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Monday, April 6, 2009

04/06/09 The Raw Greenwich Overnight News Feed (Updated)

The Entire Is A Buzz About Greenwich Resident Roger Pearson:

Greenwich Democrat plans to challenge Dodd

The Hour

Democrat Roger Pearson said Monday he's "likely" to challenge embattled Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd in the 2010 primary.

The attorney and former Greenwich first selectman said he will decide within a few months whether to run.

"I'm seriously considering it," he told The Associated Press. "I am likely to do it."

He plans to reach out to state and local party officials as well as voters before deciding.....

Sen. Dodd attempts to re-connect w. CT

Middletown (WTNH) - Senator Chris Dodd is attempting to re-connect with Connecticut in almost daily events over the next two weeks.

The Quinnipiac University Poll last week showed the five-term Democrat with the lowest favorability ratings of any incumbent since Governor John Rowland was enmeshed in scandal.

It's a bad time to be Chris Dodd and Dodd said he knows it. But he plans to remind people of what he's done in the past and the stuff he's working on now.

An event at the Middletown Fire house today was designed to highlight Senator Dodd's work on a grant for fire departments. In his speeches he is making it quite clear he has seen the polls......

Greenwich Democrat 'likely' to challenge Dodd
Hartford Courant

....."I want to see what the reaction is," Pearson said. "So far it has been a positive reaction." Dodd is the Senate Banking Committee chairman.

The five-term lawmaker has seen his popularity slip amid the financial meltdown and in the wake of his failed 2008 presidential campaign.

Pearson says he's unhappy with how Dodd has handled the economic crisis and he wants to give Democrats a choice.

Dodd's reliance on fundraising from Wall Street and other financial interests he oversees as chairman of the banking panel is troubling,

Pearson said. "I see politicians of Chris Dodd's ilk continually insinuating themselves on the public scene -- in Dodd's case propped up by the very interests he's supposed to keep an eye on.

To me, that's distasteful." said Pearson. "Dodd has become the poster child for meaningful, underline 'meaningful,' campaign finance reform." ....

The Most Vulnerable Senator Up for Re-Election in 2010?

Veteran Sen. Chris Dodd (D) should not be vulnerable in his home state of Connecticut. As a longtime officeholder in a reliably Democratic state and the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Dodd should have the stature, political base and access to resources to dissuade even the most ambitious of Republicans from challenging him for re-election.

But the darkening cloud that is growing over the Senator's head has changed Dodd's prospects quickly, and the signs already are clear that he'll have the fight of his life next year when he seeks his sixth consecutive term in the Senate.

Coverage of Dodd's special treatment from lender Countrywide Financial - and his designation as a "friend of Angelo" - has blanketed local media, severely damaging Dodd's standing in a state where Democrats hold better than 2-1 majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature, hold all of the Congressional seats and haven't lost a U.S. Senate race since 1986.

Only one Republican, Lowell Weicker, has won a Senate race in the Constitution State since Prescott Bush did so in 1956. (Bush defeated Democrat Thomas Dodd, the current Senator's father.)

Chris Dodd has had no serious tests since he coasted to victory in an open-seat House race in the very Democratic year of 1974. Dodd's closest race since then was his first bid for Senate, in 1980, which he won by "only" 13 points over former New York Sen. Jim Buckley (R). Buckley had lost re-election in the Empire State in 1976 and figured that he might as well run for the Senate in neighboring Connecticut......

The Raw Greenwich News Feed Continues:

If You Want To Know What's Going On In Greenwich You Have Got To Read The Overnight Newspapers......

Contracting Boom Could Fizzle Out
Washington Post

"You saw some relief," said Peter Arment, managing director at Broadpoint AmTech in Greenwich, Conn. One of the hardest-hit defense firms was Boeing. ...

Maritime artist's work on display in Greenwich
Stamford Advocate

By Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH -- The paintings of a 19th-century Englishman who turned into one of America's greatest maritime artists are on display at the ...

BofA, Morgan in adviser battle
Norwalk Advocate

Bank of America won a temporary restraining order this week preventing four former investment advisers from contacting clients.

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, Bank of America claims three New Yorkers -- John Pasacreta, John Rotando and Jordan Samuelson -- and Wilton resident Jeremy Donefer violated employment contracts after quitting Banc of America Investment Services Inc. and going to work for Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. The New Yorkers are working in Morgan's Purchase, N.Y., office. Donefer is working in Morgan's Greenwich office.

The court clerk in White Plains, N.Y., confirmed on Friday a temporary order was issued.
Shirley Norton, a Bank of America spokeswoman, said Friday the bank filed "a complaint against four former associates for egregious breaches of contractual and fiduciary obligations to BAI following their carefully orchestrated resignations from the company to join Morgan Stanley, a direct competitor. . . .



JEREMY DONEFE'S CLIENTS JUST MIGHT WANT TO GET A PEN AND WRITE THESE INSTRUCTIONS DOWN: Immediately Contact Banc America In Greenwich And Demand That Their Account Numbers And Passwords Are Changed, Before Their Accounts Are Liquidated And Transferred To Some Nigerian Bank.

Any Greenwich Banc Of America Client That Did Switch To The Greenwich Morgan Stanley Office Should Cancel And Reverse The Transfer, Because Their New Morgan Stanley Account Number May Also Be On Jeremy Donefe's Home Computer Under "Cake Recipes".
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Greenwich Banc of America's Office reports that a month before resigning, Wilton resident Jeremy Donefer e-mailed Greenwich residents account information from his work computer to his home computer. His first attempt - with "Hi Momma" in the subject line - failed, according to the papers. But he succeeded emailing Greenwich account details in a second attempt with the words "Cake Recipes" in the subject line, the company said. Apparently,
The New Employee Of The Greenwich Morgan Stanley Office Was Clueless And Naive By Thinking "Cake Recipes" Would Cover Up The Electronic Trail He Would Leave In Using His Bank Of America Computer.
Later Banc America Says: "Defendants sent out a "false and misleading solicitation" to get them to switch"
Defendants serviced customers with $371 million in assets under management. In 2008, they generated more than $3.85 million in revenues

Middle school students receive a history lesson from a business ...
The Hour - Norwalk CT

In 2007 to 2008, more than 13700 students in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport and Wes-ton participated in JA programs. ...

RFR invests millions in Stamford office buildings
Danbury News Times

Also, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, a fertility clinic, has opened a new office at 40 E. Putnam Ave. in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich. ...

Baseball Takes On Brown In Providence, RI On Tuesday
Quinnipiac Bobcats
Marmo also has a team-high 11 walks Sophomore Joe Poletsky (Greenwich, Conn.) is currently tied with Brian Monack for the team lead with 12 RBI. ...

Greenwich High Softball Preview: Cardinals believe this is their ...
Stamford Advocate

By David Fierro
Championship banners from nearly every sport adorn the walls of Greenwich High School's gymnasium. However, while the Greenwich softball ...

Greenwich High boys lacrosse preview: Young Cardinals flying under ...
Norwalk Advocate

For Greenwich's seniors to go out in a blaze of glory, they'll need some help from underclassmen -- many of whom have yet to get their feet wet in FCIAC ...
By Debra Friedman
STAMFORD -- After being ruled competent to stand trial after a 60-day stay at a state psychiatric facility, a Greenwich grandfather ...
Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury 5k results
Danbury News Times
Vinci Joseph, Greenwich
, 26:36; 118. Davis Barbara, Bethel, 26:43; 119. Corral Franco, Stamford, 26:43; 120. Brito Miguel, Stamford, 26:43. 121. ...
Senate Should Ignore Nutty Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theories And ...
Think Progress

This is based apparently on Koh’s speech to the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich Connecticut, from which observer Steve Stein gathered that Koh wanted ...
Madoff Feeder Merkin Charged by Cuomo

... a billion-dollar Ponzi empire built at least half on the backs of feeder funds like Merkin's and one charged last week, Fairfield Greenwich Group, ...
Community almanac
Stamford Advocate

......MEDICARE ASSISTANCE Hospital auxiliary assists in completion of Medicare forms from noon to 2:30 pm Wednesday and Friday at the new hospital of Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road. Free. Call 863-3222.

THE NURSE IS IN A registered nurse is available to take blood pressure and health counseling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Call 863-3883.

THE DEN FOR GRIEVING KIDS A group for children and families dealing with the loss of a loved one meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Family Centers, 40 Arch St. Preregistration is required. Call 869-4848....

Area stocks
Norwalk Advocate

Among the gainers, PartnerRe, an international reinsurer with US headquarters in Greenwich, gained $1.49 to close at $66.15. Greenwich-based Blyth Inc., ...
Louise Suggs to be honored at '09 MGWA National Awards Dinner
... Golf Writers Association at their 58th National Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. ...

Turner urges US to get into the game
Stamford Advocate
By Colin Gustafson

GREENWICH -- If the history of mankind were a baseball game, Cable News Network founder Ted Turner believes humanity has fallen two runs behind in the seventh inning.

The only way to win: End global warming, nuclear proliferation and overpopulation, he said.

"The game's not over. We still could win, but we're going to have to stop doing the dumb things and start doing the smart things," Turner said Monday at a Greenwich Library presentation.

"We've gotta hold 'em for the next two innings, and put three runs on the board -- and we've got to start right away."

That was one of the many pearls of folksy insight the 70-year-old philanthropist and media mogul sprinkled over a crowd of more than 100 during his talk, "The UN and Our Common Future," on Monday at the Cole Auditorium......

Madoff cohort hit in civil fraud
Bradenton Herald

On April 1, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin accused Fairfield Greenwich Group of Connecticut of civil fraud for activities related to ...

Jobs sprawl away from cities
Norwalk Advocate

For example, there is a move from Stamford and Greenwich up the Route 7 corridor or to Shelton. And Danbury, with its cheaper rates and access to less ...

Going Green: Cities around world making changes to lessen ...
Winston-Salem Journal

Dear EarthTalk:
What is the "green cities" movement?
John Moulton,
Greenwich, Conn.

Dear John:
Best described as a loose association of cities focused on sustainability, the emerging "green cities movement"encompasses thousands of urban areas around the world all striving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste, expanding recycling, lowering emissions, increasing housing density while expanding open space, and encouraging the development of sustainable local businesses. ...

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I'm writing something on the family. Is there someone there I can speak with regarding the Greenwich angle?

Thanks a lot.


David Margolick

Conde Nast Portfolio

(212) 721-3328


Dear Mr. Margolick,

You are not the first national media company to contact Greenwich Roundup about the Bernard Madooff, Walter Noel and local victims of the Fairfield Greenwich Group. In fact, Greenwich Roundup has also been contacted by lawyers and government investigators.

Greenwich's Daily Newspaper is owned by Hearst Media and for some odd reason Hearst Newspaper's president Steven Swartz has allowed The Greenwich Time's Managing Editor Bruce Hunter to totally ignore the local angle of this story.

It is clear to many in Greenwich that Bruce Hunter doesn't have the journalistic balls to go after Greenwich resident Walter "Feeder Fund"Noel and his $7.5 Billion Financial swindle.

The Greenwich Time also ignored Greenwich's nine figure WG Trading Ponzie scheme.

Personally, I would recommend that you speak to Greenwich Citizen Journalist Chris Fountain has been all over the Bernard Madoff / Walter Noel / Fairfield Greenwich Group story.

Chris is a lawyer and a published author. Further, before becoming a Greenwich blogger he was a paid columnist about real estate in one of Greenwich's weekly newspapers.

In May Of 2008, local real estate brokers threatened to pull their ads and thus pressured the publisher of the weekly newspaper to fire Chris. The Greenwich real estate brokers were upset that Chris kept warning his readers that the Greenwich real estate was over priced and headed for a crash.

The local real estate brokers choose to shoot the messenger and told the local newspaper publisher that Chris was "talking down the local real estate market"

Well eleven months later there are many Greenwich residents that now wish that they had listened to Chris and lowered their asking price in early 2008.

You can reach Chris Fountain at:

Chris Fountain

Riverside CT

(203) 249-4394

email christopher.fountain@gmail.com

website http://www.christopherfountain.com/


03/21/09 GREENWICH BLOGGERS SAY QUIT YOUR CRYING AND GROW A PAIR: It's Not Just Greedy AIG Bailout Thieves That Get Harrassed And Threatened

03/21/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Fairfield They Laughs At The Toubled AIG, But Greenwich Residents Don't Like It When Their Bloggers Are Threatened

03/21/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Threats Against Greenwich Blogger Chris Fountain Should Be Traced

03/21/09 Threats Against Greenwich Blogger May Be Comming From No Other Than Ex-Bear Sterns Fat Cat Robert Steinberg


12/25/08 Greenwich Resident Robert Steinberg Wasn't Happy With Helping Destroy Bear Sterns. No He Has To Destroy Whats Left Of The Republican Party!!!


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04/06/09 The Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed

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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Fat Guy From Greenwich


by Jane Genova

I met the Fat Guy From Greenwich, Connecticut the way everyone else did. A master chameleon he had read our souls and fed those spirits what they craved. That meant he had to deal with the universe on a one-to-one basis because his act was so customized for the mark.

For 18 months I schlepped to his home office in Greenwich. We would work in his massive library. The beams were enormous.

He wouldn't allow me to ghostwrite his articles on 1950s television sitcoms in my own home office The pay was decent, not good. Each article, when done, went somewhere. The Fat Guy said The Publisher was reviewing them and I must be prepared for changes. Before I completed the day's work his wife would come into the library .......

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Huskies storm into NCAA championship game - ST. LOUIS -- Maya Moore couldn't quite put her finger on it. She just felt different this year being at the Final Four.

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Valet charged in alleged luxury car rental scheme - Greenwich police say a luxury car dealership's valet has been charged with secretly renting out its cars to friends.

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Theater of Absurd - JPMorgan CEO: “I want to return TARP” Obama: “No. It could send a wrong signal.”

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If they can dodge enough of those troublesome April and May showers, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls tennis teams should...

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Bad News Already Last Night with WrestleMania Buys!

The following is from Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com: WWE had a major problem tonight with the nation's largest cable company, Comcast. When I went to order...

Today's Greenwich Time Editorial
Thumbs up -- just one this week

Usually in this space we mete out a few "thumbs" up and down, quick hits on recent events, good and bad, around town.

Today's Greenwich Time Letters To The Editor
Parking, not park, is Byram's greatest need -

To the editor:

This is in response to the pocket park supporters' comments (Letters from Readers, April 2).

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NY attorney general brings civil fraud charges against investor Ezra Merkin in Madoff scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general filed civil fraud charges Monday against a hedge fund manager who funneled $2.4 billion to Wall Street swindler...


Who Needs NORAD When You Have Greenwich Bloggers.....

How much gas do these things carry?
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The Latest From Claudette Rothman, AKA,Greenwich Diva Student stole private Cessna plane in Ontario, Canada, and is flying over U.S airspace
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Kayaker rescued in Long Island Sound
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The incident occurred Sunday, about a half mile off Playland Amusement Park in Rye, NY The unidentified kayaker was treated at Greenwich Hospital in ...
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Greenwich Post
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Schools seek clarity on stimulus
Greenwich Time
But the spending guidelines appear to limit the extent to which Greenwich, among other financially hurting school districts, can use the dollars to offset ...

HERE IS MORE ON: The $7.5 Billion Greenwich Financial Scandal That Clueless Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter Fails To Cover .....

Complaint implicates Madoff aide dipascali in scam
USA Today
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'Stop Injustice Now' News Letter

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6th April 2009

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Paedophile jailed for tot assault

Andrew Lintern, 55, must serve a minimum of three-and-a-half years before being considered for parole.A paedophile who admitted indecently assaulting a 17 month old baby has been given an indeterminate prison sentence.

Andrew Lintern, of Five Acres in Kings Langley, was arrested when he believed he was meeting a 13 year old girl intending to have sex with her.

The "child" whom he had been grooming for months online went under the name Jessie and was in fact a covert police officer.

At Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday (March 16) the former Oxford University research chemist was jailed for a minimum of three-and-a-half years. After this time he can be considered for parole.

He had previously pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a 17 month old baby seven years ago, making, distributing and possessing 20,000 indecent images of children and travelling to meet a 13 year old girl after grooming her via the internet.

The Full Article

Father had children snatched from him for five years after partner made false paedophile claims, High Court told

A father has launched a High Court battle for compensation after his daughter was taken away from him for five yearsA father branded a paedophile in a police and social services 'witch hunt' is claiming damages for being put through a 'ghastly nightmare' five years long.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was suddenly accused by his disturbed ex-girlfriend of abusing their three-old-daughter - and an investigation was launched.

Although the mother was later said to be suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy - in which parents fabricate afflictions for their children - her claims were treated with deadly seriousness.

A social worker, Sandra Sullivan, and a policewoman identified only as WPC Grey, carried out an 'outrageous and oppressive' interrogation of the toddler, and decided sexual abuse had definitely occurred.

And it is claimed that WPC Grey then falsely told the father, identified only as B, that medical evidence proved he had abused his daughter, known only as L.

The Full Article

Child abuse whistle-blower arrested

Stuart Syvret, who claimed officials on Jersey covered up child abuse, may sue policeA controversial Jersey politician who claimed officials on the island covered up child abuse is considering legal action against the police after he was arrested.

Whistle-blower Stuart Syvret was arrested in the parish of Grouville in connection with an alleged breach of data protection law.

The 43-year-old senator was not charged and, after a day in custody, was released "pending further inquiries".

He said officers searched his home and he was kept in a police cell all day other than for a two-hour interview. He claims the police did not have a warrant to search his property and believes the arrest was politically motivated.

Mr Syvret said: "The whole exercise was designed to intimidate and harass me and to intimidate the whistle-blowers who give me information. This was an act of oppression against the person who is leading the opposition to the establishment on this island.

The Full Article

Family Justice - Camilla Cavendish's campaign

Family justice: what we can do to protect our children
A ten-point plan to make our courts system fairer and safeguard it from forces which are largely unaccountable
Family justice: your word against theirs

In the third of our special articles, we look at the pernicious types of allegation that are almost impossible for parents to disprove
Family courts: the hidden untouchables

In the second of our special articles, we explain how family courts operate in secrecy
Family justice: the secret state that steals our children

Every year thousands of children are taken from their parents, largely on the say-so of ‘experts'.
Moving response to our justice campaign

The Times call for an end to secrecy in family courts has produced a huge reaction
The public needs confidence in family courts

Professionals are well aware of the difficulties they face
Times wins battle over secrecy of family court

Details disclosed of a private family court case that led to a mother fleeing the UK with her son after he was placed in care
Adoption case a 'disgrace' and cannot be repeated

Family judges want greater openness of proceedings so that their decisions can be seen to be fair and they can rebut criticisms of bias
Family Justice: share your stories and experiences

We're trying to find people who've been involved with the family courts system. You can help by taking our anonymous survey.
Plus Many More.....

The Full Article

Bloggers excluded as family courts opened

Thousands of family hearings that take place behind closed doors will be opened to media this month, Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, said yesterday.

Under the reform, accredited media will be able to attend all levels of family courts from April 27, removing the inconsistency of access between magistrates’ courts, which are generally open, and the county and high courts, which are closed.

Courts will still be able to restrict attendance if a child’s welfare requires it or if it is necessary to do so for the safety and protection of parties or witnesses. Parties to cases will be able to make representations to a court if they feel that there are good reasons for excluding journalists.

The Justice Ministry said that journalists who attended family courts would have to be accredited through the British press card scheme, which has a wide membership and is open to those working wholly or mainly in the media.

The scheme is not open to Bloggers, those who write occasional newsletters or to foreign media.

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Doncaster: The rotten borough they call the Haringey of the north
Controversial: Doncaster Mayor Martin Winter

The social services department in Doncaster has such an appalling record of caring for children at risk that it is known to social work insiders as the 'Haringey of the North'.

This is a grim reference to the equally hapless North London council which failed to prevent the deaths of Victoria Climbié and Baby P.

Less than a month ago, Children's Secretary Ed Balls said there were 'serious weaknesses' in Doncaster's provision for youngsters and ordered a new management team into the crisis-hit authority.

He was forced to act because, despite repeated criticism, the figurehead of the so-called 'Rotten Borough', its controversial mayor Martin Winter, has refused to accept responsibility for - or even recognise - the department's chronic mismanagement and lack of accountability.

The Full Article

Social worker struck off after biting son

Woman whose sons were placed on protection register should not be in position of responsibility for other children, panel rules

A children's social worker was struck off the professional register today after biting her son while under the influence of alcohol.

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) said it could not name the individual or reveal the local authority where she worked. It received medical evidence that she suffered from an abnormal personality and longstanding mental health issues.

The case was heard in private by a conduct committee in Birmingham, under rules that guaranteed the social worker's anonymity. She did not attend.

The committee accepted evidence that the woman's two sons were considered at risk of emotional abuse and placed on the child protection register for 11 weeks in 2003.

The Full Article

Spare us from state-regulated grannies

If grandparents are paid for childminding, the bureaucrats will inevitably want to regulate them

It was fairly inevitable, I suppose, that sooner or later a pressure group would demand that the taxpayer pay grandparents for looking after their grandchildren. After all, there is barely anything in life these days that passes unpaid, so the climate must be right for some judicious exploitation of this most uncomplicated of relationships. So, we are told, your average granny would now like to be rewarded for her hard work with little Sofia or Emily or Jack. Or all three at once.

Looked at through accountant's spectacles, grandparents are a big business proposition. The UK has an estimated 13 million of them, more than a third of whom are said to spend the equivalent of three days a week caring for their grandchildren. If they all received extra state funding - in the form of national insurance credits and two weeks' “granny leave” - and if their children received childcare tax credit for using them as carers, we are looking at a scheme that involves a considerable bill for the taxpayer.

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