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The Associated Press says when it comes to leisure time, Americans still would rather curl up with a good book than go online and surf the Web. Soccer is more popular than softball these days, but bowling still beats golf. And U.S. families spend some $660 per year on their TVs, stereos and video games.
So says the Census Bureau's annual compilation of facts and figures telling America about itself, from crops to crime, pollution to paychecks. The new Statistical Abstract of the United States, being released Thursday, runs more than 1,000 pages and offers an estimated 800,000 or 900,000 numbers.
It seems they've made An Arrest in the Springfield, MO, fire case.
A 19-year-old Springfield man has confessed to setting the Jan. 19 fire that damaged computer equipment and thousands of books at the Library Center, police said Sunday.
Jared Pearce Rupp was released from the Greene County Jail on $10,000 bond on Sunday after Springfield police arrested and questioned him on Saturday.
Rupp faces charges of second-degree arson and second-degree burglary. Both are class C felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine, said police spokesman Officer Matt Brown.
Investigators now have a few answers in what Police Chief Lynn Rowe called a "case that shocked the community."
Bibliofuture writes "There is a NYT article about a dispute with Coach Knight at Texas Tech. At the end of the article there is an interesting paragraph. It mentions that Knight refused his salary last year beause he was unhappy with his coaching and that he is a big financial supporter of the library.
Here's The Story"
Texas Tech Libraries have more on his donations.
A Superior Court jury found yesterday that a disabled man's civil rights were not violated when his assistance dog was attacked by a cat in a public library. The jury refused to award him damages.
After deliberating for about two hours, the panel decided the city of Escondido did not fail to offer Richard "Rik" Espinosa, 49, the same rights as the general public to use the library, nor did it fail to give him full and equal access to the building.
"After that first juror (in jury selection) said the word 'frivolous,' and so did the next five, I thought the whole panel should have been thrown out. I truly think the well got poisoned right there."
More on Rik, Kimba & LC from Sign On Sandiego.
Espinosa told jurors that, for health reasons, he would not have entered the building had he known the cat, which library employees had adopted, was there.
The cat stood, arched its back, jumped to the floor and touched noses with Kimba, said Espinosa, who is representing himself.
Then "the cat went nuts," the plaintiff said. "It started scratching Kimba. At times, all four claws were embedded around Kimba's nose and eyes."
Under cross-examination by attorney Steve Nelson, the plaintiff conceded that no one ever told him he was not allowed in the library.
Library employees eventually gave up the cat after it attacked another animal six months later.
The plaintiff originally was asking for $1.5 million, but after Vista Superior Court Judge Yuri Hoffman ruled against him on a number of motions, he lowered the total to $15,000.
This Story has a photo, of Rik and Kimba.
One man, who was not picked as a juror, said he didn't have any reason to be biased in the case but told the judge he had another concern.
"I wish it was the dog suing the cat," the man joked. "We've all used the word 'frivolous,' but I think the dog has a real case."
This One Says Among the items that Espinosa wants the jury to see is a photograph of him with boxer Muhammad Ali. Nelson said the picture is not relevant to the case; Espinosa said the photo gives him credibility.
It also strengthens his argument, Espinosa said, since he believes the cat is like the famed pugilist: a tiger in the ring, a pussycat outside of it. L.C.'s ring, the Palomar Mountain resident said, was the library on South Kalmia Street.
Bill Drew shares This Interview with Brewster Kahle, the founder and digital librarian for the Internet Archive.Brewster started the IA in 1996 with his own money, which he earned from the sale of two separate Internet search programs: WAIS, which was bought by AOL, and Alexa Internet, which was bought by Amazon. He has been spending his own money to keep the institution going for the last six years. Recently, in the summer of 2003, he was fortunate enough to receive some grants and corporate sponsorship.
Norma writes: ""Buddy can you spare some time" by Martin Peers is an article in today's Wall Street Journal (Jan. 25, 2004) about how Americans are using their discretionary time. There's some good news and some bad news for librarians, but all of it is news librarians need to analyze to be prepared when considering staffing and collections.Broadcast TV hours going down; cable TV hours going up.Radio going up.Video/Internet useage going up (although not as much as I'd thought)Daily newspaper reading flat.Reading books flat.Reading magazines flat.Books, magazines and newspaper reading accounted for about 7 hours a week of discretionary time. Sure, that's not a lot, but they haven't lost ground since 1996. Appears that the time to surf the net is taken from TV time, not from books.Disposable time is a battle for the dollar.Then there is a second article on differences in gender and age in using TV, internet, renting movies, listening to music, etc. 39% of people over 45 read (what I'm not sure) compared to 11% under 25 and 24% read between 25-34."
Mary writes "W.T. Young, who personally contributed $5M to the construction of the University of Kentucky library that now bears his name, passed away this week at the age of 85.courier-journal.com Has The Story"
The findings of the first World Internet Project report present an image of the average Netizen that contrasts with the stereotype of the loner "geek" who spends hours of his free time on the Internet and rarely engages with the real world.
Odd little story from newsshopper.co.uk on Marianne Bick, who says her library refused a gift of 104 books merely because putting them on the system would be too much work.
One of the librarians told her it would be too much work to catalogue them.
"I was, therefore, gobsmacked when I was told by the librarian they did not want books given by the public because it was too much work to put the books on the system."