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LII New This Week
New This Week for September 6, 2007
This Week
Learn about authors Roald Dahl and O. Henry; country ham traditions; the highest-paid members of Congress, military brass, and heads of corporations and nonprofit companies; flowers you can eat; and Japanese tie-dye. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
Grandparents' Day is September 9 – see this week's and previous sites about grandparenting.
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Arts and Humanities

Literature Network: O. Henry
A brief biography and full text of selected works by O. Henry (1862-1910), "a prolific American short-story writer, a master of surprise endings, who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York City." Includes the text of stories such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief." From the Literature Network, a commercial site whose pages include advertisements and may generate pop-ups.
URL: http://www.online-literature.com/o_henry/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24402

Roald Dahl Day
Activities to celebrate this day in mid-September recognizing Roald Dahl, author of children's books such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach." Provides activities for children and teachers, images for making decorations, children's drawings of Dahl book covers, photos from past celebrations, and more. Includes some commercial material. From Penguin Books Limited.
URL: http://www.puffin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/15/minisites/dahlday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24376

Today in History: September 9: Stono Rebellion
Overview of this slave revolt that started on September 9, 1739, when "twenty black Carolinians met near the Stono River, approximately twenty miles southwest of Charleston. ... [It was] the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies prior to the American Revolution. ... More than twenty white Carolinians and nearly twice as many black Carolinians were killed." Includes links to exhibits and collections. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
URL: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep09.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24397

The Way We Worked
"Work and workplaces have gone through enormous transformations between the mid 19th and late 20th centuries. You can view these changes through photographs held by the National Archives and Records Administration. These historical photographs document: clothing, locales, conditions, and conflict in our workplaces." See photos of mine workers, police officers, mail sorters, picket lines, and more.

URL: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/twww/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23953

World Shibori Network
Website for this international group interested in shibori, "the collective term in Japanese for tie-dye, stitch-dye, fold-dye, pole wrap-dye, etc." Features examples of shibori traditions in different parts of the world, an essay on shibori techniques (from a 2000 exhibit at the San Francisco International Airport), a bibliography, images, and information about the group's activities.
URL: http://www.shibori.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24385

The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper
This website "provides information on the on-going scholarly work of 'The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper,'" the goal of which is to "provide readers with sound scholarly editions of Cooper's major works, based wherever possible on authorial manuscripts." The site includes a list of the institutional holdings of Cooper manuscripts, images of the author, links to electronic versions of hard-to-find works, and other information about this 19th-century author. Maintained at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
URL: http://www.wjfc.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24393

Business

2007 Sunscreen Proposed Rule
Documents concerning an August 2007 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed regulation "that sets standards for formulating, testing and labeling over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug products with ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection." Includes the press release, Federal Register notice, a FAQ, summary of key points, and consumer article. From the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Note: may not display correctly in all browsers.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/sunscreen/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24357

Fraud Alert! Bogus "Bonus" Checks
Background about scams that involve receipt of bonus checks in incorrect amounts or fake cashiers checks. Includes descriptions of the scams, and suggestions of how to protect yourself from them. For example, with cashier's checks the site advises insisting a check is drawn on a local bank, calling an out-of-town bank, and waiting to release merchandise until a check has cleared. From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
URL: http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum02/fraud.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23766

Kentucky Bacon Oral History Project
"In Kentucky, curing bacon and hams has been a necessity of life for generations. In more recent years, this tradition has been in retreat. ... There remain, however, a select few artisans who cling faithfully to family traditions." This site provides audio clips and edited transcripts of oral histories of some of these artisans. Transcripts include photos. From the Southern Foodways Alliance.
URL: http://www.southernfoodways.com/documentary/oh/bacon/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24156

Latest Sweepstakes Scams Feature Con Artists Impersonating Government Officials
This consumer alert describes ways to avoid scams in which "some con artists use the lure of a sweepstakes to convince consumers to send in money to claim a 'prize they've supposedly won. They tell consumers that the only thing that separates them from their 'winnings' is a fee to cover the taxes or service charges. But as all too many consumers know, the winnings as described never materialize." From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt167.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23767

QSR Magazine
Industry news and information for the quick service restaurant (QSR) business. Includes news about dozens of fast food chains (such as Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, and Starbucks), feature articles on topics such as the importance of condiments, reports on topics such as the top 50 QSR brands and the best drive-thru restaurants, material about franchise opportunities, job listings, and more. Some material only available for a fee.
URL: http://www.qsrmagazine.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24405

Computers

Top 100 Undiscovered Websites
PC Magazine "picks for the top new or under-the-radar sites of 2007." Includes annotated links to sites in areas of reference, health and food, lifestyle and entertainment, money and career, music, news, reading, shopping and travel, technology, and video. From PC Magazine.
URL: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2174685,00.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24400

Health

Healthy Fast Food: Healthy Restaurant Eating
Tips for eating healthy fast food meals. Includes discussions of healthy fast food choices (such as grilled chicken or fish sandwiches and salads), least healthy fast foods (condiments and drinks are often a large source of empty calories), fast food suggestions for children, and general guidelines for eating out and staying healthy. Includes links to related material. From Helpguide, a project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and Center for Healthy Aging.
URL: http://www.helpguide.org/life/fast_food_nutrition.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24404

World Trade Center (WTC) Health Studies and Information on Health Services
Descriptions of health studies by the New York State Department of Health, which "is actively involved in assessing health risks among individuals exposed to the smoke and debris from the World Trade Center" as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Also includes annotated links to health services for residents of lower Manhattan, responders, and health care providers. From the New York State Department of Health.
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/environmental/investigations/wtc/health_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24380

World Trade Center Health Resources
"This site is a resource for responders, their families, medical professionals, and those seeking information about the health effects resulting from the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center." Includes links to material about mental and physical health risks, monitoring and treatment programs, studies and reviews of potential health problems, and emergency preparedness efforts. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.
URL: http://www.hhs.gov/wtc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24379

Home & Housing

Edible Flowers
This leaflet features a chart describing edible flowers and a general introduction to edible flowers with cautions and notes about growing and harvesting the flowers. Chart lists common and scientific names, flavor, color, and other comments. Some of the flowers listed include borage, calendula, chrysanthemum, marigold, nasturtium, and pineapple sage. From the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.
URL: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8513.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24395

Law

Monkey Trial
Companion to an American Experience documentary about the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" of "a biology teacher named John Scopes [who] was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law." This was the first live radio broadcast of a trial in the U.S. Website features include material about speeches from attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, political cartoons, and profiles of people and events (such as H.L. Mencken and the Jazz Age).
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/monkeytrial/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24399

Media

Hippie Society: The Youth Rebellion
Images, archival footage, and brief descriptions of events of the mid- to late 1960s, with an emphasis on the hippie movement in Canada. Also covers San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, the beatniks, and ex-hippies in the 1980s. Also includes material for teachers. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://archives.cbc.ca/society/youth/topics/580/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24383

People

O. Henry in Austin
Companion to "a significant collection of materials relating to the popular writer O. Henry, who lived in Austin, still using his given name of William Sydney Porter, from 1885 to 1894." Features a biography, chronology, and list of short stories set in Texas. Also includes an annotated list of materials in this O. Henry collection and a map of Austin O. Henry sites. From the Austin History Center, a division of the Austin Public Library.
URL: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/ahc/ohenry.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24401

Regional: California

California History Guide
Brief illustrated essays and associated education materials about California history through the mid-18th century. Topics include native Californians, missions and ranchos, and the California Gold Rush and statehood. Also includes links to online activities such as exploring life on a 17th century Spanish galleon, and learning about the use of cattle brands and the meaning of the state seal. (The rock art activity is not available.) From the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
URL: http://www.nhm.org/education/cahistory/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24407

Rose Institute's California Political History Archive and Database
This database features online access to publications about California's elections, redistricting, and political history. "Unlike the official state-wide redistricting database at University of California at Berkeley, which includes data only from 1990 forward, the Rose Institute database includes demographic information together with the political information down to the census track level going back to 1970." Also includes material about California legislators in Washington, D.C. From the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.
URL: http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/ric/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24406

Regions of the World

Ohio History Central
"Ohio History Central is an evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, timelines, and images. Many of these pages link with one another to form a complete and informative perspective." Search, or browse by time period, location, or topic such as African Americans, Civil War, women, and statehood. Also includes Ohio quick facts and links. From the Ohio Historical Society.
URL: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24411

Science

FishWatch: U.S. Seafood Facts
This site "can help you make informed decisions about the seafood you eat by providing you with the most accurate and timely information available on the sustainability of U.S. seafood fisheries." Features news, background about seafood and your health, and details about selected types of fish. Also includes data on U.S. seafood imports and exports, a glossary, and descriptions of how some commonly used fishing vessels work. From NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.
URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishwatch/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24353

Society & Social Science

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
This Webcomic is a "is a true story told in 12 parts about six different people ... who escape and survive Hurricane Katrina." Includes the chapters (which run from January through December 2007), material about artist Josh Neufeld, and related video, audio, news, and background material about the Webcomic and Hurricane Katrina. From Smith Magazine.
URL: Drake Enterprises LTD
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24375

The Jewish New Year
Collection of material about the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which are celebrated on the first day (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10th day (Yom Kippur) of the month of Tishrei of the Jewish calendar. Includes information about customs, traditional foods, and related topics. Also includes material about Sukkot and Simchat Torah, which are celebrated later in Tishrei, and activities in the prior month of Elul. From Chabad.org.
URL: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/default_cdo/jewish/High-H...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24410


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Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder