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Today in History: King John Seals the Magna Carta 

Runnymede is a beautiful, tranquil English meadow on the banks of the Thames between Windsor and Staines – the historic meeting place where the tyrannical, malevolent King John sealed the Magna Carta. Whether or not John of Lackland offered up shrimp to the barons at his tea table while signing the peace treaty "like a …

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The Supremes: A New Book Collection 

You might be wondering what the biggest 60's American female singing group from Detroit has to do with the Gottesman Libraries? Not too much, really -- other than that they share the same title with the latest Everett Cafe book collection: The Supremes, on display now, through April 30th. It's not Motown that's landed here, with divas Florence …

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Stolen Bikes 

I gaze high up at the brightly lit stage, feeling lost in the large musty space. Within an instant I recognize three familiar banana seats – one of them a girl’s– only it is crusted over with thick, bruised blue paint, not light sparkling yellow as before. My brothers’ bikes are quickly wheeled in by …

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The Delicate Balance 

When she appeared on our Evanston doorstep the morning my parents left for the West Coast, I thought we were in for big trouble: Keyes was as wide as our refrigerator and wore gold-rimmed, granny glasses on the brim of her nose as black as molasses. Like everyone else, we never knew her first name. …

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The Idea of Justice 

The Idea of Justice Author: Amartya Sen Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009 Check It Out: JC578 .S424 2009 From the Publisher: Social justice: an ideal, forever beyond our grasp; or one of many practical possibilities? More than a matter of intellectual discourse, the idea of justice plays a real …

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