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Papers show many facets of Einstein

Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Poughkeepsie Journal about a recently acquired collection of more than 150 letters, photographs, manuscripts and inscribed books that belonged to Alfred Einstein. Housed at Vassar College, the collection sheds new light on the private life of the most renowned scientist of the 20th century."

Records reveal past of man in library attack

An Anonymous Patron writes "Brian David McCutchen is accused of the Feb. 7 assault. In Colorado, police were told that he stalked a woman.

By Julie Stoiber and Jennifer Lin

Inquirer Staff Writers

The homeless man arrested in the rape and choking of an 8-year-old at a neighborhood library in Center City this month was a menacing presence in his hometown, too.

Brian David McCutchen, 23, stalked a young woman in Estes Park, Colo., five years ago, according to a complaint filed with police there, going so far as to sleep in his car outside her home at night.

"Brian has become obsessed," the young woman's aunt told police in a written statement. "We have become very worried."

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Library of Congress Finds Churchill Notes

Blake writes that a Library of Congress scholar has discovered some long-unseen letters from Winston Churchill predicting World War I a couple years before it started. The letters, written to Churchill's cousin, the Duke of Marlborough, were found by Daun Van Ee, a military historian, in preparation for an upcoming exhibit, Churchill and the Great Republic. The rest here at Yahoo News.

Books read, cats checked, and other numeric facts of USA life

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.

Man, 19, charged in torching of library

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."

Generous Donations to the Library

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.
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Texas Tech Libraries have more on his donations.

Dog owner loses cat fight

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.

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"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."

Man tearfully describes cat's attack on his dog

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.

Brewster Kahle on the Internet Archive and People's Technology

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.

Buddy can you spare some time

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."


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