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New This Week for November 10, 2005
This Week
Read up on artichokes, Thanksgiving, redistricting, tort reform, Pompeii, harvests, heraldic devices, home and travel safety, RFID and libraries, winter driving in Washington state, and goings-on at Google. Also see a vivid map-based view of libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina. Bon appetit and happy Veteran's Day from the LII Team, Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Tom, and Charlotte.

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Arts and Humanities

Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions
This PDF document from September 2005 "is designed to help archives, arts centers, libraries, museums, historical societies, and historic sites find resources" for "developing disaster plans, providing staff training, and protecting their collections." The report "includes ... information for 15 federal grant and loan programs and covers sources of federal assistance for preparedness, mitigation, and response, ... [and] recovery." Also provides information about sample projects. From the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
URL: http://www.arts.gov/pub/DisasterRecovery.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19605

Google Book Search
A searchable archive of the full texts of books scanned from publishers and libraries. The site includes a discussion of what portions of materials are available for books that may still be under copyright protection: "you'll only see snippets of text directly around your search term. This snippet view is designed to help users ... make a decision about whether to go find a physical copy of the book." Formerly known as Google Print.
URL: http://books.google.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19614

How to Host a Nancy Drew Party
Suggestions for planning a party based on the youth mystery book series featuring the sleuth Nancy Drew. Includes ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, and food. Includes a recipe for floating island, a dessert in which meringue floats on custard. From a writer and historian of Nancy Drew.
URL: http://www.ndsleuths.com/sleuthparties.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19636

National Novel Writing Month
"National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30." Includes a history ("The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July, 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area."), information about participating in this activity, a list of authors (with a current word count and excerpt), a discussion forum, podcast (WrimoRadio), and even a countdown clock.
URL: http://www.nanowrimo.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19629

Government

The Summit of the Americas
Collection of audio news reports on this event (November 2005 in Mar del Plata, Argentina), which "aims to create jobs and promote democracy throughout Latin America." Covers U.S.-Venezuelan relations, protests, and other topics related to the summit, in which "[n]egotiators were unable to agree on a U.S.-favored free-trade zone covering most of North and South America." From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4990596
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19621

Summits of the Americas Information Network
Official information about the "periodic meetings that bring together the thirty-four democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Americas to discuss and seek solutions on diverse hemispheric issues." Includes background information and documents from the summits held in 1994, 1996, 1988, 2001, 2004, and 2005. In English and Spanish. From the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, Organization of American States (OAS).
URL: http://www.summit-americas.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19624

Home & Housing

All Choked Up
Recipes using baby artichokes, which (unlike the mature artichokes) are "rendered entirely edible with just a little trimming." Includes a roasted artichoke salad, lamb stew with artichokes, and linguine with caramelized artichokes. Note: Use search box on this page to find additional articles about and recipes for artichokes. From Sunset magazine.
URL: http://www.sunset.com/sunset/food/article/0,20633,679017,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19627

Best-Ever Thanksgiving
Collection of recipes and craft and activity ideas for children related to the celebration of Thanksgiving. Includes recipes for turkey, pies and desserts, side dishes, and leftovers. Craft ideas include decorations, tabletop decor, pilgrim hats, toy canoes, and more. From FamilyFun magazine.
URL: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/minisite/thanksgiving-main/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19642

It Takes a Thief
Website for this Discovery Channel series that shows home burglaries performed by convicted former thieves, followed by lessons in home burglary prevention. The site features quizzes and tips for crime prevention, an interactive feature showing problem home security areas, and interviews with the ex-burglar hosts.
URL: http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/ittakesathief/ittakesathief.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19663

Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age
Information about Quonset huts from a companion website to a 2005-2006 exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art (and traveling to other Alaska and Northwest locations). These portable buildings made of arched-ribbed metal originated in World War II as military shelters. Includes Quonset oral histories and panoramic views of two Quonset structures.
URL: http://quonsethuts.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19641

Security Alarm Systems
Discussion of home security alarm systems, including whether they actually prevent burglaries, elements of a security system (basic and additional items such as smoke detectors and closed circuit TV), costs, monitored and unmonitored systems, choosing an alarm company, response time, false alarms, and related topics. From a national insurance company.
URL: http://www.statefarm.com/consumer/vhouse/articles/secalarm.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19659

Tips For Safe and Happy Holidays
This brochure suggests ways to prevent theft and burglaries during the holiday season, including ideas for making your home look occupied, awareness while shopping, caution when answering the door, and taking a household inventory. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the National Crime Prevention Council.
URL: http://www.ncpc.org/cms/cms-upload/ncpc/files/holiday04.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19657

Law

"Frivolous" Lawsuits News
Discussions of "frivolous" lawsuits and the idea that special interest groups and media are claiming a marked increase in litigation from the 1980s to the present. Topics include "Rule 11" ("federal act specifically provides sanctions for attorneys who bring frivolous claims"), medical malpractice suits, the McDonald's "scalding coffee case," businesses suing businesses, and more. From the American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association).
URL: http://justice.org/pressroom/facts/frivolous/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19644

American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)
ATRA is a national organization ("co-founded in 1986 by the American Medical Association and the American Consulting Engineers Counsel") that is "dedicated exclusively to reforming the civil justice system." The site provides publications and data on lawsuit abuse, a list of "judicial hellholes" ("places that have a disproportionately harmful impact on civil litigation"), and information about "looney lawsuits," state civil justice reform laws, and other tort reform topics.
URL: http://www.atra.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19649

Civil Justice Statistics
Collection of U.S. government publications with statistics about civil court cases in state and federal courts. Includes information about federal tort trials and verdicts, punitive damage awards, contract trials, intellectual property theft, medical malpractice lawsuits, and civil rights cases. Dates of publications vary, but most are from the mid-1990s to the present. From the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
URL: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/civil.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19648

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

The Center for Women Veterans
Contains education, advocacy, and health information for women veterans. Also features statistics, historical background, and links to related resources. From a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
URL: http://www.va.gov/womenvet/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/14536

Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth
This document "assists teachers in preparing lessons about the first Thanksgiving. The study guide includes information on which Native peoples met the first European immigrants in 1621, the harvest celebration, the Wampanoag today, the importance of corn, and instructions on how to make Johnny cakes." From the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Opens into a PDF document.
URL: http://americanindian.si.edu/education/files/harvest.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19668

Recreation

Registered Traveler Pilot Program
"The Registered Traveler (RT) pilot programs allow qualified volunteer participants to benefit from expedited security screening [for airline travel]. ... Volunteers provided information about themselves in order for TSA to conduct a security assessment to determine eligibility for participation. If approved, the volunteer became eligible for an expedited screening process at TSA security checkpoints." This briefing provides an overview of the pilot program. From the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
URL: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/rt/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19658

Regional: California

California Courts: Self-Help Center: Small Claims
Information about bringing a suit in small claims court in the state of California. Includes procedures for what to do if you are suing (plaintiff) or being sued (defendant), questions and answers about mediation, and links to county-specific information and other resources for researching and understanding small claims court procedures. Also includes "the most common, but not all, forms you can use in your small claims case." From the Judicial Council of California.
URL: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19647

The Lawrence & Houseworth Albums: Online Photographic Database
This collection of nearly 1,500 pictures from a photographic publishing company, "used for the selection of prints by its customers, is ... 'without doubt the finest single pictorial record of the maturation of Northern California and the Pacific Coast following the rambunctious days of the Gold Rush and statehood.'" Includes images of the states of California and Nevada, San Francisco and Sacramento, mining, buildings, landscapes, and Native Americans. From the Society of California Pioneers.
URL: http://www.californiapioneers.org/lh/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19616

Lethal Beauty
A seven-part series of articles about suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge, between San Francisco and Marin County, and how a barrier might prevent these deaths. Includes a graphic of suicides by location along the bridge, suicides by year (back to 1937, the year the bridge opened), audio from a bridge jump survivor, a bibliography, and links to sites about suicide prevention and related matters. From the website for the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/lethalbeauty/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19500

Statewide [Redistricting] Database
This is the raw data used for the California state and local legislative redistricting and reapportionment done after the census. Search for specific data by election or geographic area. Includes information from 1990 to the present. From the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) Library, University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://swdb.berkeley.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9538

Regional: Washington State

Brockman Memorial Tree Tour
This tour, dedicated to a forestry professor at the University of Washington (U.W.), provides images and information about dozens of the "480 different kinds of trees [that] beautify the U.W. [campus]." Features a list of common and Latin names of the trees on the tour and a clickable map. From the Campus Public Art Program, University of Washington.
URL: http://www1.cac.washington.edu/home/treetour/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19593

Lake-Friendly Gardening: Tips for Homeowners Living in the Lake Whatcom Watershed
Information about gardening methods that avoid water pollution for those living in the Lake Whatcom watershed, the source of drinking water for thousands of people in Washington state. Includes information about creating riparian buffers, soil and lawn care, turf alternatives, pest management, and resistant plants. From Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Whatcom County Water Resources, and the Lake Whatcom Management Program.
URL: http://lakewhatcom.wsu.edu/gardenkit/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19493

Point Defiance: 100 Years and Beyond
This site features a series of articles commemorating the 100th anniversary (2005) of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington state. The articles celebrate "the park's history, zoo, gardens, natural spaces, and recreation opportunities," and cover the history of the area from pre-1905 to the present day. Includes a Point Defiance map, park timeline, shared memories of the park, photos, audio clips, and more. From the Tacoma News Tribune.
URL: http://thepark.thenewstribune.com/front.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19498

Regions of the World

Riots Prompt State of Emergency in France
Radio news stories about the 2005 rioting in France "that has spread from the immigrant communities of the Paris suburbs to hundreds of towns across the country." The riots "began following the death of two teenagers of African origin who were electrocuted ... while apparently fleeing police." From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4994164
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19623

Timeline: French Riots
A timeline of events starting with October 25, 2005, relating to rioting in Paris suburbs and other areas in France by disaffected youths in impoverished areas. Includes a video clip and links to related stories on topics such as issues that may have lead to the rioting (job discrimination among French Muslims and the headscarf ban at public schools). From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4413964.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19626

World Oil Transit Chokepoints
Profiles of regions where oil "tankers encounter several geographic 'chokepoints,' or narrow channels," and which are "critically important to world oil trade because so much oil passes through them, yet they are narrow and theoretically could be blocked -- at least temporarily." Discusses areas such as the Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Malacca, Bab el-Mandab, Panama Canal, Suez Canal and the Sumed Pipeline, and Bosporus and the Turkish Straits. From the U.S. Department of Energy.
URL: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/World_Oil_Transit_Chokepoints/Backgro...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19637

Science

Hurricane Katrina: The Aftermath
Collection of articles on issues relating to rebuilding the areas of the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. Also includes background information about the hurricane, photos, graphics, reading suggestions, and related links. A few archived articles are only available to subscribers. From NewScientist.com, the website for New Scientist magazine.
URL: http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/hurricane/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19655

Pompeii: Stories From an Eruption
Companion website to a 2005-2006 exhibition at the Field Museum (Chicago) about the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 that affected Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and other areas. Features images of selected items in the exhibition (artifacts, casts, and frescoes), and essays on volcanism and some of the ancient Roman cities near Mount Vesuvius. Also includes a classroom guide.
URL: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/pompeii/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19653

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast
News stories and other features about the process of rebuilding the areas damaged in 2005 by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Topics include economic impact, environmental effects, insurance claims, levee repair, and local and federal efforts towards rebuilding damaged rural and urban areas. Includes a lesson plan and links to related news reports. From the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Online NewsHour and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/local/gulfcoast/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19651

Tussocks and Floating Islands
"Sometimes what appear to be islands rising out of the water are actually drifting masses of peat, mud, and plants. ... Though this page pertains to ... Florida, these phenomena are in fact world-wide, witnessed in such places as Argentina, Australia, Finland, India, Japan, Kenya and Papua New Guinea." Includes images and information about the control of tussocks ("rafts of herbaceous plants") and floating islands. Part of "Plant Management in Florida Waters."
URL: http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/guide/tussocks.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19646

Society & Social Science

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
Classroom materials for the celebration of American Indian Heritage Month (November), including publications from the National Museum of the American Indian, lesson plans (on topics such as the Bering Sea Eskimo people and buffalo hide paintings), and online exhibits of American Indian collections at the Smithsonian museums. From the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies of the Smithsonian Institution.
URL: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/america...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19632

Radio Frequency Identification and the San Francisco Public Library
Detailed report from October, 2005 about the "privacy, health, security, and cost issues associated with using RFID [radio frequency identification] systems in the library setting." Includes recommendations to the library and links to related material (in the "RFID Resources" section). Opens directly into a PDF document. From the San Francisco Public Library Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee.
URL: http://www.sfpl.org/librarylocations/libtechcomm/RFID-and-SFPL-summary...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19631


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