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Subject: RAIN 11/08: Ballot Design, Better Toys, Legal Niceties
From: Peter Kurilecz <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 8 Nov 2001 08:19:41 EST

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There are 26 stories in this posting.

Associated Press 11/07/01
Officials launch public awareness campaign over ID theft


by Phillip Rawls
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Banking executive Ben Patterson recalls that his 
grandfather used to tell him: "The only thing someone can't take from you is 
your good name." 
"That's not true any more," Patterson said. 11/07/01
Study: Fla. Needed better ballots

by Paige St. John
TALLAHASSEE - A study of Florida voting records shows the most effective cure 
for the state's 2000 presidential election embarrassment is also the 
cheapest: better ballot design. 

PRNewswire 11/07/01
Former Fitchburg Museum volunteer pleads guilty to theft and sale of 
historical documents

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A former volunteer at the Fitchburg 
Historical Society Museum pleaded guilty today in federal court to stealing, 
and later selling, various historical documents from the museum. 

Keene Sentinel 11/07/01
Former Keene School District treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

by Greg Coffey
A former Keene School District treasurer, who was a banker, will plead guilty 
to embezzling $365,500 from several school bank accounts earmarked for 
college scholarships. 

BusinessWire 11/07/01
IT Group preserves document integrity for state Land Office…

BATON ROUGE, La. (BUSINESS WIRE) - I T Group Inc. (, a 
document management consulting company, today announced an agreement to help 
the Louisiana State Land Office preserve its valuable historical documents 
and establish a viable Web presence for public access and researching 
purposes. Under the agreement, I T Group will preserve and digitally 
duplicate the information contained on more than 3.5 million documents, some 
dating back more than 200 years. 

Reuters 11/07/01
Iceland's deCODE finds 350 genes linked to disease


LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Iceland's deCODE genetics Inc said on Wednesday it 
had found a total of 350 genes linked to more than 40 common diseases and had 
filed patents on their use as drug targets. 
Reykavik-based deCODE is sifting through the medical records of Iceland's 
population, which has changed little in genetic make-up since the Vikings 
arrived in the ninth and 10th centuries, to uncover the connections between 
genetic abnormalities and disease. 

Indiana Daily Student 11/06/01
Indiana U. Knight files stay closed, judge rules

by Cory Schouten & Aaron Sharockman
(U-WIRE) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a major victory for Indiana University, a 
special judge ruled Monday afternoon that IU does not have to release 
documents related to the firing of former basketball coach Bob Knight. 

Washington Times 11/07/01
INS faulted for losing track of visa offenders

by Jerry Seper
Foreigners who stay in the United States after their visas expire are not 
being tracked by the Immigration and Naturalization Service because the 
agency has not properly managed a $31 million computer system designed to 
locate them. 

Fort Leavenworth Lamp 11/01/01
Personal financial privacy becoming challenging

by Mike Szukelewicz
Staff Judge Advocate Office
Keeping our personal financial information private is becoming increasingly 
Some may recall that the Federal Trade Commission required banks and other 
financial institutions that share or sell confidential customer information 
to mail notices of their privacy policies by July 1, 2001. 

Associated Press 11/07/01
Media gain access to prostitution files

by David Dishneau
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - One day after voters threw out their mayor, two news 
organizations got a look Wednesday at escort service's business records that 
may have influenced the election's outcome. 
The hundreds of names in the files included at least one public official, an 
alderman loyal to ousted Republican Mayor James S. Grimes. 

Miami Herald 11/07/01
Ballot design caused most spoiled votes, study finds

by Andres Viglucci
Poorly designed ballots were the single biggest cause of discarded votes in 
last year's presidential election in Florida, accounting for a far larger 
proportion of uncounted ballots than the state's notorious punch-card voting 
machines, a new study for The Herald and seven other newspapers has found.

CNET 11/07/01
Microsoft wants Internet safe for .Net

by Robert Lemos
That's the major theme here at the software giant's Trusted Computing 
conference, where the company has brought together almost 200 security 
experts, privacy advocates and policy-makers in hopes of developing a firm 
strategy to better secure the Internet. 

ZDNet 11/07/01
File-swappers fight back,4586,2823124,00.html?chkpt=zdnn_nbs_h

by John Borland
A prominent civil liberties group is jumping to the aid of MusicCity, a 
popular file-swapping company confronting a lawsuit from the Hollywood and 
record industry that could blaze new, influential legal ground. 

New York Times 11/07/01
Making better toys and jumbo jets by sharing the rough draft

by Scott Kirsner
For Mike Barbato, making changes to three-dimensional objects and beaming 
them to colleagues around the world has become as easy as altering a sentence 
in a shared word-processing document. 

Redding Record Searchlight 11/07/01
Police use transit card to try to reconstruct anthrax victim's life

by Donna De La Cruz
Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Police are using hospital worker Kathy Nguyen's subway card 
to try to reconstruct the last two weeks of her life, and said Tuesday they 
believe it took a large quantity of anthrax spores to kill her. 

Computerworld 11/07/01
Proposed German law could pave way for biometric Ids,4125,NAV47_STO65460,00.html

by Rick Perera
IDG News Service
BERLIN -- Germans could be the first people to carry passports and identity 
cards with encrypted biometric data intended to enable computerized 
identification and hinder fraud. The new technology is included in a package 
of antiterrorism measures agreed upon today by the government's Cabinet. 
Similar measures are also under consideration in other European countries. 

Newsbyte 11/07/01
Sept. 11 archive preserves 2,500 Web sites

by Susan M. Menke
Government Computer News
The Library of Congress, which has drawn occasional fire for ignoring digital 
documents in favor of paper, has created a Web archive about the events of 
Sept. 11. Working in collaboration with the Internet Archive, and a charitable trust, the library selected about 2,500 Web 
sites to preserve. They were the work of individuals, institutions and the 
media reacting to the terrorist attacks. 

St. Petersburg Times 11/07/01
Mother will sue for FCAT materials

by Stephen Hegarty
A Largo mother is going to court after being denied copies of her son's FCAT 
test booklet and answer sheet. 
In a lawsuit expected to be filed today in Leon County, Palm Harbor lawyer 
Mark Herdman argues that under both federal and state law the test materials 
are like any other student record to which a parent has access. 

PRNewswire 11/07/01
VA Secretary signs agreement to fix backlog of record requests

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. 
Principi today announced an agreement between the Department of Veterans 
Affairs (VA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) that 
is intended to reduce the pending backlog of more than 57,000 veterans' 
military records requested by VA. 

Web Host Industry Review 11/06/01
IHS helps Air Force Web enable maintenance manuals

November 6, 2001 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- IHS Enterprise Solutions 
(, an IHS Group company, announced today that it is 
installing a Web portal for the United States Air Force ( for 
worldwide delivery of USAF Tech Orders and other mission-critical, 
hyperlinked data in November. 

Los Angeles Times 11/07/01
Web Mishap: Kids' psychological files posted

by Charles Piller
Detailed psychological records containing the innermost secrets of at least 
62 children and teenagers were accidentally posted on the University of 
Montana Web site last week in one of the most glaring violations of privacy 
over the Internet.

Badger Herald 11/05/01
Wis. Newspapers sue state boards

by Morgan Felchner
U-WIRE) MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee 
Journal Sentinel are planning to file a complaint in Dane County Circuit 
Court today suing the state Elections and Ethics boards. The newspapers want 
to force the release of records from the reviews of alleged illegal campaign 
activity by the legislative caucuses. 

Washington Post 11/07/01
Bush urged to rescind order on Presidential materials

by George Lardner Jr
The Republican chairman of a House subcommittee pointedly urged the Bush 
administration yesterday to rescind an executive order that both Democratic 
and GOP lawmakers denounced as charting a new era of secrecy for presidential 

Washington Post 11/07/01
D.C. to allow more access to child welfare case reviews

by Sewell Chan
The D.C. Council approved a bill yesterday that requires disclosure of public 
recordswhen an abused or neglected child dies or is critically injured after 
members narrowly rejected proposals that would have enabled local prosecutors 
to halt the release of records if a criminal investigation is underway.

Washington Post 11/07/01
Legal Niceties aside…

by Daniela Deane
Two FBI agents, flashing badges and speaking quietly and politely, walked 
into a local business recently and asked for confidential company information.
The company's lawyer said the agents wanted to review the records right then 
and there. But they didn't have a subpoena, a summons, a warrant or anything 
else that resembled a court order.

Washington Post 11/07/01
When debit cards go bad

by Mary Ellen Webb
Not a huge fan of smut, I nevertheless find myself oddly indebted these days 
to a particularly revolting porn Web site.
A few months ago, I was clearing out my e-mail when I saw a confirmation 
thanking me for my six-month subscription to a sex-related Web site. It was 
right in the middle of some forwarded e-mail poems about the beauty of 
motherhood and angels in our midst.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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Richmond, Va

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