Pledge of Allegiance Resources

A petition by Michael Newdow to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance when led in public schools goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. He contends it’s a violation of the First Amendment. Additional resources are available through One Nation, Under God, a tipsheet from the Religion Newswriters Association and through a Pledge resources page from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. From the Waterboro Public Library (ME) blog.

U.S. City/County/State Info & Demographics

ePodunk (free site) offers links to data for communities throughout the U.S. covering census & demographics, companies, crime & arrest statistics, the economic climate, education, high school graduation rates, environment, etc. Also includes lists such as claims to fame, festivals, imaginary places, literary quotes about places, &etc. Most/all of the information is collected from other sources (the site relies heavily on the U.S. census), but its by-community analyses (heavily linked one-page snaphots) are intuitive and straighforward.

60 Minutes Transcripts

Transcripts from the television program 60 Minutes can be found in EBSCO Newspaper Source. Full-text transcripts of broadcasts from November 26, 200 to the present can be found. You can limit the search by entering 60 minutes in the “Newspaper” field. There is now a record in the Library’s online catalog for 60 Minutes with a link to EBSCO Newspaper Source.