long, curly hair tousled, reminiscent of the magazine's iconic shots of rock 'n' roll royalty like The Doors' Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan. The issue — which hits newsstands Friday — depicts Tsarnaev above a boldface headline, "The Bomber." The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a "popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster." Several notable retailers, including CVS and Walgreens, have decided not to carry the issue in their stores. "CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Ma ...
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Zimmerman jurors to begin 2nd day of deliberations
Fox News - over 3 years
Jurors in the murder trial of George Zimmerman are set to begin a second day of deliberations on Saturday, weighing whether the neighborhood watch volunteer committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. As the jury began their discussions Friday afternoon, police and civic leaders in this Orlando suburb went on national television to plead for calm in Sanford and across the country, no matter what the verdict. "There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence," Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said. "We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to act peacefully." During closing arguments, Zimmerman's attorney attempted to portray him as a neighborhood activist who shot Martin in self-defense and prosecutors attempted to paint him as a wannabe cop whose misguided suspicion resulted in the teen's death. The six Florida women who make up the jury were handed the case in early afternoon and deliberated until 6 p.m. The ...
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Zimmerman defense winding down case Wednesday
Fox News - over 3 years
George Zimmerman's attorneys are finishing up their defense of the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin, though the judge first must rule on two requests by defense attorneys. Judge Debra Nelson still has to decide if jurors should be allowed to view an animation that depicts Zimmerman's fight with Martin, the teenager killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., last year. The second issue is whether she will allow Martin's text messages that purportedly deal with fighting. The judge said she would rule on both matters Wednesday. Prosecutors opposed the introduction of the animation, which shows Zimmerman's version of the confrontation, saying it was inaccurate and would confuse jurors. Prosecutors also don't want jurors to learn about the texts, claiming they are misleading and prejudicial. Defense attorney Don West argued late Tuesday that the texts were relevant because "it relates to his physical capabilities, his knowledge of fighting ...
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Zimmerman attorneys can present evidence Martin had drugs in his system
Fox News - over 3 years
Attorneys for George Zimmerman hope to rest their case as early as Tuesday afternoon after a judge ruled the defense can present evidence to the jury that Florida teen Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system when Zimmerman shot him. On Monday, Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by prosecutors to keep toxicology results showing THC in Martin's system from the jury, paving the way for Zimmerman's lawyers to argue the drug may have influenced the teen's behavior. Defense attorney Don West noted that in Zimmerman's statement to the non-emergency 911 dispatcher that it appeared the person he was observing in the Sanford, Fla., community was "on drugs." Nelson is also expected to rule Tuesday on whether the defense can introduce a computer animation timeline of the fatal confrontation. Prosecutors — who believe the animation would only confuse jurors — say the animation doesn't depict a murder weapon and only approximates positions based on witness accounts. If the defense rests ...
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Jurors in Zimmerman trial to consider conflicting testimony
Fox News - over 3 years
Jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial are heading into their weekend with a lot to digest after a dramatic day of testimony that saw the prosecution rest and the defense begin its case in the high-stakes trial. Friday's action-packed session saw the mothers of both Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin testified Friday it was their own son's voice calling for help on a taped 911 call. After Judge Debra Nelson ruled against a defense motion for acquittal late Friday afternoon, the prosecution announced it was resting and the defense began by calling Zimmerman's mother, Gladys. She testified the voice heard screaming for help on the 911 call was her son's and she knew it was him "because he's my son." The recording was made during a fight between Zimmerman and Martin minutes before the neighborhood watch volunteer shot the teen. Zimmerman's uncle, Jorge Meza, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, then testified that he overheard the 911 screams while watching televisio ...
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Martin's mother, brother testify they heard Trayvon's voice on 911 calls
Fox News - over 3 years
Trayvon Martin's mother and brother testified Friday that they heard her son screaming for help on 911 calls recorded during a fight the unarmed teen had with George Zimmerman last year before the neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot him. Sybrina Fulton was called to the stand after two weeks and roughly three dozen witnesses in the case. She told jurors that her 17-year-old son can be clearly heard on 911 calls recorded during a fight Martin had with Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012. After the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton, "Who do you recognize that to be?"  "Trayvon Benjamin Martin," she replied. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara suggested during cross-examination that Fulton may have been influenced by others who listened to the 911 call, including relatives and her former husband. O'Mara also asked Fulton hypothetically whether she would have to accept it was Zimmerman yelling for help if the screams did not come from her son. O'Mara also a ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of June 12-18. WEDNESDAY 6/12 PARQUET COURTS, NAOMI PUNK, BLOOD BEACH (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week! XRAY FEST: 31KNOTS, MADE FOR TV MOVIE, E*ROCK, DJ CHAMPAGNE JAM, DJ SAFI (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week! THE RIVERA, LESSER BANGS (The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark) Tonight songwriter Josh Rivera debuts the new lineup of his band the Rivera, which has recently completed work on a new album, recorded onto tape at Jackpot! Studio with John Askew. The album won't be out until later this summer, but the preview single, "Midnight Choir," is enough to get me incredibly excited about what the Rivera have in store. A soulful, Springsteen-esque rocker ingrained with shiny strands of power-pop, "Midnight Choir" is a humming, buzzing, flat-out terrific anthem that's half desperation and half joy. It's guided by a missile-like lead guitar that basically solos through the ...
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America's oldest veteran to spend quiet Memorial Day at Texas home (Joshua Rhett Miller/Fox News)
Memeorandum - over 3 years
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News: America's oldest veteran to spend quiet Memorial Day at Texas home  —  For his 107th Memorial Day, Richard Arvine Overton, who saw many of his fellow soldiers fall in the line of duty in World War II and even more die over the following decades, is planning a quiet day at the Texas home he built after returning home from World War II.
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UN official will keep job, despite anti-U.S. Boston Marathon rant
Fox News - almost 4 years
The United Nations official who angered critics by blaming the Boston Marathon bombing on "American global domination" will keep his post, because not enough other countries took offense at his comments. Richard Falk, the United Nations Human Rights Council's Palestinian Territories monitor, will remain on the job until his mandate expires in mid-2014. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rejected Falk's comments, but the council's 47 member states have no plans to force him out. "Professor Falk is appointed by member states of the Human Right Council in Geneva and not by the secretary-general," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told Fox News. "So it is within the domain of the Human Rights Council and member states to determine the appointment and work of special rapporteurs. It is up to them to decide." Special rapporteurs to the U.N. are appointed by the council as independent experts tasked with investigating, monitoring and advising on human rights concerns in their persona ...
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Federal agents to search Texas blast site into weekend after 12 bodies recovered
Fox News - almost 4 years
Federal investigators said they will continue searching the wreckage of a Central Texas fertilizer plant into the weekend after announcing Friday that the bodies of 12 people have been recovered from the blast site. The investigators are inspecting the wrecked West Fertilizer plant to collect debris and other evidence that may point to a cause of the blast that killed at least 14 people and injured about 200. Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said late Friday that investigators were still combing through debris and would continue Saturday. Until they're finished, she said residents cannot return to their homes and she had no timetable for completion of the agents' work. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday it was "with a heavy heart" that he confirmed 12 bodies had been pulled from the area of the plant explosion. Even before investigators released a confirmed number of fatalities, the ...
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Rhett Miller On Mountain Stage
NPR - almost 4 years
Backed by Black Prairie, a string band featuring members of The Decemberists, the singer plays a mix of solo songs and material he's recorded with his group Old 97's. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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John P. David: Carnival's Social Nightmare
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Instead of taking my family on a Carnival cruise for spring break, we're just going to half fill the bathtub, climb in, and poop." -- recent Twitter post. Problems at Carnival Cruise Lines have been widely reported by traditional media, but social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have had an interesting impact on the cruise line and its brand. First, the funny stuff. A quick check of Twitter the other day found some really amusing observations. Someone who answers to Bweezy (@bweezy1974) posted this: "In order to rehabilitate its image, Carnival Cruise Lines has hired a man named Gilligan to act as first mate on its next three hour cruise." Writer and television actress (I have never seen her) Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre) suggested: "Naming your cruise line Carnival is like naming your motel chain Toothless Hoarder Garage Sale." Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Kevin Nealon (‏@kevin_nealon) said: "Glad Carnival Cruise Is not an airline." (Nothing su ...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Near Miss Day (Swoooh!) Playlist
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Lord Huron Song: Ends of the Earth Album: Lonesome Dreams Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Chris Bell Song: Better Save Yourself Album: I Am the Cosmos Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Rhett Miller Song: Meteor Shower Album: The Believer Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Song: Out of Frequency Album: Out of Frequency Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com Burt Bacharach Song: The Last One to Be Loved Album: Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com Laura Veirs Song: Galaxies Album: Year of Meteors Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Lifehouse Song: Sky Is Falling Album: Stanley Climbfall Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Bee Gees Song: World Album: Best of Bee Gees, Vol. 1 Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com Palaceaides Song: Contingency Plan Album: Cutting Chords Genre: Singer/Songwriter Buy: iTunes.com ...
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Another problem cruise: Second Carnival ship in less than a week experiences trouble at sea
Fox News - almost 4 years
Another Carnival cruise ship has reported problems while at sea, becoming the third Carnival ship in less than two months to experience difficulties onboard. MyFoxTampaBay.com reports the Carnival Legend is skipping all of its scheduled stops through the Caribbean and is heading back to the port of Tampa to arrive on Sunday as scheduled, moving at only 14 miles per hour.  The Legend is the latest in a series of problem cruises for Carnival. The company announced Thursday passengers aboard the Carnival Dream will be flown home after the ship experienced problems with its on-board generator while docked in St. Maarten. A month ago, passengers on the Carnival Triumph spent five days in the Gulf of Mexico without power or working toilets. Tonya Esparza, whose son is aboard the Legend, tells MyFoxTampaBay.com her son said he first noticed a problem on the ship Tuesday night. "It sounded like it hit something," Esparza said her son told her. "They said it was a problem with th ...
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New Carnival nightmare: Cruise cut short amid reports of power outage, overflowing toilets
Fox News - almost 4 years
Another Carnival cruise liner is experiencing problems with its propulsion system amid reports of power outages and overflowing toilets while docked in the Caribbean, one month after a fire crippled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. A U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami told the Associated Press Thursday that Carnival Dream's captain reported possible trouble with the ship's propulsion system. Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque said the ship has sewage and power and officials are working to correct the problems. She says the Coast Guard is not involved because the ship is moored. Carnival officials, in a statement to FoxNews.com, said the ship has a "technical issue" with its backup emergency diesel generator that is currently being worked on by its engineering team. "Yesterday, during regularly scheduled testing of the ship's emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred," the statement read. "At no time did the ship lose power and the ship's propulsion system ...
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Al Qaeda finds new stronghold in rugged mountains of Mali as it regroups in Africa
Fox News - almost 4 years
Al Qaeda has established a vast mountain stronghold in Mali's lawless north, launching attacks and then melting into the rugged hills, which they vow will become an Afghanistan-style quagmire for North African governments and Western militaries, according to experts. Like Tora Bora, the mountain labyrinth in Afghanistan where Al Qaeda evaded Western militaries for years under Usama bin Laden, Mali's Tigharghar Mountain chain allows terrorists to strike within the region and then vanish when pursued, according to a new report by Stratfor, a Texas-based intelligence firm. Caves, tunnels and land mines have made the jagged mountains an impenetrable safe haven for the terrorists, who authorities say were behind last month's attack on an Algerian gas plant and yesterday's car bombing that killed six in Kidal, a key city in northern Mali. The terrorist groups are believed to be behind a month-old insurgency in Mali, which the government is fending off with help from France, which seeks ...
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NYC lawmaker warns that killer may be targeting gay men in Queens
Fox News - about 4 years
A New York City lawmaker is warning gay men that a killer may be targeting them in Queens. MyFoxNY.com reports that Councilman Daniel Dromm says that two homosexual men have been murdered within a week of each other in his district, which encompasses the Jackson Heights and Elmhurst sections. The first murder occurred at 32-23 91st St. on Feb. 3, and the second occurred one week later on Saturday at the Crown Motor Inn at 74-01 Queens Blvd. In both cases, the middle-aged victims were strangled and no signs of forced entry were found, Dromm said. The latest victim was reportedly identified as Joseph Benzinger, a 54-year-old man who recently retired from the Department of Sanitation. Neighbors told DNAinfo.com that Benzinger was a friendly man who enjoyed going fishing with his father, who lived with him in the borough's Middle Village section. "He just helped my wife shovel the snow yesterday," neighbor Rudy Borbor told the website.  "When I first moved in ... he came ...
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Houston Chronicle reporter fired for stripper gig lands new journalism job
Fox News - about 4 years
A reporter who was fired last year from the Houston Chronicle after she was outed as a stripper has landed a new journalism job. Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired in April as a society reporter for the newspaper after failing to inform her supervisors of her after-hours career, which she chronicled on her blog, "Diary of an Angry Stripper." Tressler's second job was revealed by Houston Press' Richard Connelly in a blog posting in March. She's now a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, covering "cops, crime and general mayhem," according to her Twitter account, which has more than 1,500 followers. After hiring celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, Tressler sued her former employer's parent company, the Hearst Corp., which also owns the Express-News, alleging that the firing was unfair. "I was notified … that I was being terminated because my prior activity as an adult dancer was not disclosed when I applied for the job," according to the gender discrimination complaint filed w ...
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Newtown leader condemns professor who suggested school massacre was 'drill'
Fox News - about 4 years
The top official in Newtown, Conn., strongly condemned a Florida professor who recently sparked outrage for questioning whether last month's horrific school massacre in the Connecticut community really happened. James Tracy, an associate professor of media history at Florida Atlantic University, made the bizarre claim on his personal blog memoryholeblog.com, writing that the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead may have been a government drill -- or may have not even occurred. "It is outrageous and an insult to all caring people to think that this man would chose this event as a stage for his outlandish conspiracy theories," Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra told FoxNews.com, calling his statements "wrong, inconsiderate and insensitive." Tracy, who did not return calls for comment, told the Sun-Sentinel he considers his conspiracy-mongering a scholarly endeavor. "I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual interested in going more deeply in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rhett Miller
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In 2016, Miller appeared as part of the Okay to Say initiative sponsored by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in Dallas, which encourages the use of therapy to prevent suicide and address mental health issues.
    More Details Hide Details In the campaign, Miller discusses his own suicide attempt when he was 14 years old, and how therapy has helped him over the years. In 1997, Miller moved from Dallas to Los Angeles. In 2000, he moved to New York City. Miller and then-fiancé lived three blocks south of the World Trade Center and were home on 9/11. He shared journal writing about their experience, which was published in The Atlantic in September 2011. Miller now lives in the Hudson Valley area of New York state.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In 2015, Miller released his sixth solo record, called The Traveler, on ATO Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a notable shift for Miller, as he recorded it with a Portland, Oregon-based bluegrass band called Black Prairie, which includes members of The Decemberists. The album also features contributions from Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M. Miller has written short stories, essays and articles that have appeared in Rolling Stone, Bookforum, Sports Illustrated, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, and Salon. In addition to his solo work, Miller has worked on various collaborations, including co-writing with other musicians. In 2006, Miller and his brother Ross Miller launched the Breathe Easy Concert Series, an annual event in Dallas that raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and awareness about cystic fibrosis.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In 2012, Miller released The Dreamer.
    More Details Hide Details The record, a Maximum Sunshine release which Miller self-produced, included collaborations with Rosanne Cash and Ben Kweller.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    In 2011, Miller self-released a live recording of The Interpreter: Live at Largo.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, Miller released his fourth record, the self-titled Rhett Miller on Shout!
    More Details Hide Details Factory. The record includes Jon Brion on guitar and bass, The Apples in Stereo's John Dufilho on drums and Billy Harvey on guitar.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Miller released The Believer on the Verve Forecast label.
    More Details Hide Details It includes a cover of Brion's "I Believe She's Lying" and "Fireflies," a duet with Rachael Yamagata.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    In 2002, Miller married former model Erica Iahn a week after he completed production of The Instigator.
    More Details Hide Details Iahn found out she was pregnant with their first child, Max, while Miller was on tour with Tori Amos to promote the album. Their daughter, Soleil, was born in the spring of 2006. Miller said his first name is Rhett because his mother liked Rhett Butler from the movie, Gone with the Wind. Singles Chronological order
    In 2002, Miller released The Instigator on Elektra Records.
    More Details Hide Details The record was produced and recorded with Jon Brion, received critical acclaim and substantial airplay on alternative-oriented radio stations.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 22
    He played with the band for a few weeks in the summer of 1993 before being replaced by Philip Peeples who has remained the band’s drummer ever since.
    More Details Hide Details Old 97’s first album, Hitchhike To Rhome, came out on local Dallas label Big Iron Records in 1993. During the first year of Old 97’s, Miller also performed as a touring member of the band Killbilly. It was during a Killbilly tour that Miller met Nan Warshaw, owner of Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, the label which released Old 97’s second album, Wreck Your Life. After a sold-out SXSW showcase in 1995, Old 97’s found themselves the subject of a major label bidding war. 15 record labels fought to sign the band, with Elektra Records A&R rep Tom Desavia finally inking the band to a multi-album deal. Their first Elektra release, Too Far To Care, came out in 1997, followed by Fight Songs and Satellite Rides.
    In 1993, Miller and Hammond formed Old 97's as a three piece acoustic act along with their neighbor at Dallas’ Marquita Courts Apartments, guitarist Ken Bethea.
    More Details Hide Details They played as a three piece for six months before adding Darin Lin Wood on drums.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1990
    Age 19
    Miller was the lead singer of various bands in Dallas between 1990 and 1993: Rhett Miller's Third Eye, Buzz, Rhett's Exploding, and Retablo, for which Miller self-recorded an unreleased record on cassette, which included some early Old 97s songs.
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    In 1990, when Miller returned to Dallas after his semester at college, Miller formed a band called Sleepy Heroes with childhood friend and future Old 97’s bassist Murry Hammond.
    More Details Hide Details Sleepy Heroes was a power-pop three piece. They released one album, Under a Radio Sun, before they broke up. The Old 97's song, "Victoria," was written during the last few months of Sleepy Heroes.
  • 1989
    Age 18
    In 1989, while still in high school, Miller released an album called Mythologies.
    More Details Hide Details The album title was taken from a book of essays by the French media philosopher Roland Barthes. Only 1,000 copies of the CD exist. Miller signed and numbered each one.
    In 1989, Miller graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas.
    More Details Hide Details He briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College on a creative writing scholarship before deciding to move back to Texas to pursue a music career.
  • 1985
    Age 14
    He started taking guitar lessons when he was 12 years old, started writing songs when he was 13, and played his first gig at 15 years old in April of 1985 at 500 Cafe in downtown Dallas.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on September 6, 1970.
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