JavaScript must be enabled on your browser for this PAC to work properly.

Sullivan County BOCES LibrarySullivan County BOCES Library
6 Wierk Ave · Liberty, NY 12754
Phone: 845-292-0246 · Fax: 845-295-0056  Email the Librarian  Email the Library
Home
Calendar
Reference
Directory
About Us
Kid's Catalog
News & Hot Titles
New Titles
SLS on Demand
Classic Search:    
Search our Catalog:
Search |  Browse |  Advanced  |  Help |  My Account |  Email the Librarian |  Community Info
OverDrive eBooks
NOVELny Databases
eResources
LibGuide
Multi-Lingual PAC
Dictionary
Catalog Home
Sullivan County
BOCES Home

 

Yahoo Top Stories
News provided by YAHOO.com
USAToday
» Weather
Yahoo
» Top Stories
2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop out
2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop outThe presidential primary field further winnowed this week, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announcing their withdrawals. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:27:20 -0400
Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watch
Psychologist approved Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide watchA psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month. Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:19:26 -0400
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warningsRussia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:01:09 -0400
Police are trying to arrest their way out of a mass shooting epidemic, and experts warn it could have dire consequences
Police are trying to arrest their way out of a mass shooting epidemic, and experts warn it could have dire consequencesThe arrests won't fully or permanently stop a person determined to inflict mass death — and the US is nowhere near close to tackling the root causes. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:50:59 -0400
Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in Washington
Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in WashingtonAn ambitious agenda by the March for Our Lives activists may be the first time the majority of Americans get real representationA young girl looks on as she attends a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMarch for Our Lives, the national youth gun violence prevention movement founded by survivors of last year’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, released a sweeping gun reform agenda this week.The agenda calls for significantly raising the standards for gun ownership in America, and reducing by about 100m the total number of guns in circulation.It’s a dramatic, ambitious plan. And it may represent the first time in decades that the majority of Americans will get any real representation in the gun control debate in Washington.March for Our Lives’ young activists endorsed an Australia-style mandatory government buyback and destruction of “assault weapons”. They want to decrease the number of guns in circulation by 30% – which would mean roughly 100m fewer firearms in American hands. They proposed regulations that would dramatically raise the bar for who is allowed to purchase a gun, putting US law much more in line with European countries. And they want to revisit the 2009 supreme court decision, District of Columbia v Heller, which enshrined a pro-gun interpretation of Americans’ second amendment right to bear arms.These proposals are substantially more aggressive, and more ambitious, than anything the Democrats in Washington have fought for in years. In fact, for decades, gun control groups and progressive politicians have done a poor job at representing the majority of Americans in Congress when it comes to gun control. A surprising voidDemocrats have fought for minor new restrictions on gun buying – and been defeated by the Republican party’s gun absolutists – but, fundamentally, the Democratic party has remained supportive of gun ownership.Democratic lawmakers’ efforts to “ban assault weapons”, for example, have not meant an actual ban on these guns, but only a ban on future sales, meaning that Americans could keep the millions of military-style rifles they already own. President Obama’s signature gun control legislation after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a compromise bill that would have closed just a few of the gaping loopholes in the nation’s background check system – a measure so weak it’s doubtful whether it would have had any effect on gun violence at all.The country’s largest gun control groups, too, have made great efforts to portray themselves as pro-“gun safety”, not anti-gun. They routinely advertise themselves as supporters of Americans’ second amendment right to bear arms. And they have focused on “commonsense reforms”, such as getting what activists see as particularly extreme weapons off the streets, or requiring a criminal background check before every gun sale.This lack of any explicit anti-gun side in the American gun debate is strange.Although many Americans may not realize it, gun owners are a minority in the United States. American civilians overall own an estimated 300m to 400m firearms, more than one gun per person. But this frequently cited statistic obscures how concentrated American gun ownership is.In recent surveys, roughly 70% to 80% of Americans said they do not personally own a gun, and a majority said that nobody in their household owns a gun. Just 3% of American adults own half the country’s guns, according to a definitive 2015 survey. This small group of gun super-owners have an average of 17 guns each.Gun absolutists – the activists who oppose any gun control measures, who want Americans to be able to own any kind of gun, and carry them everywhere – are a minority within that minority. According to the best available estimates, fewer than 10% of American gun owners overall are members of the National Rifle Association.There appear to be at least as many Americans who are vehemently anti-gun as there are NRA members.Recent Gallup polls have found that 28% of American adults say they would support a law banning handgun ownership, except by the police and other “authorized persons”. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 9% of American adults believed that “almost no one” should be legally allowed to own guns – about the same proportion as the number of adults who believed that “almost everyone” should be able to own them.A coalition of 9% of American adults would translate into more than 20 million people. That’s a group four times larger than the NRA, which claims between 5 million and 6 million members.Only a minority of Americans oppose most private gun ownership. But there’s strong majority support for much tougher gun control laws than the ones currently on the books.A 2017 Pew survey found 68% supported banning assault-style weapons. Seventy-one percent supported having a federal database to track all gun sales. A 2018 Gallup survey found 68% of respondents supported raising the legal age to buy certain guns. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 77% of respondents were in favor of requiring people to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.It’s not hard to find Americans who oppose the country’s current gun culture. They show up at gun control rallies, holding signs that say things like “Repeal the Second Amendment”. They live in neighborhoods burdened by decades of daily gun violence. They’ve lost family members or friends to shootings. They keep asking: why can’t we just get rid of the guns?But for years, these Americans’ views have not been well represented by America’s “gun safety” groups, and they have had virtually no representation in Congress.This may finally be starting to change. Moving the gun debateIn 2016, a progressive activist launched Guns Down America, a small organization that advocates not simply for “gun sense laws”, but for “a future with fewer guns”. Following the Parkland shooting, the young March for Our Lives activists have advocated unapologetically for bold reform, though they, like other American gun control activists, say they’re not anti-gun and their proposals for stricter regulation represent the interests of “responsible gun owners”.It’s not yet clear how much the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will move towards embracing these majority opinions on gun control policy. But there’s already been movement towards the actual middle of the debate.In 2016, Obama argued in a CNN Town Hall that “issues like licensing, registration, that’s an area where there’s just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it”. This year, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker made gun licensing the center of his 2020 gun control platform.After the mass shooting targeting Latino families in El Paso, the former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke said he endorsed not just an assault weapon ban, but a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. On Wednesday, he became the first Democratic 2020 candidate to tweet that he supported March for Our Lives’ new policy agenda.O’Rourke’s campaign did not back away from the most controversial elements of the youth activists’ plan, including their desire to revisit the supreme court’s current interpretation of the second amendment, enshrined in the Heller decision.“While Beto agrees with the court’s holding that the second amendment allows for regulation, he does not agree with the entirety of the Heller decision,” said Aleigha Cavalier, O’Rourke’s national press secretary. “One piece of the Heller case Beto believes should be revisited is the court’s decision to strike down DC’s safe storage requirements.”America’s gun debate may soon actually have two sides. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 01:00:08 -0400
Copyright (c) 2019 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved

Regional Weather

Recommended Reading

Featured Mock Caldecott Award Titles Selection
Click
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten (2018)

by Laura Veirs

Search


Featured Mock Newbery Award Titles Selection
Click
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World (2018)

by Ashley Herring Blake

Search


Featured Mock Michael L. Printz Award Titles Selection
Click
Love, Hate & other Filters (2018)

by Samira Ahmed

Search


Featured Mock Sibert Award Titles Selection
Click
Lady has the Floor, A:Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights (2018)

by Kate Hannigan

Search


Featured Good Reads Titles Selection
Click
Better Tree Fort, The (2018)

by Jessica Scott Kerrin

Search


Featured Green Books Selection
Click
Vertical Garden, The (2008)

by Patric Blanc

Search


Hot Titles (Check to see if we have them!)
 
Featured ALA Best Books for Young Adults Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog The Carnival at Bray
by by Jessie Ann Foley

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-This promising debut, set in the heyday of grunge, tells the story of Maggie Lynch, a ...
Search


Featured ALA Notable Books for Children Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog Night Job
by Karen Hesse


Search

Featured Newbery Medal Winners Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

School Library Journal Gr 3-7-This tender tale of friendship and hope is narrated by a silverback gorilla li...
Search


Featured Oprah's Book Club Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog Black and Blue
by Anna Quindlen


Search

Featured National Science Teachers' Association Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
by by Steve Jenkins

School Library Journal Gr 2-5-Jenkins and Page team up once again for a glimpse into the animal kingdom. The authors ...
Search


Featured Scientific America Young Readers Book Awards Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog Hidden under the Ground: The World beneath Your Feet
by Peter Kent

Book list Gr. 3^-6. Although the text may not go very deep, the illustrations certainly do, as Kent takes us to place...
Search


Featured Pulitzer Prize Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog March
by Geraldine Brooks


Search

Featured Caldecott Medal Winners Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe

School Library Journal Gr 1-5-Through a simple text and vivid mixed-media collage art, the author evokes the life and...
Search


Featured Horn Book Picture Book Awards Selection
Click to search this book in our catalog Big Momma Makes the World
by Phyllis Root

Publishers Weekly In this sassy creation myth that tweaks the first chapter of Genesis, Big Momma "roll[s] up h...
Search



Agatha Awards Anthony Awards
Bram Stoker Awards British Crime Writers' Assoc.
Edgar Awards Hugo Awards
Independent Booksellers List National Book Critics Circle
New York Times Bestsellers Rebecca Caudill Awards
RITA Awards Spur Awards
World Fantasy Awards  

 

Powered by: YouSeeMore © The Library Corporation (TLC) My Home Page Library Home Top of Page