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Improving High School: A Strategic Approach

Ace online schoolsMay 2005 report from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) “on the success and shortcomings of high schools in California.” The “report examines high schools through the lens of three groups of high school students”: 1) dropouts (students who fail to graduate), 2) “general” track students (those who graduate without qualifying for a four-year university or online university), and 3) “university” track students. The report includes a summary.
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Government Benefits

Use a simple three-step process to "identify the government benefits you're entitled to." While "many benefit programs are not featured yet in the GovBenefits web site," it is "expanding regularly to include more programs." Representative categories include veterans, disaster victims, farmers, ranchers, students, seniors, unemployed, home owners, health professionals, and widows. This site is that rare and beautiful bird, "a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations."
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Google Alerts

"Google Alerts are e-mails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms." Three types of alerts are offered: "News," "Web," and "News & Web." Track news stories and learn about new Web pages. A "News Web&quot alert is an e-mail that lets you know when new articles related to your search term make it into the top ten results for a Google News search or the top twenty results for a Google Web search."
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Credit Bureaus Contact Information

This website provides direct links to the homepages, toll-free telephone numbers, and other contact information of the three major credit bureaus in the United States: Experian (formerly TRW), Equifax, and Trans Union. Part of a credit repair company's commercial site.
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Charity Navigator

A database of ratings of over 2,500 charities in the U.S. Details include comparison with like organizations and compensation of top staff. Charity Navigator analyzes fundraising, program, and administration expenses and "three categories of organizational capacity: primary revenue growth, program expenses growth, and working capital ratio … to determine how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and whether it can continue to do so."
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Information about AmeriCorps and its service programs in which volunteers "tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters." Volunteers are awarded educational stipends after completing their term of service. The three AmeriCorps programs, State and National, VISTA, and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), are administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service.
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Women’s measurements


Barbie 1959The perfect woman was considered to be 36-24-36, measuring chest, waist and hips in inches.

According to Size USA, women’s measurements in 2004 averaged 40 inches in the bust, 34 inches in the waist and 43 inches in the  hips. In 1941, the average woman’s measurements were about 35-27-37. (The 1941 study primarily measured white women; Size  USA included women of all races and determined that African-American and Hispanic women tended to be larger than white and  Asian women.)

Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33

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The site of where the Three Gorges dam will be built on the Yangtze river is shown Sunday night, Nov. 2, 1997. The Yangtze River, the world’s third longest, will be diverted Nov. 8th to allow construction of the controversial Three Gorges dam. When completed, scheduled for 2009, the Three Gorges dam will hold back a reservoir 370 miles long generating 84.7 billion kilowatts of electricity annually. More than 1.3 million people will have to be resettled to make way for the dam and the reservoir.

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China’s Three Gorges dam – CHRIS image, 30 July 2003

1 August 2003

Water churns through diversion holes in the world’s largest dam – China’s Three Gorges project on the Yangtze River, imaged here by ESA’s Proba satellite this week. Seen to the left, the waters behind the dam have risen to a level of 135 metres since the sluice gates were first closed in early June, and in August Three Gorges is due to generate its first commercial hydroelectricity.

The Three Gorges project is set to create a new 600-km-long body of water on the face of the 21st century Earth: the thick concrete dam walls stand 190 metres tall and already they hold back an estimated 10 billion cubic metres of water. More than 600,000 people have had to abandon their homes to the rising reservoir, and as many again will have to relocate before the waters reach their final planned level of 175 metres.

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3 Gorges Dam – China

It can be clearly seen in the image how the river has burst its banks and is inundating the land upriver of the dam. The waters of the world’s third-longest river appear brown in colour because they are heavy with sediment.

Many environmentalists have campaigned against the €20 billion-plus Three Gorges project due to the drowning of multiple cultural heritage sites, the fear that reservoir will collect industrial pollution and sewage that cannot now be washed to the sea, and the risk posed to downstream populations if the dam should ever break. But the Chinese government says the project will tame the flood-prone Yangtze River and generate much-needed electricity for economic development.

This 18-metre resolution image was acquired by the CHRIS sensor onboard Proba on 30 July 2003.