The American Library Association (ALA) today (June 20, 2005) released the findings of a comprehensive survey demonstrating the significant impact on the public of federal law enforcement activity in Americas libraries. Based on the survey findings, ALA believes that public anxiety and librarian concern over law enforcement activity in libraries is justified.
A White House official repeatedly edited climate reports in ways that play down links between emissions and global warming. Source: New York Times article, by Andrew C. Revkin, June 8, 2005. One of the ten most read New York Times articles from the past two weeks, June 22, 2005.
Congressional Research Service Reports via UNT aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990. Metadata has been created for each report, including subjects terms from the Legislative Indexing Vocabulary, supplemented with Library of Congress Subject Headings. Users have the ability to search by keyword, title, author, subject, and report number, and browse by subject.
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation honoring two important pieces of African American history. Senate Bill 384 (PA 48) officially designates the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day and November 26 as Sojourner Truth Day in Michigan.
For more information, see Governor Signs Legislation Honoring African American History, part of the upcoming July 2005 News from Around the State section of Red Tape.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced the creation of a Web link designed to help motorists locate the local names of state trunkline roads and highways (M, I and US roads). The Highways and Local Names page is available under Roads and Travel on the MDOT Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/mdot.
It's time to turn the Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy -- and Miss Marple -- loose on the Republican-dominated Congress.
The monster could run rampant through the hallowed halls of the Capitol, shaking some common sense into members. Miss Piggy could give them the classic "what for" and the little gems of mischief Miss Marple would certainly come up with would make headlines -- and get time on the Jim Lehrer News Hour.
On 13 June 2005 the U.S. Senate approved a resolution (S. Res. 39) apologizing to the victims of lynching and the descendants of those victims for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation. This is the first time the upper chamber has apologized for the American nations treatment of principally African Americans but also other ethnic minorities who were victims of lynchings going back as far as 105 years.
Attorney General Mike Cox, Eaton County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter, Jackson City Police Chief Irvin Portis, and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Tom Hendrickson testified today before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee in support of the More Cops on the Street legislation.
"More Cops on the Street will put more police officers in our neighborhoods, reduce jail costs and overcrowding, get defendants to plea deals and trials more quickly, and save local governments millions of dollars," said Cox.
Attorney General Mike Cox, Sen. Patricia Birkholz (R-Saugatuck Twp.), Sen. Tony Stamas (R-Midland), and Sen. Jud Gilbert (R-Algonac) today unveiled legislation to enhance Michigan's criminal background statutes for prospective residential care facility employees. The legislation comes two weeks after Cox announced the results of two studies conducted by his office that reveal almost 10% of the employees caring for approximately 100,000 Michigan seniors and vulnerable adults have criminal backgrounds.