Nando Times 01/15/01
Dred Scott records posted to Web,1038,500299808-500478827-503277592-0,


Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (January 15, 2001 7:34 a.m. EST -
Efforts to preserve the court records of Dred Scott's unsuccessful challenge
of Missouri slavery law, which edged the nation closer to civil war, have
moved to the Internet.
The Missouri State Archives worked with St. Louis Circuit Court and
Washington University to put 170 pages of the original Scott documents on the
Washington library system's Web site.

Jacksonville Times-Union 01/15/01
Port audit reveals history of problems

by Mark Gordon
Executives at the Jacksonville Port Authority have been scolded by city
investigators who discovered shoddy paperwork, suspect supervision and lavish
spending habits when it comes to going on trips to promote the port.
To some who have been following this six-month saga, that's old news, as the
investigation wrapped up almost two weeks ago. But to Bob Johnson, the city's
chief auditor who ran the audit, it's really old news.
Like 17 years ago old news.

Akron Beacon Journal 01/15/01
Briefs form Columbus, Middlefield and Cincinnati

Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Department of Education has started work on a
database to track the state's 1.8 million students, keeping tabs on facts
ranging from attendance to discipline to reading proficiency.
The department said its Statewide Student Identifier System will allow it to
monitor academic performance and student mobility more closely, making it
easier to see which students need more help and what programs are effective.
Student names will be kept private.

Philadelphia Daily News 01/15/01
Ephemera: Paper trail of history

by Linda Rosenkrantz
Copley News Service
Most of us use the word ephemera in a fairly loose sense, but to the
collector it has a quite specific meaning.
Primarily it is paper-printed matter, such as tickets, programs, cards,
certificates, etc., that was thought of as disposable in its time, but which
is now of considerable interest to the collector.
In other words, a lot of what is sitting in your paper recycling bin today
might be found in the next generation's curio cabinet.

Helsingen Sanomat 01/15/01
Many employers monitoring e-mail and Internet use in the workplace
Data Protection Ombudsman: employees do not realise how easy surveillance is

The e-mail traffic and Internet use of staff is regularly charted by their
employers, according to a survey that was carried out on behalf of the
Ministry of Transport and Communications. Such monitoring can also be
extended to individual persons rather than as a general sweep of all
Surveillance is relatively loose and is usually initiated not by management
but by the company's data management units, who may be concerned about
breaches of security, the risk of viruses getting into the company's network,
excessive costs, or overloading of the system.

International Herald Tribune 01/15/01
Signing on the Dot-Com Line
New Laws on online signatures may expand trade by e-mail

by Vivienne Walt
Special to the International Herald Tribune
Paris -- New laws in Europe, the United States and Asia have made
electronically signed documents as legally enforceable as those signed on
paper, opening the way to vastly expanded commerce online. .While it is not
yet time to cancel your courier service, the implications could be immense
for both consumers and businesses. Any contract - including major decisions
like house purchases, divorces and employment offers - can now be concluded
with e-mailed documents as a result of the recent flurry of action by
lawmakers and technology companies.

Kansas City Star 01/15/01
Landmark slavery case documents available on Internet,local/37750dfd.115,.html

Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- Efforts to preserve the court records of Dred Scott's
unsuccessful challenge of Missouri slavery law, which helped push the nation
toward the Civil War, have moved to the Internet.
The Missouri State Archives worked with St. Louis Circuit Court and
Washington University to put 170 pages of the original Scott documents on a
Web site maintained by the university at

Las Vegas Review-Journal 01/15/01
Privacy rules backed
Reguliations designed to protect patients

by Joelle Babula
Checking the health status of a sick niece or even an injured spouse in the
hospital might be more difficult under new federal patient privacy
regulations, but the broad rules will serve the patient better, local
hospital officials say.
In December, the Clinton administration issued new regulations to provide a
national standard for protecting the privacy of medical records. Under the
new rules, patients will have more control over their own medical records and
will be required to give consent before medical information and health status
is shared with anyone.

Montreal Gazette 01/15/1
Editorial: Strictly Confidential

Statistics Canada is mulling whether the census should ask people for access
to their income-tax records. It should drop the idea.
The agency insists there's nothing wrong with such access because it would be
voluntary; starting in 2006, the census's long form could give people the
option of ticking a box allowing access to their tax files. Indeed, a
StatsCan official says the innovation is really a public service; it would
"relieve people of the burden" of rummaging through their tax files to get
their income figures.

The Australian 01/16/01
Nation's birth certificates brought together at last,4057,1613436%255E421,00.html

by Jonathan King
FOR the first time since the nation was born 100 years ago, its four birth
certificates go on show tomorrow in the newly created Federation Gallery at
Canberra's National Archives of Australia.
The four documents, which are either the originals or original copies, have
never been brought together before.

The Macomb Daily 01/15/01
Confidentiality rules make it difficult to oversee Friend of Court


by chad Selweski
A committee formed in 1998 to scrutinize the county agency that handles child
custody cases and child support payments has failed to make a dent in the
The Friend of the Court Citizens Advisory Committee was created three years
ago in response to angry protests, as divorced fathers converged on the
elected county Board of Commissioners.
The committee chairman, lawyer Anthony Bellanca, said state law and court
rules have prevented the nine-member panel from carrying out its mission. The
confidentiality of Friend of the Court files has tied the committee members'
hands, Bellanca said.

Las Vegas Sun 01/15/01
Rio fined

by Cy Ryan
Sun Capital Bureau
CARSON CITY -- For the second time in 16 months, Harrah's Entertainment
Inc.'s Rio hotel-casino has agreed to pay a fine for violating state
accounting regulations.
The Rio and the state Gaming Control Board have signed an agreement under
which the resort will pay $100,000. That is on top of a $125,000 penalty
assessed in October 1999.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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