Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Top 10 Literary Hoaxes

From Guardian Unlimited,the Top 10 Literary Hoaxes from 2001 describes significant "literary hoaxes from Shakespearean 'discoveries' to flying saucer frauds." Includes brief descriptions of these documents and authors, such as the 18th century Thomas Chatterton, who wrote "faux-medieval poems ... [and] cashed in on the vogue for literary antiquity by touting his verse as the work of a 15th-century monk," and the forged Hitler diaries revealed in 1983.

(Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII. All rights reserved.)


Coretta Scott King dies

Coretta Scott King dies

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Alito confirmation expected today

Brokeback Mountain leads Oscar nods

U.S. hostage crying in new video

You've Got What in Your Ears?

Shedding Light on Vitamin D

Road To The Grammys: The Story Behind Gorillaz's Feel Good Inc.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Second Candidate for Library Director will give Presentation

Please join Joyce Hommel, candidate for CSB/SJU Director of Libraries and Media Services on Monday, 30 January for her presentation on The Future of the Academic Library as Space in the Liberal Arts College. Ms. Hommel is currently Associate Director of MnLINK at MINITEX. She will speak at 4pm in the Haehn Center Alumnae Hall and entertain questions from the audience after her presentation. Refreshments will be served.


Grand Theft Auto slapped with lawsuit

Grand Theft Auto slapped with lawsuit

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Ford bans competitors' vehicles from lot

UN chief Annan: Holocaust deniers are bigots

California links passive smoke, breast cancer

Dogs Gone Mild

Oprah Tears into Frey over Pieces

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Candidate for Library Director will give Presentation

Please join Kathleen Parker, candidate for CSB/SJU Director of Libraries and Media Services on Friday, 27 January for her presentation on The Future of the Academic Library as Space in the Liberal Arts College. Ms. Parker is currently Director of Library Services at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She will speak at 4pm in the Haehn Center Alumnae Hall and entertain questions from the audience after her presentation. Refreshments will be served.


Passenger bites man, jumps from moving plane

Passenger bites man, jumps from moving plane

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Easy sailing expected for Alito

Saddam Hussein trial delayed

Report: U.S. was outsourcing torture

Tick, Tock: Humans Have a Slow Molecular Clock

Future Of Roe V. Wade In Question On Landmark Abortion Ruling's 33rd Anniversary


Wednesday, January 18, 2006


NationMaster.com is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease. (from RefDesk.com)


Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003

From the U.S. Department of the State, Office of the Historian, the Significant Terrorist Incidents, 1961-2003: A Brief Chronology is a brief summary of assassinations, kidnappings, hostage abductions, hijackings, bombings, and other terrorist events around the world from 1961-2003. "This document ... is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive account of all terrorist incidents during these years, and it is not an official expression of U.S. policy." (Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)


Iraq violence leaves 17 dead

Iraq violence leaves 17 dead

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Plot to kidnap Blair son foiled

Clinton's plantation remark draws fire

A Menu of Leftovers?

A Topper for Copper

Meth cases put strain on ERs

Study: Marriage builds wealth and divorce destroys it

Gerald Ford responds to treatment, aide says

Rush to Sell Shuts Down Tokyo Stock Exchange

Monday, January 16, 2006

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an official holiday which has been celebrated on the third Monday of January since 1986.

Dr. King is the only American besides George Washington to have a national holiday designated for his birthday (those of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and others have been celebrated in some states but not nationwide. Internationally, King is one of the few social leaders of any country to be honored with a holiday (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is observed in India). Such status by a member of a country's racial minority is almost unheard of. Generally, the honor is reserved for military or religious figures. Consequently, this holiday is a powerful tribute to King's philosophy and stature.

When President Reagan signed legislation creating the holiday in November of 1983, it marked the end of a persistent, highly organized lobbying effort spanning the nation for 15 years.

"We worked hard to put together a national effort and make a powerful network," recalls Cedric Hendricks, legislative aide to Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat. It was Conyers who, four days after King was assassinated in Memphis, submitted the first legislation to commemorate his birthday. Petitions carrying more than 6 million signatures -- said to be the largest petition drive in history -- were submitted to Congress in 1970. With help from New York Democratic Representative Shirley Chisholm, Conyers resubmitted the legislation during each congressional session.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which coordinated the petition campaign, also kept continuous pressure on Congress for the holiday. Mass marches in 1982 for voting rights and 1983 to mark the 20th anniversary of King's dramatic speech in Washington, D.C., also contributed.

In the final analysis, what may have sealed approval of the holiday was a compromise offered by Representative Katie Hall, Indiana Democrat who marshaled support in the House for the legislation. Hall, responding to criticism that the holiday would be too close to the Christmas-New Year's week, moved the observance to the third Monday of the month. The notion of a three-day weekend, plus the fact that the third Monday often follows Super Bowl Sunday, helped put the measure over the top.

"As is usually the case with great figures, particularly controversial ones who are fighting for a philosophy condemned by many, Dr. King was well ahead of his time." says Joseph Lowery, King's contemporary counterpart as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta. "Even those very much opposed to him during his lifetime have come to see that segregation, injustice and militarism are concerns which must be addressed by modern society."

(from http://www.patriotism.org/mlk/index.html)

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27 killed in Afghan suicide blasts

27 killed in Afghan suicide blasts

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Sharon reportedly moves eyelids

Africa's first woman leader sworn in

Blunt Claims Votes for Leader; Boehner Says It's Still a Race

Great Whites on the Menu

Back to the Future for Coal


History and Politics Out Loud

History and Politics Out Loud is a collection of audio materials capturing significant political and historical events and personalities of the twentieth century. The materials range from formal addresses delivered in public settings to private telephone conversations conducted from the innermost recesses of the White House. Includes speeches by Lyndon B. Johnson to the Warren Commission, John F. Kennedy speaking about the Cuban Missile Crisis, tapes from the Nixon/Watergate scandal, and Bill Clinton's denials of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. (Note: You will need either the Real Player or the QuickTime Player, both available free.)

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Find It! Will be down from 6:00-8:00am 1/17/2006

On Tuesday morning, January 17, Find It! will be down from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. due to maintenance work on the server.