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LII New This Week
New This Week for June 14, 2007
This Week
This week we bring you a helping of the outlandish: missile wars, reality TV and "Grey Gardens," and Space Shuttle Atlantis, plus extraordinary rendition, Internet start-ups, taking pets to work, and sea turtles. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

Tip of the Week
Some perspectives on fatherhood as Father's Day approaches.
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Arts and Humanities

Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965
Companion to a 2007 exhibit about 20th century American artist Jasper Johns, who "had an immense impact on the subsequent development of advanced art -- pop, minimal, process, conceptual, and performance genres, among others." Features an illustrated essay about the exhibit, images of Johns creating his artwork, a biography, and images of selected paintings, such as one of his paintings of the American flag. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
URL: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/johnsinfo.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23955

Business

Taking Pets to Work
"Guidelines and ideas to help make pets in the workplace a workable practice." Tips include taking only healthy and obedient pets, using a barrier to keep pets from roaming, avoiding taking pets to meetings, and scheduling potty and exercise breaks. From the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), an animal rescue and adoption group.
URL: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_PetsAtWork.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23959

Computers

Startup Search
Directory tracking "new web technology companies at the beginning stages of their growth." It collects "facts and figures about new web products, startup companies, key startup employees, and the funding dollars powering their growth." Profiles include background and rankings (explained in "Startup Search Score" in the About section). Searchable, or browse companies, products, people, investors, or partners. From a Web search and syndication consultant.
URL: http://www.startupsearch.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23973

Government

Jurist: Rendition
Collection of links to news and analysis about CIA use of "extraordinary rendition," the extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another. Includes discussion that the CIA "established and operated secret detention centers ... in Romania and Poland between 2002 and 2005, according to a [2007] report ... by the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)." From the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
URL: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/currentawareness/rendition.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23988

Missile Defense Cooperation
Facts about U.S. missile defense activities in the Czech Republic. Features a FAQ (covering what type of "missile defense radar is being proposed" and "how would the missile defense system work in this region of Europe"), an image gallery, official U.S. statements, and a timeline starting with a missile defense feasibility study in 2002 and including May 2007 negotiations. From the Embassy of the United States in the Czech Republic.
URL: http://prague.usembassy.gov/md2.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23994

Missile Wars
Companion to a 2002 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline program about a George W. Bush administration "plan to build a national missile defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)." Features interviews and analysis of the potential threat, the technology, and whether the strategy is as a shield or a sword. Also includes a timeline (1944-2002), related articles and documents, and video and transcript of the show.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/missile/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23991

Home & Housing

FamilyFun: Father's Day
Collection of illustrated instructions for making cards, crafts, and foods for Father's Day. Features instructions for making gifts such as a Father's Day throne and a ladybug tie tack, and recipes for brunch food, snacks, main dishes, and desserts (such as a shirt cake and a tee time cake). Also includes how-to videos for some of the projects.
URL: http://familyfun.go.com/fathersday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23957

Law

The Magna Carta
Collection of materials about the Magna Carta, signed by King John of England in 1215. Features a translation of the 1297 version of Magna Carta, an image of the 1297 Magna Carta (the only version permanently residing in the U.S.), and an essay about the influence of the Magna Carta on American law and constitutionalism. "This heritage is most clearly apparent in our Bill of Rights." From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
URL: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23954

State Embryonic and Fetal Research Laws
Comparison of state laws relating to embryonic stem cell and fetal research, with charts showing whether each state specifically permits research on a fetus or embryo, restricts research on the aborted fetus or fetus/embryo resulting from sources other than abortion, has consent provisions, and restricts the purchase or sale of human tissue for research. Includes an overview of the issue and links to laws and to related resources. From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
URL: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/genetics/embfet.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23987

Media

How Reality TV Shocked the World
As "a TV channel in the Netherlands ... [was set] to broadcast a programme where a terminally ill woman [would] pick someone to receive her kidneys," this May 2007 article discussed a number of other reality television shows "that hit headlines." Often these shows were in the news because portions of the shows were a hoax, as the "Big Donor Show" was later learned to be. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6700327.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23966

People

A Return to Grey Gardens
Article about the diaries of Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, who lived in Grey Gardens (a mansion in East Hampton, New York) with her mother Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale. Mother and daughter were the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and their story has inspired a documentary film and a Broadway musical. From New York magazine.
URL: http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/23484/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23977

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Ethnic Resource Centers: Juneteenth
Bibliography and links to resources about Juneteenth (June 19), which "marks the anniversary of the day in 1865, when General Gordon Granger announced the 'Emancipation Proclamation' to the slaves in Texas." Includes reading suggestions for adults and children. From the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
URL: http://www.colapublib.org/services/ethnic/juneteenth.php4
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23971

Regional: California

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
Documents and news about this California state agency "established in 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative ... which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions." Provides text of the proposition, a FAQ about the agency, press releases and statements, meeting agendas and minutes, funding opportunities, and related material.
URL: http://www.cirm.ca.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23989

Coyote in California
Collection of materials about humans coexisting with coyotes in California. Includes links to materials from the "Keep Me Wild" campaign, a fact sheet about urban/suburban coyotes, and a white paper on suburban coyote attacks. From the California Department of Fish and Game.
URL: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/coyote.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23990

Science

NASA Mission Information: STS-117
Details about the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, launched in June 2007, to the International Space Station that will "will install a new truss segment, unfurl new solar arrays and fold up an old one -- all tricky stuff that's been done on the past two missions." Features overview of the mission, press releases, images, biographies and interviews with the crew, and other material about the mission. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23992

Sea Turtles: Ambassadors of the Ocean
This series of essays discusses conservation of endangered sea turtles, covering reasons for conserving them (including "explanations that are valid even to 'anti-environmentalists'"), health assessment of sea turtles, turtle tracking, and related topics. Includes links to other sea turtle content and activities. From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/AquaticEcosystems/Sea...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23969

Society & Social Science

EPA History: Noise
Historical material about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordination of "all federal noise control activities through its Office of Noise Abatement and Control. ... In 1981, the Administration at that time concluded that noise issues were best handled at the State or local government level," and the program was phased out. Includes archived documents and guidance on locating agencies that now handle noise regulation and control activities. From the EPA.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/noise/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23996

Father's Day Fanfare
Collection of links to "histories, stories, and fun facts to share with Dad" about Father's Day. Topics include a timeline about Father's Day in the U.S. back to 1910, a history of the necktie, fathers as portrayed in television comedies, father-son and father-daughter athletes, a quiz about famous fathers, and more. From infoplease.
URL: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/fathersdaylist.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23956

The History of Meals on Wheels
Brief history of this program that provides home-delivered meals to homebound seniors and others in need. Discusses British World War II roots, the "first American home-delivered meal program" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (started in 1954), and the second program in Columbus, Ohio, and other history of the program. From the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).
URL: http://www.mowaa.org/Page.aspx?pid=225
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23974

Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth
This website constitutes "an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults." In addition to background about the study, the site contains survey results and related publications, most focusing on drug use and trends. Conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health.
URL: http://www.monitoringthefuture.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23894

Timeline: The History of the Lighthouse [Philadelphia], 1893-2004
Illustrated history of this nonprofit organization that was founded in 1893 as a settlement house and has provided a variety of family and community services in Philadelphia. Highlights include the "broom brigade" to clean up streets and the first Meals on Wheels program in the U.S. (1954). Timeline is interspersed with significant dates in U.S. history. From The Lighthouse Philadelphia.
URL: http://www.lighthousephilly.org/history.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23976


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