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Five dead including three children in Elk Mills Home Friday morning

Deputies made entry into the residence where they ultimately discovered five deceased subjects in various locations inside the residence

ELK MILLS (MD) BY DNTV DIGITAL TEAM: It’s a sad day for a Cecil County community after Sheriff Deputies located a family of five dead in an Elk Mills home early Friday morning.

The shooting occurred on a quiet cul-de-sac in an area of residential streets interspersed with wooded areas about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Baltimore and a few miles west of the Delaware state line.

‘A 911 call was received where the male caller indicated that three children and a female had been shot and were deceased. The male caller stated that he was planning to kill himself when the call ended.’

“On today’s date, a male individual called 911 to report that three children and female had been shot and were deceased.,” Said Scott Adams from the Cecil County Sheriffs Office. “It was very short. The subject hung up and we tried to make calls back to the residence that went unanswered.”

Adams said at around 9:20 a.m. Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the residence in the unit block of Hebron Court in Elk Mills to investigate and that’s when deputies made a horrific discovery.

Deputies arrived at the home just before 9:30 a.m. and observed an unresponsive male subject inside of the detached garage. Deputies then made entry into the residence where they ultimately discovered four other deceased subjects in various locations inside the residence.


During a Friday afternoon press conference, Adams said all of the deceased appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds. A semi-automatic handgun was also located near the deceased adult male who was located in the detached garage. Adams confirmed another individual was located on the first floor and three others on the second floor of the residential home.

“This is a tragic and terrible day for our county and community,” Adams told reporters Friday. “Any time you have a loss to these levels — any loss is terrible, but a loss of this level, which is not a common thing, it’s certainly not a common thing here in Cecil County — it’s tragic and terrible and takes a long time for people to process.”

“It’s a horrific day, and I know everybody’s prayers are appreciated,” Adams said. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing from people concerned about this and upset about this.”


Although Adams said there was no threat to the public, four schools in the area were placed on Code Yellow which is a heighted state of awareness. The Sherriff’s Office also activated a reverse 911 call to share there was no threat to the public.

Cecil County Animal Services were contacted for pets inside the residence and due to the extensive crime scene, the Maryland State Police Crime Scene Technicians were called to the scene to assist.

Sheriff’s Office investigators are currently on scene executing a search and seizure warrant and actively investigating the incident. Sheriff Office records show no call history at the residence.


Victims Identified Saturday

In an updated statement from the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, the victims were identified as Marcus Edward Milligan, 39, who was located in the detached garage, Tara Devina Ricker Milligan, 37, who was located on the first floor, and their children Teresa Milligan, 14; Nora Milligan, 11 and Finn Milligan, 8, who were all located on the second floor. All three students were home-schooled and they were fifth, seventh, and eighth-grade students.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland performed autopsies on the deceased. It was confirmed that all subjects died as a result of gunshot wounds.

George Shea | For DNTV: It’s a sad day for a Cecil County community after Sheriff Deputies located a family of five dead in an Elk Mills home early Friday September 09, 2022 .

An internal Critical Incident Stress Management Team with the assistance of the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services and Affiliated Sante Mobile Crisis Team were on scene at the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office to speak with those deputies, paramedics, and dispatchers involved with this investigation.

Mask Protest: “For me, this was the hill I was prepared to die on”

Hundreds of people rallied at the Christiana Hospital after ChristianaCare announced a new policy requiring all employees to have their first COVID-19 vaccine shot by September 21, 2021-in order to continue their employment with ChristianaCare.

The announcement came on July 29, 2021 from Dr. Ken Silverstein, the Chief Physician executive of ChristianaCare. Silverstein said the decision didn’t come lightly. 

“We did not make the decision about our vaccination policy lightly. The immanent danger posed by the highly transmissible Delta Variant of COVID has tipped the scales in our effort to balance the personal freedom with the right to having a safe workplace.”

“Our decision-making is based on the science and facts about the vaccine.,” Silverstein added.

The protest got underway around 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the hopes to push back the mandate, but Silverstein said it’s about safety.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and approved. They are not experimental. Hundreds of millions of doses has been given across the country under the most intense scrutiny in medical history.” “We know more about the safety of these vaccines than we’ve ever known about a vaccine so soon after it has become available.”

By 9:30 a.m. the rally had reached an astounding number but within the hour, more than 300 people had gathered at the campus along Christiana-Stanton Road alongside the hospital’s entrance and began demonstrating. Some who participated in the rally were hospital employees, some of which wore scrubs and others were there to support them.

Tori Malin, a former employee of Christiana Hospital who organized the protest said they are not there protesting as anti-vax. She says she was a Patient Tech with the hospital and explains she put her two weeks notice in earlier last week in response to the mandate, but when she did, She said she was sent home Friday and told she would spend the rest of her two-week notice at home on paid time off. She said when she asked why, a manager told her they didn’t know.

“We are not standing here as an anti-vax. We are standing here against the mandate. No forced compliance to get the vaccine in order to keep your job,” said Malin.

Malin does not believe an employer has the right to demand workers be vaccinated.

“It’s not approved by the FDA, there’s not enough clinical trials or testing data on the side effects and the risks and adverse reactions,” she said. “I made a choice for myself and for my family not to be.”

Silverstein said it is approved and safe

“I kind of would have the power to take that power back from Christiana and leave on my own terms instead of being terminated. For me, this was the hill I was prepared to die on,” she said.

Many demonstrators carried anti-vax signs such as “My body my choice,” “I am informed. I do not consent” and “Say no to vaccine mandates.” Dozens wore T-shirts that said “Essential to Expendable.”

“First of all, it is not a vaccine, a vaccine means that when you get the shot, you do not get the, uh sickness again. If you get a Polio vaccine, you are not going to get polio. This is a shot, like the Flu shot is a shot, you can still get the flu, you can still get covid, and yet we do not know what this drug is going to do to our bodies.” Said Adriana Brown, a demonstrator. “We know nothing about this vaccine, It has not been out long enough, it has not been tested for us to know the safety of it.,”

The rally was noisy and many vehicles passing by showed their support by honking their horns including first responders.

Lee Murphy was at the protest to support the healthcare workers decision to not vaccinate. He said, “This is the United States of America, where we have freedom of choice.  We should all be safe, we should all be free from illness, but in America, we have a choice and I stand for Freedom, I stand for the constitution. These people here are true patriots and true Americans and I’m with them 100%.”

“COVID has shown more clearly than ever how we are all interconnected. Vaccination is the best way to protect each other.”

“The rapid COVID-19 resurgence that we are currently experiencing is the result of the virus spreading among unvaccinated people. This spread increases the likelihood of new mutations.”

ChristianaCare joins nearly 100 health care systems across the country in mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees. The hospital is giving employees six more weeks to comply with the mandate. They have until September 21 to get their first shots.

Unvaccinated Delawareans now account for 99% of the COVID-19 cases

“Those folks who are unvaccinated are prolonging the pandemic, they’re bringing us to a place where we have to reconsider mitigation efforts.,” | Governor John Carney

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: COVID-19 in Delaware continues to significantly increase among the unvaccinated populations said Governor John Carney at his COVID-19 briefing Thursday afternoon in Wilmington. Carney said, “Unvaccinated Delawareans now account for 99% of the COVID-19 cases, 99.4% of hospitalizations and 98.7% of deaths.”

The COVID-19 press conference was the first since being stopped on July 13th, almost three weeks ago. It was also on that same day that Carney suspended the emergency order because “We were in a pretty good place,” Carney said during the briefing.

“The state of emergency was suspended that day on on July the 13th and we were in a pretty good place.,” Said Governor John Carney. “We are in a better place in the sense that we met President Biden‘s goal of having 70% of adult Delawareans vaccinated by the 4th of July and we celebrated that and now we’re into a little bit of uh an uptick in surge across our state.”

New daily cases has nearly doubled in the past couple of weeks: Today, new cases has jumped up 135 per day on a seven day rolling average with 4.3% in positive tests.

However, Delaware has hit a rock bottom in terms of new daily cases in the past several weeks. In late June there were about 20 cases per day. Delaware was under 1% of total positive cases then. Today, new cases has jumped up 135 per day on a seven day rolling average with 4.3% in positive tests. Carney’s goal was to be under 5% of daily positive cases. This was especially true in order to achieve his promise of lifting the emergency order.

The data says it all and in reviewing that data from the Delaware Division of Public Health’s, My healthy community, the daily increases appear to be coming from the unvaccinated populations, and most of the infections appear to be coming from the Delta Variant strain.

While daily COVID-19 infections continue to increase, the good news is that Delaware has administered over one million vaccines with over 515,000 Delawareans fully vaccinated. However, vaccinations is lacking in the 12-17 age bracket as well as the 18-34 in Kent and Sussex counties. From 35-65 in all counties, the vaccination rates are appealing. Statewide, vaccinations are looking real good for the 50-65 age group, but Carney says it’s not enough.

“As we look at our challenge it really is to encourage and get the young adult population which are increasingly more unvenerable to the delta variant spreading it among one another in an unvaccinated way and of course there are breakthrough cases and hospitalizations that result in the vaccinated groups as well. We’re seeing that with the Delta Variant .”

Fundamentally what we are seeing is that Delata Variant is spreading among that population of Delawareans unvaccinated, Carney said. “Unvaccinated Delawareans now account for 99% of the COVID-19 cases, 99.4% of hospitalizations and 98.7% of deaths.” This figure also represent those who are not fully vaccinated and became infected with COVID-19 known as ‘break-through” cases.

“Those folks that are unvaccinated are prolonging the pandemic – They’re bringing us to a place where we have to reconsider mitigation efforts and particularly as we look to the fall to get all of our children back in school for in-person instruction, recognizing that children under 12 will not be eligible for for vaccination.,” Said Carney.

We want to get all of our children back in school full-time for in-person instruction that’s been our objective for months now, we know that the districts themselves are working on it. We want to get businesses and we want them to remain open with no restrictions and we want to move on and rebuild from this crisis and accelerate out economically , Carney said.

The emergency order expired on July 13, 2021 and Carney said he is looking at other emergency powers that the state has in respect to the universal masking and schools, “This being one of our top priorities and we know the young ones, underage 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated, so important consideration there, we need to do that and do it quickly and we will because school districts are deciding how to proceed in their individual areas. “

Dr. Karyl Rattay, the Director for the Division of Public Health says they are  monitoring 12 zip codes that has at least 100 cases per 100,000 people. “We’re seeing now that there are 12 zip codes at a case rate or higher 100 cases per 100,000 people or 10% or higher positivity rate with 5 or more cases, so that’s the criteria were now using.”

Dr. Rattay said that Western Sussex is a hotspot in our state right now and it’s also the area of our state that has the lowest vaccination rates, so we are keeping a very close eye on this but certainly this is of concern. Additionally, the case rate has increased about 80%. “Since last week alone, our 7 day average several percent of positive tests went from 1.1% on July 1 to 4.3% today, and hospitalization rates have increased in all locations in the past week.”

Hospitalizations went from 22 on July 2nd to 53 yesterday. The good news is that deaths has decreased in all locations over the past week.

The Delta Variant is the employer strain in Delaware, Dr. Rattay said, speaking about the one of many COVID Variants that is spreading across the state. “54% positive test sequence, we had a total of 47 positive variants identified among our samples and 24 of those were positive for the Delta Strain. We’ve had several weeks in a row where Delta has been the predominant strain for us in Delaware.”

According to the CDC, the Delta, which started out as a very small number in May has taken over all the other strains, being the leading infection among the unvaccinated and those who are not fully vaccinated. The Delta variant spreads so much easily from person to person and is changing the war on COVID. It’s also being seen in a very small number of fully vaccinated people.

“When you have a lot of extremely contagious infection circumstance lately in the community, even vaccines that are 95% effective won’t prevent everyone who is vaccinated from getting infected and that’s what we’re seeing now.,” Carney said.

Dr. Rattay added that the vaccination is the best way to end this pandemic. “It’s the most important public health tool that we have. Vaccines are effective against death, hospitalizations, and serious illness from COVID and it’s variant strains including Delta.”

Infections are happening in the unvaccinated of the small number of inflexes that happen among fully vaccinated people. The illness tends to be milder, but when we compare unvaccinated against vaccinated people, unvaccinated people are at much higher risk for serious consequences from COVID. 

“For those who chose not to be vaccinated, there is a responsibility that includes wearing a mask in all public places, around other individuals, but the clear recommendation is that if you are unvaccinated, you should get tested at least once a week. Get tested after 5-7 days of being exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine at home if you have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19 and stay at home if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.” | Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director, Delaware Division of Public Health.

For fully vaccinated people, get tested 3-5 days after exposure. Wear a face mask for 14 days or until you get a negative test result. Quarantine is not necessary unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

The recent new mask guidelines was the result of increased statewide infections as well as the newly revised CDC mask guideline recommendation. State health officials are now pleading for those who are not vaccinated to get tested more frequently.

Testing was slowed down when the pandemic was improving with vaccinations with lower hospitalizations, deaths, illness, as well as the data which was showing improvement below 5% which was Governor John Carney’s goal all along.

There are a number of locations you can get tested and just because you’re fully vaccinated, doesn’t mean you don’t need a test. As Dr. Rattay said, “For fully vaccinated people, get tested 3-5 days after exposure. Wear a face mask for 14 days or until you get a negative test result. Quarantine is not necessary unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19.”

As we get closer to kids getting back in school full time, student vaccination clinics will also be taking place. The first dose clinic will be on August 19, 2021 and the second dose clinic will be September 9, 2021. Both clinics will be between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Back to School clinics are being held at William Penn H.S., Howard High School of Technology, Lake Forrest Central Elementary School, and Seaford Middle School. While the clinics are being catered to students returning to school. Dr. Rattay says anybody can come to the clinics to get their shots.

“We encourage parents to bring their kids, 12 and up, anybody in the communities can come to these sites, but there’s also other back to school special activities going on at these events as well.,” said Dr. Rattay.

If you have questions, Dr. Rebecca Walker and Dana Carr will be hosting a question and answer session called “Ask a school nurse” on August 16th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed on the Department of Education’s Youtube channel and you can submit your questions in advance to education.covid@doe.k12.de.us.

“We’ve seen Delta Variant sweep across the states like Florida, California, Louisiana, Most of the areas where low vaccination rates, are the ones who have experienced the worst conditions.,” Said Carney. “Our vaccination rates in Delaware are not where we need them to be but are higher than many of those states that are significantly under 50%.”

“We still have a lot of work to do.  We need to encourage all of you who are not vaccinated to take the step, get vaccinated, get answers to the questions you have.,” Carney added.

Meet Roy, Dover Police Department’s latest four-legged facility friend

The Dover Police Department added a four-legged friend to their agency and it’s not your typical K9 officer. 

DOVER (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: In a partnership with Canine Companions, the Dover Police Department is proud to announce the arrival of Roy, a Labrador and Golden Retriever Mix, as their new Facility Dog.  The Dover Police Department became interested in a facility dog program after meeting Nikko with the New Castle County (Delaware) Police Department and learning about the success their agency has had with the program. 

Established in 1975, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of service dogs in the United States.  Their presence in Delaware isn’t limited to the New Castle County and Dover Police Departments.  The University of Delaware hosts the largest collegiate puppy raising program in the Canine Companion organization, with anywhere from 5-9 dogs being raised on campus at any time.

Roy, who is named after Roy Gold, a late volunteer with Canine Companions, was matched with PFC Lee Killen during a two-week training program in Long Island, New York after being raised in New Hampshire.  Officer Killen and Roy will be assigned to the Dover Police Department’s Community Policing Unit.  Roy’s primary role with the department will be to serve as an ambassador for the department, attending community outreach events, meetings, school visits, and used to help calm and comfort crime victims, witnesses, and anyone else who may be afraid, uncomfortable, or nervous during a situation.  In the short time that Roy has been with the Dover Police Department, he has already become the most popular officer in the building. 

Photo courtesy of Dover Police Department | Roy, who is named after Roy Gold, a late volunteer with Canine Companions, was matched with PFC Lee Killen during a two-week training program in Long Island, New York after being raised in New Hampshire.

Chief Thomas Johnson made the following statement regarding Roy’s arrival:  “Like every other member of the Dover PD team, Roy is a highly trained professional with a love for service. He has a skill set beyond comfort and therapy, and clearly different from our other working dogs.  This makes him a perfect addition to our Community Policing mission.  He has something to offer everyone, but perhaps his most valuable skill is getting people together in moments filled with positivity.  He will make Dover even stronger than it already is.  Welcome aboard Roy!”

Roy and his handler was at the Dover Police Department’s National Night Out on August 3rd, 2021 at the Dover High School where the public met him at his first large community event.

School Bus Report: School Districts facing significant shortage of bus drivers

According to the Delaware Department of Education, Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. 

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA, PHOTOJOURNALIST: Lehanes Bus Service in New Castle, Delaware is just one of a handful of contracted school bus companies in Delaware that is facing the significant shortage and according to the Delaware Department of Education, their not the only ones.

Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field.

According to the Delaware Department of Education, Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.

“As Delaware’s school districts and charter schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, local officials report the need for more drivers across the state. This staffing shortage also extends to bus aides, who assist with special transportation requirements for students.,” Said May Alison, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Education. “Because the timeline for getting school bus drivers properly trained and credentialed is governed by federal and state law and regulations, our school districts and charter schools are feeling intense pressure to hire staff immediately so they have staff ready for the start of the school year.”

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Photo by Delaware Department of Education

We spoke to Tyler Brian who is the Education Associate of School transportation at the Delaware Department of Education, and he explains as Delaware emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts across the state are facing the significant shortage of not only school bus drivers but also aides, for the upcoming school year.

Brian says it’s a national issue and only got worst in Delaware when drivers were allowed to return to their jobs last year but elected not to due to fear of catching COVID-19.

When asked how short of school bus drivers Delaware is looking at for the upcoming school year, Brian says their still collecting that data, but that school districts are facing at least five drivers or more short in each district, However, the operators for Lehanes Bus Service says it’s much worse than that.

Lehanes Bus Service Operators, PJ and Chrisi says before the pandemic, they were already facing bus driver shortages. Chrisi says they had 33 drivers in 2019 prior to the pandemic and now they are left with just 19 for the upcoming school year.

Driver shortages is not just happening in Delaware. It’s a national issue and existed before the coronavirus pandemic. Chrisi says it’s only gotten worse as the pandemic ended. The average age of bus drivers puts the group in the more at-risk category for COVID infection.

Photo, George Shea, For Delaware Newsline | PJ & Chrisi Lehane of Lehanes Bus Service in New Castle is facing significant shortage of school bus drivers as the 2021-22 school year approaches.

“Pre-pandemic we were already short as every other small bus company was. Post pandemic, we were even shorter and put us in a worst situation because of the age bracket of bus drivers..um, their nervous about the virus and getting sick.,” Said Chrisi Lehane.

When asked how it will affect this year’s operations, Chrisi said with the shortage of drivers, all their office staff will have to go out on the road to help get the kids to and from school. PJ says it’s an “all hands on deck”, including people who work in their shop.

“That’s taking people out of the shop, people out of the office, and I mean if there’s a road call meaning if a bus is broken down on the side of the road, it’s kind of hard to get to a road call if everybody’s driving kids at the same time.,” Said PJ Lehane. “So it cause a little bit of a problem because you don’t want kids on the side of the road if there is a break down, but we don’t have many break downs.”

PJ believes driver recruitment is another challenge they face. Due to the states bus driver requirements and training, it’s can take up to two months to become a certified bus driver in Delaware, and PJ says the states training is too much information and takes too long to become a certified school bus driver in Delaware.

“You Know when drivers come in to try to get trained and everything they are bombarded with all this kind of information and it’s hard for them to acknowledge all that and try to gain all that knowledge and then get discouraged.,” Said PJ Lehane. “Thy get discouraged when they come in here and want to get their license or anywhere.  It’s too much information to obtain. It’s way too much information for them but like I said, they get discouraged and then they go find something else.”

Back at the Department of Transportation, Brian said they are looking for ways to solve the problem and create ways to recruit and attract new drivers, but is it too late? 

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has been working with our school district/charter school partners to support them with this challenge. DDOE continued to provide driver and aide training throughout the pandemic.

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is also supporting our efforts by scheduling road tests in a timely manner and accepting S endorsements from other states once the school bus drivers meet the Delaware training requirements.

The state is also offering a stipend to those who complete the training and become fully licensed.

To attract more candidates, the state has increased bus driver compensation and created additional financial incentives, such as double tier and triple tier allowances to more accurately compensate drivers that service more than one route. DDOE is developing a small group of stakeholders to explore additional opportunities that may help address or alleviate these staffing shortages, and the state’s Public School Transportation Committee is continuing to evaluate the funding formula and other transportation-related issues

What Delaware Certified School Bus Driver’s are saying at Lehanes

Now we spoke to a couple of bus drivers about their jobs and Roger Lee says he enjoys the job and looks forward to picking up the students everyday.

Wen asked what he liked most about the job, Lee says, “The kids. I really enjoy the kids. I look forward to picking up the students every day.”

Ethel Delong, who is Lehanes longest standing driver with over 35 years of service, say’s “It’s a good job. I mean, your home more than you are at work really. I’ve worked as a cashier and it wasn’t as easy as this.”

Interested? Here’s how you can get started in the process of becoming a Delaware certified school bus driver.

Now if you’re interested in become a Delaware certified school bus driver, the wait to actually begin driving a school bus is on average is about two months but as I mentioned earlier, the Delaware Department of Education is working on ways to improve this process that includes working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to speed up the appointment process.

Those interested in becoming a School Bus Driver/Aide can contact the DDOE, Transportation Office at (302) 857-3390 or via email DOESchool.Transportation@doe.k12.de.us. or contact a local school bus contractor in your area.


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o Must be 18 years or older
o Obtain a CDL
o Individual will have to study the CDL manual and pass knowledge test at DMV to receive permit
o Districts/Employers will provide trainers to teach the skills needed to past the road test at DMV
o Complete a Delaware School Bus Driver Background Check
o Complete Child Protection Registry
o Pre-Employment Drug Testing
o Delaware School Bus Driver Physical (w/tb screening)
o Complete Behind the Wheel Training
o Attend Delaware School Bus Driver Training School 2-day class (Offered in each county monthly)

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o Not have more than five (5) points (full point value) on the applicant’s three (3) year driving record. NOTE: Recalculated points and the Defensive Driving Course three (3) point credits do not apply to (S) endorsement holders in meeting this requirement.

o Not have had the applicant’s license suspended, revoked or disqualified in this State or any other jurisdiction for moving violations in the last five (5) years. This five (5) year period will begin from the date the suspension, revocation or disqualification has been cleared. Certified driving records from other jurisdictions may be requested from these applicants for the DMV to verify compliance with this section.

o Never been convicted of any crime under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction as specified in 21 Del.C. §2708(b)(7).

[su_tab title=”Qualifications for a School Bus Aide”]
o Must be 18 years or older
o Attend Delaware School Bus Driver/Aide Training (Offered in each county monthly)
o Complete a Public School Employee background check
o Complete Child Protection Registry
o Pre-Employment Drug Testing
o School Bus Aide Physical (w/TB screening)


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