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'The Sky's Not Even The Limit': Cancer Survivor To Become Youngest American In Space

Physician's assistant and pediatric bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will be one of four crew members on the world's first all-civilian mission to space at the end of this year.
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Virginia prison guards accused a staffer of smuggling contraband, so she was fired. It was a tampon, she says.
Joyce Flores says she tried to convince the Virginia Department of Corrections officers for hours that the article inside her vagina was a tampon and not contraband.
Rose McGowan backs Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan, calls for investigation into 'monstrous' claims
Former "Charmed" actress Rose McGowan stands behind Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary and special adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who accused him of sexual harassment.
Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi's Laptop Appears in Video Making Nazi Salute
Riley Williams, 22, who has been charged with multiple offences over the Capitol riots, is also said to have made white supremacist comments online.
Beijing Warns Latest Navy Transit of Taiwan Strait Raises 'Risks' in Region
The U.S.S. Curtis Wilbur made the Navy's second Taiwan Strait transit under Biden on Wednesday, in a move showing Washington's "commitment to secure Taiwan against China's armed aggression," an analyst said.
Pro-junta group attacks protesters as Myanmar crisis escalates
Police were seen standing without intervening as a group lauding the military takeover attacked anti-coup protesters in Yangon.
Sturm scores twice, Wild beat Avs 6-2 for 4th straight win
Nico Sturm led a balanced Minnesota scoring attack with two goals, Kaapo Kahkonen was sharp in making 30 saves and the Wild earned their fourth straight win by beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Amb. Nikki Haley: Biden should boycott China's Winter Olympics next year
If the United States had known what Nazi Germany would become, would we have participated in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics? This is not a historical head-scratcher. The answer bears directly on next year’s Winter Olympics in Communist China.
Washington’s biggest non-QB roster needs: Receiving help, linebacker and more
Washington's roster needs go well beyond the quarterback position.
Unified Behind Deb Haaland, Indian Country Praises Bipartisanship Amid Tough Confirmation Hearings
The New Mexico congresswoman seems likely to become the new head of the Interior Department after Sen. Joe Manchin said he plans to vote for her confirmation.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine a Key Player in Achieving Herd Immunity by Early Fall
The J&J vaccine could be a game changer, and it's part of Dr. Anthony Fauci's timeline for a return to a degree of normalcy.
Netanyahu and Israel's NeverNetanyahu Right | Opinion
Impatient and ambitious right-wing politicians may facilitate the rise of the most radical government Israel has ever seen.
The Other Khashoggis: Dissidents in Danger Across the Middle East | Opinion
The U.S. can further honor the memories of Slim, al-Hashemi, Khashoggi and countless unknown activists by naming their murderers and holding them accountable.
Teaching Students A New Black History
An innovative education startup is offering culturally responsive learning to Black students across the country.
Teens drive brutal spike in carjackings with covid limiting school and supervision
Sharp rise in violent car thefts in 2020 has gotten worse this year, police say.
Go Ahead and Fail
“How to Build a Life” is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness.For years, I was haunted by a fear of failure. I spent my early adulthood as a professional French hornist, playing in chamber-music ensembles and orchestras. Classical music is a perilous business, relying on absolute precision. Playing the French horn, prone as it is to missing notes, is a virtual high-wire act in every concert. I could go from hero to goat within a few mistakes during a solo. I lived in dread, and it made my life and work misery.Fear of failure is not just a problem for French hornists. Looking bad in front of others is arguably the most common dread people face. This explains why, for example, researchers have found that public speaking is college students’ most common fear; some scholars have famously asserted that people fear it even more than death. And dread about failing doesn’t just afflict the young or inexperienced: According to a 2018 survey conducted by Norwest Venture Partners, 90 percent of CEOs “admit fear of failure keeps them up at night more than any other concern.”This particular brand of anxiety appears to be on the rise. According to the World Bank, the percentage of American adults who see good opportunities to start a business but indicate that fear of failure would prevent them from doing so has been increasing for the past two decades. It is approaching the world median, in spite of the fact that the U.S. has long prided itself on being a land of intrepid entrepreneurs.There are a few possible explanations for this increase. Social media threatens to make every slip-up an extinction-level event, socially and professionally. Meanwhile, a generation of overprotective Baby Boomer parents have shielded their Millennial and Gen Z kids from the small risks and failures that build the emotional fortitude required to withstand the inevitable, larger failures of adulthood.[From the May 2020 issue: What happened to American childhood?]To the extent that this trend extinguishes entrepreneurial behavior, it’s bad enough for our future. But I am less worried about the effect on start-up enterprises than on the enterprise of building happy lives. Fear of failure can have surprisingly harsh consequences for our well-being. For some, it can lead to debilitating anxiety and depression, a diagnosable malady called atychiphobia. But even before it reaches that point, it can steer us away from life’s joyful, fulfilling adventures, by discouraging us from taking risks and trying new things.The fear of failure has a number of sources, not all of which are obvious. At first thought, it might seem like it is the dread of some known, bad outcome. For example, I might be afraid to give a presentation for my boss because if I fail, I won’t get a promotion, with clear implications for my career.But the fear of failure seems to actually be about unknown outcomes, at least for those who are most anxious. In one recent study conducted at University College London, psychologists devised an experiment in which participants had to decide between a series of gambles with guaranteed rewards and a set of bets with potentially higher wins and losses. Based on this, they found that people who suffered from anxiety were the most unable to estimate the best probable reward, which is consistent with earlier research. The implication of this risk aversion is that if you are particularly anxious about failing, it’s the uncertainty about whether you will do so that bothers you more than the actual consequences.[Read: Fear can make you a better person]Researchers have also found that people who strongly fear failure have a composite of two personality characteristics: low achievement orientation (that is, they don’t take much pleasure from accomplishments and meeting goals) and high test anxiety (a fear of not performing well at a crucial moment). In other words, they’re motivated less by the possibility of winning and gaining something of value, and more by their anxiety about the possibility of messing up. Those are some of the same personality traits that drive perfectionism, and can show up in low achievers and high achievers alike.In fact, perfectionism and the fear of failure go hand in hand: They lead you to believe that success isn’t about doing something good, but about not doing something bad. If you suffer from a fear of failure, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Where striving for success should be an exciting journey toward an amazing destination—as the climber George Mallory said, to ascend the mountain “because it’s there”—it feels instead like an exhausting slog, with all your energy focused on not tumbling over a cliff.[Read: The problem with being perfect]Surprisingly, people who fear failure do not need to extinguish the fear itself—to become more fearless—in order to make themselves happier. Instead, the best way to tame a fear of failure is to hone courage. Stanley Rachman, a psychologist, showed this in his research in the 1980s and then in the following decades on people in dangerous professions, such as paratroopers and bomb defusers. They too tended to fear failure—and messing up in such cases might be dire indeed. But they were able to tap into reserves of courage to act anyway. As Rachman argues, fearlessness is abnormal, and even dangerous, because it leads to foolish risk taking and bad leadership. Courage, on the other hand, helps you to balance prudence and resolve, even if the only thing you’re defusing is an office conflict.The good news is that all three of these drivers—an aversion to uncertainty, an attachment to the appearance of perfection, and a lack of courage—are qualities most of us would rather rid ourselves of. Facing the fear of failure is more than just dealing with a problem; it is an opportunity to grow in virtue. You can start this growth with three practices.1. Focus on the present.I once had a conversation with an oncologist about what it’s like to give people a dire, late-stage-cancer diagnosis. He said that some of his patients—people with a particular need to control tightly all parts of their lives—would immediately go home and start researching their prognosis on the internet. He would counsel them not to do this, because it would only make them sick with worry.Instead, he told them, start each day with this mantra: “I do not know what will happen next week or next year. But I know I have the gift of this day, and I will not waste it.” He said it helped not just their outlook about the disease but also their overall approach to life. I recommend this same refrain to anyone suffering from a fear of failure. Own the unknown future through gratitude for the known present, and watch your happiness rise, as you enjoy what you have in front of you.[From the April 2004 issue: The case against perfection]2. Visualize courage.Remember that one of the most common fears of failure involves public speaking. Even the thought of giving a speech in front of a group makes some people panic. The solution to this problem is simple: exposure. That doesn’t mean you need to haul a soapbox to your town square every day; just simulating a speech environment using virtual reality has been shown to lower people’s fear significantly.Anyone can use this idea, even without strapping on a VR simulator, through simple concentrated imagination. Instead of avoiding the source of your fear even in your own mind, spend time each day visualizing scary scenarios, including possible failures. Picture yourself acting with courage, despite the fear. I did this extensively early in my teaching career, imagining everything from the prosaic (forgetting my notes) to the absurd (realizing after an hour-long lecture that my fly was unzipped the whole time—something that subsequently happened in real life). I soon found that I was, in fact, more courageous in front of the class as a result.3. Litanize humility.In Dante’s Divine Comedy, Satan is depicted as a victim of his terrible pride by being frozen from the waist down—fixed and in agony—in ice of his own making. Fear of failure and perfectionism are like that prideful sea of ice, freezing you in place with thoughts of what others will think of you—or, worse, what you will think of yourself—if you do not succeed at something.There is a solution that follows Dante’s Catholic sensibility, but that in reality need not be religious at all. An early-20th-century Spanish cardinal, Rafael Merry del Val y Zulueta, composed a beautiful prayer called the “Litany of Humility.” The prayer does not ask that we be spared humiliation, but that we be given the grace to deal with the fear: “From the fear of being humiliated, / Deliver me, O Jesus.” It continues: Deliver me from the fear of being despised. From the fear of suffering rebukes. From the fear of being calumniated. From the fear of being forgotten. And from the fear of being ridiculed.Make your own version of the litany of humility, religious or not, and recite it each night. Even if the items seem ridiculous to you (“From the fear of messing up my PowerPoint presentation, deliver me”), if you want relief, you have to state your desire. Only then will your fear cease to be a phantom menace and instead become concrete—and thus conquerable.If all of the above strategies seem too time consuming, there is one last, tried-and-true method to develop courage in the face of failure: fail. And then, survive what the dark unknown truly holds. That is what eventually cured me.As I started by telling you, my music career was made miserable by my terror of mistakes. But at least my mouth was occupied with the instrument, so I didn’t have to speak publicly—that really freaked me out. Both those fears came together one fateful day at a chamber-music concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. I was slotted to give a short speech—maybe two minutes—about a piece my ensemble was to play. I stepped out of my chair and walked to the front of the stage, shaking in fear. Then I lost my footing, and literally fell into the audience. Decades later, I can still see it happening, in slow motion. As the audience gasped, I jumped up, my horn badly damaged and my arm injured, and shouted, ridiculously and implausibly, “I’m okay, folks!”[Read: Love is medicine for fear]Years later, I look back on that experience and laugh. But it wasn’t just funny—it was an incredible gift. Since scoring a perfect 10 in humiliation that day, I care very little about looking ridiculous. I take more risks and show my personality in ways I don’t think I would otherwise. Failure set me free.
Anthony Hopkins is welcoming old age by embracing his inner child
To take on his latest role in “The Father,” Anthony Hopkins looked back at where it all began.
Biden, facing resistance in Congress, approaches GOP governors
Biden is spending at least as much time courting Republican governors as he is wooing the senators he needs to pass legislation in Washington.
Trump was tough on federal workers. Now Democrats are pushing a counteroffensive.
A fire-feds-faster ethos remains central to Republican policies on the federal workforce.
Ban All Big Mergers
The oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron each have assets valued in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Last year, The Wall Street Journal recently revealed, the two companies considered what would have been among the largest corporate mergers in history—a deal that would have reunited parts of the Standard Oil empire that federal trustbusters broke apart in 1911. In the end, ExxonMobil and Chevron didn’t attempt the transaction. But had the companies insisted on it, today’s antitrust authorities probably would have permitted the tie-up. Mergers among the very largest corporations are rarely stopped. Our research found that, out of the 78 proposed mergers from 2015 to 2019 in which the smaller firm was valued at more than $10 billion, the federal government attempted to block a grand total of only five on antitrust grounds and successfully stopped just three of them. In February 2020, a district judge allowed T-Mobile (with a premerger equity valuation of more than $50 billion) to acquire Sprint for $30 billion and gave control of the national wireless market to just three carriers.As evidence mounts that corporate consolidation and concentration raise prices to consumers, eliminate jobs, depress wages, marginalize independent businesses, and breed economic and political inequality, Democrats in Congress, possibly in collaboration with some Republican colleagues, appear poised to crack down on monopoly and prevent further consolidation. At the top of this agenda should be a law that simply and unambiguously prevents all megamergers—which we would define as transactions in which the acquirer and the target each has more than $10 billion in assets.[Read: The rise and fall of the word ‘monopoly’ in American life]Such a rule would have stopped dozens of mergers that were completed in the second half of the 2010s, including the acquisitions of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Aetna by CVS, and Monsanto by Bayer. In general, corporate consolidation does not improve business productivity. Melissa Schilling, a business professor at New York University, has concluded that “most mergers do not create value for anyone, except perhaps the investment bankers who negotiated the deal.” Those findings make the government’s willingness to rubber-stamp so many recent mergers all the more remarkable.The Congresses that enacted the nation’s antitrust laws understood that unchecked corporate power makes a mockery of democratic norms. In 1890, Senator John Sherman, an Ohio Republican, helped develop the nation’s first federal antitrust act in response to the rise of corporate and financial titans such as J.P. Morgan. Sherman insisted that the country’s economic life should not be dominated by “a few men sitting at their council board in the city of New York.” In a 1958 decision, the Supreme Court echoed this theme, stating that “the Sherman Act was designed to be a comprehensive charter of economic liberty” that aimed to provide “an environment conducive to the preservation of our democratic political and social institutions.”Sadly, that tradition gave way in the 1970s and ’80s, as federal judges, the Justice Department’s antitrust division, and the Federal Trade Commission all came under the spell of dubious interpretations of history and economic theories strikingly tolerant of mergers and monopolistic practices. Without strong evidence that mergers will raise consumer prices and reduce economic output, federal antitrust agencies and courts hesitate to act even against companies that dominate their market. For the Justice Department, the FTC, and courts reviewing merger matters, considerations of political power, including the absolute size of the corporations involved, are irrelevant.The history of consolidation in the oil industry is revealing and suggests that an ExxonMobil-Chevron merger is not far-fetched. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the FTC permitted very large oil and gas corporations to merge on the condition that they sold off gas stations, refineries, and other assets to “preserve competition” in markets where they were head-to-head competitors or in a position to exclude rivals.The tolerance of mergers has spread corporate concentration and its attendant inequality into virtually every corner of the economy: health care, airlines, cable TV, and now the internet, where Amazon, Facebook, and other sprawling new monopolists reign. A small clique of executives and financiers makes key decisions in our economy. Many figures across the political spectrum are now urging a return to the kind of antitrust enforcement that once helped preserve a variety of independent businesses in every community.Among these voices, for example, is Senator Elizabeth Warren, who called for tight merger restrictions for companies that have more than $40 billion in annual revenues. In a fall 2019 presidential-candidate debate, she said: “We need to enforce our antitrust laws, break up these giant companies that are dominating Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Oil, all of them.” Earlier this month, Senator Amy Klobuchar, together with four co-sponsors, proposed including a corporation’s absolute size in merger analysis. In October 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would break up the largest financial institutions in the United States and establish a cap on size going forward.[John Newman: What democratic contenders are missing in the race to revive antitrust]Although conservatives in the United States have generally supported Big Business interests, more voices on the right are grafting concerns about corporate power, particularly in digital markets, onto an otherwise standard right-wing agenda. Although former President Donald Trump’s administration had a poor antitrust record against large corporations and supported pro-monopoly reinterpretations of the law, it did file landmark suits against Google and Facebook in the closing months of 2020. Embracing some forms of economic populism, media outlets such as The American Conservative have also become supporters of renewed antitrust enforcement.Building on ideologically diverse opposition to corporate consolidation, Congress should pass legislation that strikes at mergers, a major contributor to the curse of corporate bigness. A ban on mergers involving companies that have more than $10 billion in assets might be a somewhat arbitrary line to draw—Congress could reasonably choose a higher or lower threshold—but the formulation and administration of law, which establishes the rules of a market, requires a degree of line-drawing. Anyway, the status quo, in which virtually every merger goes forward, almost regardless of the potential damage to customers, suppliers, rivals, workers, and even democracy, is arbitrary in its own way and runs contrary to the public interest.Under the legislation we propose, a future merger between Chevron and ExxonMobil would be plainly illegal. Even if they agreed to sell some assets to a third party—as many merging companies do—the two oil titans would not be able to get their transaction past the antitrust authorities. The companies probably would not even contemplate such a combination in the boardroom.By establishing a bright line, an outright ban on the largest mergers would reduce the role of contending lobbyists, lawyers, and rented economists in merger cases, thereby making the whole process clearer, faster, more predictable, less expensive, and less subjective, as we explain at greater length in a recent law-review article. A ban on megamergers would reduce the amount of money and human energy currently wasted in putting together unproductive consolidations. It would help end the arms race of consolidation, in which mergers beget mergers as firms try to keep up with ever larger and more powerful corporate rivals, suppliers, and customers. By potentially channeling these resources into new productive capacity and technologies, the law could result in a real increase in society’s overall wealth and pace of progress.
Help! My Husband Blames Me for His Chocolate Addiction.
I’m contemplating locking up my stash.
Ask a Teacher: Teachers Keep Telling Me My Stepdaughter Would Be Better Off With Her Mom
How can I get her teacher to stop making these comments?
No. 20 Arkansas’ big run flusters No. 6 Alabama
It had been nearly a quarter-century since Arkansas had played a ranked team at home, let alone beaten one there.
Malik Monk scores 29 points, Hornets cool off Suns 124-121
The Charlotte Hornets looked as if they were in trouble early against the streaking Phoenix Suns. That's when Malik Monk got hot and put on a show that had him reminiscing about his AAU days.
Zion Williamson leads Pelicans past Pistons, 128-118
Zion Williamson scored 32 points in his first game since being named a first-time All-Star, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 128-118 on Wednesday night.
The Mexican Elites Who Are Traveling to the U.S. to Get Vaccinated
Ethics, nationalism, and diplomacy throw this phenomenon into murky territory.
ERCOT CEO Apologizes For Texas Power Outrages—'Could Have Done a Better Job'
The winter storm that hit Texas and other states has killed at least 80 people, but officials have said that an accurate death toll will take time to establish.
Pizza-slinging con man of Lombardi’s fame opens NYC slice joint
He was one of NYC’s most celebrated pizzaiolos before the feds put him behind bars back in 1996. Today, infamous pie man Andrew Bellucci is back tossing dough in NYC — and swears he’s finally gone legit.  “I’ve run away so many times,” Bellucci, 57, a pizza chef who exploded onto the culinary scene in...
Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague’s transgender child: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’
After Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.), who has a transgender daughter, hung a transgender rights flag outside her office, her neighbor, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) retaliated with an anti-transgender sign.
LaVine scores 35 as Bulls beat Timberwolves 133-126 in OT
Zach LaVine is an All-Star for the first time, and he wants more. Same for the rest of the surging Chicago Bulls.
California, With 50,000 Lost, Has More Deaths Than Any Other State
The state accounts for roughly one in 10 of the coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the U.S. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.
No. 13 Creighton comes off layoff with 77-53 win over DePaul
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he couldn't help but feel a little apprehensive heading into his team's game against DePaul on Wednesday night.
Nylander scores twice, Maple Leafs beat Flames 2-1 in OT
William Nylander tied it with 1:28 left in regulation and scored 1:06 into overtime to give the NHL-leading Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Progressives Defiant As $15 Minimum Wage Push Faces Procedural Hurdle
There has been the suggestion that the wage boost might not be able to be passed through reconciliation.
Facebook apologizes for 'mistake' in threatening to ban 81-year-old woolen pig knitter for hate speech
Facebook has apologized after threatening to permanently ban an 81-year-old knitter who makes woolen pig dolls for hate speech violations involving the word "pigs."
Bailey scores 21, No. 25 Tennessee beats Vanderbilt 70-58
The Tennessee Vols didn't know until warm-ups that Vanderbilt would be without its top scorer and the Southeastern Conference's leading rebounder.
'Nail-biting'—Members of NASA's Mars Perseverance Team on the Thrill of Seeing Rover Land
Scientists with the space agency told Newsweek about the intense emotions they felt as they watched the rover land on the Red Planet after traveling nearly 300 million miles.
Gilgeous-Alexander scores 42 as Thunder top Spurs 102-99
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 42 points and Lu Dort hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 102-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
8 Takeaways From Bill Gates' Clubhouse Interview As He Becomes Latest Billionaire on App
The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist discussed Tesla, bitcoin and the U.S. handling of the COVID pandemic on the invitation-only app. Here's what you may have missed.
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Gallinari hits team-record 10 3s, Hawks rout Celtics 127-112
Danilo Gallinari set a Hawks franchise record with 10 3-pointers in a 38-point spree that carried Atlanta to a 127-112 rout of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
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No. 7 Baylor women beat Oklahoma St 70-51 for 10th W in row
Eleven wins in a row would lead to No. 7 Baylor celebrating 11 Big 12 regular-seasons titles in a row.
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We should be grateful that Tiger Woods is alive, 'that his kids haven't lost their dad,' says an emotional Rory McIlroy
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We should be grateful that Tiger Woods is alive, 'that his kids haven't lost their dad,' says an emotional Rory McIlroy
In the aftermath of Tiger Woods' car crash, the golf world has been coming to terms with the physical and psychological impact on the 15-time major winner and what it also means for the sport.
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Here's the latest for Thursday February 25th: House could pass $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Friday; Military personnel joining vaccination clinics; Texas to hold hearing on power outages; L.A. County Sheriff says Tiger Woods crash was an accident.      
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Giroux, Flyers top Rangers 4-3 despite Kreider hat trick
Sidelined two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols, Claude Giroux had enough of watching Flyers games on TV.
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As U.S., U.K. Converge on China, British Lawmaker Says 'Golden Era Is Over'
An "awakening" to the challenges posed by Beijing has caused a shift in attitude in the United Kingdom, says Tom Tugendhat, chair of China Research Group.
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New COVID-19 variant in New York City ‘definitely one to watch’
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Rapinoe-led US beats Argentina 6-0 to win SheBelieves Cup
Megan Rapinoe scored two first-half goals and the United States won the SheBelieves Cup title with a 6-0 victory over Argentina on Wednesday night
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The life and times of Tiger Woods: 15 majors, scandal and tragedy
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