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    Inquiring Minds - Equal Protection and the Constitution

    Constitution USA
    Q. You often hear people talk about the “equal protection clause” of the Constitution. What does that actually refer to? A. After the Civil War, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment which guarantees “equal protection of the laws” to all “persons born or naturalized in the United States. In the Twentieth Century, this amendment (and in particular its equal protection clause) became the centerpiece of judicial efforts to promote civil rights and equal treatment for all Americans. If you want to learn more about the idea of Equal Protection and other aspects of the U.S. Constitution, you’re invited to a discussion series at the Roseville Library this month.... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Nonfiction, Programs

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    Inquiring Minds: What's That Short For?

    BMX Riding Skills
    Every so often, Ramsey County Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions we receive for your reading enjoyment.   Got a question of your own? Just Ask A Librarian! Here are today's abbreviated questions: Q. What does the acronym BMX stand for? I know that it has to do with bikes, but what do the letters stand for? A. BMX stands for “bicycle moto-cross” and it refers to the sport of organized bicycle races on dirt tracks. The Library has a number of books on the sport. (Library sources.) Q. I have a wall plaque in my kitchen that reads “La natura è l’arte di Dio.” What does that mean? A. It means “Nature... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference

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    Inquiring Minds: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is (in Arizona)?

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    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's timely question: Q. What’s the difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona? A. Thanks to Arizona’s unique policy on the observation of Daylight Savings Time, this is not an easy question to answer. Alone among the states in the Lower Forty-Eight, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the cold months of the year, Arizona is one hour earlier than Minnesota. They’re on Mountain Standard Time and we’re on Central Standard Time. As soon as Daylight Savings Time... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference