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New This Week for May 3, 2007
This Week
Airships and sunken ships, the Ford Theatre and Kent State, exoplanets and geodes, plus teen health and other subjects this week. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Maria, and Wendy.

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A freeway melted here in the San Francisco Bay Area and a lot of people are learning how to get around without it. If this happens in your town, try our collection of local transit sites for some ideas.
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Arts and Humanities

Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress: Gallery
"This gallery tells the stories of three of the most famous and most tragic ships in history. Their names were Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland. Each was a proud symbol of Edwardian Britain." Features images of artifacts related to all three ships and their sinkings between 1912 and 1915, and the passenger liner Berengaria ("intended as a rival" to the other three ships). From the Merseyside Maritime Museum of the National Museums Liverpool, England.
URL: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/collections/liners/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23721

Government

Freedom of Information Act: Kent State University
Over a thousand pages of digitized documents pertaining to the "violent events at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio" during the May 4, 1970, student demonstrations against the Vietnam War. From the Freedom of Information Act site, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
URL: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/kentstat.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23725

opensecrets.org: 2008 Presidential Election
Compilation of data on campaign contributions for the 2008 presidential election. Candidate profiles include total funds raised and spent, cash on hand, debts, and a breakdown of sources of the funds (such as individual contributions). Also includes week-by-week comparisons, a donor lookup, contributions by industry, and other data. From the Center for Responsive Politics, "a non-partisan, non-profit research group ... that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy."
URL: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/index.asp?cycle=2008
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23743

Health

Adolescent Health
Fact sheets, data, and other material about adolescent health topics such as injuries, alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviors, nutrition and obesity, skin cancer, and youth violence. Includes background on the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010, and links to related websites. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/az/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23745

AMA: Adolescent Health
Fact sheets, publications, and other resources about health concerns affecting adolescents. Topics include injury prevention, violence and bullying, nutrition and physical fitness, mental health, and teen pregnancy. Newsletter articles are only available to members, but the other publications and resources are available for free download. Includes links to related websites. From the American Medical Association (AMA).
URL: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/1947.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23747

Home & Housing

Cinco de Mayo
Resources for party and activity ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Includes crafts (maracas and Mexican flag), recipes (guacamole and tortilla soup), and activity pages. Also includes quick facts and history about this holiday that "is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862" and is "mainly observed in the state capital of Puebla" and in the U.S. From the Kaboose Family Network.
URL: http://holidays.kaboose.com/cinco-de-mayo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23727

Kentucky Derby Recipes
Collection of food and drink recipes designed for celebrating the Kentucky Derby horse race held in early May. Includes thematic menus, recipes and instructions for making mint juleps, reviews of Southern cookbooks, and related material. From Epicurious.
URL: http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/holidays/kentucky/recipes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23720

Scrapbooking
Material about making scrapbooks and related crafts. Features articles on topics such as scrapbooking basics (supplies, inspirations, and layouts), why people make scrapbooks, and mother-daughter scrapbooking. Also includes a link to a digital scrapbooking community forum with a gallery of designs. From the Kaboose Family Network.
URL: http://scrapbooking.kaboose.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23728

Media

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
This program seeks "to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media" for those who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The site features a searchable or browsable catalog of described and captioned items in areas such as business, health, science, and sports. Qualifying visitors with accounts may borrow media or view selected media online. From the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
URL: http://www.dcmp.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23657

People

Picturing a Canadian Life: L.M. Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers
"This exhibition invites you to explore L.M. Montgomery's life (1874-1942) and visual imagination through a sample of her personal scrapbook pages and book covers, found in five Canadian archival and museum collections." Features covers of multiple versions of works such as "Anne of Green Gables," images of selected scrapbooks pages from the early 1900s, and related material. In English, French, and Japanese. From the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Canada.
URL: http://lmm.confederationcentre.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23729

Times Topics: David Halberstam
Collection of articles by and about David Halberstam, the "Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former reporter for The New York Times [who] wrote on topics as varied as the Vietnam War and professional basketball," and who died in April 2007. Features selected articles from Halbersam's reporting on Vietnam, reviews of his books, obituary, and more. Most content available with free registration; includes a few articles only available to paid subscribers. From the New York Times.
URL: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/h/david_hal...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23750

Regional: California

511: San Francisco Bay Area Transit Information
Features information about San Francisco Bay Area public transportation (schedules, maps, transit providers, a trip planner), traffic conditions and estimated driving times, carpooling, and bicycling. Lists public and private providers of bus, train, shuttle, van, and ferry services, as well as links to other transportation resources. Travelers in the Bay Area may also dial "511" for the same information.
URL: http://www.511.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9368

Casual Car Pool News
This page lists casual car pool locations in the East Bay (such as Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda, California) and San Francisco. Features an introduction to casual car pools and carpooling etiquette, and a FAQ. Also includes an information exchange, discussion board, and sometimes amusing lost and found listings.
URL: http://www.ridenow.org/carpool/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23758

MAPLight.org: Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection
"MAPLight.org brings together information on campaign contributions and votes in the California legislature." It "currently includes complete data for the 2003-2004 California legislative session. ... [It is] currently processing data from 2005-2006." The database is searchable by interest group, legislator, subject, and bill number, and includes material about legislator voting, campaign contributions, and supporters and opponents of bills. Also includes a bill summary and history. The site is a project of TakeBackCA.org.
URL: http://www.maplight.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23744

Sigalert.com
This service provides current reports on traffic conditions on major roads and highways in larger cities in northern and southern California, smaller California cities, and Phoenix, Arizona. Colored dots on maps indicate road speeds and accident areas. Also includes a "route retriever" that provides the fastest and shortest routes between given points. Personalized traffic reports require a fee. "Sigalerts are named after an early traffic reporter in Los Angeles, Loyd Sigmon."
URL: http://www.sigalert.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23737

Science

Altered Oceans
This feature series from 2006 examines threats to ocean life from pollutants from industry, agriculture, and other sources. Covers development of toxic algae (harmful algal blooms), health effects to marine life and humans, plastic debris and wildlife, and related topics. Includes articles, photos, videos, and graphics. From the Los Angeles Times.
URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/oceans/la-oceans-series,0,7842752.sp...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23739

Exoplanets.org
This project looks for and documents planets orbiting nearby stars. To date, over 200 of these exoplanets have been discovered. The site features a catalog of exoplanets, a description of how exoplanets are discovered, a virtual tour of the Automated Planet Finder Telescope, a bibliography of research publications, and related material. From the University of California, Berkeley, and Carnegie Institution.
URL: http://exoplanets.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23738

Geodes: Small Treasure Vaults in Illinois
Illustrated fact sheet about these irregular, roughly spherical geological formations that are lined with mineral crystals. Describes the makeup of a geode and theories about geode formation. From the Illinois State Geological Survey.
URL: http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/maps-data-pub/publications/geobits/geobit3.sh...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23749

Society & Social Science

The History of Cinco de Mayo
Brief background about "the holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, [which] commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. ... It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16." From Mexonline, a guide to Mexico founded by an author and radio host.
URL: http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23726


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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