What we’re reading: Fascinating libraries, man attempts mid-air exit, 14-year-old arrested for tweeting threat

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Libraries are dying? Think again

The next time you visit a city, you may want to take a detour and visit the city’s public library. You may be in for a treat. That’s what happened to Glenn Nagel when he visited Seattle’s Central Library.

Little did he know that stepping into Seattle’s Central Library would spark his curiosity. The library’s geometric glass and steel interior with its sprawling “books spiral” grabbed ahold of him.

“It’s just an incredible building,” he said, still remembering his awe during that 2013 trip. “I spent an hour and a half just taking pictures, and while doing that, I was getting the idea that I should visit other libraries.”

Flight from Chicago diverted after man attempts mid-air exit

A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Sacramento from Chicago had to make a landing in Nebraska when a passenger attempted to open the rear door during the flight.

Witnesses said they heard screaming coming from the back of the plane. A flight attendant was yelling “Help me! Help me!” as the man attempted to jump out of the plane through a rear door.

#FAIL: teenager tweets terrorist threat to American Airlines

If there’s one thing you should never do, it’s tweet a terrorist threat, even if you’re joking. A 14-year old girl found that out the hard way when she was arrested in Rotterdam after turning herself in.

The note, which in part read “My name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan” and concluded with “I’m going to do something really big bye,” received an immediate reply from American’s social media team, which effectively pointed out that pranks on Twitter have more consequences than those perpetrated in the schoolyard.

“Sarah,” the airline’s response read, “we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

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