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In today's CMU Daily:
- Kasabian cut short show after guitarist injured by bottle
- Sound Explosion man injured during gig jump
- Bono criticises Canadian PM over aid
- Domestic violence expert will not be called: Jacko trial update
- Album Review: Hal - Hal
- More Doherty mayhem
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Dizzee Rascal launches label
- Killers plan new album soon
- NME readers would vote Coldplay in for government
- Single Review: Editors - Munich
- Berlin's Love Parade cancelled for second year running
- Basement Jaxx added to Creamfields
- Lollapalooza line up announced
- Electric Picnic returns
- Green party use Franz track
- Album Review: Oneida - The Wedding
- Rachel records McTrack
- Brian denies plan to marry
- Elton confirms plan to marry
- Michael puts car up for sale on eBay
- Church rows with rugby star boyfriend

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CARLING LIVE 24
Carling, the beer behind some of Britain's biggest and best live music events, is presenting another 24 hour music marathon. Following the success of 2004's Carling Live 24 event in London, this year Carling will be bringing an all day all night line up of great live music to both London and Manchester, the former on 30th April, the latter on 28th may. 26 bands and 13 venues will take part in the event, with Embrace, The Zutons, Ian Brown, Babyshambles, The Chemical Brothers, Doves and Kaiser Chiefs among the artists on the bill. For full press information check the CMU Press Room - where more media information will appear as it is available:

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KILL ALL HIPPIES APRIL
London's best rock night, Kill All Hippies, returns to Canvas, Kings Cross this Friday, in association with TuneTribe.com. Live sets this month come from Whitey, The Paddingtons, Moco and Gliss, while Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic, Syrinx and the NME DJs will be on the decks. Kicks off at 8.30pm on Friday 29 Apr and runs until the not-so-early-hours the next day. Tickets are just £3 if you register in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies (£5 on the night). Full press release at:

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KASABIAN CUT SHORT SHOW AFTER GUITARIST INJURED BY BOTTLE
Kasabian's guitarist Sergio Pizzorno has been treated for a head wound after being struck by a bottle thrown on stage during a gig in Glasgow on Friday night. Pizzorno fell to the ground after the bottle, thrown by a member of the audience, hit him on the head.

The band member required six stitches for his injury, and was told by a doctor that he would be unable to continue with the gig which meant that, while frontman Tom Meighan had promised fans the band would be back on stage "in a couple of minutes" immediately after the incident, in the end the gig was cut short.

Despite that sudden ending to the gig the band's fans proved very understanding and left the city's Academy venue in good spirits. Thanking his audience for that, Pizzorno later told reporters: "It's such a shame the actions of one person put an end to our best gig all year," adding that in the future audience members should just "throw bras and knickers from now on".

Despite the injury Pizzorno and his band were back on stage for a second Glasgow gig on Saturday night.

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SOUND EXPLOSION MAN INJURED DURING GIG JUMP
Also from our 'injuries incurred while on stage' file, the frontman with Captains Of Industry signed soul-punk quartet The Sound Explosion ended up in plaster after he broke his foot during a gig in Newcastle. That said, Glen Roughead couldn't really blame one of his audience for his injury. The singer broke his foot after jumping twelve feet from the rafters of Newcastle's The Cooperage venue - landing somewhat awkwardly on concrete. Ouch. The injury meant that the band had to cancel one gig - in Swansea - but the band expect to fulfil their upcoming tour obligations supporting Million Dead and label mates Hell Is For Heroes.

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BONO CRITICISES CANADIAN PM OVER AID
It was World Poverty Day yesterday, which gave election campaigning politicians from all political persuasions the opportunity to spend the day saying things like "on reflection, we reckon poverty is a bad thing", which is pretty safe territory to be campaigning on. Presumably all concerned were glad Bono wasn't in the UK, because he might have made the topic less safe. Certainly he was giving the Canadian prime minister a hard time over the issue.

Back in 2003 Bono spoke at the annual conference of Canada's Liberal Party when they voted current Prime Minister Paul Martin as their leader. At the time the U2 frontman commended Martin on his commitment to increase foreign aid as part of the global mission to tackle poverty in the developing world. But Bono isn't so impressed on Martin's record in delivering on that pledge.

Saying he was bewildered by Martin's lack of action in increasing foreign aid, Bono told a Canadian radio station: "We were looking for Canada to lead rather than be a laggard. This is no time to just turn inward. I know there are problems here at home. But don't lose your focus, prime minister, on how history will remember this moment". He went on to call on Canadians to lobby their prime minister on the topic, revealing the phone number of the PM's office and encouraging listeners to phone in to tackle the government on their world aid record.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXPERT WILL NOT BE CALLED: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
CMU's good friend Judge Rodney Melville has ruled that prosecution lawyers in the Michael Jackson trial will not be able to call a domestic violence expert as part of their case against the singer.

Most attention in the ongoing trial against Jacko is focusing on the credibility, or not, of Janet Arvizo, the mother of the teenager making child abuse allegations against Jackson. This, of course, has always been the aim of Jackson's defence team, who want to portray Mrs Arvizo as a money grabbing liar who is making her children lie in court for her own financial gain.

The prosecution are increasingly worried that Janet Arvizo's testimony last week has damaged their case somewhat - of particular concern was an admission she committed perjury during a previous lawsuit. Prosecution lawyers claim that at the time of that court case Arvizo was being beaten by her then husband - the father of Jacko's accuser - and that that affected her testimony. They hoped to bring forward a domestic violence expert to back up that assertion, but Judge Rodney Melville has ruled such a testimony would not be relevant.

That ruling was one of two blows to the prosecution's case dealt by Melville at the end of last week. He also ruled out a lurid testimony from a former security guard who alleges he saw Jackson in his bedroom with a young boy.

As previously reported, the Jacko prosecution are expected to wrap up their case this week, with Jackson's all star defence expected to kick off almost straight away.

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ALBUM REVIEW: HAL - HAL (Rough Trade)
Why is it that fab harmony-drenched blissed-out indie-pop doesn't dominate the top five every week? Okay, The Thrills, Super Furry Animals, Gorky's and The Flaming Lips don't have to buy Sainsbury's economy sausages, but they never blew the music industry apart either. On the evidence of their debut, HAL are next in line to the throne, direct descendents of King Brian (Wilson). And when, on the new single, they sing, "take a look at those guys, when they play their hits on the radio�, the note of detachment and anxiety begs the question: is a life of selling out submedium-sized venues calling? Possibly, but hey, that's their problem: what we get are 11 luscious songs, in which Dave Allen's rather wonderful voice skips around the register, brother Paul's backing vocals like some ever-present feathery trampoline. In such surroundings you'd be forgiven for thinking this is an album of cloud-free no-cares frippery. But whether it's Allen's "I gotta keep her satisfied� refrain on 'Satisfied' or the doleful trumpet solo that closes 'My Eyes are Sore', that sense of nagging worry and melancholy never fails to creep in, imbuing the tunes with an extra subtlety. There are two or three tracks here that falter slightly, but the quality of the rest make you wonder if HAL might be an exception to the rule after all. WP
Release Date: 25 Apr
Press Contact: Sainted [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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MORE DOHERTY MAYHEM
Another Doherty fracas for you - hurrah! Though this one wasn't because he failed to turn up on stage at one of his own gigs, rather he did turn up on stage at someone else's. According to the NME, the former Libertine was at the 333 club in Hoxton on Thursday night to see a mate's band play. Everything was going fine - with Doherty jamming with said band during their support set. The problems began when the next band on the bill, Crazy Girl, got ready to play, mainly because Doherty et al didn't seem over keen to leave the stage so they could perform.

Crazy Girl's lead singer Tiff McGinnis told NME: "Apparently he [Doherty] knew somebody in the first band and was jamming with them but we were meant to go on. So we went on and he kept coming on stage to grab the mic, and all of his friends were trying to grab the mic too. When they realised they weren't going to get to come on stage some chick grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed us and all of our equipment. So then I went to hit her and him [Doherty] and a fight broke out."

Although 333 bosses are playing down the extent of that punch up, one audience member confirmed to the NME that Crazy Girl's set had to be cut short after Doherty's friend damaged their kit with the fire extinguisher: "A lot of people were there to see her who didn't get to see the gig. She only managed three songs. The crowd were chanting 'Crazy Girl' and 'Fuck You Pete' - it was quite funny."

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CHART UPDATE
We might now be in the digital age when it comes to the singles chart, but that don't stop Tony Christie and Peter Kay - yep, '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo' is at number one for the sixth consecutive week, again pushing the latest Elvis re-release into second place. Other new entries in the top ten this week include the Bodyrockers' 'I Like The Way' at 3, Nine Inch Nails' 'The Hand That Feeds' at 7 and Caesars 'Jerk It Out' at 8 (see, iTunes do control what's in the top ten). Elsewhere in the top 40, new entries from Hard-Fi at 15, Ja Rule at 20, Editors at 22, The Rakes at 24, Garbage at 26, Cribs at 27 and Levellers at 38.

In the album chart, Akon and Basement Jaxx swapped places, with the former now top, Tony Christie's greatest hits sticking at number three. New entries wise, the chart is dominated by re-entries this week. Razorlight's 'Somewhere Else' re-entered the Top 40 at 5 presumably on the back of new single 'Somewhere Else', while we assume Nirvana's 'Nevermind' appears at number 28 either because of some heavy discounting on the high street, or because of last week's Greatest Albums show on Channel 4 - or possibly both.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [15] Razorlight - Somewhere Else (Universal/Mercury)
3. [27] Oasis - Lyla (Big Brother)
4. [30] The Coral - In The Morning (Deltasonic)
5. [12] Audio Bullys - Shot You Down (EMI/Source)
6. [4] Bloc Party - Banquet (Wichita)
7. [13] Athlete - Half Light (EMI/Parlophone)
8. [NE] Doves - Snowden (EMI/Heavenly)
9. [5] Kings Of Leon - King Of The Rodeo (SonyBMG/Handmedown)
10. [3] Garbage - Why Do You Love Me (Warner)
11. [7] Caesars - Jerk It Out (EMI/Virgin)
12. [2] The Chemical Brothers - Believe (EMI/Virgin)
13. [28] The Futureheads - Decent Days And Nights (679)
14. [16] Maximo Park - Graffiti (Warp)
15. [22] The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Lizard King)
16. [NE] Idlewild - I Understand It (EMI/Parlophone)
17. [6] Daft Punk - Robot Rock (EMI/Virgin)
18. [14] Snoop Dogg - Signs (Universal/Polydor)
19. [NE] Kaiser Chiefs - Every Day I Love You Less And Less (B-unique)
20. [NE] Juliette And The Licks - You're Speaking My Language (Hassle)
21. [23] The Duke Spirit - Love Is An Unfamiliar Name (Universal/Polydor)
22. [29] Akon - Lonely (Universal/Polydor)
23. [10] Feeder - Feeling A Moment (Echo)
24. [NE] Mylo - In My Arms (SonyBMG/Breastfed)
25. [NE] The Rakes - Retreat (Moshi Moshi)
26. [NE] Willy Mason - So Long (EMI/Virgin)
27. [NE] Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Warner)
28. [NE] Weezer - Beverly Hills (Universal/Polydor)
29. [NE] Editors - Munich (Absolute)
30. [NE] Stevie Wonder - So What's The Fuss (Universal/Mercury)

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DIZZEE RASCAL LAUNCHES LABEL
Dizzee Rascal is the latest hip hop performer to set up his own record label. The rapper plans to invest some of the money he has made through the success of his albums 'Boy In Da Corner' and 'Showtime' in Dirtee Stank records with the mission of discovering and promoting UK urban music talent.

Commenting on his new venture, the rapper said he was motivated to set up the label after becoming disillusioned with the way established music companies tone down urban artists and their music to make them more mainstream: "Majors don't fully understand the scene. They try and water it down and it doesn't work. That's why I'm working on Dirtee Stank. I got my group Klass A and I think they're really strong."

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KILLERS PLAN NEW ALBUM SOON
The Killers have said that they'd like to get on with recording their second album by the end of the year. Vocalist Brandon Flowers told MTV news "When you're prolific you should put it out. In the '60s and '70s, it was sometimes three albums a year for people. That would be ideal for us, since we love to write and play new stuff, but that's just not how it is anymore. So it'll be a good year-and-a-half between records, but the sooner the better. We want to stick around and give people good things to listen to."

He's right, you know. Modern bands are just plain lazy with this one album every few years attitude. Couldn't iTunes force everyone into releasing twelve track albums every other week?

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NME READERS WOULD VOTE COLDPLAY IN FOR GOVERNMENT
The good news - if NME readers controlled the up coming General Election the cuddly Liberal Democrats would be in government. The bad news - Chris Martin would be prime minister.

Those are the top-level findings of a new survey of NME readers' political tastes undertaken by pollsters Populus for the music magazine. On a more practical level, the readers surveyed expect Tony Blair to win the election, despite the fact the government are rubbish, if only because Michael Howard and the Conservatives would be even worse.

Pretty predictable stuff really, which is why the 'which rock star should be PM?' question was the most interesting (if irrelevant) bit of the poll. NME readers preferred Martin for the PM job over other contenders, Bono, Morrissey, Thom Yorke and The Others' Dominic Masters. Nutters.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Editors - Munich (Kitchenware Records)
Some things in life are essential, oxygen, water, food, and for me, equally indispensable are a steady stream of great new bands. The latest of these and a fairly new discovery for me are Editors. This is the Birmingham four piece's second single and it's just as sharp and snappy as its predecessor 'Bullets'. It features a wonderful splintered guitar sound and a first-rate vocal from Tom Smith that impresses lyrically with lines such as "With one hand you calm me, with one hand you still me"? building impressively to a fine epic. A recent live show demonstrated that the band are confident and charismatic. They are very influenced by Joy Division and as this sound is very now they could well repeat the success of the not dissimilar Bravery. JW
Release date: 18 Apr
Press contact: Hall or Nothing [all]

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BERLIN'S LOVE PARADE CANCELLED FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING
Berlin's Love Parade has been cancelled for the second year in a row after organisers again failed to secure funding. The dance music event, which began as an underground rave in 1989 but grew into a huge city centre festival in the late nineties, has struggled to meet its costs since courts ruled the event's promoters must cover the cost of cleaning up the city after the Parade. The city had previously covered those costs because organisers claimed the event was actually a political protest, but in 2001 the court ruled the Parade had now become a commercial enterprise.

This year Parade promoters blamed Germany's ailing economy for the cancellation, saying that meant they couldn't secure sufficient corporate sponsorship to cover their costs. Despite not running the event for two consecutive years organisers say the Love Parade is not dead, adding that they hope to put together a 2006 event to coincide with Germany's hosting of the World Cup.

Parade organiser Sabine Bremermann told reporters: "We will do everything we can, in co-operation with the city-state of Berlin, industry and the media, to find a way to make a comeback the year of the World Cup".

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BASEMENT JAXX ADDED TO CREAMFIELDS
Basement Jaxx and Faithless are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's Creamfields festival. Other acts confirmed include Fatboy Slim, Felix Da Housecat, 2 Many DJs, Caged Baby, Eric Morillo, Timo Maas and Pete Tong. The dance festival will be held at Old Liverpool Airfield on 27 Aug.

Elsewhere in UK festival news, Babyshambles has been added to the Homelands Festival line-up. Homelands takes place at The Bowl near Winchester on 28 May, and the line up includes The Streets, Beck, The Bravery, Groove Armada, Mylo, Audio Bullys and Human League.

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LOLLAPALOOZA LINE UP ANNOUNCED
And in US festival news, the line up for Lollapalooza has been announced. As previously reported, the formerly touring festival is to be held in one place this year, from 23 - 24 Jul in Chicago, following that cancellation of the full tour due to poor ticket sales in 2004. Earlier this month, 2000 internet presale tickets sold out in 80 minutes "Whether or not that was a true indicator of the strength of this brand or the result of press leaks with the bands, we'll never know," said a spokesman. "But people who took that bet with us will get a fancy souvenir ticket."

Producer Charles Attal explained "This lineup is a cross between ACL and Coachella. It's the ACL model that we're bringing to Chicago," - the model being lower-than-expected ticket prices, local food vendors and accessible stage layout and set times, as well as good backstage amenities. Attal continued: "You've got to send a message. You take care of the bands, you take care of the music consumer who's buying the ticket, and they'll come back for more."

The line up for the festival includes: Pixies, Weezer, Widespread Panic, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie, Cake, Dashboard Confessional, Dinosaur Jr., Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Louis XIV, Tegan & Sara, M83, Los Amigos Invisibles, Blue Merle, The Redwalls, The Changes, Dandy Warhols, Digable Planets, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Billy Idol, The Bravery and Blonde Redhead.

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ELECTRIC PICNIC RETURNS
Sticking with festival stuff, and Ireland's Electric Picnic is returning with a stellar line up and plans to increase capacity by 10000 heads following the success of last year's event. The festival will take place on 3 and 4 Sep at the Stradbally Hall Estate, Co. Laois.

Acts confirmed so far include: Fatboy Slim, Kraftwerk, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Flaming Lips, Royksopp, Arcade Fire Mercury, Rev Damien Dempsey, Toots & the Maytals, Goldfraap, Stereo MC's, Mixmaster Mike, DJ Sneak, Asian Dub Foundation, Laurent Garnier, De La Soul, Radio Soulwax/2 Many Dj's, Human League, Amp Fiddler, Nouvelle Vague, and Mr Scruff.

Tickets start at E62.50 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.ie

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GREEN PARTY USE FRANZ TRACK
The Green Party are using a Franz Ferdinand track on their party election broadcast, to be screened later this week. The broadcast has been directed by Alex Cox and shows a "nightmare vision" of a polluted environment in the future. A spokesperson for the Scottish Green Party said that Franz Ferdinand were "happy to show their support by giving us free use of the music, but they were reluctant to get drawn in because they are very busy recording at the moment".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Oneida - The Wedding (Rough Trade)
Love 'em or hate 'em, you know what the next White Stripes album is going to sound like already. Ditto Coldplay, Oasis, The Coral, Audioslave, etcetera. You know exactly what The Rakes' next album is going to sound like and they've not even got a previous one to base it on. But 8 years and 7 albums down the line for New York art-rock eccentrics Oneida, and it's still anyone's bloody guess. Their last album, 2004's intense audio-hemorrhage 'Secret Wars' counted Liars and Whirlwind Heat as contemporaries and sounded like Captain Beefheart in Wayne Coyne's army boots. Well, kind of. This one, needless to say, doesn't. What this one sounds like is Jane's (old) Addiction tinkering with 'Day In The Life' off 'Sergeant Pepper' in Clinic's junk strewn garage, catapulting debris at Beta Band. Well, sort of. Either way, it's peerless and it's brilliant. If ever there was a chance for Oneida to be more than a random collection of letters, though, it's probably now, in Arcade Fire's slip stream. Especially the rule-skipping string-heavy sideways elegance of 'August Morning Haze', 'Know' and 'Run Through My Hair'. Both bands undoubtedly share perverse musical ambitions, but Oneida would probably still make Win Butler and Co blush with their reckless disregard for convention. JB
Release Date: 3 May
Press Contact: Rough Trade IH [CP, RP, NP] Cool Badge [CR, RR, NR]

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RACHEL RECORDS MCTRACK
According to The Sun, Rachel Stevens has recorded a track which was originally written for Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus, changing the title of the song from 'Je M'appelle Michelle' to 'Je M'appelle Rachel'. A source told The Sun: "The song is really kitsch and cheesy but sometimes that works."

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BRIAN DENIES PLAN TO MARRY
Brian McFadden is denying rumours that he's asked Aussie singing star Delta Goodrem to marry him, saying "It isn't true that I've proposed. Maybe someday - but not yet." In an interview with 105.4 Leicester Sound the former Westlife star revealed, oh joy of joys, that the couple are considering recording another duet, saying: "It's possible - we do write a lot of songs together."

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ELTON CONFIRMS PLAN TO MARRY
Elton John says he's planning to be married to partner David Furnish before Christmas, as soon as gay civil partnerships become legal in England on 5 Dec.

The star said: "We definitely want to do it about the middle of December, probably in Windsor. But there will be no honeymoon. I'm on tour." He added: "Meeting David has been the greatest thing to happen to me. Yes, we spend a lot of time apart. It's hard, but we make it work."

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MICHAEL PUTS CAR UP FOR SALE ON EBAY
George Michael is selling one his cars via eBay in order to raise money for charity. Bidding for the black Range Rover - which comes with a "massive" stereo system and registration number J5 STUD - is currently at £4800. The advert for the car reads: "It is without question a one-off, as this gentleman's vehicles never see the private ad columns and would normally be handed down to family or friends." So don't go saying we didn't tell you.

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CHURCH ROWS WITH RUGBY STAR BOYFRIEND
Cheap gossip anyone? According to the Sunday Mirror, Charlotte Church has had a blazing row with her rugby star boyfriend Gavin Henson over his late-night partying. The row apparently kicked off after Henson refused Church's demands he stay at home with her rather than going out with his mates. Church, though, was possibly right to make such demands given other rumours in the tabloid that Henson was chasing Natalie Imbruglia at a party last week.

One source told the paper that Henson was pulling out all the stops to try and meet Imbruglia after watching her perform at London's Isis bar last week: "You wouldn't have thought Gavin was dating Charlotte by the way he was acting. All he wanted to do was meet Natalie. He was gutted when she didn't rejoin guests for a drink in the bar afterwards. He was so desperate he was pleading with organisers, saying 'Can I please meet Natalie backstage? Just take me to her. I have to meet her. I want to swap phone numbers with her. Please.'"

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