Well after yesterday's excitement the following stories will seem dull.

Yes! The numbers are real, but what do they represent. To find out you will
have to check the following stories. Something for everyone today.

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Huntsville Times5/4/00
County scans court records into database
System will soon allow public access on Web and clear paper jam

by David Holden
Madison County court records will soon be available to the public over the
Technicians from the Administrative Office of Courts began training court
clerks to scan records into the agency's database Wednesday. For the next
two days, the AOC technicians are teaching them to use the new imaging
The system will eventually replace the mountains of paper and microfilm
records that have amassed at the Madison County Courthouse. Records of
criminal proceedings, civil lawsuits, small-claims actions, traffic tickets
and divorces will be stored in a central computer in Montgomery.

CNN 5/4/00
E-mail hearings yield fireworks, but no new information
Former White House lawyer blasts Burton in emotional testimony

by Ian Christopher McCaleb
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Day four of the House Government Reform Committee's
public hearings into the thousands of missing White House electronic mail
messages focused Thursday on the operations of the White House Counsel's
Office -- with former Counsel Charles Ruff telling the panel that
perceptions of the situation as anything other than a technical problem were

Arkansas Democrat Gazette 5/4/00
Space let to archive eight years of Clinton

by Elisa Crouch
Trucks hauling Bill Clinton's presidential papers will pull into Little Rock
in October, long before a Clinton presidential library exists.
Once they unload, a team from the National Archives will start the Clinton
Materials Project -- a high-security undertaking that will happen inside a
vacant downtown car dealership.

Miami Herald 5/4/00
Public records do a disappearing act; town summoned to court

by Walter Pacheco
Golden Beach is facing possible fines for failing to produce public records,
which some city leaders say have disappeared from Town Hall without a trace.

In a search done by Councilwoman Sara Chikovsky, records such as
codification of citizen's rights, a fire-rescue referendum, an interlocal
agreement between Miami-Dade County and various zoning variances cannot be
found. 5/4/00
Roots, Online

by Lucrezia Cuen
T H O R N B U R Y, England, May 4 - Three years ago, Linda Ames was home in
Enumclaw, Wash., dreaming of one day discovering her roots. Today, thanks to
the Internet, she's in Herefordshire, England, accompanied by her daughter,
visiting the ancient church where her forefathers worshipped.
"Even before I started doing genealogy I always wanted to come to England,"
Ames says. "Now I'm here and I can't believe it. It's just beautiful."

Scroll down the webpage for this story. appears about half-way down the page 5/4/00
History nearly lost

The Norwegian photo agency ScanPix lost some 4,500 photos. Had the virus
struck three days earlier, photos from the Norwegian war archives would have
been lost.

USA Today 5/4/00
On paper, 2000 Census could end up erased

by Haya El Nasser
WASHINGTON -- Every day, hundreds of seasoned researchers, amateur
genealogists and history buffs file into the microfilm reading room on the
fourth floor of the National Archives building in search of clues to the
They hunch over creaky microfilm machines, crank the reels and peer at the
faint scribbles in old Census records. They scour the faded writings for any
hint of an ancestral link -- a name, a birthplace, an address. They marvel
at the ink spots, the quirky notes in the margins, the fountain-pen scrawls
dating back decades, even centuries.

Huntsville Times 5/4/00
Police department's move may be slight inconvenience for public
Getting copy of accident or police report will be harder this week during

by Wendy Reeves
What is square-shaped, made of cardboard and holds 65,000 pounds of police
That would be 650 boxes packed with almost every report written by a
Huntsville police officer since the 1940s. Or basically, said Lt. Sherry
Jackson, a big part of the department's Records Division, which she

Bergen Record 5/4/00
Senator pushes public access bill

by John Cichowski
After battling for a decade, state Sen. Robert J. Martin of Morris County is
setting a deadline in his quest to pass landmark legislation that would
expand public access to government records.
The Morris Plains Republican has given the bill's two chief opponents -- the
state attorney general and the state universities -- until Thursday to
resolve their objections to a bill that would open college records,
law-enforcement documents, and a host of other paperwork to the public.

Columbus Dispatch 5/3/00
Public-records law took hit, groups say

by Mark Ferenchik
In its zeal to protect children, the Ohio Supreme Court chipped away at the
state's public-records law when it denied Columbus swimming-pool records to
radio talk-show host Cornell McCleary, open-records advocates say.
"They're drilling holes into the law,'' said Timothy D. Smith, a journalism
professor at Kent State University who founded the Kent- based Ohio Center
for Privacy and the First Amendment. Smith's group provides information to
government officials and reporters about open-records laws.

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