Modesto Bee 01/02/01
Papers as old as 1875 gathered in Stan State archive,1113,226507,00.html

by Alejandro Navarro
TURLOCK -- Last year, Bob Santos, an archivist at California State
University, Stanislaus, received gifts bound in canvas and leather.
He received small red leather books of marriage license affidavits from
1875-1944, each page filled with heavy blue type from carbon paper. He
received table-size plat maps outlining new developments -- Paradise colony
and the Maze colony -- that are now older communities.
He also has 1902 military duty lists and teacher Janey C. Helmling's
handwritten attendance list for her class of first- through third-graders,
though the name of the school where she taught is unreadable.

Cincinnati Enquirer 01/02/01
UC puts art online

by Ben Kaufman
Your term paper is due. Open the book. Find the assigned painting. Mark the
good stuff in excerpts from the artist's letters and diaries.
Take a few notes. Start writing.
You know the drill.
University of Cincinnati librarian Linda Newman has created software to ease
those burdens by pulling together all of the historical source material and
building a digital collection.

Washington Post 01/02/01
Robb packs up political career
Next job will be in private sector

by Spencer S. Hsu
Virginia's Sen. Charles S. Robb said goodbye to 23 years in elective life
from a Senate office swept bare -- his belongings shipped to his elegant
McLean home, his papers carted off to the University of Virginia archives.

Washington Post 01/02/01
Disclosure reports go online at USDA
Forms will help federal appointees

by Neal Becton
One of the great headaches of federal political appointees is the complex
financial disclosure form they must fill out for their background checks. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to make that task a little easier
for more than 10,000 political and career Senior Executive Service employees.
USDA's Office of Ethics has developed online versions of the SF-278 and
OGE-450 financial disclosure reports required of SES employees and political
appointees. Although electronic filing is not yet an option -- the completed
form must be printed out, signed and mailed in -- that could change soon.

Washington Times 01/01/01
Inside Politics: Too late now

Greg Pierce
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, who leaves office Wednesday,
regrets that he did not run for a fourth term, the Philadelphia Inquirer
Mr. Lautenberg, interviewed in his New Jersey office in downtown Newark, told
reporter Eugene Kiely that he is suffering from "withdrawal problems."

The Forum 01/02/01
Data privacy issue will rise from the dead

by Christopher Strung
ST. PAUL - Having died quietly as the clock ran out on last year's
legislative session, the issue of consumer data privacy will rise from the
grave to haunt lawmakers anew.
Attorney General Mike Hatch, a zealous crusader for privacy rights, and House
DFLers plan a redoubled campaign this time around to prevent industry and
state government from selling financial, medical and telephone data without
consumer knowledge and consent.
"If you take 10 steps outside this building you'll find 85 to 90 percent
support for the right to privacy on these three issues," says Hatch.

The Virginian-Pilot 01/02/01
Black hospitals' history unearthed

by Philip Walzer
It was the place black patients went when they didn't want to be treated in a
basement, and the first Norfolk hospital to have its own ambulance.
It died two years ago, victim of the rising tides of integration and health
costs. But Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander and her husband, William H.
Alexander, hope to keep alive the memory of Norfolk Community Hospital.
The Alexanders, history professors at Norfolk State University, recently won
a federal grant to propel their research on local black hospitals and get it
out to the public.

The Gazette 01/02/01
Unlocking time
Capsule yields messages from past

by Pam Zubeck
Chris Christensen had been waiting to peer inside the Century Chest time
capsule since he was in sixth grade. That was more than a half-century ago.
While playing on the Colorado College campus as a child, Christensen was
captivated by the steel box locked with 200 rivets and displayed on a
platform in the college's science building. A sign on it said it wasn't to be
opened until after Dec. 31, 2000.
"I wrote a letter to the head of the college saying I wanted an invitation to
be there when it was opened," Christensen said. "He said he couldn't give
invitations, 'cause it was 50 years away."

Denver Post 01/02/01
Time capsule has messages from 1901

by Percy Ednalino
COLORADO SPRINGS - Two men, dressed like locksmiths from the early 1900s,
huddled over a 3-foot-high steel chest. One took out a hammer and chisel and
began pounding away at the chest's lid.
Ka-thunk. Ka-thunk. Ka-thunk. Kathunk.
Within seconds, the steel chest's lid had been removed and another man, who
wore white gloves, gingerly began to remove the contents, which had been
sealed for the past 100 years.
What had just been opened was the Colorado Springs Century Chest, a time
capsule that was constructed by the city's citizens in 1901 with instructions
that it be opened only after midnight Dec. 31, 2000.

Rocky Mountain News 01/02/01
Littleton museum faces space crunch

by Berny Morson
LITTLETON - Lack of space is preventing the Littleton Historical Museum from
telling the city's story.
That's the conclusion of a consultant's report completed for the museum in
The museum, which is next to Ketring Lake, owns 30,000 artifacts but can
display only a fraction of those, museum director Mary Allman said.
With more space, Allman said, "I would want to talk about the people who
developed Littleton, how the city of Littleton came to be."
The report by LaPaglia and Associates, the Tennessee-based museum consulting
firm, reached the same conclusion.

Los Angeles Times 01/02/01
Refining your e-mail etiquette can help control 'inbox' clutter

by Esther Dyson
I am spending most of my holiday season handling--reading, deleting,
answering--about 3,500 e-mails, and right now I am about halfway through. As
I read all these e-mails, I am thinking of lots of advice for the writers.
Of course, I write from the position of someone who already has broken one of
the cardinal tenets of e-mail: Answer your mail.
So please take this column in the spirit intended: Someone far from perfect
is trying to pass along some helpful advice. Shameful as it is, my poor
example might be a taste of the future: At the rate things are going,
everyone will have too much mail pretty soon.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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