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Arts Participation 2008: Highlights From a National Survey

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Statistics

Reports that adult attendance at arts events declined for virtually all art forms in 2008 compared with the prior survey in 2002. Also reports that arts participants are older, with lower rates of participation reported for those 18-44 years old. From the National Endowment for the Arts.

Washed Out to Sea: How Congress Prioritizes Beach Pork Over National Needs

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Public Works

Argues that $3 billion has been wasted on beach restoration projects while 985 levees have been identified by the Corps of Engineers as being at significant risk of failure from flooding. From the Office of Senator Tom Coburn.

Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Veterans

Argues that the Departments of Defense and Veterans Administration should implement a comprehensive strategy to achieve the goal of a tobacco free military. Use of tobacco harms the health of soldiers and veterans, impairs military readiness, and imposes a financial burden on the U.S. government. From the Institute of Medicine.

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

Categories: Education,Telecommunications/Internet

Subtitled: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Claims that students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. Based on a review of more than a thousand studies from 1996 to 2008. From the U.S. Department of Education.

Reverse Mortgages

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Housing/Homelessness

Subtitled: Product Complexity and Consumer Protection Issues Underscore Need for Improved Controls over Counseling for Borrowers. Examines federal activities related to the potential benefits and costs of home equity conversion mortgages, misleading marketing tactics, the sale of unsuitable products, and oversight of those who provide counseling. From the Government Accountability Office

The Treatment of Federal Receipts and Expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Statistics

The annual report which describes how the treatment of federal receipts and expenditures in the national income and product accounts differs from the recording of federal revenues and outlays in the federal budget. From the Congressional Budget Office.

Ricci v. DeStefano

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 decision by the Supreme Court which affirmed the results of a placement test for firefighters which the city of New Haven, fearing discrimination lawsuits, had rejected when no African Americans and only 2 Hispanic firefighters qualified for promotion. The decision reversed rulings by District and Appeals Courts including Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The dissenters argued that the decision overturned Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. From

Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom: Safety, Security, and Resilience in Cyber Space

Categories: Great Britain,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

Covers threats, vulnerabilities, impacts and opportunities. Command Paper Cm7642 From the United Kingdom Office of Cyber Security.

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