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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Detainees: The Need for a Stronger Legal Framework

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2009_hr/detainees.pdf

Memorandum prepared by State Department Counselor Philip Zelikow and John Bellinger as a legal framework for treatment of detainees based on an acceptance of the prohibition against cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Revealed at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May 2009 and posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Elements of Possible Initiative

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2009_hr/elements.pdf

Memorandum prepared by State Department Counselor Philip Zelikow and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England to try to persuade the Bush Administration to treat detainees in the War on Terror in a manner consistent with the Geneva Conventions on the Law of War as part of a comprehensive approach to detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists. Revealed at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May 2009 and posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Virginia Broadband Coverage

Categories: Maps/Geography,Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://otpba.vi.virginia.gov/pdf/VA_Broadband_Coverage%205mb.pdf

Provides a detailed picture of areas served by broadband coverage and areas of nonservice, especially rural areas. Includes wireline, fixed wireless, and mobile wireless providers. Does not depict satellite broadband service. From the Center for Innovative Technology in cooperation with other Virginia agencies and more than 25 broadband providers.

Farm Household Income and Household Composition: England 2007-2008

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Great Britain,Income/Poverty,Statistics

https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/statnot/household2007-08.pdf

Offers statistical information on the number of farms, income of farm households, and size of farm households. Reports that 25% of farm households were below the low income threshold in 2007/08, compared to 23% for all households. From the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Office of U. K.National Statistics.

Surveillance: Citizens and the State

Categories: Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Privacy,Terrorism

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm76/7616/7616.pdf

Represents the British government response to a House of Lords committee report on the subject of privacy and security. Presents a point by point response by the Brown administration on how to achieve a balance between the right of the public to privacy and their right to protection from crime and terrorism. Parliament Command Paper Cm7616.

Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States

Categories: Births/Deaths,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Statistics,Women

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db18.pdf

Reports that nearly 4 in 10 U.S. births were to unmarried women in 2007. Such births totaled 1.7 million in 2007, an increase of 26% from 2002. The biggest increase in births among unmarried women occurred to women in their 20s. Also presents characteristics of unmarried women and comparisons of the U.S. rate with that of other countries. From the National Center for Health Statistics.

Census Bureau Releases State and County Data Depicting Nation’s Population Ahead of 2010 Cens

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Hispanics,Native Americans,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html

Press release with links to detailed data. Offers statistics with age, sex, race and Hispanic origin characteristics of the estimated U.S. population by state and county. Mentions that Orange County, Florida, home of Disney World, is one of six U.S. counties to have become majority-minority between 2007 and 2008. Also identifies states and counties with largest Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, and American Indian populations. From the Census Bureau.

Executive Order: Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Executive-Order-Chesapeake-Bay-Protection-and-Restoration/

Creates a Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay to oversee the development and coordination of programs to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, designates the Environmental Protection Agency as the lead agency for the effort, and calls for a new approach to restore water quality, revise agricultural policies and practices, reduce water pollution from federal sources, protect the Bay from effects of climate change, and other goals. From the White House.

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