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National Sex Offender Public Registry
This Web site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice. Using this Web site, interested members of the public have access to and may search participating state Web site public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.
Database of USA Zip Codes
Waste no time and your precious nerves anymore when trying to get through to some of your friends, relatives, beloved ones and business partners who live in distant states or in small towns. Finding the proper zip code is always a problem and surely this grand collection of all the USA located states, town and cities, counties and areas will be most handy for you. Modified and innovated zip codes are added to this unique database as soon as possible.
Health Information for Older Adults
Web site by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health. Nearly 40% of deaths in America can be attributed to smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, or alcohol misuse-behaviors practiced by many people every day for much of their lives. Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or control the devastating effects of many of the nation's leading causes of death regardless of one's age.
The Holy Bible
The culmination of English translations of the Bible, the Bartleby.com publication of the American Bible Society’s King James Version features full-text searchability, content-based tables of contents and a quick verse finder.
The History of Labor Day
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Homeschooling and Education Resources
This site by the Waterboro, Maine, Public Library provides resources that are ranked within each topic; the first resource listed is the most useful and the last one is the least useful based on depth and breadth of content, quality of links, ease of use, organisational structure, and general appearance. Related site: A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site.
Free Annual Credit Report
This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can also request your report by phone or mail. Monitoring and periodically reviewing your credit report is an effective tool in fighting identity theft.
Descent Into the Ice
Companion Web site to the NOVA program Descent Into the Ice, which follows a glaciologist and an adventurer into the glacier caves of France's Mt. Blanc.
The Columbia World of Quotations
The 65,000 essential quotations that constitute this authoritative collection represent the research of 154 experts. Entries from more than 5,000 authors and speakers are multiply classified into 6,500 subjects.
Science of Music: Accidental Scientist
What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? This site from Exploratorium explores the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all ... listen.
The September 11 Digital Archive
This site uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Safety on the Internet
How secure are our computers? We are continually bombarded with warnings about new viruses, worms, and Trojan Horses. Every few days another security patch for Windows seems to be necessary. To add to our problems, various new ways of invading our privacy or ripping us off are constantly springing up. Spyware and adware are being planted on us, crackers are breaking into our machines, email is full of spam and phishing scams. We seem to be under constant assault. Short of never going on-line, what can the average PC user do? Dire as it sometimes seems, the situation is by no means hopeless. This site is dedicated to helping the average PC user make full and safe use of the Internet. It is a collection of pages outlining defenses against the various threats and annoyances and the steps that can be taken to ensure that we continue to enjoy the Internet.
This site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides resources about child abuse and neglect. Areas covered include diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, prevention, coping, research, and statistics.
The Merck Manuals
This Web index provides links to all of the online versions of the famous Merck Manuals, including: The Merck Manual Home Edition, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy and The Merck Manual of Health & Aging. Also included is The Merck Veterinary Manual for those with pets.
The Most Dangerous Woman in America
This is the companion Web site to the NOVA program 'The Most Dangerous Woman in America,' an exploration of the complex case of Mary Mallon, aka 'Typhoid Mary,' a turn-of-the-20th-century cook living in New York City who unwittingly infected more than 40 people with typhoid fever.
This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public.
Internet Broadway Database
IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season.
The Meaning of Food
This PBS site is an exploration of culture through food. What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning.
Drugs of Abuse
The site by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, presents the 2005 edition of Drugs of Abuse. This DEA magazine delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way, combined with scores of precise photographs shot to scale.
This site presents health information for the whole family. The site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organizations representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.
Maps are great for getting around, but online maps could be a lot better. So Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable - no clicking and waiting for graphics to reload each time you want to view the adjacent parts of a map. Want to be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map? Now you can with Google Maps. Since these maps are draggable, you can use your mouse or the directional arrows to pan left, right, up and down to see areas that are hidden offscreen. You can also use the slider to zoom in and zoom out.
National Geographic Online
On the evening of January 13, 1888, thirty-three men traveled on foot, horseback, and in horsedrawn carriages through the streets of Washington to the Cosmos Club, then on Lafayette Square across from the White House. They convened around a large mahogany table to discuss 'the advisability of organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.' The entity they were about to create would become the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institution in the world.
The 1900 Storm: Galveston, Texas
Remembering the Great Hurricane in Galveston Island, Texas, September 8, 1900. Related sites: The Galveston County Daily News / Hurricane Rita: Houston Chronicle
Be Car Care Aware
Taking an active role in maintaining your vehicle is the best way to avoid costly repairs down the road. This site will help you learn how.
The beauty of America's Yellowstone National Park masks one of the rarest and most destructive forces on Earth - a supervolcano. A new two-part BBC factual drama asks: 'What if Yellowstone erupted?' This is the companion site to this series.
Tyndall Report monitors the American television networks' weekday nightly newscasts. The statistics quoted in Tyndall Weekly measure the time devoted to each story in minutes on all three networks (ABC, CBS and NBC combined) on Monday through Friday each week.
Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
This site from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities. NOTE: Adobe Reader needed to view some pages.
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Search for burial locations of veterans and their dependents in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries and various other Department of Interior and military cemeteries. The National Grave Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others.
Great American Health Check
This new online tool by experts at the American Cancer Society, is aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of early cancer detection and to encourage people to get tested. The Great American Health Check is an easy-to-use, confidential online health assessment tool. It asks users questions about gender, age, height, weight, family history of cancer, dietary habits, physical activity levels, and alcohol and tobacco use.
Consumer Price Index
The Consumer Price Indexes program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. A U.S. Department of Labor site.
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