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Nightmare Without End
The 14-year-old at Lawrence Academy in Groton was terrified to leave her dorm. The 39-year-old employee still roamed the campus.

Nightmare Without End
The 14-year-old at Lawrence Academy in Groton was terrified to leave her dorm. The 39-year-old employee still roamed the campus.

That was the message from councilors Tuesday evening, who argued that the city should depart from its current busing practices and in essence eliminate citywide schools. She had made a motion for the Law Department to explore the necessary steps to allow children to attend neighborhood schools and obtain a release from the consent decree.

What we are working on 5/25/2018
It's Friday, May 25. Here is some of what Sun staffers and other news providers are working on for and this weekend's editions. For Saturday: Michael Dukakis, the former three-term governor of Massachusetts, moderated a panel discussion about the current state of public transportation across the commonwealth and he left no doubt where he stands on the issue.

Library book sale in Westford
More than 15,000 books and other forms of media will be available for purchase at the J.V. Fletcher Library's book sale next month. The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library will host one of its three annual sales on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friends members have access to a pre-sale on Friday, June 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to books, the sale offers CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.


Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie: The Dionne Quintuplets (1934)
As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls to establish "Quintland," a popular tourist attraction. What killed one of the quints at age 20? Discuss

Julia Ward Howe (1819)
An American author and social reformer, Howe wrote and lectured on behalf of women's suffrage, African-American emancipation, and other causes and helped found a world peace organization. In November 1861, after watching Union troops march into battle during the US Civil War, she wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," her most famous work. Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, it became the semiofficial song of the Union Army. Where did the music for the song come from?

Mamie Smith (1883)
Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, "Crazy Blues" quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives' eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the "race record." Smith's "Crazy Blues" was accorded what honor in 2005?

Quote of the Day

Ambrose Bierce
November, n.: The eleventh twelfth of a weariness. Discuss

Jerome K. Jerome
Everything looms pleasant through the softening haze of time. Even the sadness that is past seems sweet.

Jerome K. Jerome
To the boy of twenty it seems impossible that he will not love as wildly at sixty as he does then ... His love will never fall, whoever else's may. Nobody ever loved as he loves, and so, of course, the rest of the world's experience can be no guide in his case.

This Day in History

Coney Island's Dreamland Park Burns (1911)
Dreamland was, for a brief time, one of the many attractions in Coney Island—a popular New York seaside resort area. An amusement park, Dreamland featured rides and exhibitions of curiosities, including caged animals, and, more bizarrely, a display of premature infants in incubators. In 1911, a fire sparked by light bulbs ripped through the largely wooden park, creating chaos as animals escaped. Fortunately, the babies were carried to safety, and no one was killed. What became of Dreamland? Discuss