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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Rock Hill, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Rock Hill.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Rock Hill with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let’s take a look at some of my most popular photography services in Rock Hill:

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Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and strive to pour my soul and creativity into each shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Rock Hill is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Rock Hill Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Rock Hill, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Rock Hill, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Rock Hill is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Rock Hill, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits and Headshots in Rock Hill, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best – whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today’s world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team is becoming a necessity. It’s no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Qualities of a Great Photographer in Rock Hill, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Rock Hill, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.

I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Rock Hill or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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S.C. health officials tell New Indy to revise plan addressing odor due to unmet requirements

(WBTV) - South Carolina health officials are telling a paper mill to fix their plan addressing a lingering odor since it didn’t meet the necessary requirements. According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, New Indy Plant submitted its Corrective Action Plan (CAP) on June 15. Despite this, health leaders have instructed New Indy to revise the plan to ensure it meets the requirements of the order. Once it is finalized, it will be posted to the DHEC web page. “DHEC understands the impact this...

(WBTV) - South Carolina health officials are telling a paper mill to fix their plan addressing a lingering odor since it didn’t meet the necessary requirements.

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, New Indy Plant submitted its Corrective Action Plan (CAP) on June 15.

Despite this, health leaders have instructed New Indy to revise the plan to ensure it meets the requirements of the order. Once it is finalized, it will be posted to the DHEC web page.

“DHEC understands the impact this issue has had in York, Lancaster, and surrounding counties and is committed to continue working with New Indy to reduce offsite impacts,” a statement from DHEC read.

The corrective action plan requires New Indy to come up with a schedule for actions that will help address and correct the odor and any operational issues contributing to it. It also requires the company to evaluate its wastewater treatment plant.

Lawsuits have been piling up against New Indy Plant and the wretched smell is still a big talker among several counties. Lawyers who recently fired a third class-action lawsuit against New Indy hosted a town hall Wednesday to answer questions about the stench.

They were joined with health, engineering and environmental experts.

DHEC says New Indy is responsible for a rotten egg odor that can be smelled from Union County all the way to Fort Mill.

The team said they wanted to bring these experts in to show just how bad the stink and pollution has gotten in the area.

They are also hoping this town hall helps recruit people to join their suit.

The suit calls for a judge to shut down New Indy Containerboard’s Catawba mill until the company can stop the stink.

Lawsuits against the plant started piling in May and June.

Betty Rankin, who lives in Rock Hill, says she uses a gas mask inside and outside just to keep the smell away from her.

“This past week has been one of the worst weeks in my life,” Rankin said.

Rankin lives in Rock Hill, miles away from New Indy Containerboard, but she calls the smell coming from the mill an attack.

“It’s like living in a warzone,” Rankin said. “You don’t know when the attack is coming you just know it’s coming.

Her only gear in battle is a gas mask she keeps by her bed.

“It’s just impacted me physically, emotionally and mentally,” she said. “And part of it is a helpless feeling.”

To feel less helpless, Rankin came here to town hall meeting run by the lawyers who filed the third class action lawsuit.

“We wanted to make sure this was a legitimate case, a good case, a strong case,” said Phil Federico, a class action suit lawyer. “And it is it’s about as good as it gets.”

The lawyers brought their experts.

They showed pictures of the working mill in the past and one now showing a stark difference.

“All paper mills have an odor,” expert Kenneth Norcross. “All of them. I’ve never been to one that had an odor like this.”

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BofA Stadium just announced a huge concert. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Less than 24 hours after Bank of America Stadium scooped itself by tweeting out a photo of a giant white “E” adorning the video board hanging over the field in uptown Charlotte, a press release from Tepper Sports & Entertainment made it official on Wednesday morning: Sir Elton John is coming to play. What we couldn’t guess from the teaser was, When? And the answer is ... Not till next year...

Less than 24 hours after Bank of America Stadium scooped itself by tweeting out a photo of a giant white “E” adorning the video board hanging over the field in uptown Charlotte, a press release from Tepper Sports & Entertainment made it official on Wednesday morning: Sir Elton John is coming to play.

What we couldn’t guess from the teaser was, When?

And the answer is ... Not till next year.

The living music legend — whose oeuvre includes dozens of iconic songs, from “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle in the Wind” to “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — will perform a concert at the city’s largest venue on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. It will be among the final dates for his award-winning “Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour” in North America.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at http://EltonJohn.com. A presale for American Express card members will begin at noon Wednesday and will continue until 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.

A few things worth noting here.

1. This might be your last chance to see John perform live in Charlotte. But then again, it might not be.

He was last here in November 2019, when he stopped at Spectrum Center more than midway through the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour to make what some thought could be his final appearance in Charlotte. With this in mind, some concertgoers paid asking prices of $500 to $1,500 apiece for prime secondhand tickets to secure a place in the building for the potentially historic event.

As a result of COVID-19 and a string of cancellations, however, John’s farewell tour has been extended into 2023, and while it wasn’t originally thought he’d be returning — well, he is.

Wednesday’s announcement, by the way, dealt largely with his North American stadium run, which will kick off at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on July 15, 2022, before concluding with back-to-back performances at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 and 20, 2022 — commemorating his iconic performance at the historic venue in October 1975.

The four-year tour will formally conclude in Australia in 2023, with dates to be announced.

“I can’t wait to see you all on the road one last time,” the singer said in a statement.

John will be 75 when he walks onto the stage at Bank of America Stadium.

2. It could be interesting to see what demand is like for tickets, as John also is booked on April 19, 2022 at Greensboro Coliseum to the north and on April 20, 2022 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. to the south. Both of those shows were postponed from their original May 2020 dates due to COVID.

3. Wednesday’s announcement capped two days of teasing via Bank of America Stadium’s Twitter account. A tweet on Monday was cryptic and exciting, simply stating, “Big concert announcement coming this week,” without any hints.

My money was on either Foo Fighters, who are near the height of their popularity and were just hours removed from playing the first show at Madison Square Garden since the pandemic, or The Rolling Stones, who seemed to have been due to re-book the summer 2020 BofA show that was quashed by COVID.

But then came a follow-up tweet on Tuesday that made things fairly obvious to anyone willing to put some thought into it (or willing to do some basic Google searching).

Although there are other acts that start with an “E” who could conceivably book a stadium show — the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran and even Eminem come to mind — there’s only one who uses a logo that incorporates a star shape in place of the central arm of that letter.

The run-up to the official reveal was in the vein of a February 2020 stunt by Bank of America Stadium, which put a gigantic pair of red lips on its video board next to the words “Miss You.” It was all but a dead giveaway. Three days later, the (since-shelved) Rolling Stones concert was officially announced.

FWIW, it’s pretty clear that promoter AEG Presents (not Tepper Sports & Entertainment, which owns the stadium, the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC) is orchestrating these teases, as they were handled the same way in other cities as well...

4. “We’ve waited a long, long time for this,” said Wilson Howard, chief operating officer for Live Nation in the Carolinas and the Baltimore/D.C./Virginia markets, at a press conference announcing that Bank of America Stadium would be getting back into the business of hosting concerts. He said that coming up on two years ago, in September 2019, on the day a Billy Joel concert was booked for the stadium in April 2020.

Six months later, COVID struck. Since then, there hasn’t been a single show at the stadium, while over the same time period:

Anyway, for those keeping score at home, the addition of Elton John means there are now a total of four upcoming concerts on Bank of America’s schedule.

That’s two more shows than have been hosted there in total in the entirety of the venue’s 25-year history. (The very, very short list includes the Rolling Stones, which played to a sold-out crowd in October of 1997, back when it was Ericsson Stadium; and country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who brought their “Brothers of the Sun Tour” to the stadium in June of 2012.) So yeah, four promised shows at the stadium over the next year is a big deal.

And smart money is on more announcements to come. Because, as one promoter summed up in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story about the post-COVID concert business: “Every band that ever existed wants to tour.”

5. Like all events coming soon to the stadium, the Elton John show will be sold at full capacity as is now permitted by North Carolina guidelines.

Tepper Sports & Entertainment announced that last month, along with other plans to normalize the major-event-going experience.

Among them: Masks will be optional, there will not be separate sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated concertgoers, and event staff at the gates will not verify vaccination status or do temperature checks. At the same time, mobile ticketing will be the standard for entry, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the stadium, and enhanced cleaning methods will be used.

The decisions, Tepper Sport & Entertainment president Tom Glick said last month, are “consistent and in keeping with the changes to the guidelines that (the state) announced on the 14th of May. We will continue to stay in touch with them, as well as Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte going forward in case there are any nuances or any changes we should be aware of.”

After being overfished, SC lawmakers put new limits on catching this popular fish

The southern flounder is one of the most sought-after saltwater fish in the Southeast, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. But the southern flounder is so popular among anglers that the species has been overfished and its population has dropped to ...

The southern flounder is one of the most sought-after saltwater fish in the Southeast, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

But the southern flounder is so popular among anglers that the species has been overfished and its population has dropped to historically low levels in South Carolina waters, research from a 2019 study shows.

In an effort to rebuild its population, South Carolina lawmakers have introduced new regulations limiting the size and amount of southern flounder’s fishermen can catch.

Starting July 1, the South Carolina General Assembly has ruled that 16 inches is the minimum size required to keep a southern flounder.

The new regulations also allow a catch limit of five fish per person per day and no more than 10 fish per boat on a daily basis, according to DNR.

Previously, the minimum size limit was 15 inches, and the catch limit was 10 fish per person per day and 20 fish per boat per day.

The average size of southern flounder — which are flat and have spots and both eyes on the left side of the body — is 12-14 inches, according to DNR. In South Carolina, the fish is most commonly found in estuaries, rivers, and shallow coastal water including the beach front; and they’ll be in shallow, muddy bottom parts of those waters, DNR said.

Fishermen are primarily onboard with the changes to quickly rebuild the population of the southern flounder, according to a public survey.

“These new management measures will end the overharvest of flounder, allowing the fishery to begin to rebuild,” DNR’s Marine Resources Division director Phil Maier said in a news release. “We’re grateful to the angling community for sharing their vision for the fishery and to the leaders who worked hard to craft this solution. We look forward to seeing this popular fish become a more common catch along the South Carolina coast.”

In addition to the limits put on fishing southern flounder, lawmakers also increased the cost of saltwater license fees. For the first time in two decades, the cost of an annual saltwater recreational fishing license was raised, from $10 to $15.

Rock Hill soldier's homecoming surprise | Wife looses 60 pounds during husband's deployment.

"I said you know what, I’m going to unfriend you on Facebook, so the last time he got to see me was my before pictures, 60 lbs ago!" ROCK HILL, S.C. — A South Carolina soldier from Rock Hill was given a very special welcome home surprise over the weekend. Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel “Hugh” Sadek touched down at Charlotte-Douglas Airport after finishing a 7-month deployment in Qatar. The Lt. Col has served in the military for 27 years, however, this deployment was his last. He plans to retire ...

"I said you know what, I’m going to unfriend you on Facebook, so the last time he got to see me was my before pictures, 60 lbs ago!"

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A South Carolina soldier from Rock Hill was given a very special welcome home surprise over the weekend. Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel “Hugh” Sadek touched down at Charlotte-Douglas Airport after finishing a 7-month deployment in Qatar.

The Lt. Col has served in the military for 27 years, however, this deployment was his last. He plans to retire in July.

But here’s where the story gets good.

While he was deployed, his wife un-friended him on Facebook and set out on a weight-loss journey.

“When he left, we promised each other we would make our health a priority,” his wife, Deborah Sadek said. She said they made that promise after they both caught COVID, which she says took a toll on her health.

“My health was really, it was very challenging. I felt terrible, I put on a ton of weight,” she said.

So with her husband more than 7-thousand miles away, Deborah stuck to her end of the deal. For 7 months, she not only ate right but began exercising regularly as well. As the pounds started coming off, she says she decided to keep her progress a surprise.

“So I said you know what, I’m going to unfriend you on Facebook, this was in January – January 17th I unfriended him -- so that he, the last time he got to see me was my before pictures,” said Deborah.

Then late last week, after 7 months apart, Deborah got the call. Her husband was headed home.

“Like the excitement is insane, like ahhh, I can’t wait, it’s just you know, it’s exciting,” she said in an interview, Thursday.

Saturday, WCNC cameras were there at Charlotte-Douglas as Deborah – now 60 pounds lighter –anxiously awaited her husband’s return.

“I’ve waited for this minute for so long,” she said.

And as he came down the escalator, his face dropped, as he mouthed the words, ‘Oh my god.’

“Look at you, incredible,” he exclaimed, “You weren’t kidding when you said I wouldn’t recognize you,” said Lt. Cl. Sadek, who said he was very surprised and very proud of his wife.

“She’s done remarkably for herself, you know supporting me and my mission and our country. She’s just been a true stellar supporter the whole time,” he said.

Deborah, overcome with emotion, said she was at a loss for words, as she gave her husband a big squeeze.

“I’m never speechless, but I feel completely speechless. I’m so glad you’re home,” she said.

Deborah, however, had another surprise up her sleeve. She said before her husband left for his employment, he gave his car to her daughter. So while he away, Deborah said she bought him a new truck.

“It has air-conditioned seats! Who gets that?” she exclaimed.

She said her husband plans to retire on July 31st and said she’s already planning a big retirement party.

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Syracuse 'Moves Up' for Quan Peterson After Official Visit

Syracuse hosted several priority targets for official visits over the weekend. Among them was Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe cornerback Quan Peterson. Peterson, who is an all-state basketball and football player, enjoyed his time on the Syracuse campus. "It was nice," Peterson said. "Everybody was nice. We went to the facilities, the stadium, then we went to the arcade and did bowling and laser tag. A lot of stuff. It was fun." ...

Syracuse hosted several priority targets for official visits over the weekend. Among them was Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe cornerback Quan Peterson. Peterson, who is an all-state basketball and football player, enjoyed his time on the Syracuse campus.

"It was nice," Peterson said. "Everybody was nice. We went to the facilities, the stadium, then we went to the arcade and did bowling and laser tag. A lot of stuff. It was fun."

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Peterson enjoyed spending time with the Orange players, including his host Aman Greenwood.

"Smurph (Greenwood)," Peterson said. "They were all real, we were all just talking. I asked if I came if I'd have a chance to start or play early. They went over the roster with me and kept it real."

The 6-1 corner also spoke with the Syracuse coaches. It was primarily head coach Dino Babers who spent time with Peterson.

"It was mainly with Dino," Peterson said. "He was with me the whole time and coach White. It really wasn't even football the whole time, they were asking me about my personal life. Trying to get to know me as a person."

Another highlight of the trip was Syracuse's facilities. Peterson left impressed by the amenities offered to Orange football players.

"Everything was A-1," Peterson said. "Top tier."

The Syracuse staff also took care of recruits from a food perspective, as the visitors ate very well during the trip.

"We ate filet mignon, shrimp, lobster tail, corn casserole," Peterson said. "The next day we ate at Texas De Brazil. We ate breakfast every morning and for lunch we had Mexican."

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Peterson said the recruits that visited together all bonded on the trip, including the two Syracuse commits Cornell Perry and Malachi Davis.

"Those boys were cool," Peterson said. "We all clicked."

Overall, the visit gave Peterson a strong impression of Syracuse football.

"It definitely moved them up," Peterson said.

Peterson added his next step is to discuss things with his family and go from there. He has a previously planned commitment date of July 4th.

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