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(CNN)Count on the New York Public Library's iconic lion sculptures to set an example of patience and fortitude.

The marble statues that sit in front of the Steven A. Schwarzman Building in Manhattan's Bryant Park are now sporting their own lion-sized face masks to encourage New Yorkers to follow safety guidelines against coronavirus so their city can reopen in full.
The library mascots will wear their three-foot wide, two-foot tall masks to welcome back patrons when a few branches reopen next month. Anyone who enters one of its libraries is required to wear a mask, the New York Public Library said in a statement.
    The stoic lions, called Patience and Fortitude, have guarded the grand library for over 109 years. That means they stood watch throughout the 1918 influenza pandemic, too. Patience and Fortitude, the twin lion sculptures that guard the New York Public Library in Bryant Park, now wear lion-sized face masks to encourage New Yorkers to keep wearing their masks, too. New York employed many of the same safety tactics a century ago as it did when coronavirus crept in this year. A journal review of the city's public health response to that century-old pandemic reported that the city enforced what is now known as social distancing, bolstered its disease surveillance program and regulated how residents could use public spaces. Libraries were closed then, too, New York City College of Technology librarian Nora Almeida wrote in a pandemic-themed blog post for the college. Read MorePatience and Fortitude have endured a similarly severe pandemic and guarded libraries that stayed empty for months, and the city made it through then. So maybe two marble lions aren't the worst role models for a New York public health campaign.

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    Ghislaine Maxwell ‘caged’ after brief court appearance and will face same court as Jeffrey Epstein

    ALLEGED madam Ghislaine Maxwell will be "temporarily detained" after a brief court appearance – before facing the same court as Jeffrey Epstein.

    On Thursday, Maxwell, 58, faced a New York City judge remotely after prosecutors accused her of building a rapport with Epstein's victims before allegedly helping Epstein to sexually exploit them.

    4 Maxwell helped Epstein choose and procure his victims, New York prosecutors said on ThursdayCredit: Alamy 4 Federal prosecutors announced the charges against Maxwell at a press conference on ThursdayCredit: AP:Associated Press

    On Thursday, Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly luring girls as young as 14 years old to a plethora of Epstein's residences – including his mansions in New York City and Florida.

    But the US government fear she is "an extreme flight risk" meaning she could be denied bail, according to their memorandum.

    "The Government respectfully submits that Ghislaine Maxwell, the defendant, poses an extreme risk of flight," it read.

    "[T]hat she will not be able to rebut the statutory presumption that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant as required.

    "A finding of risk of flight must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence."

    Maxwell appeared at the Removal Hearing via video conference along with her her attorney Mr Vogelman shortly after 3.30 pm in Manhattan after some tech issues.

    She told District Judge Alison J. Nathan she understand she had waived her right to an in person hearing after consenting to the video conference.

    But in federal prosecutors were concerned that because Maxwell's alleged crimes involved minors, "no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant as required and the safety of the community" when it came to bail.

    Speaking at the US Attorney's office in Manhattan earlier on Thursday, prosecutor Audrey Strauss described the "unspeakable truth" and role Maxwell allegedly played in recruiting underage girls for Epstein during an explosive press briefing.

    "She would befriend young girls ... asking them questions about their lives," Strauss told reporters three hours before Maxwell's federal court appearance.

    The attorney described how the alleged madam would take them to the movies, ask about their families, and "develop a rapport with them."

    "She pretended to be a woman they could trust," Strauss said during the NYC conference, which was also attended by William Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI's NY office, and NYPD Commission Dermot Shea.

    4 The 58-year-old British socialite allegedly convinced young women to give Epstein massages partially or fully nudeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4 The charges against Maxwell were revealed in an indictment that was unsealed in New York on Thursday

    During the explosive Q&A portion of the briefing, Strauss told journalists that investigators would "welcome" Prince Andrew – who was a friend of Epstein's – coming in for a chat with cops.

    Strauss also told reporters "we would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us to have the benefit of his statement."

    The accusations against Maxwell were laid out in a federal filing which was unsealed earlier this morning.

    "In particular, from at least or about 1994, up to and including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18," it read.

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