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The skinny: Washington on the hook for overdue books

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Washington on the hook for overdue books

On Oct. 5, 1789, President George Washington went into New York Society Library and checked out Law of Nations and Vol. 12 of Common Debates. They were due back on Nov. 2. Of 1789. The library has been eager to get the books back for more than 220 years, and the New York Daily News reports that the library has calculated the late fees for the books have topped $300,000. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines," head librarian Mark Bartlett said. "But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back."


Parent weekend easy for the Meles

When the Mele quadruplets were born 17 years ago, no doubt someone nudged the parents in the ribs — probably the dad — and made a joke about starting to save for college tuition. He probably didn't think it was funny then, and it probably hasn't gotten any easier over the years. But there is good news for Robert Mele of Long Island, N.Y. All four — Grace, Erin, Bobby and Danny — are not only going to college, but they're going to the same college, Hartwick in Oneonta, N.Y. Grace added the drama to the decision, suggesting she didn't want to enroll as a package deal before deciding that a split would be "traumatic." By going to the same school, the Meles qualify for a sibling discount, which, coupled with scholarships, reduces the family's bill to about $74,000 per year.

Happy birthday to, well, everybody!

Evelia Rivera gave birth to triplets in Oak Lawn, Ill., last week. It was relevant that it happened on Wednesday, because that is Evelia's birthday. Now she shares the day with her three boys. Awww. Dr. Steven Ambrose did a great job on the delivery, and only later did the Riveras learn that it was also Ambrose's birthday. "We all thought that was pretty cool," said Rivera's husband, Edwin. Better start saving for college.

Mother of bride catches the baby

Annette Soborowicz was just planning on spending the day fulfilling her role as mother of the bride at a Milwaukee wedding on Saturday when a man burst in from the street and asked if there was a doctor in the house. Soborowicz is not, but is an emergency room nurse, which was close enough for Ben Sherwood's purposes. Sherwood was driving his very pregnant wife to the hospital when everyone realized the baby wasn't going to wait. Soborowicz was happy to help, and said she was happy to deliver a son to someone on the day she got a son-in-law.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Washington on the hook for overdue books 04/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:47pm]
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