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No more shhh! Wisconsin's libraries change

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's College Library has a coffee house, a cafe and expansive views of Lake Mendota.

What it's missing is more books.

The College Library, housed in Helen C. White Hall, holds about 30,000 fewer volumes than it did five years ago.

Meanwhile, there are only about 100 paper journals and magazines left in the library, where previously there were a thousand. Most of them are less academic and more focused on popular culture or current events, such as Bicycling or Time. 

TVNL Comment: America. home of the progressively stupid!

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Colo. elections chief quits as critical vote nears

The top elections official in the Colorado secretary of state's office has resigned less than two months before the critical Nov. 4 election.

Director of Elections Holly Lowder resigned Thursday. Secretary of state spokesman Richard Coolidge declined to say why, and Lowder had no listed phone number.

Colorado's vote could be enough to swing a close presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain.

TVNL Comment: Here we go again. Keep your eye on this one!

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Jack Abramoff sentenced to 48 months

Jack A. Abramoff, the once-powerful Republican super-lobbyist, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in a corruption scandal that rocked Congress and the Bush administration.

The sentence was far below the 121 months that Abramoff could have received under federal sentencing guidelines but more than either the Justice Department or his lawyers had requested.

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TVNL Comment:  Watch for the Presidential Pardon.  Crime Pays!

RNC Arrests Slammed as Goodman Arrest Video is Seen 500,000-Plus Times

In a statement released this afternoon, the NAHJ called on "police and local and federal officials to respect the First Amendment right to free speech and free press of journalists doing their job, especially as it relates to coverage of recent political conventions and the surrounding public protests. Reporters have a duty and a constitutional right to be present at sometimes volatile events and situations, and to inform the public."

"In this era of new technology and broader participation in citizen and independent journalism, it may become increasingly difficult for police to tell journalists from those who are not," the NAHJ statement continued. "But police must be aware it is their duty to try, and to respect the role of the press in a democracy.

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U.S. professor guilty in military secrets case

A retired professor of electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee was convicted on Wednesday of violating U.S. arms export controls and passing sensitive data to a Chinese national, the U.S. Justice Department said.

The professor, Reese Roth, is a plasma scientist who was hired to work on a U.S. Air Force research contract by privately held firm, Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc, of Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A Disappointing Finish for Americans at Education Olympics

The United States won the most medals of any country at the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, but it turned in a dismal performance at the Education Olympics. Americans took home only one medal from those games, for an embarrassing 20th-place finish, ahead of only Germany, Hungary, and Iceland. The top medal winners across all 58 education events were Finland (35 medals), Hong Kong (33 medals), and Singapore (16 medals).

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Police State RNC: A Nun and Eight Others Swept into Unmarked Van by Cops in Minnesota

Abuse of "probable cause holds" shows the importance of habeus corpus protections.

The 6 activists arrested during police raids in advance of the Republican National Convention are being held without charge by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Independent reports.

The arrestees are being held on probable cause holds. These holds give the authorities 36 hours to charge them or let them go. Holds are typically used to give investigators more time to gather evidence before filing formal charges.

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