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Posted: January 29, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “These manuscripts are irreplaceable. They have the wisdom of the ages, and it’s the most important find since the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Michael Covitt, chairman of the Malian Manuscript Foundation, on the burning by Islamist rebels of a Timbuktu library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages

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Front Section, Pages 5 on 01/29/2013