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This week it's competing truffles, intercity buses, an annual list of endangered historical places (this year it includes the entire California State Park system), same-sex marriage and the 2008 elections, and crazy ants in Texas, with some other sparklers. Bon appetit from librarians Maria, Jennifer, Wendy, and Charlotte.
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Half a Day on Sunday: Jewish-Owned Mom and Pop Grocery Stores
The online version of this historical exhibit about Jewish grocers in Washington, D.C., features "an illustrated historical essay, a searchable database of grocery stores and photographs, ... and a video about Jewish grocers' experience in Washington." Some of the grocery database entries are accompanied by photos of the stores. From the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26056
Stewardess Uniform Collection
Images of hundreds of retired and current airline flight attendant uniforms, mostly from the 1980s to the present. Browse though images by name of over 300 airlines such as Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Bangkok Airways, Debonair, Iranair, Kuwait Airways, South African Airways, Tikal Jets Airline, and Virgin Atlantic. From an enthusiast.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26018
Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You
"This website is designed to better inform the public about the benefits and importance of public transportation for all Americans -- even if they never board a train or a bus." Features links to transit news (such as about how increased gas prices in 2008 have created a mass transit surge), facts on public transportation, reports, and links to public transit sites throughout the U.S. From the American Public Transportation Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26174
The Return of the Intercity Bus: The Decline and Recovery of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960-2007
"This study assesses the changing status of intercity bus service throughout the United States between 1960 and 2007." The study finds that while "most regularly scheduled intercity service disappeared" by 2006, "by late 2007, the sector was enjoying a significant rebirth" with carriers such as Megabus and Greyhound. Opens directly into a PDF document. A School of Public Service Policy study from the DePaul University Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26110
Gay Marriage May Affect the 2008 Election
This May 2008 print article and audio discusses the potential impact of the same-sex marriage issue on the 2008 presidential election. The article notes that "social conservatives are already calling the California Supreme Court ruling [legalizing same-sex marriage under California law] a wake-up call." From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26145
National Safety Month
Materials for National Safety Month (June), including safety tips (on topics such as distracted driving and poisoning prevention) and posters. The page will be updated throughout June and "will end the month on Monday, June 30 with tips for a safe 4th of July and summer safety." From the National Safety Council.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26144
California Statewide Rural Intercity Bus Study
This March 2008 report evaluates California's rural intercity bus program "in meeting federal and state goals, [considers] to what degree available services meet the needs, and ... make[s] recommendations on needed program changes, service needs, and potential funding sources." Includes maps and tables. Prepared by the KFH Group for the Caltrans Division of Mass Transportation (DMT).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26111
Foreclosures in California
This May 2008 report concludes that "the current housing crisis is more severe than previous corrections." It estimates "foreclosures will affect between 3.0 and 7.8 percent of all homeowners with mortgages in the state by 2009, or by 2010, if the cycle is drawn out." Includes charts, discussion of the data and the forecast, and related material. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the California Research Bureau.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26123
US Naval Air Station, Sunnyvale, CA Historic District (Moffett Field)
Profile of the "site of the US Naval Air Station Sunnyvale, California, Historic District, [which] consists of a large number of buildings that were constructed from the 1930s on." Focuses on Hangar One, which housed dirigibles in the 1930s and which is now "[o]ne of the most recognizable landmarks in the San Francisco Bay Area." Part of a National Register of Historic Places Itinerary from the National Park Service (NPS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26193
America's Eleven Most Endangered Archive
"Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation's greatest treasures." Site features a FAQ and an archive listing places by threat, year listed, state, and other factors. Entries provide descriptions and update on endangered status for places such as California's state parks and the Michigan Avenue Streetwall in Chicago.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26175
BBC News Special Report: Israel at 60
Collection of new stories and analysis about the creation of Israel in 1948 and its subsequent history. Includes a timeline of key events, demographic data, a history in maps showing how the borders have changed, a photo essay on Palestinian life in East Jerusalem, and discussions of obstacles to peace between Palestinians and Israel such as borders and settlement, refugees, the Gaza Strip, and peace talks. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26143
Indonesia '98: A Year of Living Dangerously
Collection of news articles about the political situation in Indonesia following the ouster of military and political leader Suharto, who ruled the country from 1967 to 1998. Features material about the 1999 general election, with information about candidates and topics such as the battle for Indonesia's Islamic vote, and economic conditions. From the British Broadcasting Service (BBC). Note: Video clip is not available.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25334
Israel at 60
Website for the 2008 celebration in the U.S. of the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel. Features an Israel timeline back to 1948, video clips, and links to many resources, including other Israel at 60 sites. From the United Jewish Communities.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26141
Israel at 60
Collection of material about Israel from 2008, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state. Includes photos collections (60 years of Israel, and exploring the lives of Jews and Muslims in the Holy land), and an "Israel in 2068" feature in which "twelve thinkers, writers and statesmen ... [consider] how Israel will respond to its challenges over the next 60 years." From Time magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26142
This 2005 article reports that "over the past few years, unscrupulous dealers in Europe and the U.S. have begun passing off ... Chinese [black] truffles" as Perigord truffles from France. It notes that while the two truffle types look similar, "the Chinese variety is insipid compared with the French one" when used in cooking. Also discusses a DNA analysis developed to distinguish French truffles from the Chinese ones. From Time magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26135
"Crazy" Ants Wreaking Havoc in Houston-Area Households
May 2008 news article about invasive ants in the Houston, Texas, area that are known as "crazy raspberry ants," ("crazy" because they zigzag rather than travel in a straight line like other ants) and which "have demonstrated a tendency to nest in and damage electric equipment." Accompanied by a map showing the spread of the ants from 2002-2007, a form for sending in samples of the ant, and related links. From the Houston Chronicle.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26147
Exotic Texas Ant, Paratrechina sp. Near Pubens
Fact sheet about an invasive ant that "has yet to be identified to species due to confusion regarding the taxonomy of the genus. Therefore, this ant is referred to as Paratrechina sp. nr. pubens. ... [I]n Texas, more specifically in the Houston area, the common name often referenced is the crazy raspberry ant." Discusses biology, distribution, management, and concerns with the ants shorting out electrical apparatuses. From the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26146
Is the Perigord Black Truffle Threatened by an Invasive Species?
This 2008 academic journal article highlights the need for study of "ecological impacts of the intentional/unintentional introduction of fungal species" on the native resident truffle in Italy. It also discusses how the Chinese black truffle, "a novel invasive alien species in Italy," is an ecological threat for the Perigord truffle, because it can be found in China in ecosystems that are similar to those in central Italy. From New Phytologist.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26134
North American Truffling Society
Website for this organization whose mission is "to enhance the scientific knowledge of North American truffles and truffle-like fungi, and promote educational activities related to truffles and truffle-like fungi." Provides a truffle FAQ, truffle keys and lists on identification, a few truffle recipes (such as leberwurst and truffled game hen), and related links.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26136
Transportation Energy Data Book
Most recent edition (26th edition in 2007) of this "data book... [of] statistics and information that characterize transportation activity, and ... data on other factors that influence transportation energy use" in the U.S. Features spreadsheets on petroleum, energy (including fuel consumption by vehicle type), highway vehicles and characteristics, alternative fuel, fleet and household vehicles, non-highway modes (such as aviation, boats, and rail), greenhouse gas emissions, and criteria pollutants. From the U.S. Department of Energy.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26186
American Public Transit Association (APTA)
Material about public transportation from an advocacy organization. The "Industry Information" section features transit and ridership statistics, and reports and surveys about the benefits of public transportation, the connection between public transportation and greenhouse gas reduction, terrorism and public transportation, and more. Also includes news, information about government affairs, and links to related sites. Some material only available to members.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20096
Civil Rights Suite: Exploring the History of the Chinese American Fight for Equality
Collection of sites featuring materials that "examine the historical impact of the Chinese American fight for equality on our society." Topics include the Chinese of California, "Remembering 1882" (when "Congress passed the nation's first major immigration legislation -- a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States"), and Chinese American actions to defend American citizenship and challenge discriminatory laws. From the Chinese American Society of America.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25911
International Aid for Korean Animals
Website for this organization "committed to ending the dog and cat meat trade, teaching compassion towards animals, and enforcing strong animal protection laws in Korea." It discusses issues concerning dogs, cats, bears, and the Korea Animal Protection Law. Includes essays about the practice of eating dogs in Korean culture. Viewer discretion is advised before viewing photos.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26139
Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships
Collection of news and analysis about same-sex marriage in the U.S. Topics include Massachusetts becoming the first state to allow same-sex marriages in 2004, the 2008 California Supreme Court ruling "that a state law banning same-sex marriage ... constituted illegal discrimination," and how the same-sex marriage issue may impact the 2008 presidential election. Also includes many links to related sites. From The New York Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26148
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder