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Creating Credibility: 8 Years Later, There’s Still No Consensus on Ensuring Integrity in Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2008 02:56

Reader issue #693 After voters cast their ballots, they think they've voted for the candidates of their choice; they take their "I voted" stickers and await the outcome.

But not all votes get counted. In a 2006 election in Sarasota, Florida, the votes of more than 18,000 people who went to the polls never made it into the final tallies.

WVIK’s Challenge: Augustana’s Radio Station Must Prepare for the Future Without Abandoning Its Past PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 02:37

Reader issue #692 Frank Sundram is diplomatic to the degree that in an interview last month, he refused to acknowledge death.

Discussing WVIK, the Augustana College-based public-radio station that broadcasts at 90.3 FM in the Quad Cities and 95.7 FM in Dubuque, Sundram said: "The challenge for us is how we replace our audience. As members leave us - due to life circumstances - how do we start a relationship with the next two generations below us? ... It's going to happen through the Internet. It's going to happen through our digital channels. It's going to happen through other means."

Building a New House: Local Habitat Needs a Blueprint to Find Properties and Families PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 02:36

Reader issue #689 For Alma Grimmett, the lure of home ownership was enough to make her leave the middle-class Hilltop neighborhood in Rock Island and move to a rougher part of town: Habitat Park in the Old Chicago area. "I knew what I wanted - I wanted a home," she said. "I knew what I had to do."

The Conflicted Lincoln: "Forever Free," June 14 through July 24 at the Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 June 2008 02:32

Reader issue #688 The truth of history usually takes decades to emerge from the overload of the present, but in 1876 Frederick Douglass made an assessment of Abraham Lincoln that remains succinct, elegant, and accurate: "From a genuine abolition point of view, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent, but measuring him by the sentiment of his country - a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to discuss - he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined."

Rescuing Orphans: Can Congress Balance the Public Good and the Rights of Artists? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 May 2008 02:33

Do Not Use! Copyright law is arcane enough, but a debate bubbling in Congress and among artists, libraries, and museums is important despite its obscurity.

The issue is "orphan works" - writing, photographs, paintings, and music whose copyright-holders are difficult (or impossible) to locate or contact.

Corynne McSherry, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the result is that a library or museum will not make the material available to the public because of the potential penalty of statutory damages - which have a ceiling of $150,000 per copyrighted item.

A museum is "worried that it might get sued," McSherry said. "So the material stays locked away."

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