Archive for December, 2010

New Jersey Gains in Population But Loses a Congressional Seat

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released the national and state population figures from the 2010 Census. As of April 1, 2010, the national population stood at 308,745,538, an increase of 9.7% since 2000. And while New Jersey registered a 4.5% increase to 8,791, 894,  it was not enough to stem the southern and westward migration of apportioned seats in the House of Representatives. Along with many of its neighbors in the Northeast and Midwest, New Jersey will lose a seat in the House. A video presentation from C-SPAN is available as are slides, tables, and maps from this morning’s press conference. Additional information can be found at The New York Times, The Bergen Record, Asbury Park Press, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Library Hours for 2010/2011 Winter Recess/Intersession

We will be open the following days from 8:30am to 4:30pm: Wednesday, December 22-Thursday, December 23; Monday, January 3-Friday, January 7; and Monday, January 10-Friday, January 14. We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30am.

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Governor Christie’s “60 Minutes” Interview

The December 19 airing of  60 Minutes included a segment on the fiscal difficulties many states are facing called State Budgets: Day of Reckoning; Governor Christie’s interview starts at 6:47 into the program. He says nothing new, and repeats his assertions that public sector benefits packages are part of the current problem. The prgram also contains “Web Extras” – two short pieces with the Governor as well as a transcript of the program.

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Governor Christie Selects Christopher Cerf as His Education Commissioner

According to various reports, Governor Christie will nominate Christopher Cerf to be the new education commissioner. Among his previous duties, Mr Cerf was deputy chancellor of education for the New York City school system. More information and biographical details can be found at: The Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger, SangariGlobalEd, and GothamSchools.org (interview).

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”

The special report is here. More biographical information on the co-founder and CEO of Facebook can be located at: The New York Times, Biography.com, the Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes (interview), and Stanford (interview).

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Updated Socioeconomic Statistics from the Census Bureau Are Released

As the press release states: “Up until now, small geographic areas had to rely on outdated 2000 Census figures for detailed information about the characteristics of their communities. Consisting of about 11.1 billion individual estimates and covering more than 670,000 distinct geographies, the 5-year ACS estimates give even the smallest communities more timely information on topics ranging from commute times to languages spoken at home to housing values.” You just need to access the “detailed tables” link to have access to HUNDREDS of updated figures on EVERY location in this country. Please remember that much of the data contained in these statistics are NOT part of the decennial census; those questions have been whittled down considerably over time, and the American Community Survey provides these more telling figures ranging from marital status to poverty status to travel time to work.

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Biography of Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Biographical information can be found here (Reuters), here (Britannica), here (Reporters Without Borders),  and here (New York Times).

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