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Student Ross Cooper signs with a friend at H Street Country Club. Bartenders have learned to sign bar basics, such as "beer" and "wine." Brighter lights make it easier to see sign language and read lips. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Student Ross Cooper signs with a friend at H Street Country Club. Bartenders have learned to sign bar basics, such as "beer" and "wine." Brighter lights make it easier to see sign language and read lips. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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