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Margaret Tanchuck was cleaning out her late father’s jewelry store about a year and a half ago when she found some old Bibles and books, including a centuries-old manuscript by Benjamin Franklin potentially worth more than $1 million.

The only catch was the New York Public Library call numbers on the spines.

Now, the manuscript—a handwritten workbook of the items printed in Mr. Franklin’s print shop in the 18th century—and seven other rare books are at the heart of a contentious dispute between the 50-year-old Nassau County woman and the library, which alleges the books were stolen from the library decades ago.

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Sunday, 11 September 2011 00:29

Grand jury indicts woman for attacking paintings

Susan J. Burns, the Alexandria woman who twice was arrested in connection with attacks on paintings in the National Gallery of Art, has been indicted by a D.C. grand jury on seven counts, including destruction of property, threats to do bodily harm, unlawful entry and second-degree burglary.

The highly publicized incidents occurred on or about April 1 and Aug. 5, according to the indictment filed this week. After the April 1 incident, a D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Burns, 53, to stay away from the museum, an order she allegedly violated last month.

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