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Who is Nicholas Alan Watney?

Who is Nicholas Alan Watney? The golfing world knows him Nick Watney, he is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Watney was born April 25, 1981  in Sacramento, California. He played his high school golf at Davis Senior High School in Davis, California. He played collegiate golf under his uncle Mike Watney at the California State University, Fresno where he was a three-time All-American golfer.

Watney turned professional in 2003, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Watney, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s. His cousin is journalist Heidi Watney. His first victory came later that year at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial on the Canadian Tour. The next year he played on the Nationwide Tour, and after winning the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship Watney earned qualification for the PGA Tour.

In 2007, after two years of slow progress, Watney won his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This victory took Watney into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He got his second tour win at the 2009 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego with a one stroke victory over John Rollins, taking him to his highest position yet in the World Golf Rankings, number 76. He has featured in the top 30 of the World Golf Rankings.
In the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Watney had a three shot lead going into the final round. However, he shot a final round of 81 which dropped him back to a tie for 18th place.

Professional wins (5)PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Apr 22, 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans -15 (69-67-68-69=273) 3 strokes United States Ken Duke
2 Feb 8, 2009 Buick Invitational -11 (69-69-71-68=277) 1 stroke United States John Rollins

 Nationwide Tour wins (1)

 Canadian Tour wins (1)

  • 2003 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship

 Other wins (1)

 Results in major championships

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010
The Masters DNP T11 19 7
U.S. Open CUT T60 CUT 76
The Open Championship T35 DNP T27 T7
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
“T” = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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Neva Patterson, American actress (An Affair to Remember, All the President’s Men), died from complications from a broken hip he was , 90

 Neva Louise Patterson[1] was an American character actress died from complications from a broken hip he was , 90..

(10 February 1920 – 14 December 2010) 

Born on a farm near Nevada in Story County in central Iowa, she and her parents moved to New York City in 1938. She made her Broadway debut in 1947’s The Druid Circle. In 1952, she played “Helen Sherman” in The Seven Year Itch. Her first feature movie was the 1953 film Taxi; other film credits include The Buddy Holly Story, All of Me, and as Cary Grant‘s fiancee in An Affair to Remember.
Her television credits included Nichols, starring with James Garner, The Governor & J.J., with Dan Dailey, and as Eleanor Dupres in V, which she reprised in V: The Final Battle. She made guest appearances on Appointment with Adventure, The Defenders, Ironside, Barnaby Jones, The Dukes of Hazzard, and St. Elsewhere.
Patterson died from complications from a broken hip at age 90.[2]

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Dale Roberts, English footballer (Rushden & Diamonds), died from suicide by hanging he was , 24

 Dale Roberts  was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper  died from suicide by hanging he was , 24.
Roberts started his career in his native North-East with the academy sides at Sunderland and Middlesbrough before he moved to Nottingham Forest. He failed to make Forest’s first team and had loans spells with Eastwood Town and Alfreton Town. He had two more loan spells both with Rushden & Diamonds before joining the Conference National side on a permanent deal in 2009. He won the club’s player of the season in 2008–09. He also won six caps for the England C side, as well as the England C side 2009-2010 player of the year, before his death by suicide at the age of 24.

(22 October 1986 – 14 December 2010)

 Club career

Roberts was born in Horden, County Durham.[1] He played for Cleveland Juniors Football Club and attended Easington Comprehensive School with fellow academy footballer Adam Johnson.[2] He was with the Sunderland and Middlesbrough football academies,[3] joining the latter in 2003 as a scholar and was part of Boro’s FA Youth Cup wining squad in 2004 as back-up to David Knight.[1]
Roberts began his senior career with Nottingham Forest after signing as a professional in 2005.[1] He joined local Northern Premier League First Division side Eastwood Town on loan in March 2006,[4] where he made 10 appearances.[5] He joined Conference North club Alfreton Town on a season-long loan for the 2006–07 season in July,[6] which he finished with 42 appearances.[7]
He joined Conference National team Rushden & Diamonds on a one-month loan on 24 January 2008,[8] which was extended for a second month in February.[9] He made 19 first team appearances for the club, including the Conference League Cup Final.[4] Roberts rejoined Rushden for a second loan spell in October 2008 as cover for Alan Marriott who was out with a stomach injury that needed surgery.[4] The loan was extended until January 2009 and he finished the spell with 18 appearances, keeping five clean sheets, and subsequently signed permanently at Nene Park on 2 January 2009.[4][10] He was named Rushden’s player of the season in 2008–09.

International career

Roberts’ performances for Rushden & Diamonds during the 2008–09 season earned him international recognition. He made his debut for the England C against Malta.[4]
During the 2009–10 season, Roberts played in all four England C games, and was voted the England C player of the season. His last appearance for England C, and in fact in all senior football, came against Wales on 14 September 2010.[11]

Personal life

Roberts was engaged to Lindsey Cowan, but the pair split in May 2010 after revelations she had been having an affair with Roberts’ teammate Paul Terry.[12] Later in the year, Roberts and Cowan got back together and were still engaged at the time of Roberts’ death.[13]


On 14 December 2010, just hours before he was due to play in an FA Trophy match against his former club Eastwood Town, it was announced that Roberts had died. Rushden & Diamonds chairman Gary Calder released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that this afternoon our England-C goalkeeper Dale Roberts passed away, our thoughts and prayers at this time go to his parents, family and friends.”[14] The FA Trophy game was postponed.[15] Roberts was found by Northamptonshire Police at his home in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire,[16] further commenting that they are not treating the circumstances as suspicious.[17] The club’s FA Youth Cup tie the following day was postponed as was the following first team game against Eastbourne Borough.[17] The cause of death was reported to be suicide by hanging as Roberts struggled to cope with the split from his fiancée after she had been having an affair with Paul Terry.[16] At an inquest opened at the end of the week, deputy coroner Rodney Haig gave cause of death as asphyxia.[18] Following Roberts’ death, Rushden retired their number one shirt.[19]

Career statistics

Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest 2005–06[20] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[21] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[22] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[23] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eastwood Town (loan) 2005–06[5] 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Alfreton Town (loan) 2006–07[7] 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 2007–08[24] 13 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 19 0
2008–09[25] 14 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 18 0
Rushden & Diamonds 20 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 21 0
2009–10[26] 33 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 37 0
2010–11[27] 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 88 0 1 0 0 0 14 0 103 0
Career totals 140 0 1 0 0 0 14 0 155 0

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Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check.  Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from I-Tunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have that can’t be changed are Memories.
19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first “post-industrial” nation on the globe.  All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.  It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution.  It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes.  It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II.

But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America .  Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone  Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period.  The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little.  Do you know what our biggest export is today?  Waste paper.  Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us..  The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was.  Once upon a time America could literally out produce the rest of the world combined.  Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world.  If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?

Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things.  So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S. continue to consider itself to be a great nation?  We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable.  Every single month America    goes into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.

So what happens when the debt bubble pops?

The deindustrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country.  But sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.

For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them.  Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.  

The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind….

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.  About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.

#2 Dell Inc., one of America ’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem , North Carolina in November.  Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cell phones were sold worldwide.  So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States ?  Zero.

#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

#8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul , Minnesota .. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.

#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in.
 manufacturing.  The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products.   Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States .

#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the US. economy by the year 2040.

#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?

How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?

How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing national economic suicide?

The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis.  It needs to be treated like one.

If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you.  If anyone can explain how a de-industrialized America has any kind of viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.

America is in deep, deep trouble folks. It is time to wake up.

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Did you know Soulja Boy became the youngest artist to write produce and perform a no 1 hit?

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Magnolia Shorty
Birth name Renetta Lowe
Also known as Magnolia $horty
Born 1982
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died December 20, 2010(2010-12-20)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–2010
Labels Cash Money
Associated acts Birdman, Hot Boys, Juvenile, Soulja Slim

Magnolia Shorty (1982 – December 20, 2010), born Renetta Lowe, was an American rapper in the New Orleans-based bounce music scene.[1] She and Ms. Tee (Trishell Williams) were the first women signed to Cash Money Records.[2] Her 1997 debut album Monkey on the Dick (often stylized Monkey On Tha D$ck) is considered a bounce classic, and she “was already considered a legend of bounce music” at the time of her death.[2] Offbeat said the album exemplifies “the eccentric New Orleans elements of sexuality, comedy and hard edged dance rhythms.”[3] In his 2007 book Triksta, Nik Cohn credits Magnolia Shorty with his own discovery of bounce, and the third chapter of that book is named after her debut album.[4]
Magnolia Shorty was discovered by Birdman.[5][6] She got her nickname from Soulja Slim, also known as Magnolia Slim, because both had grown up in New Orleans’ dangerous Magnolia Projects.[7] Nicknamed “Queen of Bounce,” she collaborated with many Cash Money artists beginning in the 1990s, including Juvenile and Hot Boys.[4] She was first featured on Juvenile’s 1997 song “3rd Ward Solja.”[8] In 2009 she appeared at the SXSW music festival[9] and won Best Bounce Song at the Underground Hip-Hop Awards in New Orleans.[2] She was a member of Lil Wayne‘s Cash Money crew in the early 1990s, and she was collaborating as well as working on her second album on the Cash Money/Young Money label in 2010.[10]
She was shot and killed in a car with Jerome Hampton in a double homicide in New Orleans.[11][12] Police described the crime as a drive-by shooting.[13]


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Who is Mary Murphy?

Who is Mary Ann Murphy? The entertainment and dancing world knows her as a ballroom dance champion, accredited dance judge, and a former judge and choreographer on the Fox dance competition-reality show So You Think You Can Dance.


Mary Murphy was born March 9, 1958, she is a former U.S. champion ballroom dancer and current TV personality. She was born in Lancaster, Ohio in an Irish family. She graduated from Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio.


After graduating from Ohio University with a degree in physical education and a minor in modern dance, Murphy moved to Washington, D.C. to begin her career; she answered a newspaper advertisement for studio instructor trainees. She became an instructor after only one week, and the studio owner invited her to attend the United States Ballroom Championships in New York City, which was the event that influenced her to commit to a career in ballroom dancing.

Murphy moved to California and searched for a dance partner while working as an instructor. During the U.K. Open Championships in England, she met Manfred Sigletz, and a dancing partnership was formed. The two began to compete and eventually became the 1990 and 1991 Austrian National Champions. Despite their success, the constant travel and Murphy’s domestic commitments took their toll. Murphy had opened the Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego in 1990, and found it difficult splitting herself between these two obligations.
For the next five years she went on to build a list of accomplishments with partners based in California, earning titles at the Southwest Regional Dance Tournament, the Saint Louis Star Ball, and the International Grand Ball. With partner Bill Milner, Murphy made the U.S. Open Standard final in an unprecedented six months. Finally, in 1996, she and partner Jim Desmond made the final of the U.S. Open American Smooth and won the U.S. Open American Nine Dance. She retired from competition and shifted her focus toward her dance academy.
She acted as a dance double for Julia Roberts in the movie Something to Talk About and appeared in Dance With Me, starring Vanessa L. Williams.
She currently runs her dance studio and organizes a Las Vegas dance competition, the Holiday Dance Classic. She frequently serves as a judge in several competitions, including the U.S. National Ballroom Championships.

So You Think You Can Dance

Murphy was part of the original guest judge and choreographer pool when season 1 began in 2005. In 2006, for season 2, she made noticeably more appearances at the judging table than the other choreographers. In 2007, just prior to season 3, it was reported in TV Guide that Murphy would be a permanent judge, a position previously only enjoyed by Nigel Lythgoe.
In 2008, Murphy made guest appearances on international versions of So You Think You Can Dance, including So You Think You Can Dance Australia, So You Think You Can Dance Canada and So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia.
She has become noted for regularly holding up her hands and screaming enthusiastically as a form of praise, along with giggling constantly during performances she enjoys. Also, Murphy is noted for introducing unique forms of praise, which include calling dancers “Hot Tamales” or issuing them tickets on her “Hot Tamale Train.”

In 2008, Murphy reprised her role as judge on season 4 with fellow regular, Nigel Lythgoe, and on the season finale, performed a surprise samba with Dmitry Chaplin.
Murphy continued as a weekly permanent judge on season 5 and season 6.
For season 7, it was announced that Mia Michaels would replace Murphy as permanent judge.


Season Dancers Style Music
1 Ashlé Dawson
Jamile McGee
Jive Jim DandyLaVern Baker
Melody Lacayanga
Craig DeRosa
Kamilah Barrett
Nick Lazzarini
Tango Tanguedia – Prandi Sound Dance Orchestra
Ashlé Dawson
Blake McGrath
Samba Jazz Machine – Black Machine
Melody Lacayanga
Nick Lazzarini
Paso Doble España Cañí – Boston Pops Orchestra
2 Jessica Fernandez
Jaymz Tuaileva
Foxtrot Why Don’t You Do Right?Sinéad O’Connor
Ashlee Nino
Ben Susak
Jive Great Balls of FireJerry Lee Lewis
Top 14 Footloose – Kenny Loggins (Soundtrack: Footloose)
Heidi Groskreutz
Travis Wall
Paso Doble Plaza of ExecutionJames Horner (Soundtrack: Zorro – The Mask of Zorro)
Donyelle Jones
Dmitry Chaplin
Samba Hey MamaBlack Eyed Peas
Natalie Fotopoulos
Dmitry Chaplin
Magaleñha – Sérgio Mendes
4 Mary Murphy
Dmitry Chaplin
Samba Baila, Baila – Angela Via

 Burn the Floor

From December 22, 2009 to January 10, 2010, Murphy headlined the on Broadway ballroom dance show Burn the Floor.She was partnered with Vaidas Skimelis.
Murphy will be returning to the cast of Burn the Floor in September and October, 2010, with performances in San Jose and San Diego; she will once again be partnered with Vaidas Skimelis.

 Personal life

In an October 2009 interview on Larry King Live, Murphy said that as a young bride and during her nine year marriage to her first husband, she was a victim of domestic abuse. She said she was speaking out so that other victims could learn from how she endured, but escaped, domestic violence. Her first ex-husband denies ever physically or mentally abusing her. In 2008, Murphy divorced her third husband, Phillip Gott.


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20 people got busted on January 26, 2011

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