ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 103, MAY 2004

A Collection of Web Sites of Possible Interest to Government Documents Librarians

Table of Contents

Attorney General's Report on the DNA Evidence Backlog
Attracting and Keeping Good Workers: Strategies for Michigan Business
Before- and After-School Care, Programs, and Activities of Children
Black Bass Fishing Seasons in Michigan
Brown v Board of Education Digital Archive
C-SPAN in the Classroom: The 9/11 Commission
Census 2002 Special Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation
Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1909
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)
A Collaborative Business Model for the Tool and Die Industry
College Cost Central
Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba: Report to the President
Congressional Committee Hearings Study
Congressional Research Service Reports Search Engine
Diplomacy Monitor
Early Childhood Education and Care Task Force Report (2004)
The Economic Impact of Michigan’s Public Universities
A Family Preparedness Guide
FBI Intelligence Reform Since September 11, 2001
Glossary of Government Documents Library Terms
Government Documents Display Clearinghouse
Government Documents on Railroads
Governor's Benton Harbor Task Force Report
Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
Healthcare Costs and Premiums:
Michigan Compared with Selected Benchmark States
Healthy Michigan 2010
Hiring Paid Caregivers for In-Home Services
Homeland Security in Michigan
House Democratic Dispatch
Human Trafficking
I Hear America Singing
The Image Turning America Against Bush
Iraq and Vietnam: Differences, Similarities, and Insights
Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves
Is Intellectual Diversity an Endangered Species
on American College Campuses?
Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Energy
Leading Occupations for Employed Women, 2003
Lifeworks! Explore a Career in the Life Sciences
Medicare Prescription Drug Savings Calculator
Michigan Automotive Research & Development Directory (2002)
Michigan Boundary Maps
Michigan Cancer Rates and Numbers
Michigan Careersite
Michigan Disability Resource Directory
The Michigan Economy, 1989-2002
Michigan Firsts
Michigan Hidden Treasures
Michigan House Democratic Caucus Issues Book (2002)
Michigan Legislative Black Caucus
Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Counties
Fail Air Quality Standards
Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
Michigan Online Resources for Women
Michigan Statewide Fire Statistics
Michigan Surgeon General's Healthy Michigan 2010 Status Report
Michigan Surgeon General's Prescription for a Healthier Michigan
Michigan: The High-Technology Automotive State
Michigan Toxic Substances Information Directory
Michigan Women's Resource Directory
Missing: Information About Women's Lives
National Gravesite Locator
National Park Service History: Online Book Index
Nontraditional Occupations for Women, 2003
ONDCP Web Site Updated
A Patent System for the 21st Century
Pentagon Ban on Pictures of Dead Troops is Broken
Positioning the State of Michigan as a Leading Candidate
for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Manufacturing
Prescription Drug Pricing in the State of Michigan
Prescription for a Healthier Michigan
President's Council on Bioethics: Reproduction and Responsibility
Red Cross Report on Treatment of Iraqi Prisoners
Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies
Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939
Special Report on Phishing Summary Report on Select Agent Security at Universities
Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2003-2004
Taguba Report
Take a Voyage of Discovery: Lewis and Clark at the Library
U.S. Army Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
U.S. - Canada Task Force Final Report on Blackout of August 2003
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (Preliminary Draft)
U.S. Government Documents Virtual Shelflist
What We Do Makes a Difference: 2003 Annual Report to the Governor
Workplace Security Resource Guide

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Attorney General's Report on the DNA Evidence Backlog
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pdf/dna_studyreport_final.pdf
The Attorney General submitted a report to Congress on April 2, 2004 that found approximately 542,700 criminal cases with biological evidence are awaiting DNA testing. These include 52,000 homicide and 169,000 rape cases. Only 10 percent of the unanalyzed cases are in State or local crime laboratories. The majority remain in the possession of local law enforcement agencies. Poor funding is a frequently cited reason why agencies do not make greater use of DNA analysis. Fifty percent of local law enforcement agencies indicated they did not seek DNA testing either because prosecutors had not asked for it or because a suspect was in custody, suggesting that many law enforcement officials still do not fully appreciate the benefits of DNA analysis to solve cases and ensure successful prosecutions. The findings are based on a nation-wide survey and were reviewed by independent experts.
The report is accompanied by information from United Kingdom officials that show DNA evidence at property crime scenes increased suspect identification by 44 percent.
April 6, 2004.
(Last checked 04/28/04)

Attracting and Keeping Good Workers: Strategies for Michigan Business
http://medc.michigan.org/cm/attach/
95A0B59B-3725-4D7D-9683-5F9A83D454BB/325-011211JB%20Recruit%20Broch.pdf

A 24 page pdf report from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 325-011211JB.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Before- and After-School Care, Programs, and Activities of Children in Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade: 2001
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2004008
This report provides insight into the complex and varied ways kindergarten through eighth graders in the nation spend their time out of school. Some spend time in with relative or a nonrelative in a home setting. Others spend time in center- or school-based programs or organized activities that are aimed toward their enrichment or enjoyment. Still others are responsible for themselves during out-of-school time. Children also experience patchworks of arrangements in order to meet the contingencies of availability, cost, etc. Data used for this report come from the Before- and After-School Programs and Activities Survey of the 2001 National Household Education Surveys Program.
(Last checked 04/27/04)

Black Bass Fishing Seasons in Michigan:
Background, Research Review, and Recommendations
http://www.michigandnr.com/PUBLICATIONS/PDFS/Fishing/BassRegulations.pdf
The Fisheries Division is considering several scenarios for bass season changes in Michigan. The scenarios are described in detail in the following 53-page document. Public discussions on the proposal will take place during 2004. Michigan DNR, Fisheries Division, April 2004.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Brown v Board of Education Digital Archive
http://www.lib.umich.edu/exhibits/brownarchive/
The University of Michigan Library has developed this digital archive to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision. Targeted to teachers, students, and researchers, the archive focuses on three areas: associated Supreme Court cases; public school integration efforts in the city of Ann Arbor and the state of Michigan; and recent re-desegregation trends in American schools.
(Last checked 05/04/04)

C-SPAN in the Classroom: The 9/11 Commission
http://www.c-span.org/classroom/govt/911commission.asp
Provides extensive classroom resources relating to the work of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Includes transcripts, video clips, discussion questions, and links for further study.
(Last checked 04/15/04)

Census 2002 Special Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/eeoindex.html
Occupational breakouts by sex and race are available for both 2000 and 1990.
(Last checked 05/20/04)

Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1909
http://www.evergreen.edu/library/govdocs/tools/1909checklist/
The Evergreen State College, Daniel J. Evans Library, Government Documents/Maps Department is digitizing the Checklist for all to use and consult.
(Last checked 04/09/04)

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/index.html
The Central Intelligence Agency publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States. Regimes with which the United States has no diplomatic exchanges are indicated by the initials NDE. Although the head of the central bank is listed for each country, in most cases he or she is not a Cabinet member. Ambassadors to the United States and Permanent Representatives to the UN, New York, have also been included.
(Last checked 04/29/04)

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reports_pigbook2004
During election years, politicians make speeches about how concerned they are with wasteful spending, the deficit, and the fiscal woes of the nation. But as soon as the television cameras are turned off, they brag about the pork that they are bringing home to their state or district. This hypocrisy has helped to create a $521 billion deficit and a $7.1 trillion national debt. Of course when reviewing this site, keep in mind the advice of Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, "Pork is in the eye of the beholder". Consult this web site for information about government waste by state, by department, or per capita by state.
(Last checked 04/09/04)

The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA):
Origin, Characteristics, and Institutional Authorities
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/32338.pdf
38 pages courtesy of the Congressional Research Service and the U.S. Department of State.
(Last checked 04/19/04)

A Collaborative Business Model for the Tool and Die Industry
http://medc.michigan.org/news/reports/economic/
combo.asp?ContentId=1693C63B-0D23-4272-A596-CF113618D953&QueueId=1&ContentTypeId=9

Courtesy of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. September 30, 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

College Cost Central:
A Resource for Parents, Students, & Taxpayers Fed Up With the High Cost of Higher Education
http://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/108th/education/
highereducation/collegecostcentral.htm

America's higher education system is facing a crisis. Decades of dramatically increasing costs, in both good economic times and bad, are threatening to push the dream of college out of reach for millions of students and families. Led by 21st Century Competitiveness Subcommittee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Republicans on the Education & the Workforce Committee have pledged to hold colleges accountable for these dramatic increases to help keep college affordable. In the coming months, through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the Committee will work to add new sunshine and transparency to our nation's higher education system. Legislation will be offered to provide the consumers of higher education -- students and parents -- with accessible and easily-understandable information, allowing them to better exercise freedom in the marketplace of higher education. By empowering consumers, the Committee believes, America's higher education system will be more accountable to the students it exists to serve. September 4, 2003. 22pp.
(Last checked 05/25/04)

Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba: Report to the President
http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/cuba/commission/2004/
"We believe the people of Cuba should be free from tyranny. We believe the future of Cuba is a future of freedom. It's in our nation's interest that Cuba be free. It's in the neighborhood's interest that Cuba be free. More importantly, it's in the interest of the Cuban people that they be free from tyranny." President George W. Bush, May 6, 2004. Playing for Cuban exile votes in Florida or could be another Iraq in the making? The 500-page report is available in both html and pdf formats, with additional related information.
(Last checked 05/17/04)

Congressional Committee Hearings Study
"A Snapshot of Availability of U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings: How Complete Are Online Sources?" College and Undergraduate Libraries, vol. 10, no. 2, 2003, 73-87.
Concentrating on the 105th and 106th Congresses. this article examines the extent to which the hearings were available in full-text - not just the written statements, but Q&A and supporting documentation, too - through either the Congressional committee sites and/or GPO Access. The study done was done by Barbara Costello. Source: Debra Wooldridge, Government Documents Librarian, Florida Institute of Technology, via GOVDOC-L, March 3, 2004.

Congressional Research Service Reports Search Engine
http://2act.org/p/576.html
Steve Stoft has rigged up a custom Google search to search "just about every Congressional Research Service report available on the web". CRS reports are taxpayer-funded research reports, famous for their thoroughness and objectivity, commissioned by members of Congress but rarely released to the public. A private sector publisher, however, somehow gets access to them and sells them at a profit to the public and even to other branches of the federal government. Source: Open Access News, April 1, 2004.
Rick McKinney from the Federal Reserve Board Library, however, reports that many of the CRS reports listed by the Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.c. are not accessible through Steve Stofts custom Google search, although they are accessible using regular Google searching. It may be that optically scanned CRS reports are not included in the custom service. Source: GOVDOC-L, April 5, 2004.
(Last checked 04/05/04)

Diplomacy Monitor
http://www.diplomacymonitor.com/stu/dm.nsf/opener?OpenForm
More and more countries around the world are releasing official policy documents, communiques, and other crucial communications via the Web, along with more traditional means. The Diplomacy Monitor at the St. Thomas University School of Law is a fine way to keep track of various communications, as it allows users to globally track diplomatic and international official statements, press briefings through their readily accessible monitoring system located at their site. Utilizing their own proprietary technology, the staff at the Diplomacy Monitor review annotate and categorize these documents several times throughout the United Nations business day. The site includes a brief introduction to using the Monitor, along with the option of full-text searching of every document archived within the database. For additional discussion of how the Internet affects global diplomacy, the site also contains some interesting working papers and reports, such as The Rise of Netpolitik-How the Internet is Changing International Politics and Diplomacy. Current postings regarding the prison fiasco in Iraq are included.
(Last checked 05/04/04)

Early Childhood Education and Care Task Force Report
Also called Early Childhood Education and Care: Moving Michigan from Patchwork to Tapestry.
http://www.housedems.com/elkins/pubs/EarlyEdReportFINAL.pdf
A report prepared by Jennifer Elkins and Dianne Byrun for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus, April 2004, 64pp.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

The Economic Impact of Michigan’s Public Universities
http://medc.michigan.org/cm/attach/
D27E837E-0740-4668-8C5F-2D2E3B11DF1C/univimpactreport.pdf

This 33 page assessment uses a model that calculates the direct and indirect economic impact of the public universities in Michigan in 1999 (the latest year for which the necessary data were available). Courtesy of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

A Family Preparedness Guide
http://www.gophouse.com/Publications/emergency.pdf
A Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division brochure in pdf format. 10pp.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

FBI Intelligence Reform Since September 11, 2001:
Issues and Options for Congress (RL32366)
http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL32336.html
A report from the Congressional Research Service which examines the debate over whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation can or cannot be transformed into a successful collector of intelligence information and penetrator of terrorist cells. Also outlines policy choices available to legislators. Posted by the Federation of American Scientists. April 6, 2004.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Glossary of Government Documents Library Terms
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/doc/glossary.htm
Courtesy of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign>
(Last checked 05/25/04)

Government Documents Display Clearinghouse
http://www.lib.mnsu.edu/lib/govdoc/proj/tutorials/finalfront2.html
In addition to a new url, this web site features several new displays have been added. Submissions may be sent to Mark McCullough at mark.mccullough@mnsu.edu or Mary Nere at mary.nere@mnsu.edu. Source: Mary Nere, Government Documents Technician, Minnesota State University via GOVDOC-L, April 6, 2004.
(Last checked 04/07/04)

Government Documents on Railroads
http://www.lib.purdue.edu/govdocs/railroads.html
Railroads have played an important historical role in the U.S´ political and economic development. They continue playing a vital role in U.S. transportation and in contemporary economic activity. Governments play an important role in shaping the development of railroads and in regulating issues such as cargo and passenger train safety, the rates railroads can charge customers, and other legal and public policy issues. The Purdue University Libraries have numerous government documents dealing with railroads. These cover the historical development and evolution of railroads in the U.S. as well as contemporary legal, regulatory, and public policy issues. Bert Chapman, Purdue University, last updated May 13, 2004.
(Last checked 05/25/04)

Governor's Benton Harbor Task Force Report
Benton Harbor, a Plan for Positive Change
http://opac.libofmich.lib.mi.us/ftlist/l856^bib41,1,9,112,1,0
Following civil unrest in Benton Harbor, Governor Granholm, after listening closely to Benton Harbor residents, named a 23 member Task Force charged with probing further and getting the community's priorities for improving the quality of life in this struggling city in Southwest Michigan.
(Last checked 04/29/04)

Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mime/open.pdf?Item=1078
This 74 pp. document addresses youth gun violence, describing the problem and reviewing risk factors. It then identifies a series of questions that can help analyze local problems. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and lessons learned from evaluative research and police practice. (COPS)
(Last checked 04/22/04)

Healthcare Costs and Premiums: Michigan Compared with Selected Benchmark States
http://medc.michigan.org/cm/attach/
353CEBC8-18EA-4958-BAED-AF58DF8C33E9/MEDCFinalHCReport%203_31_04.pdf

This study, conducted by Altarum of Ann Arbor at the request of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, looks at a number of factors that affect the cost of employer insurance premiums. These factors were analyzed against 17 benchmark states to explore the critical link between the costs of health care and the strength of Michigan’s economy.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Healthy Michigan 2010
The Executive Summary
Full Report
A comprehensive, 133-page report focusing on ten areas: chronic disease, lifestyles, tobacco, substance abuse, mental health, maternal and child health, immunizations, injuries and violence, healthy environments, and infections and emerging diseases. Courtesy of the Michigan Surgeon General's Office.
(Last checked 04/09/04)

Hiring Paid Caregivers for In-Home Services
http://www.miseniors.net/NR/rdonlyres/A56292FF-C267-44EA-8072-882F3900F604/
215/CHG.pdf

The Office of Services to the Aging has published a guide to help caregivers navigate the process of hiring paid caregivers for in-home services. Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Feb. 2004.
(Last checked 04/23/04)

Homeland Security in Michigan: A Cooperative Network of Local, State, and Federal Action
http://www.gophouse.com/Publications/homeland.pdf
Michigan Legislative service Bureau, Research Report Vol. 23, no. 11, Dec. 2003, 45pp. Found on the House Republican Caucus web page.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

House Democratic Dispatch
http://www.housedems.com/demdispatch.cfm
Where else can you find a picture of representatives (from both sides of the aisle) wearing Dr. Seuss hats? To be fair, the representatives were celebratng Dr Seuss's birthday and took time out of their busy schedules to read selections from Dr. Seuss in the Capitol and around the state. From the March 2004 issue. March 2003 - March 2004 issues, highlighting Michigan democratic opinions and initiatives, are currently available courtesy of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Human Trafficking
Look Beneath the Surface: Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/index.html
“We must show new energy in fighting back an old evil. Nearly two centuries after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and more than a century after slavery was officially ended in its last strongholds, the trade in human beings for any purpose must not be allowed to thrive in our time." — President George W. Bush, Address to the U.N. General Assembly, September 2003. Part of the Administration for Children and Family's Campaign To Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking. Web site provides numerous resources and links.
(Last checked 05/19/04)

I Hear America Singing
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/ihas/ihashome.html
"I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear," wrote Walt Whitman in a poem celebrating the American spirit -- adventuresome, strong, and inclusive. This Web site invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials. Soon, visitors will be able to take virtual seat in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium, and other performance venues, to hear concerts performed by world-class artists, and premieres of some of the seminal works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special presentations on selected topics will highlight some of the unique and unusual materials in the Library's collections. This site is the beginning of what will be a continually growing resource drawing from the vast collections and concert archives of the Library. Visitors are encouraged to return regularly to see what's new.
(Last checked 05/25/04)

The Image Turning America Against Bush
http://truthout.org/docs_04/042504B.shtml
Despite a news ban on showing U.S. coffins returning from Iraq, some have slipped through. Source: Andrew Buncombe, Independent (UK), April 24, 2004; posted in TurthOut on the Issues, April 25, 2004.
(Last checked 04/26/04)

Iraq and Vietnam: Differences, Similarities, and Insights
http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ssi/pubs/2004/iraqviet/iraqviet.pdf
Jeffrey Record and W. Andrew Terrill, U.S. Army War College, May 2004. 76pp.
(Last checked 05/25/04)

Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves
http://www.usaid.gov/iraq/pdf/iraq_mass_graves.pdf
Iraq has joined the list of hot spots where man's crimes against humanity have occurred, surpassed only by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Pol Pot's Cambodian kiling fields in the 1970s, and the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. This report includes first-hand accounts from three Iraqis who survived the mass murders under Saddham Hussein. Each tells what took place in a way that no formal report can match. Yet the world is duty-bound to learn the facts -- cold, brutal, and numbing -- of what happended over these years and how a modern government, equipped with the powers of a modern army and police, turned against its own people. U.S. Agency for International Development.
(Last checked 04/29/04)

Is Intellectual Diversity an Endangered Species on American College Campuses?
Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Energy
http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/01-981c.pdf
A federal judge ruled that the Bush administration must release thousands of pages of documents related to a White House task force that met behind closed doors to develop a national energy policy.
Previous Commentary
Previous Commentary Two
(Last checked 04/26/04)

Leading Occupations for Employed Women, 2003
http://www.dol.gov/wb/factsheets/20lead2003.htm
Secretaries and administrative assistants is the leading category with nearly 4 million women employed in such positions. This factsheet also shows total men and women employed and the percentage of women in each occupation. Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(Last checked 04/27/04)

Lifeworks! Explore a Career in the Life Sciences
http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.nsf/feature/index.htm
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a new web site, "LifeWorks," which explores more than 100 careers in the health and medical sciences. The site is designed as a resource for middle school and high school students, parents, educators, and school guidance/career counselors to explore the diversity of careers in the field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health and medical science jobs are expected to be among the fastest growing jobs in the nation over the next 10 years.
(Last checked 04/20/04)

Medicare Prescription Drug Savings Calculator
http://www.gop.gov/medicare/gopdrugcalc.htm
This calculator allows Medicare beneficiaries to estimate their out of pocket spending under the new prescription drug benefit signed into law on December 8, 2003. For beneficiaries currently lacking any prescription drug coverage, the calculator estimates the following savings. (Note: Actual savings may vary)
(Last checked 05/19/04)

Michigan Automotive Research & Development Directory
http://medc.michigan.org/news/reports/economic/
combo.asp?ContentId=2ADE5C19-99BC-4028-AD47-2FDB85971E2C&QueueId=1&ContentTypeId=9

The first ever assembly of data on 135 Michigan companies involved in vehicle research, engineering and product development. A 97 page pdf report of the Michigan Economic development Corporation and the Michigan Automotive Partnership. November 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Michigan Boundary Maps
http://www.michigan.gov/cgi/0,1607,7-158-12540_13083---,00.html
Boundary Maps could also be called Reference Maps. They include a variety of map types that show boundaries and names of geographic areas within the State of Michigan. This site offers a collection of various boundary maps which depict legislative districts, school districts, and other regions of importance in State Government. Courtesy of the Michigan Center for Geographic Information.
(Last checked 05/20/04)

Michigan Cancer Rates and Numbers
http://opac.libofmich.lib.mi.us/ftlist/l856^bib41,13,23,112,1,0
The incidence of cancer in Michigan and the mortality associated with cancer can be accessed via this web page. The data in these tables includes cancer incidence, age-specific cancer rates and age adjusted rates for the state over the years 1985 through 2001 with mortality information through 2002. These statistical tables are developed from reports of cancer cases and from death record information received by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Data by stage at diagnosis and by age group is provided for the most prevalent cancer sites of breast, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer. Data by race for whites and blacks are now available. Information by health district and by county is provided. Incidence and mortality by standard cancer site and cancer type groupings is also available. Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
(Last checked 04/29/04)

Michigan Careersite
http://jobs.michigan.org/index_flash.asp?homepage=index.asp
Welcome to Michigan Careersite - where you can find exciting and rewarding high-tech jobs available in Michigan in information technology, science, and advanced manufacturing. Whether you are exploring the opportunity for one of the many high-tech jobs available in Michigan, where the quality of life is unsurpassed, or you are an employer seeking to find highly skilled workers - this is the site for you. Michigan Careersite is designed to connect skilled workers with employers who need them. Courtesy of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Michigan Disability Resource Directory
http://opac.libofmich.lib.mi.us/ftlist/l856^bib41,64,69,112,1,0
Search by disability, service, agency name, map, by geographic areas to determine resources available. Types of disabilities covered include: ADD/ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Alcohol/Drug Abuse/Chemical Dependence, Alzheimers Disease, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Blind & Visionally Impaired, Blood Disorders, Brain Injury, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Cirrhosis, Congenital Disability, Cystic Fibrosis, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, Dwarfism/Little People, Emotional, Fibromyalgia, Head Injury, Kidney, Langugage/Speech, Learning Disabilities, Leukemia, Mental, Mental Retardation, Mobility Impaired, Multi-handicapped, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Opid Substance, Paralysis, Parkinson Disease, Seizure Disorders, Spina Bifida, and Stroke.
(Last checked 04/29/04)

The Michigan Economy, 1989-2002
http://medc.michigan.org/cm/attach/
125D281A-61E1-4E2B-98D2-0E7A228CA45D/EconRep.pdf

Michigan’s economy has had many changes over the past ten years. This report covers the years from 1989 to 2002 and illustrates many of the cycles and trends. Included are employment, income, inflation, population, research & development, new and expanded facilities, business investment, high-tech employment and venture capital. A 17 page pdf report from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Michigan Firsts
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17447_18630_22469-11896--,00.html
Originally prepared by the Secretary of State's Office for Michigan History Week, 2001. Still available thanks to the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Letters.
(Last checked 04/26/04)

Michigan Hidden Treasures
http://travel.michigan.org/partners/Hidden.Treasures/Hidden.Treasures.asp?city=
Find out how you can win Win a FREE trip to three of Michigan's travel treasures! Courtesy of Governor Granholm and Travel Michigan.
The GRAND prize package (for a family of up to four (4) people) includes: (1) winner
A two night stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Holland, complete with an assortment of gifts from the Holland Peanut Store, Moynihan Gallery & Framing, Rubyjuice and Teerman's of Holland.
A two night stay at The Inn at Bay Harbor.
A two night stay at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island complete with complimentary breakfast, dinner and water transportation from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.
The FIRST prize package (for up to two (2) persons) includes: (5) winners
2 night midweek stay at The Homestead in Glen Arbor.
The SECOND prize package (for up to four (4) persons) (4) winners
A FREE Foursome at either The Legend, Cedar River, The Summit or Shuss Mountain Golf Club at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, complete with greens fees and cart.
(Last checked 05/21/04)

Michigan House Democratic Caucus Issues Book (2002)
http://www.housedems.com/policy/issuesbook02.pdf
This 206 page pdf report covers a number of Michigan public policy issues from a Democratic point of view, including:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Elder Perscription Insurance Coverage Program
  • Electric Market Deregulation
  • Genetic Privacy and Human Cloning
  • Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Patients
  • Internet Commerce and Its Impact on Revenues
  • Mandatory Minimums
  • Michigan Catastrophic Claims
  • Michigan Education Savings Program
  • Michigan Pharmaceutical Best Practices Initiative
  • Michigan's Single Business Tax
  • Michigan's Single Business Tax Calculation
  • Patients' Rights Statutes in MI
  • Racial Profiling
  • Senior Health Issues
  • Sewer Infrastructure and Water Quality
  • The Medicaid Waiver Program and H.O.M.E.
  • Wastewater System Management
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Michigan Legislative Black Caucus
    http://www.housedems.com/blackcaucus/
    Includes portraits, members, history, newsletter, etc.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Counties Fail Air Quality Standards
    http://www.epa.gov/ozonedesignations/
    On April 15, 2004 EPA designated "nonattainment" areas throughout the country that exceeded the health-based standards for 8-hour ozone, including: Detroit-Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Lansing-East Lansing, Benton Harbor, and the counties of Allegon, Huron, Benzie, Cass, and Mason.
    (Last checked 04/25/04)

    Michigan Online Resources for Women
    http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-4957-17218--,00.html
    The Michigan Women's Commission within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights had compiled a collection of online resources for Women in the state of Michigan ranging from topics such as Substance Abuse, Safety and Health to Women in Technology and Economic Independance.
    (Last checked 04/29/04)

    Michigan Statewide Fire Statistics
    http://opac.libofmich.lib.mi.us/ftlist/l856^bib41,88,96,112,1,0
    Fatal fire statistics are compiled from the data provided by the 1,080 Michigan fire departments in 2002. Courtesy of the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
    (Last checked 04/29/04)

    Michigan: The High-Technology Automotive State
    http://medc.michigan.org/cm/attach/
    0FC78226-6BFB-473B-A87F-407D84E0279B/HighTechAutoState.pdf

    A 32 page study, commissioned by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, shows that Michigan is ranked fourth in the nation for total employment in high-tech industries. November 2002.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Michigan Toxic Substances Information Directory
    http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2945_5105-80557--,00.html
    The Toxic Substances Information Directory was developed in order to provide an easy-to-use, quick reference document for public health professionals when looking for information on an environmental or occupational health topic. It can be used by local health departments to guide the public or by the public directly since this document is available on the Internet. The first six sections of the directory provide general information on state and federal agencies; universities and non-governmental organizations; library resources; resources for chemical testing, and reporting requirements. The remaining sections are topic specific. Generally, within each section Michigan governmental agencies are listed first, followed by federal agencies and then other organizations. A web address has been provided for each, along with a brief description and contact information. This directory is intended to direct one to organizations and/or resources that may provide more information; it is not meant to be comprehensive.
    (Last checked 04/29/04)

    Michigan Women's Resource Directory
    http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-4957_5922---,00.html
    The statewide Women's Resource Directory is in response to numerous requests for current information concerning programs, services, and organizations for Michigan women to be made accessible online. It represents our best efforts to identify contact agencies and organizations offering services to women. Click on your part of the state and then choose your county to review the various agencies that work with women in your area. Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
    (Last checked 04/29/04)

    Missing: Information About Women's Lives
    http://www.ncrw.org/misinfo/report.pdf
    National researchers, policymakers, and the media have voiced major concerns in recent weeks about a pattern of distorting knowledge-based information and science in the service of political goals under the current administration. Now, the National Council for Research on Women brings you the story from the women's research and policy perspective. A 24-page report from the National Council for Research on Women that documents how crucial data on women and girls is disappearing from government web sites and reports. (PDF, 408 KB). Source: Deborah Benrubi, Technical Services Librarian, University of San Francisco; GOVDOC-L, April 29, 2004.
    (Last checked 05/17/04)

    National Gravesite Locator
    http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1
    Search for burial sites for more than 3 million veterans interred at 120 national cemeteries since the Civil War. Information includes dates of birth and death, military service dates, service branch and rank, and grave location within cemetery. Part of the Veterans Administration's new National Cemetery Administration website.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    National Park Service History: Online Book Index (sorted by title)
    http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/books-title.htm
    An awesome collection of full text books, pdf reports, etc. related to National Park Service sites. If you prefer, you can follow the online history link at the bottom of the page to find the same publications sorted into the following categories:

  • History of the National Park Service
  • Park Science and Natural Resources Management Publications
  • Administrative Histories
  • Classic National Park Service Publications
  • Cultural Landscape Reports
  • Evolution of the Conservation Movement in the United States Before the Creation of the National Park Service
  • General Publications
  • Historic Furnishing Reports
  • Historic Resource Studies
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • National Historic Landmark Theme Studies
  • Park History Studies
  • Park and Historic Preservation Laws
    (Last checked 04/28/04)

    Nontraditional Occupations for Women, 2003
    http://www.dol.gov/wb/factsheets/nontra2003.htm
    Nontraditional occupations are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed. This factsheet shows total men and women employed and the percentage of women in each occupation. Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    (Last checked 04/27/04)

    ONDCP Web Site Updated
    http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/juveniles/index.html
    The Office of National Drug Control Policy has updated its Web site regarding the extent and consequences of juvenile drug use, including data on youth arrested for drug offenses and youth admitted to drug abuse treatment facilities. (OJJDP)
    (Last checked 04/22/04)

    A Patent System for the 21st Century
    http://www.nap.edu/books/0309089107/html/
    Proposes improvements to the patent system by enhancing Patent Office resources, using open review procedures and administrative patent judges to resolve patent disputes more quickly and at less expense, and other legal, technical, and economic reforms. From the National Research Council.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Pentagon Ban on Pictures of Dead Troops is Broken
    http://truthout.org/docs_04/042404B.shtml
    The Pentagon's ban on making images of dead soldiers' homecomings at military bases public was briefly relaxed yesterday, as hundreds of photographs of flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base were released on the Internet by a Web site dedicated to combating government secrecy.
    The Web site, the Memory Hole, had filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year, seeking any pictures of coffins arriving from Iraq at the Dover base in Delaware, the destination for most of the bodies. The Pentagon yesterday labeled the Air Force Air Mobility Command's decision to grant the request a mistake, but news organizations quickly used a selection of the 361 images taken by Defense Department photographers. Source: Bill Carter, New York Times, April 23, 2004; Truthout on the Issues, April 24, 2004.
    (Last checked 04/26/04)

    Positioning the State of Michigan as a Leading Candidate for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Manufacturing
    http://nextenergy.org/images/fuelcellreport.pdf
    http://www.erim.org/car/Fuel%20Cell.pdf
    A 59 page pdf report conducted for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Automotive Partnership by Brett C. Smith, the Center for Automotive Research at ERIM, Inc. August 2001. The report is described in the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency State Notes, July/Aug. 2002 and Developments in Fuel Cell Technology, a 12 page Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency Issue Paper by Julie Koval, June 2003.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Prescription Drug Pricing in the State of Michigan
    http://web.archive.org/web/20041030135602/http://www.housedems.com/midrugpricing.pdf
    A Study of the Drug Prices for Humans and Animals by Debbie Stabenow, distributed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and appearing on the Michigan House Democratic Caucus web page. January 2000. 8pp. Still available thanks to the Internet Archive.
    (Last checked 09/15/05)

    Prescription for a Healthier Michigan
    http://www.migov.state.mi.us/documents/mirx5404_90138_7.pdf
    Michigan Surgeon General Wisdom outlines strategies that Michigan’s health care business and educational and faith-based communities should enact to ensure a healthy population. May 2004.
    (Last checked 04/09/04)

    Red Cross Report on Treatment of Iraqi Prisoners
    http://www.truthout.org/mm_01/4.rcr.iraq.pdf
    A report by the International Committee of the Red Cross made public on May 10th "documents a long list of abuses of Iraqi prisoners by coalition forces, including physical and psychological torture, death and serious injury". Official title: Report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) On the Treatment by the Coalition Forces of Prisoners of War and Other Protected Persons by the Geneva Conventions in Iraq, During Arrest, Internment and Interrogation. Feb. 2004. 21pp. Courtesy of Truthout. Also posted in Wall Street Journal.
    (Last checked 05/11/04)

    Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies
    http://bioethics.gov/reports/reproductionandresponsibility/index.html
    The latest report from the President's Council on Bioethics calls for a ban on cloned babies, human-animal hybrids and other practices regarded as unethical, while deferring a decision on human embryo cloning for research. Also looks at fertility practices and calls for more data on long-term health effects and stronger voluntary regulation. March 2004. 305pp.
    (Last checked 05/21/04)

    Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/spaldinghtml/
    This web page comprises a historic selection of Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide and the Official Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides, which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15 Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guides included in this online collection were published between 1889 and 1939. The Official Indoor Baseball Guide concerns a game unfamiliar to most contemporary baseball fans because its demise occurred almost beyond living memory. These guides, too, offer rules and “how-to’s” of the game, information on the game’s founding fathers, photographic illustrations of teams and players from across the land, and game statistics. The 20 Official Indoor Base Ball Guides included in this collection were published between 1903 and 1926. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory Project.
    (Last checked 04/27/04)

    Special Report on "Phishing"
    http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/Phishing.pdf
    During 2003 and 2004, law enforcement authorities, businesses, and internet users have seen a significant increase in the use of "phishing". "Phishing" is a general term for criminals' creation and use of e-mails and websites -- designed to look like e-mails and websites of well-known legitimate businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies -- in order to deceive internet users into disclosing their bank and financial account information or other personal data such as usernames and passwords. The "phishers" then take that information and use it for criminal purposes, such as identity theft and fraud.
    (Last checked 04/28/04)

    Summary Report on Select Agent Security at Universities
    http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region4/40402000.pdf
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has produced a report describing serious security weaknesses at 11 unnamed university laboratories that conduct research on deadly toxins and pathogens. The report, which is dated March 25 but was posted on the Web site of the department's inspector general only last week, is based on reviews that were conducted during 2002 and 2003 but never made public. It was developed in response to requests from academics for information about the reviews. The report cites lapses in physical security and record keeping at all 11 of the labs and inadequate information-technology controls at 5 of them. Such weaknesses could allow intruders to steal biological agents or to intercept sensitive information sent by e-mail, the inspectors concluded. Source: Kelly Field, "Security at University Labs Was Lax, Federal Report Says", Chronicle of Higher Eduation Today's News, April 22, 2004.
    (Last checked 04/22/04)

    Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2003-2004
    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/shrd/2003/
    Unlike the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, issued annually by the State Department and covering 196 countries, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2003-2004 highlights U.S. efforts to promote human rights and democracy in the 101 countries and entities with the worst human rights records, taking care to include those countries of concern for "extrajudicial killings, torture and other serious violations of human rights." Due to the fallout over the Taguba report, this publication's release was delayed two weeks!
    (Last checked 05/18/04)

    Take a Voyage of Discovery: Lewis and Clark at the Library
    http://www.library.uiuc.edu/doc/exhibits/lewisandclark.htm
    Bibliography of U.S. government documents relating to Lewis and Clark compiled during anniversary year by the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
    (Last checked 05/25/04)

    U.S. Army Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
    Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4894001/
    http://www.npr.org/iraq/2004/prison_abuse_report.pdf
    The following is the text of the Taguba report with only the names of some witnesses removed for the sake of privacy. The report was prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba on alleged abuse of prisoners by members of the 800th Military Police Brigade at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad. It was ordered by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of Joint Task Force-7, the senior U.S. military official in Iraq, following persistent allegations of human rights abuses at the prison. Editor’s note: The report includes graphic descriptions of events some readers may find objectionable. Source: MSNBC News with Tom Brokaw, May 4, 2004; National Public Radio.
    (Last checked 05/06/04)

    U.S. - Canada Task Force Final Report on Blackout of August 2003
    https://reports.energy.gov
    http://www.NRCan.gc.ca
    August 14, 2003, saw the worst blackout in North American history. This report identifies the causes of the power outage and why the outage was not contained. It also presents comprehensive technical and policy recommendations to prevent or minimize the likelihood of future blackouts, and reduce the scope of those that do occur. Source: U.S. DOE News Release, August 5, 2004.
    (Last checked 04/11/04)

    U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (Preliminary Draft)
    http://oceancommission.gov/documents/prelimreport/welcome.html
    The first major self assessment of the oceans in a generation endorsed the gloomy scientific view of the nation's deteriorating coastal waters and offered a mosaic of 250 recommendations to reverse the decline, including a call for local and interantional action to curb the overfishing that has depleted fish stocks worldwide. The report also suggested increasingly stringent curbs on nutrient-rich runoff pollution that threatens to strangle the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay and creates a huge seasonal "dead zone" where the Mississippi River empties into the gulf of Mexico. Source: Felicity Barringer, New York Times, April 21, 2004, A15.
    Released by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy on April 20, 2004, this document presents the Commission’s preliminary findings and recommendations for a new, coordinated, and comprehensive national ocean policy. Mandated by the Oceans Act of 2000, the preliminary report is now available for review and comment by the nation’s Governors and interested stakeholders.
    (Last checked 04/26/04)

    U.S. Government Documents Virtual Shelflist
    SuDoc & Agency List of Internet Titles
    Information Arranged by SuDoc Number and Issuing Federal Agency
    http://www.library.uiuc.edu/doc/sudoclist.htm
    Courtesy of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    (Last checked 05/25/04)

    What We Do Makes a Difference: 2003 Annual Report to the Governor
    http://www.miseniors.net/NR/rdonlyres/A56292FF-C267-44EA-8072-882F3900F604/
    219/OSAAnnRep_03.pdf

    Michigan Office of Services to the Aging.
    (Last checked 04/23/04)

    Workplace Security Resource Guide
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/CIS_WSH_security_73971_7.htm
    The Michigan Occupational and Helath Administration has released this overview that assists businesses in preparing for emergencies and biological or chemical attacks. The 17-page document contains brief lists and sections on topics such as implementing building security upgrades, adjusting HVAC controls, establishing bomb-threat procedures, and identifying biochemical agents. In adjusting HVAC controls, for example, businesses are advised to check zone pressurization and to install the highest efficienty filtration compatible with the system's deign criteria. The doucment's main funciton, however, is to direct users to additional online resources, such as Environmental Health Watch's section on chemical facility site security and a South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation presentation on all-hazards analysis.
    (Last checked 05/04/04)

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