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'Apprentice' Winner Fires Competitor (on live TV! As unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition...)
Calgary Sun, via http://jam.canoe.ca ^ | 12/16/05 | TARA MERRIN

Posted on 12/16/2005 12:45:11 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat

Just seconds after being named this season's Apprentice, Randal Pinkett made his first executive decision -- he instructed Donald Trump not to hire his competitor Rebecca Jarvis.

"I think there should be only one apprentice," he said when Trump asked if Jarvis should also be hired. "I think that's the way it should be."

While it was obvious The Donald had planned on offering jobs to both candidates, Trump did not hesitate in granting Pinkett's wish and making him the sole Apprentice.

For Jarvis this was a huge slap in the face.

Not only did the 23-year-old outshine Pinkett during their final tasks -- hosting different fundraising events -- she has an exceptional resume, including starting a children's charity at only 15-years-old.

"Rebecca, I think you are brilliant and you have a tremendous future. Basically, I am stuck with two stars," said Trump.

In the end, it was Pinkett's extensive education (he's a Rhodes Scholar who attended both Oxford and MIT) and leadership abilities that won The Donald over.

"Randal, you have been outstanding. Rarely have I seen a leader as good as you," said Trump just moments before announcing his choice during the show's live finale at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

Although Pinkett was a shoo-in to win The Apprentice from the start, he failed to impress the boss during his last challenge, running a celebrity softball game and auction.

The 34-year-old, who did not check the weather forecast and was, therefore, caught off guard when it began to rain, did manage to pull off the auction segment of the event inside the baseball arena, but Trump and his executives were disappointed in the final product.

Jarvis, however, planned an exceptional event for Yahoo, right down to the little purple flashing light ice cubes that were served in the drinks. But her team failed to raise any money for their charity, which Trump felt was unacceptable.

As the winner of this season's The Apprentice, Pinkett will oversee massive construction projects at Trump's three hotels and casinos in Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, season five of The Apprentice is set to air next spring.


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Whatever you thought of his actions, nobody predicted it.
1 posted on 12/16/2005 12:45:13 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I haven't watched at all this season but this sounds exciting! I will watch the rerun.


2 posted on 12/16/2005 12:48:51 AM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Have any of the contest winners actually gone on to do anything? Didn't the first guy essentially move to Chicago and disappear? I confess, I don't keep up with this stuff.


3 posted on 12/16/2005 12:48:55 AM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

4 posted on 12/16/2005 12:48:57 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Cardinal Biggles? Cardinal Fang?

Get THE COMFY CHAIR!

5 posted on 12/16/2005 12:50:28 AM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: Diddle E. Squat
If Trump wanted to give her a shared position, then he should have made that decision. Now Rebecca Jarvis lost twice. She was snubbed by Trump more so than by Pinkett.
6 posted on 12/16/2005 12:52:56 AM PST by endthematrix (Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation, decline, and collapse)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I agree with Randal. It seemed tone deaf to me for the Donald to ask the Black Aprrentice to share his prize. he never asked the bland white guys who've won before to do that-- Randal was a dominant performer and deserved to be the only Apprentice crowned last night.


7 posted on 12/16/2005 12:53:02 AM PST by faithincowboys
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To: Diddle E. Squat

This is sarcasm right?? Certainly you can't care that much.


8 posted on 12/16/2005 12:54:45 AM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I thought his actions,showed a lack of class. It also showed that he may be a problem in the future because he does not like to share the spotlight. If Trump was smart he hire her anyway. She is 23 and almost beat the guy with more educations and experience. She is a tough cookie.
9 posted on 12/16/2005 12:55:59 AM PST by Exton1
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To: Diddle E. Squat
But her team failed to raise any money for their charity, which Trump felt was unacceptable

I remember reading somewhere about a college campus where student groups could borrow money for fundraisers but they couldn't raise the money without borrowing it.... they would borrow and spend $10K to raise $5K or something like that. It must have been in California or something

10 posted on 12/16/2005 12:56:57 AM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: endthematrix
Now Rebecca Jarvis lost twice.

Actually, most Apprentice runners up have made more money than the winner has - and without Grumpy Donald as a boss. Bill (first season) is leaving, Kelly (second season) is already gone and Kendra (third season) got out of her contract. At least Rebecca knows there's a job waiting for her at Yahoo.

11 posted on 12/16/2005 12:58:48 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Santa Claus is an illegal alien.)
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To: Tall_Texan
True. Of course I meant the winner of the show. It would have been fine if Trump congratulated Pinkett on becoming the "Apprentice" and just offered Jarvis a position too. The fact that Trump asked Pinkett was in bad taste for an executive...if he really wanted to offer her a job.
12 posted on 12/16/2005 1:07:53 AM PST by endthematrix (Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation, decline, and collapse)
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To: Tall_Texan

Where did you get your info about Bill, Kelly and Kendra?? I thought Randall made the right call last night and he did use the words "not tonight" when Donald asked him about hiring Rebecca. He is free to hire her today or tomorrow but Randall competed for and deservedly won the top spot.


13 posted on 12/16/2005 1:11:25 AM PST by MomwithHope
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To: MomwithHope

Randall reminds me of many military officers who are book smart and got 1500 on the SAT but are as dumb as a box of rocks !


14 posted on 12/16/2005 1:29:59 AM PST by america-rules
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Wrong answer if Trump Enterprises is better off with her.


15 posted on 12/16/2005 1:42:43 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

Who cares about this babble?


16 posted on 12/16/2005 2:03:44 AM PST by GAD
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To: GAD
Who cares about this babble?

This type of question makes me wonder about the mental acuity of the person asking it.

The people discussing it on this board "care" about it. People who watch it on TV "care" about it.

A more poignant question is, if YOU do not care about it, why read the post and then take the time to write and post a response questioning why others care about it??
17 posted on 12/16/2005 2:15:44 AM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I thought it was a low blow. He'd be dam lucky to find anybody else as talented as Rebecca on the open market.


18 posted on 12/16/2005 2:20:50 AM PST by djf (Bush wants to make Iraq like America. Solution: Send all illegal immigrants to Iraq!)
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To: djf
I only caught the last segment of this series. As it all unfolded, I realized that Rebecca did an outstanding job of sucking up to Yahoo .. but she forgot that the goal was to raise money. If she didn't do that, then she failed her mission. She got confused over who her client was. She also dropped the ball, bigtime, when she failed to go out and greet Trump when he arrived. That may seem like a small thing, but you don't leave your boss out there by himself . . it was a major mistake.

That was when I realized that she was going to lose. No matter how well she had done in everything else, she lacked the experience to determine who her client was, and that you don't treat your boss like he is a nobody. She also missed the goal .. she didn't raise any money.

I have known a lot of educated idiots. Randall did not strike me as one of them.

19 posted on 12/16/2005 3:08:01 AM PST by CometBaby (You can twist perceptions .. reality won't budge!)
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To: america-rules

"Randall reminds me of many military officers who are book smart and got 1500 on the SAT but are as dumb as a box of rocks !"

...

ie., most of them have spent so much time in the safe unchallenging insular academia environment they become rendered socially inept for the real world. When its the student(or parents/scholarship) who is forking over all that college tuition the student always gets the pat on the head.

I have to agree with you on that.



20 posted on 12/16/2005 3:17:47 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: CometBaby

Don't get me wrong. Trump made the right choice. But she was/is extraordinarily talented and driven. Cripes, she had a broken ankle for most of the series, remember when Amarosa went into a coma when a two ounce piece of plaster hit her on the head?

I just think that Trump offered him something very positive, and he made the wrong choice. If I was Trump myself, I'd question that bigtime.


21 posted on 12/16/2005 3:25:27 AM PST by djf (Bush wants to make Iraq like America. Solution: Send all illegal immigrants to Iraq!)
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To: Exton1
She almost beat him. That is why she lost.
22 posted on 12/16/2005 3:28:20 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: djf

I don't know, it might be a blessing in disguise for her.

Trump is such a lime light lizard it seems his employees have to spend most the time dancing and twirling when HE enters the room, also creates too much competition underneath between all of them. Is there ever any actual time left for them to do their job duties? Bet there's a lot of back stabbing within the Trump organization(?).


23 posted on 12/16/2005 3:32:08 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: america-rules
Dumb as a box of rocks? Hmmm, well, for a guy who is 'dumb as a box of rocks' he has accomplished quite a lot. Not just in academia by the way, although the guy obviously excels in that as well .....the guy has started 5 companies (currently his baby is a multi-million dollar policy/tech/management firm). He also seems to be a rather good chap (he is heavy into charities ....and yes, I mean even before the whole Apprentice thing).

Thus for a guy who is 'dumb as a box of rocks' he seems to be doing quite well.

24 posted on 12/16/2005 3:36:02 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: SunnySide

Could be. I doubt she's hurting, actually, I think many of those chosen were already millionaires from their own efforts.

But once Randal was hired - he then worked for the Trump organization. And his job was not to parade, it was to make decisions that would benefit the company. They had both even selected different tasks, so there wouldn't have been a conflict.

I gotta admit one thing, he is one smart dude!! 5 Degrees, owns 5 businesses, he's probably still a virgin...


25 posted on 12/16/2005 3:40:25 AM PST by djf (Bush wants to make Iraq like America. Solution: Send all illegal immigrants to Iraq!)
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To: djf

"gotta admit one thing, he is one smart dude!! 5 Degrees, owns 5 businesses, he's probably still a virgin..."


LOL... You would think with a busy schedule like that, there wasn't any time left for personal relationships. It's why Trump has been through so many marriages, cause people like him are first married till death do them part to their career. I could've sworn the new apprentice winner is married, isn't he?


26 posted on 12/16/2005 3:56:55 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: SunnySide

Might be.
He's probably still a virgin.

;-)


27 posted on 12/16/2005 4:01:49 AM PST by djf (Bush wants to make Iraq like America. Solution: Send all illegal immigrants to Iraq!)
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To: djf

Might be.
He's probably still a virgin.

;-)

...

So what are you eluding to? Does Randall have a theater ticket stub for Brokeback Mountain?


28 posted on 12/16/2005 4:04:44 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: djf
Sorry, but everytime I see Randall, I think of Sesame Street Grover. (lol)
29 posted on 12/16/2005 4:08:39 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: djf
Randall is married - they showed his wife a couple times. They have been married less than a year and his face really lights up when he talks about her. They are very cute.

While I really liked Randall, I thought Rebecca got a raw deal. She is amazing for only being 23. Trump should offer her a job anyway.

30 posted on 12/16/2005 4:19:12 AM PST by meowmeow (Meow! Meow!)
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To: djf

They showed his wife last night on t.v. :)


31 posted on 12/16/2005 4:21:27 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: SunnySide

Hello ? They showed a clip of him at home with his wife.
"Pinkett and his wife, Zahara Wadud-Pinkett, live in Somerset.."

His advice not to hire Rebecca was, to me, ungracious and out of character. It was unexpected, telling, and made great television.


Might still be a virgin. Not a brokebacker IMHO.




32 posted on 12/16/2005 4:28:21 AM PST by Syberyenta
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To: CometBaby
".she didn't raise any money..

Bingo! If it was a "weekly team task", then Rebecca would have been FIRED and sent packing from the Board room.

Randall's team took in $11,000 for charity. Rebecca sent her fat donors home with a goody bag and an "envelope" to send in. She said she didn't want to cheapen the Charity event by soliciting money before they left. But not one potential donor sent in a dime..

Randall deserved the win in the end.

sw

33 posted on 12/16/2005 4:37:22 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Tall_Texan
"Where did you get your info about Bill, Kelly and Kendra??" Doesn't surprise me...but where too can I get this backup?
34 posted on 12/16/2005 4:38:55 AM PST by harpu
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To: djf
I just think that Trump offered him something very positive, and he made the wrong choice. If I was Trump myself, I'd question that bigtime.

Agree. And Rebecca was damn good.

But it was also kinda snarky for Trump to put him on the spot like he did. If I were Randall, I would have said "No ... I want her working for me."

Did anyone else notice that they left Trump's mike on for a little while after the exchange? You could hear him asking Rebecca if she were "upset" ...
35 posted on 12/16/2005 4:49:18 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: djf
But once Randal was hired - he then worked for the Trump organization. And his job was not to parade, it was to make decisions that would benefit the company. They had both even selected different tasks, so there wouldn't have been a conflict.

Agreed. Give the option that was both magnanimous and in his employer's best interest, he instead chose the one that would be in his own self-interest. It must make the people about to begin working with him wonder whether the "real" Randal is the one we saw throughout the show, or if Trump caught him off balance and we got a glimpse into his actual thought processes.

36 posted on 12/16/2005 4:53:03 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion

"wonder whether the "real" Randal is the one we saw throughout the show, or if Trump caught him off balance and we got a glimpse into his actual thought processes."

...

A person doesn't get to where Trump is by wondering. I'd say Randalls ace was "Trumped".


37 posted on 12/16/2005 5:03:11 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: NittanyLion
he instead chose the one that would be in his own self-interest

I don't even think that the decision was in Randall's own self interest: it was completely ego-driven and self-centered and therefore self-destructive. Here's Trump talking about how he has two "stars" to chose from ... it should be obvious that in asking the question he intends to be more than just magnanamous to the person who came in second.

My guess is that Trump probably saw some things with Randall from the footage that didn't make it out of the editing room - and decided to test the guy. Although it did seem like Trump was a little taken aback by Randall's response.
38 posted on 12/16/2005 5:11:34 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Ugh, Randy, the nasty elitist.


39 posted on 12/16/2005 5:16:08 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Hank Rearden
LOL......the first winner wound up dating the girl from Bachelor who ws chosen by Andrew Firestone.

She then moved on to some other so called celeb.

Not sure what the apprentice is up to these day. He had his five minutes.

Randy would have made a good partner for Omarosa.

40 posted on 12/16/2005 5:17:41 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
His actions were a real betrayal. She and he worked on several projects together and I think she did the better job. More importantly, she was a loyal and helpful team member which made him look good.

I think Trump made the wrong decision. On several projects Randal was stumped for what to do or he spent time on meanliness action. She showed good judgement and performance all the way. One downside was her unwavering loyalty to an incompetent contestant. But Trump seemed to like the loyalty.

41 posted on 12/16/2005 5:22:07 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: OldFriend

"the first winner wound up dating the girl from Bachelor who ws chosen by Andrew Firestone.
She then moved on to some other so called celeb."


I never was a fan of the parallel selling concept. ;)


42 posted on 12/16/2005 5:24:10 AM PST by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

who cares?


43 posted on 12/16/2005 5:26:12 AM PST by Riptides
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To: meowmeow

Rebecca deserves more than a job with Trump.


44 posted on 12/16/2005 5:27:53 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: faithincowboys

Let's leave race out of this---Randy is beyond that. He is dynamic no matter what his race is!!!
(spoken from personal knowledge)


45 posted on 12/16/2005 5:35:56 AM PST by Betteboop
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To: america-rules

NOT!!


46 posted on 12/16/2005 5:36:43 AM PST by Betteboop
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To: Diddle E. Squat
nobody predicted it

I suspected that Randall would win.
I suspected that Trump would offer both jobs

I did not suspect that Randall would less-than-graciously shut the door on a more-than-qualified friend and team-mate that helped him get where he is.

Business is truly brutal.

He had the job. He should have known it. I would have said, "If there is room in your (Trump's) organization for one more qualifed candidate, I believe it would be in your best interest to also hire Rebecca."

It would have only made himself shine more.

47 posted on 12/16/2005 5:37:04 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: faithincowboys
agree with Randal. It seemed tone deaf to me for the Donald to ask the Black Aprrentice to share his prize. he never asked the bland white guys who've won before to do that-- Randal was a dominant performer and deserved to be the only Apprentice crowned last night.

I'm surprised he didn't hire both of them. He had two minorities there. One was black and the other was a (temporarily) disabled female. Would have been a PC two-fer for Trump.

48 posted on 12/16/2005 5:39:52 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I think Randal's decision was out of synch with everything else he did on the show. something about it doesn't pass the smell test, and it wouldn't surprise me if there was some kind of backstage maneuvering going on that led up to this. As I said to Mrs. Slowboat last night, if Randal had said yes, we would have all said "that's nice", and forgotten about it. Instead, it's the big controversy and the subject of a lot of discussion and speculation.

Look for an epilogue that will get more ratings for Trump.


49 posted on 12/16/2005 5:42:22 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: SunnySide
I could've sworn the new apprentice winner is married, isn't he?

He is.

50 posted on 12/16/2005 5:44:23 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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