Dallas Morning News 02/01/01
Storytellers: Black history shared through photographs, art and words

by Norma Adams-Wade
Don Payton's phone rings while he is describing his busy February itinerary
to a visitor.
"That was one of the schools calling," he says nonchalantly. "I told them,
'Yes, I'll come.' I don't ever say no.
"This is my time."
Black History Month is indeed his time. Mr. Payton, 53, is one of Dallas'
most recognized recorders of local black history. He and a circle of
compatriots spend the 28 days of February in a whirlwind of speaking
engagements at schools, businesses, churches and organizations.

Albuquerque Journal 02/01/01
Proposed signs would detail access to records

by David Miles
SANTA FE - State and local government agencies would have to post signs
informing New Mexicans of their right to look at public records under a bill
Sen. Dede Feldman said she plans to introduce.

New York Times 02/01/01
Census software called highly accurate

by Ian Austen
NO more recounts are necessary. The machine is indeed better than the human
eye, at least when it comes to reading the handwriting on census forms.
Last year's census was the first to use handwriting recognition software to
decipher the scribbles of Americans on billions of pages on millions of
forms. Now that all the census forms have been counted, an analysis by the
company that created the system has found that its character recognition
software was accurate 99.4 percent of the time - slightly more accurate than
when human operators read the forms.

The Student Life 02/01/01
Dred Scott documents discovered, digitized on Washington U. - St. Louis site

By Bonnie Gunn
The Student Life
Washington U.-St. Louis
(U-WIRE) ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Washington University-St. Louis' library Web site
now boasts an 86-page collection of documents from the 1846 Dred Scott case,
in which Scott sued his master for Scott's and his wife's freedom. Some feel
that the results of this case, held in St. Louis, helped to spark the Civil

Washington Post 02/01/01
Driven to Distraction

by Petula Dvorak
Virginia Edens does not own a Jaguar.
She doesn't own a Ford pickup, either.
That's what she keeps telling District parking officials as she walks the
halls of city administration buildings, steadied by a cane, lugging envelopes
thick with checks, registration papers and other documents proving that the
collection notices for parking tickets that keep coming to her Southeast
Washington home are for cars that don't belong to her.

Excite Australia 02/01/01
Data base set up for terminally ill

A national data base is being trialled, allowing people with terminal
illnesses to lodge directions for hospitals on what treatment, if any, they
want if they go into a coma.
Pro-euthanasia campaigner Phillip Nitschke says the website includes
directions on whether patients should be fed or receive intravenous fluids
while in a coma.
Dr Nitschke says hospitals will not be legally bound to carry out the
instructions as the directives are not deemed to be original documents.

Reuters Health 02/01/01
Guidelines aim to protect medical record privacy

By Elizabeth Tracey
WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Representatives of medical associations,
patient groups, business and government released a joint report Tuesday aimed
at protecting the privacy of medical records.

Detroit News 01/30/01
Hospital heads to court over records

by Gene Schabath
MACOMB TOWNSHIP -- St. John Hospital is seeking an injunction to stop
investigators from seizing files of a Macomb Township neurosurgeon charged
with sexually assaulting a female patient last year.
Meanwhile, seven other women came forward with claims of also being sexually
assaulted after seeing news reports of Dr. Vittorio Morreale's Jan. 20
arrest, according to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.

Midland Reporter-Telegram
Petroleum Museum archivist wrapping up 25-year career

by Kasey Kelly
The final countdown for long-time archivist Betty Orbeck has come to an end.
After 25 years as director of the Archives Center and Library at the
Petroleum Museum, she is retiring.
Ms. Orbeck has enjoyed many years collecting, preserving and publishing
history of the Permian Basin. With more than 600 taped interviews, 1,500 maps
and countless artifacts, she said she could never choose a favorite story,
but her favorite part of the job has been interacting with people.

New Jersey Online 10/29/00
Planning board approves 'hotel' for financial records storage

by James Heaphy
Jersey City's hotel boom will soon offer rooms for machines and records.
What a developer described as a "cyber hotel" - for storage and possible
emergency use of computers and related equipment and financial records - was
approved by the Jersey City Planning Board Tuesday night.

Reuters 01/31/01
Singapore to develop electronic archiving system


SINGAPORE, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Singapore is developing an electronic archiving
system to preserve its public records and make information sharing more
widely accessible.
"Our immediate intention is to safeguard the digital memories of the
government," National Archives of Singapore (NAS) director Pitt Kuan Wah told
a news conference on Wednesday.

Daily Nebraskan 01/31/01
U. Nebraska research project allows Czech queen to connect with roots

By Sharon Kolbet
Daily Nebraskan
U. Nebraska
(U-WIRE) LINCOLN, Neb. -- University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior Nicole
Kimbrough knows how to listen. With a research project that involves
translating almost 150 audio tapes from Czech to English, Kimbrough works
hard to catch every word.
As part of her undergraduate research project, Kimbrough is working with
Czech language professor Mila Saskova-Pierce to preserve Nebraska's Czech
The audio tapes were recorded in the 1970s by a University of Nebraska
archivist to preserve the oral histories of Nebraska residents who were of
Czech descent.

Reuters 01/31/01
U.S. FTC targets financial data "pretexting"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it
had begun an effort to crack down on firms that use false pretenses to
illegally obtain and sell consumers' sensitive financial information -- a
practice known as "pretexting."
The FTC said a staff review of more than 1,000 Web sites and 500 print
advertisements had identified around 200 firms offering to obtain and sell
asset or bank account information about consumers to third parties.

Washington Post 02/01/01
Police video cameras taped football fans

by Peter Slevin
Super Bowl fans never knew it, but police video cameras focused on their
faces, one by one, as they streamed through the turnstiles in Tampa on
Sunday. Cables instantly carried the images to computers, which spent less
than a second comparing them with thousands of digital portraits of known
criminals and suspected terrorists.
In a control booth deep inside the stadium, police watched and waited for a

VARBusiness 01/25/01 (Thanks to Larry Medina for the tip)
EDS teams with storage ASP Archive

by Rich Cirillo
EDS has formed an alliance with storage services ASP Archive, the companies
announced Thursday. EDS has also made an equity investment in the company.
EDS says it will provide B2B integration services and back-end data-center
operations for Archive, including server management and development and
support of storage area networks. The company will also jointly market EDS
and Archive services to its customers and will be the preferred integration
and infrastructure provider to Archive. 02/03/01
Public Standards and patients' control: how to keep electronic medical
records accessible but private

by Kenneth D. Mandl, Peter Szolovits and Isaac S. Kohane
A patient's medical records are generally fragmented across multiple
treatment sites, posing an obstacle to clinical care, research, and public
health efforts.1 Electronic medical records and the internet provide a
technical infrastructure on which to build longitudinal medical records that
can be integrated across sites of care. Choices about the structure and
ownership of these records will have profound impact on the accessibility and
privacy of patient information. 02/01/01
NSA attempting to design a crack-proof computer,4586,2681205,00.html?chkpt=zdhpnews01

by Robert Lemos
Software emulation firm VMware announced it has teamed up with researchers at
the National Security Agency to create a nearly crack-proof computer that can
place sensitive data in virtual vaults inside the PC.
The concept, assuming it works, would streamline the methods intelligence
agencies use to manage data. At present, the NSA--the military surveillance
arm of the United States intelligence community--physically separates
networks carrying data of a particular classification. For example,
top-secret data might be kept on a different computer than data classified
merely as sensitive material. Sometimes, in order for a worker to have access
to the information they need, up to six different computers can be on a
single desk.

Variety 02/01/01
Library tunes in radio archives
Largest collection of medium's material in the U.S.


by Vanessa Stack
Thanks to a joint venture between Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and the
Thousand Oaks Library Foundation, the history of radio will be preserved for
researchers, scholars and future generations in the new American Radio
PPB president Tom Hatten announced Monday that the PPB Archives (currently
being stored in the Washington Mutual Building on the corner of Sunset and
Vine) will join the Thousand Oaks collection to form the largest repository
of radio material in the United States.

Information Today 02/01/01
SIRS Government Reporter adds new unit to National Archives Documents

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that The United States at War: 1944, a new
unit examining America's role in pivotal events at the end of the Second
World War, can now be accessed on CD-ROM and in the National Archives
Documents collection of the SIRS Government Reporter online reference
database. 02/01/01
Operation PUSH documents financial ties with Jackson lover

CHICAGO (CNN) -- Seeking to end questions about the financial dealings
between the Rev. Jesse Jackson's civil rights organization and a former
employee with whom Jackson fathered an out-of-wedlock child, representatives
for Jackson released information Thursday detailing payments made to Karin
Stanford by Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. 02/01/01
Virus may steal AOL users' passwords

by James Niccolai
Members of AOL Thursday were warned to be on the lookout for a trojan horse
virus that can steal their passwords, potentially allowing a hacker to access
their e-mail and other personal information.
The virus, dubbed, emerged Jan. 25 and is the most active in a
string of similar viruses affecting AOL users that have been identified over
the past year, according to antivirus software vendor In the past
30 days reports of the virus have doubled, said April Goostree, a virus
research manager at AOL Time Warner is the parent company of 02/01/01
Prosecutors get information from police about Mitsubishi Motors cover-up case


TOKYO -- Police on Thursday turned over to prosecutors information on nine
Mitsubishi Motors executives suspected of covering up automobile defects, the
Associated Press reported.
The nine included two former vice presidents and seven top quality-control
officials who allegedly hid customer complaints from government inspectors on
two separate occasions in 1999.

New Jersey Online 02/01/01
Prosecutors receive police investigation on Mitsubishi Motors


by Kozo Mizoguchi
Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police turned over to prosecutors Thursday the
findings of their investigation of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and nine of its
executives suspected in a systematic cover-up of thousands of car defects.
The probe could lead to criminal charges in the case which involves
allegations that about 10,300 customer complaints that could have led to
recalls were hidden from government inspectors in 1999.

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Richmond, Va
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