Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

Beginning September 13, the Library will be open on Sundays from 12-3 p.m.

Library Hours
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Sunday: CLOSED Through Labor Day
Hot Topics

The Politics of Pre-KThe Politics of Pre-K

Consensus on Early Ed., But Policy Questions Remain
Education Week, Jan. 2, 2015.

How Governor Wolf's Proposed 2015-2016 Budget Impacts Kids
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, March 3, 2015.

PA budget updates
Google News, 2015.

Trans-Pacific PartnershipTrans-Pacific Partnership

News & Opinions
Google News

You Can't Stop the Trade Machine
Washington Post, May 14, 2015.

Three Fake Myths—and Two Actual Ones—About TPP Trade Pact
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, April 9, 2015.



Archived Hot Topics

london20122012 Summer Olympics

Before Games, Wins for Women
New York Times, July 13, 2012.

Olympics 2012 Security: Welcome to Lockdown London
The Guardian, March 12, 2012.

Protests Are Coming to the Olympic Games
Edge of Sports, May 22, 2012.

High-Tech Tests to Catch Olympics Drug Cheats at London 2012
CNN International Edition, April 12, 2012.

Inside Olympic Drug-Testing Lab (video)
BBC News, January 19, 2012.

For More Information

Olympics - London 2012
BBC Sport.

List of Summer and Winter Olympic Sports and Events, Official Website of the Olympic Movement.

The London Olympic Program
NBC Olympics.

Fight Against Doping - Download Official Studies, Report, Official Website of the Olympic Movement.

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Achievement GapAchievement Gap

The Achievement Gap and the Schools We Need
In Motion, April 3, 2012.

Color Blindness
Teaching Tolerance.

Gateway Community Hopes to Raise Black Students' Test Scores
TribLive Neighborhoods, April 17, 2013.

Dr. Ronald Ferguson: What Parents Can Do Ground Control
Parenting, March 5, 2011.


The Black-White Achievement Gap: Why Closing It is the Greatest Civil Rights Issue of our Time / Rod Paige, Elaine Witty

Can We Talk about Race? / Beverly Daniel Tatum

Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity / Glenn E. Singleton, Curtis Linton

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School

The Trouble with Black Boys... and Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public education / Pedro Noquera


Achievement Gap
Education Week, July 7, 2011.

But That's Just Good Teaching!
Theory into Practice, Summer, 1995.

Preparing for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Journal of Teacher Education, 2002.


The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University
A university-wide effort toward eliminating achievement gaps.

The Education Alliance at Brown University
Aims to provide all students with equitable opportunities to succeed.

Equity Alliance
Devoted to promoting equity, access, participation and outcomes for all students.

The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative
Helps educators enhance the learning opportunities of students of color.

National Center for Education Statistics
Collects and analyzes data related to education in the United States.

Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn
Engages the community to build a create an environment conducive to academic excellence.

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Affirmative ActionAffirmative Action

Supreme Court Considers Limiting Affirmative Action
New Pittsburgh Courier, October 19, 2012.

What Kind of Affirmative Action is Worth Fighting For?
In These Times, September 26, 2012.

Affirmative Action and Diversiphilia Return to the Supreme Court
CATO Institute, Feb. 22, 2012.

Racial Preference Before the Supreme Court
Center for Equal Opportunity, Oct. 16, 2012.

Will the Roberts Court Kill Affirmative Action Once and for All?
Mother Jones, February 23, 2012.

Affirmative Action Will Live on Even if the Supreme Court Kills It
Slate, October 12, 2012.

Unbridled Use of Race in School Admissions must Be Curtailed
CATO Institute, Oct. 9, 2012.

Roberts Court May Have Last Word in Long Debate Over Affirmative Action
Colorlines, October 9, 2012.

How Diversity Trumped Equity--and May Kill Affirmative Action
Colorlines, October 10, 2012.

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After Charlie HebdoAfter Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo Attack Chills Satirists and Prompts a Debate
New York Times, Jan. 9, 2015.

Republicanism vs. Multiculturalism in France
The Nation, Feb. 9, 2015.

What Americans Should Do After Charlie Hebdo
The Nation, Feb. 2, 2015.

Islam and the "Culture of Offence": Missing the Point
Open Democracy, Feb. 12, 2015.

Unmournable Bodies
New Yorker, Jan. 9, 2015.

Religion and Free Speech Debate
Democracy Now, Feb. 16, 2015.

Why I Am Not Charlie
A Paper Bird, Jan. 9, 2015.

As A Muslim, I'm Fed Up with the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists
Huffington Post, Jan. 16, 2015.

On Satire – A Response to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks (Joe Sacco cartoon)
The Guardian, Jan. 9, 2015.

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Older houseAllegheny County Property Assessments & Appeals

Court Ordered Reassessment Values
Find your land & building values, image & comparables.

Filing an Appeal
Information, tips & forms for filing an appeal.

Appeal Hearing Assistance Handbook (PDF) Prepared by Kenneth R. Behrend, Esquire

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RADAllegheny Regional Asset District (RAD)

What is RAD?
Allegheny Regional Asset District.

RADical Days
Allegheny Regional Asset District.

2011 RAD Final Budget
Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Cultural Groups Shift Focus to Maintenance
Pittsburgh TribuneReview, July 20, 2011.

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LEED Silver for Phipps Design
World Architecture News, April 28, 2010.

The World's Tallest Building
New York Times, January 4, 2010.

The Year in Architecture This link has pictures
New York Times, 2011.

Design Pittsburgh Awards, 2010
AIA Pittsburgh.

Dynamic Architecture This link has a YouTube Video
Welcome to the Future, June 24, 2008.

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Better Air Hot TopicBetter Air in Allegheny County

News & Opinions
Google News

Air Toxics Policy
Allegheny County Health Department, May 25, 2012.

Air Toxics Fact Sheet
Allegheny County Health Department.

An Introduction to Air Toxics
Allegheny County Health Department.

Toxic Air Pollutants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, June 21, 2012.

Poisoned Place
NPR, Nov. 2011.

The Economics of Environmentalism
Truthout, Sept. 19, 2012.


Allegheny County Health Department
Air Quality/Pollution Control Program.

EPA - Integrated Risk Information System
A program that evaluates information on health effects resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants.

Natural Resources Defense Council
An environmental action group.

U.S. Caps Emissions in Drilling for Fuel
New York Times, April 18, 2012.

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The Next Frontier in 3-D Printing: Human Organs
CNN, April 5, 2014.

3D-Printed Human Embryonic Stem Cells Created
LiveScience, Feb. 5, 2013.

Using Ink-Jet Technology to Print Organs and Tissue
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Jan. 19, 2015.

Bioprinting, Part 1: The Promise and the Pitfalls
TechNewsWorld, Mar. 26, 2015.

Bioprinting, Part 2: The Ethical Conundrum
TechNewsWorld, Mar. 27, 2014.

Microscale 3-D Printing
MIT Technology Review, 2014.

Researchers Developing 3D Printer, 'Bio-ink' to Create Human Organs
University of Iowa, Mar. 5, 2013.

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Bradley ManningThe Bradley Manning Trial


Bradley Manning Chronology
New York Times, 2013.

About Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning Support Network.

Seven Myths About Bradley Manning
The Nation, June 3, 2013.


Bradley Manning Trial: After 3 Years, Army Whistleblower Begins Court-Martial Shrouded in Secrecy
Democracy Now, June 3, 2013.


Firedoglake Covers Bradley Manning's Court Martial

Transcripts from Bradley Manning's Trial
Freedom of the Press Foundation.


How Bradley Manning Changed the War on Terror
Daily Beast, June 3, 2013.

Bradley Manning's Legal Duty to Expose War Crimes
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, June 3, 2013.

Bradley Manning Trial: Yes, He Is Guilty. Yes, He Should Be Punished
Policymic, June 1, 2013.


The Big Question Raised by the Bradley Manning Case
David Schanzer, ISLAMiCommentary, March 12, 2013.

The Scale of American Overclassification
Bradley Manning Support Network, January 5, 2012.


Collateral Murder Video
Bradley Manning Support Network.


Private: Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in History
Denver Nicks.

WikiSecrets: Julian Assange, Bradley Mannning, and WikiLeaks
Frontline (DVD).

Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assnage's War on Secrecy
David Leigh.

Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assnage's War on Secrecy
David Leigh (e-book).

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug crawling on a leafBrown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Keeping Stink Bugs Outside
Penn State Cooperative Extension, September 18, 2010.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, April 2011.

What's in Your Attic? Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Perhaps?
What's Bugging You?, March 15, 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions -- Send a Sample
Rutgers, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Updated Oct. 27, 2010.

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Neighborhood of housesCensus 2010

2010 Census Data
U.S. Census Bureau, 2011.

See the Response
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.

Why It Matters
Pennsylvania State Data Center.

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Charitable GivingCharitable Giving

Take Action
GuideStar, 2012.

Charity Search
Charity Navigator, 2012.

Reduce Your Tax Bill
Charity Navigator, March 1, 2012.

IRS Tax Topic: Charitable Contributions
Internal Revenue Service, 2012.

Do the Math:
Abolishing the Charitable Deduction Will Cost Charities Billions Chronicle of Philanthropy, Dec. 2, 2012.

Putting Charities to the Test
New York Times, Dec. 5, 2012.


The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of philanthropy, improving its practice, and enhancing participation.

Giving USA
Produces an annual report on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States.
Gathers information for and about nonprofit organizations.

Independent Sector
Advocacy coalition of non-profits, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Encourages foundations and other donors to fight for economic and social justice.

Philanthropy Roundtable
Serves politically conservative charities that tend to favor a reduced government role in social services.

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A child doing homeworkCharter Schools

Charter Schools: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education
The Brookings Institution, Dec. 16, 2010.

Stanford Report Finds Good and Bad in Pennsylvania Charter Schools
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2011.

The Myth of Charter Schools
New York Review of Books, Nov. 11, 2010.

Chartering Disaster: Why Duncan's Corporate-Based Schools Can't Deliver an Education That Matters
Truthout, June 21, 2010.

The False Promise of Charter Schools
Seattle Times, January 30, 2012.

Charter Schools: A Welcome Choice for Parents
Heritage Foundation, Aug. 30, 2010.

Strengthening the Civic Mission of Charter Schools
American Enterprise Institute, Jan. 6, 2012.


CREDO at Stanford University

National Education Association (NEA)

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Race to the Top

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Coastal flooding in Massachusetts caused by Hurricane Sandy.Climate Change

Climate Change is Here — And Worse than We Thought
Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2012.

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012.

The Right Climate Stuff Releases New Report
April 13, 2013.

Tropic of Chaos: Christian Parenti in Conversation with David Harvey
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

90 Degrees in Winter: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like
The Nation, March 20, 2012.

G20 Missed Its Chance to Take Action on Climate Change Institute
Institute for Policy Studies, Nov. 5, 2011.

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic
New York Times, July 28, 2012.


American Enterprise Institute
Committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.

Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions
Works to advance strong policy & action to adress the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

Heritage Foundation
Formulates and promotes conservative public policies.

United States Global Change Research Program
Integrates research on climate change performed by 13 federal agencies.


A Burning Question: Propaganda and the Denial of Climate Change (DVD)

Earth: The Operator's Manual / Richard B. Alley

Encyclopedia of Global Warming

The Great Global Warming Blunder / Roy W. Spencer

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars / Michael E. Mann

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Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What's in a Name?
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, May, 2013.

The Triumph of New Age Medicine
The Atlantic, July/Aug., 2011.

Interactions Make the Difference: On Placebos, Healing Environments and Integrative Medicine
Neuroanthropology, July 8, 2011.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine Guide
University of Maryland Medical Center, July 25, 2013.

Are You Considering Complementary Medicine?
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March, 2013.


Alternative Medicine Review

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

Cochrane Consumer Network


National Cancer Institute


UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine


Alternative Medicine (Opposing Viewpoints series)

The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine: Conventional and Alternative Medicine for All Ages

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

How to Talk with Your Doctor: The Guide for Patients and Their Physicians Who Want to Reconcile and Use the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine / Ronald L. Hoffman

When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease connection / Gabor Mate

Overdo$ed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine / John Abramson

The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs / Merrill Goozner

On the Take: How America’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health / Jerome P. Kassirer

Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs / Melody Petersen

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Hot Topic ImageCoral Reefs at Risk

Reefs at Risk Revisited
World Resources Institute, Feb. 23, 2011.

NOAA, Dec. 11, 2009.

11th International Coral Reefs Symposium
July 31, 2008.

Ecosystems: Coral Reefs
National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA, Oct. 20, 2005.

Helping Coral Reefs, Oceans and Ourselves
PEW Charitable Trusts, Aug. 26, 2010.

Marine National Monuments
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, March 30, 2011.

Coral Reef Book and DVD List

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Corporate and Government SurveillanceCorporate and Government Surveillance

How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online
NPR, February 22, 2012.

The Surveillance-Marketing Complex, Coming Soon to a Computer Near You
Mother Jones, June 21, 2013.

Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-Profits
Center for Corporate Policy, November 20, 2013.

The NSA Files
The Guardian

NSA Spying on Americans
Electronic Frontier Foundation

International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance
Privacy Organizations and Advocates Worldwide, July 2013.

Time to Rein in the Surveillance State
American Civil Liberties Union

Freedom Cannot Exist Alongside a Massive Surveillance Industrial Complex
Truthout, August 23, 2013.

How the NSA Scandal Is Roiling the Heritage Foundation
The Cable, October 16, 2013.

Institutional Failure in Surveillance Policymaking: Deliberating the Patriot Act
Brookings Institution, July 29, 2013.


Spying on Democracy / Heidi Boghosian

The Daily You / Joseph Turow

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Hot Topic ImageDark Sky:
Lessening Light Pollution

Our Vanishing Night
National Geographic, Nov. 2008.

The Dark Skies of Cherry Springs State Park
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources.

The Natural Night: A Disappearing Resource
International Dark-Sky Association.


Star Gazing Information
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory, 2011.

Dark-Sky Sites in Pennsylvania

Star Gazing Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area

Interactive Star Chart for the Mid-Atlantic Region

The Telescope Review Web Site


Cherry Springs Star Party, May 26-29, 2011
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg.

Black Forest Star Party, Aug. 26-28, 2011
Central Pennsylvania Observers, 2011.

Amateur Astronomer's Association of Pittsburgh
California Institute of Technology.


Lighting Ordinance
Pennsylvania Land Trust Organization, 2011.

The Model Lighting Ordinance Journey
Architectural Lighting, Apr. 1, 2011.

Model Lighting Ordinance (PDF)
Illuminating Engineering Society / IDA, 2010.

Free Download - Get Adobe Reader


Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light
by Jane Brox.

The fascinating and forgotten history of man-made light. Brox captures the sense of wonder that permeated the Chicago World's Fair as electric light lit up the "White City," and shows how quickly we became reliant on electric light, recounting the trepidation and anxiety that accompanied the mandatory blackouts of World War II and the power outages that have plagued New York City's power grid since the 1960s. Brox also addresses the unexpected consequences of light pollution, detailing the struggles of astronomers who are no longer able to see stars, and migrating birds that confusedly circle lit buildings at night until they die from exhaustion. Brilliant is an eloquent account of how a luxury so quickly became a necessity, and permanently changed human history. (

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County Map VotesData Crunching

How Obama's Data Crunchers Helped Him Win
CNN, Nov. 8, 2012.

The Analytics Lesson from the Obama Campaign
Harvard Business Review, Nov. 8, 2012.

Inside Team Romney's Whale of an IT Meltdown
Ars Technica, Nov. 9, 2012.

How Campaigns Amass Your Personal Information
PBS NewsHour, Oct. 29, 2012.

The Rise of the Quants in Political Prognostication
International Herald Tribune, Nov. 8, 2012.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver's Political Calculus
New York Times, 2012.


The Numerati
by Stephen Baker.

The Signal and the Noise
by Nate Silver.

Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart
by Ian Ayers.

Numbers Rule Your World
by Kaiser Fung.

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
Douglas W. Hubbard.

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Detention and InterrogationDetention and Interrogation

Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Dec. 9, 2014.

20 Key Findings From the Senate Report on CIA Torture
Moyers & Company, Dec. 9, 2014.

Ex-CIA Directors: Interrogations Saved Lives
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10, 2014.

Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured
New York Times, Dec. 8, 2014.

CCR Legal Director Says Criminal Prosecutions Must Follow Senate CIA Torture Report Findings
Center for Constitutional Rights, Dec. 9, 2014.

The Feinstein Report Cannot Deny a Clear Record of Success
Time Magazine, Dec. 9, 2014.

Torturing the Truth
National Review, Dec. 10, 2014.

America Needs Its Rough Men
Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Dec. 17, 2014.

How the CIA Tortured its Detainees
The Guardian, Dec. 9, 2014.

CIA Torture Report
The Guardian, Dec. 9, 2014.

Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides with Torture Deniers
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Dec. 12, 2014.

U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims
The Intercept, Dec. 16, 2014.

The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, They Experimented on Human Beings
The Nation, Dec. 16, 2014.

The Sound of Torture
The Intercept, Dec. 16, 2014.

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Project Gutenberg
Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg.

Pixel of Ink
Free & bargain ebooks.

Ereader News Today
Tips, tricks, and free ebooks for your Kindle.

The following sites are paid for by the Allegheny County Library Association and are for the exclusive use of our Library patrons. Use your library card number for access.

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eBooks on EBSCOhost
Sign into Access PA POWER Library using your library card number, then select eBooks on EBSCOhost under "Find a Book" heading.

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Flying Drone AirplaneDrones

We, Robot
Brookings Institute, September 28, 2010.

Drone Wars
Foreign Policy, May 28, 2010.

Defending Drones: The Laws of War and the Right to Self-Defense
Washington Post, April 13, 2010.

Predators Over Pakistan
Weekly Standard, March 8, 2010.

UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston Says Drone Attacks May Violate International Law
NYU School of Law News, October 30, 2009.

The Predator War
New Yorker, October 26, 2009.

Revenge of the Drones
New America Foundation, Oct. 19, 2009.

Drones Book List - Check It Out

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Election 2014Election - 2014

Find Your Ballot
League of Women Voters

Where to Vote
Allegheny County Elections Division

Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Allegheny County Division of Elections.


Allegheny County Elections Division

League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Department of State

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Source: Recycling

Monroeville Electronic Recycling Program
Saturday April 20, 2013
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Municipality of Monroeville

Pennsylvania e-Waste Recycling Law Goes into Effect
Times Herald, Jan. 7, 2013.

Our Wireless Addiction is Creating a Big e-Waste Problem
TreeHugger, Jan. 3, 2013.

Where Does All the e-Waste Go?
Greenpeace, Feb. 21, 2008.

Green Chemistry vs. Toxic Technology
Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

Computer Recycling
U.S. Geological Survey, Jan. 30, 2011.


Allegheny CleanWays

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Fall Foliage - Red and green leavesFall Foliage

Fall In PA: Download a weekly foliage report

West Virginia Fall Color Peaks
WV State Parks & Forests.

Why Leaves Change Color
U.S. Forest Service.

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Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity: 1 in 6 Americans Struggles to Buy Food
ABC News, Sept. 7, 2011.

2012 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts
World Hunger Education Service, Nov. 22, 2011.

Getting Help
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Campaign to End Hunger
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Advocating for Change
Just Harvest Pittsburgh.


"The Face of Hunger In Monroeville"
IN Monroeville Community Magazine, Spring, 2012.
Copies are distributed at Monroeville Public Library, Monroeville Municipal Building, and Monroeville Senior Center.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Economic Research Service
A primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Feeding America
A leading domestic hunger-relief charity and advocate with a nationwide network of member food banks.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
A nonprofit organization that collects and distributes food in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Just Harvest Pittsburgh
A nonprofit organization working in Allegheny County to end hunger and poverty.

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Food Safety - Shopper putting peanut butter into shopping cartFood Safety

Building a Modern Food Safety System (PDF)
Center for Science in the Public Interest, May, 2009.

Food Safety Modernization Bill Q&A
Center for Food Safety, 2011.

New Federal Law Aims to Improve Food-Tracking Issues
Northwestern University, Jan. 20, 2011.

Free Download - Get Adobe Reader

Marion Nestle on Food-safety
Food Politics, 2011.

H.R. 2751: Food Safety Modernization Act, 2009-2011.


Center for Food Safety
A nonprofit organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A consumer advocacy organization conducting research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition and providing consumers with current, useful information.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Leads federal efforts to gather data on foodborne illnesses, investigate foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control efforts.
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.

Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)
The public health agency of the USDA responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Food Safety News
A daily Web-based newspaper reporting on issues surrounding food safety. Presented by Marler-Clark, a law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness.
The gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

Safe Food International
A project designed by and for consumer organizations that want to improve food safety on a global scale. An initiative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Through its Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), regulates foods other than the meat, poultry and egg products regulated by the Food Safety Inspection Service of the FDA.

Food Safety Book List - Check It Out

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Football player nealing  on his helmetFootball Concussions

Coming to a Head
ESPN, Jan. 6, 2011.

Concussions and Head Injuries in Football
New York Times, Oct. 21, 2010.

Concussion in Sports
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Aug., 2010.

Game Changers
Bostonia, Fall 2010.

Sports Concussions

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Hot Topic ImageThe Health Benefits of Touch

Hands Hold Key to Reiki Healing
Post-Gazette, July 7, 2010.

University of Minnesota, July, 2009.

Energy Medicine
The Ohio State University Medical Center.

What Happens During a Reiki Session? YouTube Video: What Happens During a Reiki Session?

Therapeutic Touch
UPMC, Aug., 2011.

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Health Care ExchangesHealth Care Exchanges

News & Opinion
Google News, 2012.

A Guide to Health Insurance Exchanges
Kaiser Health News, July 10, 2011.

State Exchange Profile: Pennsylvania
Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012.

State Actions to Address Exchanges
National Conference of State Legislatures, 2012.

Essential Health Benefits: What Have States Decided for Their Benchmarks?
Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec. 7, 2012.

White House Sets New Rules for Benefits Coverage
PBS NewsHour, Nov. 20, 2012.

Basic Health Program
Health Affairs, Nov. 15, 2012.

If States Don't Set Up Insurance Exchanges, Will Obamacare Implode?
National Journal, Nov. 30, 2012.


Center for Consumer Information & Insurance
The agency charged with implementing many provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The Commonwealth Fund
A private foundation that advocates for universal access to affordable, high-quality health care.
A Department of Health & Human Services website.

Kaiser Family Foundation
A nonprofit source of research & communication on major health issues.

Kaiser Health News
A nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.

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Health Care ReformHealth Care Reform


News and Opinions
Google News.


About the Affordable Care Act

Systemic Reform of Health Care Delivery and Payment
Brookings Institution, Dec., 2010.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals
Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010.


Under Siege - The Individual Mandate for Health Insurance and Its Alternatives
New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 16, 2011


Fact Sheet: "State Leadership in Healthcare Act"
Senator Bernie Sanders.

Vermont Health Care Reform
Vermont Official State Website, 2011.

Vermont's Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign
Vermont Workers' Center, 2003-2011.

Massachusetts Health Care Reform
Massachusetts Official State Website, 2011.

A Single-Payer Laboratory in Vermont
The Nation, May 13, 2010.

State Coverage Initiatives - Laying the Foundation for Health Reform
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010.

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Health Insurance MarketplaceThe Health Insurance Marketplace

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
A new way to find coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.

What Does Marketplace Health Insurance Cover?
The ten core benefits.

The Health Insurance Marketplace
If you're uninsured or looking for options, start here at

Subsidy Calculator from The Kaiser Family Foundation
Get a preview of your potential costs now.

Health Insurance Basics
Answers to frequently asked questions.

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School boy and girl eating lunch at thier desksHealthy School Lunches


Landmark Child Nutrition Improvements to Become Law
Center for Science in the Public Interest, Dec. 2, 2010.

Summary of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
Congressional Research Service, Aug. 5, 2010.

Wootan: Hunger-Free Kids Act Will Have Big Impact
Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2010.


USDA Unveils Upgrades to Nutritional Standards for School Meals
USDA, Jan. 13, 2010.

Read the Proposed USDA Nutrition Standards
USDA, Jan. 13, 2011.


School Food, Is There Hope? Chef Ann Cooper Opens The Lunch Box
The Ecocentric Blog, Aug. 10, 2010.

Welcome to the Lunch Box!
The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools To Help All Schools.

School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Oct. 20, 2009.

The School Lunch Test
New York Times Magazine, Aug. 20, 2006.

Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project

Farm to School

Dr. Susan's Better School Food Blog
Better School Food.


Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
by Janet Poppendieck.

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Home for the HolidaysHome for the Holidays

Family Stress During the Holidays
Eastern Maine Medical Center, 2013.

Children and Holiday Stress
Anne Arundel County Dept. Of Health, Nov. 21, 2013.

Avoiding Family Stress During the Holidays
National Communication Association, Dec. 2010.


Holiday Blues: Rediscovering the Art of Celebration

Staying Sane When Your Family Comes to Visit

When Difficult Relatives Happen to Good People

Making Peace with Your Adult Children

Making Peace with Your Parents

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Immigration and the EconomyImmigration and the Economy

Five Things Economists Know about Immigration
Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2013.

The Economics of Immigration
On the Economy, Jan. 30, 2012.

Comprehensive Debate Kicks Off with High-Skilled Immigration
Brookings Institute, Jan. 31, 2013.

Key to Immigration Reform: Worker Visas
New America Foundation, Jan. 28, 2012.

Economic Nudge for Immigration Overhaul
New York Times, Jan. 30, 2013.

Migration: A Product of Free Market Reforms
David Bacon, CIP Americas Program, Dec. 1, 2012.

How U.S. Policies Fueled Mexico's Great Migration
David Bacon, The Nation, Jan. 4, 2012.


America's Voice
Advocates for humane comprehensive immigration reform.

American Immigration Council
Supports sensible and humane immigration policies.

The Brookings Institution
Conducts research in the social sciences.

Center for Immigration Studies
Advocates immigration reduction in the U.S.

Council on Foreign Relations
A nonpartisan think tank.

Department of Homeland Security Digital Library
Access to thousands of government documents.

Economic Policy Institute
Addresses economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

Federation for American Immigration Reform
Seeks lower immigration levels.

Immigration Policy Center
The research & policy arm of the American Immigration Council.

Migration Policy Institute
Dedicated to analyzing the movement of people worldwide.

National Council of La Raza
The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

National Immigration Forum
Advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration.

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Map showing where earthquakes hitJapan in Crisis


Japan Focus: What's Hot
The Asia-Pacific Journal.

Google News
At a glance news and updates.

BBC Latest
A public service broadcaster.


How to Help the Victims of the Japan Earthquake
USA Today, Mar. 13, 2011.

Google Crisis Response
Resources, news updates, and donations.

Information on emergency responses
Charity Navigator


Latest NEI Updates
Nuclear Energy Institute, 2011.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis: The Causes and the Risks
The Guardian, March 13, 2011.

All Things Nuclear: Insights on Science and Security
Union of Concerned Scientists, 2011.

Mechanics of a Nuclear Meltdown Explained
PBS NewsHour, Mar. 15, 2011.

Nuclear Information Hub
MIT, 2011.


Wall Street Journal
Economic effects of the disaster, 2011.

Japan Quake Impact on Auto & Electronics Makers
Reuters, Mar. 29, 2011.

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Hot Topic ImageKeystone XL Pipeline

News and Opinions
Google News.

Ten Reasons Why the Keystone Pipeline Will Be Built
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Sept. 12, 2011.

With the Keystone Pipeline, Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands
environment360, Oct. 6, 2011.

Keystone X Pipeline Project: Key Issues
Congressional Research Service, May 3, 2011.

Project Updates
U.S. Department of State, 2011.

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Man and woman looking at a gardenLandscaping and Gardening

Affordable Consultations with a Design Professional
Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, 2010.

Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners
University of Wisconsin-Extension, 2003.

What's Up with Rain Gardens?
The Master Gardeners.

Landscaping with Native Plants
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

The Tree Resource Guide

Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat
National Wildlife Federation

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Lifelong LearningLifelong Learning

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
Hear talks by some of the most fascinating thinkers & doers in the world.

Khan Academy
Learn almost anything for free.

Explore free courses from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and UT.

More free courses from top universities.

iTunes U
Lectures, lessons & more from top universities, museums & public media organizations from around the world.

Improve your computer, reading & math skills.

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Variety of friuts and vegetablesLocal Food

What is Local?
Sustainable Table, January 2009.

10 Reasons to Eat Local Food
Eat Local Challenge. April 8, 2006.

Politics of the Plate: Talking the Talk on Sustainable Food
Gourmet, September 17, 2009.

Marion Nestle: Food Policy, Local Food & Food Labeling
Earth Eats, July 13, 2010.

Local Harvest real farmers, real food, real community
Local Harvest, 2010.

yumpittsburgh: making local food connections for our farmers & you...the eater
Penn State, 2010.

Local Food Book List - Check It Out

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A towering gas-drilling rigMarcellus Shale


Forcing Gas Out of Rock With Water
National Geographic, Oct. 17, 2010.

Water Resources & Natural Gas Production
U.S. Geological Survey, 2009.

Natural Gas
New York Times, 2009.


Citizen Surveillance Trainings Planned
Mountain Watershed Association.

Regional News
Google News.

State News
Citizen's Voice, Luzerne County.

Local/State News

More Local/State News
Tribune Review.

Pipeline: Your Marcellus Shale Community

The Next Drilling Disaster?
The Nation, June 21, 2010.

Buried Secrets: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat
ProPublica, 2010.


Marcellus Shale: Energy to Fuel Our Future
Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Facts About Shale Gas
American Petroleum Institute.


Marcellus Shale Protest

Monongahela River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers
American Rivers, June 2, 2010.

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets
Common Cause, Mar. 5, 2010.

Oil and Gas At Your Door? A Landowner's Guide to Oil and Gas Development
EarthWorks Oil & Gas Accountability Project, 2005.


Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
Penn State University, 2010.

Natural Gas
Penn State University, Cooperative Extension, 2011.

Marcellus Shale Portal
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 2011.

Potential Impact of a Natural Gas Severance Tax on the Pennsylvania Economy
Penn State University, Oct. 5, 2010.

Current Efforts to Monitor & Research Effects of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Healthy Environments & Communities, 2011.

Marcellus Shale Natural Gas: From the Ground to the Customer
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 2009.

Hydraulic Fracturing Study (2010-2012)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Updated Mar. 30, 2011.

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McCutcheon v. Federal Election CommissionMcCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Campaign Finance Law. Here's What Happened.
Mother Jones, April 2, 2014.

The First Amendment Triumphs at the Supreme Court
Heritage Foundation, April 2, 2014.

McCutcheon, the Majority and the Challenge of Our Time
Campaign for America's Future, April 3, 2014.

With McCutcheon Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy
The Nation, April 2, 2014.

The Supreme Court Just Destroyed Our Democracy in Favor of the Plutocrats
Alternet, April 2, 2014.

Why the McCutcheon Decision is Worse than it Looks
Brookings Institution, April 2, 2014.

The First Amendment's Protection of Political Speech Extends to Both Donations and Spending
Cato Institute, April 3, 2014.

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Medical MarijuanaMedical Marijuana

Memo: The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act
Pennsylvania State Senate, Nov. 20, 2013.

Clearing the Air on Senate Bill 1182
Philly NORML, Feb. 4, 2014.

5 Marijuana Compounds That Could Help… If Only They Were Legal, Sept. 14, 2012.

About Marijuana
NORML, 2014.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182
LegiScan, Jan. 15, 2013.

The Ethics of Legalizing Medical Marijuana
International center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life / Brandeis University, July, 2013.

Medical Marijuana and the Mind
Harvard Medical School, April, 2010.


Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know

Medical Marijuana

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana


Americans for Safe Access

National Cancer Institute, Nov. 21, 2013.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Pennsylvania Medical Society

Open Directory Project

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Net NeutralityNet Neutrality

FCC Net Neutrality Order a 'Squandered Opportunity'
Free Press, Dec. 21, 2010.

What Do the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Mean for You?, Dec. 22, 2010.

Here’s Why the Broadband Debate Matters For You
ColorLines, August 13, 2010.

The Courts Can’t Take Away Our Internet
Save the Internet, April 6, 2010.

FCC Net Neutrality Smackdown a Win for Free Market, Limited Government
The Heritage Foundation, April 6, 2010.

Network Neutrality
University of California at Berkeley

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Supreme CourtThe Citizens United Decision

How the Citizens United Ruling Freed Political Speech
Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2011.

The Citizens United Catastrophe
Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2012.

The SuperPAC Superdonors
NPR, May 22, 2012.

A Glance at Super PAC Spending in the GOP Race
CNN Election Center 2012

Campaign Finance Myths
Weekly Standard, Nov. 29, 2010.

Story of Citizens United v. FEC (video)
The Story of Stuff Project.

The ACLU and Citizens United
ACLU, March 27, 2012.

Why the ACLU Is Wrong About 'Citizens United'
The Nation, April 9, 2012.

Brennan Center for Justice National Survey: Super PACs, Corruption and Democracy
Democracy 21, April 24, 2012.

Early Returns Indicate Benefits of Citizens United, Decisions
Center for Competitive Politics, March 26, 2011.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, captured during the session 'Scaling Innovation in Foreign Aid' at the Annual Meeting 2007 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2007.The Nobel Prizes

Peace: Q&A with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Video
TED, Ideas worth spreading, Dec. 10, 2010.

Physics: Interview with Saul Perlmutter Audio, Oct. 4, 2011.

Ralph Steinman Remains Nobel Laureate, Oct. 3, 2011.

Free Download - Get Adobe Reader Chemistry: Crystals of Golden Proportions, Oct., 2011.

Free Download - Get Adobe ReaderEconomic Sciences: The art of distinguishing between cause and effect in the macroeconomy, Oct., 2011.

Literature: Tomas Transtromer's Bio-bibliography, Oct. 11, 2011.

Physiology or Medicine: About Immune Responses, Oct. 11, 2011.

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Smoking nuclear power silosThe Nuclear Power Debate

The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010
Union of Concerned Scientists, Mar. 17, 2011.

Should Japan's Reactor Crisis Kill the Nuclear Renaissance?
Scientific American, Mar. 17, 2011.

What Will Spark the Next Fukushima?
The Guardian, Mar. 14, 2011.

Chernobyl: Consequences of a Catastrophe for People and the Environment
rat haus reality press, Sept. 3, 2010.

President's Yucca Policy Inconsistent with Nuclear Rhetoric
Heritage Foundation, Feb. 23, 2010.

The Next Atomic Age: Can Safe Nuclear Power Work for America?
Popular Mechanics, Dec. 18, 2009.

Nuclear Isn't Necessary
Nature Reports, Oct. 2, 2008.


American Enterprise Institute
A free-market-oriented think tank.

Beyond Nuclear
Aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
Japanese anti-nuclear public interest organization dedicated to securing a safe, nuclear-free world.

Heritage Foundation
A conservative think tank.

Institute for Energy and Environment Research
A nonprofit providing sound science for a general audience.

International Atomic Energy Agency
Works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.

Natural Resources Defense Council
An environmental advocacy group.

Nuclear Information and Research Service
An information and networking center concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues.

Nuclear Energy Institute
The advocacy organization for the nuclear power industry.

Union of Concerned Scientists
A science-based non-profit.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Nuclear Energy
Promotes nuclear power through R&D and demonstration projects.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Regulates nuclear reactors and the transport, storage and disposal of nuclear waster.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group
A nonprofit watchdog group.

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Man watching offshoer drilling oil rigOffshore Drilling

News and Opinion
Google News.

Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy
U.S. Department of the Interior.

An Interview with Ken Salazar, March 31, 2010
PBS NewsHour.


Offshore Drilling: It's Not the Answer

Start Drilling
American Enterprise Institute.

End Offshore Drilling Now
Center for Biological Diversity.

10 Ways Cities and Towns Can Kick the Offshore-oil Habit

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Oil booms containing an oil spill in the oceanOil Spills

Oil Spills
Texas A&M University, July 7, 2010.

3 Questions: John Marshall on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1, 2010.

Slick Solution: How Microbes Will Clean Up the Oil Spill
Scientific American, May 25, 2010.

Restore The Gulf
United States Government, 2010.

Deepwater Horizon Response
U.S. Coast Guard, 2010.

How Do You Clean Up an Oil Spill?
University of Delaware, 2004.

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Paper or Plastic?Paper or Plastic?

What Should Be Done about Plastic Bags?
BBC, March 18, 2012.

Plastic Bags: To Recycle or Not
Stanford Magazine, 2012.

A Teachable Moment in the Debate about Plastic Bag Ban
UCLA Today, March 22, 2013.

Life Cycle Analysis of Plastic Grocery Bags
University of British Columbia, Apr. 7, 2011.

Paper or Plastic? The Answer Might Surprise You.


Garbage and Recycling
Margaret Havens, editor.

Garbage Land:On the Secret Trail of Trash
Elizabeth Royte.



National Center for Policy Analysis
Promoting private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas.
A resource for legislative bodies considering limiting the use of plastic bags.
Educating the general public, municipalities, and businesses about how to recycle postconsumer and postcommercial polyethylene film. Sponsored by the American Chemistry Council.

WorldWatch Institute
Vision for a sustainable world.

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Paper or Plastic?The Politics of Pre-K

Consensus on Early Ed., But Policy Questions Remain
Education Week, Jan. 2, 2015.

How Governor Wolf's Proposed 2015-2016 Budget Impacts Kids
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, March 3, 2015.

PA budget updates
Google News, 2015.

A Look at State Pre-K Funding for 2014-2015
Education Commission of the States, Jan. 20, 2015.

Does Pre-K Work? It Depends How Picky You Are
Brookings Institute, Feb. 26, 2014.

Transforming Pre-K Education
The Pew Center on the States, 2011.

PA Report: We're the Guys You Pay Later
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, May 26, 2015.



National Institute for Early Education Research

National Association of Elementary School Principals

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

Pew Charitable Trusts

PreK for PA

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Maude MalickPost-Holiday Blues

Shake Off Your Post-Holiday Blues Video
CBS News, January 3, 2011.

Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief
WebMD, Nov. 8, 2007.

Understanding Depression, Dec., 2011.

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Hot Topic ImagePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder
PubMed Health, Mar. 5, 2011.

What Can I Do If I Think I Have PTSD?
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, July 14, 2011.

PTSD Hotline
U.S. Department of Veterans Affair.

Mental Health Effects of Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, June 21, 2011.

After tour, Reservists' mental health may suffer
MedLine Plus, July 21, 2011.

One In Five Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Suffer from PTSD or Major Depression
RAND Corporation, Apr. 17, 2008.

A Soldier's Heart: Day One of a PG Special Series
Post-Gazette, Nov. 07, 2010.

Most Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD Did Not Get Enough Care, Study Shows
San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco, Feb. 9, 2010.


National Institute of Mental Health
A U.S. Government agency dedicated to the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research.

PTSD Alliance
A group of professional and advocacy organizations that provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones.

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Pre-K: Engaging Children's MindsPre-K: Engaging Children's Minds

Lively Minds: Distinctions between Academic vs. Intellectual Goals
Defending the Early Years, April, 2015.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice
National Association for the Education of Young Children

My Job is Now about Tests and Data – I Quit
The Washington Post, March 23, 2014.

Crisis in the Kindergarten
Alliance for Children, 2009.

Pennsylvania Learning Standards – Pre-Kindergarten
Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2014.

Preschool Programs
Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development, 2012.


The Early Years Matter: Education, Care, and the Well-being of Children, Birth to 8

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs



National Association for the Education of Young Children

Defending the Early Years

Alliance for Childhood

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

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Supreme CourtPreventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Deadly Bugs Still Thrive in Hospitals
Pittsburgh Business Times, Mar. 2, 2012.

Healthcare-Associated Infections, May 1, 2012.

In Conversation with… Richard P. Shannon, M.D.
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Aug. 2010.

Three Years Out, Safety Checklist Continues to Keep Hospital Infections in Check
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Feb. 4, 2010.

What You Need to Know about Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, March, 2010.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, 2012.

The Impact of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Pennsylvania, 2010
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
A U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services agency supporting research to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care.

Centers for Disease Control and Infection
A component of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services working to protect public health and safety.

Consumers Union Safe Patient Project
A campaign to eliminate medical harm.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
A nonprofit working to ensure adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

National Quality Forum
A nonprofit working to improve health care quality by endorsing standards for measuring and reporting on performance.

Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs
A public-private partnership to improve quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all.

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
An independent state agency responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care, and increasing access for all citizens regardless of ability to pay.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
A state agency charged with taking steps to reduce and eliminate medical errors and recommending solutions that promote patient safety in hospitals and other health care settings.

Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
An independent catalyst for improving healthcare safety and quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Rhino WatchRhino Watch

Rhino Wars
National Geographic, March, 2012.

Fighting a Last-Ditch Battle to Save the Rare Javan Rhino
environment360, April 26, 2012.

African Rhinos Won't Hold Out for Much Longer
IUCN, Feb. 26, 2013.

Rhino Poaching Toll in South Africa Reaches New High
World Wildlife Fund, Jan. 10, 2013.


African Wildlife Foundation
An international wildlife conservation organization.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
An international treaty designed to ensure the protection of plants and animals in the wild.

Opinion, analysis, reporting & debate from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

International Rhinos Foundation
Dedicated to the survival of the world's rhino species.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
A global environmental organization.

Save the Rhino
A UK-based conservation organization.

The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network Dedicated to ensuring that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

World Wildlife Fund
An international conservation organization.

WWF Saving Rhinos


Africa's Wildlife. Zebras & rhinos
National Geographic.

Last Chance to See: Animals on the Verge of Extinction
West Park Pictures & BBC Wales.

The Last Rhinos : My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures
Lawrence Anthony.

Rhino Rescue
Wildlife Films Botswana for National Geographic Channel.

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supreme courtSB 1070 and Immigration Policy

Supreme Court Limits Arizona's Overreach on Immigration
American Immigration Council, June 25, 2012.

Supreme Court Upholds Core of SB 1070
Federation for American Immigration Reform, June 26, 2012.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to 3 Provisions of Arizona's Racial Profiling Law
ACLU, June 26, 2012.

Court Strikes Down 3 Provisions of Arizona Law
National Immigration Forum, June 26, 2012.

The Real Debate Isn't about the Law
Brookings Institute, April 27, 2012.


Clandestine Crossings: The Stories
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

Obstacles and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation: The US-Mexico Case
Migration Policy Institute.

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The Sharing EconomyThe Sharing Economy

The Big Share
Harvard University, Aug. 5, 2014

Why the Collaborative Economy is Changing Everything
Forbes, Oct. 16, 2014.

Don't Buy the 'Sharing Economy' Hype
The Guardian, May 27, 2014.

Global Justice, Sustainability and the Sharing Economy
Share the World's Resources (STWR), June 3, 2014.

Putting the 'Sharing' Back in the Sharing Economy
Share the World's Resources (STWR), April 24, 2014.

Don't Believe the Hype
The Guardian, Sept. 27, 2014.

The Sharing Economy = Brand Yourself
CounterPunch, May 26, 2014.

From "The New Economy" to the Cooperative
Commonwealth Truthout, Aug. 8, 2014.


What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Rachel Botsman

Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and resources through Collaborative Consumption

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Social Security cardSocial Security, SSI and VA Compensation

Soon, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will require people receiving federal benefits to get them electronically.

What changes are being made to how federal benefits are being paid? When will the changes take place?

Sign Up For Direct Deposit

Sign Up For a Prepaid Debit Card

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Solitary ConfinementSolitary Confinement

Report Criticizes Treatment of Mentally Ill PA Prisoners
Post-Gazette, Feb. 24, 2014.

Senate Tackles Issue of Solitary Confinement
Time, Feb. 25, 2014.

The Definitive Case for Ending Solitary Confinement, Feb. 26, 2014.

The New Yorker, March 20, 2009.

The Prison Inside the Prison
American Friends Service Committee, 2003.

Growing Up Locked Down
ACLU, Oct., 2012.


Herman’s House (DVD)

Supermax : Controlling Risk through Solitary Confinement


American Civil Liberties Union

American Friends Service Committee

Center for Constitutional Rights

National Institute of Corrections

VERA Institute of Justice

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SOPA & Internet PiracySOPA & Internet Piracy

Breaking News
Google News.

What is SOPA?
Politico, Jan. 17, 2012.

How Would SOPA Affect You?
CNET, Jan. 18. 2012.

Defending SOPA
National Review Online, Dec. 1, 2011.

SOPA, Internet Regulation and the Economics of Piracy
Wired, Jan. 18, 2012.

A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry
New York Times, Jan. 17, 2012.

SOPA Opera: Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on SOPA and PIPA?
ProPUblica, Jan. 18. 2012.

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South China Sea DisputeSouth China Sea Dispute

Q&A: South China Sea Dispute
BBC, May 8, 2014.

China's Maritime Disputes
Council on Foreign Relations, 2013.

Trouble at Sea
The Asia-Pacific Journal, May 26, 2014.

Oil, Maritime Claims, & U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry
Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2012.

China, The U.S., and Great Power Diplomacy
RAND Corporation, Dec. 27, 2013.

The Real Story Behind the South China Sea Dispute
The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013.

The South China Sea is Not a Flashpoint
Elliott School pif International Affairs, 2014.

A Game of Shark and Minnow
New York Times, Oct. 27, 2013.


The South China Sea


Asia's Cauldron: the South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Robert D. Kaplan

Asia's Cauldron: the South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Book on CD

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Stormwater SolutionStormwater Solutions

Draft Wet Weather Plan
ALCOSAN, July 31, 2012.

Campaign Organizes Ratepayers for Clean Solutions
Clean Rivers Campaign, July 31, 2012.

Stormwater Management
Center for Watershed Protection, 2011.

What is Green Infrastructure?
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Rooftops to Rivers
Natural Resources Defense Council

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)
Provides wastewater treatment to 83 communities, including the City of Pittsburgh.

American Society of Landscape Architects – Green Infrastructure
The national professional organization for landscape architects.

Center for Watershed Protection
Works to protect, restore, and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays.

Clean Rivers Campaign
An education & advocacy program designed to raise awareness of the stormwater runoff and sewage overflow issues in Allegheny County.

Clean Water Action – Comprehensive Stormwater Management
A non-profit coalition addressing environmental and community problems.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Stormwater Management
The federal agency charged with protecting human health and the environment.

Low Impact Development Center
A nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development Technology.

Monroeville Municipal Authority
The water supply entity for the Municipality of Monroeville.

Natural Resources Defense Council – Low Impact Development
A non-profit international environmental advocacy group.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council – Water Resources
Dedicated to environmental education and advocacy, statewide.

Philadelphia Water Department – Green Stormwater Solutions
Provides integrated water, wastewater & stormwater services for Greater Philadelphia.

3 Rivers Wet Weather
A nonprofit environmental organization created in 1998 to support 82 Allegheny County municipalities and the City of Pittsburgh in addressing the region's wet weather overflow problem. Founded jointly by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)

Urban Design Tools – Low Impact Development

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Student DebtStudent Debt

A Student Debt Revolt Begins
The New Yorker, Feb. 23, 2015.

Warren, Courtney Introduce Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
Elizabeth Warren, Mar. 18, 2015.

Student Debt: The Rising U.S. Burden
Bloomberg QuickTake, Oct. 8, 2014.

What Obama's 'Student Aid Bill of Rights' Will -- and Won't -- Do
Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 11, 2015.

Rolling Jubilee

The Debt Collective

Student Debt Crisis

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Map of SyriaSyria, The War Within

Al Jazeera

Syria Crisis
BBC News

Beyond the Fall of the Syrian Regime
Middle East Research and Information Project, Feb. 24, 2012.

A Struggle for Regional Supremacy: Syria Conflict Escalates as World Powers Debate Assad's Future
Democracy Now, February 7, 2012.

Solving Syria Requires Separating Myth From Reality
Foreign Policy in Focus, March 5, 2012.

Guide to the Syrian Opposition
BBC News, March 1, 2012.

Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria
CounterPunch, March 14, 2012.

Thinking Through Our Options in Syria
Center for American Progress, March 2, 2012.

Assad Is Not All That's Toxic About Syria
Institute for Policy Studies, March 9, 2012.

The Case for Arming the Syrian Opposition
American Enterprise Institute, March 6, 2012.

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toddler eating an appleTornadoes

Tornado FAQ
NOAA, Storm Prediction Center, Feb. 4, 2012.
Learn the basics about tornadoes and find resources to obtain more detailed information.

U.S. Tornado Climatology
National Climatic Data Center, Feb. 17, 2012.
Historical reports and information about tornadoes, including average annual number of tornadoes, deadliest tornadoes, and trends.

Warn on Forecast Project (PDF format)
NOAA, National Severe Storms Laboratory
Learn about this project which aims to create computer forecasts that accurately predict when and where severe weather will occur in the next hour.

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Trans-Pacific PartnershipTrans-Pacific Partnership

The Next Big Thing? The Trans-Pacific Partnership & Latin America
Americas Quarterly, Spring 2013.

What a Good Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like
Heritage Foundation, March 8, 2013.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Environment and Climate Change
Brookings Institution, Sept., 2013.

Intellectual Property in Trade Agreements at a Crossroads
Cato Institute, Nov. 19, 2013.

TPP: Corporate Power Tool of the 1%
Public Citizen

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
WikiLeaks, Nov. 13, 2013.

Pivotal Trans-Pacific Partnership Section Revealed
Truthout, Nov. 13, 2013.

The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Dissident Voice, Nov. 14, 2013.


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Office of the United States Trade Representative.

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Trans-Pacific PartnershipTrans-Pacific Partnership Part 2

News & Opinions
Google News

You Can't Stop the Trade Machine
Washington Post, May 14, 2015.

Three Fake Myths—and Two Actual Ones—About TPP Trade Pact
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, April 9, 2015.

A Debate: Who Benefits from The TPP?
Democracy Now! June 24, 2015.


Brookings Institute

Democracy Now

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Public Citizen

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Unrest in EgyptUnrest in Egypt


Al Jazeera English
Broadcasting from the Middle East.

Al-Masry Al-Youm
An independent Egyptian media organization.

A public service broadcaster.

Democracy Now
An independent news program.

A progressive online news site.

The Guardian
A British news organization.


The YouTube Video that Helped Spark the Egyptian Uprising
Democracy Now, Feb. 8, 2011.

Players in Egypt's Opposition Movement
PBS NewsHour, Feb. 1, 2011.

Noam Chomsky: "The Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember"
Democracy Now, Feb. 2, 2011.


Country Profile
BBC News, Feb. 2, 2011.

Background Note: Egypt
U.S. Department of State, Nov. 10, 2010.

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Video Game CultureVideo Game Culture

Can Video Games Cause Violence?
Psychology Today, April 1, 2013.

What Science Knows about Video Games and Violence
NOVAnext, Feb. 28, 2013.

If We Deplore Racism and Sexism in Videogames, How Can We Defend Violence?
New Statesman, Jan. 7, 2013.

Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games

Militainment, Inc.: Militarism & Video Games

Do Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence?

Have You Played the War on Terror?
Critical Studies in Media Communication, June 2006.

Returning Fire: Interventions in Video Game Culture
Media Education Foundation, 2011.

Videogame Bigotry and the Illusion of Freedom
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Nov. 1, 2012.

Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: the Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft
Racialicious, May 11, 2009.

Lisa Nakamura: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game
Harvard University, June 14, 2010.

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American FlagVoter ID Laws

Voter ID Requirements

Ruling on Voter ID Law May Spur Tighter State Regulation
PBS NewsHour, Apr. 28, 2008.

Oppose Voter ID Legislation - Fact Sheet
American Civil Liberties Union, July 21, 2011.

Voter Photo ID: Protecting the Security of Elections
Heritage Foundation, July 13, 2011.

From Poll Tax to Voter ID Laws
ThinkProgress, Mar. 27, 2011.


Commission on Federal Election Reform
An on-going project of American University's Center for Democracy & Election Management to make sure that future elections are an improvement over past ones.

Election Protection: Nonpartisan Voter Protection Coalition
A nonpartisan coalition formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.

Fair Vote: The Center for Voting and Democracy
Focuses on fundamental structural reform of American elections.

League of Women Voters
A nonpartisan political organization working to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through education and advocacy.

National Conference of State Legislatures
A bipartisan organization serving legislators of the nations 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.

Project Vote
A nonpartisan nonprofit that works to empower, educate, and mobilize low-income, minority, youth, and other marginalized and under-represented voters.


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News Updates
The Guardian

What Is Wikileaks?
BBC, Dec. 7, 2010.

Interview with Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Democracy Now, Oct. 26, 2010.

Spreading Leaks Before Wikileaks
American Journalism Review, Sept., 2010.

Is There a Right to Know?
National Review, Nov. 30, 2010.

Rights Groups Join Criticism of Wikileaks
Wall Street Journal, Aug. 9, 2010.


Secret US Embassy Cables

Siprnet: Where America Stores Its Secret Cables
The Guardian, Nov. 28, 2010.

US Embassy Cables: Browse the Database
The Guardian, Nov. 28, 2010.

Greg Mitchell and Daniel Ellsberg on the WikiLeaks Document Dump Video
The Nation, Nov. 29, 2010.

How Will New Revelations Affect Diplomatic Candor? Video
The News Hour, Nov. 29, 2010.

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