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Video: 4 Minneapolis Cops fired for black man’s death after arrest

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  • When the footage showed one of the officers lying on the back of a black male who later died, four Minneapolis Police were arrested.
  • Minister Jacob Frey of Minneapolis announced that the four officers had fired on Tuesday.

“Four MPD officers who assisted in Georg Floyd ‘s death have been discharged,” he wrote on Facebook.

“It’s been the right decision.”

Immediately after the video, captured on Monday, Mr. Floyd revealed on the field an officer leaning his leg behind his back. There’s no doubt about it.

During the video crying, Mr. Floyd can be heard and the officers are ordered to leave him as residents call upon the officers for his leave.

I hurt my ass. This pains my back. All hurts … or whatever. Anything hurts. Yes , please. Please. Yes , please. Please. Officer, I can’t hit. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. In the video, he said, I can’t breathe.

Chief Medaria Arrandondo of the Minneapolis police announced that the incident was fired from four police officers but did not identify the officers.

Quoting two sources who were acquainted with the inquiry, the officer was identified as Derek Chauvin by the StarTribune.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations was called to investigate after “additional information” had been made public, according to a police release.

The Minneapolis Police Officers Union said in a statement that it was not time to jump to a decision and automatically criticize the officers.

“The conduct of the officers and the preparation procedures must be closely checked after the officers have given their comments,” they added.

A rally is set for Tuesday night outside the Foods Cup corner store where the incident took place.

“The fact is that MPD officers caused the physical trauma and death of the victim by their inhumane acts,” said the organizers on the group’s Facebook account, I Can’t Breathe: Rally Against Police Brutality.

“We are meeting at Mr. Floyd ‘s death site to seek justice for the perpetrator and his relatives.”

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Floyd ‘s family, said in a statement that they will seek redress and demand answers.

“The cruel, disproportionate and unreasonable use of force has cost the life of a man who has been arrested by the police for investigating a non-violent charge,” Mr. Crump said in his speech.

“How many ‘white american’ deaths would it take before the police eventually bring an end to the systematic discrimination and undervaluing of american lives?”

During a news conference on Tuesday before the four officers were killed, the mayor said that being black in America would “not be a death sentence.”

“For five minutes, we’ve been watching a white cop push his hand against the back of a black man. Five minutes. If you hear someone screaming for assistance, you’re expected to respond. That cop failed in the most common human context,” he said.
Minneapolis police said the officers were called to Chicago Avenue South to investigate forgery in motion with the perpetrator being under the influence.

“He was told to get out of his vehicle, and when he got out, he violently defied the officers. Police were able to get the suspect in handcuffs, noticing that he appeared to be suffering from mental problems,” the police said.

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Lowry: Elder loss reflects Republican candidates’ Trump conundrum

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Lowry: Elder loss reflects Republican candidates’ Trump conundrum

The best indication that Larry Elder was going down hard in the California recall wasn’t the polling, although that all swung the wrong way in the final weeks, but his suggestion late in the campaign that Democrats were going to steal the election.

Pre-emptive excuse-making isn’t a sign of great confidence — the winning side never complains of cheating.

Sure enough, incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom cruised to a victory made a little easier, as it happens, by Elder’s insistence that Republicans were robbed in 2020 and about to be robbed again.

To his credit, Elder graciously conceded on Tuesday night, but his talk of stolen elections was arguably his biggest misstep of the campaign.

His landslide defeat is the latest evidence that the idea the 2020 presidential election was stolen is toxic for Republicans.

It’s not as though Elder, a talk radio host with no political experience who was running in a deep blue state and got massively outspent, was going to have an easy time regardless. But when he got pushed by Trump supporters into endorsing the stolen election narrative, he ran directly into a Newsom political buzzsaw linking him with Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 riot.

In the Georgia special Senate elections earlier this year, Trump himself divided the party and suppressed GOP turnout at the margins by trying to make the election about November 2020 as much as possible and accusing Republicans who didn’t go along with his allegations of partisan treason.

There may be other costs to come, perhaps up to and including the 2024 presidential election if Trump is the nominee again.

The odds were always stacked against Elder. Still, there was a chance he could define himself as an outsider worth taking a flier on, so long as he never lost sight of the fact he was running in a strongly anti-Trump state with an enormous Democratic registration advantage.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee editorial board in August, Elder seemed aware of his situation. Asked about the 2020 election, he said Biden had won “fairly and squarely.”

Then, Elder got some pushback on Twitter and couldn’t withstand it. Shortly thereafter, he appeared on a conservative talk radio program and said he needed “a mulligan,” and related a variety of complaints about the 2020 election.

Although Elder didn’t deserve the abuse he endured during the campaign — getting smeared as an alleged tool of white supremacy and even physically assaulted at a campaign stop — here, he’d given his opponents unnecessary ammunition.

If Elder had been running in a Republican primary in a red state, he would have secured his position nicely with his do-over, but he’d driven a nail in his own coffin in the recall.

It’s one thing to complain about last-minute changes in voting procedures in 2020 and to advocate for a system that is secure and tilts toward in-person voting; it’s another to repeat unproven allegations that, for most people, will always be associated with Trump’s worst excesses and the rioting at the U.S. Capitol.

The choice that was forced on Elder — to admit that Biden won the election and alienate MAGA voters, or to say it was stolen and alienate voters in the middle — will be faced by Republican candidates around the country for the duration.

That won’t change as long as Trump has an outsize influence on the party. He’s not letting 2020 go, rather is bent on vengeance against those Republicans he believes betrayed him.

Since he never admits the fairness of any loss, the number of rigged and stolen elections will only increase — the recall, Trump said in a statement, is “just another giant Election Scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”

This is a cynical and corrosive view of American democracy that, to the extent it becomes GOP orthodoxy, can only contribute to further Republican frustration.


Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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Warren County confirms six more school COVID cases in Sept. 17 update

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Warren County finds new school COVID cases in Sept. 14 update

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State.

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.

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A nick to Apple’s profits could be a windfall for app developers

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A nick to Apple’s profits could be a windfall for app developers

By Jack Nicas and Kellen Browning, The New York Times Company

Apple has taken to calling its iPhone App Store an “economic miracle,” and it has pointed to developers like Zach Shakked as proof.

Shakked created an iPhone app that helps companies find trending hashtags on social media. Over the past 12 months, his sales have topped $5 million.

But one of Shakked’s largest expenses is paying a cut to the world’s richest company. In his case, Apple took nearly $1.5 million — its fee for letting him run his app on its devices.

Now, Shakked has hope that he could soon keep at least some of that money. On Friday, a federal judge ordered Apple to allow developers to steer their customers off their iPhone apps to pay for their goods or services, which Apple had banned. That is big news for developers like Shakked, because sales completed outside Apple’s payment systems are not subject to its commission of up to 30%.

“It finally feels like the small guys got a win,” Shakked, 25, said. “There’s a sense of justice.”

The ruling in Apple’s yearlong legal fight with Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite, set off celebrations among app developers. From one-person startups to Fortune 500 companies, they have long complained about paying hefty cuts of their businesses to Apple.

The impact of the decision will be most felt by the smallest developers like Shakked. He said the change could save him hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which would allow him to hire more employees.

“It’s a very big deal,” said Denys Zhadanov, a board member at Readdle, which makes five productivity apps for tasks like email that together have been downloaded roughly 175 million times. The change could save his company millions of dollars each year, he said.

The court fight has often been framed as a battle between industry heavyweights: Apple, which is worth $2.5 trillion, versus Epic, a far smaller company but still one of the few app makers capable of taking on the Silicon Valley titan.

Friday’s verdict is not expected to be a big hit to Apple’s bottom line. In fact, the company declared victory, since Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled that Epic had failed to prove that Apple had a monopoly in the mobile gaming market — which would have had a much more serious consequence.

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King: Cash is disappearing and the unbanked are stranded

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King: Cash is disappearing and the unbanked are stranded

An assuring legend is printed on U.S. bills: “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” I have always been glad to know that Uncle Sam is there for me.

But for 14.1 million American adults, that statement is a lie because bills are being pushed aside by bank cards, credit cards and online payment systems like PayPal. The stranded are the unbanked, the unplasticized.

The unbanked aren’t axiomatically the homeless, the undocumented immigrants or those who have fallen through the cracks. They are also people with jobs who pay their taxes, and many of whom live exemplary lives but don’t have bank accounts.

That may be because they don’t trust banks or — and this is a big factor for the working poor who are unbanked — they feel having a bank account is too expensive. They have been charged disproportionate fees for bouncing a check, for late payments or for any of the other ways banks go after fees to enhance their earnings, like the high ones for using an ATM.

However, if you choose to keep your money under the mattress, you elect to be the financial equivalent of undocumented. Essentially, you are immobilized.

All this came to mind while I was checking in online for a recent United Airlines flight. I learned that I would need to save a form of payment for boxed meals and snacks before I boarded because I wouldn’t be able to use credit cards while in flight. United maintains, “We are working to make your trip more enjoyable while maintaining a safer and more touchless travel experience.” In the time of COVID-19, that’s fine with me. But the corollary is they don’t take cash — no credit card, no snack.

Most airport eateries are going to ordering by computer — again, no credit card, no food. I went to one of those wired restaurants at Newark Liberty International and wondered about the unbanked: How would they feed a child if they didn’t know cash wasn’t accepted?

For the unbanked, travel is nearly impossible. First, you would have to go to the airport and buy your ticket with cash. But would they take it? Airline offices are no longer scattered about, and most travel agencies are now virtual. To get to and from the airport, you may have to take an expensive taxi — if one can be found, as you won’t be riding with Uber or Lyft.

Want to stay in a hotel when you arrive at your destination? You won’t have a reservation because you can’t make one without a credit card. Then you must beg the hotel to let you stay.

Once in San Francisco, I had to pay cash for a hotel room because I had lost my wallet. They gave me a room (I was in their guest file because I had stayed there on a previous trip); took a cash deposit for the room, which my office had sent through Western Union; and instructed me not to charge any items to it, not a drink, a meal or a phone call.

Who would have thought that your freedom was linked to a small, plastic card?

The road from being unbanked to being banked is littered with obstacles and it takes years to build credit for, say, a new car or a mortgage. The person who has no bank account has no credit history — and that means has little official existence.

There are hidden costs for being unbanked. Your paycheck will have to be cashed somewhere and check-cashing services, like payday lenders, charge fees that can be as high as 3% of the check.

The burden of being unbanked is limitless.


Llewellyn King is executive producer and host of “White House Chronicle” on PBS. This column provided by InsideSources.

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Governor Hochul signs of on “Less Is More” legislation

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Kathy Hochul signed off on the “Less Is More” Act in New York City this morning. The legislation aims to reduce the number of people who are behind bars due to “technical” parole violations. 

“Today we’re taking on an aspect of our criminal justice system that’s too often overlooked. The antiquated system of the parole system,” Hochul said.

Supporters say too many New Yorkers are incarcerated for “technical” parole violations like consuming alcohol or missing a curfew, and that this will change that. It will also reward those who don’t violate conditions of supervision with “earned time credits.”

“It’s a bill that now incentivizes success and what we’ve done for I think far too long in our state is work with a punishment model,” said All of Us Community Action Group Co-Founder Shawn Johnson.

The bill was carried in the Senate by now Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin. “When you look at how we incarcerate in New York State, I believe we incarcerate way beyond the need for public safety and a lot of it is fear-driven and based in old models and tactics,” Benjamin said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt who voted against the bill said, “Under One-Party Rule, violent crime has been on the rise across the state. It began with Democrats’ so-called “bail reform” in 2019 – and it will undoubtedly become worse with this new law signed today.”

The bill takes effect in March of 2022. The Governor also announced today that almost 200 people serving time at Rikers Island for “technical” parole violations will be released. 

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Recovery loans available to small businesses hurt by Glenwood Canyon disaster

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Recovery loans available to small businesses hurt by Glenwood Canyon disaster

Businesses hurt by natural disasters and the subsequent closures of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon are eligible to apply for disaster relief loans.

Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced the loans Friday in a news release.

The governor’s Aug. 3 disaster declaration for the area prompted availability of the loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

“The closure resulted in loss (of) revenues between 50% and 75% for hundreds of small-town businesses; and reduced outdoor recreation business due to the closure of Glenwood Canyon and resultant loss of access to portions of the Colorado River,” Polis said in a Sept. 10 letter to the SBA.

The loans are for businesses in Garfield, Eagle, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties that have suffered because of flooding, mudslides, rockslides and the summer traffic closures through Glenwood Canyon.

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Dear Abby: Couple’s communication lines are crossed

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Dear Abby: Social skills are ‘rusty’ after pandemic lockdown

Dear Abby: I love my wife very much, but we are, unfortunately, having a communication/interpretation issue. She is inquisitive and asks a lot of questions. I become defensive when I’m questioned. Sometimes I feel it shows a lack of confidence or trust in me. My wife says I am being too sensitive.

There are times when I infer a negative tone where there is none, and others when I believe my perception is spot-on. Sometimes, I suspect she’s unwilling to accept any answer that does not match her own thinking. She comes from a family where correcting each other, even over the smallest thing, is common. She’s an educator, so in some ways, it’s part of her job.

My wife seems unable to use alternative phrasing that is less likely to trigger a defensive response. When we have conflict over this, it seems I am always the one who has to give ground. When I try to explain my feelings, it only makes things worse. When I choose to be more assertive, it results in more escalation. I am blessed with a spouse who is independent, strong-minded and outspoken. How can I develop a thicker skin so I won’t feel like I am second-guessed at every turn? When should I speak up?

— Misunderstood in Texas

Dear Misunderstood: NOW would be a good time to speak up. When you do, tell your wife — the educator — that you feel second-guessed at every turn, and it’s time to enlist the help of a licensed marriage and family therapist so you two can improve your communication skills. If she’s willing, it could be helpful for your marriage. If she isn’t, then go without her to help you figure out whether you really are “too sensitive.”

Dear Abby: My best friend, whom I’ve known most of my life, has a 7-year-old grandson. The boy, “Cody,” is spoiled, rude and makes obnoxious comments to adults. They’ll make plans to visit us on a weekend evening when my wife and I want to chill out. While they are here, Cody gets loaded up on sugar, snoops through rooms and picks up breakable objects while watching us to see our reaction. He also does calisthenics and runs around while he’s here. He makes snotty comments to us that my friend encourages and thinks are funny. As much as I love my friend, how do I tell him that his grandson is no longer welcome?

— In a Conundrum

Dear In a Conundrum: Has it occurred to you that Cody may have problems more serious than a sugar buzz? The behavior you describe can be symptoms of ADHD and/or learning disabilities. If Cody hasn’t been evaluated by a medical professional, he should be. If you truly love this friend, suggest it and tell him why. If he ends your relationship because of it, you will no longer be subjected to Cody’s unfortunate behavior. On the other hand, if my concern is on target, you could change that boy’s life for the better, because he doesn’t act out only at your house.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com.

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Upstate class disruption caused by social media threat during rally over masking

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GRANADA, N.Y. (WROC) — The Gananda Central School District sent students home early during a protest or rally outside one of its schools on Wednesday. On Thursday, district officials said a digital threat was to blame.

The school says that someone planning to attend the rally made a social media threat that was intercepted by law enforcement. The district reportedly was not planning an early dismissal, said Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy, but was forced to take the threat seriously due to “the ever-changing circumstances we continually find ourselves in.”

The protest was organized by the Wayne County Chapter of Moms For Liberty, after a parent, Laine Mulye, was accused of fighting with the district employee. According to Macedon Police, Mulye assaulted a bus monitor during an intense argument over her son trying to get on the bus without a mask, despite district policy. Mulye allegedly encouraged her son to punch the bus monitor during the altercation.

Mulye has been charged with harassment in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Check out the full statement from the district:

Yesterday, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the school day was disrupted when a social media threat was intercepted by law enforcement from an individual that was planning to attend a rally in the community for the support of Autism Awareness. Law Enforcement and the District received this information midday which led to a complete change in plans. In an effort to maintain our student and staff safety, we made the decision to release all students early ahead of the protest.

“As I have stated in the past, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” states Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy. “I want to thank the quick actions of our local law enforcement, our staff, and our parents yesterday. We were not planning an early dismissal, however, it was the best option we had under the ever changing circumstances we continually find ourselves in. Threats are not tolerated in any way, shape, or form.”

Students returned to classes at all schools as usual on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

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Smart glasses made Google look dumb. Now Facebook is giving them a try.

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Smart glasses made Google look dumb. Now Facebook is giving them a try.

By Mike Isaac, The New York Times Company

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, after a 3-mile hike through the Presidio, I stood in a throng of tourists looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. As the crowd snapped photos of the landmark, I decided to join in.

But instead of reaching into my pocket for my iPhone, I tapped the side of my Ray-Ban sunglasses until I heard the click of a shutter. Later, I downloaded the photos that my sunglasses had just taken to my phone.

The process was instant, simple, unobtrusive — and it was powered by Facebook, which has teamed up with Ray-Ban. Their new line of eyewear, called Ray-Ban Stories and unveiled Thursday, can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play music and podcasts.

It all made me feel that I was being dragged into some inevitable future dreamed up by people much more techie than me, one in which the seams between the real world and the technology that supports it had all but vanished.

For years, Silicon Valley has chased a vision similar to that of a William Gibson novel, where sensors and cameras are woven into the everyday lives and clothes of billions of people. Yet the tech companies that have pursued these ideas have often failed to achieve them, as people have shunned wearable computers — especially on their faces.

Remember Google Glass, the smart glasses that Google co-founder Sergey Brin introduced while jumping out of an airplane? That project foundered, with bars in San Francisco at one point barring Glass-wearers — also pejoratively known as “Glassholes” — from entry. Later came Snap’s Spectacles, smart glasses that focused more on fashion and the novelty of recording 10-second video clips. That product, too, never really broke through.

Now Facebook is aiming to usher in an era when people grow more comfortable sharing their lives digitally, beginning with what is in front of their faces.

“We asked ourselves, how do we build a product that helps people actually be in the moment they’re in?” Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebook Reality Labs, said in an interview. “Isn’t that better than having to take out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment?”

Bosworth rejected claims that Facebook was picking up where others had left off. “This product has not been tried before because we’ve never had a design like this before,” he said, adding that Facebook and Ray-Ban were focused more on the fashion of eyewear than the tech inside the frames.

“Eyewear is a very specific category that changes the way you look,” said Rocco Basilico, chief wearables officer at Luxottica, which owns Ray-Ban and wants to expand into the wearables market. “We started this product from the design, and we refused to compromise on that design.”

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Grasso’s Garage: Jeep Wrangler plugs it in with the 4XE

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Grasso’s Garage: Jeep Wrangler plugs it in with the 4XE

In the world of rapidly changing vehicles, consumers continue to explore all options, but when it comes to a hybrid or electric vehicle, ears start to perk as interest grows. In Grasso’s Garage, we recognize this change and look forward to the idea of an American engineered plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Well, that time has come and Jeep takes the most recognized vehicle in America and plugs it in.

Just in case you were unsure what model we were talking about, it’s the Wrangler of course, but this time, the Wrangler 4XE. Loaded in Sahara trim and a black sunrider soft top, we had to enjoy the fall-like weather and throw the doors off and cruise around town like a real owner would. Painted in Firecracker Red, this 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo PHEV engine was a real delight to drive. Coming in with 25 miles of pure electric power, the Wrangler 4XE really hits the fuel mileage category nicely increasing our weekly tester to 27.2 mpge.

Black leather seats, UConnect infotainment, regenerative charging, what more could you ask for? With the 4XE stripped, I folded the roof back and off a group of friends and I went to an off-road haven in upstate New York. With over 16 miles of trails and total seclusion with no cell phone service or GPS mapping, there was no worry in my mind that the Jeep 4XE wouldn’t live up to the task and it did it so well. With the electric system taking over in most places as speeds were slow and the terrain was rough at best, the animal sightings were in full force. This allowed us to see bears, deer and various birds as we explored their environment. Similar to our recently tested diesel version, we really appreciate the quietness of the engine and increased fuel/electric mileage but on top of that, the ability to not scare the environment was really special.

Riding on 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, the ride was similar to other Wranglers and useability. It can tow, store, carry and most importantly in my opinion, look awesome in any weather condition or environment. We enjoyed the heated seats, SiriusXM radio, easy-to-use navigation, and best in automotive, UConnect infotainment system.

Warranty for the 4XE includes the standard 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty and an impressive 10 year / 100,000 mile hybrid system and battery warranty. This confirms that Jeep is serious and confident about their semi-transition to electric.

I know I say this a lot, but we love the Wrangler and in any model, trim or PHEV. And to confirm, there will always be a space in Grasso’s Garage for one.

Jeep Wrangler 4XE

MSRP: $47,995

As tested: $54,030

MPG: 49 MPGe / 20 gasoline only / 26.2 as tested

 

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