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LII New This Week
New This Week for July 13, 2006
This Week
Hope you all had a great Fourth! Get back into the swing of things with sites about Columbine, debt collection, global warming, the space shuttle, safe web surfing for children and teens, the Gates Foundation, travel videos, and more. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Tom, and Charlotte.

Tip of the Week
We've updated our fact sheet about our response to the 50 percent budget cut which went into effect for LII on July 1. Also, in response to popular demand we've added men's teeshirts to the LII store and--at least through Labor Day--dropped our prices to a fixed two-dollar markup.
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Business

Debt Collection Practices: When Hardball Tactics Go Too Far
Fact sheet for consumers that "explains the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and other laws that apply to debt collectors." Includes "information about how to stop calls from collectors ... to dispute a collection action ... your right to privacy, and how debt collection efforts may affect your job, your credit report, even information in your medical files." Includes links to related sites. From the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
URL: http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs27-debtcoll.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22046

Government

Power Trips: Privately Sponsored Trips Hot Tickets on Capitol Hill
Results of an investigation about how "over a 5½-year period ending in 2005, members of Congress and their aides took at least 23,000 trips -- valued at almost $50 million -- financed by private sponsors, many of them ... with business on Capitol Hill." Features a database with trip details, a list of top travelers, and related material. From the Center for Public Integrity, Northwestern University's Medill News Service, and American Public Media.
URL: http://projects.publicintegrity.org/powertrips/report.aspx?aid=799
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21772

Health

Backgrounder: Global Health and the Gates Foundation
Concise facts about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which in 2006 received a gift of $30 billion that "roughly double[d] the size of what was already the world's largest private philanthropic endowment." Discusses the gift from Warren Buffet, the effectiveness of the Gates Foundation in the global health field, potential challenges and expanded areas of focus, and the impact of private foundations on global welfare. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
URL: http://www.cfr.org/publication/11004/global_health_and_the_gates_found...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22016

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General
This scientific report "concludes that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent." Includes the full report, a summary, press releases, and links to related fact sheets and sites. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22009

The Nutrition Source: Fats and Cholesterol
This site addresses the relationship between fats and cholesterol and the effects of fats on health. Topics discussed include dietary fats and cancer, cholesterol and heart disease, fats and obesity, and more. Includes charts showing sources of each of the types of fats (such as saturated and trans fats) and percentage of specific types of fat in oils and other fats (such as margarine and butter). From the Harvard School of Public Health.
URL: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-a...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22027

Law

Fair Debt Collection
Questions and answers for consumers about the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which "requires that debt collectors treat you fairly and prohibits certain methods of debt collection." Discusses what debts are covered, how and at what times a debt collector may contact you, what types of debt collection practices are prohibited (such as threats of violence), and how to report a debt collector for an alleged violation. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre18.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22045

Rewards for Justice
Describes rewards offered by the U.S. government "for information that prevents or favorably resolves acts of international terrorism against U.S. persons or property." Includes profiles of people who are currently wanted, news about rewards that have been paid, pages for specific campaigns, and a tip form. Most information is available in several languages in addition to English. From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
URL: http://www.rewardsforjustice.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21789

Regional: California

California Office of the Attorney General: Collection Agencies
Fact sheet about consumer rights under California's Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Topics include responding to a debt collection agency, call restrictions, harassment, and legal actions against a debt collection agency. Also includes a summary of debt collection statutes and related material.
URL: http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/general/collection_agencies10.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22047

Contest Submissions: Winners [California Snapshot Photo Contest]
Background about this twice-yearly photo contest "celebrating California's rich cultural and geographic diversity." Includes submission guidelines for California residents and winning photos by adults and youths back to 2001. From the State of California.
URL: http://www.ca.gov/photo_contest/submissions.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22031

Regional: Washington State

Snohomish County History
Collection of resources on the history of Snohomish County, Washington state, which "ranges from the crest of the Cascade Mountains (including 10,436-foot Glacier Peak) to Puget Sound." Features a brief history of the county, essays on the U.S.S. Snohomish County and the Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway, and links to museums and historic preservation and heritage organizations. From the official website for Snohomish County.
URL: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/County_Information/County_History.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21869

Regions of the World

Indepth: Iran
Background and news stories about Iran, covering history, Iran's nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and related topics. Includes a timeline of events from 2002 to the present, quick facts, and news back to 2002. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/iran/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22032

TurnHere: Short Films, Cool Places
This site presents short independent and vendor-sponsored travel and tourism videos about various locations, mostly in the United States. San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles are especially well represented. Searchable, or browse by location or activity, such as art, ethnic culture, and food. From a digital media company.
URL: http://turnhere.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22041

Science

Global Warming Facts & Our Future
An exhibit "to help us make informed decisions and to help answer some important questions" about global warming. Topics explored include the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, causes of climate change (such as ocean circulation, volcanic eruptions, and human activity), historical climate change, and more. Includes activities, related links, and reading suggestions. From the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.
URL: http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/exhibitgcc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22022

Space Shuttle: Shuttle Mission: STS-121
Background and updates about this space shuttle mission that launched on July 4, 2006 with a primary purpose of testing shuttle safety improvements "to build on the findings from Discovery's flight last year." Includes fact sheets, status reports, photos, video clips, and other material on the shuttle and the mission. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts121/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22017

Society & Social Science

Columbine Documents Index
Index and full text of primary documents (writings, diagrams, and drawings) by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as released in July 2006 and related to the Columbine High School, Colorado, shootings of April 1999. The file containing close to a thousand pages of documents may be slow to download. Includes archives of news coverage (from 1999 to 2001) of the tragedy and aftermath of the shootings. From the website of the Denver Post.
URL: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4022093
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22035

NetSmartz Workshop: Keeping Kids and Teens Safe on the Internet
This site "uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet." Features online and "offline" activities, safety pledges, news, safety tips, and statistics. Topics include social networking sites, passwords, computer viruses, email, file sharing, and more. From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and National Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
URL: http://www.netsmartz.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21584


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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder