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Fed EPA Employees Not Covered By Whistleblower Act

Search Engines WEB writes "The Bush administration has declared itself immune from whistleblower protections for fed workers under the Clean Water Act. As a result of an opinion issued by a unit within the Office of the Att Gen, fed workers will have little protection from official retaliation for reporting water pollution enforcement breakdowns, manipulations of science or cleanup failures. Citing an unpublished opinion of the Att General's Office of Legal Counsel, the Secretary of Labor's Admin Review Board has ruled fed employees may no longer pursue whistleblower claims under the Clean Water Act. http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=743"

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New library concept - for more democracy

Anders Ericson writes "This new library service concept "The Library Takes Up The Case" (LTC) puts the library right in the middle of local issues and debates. By means of simple - or more complex - topic web pages with links, downloads, virtual reference and other services the library gives added value to the shallow coverage of many newspapers and the often biased information of local authority web sites. LTC makes the Independant Public Library come true."

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Fed Court Rules Times Reporter MUST Reveal Sources

Search Engines WEB writes "A federal prosecutor may inspect the telephone records of two New York Times reporters in an effort to identify their confidential sources, a federal appeals court in New York ruled yesterday. The 2-to-1 decision, from a court historically sympathetic to claims that journalists should be entitled to protect their sources, reversed a lower court and dealt a further setback to news organizations, which have lately been on a losing streak in the federal courts"

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Bill Mandates Libraries & Schools Block MySpace

Search Engines WEB writes "Tech Crunch reports on the passage of US House Resolution 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA).

The vote was 410 in favor to 15 opposed. If the Resolution becomes law, social networking sites and chat rooms must be blocked by schools and libraries or those institutions will lose their federal internet subsidies".

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War Reporting Changes as Video Sites Grow Popular

Search Engines WEB writes " Here's how the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is playing out on the Internet's latest window into the human experience, YouTube.com: Videos of young girls driving around smoking and joking about Hezbollah, next to shaky footage of grieving men toting dead bodies through rubble as sirens wail. Old propaganda films alongside homemade documentaries about the conflict"

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EPA Libraries' Patrons banding together

Durst writes "You may have heard that the current Administration is proposing to cut funding for EPA Technical Research Libraries, thus closing those libraries. The latest installment is at the SLA Divisions Blog about literally thousands of EPA Library patrons who have written to Congress on behalf of keeping those libraries open and saving access to those materials."

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