Montreal Gazette 12/06/00
Falsified records counterpoint toasts to end of Walkerton boil-water advisory


by Colin Perkel
WALKERTON, Ont. (CP) - The sound of clinking of glasses filled with tap water
echoed through a community hall Tuesday as officials toasted to the end of
Canada's deadliest E. coli outbreak. The region's medical officer declared
the water safe in a celebration held a few snow-swept kilometres from a
public inquiry where city workers spoke of falsified records and deliberately
mislabelled water-samples leading to the tragedy.
As about 150 residents applauded, key players in the six-month struggle to
make the water in this town safe to drink took a very public gulp - a toast
to water finally exorcised of its killer bacteria.

Dallas Morning News 12/06/00
Florida's open-records law could allow public to check out ballots
Findings could be politically disruptive

by Todd J. Gillman
The courts may resist a statewide recount in Florida. But thanks to the
state's expansive open-records laws, someone may yet undertake the task -
with the possibility that the next president may find out a few months after
the swearing in that he didn't really win the most votes.
"Just the fact that we have the opportunity to do this is extraordinary,"
said Sandra Chance, director of the Center for Freedom of Information at the
University of Florida in Gainesville.
Florida's open-government laws are among the nation's broadest, ensuring that
the public has as much right to look at ballots as to get copies of a city
council agenda or the governor's e-mail.
This year's crop of 6 million ballots are of particular interest, obviously.

Omaha World-Herald 12/06/00
Meatpacker's Managers arrested in INS raid

by Cindy Gonzalez
In an unprecedented case in Nebraska, federal officials have reached into the
upper levels of an Omaha meatpacking company to arrest managers suspected of
helping to smuggle undocumented workers into the state.
Those charged in a criminal warrant include the vice president of human
resources, the personnel manager and the production manager of Nebraska Beef
near 35th and L Streets.
Three others charged in the alleged conspiracy were described as recruiters.
Two are based in Texas, and the other lives in Omaha.
All six are alleged to have participated in a scheme to transport
undocumented workers from Texas and Mexico, to arrange temporary housing and
to point them toward fake work documents.

New York Times 12/06/00
Washington's still to be restored

Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A history lesson you may have missed: The nation's first
president also ran one of the largest whiskey distilleries of his time.
Archaeologists at George Washington's historic home at Mount Vernon, Va.,
down the Potomac River from the capital, uncovered the foundation of
Washington's 75-by-30-foot distillery during a 1997 survey.
For two summers, archaeologists have excavated at the site, almost two miles
from the tourist-filled main house. With an infusion of new money, a
four-year project is to begin soon to complete the excavation at, then
renovate, the site.
Specialists from Virginia's state government discovered the still when it
bought the property in 1932, in the waning months of Prohibition. The site,
almost two miles from the main house, went undeveloped and was largely

New York Times 12/05/00
Start-up dries ink on virtual library deal

by Gwendolyn Mariano
Start-up on Tuesday inked a deal with an international academic
publisher to offer more than 17,000 research titles online to scholars around
the world.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is building a virtual library that will
allow students, teachers or other researchers to search for and read digital
books online for free. Researchers also will have the option to buy
materials, offered online as .pdf (portable document format) files, in print
form for a fee.
The site, expected to launch sometime next year, will also offer links to
online booksellers that offer some of Ebrary's academic texts, according to
the company.
Tuesday's deal with London-based publisher Taylor & Francis will allow Ebrary
readers to search for texts in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and
engineering fields.

New York Times 12/06/00
Nation's time capsule gets packed

Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Soon to be locked into a new time capsule, tucked away for
a century: a cell phone, GI dog tags, a color photo of the Eagle Nebulae
taken by the Hubble space telescope, a recording of the sound of Louis
Armstrong's trumpet and a chunk of concrete President Reagan chiseled out of
the Berlin Wall.
The National Millennium Time Capsule, made of steel, copper and titanium, is
to be packed, sealed and stored in a secure, climate-controlled room under
the safekeeping of the National Archives, storehouse of the nation's records.
Two exhibit cases full of artifacts that will go into the time capsule went
on display Wednesday at the National Archives in a ceremony at the archives'
Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters.

New York Times 12/06/00
New Japanese cabinet not high tech

by Associated Press
TOKYO (AP)-- Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori is counting on his new Cabinet to
help push Japan to the forefront of the information technology revolution.
But according to a newspaper report, fewer than half his ministers even use

New York Times 12/05/00
EMC unveils low-cost storage device

BOSTON (Reuters) - EMC Corp. (EMC.N), which became the No. 1 data-storage
company selling refrigerator-sized machines that cost millions, on Tuesday
unveiled a smaller, low-priced device to fend off a growing number of rivals.
EMC's network-attached storage device will compete with the products of
fast-growing Network Appliance Corp. (NTAP.O). Code-named Chameleon and
nicknamed the ``NetApp Killer,'' the device is a specialized server that
moves information back and forth among many users.

Huntsville Times 12/06/00
Task force to weigh new privacy laws
Panel will decide if state should broaden federal protection

by John Peck
MONTGOMERY - Is privacy a right? Just who ''owns'' personal information about
you, and to what extent should it be shared?
These and similar concerns will be the focus of a state task force studying
the issue of consumer privacy.
Sen. Lowell Barron, the task force chairman, said the inaugural meeting in
Montgomery Thursday will be mainly to review federal law and decide whether
Alabama may want to broaden it through state statutes.
A bill during the last legislative session, for instance, would have barred
the Alabama Department of Public Safety from selling driver's license
information to third parties, which can then sell the information to credit
card companies. Rep. Laura Hall, D-Huntsville, said she will push the bill
again next session.

Ottawa Citizen 12/06/00
Ministry accused of YOA breach
Corrections denies confidential files shared with agency

Tom Blackwell
TORONTO -- In another alleged breach of federal law, the Ontario Corrections
Ministry has been handing over confidential information on young offenders to
an outside agency, say corrections sources.
Probation officers provided background on youth criminals to non-profit
Operation Springboard as part of a controversial alternative sentencing
program, the independent agency and a probation officers association said.
The association says the exchange was approved by ministry supervisors. A
spokesman for the Corrections Ministry denies the allegation.

Concord Monitor 12/06/00
Right-to-know exception rejected
High court: Agency's notes are public

by Lisa Wangsness
The Supreme Court yesterday reaffirmed the public's right to obtain
preliminary notes, drafts and data used to compile public reports.
In a unanimous opinion, the high court rejected a lower court judge's
reasoning that such materials "are generally not in final form and are not
intended to be 'available for release.' "
The state's right-to-know law "does not exempt records simply because they
are not in their final form," Chief Justice David Brock wrote for the court.
Rather, he wrote, such records may be withheld only if a public agency shows
that the government's interest in confidentiality outweighs the public's
interest in disclosure. If a document is not available for immediate release,
the right-to-know law gives agencies five days to produce it or to give some
other written response, Brock wrote.

People's Daily 12/06/00
Shanghai to make documents public

The Municipal Government of Shanghai is planning to publish its documents
next year and to put them on line.
According to the government, titled with "Bulletin of Shanghai People's
Government", the documents to be published aim to help improve the
supervision of the government's work from the public.
It also represents a major effort to optimize the local investment
environment, for China's coming entry into the World Trade Organization

New Jersey Online 12/6/00
Seven NJ Transit workers fired for abusing e-mail, Internet


Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Seven New Jersey Transit clerical workers have been
fired for inappropriately using the agency's e-mail and Internet connections,
according to a published report.
Penny Bassett Hackett, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit, said Tuesday that six
workers were fired over an e-mail that included a picture of a nude man and
woman in embrace. The other worker was terminated for allegedly misusing
Internet access.

The Virginian Pilot 12/4/00
Curators prepare for Wisconsin

by Stephen Harriman
NORFOLK -- Perhaps it was not a typical day at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
in Nauticus. With less than a week to go until the arrival of the battleship
Wisconsin at the newly built wharf beside the National Maritime Center,
nothing is exactly typical.
But the day turned out to be somewhat symbolic for the two curators involved
in planning the exhibit that will help visitors understand the significance
of the giant battlewagon.
This was Friday afternoon and the curators -- Joseph M. Judge of the Naval
Museum and David Kohnen of the USS Wisconsin Foundation at Nauticus -- were
sitting at a table, explaining an interactive exhibit that guides visitors on
a virtual tour through Turret 2, one of the ship's three big gun mounts.

Evansville Courier & Press 12/06/00
Lien times stump couple


by Dennis B. Roddy
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CHESWICK, Pa. - Back when Calvin Coolidge was president and Charles Lindbergh
first flew solo across the Atlantic, someone didn't pay $18.12 to Allegheny
County, Pa.
This historic fact came to light in the mailbox of Joseph and Kathleen Lojek
last week.
The retired couple took in the mail, opened a notice from GLS Capital Inc.
and learned that the house they've owned since 1964 is now the center of a
73-year-old lien.
"It says 1927. My wife wasn't even born until 1928," Lojek said.

Dallas Morning News 12/06/00
TWU students aid railroad museum with Pullman renovation

by Mike Jackson
Professor Paul Travis says history is revealed in the details.
Fifteen of his students from Texas Woman's University expect to reveal a
little history in a 74-year-old railroad car in Dallas.
The students visited the Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Fair Park recently
for their course in museum management. The lesson had two goals: to help
curators plan the renovation of a 1926 Pullman lounge and barbershop car and
to help the students learn about preserving historic artifacts.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
[log in to unmask]