Archive for January, 2016

What is the Zika Virus?

We know it is mosquito-borne, presents mild symptoms, rarely kills, has no known counter-measures but does result in gross abnormalities in newborns. The CDC has stated that “Until more is known, and out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant….” There is more information on the CDC page devoted to Zika; the World Health Organization has also issued its own data pages on this disease. According to this article –  Molecular evolution of Zika virus, an neglected emerging disease in Africa and Asia –  this virus was first isolated in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda but few human cases were reported until a Zika fever epidemic broke out in Micronesia in 2007; this 2009 article – Zika Virus Outside Africa – traces its appearances from 1947 until 2007. Another 30+ medical articles on Zika are available online.


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Online Primary Sources: The Tokyo War Crimes Trials

Lasting from May 3, 1946 until November 4, 1948 and set up under the direction of General MacArthur, the Tokyo War Crimes Trials prosecuted twenty-eight individuals. Formally known as the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, this lesser-known trial of war criminals (more people know about Nuremberg), convicted twenty-five defendants (two of the original twenty-eight dies during the trial and another was declared mentally unfit). The Tokyo War Crime Trial exhibit from the University of Virginia Law School offers thousands of documents as well as other features. This State Department site compares and contrasts the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials.

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School Closings/Delays, Tuesday, January 26

School districts are still impacted by this weekend’s blizzard. Here are the schools closed or with delayed openings in New Jersey.

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School Closings/Delays in New Jersey, Janaury 25, 2016

A county-by-county listing is here.

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Dozens of Photos of New Jersey Blizzard

Almost 100 photos from around the state are found here, courtesy of

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Travel Guides for African-Americans

Travel for African-Americans in this country during the Jim Crow era was certainly curtailed what with “whites only” establishments and “sundown towns” where after dark they could be arrested, beaten, or worse. The Green Books were published between 1936 and 1963 and listed hotels, bars, inns and restaurants where African-Americans would be treated fairly. It was arranged by state, then by city, listing all sorts of establishments. Additional information on this series is available at: NPR, Here & Now, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

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ETC Press – A Publisher of Books Dealing with Entertainment Technologies

 “Entertainment technologies”? Well, how about books exploring Minecraft in the classroom or design and curricula considerations for incorporating games into the educational experience or research on online and blended learning? These topics and many more are available at this site. These works are written with academic rigor and provide solid foundations for future work.

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