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'Greatest Generation' Struggled With History, Too

"When the U.S. Department of Education reported that in 2001 nearly six out of 10 high school seniors lacked even a basic knowledge of the nation's history, Bruce Cole was indignant and concerned. ... A test administered in 1915 and 1916 to hundreds of high school and college students who were about to face World War I found that they did not know what happened in 1776 and confused Thomas Jefferson with Jefferson Davis."

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When it comes to reading, bookkeepers top the league

Accountants are among the keenest readers in the UK, a survey published yesterday shows.

Bookkeepers spend more of their time, an average of just over five hours a week, buried in a work of fiction than many professions more naturally associated with the written word.

The survey, which coincides with World Book Day, found that members of the clergy read for an average of two hours and forty minutes a week, putting them at the bottom of the list for the amount of time that people from various professions spend reading.

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Atypical Views of Dr. Seuss

AshtabulaGuy writes "The National Review has two articles about Dr. Seuss. Jennifer Graham explores Dr. Seuss from the perspective of a mother, while John J. Miller discusses some aspects of the works by Dr. Seuss that could be considered somewhat subversive. Both offer differing viewpoints on a great author of what are proving to be timeless works." Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (1904-1991) was born 100 years ago today.

Frampton Rocks the Cincinnati Library

Houston Chronicle Story about British rocker Peter Frampton reading the work of children's author Shel Silverstein at the Cincinnati Public Library (his hometown).

"Fan Carol Meier recalled going to a Frampton concert in the 1970s.

I never thought, 30 years later, I'd see him reading children's books at the local library," she said.

Jayson Blair's Autobiography

Jayson Blair, recently disgraced reporter for the New York Times, is publishing the story of his banishment from the paper in a few weeks --story here from Editor & Publisher . The Times book editor, Charles McGrath is planning to review it. The book, titled "Burning Down My Masters' House," and due out March 6, is being published by New Millennium Audio and Press of Beverly Hills. It tells Blair's story of how he engaged in one of the worst acts of plagiarism, deceit and fraud in newspaper history, resulting in his firing in May 2003 and the eventual termination of former executive editor Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd.

Blair is hoping to fund a scholarship for future journalism students at his alma mater the University of Maryland (story in the Diamondback) with the proceeds of his book, but the University hasn't said if they'd accept his offer.

re: Jayson Blair's book, in February 27 New York Times.

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."

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