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Kinky Boots Sep 23, 2014 Based on the 2005 film of the same name, this musical tells the tale of a young man who saves his father’s dying shoe factory by having it turn out footwear for drag performers. 51 other events on Tuesday, September 23
 
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Backwards & in High Heels

The iWatch is more iExtraordinary than you’ve imagined

From real-time-death notification to hot-flash tabulation, it does it all

By Aaryn Belfer

As the winner of an online sweepstakes (I stumbled onto it when I mistyped a url while shopping), I got to test drive the new iWatch for a week and am therefore in a unique position to weigh in on the attributes of this game-changing device.

Backwards & in High Heels

Ice buckets and social justice

Can we do more than one thing at a time?

By Aaryn Belfer

When I was finally able to turn my focus to the fundraiser, I didn't have high hopes for it. Either dump water or write a check as a strategy seemed misguided. Why isn't it both? I thought. 

Backwards & in High Heels

To my white tribe

You are mine, and I am yours, so let’s deal with it

By Aaryn Belfer

White people like you and me, dear CityBeat reader, have the privilege not to deal with any of the race realities if we don't want to.

Backwards & in High Heels

Deporting refugees and welcoming Ebola

America and her priorities

By Aaryn Belfer

Now for a whole bunch of words: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from every orifice, death, no cure. Also: The World Health Organization has warned that the virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it.

Backwards & in High Heels

Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls

It might be unwinnable

By Aaryn Belfer

Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls' self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! 

Backwards & in High Heels

The relative depravity of soccer and Ann Coulter

In the end, it’s only a game

By Aaryn Belfer

The 2014 World Cup hasn't received so much of Glenn Beck's ire that I'm aware of, but Ann Coulter filled the void last week with a screed of her own

Backwards & in High Heels

This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System

This is an actual emergency—is this thing on?

By Aaryn Belfer

As of this moment, most schools in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have let out for the summer, and kids all around the city are settling into routines—camps for the haves, video games for the have-nots.

Backwards & in High Heels

Yes, All Women: Be aware and be pissed

But be a little afraid, too

By Aaryn Belfer

It's nothing short of infuriating that women and girls should have to fear abuse and violence for no reason other than being women.

Backwards & in High Heels

How to keep little campers busy this summer

8 excellent San Diego programs aimed at kids

By Aaryn Belfer

Many of you are still designing the Spirograph Venn diagrams of summer, trying to maximize your dollars while splicing together travel and dentist appointments. For all you lollygaggers, here are a few camp ideas.

Backwards & in High Heels

Nobody puts Baby in a corner

On feminism and who gets to define my brand of it

By Aaryn Belfer

My friend Heather and I were talking about a non-vagina-having, self-important troll named Randy Dotinga who told me via Twitter that I'm no feminist.

Because I Said So

Pride and publicity

Of profits, promotions, parades and pandering

By Tony Phillips

San Diego's 32nd Annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration got underway last Saturday with a parade that passed in front of my house. Location, location, location.

Crossword

Crossword: 'Funny business'

CityBeat's weekly puzzle

By Brendan Emmett Quigley

Across 1. It’s sold in sheets 4. Great, in early ‘90s slang 8. Bubbled up 14. Took care of the leftovers 15. Horror film director Eli 16. Fighters on the ocean 17. Little dingo 18. It’s

Crossword

Crossword: 'Inner spirituality'

CityBeat's weekly puzzle

By Brendan Emmett Quigley

Across 1. Espresso and milk drink 6. Double-check the arithmetic 11. Dash meas. 14. Going crazy 15. Eagle’s construction 16. First name in Notre Dame coaching legends 17. Insects in a Washin

Crossword

Crossword: 'Bugs in the Program'

Weekly crossword by Ink Well Xwords

By Ben Tausig

A pair of tickets for a 4.5 or 8 hour Pacific Nature Tour will be awarded weekly. Email a picture of your answers to crossword@sdcitybeat.com or fax it to 619-325-1393. Limit one win per person per 30 days.

Editor's Note

Dreaming of a new Cabrillo Bridge

Wouldn’t it be great to find a non-catastrophic way to close that span to cars?

By David Rolland

The bridge closure provided a great opportunity to test those theories and to study the full impact of the shutdown on the park, its institutions and the surrounding areas, and I’m eager to see what the city learned.

Editor's Note

SeaWorld: one guy’s take

I don’t really go for the caged-wildlife thing to begin with

By David Rolland

Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents the Santa Monica area, wants to ban public entertainment involving killer whales, end the captive breeding of whales, bar companies from importing or exporting whales and move SeaWorld’s 10 whales into ocean pens. 

Editor's Note

An open letter to Bob Filner

How can you bear going on like this?

By David Rolland

You might learn to be more respectful of women, but the damage is done. You might survive a recall process, but only on technicalities. If a vote were held today on whether you should be mayor, you’d get killed.

Editor's Note

Anders Wright and Peter Holslin leaving CityBeat

Longtimers on the way out; three new guys coming in

By David Rolland

This issue marks the final one with Peter Holslin as music editor and Anders Wright as film editor. I know!

Editor's Note

The Dave Maass Era ends

Goodbye to perhaps San Diego’s best investigative reporter

By David Rolland

Lots of San Diegans have wanted Dave Maass to Shut! Up!—mostly those who find themselves in his argumentative crosshairs on Twitter. He certainly has a way about him.

Editor's Note

Reunions and elections

My necessary weekend getaway to the past

By David Rolland

I’m sitting on a bench at my alma mater Calabasas High School. I’m looking over toward a walkway leading down from the softball field where I lost consciousness after Matt Behrens and I collided with each other on a pop fly.

Editor's Note

Goodbye, Gloria Penner

KPBS icon’s impact on CityBeat

By David Rolland

San Diego lost one of its most well-known and important figures on Saturday, when journalist Gloria Penner succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for more than a year.

Editor's Note

Adios, Aaryn Belfer

One of our longtime columnists calls it quits

By David Rolland

Aaryn Belfer’s biweekly “Backwards & in High Heels” column first appeared in CityBeat’s Jan. 24, 2007. Her last column for us appears in this issue. 

Editor's Note

Romney’s assault on government assistance

Add our voice to the chorus of commentary

By David Rolland

Romney said that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, and those are the people, he said, who are safely deposited in Barack Obama’s electorate bank.

Editor's Note

Mike Aguirre, Jerry Sanders and CityBeat

Former city attorney rips us while the mayor honors us with a day of our own

By David Rolland

When Mike Aguirre was the city attorney in San Diego, he’d sometimes call me to talk excitedly about how CityBeat could help define a vision for future San Diego. I would enjoy those calls.

Editorial

You, football fan, have the power

NFL will change its ways under public pressure

By CityBeat Staff

Combating the problem in society at large is hard. Attacking the problem in the NFL is easier. Already, public pressure has forced the league to act. Is it enough for you? If not, and you’re a football fan, you have power.

Editorial

Who cares about jail inmates dying?

Bill Gore? Bonnie Dumanis? The Board of Supervisors? You?

By CityBeat Staff

Since we launched our coverage last year of the high death rate in San Diego County jails, we’ve won some awards, and when we bring it up in conversation, we hear some nice plaudits. But no one who can do anything about the problem—the sheriff, whose department oversees the jails, and the county Board of Supervisors—seems to give a damn. 

Editorial

Jerry Sanders’ war

Chamber of Commerce, led by the former mayor, launches all-out campaign to regain control of San Diego

By CityBeat Staff

Sanders’ Chamber of Commerce announced that it was launching a new offensive to turn San Diego into the most business-friendly region in California.

Editorial

Don’t sign the anti-minimum-wage petition

Lying signature gatherers add to undemocratic referendum process

By CityBeat Staff

We’ve heard enough reports of lying that if the measure qualifies, it would do so based partly on misinformation.

Editorial

Assessing prison realignment

It’s not perfect, but it’s a big step in the right direction

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat has long advocated for less incarceration and more use of alternative sentencing in California, and we supported the basic concepts behind realignment, which is the wonky term for diverting to county jails some lower-level offenders and parole violators who’d otherwise be sent to state prisons.

Editorial

Kevin Faulconer and poverty

Having trouble making ends meet? The mayor isn’t interested

By CityBeat Staff

So, 2.5 percent of the city’s population can delay the wage increase and sick-day mandate. Is that fair? Debatable.

Editorial

Face-palm: Bill Fulton is quitting

His replacement must not be a yes-man for industry

By CityBeat Staff

The news last week that Bill Fulton had resigned from his position as the city of San Diego’s planning director was not completely unexpected, but still extremely disappointing.

Editorial

Stop San Diego County’s pepper-spray abuse

Formal complaint against the Probation Department shows how far local juvenile-detention practices are out of the mainstream

By CityBeat Staff

This is serious business. Not only are detainees’ civil rights likely being violated; the climate being created in these facilities is hardening these youthful transgressors even more.

Editorial

Bad affordable-housing deal for San Diego

Fast sunset provision, no annual adjustment should send it back to the negotiating table

By CityBeat Staff

When San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf is this excited about a policy proposal, we all should be very concerned.

Editorial

San Diego City Council leads the way on minimum wage

Bold move means low-wage workers will have a little extra coin

By CityBeat Staff

The Monday vote was a victory for low-wage workers who’ve rarely had champions in elected office, but it was also a victory for democracy.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding your Aug. 6 editorial about the departure of San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton: I don’t think it was so much a change in mayors as just people.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton’s move to Texas [“Editorial,” Aug. 6] was probably a good idea. Fulton was just not a good fit here.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Having read your Aug. 6 editorial on Bill Fulton leaving, I confess it’s confusing to me why many of you think Fulton is so wonderful and such a loss.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Your editorial on youth-detainee abuse in the July 30 issue is “steel on target”! (That’s a U.S. Army term, by the way.)

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Your July 9 editorial on the Murrieta immigration protests was spot on. I will refer to where you state the serious Latino-voter problem. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

This is what made the United States the country it is. Immigrants from all over the world, taking a giant and risky leap of faith and coming to a new country to try to make a life for themselves.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

I am so very grateful for your July 9 editorial, which spoke truthfully and, given today's absurd political climate, courageously. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

While I agree that the killing of innocent people is awful, I just don’t believe you can legislate away violence. 

Letters

Letters to the editor

Our readers tell us what they think

Regarding “The psychos are back” [“Editorial, June 18]: The title says it in a nutshell: Those behind the Iraq invasion are psychos.

Political Lunacy

Haven't we been here before?

In San Diego politics, the frame of the game stays the same

By Carl Luna

In San Diego politics, the frame of the game stays the same

Political Lunacy

San Diego song

City may have passed a pain-free budget, but it has a bigger hole in it than Henry’s bucket

By Carl Luna

City may have passed a pain-free budget, but it has a bigger hole in it than Henry’s bucket

Political Lunacy

In lieu of flowers

A eulogy for departed City Attorney Mike Aguirre

By Carl Luna

A eulogy for departed City Attorney Mike Aguirre

Political Lunacy

Black hole in the sun

Why would anyone want to be a member of the San Diego City Council?

By Carl Luna

Why would anyone want to be a member of the San Diego City Council?

Political Lunacy

On to the 19th century!

You can’t fight City Hall—but you can fight retro plans to build a new one

By Carl Luna

You can’t fight City Hall—but you can fight retro plans to build a new one

Political Lunacy

An odd year

Elections in odd-numbered council districts and an odd trio challenging an odd city attorney make for odd times

By Carl Luna

Elections in odd-numbered council districts and an odd trio challenging an odd city attorney make for odd times

Political Lunacy

Light the candles

Even small wars cost a lot to raise these days

By Carl Luna

Even small wars cost a lot to raise these days

Political Lunacy

Tijuana burns

Our neighbor's house is on fire--and no one seems to give a damn

By Carl Luna

Our neighbor's house is on fire--and no one seems to give a damn

Political Lunacy

It's really not so bad

From financial woes to flaming fires, plagues of problems bedeviled San Diego in 2007, but we go on

By Carl Luna

From financial woes to flaming fires, plagues of problems bedeviled San Diego in 2007, but we muddled on

Political Lunacy

The fall of Mike Aguirre

Can the city attorney survive the autumn of his discontent?

By Carl Luna

Can the city attorney survive the autumn of his discontent?

Presently Tense

I'm tense no more

Out with this old column, in with a new one

By D.A. Kolodenko

Having grown up in San Diego seeing so many creative, smart people move to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Europe and other, less-deserty pastures, I always admired those who stayed, or relocated, here for their resolve to make it work in a town where picking up a newspaper is less popular than applying zinc oxide to the nasal region.

Presently Tense

How may I help you?

Providing a different kind of tech support

By D.A. Kolodenko

Punya and Abhijeet, both in their late 20s, told me they were the only two guys from hundreds in the company’s Bangalore office who’d been sent to San Diego for training. So, these were the voices on the phone! I had come face to face with the living, breathing targets of every joke ever told in the U.S. about trying to get a modem fixed.

Presently Tense

Cuckoo world

My admiration for a local antiques collector

By D.A. Kolodenko

Long before the Gaslamp Quarter became the gentrified playground of San Diego’s young 9-to-5ers, there was this giant antique mall down there, south of Market.

Presently Tense

Sleepless in San Diego

Where can a night owl go for a hoot

By D.A. Kolodenko

If New York is the city that never sleeps, San Diego is the city that has a glass of warm soymilk before tucking itself into bed at 8:30.Sure, you’ve got your weekend Pacific Beach bro-fest, your

Presently Tense

The politics of dancing

Shaking up the meaning of an American memorial

By D.A. Kolodenko

Five people were arrested on Saturday for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Presently Tense

A view of the bridge

Balboa Park’s future in the grand scheme of things

By D.A. Kolodenko

I’m sure you’ve heard about Irwin Jacobs’ plan to invest in a park renovation that would remove cars from the Plaza De Panama in the heart of the park and divert traffic coming off of the Cabrillo Bridge toward other parking areas.

Presently Tense

Bird of sacrifice

Pelicans are large and in charge, but their future is murky

By D.A. Kolodenko

Living smack in front of the tide pools in O.B. for 11 years will make an amateur pelican expert out of you, and it occurs to me that this year, something looks different.

Presently Tense

Roe v. Wade on hold

Facing the erosion of abortion rights in America

By D.A. Kolodenko

It’s already happening across the country. The New York Times reported that since Republicans made gains in the mid-term elections, 29 states now have anti-choice governors and 15 have both anti-choice governors and legislatures.

Presently Tense

Nukikazes wanted

Japan’s crisis offers a glowing opportunity

By D.A. Kolodenko

One of the more interesting yet under-reported stories from the ongoing disaster in Japan is about how the Tokyo Electric Power Company has ramped up its effort to find workers willing to brave the dangerous conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Presently Tense

Meltdown versus shutdown

Let’s stop sucking the nuclear boobs

By D.A. Kolodenko

Shut down San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant! If enough of us demand it, it will happen. Raise your voices! Send letters! Organize a demonstration! Walk like an Egyptian!

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The search is over

Staff writer Dave Maass is leaving; can you find 22 of his favorite subjects?

By Dave Maass

Bill Horn, marijuana, Occupy SD, Zany-Zane and Gary Kreep were among our beloved staff writer's favorite topics. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Black History mini-crossword

Fill in the blanks with prominent African-American figures

By Dave Maass

Who is the current Assembly member for District 79? Plus more questions involving prominent African-American San Diegans. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Flu hunt

Can you find nine flu symptoms and the six FDA-approved vaccines?

By Dave Maass

A list of the six FDA-approved vaccines. Now, get vaccinated. 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The procurement is right

Guess the winning bids on these county of San Diego contracts

By Dave Maass

How much for metal and wood barricades, lapel-mics, and commercial truck driver's license training? 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Secretary of defense mini-crossword

Which secretaries fit in the blanks?

By Dave Maass

Which secretary was the subject of the 2003 Oscar-winning documentary Fog of War

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Gun game

Can you identify these firearms, which were all explicitly named in the 1994 assault-weapons ban?

By Dave Maass

Can you tell the difference between an Uzi and a Striker 12?

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Ebenezer teasers

Bah humbug! Here's some trivia to bum you out on Christmas

By Dave Maass

How much sugar is in a standard-sized candy cane? Which toys are potentially dangerous? Happy holidays! 

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Dwarf hunt

Can you find the 15 members of 'Thorin & Company' from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?

By Dave Maass

Hint: there are 13 dwarves, one hobbit and one wizard.

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Filner's furrow

Can you find your way through the new San Diego mayor's thoughts?

By Dave Maass

The new mayor's brain is a labyrinth! (But with less David Bowie and more focus on neighborhoods).  

Shenanigans

Shenanigans: The procurement is right

Guess the winning bids on these county of San Diego contracts

By Dave Maass

Flashlights, double-cotton-crotch underwear and pavement markings all won bids from San Diego County.

Sordid Tales

A letter from my younger self to my older self

Don’t be like Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard and Art Garfunkel

By Edwin Decker

Just Google "letter to my younger self" (LTMYS), and it'll return about a gazillion hits. Some are celebrity letters. Other letters are from regular Joes. There are tons of YouTube messages, magazine features and several books. 

Sordid Tales

Waiter Math and the demise of mandatory tipping

Servers needn’t gnash their teeth amid new rules for restaurants

By Edwin Decker

An Aug. 28 U-T San Diego story reports that the California Board of Equalization is updating the tax code to ensure that sales taxes will be collected on "mandatory tips."

Sordid Tales

The wrong way to role-play—choo choo!

Passive-Aggressive Co-worker? Seriously?

By Edwin Decker

Now, I'm not the role-playing type. The only role I have ever played in a romantic relationship is my signature "Honey I'm busy, can you make this quick" character that pretty much destroyed my marriage.

Sordid Tales

Making an appointment for my midlife-crisis-oscopy

The many indignities of getting your intestines inspected

By Edwin Decker

If you're 50 or older, the American Cancer Society advises you to make an appointment to have a camera shoved up your ass via 5-foot tube so that a team of physicians can thoroughly examine that private, secret place where everything you've ever eaten goes to die.

Sordid Tales

Ocean Beach would prefer not to be cornholed

Funky community’s residents don’t live in Pacific Beach for a reason

By Edwin Decker

The issue at hand is complicated and tedious, so let me summarize in a way that everyone, including me, can understand. Basically, Satan and his conglomerate minions want to cornhole the little people of Ocean Beach.

Sordid Tales

Please do not explode fireworks over the animals

Challenging SeaWorld’s ‘commitment’ to wildlife protection

By Edwin Decker

To salvage SeaWorld's public image, which was recently mauled by the documentary Blackfish, the theme park's spokespeople have been vigorously reminding us that, foremost, they are zoologists.

Sordid Tales

There’s no such thing as a bad synonym for ‘vagina’

A response to Nina Bahadur’s column in the Huffington Post

By Edwin Decker

The first three on the list of "terrible' synonyms for vagina are, unsurprisingly, cooter, snatch and pussy, which—in the right context—are perfectly reasonable terms but, OK, I understand why most women dislike them.

Sordid Tales

The context and history of the Mt. Soledad holy-torture device

Do the cross supporters think they’re going to fool the Supreme Court?

By Edwin Decker

For those who don't know, the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (MSMA) petitioned SCOTUS in March, hoping to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the gigantic, sacred torture device is in violation of the First Amendment.

Sordid Tales

The YMCA is trying to kill me

Have you heard the one about the fat man who enters a gym?

By Edwin Decker

When a fat man walks into spin class for the first time, all commotion abruptly stops—like an American backpacker entering the local pub of a rural, English village with a persistent werewolf problem.


Sordid Tales

A religious righty says and thinks stupid shit about atheists

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner

By Edwin Decker

For the latest edition of "Religious Right Winger Says and Thinks Stupid Shit about Atheists and Other Secularists," I present the Rev. Michael Faulkner. 

Spin Cycle

Minimum-wage battle, ‘Dragnet’-style

Sgt. Joe Tuesday and partner Gill Bannon respond to Councilmember Sherman’s frantic call

By John R. Lamb

This is the city. San Diego, California. I work here. I carry a notebook. My name’s Spin. The column you are about to read is true; one name has been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.

Spin Cycle

Activist attorney Cory Briggs is on a roll

Fresh off a victory in a fight over convention-center expansion, his sites are now on the Tourism Marketing District

By John R. Lamb

The attorney who kicked sand into the gears of the San Diego Convention Center expansion plans says he’s just getting started.

Spin Cycle

Will the minimum-wage fight devour Kevin Faulconer’s future?

And speaking of fights, who would win: Jason Roe or a great white shark?

By John R. Lamb

When the San Diego City Council on Monday voted to uphold its earlier decision to require earned sick days and boost the city’s minimum wage incrementally to $11.50 by 2017—thereby smushing the mayor’s veto—you could hear the sharpening of knives emanating from Faulconer’s political brain trust.

Spin Cycle

Bill Fulton is Houston-bound and gagged

San Diego planning director cries “Uncle!”

By John R. Lamb

 On Friday, the nationally renowned urban planner, author and former mayor of Ventura announced that he’ll be leaving San Diego at the end of August to head up an urban-research institute based at Houston’s Rice University.

Spin Cycle

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Illumina-ting pitch

Digging into the DNA of a company deal

By John R. Lamb

There Kevin Faulconer was, clasping meat hooks with the CEO of Illumina—the San Diego-based genome-cracking-device-manufacturing firm that MIT recently dubbed the "smartest company in the world"

Spin Cycle

Sierra Fight Club

San Diego court case focused on local-chapter powers of grassroots organizations

By John R. Lamb

John Stump is a regular fixture at City Hall, but last week he found himself a few blocks away, seated before Superior Court Judge Katherine A. Bacal with his attorney, Bob Ottilie.

Spin Cycle

Johnathan Hale is Hillcrest’s drama king

Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?

By John R. Lamb

Sonya Stauffer alleges that she was summarily fired on June 5 by the association’s president, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News publisher Johnathan Hale, for reasons that remain uncertain.

Spin Cycle

Gauging San Diego’s wage battle

Checking with Blanca Lopez Brown’s (and T.J. Zane’s?) alternative minimum-pay proposal

By John R. Lamb

The pitches being tossed around in San Diego’s debate over a higher minimum wage for this sprawling city would have had the late, great Tony Gwynn seeing double.

Spin Cycle

San Diego’s Barrio imbroglio

Would a community-plan defeat chill public participation?

By John R. Lamb

A new mayor, an old mayor and several ex-“Navy mayors” have all ganged up on the Barrio Logan’s community-plan update that was five years in the making.

Spin Cycle

Ex-mayor Dick Murphy on the book stump

His wife wants those things gone

By John R. Lamb

Within these pages and beyond a decade ago, Dick Murphy was described as many things as he lumbered toward eventual resignation—out of touch, insular, a bust at crisis management, excuse-oriented and blind to red-flag warnings, financial and otherwise.

 
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