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This week explore Enron, ivory, eco-labels, olives, Alcatraz, phishing, marine turtles, hurricanes, horses, Jimmy Hoffa, motherhood, Montenegro, military leave, crane flies, grape varieties, and much more. Bon appetit from Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.
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Discovering Sherlock Holmes
Find "a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of Sherlock Holmes, just as they were originally printed and illustrated in 'The Strand Magazine.'" Stories include "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Speckled Band," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and "The Final Problem." Also includes background about Victorian London (including maps of the city) and the author, and a bibliography. From Stanford University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21619
Defining Organic Practices for Wine and Grapes
This 2006 article looks at organic farming and production processes in the wine industry. Discusses the distinction between organically-grown grapes and organic wine, organic certification, organic regulations and how they apply to the wine industry, and more. Includes links to related government agencies and trade organizations. From Wine Business Monthly, a trade publication.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21647
Eco-Labels: The Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Labels
Explains environmental product labels such as "bird-friendly," "cruelty free," "fair trade certified," "certified organic," and "USDA Organic." Browse labels by name, logo design, product (such as food or personal hygiene), and other factors. Includes a glossary, periodic updates and reports, trivia questions, and other material related to product labeling. From Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21622
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Oil and Gas Industry Initiatives
"This website describes the FTC's oversight of the petroleum industry, with special sections on ... activities related to merger enforcement, anticompetitive nonmerger activity, and gasoline price data. It also features reports and economic working papers, Congressional testimony, advocacy work, conference proceedings, and studies." Includes tips for consumers about saving energy and saving money on gas. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21646
FTC Father's Day
This animated father's day greeting contains "a few 'phish' & tips to keep you net-wise." Includes a link to the fact sheet "How Not to Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam," explaining the scams involving "Internet fraudsters who send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information) from unsuspecting victims." Also available in Spanish. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21616
Time Off: Military Leave
Overview of the "laws and legislation [that] protect members of the uniformed services from certain workplace uncertainties, allowing reservists and guardsmen to leave their civilian posts to serve their country without having to worry about job security," and related matters. Topics include job protection, pay protection ("employer is generally not required to provide compensation"), health care, and reemployment guarantees. Includes links to related sites. From Salary.com.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21641
Small exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by Abraham Lincoln at the beginning of 1863 during the Civil War. Includes an essay about Lincoln and slavery, timeline, and images of versions of the document. Part of a Library of Congress American Memory Project presentation about the papers of Abraham Lincoln.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21615
Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families
This lesson plan, which is intended for use on either Father's Day or President's Day, looks at father-and-son presidents (John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush). Includes suggested activities and links to online material about the presidents. Written for grades K-2. From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21617
Brief overview of this mysterious multi-symptom disease. Symptoms include "skin lesions, sensation of crawling and biting on and under the skin, appearances of fibers and granules coming out of the skin, and fatigue." The site states that this Morgellons Disease "is frequently misdiagnosed as Delusional Parasitosis." From the Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21636
National HIV Testing Resources
Consumer information about HIV tests, including a FAQ explaining the HIV antibody test, types of bloods tests (such as ELISA and Western blot), rapid HIV tests, and home test kits. Also includes a national database of HIV testing sites, details about National HIV Testing Day (June), a brief quiz, and related links. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21627
The Grape Varietal Connection
Primer on types of grapes used for making wine. Includes photos and brief descriptions of red and white wine grapes such as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and others. From a company that sells wine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21637
Sierra Club: Sustainable Consumption
This website promotes sustainable consumption, "the use of goods and services that satisfy basic needs and improve quality of life while minimizing the use of irreplaceable natural resources and the byproducts of toxic materials, waste, and pollution." Find fact sheets, articles, book reviews, recipes, and other material supporting sustainable food choices. From the Sierra Club.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21649
The Fall of Enron
This special report from the online edition of the Houston Chronicle newspaper explores the "financial collapse, bankruptcy and trials surrounding Houston's biggest corporate scandal." Includes a timeline, profiles of the key players, documents, photos, verdicts, and an archive of articles from the newspaper.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/5770
Coalition of Journalists for Open Government
Background papers, reports, and links to resources about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and journalists' access to government information. Topics include reporter's privilege and shield laws, government secrecy, sensitive homeland security documents, privacy, cameras in the courtroom, and more. The organization is "an alliance of more than 30 journalism-related organizations concerned about secrecy in government and the increasing closure of public records and meetings at all levels of government."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21632
Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know
This white paper (published in its sixth edition in 2005) "assesses how government actions have affected the media's ability to provide information to the public" since September 11, 2001. Discusses the USA Patriot Act, the reporter's privilege, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, access to government documents, and state-specific legislation. From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21630
The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
Background about the disappearance of this former Teamsters President with alleged Mafia contacts who vanished under suspicious circumstances in Michigan in 1975. Hoffa "was supposed to be meeting Detroit mobster Anthony 'Tony Jack' Giacalone and New Jersey labor leader Anthony 'Tony Pro' Provenzano" on the day of his disappearance. Topics include Hoffa and the Mob, Hoffa in prison, who killed Hoffa, informants, and possible locations of the body. From TruTV.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21633
The Philo T. Farnsworth Archives
Official site about Philo Farnsworth, credited with inventing television in the 1920s. Find a brief chronology, photos of Farnsworth (who died in 1971) and his wife Pem (who died in 2006), early television tubes, and the controlling patent for television. Includes a list of patents held by Farnsworth and a bibliography. Site created and maintained by the Farnsworth family.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21596
The Handbook of Texas Online: Juneteenth
This essay describes the origins of the Juneteenth holiday. "On June 19 ('Juneteenth'), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, thus belatedly bringing about the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Texas." Discusses the history of the holiday and the impact of Juneteenth, which is now celebrated beyond Texas. From the General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Historical Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21614
FIFA World Cup
Official site for this international soccer tournament in which national teams face each other once every four years. Includes lists of teams, standings, match schedules, photos, and lists of awards (such as the Golden Ball award presented to the outstanding player and the Golden Shoe award presented to the leading scorer). The "Official Documents" section includes material about doping, statistics, and regulations. Available in several languages. From Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21640
California Horse Racing Board
Government documents and notices from this board that regulates betting on horse races, promotes the horse racing and breeding industries, and oversees related tax revenues in California. Includes laws, statistics, rules and regulations, filed complaints, brief profiles of county fairs with horse racing and race tracks, and industry contacts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21635
California Ripe Olives
This California olive industry website features many olive cooking ideas and recipes. Also find a food column and nutritionist-written articles on diabetes, diets, and related topics (both accompanied by recipes), a chart of olive sizes, a brief article on California olive heritage, and classroom activities. From the California Olive Industry.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21644
California Wheat Commission
Reports and data about the wheat industry in California. Features crop quality reports, variety surveys, legislative updates, marketing resources for growers, and news and documents about wheat exports, diseases (such as karnal bunt and wheat stripe rust), and other topics affecting wheat farmers in the state. Some material available in Spanish.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21611
Lonely Island, Hidden Alcatraz
Companion to a public television program about this island in San Francisco Bay that was "a 'super-maximum' security prison for incorrigible and long-term offenders" from 1934 to 1963. The site features a timeline, lesson plans, and interactive material on topics including famous criminals housed there (such as Al Capone and the "Bird Man of Alcatraz"), the occupation by Native Americans, native plants, swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, and more. From KQED Public Broadcasting.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21645
Guidelines and Best Practices for Commercial Whale Watching Operators
This document guides commercial and recreational boaters in observing orcas and other marine animals in the wild. Topics discussed include boat speed and positioning, appropriate viewing duration, and boating etiquette. From Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest (WWOANW), "a group of companies dedicated to responsible wildlife viewing."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21226
Government of the Republic of Montenegro
Official government site of this Balkan region, which passed a referendum in May 2006 to be independent from Serbia. The union of Serbia-Montenegro was formed in March 2003 as the successor state to Yugoslavia. Features news and other material about government activities and officials. Also includes audio of the national anthem and a fact sheet about the country.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21623
Q&A: Montenegro Referendum
Questions and answers about the reasons behind and the impact of a May 2006 referendum in which "Montenegro has voted for independence from its union with Serbia. ... The union of Serbia and Montenegro was all that remained of the federation of six republics that made up Yugoslavia before the independence wars of the 1990s." Includes links to related stories and sites. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21625
Early Signs: Reports From a Warming Planet
Collection of articles from 2006 about the effects of climate change and global warming on regions throughout the world. Topics include retreating glaciers on Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and in Ecuador, and rising saltwater along the coast of Bangladesh. A joint project of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Salon, and NPR's "Living on Earth." Note: for nonsubscribers, a brief advertisement appears before the articles display. Includes links to related programs from National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21631
This page describes the conservation status of sea turtles, "air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers." Includes images and profiles of the species found in the U.S. (such as the leatherback and loggerhead turtles), threats to sea turtles (including incidental capture in fisheries, and marine debris entanglement), and international conservation efforts. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21612
Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ): Emergency and Domestic Programs
Background and updates about pest responses and emergencies in regions of the U.S. Some of the topics covered include fruit flies, Asian longhorned beetles, karnal bunt (a fungal disease of wheat and triticale), citrus greening (Huanglongbing or yellow dragon disease), citrus canker, and plum pox. Includes images, survey maps, reports, and other material on the pests. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21610
U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features Special Edition: Hurricane Season Begins
"The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November. ... This edition of Facts for Features spotlights the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these acts of nature." Provides statistics about past hurricanes, population of states in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal areas, and related topics. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21639
Wildlife Without Borders: Marine Turtle
Background and updates about the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004, which "assist[s] in the conservation of marine turtles and the nesting habitats of marine turtles in foreign countries." Includes a program fact sheet, text of the act, summary of projects and funding, and press releases. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21613
ASPCA Equine Program
Guidance and position statements regarding horses, from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Includes sections on horse care, responsible horse guardianship, horse auctions and slaughter, adopting a PMU horse (a mare or foal used in the production of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy, a key ingredient for which is pregnant mares' urine), and related topics. From the ASPCA.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21634
The Little Green Data Book
This annual publication features statistics on agriculture, forests and biodiversity, energy, emissions and pollution, water and sanitation, environment and health, and other environmental topics, for world regions and countries. Includes a glossary. Archived editions go back to 2001. From the Development Economics Data Group and the Environment Department of the World Bank.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21605
This organization founded by the authors of "The Motherhood Manifesto" is "working to build a massive grassroots online resource to move motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country's awareness." The site features an online petition asking media to stop using the "false rhetoric of the 'Mommy Wars'," a blog, and excerpts from the book on topics such as paid maternity and paternity leave, flexible work schedules, childcare, health care, and fair wages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21599
The Motherhood Project
This goal of this group is to "mov[e] beyond the 'mommy wars' to critical issues for all mothers." The site features key findings and the full text of "The Motherhood Study" (2005), a survey of more than 2,000 mothers, in which mothers expressed "their beliefs and concerns about mothering and their thoughts about social change."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21597
Wired News: Security
Collection of news stories and opinion pieces about security topics such as government surveillance, wiretapping, privacy, identity theft, and border security. Includes material from 2006 about "internal documents, which a whistle-blower says demonstrate AT&T's cooperation with the NSA's domestic spying" on telephone records. Most articles have a technology focus. From Wired News.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21638
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