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Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Small brush fire reported in an empty lot next to the Cubs liquor store.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Small brush fire reported in an empty lot next to the Cubs liquor store.

A small brush fire was reported in an empty lot next to the Cubs liquor store, along the 600 block of West Broadway near C Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

Some grey and later white smoke was seen all the way over at Needles High School where the Needles Mustangs was playing against Battle Mountain Longhorn in a state semi final football game which was being broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

Well reporting on the latest football game scores at halftime, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spotted the grey and white smoke to the east of Needles High School.

These pictures sent into ZachNews by Timothy Terral shows the first responders and law enforcement putting out the small brush fire in the empty lot.

Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 responded to the small brush fire and began structure protection on the Cubs liquor store building well deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station closed West Broadway near the small brush fire.

The small brush fire was put out quickly and West Broadway has since been reopened.

At this moment, the cause of the small brush fire is unknown.

News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Painting of 3 railroad cars at Train Park completed.

News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Painting of 3 railroad cars at Train Park completed.

Painting of 3 railroad cars at Train Park is completed thanks to R.M.C. Painting from Needles, California.

The 3 railroad cars at Train Park, located along the 1200 block of Front Street in Downtown Needles, California, was in need of a new coat of painting from years of faded out paint and graffiti attacks.

On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, R.M.C. Painting from Needles, California crew began painting 3 railroad cars at the Train Park.

The R.M.C. Painting crew of Robert C., Wayne T., Benny R., and Tim T. spent 3 days painting the 3 railroad cars as well as hand painting the lettering along the rail cars.

R.M.C. Painting crew tells ZachNews that they are very happy be here painting 3 railroad cars and beautify their community.

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News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Pictures: Painting underway of 3 railroad cars at Train Park.

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Pictures: Painting underway of 3 railroad cars at Train Park.

R.M.C. Painting from Needles, California crew is painting 3 railroad cars at the Train Park off Front Street in Downtown Needles, California.

The 3 railroad cars had faded out paint and some graffiti, and was in need of a new coat of painting.

The R.M.C. Painting crew of Robert C., Wayne T., Benny R., and Tim T. will be there for the next 3 days painting the 3 railroad cars as well as hand painting the lettering along the rail cars.

R.M.C. Painting crew tells ZachNews that they are very happy be here painting 3 railroad cars and beautify their community.

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Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Communities in the Colorado River Tri-State area showed their patriotism for the United States of America as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 honored veterans and preserve military history in a convoy along historic Route 66 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

As part of their journey along historic Route 66, the convoy was going to make a stop in Needles, California were a community was planning a welcoming event for their arrival.

The convoy began their journey to Needles, California leaving their rest stop in Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The convoy drove westbound along historic Route 66 heading up the Black Mountains into the town of Oatman, Arizona then going down the Black Mountains into the community of Topock, Arizona where they made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 where they hosted a reception for the convoy and for the community.

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These pictures sent into ZachNews by Loree Gaskill show their arrival at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306.

After meeting with the great people of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306, the convoy started off towards Needles, California.

The convoy drove across the Colorado River along westbound Interstate 40, then got back onto historic Route 66 into Needles, California.

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ZachNews was able to get an aerial of convoy along East Broadway thanks to a drone that was operated by Richard Hazlewood from Needles, California.

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These aerial pictures captured in the drone video shows the convoy driving along East Broadway near Goodwill Street in Needles, California.

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At around 12:43pm PT, the convoy arrived into Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the convoy arrival into their rest stop for that day and for the welcoming event waiting for the group.

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The convoy drove west along West Broadway and entered a dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California.

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After arriving, the group were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and was welcomed on a tour of the historic El Garces Train Depot.

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After lunch, a welcome ceremony was held kicked off at Santa Fe Park.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the welcome ceremony welcoming the Route 66 Convoy 2017 group to their community.

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The welcome ceremony began with music and the playing of the national anthem preformed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band.

Proclamations were then handed out by both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

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Dan McCluskey thanked the community for welcoming them into their community and for the great lunch, and presented to City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget a licence plate that read, “Needles, AZ — Our Host City”.

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Doran A. Sanchez from the Bureau of Land Management welcomed the convoy to California and thanked everybody, including the City of Needles Mayor and City Council as well as Pam from the Needles Chamber of Commerce and Janet from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance for putting this event on.

Dan McCluskey was presented with a gift, a Historic California Route 66 Needles sign, from the California Historic Route 66 Association.

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After the welcoming ceremony, Zachary Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017, about the group and the convoy’s journey along historic Route 66.

Established in 1976, the non-profit Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) has over 6,000 members worldwide and is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey what has been the experiences been like on their convoy journey along historic Route 66?

It’s been amazing. One of the things is, we’re not following the interstates, we’re following the original routes that went through the middle of all of these small towns that are slowly being bypassed by the interstate, and we’re getting these towns that have 1500 people in it and we’ll get 2,000-3,000 people empty into the town. We had schools we had passed; all of the students are out along their fence, they’re sitting along the curb waving flags, we had one school – it was elementary all the way to high school – the whole school was out along the road waving flags that they made by hand. It was just amazing and it brings tears to your eyes to see this patriotism we have; honoring the veterans, honoring the military, which is what we are doing on this convoy,” said Dan McCluskey.

ZacHnews asked Dan McCluskey if there were people in the convoy who have served in the military?

About 70 percent of the people on the convoy – owners of these vehicles – are veterans and then we have that small number that are just collectors, and they’re here to preserver and protect this amazing amount of history here that we have,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey said that the vehicles are, “all privately own” and that, “we pay all of our expenses – all the way across the U.S., and it’s all about preserving the history.”

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey how was the drive over from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California?

It was incredibly beautiful drive going out of Kingman and up to Oatman, we even brought our heavies through the Oatman highway, and we actually had no problems with them,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey then talked to ZachNews about their stops in Oatman, Arizona and Topock, Arizona on their way towards Needles, California.

We had a morning break in Oatman – we spent a hour and a haft there and then we came down the hill, and the day before we have been invited by the V.F.W. hall in Topock to stop and we did, We stopped there for a haft hour confer break to meet the veterans there, to shake their hands, to have them tell us their stories; we had our veterans who are on the convoy, they’re telling stories to them, and it was an amazing route that we just did here today and then crossing the Colorado River to come into Needles,” said Dan McCluskey.

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Some of the military vehicles remained parked on display after the welcoming ceremony for the community to view well the other military vehicles drove around the community checking out Needles, California.

As evening fell, some of the people in the convoy camped out in the dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed free WiFi during their stay thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

The rest of the people in the convoy decided to either camp at the Needles K.O.A. Campground off National Old Trails Road (Route 66) or stay at the Rio Del Sol Inn off Pashard Street in Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

As morning rose, Route 66 Convoy 2017 group said a goodbye to Needles, California and began their journey west at 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the convoy left along Needles Highway then headed westbound on Interstate 40 towards their next stop for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) in Barstow, California.

These pictures from the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) – Barstow on Facebook shows the convoy stopped for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

ZachNews has learn that the convoy arrived at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 ending the historic Route 66 convoy journey.

The convoy is currently resting historic Route 66 convoy journey at Fort MacArthur Historic Park in San Pedro, California after taking a short journey south along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles, California.

** For more information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Route 66 Convoy 2017, please go to the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association website address: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can also been found at the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association social media website addressees: **

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

**** ZachNews would like to say congratulations to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for arriving safely to your final destination and thanks to everybody with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for coming to Needles, California and thanks to all of the veterans for their service in our military and all they did for us and our country. ****

** ZachNews would like to say great work to everybody who worked on the welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 to Needles, California. **

** Picture Above from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

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News Update!!: Topock, AZ: More information released regarding overnight shooting.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: More information released regarding overnight shooting.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding an overnight shooting in Topock, Arizona.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:50pm MST on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, deputies and detectives responded to a weapons offense call where shots were heard evening in the 12900 block of South Oatman-Topock Highway (Route 66) in Topock, Arizona.

Pictures sent into ZachNews from Sabrina Coker show a Golden SUV, possible older model suburban, parked near the fire station for the Golden Shores Fire Department.

Deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office were seen in front of the fire station and closing off the area.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, investigations determined an adult male subject was parked at the Family Dollar store parking lot when somebody shot him.

ZachNews received this picture from Sabrina Coker of a helicopter that landed at Topock Elementary School to transport somebody to a hospital.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, medical responded to the scene, treated a male victim, and was transported to a hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.

The Family Dollar is open and South Oatman-Topock Highway (Route 66) is open.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is saying that the suspect/suspects are outstanding, and if anybody has information regarding this incident, please contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at: 1 (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at: 1 (928) 753-1234.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. 

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

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