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BERLIN (AP) — East Germany’s secret police kept extensive records on Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he was a senior member of the West German Social Democratic Party’s youth wing in the 1970s and 80s, German tabloid Bild reported Thursday.

Files obtained by the newspaper showed the Stasi closely followed his visits to the communist country at a time when he was deputy leader of the Young Socialists, describing him as a “seasoned political professional who has a lot of influence in the organization.

The Stasi gathered vast amounts of information on East Germany’s citizens and influential people abroad, both through its own agents and with the help of informants. Many of the files were destroyed before German reunification in 1990, but some have survived and can be accessed by those concerned or for research purposes.

Asked about the files Thursday, Scholz said they “weren’t nice, but that’s just the way it is.”

The 63-year-old was elected chancellor last month, succeeding Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Germany.

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Where to Watch Vermont vs Stony Brook Basketball Game Today

Getty Stony Brook redshirt junior Anthony Roberts

The Stony Brook Seawolves face Vermont in the first rematch of conference play over at Island Federal Arena. These two sides are looking to battle that pits the two two teams in the America East Conference.

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The game (7 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV, but anyone in the US can watch Vermont vs Stony Brook live on ESPN+:

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Vermont vs Stony Brook Basketball Preview

These two teams are facing off for the 48th time in their series and Vermont has a 35-12 lead over their rivals.

The 14th-ranked Catamounts want to continue the great streak that has them fighting for the top spots in the America East Conference at 20-6. On top of that, they find themselves undefeated at home e at 9-0. Included in that recent streak you find a victory over Stony Brook in which the most important storyline was the 19 three-pointers that were made by the Catamounts en route to a 98-65 victory back on January 12.

Since then, Stony Brook has won three-straight games. The Seawolves have outscored its conference foes by nearly 10 points per game in its wins against UMBC (W, 65-51), Binghamton (W, 74-71), and UAlbany (W, 86-75). Anthony Roberts (14.9 ppg), Jahlil Jenkins (13.9 ppg), and Tykei Greene (11.2 ppg) all average double figures for the Seawolves. Roberts was named America East Player of the Week on Monday (Jan. 24) after averaging 18.0 points in SBU’s last three games.

This recent set of performances helps redshirt junior guard Anthony Roberts to be named the America East Player of the Week, as was announced by the league announced Monday. This makes him the second player on the squad to be given this recognition after Jahlil Jenkins already won the honors this season.

This game comes on the heels of the Seawolves accepting an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association starting next season.

“I’m very excited to announce that Stony Brook University will join the Colonial Athletic Association. This invitation is a historic step for our institution and a testament to our tremendous growth – both in academics and athletics – over the last two decades,” said President Maurie McInnis. “Today would not be possible without the dedication of our student-athletes and coaches, who have paved the way for this moment. Our future is bright, and we look forward to competing for CAA Championships for years to come!”

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