Saturday, October 28, 2006


Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - ADMIN: Short break for the NJASL Conference

Blog Readers,

I’ll be in Long Branch for the next few days at the NJASL Annual Conference. Hope to see some of you there.

Postings will probably resume on Tuesday.

- Phyllis

Phyllis Anker


Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - Lost Colony of Roanoke / Weaving Carpets

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, July 20, 2006
Read This Online :

The Lost Colony: The Roanoke Colonies
Historical essay about "an epic unsolved mystery that still challenges historians and archaeologists. In 1587, over 100 men, women and children journeyed from England to Roanoke Island on North Carolina's coast and established the first English settlement in America. Within three years, they had vanished with scarcely a trace." Includes images. From the website for a play produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association.
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Roanoke Revisited: Heritage Education Program
Teaching materials on the mystery surrounding the first English colony in America established (in 1587) in what is now the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Includes background on British exploration prior to the establishment of the colony, Native Americans, and the mysterious disappearance of the people of this "Lost Colony." From Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, National Park Service (NPS).
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
This site explores pattern and deviations from a pattern in Oriental carpets. Includes a discussion and examples of asymmetry and symmetry-breaking and grids and tessellations, a rug gallery, and a description of rug knots (Turkish and Persian). Also includes a glossary, bibliographies, activities for students, and related material. From the Textile Museum and the Math Forum at Drexel University.
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Weaving Art Museum: The Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets
This exhibit "focuses attention on a number of early carpets made during the golden age of Persian Carpet production, circa 1450-1650." Features an illustrated essay about the historic and cultural situation when the rugs were produced, and annotated photos of carpets. From the Weaving Art Museum.
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Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - Rembrandt

life, paintings, etchings, drawings & self portraits


Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - Rembrandt 400: 1606-2006

Rembrandt 400: 1606-2006
From the Site:
“In 2006 it will be 400 years ago that Rembrandt van Rijn was born. In honor of the illustrious artist's 400th birthday, The Rembrandt House Museum will organize four major exhibitions and a program of activities focusing on Rembrandt’s life and work.” [NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - Matisse for Kids

Matisse for Kids!
From the site:
“Meet Raoudi (Rowdy), artist Henri Matisse's perky schnauzer, in Matisse for Kids, a delightful on-line exploration of the beloved 20th-century master's bold, bright paintings. Along the way, you'll learn props, patterns, and colors to use in creating your own Matisse-inspired artwork.”

Friday, October 27, 2006


Fri., Oct. 27, 2006 - History of Halloween

The History of Halloween
From the site:
“Each year, on the last night of October, millions of children across the U.S dress-up in costume and take to the streets for a spooky dose of Trick or Treat fun. But how much do you really know about this haunted holiday? Explore this site to find out the true history!”


Fri., Oct. 27, 2006 - Space Today Online / Teacher Resources

Space Today Online
Covering Space From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
Contents: Space Shuttles, Space Stations, Satellites, Astronauts, History,
Solar System, Deep Space, Rockets, Global Links

Teacher Resources


Fri., Oct. 27, 2006 - Introduction to Astronomy

Introduction to Astronomy
From Astronomy Magazine, site includes sections on The Sun, Astro for Kids, Moon and Planets, Meteors, Comets, The Aurora, and The Starry Sky (constellations).


Fri., Oct. 27, 2006 - Black Holes / Yellow Fever

---------Forwarded Message--------
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 at 12:38 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

Find out what scientists know about black holes and discover whether
our galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole in its center, in next
week's "Monster of the Milky Way" on NOVA. (Subjects covered:
space science)


Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Monster of the Milky Way"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Watch the Program
View the entire program online (Nov. 3), divided into chapters.

Inside an Enigma
Find out what a black hole is, what happens when something falls
into it, what the environment around a black hole is like, and
more in this interview with NASA astrophysicist Steven Ritz.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Galactic Explorer
Learn how the galactic center's supermassive black hole was
discovered, why it is currently on a diet, where black holes
exist in the universe, and more in this interview with UCLA
astronomer Andrea Ghez. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Tiny Black Holes
Discover whether tiny black holes exist and what their
implications may be for the number of dimensions in our
universe. (Grades 9-12)

Black Holes Explained
Top physicists take on the challenge of explaining what a black
hole is. (Flash plug-in required; text version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Birth of a Black Hole
Follow the birth of a black hole in this slide show that
progresses from a dying star to a newborn black hole. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Catalogue of the Cosmos
Find definitions for and images of 20 extraterrestrial wonders,
including a black hole, white dwarf, quasar, and our Milky Way
galaxy. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students use a balloon and aluminum
foil ball model to explore changes in density vs. volume as a
massive star evolves into a black hole, and then turn to
calculations to discover the implications of increasing density
with decreasing size. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links and Books


---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 16:57:00 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

Monday, October 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Yellow fever -- for more than two hundred years it terrorized the
United States, killing an estimated 100,000 people in the
nineteenth century alone. In 1878, an epidemic that began in New
Orleans quickly spread from the port to Mississippi, Alabama,
Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. By the time it ended, 120,000
had taken ill and 20,000 had died. The total cost was estimated
at one hundred million dollars, making it the most costly
epidemic the country had ever known.

Jaundice, liver failure, and massive bleeding -- the devastating
symptoms of yellow fever -- heralded certain death. But the cause
of the deadly disease stymied doctors for centuries.

It wasn't until 1900 that Dr. Jesse Lazear, a member of the U.S.
Yellow Fever Board working in Havana, put his life on the line to
prove a radical theory of transmission. His ultimate sacrifice
confirmed that the lowly mosquito was at the center of one of
science's most elusive riddles, and led to mosquito control
measures that eradicated yellow fever in the United States.


Which Epidemic?

From yellow fever to bird flu to measles, do all diseases provoke
similar responses? See what the media and authorities had to say
about epidemics past and present by taking this quiz.

Illustrated Guide to Yellow Fever

It took centuries for doctors to fully understand yellow fever
and how it spread. See what they learned in this illustrated

American Epidemics
Yellow fever devastated city upon city when it swept through the
nation each summer. See where and when it struck in this map.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Thurs., Oct. 26, 2006 - StudyBuddy

StudyBuddy: A free search engine built just for homework
From the site:
“ is an education Web site and homework help destination for students in grades K-12. It features an easy-to-use search engine with dependable results, reference tools, fun activities, games and more…In life, a backpack stores the stuff you need to do your homework and makes it easy for you to carry it all with you. The StudyBuddy Backpack does the same thing, just online!...You MUST customize StudyBuddy to get a Backpack.”

You can search and use the results without registering, but you need to register (free) to save your searches and to use the Backpack.


Thurs., Oct. 26, 2006 - Worldvillage KIDZ Online / Kidz Homework Helpers

Worldvillage KIDZ Online
Games and activities.

See Also:
Kidz Homework Helpers (by subject)


Thurs., Oct. 26, 2006 - Marcia's Lesson Links

Marcia’s Lesson Links
Scroll down for the Lesson Link Index. Some are:

Art and Literature Links

Social Studies and History Links

Science Links

Math Links


Thurs., Oct. 26, 2006 - Apples 4 the Teacher

Apples 4 the Teacher
A Fun Educational Website for Teachers and Kids
From the site:
“We are here to offer you and your class resources to reinforce the curriculum and to integrate technology into the classroom…Our site includes interactive learning games, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and more.”


Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Wed., Oct. 25, 2006 - Reading Rockets / Video Interviews of 39 Children's Authors & Illus.

Reading Rockets Home Page

Video Interviews
With 39 Renowned Children's Book Authors and Illustrators


Wed., Oct. 25, 2006 - A Way to Teach (Literature)

A Way to Teach

From the site:
“Welcome to our website. The mission of A Way to Teach is to spread and propagate the text-based teaching of literature. I hope that it can be of some use to you as the ideas and lessons that I have been given over the years have enriched and shaped my own teaching. Feel free to look around, but please take a few moments and register. Lessons and projects soon will only be accessible after you register.”


Wed., Oct. 25, 2006 - From Infomine Update 7/2/06

Sites Found In:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 02 Jul 2006

Project Bartleby : Verse
Record Id: 647428
Created: 2006-06-29 18:47:32
Categories: liberal

The Verse section of Project Bartleby contains a broad selection of late
eighteenth and early twentieth century poetry in English by British,
American and Irish writers. As well as volumes of poetry published by
individual poets, the site includes anthologies.

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


PHILWEB : Philosophy Resources Off- and On-Line
[NOTE: Updated URL: – Phyllis ]
Record Id: 647423
Created: 2006-06-28 00:04:32
Categories: liberal

Resource guide to philosophy sources on and off the Web. Information is
arranged by topic, chronology, region, and philosopher, and covers
Western, Non-Western, and Feminist schools of thought. Individual pages
list associations, conferences, primary and secondary sources, and
electronic resources.


Modern British Literature Index
Record Id: 647422
Created: 2006-06-26 19:10:32
Categories: liberal

The Modern British Literature Index provides access to biographies and
bibliographies of writers working in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries with links to online texts and other resources when

Literature of the Victorian Period
Record Id: 647420
Created: 2006-06-26 12:53:32
Categories: liberal

This site provides brief information about major English authors of the
Victorian literary scene and links to other resources when available.


Lortel Archives : The Internet Off-Broadway Database
Record Id: 647421
Created: 2006-06-26 13:19:32
Categories: arts

Database of more than 4,500 Off-Broadway theatre productions since 1958.
Search show title, people, theatre, awards, company name or date.



Wed., Oct. 25, 2006 - From The Web English Teacher 7/2/06

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
July 2, 2006

Donald Hall
In honor of the next US Poet Laureate, a page devoted to his poems and children’s book.

Wilfred Owen
Lesson plans for "Dulce et Decorum Est," other poems.

Virginia Woolf
Teaching resources for Orlando, To the Lighthouse, more.


Harper Collins Children’s: Teaching Resources
Shortened URL:
This site has resources for hundreds of children’s books in alphabetical order by title.


This newsletter is copyright 2006, Web English Teacher.


See Also:

Poetry Foundation Names Jack Prelutsky First Children’s Poet Laureate
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.- Phyllis ]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Tues., Oct. 24, 2006 - Television News Archive

Television News Archive
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989.


Tues., Oct. 24, 2006 - Gulf of Tonkin

Gulf of Tonkin - 11/30/2005 and 05/30/2006
From the site:
On 30 November 2005, the National Security Agency (NSA) released the first installment of previously classified information regarding the Vietnam era, specifically the Gulf of Tonkin incident. This release includes a variety of articles, chronologies of events, oral history interviews, signals intelligence (SIGINT) reports and translations, and other related memoranda.

On 30 May 2006, NSA released the second and final installment of Gulf of Tonkin materials. This final release includes additional articles, chronologies of events, oral history interviews, and other related memoranda.

The opinions expressed within the documents in both releases are those of the authors and individuals interviewed. They do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Security Agency.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident, like others in our nation's history, has become the center of considerable controversy and debate. It is not NSA's intention to prove or disprove any one set of conclusions, many of which can be drawn from a thorough review of this material. Instead, through these public releases, we intend to make as much information as possible available for the many scholars, historians, academia, and members of the general public who find interest in analyzing the information and forming their own conclusions.”


Tues., Oct. 24, 2006 - CIA's Homepage for Kids

CIA’s Homepage for Kids (Gr. 6-12)

CIA’s Homepage for Kids (Gr. K-5)

[NOTE: The content seems the same for K-5 and 5-12. – Phyllis]

History of Intelligence in America
From the site:
“On these pages you can examine the lives of some famous (and a few not so famous) people and the roles they played in American intelligence history.”

Other pages include Who We Are and What We Do, the Canine Corps, Aerial Photography Pigeons, Games, Say No To Drugs, Spy-Fi Archives, and Other Kids' Pages


Tues., Oct. 24, 2006 - Declaration of Concern

Site found in:
News from the Institute
Mon, 23 Oct 2006
Featured Document:
Declaration of Concern: The Manhattan Project's Scientists Speak
In the spotlight this week is a declaration written by a group of scientists after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The declaration emphasizes the need to control atomic weaponry and acknowledge its consequences. See the document and read the transcript here:
[NOTE: This document is available at this link until they issue another featured document. After that, it can be located in the archive of past featured documents (see link below). – Phyllis ]

From the site:
“This declaration of concern, written by scientists after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, gives us a non-fictional account of the inner workings of The Manhattan Project…[It] emphasizes the need to control atomic weaponry and acknowledge its consequences. Written during the turbulent times following the Second World War, the document warns of the havoc that nuclear weapons could wreak if not handled with extreme care and consideration.”

[NOTE: Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Monday, October 23, 2006


Mon., Oct. 23, 2006 - The Bismarck

Explore the Bismarck
“Interactive structural diagrams allow users to tour the famous WWII battleship and its various defenses and chambers.”

Bismarck: The Final Days
Flash presentation of the final days and sinking of the WWII German battleship.



Mon., Oct. 23, 2006 - Social Psychology Network / History / People

Social Psychology Network
From the site:
“Social Psychology Network, the largest social psychology database on the Internet. In these pages, you'll find more than 13,000 links related to psychology.”

History of Psychology Web Site
From the site:
“The site provides a gateway for teachers and students to over 1000 World Wide Web resources related to the history of psychology.” Includes:

People in Psychology


Mon., Oct. 23, 2006 - From Don's Patch, July 15, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #50 from July 15, 2006

The lyrebird
From the site:
“In April 2006, to celebrate naturalist David Attenborough's 80th birthday, the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments. This clip of the lyrebird was voted number one.”


Encyclopædia Britannica’ Guide to Normandy 1944
From the site:
“On June 6, 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France, and cracked the Nazi grip on western Europe. Encyclopædia Britannica tells the story of the Normandy Invasion.”

Beautiful slideshow of primates. Check out all the slideshows
Other slideshows on: Elephants, Spirit of the Wild, Untamed, African Life, Hindu Devotion, A Photographer’s Life, and Exhibitions.


Prime number research, records and resources
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The islands of Zanzibar


Teach kids about the weather.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Bird Technology
Shortened URL:


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on our website.



Mon., Oct. 23, 2006 - From Librarians' Internet Index 6/15/06

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, June 15, 2006
Read This Online :

A Guide to World War I Materials
"This guide compiles links to World War I resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, this guide provides links to external Web sites focusing on World War I and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers." Resources include photo collections, "Today in History" pages, sheet music, radio broadcasts, and more. Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.
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Italian Life Under Fascism
This online exhibit presents annotated images of "printed items, ranging from single broadsides to large volumes" from Italy during 1920-1945. Topics include education, Mussolini's foreign adventures, Fascist propaganda, family life, Il Duce, youth organizations, women, and racial issues. From the Fry Collection at University of Wisconsin-Madison Library, Department of Special Collections.
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Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps
This exhibit features the letters of a Polish Jewish woman who survived five years in seven Nazi forced labor camps during World War II. "She risked her life to preserve the letters, hiding them during line-ups ... even burying them." Includes images of selected letters accompanied by historical photos and essays on topics such as the Nazi postal system and Jewish holidays. From the New York Public Library.
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The Funny Side of the Street
This exhibit features samples of the "Pepper...and Salt" cartoons that appeared in the Wall Street Journal starting in the 1950s. The cartoons are accompanied by brief essays about the business world and financial conditions of the decades in which they appeared. Also includes a brief history of the cartoon feature, a note on the feature from its founder, and a reading list. From the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School.
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e-Qaeda: A Special Report on How Jihadists Use the Internet and Technology to Spread Their Message
A report detailing how al Qaeda became "the first guerrilla movement in history to migrate from physical space to cyberspace" with its use of the Web as a weapon, the creation of Islamic extremist websites by a Briton, and the use of the Internet and computers by Abu Musab Zarqawi. Also includes video clips and related documents. From the Washington Post. [May require free registration]
Shortened URL:
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Debunking Hitler: Marking the Site of the Führer's Bunker
June 2006 news article about the unveiling of an information panel that marks the location of the Berlin bunker where Adolph Hitler killed himself near the end of World War II. Also includes an interactive guide to Hitler's bunker and links to related material about World War II and the Holocaust. In English and German. From the website for the German newspaper Der Spiegel.
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The Samuel Gompers Papers
"Samuel Gompers was the nation's leading trade unionist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 until his death in 1924." The site features a biography and timeline, quotations, a bibliography, and selected writings. Sponsored by the University of Maryland College Park, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the AFL-CIO.
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The Cold War and Red Scare in Washington State
Curriculum project about McCarthyism and the fear of Communism in post-World War II Washington state. The site features essays on topics such as radicalism and anti-radicalism in Washington politics and "Hunting Reds in the Evergreen State," and dozens of related primary source documents. Also includes a timeline, bibliography, and glossary. From the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated - Phyllis ]

[NOTE: Although designed for students in Washington State, the Curriculum Packets have useful information for all.
Several other Curriculum Packets (some previously posted) are available at
Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

The Anatomy of Sarcasm: Researchers Reveal How the Brain Handles This Complex Communication
Summary and full text of a paper that explores "the neurobiology of sarcasm and the cognitive processes underlying it by examining the performance of participants with focal lesions [brain damage] on tasks that required understanding of sarcasm and social cognition." The paper is fairly technical, but does include some introductory material about sarcasm (a form of irony). From Neuropsychology, a journal of the American Psychological Association (APA).
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Lecture Notes, Germany and Europe, 1871-1945
Overview of political history in Germany from the foundation of the German Empire in 1871 through the World Wars. Topics include the road to national unification, the Bismarckian empire, the Weimer Republic and the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Nazis and Hitler, a comparison between national socialism and fascism in Mussolini's Italy, and more. Includes links to primary source documents. From a history professor at Colby College in Maine.
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Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Sun., Oct. 22, 2006 - Being an American / National Budget, Debt & Deficit

Sites found in:

Being an American
Numerous print and video features from MSNBC explore what
being an American is all about. Among them: a slide show on
"the most American place," an interactive history of American
immigration, and a chance to see how well you might do on
the citizenship test.


The National Budget, Debt, and Deficit -
If you have a hard time making sense of the figures that get
tossed around about the US budget, the deficit, and the
national debt, maybe these visualizations of the data and
the accompanying explanations will be helpful.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2006.



Sun., Oct. 22, 2006 - Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire!

Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire
From the site:
“Over the span of his 50-year career, legendary editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad has lampooned 11
presidents, won three Pulitzers, earned a spot on Nixon?s enemies list and tackled every major political issue in America. Meet one of the world’s more extraordinary—and fiercely independent--artists and journalists.”
View a gallery of Conrad's presidential cartoons, read a sample of reader mail from over
the years and get expert opinion on the present and future of political cartooning.

The State of Political Cartooning

Links on Political Cartooning


Sun., Oct. 22, 2006 - A Year of Progress: Kennedy and Civil Rights

Found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006

Featured Document:
A Year of Progress: Kennedy and Civil Rights
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“In this report, submitted to his brother on January 24, 1963, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy details the progress of the civil rights movement and expresses optimism about its future.”

[NOTE: Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., Oct. 22, 2006 - Elecvtions and Voting

Sites found in:
Tips for Teachers #330- Elections and Voting Issue
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006

This week's teaching theme is Elections and Voting.
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Elections & Voting Teaching Theme

Elections and Voting Links
Shortened URL:

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