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In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab

The Iraqis, among many other Middle Easterners, believe they invented the kebab. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.
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Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

Librarians have to get creative to reach out beyond their faithful fans and engage with more members of their communities. So some libraries have started lending out tools like fishing poles, and others offer "human books" — volunteers with special expertise or interesting experiences.
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Chipotle Is Keeping Its Meat Antibiotic-Free After All

Chipotle isn't changing its ban on meat raised with antibiotics after all, despite headlines to the contrary, a spokesman for the Mexican-fast-food chain tells NPR. According to an official statement from Chipotle, the chain's antibiotic ban still stands. For now.
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'Orange' Creator Jenji Kohan: 'Piper Was My Trojan Horse'

Orange Is the New Black's showrunner explains how a story about a privileged white woman and criminality allows her to tell "really fascinating tales" of black women, Latinas, old women and criminals. Kohan also created the Showtime series Weeds.
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How Would You Kill The N-Word?

Every time a controversy involving the slur bubbles up, someone calls for a ban on it. But would that even work?
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Book News: Museum, Kelly Clarkson Vie For Jane Austen's Ring

Also: Thomas Pynchon's "Bugs Bunny" teeth; N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's book deal; and The New York Review of Books' lady problem.
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Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.
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The Biggest Twitter Moments Ever Feature Beyonce, Romney

Super Bowls and Olympics tend to generate major Twitter spikes, but how do the biggest Twitter moments compare to one another? A closer look.
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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries' old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.
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Sandwich Monday: The Jim Shoe

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a lesser-known Chicago classic, the Jim Shoe sandwich. It's also known as the "Gym Shoe," the "Jim Shoo" and "delicious."

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