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May 2, 2013

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May 1, 2013

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The Gainesville Women’s Liberation group is dissatisfied with the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to continue to place an age restriction on the morning after pill. The FDA announced yesterday that Plan B One-Step would become available over the counter to women ages 15 and older. Previously, the drug was only available to women 17 and older. The decision comes after years of court battles and petitioning by National Women’s Liberation Group to eliminate all restrictions on the pill.

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The Florida House threw an unexpected hurdle in the path of a bill that would ban texting while driving on Tuesday. WLRN’s Margie Menzel reports.

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A major miscalculation in Tallahassee, where a school bill called the “parent trigger” went down to defeat in the Senate on Tuesday. The legislation was supposed to benefit parents at failing schools. But as WLRN’s Rick Stone reports from the capital, that group of parents was too small to be influential& and they couldn’t have cared less about the parent trigger.

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The Florida legislative session wraps up this week, but lawmakers still have plenty of unfinished business. The expansion of medicaid has been one of the biggest issues the legislature has taken on. With the close of this years session at the end of the week, WMFE’s political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey discuss the chances of the governor calling for a special session and what that would mean for legislators.

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is calling on state leaders to pass before the end of the legislative session a health care bill that will cover a million uninsured people. WLRN’s Margie Menzel has more.

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Three years ago the BP Oil Spill took a toll on marine life in The Gulf of Mexico. Sea turtles, which were in their nesting season, experienced a tough summer. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Lauren Verno has more on what marine specialists are doing to protect these creatures.

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Efforts to revamp Florida’s retirement system failed Tuesday, after the Florida Senate defeated a proposal similar to the plan favored by House Speaker Will Weatherford. That plan does away with what s called the pension plan for new employees, and leaves them with only one retirement option: a 401K style plan. But Republican Sen. Jack Latvala says had the proposal passed, it would have instead hurt future public employees, like firefighters and police officers.

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A bill signed in 2011 that mandated all tax collector offices to take over the driver license and identification card services is now in full effect in Alachua County after its official ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. Florida’s 98.1, WUFT-FM’s Trevor Sikkema was on the scene.

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After a Florida Panther was stuck by a vehicle earlier this week, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Ben Bornstein tell us how panther necropsies help researchers learn more about the state animal.

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April 30, 2013

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April 29, 2013

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In Today’s Show

Marion County Fire Rescue responded to a call this morning just before 5 a.m. to a fatal mobile home fire in Summerfield. Public information officer Jessica Greene says the next door neighbor made the 911 call and advised that there was a man trapped inside the home.

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Jason Collins, a professional basketball player, came out this morning as openly gay. He is the first active athlete to become openly gay in any of the four major sports in the United States. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Ben Bornstein caught up with a leader in the LGBT community to discuss what this means for other gay athletes.

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Four explorers will be reuiniting tomorrow night in Gainesville. The Hippodrome Cinema will have a special presentation of a film titled Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, that follows the travels of these four explorers across over 1,000 miles of Florida in 100 days.

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The age of technology has made all sorts of information readily available at our fingertips. This includes films, music, and even TV shows. You no longer have to plan your day so that you can catch your favorite show when it comes on TV, you can just watch it later or even live online. Same goes for movies, sporting events, and other forms of entertainment. This may be a great tool for viewers to be able to customize their viewing experience to their lifestyle, but this could cause a problem for networks who rely on advertisers for revenue. Graduate of the University of Florida’s department of advertising Dominick Bedasse says the trend is in favor of internet advertising

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The New York Jets used their second round pick in last week’s NFL Draft on quarterback Geno Smith out of West Virginia. With six quarterbacks on their roster, someone had to go. WUFT’s Lucas Dolengowski has more.

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More than two million pounds of expired medicine is now off the streets in Florida after this weekend’s Prescription Drug Takeback Day. The event gives people an opportunity to get rid of prescription drugs in a safe and responsible way. Alachua County was a participant in the event, and Alachua County public information officer Todd Kelly says it is a great way to avoid dangerous situations

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It’s the final week of the legislative session. As Margie Menzel reports, it s also the first time in years lawmakers didn’t have to consider deep cuts in programs like education and health care.

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With session coming close to an end, public employee pension reform in Florida is likely dead. But, as Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner reports, if both chambers of the state Legislature do come to an agreement on a pension overhaul bill, which way could the Governor be leaning?

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There’s a Florida resident who’s been held captive for more than six years. And, as Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner reports, the Florida Legislature is trying to get the attention of those in Washington D.C. to do something about it.

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Feel free to turn your radio volume up. The Florida Senate won’t try to stop you. Florida Public Radio’s Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers voted down a bill that would have banned blasting music in your car that’s plainly audible to a person standing 25 or more feet away.

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As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month the Department of Justice has released an update to their guidelines in these cases. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Ariana Lipkin in Gainesville reports on the changes.

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The U.S. Senate has delayed a vote on an Internet sales tax until May, after a handful of senators blocked lawmakers from voting on the legislation this week. WUFT-FM 89.1′s Heather van Blokland talked to local business owners to get their reaction.

 

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April 26, 2013

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In Today’s Show

The Florida Department of Health issued an advisory for residents in the counties surrounding the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers. A sewage leak that began just above the Florida- Georgia Line has leaked an estimated 1 million gallons of waste into the water. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Morgan Falcon spoke with Environmental Health officials to get more on what happened and what residents should do.

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The Florida Senate has passed a measure to reform state-backed Citizens Property Insurance. Florida Public Radio’s Regan McCarthy reports the bill’s author says the plan isn’t perfect, but is a good first step.

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Federal law enforcement and local authorities across the state are working together on a program to help reduce the amount of unused or illegal prescription medication in circulation. National Pill Take Back Day is tomorrow. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT’-FM’s Julian Hernandez tells us what local authorities are doing to help

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The House rejected a Senate proposal that would use billions of dollars in federal money to help low-income Floridians get health insurance. Margie Menzel of member station WLRN in Miami reports.

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Rev. Anthony Eseke knows the journey of life presents challenges and rewards. After a lifetime of hard work, 42-year-old Eseke is a professor at the University of Florida and a priest at St. Augustine Church in Gainesville.Born in Nigeria, Eseke has a worldwide perspective he feels helps give him insight to the world – insight he combines with his academic achievements to improve his ministry. But what helps him most is how he feels towards his profession, one he wanted ever since he was a little boy. Eseke describes himself in three words

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Many are saying the culture of country music will never be the same after today. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Taylor Nones has the story.

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The severe drought in 2012 caused an historic collapse of Florida’s oyster industry. During the past year a variety of state agencies have been working for the Florida Sea Grant Program to try and understand all the causes for the fishery disaster. The cooperative effort is working toward designing a plan to help restore and manage the industry in the future. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with the Director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program, Karl Havens about the findings outlined in the group’s special report this week:

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One of the most famous acrobatic circus families is flying into Gainesville this weekend to wrap up Jest Fest!. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Drew Bryan has more.

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The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its sixth annual Healthy Horses Conference tomorrow. Florida 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Kristen Botica tells us what kind of topics experts will discuss at the event tomorrow.

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Gov. Rick Scott is grumbling about his priority issues which are missing from the budget proposed by lawmakers so far. For one, Scott hasn t gotten the across-the-board teacher raises he wanted. The legislature is going for a merit-based pay system instead. The governor says he plans on going through the budget with a fine-toothed comb. The target: member projects.

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April 25, 2013

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April 24, 2013

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In Today’s Show

The days of the 2013 legislative session are numbered with no clear end in sight for several proposals hanging in limbo. Several issues have been bumped up to each chamber’s head budget negotiator to resolve, but others appear destined to end in a stalemate. Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter reports both legislative chambers are at odds with each other and the Governor when it comes to campaign finance reform, teacher pay raises, tuition and health insurance for more low-income Floridians.

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U.S. House Representative John Mica, a senior member of the House Transportation Committee, is backing a plan to expand Orlando International Airport. But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea — including the airlines. Matthew Peddie of member station WMFE in Orlando talked to the Winter Park Republicans about his support for airport expansion.

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Students gathered at the University of Florida’s New Engeneering Building today to display their latests robotic designs. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Virginia Hamrick has more.

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The City of Gainesville City Commission held an open community forum event this Tuesday. The round-table style discussion served as an opportunity for the Commission to hear the major concers of local residents for the future of Gainesville. The main areas addressed at the event were public safety, transportation, economic development, future growth and environment, and parks, recreation and culture. All six commissioners were present and active in the discussions, along with mayor-elect Ed Braddy. Distrcit 2 City Commissioner Todd Chase says events like this forum are helpful for the commission.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a new educational reform bill into law. This bill is aimed at revamping high school education in Florida to lead to more students being able to get a job upon graduation. Alachua County Superintendent of Schools Dan Boyd says students will now be able to pick a path that will help the students better prepare for college or a career right after graduating high school.

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A Florida Senate panel has approved the creation of a trust fund for future BP money stemming from a state lawsuit over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Local government officials worry the trust fund could preempt a federal law requiring 75 percent of federal penalties against the oil spill companies to go directly to affected communities. But the bill’s sponsor, Senator Nancy Detert of Venice, says that’s not the case.

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As Bostonians are beginning to attend memorial services for the four people killed during the terror that struck the city, many others who were injured are beginning to regain some type of normalcy. Several remain in the hostpital. Fourteen of those injured are coping with losing a limb from the bombings. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Leah Harding spoke with a Gainesville rehabilitation scientist who understands in a very personal way what these amputees are going through.

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Florida lawmakers are paying a lot of attention to high school sports this year. A proposal overhauling the organization that regulates the athletes eligibility is now moving in the Senate, after being delayed several weeks. Groups opposed to the bill say it opens the door for cheating and aggressive recruiting, something frowned upon in high school sports. But Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter reports supporters say the Florida High School Athletics Association has grown too big for its britches and needs some limits to its power.

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Sexual abuse survivor and victim advocate Lauren Book has now completed a 1,500-mile walk to raise awareness about sex abuse prevention. As Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner reports, she was joined by state lawmakers and Governor Rick Scott at the Florida Capitol Tuesday to rally for her fourth annual Walk In My Shoes journey.

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On this third day of the next-to-final week of the 2013 Florida lawmaking session, a lot of things are happening very quickly. But there are still some key issues that are moving a bit more slowly. Florida Public Radio’s Thomas Andrew Gustafson has the latest on what is really a delicate three-way chess game.

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April 23, 2013

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In Today’s Show

In light of the Boston Marathon bombing and last December’s Newtown, Conn., school shooting, providing public and school safety has been a top priority for many Gainesville officials. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Denardo reports how there might be a few more financial obstacles to overcome before the ideal safe environment is established.

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An early morning assault of a woman at her apartment complex brings up the concern of safety. Florida’s 89.1 Amanda Jackson has more information on how you can protect yourself.

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Gainesville Police and Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking into the case of a property manager who they accuse of stealing money from the company accounts she maintains.

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Time is running out on the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee, and lawmakers still have plenty of unfinished business to take care of in the capital. The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas joins Phil Latzmanof member station WLRN in Miami to discuss priorities in the final weeks of Session 2013.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill into law yesterday that he says should help more high school students graduate and go on to do a job that suits them. FPR’s Jessica Palombo reports, the bipartisan bill would give students more ways to earn a high school diploma, including through technical certification programs.

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As part of the education bill signed by Governor Rick Scott, the University of Florida will have the opportunity to take the lead in online education. The bill gives UF the opportunity to create an online institute that will allow students to aquire a bachelor’s degree solely through online courses.

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Following the drowning of a young boy in Gainesville last week, Alachua county officials are looking to see if someone is responsible. As WUFT’s Sofia Herrero reports, open public pools can be deadly if left abandoned.

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Florida is the fourth state to file a lawsuit against British Petroleum in the case involving it’s 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Attorney General Pam Bondi is seeking $5.4 Billion dollars from BP and Halliburton for the impact of the spill. Although the well was declared officially sealed off in September of 2010, some marine experts say the effects are still visible. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Leanna Scachetti tells us more of the layer of oil sitting on the ocean floor, and how it’s affecting the underwater ecosystem.

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Every year the School Safety Advocacy Council hosts a national conference on bullying where it discusses ways to combat bullying. Now, there’s bill to address the online version of bullying that’s awaiting the Florida Senate’s approval. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Xuan Tian has more on what lawmakers hope to gain from this bill.

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April 22, 2013

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In Today’s Show

Coinciding with Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of the First Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge this morning. As Florida’s WUFT-FM’s Erik Ugartechea reports, the University of Florida has proven it is doing its part to improve water management.

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The Alachua County Health Department is looking for a link between a norovirus from Australia and a stomach bug that broke out this month in the Atrium at the Gainesville Independent Senior Living Community.

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The University of Florida Gymnastics team returns home this weekend after winning its first national title this past weekend.  Florida’s WUFT-FM’s Ben Bornstein will tell us more about the journey that took Florida to Los Angeles and back again.

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Principal Libby Hartwell of Shell Elementary School in Hawthorne, Fla., is hoping to foster the love of reading in the school’s children. Florida’s WUFT-FM’s Drew Bryan has more on the month-long reading program.

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It looks like Florida’s classroom teachers will not get the $2,500 across the board pay raise championed by Gov. Rick Scott. As Kaylois Henry of member station WLRN in Miami reports, legislators in the House and Senate instead agreed to set aside a $480 million fund that could be used to boost teacher salaries.

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Although the Civilian Conservation Corps was closed down in 1942, its legacy lives on in some of Florida’s wilderness. Florida’s WUFT-FM’s Leanna Scachetti has more.

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An effort to enhance the penalties for someone who murders a child under the age of 18 could be one step closer to becoming law. As Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner reports, although a measure doing just that recently passed the Florida House, some Democrats say the bill could negatively impact juveniles and is an unconstitutional measure.

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and a bipartisan group of seven other lawmakers unveiled their immigration reform proposal last week, even as a bipartisan gun control effort fell apart. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that immigration advocates shouldn’t compare the two efforts.

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The major governing body of high school athletics in Florida is ramping up its efforts to fight a pair of bills in the House and Senate that could drastically alter its ability to police students who want to change schools strictly for athletic purposes, which is currently prohibited. The Florida High School Athletic Association believes the measures would create a condition of athletic free agency by allowing students to change schools virtually at will, a tempting prospect for high schoolers looking to play college sports.

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April 19, 2013

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In Today’s Show

Marketing Director of the Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville Jessica Hurov has also been monitoring the day’s events intensely. Hurov’s sister ran in this year’s marathon. Her brother as well as her brother-in-law, among other relatives are all currently in Boston amid the lockdown, and she spoke with WUFT’s Donna Green-Townsend about what has been an emotional week for her and her family.

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Now we move to one of the neighborhoods currently under investigation by the Boston Police. Stephanie Garry, a graduate of the University of Florida, lives one block away from the suspect’s home. I spoke with her earlier this afternoon about her experience today.

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As Boston remains on lockdown, college students are limited as to where they can go as well. WUFT’s Shane Chernoff spoke to Harvard University student Kelsey Beck, who talked about her situation on Harvard’s campus.

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And back now to Gainesville, watching the news is always an integral part of tragedy like this. Students at the University of Florida have been stopping on their walks to class to watch the news. However, their views on how well these networks are doing their jobs vary from who you ask. Here’s what some of them had to say:

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A bill is making its way through both the House and Senate revising and altering the way the Florida High School Athletic Association regulates student athletes’ eligibility and conducts investigations.

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One suspect is dead and another is on the run after the Boston marathon bombings and the death of an M-I-T campus officer. The two suspects are thought to be of Chechnyan descent, raising much debate over the relevance of their origin and the connection to this week’s terrorist attacks.

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Four area Florida Book Award winners will give readings on Earth Day, which is this coming Monday. All four writers have something in common – their books focus on water. The event, which is sponsored by Florida’s Eden and The Blue Path is called “Of Thirst, Beauty and Vision: Writing to Save Our Waters.”
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Gainesville High School will be showing a student production of Beauty and the Beast today and tomorrow.

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