Against Irvine, USC looks to build on win

first_imgJunior Ricky Oropesa smiled after Sunday’s win against UCLA and said he couldn’t let the Georgia boys get all the home runs.After outfielders junior Alex Sherrod and sophomore Alex Glenn, both Georgia natives, hit USC’s first six long balls this season, Oropesa hit his first two homers of the season over the weekend against rival UCLA.Power stroke · Junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa hit his first two home runs of the season against crosstown rival UCLA this past weekend. He will look to continue his recent surge at the plate in USC’s nonconference game against UC Irvine this afternoon. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan The preseason All-American will look to continue a recent hot hitting streak today when the Trojans (9-15) take on UC Irvine (14-6) and a familiar face in former coach Mike Gillespie at 3 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.Oropesa started the season slow, hitting .250 with only five runs batted in through the first 11 games. But USC interim coach Frank Cruz wasn’t worried. It was almost expected.“Rick traditionally starts slow. It takes him a little bit of time to find his swing and get in the groove,” Cruz said in an interview earlier this month.His freshman year, Oropesa hit a woeful .083 with two RBIs the first 12 games before finishing the season with a .314 batting average and a team-best 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.Last year, it was a .176 start and five RBIs through the first nine games. Oropesa finished with 20 homers and 67 RBIs.In the 12 games since the beginning of spring break, the slugging first baseman has hit .500 (23-for-46) with 13 RBI. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week yesterday after going 9-for-17 last week, including 6-for-13 against No. 24 UCLA.Now that Oropesa has a couple of home runs under his belt, he feels like he’s finally got his swing where he wants it.“I think I’m getting loose. It takes me a couple of [at bats],” Oropesa said. “It’s getting this rhythm up and staying with the same approach: taking good quality at bats and getting my pitch to hit.”Oropesa will try to use his bat to help extend UC Irvine’s recent slide. After starting the season 13-1, the Anteaters have dropped five of their last six games, including a three-game sweep at Gonzaga over the weekend.During its current five-game losing streak, UC Irvine has scored only four runs. It was shut out the last two games and hasn’t scored a run in 26 innings.Freshman left-hander Kyle Richter will be charged with trying to continue UC Irvine’s hitting struggles. Richter, who has made eight relief appearances, will get his first career start as a Trojan.“By the time he leaves USC, we have confidence he’ll be a weekend starter,” Cruz said. “So we’re going to give him an opportunity to work toward that now and see how he does.”Though normally a coach would look forward to facing a team in the midst of a losing streak, Cruz adamantly disagreed.“Hell no. I wish they would have won 10 in a row,” he said. “With coach [Mike] Gillespie, you know they will be prepared, especially after losing four in a row.”Cruz said it’s “very difficult” facing off against Gillespie. He lists Gillespie as one of his closest friends and said he talks to him weekly. The two have known each other for more than 20 years, since Cruz was coaching at University High School and Gillespie was recruiting his players while coaching at the College of the Canyons, and later at USC.Gillespie led USC to the 1998 national championship and three World Series appearances during his 20-year tenure as the Trojans head coach from 1987 to 2006.From 1993 to 1996, Cruz served as an assistant coach under Gillespie before taking over his first collegiate head coaching job at Loyola Marymount.“[Gillespie’s] probably the single most important influence in coaching and the reason I am coaching at ’SC today,” Cruz said. “It makes you elevate to the next level when you coach against a Hall of Famer.”Cruz might be Gillespie’s understudy, but don’t expect Gillespie to take it easy on his former assistant.“Everyone loves him because of how humble he is, but when he gets between the lines, his game face is on. The last thing he’ll be thinking about is our friendship,” Cruz said. “You have to be sharp or he’ll exploit you in a heartbeat.”last_img read more

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Meghan wins by eight in USA

first_img26 Feb 2015 Meghan wins by eight in USA England international Meghan MacLaren swept away from the field to score an eight-shot win – and her fifth victory on the US women’s college circuit. The British stroke play champion was 11-under par for two rounds of the JU Amelia Island Collegiate in Florida and was declared the winner when the final round was abandoned after heavy rain flooded the greens. Meghan, 20, set a personal best and a course record with her first round 64, which was eight under par. Remarkably it included a double bogey, on the par four 16th, alongside eight birdies and an eagle. She shot 69 in the second round. Megan, from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, is a third-year student at Florida International and this is her fifth college win. Meanwhile, Devon’s Jess Bradley has reached the end of a remarkable run of results in US college golf. Jess, a 22-year-old student at Lynn University in Florida and a member at Tiverton Golf Club in Devon, scored 18 consecutive top ten finishes in NCAA Division II events. Her run finally came to an end in the Lady Moc Golf Classic in Florida when she was 19th. It was the first time since May 2013 that Jess had finished outside the top 10 – and only one other player in Division II has ever had a longer top 10 run. During her college career Jess has had six victories, most recently in February when she won the World Golf Invitational for the second year in a row.last_img read more

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WPIAL Holiday Classic basketball tournament action photos

first_imgMICHAEL SIMS—(11) of Central Valley drives by Jassir Jordan (1) of Aliquippa, Central Valley edged the Quips 44-40 in the C J Betters Holiday Classic.MALIK HOOKER—of New Castle scored 26 points to led the Red Hurricane to a 87-59 win over Blackhawk in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Hooker is an Ohio State football recruit.ELIJAH MINNIE—of Lincoln Park throws down two of his 27 points in the Leopards 76-63 win over Steelton-Highspire in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Lincoln Park wore Midland throwback uniforms to honor the 1965 state championship team, who were led by WPIAL Legends, Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.DAN STRATTON —of Beaver Falls goes up for two of his 27 points in the Tigers 75-65 win over Mars in the C J Betters Holiday Classic. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

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“Tell It Like It Tiz!” Author Talk

first_imgSubmitted by Timberland Regional Library“Tell It Like It Tiz!” is an anthology of comics and stories created by elders at the Marie Smith Center (MSC), an adult day center in North Portland, Oregon that serves seniors who are functionally or cognitively impaired. Portland writers and illustrators Nicole J. Georges and Marc Parker will read from and talk about the book at the Olympia Timberland Library from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 16.Georges and Parker, who have been volunteering to facilitate a weekly zine workshop at the MSC since 2006, produced three issues of Tell It Like It Tiz, the zine, now out of print. The anthology compiles these issues as well as over 60 pages of new material into one volume.The zine provides a voice for MSC participants by chronicling their experiences through comics and writing and is also intended to serve as a model for other adult day centers interested in blending storytelling and art therapy.An award-winning writer and illustrator, Georges has published the autobiographical comic, Invincible Summer, since 2000 and has toured the country extensively. Her work has been featured in many publications and her critically-acclaimed graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was published in 2013. Visit Georges’ website here.Parker has created numerous zines, including Azmacourt, Breakfast for Dinner, and Zine Crush. A youth worker as well as a writer and zine publisher, he is pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. Visit Parker’s website here.The blog of the Marie Smith Center Zine, a collection of stories, interviews, comics, illustrations and advice from the senior citizens of the MSC can be found here.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue. For more information, call the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Washington Retail Association Member Madelin White Receives National Honor

first_imgFacebook398Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Retail AssociationWashington Retail Association (WRA) board member Madelin White was honored in Washington, D.C. with a national honor as one of America’s Retail Champions. The National Retail Federation extended the honor to just a few nominees nationwide.Madelin White is not only a successful business women and advocate for other small business, but she is dedicated to giving back and helping others feel good about themselves. Photo courtesy: Washington Retails AssociationWhile in D.C., Madelin was invited to attend a Small Business Retail Council meeting and advocated on behalf of retailers with some of Washington’s Congressional delegation and with Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs.Madelin also attended a recognition dinner with other similar honorees.The award recognizes Main Street business owners who have demonstrated community leadership as strong retail industry advocates. Madelin has owned Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa in Lacey for more than 40 years and has served in various leadership roles on WRA’s board of directors for 21 years. She is the winner of several local and national awards for leadership and volunteer work.In nominating Madelin for her latest honor, WRA highlighted a few of her key contributions including a long-lasting commitment to advocacy for small businesses and toward cancer patients. In Madelin’s 26 years helping cancer patients rebuild their self-esteem with her Look Good, Feel Better course, she has traveled throughout the Puget Sound region and Alaska, Oregon and Montana as a volunteer. Last year, the American Cancer Society honored Madelin with an award for her service to cancer patients.Among Madelin’s other honors is the Thurston County Economic Development Council’s 2015 Business of the Year.last_img read more

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Leafs outlast Braves in Super Bowl day shootout

first_imgThe Braves pushed the Leafs to the limit before losing a wild one Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena 8-7.The last time the Leafs met the Braves at home Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win.Nelson, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins twice Thursday and Friday, now meet the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series.The teams open Friday in Castlegar before returning Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.The Rebels, following a weekend split against division leading Hawks, will finish second in the Murdoch and meet the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The Nelson Leafs continue to build for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs after pulling off a weekend sweep against the weaker sisters in the Murdoch Division.However, the way the Spokane Braves have been playing the Leafs, maybe it’s a good thing the American team is heading off to meet Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Green and White.last_img read more

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U.S. Navy CIO: Social Media Should Be Part of Military IT Standard

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… jolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Social Web#web In a blog post this week, U.S. Navy CIO Rob Carey wrote that social media is a resource for the American military that should be used to build trust and collaboration, both within and outside the organization.In attempts to balance communication, transparency, and operational security, the military has encountered both practical obstacles and general criticism. In a recent podcast, Carey said, “Most social networking tools come with no rules of the road. As the Internet moves towards user-generated content, we thought there was a void we could fill… to mitigate some of the security risks associated with social media.”Beyond risk management, Carey said, “Social media has a powerful collaboration engine associated with it.”Generally, military organizations have the options to reach out directly to large IT companies to configure customized security profiles and inherent OPSEC protection for personnel; traditionally, however, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have not been particularly receptive to working within that type of culture or framework. From the sharing-and-access social media pole to the security/military pole, both sides are resistant to different approaches to shared and social information. Still, Carey is an advocate for the usefulness of these tools, even behind a military firewall.“We must remain a learning organization. As the Internet evolves, so must our workforce and its associated skills. To that end, we must be able to embrace change,” Carey wrote in his blog post. “Many of our processes are rooted in the Industrial Age and will need to move toward the Information Age to remain relevant in the coming years.”With specific regard to social media and the American military, Carey stated, “Social media is an inherent part of the toolbox for members of the millennial workforce, while baby boomers are just adopting it. Social media tools should become the standard by which we can share and collaborate on information inside and outside the network boundaries.”He also highlighted green initiatives, mobile working, and the use of modern technological tools in recruitment efforts.To see Carey’s office’s Policy and Guidelines for Secure Use of Social Media by Federal Departments and Agencies, click here for a full PDF.While Carey’s optimism is to be applauded, one wonders what our military-minded friends will have to say about OPSEC vis-a-vis social media. The battlefield isn’t really Foursquare-compatible, and the military might actually have the last plausible use case for censorship. Every servicemember is probably aware of existing regulations for Internet and social media use; how do you think Carey’s goals and statements will affect the state of affairs on the ground, and do you feel such a shift is needed or welcomed? Let us know your opinions in the comments. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010

first_imgUFC rival Nate Diaz slams McGregor over boxing loss LATEST STORIES She will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Thursday in the first all-American women’s semifinal in New York since 2002. Stephens advanced earlier Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. It is Stephens’ deepest run at any major since 2013 and the apex of a recovery from foot surgery in January.There could be another U.S. vs. U.S. semifinal on the other side of the draw: 15th-seeded Madison Keys and 20th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe play their quarterfinals Wednesday.“It’s been a great two weeks for American tennis. Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well,” Williams said. “It’s great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue.”Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career. She needed surgery on her racket-holding hand after she was cut by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She returned to the tour at the French Open in May, losing in the second round there and at Wimbledon.Kvitova has said she still does not have full strength in her left hand. But she was often at her powerful best against No. 9 Williams, especially in the last two sets, repeatedly delivering big, flat forehands.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Neither woman played with a ton of subtlety, mainly trading stinging groundstrokes from the baseline on exchanges that grew in intensity as the 2-hour, 34-minute encounter went along.“I had my chances,” Kvitova said. “Kind of.”Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, is the oldest women’s semifinalist in New York in the Open era, which dates to 1968.But this sort of throwback run is becoming almost routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January of this year, then the Wimbledon final in July. In 2002, she participated in three Grand Slam finals, losing each to her younger sister Serena.Stephens, ranked 83rd, has won 13 of her past 15 matches, all on hard courts, reaching the semifinals at three consecutive tournaments for the only time in her career.She had an operation in January, and while forced to stay away from her sport, she found a new appreciation for it. The time off also allowed her to enjoy other aspects of life.“I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do all the things that I wanted to do. But I did get to hang out with my family and see my little cousin’s soccer games and go to weddings and baby showers and stuff. All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn’t,” said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University’s first All-American in women’s swimming.“It was just kind of, like, eye-opening,” Stephens added. “When I wasn’t playing, like, of course I loved my time off, but when I got back to playing tennis, it was, like, this is where I want to be. This is what I love doing.”In the men’s quarterfinals, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa each advanced to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Anderson got past 17th-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) in a match that ended shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Much, much earlier, Carreno Busta of Spain had no trouble beating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. It was Carreno Busta’s first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Venus Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during her Women’s Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Nine of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed .Williams reached her third major semifinal of the season — something she last did 15 years ago — by edging two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday night to a soundtrack of thunderous partisan support under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I didn’t win matches against top players — top-10 or top-20 players,” Carreno Busta said, “but I am very happy with my tournament.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Definitely felt like a special match. No easy moments, not easy to hold serve or break serve,” Williams said. “This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major.”The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova’s eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Kvitova’s ninth double-fault got Williams to match point in the tiebreaker.“Sometimes you have opportunities, and sometimes you take them and you don’t, but it’s not like you get opportunity after opportunity after opportunity in these sorts of matches,” Williams said. “You have to take the ones you have.”last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murillo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde welcomes deal for Jeison Murilloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has welcomed the deal for Jeison Murillo.The defender joins Barca on-loan from Valencia with the option to buy.”We are in a delicate moment with our centre-backs and so far we have managed it well, but we don’t know how it will go going forward,” Valverde explained in a press conference on Friday.”We took into account the situation of the club and we wanted someone on loan who could play immediately and who knew the league well.”Murillo met those requirements and he can help us in the short term so the club did a good job with his signing.”Signings at this club need to be familiar with us as we’re continuing our fight for two major competitions soon and we couldn’t have brought along players who need to adapt.”Murillo is a good player who can help us and be important for us so we will push forward and hope for the best.” last_img read more

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A NoGo Athletes and officials weigh in after Calgary votes no to

first_imgGregory Strong, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Rotating Olympic hosts? A single go-to destination every four years? Maybe dump the bid process altogether?There are no easy answers for what has become a challenging effort of late: finding interested and qualified suitors to host the Winter Games.Calgary essentially scuttled plans for a 2026 bid after the ‘no’ side’s plebiscite victory Tuesday. That left Stockholm and Milan-Cortina as the only contenders and both have already had issues with significant hurdles still to clear.Canada’s previous efforts to host the Winter Games, Calgary in 1988 and Vancouver in 2010, were by and large considered success stories. However, massive cost overruns from other host cities — notably Sochi in 2014 — have helped stoke Olympic hangover worries.Bid races seem to have been affected. The IOC recently broke from tradition on the Summer Games front by transforming the bid process and instead declaring two hosts (Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028) at the same time.For the Winter Games, Beijing — not exactly a winter wonderland — beat out a single contender in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2022 Games. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen now with 2026.“The world has changed,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith said Wednesday. “I think we’ve seen some (recent) mega-projects that maybe have scared people off a little bit. That is something the IOC has certainly been addressing with this, call it the new norm, or the 2020 Agenda.“It’s something that I thought Calgary addressed really, really well in their bid. I thought their bid was really responsible. Certainly a (bidder) can do what they want in a bid and include a lot of things that aren’t really necessary but Calgary didn’t do that.”The Alberta city trumpeted its strong core of venues and infrastructure from ’88 but it wasn’t enough to sway voters. Many athletes expressed their disappointment Wednesday at the plebiscite result and voiced concern about the potential impact.Gilmore Junio played hockey as a youngster in Calgary before focusing on long-track speedskating.“If it wasn’t for a facility like the Olympic Oval, who knows if I would have been able to switch over to speedskating and been able to dream big and call myself a two-time Olympian,” he said.Bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, who trains in Calgary, won Olympic gold in Vancouver and Sochi.“I’m sad, I feel like it’s a missed opportunity for the city and for the country,” she said from San Diego.In addition to bid changes, part of the goal of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 initiative was to rein in costs and increase the appeal for potential host cities. It appears there is still work to be done, particularly on the Winter Games front.“Bidding, in my opinion, is a total waste of money,” said former IOC member Paul Henderson, who led Toronto’s unsuccessful effort to land the 1996 Summer Games. The cost of hosting the Games can make local residents skittish, no matter how strong the existing infrastructure might be. The list of sports on the Olympic program also seems to rise with each Games and some venues often have to be built from scratch.Calgary’s Brady Leman missed the 2010 Olympics due to injury but competed at the 2014 Games and won skicross gold this year in Pyeongchang.“I definitely think that the Sochi model and a little bit the Korea model is just not a sustainable way to do an Olympics, especially a Winter Olympics,” he said from Vancouver. “You’re going to run out of countries real quick that have the amount of money needed to build (new venues). That’s just not a fair ask for a social system to absorb those kind of costs, I don’t think.”Remember the hashtag ‘Sochi Problems?’ The many issues and concerns raised during the 2014 Games were succeeded by ghost town-like online images from the venues afterwards. “It’s really sad to see the things in Sochi just go totally unused,” Leman said. “It’s such a waste and that was something that I struggled with back then as well.“I think that was such a big problem with the Calgary bid was past countries have taken on these huge infrastructure projects and incurred these massive budget overruns because they were building so many new facilities.”Smith, meanwhile, remains hopeful that Canada will one day host another Winter Games.“I think every city is unique and we never try to convince a city to bid,” she said. “It really has to be a grassroots approach and the city has (to have) a vision for themselves which would include a Games.”Smith added that building on the 1988 legacy, athletes in 2010 put Canada “on the map” in terms of being a top winter sport nation.Leman agreed and said the Olympic feelings came rushing back while on a recent hike on Cypress Mountain.“I was walking up beside the run that the skicross was on,” he said. “The parking lot was packed and there was a ton of people taking pictures with the (Olympic) rings still there. I see people all the time in Vancouver all the time taking pictures with the torch down at the waterfront.“I’ve gotten to use legacy facilities from both those Games. I just think it’s a shame when the Olympics is used for more of a show and less of a lasting impact on the country that hosts it.”———With files from Canadian Press sports reporter Donna Spencer.Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.last_img read more

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