September 13th, 2000

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no snow?

Pompano Beach Monthly Temperatures

                      Fahrenheit                     Celsius
                Average         Average      Average         Average
                Daily           Daily        Daily           Daily
                Maximum         Minimum      Maximum         Mimimum
                -------         -------      -------         -------
January         77.4            59.0         25.2            15.0
February        78.5            58.9         25.8            14.9
March           80.3            60.6         26.8            15.9
April           83.3            65.2         28.5            18.4
May             86.2            68.8         30.1            20.4
June            88.7            71.8         31.5            22.1
July            90.1            73.2         32.3            22.9
August          90.9            73.5         32.7            23.1
September       89.2            73.5         31.8            23.1
October         85.7            70.1         29.8            21.2
November        81.3            64.1         27.4            17.8
December        78.3            59.5         25.7            15.3

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Back to work! ::whip crack::

Sakes. Didn't I just leave?

New info on Suzy, she has her hearing tomorrow, with a Judge that's apparently not very 'probation-friendly'. From the sound of it, she could lose her apartment, her car, and her job if she spends a considerable amount of time in jail. Right now, the figuring is about 9 months, mostly for breaking probation. Her Hearing is 8:30 am tomorrow, where she's going to try and push the next hearing forward, in the hopes a different Judge will get her and show more mercy than her current one... getting rid of her lawyer and going with a puvlic defender should allow her to move the schedule along. I was talking with pals over at worldwide, and they think that she should get a 'real' attorney. Unfortunately, those cost some $$$... looks like a $5000 retainer is in order. I can't help her there, as I'm not packing that sort of liquid assets. More to follow tomorrow after the first hearing.
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Censorship in the news....

NEW YORK (AP) - Harry Potter made the list. So did The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The most popular children's books? No. The ones adults most wanted removed from library shelves in the 1990s.
"This just proves no book is safe from censorship attempts," said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. The top 100 titles - including The Handmaid's Tale, by acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood - were compiled and released in advance of the 20th annual Banned Books Week, which runs Sept. 23-30.

The ALA, the American Booksellers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors are among the sponsors.

The most disputed books were the popular Scary Stories titles, horror tales by the late Alvin Schwartz. Objections included violence, cannibalism and causing children to fear the dark. A complaint from the school district in Campbell County, Wyo., said the books made kids believe "ghosts are actually possible."

Also in the top 10 were such classroom standards as Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

"The fact that teachers assign them is one of the reasons there's so much concern," Krug said. "They deal with issues a lot of parents don't want to know about."

The Harry Potter series, which Christian groups have attacked because of its themes of witchcraft and wizardry, comes in at No. 48. It was removed this year from a public school in Bridgeport Township, Mich.

According to the ALA, more than 5,000 complaints were recorded at school and public libraries in the 1990s. Krug said that represents about 20 per cent to 25 per cent of all challenges, although she does note the annual number has declined slightly over the past years.

"A lot of people are now spending more time thinking about Internet content," she said.

"Sexually explicit" was the most common objection raised about books at libraries, followed by "unsuited to age group" and "occult theme or promoting the occult or Satanism." Others included violence, promotion of same-sex relationships, racism and anti-family values.

Krug said about 5 per cent of those complaints lead to a book being banned.

"Usually, when the rest of the community hears about a complaint it speaks out in support of keeping the book," she said.

But many books, even famous ones, do get removed. In 1997, Angelou's memoir was taken off the ninth-grade English curriculum in Anne Arundel County, Md., because it "portrays white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people."

In 1993, Catcher in the Rye was removed from a California school district because it "centred around negative activity." Four years later, the superintendent of the Marysville, Calif., Joint Unified School District banned Salinger's novel "so that we didn't have that polarization over a book."

The list includes such children's favourites as Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen and R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. Acclaimed adult novels on the list include Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's Beloved.

Also cited are William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, removed in 1996 from an advanced placement English reading list in Lindale, Texas, because it "conflicted with the values of the community."
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Something wonderful.

I was told that I was loved today.

I like that, a lot.

"I love you."

Those are some of the best words I can hear when I know someone means it, and they expect nothing in return, not said for any reason, other than to let me know how they feel. It's rare for me, outside of family.

Thanks. :)