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    Lakeland house labeled 'public nuisance' after dozens of police calls

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    A Lakeland triplex was boarded up Wednesday and officially labeled a "public nuisance." More>>

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    3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
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    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
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    Dog returns to owner after missing from Weedon Island sandbar

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    An upset dog owner is hoping to find her dog she believes was taken from Weedon Island on Sunday. More>>

    Student reportedly suspended for saying 'bless you' Video included

    The teacher allegedly has a list of words that students may not use in the classroom. (Photo: WMC) The teacher allegedly has a list of words that students may not use in the classroom. (Photo: WMC)
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    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed. More>>

    Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

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    In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. More>>

    Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued Video included

    Ferguson streets early Wednesday morning. Image AP Ferguson streets early Wednesday morning. Image AP
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    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. More>>

    Hot and dry today

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    "This is one of the hottest stretches of weather we've seen so far this summer," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann. Temperatures climb quickly into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees by noon. More>>

    Lake County couple accused of leaving child in hot car while shopping at Kohl's

    Wilfredo Garcia and his wife, Esperanza. Jail booking photos Wilfredo Garcia and his wife, Esperanza. Jail booking photos
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    A Lake County couple was arrested after allegedly leaving a child in a hot car while they shopped.A panicked bystander made the discovery and called 911 on Monday.
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    Davis Islands woman shoots man in her home

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    Tampa Police officers are investigating a shooting on Davis Islands.  It happened Tuesday night just before midnight on Riviera Drive. More>>

    Bottles of Corona Extra Beer Recalled for Glass Particles

    The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes. The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes.
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    Hold that lime wedge for your Corona, at least until you check the code number on the neck of the bottle.Constellation Brands, which imports the Mexican beer, is recalling select packages of Corona Extra in the United States because bottles may contain small particles of glass. More>>

    Home Alone: safety advice for 'latchkey' kids

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    To leave or not to leave your kid home alone after school? According to law enforcement agencies, supervised after-school care is always a better alternative. More>>

    MISSING: Winter Haven man suffering from severe depression

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    Winter Haven Police need your help in locating a 53-year-old man who suffers from severe depression and may be a danger to himself. More>>

    AM Headlines: Hot and dry day; Death threat against another journalist; Nut butter recall

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    AM Headlines: Hot and dry day; Death threat against another journalist; Nut butter recall More>>

    BACK TO SCHOOL: Helpful backpack and lunch box coupons

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    If shopping for backpacks and lunch boxes is still on your list of things to do, The Children's Place has a great online sale today. More>>

    Closing arguments to begin in Lakeland police officer murder trial

    Kyle Williams is accused of killing a police officer Kyle Williams is accused of killing a police officer
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    Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer. More>>

    Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

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    A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. More>>

    Sarasota Police to try body cams

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    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program. More>>

    Florida trucker records crash, then helps

    News Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via Skype News Channel 8's Peter Bernard interviews trucker David Fredericksen via Skype
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    Dash cam video rolled as David Fredericksen and his co-driver witnessed a horrible crash outside Biloxi Mississippi. It happened last Monday, as they drove a load of orange juice in a large tanker truck. A grandmother driving her young granddaughter lost control and slammed into a semi, igniting the truck's fuel tanks. More>>

    Town N' Country grandmother fears intruder, shoots grandson by accident Video included

    Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook. Photo of Tyler Maddox courtesy of Facebook.
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    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a shooting in Town N' Country just before 1:00 A.M. early Tuesday morning.The sheriff's office gives a chilling account of the events that led to the shooting.In the middle of the night, Linda Maddox, 63 heard a noise and grabbed a .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed. More>>

    8 On Your Side: What are the rules for guide dogs in restaurants?

    News Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, Carson News Channel 8's Melanie Michael with Susan Wiburn and her service dog, Carson
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    News Channel 8 recently covered a story about a veteran who says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant by cops. He claims it was because of his Yorkie-mix service dog. The story ignited a firestorm on Facebook with numerous comments on the issue. So, what are the rules involving service dogs?

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    Belleair Police Chief under fire by one of his own Video included

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    Belleair Police Chief Thomas Edwards is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts. More>>

    Police: Woman left baby in car while shopping

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    Officials say a Florida mother faces child neglect charges after leaving her 1-year-old daughter in the car while she shopped in grocery and liquor stores. More>>

    Rick Scott ahead in News Channel 8 governor's race poll Video included

    Charlie Crist (left) Rick Scott (right) . File photo Charlie Crist (left) Rick Scott (right) . File photo
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    Gov. Rick Scott has a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, heading into the week before the primary election, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. More>>

    Tampa elementary student wears GoPro camera to document school day

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    Introducing children to technology in the classroom can be a beautiful thing, but what if the technology is a GoPro camera and the class is a room full of first graders on the first day back to class? McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa experimented with one of its students to see what happens when those two worlds collide. More>>

    Voter confusion over Hernando website Video included

    The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com. The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.
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    A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
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    Vague laws on service dogs in restaurants

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    A veteran and his wife were extremely upset after they were escorted from a Clearwater restaurant by police. More>>

    Cops shoot and kill man in incident near Ferguson Video included

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    Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife on Tuesday in a confrontation several miles from the turbulent suburb of Ferguson, authorities said. More>>

    Water main breaks affect downtown, South Tampa traffic Video included

    A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday. A water main break closed the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street on Tuesday.
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    The two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed on Tuesday August 19, while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break. More>>

    FWC: 300 sea turtle eggs stolen

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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a St. Lucie County man was caught with nearly 300 stolen sea turtle eggs. More>>

    Lakeland businesses targets in payment scam

    Palace Italian Restaurant targeted in electric bill scam Palace Italian Restaurant targeted in electric bill scam
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    Three Lakeland restaurants have been targeted in a scam designed to scare owners into paying their electric bill to the unknown caller. More>>

    Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot

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    A man reporting to jail in Maine put some thought into his attire: He wore an orange T-shirt with his mug shot printed on it. More>>

    Lakeland Electric warns customers about phone payment scam Video included

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    Lakeland Electric customers beware of a current scam that involves an individual who calls and acts as if he is a representative of Lakeland Electric.
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    FOUND: 71-year-old man with dementia

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    Hillsborough County deputies need your help finding a 71-year-old man last seen Monday in Tampa. More>>

    ALDI hiring for new Oldsmar, Holiday stores

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    Know anyone who's looking for a job? Discount grocer ALDI is expanding in the Tampa Bay area and is hiring. ALDI will be holding a job fair Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Clearwater.
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    Vatican: Argentina car crash kills papal relatives

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    The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew. More>>

    Clearwater couple escorted from restaurant because of service dogs Video included

    Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka. Dr. Richard Davis with his two service dogs - Mocha and Micka.
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    A Clearwater couple tells News Channel 8 that their service dogs were the reason they were escorted from Maggie Mae's restaurant in Sand Key. More>>

    Brita recalling children's water bottles

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    Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard. More>>

    Water main break causes S. Tampa traffic headaches Video included

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    A broken water main could cause some major traffic issues in a heavily traveled area of south Tampa.  More>>

    Community Health says Chinese hackers stole data on 4.5 million patients Video included

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    Community Health Systems Inc., one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyberattack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.  More>>

    Town 'N' Country woman accidentally shoots her grandson

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    A woman accidentally shot her grandson early Tuesday morning in Town 'n' Country, Hillsborough deputies confirmed. More>>

    Hillsborough school bus mechanic cautiously optimistic about future

    It's Back to School in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough County students head back to the classroom. It's Back to School in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough County students head back to the classroom.
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    Alberto Pomare Davis has been fixing Hillsborough County buses for more than decade. He promises the buses kids are hopping on today are safe.  More>>

    Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

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    Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on "Saturday Night Live." More>>

    Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson Video included

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    The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. More>>

    BACK TO SCHOOL: How to save on kids' clothes

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    Saving on back to school clothing doesn't have to be difficult if you shop the sales!  More>>

    Missing Clearwater student located after 3-hour search Video included

    Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday. Moajed, 10, talks with a Clearwater Police Officer and Angie and Andy Gamsby shortly after he was found on Monday.
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    Officers with the Clearwater Police jumped into action Monday afternoon to find a missing Sandy Lane Elementary 5th-grader.


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    Hospital network hack affects millions

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    Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.
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    UPDATE: Boy found safe after missing from Clearwater elementary school Video included

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    Clearwater Police are searching for a missing child Monday afternoon who was last seen at the end of the school day at Sandy Lane Elementary. More>>

    Hillsborough water customers continue to complain of stinky water and high bills Video included

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    The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. Tonia Hammond is so fed up with the private water company, Pluris American Infrastructure, that she posted sings on her fence in protest. She says her bill started to skyrocket after she publicly complained about her water quality to the Hillsborough County Commission. More>>

    Pinellas 911 managers puzzled by lightning strike that knocked out phones Video included

    For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disrupted For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 service was disrupted
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    For about 45 minutes last Friday, Pinellas 911 callers were out of luck when they called for help. All they heard was ringing on the other end of the line after two lightening strikes disrupted service. More>>

    Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson Video included

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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager. More>>

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    • Pillsbury Bake-Off: Marie Valdes' Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls

      Pillsbury Bake-Off: Marie Valdes' Spinach Dip-Stuffed Garlic Rolls

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:04:50 GMT
      Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photoMarie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls.Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
      Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
      Marie Valdes, of Brandon, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Spinach Dip Stuffed Garlic Rolls. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
    • Pillsbury Bake-Off: Anna Zovko's Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins

      Pillsbury Bake-Off: Anna Zovko's Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:04:18 GMT
      Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoAnna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
      Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
      Anna Zovko, of Tampa, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
    • Pillsbury Bake-Off: JoAnn Belack's Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist

      Pillsbury Bake-Off: JoAnn Belack's Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:03:39 GMT
      JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury
      JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
      JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
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    • Bottles of Corona Extra Beer Recalled for Glass Particles

      Bottles of Corona Extra Beer Recalled for Glass Particles

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:33:35 GMT
      The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes.The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes.
      Hold that lime wedge for your Corona, at least until you check the code number on the neck of the bottle.Constellation Brands, which imports the Mexican beer, is recalling select packages of Corona Extra in the United States because bottles may contain small particles of glass.
      Hold that lime wedge for your Corona, at least until you check the code number on the neck of the bottle.Constellation Brands, which imports the Mexican beer, is recalling select packages of Corona Extra in the United States because bottles may contain small particles of glass.
    • Is this mall ad the worst commercial ever made ... or the greatest?

      Is this mall ad the worst commercial ever made ... or the greatest?

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:04:35 GMT
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      No one can really predict what videos will go viral. 
      No one can really predict what videos will go viral. 
    • Sept 8: Ellen premieres on News Channel 8

      Sept 8: Ellen premieres on News Channel 8

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