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\title{Lecture: \today }\author{Tejas (Tj) Hariharan 
\footnote{Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share 
Alike 3.0 License. c.f. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ for full license}} 
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\section{For Today's Class}
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  \item The first item
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