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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 25, 2007
This Week
Discover who won the latest Accessible America award (OK, we'll brag--it was Berkeley), keep up with who's running for president in 2008, bid adieu to Art Buchwald, and take a virtual tour through Gold Country on Highway 49, one of California's loveliest stretches of road.

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Arts and Humanities

Chasing Crusoe/Buscado a Crusoe
This "multimedia documentary ... examines the lives and times of the mythical Robinson Crusoe and the Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, whose marooning is thought by many to be the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s classic novel." In English and Spanish. A project from "students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a team of visiting students from Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile."
URL: http://www.rcrusoe.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23217

M.C. Escher
The official site for M. C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist famous for intriguing tessellations and depictions of fantastic landscapes. "On this website you can find information about the use of M.C. Escher's work, a short biography, news, bibliography, links and some fun stuff like a Virtual Ride through some of his works." Features images of dozens of his works such as "Drawing Hands" and "Ascending and Descending."
URL: http://www.mcescher.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23157

Monster Librarian
Collection of horror fiction reading lists for adults and teens. Topics include vampires werewolves, zombies, horror-themed romance, and more. Also includes suggestions for scary books for children, and reviews of horror podcasts. From librarian Dylan Kowalewski.
URL: http://www.monsterlibrarian.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23213

Romare Bearden: Let's Walk the Block
"See Harlem street life through the eyes and imagination of Romare Bearden. This exploration of his famous collage, 'The Block,' includes a guided tour, music by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and activities designed for kids, parents, and teachers." Includes background about Bearden, who was born in 1911 in North Carolina into a "middle-class, African-American family. When he was three, his family moved to Harlem." From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/the_block/index_flash.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23201

Business

Kiplinger.com: Taxes
This compilation of articles addresses topics related to U.S. income taxes, such as tax filing, changes to tax laws, and tax breaks. Includes a withholding calculator and state tax profiles. From the website for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
URL: http://www.kiplinger.com/money/taxes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23229

Land, Air & Sea
Website for this virtual museum dedicated to alternative vehicles, including "flying cars, amphibious aeroplanes, amphibious cars, hovercraft, submarines and ATV's." The exhibits section features descriptions and images of vehicles such as the "Yellow Submarine," and the "Amfibidiver," a "twin seat machine, that drives on land, floats like a boat and dives like a submarine."
URL: http://www.landairandsea.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23224

Computers

cRANKy
This search engine, fully launched in January 2007, bills itself as "the first age-relevant search engine," and is designed for those over 50. Only four results are displayed at a time, and users may rank sites (free registration required). From a company dedicated to creating media products aimed at the baby-boom generation born from 1946 through 1964.
URL: http://www.cranky.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23173

Government

Avoice: African American Voices in Congress
This site was "designed to capture and preserve the rich history of political and legislative contributions of blacks for future generations. This virtual online library is a central source of information about historical and contemporary African American policy issues." Features exhibits on the history of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and related topics. Developed by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
URL: http://www.avoiceonline.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23130

P2008: Race for the White House
Coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, including candidates and their campaigns, media coverage, political parties, interest groups, and voting. Features background and analysis for the pre-campaign and pre-primary periods, primaries in specific states, conventions, debates, and other topics related to the elections. From Democracy in Action, a "nonpartisan, nonprofit effort dedicated to educating citizens about the political process and their role in making it work."
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/~action/P2008.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23218

The Presidential Field: Full Coverage of the 2008 Candidates
Profiles of candidates for the 2008 presidential elections, "expected to be the first [election] in decades that won't include a sitting president or vice president in the field of candidates vying for the White House." Includes personal data, education, experience, books, and links to websites and news articles about the candidates. From the Washington Post.
URL: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23220

Health

Electronic Orange Book: Approved Drug Products With Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations
Wondering if your prescription or over-the-counter drug has an approved generic counterpart? This U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) resources provides consumer information about federally approved generic equivalents of drugs. Searchable by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder, application number, and patent. Includes an FAQ. From the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23230

Home & Housing

Ochef
Questions and answers about food and cooking. Search, or brows by topic such as dairy and eggs, equipment, safety, sauces and dressing, and seafood. Includes material about the history of ingredients and holiday menu ideas. Also includes links to items for sale. "A daily publication of Food News Service, which syndicates food news and articles to newspapers, magazine publishers, and Internet sites."
URL: http://www.ochef.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22979

People

Columnist Art Buchwald Leaves Us Laughing
Remembrance for Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist Art Buchwald, who was known for his humorous writings "poke[ing] fun at the foibles of celebrities and politicians," and who died in January 2007. Also covers his battle with depression and his writings about his last illness. Includes a February 2006 column, audio of a June 2006 interview with Buchwald, and other audio clips. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5249437
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23202

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial: Life and Vision
Biographical material about Robert Francis Kennedy, the U.S. senator who "was shot on June 5, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California shortly after claiming victory in that state's crucial Democratic primary." Includes photos, speeches, recommended reading, and other resources on Kennedy. From a memorial "led by the Kennedy family, a staff of expert human rights activists and ... volunteers."
URL: http://www.rfkmemorial.org/lifevision/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23225

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Recreation

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)
This day, celebrated in February, is "a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports." The site features a timeline about Title IX and an events calendar for NGWSD observations and activities. From the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, a coalition of six "girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States."
URL: http://www.aahperd.org/ngwsdcentral/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23219

Regional: California

Historic Hwy 49.com
This travel and tourism site for the towns along California Highway 49 includes historical background about California's Gold Country where "James Marshall discovered Gold in California at Sutter's Mill in [January] 1848 and set off the largest gold rush in history." Includes a business directory, city directory, and maps of the area and of individual cities such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Coloma (location of Sutter's Mill).
URL: http://www.historichwy49.com/home.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23175

Regions of the World

Australia Day
"Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian." Provides a history of the holiday, a timeline, details about national symbols, activities for children, material for teachers (such a song lyrics), and more. From the Australian government.
URL: http://www.australiaday.gov.au
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23231

Holy Land Maps
Collection of over 1,000 maps of the Holy Land in Israel from the 15th century through the 1920s. Browsable by author, year, or by location, such as Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Tel Aviv. Also includes links to related sites. In English and Hebrew. From the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection, Jewish National and University Library. Note: detailed views may not be available in all browsers.
URL: http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/maps/pal/html/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23166

Science

Endangered Species Program Kid's Corner
"This site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program demonstrates how loss of habitat and ecosystems can lead to a decline in biodiversity, and how the Endangered Species Act helps prevent extinction." Features a slide show, a quiz, resources for teachers, material about spotlight species (bats and frogs), and suggestions for how children can help. Includes links to related sites.
URL: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/kids/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23223

Society & Social Science

Accessible America Award
Details about this award recognizing U.S. cities for "their focus on disability issues and successful design of programs, services and facilities that are accessible for citizens and visitors who have disabilities." Features press releases about the competition winners and applications of entrants from past contests, both describing specific city accessibility and disability programs. From the National Organization on Disability (NOD).
URL: http://www.nod.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23215


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