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Bell Schedule
Monday - Labor Day (no school) 
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell T (DC-BAS)
Thursday - Bell T (DC-BAS)
Friday - Bell 3
Student Early Dismissal Procedures
Parents, if you know that your child will be leaving school early please send a note with your child with the time that you will be picking them up.  The student will show that note to the teacher at the beginning of the class and the teacher will dismissed the student to report to the main office at the proper time.
Students who need to leave school after 3:00 pm will be called to the Welcome Center during the afternoon announcements at 3:10 pm.  Thank you for your cooperation as we work to minimize disruption.
. And don't forget to use Deal's account number: 507655. Questions? Contact Anita Seline at

Sally Foster Sale in September!
Look for chocolates, gift wrap, gifts, children's items, beauty products, tags, ribbons, and gift bags in our ongoing Sally Foster fundraiser. The holidays will be here before you know it. Be prepared with Sally Foster products and help our school at the same time.

Back to School night, Friday, Sept. 11,  will be the first collection date for orders. Look for the Sally Foster volunteer at that the start of Back to School Night.  Orders will also be collected at the end of the sale, Tuesday, Sept. 29 during homeroom.
The top-selling student from each grade will receive a $25 gift card.  The top-selling homeroom will enjoy a pizza party as a thank you from the Deal PTA. 
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Upcoming Dates
 September 7
Labor Day Holiday 
September 8
Faculty meeting; 3:20 - 4:30pm
September 9 & 10
(adjusted Bell Schedule)
September 11
Student Council Assembly (Bell III)
World Language Trip Meeting; 5:30 - 6:30pm
Back to School Night; 6:30 pm - 9 pm
September 15
SCAC; 7:30 am 
September 16
Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30 pm
Faculty meeting, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
September 18
Professional Development Day (no school for students)
September 21 - 25
Spirit Week
September 23
Deficiency Notices submitted to homeroom teachers
September 24
Woodson SHS cross country invitational meet
September 25
1st Advisory Midpoint
Deficiency Notices to grade-level administrator
September 30
Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30pm
October 9
Hispanic Heritage Assembly (Bell III)

October 15
Faculty meeting; 3:20 - 4:30pm

October 16
8th grade trip to Jamestown; 6:30am - 7:30pm

October 20
Portrait Day

October 21
NHD workshop for families; 7pm

October 22 & 23

IB Authorization Visit

October 28
Halloween Party
3:30 - 6pm

October 29

End of 1st Advisory
October 30
Professional Development Day - No school for students
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The Weekly Bulletin

"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately. Act Inclusively."
Our mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
Thought for the Week
 "When elephants battle, the ants perish."

-- Cambodian Proverb
Message from Principal Kim

On Tuesday, President Obama will be welcoming students in America back to school in a nationwide speech.  This  speech has special significance for us since Alice Deal was the site for a similar speech by President George H.W. Bush.  On October 1, 1991, President Bush spoke to the students of America from Ms. Mostoller's social studies classroom.  I watched President Bush's speech this weekend again and was struck at how its messages still resonate, despite the fact that it was delivered before our students were born.

Many Deal students will watch President Obama's speech live, but our ongoing renovations and equipment installations will not allow us to accommodate everyone.  Teachers who currently have an Internet connection and equipment installed are encouraged to watch our president with students at noon on  This week's Food for Thought reading is the advance text of President Obama's remarks.

If you are interested in Deal's connection to history, you can watch President Bush speaking at Alice Deal, using the following link.  Thanks to Mr. Edgell for sending me the link!

In academic news, students will take the DC-BAS this week.  The results of this exam will provide teachers with a baseline of where our students are as we begin this school year.  Students, relax and do your best.

Deal is fully up and running on Edline.  Please activate your account on to stay current with academic progress. 

Finally, Deal's Back-to-School night is Friday.  You get to experience your child's schedule by traveling through the halls and meeting all of their teachers.  Please arrive on time at 6:30 pm.  When you get to school, please go directly to your child's 1st period class.  Schedules for the rest of the evening will be provided for you there!
Principal Kim
This week at Deal. . .

All Deal students will take the DC-BAS on Wednesday (Reading) and Thursday (Math) this week.  Students must bring two # 2 pencils and a calculator (7th and 8th grade only).
Helpful Hints
  • Answer every question.  If you are not sure of an answer, use the process of elimination to make an educated guess.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast.
  • Come to school on time and prepared to do your best.

DC-BAS Schedule (Bell T)



Warning Bell



Students report to Homeroom - students must leave all items (except #2 pencils and calculator) in their lockers



Students report to alternative testing sites






Return testing material

Students who need extended time - escorted to cafeteria



2nd period



3rd period



4th period



5th period



6th period



7th period



1st period

Please contact Mr. Santiago at (202) 939-2012 if you have any questions.
Boys' Soccer Team
Tyr-outs for the boys' soccer team will be held Wednesday, and Thursday. Please see coach Mbayu (RM C130) to get permission slips.
Debate Team
Because of the Monday holiday debate practice will be held on Wednesday this week. You must have a signed permission form to stay. Please see Ms. Sweeney in E304 if you have any questions.
Team San Francisco After-School Academic Assistance Meets every Wednesday
Every Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, Team San Francisco teachers will be offering academic assistance to any San Fran student who wants help or a quiet place to do homework and/or study.  Students can also receive tutoring, studying tips, and/or work on organization.  If interested, come to room W-101 (Ms. Mason's room) after school on Wednesdays. 
The fall rugby season is about to begin.  Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.  All students interested in playing should see Mr. Koplowitz in room C104.  There will be an information meeting for students and parents on Wednesday at 6:00 (room C104) for information on rugby and on the Deal Rugby Team.  Contact Mr. Koplowitz at
for more information.
Homework Help
Attention All Deal Students! Mrs. Washington would like to help YOU!
Do you need help with your homework or projects? Are looking for a quiet place to complete your assignments after school?
Please come by Mrs. Washington's room in C 212, after school on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm. "Homework Help" will start on Wednesday, September 9th.
Student Council
Student Council will meet this Wednesday after school in Mr. Kirschenbaum's room (E205).  All representatives should attend the meeting to obtain your permission slip, learn about Spirit Week, and prepare for our upcoming assembly.
Cross Country/Track Practice Begins
Attention members of the Cross Country and Track Teams.  Practice begins on Wednesday.  You must submit all paperwork to be eligible to practice.  Boys should turn in their paperwork to Mr. Geremia in room W104 and girls should submit their paperwork to Mr. Jenkins in the gym.  No paperwork, no practice. Practice will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm in Fort Reno Park on Wednesday and Thursday. If you have any questions please see Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins.
Student Council Induction Assembly
The Assembly will be held this Friday during the Bell 3 Activity Period.  Students will go directly from their 7th period class to the assembly.

Peer Mediation Program Begins
The peer mediation program is recruiting students from all three grades who were trained to be peer mediators in elementary school to be peer mediators this year.  Parents and teachers, please encourage students who are trained mediators to stop by the counselors' offices to sign up.  Students can also sign up with their counselor during lunch.  Special training for mediating disputes at the middle school level will be provided.  Peer mediators will meet each week on Friday mornings before school at 8:00.  The first meeting will be Friday morning, September 11 - location to be announced.  Ms. McFarland and Ms. Blakeway will coordinate the program.  Teachers and parents who would like to work with the mediation program should contact Ms. McFarland at (202)939-2014.  This is a great opportunity for students to contribute to their school community by helping others resolve problems that cause conflicts in relationships with peers and adults in our school.

8th Grade World Language Trips
Attention all 8th graders interested in traveling abroad this year!  There will be an information session on September 11th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm for all 8th graders and their parents who wish to learn more about the spring break trips to Spain and France.  This meeting will take place one hour before Back-To-School Night.  The France trip meeting will be in Mr. Mbayu's room and the Spain trip meeting will be in Ms. Kelley's room.  Please mark your calendars now because important trip details as well as applications will be given out at the meeting! 

Student information...
Deal Team Emails
6th Grade
Addis Ababa - [email protected]
Beijing - [email protected]
San Francisco - [email protected]
7th Grade
Athens - [email protected]
Nairobi - [email protected]
Rome - [email protected]
8th Grade
Cairo - [email protected]
La Paz - [email protected]
Singapore - [email protected]
World Language Department - [email protected]

Addis Ababa
Study hall will begin on Monday, September 14th in Room N103. If you have any questions, please email

The International Cooking Club
Will begin meeting after school from 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in the faculty lounge. Students who are interested should see Ms. Kinzer after school on September 9th to obtain a permission slip.  Students will need to return the permission slip with the $10 fee. Please note that the International Cooking Club will be capped at 21 students (7 per grade) and slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

This year we will be making recipes from the following countries: Italy, Japan, India, Lebanon, Belgium, Germany, China, United States, Tunisia, Thailand, France, Mexico, Vietnam, Canada, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. If you have any connections to restaurants that serve food from these countries and are willing to help arrange a field-trip at the end of the year please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected]

In addition, the International Cooking Club is always looking for donations to help enhance our program. The following supplies would help us greatly - Antibacterial Kitchen wipes, Mixing bowls, Cutting boards, Measuring cups, Wooden spoons, Box grater, Pans, pots, baking sheets, large skillet, Utensils, Parchment paper, Ladle, Zester, & Pot holders.

Fencing Club Challenges You to a Duel!!
A recent Deal graduate, Ben Cohen, won an A rating (the highest among adults) as a junior at Wilson High School. He now fences for Harvard University. Perhaps you would like to follow his trail to dueling glory by joining the Deal Fencing Club, which meets after school in room C217 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3:20 until 5:00 pm.  Deal supplies all the equipment: weapons and protective uniforms. You need no experience. You get to attack your friends with pointed sticks and it is legal!  The club is open to all boys and girls, grades 6, 7, and 8.You must have a signed permission slip to attend, which you may pick up from Mr. Hughes in room C217 any day after school. Fencing Club begins September 17. 
Deal 2009-2010 Science Fair Projects
In science classes this week students will be introduced to the science fair project.  Parent letters, explaining the project process, will be going home.  Student projects will be inquiry based, focusing on the International Baccalaureate (IB) areas of interaction such as human ingenuity and environments.  6th grade students will work on Earth Science projects under the direction of their teacher.  7th and 8th grade students will work independently or in small groups of two to three students.  Science teachers are available to answer questions from students and parents at any time.  The project is broken down into small parts:
Part 1:  Experiment Design-Due September 17, 2009
Part 2:  Background Research-Due October 26, 2009
Part 3:  Material List, Experimental Procedure-Due November 16, 2009
 (ISEF Forms select 7th and 8th grade projects)
Part 4:  Data Table, Graph and Conclusion-Due December 4, 2009
Part 5:  Early Project Presentation Board and Research Paper- Due December 14, 2009
Part 6:  Project Presentation Board and Research Paper- Due Week of January 4, 2010
Music Listserv
The Music Department uses a listserv in order to communicate information to its students and parents. All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up to be a member of this listserv. To become a member send an email mail to [email protected]  
Music at Deal
Every student at Deal is encouraged to participate in one of the vast musical ensembles. There is 6th grade choir, Concert Chorus, Show Choir, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Beginning Band, and Drumline. To join, see Mr. Frye or Mr. Jackson.
Sketchbook for Art
Students in 6th and 8th grade are required to bring a sketchbook to art class everyday. The sketchbook should:
-Be 50-100 pages
-Be blank pages
Please do not spend over $15.00.  Students can purchase sketchbooks for $10.00 from Ms. Kouri or Mrs. Bustos at the beginning of class. 

Through Your Lens - School Facilities Across America -  A National School Community Photo and Essay Contest 
Students, teachers, and principals from around the nation are sharing photos and stories about the good, bad and even funny dimensions of their school buildings.  School images and words will help raise awareness of the need for high quality school buildings for all students, teachers and communities. 
Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities will be on the panel of judges. Jonathan Kozol has dedicated his life to serving as an advocate for children, especially those forced to attend underfunded schools that lack adequate educational resources.  In his work, Kozol strives to increase the public call for social change, believing that "as long as people don't see a problem, it doesn't exist."   
To submit your photo or essay and for more information go to:
Staff information...
Digital Duplicating Requests
In order to facilitate the digital duplicating process, please make sure to:
- fill out the request form completely. 
- submit only "copy ready" items.  Your original should not have staples or tape and must be in the correct size format (you must do size modifications yourself).
- attach (paper clip) your original and the request form and place in the digital duplicating mailbox.
The Technology Request and General Supply Request forms are also located to the right of the office copier. Do not mix the forms up as this can cause a delay in processing.
All teachers must enter their DC.Gov email addresses into their STARS account.  If you do not have a DC.Gov account please see Ms. Baxter today.
All teachers are reminded to submit the (pink) DCSTARS Attendance Cards to Ms. Mills in the Welcome Center by 3:30 today. Forms for September will be placed in your mailbox this morning.

PTA Newsletter
The deadline for submission is September 11th.  Possible ideas?  Summer PD experiences that connect to what you will do with students this year, high-light your Bell 2 activity, high-light your extracurricular activity, inform parents and students about up-coming IB units or field trips!  All submissions should be sent to

Extracurricular Information
Please post information for your extracurricular activities on the Bulletin.  You should begin all activities this month.  Please see Ms. Kim with any concerns.
Before & after school activities this week...
Tuesday AM
6th Grade Choir, 7:45 am
Jazz Band auditions, 7:45 am
Tuesday PM
Drumline, 3:30-4:30 pm 
Wednesday AM
Concert Chorus, 7:45 am
Wednesday PM 
Student Council, RM E205
Boys' Soccer try-outs 
Rugby Information meeting, 6 pm
Ms. Washington's Homework Help, 3:30-4:30 pm, RM C213
Team San Francisco After-School academic Assistance, 3:15-4:30pm, RM W101
Debate Team, RM E304
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
Volleyball practice, 3:30- 5 pm
Thursday AM
6th Grade Choir, 7:45 am
Jazz/Concert Band 7:45 am  
Thursday PM
Ultimate Frisbee Club, 3:30-4:30 pm
Boys' Soccer try-outs
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
Volleyball practice, 3:30 5 pm

Friday AM
Peer Mediation, 8 am
Food for Thought...
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event*

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone - how's everybody doing today? I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I'm glad you all could join us today. 
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it's your first day in a new school, so it's understandable if you're a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you're in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could've stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday - at 4:30 in the morning.   
Now I wasn't too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I'd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I'd complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I'm here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year. 
Now I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked a lot about responsibility.
I've talked about your teachers' responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. 
I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox. 
I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve. 
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. 
And that's what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. 
Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide. 
Maybe you could be a good writer - maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper - but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor - maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine - but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life - I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can't drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. 
You'll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You'll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You'll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy. 
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that - if you quit on school - you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country. 
Now I know it's not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that's like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn't always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn't fit in. 
So I wasn't always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I'm not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse. 
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn't have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don't have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there's not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don't feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren't right. 
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life - what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home - that's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That's no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That's no excuse for not trying. 
Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. 
That's what young people like you are doing every day, all across America. 
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I'm thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who's fought brain cancer since he was three. He's endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer - hundreds of extra hours - to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he's headed to college this fall. 
And then there's Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she's on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren't any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same. 
That's why today, I'm calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education - and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you'll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you'll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you'll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you'll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it. 
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you're not going to be any of those things. 
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That's OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who've had the most failures. JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." 
These people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you - you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying. 
No one's born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You're not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don't hit every note the first time you sing a song. You've got to practice. It's the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to hand in. 
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust - a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor - and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. 
And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you - don't ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. 
It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?  
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you've got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down - don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

* Note:  The text of President Bush's 1991 remarks at Deal can be read at:

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