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New This Week for June 8, 2006
This Week
This week remember Tiananmen Square and the early days of AIDS, then browse sites about figs, hurricane data, King George, medieval studies, stamp collecting, seafood, safe banking, and the World Cup. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, Pat, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Kolb Brothers: Grand Canyon Pioneers
Companion to an Arizona State University television documentary about "Emery and Ellsworth Kolb [who] established and ran a photography business on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon that endured and prospered from 1903 until 1976." Includes a timeline, a map of the Grand Canyon with associate passages from the the Kolbs' writings, and a few Kolb photos of mule parties and the Grand Canyon. Also includes a short bibliography.
URL: http://www.azpbs.org/kolb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21766

Parkitecture in Western National Parks
Review of early 20th century rustic design and naturalism in architecture in national parks in western states. "Architects, landscape architects and engineers combined native wood and stone with convincingly 'native' styles to create visually appealing structures that seemed to fit naturally within the majestic landscapes." Includes images of gateways, transportation systems, hotels, and more in parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Denali. From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/exhibits/parkitect/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21767

Business

The Best Cities for Doing Business
Annual report about an evaluation of hundreds of "population centers across the nation, identifying job creation and other signs of business vitality." Includes lists of "best cities," statistics, and related articles (on topics such as boomtowns and business relocation). Also includes an interactive map of cities, a map showing job growth, and lists of "best cities" back to 2004. From Inc. magazine.
URL: http://www.inc.com/bestcities/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21738

Better Business Bureau (BBB): Security & Privacy, Made Simpler
Resources for small business owners about data security and customer privacy. Some of the topics addressed by the publications on this site include privacy policies, identity theft, computer security, payment card security, and what to do if customer data is lost or stolen. From experts in computer security and business privacy.
URL: http://www.bbb.org/securityandprivacy/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21761

Facts for Consumers: Electronic Check Conversion
This fact sheet explains electronic check conversion, "which converts information from your paper check into an electronic payment from your bank account." It addresses questions such as how to find out if a business uses electronic check conversion, how payment will be shown on your bank statement, avoiding bounced checks, checking for errors and unauthorized transactions, and related topics. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
URL: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre31.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21763

Government

Foreign Relations, 1964-1968: Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
This volume of Foreign Relations in the United States "documents U.S. policy immediately before, during, and after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war and includes ... declassified documentation on the USS Liberty incident regarding Israeli involvement." The "Press Release" and "Summary" sections provide general overviews of the events surrounding the conflict known as the "Six-Day War." Browse documents by date. From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/johnsonlb/xix/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21755

The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, Lies and Audiotapes (The Nixon Tapes and the Supreme Court Tape)
Documents and audio related to the June 1971 "Pentagon Papers" case, in which the Supreme Court lifted restraints that had been issued by the U.S. government against The New York Times for its publication of stories about a secret government study on the Vietnam War. Features audio and transcripts of Nixon White House conversations, excerpts from memoirs, and Supreme Court briefs, evidence, and opinions. From the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB48/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21745

Health

The Age of AIDS
Companion website to a May 2006 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program on the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosed cases of AIDS. Features essays on topics such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), potential for an AIDS vaccine, needle-exchange programs, testing, and prevention. Also includes an interactive timeline, interviews, maps, historical speeches and letters, video clips, and links to related websites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/aids/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21725

AIDS @ 25
"June 5, 2006, marks twenty-five years since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first warning about an emerging illness that soon became known as AIDS." This site provides reports and data looking at the past 25 years of AIDS, a timeline, interviews, fact sheets, and links to other material about HIV and AIDS. From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
URL: http://www.kff.org/hivaids/aidsat25.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21723

Mercury in Tuna: New Safety Concerns
This report concludes that "canned light tuna, long recommended as the safer choice because of its presumably lower mercury content, sometimes harbors at least as much of that potentially harmful heavy metal as white tuna does." Provides a FAQ based on the findings and a chart showing low-mercury seafood choices for women of childbearing age and young children. From Consumer Reports.
URL: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/child-safety/food/mercu...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21774

Safety and Health Topics: Respiratory Protection
Facts, government standards, solutions, and other topics about respiratory protection in workplaces with "insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays." Related links address topics such as Hurricane Katrina recovery and use of respirators among responders at the World Trade Center site. From the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/respiratoryprotection/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21748

Twenty-Five Years of HIV/AIDS — United States, 1981-2006
Collection of resources on the 25th anniversary of the publication of a 1981 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about "cases [that] were later recognized as the first reported cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States." Includes the original article published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and reports and statistics on AIDS and HIV. From the CDC.
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5521a1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21724

Home & Housing

Food Safety Information for Hurricanes, Power Outages, & Floods
Collection of publications on consumer and industry food safety during hurricanes, flooding, and power outages. Consumer material addresses what to do before, during, and after these events, and industry publications provide guidance for restaurants, grocers, and transporters of food products. From the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
URL: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/fsdisasm.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21722

Seafood Selector
A collection focusing on health and environmental aspects of seafood. Provides a FAQ on seafood and health, an evaluation of fish oil supplements, a seafood selector (indicating health and environmental concerns), a seafood buying guide, and a recipe collection. From the nonprofit organization Environmental Defense.
URL: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1521
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21750

People

Arsenic and King George III
Discussion of a study that concludes "medication laced with arsenic may have contributed to [King George's] mental problems." Scientists have suggested that George III's poor physical health and episodes of mental instability "were caused by porphyria -- a rare inherited blood disorder. New studies have revealed another possible contributing cause for the King's problems: arsenic poisoning." Includes links to sites about porphyria. Part of the Neuroscience for Kids site.
URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/george.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21758

Federico García Lorca
Background about Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca, who lived briefly in the U.S. and who was killed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Includes a short biography, selected poems (in Spanish and English), and links to related poet profiles and sites. From the American Academy of Poets.
URL: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/163
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21752

Kings and Queens of the United Kingdom (From 1603)
Discusses British monarchs since 1603, when the English and Scottish crowns were united. Include profiles of the Stuarts (such as James I), the Hanoverians (such as George III and Victoria), Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Edward VII), and the current House of Windsor. Also includes a family tree for Elizabeth II that shows her relationship to other European monarchs. Part of the official website of the British monarchy.
URL: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page13.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21756

The Tank Man
This PBS Frontline program looks back at the events surrounding "June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese army's deadly crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, [where] a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace." Provides a timeline, eyewitness accounts, expert opinions, analysis, and interviews. Includes video and transcript of the full program, teacher's guide, and related readings and links.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tankman/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21764

Recreation

American Philatelic Society: Just For Kids
Collection of children's activities and fact sheets on stamp collecting (philately), including material for beginners, a FAQ, fun facts, a presentation on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and puzzles and games. From the American Philatelic Society, a national organization for stamp collectors.
URL: http://www.stamps.org/kids/kid_StampFun.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21732

National Postal Museum: Stamp Collecting
This introduction to stamp collecting (philately) covers topics such as which stamps to collect, soaking stamps, useful tools, and preservation (environmental conditions, plastic enclosures, scrapbooks, unfolding letters). Includes links to other resources for stamp collectors. From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
URL: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/stamp/5_stamp.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21735

Regional: California

The California Backyard Orchard: Figs
Publications on growing fig trees in the home garden. Covers varieties for California regions, planting and care requirements, harvesting, and pests and diseases. Also includes links to commercial fig production materials. From the UC Fruit and Information Center, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.
URL: http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu/fig.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21739

California Figs
Consumer materials on this fig industry marketing site include basic history of figs, nutritional profile, and recipes for dishes such as chocolate-dipped figs, figgy pudding, fig bars and cookies, and "figs in a blanket." Also provides "Fig Ideas A-Z" (such as in ice cream and salads) and instructions for home drying of figs. From the California Fig Advisory Board.
URL: http://www.californiafigs.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21737

Gambling in the Golden State: 1998 Forward
This 2006 report "provides an overview of gambling in California since 1998, including its social and economic impacts. The report considers each segment of the gambling industry ... Indian casinos, the state lottery, horse racing, card rooms and Internet gambling." Opens directly into a PDF file. From the California Research Bureau (CRB), which "provides nonpartisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the legislature, and to other state elected officials."
URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/06/04/06-004.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21729

Safely Surrendered Baby Law
Facts, text, and other publications about this California law that became permanent in 2006 and that provides "within three days of birth, a parent or person with lawful custody can safely surrender a baby confidentially and without fear of prosecution." Includes fast facts in English and Spanish, reports, text of the law, and related publications. From the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
URL: http://www.babysafe.ca.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21773

Regional: Washington State

Northwest Baby & Child
The website for this parenting magazine contains articles on family activities in Washington state, health and safety programs and issues, books, and specific parenting topics (such as schools, fatherhood, and holidays). Archives go back to 2000. Also includes directories and maps, mostly for the Puget Sound region.
URL: http://www.nwbaby.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21294

The Ocean Beaches: Northern Beaches, State of Washington
Tourism material about parks and cities along the shore in Washington state. Includes maps, mile-by-mile itineraries, and links to sites about beach areas along U.S. Highway 101 and Washington state highways. Areas include Puget Sound, Aberdeen (on Grays Harbor), and beach areas in the southern part of the state. From a site that specializes in providing information for those "travel[ing] by car, boat, and RV in the Greater Northwest."
URL: http://www.northwestplaces.com/trips001/1-NorthPBeaches/OceanBeaches.h...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21579

Washington State Beekeepers Association
On this website for Washington state beekeepers find a table of honeybee diseases and pests (with symptoms and suggested treatments), and a collection of how-to articles, "written with the Inland Northwest in mind," on topics such as queen bees, assembling equipment, and controlling swarming. Also includes a newsletter, events calendar, and links to local organizations and related sites.
URL: http://www.wasba.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21502

Regions of the World

Indonesia Volcanoes and Volcanics
Collection of background material about volcanoes in Indonesia. Features a map and description of volcanoes, including details about the eruptions of Krakatau in 1883 and Merapi in 1994. Also includes links to related sites about volcano eruptions in Indonesia. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
URL: http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Indonesia/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21741

New Orleans Hurricane Protection Projects Data
Collection of background material and reports about the functionality of systems to prevent post-hurricane flooding in New Orleans. Includes information about pre-Hurricane Katrina capabilities (including levees and canals) and post-Hurricane Katrina activities (such as photos of levee banks and pumping stations). From the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce (IPET) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
URL: https://ipet.wes.army.mil
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21736

Public Safety [Canada]
This official government site describes Canadian actions to improve safety and security for Canadians from outside threats such as terrorism. Features press releases about national security initiatives, updates about the International Campaign Against Terrorism, and details about responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. Also includes travel tips and material about border crossing wait times. In English and French.
URL: http://www.safecanada.ca/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21744

Science

IPET Releases Draft Final Report on New Orleans
A summary press release and link to the draft final report of a performance evaluation of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina. The report concludes that "the system's performance was compromised by ... incompleteness ... inconsistency ... and the lack of redundancy." From the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce (IPET), a group of more than 150 government, academic, and private sector scientists and engineers.
URL: http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/ipetfinal.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21734

Observing the Sun for Yourself
Explains how to look safely at the sun and sun activity, such as eclipses and sunspots. Topics include projecting the sun through a tiny hole onto a white sheet of paper (this simple device is called a "pinhole camera," for which other objects, such as a colander, may be used) and using telescopes and filters. Includes links to related material and sites. From the Stanford Solar Center.
URL: http://solar-center.stanford.edu/observe/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21749

Society & Social Science

AARP: Grief and Loss
This compilation of grief resources provides contacts for bereavement support organizations, financial and legal steps to take when someone dies, details about claiming government and employee benefits, and guides for the newly widowed, coping with loss, understanding grief, and ways to remember those who have died. From AARP.
URL: http://www.aarp.org/families/grief_loss/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21757

The American Revolution
The official National Park Service (NPS) American Revolution website features history and details about parks related to the Revolution. Includes a general timeline and detailed timelines for 1775-1783, stories, profiles of important people, and an interactive travel guide to National Park Service and other American Revolution historic sites around the country, such as Valley Forge and Minute Man Park. Also includes material for teachers and articles about why the Revolution continues to have meaning today.
URL: http://www.nps.gov/revwar/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21760

A Brief History of the YMCA Movement
History of the YMCA, or Young Men's Christian Association ("but don't misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for young, Christian men"), founded in London in 1844 "in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution." Topics include a discussion of how the YMCA evolved to include women and other faiths; programs; accomplishments; and a biography of founder George Williams. From the YMCA U.S. headquarters.
URL: http://www.ymca.net/about_the_ymca/history_of_the_ymca.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21743

The Medieval Page: Sources for Medieval Studies on the WWW
Collection to links to websites "primarily for Western Medieval subjects, with a few Late Antique and Byzantine sites." Sites are organized by topic such as online journals, religion and philosophy, witchcraft, women, literature, music, and more. From an art history teacher and enthusiast.
URL: http://www.efn.org/~acd/medievalpage.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21695


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