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February 15, 2018

Sons Of Union Veterans Seek To Preserve History Of The Union

By Scott Sexton
Winston-Salem Journal

Winston-Salem, NC (AP) - Some things just demand explanation. So it was with an e-mail, one of hundreds that flash through the in-box every day.

It started off with a grave pronouncement - ``Public Service Announcement’’ - an obvious attention-getting device used by all manner of groups and individuals hoping to make their electronic correspondence stand out.

At first blush, it sounded oddly similar to the old Publisher’s Clearing House notices that used to fill old-school mailboxes. You may already be a winner.

Just under that greeting, the second line fairly jumped off the page.

``Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Maj. Gen. George Stoneman Camp No. 6, NC announce a membership recruitment drive.’’

Wait one ...

Sons of Union Veterans . in North Carolina?

By this point, if you’ve been paying even the slightest bit of attention, it’s obvious that honest debate about symbols of our shared past, good and bad, isn’t going away any time soon.

A lunatic fringe has grabbed on tightly to certain monuments and relics of the Confederacy as a way to advance an odious, racist ideology.

The presence of Neo-Nazis and Klansmen in such places as Charlottesville, Va., last summer and a high volume, low turnout KKK rally last winter in Caswell County that turned out to more resemble a game of redneck hide-and-seek tell us this.
There are people, whether you’ll admit it or not, who use symbols of the Confederacy like a long-handled spoon to stir the soup of antagonism.

However, there are others who genuinely believe in history, the notion of ``Heritage not Hate,’’ family roots and ancestors who fought and died in the Civil War.

As it turns out, there are two sides to that equation. And that’s where Robert Alvin Crum, an artist and the new commander of the Maj. Gen. Stoneman Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans, enters the picture.

He grew up in Illinois and lived in Ohio and Iowa before moving to North Carolina in 1989. That’s not so unusual; plenty of people have moved here from points north, particularly in the last 30 to 40 years.

What is different is that there is a small but growing number of those folks who, like Crum, are not only familiar with their familial heritage but are willing to proudly share and promote it.

``It’s my genealogy,’’ said Crum, who lives in Salisbury and leads meetings of the Union Veterans Stoneman Camp at the Davidson County library in Lexington. ``I was taught from a young age about two soldiers in my family who fought for the Union.’’

One in particular, Robert Elkin Haggard, fascinated him, Crum said. Haggard was born in 1805 Kentucky but moved to Illinois to seek his fortunes. He opened a hotel in Winchester, Ill., where as luck (or fate) would have it, a candidate for U.S. Senate named Lincoln stayed in that establishment in 1858 and signed an autograph album owned by one of Haggard’s daughters.

When the Civil War broke out, Haggard formed a company and joined the federal cause. Research shows that he rose to the rank of colonel and was shot in the right arm and captured at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. Records at the U.S. National Archives show that Haggard was involved in a prisoner exchange a few months later and eventually returned to Illinois.

``That was one of my ancestors,’’ Crum said. ``That’s kind of where my interest started.’’

Though that interest was always present - it serves as the inspiration to some of his art work - he didn’t act on it in a larger way until he found out that there really are Union Veterans camps right here in North Carolina.

Four camps spread across the state to be exact.

``A few years ago, in 2015, I discovered the organization, took an interest and decided to join,’’ he said simply.

Membership requirements aren’t a high hurdle to clear. Crum said interested parties can qualify through a hereditary membership - descendants of Union Civil War veterans, easily provable through records at the National Archives - or a non-hereditary membership for someone with a genuine interest in history.

The goals of the organization are simple, too. It aims to promote patriotism and preserving history, particularly caring for the graves and memorials for Union Civil War veterans. Thousands of Union soldiers were buried in mass graves at the Salisbury National Cemetery near the site of a Confederate prison camp.

The group, Crum said, is in no way political and members steer clear of controversies that have dominated headlines at times in recent months.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was chartered in 1954 by an act of Congress as the legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic.

``We’re not really competing with anybody, the Sons of Confederate Veterans or anything like that,’’ he said. ``We’re just about remembering the Union soldiers.’’

Can Gene Therapy Be Used To Fight The AIDS Virus?

By Marilynn Marchione

San Francisco - For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell’s HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing that made this possible.

Scientists removed some of his blood cells, disabled a gene to help them resist HIV, and returned these “edited” cells to him in 2014. So far, it has given the San Francisco man the next best thing to a cure.

“I’ve been off medications for three and a half years,” he said. He even was able to keep the virus in check despite cancer treatments last year that taxed his immune system.

Chappell was lucky, though. Only a few of the 100 others in those experiments were able to stay off HIV drugs for a couple years; the rest still need medicines to keep HIV suppressed.

Now researchers think they can improve the treatment and are trying again to tackle HIV by doctoring DNA. New studies to test these tweaked approaches in people are getting underway.

“Gene therapy techniques have advanced greatly,” said Dr. Otto Yang of the UCLA AIDS Institute, one place working on this. “A lot of people are thinking it’s the right time to go back.”

Human genome

Gene therapy has scored wins against some rare blood diseases and even a form of blindness. Now scientists are trying it for a much more common foe, HIV, the virus that causes AID.

They include Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is funding some of the new studies. He doesn’t think the technique will become common because millions of people do well on existing treatments. But he says it could help those who can’t easily control the virus, and should be pursued because it holds potential for a cure.

“They’re very bold, innovative techniques, mostly to try and cure people,” he said. “It’s worth trying because the science is there.”

ONE MAN’S CURE GAVE HOPE

Only one person is known to have been cured of HIV infection, a man who had a cell transplant a decade ago from a donor with natural immunity to the virus. The donor lacked a common gene that makes an entryway HIV uses to infect T cells, immune system soldiers in the blood.

The transplant gave the recipient that protection, but procedures like that are too risky and impractical for wide use. Scientists have been trying to find a way to create similar immunity by altering some of a patient’s own cells. They use a gene editing tool called zinc finger nucleases, which cut DNA at a precise spot to disable the HIV entryway gene.

The California company that makes the editing tool, Sangamo Therapeutics, sponsored the initial studies.

Matt Chappell, left, talks with Dr. Christopher Schiessl during an appointment at a medical center in San Francisco.

“It worked, the T cells were edited,” said Sangamo’s president, Dr. Sandy Macrae. But it didn’t work quite well enough: The altered T cells were outnumbered by T cells that were not altered and could still be infected.

Now, Dr. John Zaia at City of Hope, a research center in Duarte, California, is trying the approach with a twist. He’s using blood stem cells — parent cells that produce many others. Once a stem cell is altered the benefit should multiply and last longer, Zaia said.

THE SILVER LINING

Though the initial gene editing experiments were disappointing, there was a silver lining. Patients in those studies had a big drop in the number of cells where HIV lurked in a dormant state — the so-called reservoir of silent disease.

At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sekaly is trying to capitalize on that drop. His study will try the same gene editing — disabling the gene that makes the HIV entryway — while keeping patients on strong antiviral medicines for at least a year before discontinuing them.

“As long as we’re not able to get rid of this reservoir, we’ll never be able to stop treatment,” he explained.

The hope is that the medicines plus the altered cells will knock down the virus and reduce the reservoir to a point where the body can control any residual disease by itself, as Chappell seems to be doing.

PROTECT AND ATTACK

University of Pennsylvania scientists are trying a two-part approach: Besides knocking out the gene for the HIV entryway, they’re adding a gene to help T cells recognize and kill HIV. This second part is called CAR-T therapy, a treatment approved last year for treating cancer.

James Riley, an HIV and gene therapy expert at the University of Pennsylvania, poses for a photograph in Philadelphia.

The new study’s leader, scientist James Riley, is encouraged that some patients at Penn who were in the early studies kept HIV suppressed for nearly a year without drugs.

“You’d never know they were sick” even though the virus could still be detected, Riley said. “At some point you’re going to have confidence that it’s not going to come back.”

Chappell’s doctor, Christopher Schiessl at One Medical, a health clinic in San Francisco, hopes that’s the case for Chappell. Although he’s doing well now, Chappell is showing signs that his immune system may be weakening, Schiessl said.

Chappell is optimistic, and believes gene therapy ultimately will provide a long-term solution.

“If we’re going to cure HIV,” he said, “this is how it’s going to happen.”

 

 


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NC TV & Film Exhibit Features Industry That May Be Dead, This Week In The Civil War: November 23 & 30

Former WASP Ignored Insults & Served As Pilot In World War II, This Week In The Civil War: November 2, 9 & 16, 1864

Doggy Cooking Network Gives Owners Safe Choices For Pets, UN Climate Report: Change Is Here, Humans Caused It

At Age 14, Helen The Blind Bison Has Lots Of Fans & Gifts, 3-D Images Of Civil War Scenes Offer Tourists Rare, Fresh View

Smithsonian’s Fossil Hall Taken Down For Full Restoration, This Week In The Civil War

Man Dreams Of Year-Round Tourism For Hatteras Village, Gossip-Loving Confederate Wrote His Diary In Code

This Week In The Civil War: Judge For Dred Scott Dies, Historic Register Adds 1950’s Savannah Enclave To Its List

This Week In The Civil War, Texas Scientists Commit To Saving Obscure Salamander

This Week In The Civil War For Weeks Of September 21 & 28, Sticking Pork Up A Kid’s Nose Stops Bleeding: Ig Noble Awards

Museum Marks 100-Year Loss Of Passenger Pigeon - Why?

This Week In The Civil War: August 31 Through September 14, Canada Locates One Of Two Lost Explorer Ships From 1840s

Woman Seeks To Honor The Dead At Lost Native Graveyard

Eternal Butterfly Program Takes Shame & Stress Out Of Death, Formerly Homeless, NC Woman Lives To Help Others, UN Panel Finds Global Warming Likely Irreversible

How Do Kids Learn Math?  The Answer Is So Simple..., Kai The Shelter Dog Is Now Top Dog At SA Fire Department, This Week In The Civil War: Ft. Sumter Reduced To Rubble

Do Dogs Feel Jealousy Or Shame? Read & Decide, This Week In The Civil War: The Hunley & Fort Sumter

This Week In The Civil War: Sherman Advances, West Virginia Native Answers “What Is It To Be Appalachian?”, Artist Who Created Ghostbusters Logo Assigns ‘The Bird’, Man With ‘Disabilities’ Founds Comfortable With Myself To Encourage Everyone

Small Is Sometimes Better In The Vegetable World, Last Of Crew That Dropped The First Atomic Bomb Dies In GA

Coke® Is Restoring Ad Murals All Across Appalachia, This Week In The Civil War: July 20 & July 27, Author Of Forrest Gump Reflects On Its Influence & Appeal

Scientists Use CSI-Type Tools To Track Alaska’s Wolves, Casual Childhood Sale Of Star Wars Stuff Leads To Big Business

This Week In The Civil War: Life & Death In Petersburg, VA, MIT Developing ‘Finger Reader’ To Help Visually Impaired, 20 Million Year Old Fossils Revealed At Dam Site

This Week In The Civil War: The Battle For Washington, DC,PBS To Air Dick Cavett Special On Watergate August 8, 9 PM, Seniors (or almost anyone) Can Increase Strength With Parkour, NC’s NAACP Seeks To Extend Extend Eugenic’s Deadline

This Week In The Civil War For June 22 And June 29, Monday, June 30, Is Deadline For NC Eugenics Victims To File, Great White Shark Population Is Surging Along East Coast, Shipwreck Hunter ‘99.9% Sure’ 17th Century Ship Found

Fulfilling Will’s Stipulations Is Bugging The Smithsonian, In The Rat Race In NYC, The Rats Appear To Be Winning, Toad Detour In Philly Helps Thousands Of Toadlets Live, Chubby Checker Asks For Hall Of Fame Induction ASAP!

Tests Confirm Donated Art Is Rembrandt Self-Portrait, Healthy Seniors In Study Seeking A Way To Block Alzheimer’s, NC’s 13th Amendment On Tour To Celebrate Juneteenth

Scientists Say Creating Embryo From Three People May Be OK, This Week In The Civil War, Staging Of The Wizard Of Oz Gives Inmates Hope & Purpose, Backyard Chickens: A Green Investment In Sourcing Food

This Week In The Civil War: Weeks of May 25 & June 1, Options For Honoring Beloved Pets When They Cross Over, Surprising DNA Test Links Kiwi To Giant Bird, 1000 Years Gone, Music Therapy Opens Windows Of Communication For Many, Woman Prowls Graveyards In Search Of Mysteries & Fun

Chicks With Picks: Climbers Find Power & Peace On The Ice, Robert E. Lee’s Former Land Is Now Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Man Gently Works To Reverse Die-Off Of Honey Bees, Mad Men Style Drinking Cars Closing Down On Metro North, Oregon’s Gray Wolf, OR-7, May Have Found A Sweetie

Two Weeks In The Civil War: Overland Campaign & Sherman, Archaeologist Claims He’s Found King David’s Citadel, Blood Of Young Mice Helped Older Mice - Are We Next?!

Bees Are Disappearing, But Gardeners Can Help, Freed After 24 Years In Prison, Man Knows ‘God Has A Plan’, Yeah, It’s True. The Dude Has Had His Own Festival For Years

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting in Arkansas, Most Americans Still Question The Big Bang Theory, ‘What Would Abbie Think?’ Radical’s Presence Felt Today

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates Take Plymouth, Study Reveals Snacks May Help Avoid Marital Arguments, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time: 3D-Printed Heart

Descendants Of Civil War Battle Of New Market Sought By VMI, This Week In The Civil War: Raid On Fort Pillow, TN, 1964 World’s Fair Site Will Cost Millions To Restore

This Week In The Civil War: The Red River Campaign, 11 Ancient Burial Boxes Seized From Thieves, Music Program Puts Alzheimer’s Patients Back In Tune For A Bit

Noah, Opening Friday, Swirls Into A Strong Faith Market, Spring Time Is Puppy Time! How To Puppy-ize Your Life, This Week In The Civil War, Historically Vital Photos Of SC Slave Descendants New Home

Ethyl The Grizzly Loves Travel And Apple Orchards

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s Latest Is A Hit, This Week In The Civil War: Slaves Freed In Louisiana, Peerless Card Shark & Magician Richard Turner Is Totally Blind, The Debate Continues On Safety & Impact, But Vaping Is Gaining Acceptance & Growing

This Week In The Civil War: U.S. Grant Takes Charge, The Hard Part Is Digging The Hole: Backyard Pond Tips

Researchers Find Mexico’s Endangered ‘Water Monster’, This Week In The Civil War: Confederate Submarine, Bumblebees Are Getting Stung By Honeybee Sickness, New Exhibit Features Telegram From Elvis To His Parents

Hasty Dig At Camp Asylum, SC: The Developer’s Coming!, Backyard Bird Counters Reveal Snowy Owl Migration, Surgeon Who Invented Heimlich Maneuver: Remember It!

Saving The World’s Great Art: The Real Monuments Men, This Week In The Civil War: Sherman In Mississippi, Folkies Recall Opening For The Beatles At Carnegie Hall In ‘64

Hoffman’s Relapse & Death Is A Tragic, Common Outcome, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting At Morton’s Ford, VA, ‘Jar Nut’s’ Collection Of Bottles Is On Display In Spencer, NC

Monuments Men: 1,000 Years Of Culture Saved From Nazis, This Week In The Civil War: The Union Campaign, Film & Museum Reveal More Realistic View Of Bonnie & Clyde, IRS Is Working To Save Tax Payers Money Through EITC

2013 Was 4th Hottest Year On Record, Says NOAA, This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Jan. 26, Germans’ Longing For American West Births Documentary Play, What Do Fish Poo, Fresh Berries & School Kids Have In Common?

Making Of Lone Survivor Challenging & Controversial, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, Archaeologist Seeks WWII DNA From Pacific Graveyards, Handyman Program’s ‘Angels’ Help Keep Seniors At Home

This Week In The Civil War, Originals Of The Star-Spangled Banner & Flag To Be Displayed, Our Universe At Its Infancy: Images From Hubble Telescope, 100 Years Later, The British Still Debate WWI’s Legacy

Music Therapy Organization Helps Vets Cope With PTSD, This Week In The Civil War: Winter Furloughs, Rare 1886 Michigan Lighthouse For Sale, Concern For Elves Prompts Iceland To Halt Roadway

This Week In The Civil War, New Survey Reveals US Dads Very Involved In Child Rearing, Dolphin Center Offers Course In Marine Mammal Care

Papers Stolen During Civil War Going Home To Virginia, New Vero Beach Dig: Ice Age Humans In North American?

This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln’s Restoration Plan, Oldest DNA By 100,000 Years Throws Science Into A New Era, Bird Lovers Seek Respect For Sweet Birds: Iowa Blue Chickens

Police Still Seeking Clues To TV Star’s 1957 Murder, Scrawny Stray Cat Becomes Media Star: Pete The Cat

Researchers Seek To Teach Computer Common Sense, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, New Trend For Vets Helps Pets & Owners: Euthanasia At Home, Florida Archaeologists Carefully Ponder & Paw Mystery Site

President Kennedy Is Best Remembered In His Own Words, This Week In The Civil War: The Battle Above The Clouds, German Who Held Nazi-Era Art Trove Wants Collection Back, Fifty Years Ago, A Young Boy Sought To Comfort JFK’s Bugler

This Week In The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address, NC Student, A ‘Modern Hippie,’ Treasures His 1977 VW Bus, 1869 Account Of Yellowstone Was Disbelieved, Nearly Lost, Amazing Story Of 17th Century Gem & Its Princess Savior, BBB: Tips For Donating To Typhoon Haiyan Relief

2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

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